NotebookCrazy.com is where I’ll be keeping a digital diary — a notebook — of direct sales compensation plan reviews.
Some of ’em I have personal experience with; others, I just do the due diligence for you and present the facts, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to join whatever company’s business opportunity you’re thinking about joining.
I’ll also be introducing you to my partner — also a “Brad” — to tell you a little more about what we’ve been up to, outside of MLM.
Brad used to be a top earner in one of these new school, online network marketing opportunities but in sponsoring nearly 400 independent distributors in a little over a year… he noticed something: MLM on the internet doesn’t exactly work.
I mean, it does, and it doesn’t. It can work for a little while, but in the end, you slit your own wrists. Your success becomes your ultimate downfall. How so? Well, Brad will tell you more about this in his videos, but essentially, there’s only so much qualified MLM traffic online.
Introduction to Take Shape for Life MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome to Notebook Crazy, the thinking man’s multilevel marketing (MLM) review blog. My name is Brad, and by now, I am a seasoned MLM reviewer. When my friend the other Brad and I started this blog right around New Year’s, we decided that we were going to review every MLM business opportunity out there, and I think we underestimated just how many MLMs there are. To make a lng story short, winter (the season for sitting on one’s keister and writing MLM reviews) turned to Ebertfest, which turned to Paintball and fly fishing season, and then Talk Like a Pirate Day came and went (but not without my brother Brian scoring a dozen donuts as a prize for his pirate-inflected rendition of a speech from Othello), and here we are in October. I just came back from Oktoberfest, full of pretzels, Wurst, and beer (the other Brad didn’t eat any pretzels, since he avoids all carbs that are not beer), and it is in this state of mind and belly that I present to you my Take Shape for Life review.
As you may be able to infer from the name, Take Shape for Life products are designed for people who are trying to lose weight. (I may try to lose weight one day, but it will have to be after the world runs out of pretzels and garlic knots.) I have reviewed a lot of nutrition-related MLMs, and so my heart kind of sank when I saw that today was the day for my Take Shape for Life review. To my surprise, though, when I visited the Take Shape for Life website, I saw that, instead of protein powder and glorified vitamin tablets, the featured Take Shape for Life products were actually foods, and some of them looked like things I might actually want to eat. One of the Take Shape for Life products is actually just plain old mac and cheese, which is a personal favorite of mine, especially when it is a side dish to barbecued meat of some sort. But the product I couldn’t take my eyes off of, even after a day when I tasted mustard, radishes, and more kinds of Wurst than you can shake a stick at, was the pesto pasta. Its pesto sauce was such a beautiful color of green. [click to continue…]
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy, the grouchiest multilevel marketing (MLM) blog in the Midwest. I am Brad, and the introduction to this Push Click Commissions review may actually serve to help this blog of mine live down its reputation as the grouchiest of grouch MLM blogs. It is almost a cliché for bloggers to go on and on about things that get on their nerves, but something I saw on the Push Click Commissions website while I was researching this Push Click Commissions review got me thinking about something that doesn’t bother me all that much.
If you have read my other MLM reviews on this site, you know that it doesn’t take much to make me mad. You have read about a lot of things that bring out my inner grouch. For example, you know that among the things that make me go from zero to “Pete Townshend responding to a yes/no question in a televised interview” level of grouchy eloquence in a matter of seconds include nutritional supplements and the exaggerated claims attached to them, fungi, doing anything in the winter except sitting on my keister, and the marketing of expensive travel packages in a time and place where almost no one can afford to take a road trip to the next state unless it involves couch surfing or an RV. There are a lot of things that get my goat, especially in the world of MLM. I hate articles and blog posts that are all hype and no information or anecdotes. It gets my goat when people don’t fact check. (My blood pressure is rising now just thinking about the number of reviews of that documentary about Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp’s relationship with The Who where the reviewers did not even bother to do a quick Google search to find out that Pete Townshend’s last name has an H, but John Entwistle’s last name doesn’t.) It makes my blood boil when people try to deprive me of my beloved junk food. I am outraged at MLMs that try to get people to sell products (like multivitamins) and services (like electricity and Internet) that they could get much cheaper if they did a few clicks’ worth of research, and probably are getting much cheaper. I despise the cult of personality that grows up around some MLM leaders. It vexes me to read web content that sounds like it was written for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes only, although well-written SEO content can be one of life’s pleasures. I dislike fruit when it is served to me to improve my health, although I quite like it when it is on the table simply because it tastes good. Grouchy as I may be, I loathe mean-spirited blogs, especially when they are slanderous. I don’t care for endlessly complex MLM plans that make you jump through lots of hoops for a net income of what amounts to less than minimum wage. I’m not wild about business tools MLMs that sell you expensive versions of free software. I’m not a big fan of MLM training materials. And don’t get me started on MLM home sales parties.
Introduction to Chris Farrell MLM Compensation Plan
Ahoy, matey! Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and if you have caught the Talk Like a Pirate Day spirit, you are probably reading this Chris Farrell Membership review in your best pirate voice, even if you are reading it silently. Even before I realized that today was Talk Like a Pirate Day, that is, before my brother Brian showed up at my door with a box full of donuts he had gotten free at Krispy Kreme in exchange for talking like a pirate, I already had different accents on my mind, but Brian showed up at just the right time to add a sugary, salty, scurvy-ridden touch to my Chris Farrell Membership review.
Krispy Kreme was only supposed to give Brian one donut for talking like a pirate. You only get a dozen donuts if you dress like a pirate; while Brian did not actually put together a pirate costume, he did drive a considerable distance to Krispy Kreme, and he did recite the soliloquy from Othello in which Iago describes his evil plan, and the employees and costumed pirates, with their skyrocketing blood sugar, were so impressed that Brian ended up with a dozen free donuts. He stopped by my place so we could eat enough of them to reduce the donut population to where it was safe to bring the box of donuts home without fear of his kids eating enough donuts to get hyper. As soon as Brian arrived at my house, he called his wife to brag about the loot, and she pointed out that Iago from Othello does not fit the strictest definition of a pirate, to which Brian replied that Iago is an unsavory character who has spent a lot of time on a ship, so it is close enough. [click to continue…]
Introduction to ClickBank University MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy. I am Brad, and if you look closely, you can see that I, like my namesake in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, tremble with anticipation. We are now well into the second half of September, which means that it is only a matter of a few short weeks before I can stuff my face with beer, pretzels, and Wurst at Oktoberfest. If you have read my other posts on this blog, you know that I am a dyed in the wool couch potato. Why, then, am I so excited about going to Oktoberfest? Wouldn’t it be best to have the Germanic edibles for which the Midwest is so famous delivered to my house, so that I can gorge myself on the fruits of Oktoberfest right here on my couch? Indeed, I can think of worse ways to spend time than sitting on my keister in the company of Wurst and beer, but eating Oktoberfest food at home, while not an entirely undesirable experience, sounds like less fun than eating Oktoberfest food at Oktoberfest. The fun of Oktoberfest isn’t just the food. It’s the critical mass of Lederhosen that makes the air smell like leather. It’s the waitresses in dirndls and blond Valkyrie wigs. It’s wondering if the kid at the next picnic table, whose parents just realized that he chugged his root beer too quickly, will make it out of earshot before he pukes. It’s the accordion players who are so skilled that you wonder why they don’t spend the other 11 months of the year playing in a Weird Al tribute band. It’s the feeling of anticipation (See? I told you you can see me trembling) that maybe, just maybe, this year, the other Brad, my business partner and Notebook Crazy co-founder, will eat a pretzel, although he had not ingested a complex carb that wasn’t beer since 1998. These things have to be experienced in person. You can buy a lot of things online, but not the fun of a Midwestern Oktoberfest.
On this blog, I review every multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunity that comes to my attention, and I have decided to start this ClickBank University review with a shout out to an eagerly anticipated (still trembling) Oktoberfest, because ClickBank University products are digital products training materials on how to market these digital products or other digital products of your own invention. I have reviewed quite a few business tools MLMs recently, and most of them are duds, even by MLM standards, but I must admit that I was skeptical of the ClickBank University business opportunity even before I visited the ClickBank University website, before I had even confirmed that ClickBank University was a business tools MLM. I was skeptical as soon as I saw the name. [click to continue…]
Introduction to Five Dollar Funnel MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy, the grouchiest multilevel marketing (MLM) review site in the Midwest. I am Brad, your resident couch potato, and without leaving my couch, I am continuing on what is turning into a very long quest to review every multilevel marketing business opportunity I can find. This blog is one of several business projects in which my business partner the other Brad and I are involved. If you read enough posts on this blog, you will realize that the other Brad and I are lifelong friends, and while we are opposites in many ways, we share an enthusiasm for harmless, meaningful, and productive self-employment and a distaste for the cubicle farm scene.
When we first started this blog, after discussing the then-new movie The Big Short at my brother Bryce’s New Year’s Party, we made a list of all the MLM companies we had heard of and decided to review them in hopes of identifying the MLM companies in which members had the best chance of making money, or at least breaking even. (We came to the conclusion that, if you can make money at MLM, no matter which MLM company you choose, you can probably make money at anything, and your business talents are best applied to another industry, but that is a story for another day.) Most of the MLMs on our original list were nutraceutical MLMs; I attribute this to the fact that the other Brad, who is a serious athlete and has at times worked as a fitness trainer, heard about a lot of these MLMs from people he met at the gym. This is a key difference between the other Brad and me. Protein shakes are a normal part of the other Brad’s diet, whereas I am of the mindset that nutrients that are not on the menu at Oktoberfest are nutrients I can live without. [click to continue…]
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy. I am Brad, a lifelong couch potato who enjoys the pursuit of knowledge almost as much as I dislike soul-sucking jobs. Another thing I really like is the Midwest, which works out well for me, since I have lived here my whole life. I decided about eight years ago that I had had enough of mind-numbing jobs that take away your free time and give you very little in return, and so my friend the other Brad and I embarked on a number of business ventures, some of which have turned out better than others. One thing we did notice along the way is that, in the entrepreneurship community, you will find lots of people promoting multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities. The other Brad and I actually tried out a few of them. One of them was a nutraceutical MLM, and it left me with lots of credit card debt (before I got mixed up with this nutraceutical MLM, I had actually paid my credit card balance down to zero, thanks to the low cost of living in the Midwest and our culture of frugality) and many boxes of fungus coffee, which are still piled up in my basement. I don’t mind coffee, but I hate fungus. Another MLM we tried was a business tools MLM, and that one was just as bad.
After those experiences, and after seeing the movie The Big Short, which is about a bunch of nerds trying to warn people not to ruin their finances, and after a few drinks at my brother Bryce’s New Year’s Eve party, the other Brad and I decided that we would be the next bunch of nerds to warn people against ruining their finances. I think, on that night, we still wanted to believe that it is possible to make money through MLM, and we definitely still believe that dealing with your own social circle and local community can be a sound business strategy, just not in the way that MLM companies would have you do it. I definitely see my friends of friends and neighbors and former classmates as potential clients and colleagues, but I definitely don’t see them as a warm market. [click to continue…]
Welcome to Notebook Crazy. I am Brad, and Notebook Crazy is my multilevel marketing (MLM) review blog. I originally started reviewing MLMs to pass the time in the winter of 2016, but here we are almost at the end of the summer, and I keep finding more MLMs to review. This is my Zukul review, and after you read it, I encourage you to click through some of my other posts. On these pages, you will find shout outs to innovators past and present, reminiscences about my favorite music (mostly British rock music from the 70s), and numerous rants about the MLM industry that ruins so many people’s finances. You could even consider my blog one long love letter to the Midwest. What you will not find is hype and pressure to join MLMs. Notebook Crazy is the thinking man’s MLM blog, where I share the things I have learned during my lifelong quest to be the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout.
Zukul: The Company and Its Products
When I review a multilevel marketing (MLM) company here on Notebook Crazy, I start by looking at the official website of the company itself, and I also read reviews of that company on MLM reviews sites and any comments that have been posted to them. Thus, a lot of the information I found for this Zukul review comes from the Zukul website and from the Zukul reviews on Behind MLM and the (felicitously named) blog Pajamas and Tie. (Longtime readers of Notebook Crazy will recall that, when I was a much younger grouch, backed before the word “blog” even existed, I wrote a blog, and I named it Classic Rock Ragnarok. As blog names go, Classic Rock Ragnarok is pretty hard to beat, but even so, I tip my hat to Pajamas and Tie.) [click to continue…]
Introduction to Disrupt Worldwide MLM Compensation Plan
Hey, it’s me, Brian. Notebook Crazy is my brother Brad’s multilevel marketing (MLM) review site, but I am writing this Disrupt Worldwide review as a guest post. The first two reasons have to do with my 9 to 5 job. (I am a high school English teacher.) That got your attention, didn’t it? MLM blogs are supposed to be all about kicking your 9 to 5 job to the curb and out-earning your former boss, but my 9 to 5 job has given me two reason to want to review Disrupt Worldwide. First, speaking as someone whose job it is to help students develop a good writing style, something about the name “Disrupt Worldwide” just sounds unidiomatic to me. Why would you want to name a company Disrupt Worldwide? Can anything good come of a worldwide disruption? Worldwide Disruption doesn’t sound like a very good name for an MLM company, either (if anything, it sounds like a cheap knockoff of Project Mayhem), but at least it is clearly a noun with an adjective in attributive position. Disrupt Worldwide, I suppose, is a verb being described by an adverb, but it isn’t very meaningful when the verb doesn’t have a subject or object. Who is disrupting what, exactly?
Not only that, but my decision to write this Disrupt Worldwide review was precipitated by an onslaught of ungrammatical and unidiomatic phrases that put “disrupt worldwide” to shame. (Yes, I am an English teacher, and I intentionally used passive voice. It is, at best, an insidious stereotype that you should never use passive voice, and you can tell your teacher that Mr. Kartoffel, the most awesome English teacher in the Midwest, told you that.) This three-day weekend has arrived at just the right time, after my first week of school. Earlier this week, I gave my students an in-class writing assignment to write about something that happened this summer that changed their perspective on something, and those essays were a lot of fun to read, but this weekend, I am grading the first practice essay question for AP English, and it is painful. It is just the beginning of the year, so I assigned it to get a sense of where students are starting, but it is really tedious to read all those essays on the same subject with the AP rubric in mind. Most MLM bloggers would take this as an opportunity to gloat about the fact that I am a chump who has to teach all week and grade essays all weekend while all they have to do to make money is click, but my brother Brad is not most MLM bloggers. [click to continue…]
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy, the grouchiest multilevel marketing (MLM) blog in the Midwest. My name is Brad, and until a few minutes ago, I was in a really foul mood. You see, this is my Zyn Travel review, and travel MLMs, almost without exception, are really bad news. I am on a quest to review every MLM business opportunity available, and I have run across quite a few travel MLMs in my day, and the story never ends well. Travel MLMs are a bit like those coupon books you used to have to sell for school fundraisers, useless, except that, at your age, you are not cute enough to sell useless things based on your charm. (I am not calling you old; I am not even suggesting that you are old enough to buy alcohol. What I mean is that, if you are old enough that your reading level is sufficient to read this Zyn Travel review, you are no longer cute enough to sell discounts on things people will never buy.)
In researching this Zyn Travel review, I read several other Zyn Travel reviews that agreed that Zyn Travel products are overpriced travel packages to what one Zyn Travel review described as “less popular tropical destinations” or something along those lines. Now, I may be a grouch, but imagine how grouchier I would be if I had to spend every word of every post lamenting about how much money you aren’t going to make at all of these MLM business opportunities. That is why I have chosen to lighten the mood with stories of various things I have learned on my quest to become the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout. If you read all the way through this blog, you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about the Nile monitor lizard, the Beanie Baby bubble of the 1990s, and the I, Libertine hoax conducted by the great Midwesterner Jean Shepherd and the night people who listened to his radio show. A few days ago, I reviewed another travel MLM called Volishon, and I found out that, in order to get rich with Volishon, you have to recruit over 32,000 people, which doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that there are 19 sovereign states on Earth that do not even have 32,000 people living in their capital cities. Less popular tropical destinations, indeed. [click to continue…]
Welcome to Notebook Crazy. My name is Brad, and this blog is my ongoing project to review as many multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities as I can. If you have ever been to an MLM sales meeting in a hotel convention room, or worse, an MLM home sales party, you know that MLM sales pitches can be a colossal bore, but my task of reviewing MLM companies is never boring. While writing this blog, I have learned a whole lot about a whole lot of things. In researching this Volishon review, for example, not only did I find out what the fourteenth power of two is, I also found out that there are 19 sovereign states in which the capital city has fewer than 32,000 inhabitants. I set myself the goal long ago of becoming the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout, and this blog is certainly helping me make progress toward that goal.
Here is how Notebook Crazy works. I find out about an MLM company, and I read its website, as well as reviews of the MLM company on MLM review blogs and comments and blog posts by current and former members of the MLM. I compare its product line and compensation plan to those of other MLM companies. Finally, I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of joining this particular MLM company, and finally I offer my assessment of whether you should join. So far, I have yet to find an MLM company that compares favorably to non-MLM opportunities. [click to continue…]
This is going to be all about me and this site! The notebook crazy person here!
I am 33 years old and have owned my own business since I was 25. Basically I do everything in my power to not get a real job. This would be why I am so experienced in the industry known as MLM. I have certainly had my share of successes as well as failures.
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