I compiled these pros and cons of GDI from my GDI review to help you quickly make your own decision whether or not it is good for you to use GDI as an option to make money online.
(Other names for this business listed on the BBB site are My.ws, WebSite.ws, and WorldSite.ws.)
A. 17 REASONS TO JOIN GDI
Longevity in business
Reason # 1: GDI is a network marketing program founded by Michael Starr and Alan Ezeir in November 1999.
Reason # 2: It’s easy to sign up to GDI.
Reason # 3: A 7-day free trial (to test the scheme) is available to all new affiliates.
Reason # 4: Unique domain: You receive a unique domain name (ending with the .ws extension)
Reason # 5: Domain hosting: You receive a quality domain hosting (with 100MB storage space)
Reason # 6: Website builder: You receive a simple-to-use website builder (for setting up your website which also has 100MB of gallery storage space)
Reason # 7: Email address: You receive 10 custom email addresses for your domain (each provided with 1GB of storage space)
Reason # 8: Domain redirection: You have the possibility to redirect your domain to another location
Reason # 9: Lack of competition: Setting a domain name with the .ws platform would not be as competitive as with .com, .net, etc. where most of the interesting names you may want to use have already been taken.
The Affiliate Program
Reason # 10: Residual income: You refer people into the business and get paid a commission when they set up a paid account. There is therefore the possibility of earning passive residual income from your downline up to GDI’s 5-level deep multilevel marketing compensation plan.
Reason # 11: Reputation: GDI has a pretty solid reputation of being totally honest with its affiliates.
Low cost business model
Reason # 12: GDI’s business model is cheap. At only $10 a month, you’re in business for yourself and with your own domain, secure hosting, and custom email.
Reason # 13: Contests: GDI organizes extra cash bonus contests for you to earn some more money when you sign a certain number of affiliates. For every 5 paid affiliates you refer in a one week period, you’ll earn a $100 cash bonus. Refer twice, thrice, etc. that number of new paid affiliates in one week and you’ll earn two, three, etc. times $100!
Reason # 14: $5,000 Heavy Hitter Bonus: Any affiliate referring 1,000 or more paid affiliates in any consecutive 4 week period is eligible to receive the Heavy Hitter Bonus.
Reason # 15: If you have your own list but don’t want to personally sell anything to it, GDI will email the people on your behalf about the GDI business opportunity.
Verified phone leads
Reason # 16: You can buy “verified phone leads” from GDI for $3 each.
GDI business cards
Reason # 17: You can purchase GDI business cards for your “business”.
B. 19 REASONS WHY YOU MAY NOT JOIN GDI
Reason # 1: The affiliate commission given on each sale is too low. You’re going to earn $1 for each person you sign up for a $10 sale and the same amount for people on your downline up to 5 levels deep. But getting only a dollar per sale per month wouldn’t allow you to set aside something as advertising budget. So the only viable option left you is to grow your GDI business through organic search methods. These need time and expertise. Little wonder many people think of the GDI business as a bit challenging.
Heavy marketing needed
Reason # 2: Because of the low commission payouts, you will have to do a whole lot of marketing and work to get enough signups and make some decent income.
Need for large downline
Reason # 3: The only real way you can make a significant income from the GDI scheme is to build a large downline. So, if you have active distributors under you, you will earn commission from their time and effort. Good as this deal is, the question is can you pull it off? I never did.
Verified phone leads
Reason # 4: You have to give calls to the “verified phone leads” you bought from GDI for $3 each to explain the GDI business opportunity to them. You may find many of them unreceptive.
Reason # 5: Limited website builder: The website builder is a bit limited as it does not give you the possibility to really customize the page as you want.
Reason # 6: Limited website storage space: The 100MB storage space is too small and may not serve the purposes of especially professionals with large projects.
Reason # 7: Duplicate websites: Websites provided within GDI are duplicated sites (not unique). Such sites are extremely hard to get good rankings in the search engines. While to make money working from home you need a website and traffic to it to get conversions.
Reason # 8: Expensive domain name registration and hosting: GDI’s price of $10/month for a domain name and hosting is not competitive compared to many other reputable providers of such services like Godaddy which sells top-tier domains for $10 a year and hosting for $4.95 a month and NameCheap where I registered this website for $10.87 a whole year.
Reason # 9: Limited web hosting: The basic web hosting offered by GDI is a bit limited compared to the competition.
Reason # 10: Unpopularity of the .ws domain name: GDI, in promoting the .ws domain extension, had imagined that it would be the domain extension of the 21st Century as the .com had been as .ws best symbolized the word website. But you would agree with me that it is rare to see a website using that domain extension.
Reason # 11: Somebody sold me in on the idea of selling domain names and hosting and I also had to go out and sell at least 5 people in on the same idea and they had to do the same up to 5 levels before I can make money with GDI. That’s what a pyramid scheme is.
Reason # 12: Studies show that people who join an MLM opportunity need to spend $300 per month just to break even. At $1 commission per sign up and to just to break even, you’ll have to make up to 300 sales each month. To make any profit at all, your number of sales must of course be more than that figure. You will agree with me that that is very difficult, if not impossible, in today’s highly competitive domain name and hosting market.
Many rip-off reports about GDI
Reason # 13: During research for this review I fell on a Rip-Off Report where many people complained about GDI. Not surprising their complaints concerned the lack of a product to sell, the commission level and the impossibility to make money with GDI.
No product to sell
Reason # 14: It is a known fact in the marketing world that in order to really make money online from home, you must have a product to sell. Unfortunately GDI doesn’t have a product for you to sell.
The Better Business Bureau’s opinion
Reason # 15: On the BBB site, the Bureau says that considering GDI’s explanation of the program, they have concerns about its nature. They suspect the primary focus and purpose of the program is the recruitment of others into the program to earn commission, instead of the sale of goods or services. BBB recognizes that affiliates do sell domain name and registration services, but they think that the majority of the sales are made during the recruitment process.
Who is GDI For
Reason # 16: GDI can be a profitable online income stream for very persuasive internet marketers. But for others who do not master proper marketing online or any marketing at all, GDI would be nothing more than pure frustration, as it had been for me.
GDI Tools & Training
Reason # 17: The training within the affiliate program is very basic. You are not even taught how to drive traffic to your website which is the way to make sales and therefore earn money on the Internet. No wonder a newbie like me without any serious internet marketing skills or training at that time was not able to sign up people and start making a significant income promoting .ws domains names and web site hosting accounts.
Reason # 18: You can open a ticket if you have some difficulties. The only time I had to use it, I got satisfactory response and within a reasonable period of time. However there is no community nor forum let alone support from the owners.
Reason # 19: It costs $10 a month to get a .ws domain at GDI. This includes your domain name, basic web hosting, an affiliate website, 10 Post Office Protocol (POP) email accounts, an email marketing system, a bulk emailer, and a few other services.
My Final Opinion of GDI
The first thing I realized as a member of GDI was that the income potential is generally not encouraging. Also the negative aspects of GDI outweigh the positive ones, especially in relation to the return on investments, be they financial or otherwise. S1 per signup a month looks to me a pittance.
However if you crave a .ws website, then GDI is the one and only place for you to have it. But if you’re looking for a good way to thoroughly learn the ropes of affiliate marketing and to create an authority website step by step, (and why not to use them to run your GDI business successfully), then my suggestion is down here.
GDI at a Glance…
Product Name: GDI
Owners: Principal: Mr. Alan Ezeir, President
Principal: Mr. Michael Starr, CEO
Overall Scam Rank: 60 out of 100
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