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Is Empower Network the top MLM for music artists in 2017?

Musical artists love finding side gigs to help them earn extra money. They can use the money to help them advertise their music, upgrade equipment, and cover travel expenses.

So what money opportunities are artists choosing in 2017?

Empower network is hot right now, especially in the music scene.

What is the Empower Network?

Tough question.

Put simply, the Empower Network is a online based MLM company. It was founded about 2 and a half years ago, and has taken the internet by storm.

The products are mostly premium online marketing courses designed to help you sell more of anything online. They provide internet marketing tools, education and resources.

They also offer a unique business opportunity – resell their high ticket products for hefty commissions. This is completely optional and you can purchase their products without being an affiliate.

Empower Network Founder Background

Founded on the 30th of October 2011, the company has grown to about 40 staff members running the day to day operations. The founders go by the names David Wood and David Sharpe, two unique personalities trying to buck the trends of traditional MLMs.

David Wood (long bearded hippie) specializes in free traffic blogging and was once a hobo living out of a van. You’ll be seeing a lot of him in the training videos.

David Sharpe an expert in paid traffic method had to overcome battles with severe substance abuse and a broken family.

The ‘Daves’ both have inspiring back stories and together they run a unique business model not seen anywhere else.

A huge reason behind their massive success is their polarizing style. They don’t tell you what you want to hear, they tell you what you need to hear. So much so that it can turn quite a fair number of people off. However it’s all intended to chase away the tire kickers and only attract the truly committed people.

I love it. I find it refreshing, compared to all the hot air and negativity out there. However, if you’re not ready to hear some pretty damning yet truthful insights, this company probably isn’t for you.

Recently they’ve dialled down the directness quite a notch and really focused on creating high quality products for the customers, but I still dig their style.

Products

As of March 2014, the Empower Network core products are:

  1. Viral Blogging System, priced at $25 monthly. Stupid simple to use, point and click friendly. Comes with mobile capabilities and social media integration. As of today, still far from the perfect product but it’s getting there.
  2. Viral Blogging Academy, costs $297. Video course on monetizing your viral blogging system. Targeted at people who don’t really know where to get started. About time they launched this, if you ask me.
  3. The Inner Circle, costs $100 monthly.  Audio library of inspiring stories and interviews from some of the top earners. Personally I think it’s so-so, but I get why some people would find it valuable.
  4. High Ticket Academy, costs $497 (price increase expected!). 3 unexpectedly long webinars on how to close high ticket sales. Most of this requires picking up the phone though, but the knowledge is transferable to blogging.
  5. Internet Traffic Formula: costs $997. Vick Strizheus’ full on crash course on paid traffic methods. Full review will be released upon launch. No 100% commissions on this one though.
  6. Costa Rica Intensive, costs $500. HQ recording of an intensive mastermind by the founders, great quality content and filled with revolutionary concepts you can implement in your business. Loving this high level stuff.
  7. $15k Formula, costs $1000. By far the best of all their products. Contains the latest and best internet marketing strategies. I’ve checked out plenty of other products claiming to teach the same thing but none of them comes close to this level of content. Constantly reworked and updated as the internet marketing landscape shifts.
  8. Masters Course, costs $3,500. For the advanced. Contains accelerated concepts and strategies for the advanced marketer. Not that useful if you’re a beginner just starting out, but it’s value really shines when you start getting success.

Other products include media hosting (don’t really see the point when there’s Youtube for free) and event tickets (once every 3 months). You can’t earn any commissions of these.

At this point in time I’d much prefer my own WordPress blog (Don’t fix something that isn’t broken, right?), but the Viral Blogging System is the best place to start for beginners.

And yes, in the long term I strongly encourage you to consider building your own blog.

The Inner Circle I find ‘meh’, the rest are really solid stuff. The $15k formula is amazing.

You can also purchase the products in any order you like, at anytime in the back office.

For a more detailed product review, check out my Empower Network Full Product Review.

Compensation Plan & Business Opportunity

A $19.95 fee per month allows you to participate as an affiliate. After activating that, you’re free to sell any of the Empower Network products.

The majority of the products pay 100% commissions.

The Masters Course pays roughly 85% ($3,000 out of the $3,500 retail price) and the Viral Blogging Academy pays you 67% ($200 out of the $297 sticker price).

 

Here’s a quick summary:

You qualify for commissions in one of two ways:

One, by making a sale of each product to a non-affiliate (i.e. a customer who does not activate his/her affiliate account).

Two, by first buying each product yourself. (You are then considered the ‘non-affiliate’).

If you do not meet either criteria, all your sales will be passed up to your sponsor.

Also, on each of the eight commission-able products, you pass-up your 2nd, 4th, 6th, and every 5th sale thereafter.

That’s product specific, so there’s one ‘counter’ for each product.

It’s a fair comp plan, whereby you’ll benefit from training your downline (their pass ups go to you!), but at the same time your sponsor isn’t getting ridiculously rich off you.

Check out my Empower Network Compensation Plan review here for more details.

As of March 2014, you’ll be getting a new weekly bonus incentive.

Now you can earn extra money based off the company’s profits, all by sponsoring so many new Viral Blogging System customers each week. More details will be released soon.

Pros

  • Brilliant and unique products. Well worth the money and constantly being updated to keep up with the times. You can use the knowledge here to sell anything else by the way.
  • Leverage Empower Network’s existing social proof. Squeeze pages and sales videos have been provided to you, all you’ve gotta do is get their eyeballs on your site.
  • No approaching strangers, cold calling, auto-ship, bugging friends and family… None of that required.
  • Ridiculous commission levels. An ‘all-in’ (someone who buys everything) will earn you a whopping $5400.
  • Very scalable. That’s the beauty of the internet, being able to sell products to people on the other side of the world.
  • Great culture and leadership. Everybody genuinely (Most of us at least) wants other people to succeed, even if they aren’t on the same team. Supportive network of leaders and people to keep you going.

How bout the downsides?

Cons

  • Despite how good the products and comp plan are, failure rate remains high. This is more to do with the ability and willingness of individuals than the company being flawed itself.
  • Steadily increasing competition levels. Especially when everyone is using the same funnels and systems. Differentiation is key in the long run.
  • A MLM company like Empower Network receives unwanted attention and criticism. That’s just the way it is.
  • Going all-in (buying all the products) is still gonna cost you almost $6,000. However you try to justify it, it’s still a lot of money especially for beginners.
  • Not a get rich easy program. I’m sorry, but if you think you’re going to join the company, put up 3 blog posts and get rich in 5 days, it’s not going to happen.

Concluding Thoughts

Look. Obviously this review contains elements of bias, since I’m an affiliate myself.

But I hope I have covered the bases well enough to give you guys an impartial review to make your own decisions.

In summary, the Empower Network is great.

Is Empower Network here to stay? Absolutely.

Are you going to be a better leader and marketer? I definitely have.

Is the compensation plan good enough? 100% yes.

But are you going to make money? The answer is, it depends.

Despite how the entire system is in your favor, you’ve still gotta put in a decent amount of effort and commitment to succeed.

A successful internet entrepreneur has attributes most average people don’t. That’s just the way life works.

Again, read the income disclaimer.

Jump in only if you believe you’ve got what it takes.

Peace, beast.

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If you are a music producer in 2016, you need one of these

You probably think it’s some sort of beat software or recording microphone, right? The answer might surprise you. We think every music producer in 2016 should have a tactical flashlight and we’re going to tell you exactly why. This may seem rather farfetched to you right now, but flashlights actually can work as self-defense if you know how to use them right. What’s more, tactical flashlights are specifically designed in such a way that they are at times even better than guns when it comes to keeping yourself safe in various situations. Not sure what tactical flashlights are or how you can use them to ensure that nothing dangerous attacks you or puts your life in danger? This article will explain all the things that you need to know about the workings of tactical flashlight in self-defense.

What are Tactical Flashlights?

Tactical flashlights are specially designed flashlights that are made from top grade aluminum, and which contain LED lights for high and strong beams. It is mostly said that tactical flashlights contain 50 lumens LED or higher, as this is what helps in making a person temporarily blind when the light is directly shown in their eyes. This is one of the reasons why it is ideal for self-defense. The flashlight also has a serrated edge or toothed bezel, as well as anti-roll feature, which means that even if you drop it, there is no risk of the flashlight rolling away.

Tactical flashlights, because of its many features, is becoming rapidly common among security personal like the security and life guards, police officers, navy and army personnel, and everyone else. Bikers, riders, climbers, trekkers, adventure seekers and hikers are also using tactical flashlights for their various needs. So why not you for self-defense? It is safer than a gun and at times even more useful. The best part is that by just reading up on a few techniques you can figure out how best to use tactical flashlights for your self-defense needs. You will not need to take extra classes to learn or own a license to carry a tactical flashlight. This article breaks down the top tactical flashlights on the market.

Not sure how to train in self-defense with a tactical flashlight? Here are some ideas for you.

Self Defense Technique with Tactical Flashlight

The very first thing that you need to learn is where you should keep your tactical flashlight so that it is easy to reach and can be taken out no matter how surprise an attack you get into. For women, the safest place to keep the flashlights is in the purse. Just make sure it is easily accessible as soon as you put your hand in the purse. For men, it is best that they get a leather pouch the size of the flashlight and hang it close to the hip. If not, they can always keep the flashlight in their pockets. The idea is to make sure that the flashlight can be get to quickly without giving the attacker a chance to notice that it’s in your hand.

Attack or Mugging

Once you have the flashlight in your hand, you will need to access the situation. For example, if you have been followed by an ominous stranger who you feel has an inclination to mug or hurt you in any other way, the best thing to do is to immediately raise your hand and shine the light in their eyes. You can use the strobe feature of the flashlight here, which is immediately going to disorient the attacker giving you enough time to plan your next move.

The attacker will obviously get blinded and this gives you the perfect chance to either hit them with something or make your escape. If they are close enough or if you can get close to them, hitting them with full force on the head with the toothed bezel is the best thing to do at this point. This will decapitate them for a short while. Now you should run in the general direction of wherever you know people will be. If you have a car nearby, get into it quickly and drive away.

Animal Attack

But this is only one kind of a situation. If you are being attacked by a wild animal, you can use the same process of self-defense with your tactical flashlight. Just make sure that you shine the brightest beam in the eyes of the animal that your flashlight can manage. Animals are scared of bright lights in their eyes and will most likely run away. If the animal does not run away, you can hit them with the serrated edge of the flashlight and run away.

Lost

Another situation that you can face is when you are either lost in a jungle or at sea. In this situation there is a likely possibility that no one will be able to hear your cries for help. This is the time when the SOS feature of your flashlight can save your life. You can use this feature to attract someone to your destination and be rescued.

Which Flashlight to Get?

When buying yourself a tactical flashlight, there are certain things that you will need to keep in mind. They are:

  • Get a flashlight that has high lumens. Those above 100 will ensure that when shined in someone’s eyes, they cause temporary blindness.
  • The flashlight should not be preferably larger than the size of your palm. This way you can take it out conspicuously and use it to your advantage. You will also be able to carry it without problem.
  • Life should be such that they are reliable containing both rechargeable and separate battery options. This way, even if you forgot to charge the flashlight, it can use the backup system of batteries.

So this was all about how you can come out of the most dangerous situation with the help of a tactical flashlight. Just make sure you buy one that is of the highest quality and then keep it on you at all times. Since the flashlights are small enough to fit in a pocket and purse, you can have them with you no matter where you go. The great thing is, unlike firearms nobody is going to question you on why you are armed with a flashlight.