Perhaps I’m really late on the subject about collective recruiting teams, but I just have to warn people about these such businesses. If you don’t know what collective recruiting teams are, read the next paragraph or skip to the next.
How Collective Recruiting Works
Basically, a collective recruiting team consists of trying (keyword “trying”) to help people online with building their downline for certain MLM sites. This kind of business helps members with their own downline while building their own at the same time. Of course, it sounds like a great type of business because both parties help each other with their downline. To name some of these teams are: PowerPath GDI, GDI Fast Track Team, Rip-Tide Army, Team Atlantis, and a few others. They recruit their own members while the members themselves collect thousands of page view hits to the teams’ rotators. In turn, these rotators usually promotes one member’s referral link at a time and so on. However…
It Really is a Pyramid Scheme
Collective recruiting only helps so far. The main administrator benefits without fail since he or she is on the top of the pyramid in the referral system. As soon as the team starts off, the administrator is already gaining referral commissions since the very first recruited member. The first few members soon after get their own referrals because they’re at the very top.
The problem starts soon after a hundred or more members have joined the team because of how the pyramid levels require more members the deeper the level is. For example, one of the most famous collective recruiting teams was PowerPath GDI (now dead, it seems). PPGDI required members to join Global Domains International (GDI for short), which is a web host of .ws domains and also has a referral system. PowerPath GDI would recruit 6 members for each one member at a time through their unique rotator system.
Words can only explain so much, so please look at the image below where a typical downline pyramid system works like:
Imagine the administrator of PPGDI’s team right at the tip of the pyramid before any of the numbers. That administrator would require 6 members (the participants in orange) to fill out the 1st level (in green). Then, those 6 members (most likely the moderators and such for the administrator’s team business) would then require 6 members each to fill out the 2nd level from the admin’s downline. Then, each of those new members will require 6 each to fill out the next level and so forth.
Not only is it impossible to recruit members for every member, but it also becomes a lot, lot slower to get to the next level. The only ones that win here are the ones at the very top.
But…why do people even join these teams if it’s plain obvious that the system doesn’t work? I’m sorry I can’t answer that since I do not have the mind of a con artist. What I will mention is that these top people in the pyramid advertise in such a positive and optimistic way that makes other people get hyped up and join with high hopes. After they’ve wasted so much time and money promoting the team for at least a few months, they now realize that they’re just not going to get any downline members any time soon. And if they do, they know they’ll be gone soon because of the long and unfair wait. But why do I know? Because I joined a few collective recruiting teams myself…
My Experiences with Collective Recruiting Teams
At the time I entered the internet marketing world, I wanted to promote a lot of the money-making sites I had joined, so I started using traffic exchanges. I would see a lot of PowerPath GDI pages while I surfed these TEs, so I decided to join since collective recruiting sounded like a great deal. I had also researched GDI which is a legit fortune 500 company. So I thought to myself, “Hey, I could just join and promote for the team so I can promote my other referral links at the same time since they’ll probably promote my GDI link better than I will.” But 4 months went by and I was gaining nothing in return, so I started using their forum and asking questions. I wouldn’t get an answer but only the typical “optimism” nonsense from the top members, especially from one named “Joe” something. He was a nice fellow, so I gave in and just decided to stay with the team for a few more months. PPGDI then came up with a system that would show all members in real time where we were on the list — and that’s when it hit me. I was in number 636 or so on that special list, which meant I had to wait for 636 or so members to get their 6 members each before I started getting mine. That meant that 4116 new members had to join to satisfy the 636 people before me. Wow. But because I was in the team for almost a year now, and I had done so much for the team, it was still hard for me to just quit.
Am I stupid for not quitting on the spot? Well, yes, of course. Very. I continued supporting the team for another month, I believe, because PPGDI was still promising that they were going to be using Google AdWords to help us 10 times better or whatnot. But that never happened, and then I just started to really think. So, I decided to just send a personal note to the team leader at PPGDI on their forum that I simply had to quit. I explained a little that her system was just not going to work for me. I said it in a very mature and cool matter without letting my frustration and stress get to me (because it was partly my fault for not even quitting earlier in the first place). I even wished her good luck for the sake of the other members. Unsurprisingly, she never replied, of course. I was too naive by even saying goodbye since we all should know that these team leaders know that everyone will eventually quit anyway. They earn big bucks because they’re on the very top of the pyramid scheme, so all is good.
The Rip-Tied Army
I had also joined Rip-Tied Army, or RTA for short, which was another collective recruiting team. This was actually the best one I had joined but simply because the leader of that team was rather hot-headed and rude. That kind of leadership eventually made me drop out a lot sooner than any other team I had ever joined. He would lose his temper easily and blame it on the members right away. Of course, members are responsible of the success of the team, but a leader has the strongest influence than any other person, no matter what. And, of course, the team also died soon after. Perhaps the leader really did have good intentions? Perhaps the reason it died soon was to stop having members waste their money? Regardless of good intentions or not, in the end, the leader was just not capable of maintaining a team. Which in the end was the best outcome for the majority of the members (by majority I mean 90% or so).
I first had joined Team Horizon before Team Atlantis because somebody had suggested me to join that collective recruiting team instead. If I had joined Team Atlantis (which is the best OceanSwell team), I’m sure I could have succeeded with it for a while before my downline would quit on me. Team Horizon soon after died and we were transferred to Team Atlantis. Maybe half a year after, I decided to quit because I was just wasting my time supporting the team and not gaining anything back in return. Again, I had sent a personal message to the leader of the team stating how the team will not work for me and that I just had to call it quits. Of course, I never got a reply back. No gratitude for wasting my time or even an apology that the team couldn’t have served me better.
Simply Quit Collective Recruiting Teams
Do yourself a favor. Just quit. Quit these collective recruiting teams. And if you haven’t joined any, then keep it that way! Chances are you won’t get a referral and never will through these “teams”. And if you do, your referrals will eventually quit. Check the pyramid image above again. Think about it. Do the math. Your success is not going to happen thanks to these schemes. And don’t even bother joining brand new teams either (unless you’re rather unethical and want some short-term cash). Don’t believe the hype they give you. All you’ll be doing is fattening up the leaders’ wallets or PayPal accounts. MLM is a nasty business. Only join affiliate sites that make you money without the need of a multi-level matrix systems, unless it provides a good service or product. A good service could be an autoresponder, a web host, a GPT, PTC or anything else that provides something that’s worth working with. A collective recruiting team will not provide you with anything besides referrals, and that’s a pyramid scheme. I learned this the hard way. Do not follow my past mistakes. Go out there and recruit with your own efforts through sites that are worth it. Good luck!
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