I’ve been receiving a few emails about Finish Line Network recently, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.
The company claims that even complete newbies can “start at the finish line” using their done for you system, to make a significant income online.
These are some pretty bold claims and I’ve heard this sort of thing before.
So I did my homework to find out if this income opportunity is legit or just another scam.
And in this review, I’ll share what I found to help you decide for yourself if it’s worthwhile.
Finish Line Network Review
The company is run by three digital marketers- Chad Stalvey, Greg Chambers and Doug Wellens.
These are the same guys who run Traffic Authority, an MLM ‘business opportunity’ that centers around traffic packages.
I haven’t reviewed Traffic Authority but it does appear to be similar to their latest endeavour, Finish Line Network.
Anyways, FLN promises people a done for you method of making money online. The whole concept revolves around starting your business “the easy way”.
That may sound cool. But there are pros and cons with ANY done for you system.
At best, it is never as easy as many will lead you to believe. There is no such thing as a system you can just ‘plug into’ and start making lots of money.
What Is Finish Line Network About?
Finish Line Network is a multi-level marketing (MLM) system, where members are encouraged to ‘buy in’ at a various product levels, in order to qualify to earn money promoting the same system.
There are FOUR product levels in total and affiliates have the option to either buy each product level or sell six of each product to qualify.
This does make FLN a “pay to play” system, but you technically don’t have to buy anything other than the $20 per month affiliate membership fee to get rolling and (eventually) qualified.
Although purchasing the product levels is obviously strongly encouraged and there is an emphasis on “going all in”. Which means buying $1000’s in products from day 1.
In any case, with the right training and with consistent effort, it is possible to make money with a system like this. And it does appear that you get tangible products for your money.
However, if history is anything to go by, most people end up losing money with systems like this. And they have a tendency to collapse or get shut down by the FTC.
Take MOBE and Digital Altitude for example.
These were both VERY similar companies- high ticket MLM recruiting business systems, with most of the training teaching people how to promote the same system.
Both companies were shut down and both lost a lot of people money.
I’m not saying that this makes Finish Line Network a scam or pyramid scheme, or even that it will suffer the same fate. I am just being upfront with you about the controversy surrounding this sort of business model.
In reality, only a small percentage of affiliates earn the bulk of the money with these systems. And typically those with deep pockets and years of internet marketing experience.
How Does This System Work?
To get started with Finish Line Network, you first need to create a free account. This gives you access to a basic members area that outlines what the products and business opportunity are about.
However, to qualify to promote FLN, you need to pay a $20 per month fee. And if you want to make real money with this system, you need to buy the products you want to promote too. Which range from $47 per month to $1000’s.
If you don’t qualify at the higher levels, you will miss out on those commissions.
Obviously high ticket products means you can earn higher commissions. But it also means higher costs for you and anyone you recruit.
In any case, once you join Finish Line Network and buy into whatever product level you can afford, you will also need traffic.
As an affiliate of ANY company, you need steady traffic to successfully promote your offers. If you don’t have traffic (regardless of the offer) you will make zero dollars.
And like many of these systems, they recommend you pay for traffic. Which is all good and well, but it’s also a VERY easy way to lose a lot of money, very quickly, if you are not careful.
Finish Line Network’s Products
The Finish Line Network product line consists of FOUR main products:
- Silver package
- Gold package
- Email Profits On Demand
- High Ticket Live Events
Silver is a lead management platform for $47 per month. This also comes with an app, which allows you to run your business from your phone. The idea with this product is to help you drive leads and sales to various ‘bizopps’ online, including FLN itself.
Gold is virtual live events and training for $130 per month, or $2,997 for 3 years. These events are supposedly run by “top strategic speakers and influencers” and again, the purpose is to help you make money promoting FLN or similar offers.
Email Profits On Demand (ePOD) is email marketing training for $1,997. The idea is to help you go from newbie to digital marketing expert, using a proven email marketing strategies. Email marketing is definitely important but this is very pricey so there’d wanna be some serious value at that price.
High Ticket Live Events which start at $997. The first of these events is called ‘Digital Domination’ which is apparently where all the top recruiters get together to share their secrets and so forth.
It’s possible there’s some great value within these products.
Learning how to attract, close and manage leads is something every digital marketer needs. So even though the prices are high, there could be some genuine value here.
If you are considering buying any of this stuff, my advice would be to start small and SLOWLY consider buying other products IF you think it’s worthwhile.
Whatever you do though, don’t buy stuff just to qualify to make money!
Reason being- you don’t need to spend $1000’s to earn a solid income online. And if you are going to spend such large amounts of money, you really want to be sure you are getting a tangible benefit from the products themselves, besides just the bizopp side of things.
The Compensation Plan – How You Make Money
In this section, I’ll explain how the Finish Line Network compensation plan works. So you know how affiliates earn money with the system, and how much.
Before diving in though, it’s important to understand the various ‘affiliate ranks’ within the company.
As you would expect, the higher your rank, the more money you can make.
Every Finish Line Network affiliate starts out at the ‘Rising Star’ rank, but there are also FOUR additional ranks. And each rank you progress, the more money you can make.
Here is the qualifying criteria for each rank:
- 1 Star rank – qualify by selling six Silver packages
- 2 Star rank – qualify by selling six Gold packages
- 3 Star rank – qualify by selling six ePODs
- 4 Star rank – qualify by selling six Digital Domination tickets
With that out of the way, let’s look at the various ways you can earn revenue with this company.
These are commissions you earn when someone you recruit buys one of the four main products. How much you earn depends on the product and how many of them you sell.
Every affiliate starts by earning a 50% commission on the commissionable amount of any direct sales they make. But this increase to 80% from your seventh sale onwards.
For example: The Silver package costs $47. But the ‘commissionable amount’ is actually $25. And from this amount, $5 goes into the bonus pool (explained in more detail below) and $20 is then split between you and whoever referred you. Which means the Silver package pays out a $10 commission (50%) on your first six sales and a $16 commission (80%) from your seventh sale onwards.
Here are the commissions on the four product levels:
- Silver – $10 to $16 recurring commissions
- Gold – $26 to $41.60 recurring commission or $500 to $800 every 3 years
- Email Profits on Demand – $400 to $640 one time commission
- High Ticket Event – $160 to $256 one time commission
To clarify… the above amounts take the commissionable amount of the product (minus the bonus pool element) and then apply the 50-80% commission rate. A rate which depends on how many sales you’ve made.
As with any MLM, you can also earn residual commissions according to the sales activity of your downline.
This company uses a unilevel downline system which is essentially infinitely wide and deep.
The way this works is pretty simple. Just as you split the direct commissions with your upline, those you recruit who earn commissions, share those commissions with you.
Which means you earn 50% or 20% commissions from sales your direct referrals make.
Also, the system looks for people who are not yet qualified within a given product level. Which means you can potentially earn from people way ‘down the line’ from you.
For example: Imagine someone makes a Gold package sale who is about 7 levels under you. But they are not ‘qualified’ to earn that commission because they didn’t buy the Gold package or sell six of them yet. In this case, the system looks for the next qualified person up the line, which could be you. This also applies if that affiliate is qualified, but their upline isn’t. So the system would search until it finds someone to pay out the remaining portion of the commission to.
So in a nutshell- you can earn from people who are practically anywhere within your downline, according to who is and isn’t qualified.
As far as I can tell, this is what the “infinite leverage system” is all about.
While it may sound exciting, it also shows the emphasis placed on needing to be ‘qualified’ to make the real money with this system.
The Bonus Pool
The bonus pool is where the company takes 20% of the WHOLE commissionable amount, and allocates it to a bonus pool where affiliates can share in the companies profits.
So for example… the total commissionable amount for Gold is $52, so 20% of this is $13, which is what goes into the bonus pool.
How much you earn from this depends on the following factors:
- The value of the share itself (according to the company’s total profits each month)
- How many shares you acquire each month
- Your affiliate rank determines how much you can earn from each share
The first factor is self explanatory. The more money the company makes the more money will be poured into the bonus pool on a company wide basis.
The second factor, how many shares you acquire, depends on what you sell each each month. Each product package you sell pays out 1 share, but if you sell a 3 year Gold package, ePOD and a Digital Domination event ticket you earn 3 shares.
The third factor has to do with your affiliate rank…
Each time you reach a new rank, you earn between 1-4 shares. 1 Star affiliates earn 1 share, 2 Stars earn 2 shares, 3 Stars earn 3 shares and 4 Stars earn 4 shares.
However, the affiliate rank you are at ALSO determines how much you can earn from each share you acquire…
Rising Star affiliates earn 60% of each share and each rank you progress adds an extra 10% earning per share. So only 4 Star affiliates earn 100% on each share they acquire from the bonus pool.
The ‘4 Star’ Bonus Pool
This is an ‘extra’ bonus pool that only 4 Star affiliates can earn.
The way this works is, the total of all unpaid shares from Rising Star and 3 Star affiliates, goes into a separate pool that is shared among 4 Star affiliates.
For example: Imagine 1 share is worth $100. If a Rising Star affiliate had 1 share, they would earn $60 (60%). And the remaining 40% goes into the 4 Star bonus pool. From which only 4 Star affiliates share in.
Verdict – Is Finish Line Network a Scam?
Whether or not you consider Finish Line Network a scam is up to you. My aim isn’t to try to ‘sway’ you one way or the other, it’s really to give you as much insight as possible, so you can decide for yourself.
So to sum it up…
On one hand, there is money to be made within a system like this and there is probably value in the products.
On the other hand, it’s not something I really recommend. Because the cost is very high and unfortunately most people end up making little to no money with systems like this.
Of course, Finish Line Network could be different. Maybe it really is a game changer as they say. But my opinion is that it’s nothing new.
As I mentioned earlier, similar systems have been shut down by the FTC and many of these types of programs ‘fizzle out’ once the initial buzz dies off.
Done for you systems sound good, yes. But nothing is ever that easy or simple, so the whole concept of “starting at the finish line” is in my opinion a marketing spin (AKA hype).
Real businesses take time and effort to build. Period.
You need to learn real skills, put in the time and effort and over time grow and scale your business. Success is cumulative in nature, it does not come by “going all in” with a done for you system.
What you decide to do is up to you, but that’s my take. Hope it helps.
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