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Traffic Monsoon is reborn as Traffic Hurricane, what’s new?

Traffic Hurricane combines traffic exchange and revenue sharing and wraps it all up in one pyramid-shaped package with an MLM bow.

They make it sound like a super easy way to make money online – just click a few things every day and watch the numbers add up, right?

Let’s see how long these guys last in a competitive digital MLM world (hint: TWN, OneCoinWorld Ventures, MOBE, and ClickFunnels).

So have I been involved with these guys?

This video explains:

 

All good? Let’s continue…

Overview

It also looks like it’s an exact copy of Traffic Monsoon (lol, really original name change), an MLM that was shut down by the SEC in 2016 when it ran out of money and couldn’t pay off its distributors. [1] The company was ruled as a Ponzi scheme and basically ran off with over $200 million of investor money…

Earnie Ganz was a top earner at Traffic Monsoon. Now, he appears to be the person behind Traffic Hurricane. The plot thickens…

They claim they’ve been around since 2014, but the company clearly launched in 2016 right after Traffic Hurricane went over. That’s when the domain for Traffic Monsoon was purchased.

Their objective is to “deliver high-quality traffic” and help online business owners build their businesses.

How much does Traffic Hurricane cost?
It’s free to join, but you don’t get many benefits without paying. You’re encouraged to invest $50 into the company in order to start seeing a return. In reality, you’re buying a $50 AdPack from them, and you’re given advertising credits in return for your “investment”.

Products

The company’s product is paid traffic to your website and paid clicks.

As a free member, you enjoy a 4:1 browsing ratio, meaning that every time you browse 4 of their websites, yours is browsed once. As a paid member your ratio goes up to 2:1…browse 2 websites to have yours browsed once.

Your initial $50 investment gets you 20 banner clicks, 1,000 traffic exchange credits, and a position upgrade.

You can purchase advertising credits from Traffic Hurricane that allow you to display advertisements for your website on Traffic Hurricane. Credits are priced as follows…

  • 1,000 credits costs you $5.95
  • 2,500 credits costs $13.95
  • 5,000 credits costs $27.95
  • 7,000 visitor credits $37.95
  • 10,000 visitor credits $49.95
  • 15,000 visitor credits $74.95
  • 25,000 visitor credits $119.95
  • 50,000 visitor credits $229.95

Their traffic packages are priced as follows…

  • 2,500 visitor credits $5.00
  • 5,000 visitor credits $9.00
  • 10,000 visitor credits $16.00
  • 25,000 visitor credits $38.00
  • 50,000 visitor credits $70.00
  • 100,000 visitor credits $130.00
  • 200,000 visitor credits $250.00
  • 500,000 visitor credits $600

There’s evidence to show that these ad credits are completely useless and invaluable, and actually just a cover for the fact that your “investment” is part of a Ponzi scheme. That’s how it was with Traffic Monsoon.

Their services cover pay-per-click banner ads, pay-per-click text ads, traffic exchange start pages, traffic exchange credit purchases, login ads, hurricane traffic packages, and start page advertising (kinda like Zukul).

Compensation Plan

There are four ways to earn money here (none of which sound legit).

  1. Paid to click ads
  2. Using their ad services to generate revenue for your own business
  3. Upgrading profits
  4. Direct sales commissions

Cash links are paid-to-click links that will show up in your dashboard. Basically, you get paid small amounts of cash to click on ads from other members. If a $1 link gets 50 visitors, that comes out to .02 cents per click. You, the clicker, get .01 cent and the sponsor gets the other. If a $1 ad gets 25 visitors, that’s .04 cents per click, so you get .02 cents and the sponsor gets .02 cents.

Referrals are how you make more than pennies on the dollar. You have to click at least 50 traffic exchange ads to qualify for referral earnings every day. They give an example of the money you can earn on referrals through their Hurricane Ca$h program, but of course, it’s “just an example” and “not a guarantee”. It looks like this…

10 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 30 days = $30 from your referral clicks
10 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 365 days = $365 from your referral clicks
500 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 30 days = $1,500 from your referral clicks
500 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 365 days = $18,250 from your referral clicks
1000 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 30 days = $3,000 from your referral clicks
1000 referrals X $0.10 earnings from Hurricane Ca$h X 365 days = $36,500 from your referral clicks

You get 10% earnings from all your referral purchases outside of Hurricane Ca$h.

Recap

I’m no hater, but this company is shadier than Slim.

Look, there’s a place in the world for direct sales companies, and there’s even a place in the world for paid traffic. It can be a legit way for people to grow an online business that they’ve already established, at least to an extent.

But these guys are straight up fraudsters. They don’t even try to hide it. The SEC shut them down once, and it’s only a matter of time before they realize that Traffic Hurricane is just Traffic Monsoon with a thesaurus.

Look, if you like passive income streams, there are better opportunities out there.

In other words, you might like our training because it teaches the “good life” without promoting shady schemes to your family and friends.

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.

Overview

We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.

Products

The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.

Details:

1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.

Recap

Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

There is a better way.

Check this out. This will help wreck your money-chasing habits.

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