Today I Left The Empower Network
So I decided to cancel my affiliate account with Big Idea Mastermind and Empower Network today, and since I have promoted this – specifically the Big Idea Mastermind, I wanted to explain why.
To explain, Big Idea Mastermind is just a vehicle I use to promote Empower Network, so when I say Big Idea Mastermind – I effectively mean the Empower Network. It is actually the Empower Network I quit. Big idea Mastermind just provided the tools and training to promote Empower Network, and was actually free to join – but obviously you needed to pay to join Empower Network so you could promote that using Big Idea Mastermind. Hope that all makes sense.
So first of all – yes, I made money with the Empower Network using Big idea Mastermind, as I showed in my “4 Weeks later video”, and I continue to make money – albeit on a much smaller scale. There is a good reason for this. The money you make is directly proportional to the effort and work you put in. When I first signed up, I put a lot of work in, and I made money very quickly. I even state in my original video – that it does work, but you need to scale up.
More recently I have been working on other areas of my business, and I have not have the time to dedicate to Big idea Mastermind/Empower Network. Spending time of this is important, and the training and advice at both Big Idea Mastermind and Empower Network make this very clear. You need to be blogging everyday on the site, maybe recording a video – they had a 90 day video programme where you made a video for 90 days. All of this takes time, and I have other business areas I need to concentrate on. The less time I spent on it – the less I made (quell surprise, go figure!)
Building a team is one thing, motivating, supporting and encouraging that team is another. All of this takes time – and I think that people become very disillusioned very quickly when they don’t start seeing the money and the cars and the lifestyle that is in all the sales videos. Hey, I get that. That is a big issue with making money online courses – many are so over-hyped they set expectations far to high. Don’t get me wrong – people do make a lot of money from Big Idea Mastermind. They are the people who invest (1) Time (2) Money.
To be a real success at Big Idea Mastermind you need a big list – and a big list quick. They quickest way to get that is to pay for it. But to get a quality list cost good money. If you are committed and prepared to make that investment – you WILL see results.
But most people who sign up – tend to not have that kind of money or are unwilling to invest the kind of money that gets BIG results. Secondly, building a list takes time – so if you are brand new, it can be quite a while before you start earning money. People just don’t have the patience, so give up far too easily.
Look – no one Is going to give you the lifestyle you dream of on a plate. You have to invest in it. Invest in your time – and yes, invest a little money.
I have been investing all my time and effort in my main business – that is SEO Consultanting and Internet Marketing Boot Camp training. I am working on new training and products – and this is taking up a lot of my time. I make good money from my affiliate promotions and blogs – across a range of products – but information and physical (golf, keep fit, shaving equipment, G-Shock watches).
Was BIG IDEA MASTERMIND Worth it?
Absolutely, I learnt so much with the Big Idea Mastermind aspect itself. With the free landing page software, how to collect and build email lists, how to create powerful sales funnels, grwat copywriting skills – so much. Vick Strizheus at the Big Idea Mastermind really knows his onions! (English phrase!) . It has been one of the best sources of training I have had. Stuff that I have applied to my main business and blogs – and have dramatically increased my revenue. It is the kind of powerful training I teach to my Internet Marketing Boot Camp students – why? Because it works.
So, by all means, sign up to Big Idea Mastermind or Empower Network if you want. But be very clear, it costs time and money to succeed. Success does not happen overnight – and if you are not prepared to commit 100% - then it maybe it is NOT for you. If you want to make money online, I think there are more sustainable, and easier ways in to making money online.
I have decided that it is no longer for me. Ironically it is the Empower Network element and less the Big Idea Mastermind that I have issue with. For me there is not quite enough “product”. As a business model I think it is really good, BUT if they made it more of a tangible “product”, rather than just training. Look, I made money from it, I walk away knowing I made a profit, and more importantly have been taught really valuable and powerful training that I apply to my own business. So I am not here to dis this. I am just explaining that it no longer forms part of my business plan.
From now on I’m concentrating on my core internet marketing business, trying to do business with integrity, and only promoting products I have fully tested and have real faith in. Hey, not everything works - and you have to try things out. You will always learn something along the way.
Let me know what you think.
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