A buddy of mine left me a voice mail me a few weeks ago about this super awesome great company that he became involved with and I gave him a call back a week later. The conversation, almost verbatim, went a little something like this;

Buddy – “I know you are all about trying to make legitimate money so I want to talk to about a company I just signed on with.”
Me – “Sure, what’s the name of the company?”
Buddy – “Global Domains International. They are 100% legitimate, have been in business for going on 14 years, have a good reputation and most important people are making money with them.”
Me – “What does the company offer?”
Buddy – “They are the official registrar for .ws domain names. For only $10 a month you get your own .ws domain name, website builder, email addresses, a website builder and a web hosting package. This is right up your alley and I know you could do very well with them.”
Me – “Are you kidding me?”
Buddy – “No, I’m 100% serious. You earn $1 per month for every person that you sign up, $1 on whoever they sign up all the way down to 5 levels. On top of that they have sign up bonuses. For example, if you sign up 5 people in 1 week Global Domains International will pay you a bonus of $20. The more people you sign up in a week the more bonus money you can make. I know you can kill this.”
Me – “How many people have you signed up?”
Buddy – “Well it’s only been a few weeks but I opened a bunch of free 7 day trials.”
Me – “7 day trials for what?”
Buddy -“For the package. You can try it for 7 days and if it’s not right for you just cancel.”
Me – “Why in the hell would I want a .ws domain name?”
Buddy – “.ws is stands for website. It’s going to be the new standard in domain names.”
Me – “No, that would be .com. If the company has been around for almost 14 years why isn’t .ws the new standard already?”
Buddy – “Well, that’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is that you can earn income for life with GDI. Each month a person pays they’re $10 you get your $1 up to 5 levels down. I know $1 a head is not that much money but it’s all about volume. For your $10 a month you also get 5 affiliate websites that you can use to recruit others. There’s no selling involved, the websites do all the work.”
Me – “It’s always about volume. If 1,000 people gave me $1,000 I would have made $1,000,000. So let me get this straight. The company has been around for 14 years and sells .ws domain names which is supposed to be the new standard for domain names and it will only cost me $10 a month where I get a .ws domain name and basically 5 affiliate websites that I need to drive traffic to in order for people to open 7 day free trial accounts.”
Buddy – “You get more but you could say that.”
Me – “If I wanted a .ws domain name why wouldn’t I just go to GoDaddy and register one like $10 bucks for a year?”
Buddy – “You could do that but then you wouldn’t have the opportunity to earn income for life.”
Me – “Income for life being $1 a month for each person I register for GDI?”
Buddy – “Yeah plus the weekly bonuses and team bonuses.”
Me – “So instead of registering a .ws name with GoDaddy for around $10 bucks a month and getting a basic web hosting account with a free email address for around $5 bucks a month I should spend $120 a year instead of paying around $70 a year with GoDaddy? You are trying to talk me into spending an extra $50 a year just so I have the opportunity to earn $1 a month on every person I sign up?”
Buddy – “No man, plus $1 on the person they sign up 5 levels deep plus weekly and monthly bonuses!”
Me – “Fine. What’s the retention rate on the 7 day trial accounts and the retention rate on people who continue to pay monthly?”
Buddy – “I don’t know but it must be high. A company doesn’t last for 14 years without having paying customers.”
Me – “I hear what you’re saying but I don’t like it.”
Buddy – “Why not? You can make sick money!”
Me – “Sick money? $1 a head 5 levels down where I don’t I have any idea of trial accounts to paying customers and how many paying customers stay on per month? Why in the hell would I pay an extra $70 a year when I can get almost the same thing from GoDaddy for $70 less per year when .ws domain names are fucking worthless!”
Buddy -“.ws domain names are not useless and you’re missing the point man! It’s all about income for life!!”
Me – “Income for life based on $1 a head when again I don’t have an idea about conversion rates and retention rates?”
Buddy – “Who cares? The videos do all the selling. All you have to do is drive traffic to any of your 5 affiliate sites. Best of all when a person watches a personalized video you get an email giving you the persons name and email address so you can talk them into staying aboard.”
Me – “I though you just said that there was no selling involved!”
Buddy – “There isn’t any selling involved. The videos sell the person on opening a free 7 day trial. All you have to do is follow up with them.”
Me – “If you are emailing them and trying to talk them into opening a 7 day trial account you are trying to sell them!!!”
Buddy “No man! Your just following up with them.”
Me – “You know I love you bro but you have to be kidding me. If the videos are selling people on opening 7 day free trial accounts you would get an email stating that Joe Blow opened a 7 day trial account not an email stating that a person watched a video. By you sending these people an email in order to talk them into opening a 7 day trial account it tells me that the videos are not selling people on opening a 7 day free trial account, you are. How many people have you sold?”
Buddy -“None yet but it’s a process and it’s only been a few weeks.”
Me – “So you’re trying to talk me into paying $10 a month just so you can make $1 a month on me? If thats the case I can live with that but how are you going to market?”
Buddy -“Through you. I’ll make $1 a month on you plus $1 on people you sign up and you’ll earn $1 5 levels deep plus bonus money.”
Me – “So lets say I don’t want to market Global Domains International. What are you going to do than?”
Buddy – “You get sick traffic to your blog. All you have to do is right a positive review on GDI, stuff it with your affiliate links and I’ll do all the follow up for you. If it’s the matter of the $10 a month I’ll pay it for you.”
Me – “Please tell me you’re not serious.”
Buddy – “My man I’m 100% serious. I will pay the $10 a month for you and do all the follow up for you.”
Me – “BRO! This is seriously not worth the fucking time!! Let’s say out of 1,000 people who watch any video that is supposed to sell them on the free trial account results in a 2% personalized video conversion and you get 20 emails. Out of the 20 emails let’s say 5% open the trial account thats only 1 person or $1 fucking dollar.”
Buddy – “You get way more traffic than 1,000 people a month and the conversion rate should be much higher. Let’s say we get 5,000 video views that converts at 2% that’s 100 emails. Out of those 100 people I know I can convert at least 20 per month into paying customers.”
Me – “There is now way in hell you are going to covert at 20%. Even if you did that’s only 20 a month at $1 a head. Even if we could do that for a whole year and had a 100% monthly retention rate that would be 240 people a year. Even if you were able to talk 5 people per week to get the $20 bonus every fucking week that would be a little over $1,000 for the year. That’s only like $1200 a fucking year! There is no way you’re going to have a 100% retention rate. You’ll be lucky if you get a 20% retention rate. At a 20% retention rate that would be like 50 people a year. Now you’re looking at something like 50 customers. I’ll keep it simple. $50 a month times 12 months is $600 a year. You’d be paying $20 a month or $240 a year. Take away $240 from your $600 and you making $360 a year. Is $360 a year worth your time.”
Buddy “Can you just please do this for me? All I need you to do is write a positive review, and put up banners all over your blog. It will take you like 10 minutes tops to do this.”
Me – “You want me to turn my blog into a giant GDI promotion?!”
Buddy – “Please man, I need you to do this for me so I can give it a go. If you don’t do this for me I have no idea how I’m going to get this off the ground.”
Me – “Why in the hell would you get involved with something that requires online marketing skills if you don’t have any?”
Buddy – “I just thought you would help me man.”
Me – “You have to be kidding me! You know you are fucking guilting me in to doing this for you right?
Buddy – “So will you just write the positive review for me?”
Me – “You know I can’t write a positive review on something I don’t like. Why don’t you just ask me if it’s okay to kick me in the nuts?”
Buddy – “C’mon man it’s only 1 review. If this doesn’t work you can just take it down.”
Me – “I’m not writing the review but I’ll help you. Email me with whatever you have and I’ll do a few things.”
Buddy “So we’re in business than?”
Me – “Sure if thats what you want to call this crap. I’m telling you right now, I’m not doing any sort of fucking selling, that’s all on you!”
Buddy – “That’s the deal my man. I just need one of your credit cards.”
Me – “I thought you were paying for this.”
Buddy “I am but I can’t open more than 1 account using my card so I need yours.”
Me – “Wait a second. Isn’t this a free trial account anyway?”
Buddy -“Yeah but Global Domains International needs the card information up front so if a person doesn’t cancel they can start billing.”
Me – “No fucking way man. I’m not giving you my credit card info. In fact I don’t want you to pay for me. I’ll send any traffic directly to your affiliate shit.”
Buddy “OK.”
Me – “Just email me and I’ll do what I do but I’m not writing a fucking positive review.”
Buddy “Thanks man. I knew you would come through for me.”
Me – “Of course douchebag. I need a fucking drink. Talk to you.”

If he wasn’t such a good friend I wouldn’t have done this but the fact that he is and the fact that I would be a shitty friend if I didn’t help him out I delivered on my promise. I threw up an affiliate banner for him on the sidebar and threw up a few banners at the bottom on some of my review articles. I even used a redirect script to send additional traffic to one of his affiliate sites. A short 3 days later he send me a text telling me to pull everything down as he just cancelled his account. Being the asshole that I am had to call him just to bust his balls.

Me -“Bro why did you cancel?”
Buddy “It’s more work than I thought it would be. I talked to a few people this week and one of the most commonly asked questions people asked was how do I get customers? I told them all they had to do was drive traffic to their pitch sites but most people had no clue as to how to do that and if it weren’t for you I would have no idea either. I have no clue how to help anyone who signs up under me but I’m trying to talk them into paying $10 a month just so I can make $1 on them. I just didn’t feel right which is why I cancelled.”
Me – (Laughing) You my friend are a fucking dumb ass and I wish I didn’t have to do this but you know me. I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO HAHAHAHAH! (click)

So what’s the point in me making this very lengthy post about a conversion me and my friend had over Global Domains International? Really nothing more than to make a few points. First, there is no denying that Global Domains International is an actual company as they have been around for over a decade. However, the average person will not be able to make any sort of decent income with them. If a person is an internet marketing newbie and has no idea on how to get traffic to his or her affiliate site there is no way to obtain prospects. No prospects means no trial accounts which means no paying customers which means that Global Domains International is selling a dream to suckers across the globe. If a person is an expert in online marketing there is no denying that even at $1 a month per head an expert online marketer could make close to five figures a month. However, I feel that most people don’t fall into the category of online marketing expert and will realize that this isn’t so much a business as it is a dream. What do I mean by this statement?

You too can drive a Ferrari

You too can drive a Ferrari

First, Global Domains International needing to use a fucking Ferrari in order to sell people into spending $10 a month for a great opportunity speaks volumes. Know who has a Ferrari based on a relationship with Global Domains International? Probably the owners. Second, .ws domains are shit. Don’t believe me, do a Google search on anything you want and tell me how many .ws domain names show within the top 10 results of any search results not containing the .ws extension within the search itself? Third, think about any commercial you have ever seen on television directing a person to a website or any radio advertisement you have heard on the radio directing you to a website that ended in the extension of .ws. How many can you think of? I can’t think of a single one.

I believe that the Global Domains International business opportunity is not for the average person or even the novice online marketer. I will go as so far to state there probably aren’t many expert online marketers pushing GDI themselves. Yeah the company has been around for over a decade, there are probably people making a few bucks but not making anything remotely close enough to drive a fucking Ferrari. If you disagree with me, register like my friend did and find out for yourself just as he did with the exception being that I’m not helping you out. Your on your own with GDI unless you decide to buy leads from them but I hope that your smart enough to realize that GDI selling leads goes a long way as to why Global Domains International has been around for as long as the have been.