The Six Figure Mentors Review From Someone Who Quit (Updated)

The Six Figure Mentors Review From Someone Who Quit (Updated)

I was a member of The Six Figure Mentors from December 2015 to May 2016. I quit SFM and joined Wealthy Affiliate and I never look back. In this Six Figure Mentors review, I'm going to reveal to you my honest opinion on why I quit because there are a lot of people asking about The Six Figure Mentors and whether it is a scam.

The Six Figure Mentors Review Summary

Product Name: The Six Figure Mentors

Founder: Founded by Jay Kubassek & Stuart Ross in 2011

Product Type: High-Ticket Affiliate Marketing / MLM Training + Memebrship

Price: Varies depending on Membership Level (See pricing details below)

Best For: The Founders + Top 1-2% Members

Summary: The Six Figure Mentors claims themselves to be an affiliate marketing company. But it's more like a high-ticket MLM company or even a pyramid scheme in my opinion. They offer decent online marketing training and services in various membership levels with lots of upsells.

Rating: 45/100

Recommended: No


What is The Six Figure Mentors?

Six Figure Mentors is a company that offers step-by-step training on internet marketing as well as various marketing tools and resources to help people make money online.

They claim to help people live the "Internet Laptop Lifestyle" by just following their training.

Below is a video explanation on The Six Figure Mentors by Stuart Ross, the Co-Founder of SFM:

Basically, they have various done-for-you resources include:

  • Marketing Banners
  • Affiliate Links & Sales Pages
  • Customizable Sales Funnels
  • Customizable Link Generator
  • Customizable Tracking Generator
  • Customizable Tracking Stats

All you have to do is to follow their training, listen to your assigned "coach" and build a website using one of their tools. And then promote the landing page they provide you with.

This sounds attractive to people who are really eager to achieve success online and escape from their current job or situation.

However, there are a lot of flaws in this system which I'll reveal to you one by one in this reveal.

Before we discuss anything further, let's take a look at their founders first...

The Co-Founders of SFM

Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek are the Co-founders of SFM.

If you're experienced in online marketing, you would have heard of Jay before. Jay is the Co-founder of another scam company called "Carbon Copy Pro" or "Pro U" which is no where to be found online today.

Also, Stuart and Jay are running another company called Digital Experts Academy (DEA) at the same time. 

In fact, SFM is connected with DEA and DEA memberships are the upsells of SFM. This is a big red flag which I'll explain further later.

For now, just know that this is not the first time Stuart & Jay are running this kind of company and selling this kind of membership products. This is something to consider and beware of!

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The Six Figure Mentors Funnel

This is the part where I'll reveal to you how to attract new leads, "recruit" new members and make money...

Step 1: SFM Ads

First of all, you may come across SFM via some blog post, social media Ads or YouTube Ads which will lead to their standard lead capture page. For me, I came across Stuart's YouTube Ad showing how he is making money while relaxing on the beach.

Step 2: Capturing Your Email

After you land on one of their standard lead capture pages, all they'll ask from you is your Email address and your name. The gift they offer you is a Free 7-Day Video Training on how to live a true "laptop lifestyle".

Step 3: 7-Day Free Video Training

Next, they'll deliver to you one video per day as promised. The videos are filmed by Stuart and Jay themselves. But what they talked about is the very basic introduction about affiliate marketing. Then they'll be pitching to you why their business model is the best and why you should join The Six Figure Mentors.

Step 4: Purchase The Basic Membership

So, if you want to continue with SFM, you'll have to purchase the basic starter membership which costs $29.95. It may seem a very little investment. But it has a very limited access to their whole system. Also, it is just the first step to their upcoming upsells that is waiting for you.

Step 5: Contact Your SFM System Consultant

At one point, you'll be asked to contact with your system consultant as well as booking a Skype call with one of their "business coach". Basically, they are there to answer your questions, give you a little more help and ask you to upgrade your membership to the next level and pay more money.

Step 6: Upsell & Upsell & Upsell...

Lastly, it's upsells after upsells after upsells because they have a lot of membership levels. So, you'll hit a "roadblock" at certain points and you need to upgrade to continue or get more support and help.

This is the exact same business model as Digital Altitude by Michael Force, My Top Tier Business (MTTB) by Matt Lloyd and My Own Business Education (MOBE) also by Matt Lloyd.

SFM Membership Options & Pricing Details

SFM Membership

  • Affiliate Access: FREE (You can't access anything much here)
  • Student Access: $29.95 + $25/month (Optional)
  • Essential Membership: $297 + $97/month
  • Elite Membership: $2,500/year + $97/month

Like I've mentioned in the funnel above, once they've gotten your email address, they'll start promoting to you their membership.

When I was introduced to SFM, I wasn't aware of all the different membership levels. That's why I got started, for free.

Although there's a free option, the free account doesn't allow you to do much at all. They only grant you access to one introductory course and that's all. You cannot access most of the tools and features.

So I would't say it has a free trial because you can't really try much at all.

It was my first online venture so I was very stupid I would say.

Eventually, I paid for the USD$97 per month for a while before I made the decision to terminate and leave. For the 5 months at SFM I earned ZERO dollar.

In addition, SFM is just going to keep on asking you to upgrade to get more seemingly indispensable tools for your success. They won't offer everything to you at once!

P.S. This program that has enabled me to generate a 4-Figure Monthly Passive Income at just 21 years old is FREE to get started and only cost $49/month fee to go full-time!

DEA Membership

The Elite Membership is not the end though.

After the Elite Membership, they'll introduce you to another program called Digital Experts Academy (DEA) which is integrated with SFM. Again, they claim that in order to get even more support and training, you have to upgrade.

There are 4 DEA Membership levels:

  • DEA Silver: $2,500
  • DEA Gold: $8,000
  • DEA Platinum: $11,000
  • DEA Black: $20,000

In other words, this company is not just full of upsells, but full of high-ticket upsells!

For detailed membership price and affiliate commissions, please refer to their payout structure. As you can see, most commissions are just 5-10%. You can only make huge commission by selling the high-ticket membership at the end of the funnel.

The low commission rate plus expensive cost means that the biggest winner is always the owners of the company!

Tools & Services

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The Four Main Selling Tools for SFM

On top of their membership, they also provide tools for you to build and run your online business. However, these are paid tools once again.

These are the 4 main tools offered by SFM:

  • Digital Business Lounge: $37 or $67/month
  • Simple Lead Capture: $29.95/month
  • Graphix Creator: $99
  • SimpleTrakk: $9.95/month

These tools are very useful for building your website and online business. I've tried most of the features and tools mentioned above. So far, all of them are LEGIT.

BUT, there are 2 main issues - They are Too Expensive & there are A Lot of Flaws in them!

The main problem is the "locked-in" issue which means once you start using them, it's hard for you to change to other tools. If you want to continue running your online business, you have to keep paying them and get access to these.

What Did I Gain? The Top 4 Benefits...

Despite spending quite a lot of money at SFM without making any real money after 5 months, I still learn a lot from them.

Here are some of the things that I benefited the most:

1. Basic Affiliate Marketing Knowledge

​Since SFM was my first online venture, it really opened my eyes to this amazing online world which is full of massive potential.

I said that there are a lot of flaws in the system but that doesn't mean the training and resources they provide are useless.

They are very proficient in their field and they offer valuable stuffs for the members. No doubt about this.

​The knowledge I learnt is very useful for my online business afterwards.

It allows me to have a much smoother journey when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, the No.1 Recommended platform for Internet Entrepreneurs. (I'll talk about this later.)

2. Change in Mindset

One thing I like about SFM is that the ​first few steps in their training focus on mindset.

This is a very important aspect that we shouldn't ignore when we start on something new. If we don't have the right mindset, it's very unlikely that you can persist.

So I experienced a huge shift in mindset that is required for online marketing. It sets the foundation for my success today.​

3. Basic Online Marketing Skills​

Apart from the knowledge learnt, I had a chance to get my hands on their business model (Because I paid)​.

I'd tried Pay-Per-Click (PPC) on Bing during that time. I'd also set up a website in their Digital Business Lounge and thus gotten the feeling and some tips for building a website.

I know the first 3 Gains above are ​something that I can learn at a much lower price but I only knew it afterwards.

I'm not disappointed because it marked the beginning of my online journey. The last gain is something that is priceless.

4. 1st Taste of "Failure" Online​

It's not really a "Failure" I would say. But I indeed lost quite a fair bit of my limited allowance​.

I made mistakes along the way. I quit it because I felt that it was no longer worth the investment.

In retrospect, I wouldn't use the word "waste" to describe my experience at SFM. It was actually a very eye-opening experience.

I'd learnt a lot along the way and it helped me for my online business down the road.

At this point, I would like to urge YOU to be brave to take MASSIVE ACTIONS and don't be afraid of failures. We all made mistakes and the lessons we learnt are the most valuable things that money cannot purchase.

Why I Quit SFM? Top 3 Reasons

1. Unreasonable Investments & Upsells

This is very obvious.

The amount of money required to put in this company is too much for normal people.

I don't know about you. But if you have that money, I wouldn't spend it with this kind of program with lots of upsells up to $20,000.

Remember, we are in a Digital World today and almost everything can be found on the Internet for FREE!

2. Restricted & Flawed System

It's time for me to discuss why I keep on emphasizing SFM has many flaws in its business model.

​After I dive deeper into their training, I then realized that the business I was building with SFM is mostly recruiting more people to join it.

I had no other choices such as building my business from my own passion. The business model is actually very restricted in that sense.

Despite they claim that you can build your own online business in whatever niche, they do not provide any support and resources for that. Everything they provide you with is for you to promote their membership and "recruit" more people into the system.

From this perspective, it's much more like a MLM or even a pyramid scheme!

In addition, tools like Email Service Provider (ESP), they restrict you to only use AWeber. There are a lot of things you have to run it their way and go through their system. This creates the system "locked-in" issue.

3. Non-Interactive Platform

After joining Wealthy Affiliate, ​I then understand what a truly interactive platform is.

The Private Community at SFM is just a very average connecting platform with members. There is no way for you to personally contact the Co-founders.

Personally connecting with Co-founders of any company is very rare. But it is possible at Wealthy Affiliate.

The training resources are non-interactive as well.

Mostly, the delivery of information is only one-way​ which means you are only allowed to watch the training video provided. You are not able to get immediate help or simply sharing ideas.

Building an online business definitely requires a lot of help. SFM has personal consultant for you but you have to either book consultation slots or send E-mail to him/her.

That's not really effective for us to get immediate help or discuss about things.​

4. Pay to Become an Affiliate

Normally, affiliate programs are free to join. They shouldn't charge you anything because you're helping them to promote their products.

However, you have to pay in order to promote SFM in their system. They'll only provide you with marketing materials once you're a paying member of SFM. This shouldn't be the way to go.

The Six Figure Mentors Success Story

As you can see from this video, there are real people making huge bucks with SFM & DEA, despite all the flaws.

However, there's one thing in common in all the success stories of SFM. All those who are making a lot of money are those at the top membership levels. For this particular guy, he is a DEA Black Member which means he paid $20,000 for his Black membership.

On top of that, he also paid the fees for all different levels before he can reach this level and get this result.

How many of you can afford this kind of investment? And how many people failed along the way? This is something you need to consider.

That's why I said SFM is only for the top 1-2% members as well as the owners because they are the ones making huge bucks. Majority of the members are suffering in my opinion.

So, Is Six Figure Mentors a Scam?

I wouldn't say SFM is a scam because it has some legit content and training.

Another good thing I forgot to mention about SFM is that they have a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. So, you can definitely give it a shot and get your refund within 30 days if you have the same feeling as I did.

The thing about SFM is that it's just too expensive and the system is really restricted.

It's not really a scam but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Jerry Huang

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently a Full-time Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He actually achieved Financial Independence at the young age of 21. Read more about his story here!

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 47 comments
ian - November 25, 2019

Yes I looked at them over the past years and yes Steve is very clever how he set up this system, looking at others promoting the same system I do not see them making income from any other source other then creating fancy videos and advertising SFM that in it’s self me ,question and look between the hype. Yes you can make money on like but you must have something to promote something that people want or need then all the ads from other companies that will follow you if you are good, you can’t make money out of nothing only Banks can by giving you a loan and charging you interest on nothing, and if you default they come and take away your real assets. There ore other ways of making money and not spending a fortune on what with some research you can find out yourself, these people are dream makers but dreams only come to a few most will never and can never realize their dreams because we live in a society that silences real thinking, a remarkable young couple for months sent me emails and videos and they are making a go of it by promoting SFM but I can’t see them doing anything else, good luck to them I no longer receive their mail so I think they dropped me off the list before them I was with a couple of others one I did sigh up lost my $29.95 and no mentor contacted me and the push for me to shell out more money on something which I can find out m y self, just put me off. There are other way on investing on line it requires a lot of research study to avoid getting caught up in scams and there are many out there. Crypto graphic currencies can work if you do your home work.

Gullah - October 22, 2019

I was so hoping SFM was going to work for me. I saw a link on YouTube and there was just something different (I thought) about this presentation. I received a free 4-video training session. After watching the complete series the first time, I contacted the referral source. He responded immediately so I took this as a positive sign. At least there was one real person behind this presentation.

Most of the video content I watched was presented by Stuart Ross. He was confirming and agreeing with all of the things I hate about Network Marketing and other online “opportunities.” He correctly emphasized the importance of building the foundation of a new business through education and training, something most other “opportunites” do not stress or even give new recruits time to do. Most “opportunities” immediately pressure new recruits into their “quick start” program to recruit others before the new recruits even know what they are doing.

So, confirming the need for education and training was really refreshing to me. I actually watched this series four times trying to eliminate any surprises. I decided to pay the $29.95 application fee. After receiving member access, the dashboard had a 2-Day timeclock banner. If I upgraded to the Essentials program within 2 days, it would cost me $197 + $97/mo instead of $297.

Well, at that point, I had just started the intro videos so I didn’t want to upgrade just yet. There was an additional opportunity to upgrade to be eligible for another promotion. So, I upgraded earlier than I planned to take advantage of the promotion. However, I never received my upgrade promotion.

I upgraded to Essential because this was supposed to “unlock” the full program. Then the verbiage then changed to “well, the Essential is good but if you want to really succeed, you’ll have to upgrade to Elite,” which is $2300 per year + $97 mo. The Essential program is now considered a DIY program. So, if I have to do it myself with the Essential program, what am I paying $97 mo. for?

In order to move through the system, you have to endure this elaborate “drip marketing” process. You have to listen to “leaders” portray a version of good cop/bad cop. One is playing to your “you deserve this” emotion; the other plays the “tough love” card. One is 3+ hours long; the other is 4+ hours long.

You are also encouraged to listen to New Age evangelists. New Age is the religion that takes God’s Attributes; the teaching of the Bible then rewriting and repurposing them into a religion denying God. As a Christian, I had no problem separating the truth from deception. But I also knew I could not promote SFM as a means to entrepreneurship to others. But, I thought I would learn how to effectively use it for myself.

It gets pretty confusing after this. You are now asked to set an appointment with your consultant to help you chose your path. Path? I thought I was on the path to becoming an online marketer? You know, the laptop life! No, now you have to chose if you want the affiliate route or Import/Export route. If you chose to become an SFM affiliate (which is encouraged), you’ll have to pay for this opportunity.

Another sales tactic used is to give you something then take it away in order to make you want it more. References are dropped that if you REALLY want to succeed, you REALLY should consider Digital Expert Academy (DEA). I was officially DONE at this point.

I knew I was in store for more and more upgrades plus the $97 mo. I know you have to invest money in any business to succeed. What I don’t like is misdirection and diversion tactics. That’s what SFM’s long, drawn-out, network marketing-like process is designed to do. Is there no such thing as integrity anymore?

Landon Howell - October 1, 2019

Hello,does WA help you find your niche ? I’ve been w/ sum for 90 days now & still going through the modules , I’m a careful man. However I’ve made no $$ as of yet. How does this site differ ? Can you really make the laptop life style/$$$ w/ WA ?! Thank you Landon

    Jerry Huang - October 7, 2019

    WA will teach you how to find your niche.

david blenkinship - August 12, 2019

. Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek are nothing but out and out blatant thieves and scammers. These 2 gangsters would not be allowed to trade in the UK and in all probability be behind bars.
I got caught with the devious hook of $29.95 joining fee including training. Immediately after clicking the buy button I was hit with an up sell of $997 immediately, plus $97 monthly. It took me all of 5 seconds to realise that I had been conned. The training in reality was just other sales pages listing all the other thousands of dollars they advise you spend in order to become a millionaire. Their proposition is nothing but a blatant pyramid scam. In order to make money you find people to sell the very opportunity you have just purchased. So in reality nothing is being sold.
I am lucky as I have been refunded the $29.95 I paid out. The only reason I initially went ahead was their sales letter does say that if the proposition is not for you they will credit the purchase. But of course that is only within 30 days. And I had only spent $29.95 and applied for a refund the next day. For someone going deeper into the program the odds are that they wouldn’t find out that they had been robbed until it was too late.

Anonymon - July 12, 2019

The top 3 most insidious types of rogue operations people should definitely run away from, fast, if ever encountered is, without a doubt:

-Nigerian Email Scammers, posing as innocent, desperate, sick people in need of your money to help them, all the while, they spoof their email & ip addresses before reaching out to you, their use & comprehension of the English language is asinine & usually become very aggressive if they detect any hesitation or resistance from you in any of your responses.

-Predatory Lenders that charge insanely huge interest on loans, while at the same time obscuring ToS agreements with cross-site scripting attacks so they can bury you in a mountain of unwanted spam & junk mail after extorting you of your personally identifiable information, which in turn puts you at even far greater risk for identity theft because of the unethical methods they use to store & sell your information to the highest bidder.

-Mesmerizing & emphatically touted work from home schemes promising enormous profits after making an initial investment. Meanwhile, they get your personal information and much like the Predatory Lending entities mentioned above, you get inundated with spam & junk-mail, while at the same time your personally identifiable information is put at increased risk of being stolen or sold to yet another rogue entity.

The most important take-away with all of these things is this, if it sounds too good to be true, then it is!

These things are also another big reason I don’t use social media at all. It’s not a necessary function in life and only adds many negative factors to those whom have fallen for their charade. On the surface, they promise you convenience and profound levels of connecting with others online, but underneath their facade, is nothing but an aggressive ad-marketing network that really is only about one thing and one thing only——–Mass-Exploitation for profit!——-And the way they exploit people is by blackmailing us through ToS agreements & EULA’s that forces you to give up your rights to protect your personal information. Then the sky is pretty much the limit for these corporate thugs to go on building online dossier’s about citizen’s so they can amass insane profits from knowing everything about you——-who you are, where you go and what you do with your own personal life.

No matter what sugar-coated claims they make or reasoning they try to use to justify this mass exploitation—it is wrong period. Our personal privacy should never be the price we pay to use a service whether advertised free or not. That is extortion of who you are as a person and it is absolutely wrong period!

It is a line that these corporate a**holes should never have been allowed to cross to begin with and it is now about time we start pushing them back behind that line!

Don’t let these no-good, low-life scumbags take you for a ride. You work too hard for your money. Protect your income from online thieves just like you would protect your own home with locks. In this desperate world in which we live, we simply can’t afford not to.

Janet - May 29, 2019

I almost want to join SFM. It’s the Membership: $297 + $97/month that is holding me back. After read your review then I realise there are so many level of membership. How about Jumpcut? Have you heard of Jumpcut? Do you think it a scam too?

Mary M - April 24, 2019

I also was considering SFM until I learned that I would be required to pay an additional $297. after paying the $29.95 for the introduction, just to unlock the program but then also would be required to pay an additional $97/mo for the membership. That’s alot of money to possibly lose if in 6 months you haven’t made a dime. Thanks for your honest review.
However, I have to add that I am a free member of WA & while I think it’s a great program I find it hard to follow because while it does offer step by step training, you’re left to figure out how to find it. I find that very confusing. It’s kind of like they put all this training there, with lots of people to help you if you need it, but you have to figure it out by yourself & I feel lost. I’m the type that needs training that says do this, now do this etc. not having to ask a bunch of people on their feed how to do it. So I have never upgraded to their monthly membership for that reason. Maybe I’m just to stupid haha, congrats if you get it, wish I could.

Dave - June 1, 2018

Yes hello there, how come I never see any Wealthy Affiliate people showing you what they sell in regards to Affiliate Marketing. All I see Online is everyone in the company with the same website layout writing scam reviews saying how every other program online is a scam then try to sign you up to Wealthy Affiliate?

I never see anyone providing me any value showing me how to sell Affiliate Stores like I see people do with places like Amazon or a Online Store. Is this what WA is all about? Just call everything under the Sun a Scam and then try to sell WA for like $40 Bucks?

I’d like to learn more Please!

    Jerry Huang - June 13, 2018

    Hey Dave, there must be some misconception here.

    The main focus for Wealthy Affiliate is teaching people how to set up niche websites in any niche of their choice. It can be any hobbies, passions or expertise you have. And you can sell affiliate products from places like Amazon. That’s the main focus of the training.

    The fact that you can’t see it is because you won’t be able to easily find people building such websites unless you really go and do some thorough research. They are all scattered in different niches. On the other hand, websites promoting WA is much easier to find because it’s in the “Make Money Online” niche. That’s why it may seem to you that Wealthy Affiliate is all about calling others a scam and promoting itself.

    If you pay attention to my website, you’ll see that I review products based on their true identity with my 100% honesty. I don’t just call other scams to promote WA.

    So, if you want to set up a niche website promoting whatever products you want, Wealthy Affiliate is the right place for that. Just create a Free account and you’ll be able to access the first 10 lessons for Free. You can also build 2 Free subdomain websites as a start.

Dave Menzies - May 31, 2018

Although this is one of the more balanced SFM reviews I’ve seen using the time honoured “Scam” tactic to divert traffic to your own offer, there are a few oversights that need addressing: Completely overlooked is the commission levels paid to members at the various levels within the SFM and DEA structure. Dismissing the various levels as mere up-sells (although this is common to most online business and training programmes) is a little disingenuous.

If you invest in SFM Elite, DEA silver, gold, platinum or black, you not only get increasingly enhanced training and access to their leadership team, you can earn commissions of between $1000 to $8000 per sale. Silver now includes an e-commerce training platform which is the best I’ve seen. This has nothing to do with promoting or selling SFM or DEA’s own products but provides incredible training, contacts and the real nitty gritty for anyone interested in selling physical products via Amazon, Ebay, Etsy and other platforms.

Gold includes one to one mentoring from top affiliates and a 2 day marketing workshop incorporating speakers from the top of the industry.

Platinum includes a personal branding workshop which would cost upwards of $100k on the open market.

Black includes 5 star mastermind events in exotic locations with the business founders and their growing team of super affiliates, serial entrepreneurs and coaches.

SFM and DEA also hold regular live events and workshops in a number of territories which are also live streamed

The back office now contains over 6000 mini training courses from Lynda (Linkedin’s digital education platform) Hundreds more from GROVO and Ryan Deiss’s Digital Marketer accreditation courses (Gold level)

As with any business there will be some who will take full advantage of all this, realising that the value far outweighs the cost and others who won’t.

As with any business or course there will be some who make fortunes from it and others who don’t

It has to be said that the founders and their team are very proactive in introducing measures to help as many people as possible achieve success. They recently introduced a leadership programme for example where members who have achieved good results provide training for those who haven’t yet got the results they want.

It’s fairly obvious that the best results come from those invested at the highest level since those pay the highest commissions. Remember also that when you are doing paid advertising, the ability to earn very high commissions is crucial to achieving the best ROI.

I think its fairer to say that SFM and DEA are definitely not for everyone rather than to leverage the “Scam” word without presenting ALL the facts.

Danielle - May 5, 2018

I kind of feel bamboozled. I just signed up with them and paid to upgrade. Should I just learn all I can before getting a refund or quit now and join WA? I’m so confused.

    Jerry Huang - May 6, 2018

    Hey Danielle,
    It’s okay, don’t worry! Since you’ve paid for it like I did last time, just utilize that 30-day refund period to learn as much as you can. Just remember to get a refund in time and stop the billing or something.

    As for Wealthy Affiliate, you can sign up for it now since it’s free to join and there’s no limited time trial. So you’re welcomed whenever you’re ready to go all in for Wealthy Affiliate.

    Create for Free Starter account with WA here!

GiuliaB - December 22, 2017

Jerry, I am glad I came across your website before I hit the confirmation button on SFM! Because, Jerry, if there is one thing in business I strongly disapprove of is upsells. I do not approve of such selling technique as I find it only a means to take advantage of customers. I am very pleased you made us aware of the dangers of this program, as personally I don’t think I shall give it a go. Thank you for your honesty.

    Jerry Huang - December 23, 2017

    Hi Giulia, glad this helps! Upsell is not a bad thing. It’s happening in our everyday life. When you go to McDonald, they’ll upsell you with fries and drinks. However, upsell should be used ethically. In the case of SFM, they purposely designed so many levels of membership just to make use of upsell to make a lot more money.

Nick - February 14, 2017

Hey Jerry, I can totally relate to being annoyed by constant up-sells. When you sign up to a program, you don’t want to feel like you have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars just to get access to the tools that you feel you should already have to succeed.

And I just want to say that I think you’ve got a great attitude about the time you’ve spent there. Not only have YOU learned a lot, but now you can share it with others so they don’t have to go through the same thing – thank you for that! 🙂

Did you build this current site with Wealthy Affiliate? It looks really nice!

    Jerry Huang - February 15, 2017

    Hey Nick,

    Thanks for leaving a comment and glad that you agree. I feel that it’s my duty to help people make the best decision possible since I have the knowledge and experience, right?

    Yes, I built this current website with Wealthy Affiliate’s website builder. It makes building a website really easy and simple. However, the appearance of this website is made by a theme from Thrive Themes. The nice look really thanks to the awesome theme provided by Thrive Themes.

Norman Richards - February 11, 2017

First time that I have heard of this system, its seems like there is a mixture of the good and the bad, but still you can learn and walk away with some head knowledge that you learn here and apply them else where to help you with your business. Thanks for sharing.

    Jerry Huang - February 11, 2017

    Hi Norman,
    Yes indeed. SFM is not a scam actually. It’s just that the system is faulty and not that well-developed, at the same time asking for too much money.
    Thanks for stopping by!

Tom Lawrence - February 10, 2017

Hi Jerry,

What an article! I’ve also tried Six Figure Mentors and MOBE too for that matter and they are just absolute RIP OFFS, robbing B******* in fact.

Thanks for posting that review and revealing who and what they are really all about.

Great work, keep it up.

All the best.


    Jerry Huang - February 11, 2017

    Hi Tom,
    My pleasure 🙂 Thanks for checking out!

Andrew - February 9, 2017

Hi Jerry, I was a member of the SFM as well, but I quit, too. I was confused and they wanted only to pay and to pay. Now I am a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community and I can only say that it is the best support I know.

    Jerry Huang - February 11, 2017

    Hi Andrew,
    Glad to know someone who took a similar path like me. SFM has simply too many up-sells. It poses a mindset to people that if they never pay enough to get to the top member level, they will never succeed.

    Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate. It opened my eyes to a really awesome, helpful and resourceful community.

    By the way, “best support” is an understatement, right? Haha 🙂

    All the best to you, mate!

    Hany - January 25, 2019

    Hi Jerry,

    I’m a member right now from 3 months of the SFM as well, but I feel frustrated and I’m going to quit, too.
    I was confused and they wanted only to pay and to pay and you can’t get your overwhelming question answer.
    I have learned from this experience a lot and came across these reviews to confirm my feeling.

    But what is Wealthy Affiliate?


      Jerry Huang - January 25, 2019

      Hey Hany!

      I can totally understand your feeling because I’ve been through that as well. My suggestion to you is just let it go and learn the lesson. Things have happened. All we can do is to learn from anything that happens to us, be it good or bad.

      Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform that will teach you step-by-step on how to setup your own affiliate marketing business with a low budget. Unlike SFM where they keep asking you to pay or upgrade, Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t have any upsells in place as the owners truly want to help beginners who don’t have much money.

      To find out more about Wealthy Affiliate, you can check out my Wealthy Affiliate review here and get started with WA for FREE through my link.

      Let me know if you have anymore questions. I look forward to seeing you inside Wealthy Affiliate community 🙂

Jordan - February 8, 2017

Hey Jerry, I loved this! I was also within the SFM network and I found the exact same results. I wasn’t in it for nearly as long but I soon realized for the amount of investment I was putting out I was not going to see it any time soon! I recently joined Wealthy Affiliate and thus far really enjoy it. Any advice for someone who is in your shoes? Is Wealthy Affiliate the real deal?

Thanks, Jordan

    Jerry Huang - February 11, 2017

    Hey Jordan,
    So great that you took a similar path as me and eventually finding Wealthy Affiliate.

    Let me tell you the truth, this is no exaggeration, Wealthy Affiliate is the best community and platform for internet entrepreneurs to hone their marketing skills and make passive income online. Just by going to my Wealthy Affiliate Review, you can discover how awesome and also “different” WA is from others (in the good way).

    For those of you who are a WA member, my advice is to closely follow the step-by-step lessons and training. The steps and tasks are there for a reason. All the successful WA members who are earning a full-time income were also once a beginner. What they did differently from those who didn’t make it is that they put in massive amount of effort in their foundation. They complete the courses in full and apply the skills taught. They are persistent and determined. So, for those who are still working on your way to the dream lifestyle, this is what I will advice you.

    For those who are not yet a WA member, you can sign up for a FREE account to try out the system or learn more about Wealthy Affiliate at my review. You can take a lot of time finding the best platform out there. But if you never take the first real action, you will never progress and succeed. Here’s a great opportunity in front of you. This is a really good system which has helps lots of people achieving success and retire early. I hope to see you there!

    Jordan, once again, thanks for your great comment and question. I wish you all the best. Shoot me a comment or message if you have any more questions. I will be more than happy to help you out 🙂


Kameron - February 8, 2017

Thank you for the thorough reporting. So thorough indeed. I am impressed by the time you must’ve put in to get such a review. I feel like I can trust it because it is so obvious you are speaking from experience.

Anyone in search of the real online experience is lucky to come across your meticulous site.

Thanks again.

    Jerry Huang - February 11, 2017

    Hi Kameron,
    Thanks for your kind words and compliment. I feel that it’s my duty to help people make the best decision since I have the knowledge and experience 🙂

Jenny - February 7, 2017

Hi Jerry,

I checked out SFM about 5 years ago. I didn’t join but I watched a lot of their promotional stuff and signed up for emails (Which I still get, even though I’ve unsubscribed many times).

It all sounded great, especially when I was so desperate to find anything other than my job to earn some money.
Something about it just didn’t sit right with me, although I was looking for something I was too scared to jump in. Although I count myself fortunate in this case, for I continued my search and eventually found Wealthy Affiliate where I felt comfortable. They weren’t asking for money up front and I got to test it all out for FREE before deciding whether or not to join and the best bit, I don’t have to recruit people to earn money, although it’s such a great place I want everyone to know about it.

Nothing is wasted if you have learned from the material or experience.

Thank you for this review.

    Jerry Huang - February 10, 2017

    Hi Jenny,
    Ironically, I have to thank for their promotional videos because the video intrigues me in this internet marketing world. The video followed by their emails opened up my eyes to this new world to me. Although it’s not a good place to start with, everything has a start point. And I don’t receive any of their emails anymore like you said.

    Nevertheless, gratefully I found Wealthy Affiliate which took me from where I was left hanging in SFM to a really through and clear guide to internet marketing. The ability to try everything for FREE and there’s no expiry date to the free account in Wealthy Affiliate is the best part. Most membership sites either has a limited free trial or don’t even have one. I really feel like home in WA. There’s a training in WA which teaches members how to promote WA to others and earn affiliate commissions. But that’s really not like “recruiting” people. It’s really about sharing knowledge and offering help and value. This makes WA stands out from the rest!

GiuliaB - February 7, 2017

I can understand that it’s the a total waste of time for you, Jerry, to go through the experience of SFM, for the fact that it introduced you to the world of affiliate marketing. I’m sure SFM know what they are doing – in more ways than one!! People should ask themselves what they get for the Free of charge option. And charging $97 a month to access more interactive tools? I call that greed, extortion even.

What new beginners should do is compare what they get from SFM with what Wealthy Affiliate offer for half the price on the Premium membership. The main difference is that Wealthy Affiliate are not motivated by greed, but by wanting to share the knowledge – they are definitely more ethical than other ventures out there!!

    Jerry Huang - February 7, 2017

    Hi Giulia,
    No matter what, I wouldn’t consider the bad experience as a waste of time. It just happened and it’s a necessary part of my learning. Everyone has their own path of learning and I’m sure none of that is a straight and smooth path.

    I did learn things from SFM and I’m grateful for that. What is more important is to discuss our future goals and how we achieve them.

    Nevertheless, you are damn right about how awesome Wealthy Affiliate is as compared to all the similar platforms out there. It’s also because of the experience with SFM that I can understand how great WA is and I need to be grateful for this opportunity and cherish it.

    I hope my optimistic and forward looking mindset can influence and help more people. How do you find that?

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving this awesome comment. Appreciate that:)

Leita - January 17, 2017

Hi, Jerry, I am so impressed with your site and with you, as a young entrepreneur. You are so professional, all the way from your professional site to this amazing and detailed review. Like others have said, it hits all the points. I really like the theme you’ve chosen. It’s simple and clean. I also like the images you have included, especially the boxes with the green bars. Were those something you created? I think they are excellent. Adding your journey from finding WA to how you have progressed is excellent too. Really, really superb site and review!!

    Jerry Huang - January 17, 2017

    Hi Leita,
    First of all, thanks for your kind words!

    Regarding the theme, I use Thrive themes and its plugins to create my site. All thanks to their beautiful and conversion focused theme and plugins. In order to create that green boxes, I use their Thrive Visual Editior plugin. I drag and drop things around to create them. It’s very simple yet powerful.

    Check out the full list of tools I use for my website HERE. There’s more detailed information about Thrive Themes and other tools!

Arthur Siew - December 19, 2016

I came to your website through your facebook page. I think you know me but anyway, SFM is still another pyramid scheme in my book. You are just joining this program to recruit other into their program and nothing more. It is really no difference from MOBE and MTTB as well as DA and DSD

    Jerry Huang - December 19, 2016

    Hey Arthur,

    Yea I remember you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Someone told me this term “pyramid scheme” a few months ago when I started to realize the nature of SFM. That’s when I started to explore more and found Wealthy Affiliate.

    Anyway, that’s a good learning experience because SFM led me to this online world full of potential. Without it, I may not have met WA and you guys.

    Once again, thank you for visiting and I wish you all the best, my friend:)


Cathy - December 15, 2016

Hey Jerry, the first thing I look for reviews like this one is their pricing plan. It will tell you a lot what their business is based upon. It appears that you stayed there for almost 6 months. I hope you didn’t end up spending more than you should.

It sounds like this program is full of hype and nothing substantial to deliver. You would be better off learning something that offers you a good foundation like Wealthy Affiliate.

    Jerry Huang - December 15, 2016

    Hey Cathy,

    Yea definitely agree with you. Although it’s not a really good experience but it’s a good learning point. It is where I got started in online marketing. I did learn things there. BUT, nothing can compete with Wealthy Affiliate! Really the best online community/platform to success.

Neil - November 19, 2016

I’ve seen the Six Figure Mentors program all over the internet, especially on Youtube. Every time I watch a different motivational video, it’s interrupted by a member of SFM doing a pre-sales pitch.

They’re always stood on a beach, in a field or near a swimming pool (to give the impression of “freedom”) BUT the affiliates are all doing the exact same thing… sending you to a website promoting the SFM free videos and training program.

I’m sorry but they are not “real” online business owners. The real skill lies within the ability to actually create your own online business from scratch and build your authority through “blogging.” Anyone can just record a video, tell you what you want to hear and then send you through a sales funnel belonging to SFM. LOL.

These affiliates are great at talking the talk but can any of them actually walk the walk when it comes to working hard at making money online, that doesn’t involve creating a video and chucking money at Youtube for ads??

Rant Over. HA!

SFM seems like a great training platform but from what I’ve seen online, it’s all about promoting the program and not building a business with your passion.

From what you say, I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable with paying a lot of money out for the upsells because it’s just about making Stuart and Jay richer.

Wealthy Affiliate sounds like a much better alternative.


    Jerry Huang - November 19, 2016

    Hey Neil,

    Your description on SFM videos are very true. I still remember the first time when I came across the YouTube ad by Stuart sitting on a boat saying that it is possible to do the same like him – enjoying holiday while still earning. I was interested at the concept as it’s the first time I came across that. I then entered their funnel.

    While the concept is true today, like what you said, what they provide is just simply teaching you how to sell SFM to more people instead of building a true online business from scratch.

    Fortunately, Wealthy Affiliate provides us with this opportunity to accomplish that state in a more independent and reliable way.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. All the best, Neil:)

Chris - November 15, 2016

I did look into this opportunity about a year back but I was so confused with the business model I didn’t take it forward.
To be honest, I don’t know how most of the members get their head around it – there is nothing really simple involved with it!
You say you quit – how long did you give it and did you hit the same confusion levels as me?

    Jerry Huang - November 15, 2016

    As I’ve said in the post, I was a member for five months before I quit. I did manage to complete the modules but after that I was stuck. There isn’t a clear guide how to move forward. So that’s why I started PPC despite I didn’t even have my website properly set up. Anyway, that’s a good learning experience. Fortunately, WE found Wealthy Affiliate, right? Everything in WA is crystal clear. You can easily find help no matter what whenever you are stuck. SFM is far away from this.

Edemekaye Richard - November 14, 2016

Too many membership options and they are way too expensive, most especially for beginners.
Though they have good training and resources that are useful but I think it is not a guaranty to make money online.
The none interaction with the co-founders is a big flaw as it is not good for business.
Thanks for the exposure for beginners does not fall for their hidden upsells. God bless you.

    Jerry Huang - November 14, 2016

    Yup, you got a point. Even the best training in the world can’t guarantee you to make money. They are not even close and are asking for too much.

    Thanks for stopping by:)

Queen - November 12, 2016

Oh sorry! Jerry, I count myself lucky to have found wealthy affiliate, before another program caught me. The price of SFM makes wealthy affiliate peanut change for the premium.

    Jerry Huang - November 12, 2016

    Haha. Yup, we are fortunate to have found WA. I did not consider myself as unlucky or I “wasted” my time and money because that was a pretty good learning experience for me. Although I did not earn any real money, like I said, the experience of so-called “failure” is priceless for me.

    Same goes to you, I hope you are doing great. Any failures or mistakes along your road to success is lucky for you. Because you are learning a lot. I hope you agree with me 🙂

    All the best, Queen!


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