UPDATE 1: Since writing this piece below about Personal Success Blueprint, I was contacted by the owner Bob Thompson, who wanted to put forward his side to clarify some points. In the interest of fairness and openness, I have included Bob’s message at the bottom of this post. You can skip down to it by clicking here.
Product Name: Personal Success Blueprint
Owner: Bob Thompson
Release Date: April 1st, 2016
Okay, so when I first saw there was a new product called Personal Success Blueprint, it caught my attention. There is something about the word “blueprint” which makes me think that it will be a good guide to follow. But what actually is Personal Success Blueprint? What does it claim to teach you?
UPDATE 2 (August 2016): The site no longer exists. Instead, when I just tried to visit it I got this message:
Here’s the sales video:
NO LONGER EXISTS
So, it’s all about “Network Marketing”. What is network marketing? Well, typing it into Google, I got this:
What is “Multi-Level Marketing”? Well, I typed that into Google and got this:
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that describe a pyramid scheme?
Even the image that accompanies it looks like a pyramid!
But let’s take another look at the Personal Success Blueprint website. If you click on the “How It Works” link, you will see a long series of steps which includes:
“We promote the Affiliate Program”
So it’s not even just that they will want you to promote the product, they actually want you to promote the affiliate program. That means they want you to try to get other people to sell this product. And because anyone who buys this product will therefore also be told to get other people to sell the product, it just goes on growing and growing until it collapses under its own stupid weight.
So I strongly suspect that the only product you are going to be taught how to sell, and taught how to teach other people to sell, is Personal Success Blueprint itself.
Is Personal Success Blueprint a Scam?
Yes, in my opinion, it is. This book is going to teach you all about pyramid selling and is gong to get you to be part of that pyramid. So my advice is to stay well away from this.
You’re far better off joining something like Wealthy Affiliate.
Thank you for reading my mini review of Personal Success Blueprint. I hope you found it helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the comments section below and I will reply ASAP.
All the best,
UPDATE: Message from Bob Thompson:
I understand your thought process, however, I feel that I am not in the wrong; and once you understand my perspective you’ll hopefully realise that.
The idea of my Affiliate Program is to create awareness of the Book, that book is designed to educate people as to the inefficiencies of the Industry; that Industry, last I looked is still legal, albeit inefficient due to the nature of the multi-level process, lack of training and silo operating methodologies of Distributors.
Interestingly the judiciary and FTC are looking for ways to close the entire Industry down, that’s because too many people are losing money. In my view, until the Industry is effectively outlawed (which it may never be); then it is very difficult to remedy against inefficient practice – that is the crux; however if any practice is illegal (i.e. an actual pyramid scheme)as noted below then it should be.
As someone who buys for and transforms corporates every day; I see the way Distributors sign up and promote individual biz-ops. This is clearly inefficient because they cannot get the economies of scale (in other words they can’t build a downline – not because there aren’t enough people (see next para), but because the people are spread out too thin promoting 1000
different opportunities.) Therein lies the difficulty.
That said, no business has an infinite market, banks, supermarkets etc are all subject to the rules of supply and demand (whether a monopoly, duopoly or other), usually when they run out of people they look to sell other products and services, this happens all of the time. Here in the UK, many high street brands and Industries per se are a testament to this because they cannot sell enough or they sell the wrong stuff and they go pop; moreover, their pension funds simply aren’t big enough to support future requirements.
In MLM the so-called contentious piece is that there aren’t enough people in the world to fill everyone’s downline such that each makes a profit; that is true, but that doesn’t mean to say that more efficient ways of developing the Industry can’t be found to overcome this e.g. diversification into multiple opportunities can be one option to alleviate this.
Clearly MLM earnings can only come on the back of product or service sales (that’s what keeps it legal) – be it from a downline or from retail sales; again this is blurred given the argument as what can be considered a proper consumption sale; if it’s recruitment that users get paid on then it is a pyramid scheme. This is a fine line and this is where misrepresentation and poor advertising diminishes the respect of the Industry.
My product is simply not about Network Marketing; it’s about Distributor optimisation and better buying should you choose to get involved. It’s not about advertising online nor is it about the misrepresentation of any fact. It is simply a Guide as to how to buy better and work together should one wish to get involved. That is not a scam.
Opinion and feelings still need to be measured and within the bounds of what is reasonable and acceptable. The definition of a scam is a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt obtain money or something else of value. I’m clearly not that and one cannot misrepresent the fact the Network Marketing is illegal or a scam in general because it isn’t.
At the end of the day, I seek to provide value for money knowledge and interpretation along with a structured route that supports more proficient sourcing of opportunities and buying of products by people who want to do this; in other words, I seek ways to remove the waste that is so prevalent.
Without education and development, too many people will continue to lose money; that’s the same for Affiliate Marketers and Network Marketers, Franchisees and Brick/Mortar business owners who invest in their own business but fail to sell anything or grow. Each has its place, each offers a different perspective and opportunity; ultimately, it’s up to all of us to determine how best to optimise that business which we work in today. My hope is that those involved in Network Marketing can see it for
what it is, can see what works and what doesn’t and then seek out ways to improve it for the benefit of everyone involved – that’s the rationale for the Guide; that is what I’ve written.
Clearly, if I have confused you, then that is not my intent; so apologies if that was the case. Thanks for pointing this confusion out, clearly my copy wasn’t as effective as it should have been and this will be addressed.