Now that Empower Network’s Blog Beast launch has finally happened the internet is being flooded with all the fake reviews from members who are doing nothing more than deceptively promoting the program in order to try getting you to join under them. This tends to happen every time something big launches in the internet marketing world where people are able to make money promoting it.
So, I figured it was time for me to give you my real review of the new Empower Network blogging system (also known as ENv2, Blogging Beast, BlogBeast Redemption, and several other things) so you can get totally unbiased information and make a truly informed decision on whether it’s for you or not. You won’t find any affiliate links, hype, false deception, or anything else shady in this review. It is simply my opinions of the program based on personal experience, history, what I have heard from people I trust, and what I have seen thus far.
There are people who swear it’s an all out scam, there are people who are livid at the way they launched blog beast, there are people who couldn’t care less either way, there are people who say this is the best way to start an online home business since the internet was invented… and everything in-between. Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure, ENv2 is causing quite a stir in the make money online world.
There are huge name internet marketers on the inside and plenty of them who are very outspoken against it, which is understandable considering the intro BlogBeast video for ENv2 starts out by bashing some of the biggest names of the internet marketing industry. Anyway, that’s beside the point, I’m not here to give a lesson in how you should or shouldn’t create a launch video. I’m just here to give you my honest review of the Empower Network ENv2 Blog Beast Viral Blogging System.
Personally, I have opinions on both ends of the spectrum. Some things I really like about Empower Network Version 2 (ENv2) and some things I think are not good at all. I will warn you ahead of time that I have cancelled my membership. Maybe that tips you off to how my review will turn out and ruins it for you, or maybe it makes you curious to read on? Hmmm…
* Why should you listen to me?
You might be thinking to yourself, “Who is this guy and why should I even listen to him?”
Well, I’ve been a full time internet marketer and blogger since way back in 2003 so I have more than a decade of experience in this industry. In that time, I have been a part of more than my fair share of network marketing programs, home business opportunities, and every other type of money making system.
I’m also a moderator of several work at home, online business, and entrepreneur related forums where I’ve had the duty of reviewing hundreds of different programs in order to help the members with their questions. Plus, I own or manage well over 100 websites and blogs in all sorts of different niches.
I guess you could say that I have basically seen it all and done it all when it comes to the world of making money online. I can pretty much see all the angles and look past all the hype of this industry in order to truly see whether something is legit or not. I know how to make money with various programs and whether they are worth the investment, or not.
* What is ENv2 Blogging Beast?
Well, if you are completely new to everything to do with the original Empower Network and the new ENv2 “Blog Beast” Viral Blogging System, then here’s a quick rundown of the features:
* Simple Audio and Video Blogging
* Maintain Multiple Blogs at Once
* Easy Mobile Blogging
* Social Sharing
* Content Locking
* Full Training
* Business Opportunity
* Lots of Kool-Aid to Drink (Ok, I may have added that one myself)
If you dig deep enough, you will find that ENv2 is a blogging system crossed with an affiliate program combined with a network marketing company married to a MLM commission structure. Yeah, that pretty much covers it all when it comes to internet home business opportunities and make money online programs. However, this really is a hybrid that pretty much takes them all into account and chooses the best parts from each one.
There’s no denying that Empower Network offers one of the biggest blogging communities and best publishing platforms on the internet. They also give very good leadership training products and services to internet marketers and small business owners. It was originally created to help struggling internet marketers and home based business owners build and grow a successful online business. Their flagship product is a viral blogging system that boasts more 70,000 users and growing all over the world.
Their new version 2, called Blog Beast, will cost you $25 per month at the lowest level, which is the same price as the original EPN system. It gets progressively more expensive depending on what you want to buy and whether you want to go “all in” or not. Honestly, I think it’s insanely expensive if you do go all in and buy every level.
If you were already a member of Empower Network then you will be automatically switched over to the new system, and the first thing you will notice is that ENv2 Blog Beast features a bunch of new features that were not in the first generation of the EN system. It is undoubtedly faster and easier to use than it was before. Also, members can now run multiple blogs from one account.
Another new and prominent feature of version 2 is the mobile app. This allows you to sync your blog(s) from your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. With the blog beast mobile app, you can easily record and upload videos on the go. It also makes it a lot easier to post and share all types of content without needing any technical skills. Therefore, you can really work from home with your blog, or from just about anywhere.
That all sounds great on the surface, and to many people it might be more than worth the cost of the ENV2 blog beast system. However, to me it sounds like a bunch of stuff that you can do on your own using existing platforms and plugins without needing to rely on empower network or pay for it.
Simply put, it is a fairly easy to use publishing platform and business system designed to give you a relatively simple way to make money blogging. Hence, the “viral blogging system” they are always ranting and raving about. There is also an affiliate program you can join to promote empower network itself in order to earn residual income from people who join under you. Not bad, but really nothing special.
* What are the Blog Beast 17 Blogging Blunders I keep hearing about and are they good information?
Officially, it’s actually called, “The 17 Super Dumbass Blogging Blunders” but that’s beside the point. I’m not going to say a whole lot about them simply because I am not here to give away their information, and you can get the ebook and video for free anyway if you just go opt-in to their sales funnel. Then, you can just turn right around and opt-out so you don’t have to keep getting their emails if you have decided that the empower network version 2.0 isn’t for you.
I will say that the information in the free 17 blogging blunders ebook is solid and legit. I’ve been a blogger for many years and can attest to the fact that most of the advice they give is true and useful. The worst part about it, in my opinion, is that they constantly plug their blog beast platform throughout the ebook. But that can be expected and if you can ignore it, then it’s pretty good. Plus, it’s free, so there’s no reason not to at least give it a quick read to see if you can pick up some tips to help you build a more successful blog, and therefore and more profitable online business.
* Is Empower Network Version 2.0 a scam or is it a legitimate way to start an online business?
There are a lot of people asking if empower network is a scam. No, it isn’t a scam. Some people like to be quite loose with the “scam” word and throw that label on everything. But I’ve seen a lot of real scams and this is not one of them.
Honestly, it is a legit way to start a blog which can be turned into a real internet business and be a great way to make money online. However, I do think it is overpriced and not actually needed anyway. Plus, their upsells are ridiculously expensive and certainly not nearly as vital to success as they try to make them out to be. But a scam it is not.
* Really though, can I make money online with the “Blog Beast” viral blogging system?
Yeah, of course you can, anyone with a blog can! But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to, or that you have any sort of advantage by taking this route. To be honest, most people with blogs never make a cent and many of them spend a lot of time and effort trying. For every person making a living from a blog there are 10,000 more that aren’t earning anything, or if they are lucky they are maybe scraping in enough to pay a bill or two.
That’s not intended to discourage you. I truly think starting your own website/blog/business is an excellent idea! Everyone should do it, and I mean that with all my heart and soul. Honestly, I do! However, the fact is that most people who do will never make any money from it.
I’m just being real here. The ENV2 blog beast cheerleaders want you to believe that you will just join up, do a bit of writing, share some content, and then retire on a tropical beach somewhere. But that’s not going to happen! I can promise you that right now.
Yes, if you are willing to learn how to choose a profitable niche, do keyword research, write compelling content, blog consistently, implement on-page search engine optimization (SEO), learn and keep up to date with off-site SEO, master social media marketing, become a video marketer, and a whole bunch of other things just like any other internet marketing specialist or professional blogger has to, then yes you can certainly build a successful online business blog in order to make money on the internet. It sure as heck won’t be easy and it definitely won’t happen quickly, but you can do it if you are truly dedicated to putting in a LOT of time, effort, money, sleepless nights, arguments with your spouse, loss of friends, and no more television, or wasting time on anything unimportant!
* Should I join Empower Network?
In my opinion, you would be far better off starting your own blog with your own domain on your own hosting. There are a ton of advantages in the long run to doing it that way and very few disadvantages. Once you get past all the crazy hype, all you are really getting with Empower Network is an expensive blog with a network marketing program to promote on it, and a little bit of training. That’s nothing special by any means.
I will say that using the ENv2 blogging system may give you a slight headstart as far as search engine rankings are concerned simply because they have build up a lot of authority already, and your blog gets some benefit from that juice. But that’s the biggest benefit I see to using it, and it’s not nearly as enough of a positive for me to recommend the program.
You could even start a completely free blog on something like blogger.com and essentially do the exact same thing without spending a dime, and basically have the same benefits and risks.
* Final thoughts
The part that I dislike the most about the entire system, and the major reason why I cancelled my account before spending too much of my time or money with them, is because THE BLOG IS NOT YOURS! Let me repeat that… The blog is NOT yours!
That means if you ever stop paying, or if Empower Network ever gets shut down, or they ever re-structure to change the entire program, or anything else happens — You will lose all that time and hard work you have put in, and all the income you have coming in from it. You can literally lose your entire online business overnight at no fault of your own. It’s completely out of your control.
Trust me, this happens a lot more often than you might think with programs like this. I’ve been around the internet marketing industry long enough to have seen it happen many times, even with the most highly touted and seemingly rock solid programs. You never know what’s going on behind the scenes even if everything looks great on the surface.
This is the main reason why I do not recommend becoming a user of ENv2 Blog Beast.
Do you honestly believe they will be around forever? I don’t! And when they go down, your blog goes down with them along with all your time, hard work, content, and income! So, stay away folks.
If you need something you can basically just plug into almost immediately without needing to learn much of anything in order to get started, and you don’t mind paying the inflated costs for that luxury or care about the fact that you are at their mercy and could lose it all in an instant, then I say go for it. For some people that is okay but I don’t think it’s worth it, so I am not recommending it.
I’ll admit, it sounds awesome and very hard to resist, but that’s exactly what they want so you will join! They are great marketers – there’s no denying that.
– Do I recommend joining? No, I don’t, but honestly it could be a lot worse. I’m close to the borderline on this one, so I wouldn’t completely blame you if you did.
– Is it a scam? Nope, I do admit that it is a legitimate online business blogging system, but still I am saying you can do better.
– Can you make money with ENv2 blog beast? Yes, it’s possible.
– Will you make money with it? That depends, but probably not.
And that, my new friend, is my honest review of empower network version 2… ENv2… blog beast… aka several other names. Hell, I don’t even know what it’s called. ;)