Power Lead System – Is Neil Guess and Michael Price’s MLM program a scam?

Power Lead System is a marketing platform with a full suite of marketing tools as well as an affiliate program with a heavy MLM emphasis.Power Lead System

In our Power Lead System review, I’ll break down the whole program for you.

Power Lead System basically sells you a “business in a box”. What this means is they have a product to sell and a whole system for selling it, but all you have to do is put in the work to make sales.

The products they do offer aren’t totally useless. In fact, they’re decent for collecting leads and building a sales funnel.

But upon closer inspection, Power Lead System actually has many of the same features of an MLM company. The focus isn’t on the products themselves, but selling the products as an affiliate.

Read the rest of our Power Lead System review below for more information.

FAQ

1.) What is Power Lead System? Power Lead System is a suite of marketing tools with an affiliate program that’s essentially an MLM. It was created by Neil Guess in 2013. Power Lead System Customer is the main subscription, everything else including the affiliate program is either an upsell or a downsell.

2.) What’s included in Power Lead System? Power Lead system includes Google hangout pages, lead capture pages, video sales pages, audio & video postcards, email campaign & autoresponder tools, custom sales funnels, a content management system, SEO keyword research tools, unlimited subdomains for your sales pages, and ad tracking tools. They also hold weekly live training webinars and Google hangouts to help affiliates sell more of their products. There’s a training area and a support team as well.

3.) Who is Neil Guess? Neil Guess is an internet marketer based out of Washington. He is co-founder and co-owner of Power Lead System. Prior to Power Lead System, he was an affiliate with Solavei, an MLM company that sold contract-free mobile phone services.

4.) Who is Michael Price? Michael Price is the other co-owner of Power Lead System. He’s won multiple sales and MLM awards, including being named Sales Rep of the Year at a Fortune 100 Company. He even used to be a trainer for Tony Robbins’s Robbins Research International. Lastly, Michael is the founder of PricelessPossibilities.com and it’s Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform.

5.) What is the Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform? Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform is the underlying platform that Power Lead System is based on. It was founded in 1996. Power Lead System is essentially an MLM spin on Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform.

6.) What is a “business in a box”? A “business in a box” is when someone gives you the products to sell and system to sell them, leaving you to just make the sale. It’s basically a business opportunity that’s ready to go.

7.) What is Endless Free Leads? Endless Free Leads is a Facebook marketing course created by internet marketer Max Steingart. See FAQ $23 for more details regarding Social Profit Academy and its relationship to Power Lead System.

8.) What is Social Profit Academy? Social Profit Academy is a Facebook marketing course created by internet marketer Jeff Mills. See FAQ #21 for more details regarding Social Profit Academy and its relationship to Power Lead System.

9.) What is Master Traffic Academy? Master Traffic Academy is a course that teaches about traffic generation. See FAQ #21 for more information regarding Master Traffic Academy and its relationship to Power Lead System.

10.) Does Power Lead System have a Facebook group or other online community? Yes. They have a closed Facebook group with almost 47,000 members called Official Power Lead System Facebook Group. There are a ton of other groups posing as the Power Lead System group, but they’re mostly full of people trying to use their affiliate links.

11.) What happens in the Facebook group? Power Lead System’s Facebook group is a place for affiliates to share tips and ask questions about anything related to Power Lead System. They have a strict policy against posting links to your primary MLM, other affiliate links, or lead capture pages under your control. This protects against all the pitching you see in the imitation groups.

12.) How do I gain access to the Facebook group? Once you sign up for Power Lead System, you’ll get a welcome email with a link to join the Facebook group. Follow that link. Going directly to the page won’t work, and they don’t allow current members to add new members no matter what.

13.) How much does Power Lead System cost? Power Lead System costs $30 per month for a customer account.

14.) Does Power Lead System have a free trial? Yes, you get a 30-day free trial. Make sure to cancel your subscription before the trial period ends if you don’t want to be charged.

15.) Are there any upsells? Yes, there are 4 upsells. The first one is the Gold membership, which is just a normal subscription to Power Lead’s Systems products plus access to the affiliate program. The other three upsells are the Diamond plan, the Platinum plans, and the Master Traffic Academy course. Diamond and Platinum require Gold membership to purchase. The Diamond membership has a course called Free Ads Secrets with content about solo ads, co-ops, and methods to save money on ad spend. The Platinum membership is above the Diamond membership and includes an entire Facebook marketing course called Social Profit Academy and a library of video case studies.

16.) How much do the upsells cost? Gold membership adds a $24 monthly fee to your customer account for a total of $54 per month. Diamond costs a one-time fee of $147, while Platinum is a one-time fee of $497. Master Traffic Academy costs $1,497 if you buy it by itself, otherwise, it’s included in the Silver plan.

17.) Are there any downsells? Yes, there are 3 downsells called Free Lead System Forever, Lead Lightning, and the Silver subscription plan.  Free Lead System Forever is a free lead gen system that is basically a lead magnet for the paid products. Lead Lightning lets you build a list of targeted leads and market to them via email. The Silver plan consists of a Facebook marketing course called Endless Free Leads, a course called Master Traffic Academy, and ongoing training.

18.) Does Lead Lightning come with the full Power Lead System membership? Yes. Power Lead System has several pre-built Lead Lightning sales funnels.

19.) How much do the downsells cost? Free Lead System Forever is free. Lead Lightning costs a one-time fee of $7, while Silver costs $29.97 per month (the same as a customer membership).

20.) What is Power Lead System’s refund policy? Power Lead System does not offer a refund policy due to their 7-day free trial.

21.) Does Power Lead System have an affiliate program? Yes, and it’s basically an MLM scheme. You earn $20 per month for each referral that subscribes to the Power Lead System Customer membership. If they become an affiliate, you earn a 50% matching bonus on all their earnings in addition to their monthly subscription to the tools. However, you have to pass up every other sale until your 10th and every 5th sale thereafter to the person who referred you.

22.) What do they mean by “100% commissions”? Power Lead System breaks even on customer account sales. This is because you earn the $20 per month per subscriber and the 50% matching bonus for each of their referrals (in other words $10 per their referrals), which equals $30. This is the same price as the customer account, meaning 100% of commissions are paid to you.

23.) If Power Lead System doesn’t profit on their products, how do they make their money? Affiliate commissions. They keep 100% of your affiliate fees and you don’t earn any commissions on your downline’s affiliate fees. In other words, they’d be out of business if it weren’t for the affiliate program.

24.) What are the commission rates on the upsells and downsells? You can earn $6 per Lead Lightning sale, $15 per month on Silver subscriptions, $100 per personal referral and 25% downline matching bonus on Diamond, and $400 per personal referral plus $50 retail override on your personal referrals’ referrals for Platinum.

25.) Why would I sell free or cheap downsells for little to no commission? The idea is to introduce the customer to the product at whatever level they’re comfortable with. If they don’t want to spend a lot, you’d give them the free lead system or Lead Lightning. In theory, they’d want to upgrade to a more expensive membership after seeing success while using the downsells.

26.) Can only Gold members and above earn affiliate commissions on subscription? No. Subscribers to the downsells can sell those programs to others as well.

27.) What happens if someone isn’t qualified for commissions on a product they sell? The commission will move up the line until it reaches the first qualified member.

28.) How do I know which products I’m qualified to sell? When you log in, there are buttons that allow you to view or purchase the upsells. You’re qualified to earn commissions on any product whose button is green.

29.) If I miss a commission because I wasn’t qualified to sell the product, is there any way to recover it? No. Once a commission is paid to a qualified affiliate, it’s gone.

30.) The commission structure is complicated. Do I have to track all this? No. Their software keeps track of your various commission rates for you.

31.) Do I need my own domain/website to succeed selling the Power Lead System? Yes. Otherwise, you’ll need

32.) What is Power Lead System’s BBB rating? They are not listed on the BBB’s web site.

33.) Is Power Lead System a scam? The products aren’t a scam, although they aren’t groundbreaking. However, the main Viral Affiliate Marketing part of the business is definitely an MLM scheme even though they claim it isn’t.

34.) Comparable programs: AWOL Academy, Clickfunnels

Power Lead System Review – Overview

Power Lead System is a large set of marketing tools, but it also has an MLM side to it.

It was founded by Neil Guess and Michael Price in 2013.

Neil Guess doesn’t have much MLM marketing experience. He was an affiliate for Solavei, an MLM company that sold contract-free mobile phone services. Other than that, not much else is known about him.

On the other hand, Michael Price has a long resume. He’s won multiple sales and MLM-related awards, including Sales Rep of the Year at a Fortune 500 company. He was even a trainer for Tony Robbins’s Robbins Research International for a while.

He’s the creator of Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform, the marketing platform that Power Lead System is based on.

Well, Power Lead System is basically an MLM of Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform. As you’ll see, they offer the exact same products, but Power Lead System heavily emphasizes recruiting more affiliates.

In fact, when they do talk about how useful their marketing tools are, it’s usually for the sake of persuading you that you can make a lot of money selling them.

Keep reading our Power Lead System review for all the details.

Product

Power Lead System has a large suite of marketing tools that include Google hangout pages, lead capture pages, video sales pages, audio & video postcards, email campaign & autoresponder tools, custom sales funnels, a content management system, SEO keyword research tools, unlimited subdomains for your sales pages, and ad tracking tools.

Power Lead System also gives weekly live training webinars and Google hangouts to help out their affiliates. For even more support, they have a training area and a support team.

You get unlimited lead pages with Power Lead System. You can design your own or choose from a bunch of pre-designed templates. These lead pages can support video and audio so you can make use of video sales letters. There’s a whole library of photos to use on your page’s background, too.

Given that Priceless Possibilities has been around since 1996, I assume it’s products are pretty good. They aren’t massively different or better than other products, though.

Their main business is the MLM-influenced affiliate marketing opportunity, though. You can tell that as soon as you Google Power Lead System and come across a ton of poorly-designed affiliate marketing sites.

But this is a good thing because you can see how Power Lead System’s products aren’t that great. Wouldn’t all these affiliates have beautiful websites if the lead pages and other tools are so amazing?

Also, the Power Lead System website itself looks like it was created in 2001. There’re a lot of spelling errors and they even mix up the names of some of their products on their FAQ page.

Upsells And Downsells

Power Lead System’s upsells are 3 subscription plans called Gold, Diamond, Platinum; the other upsell is a course called Master Traffic Academy.

Power Lead System’s downsells are called Free Lead System Forever, Lead Lightning, and the Silver subscription plan.

First, the upsells.

The Gold membership is just a normal subscription to Power Lead’s Systems products plus the affiliate program.

The Diamond membership is above the Gold membership and has a course called Free Ads Secrets with content about solo ads, co-ops, and methods to save money on ad spend.

The Platinum membership is above the Diamond membership and includes an entire Facebook marketing course called Social Profit Academy and a library of video case studies.

Master Traffic Academy is a course that teaches how to generate traffic.

Free Lead System Forever is a free lead gen system that is basically a lead magnet for the paid products. Lead Lightning lets you build a list of targeted leads and market to them via email.

The Silver plan consists of a Facebook marketing course created by Max Steingart called Endless Free Leads, a course called Master Traffic Academy, and ongoing training.

Pricing

Power Lead System costs $30 per month for a normal customer account and $54 per month for a Gold account.

Diamond costs a one-time fee of $147, while Platinum is a one-time fee of $497. Master Traffic Academy costs $1,497 if you buy it by itself, otherwise, it’s included in the Silver plan.

Free Lead System Forever is free. Lead Lightning costs a one-time fee of $7, while Silver costs $29.97 per month (the same as a customer membership).

$30 a month for a bunch of basic marketing tools isn’t a bad price. Tools like Clickfunnels might be more well-known, but they’re also much more expensive.

Paying to be part of the affiliate program is yet another sign of MLM influences, though. But more on the affiliate program next.

Affiliate Program

Power Lead System has an affiliate program where affiliates can make money through selling Power Lead System subscriptions and by recruiting more affiliates.

Affiliates earn $20 per month per referral to the Power Lead System Gold for as long as each referral keeps their subscription. That means you can cover your product and affiliate subscriptions and pocket a few extra bucks with just 3 referrals. Your referrals are known as your “payline”, a similar concept to an MLM downline.

Once your referrals become affiliates, you earn a monthly 50% matching bonus on whatever they earn on top of your $20 monthly subscription income. For example, if one of your referrals grows their payline to 20 subscribers, they’d be earning $400 per month. You’d earn $200 per month from that.

However, what they don’t tell you is that you have to pass up commissions to your upline. Every other sale for your first 10 sales are passed up to the affiliate who referred you. After that, you pass up every 5th sale indefinitely.

As for the commissions on upsells and downsells: You can earn $6 per Lead Lightning sale, $15 per month on Silver subscriptions, $100 per personal referral and 25% downline matching bonus on Diamond, and $400 per personal referral plus $50 retail override on your personal referrals’ referrals for Platinum.

Commissions are paid out instantly every Wednesday. You can transfer them directly to your bank account or onto a Visa card as soon as they become available.

If you extrapolate these potential earnings, you could theoretically make thousands in passive income from all your downlines.

Sounds like an MLM, right?

They call their affiliate program “Viral Affiliate Marketing”. They try to tell you it’s not an MLM because you don’t have to recruit your family or friends. Instead, there are millions of entrepreneurs out there who want the opportunity to work from home!

Ok, well if the main part of your business is about recruiting people into the affiliate program so you can make passive income off them, that’s called MLM. Changing your target market from friends and family to strangers doesn’t change the way the business works.

Not to mention that you have to pay to be an affiliate.

But there’re more signs of MLM influence in the affiliate program.

See, if you earn $20 per month per subscriber and a matching bonus of $10 (half of $20) per your referral’s subscriber, Power Lead System is paying you $30 per month which is the same price as the standard subscription. Therefore, Power Lead System can say they “pay 100% commissions”.

In other words, they’re breaking even on their product sales.

So how do they stay in business if they don’t make profits on the products?

You don’t earn any commissions on affiliate fees from your referrals. 100% of affiliate fees go to Power Lead System.

Which brings up an important point: without affiliates, they’d go out of business quickly as there’d be no one paying them.

That’s not a great position to be in.

Recap

Power Lead System’s products aren’t a scam. They work pretty well, although they aren’t mind-blowingly different or more effective than similar products.

The affiliate program is clearly an MLM scheme, despite them claiming that it’s not. I mean, you have to pay a monthly fee to push marketing tools on other people or recruit them into this MLM.

To me, it sounds like Power Lead System is just an MLM company that’s promoting Priceless Possibilities Marketing Platform. The products are the same, but Power Lead System is all about using the products to promote Power Lead System.

In theory, you could make a lot of passive income selling Power Lead System subscriptions to others. The problem is people don’t stick around Power Lead System very long, making it pretty hard to grow a downline.

There are better affiliate programs out there, with better products, too.

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