1 Online Business Review: Four tiers of Ponzi fraud + social media spam
The 1 Online Business website provides no information about who owns or runs the company.
If you visit the website without a referral code however, you are automatically assigned Jeff Long as your referring affiliate.
Jeff Long has the affiliate referral id “1”, which is the first affiliate account created in the system. The marketing video shown on the 1 Online Business website is also hosted on a YouTube channel bearing Jeff Long’s name.
Finally, the 1 Online Business website domain (“1onlinebusiness.com”) was registered by Long on July 12th, 2016.
Jeff Long (right) first appeared on BehindMLM’s radar as the founder of AutoXTen, a recruitment scheme launched in 2011.
AutoXTen collapsed a few months after launch, with Long going to launch SMS Dailies. It too didn’t last long.
Long resurfaced in late 2015 with Get Paid Social, a Facebook spam pyramid scheme.
Alexa traffic statistics for the Get Paid Social website show a steady decline throughout 2016. This has likely prompted Long to launch 1 Online Business.
Read on for a full review of the 1 Online Business MLM opportunity.
1 Online Business Products
1 Online Business has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market 1 Online Business affiliate membership itself.
The 1 Online Business Compensation Plan
The 1 Online Business compensation plan consists of three components, a three-tier cycler, an investment scheme and getting paid to complete tasks.
1 Online Business affiliates purchase positions in three separate 2×1 matrix cyclers.
A 2×1 matrix places a 1 Online Business affiliate at the top of a matrix, with two positions directly under them:
Once both positions are filled (via position purchases by other affiliates), a “cycle” is triggered.
- Gratitude Stage (positions cost $25) – $15 commission paid out and generates a new Gratitude Stage position
- Associate Stage (positions cost $2) – $1 commission paid out and generates a new Associate Stage position
- AssociateX (positions cost $250 annually) – $500 commission paid out and generates a new AssociateX Stage position
Referral commissions are paid when recruited affiliates cycle out of the Gratitude or Associate Stages.
- a Gratitude Stage cycle generates a $10 commission for the recruiting affiliate (first upline) and the affiliate who recruited them (2nd upline)
- an Associate Stage cycle generates a $1 commission for the first and second upline affiliates
1 Online Business affiliates deposit $25 to $250 on the promise of a $100 to $2000 ROI.
1 Online Business affiliates are able to create “tasks” they wish other 1 Online Business affiliates to undertake.
From what I gather, these tasks are mostly of the social media manipulation variety.
1 Online Business affiliates who set a task pay those who undertake it 3 cents to 25 cents upon completion.
When a task balance reached $5,
- $3 is paid out to the affiliate who did the task
- $1 is paid to the affiliate who recruited them and
- $1 is paid to their second upline affiliate
Joining 1 Online Business
1 Online Business affiliate membership is free, however participation in the attached income opportunity attracts the following costs:
- Gratitude Stage cycler position – $25
- Associate Stage daily subscription (1 day) – $5
- Associate Stage daily subscription (3 days) – $8
- Associate Stage daily subscription (7 days) – $17
- Associate Stage daily subscription (14 days) – $30
- Associate Stage daily subscription (30 days) – $62
- AssociateX annual subscription – $500
- investment scheme participation – $25 to $250
Note that all fees charged and commissions paid in 1 Online Business are processed in bitcoin.
1 Online Business basically takes the Facebook spam component of Get Paid Social, and combines it with four layers of Ponzi fraud.
The tasks are a means to an end, allowing 1 Online Business affiliates to hire others to manipulate social media.
The real money is in the rest of the compensation plan, which utilizes four different Ponzi models.
The Gratitude, Associate and AssociateX Stages all recycle newly invested funds to pay off existing investors.
A cycler position holds the investment, with a ROI paid out when two new position investments are placed below it.
The Gratitude and Associate Stages aren’t a 1:1 exchange of money, as they both have pyramid recruitment commissions built in.
The AssociateX Stage is a straight $500 in, $250 out system, with a ROI achieved over time (multiple cycles throughout the one year subscription period).
The direct investment scheme is billed as “Community Sponsored Causes”. The mechanics behind this model see 1 Online Business affiliates deposit funds on the promise of a 400% ROI.
ROI revenue sources quoted in the 1 Online Business compensation plan include:
- “bitcoin donations from other members”
- $5 from each company-wide Gratitude Stage cycle
- $1 from each company-wide Associate Stage cycle
- $50 from each company-wide AssociateX Stage cycle
All four sources are affiliate funds, creating a closed loop of new affiliate funds used to pay off existing affiliates. This is Ponzi fraud.
The primary difference between 1 Online Business and Jeff Long’s other scams over the years is the use of bitcoin.
Long will have set him up one or more preloaded positions in each tier of the 1 Online Business, guaranteeing he is first to receive a financial windfall.
Whether that winds up being the majority of funds deposited is determined by how rigged allocated payments within the system are. Not withstanding phantom positions created off of Long’s initial admin positions.
In any event, once affiliate recruitment dies down so too will new funds entering the system. This will eventually cause a collapse, as all commissions paid within 1 Online Business are sourced from newly deposited funds.
Reinvestment by existing affiliates will prolong the collapse, but eventually the system will be starved of funds regardless.
The mathematics behind a Ponzi scheme guarantees that the majority of 1 Online Business affiliates will lose money.