On the surface, it sure seems like it.
Let’s take a look at Global Affiliate Zone (GAZ) and their core business model. Are they really the end-all to affiliate marketing, or are they just another Ponzi-scheme masked as an opportunity?
If you’re unfamiliar with GAZ, it was started in 2015 by Julian Sherman and Mathieu Jang. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that GAZ really started to gain traction and started appearing on everyone’s newsfeed.
I’m sure you’ve come across their ads once or twice. Usually, it’ll be a couple promoting the way they “got away from the grind”, often targeted toward a local audience. In short, they personalize the ads by saying “We’re also from here, so if I can do it then you can to!”
Ringing any bells, yet?
Well, before we jump into determining whether or not GAZ is a pyramid scheme, or not, let’s look at some of the basics.
The introductory membership goes for $99. This is claimed to get you a 30-minute one-on-one call with a coach, but in reality you’re getting 30-minute sales pitch instead. This also gets you access to generic landing pages, some ad copy, and things like “group chats”, etc. All stuff you can find elsewhere for free… Without signing a non-competition agreement; but we’ll get into that a little further down.
Once you pay the introductory $99, you’re pitched the first upsell (you knew it was coming) for $495; this is the fee to get access to the 6-figure step-by-step program which is basically a glorified affiliate marketing course that you could find almost anywhere for next to nothing.
If you’d prefer to have it all done for you, there’s another upsell at $2475. However, that’s just picking your niche and designing a site – you’ll still need consistent high-quality content if you actually want the site to grow and earn money. What if the niche isn’t one you’re interested in? Then you’re stuck forking over even more cash to content writers, graphic designers, and everyone else it takes to run a successful website you’re not interested in.
To go “all in” you’re looking at a total of $3069 before taxes.
The Problem with “Done For You”
There’s a major problem with done for you services when it comes to an affiliate site – who’s going to maintain it?
Sadly, affiliate sites aren’t a “set and forget” kind of business. You have to constantly be adding fresh, high-value content.
Again, the question arises, in a “done for you” environment, who creates the content after the initial site has been built? Who does the graphic design? Are you prepared to take on these tasks? Do you have the skillset? If not, do you have the capital to hire the right people to do the job right?
See? There’s a serious problem with “done for you” services. Sure, they look good on the surface, but when you start to pick them apart a lot of holes start appearing.
The other kind of “done for you” service offered by GAZ are their landing pages/sales funnels. You get what seems like a personalized URL, but it redirects to a “customized” landing page that’s practically identical to everyone else’s minus names and a picture. What do you think someone assumes when they click on a few of those and start to realize they’re all the same? Well, they’ll become skeptics in a hurry, I can tell you that much.
Can You Make Money?
Yes, and no. The bulk of the revenue through GAZ is earned by directly recruiting people into their Pro-level membership. The exact same membership you just bought. Think about that the next time you see an ad from someone claiming they “made it”…
On every $99 subscription you manage to sell, you’re paid a commission of 30% which works out to $29.70. Meaning, you need to recruit 3 people before you recoup your money. Then you have to hope they keep paying so you can keep getting your recurring commission, or you have to keep bringing in new leads.
That said, bringing in leads is a lot harder than most people think it is… And much harder than you’ll ever be told that it is. It’s a real skill that people actually specialize in; unfortunately it’s not something most people can just pick up and do.
Otherwise everyone would be billionaires.
So, as long as you’re able to consistently bring in subscriptions to the GAZ Pro membership, you’ll make some money.
However, don’t expect to be able to promote anything else…
Nope, when you sign up you actually agree to a “Non-competition agreement” meaning you’re not allowed to promote anything even remotely similar or you’ll get “terminated”. IF you’re terminated for promoting another “similar” program – something that’s VERY loosely defined under GAZ’s affiliate agreement – all of your earnings are forfeited.
Your Pyramid is Showing
With that out of the way… GAZ, your pyramid is showing.
Or, is it? What exactly IS a pyramid scheme? Well, let’s break it down.
- Pay for the ability to sell the ability to sell
- A portion of what you pay goes to the person who recruited you
- You’re paid for people you recruit
- People recruited are encouraged to recruit others
- Recruiting others is really the only way to make money
GAZ is pretty much 5/5 there. But, let’s try to look at it from a different angle; maybe we’re missing something.
- You pay for the ability to sell (the ability to sell)
- Then the person who recruited you gets paid
- Now the only real way to make your money back is recruiting others
- You’re paid for each one you recruit
- They’re also paid for each person they recruit
The bonus is #6: There’s no real product so you’re effectively selling an idea unless people upsell to $2475 (<1% might).
Long story short, it’s a pyramid scheme and that fact doesn’t change regardless of how you spin it.
Is Global Affiliate Zone a pyramid scheme?
In a word, yes.
In more than a word, yes GAZ is absolutely a pyramid scheme. Even worse, it’s a naked pyramid scheme with no real product to sell. You’re simply selling the ability to sell. The $2475 upsell only exists as a placeholder for an actual product that’s not simply information and a dream at a cost of $99-$3069.
Change my mind… Just, do it in the comment section 😉