Echoing the Facebook ban of Empower Network links when users of the social network got fed up of the spam and started complaining, now it appears Rippln are being subjected to the same fate.

Earlier this week Rippln affiliates began to complain that their “Rippln Blitz” links were being blocked by Facebook.

Other than jealousy anyone have an idea why FB blocked my rippln blitz link from my own rippln fan page??

(in response to the above) FB blocked my rippln blitz link also

For those of you wondering what Rippln Blitz is, a few weeks back Rippln decided to do away with the drip-feed invite system and just effectively give everyone unlimited invites, provided via a “blitz link”.

If you want to get technical about it, rather than each invite being allocated a time sensitive activation code within the system, blitz links allow affiliates to mass-recruit affiliates with a single code.

As with any recruitment-drive, this resulted in copious amounts of Rippln recruitment spam hitting the internet (again). Rippln cites this reason themselves as the cause of the Facebook ban, officially responding to affiliate complaints with the message below:

With the vast number of people posting links, Facebook users have marked the link as “spam” and once this happens a number of times, it is automatically blocked. We have submitted requests to Facebook and are awaiting replies.

Facebook didn’t give Empower Network a pass and I don’t think they’re going to be too sympathetic towards Rippln’s affiliates spamming their network either.

More on that story as it develops.

In other Rippln news the reality that Rippln as a business opportunity will require significant ongoing financial contribution from affiliates appears to have begun hitting home.

Back when we reviewed Rippln’s compensation plan v2.0, it was revealed that participation as a commission qualified affiliate was going to cost – $69.95 a year and $25 a month.

In an email sent out recently to affiliates, Rippln has now made changes to affiliate membership costs, advising

Starting this past Monday, there is no longer an annual Rippln tracking system $70 fee.

It is simply a one time activation of $95 for your Rippln Tracking System, then $30 per month for the Rippln Rewards System.

Most likely due to a lack of interest from the field, in essence Rippln have hiked the yearly fee to $95, made it a once-off and upped the monthly fee five dollars too.

Rippln affiliate’s immediate reactions?

So we have to pay now? pfff thank you for wasting my time.

So it’s free to have products pushed on us, just like Facebook?? How novel!? ..smh.

Aside from it being an opportunity to make money, how is it any different from any other social media network??

And if you can’t make money without SPENDING money.. and getting a bunch of other people to spend money too, so that “they can make money too” before you’ve even made any money, how is that not a typical MLM scam?

And then there were those affiliates who, after paying their affiliate membership fees last month, were wondering what the new changes meant for them:

I’d like to know what happens to those that have already paid the $69 and the $25 or $94 plus tax last month to power up? The rules keep changing.

Now one time activation fee $95 and the monthly rewards fee went up by $5 to $30 monthly. But we still don’t have anything to show our people except lots of dates and promises. Not a happy camper…

At the end of the day folks it’s simple. Even with an app generating $1 million a day, spread out over 1 million affiliates that’s still only $1 per affiliate a day in commissions. And that’s not even accurate because it discounts the company’s cut and operating costs.

Face it, building an MLM business model around apps in a marketplace that largely doesn’t have to pay commissions to affiliates, is going to require some ongoing contribution from affiliates.

Open up your wallets folks, that’s where the real Rippln blitz is going to happen.


Update 12th August 2013 – This wasn’t worth a separate article but I thought was at least worth noting. For reasons not immediately clear McAfee are currently classifying the Rippln website “” as a “malicious” site.


McAfee state they “have tested” the site and warn that it “contains security risks”.

Why Is a Site Rated Red?

Sites are rated red when, in our judgment, the site poses especially hazardous risks to a user’s computer security, there are an exceptional number of annoying behaviors, or there is exceptional information that we believe our users would want to be aware of before or during a visit to that site.

Behaviors that typically lead to red site ratings are hosting drive-by exploit code, impersonating a legitimate business (phishing), making unrequested or unexpected system changes, or hosting malware for download at the time of our visit.

Sites can also be rated red when we receive unexpected e-mail to the unique e-mail address we submitted to that site, and the e-mails we receive exhibit characteristics consistent with spam e-mail, such as unusual volume or a high “spamminess” score as determined by an automated scanning program.

Additionally, we may rate a site red for certain types of linking behavior with other red sites, or when we find a site that engages in activities we believe could be misleading.

Site ratings are calculated automatically based on McAfee’s opinion of the risks associated with the results of the tests performed on a site. The rating is not intended to measure the site owner’s intent or knowledge.

If I had to take a punt I’d guess that along with Facebook, McAfee have also decided they’re not happy with all the Rippln spam currently flying around the internet.