After the most extensive research ever done on MLM as a business model, Dr. Taylor has identified four (and in most cases five) causative and defining characteristics, or “red flags,” in MLM compensation systems that lie at the root of the deceptions and horrendous loss rates suffered by MLM participants. Where data is available, approximately 99% of all participants are found to lose money, after subtracting incentivized purchases and minimum operating expenses.

But before we share our list of approximately 500 MLM programs we have evaluated, in addition to some shut down by law enforcement, it is important that you do your own “5-step Do-it-yourself Evaluation.” We will not be responsible for the consequences of a decision about participation that is ultimately yours to make. (See Disclaimer.) But we are confident that here you will receive the best advice available on how to make that decision.

To begin, obtain the compensation plan of the MLM program you are considering. Then answer the questions for each of the five steps and follow the links to its conclusion. You might also want to review some of the feedback we have received.

Listed below are MLMs we have found to use recruitment-driven and top-weighted pay plans, which is the case with virtually all MLMs. For a thorough discussion of problems associated with such programs, download and read the ebook Multi-level Marketing Unmasked (especially Chapter 2), which can be downloaded in whole or in sections from this website. MLMs listed with an asterisk (*) have released average earnings data, which Dr. Taylor has analyzed (See Chapter 7).

 (MLM’s come and go, so a few may now be defunct.)

MLMs Evaluated A – D

MLMs Evaluated E – G (below)

MLMs Evaluated H – M

MLMs Evaluated N – R

MLMs Evaluated S – Z

See a sample evaluation

See a list of MLMs shut down by law enforcement


Easy Daily Cash

E-bio (India)

*Ecoquest (now Vollara)


eFoods Global

eFusion (acai)


Elite Marketing Alliance



Emerald Essentials

Emerald Passport (Profit Masters)


Empire Dreams

*Empower Network




Eniva Gold Marketing


Envision CC

Envy Organics

Epic Network

Escape International


Essensa Naturale

Essentially Yours

Evolution International

Evolv Health

Excel Telecom’s (acquired)


Extreme Research

EZ Wealth by Design



Feeder Matrix




Financial Education Services

First Financial Security

First Fitness International

First Source Marketing   Alliance


FM Group World

For You

Foru Int’l

Forever Green

Forever Int’l

Forever Living

Formor Int’l

Forte Builder

*FHTM (Fortune Hi-tech Mktng)

*Free Life International

Freedom Rocks

Fruda Vida International


Fuel Freedom International

Fuller Brush

Fun Unlimited


Gano Excel


GDI – Global Domain International

Gem Lifestyle


Genesis Global Network

Genesis Pure

Genewize Life Sciences

Global Equity Lending

Global Health Trax

Global Income Partners

GIN- Global Information Network


Global Resorts Network

Global Travel Trends (PRT Travel)

Global Wealth Trade


GOG (India)


Gold Canyon

Gold Mine International

Golden Neo-life Diamite


Goldshield Elite

Good Life International


Great Life International

Green Organics

Green World

GVO Team Elite

NOTE: This list includes only those MLMs for which we have obtained and evaluated compensation plans. Most of the MLMs were listed following requests for information by visitors to our website.

 A recruitment-driven MLM, or product-based pyramid scheme, is an MLM with a compensation system that rewards recruitment more than actual sales of products to persons outside the network of participants. So significant income is unlikely without recruitment of a large downline, which requires deceiving recruits into believing it is a legitimate “business opportunity – and persuading them to invest in inventory (front-loading) and/or to subscribe to ongoing monthly product purchases or payments to “do the business,” to “be a product of the products,” etc. For purposes of analysis, a recruitment-driven MLM could also be considered a “product-based pyramid scheme;” i.e., a pyramid scheme that requires purchases of products to participate in commissions or advancement in the scheme, rather than a cash investment such as those required for no-product pyramid schemes. Product-based pyramid schemes do far more damage than classic, no-product  pyramid schemes, by any measure – loss rates, aggregate losses, and number of victims.

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