Wow, it has been a very long time since I posted here!

GDI never really tells you about the limitations you find yourself weighed down with when you buy a .ws domain.

The first cover up is the B.S. about .ws meaning “web site”.

It’s not. That’s just marketing propaganda. It’s Western Samoa, which imposes tight restrictions on what you can do and can’t do with domains in their domain space. (Visit Samoa.nic and see for yourself.)

You can’t just transfer .ws domains to the host of your choice, either.

GDI isn’t a domain registrar, either. They’re a reseller. So their costs are higher — and so are yours. Add on the cost of supporting all those levels of payouts and it soon climbs steeply.

GDI’s prices are a LOT higher than other domain hosts, too, for the same reasons.

In a nutshell, GDI targets the exact same market as SkyBiz2000 (the biggest illegal pyramid scheme in history) — people who want a cookie-cutter approach to having a web site, who don’t have a clue about competitive pricing, and who swallow promises of online riches from flogging the same deal to others.

It’s just not blatantly illegal like SkyBiz2000 was.

If you’re happy to sell ignorant people overpriced, restrictive package deals, go for it. If you have a conscience, there are plenty of other opportunities to sell competitive package deals that offer a whole lot more for a whole lot less money.

Ah… but then you can’t rake in the BIG bucks at the expense of the ignorant and desperate.

What a dilemma!

Exactly! As Jacie said, you ARE one of the smart ones

It took me a very long time to see that most of those I inducted into my MLM, would by design fail. They must fail in order for the MLM to work.

Imagine if MLMers told the truth when soliciting (heck, I’d bet a majority of them don’t KNOW the truth…I didn’t)? “You probably won’t make any money but you’ll spend a lot of it, and it’ll take up a lot of your time”. lol.

Why pay $10 a month for something you can get for a good deal less if you just shop around?

And what the heck if a vanity domain? I have halblog.com, thresholddigital.com, threshnet.com, and flightsoffancyfilms.com, all names I specifically picked out. How much more of a “vanity” domain can one get?

Unless you’re dealing with a need for back-end software on a website, I just can’t see paying $10 a month for a domain with email. In that case, I’d go through Directnic, which I’ve been using for years (maybe as long as a decade by now). I can register a domain for $15 a year, which is a fair price, and I can host it there for $15 a year. That’s $30 a year for a domain with multiple email address, including hosting so I can put up a web site compared to your $120 a year.

I think I’ll use the extra $90 a year I save to buy a few good bottles of wine so I can have a glass at night before I go to sleep.

So why should I pay an extra $90 a year and give up the wine? That’s 9 pretty decent bottles or 6 better bottles, or 4 higher quality wine bottles. (I’ve found that once you go above $15 a bottle, the wine quality doesn’t go up as much as the price does.)

You wanted to be talked out of it (as you say below). This should do it. And the argument about paying more gets more service is void. See below where I discuss that. My advice: drop it. It’s way overpriced.

Multiple streams is a good idea. It’s how I make my income, but I also make sure I provide a product that is either competitive in price or an exclusive product. You’re dealing with selling an item that many people don’t want and a lot of people that do want it know how to get it for only 25% of the price.

There are much better affiliate programs out there offered by web hosting companies. I’m one and get $95 for each referral that signs up with my hosting company. Actually, that’s more than 50% of what the hosting company will get in the first year for many sites – bad credit for payday loans with 100% guaranteed approval!! Oh, yes, a hot chick will check out your email address before she checks out anything else. That’s the one thing that she’s looking for that’ll make sure you get lucky.

I’ve been using my own domains and custom email addresses for years. Sure, it’s nice to have it when you hand out the first 5-10 business cards, but, honestly, it’s not a big deal after that unless you don’t have much else going on in your life.

It has been my experience

that when people get into MLMs they get so excited about the “opportunity” that they forget some basic manners. This then gets reinforced by their uplines (” ‘no’ means ‘maybe’ “) so they become pests. After all they think they are trying to do you a HUGE favor.

My preferred method – telling them to eff off has the disadvantage (as PW has pointed out) of not really getting anywhere – and it especially wont help them get out of the MLM.

I have had recent opportunity on two occasions now to try a different approach. I merely said to each of them that I was sorry to hear that they had become mired in such a tawdry little forum and I certainly wished them all the best personally. I then went on to say that I was being polite and that they should return the favor and be polite too. That would mean they would never, ever phone me about MLMs again.

I actually managed to say it in a friendly voice and neither has called me about their MLM again.