Global Information Network Review: MLM or a cult?
If one was to solely look at the purported benefits of joining a company like Global Information Network, the benefits at first glance seem quite impressive:
How to make money and create wealth.
How to invest and trade in equities, commodities, and currencies.
How to invest in real estate.
Asset protection, setting up trusts, foundations, and corporate structures.
Raising money, getting credit, financing and venture capital or investors for business ventures.
Opening offshore bank accounts.
Getting a second passport.
Buying and investing in gold and silver and other precious metals.
How, where and when to invest for maximum profits.
New ground floor business opportunities.
How to get out of debt, fix bad credit and increase credit scores.
How to set up and prosper in home based businesses.
How to buy real estate with little or no money down.
How to make money in mail order, TV infomercials, direct response marketing and internet businesses.
How to develop wealth and secure retirement.
How to get grants that never have to be paid back.
How others have turned a $1,000 investment into millions of dollars in just a few years.
How members have made investment returns of 300% -3,000%.
How to use the law of attraction and other advanced techniques to have, be or do everything you desire.
How to attract things into your life such as a new car, better job or career, a lover or better relationship or even better health.
How to develop emotional well being, be happier, more fulfilled, eliminate depression and anxiety.
How to overcome fears, phobias and insecurities.
How to remove blocks and feel happy whatever the financial or emotional climate you are facing.
How to feel powerful, and in control with all people and in all situations.
How to read energy, virtually read people’s minds, expand your psychic ability and predict the future.
How to gain confidence, and a feeling of security and certainty in life.
How to get people to like you.
Dramatically improve your health and learn the natural non drug and non surgical ways to cure and prevent virtually every disease.
You will learn the closely guarded secrets of various secret societies and what really goes on behind closed doors in these powerful controlling groups, and how it could affect you and your future.
How others have raised $10k cash In 24 hours and made over $100k cash in just 90 days.
How to create a perpetual money making machine, giving you a permanent monthly residual income from various sources from around the world.
How to save up to 70% off most of the goods and services you are currently buying from year to year.
How to maintain an inner sense of calm and control, whatever the outer conditions you are facing might be.
How to get trips, vacations, and cars for free or at dramatically reduced prices.
You will have inside information on the unexplained, unidentified flying objects, and things like extrasensory perception or psychic phenomena.
Some of it sounds suspiciously dodgy, some of it sounds ridiculously absurd and some of it reads more like what you’d expect to find in Scientology marketing material than an offering from a bonafide MLM company.
Undeniably however, Global Information Network is definitely one of the more interesting MLM opportunities I’ve taken the time to look at. Read on for a full review.
There is no specific information on the Global Information Network about who runs or owns the company.
Instead, trying to pass themselves off as some sort of exclusive cult, Global Information Network provide only the following information on their owner(s):
The Global Information Network (GIN) is a Multi-Form Foundation organized in the country of St. Kitts and Nevis. It was conceived by a group of individuals from around the world who are the highest ranking members of several private societies, associations, clubs, and groups whose membership has been exclusive to the privileged elite class of the world.
This group includes members of:
-The Bilderberg Group
-The Council on Foreign Relations
-Yale University’s Skull and Bones
-The Trilateral Commission
And several other elite international societies
The individuals who conceived and helped organize the Global Information Network (The “GIN Council”) are, and will always remain anonymous.
For the first time in human history, the highest ranking members of these “secret societies” have encouraged the formation of a new, private, member only group.
A group that allows people who do not qualify to become members of the above listed societies to join together, and be exposed to the same secrets revealed and taught to members of those societies and clubs.
Yeah, sure thing guys.
Whilst making wild vague claims about who founded Global Information Network might satisfy a few gullible prospects, these days it just doesn’t cut it. If you’re going to run a MLM business opportunity you need to be upfront and transparent regarding who is running and owns it.
Anything less is just insulting to anybody looking to sign up and whilst I understand the marketing technique of exclusivity being used, the reality is that such all such vagueness does is make Global Information Network come off sounding like some kooky cult.
As always, if a MLM company is not openly upfront about who is running or owns it, think long and hard about joining and/or handing over any money.
The Global Information Network Product
Global Information Network has no tangible products or services available for sale. As per the official company website:
This home based, internet business requires no inventory, no “product” selling, and no large up front cash investment or time commitment.
Instead, members of Global Information Network are required to market and sell membership to the company itself.
The Global Information Network Compensation Plan
With membership the only thing that is able to be marketed by Global Information Network members, the company’s compensation plan is thus a pretty straightforward affair with 100% of the commissions paid out being derived from Global Information Network membership fees.
The compensation plan itself uses a unilevel compensation structure meaning that any new affiliates or Global Information Network members (for more info on the difference between these two see the ‘Joining Global Information Network’ section below) you recruit are placed directly under you. These members and affiliates make up your level 1.
Any new members or affiliates your level 1 recruit become your level 2 and so on and so forth. Using this compensation plan structure, Global Information Network pay out percentage commissions down seven levels.
How much of a commission percentage Global Information Network members are paid out depends on their affiliate rank. There are eleven affiliate ranks and along with their qualifications their commission percentage payouts are listed below:
- Affiliates – required to sell one new membership to Global Information Network a month and are paid 20% of the initial membership fee on levels 1 and 2.
- Bronze Affiliate – required to sell one new membership to Global Information Network a month and have recruited at least four members in total. Bronze affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2 and 2% on levels 3 to 6 (both initial and monthly membership fees).
- Gold Affiliate – required to sell one new membership to Global Information Network a month and have recruited at least six members in total. Gold Affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2 and 2% on levels 3 to 7 (both initial and monthly membership fees).
- Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least ten currently active members in total who have in turn themselves recruited at least one new member. Platinum affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2, 2% on levels 3 to 6 and 3% on level 7.
- One Star Platinum Affiliate – same recruitment requirements as Platinum affiliates but also must have a total unilevel team of at least 500 members with at least one Platinum affiliate therein. One Star Platinum affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2, 2% on levels 3 to 6 and 4% on level 7.
- Two Star Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least twenty currently active new members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 1000 members in your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in two separate legs. Two Star Platinum affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2, 2% on levels 3 to 6 and 5% on level 7.
- Three Star Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least twenty five currently active new members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 1500 members in your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in three separate legs. Three Star Platinum affiliates are paid 20% on levels 1 and 2, 2% on levels 3 to 6 and 5% on level 7.
- Four Star Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least thirty new currently active members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 2000 members in your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in four separate legs. Four Star Platinum affiliates are paid the same unilevel percentage commissions as Three Star affiliates.
- Five Star Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least thirty five currently active new members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 2500 members within the first seven levels of your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in five separate legs. Five Star Platinum affiliates are paid the same unilevel percentage commissions as Three Star affiliates.
- Presidential Platinum Affiliate – must have recruited at least fifty currently active new members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 3500 members in your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in ten separate legs. Presidential Platinum affiliates are paid the same unilevel percentage commissions as Three Star affiliates.
- Chairman Affiliate – must have recruited at least one hundred currently active new members in total, ten of which have recruited an additional new member themselves. Also must have at least 5000 members in your unilevel team with at least one Platinum Affiliate in twenty separate legs. Presidential Platinum affiliates are paid the same unilevel percentage commissions as Three Star affiliates.
Note that all recruits and required Platinum Affiliates must have paid at least two months membership fees before they count towards membership rank requirements.
In addition to the unilevel commissions offered, starting at the Three Star Platinum affiliate level, Breakaway Bonuses are paid to all qualifying affiliates.
The Breakaway Bonus is an additional commission paid out on all members in your unilevel team, effectively extending the unilevel commissions beyond the initial seven levels payable.
The Breakaway Bonus pays out via generations, with one generation being defined as the members in your unilevel team between you and a Three Star Platinum affiliate. These members count as your first generation.
The second generation is then formed by going down the unilevel leg until another Three Star Platinum members is found, with the members inbetween forming your second generation.
Naturally these generations aren’t static and will change in size as members in your unilevel team advance in membership rank. Also note that each unilevel lineage leg operates independently of all others in regards to forming generations.
How much of a Breakaway Bonus you are paid is dependent on your membership level:
- Three Star Platinum Affiliate – 2% on three generations
- Four Star Platinum Affiliate – 3% on the first generation and 2% on generations two and three
- Five Star Platinum Affiliate – 3% on the first and second generations and 2% on level 3
- Presidential Platinum Affiliate – 3% on three generations
- Chairman Affiliate – 4% on three generations
Note that at the Chairman Affiliate level ‘profit sharing’ is also mentioned, however no further details are provided. One would assume this is some sort of bonus pool Chairman affiliates are able to receive a share and subsequent bonus payout from.
Joining Global Information Network
Membership to Global Information Network comes in two varieties, membership to the company itself and affiliate members.
Affiliate membership is free and allows members to earn a commission on the sale of paid memberships to the company.
Membership to Global Information Network itself is an upfront payment of $1500 and then $150 a month. Global Information Network members are naturally entitled to also sign up as free affiliate members and participate in the company’s compensation plan.
If we look at the Global Information Network MLM opportunity from top to bottom, is clear that this is one business opportunity that’s riddled with red flags.
Starting with company management and ownership, the details of which are unknown. When it comes to business you need to know who you are going to be doing business with and anonymous company ownership is a huge red flag.
The domain globalbusinessnetwork.com was registered back in 2005 and the registration information is also set to private, another red flag when it comes to MLM business opportunities.
Not withstanding the fact that Global Information Network is supposedly based in the ‘Federation of St Kitts and Nevis’, a known tax-haven in the Caribbean – yet another red flag still.
As far as the products go, Global Information Network state they offer members access to a bunch of self-help orientated ‘live events, seminars, workshops, retreats, conferences, summits, meetings, and special briefings put on all around the world,’ but tucked away below is what I believe is the true nature of the business:
Since members share information with other members, several highly successful investors will be sharing trading advice, stock recommendations and other ways to get potentially strong returns from investment opportunities that non members would never know about.
Some members regularly report getting returns of 300% -3,000% from their investment selections. Members will have access to this priceless information.
Now we’re getting somewhere. First and foremost, nobody is paying $1500 and then $150 a month for some self-help material, shady investment advice however? Maybe.
When you consider that the entire Global Information Network commission plan revolves around the signing up of new members and getting them to pay monthly membership, the attraction of earning 300-3000% ROIs on investment advice included with membership starts to paint a clearer picture of what Global Information Network is about.
Unfortunately that in itself is probably the single biggest red flag when it comes to analysis of the Global Information Network opportunity.
Let’s be realistic, at the end of the day nobody is paying that $1,500 signup fee without some sort of strong financial incentive and given that there are no products to sell in Global Information Network, that leaves access to the investment advice the company offers (or “partners” do through the company) which the owners have priced access to as they see fit.
And before anyone mentions it, yes you can join Global Information Network as a free affiliate and market the $1500 membership fee to the company, but honestly – who is going to buy a $1500 membership from someone who they themselves hasn’t paid for membership?
When you tell someone the cost of membership to the opportunity you’re trying to sell them is $1,500, they’re going to want to know everything about it and if you can’t provide that information, it’s a dead sale.
Having no less than thirteen company membership levels (separate to the affiliate levels outlined in the compensation plan), but stating the membership requirements are ‘classified’ just isn’t going to cut it.
No doubt $1500 and $150 is just the initial buy in, with the price of membership only going up as you advance in company membership rank.
Why you’d want to do that though I have no idea (better dodgy investment advice?).
No wonder the owners of Global Information Network want to stay anonymous… if you were offering dodgy 300-3000% ROI investment advice and charging an arm and a leg for it, wouldn’t you?