Okay, so you’ve been browsing around, and you’ve found out about the ClickFunnels software. And now you want to know…Is ClickFunnels a pyramid scheme?
In this post, we’ll go over what a pyramid scheme is, what it’s not, and why ClickFunnels is not considered to be one.
Let’s check it out. 🙂
So is ClickFunnels a pyramid scheme?
Simple answer: Definitely not. ClickFunnels is not a pyramid scheme…not even close.
Shocking, i know…
Initially, i wasn’t going to make this post at all..because quite frankly this is the search term, that i LEAST expected, would ever be asked in Google when it comes to ClickFunnels…but apparently i’m wrong.
And since it really doesn’t matter what i think or say or do, but it does matter what people are asking, i’ll just go with the flow and try to answer this question to the best of my abilities.
Of course, an answer as simple as “No, ClickFunnels is not a pyramid scheme”, hardly does anybody any good. Plus, is the source even reliable? Do i know what i’m talking about? If ClickFunnels is not a pyramid scheme, then what is? What is the meaning of life?
We can hang around and talk questions like that all day long, but i wanted to go a bit deeper into what a pyramid scheme actually is, so that you don’t have any troubles when it comes to actually detecting one, in the future.
And to paraphrase what i found by making the quick google search:
A pyramid scheme is a business model that usually doesn’t involve the sale of products and /or services, but instead revolves around the “recruiting” of people, into the model or scheme, in exchange for the promise of payment.
So even though i think these “pyramidal hierarchies” are all around us (just Google search the word) from companies, social groups, organizations, governments and so on…they’re not all “out to get ya”, so to speak.
But since we’re dealing with the online space, particularly within the online business space, which is renown for having it’s fair share of scams, schemes and the likes…one can never be too careful.
It turns out that ClickFunnels is not a pyramid scheme, for many reasons, but here i’ll list a few:
1. ClickFunnels offers a service and also has physical products for sale. They sell books, they sell softwares, they sell tickets to events, and their main software is actually very valuable, since it has helped thousands of businesses worldwide, in a bunch of different industries.
Pyramid schemes, don’t have any products to sell, and generally speaking, can only make money with the recruitment of other people into the schemes. If there is no actual exchange of value for the money you spend and there is no clear product behind it, that’s a big red flag.
2. You don’t make money by recruiting members into ClickFunnels. ClickFunnels doesn’t pay you to sign up people, to have them sign up people….that just doesn’t go. The only way you can make money with ClickFunnels by promoting it…is if you actually sell the service.
In pyramid schemes, you can make money for having people sign up to the program, and since that is the only income stream for the schemes, and there is generally no other reason or function or product behind it all…it can get pretty dirty.
ClickFunnels is a real company that has every policy in place. They have money back guarantees and refunds on all of their products, and take their customers very seriously, by having a completely insane support system (which they’re going to be making better, i’ve mentioned that before).
Pyramid schemes don’t have return policies, you might not even be able to contact support, there might not be any way of getting ahold of their “customers”, there might be bad reviews online and so on.
There are a few other reasons by which ClickFunnels does not fit the category of “pyramid scheme”, but i think those are the main ones to consider. However, when in doubt, just extrapolate what you see with what the definition of a pyramid scheme is and you should be good to go.
Even though ClickFunnels doesn’t appear to even come close to all the hype and all the BS of a normal pyramid scheme…it’s understandable that people have thought of it as one…very likely because of the ClickFunnels compensation plan.
ClickFunnels, gives affiliates 40% commissions throughout almost all of their products.
This, in addition to the “share funnel” feature that ClickFunnels offers, has been used in the past to create viral share funnels that could be passed between people, and offered unrealistic income claims, which drove people to promote the product, to people who would never use it other than to make money.
These types of funnels have backfired and have created huge backlashes (for obvious reasons), and have now been toned down and kept under control by the company, but may have been cause of huge dilemma in the past, and might be the reason you’re even looking to know if ClickFunnels is a pyramid scheme in the first place!
Is ClickFunnels Legitimate?
It is safe to say that a software, with a reputation as solid as ClickFunnels, is legitimate.
They’ve been around since 2014, have created an amazing software, hundreds of testimonials and users, hundreds of millionaires, and have both saved and created hundreds of businesses.
They have a super loyal fanbase and userbase, and they’ve become the “go to” software company when it comes to sales funnels (to the point where a lot of other similar companies have emerged because of them).
There are multiple products behind the company, there is no “promise” that anyone is going to make money, even though the software is made for business to make more money and there is no compensation for recruiting users. 🙂
Yes, there is a great compensation plan, that is free to join (also another sign that it’s not a scam or a pyramid schem, although having to pay to be an affiliate, is not make or break) it is good and even though it’s been twisted and abused in the past, it has always been legit and safe (and greatly valuable too).
All in all, always make sure you double check and keep your eyes peeled. If something is too good to be true, it probably is, and if you’re hearing “easy money” or guaranteed income claims…run for the hills!
All the best.