Beware Of This Pyramid Deal

This post is worth the read.

Someone wrote me back today after I sent out an email promoting The Empower Network. If you don’t know, The Empower Network sells courses on making money online, and also offers the opportunity to sell those courses.

Some people do very well learning from and selling their courses.

So I recommend people do that, and offer help to people who buy them through me.
(buying from anywhere else means you do NOT get my personal help)

So, this guy wrote me this email:

“The massive earnings for this type of system (empower network, etc.) are “extraordinary” and it says that at the bottom of the website you link to. It doesn’t work for 98% of people.

I’m all for residual income and affiliate marketing, but pushing a system that ultimately work for a few people is not something EVERY actor needs to do or CAN do.
I like a lot of your advice Bones, but pushing these pyramid-type systems is not for me.
It leaves a weird taste in my mouth when I’m trying to swallow the other valuable information you talk about.” 

And I answered him:

Thanks for writing; I appreciate the guts it took to say that instead of just hiding and making assumptions. It means you like what I’m doing and teaching, just not what you think is a pyramid thing.

I don’t blame you- if I were you, I might feel the same thing. I just have a little more info on it than you do. But let me tell you first:

You’re right;
those incomes are extraordinary.

and 98% of people won’t make any money

…Just like in acting.
Actually, your “chances” as an actor are even worse.
But in the acting business, some people UNDERSTAND that it’s up to them.
But many don’t, right? They say things like “Hollywood won’t let me…”
or some other bullshit.
In this affiliate program (and EVERY other business that has EVER been),
only a small percentage ever do what’s required to be successful.
So, if you like my advice, here it is:Take your OWN responsibility for your own results.
My acting career is CRAPPY in my opinion, but I’ve earned more than 98% of actors
in their lifetimes.
By doing BARELY the minimum…. you know what I mean.
Again- I think I have been a TERRIBLE business owner of my acting business,
but have still earned $400,000. Just commercials; no film, 4 tv spots.
Can you imagine if I told people they can be actors and make $400,000
WITHOUT doing film or TV?
People would call me a “scammer”, and whatever the hell else, right?
I have this conversation with myself often, and I sometimes think I shouldn’t bother giving people an opportunity like Empower, but the truth is that the courses they sell taught me a LOT, and the affiliate program has been great for me too.
I don’t expect the business “to work”, I bought the courses, and am an AFFILIATE for them.If I want to make money, the business doesn’t “work”- I do stuff to make it work.
I don’t know if you understand the difference there, but if you have bought any
of my courses (and read them), you would.You sound like you do, but let me tell you how I know beyond a doubt.
Affiliate marketing:
Just sell other people’s stuff, and get paid!
That’s one of the things I teach people.
Sounds “too good to be true”, but it is true!
You’d think that people would just LINE UP to learn something like that,
wouldn’t you?You’d be SHOCKED if I told you how many people buy my book and NEVER read it.Or take my classes, and then STOP showing up to learn.And since I have my own affiliate program (I pay people to sell NoMoreWaiters), I can tell you that very few sales are from affiliates.
And it’s mostly the SAME affiliates…Wanna see?
“not set” and “Bonesrod” are me… that means that of the 34 sales in this period,
only 4 sales were from affiliates-and one of those had made sales before.But what I really want you to notice is the “hop count”,
which says how many people visited the site through someone’s link.
2, 4, 6,1, etc… that’s the usual.But here’s the SCARY PART- the top says there are “536 items found”.See that?It means that there were 536 affiliates who sent clicks, and of those, only 3 made sales.

3 people out of 536.

But does affiliate marketing work? YUP.

Just ask MRoldan– she only sent 30 clicks- and made 2 sales.

Don’t you think most people would do AT LEAST that?

Well, they don’t.
People just give up on stuff- all the time.I do it too- DEFINITELY 😀
But I’m not blaming anyone for it.
Did you know that 67% of people with Gym memberships NEVER go?
(As in not even once… like, they pay, but NEVER enter!)

But do gyms “work”? Of course!

I get people who say “Bones’ stuff doesn’t work”, and I’m like
“Really? What did you DOOOOO?”
The answer is ALWAYS- 100% of the time- SILENCE.
Sooooo, I already have a business in selling information,
and it does pretty well.
I’ve been without a day job for 15 years now!
Then I started teaching people to do the same, explaining this idea of an “Online vending machine
Some listen, and they build their own.
Others get confused and want a “ready-made” opportunity.
I have a few of those too; I just bought another one last month.
In my opinion, Empower is the one where people will LEARN the most,
and have the chance to earn- and ME to help them- which is the REAL
So, I started “pushing” it recently.
ANYWAY… It’s NOT POSSIBLE for Empower to be a scam- they sell courses,
and give you the chance to sell them too.When people buy them, the buyer gets the courses, and you get a commission.
There’s nothing else to it.
  • If you don’t sell them, then that’s on YOU.
  • If you don’t book any acting work, that’s on YOU.
  • If you sell books in the street, and no one buys them, that’s on YOU.
It’s the same all around, but many people don’t understand that.
You can literally just put your website in front of enough people and some will buy.internetmarketer18-color
The vast majority will not bother to do that, (as I showed you above) and that’s when most people will quit.

People go on 5 auditions, don’t book anything, and quit acting.

-It might take a while before they realized they’ve quit, but they stop doing anything to get the next audition- that’s quitting.
You already know people like that I’m sure.98% of people in Empower send 15 people to a website over 3 months, don’t make a sale,
and they quit.And then say “Empower didn’t work” or something like that.
There is nothing easier in my opinion than having a website that
sells stuff for you, and putting people in front of it, so that’s one
of the things I teach.
I haven’t had a day job for 15 years because of that ONE idea, and so I teach people to make their own “online vending machines
It’s also what Empower PROVIDES- so that’s why I recommend it to people, and they PAY ME to recommend it too- even better!And they pay OTHER people to recommend it- Even MO’ BETTA!
So, thanks for your question- it gave me an opportunity to write this out, and you’ll probably see this as an email and blog post in a few days…and see our income disclaimer for anything about money.
If you decide to actually LEARN how this works, let me know- I like helping people who are earnest. Some just write to be snarky and criticize, but that wasn’t your tone, so that’s why I wrote back.
Have an awesome Halloween- I’m taking Pike Trick or Treating now!!

People Told Me It Was A Scam; I Guess I Deserved It

I sent this email out to some friends, and I thought I’d post it here too:


I know you haven’t heard from me in a bit, but you were a member
of Empower Network for a little while, and I want to let you know what
happened with me…
I joined like 2 years ago, because I liked the hype of “100% commissions”
and all of that, but I was also turned off by that same hype.
I just figured it was a cool new “deal”, and I was willing to try it out.I told a few people who knew about this kind of stuff, but I didn’t really promote it publicly, y’know?Some people told me it was a scam.
But I just watched the videos, used the blog, and learned from the courses,
which I applied to my own business-
I made new products, did webinars, helped a lot more people,
and sold a lot more on No More Waiters as a result of what I had learned.
In the meantime, on occasion someone “joined” Empower, and I just sent them 
to the main system, and they did whatever they wanted.
I kept learning from the courses in the back office, and I started
using the blog more, to promote my business, using what they teach.
And then more people bought my products, and I’d collect checks.
And every once in a while, someone would buy the Empower blog from me.
and I’d collect a check.
And then sometimes, someone would buy more
Just like I had done.
And then someone bought a lot of stuff
And I started getting deposits from Empower that were just as much
as income from my own business…
 that I had been promoting, creating products for, doing webinars for,
and doing joint ventures and all that stuff.
And then I got a deposit for $787…
So I started paying a lot MORE attention.
And then I realized why people who “get” Empower stayed, versus
people who kind of just thought it was a new “deal”, like I first thought it was.
You see, it turns out that the “system” they were hyping
had a foundation of BLOGGING that works whether you make one post or 100.
And I had used the system to build No More Waiters…
But ended up selling a bunch of Empower Network products too.
And that’s when I realized why IT WORKS.
Because there is a percentage of people reading blogs online
who want to LEARN about making money online…. by blogging.
And Empower sells those products.
there will be a percentage of those people who will want to learn
all the things I learned for No More Waiters.
And if you are an affiliate for that, then YOU get paid.
If you want to see my blog, it’s here-
I didn’t understand how that all worked at first, and I think most people get
confused with the MLM part, and the hype and want it to work like some “miracle”
Except it kinda DOES do that also.
Because since I’ve been making SALES, some of them have also become
Like the ol’ “I bought the product, so I became an business owner” you
hear about in the old MLM meetings.
Except it’s TRUE.
So, I am writing to tell you that instead of “recruiting”, and doing “opportunity meetings” and all of that, to concentrate on MAKING SALES of whatever business you are pursuing.

You only get paid when there’s a SALE.

And getting paid is the way you make money 😀

I hope you’re doing well, and let me know that you read this, even if you 
are going to let this pass you by now.

How I Blogged Myself Out Of A Day Job!

My name is Bones Rodriguez, and I have been a full-time actor for over 15 years.

I’ve been on TV, stage and you’ve probably seen me in dozens of commercials.

But I’m not the “usual” actor story.

Instead of waiting tables like most other actors, I learned to make money with the internet by blogging, and creating what I call “Online Vending Machines”.

These “online vending machines” sell other people’s stuff for me, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s crazy, and I didn’t think it would work, but I tried it anyway.

And y’know what? It worked!

That’s why I haven’t had a day job in over a decade- I’m FREE to do what I want.

So really, I’m a “full-time” whatever I want.


A full-time actor, full-time Author, Full-Time Father… WHATEVER I WANT.

A few years ago, I wrote a book for actors to teach them how to do it too, but since other kinds of people wanted to know, I did a live webinar to teach people.

The video is below- It’s about an hour, so maybe you should take notes.

The coolest part though?

It’s actually ON my blog!


“How I Blogged Myself To A Full-Time Income!”

(Press Play, and go FULLSCREEN)


“There are 2 kinds of people in the world- those who get bills in the mail, and those who GET CHECKS in the mail.

Which do YOU want to be?”

I decided a long time ago that I couldn’t have the life I wanted if someone else controlled my money and my time.

So, I chose to learn to make money without trading time for it.

That may sound impossible at first, but if you think about a vending machine, when you buy something from it, the owner made money even though they weren’t there.

I built my blog on MY time- when I wanted to.

You’ll learn how to create “Online Vending Machines”, and a BLOG can be one.

But when you say that, a lot of people think that you make money from a blog just with ads- that’s the AMATEUR way to do it, and you have to create OCEANS of traffic to make any money.

In this video, I show you how to make a full-time income with a blog- so you can be free to audition, shoot, perform, parent, play, write, travel, or SLEEP (unless you’re a parent)!

I normally do $2,000 mastermind sessions where I teach people how to do what I do, and I have great testimonials from very happy people.

But instead of $2,000 masterminds, I have completely changed what I’m doing, and it will be to YOUR advantage, Enjoy the video above, takes notes! 


By the way, this is a secret.

3 Reasons To Watch This Video

“Dave, why are you laying on the HYPE right now?”

Well, when you see this video, you’ll get the 3 reasons:

See what I mean?

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Network Marketing, versus Affiliate Marketing- What’s The Difference?

Network Marketing vs Affiliate Marketing, vs High-Ticket Sales- Which is best?Unless you’re in the space of Home business and making money from home or online, you might not really understand the difference between Network Marketing, Affiliate marketing (or affiliate sales) or what’s now known as “High -Ticket”sales or “GPT” as Mike Dillard called it a few years ago.

This video by Darren Hanser really does an excellent job of explaining the differences and why a system that we both use really takes the best from all three philosophies:

So, if that cleared up the differences between Affiliate Marketing, Network Marketing, and High Tickets sasles for you, leave a comment. If the system he described sounds like something you’d like to know more about, then CLICK HERE TO TAKE A TEST DRIVE.

The Young Living Rep Who Works Too Hard

Sometimes I’m not very clear… and I also don’t take my own advice.

Here’s how this started:

I have a personal friend who I just learned is in the Network Marketing company Young Living Essential Oils.

She works too hard.

Young Living makes all sorts of oils for whatever ails you, and it’s a health and wellness-based company, with all sorts of oils for the home, beauty etc.

She is excited about the opportunity, and is well-read on a lot of the books and materials on Network Marketing; she follows Eric Worre, and has a large leg that was built because she got lucky and found a builder in depth.

That’s all great, but she’s been at it for a while, and not seeing the results she wants, or expects for the time and energy she’s putting in because:

She is being taught to build the business like it was still 1995.

In order to learn from me, and what I’ve been doing with No More Waiters, she asked for an appointment to “chat” at a Starbucks, and since she was a personal friend, I said yes.

This was my first mistake. I often tell people not to have “chats” but instead to send someone to get information first- PAID information first- and then discuss whatever they want.

Only “talk” to CUSTOMERS.

Why? Because they are better informed, and show some commitment by paying.

But she was a friend, and I didn’t want to be… “mercenary”; I was trying to be helpful.

I couldn’t understand why she didn’t just want to get on the phone, or buy any of the materials that I obviously recommend so that she could learn how to do things differently, but I said what the heck- it was nice to reminisce about coffee shop meetings.

I learned that she was doing tables and booths at conventions and trying to retail the oils, hoping to find some motivated customers.

She was doing presentations on a whiteboard at an office space, trying to get the NY team motivated and grow the presence in the city.

She is working too HARD.

And not getting results.

When we sat down I tried to explain to her that those methods are too old, and frankly, that no one would want to duplicate her.


She wanted to meet with me, because my EXAMPLE is one that people would like to emulate- I send out some emails, and live my life.

Yes, I sit at this computer at times, but it’s always in pursuit of a new idea or something.

It is NOT to retail some produtcs.

I also tried to explain to her that although Eric Worre is a big champion for the industry, that what he actually DOES is internet marketing, and to follow his example instead of his teachings about home meetings and “coffee plans”.

I then told her what I thought would be the LIGHTBULB moment for her:

“Sell Shovels”

You see, in the gold rush, although many, many people were out looking for gold, it was the people selling shovels and jeans that made all the money.

The money is in the tools.

But also to use the tools to grow her business.

I tried explaining that what we were doing here with Empower is to teach people how to grow their business online, and to give them the shovels to do it with.

And to ALSO sell the shovels.

She got it.

A few hours later, she texted me saying that she wanted to write a booklet on Young Living products that would help other reps sell the oils.

I told that’s a good idea, but frankly would be a nightmare to do legally and probably not worth the money.

I sent her the capture page for the TEAM BUILDING FORMULA so she could buy the blueprint and start to learn how to build her business online:

I thought she would buy it immediately, but she didn’t.

I actually should have told her to BUY IT, but I didn’t.

Again, trying not to be…”Mercenary”.

So, I also sent her the ATTRACTION MARKETING FORMULA from Elite Marketing Pro, but I think it confused her because she didn’t buy it either, and instead asked about “buying in” to the different companies.



See, had I just said “Buy the TEAM BUILDING FORMULA, and then we’ll talk” then she would have had a better understanding of all the info I dumped on her.

On top of all of this, someone I know just quit her job because she had a “good month” in her Arbonne business. She didn’t sponsor anyone, but she had a few “promises” from her friends that they would be customers.


So- I have been thinking about all of this for a few days, and here I am writing this post.

And I’m writing it in the hopes that the next time I encounter someone who is being told by her upline to do meetings and spend ALL that time and energy away from her family and life, that I will SELL FIRST.

Here’s the process- in 6 steps:

1- Start a blog about the benefits of your product

2- Sell an INFORMATION product that promotes your main product.

3- Sell your main product by using the power of the internet to work for you instead of doing meetings yourself.

4- Offer the opportunity to do what you just did.

5- Teach them to do what you just did.


Sounds simple, right?

Well, it actually isn’t!

Because- as you can see, there’s a lot to learn.

And then there’ll be a lot to teach.




What if you didn’t have to do it?

What if you could just send someone through a done-for-you system that not only showed them how to set all of that up, but taught them the principles of it, AND PAID YOU FOR SENDING THEM THERE?

That’s Empower Network.

That’s what we’re doing here.

It’s not for prospects- it’s for REPS.

It’s the shovel that actually teaches you HOW TO SHOVEL and find the gold.

You see?

Because of what I have learned here, I use these steps to build my No More Waiters business, my Health Advice and product business, my CARDS business.

Et Cetera- until I don’t want to have anymore funnels.

“Why all the funnels?”

WHY NOT? They are fun to build!!!!

It has nothing to do with “buying in all those companies”, it’s the LEARNING itself.

So- if this LONG-ASS POST hasn’t gotten you to see why EVERY Network marketer is better off here learning from Empower Network instead of learning what worked in 1995, then…

Start with the Viral Blogging System NOW and upgrade to ALL of the products- you’ll be thrilled that you did, and then you WON’T be working too hard!

Graduation Inspiration: Great speech, with “Super-Sized” Results!

This video will surprise you.

It’s pretty HYPED up, because he believes he’s telling the TRUTH about the world that awaits him.

What a great college graduation speech, and what interesting results:

Maybe it’s time to look further into whether or not having an internet business is all HYPE, or if it’s all TRUTH… or a combination of both.

You see, we have been sold a pack of lies.

Someone told us that if we went to the right schools, that if we got good grades, that if we told us whatever the teacher told us before that we would find success in the world.

That’s why this graduate is so hyped up.

He believed them.

The thing is, the grades you got- especially in these times- have nothing to do with your chances of success in life.

But what if I told you that you could just learn some SKILLS (not facts) and if you applied them, they could pay you forever?


Here is a FACT:

Learning skills is the way to financial success, because every computer in the world is full of facts.

Which means it can replace a fact-knower.

But if you develop some skills that make you valuable, then you will always find success.

And that is TRUTH.

But maybe you really should take a look at this interview, and decide for yourself if it’s all TRUTH or HYPE

Me? I’ve already made my decision.