Adsactly Review: Ads + membership commissions
The Adsactly website doesn’t mention who is running or owns the company, but it does give the following address under the company’s logo on website:
18912 West Hickory Street, Mundelein, Illinois 60060.
The domain ‘adsactly.com’ was registered on the 4th August 2011 using the same address,
WMT Hosting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
18912 W Hickory St
only it lists another company as being at the same address, WMT Hosting.
The address ‘18912 West Hickory Street, Mundelein, Illinois 60060’ appears to be a residential address:
This is a Single-Family Home located at 18912 West Hickory Street, Mundelein IL.
18912 W Hickory St has 1 bath and approximately 1,248 square feet. The property was built in 1930.
But it’s unclear whether this is where WMT Hosting operate out of.
WMT Hosting now appear to be a stock standard web hosting company but back in 2010 they offered an affiliate program that utilised a matrix compensation structure, paying out commissions primarily upon the recruitment of new members ($21 monthly membership fee and commissions paid each month for having members in the matrix).
Again there is no information on the WMT Hosting website as to who actually owns or operates the business.
The WMT Hosting Facebook page however identifies the owners of Adsactly as Randy Howard (click to enlarge).
Cathy Howard appears to be Randy’s wife and both are listed as the CEO of Adsactly and WMT Hosting.
Apart from WMT Hosting’s matrix opportunity from 2010, this appears to be the Howards only other MLM venture. With WMT Hosting being recruitment based opportunity, I’m assuming the lack of new recruits is what prompted the launch of Adsactly.
The Adsactly Product Line
Adsactly claim to be ‘a global advertising and marketing company offering a full suite of digital solutions‘.
This translates into the company offering members various forms of advertising through company hosted classifieds and an advertising network.
The links on the company website which are supposed to provide more information on both of these advertising products redirects back to the main website, so it appears neither are functional yet.
Additionally the company also offers members access to an autoresponder, ‘trendy website builder’, conference facilities, marketing system and web hosting.
I don’t believe it’s possible to purchase any of these products or services at a true retail level though through Adsactly, the only way to access them appears to be via company membership.
The Adsactly Compensation Plan
Adsactly offer their members a number of commissions revolving around advertising and the recruitment of new members.
Depending on membership rank, Adsactly pay out a monthly commission on the recruitment of new members.
- Free members earn 2c for every free, 50c for every Marketer, 75c for every Go Getter and $1 for every Entrepreneur members they recruit each month
- Marketer members earn 5c for every free, $1 for every Marketer, $1.25 for every Go Getter and $1.50 for every Entrepreneur members they recruit each month
- Go Getter members earn 10c for every free, $1.50 for every Marketer, $2.50 for every Go Getter and $3.50 for every Entrepreneur members they recruit each month
- Entrepreneur members earn 15c for every free, $2 for every Marketer, $3 for every Go Getter and $5 for every Entrepreneur members they recruit each month
Adsactly pay members referral commissions when the members they have recruited purchase advertising from the company. The commissions are paid down five levels (members you recruit are your level 1, members they recruit are your level 2 and so on and so forth).
- Free members earn 5% on level 1
- Marketer members earn 10% on level 1 and 5% on level 2
- Go Getter members earn 25% on level 1, 20% on level 2, 15% on level 3, 10% on level 4 and 5% on level 5
- Entrepreneur members earn 35% on level 1, 30% on level 2, 25% on level 3, 20% on level 4 and 15% on level 5
Adsactly also pay out commissions when ads are viewed by members. PTC are ‘pay to click’ ads and SOLO ads I believe are ads sent via email.
- Free members earn 0.005 cents for each PTC and SOLO ad they view
- Marketer members earn 0.01 cents for each PTC and SOLO ad they view
- Go Getter members earn 0.03 cents for each PTC and 0.02 cents for each SOLO ad they view
- Entrepreneur members earn 0.35 cents for each PTC and 0.03 cents for each SOLO ad they view
Adsactly also offer members points for performing various tasks related to the advertising such as clicking links, reading ads, logging in and surfing websites.
Adsactly don’t however clarify what these points can be used for on their website and more importantly, whether or not they can be exchanged for cash commissions (the company has no FAQ at the time of publication).
Membership to Adsactly comes in four different options:
- Free membership costs nothing
- Marketer membership costs $5 a month
- Go Getter membership costs $7 a month
- Entrepreneur membership costs $15 a month
Other than the amount of commissions earnt, various services offered to Adsactly members are restricted depending on the level of membership purchased.
- web hosting is only offered to Go Getter and Entrepreneur members
- the auto responder is only available to Entrepreneur members
- the conference service is only available to Go Getter and Entrepreneur members
- the ‘trendy website builder’ is only available to Go Getter and Entrepreneur members
On the surface, Adsactly have some viable products and advertising available for purchase. Of course you have to pay a membership fee to access the services and purchase advertising, but that in itself isn’t a negative.
When you combine it with a compensation plan that pays out members comparatively large commissions on the recruitment of others and peanuts for everything else, then you’ve got a problem.
Looking at the Adsactly compensation plan it’s quite obvious that the most money to be made is on the recruitment of others and with sliding commissions depending on the membership level purchased, the incentive is obviously to join at the Entrepreneur level and sign up as many Entrepreneurs as you can.
Then as long as they keep paying membership fees, you earn your monthly commissions.
You could make the argument that advertising purchases will generate the bulk of revenue for Adsactly as opposed to membership fees, but if you look at the advertising services being offered, it’s clear this is not the case.
For starters the ads published on the network are only going to be seen by other Adsactly members. The company does mention something about sending ‘super surge sols ads to 40 sites with 12,561 members’, but fails to clarify just what these sites are or who the members are.
Regardless, it’s clear they’re pushing quantity over quality and as far as advertising goes, you might as well be handing business cards out to randoms on the street.
Advertising is always going to be about reaching a targeted market and random members on 40 unknown websites and Adsactly members who are only viewing and clicking ads because they’ll get paid, makes for a poor advertising offer.
As such, when evaluating the advertising and marketing side of Adsactly and looking at how the commissions are structured towards recruitment, it’s clear that the operational intention of the company is to focus on recruitment.
This of course means the sale and marketing of membership to the company, which fits hand in hand with the fact that you can’t actually purchase anything from Adsactly until you join the company.
Nevermind the fact that neither the classified section or adsactly advertising network’ even appear to be operational, despite Adsactly launching in January three months ago.
Free members can of course earn commissions but for the amount of money they receive in comparison to paying a monthly fee to significantly boost the commissions paid out, again there’s not much point being a free member.
Furthermore you’re probably going to have a hard time convincing other people to pay for membership you yourself don’t feel is worth paying for so that pretty much guarantees the majority of Adsactly members aren’t going to bother with the free member option.
All in all when we break down the Adsactly business opportunity we get this:
- existing members sign up new members and earn commissions off their membership fees
- these new members then have to go out and recruit new members to earn their commissions
- these new members then need to do the same
Eventually new members stop signing up and those who signed up before them stop paying their membership fees because they can’t recruit anyone.
This halts the commissions of those members who signed them up, so they in turn stop paying their membership fees with a chain reaction all the way up to the top.
When your entire business relies on recruitment and pays out commissions for said recruitment, you’ve pretty much got yourself a pyramid scheme.
Hi I am the Co-Owner of ADSactly my name is Micah James Wallace you can Contact me on Facebook or Skype or you can even Call me at my Direct Line.
I have been with WMTHosting.com since it began I started as a Member and when I called Randy Howard the CEO of WMTHosting he Answered Right Away and we spoke for quite awhile…
He is a Great Man and Trustworthy its Rare to Find a CEO that will take the time out of his day to help everyone involved in their company.
Randy has bent over backwards to create a system where everyone can get access to all the Marketing Tools and Services that the Guru’s Sell for Hundreds.
The Reason we Started ADSactly was not because of Lack of Growth with WMTHosting.com.. Actually WMTHosting.com is the Parent Company of ADSactly and Soon you will be able to purchase the Products we sell at ADSactly at a Retail Price. And Earn a Commission if you are a Member of ADSactly.com
a Few Months Ago Alertpay went through some serious problems many already know they were not Accepting Credit Cards and we have a Monthly Subscription for our Services..
When People couldn’t pay for there services we actually lost 700+ Monthly Subscribers!
I will Continue this Post when the Owner of this Website updates a few of the things in this Article that are not true.
The Owner of WMTHosting.com is Cathy and Randy Howard… The Office is Located at the Home Address listed on the webpage..
The Phone Number for the Home Office is +18476130340
We Will Also Update the ADSactly.com Website to Reflect the Owners and Co-Owner we will have a Partners Page 🙂
In its present form, Adsactly is a recruitment scam. There’s no retail and commissions are heavily stacked towards the new recruitment of members.
Mr. Wallace, do you have any official papers that proves you’re co-owner of the business? Such as corporate officer listing? I believe in the Reagan doctrine: trust, but verify.
From the way you’re describing it, it sounds a lot like that other… uh… what’s that funny name? sfortis? Stiforp?? Where the members are supposed to be selling promotional materials and tools but actually gets paid to be selling the membership?
stiforP = “Profits” spelled backwards.
Firstly I would like to thank M_Norway for addressing ADsactly.com in the Behind MLM posts here.
Your review has brought attention to some interesting key points that will be looked at to see if there is a way to improve them.
I would like to point out that yes WMTHosting as well as ADsactly are indeed operated at the given address presented here in this revue as well as on our websites.
While were are in the process of re-designing out sites, this information may or may not be completely listed as of yet, but it will be when we are done.
As you have mentioned WMTHosting started out with a forced matrix system which we have decided to no longer use for the controversy that comes with MLM systems.
WMTHosting.com is just that a web hosting company and yes you can purchase hosting directly from WMTHosting without having to go through ADsactly.
ADsactly.com is an additional service that we have decided to offer others. It is a global advertising company and as we continue to make progress in that direction we will succeed in that accomplishment.
As far as being a pyramid scheme – ADsactly is not – it would be in the best interest to explain what a pyramid scheme is before you make accusations as such.
ADsactly is not a MLM company.
You mention that ADsactly is a a recruitment scam – what is the scam here?
Having people sign up to receive any type of benefits?
If that is a recruitment scam then every company and website that has a form on it is a recruitment scam.
So basically what you are saying is that it is okay to have a paid membership as long as we don’t share any amount of the membership fees or revenues generated with our members?
How preposterous is that though concept? I am sure that the billions of people in this world would truly disagree with your thought process here. I am sure that the government organizations would also disagree with you as well.
Commissions are earned everyday when anyone sells something to others.
WalMart, Cosco and several other companies offer paid memberships and give their members benefits based on their membership type that they have. Including cash rewards.
Many banks give you money when you open a new account with them. Is that a scam too?
When someone actually does decide to purchase a membership at ADsactly, that member is actually receiving products and services valued more than the costs of the membership.
The commissions being paid out to the member who referred that other member is getting paid based on the membership benefits being purchased my said referral.
Because we have elected to share some of our revenue with our membership does not make ADsactly a scam.
Like I said – this review has brought to light some things that we may have overlooked and we will address them.
While it may seem to some that you are trying to bash ADsactly – however I would like to point out that the more others criticize things the more attention that is drawn towards it.
For instance – because of the attention that you are bringing to ADsactly is also bringing attention to Behind MLM. The more traffic that comes to this site for what ever reason makes Behind MLM more money from the advertisers.
You have AdChoices displayed on your site, which is Googles ADSense system displaying ads here.
Are you sharing this revenue with us? No and I am sure that you are not sharing any of that revenue generated from the ads on this site with anyone else either.
Again I would like to thank M_Norway for addressing ADsactly.com in the Behind MLM Posts and for the free attention that you have generated for us.
To everyone’s success in what ever venture that they may participate in.
Randy Howard – CEO | Founder
ADsactly | WMTHosting
Good to hear. Although launching a company without a completed website seems a bit of a no-brainer to me? Perhaps something to think about in the future.
This has nothing to do with ‘MLM systems’ and everything to do with what happens when new recruits stop joining a recruitment driven compensation plan.
When this happens, the business collapses.
Recruitment is at the heart of a pyramid scheme, it pays the commissions and is a requirement for the sustainability of the business.
Adsactly has a comp plan that is stacked towards recruitment. The only “product” members can sell is membership (new recruits).
Thus, as it stands Adsactly has all the properties of a pyramid scheme.
The scam is the inevitable collapse of the business when people stop joining. Whoever joined last isn’t going to earn anything. Didn’t you guys learn anything with WMT Hosting?
By all means share these revenues, but only if you have actual products to sell. Adsactly has none. Membership alone is not a viable product.
do not pay out commissions on the recruitment of others and purchase of membership, and thus are irrelevant to the discussion.
do not pay out commissions on the recruitment of others and purchase of membership, and thus are irrelevant to the discussion.
Exactly. They are receiving products and services along with membership they aren’t buying the products. Thus what is being purchased is membership and monthly membership subscriptions.
When 100% of the commissions you are paying out are tied into this membership fee. You have yourself a pyramid scheme.
I’d suggest introcing some actual products that members and non-members alike can purchase. As it stands membership is the only thing purchasable from Adsactly and that is one of the trademarks of a recruitment scam.
Allow me to summarize…
the FTC position on this is very clear:
Pay on purchases: legal
Pay on recruitment: illegal
Mixed of purchase and recruitment: depends on the proportion. If majority is paid on recruitment, illegal (this gets a little fuzzy).
You may think you’re SELLING a membership, but if the membership just entails some services, and then allows the member to earn by recruit MORE members, that’s a pyramid scheme.
I’ll refer you to legal definitions given by Grimes and Reese LLC website:
Tell me how does your business NOT fit the pyramid definition?
Again – I would like to thank everyone who has commented to this message regarding adsactly.com.
Because of the concerns mentioned in this review we are making changes so that we meet the legislation outlined to the MLMLaw primer mentioned by K.Chang.
We will do our best and do what it takes to be one of the best companies to work with.
Even when the reviews and opinions reflect otherwise.
We have an open door policy and invite everyone with concerns to come directly to us for answers.
Randy Howard – CEO | Founder
Might want to ensure you’re not launching what is essentially a pyramid scheme before you run around shooting out cease and desist legal threats next time.
At least this one is ready to admit their mistakes. 🙂 I’ll give them points for THAT.
Gravatar looks different. Did the guy use different e-mail address to post the response?
Same IP, different email addresses. The first email address used is bogus.
Hi K. Chang
You have a nice blog I just read some of it regarding a Real SCAM that happens to be floating around the internet still. TVI Express.
Thank you Chang for the Points..
We Admit our mistakes because we are honest and real people we are not hiding behind our computers bashing other companies that are just Starting Up sure we may have made a few small mistakes but we are not Perfect!
We intend on Ironing out all the bugs anyone happens to find in ADSactly.com and we will continue to make our website more Professional as we grow.
ADSactly will grow to become a Professional Advertising Agency one day and you will probably be advertising your website with us before that time.
When we actually launch ADSactly.com we will have 100’s of Thousands of Customers using our services. There will be a few people who decide to become Affiliates to help us make ADSactly.com one of the Top 10 Marketing and Advertising Funnels.
We would rather have you join us than fight us there are far worse battles going on in this world that need our attention things like Protesting, Wars, Famine, Ect.
I hope you will stop bashing our company Oz and maybe start offering some real constructive criticism we would be willing to listen and do our best to make the changes you suggest to make ADSactly.com the best Advertising Site on the Internet.
We have ADSactly the Services People are looking for.
To Our Success,
Micah J, Wallace
Any more emotive quips you want to throw out there?
A review is not the bashing of a company, you launched with your business model and it’s up to you to make any changes you feel are needed. I merely reviewed the business model you chose to launch Adsactly with.
I’m not a business consultant, I’ve pointed out the flaws in the business model as part of the review – the rest is up to you.
Apparently Mr. Wallace added me for fun on Google+.
‘Emotive quips’, so to speak, are of course part of the lure/dupe/hoodwink of advertising/marketing/promo– pitching the emotion or lifestyle, etc. that the product or service is supposed to offer (but far too often doesn’t– and worse).
But in a glorified scam/ponzi-scheme that this economy is (fundamentally uneconomical and unethical) it lends itself to all sorts of subset self-similarities.
Thanks for the review, oz.
LMAO I can’t believe how funny this review is. Obviously adsactly of 2012 is not the same adsactly as 2016…. Nothing said in this article applies at all.
Its a giant crpyto educational site and a decentralized crpyto network of business owners working together to strengthen various cryptocurrency in the marketplace while profiting in business at the same time.
I am just… dumbfounded at this review…. and clearly lots as changed as Micah Wallace is now the founder and president of the company the randy howard who’s address is listed here, has gone on to other things.
(Ozedit: Offtopic derail attempt removed)
The review is clearly datestamped. Dumbass confirmed.
Hmmm. As per the Adsactly website:
Sounds like Ponzi points to me. No comp plan on the Adsactly website… nothing suss.