Heard about some kind of Global Affiliate Zone scam? I’m gonna drop the info you’ve been looking for
I’ve been making money online for a good few years now. But it hasn’t always been that easy.
Actually, right now I’m making real bank with my own Local Lead Generation venture. It’s legit, and I’m gonna tell you more about it in a bit.
But first, I need to drop some info on this OTHER online venture. It’s called Global Affiliate Zone. I like to call it GAZ. But not when my buddy Gaz is around, that gets confusing.
Anyway, a few years back I realized that I had some titanic-sized gaps in my internet marketing knowledge. I knew SOME stuff really well, but I was still missing the basics elsewhere.
I wanted to know more.
I was kinda a bit jealous of my buddy Ken who’d recently got back from Antigua. Not only that, but he’d also just bought a Lambo.
What is it with internet marketers and Lamborghinis? Where’s the Ferrari love? Anyway, at that point, I’d be happy with either.
Ken had his finger in about fifteen different pies. The thing is, he knew so much about internet marketing I didn’t know where to start.
I needed to know more.
Ken was away for a bit so he wasn’t on hand to fill me in on where to get the education he had. He was in the Pacific this time, was hard to reach even online.
But I didn’t think this’d be a problem. You see, there were SO MANY different online training courses out there—I knew that finding a bit more info shouldn’t be too hard.
But where was I gonna start? It’s like when you go for Pizza and there are too many choices. No, not the pineapple one. Eww.
If there were only two pizzas on the menu, I’d be able to choose easily. Just not the pineapple one, right?
And that’s the thing with internet marketing courses. There are SO MANY of them. Some of them sure do look a lot like scams, but I know there’s some valuable info in there somewhere, surely?
Trouble was, Ken was out of reach. My other buddies were more interested in getting yucky and passing out each night. Or staying in and playing Call of Duty. They didn’t know the first thing about internet marketing. Even less than me.
That’s when I heard of Global Affiliate Zone. It looked pretty good. I thought I might need to give it a go.
One of the cool things about Global Affiliate Zone was that it wasn’t as much to join. Some of those other plans cost thousands, and I wasn’t about to drop that much money right away.
However, I soon learned that things weren’t what they seemed with our friend GAZ. It was NOT what I was expecting.
So keep reading my Global Affiliate Zone review to see what went wrong. I’m dropping this info for you so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.
Global Affiliate Zone Review
Okay, so what I THOUGHT I was getting with Global Affiliate Zone was an online marketing education. It’s marketed A LOT like a course. Something where I could learn general info and set up my own independent venture.
Slowly, I started to realize that this wasn’t exactly how Global Affiliate Zone worked.
I started to see some stones.
Like the Rolling Stones? Stoners?
Stones like you get in a pyramid.
A pyramid scheme.
More on that in a minute.
First, let’s start at the beginning.
What is Global Affiliate Zone?
Global Affiliate Zone is a network marketing company. Nope, I didn’t really know what that meant at the time either. But I do now, and it’s not great.
Here’s what they say about themselves:
“Global Affiliate Zone is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive coaching and resources regarding online marketing strategies.”
Okay, great. That sounds a lot like a coaching course. It sounds a lot like the sort of thing I was looking for. Except it wasn’t.
Global Affiliate Zone was founded by two guys called Mathieu Jang and Julian Sherman. These guys had been part of the much bigger AWOL Academy that had been getting a fair bit of attention.
Membership for Global Affiliate Zone was pitched at $99 per month. Okay, this still seemed quite high to me. But at least it wasn’t asking for three grand up-front like some of those other courses. I thought I could just sign up for a month and give it a go. If it wasn’t any good, it’s only a hundred bucks, right?
For that, you’re offered a half-hour coaching call with one of their experts, as well as 3-hour mentor training online. This seemed like good value to me, I mean that’s 3 and a half hours of someone else’s time, which is worth the $99 alone.
As well as that, there were also team group chats, access to the Global Affiliate Zone community, weekly workshops, training and tutorial videos, and tools like autoresponders and funnels. Awesome! Right? Well…
I was expecting to see a load of general info and then help picking from a wide range of niches. Something where I could carve my own way, so to speak. Start my own venture. That’s what a lot of these online coaching courses were for.
I slowly started to realize that these guys wanted me to promote THEIR OWN affiliate products, and that all the info was built towards doing just that. Yeah, there was some stuff I could take elsewhere, but practically everything was geared towards being part of the Global Affiliate Zone network.
And what products did they want me to promote? Oh yeah, that same $99 a month membership I just signed up to.
That meant I wasn’t learning how to research niches, pick products and promote a range of other affiliate products. It meant I was paying $99 a month to learn how to convince someone else to sign up for this $99 a month thing.
That sounded A LOT like a pyramid scheme.
You probably thought they were banned, right? I did too.
These days, a lot of them get around it by calling themselves “network marketing” or “Multi-Level Marketing”. I soon learned about that.
The thing is, not EVERY Multi-Level Marketing scheme is always bad. They sometimes get a bad rap, but there’s some reasonable stuff in there.
I tend to think that if the product at the end of the network is of good value, there’s nothing wrong with people networking and marketing it on different commission levels. The problem comes when it’s just a cycle of marketing a product with no real value.
So what about Global Affiliate Zone?
You’re probably wondering what the commission was like. That’s what first got me interested. You get $29.70 for every member you sign up. That’s about a third of the first month. Not bad.
But I was feeling a bit uneasy about trying to convince people to sign up to what I thought was an education course, but turned out to be an education in how to promote this education course. That wasn’t really an education course. Are you still with me? It was like a never-ending circle. Wait, isn’t that like most circles?
So you’ve gotta sign up to the $99 a month thing before you can start making sales. Most other affiliate programs don’t actually make you buy the product before you can promote it.
I also saw some of the smallprint on their site. This shocked me. I regretted not having a closer look BEFORE I signed up.
That’s where I saw the estimate earnings for Global Affiliate Zone. They predict an average return of about $500-$2000 a year. Remember, you’re paying $99 a month which works out as $1188 annually. That means you might not even clear any profits at all. Even if you earn the upper-estimate, that’s about a grand profit for A LOT of work. You’d be better off getting a normal job.
And can you really trust these guys on their estimates, either? I wasn’t sure if I could.
At this point, I felt a little like I’d been scammed. The reality was, I could still make money by convincing OTHER people to join this thing. But then I’d be convincing people to sign up to something like THIS?! I didn’t feel comfortable with that.
And that’s the problem with a lot of these MLM schemes. Once you’ve paid your money, you’re kinda incentivized to keep promoting this stuff even after you’ve realized how bad the product is. Some people might be desperate to make sales, and that’s not great for anyone.
A lot of this is marketed as you promoting a filtration company called Enagic. There are a load of different tiered sales levels. You’ll get more commission the higher up you get. Should I say, higher up the pyramid?
So there is kinda a product at the end of this. Enagic is a legit company. Only this affiliate network promoting them doesn’t seem it. And here’s the thing: You can actually sign up to promote Enagic independently, if you’ve really got a passion for ionization and water filtration. They’ve got their own affiliate system with training, tools, and everything else. Guess what? It’s free. No $99 a month membership, and no convincing people to sign up to another $99 a month membership.
So, it’s a Global Affiliate Zone scam, right?
It’s starting to look a lot like that. Especially when you look at the Global Affiliate Zone Affiliate Demo Walkthrough Video. That’s what I saw before I signed up.
In it, your told how you’re gonna find the best products and services in the course, and loads more is implied. A lot of this didn’t turn out how I thought it would. There’s only one product, and you’ll also be competing with all the other GAZ members to drive traffic from the same channels they mention. The training and pre-made tools are all to help get people involved with GAZ and Enagic.
So is it a scam? I’m starting to think so. If you do a search for Global Affiliate Zone BBB you’ll find some info on the Better Business Bureau. These guys rate all sorts of different companies, from the well-known to the not-so-well-known.
They give Global Affiliate Zone a C-. This isn’t great, I’ve seen better. But I’ve also seen a lot worse. There are some complaints on there, but not too many.
The problem is that the more people you recruit, the harder it’ll actually get for each of them to make money. That’s how diminishing returns works.
When I learned all this, I decided I wasn’t happy promoting any of this stuff. You can decide for yourself if it’s worth it. But I decided it wasn’t. I cancelled. I wasn’t expecting THAT to be easy, but I managed after a bit of calling around. So it cost me $99, but at least that wasn’t TOO much. And at least I hadn’t wasted years trying to promote this stuff before I realized.
When Ken got back from the Pacific, he laughed at me when I told him. He said people had been avoided GAZ for years.
Ken! Why couldn’t you have been around earlier?!
The truth was, I never got that Lambo, OR that Ferrari. Not for a few years, anyway.
Recently, I’ve started doing a lot better online. I’m now making real money. That’s thanks to Local Lead Generation. With it, you own your own slice of digital real estate and can start to get real passive income checks within a month or two. I’ve started getting them, and I’m looking forward to getting more. You should check it out.