With this unbiased Blog Beast Review, I would like to write about my own personal experience with the upgrade and add my opinion.
What is Blog Beast?
Blog Beast is an upgrade to Empower Networks blogging platform. New technology had been added in the form of an app that will give you the ability to update and write posts on your blog straight from your smart phone. In addition, members have the option to have unlimited blogs and different domains with the application.
What is the cost?
$25 per month will give you access to the mobile app and the blogging platform.
Yes, they have a strict 3-day return policy that begins on the date of purchase.
Blog Beast Overview...
Blog Beast is a viral blogging system that includes the following components:
A simple 2-click blogging platform – Allow you to write and publish a post with only 2 clicks. You do not need technical knowledge and you can write and publish posts from your phone.
Mobile Audio/Visual Broadcasting App. – This will enable you to record audio and video on your phone and then post it directly to the video networks.
Sales Conversion Engine – Allows you to track your progress that includes; sales conversions and personal progress.
- The ability to use a mobile app that synchronizes the online blog to a smart phone or tablet. You will still have the same features that are available on a standard computer.
- You are able to gain access to all the marketing materials and training straight from your smart phone.
- The app allows leaders to view sales, payments and customer lists and give the ability to mail members directly from the app.
- You can run everything from your smart phone.
Does Blog Beast Have any Cons and is it a Scam?
So obviously this is the part where most of you will start to read more intensely and hope for the best right?
Okay so I am not going to yell scam, and I will not tell you that it is a death trap for your online career.
For those who did not read my original Empower Network Review, allow me to give a quick recap about my history with EN. I was a member myself and did not spew out a review just based on thoughts or a personal vendetta. I made awesome friends within the network and yes even made money. However, I am not promoting them with my review and you do not need to worry that I will haunt you on FB or by Email.
So without any delay let me ask you…
Do you want my honest opinion?
Empower Network adverts claim that their blogging platform is better than WordPress. This is a BLUNT LIE. Wordpress became the most popular blogging platform and statistics prove that.
For the sake of the argument, allow me to compare Blog Beast with Wordpress, and then make it a laughable matter.
Let us start with popularity and compare:
By using Google trends, I tracked down the most popular blogging platforms and you can clearly see that WordPress is dominating. The Empower Network blogging platform barely moves the bar on the worldwide term. I do not want to seem unreasonable and did the search again, but only on business related blogs – Not much improvement. Empower Networks blogging platform could not even rank in the business department.
Empower network did not make the top 10 blogging platforms in 2013 and I highly doubt that blog beast will make a difference in 2014.
Let’s do the numbers game...
So how many Wordpress sites exists?
27,148,396 and still growing daily.
I've got a live snapshot from WP itself for those who doubt the number.
How many blogs are created by EN?
130,000 – Yes they said it themselves as you can see from the snapshot below.
Approximately a 100.000 new websites are created on a daily basis with Wordpress. Call me dumb but that would be equivalent to 3 days worth of websites that is created on WordPress if you compare it to Empower Networks entire network. Do I even need to put claim on numbers here – I think it is obvious.
How about flexibility?
WordPress is not only used for blogging anymore and exploded into a platform that enables you to create anything your heart desires from sport sites, social networks, company business sites, news sites, membership sites and even forums, and I am just scratching the surface here.
WordPress gives you a wide variety of themes to customize your blog to its own uniqueness. Professional bloggers know the importance of being unique when it comes to expressing yourself. Empower Networks Blog Beast does not offer a huge variety of themes and you will be stuck with a blog that looks similar to thousands of other blogs.
The WordPress plugins are the "life" of any blog and they make your site preforms in the way you desire. Want a sitemap? A plugin will give it to you in minutes. Needs advanced SEO? No problem, you can choose from a wide variety of SEO plugins that will suit your needs. The choices are endless. The Blog Beast has limited plugins and you will have to use what is offered.
While doing research for my review I even stumbled upon this cool plugin that allow you to add a Forum to your WordPress blog. Just to show how flexible this platform is against all the others.
I wish I could tell you that you will be able to build an “awesome” fully customizable blog with Empower Network, but I will have to say nope. Blog Beast does not allow you to add all these goodies and you will have to take what you get.
Let us have a quick look at what Wordpress offers by looking at the following two snapshots: (Click on images for a larger view)
What are your choices here? – Lean ground beef for $25 or rump steak For Free!
Now lets talk about the “amazing” app...
Well to be honest, this is no new technology and all the major blogging platforms including WordPress made this possible a while back. Empower Network merely caught up with technology, or at least came a little closer.
As you can see in the snapshots below from Google Play. Mobile blogging is not new and Tumblr and Blogger along with the all so famous WP made this possible before Empower Network even mentioned their app. You will also notice that the Tumblr and Blogger Apps have better popularity than the Blog Beast one on Google Play.
Tumblr App Description:
- Share GIFs, photos, music, links and text. Find and follow all the things you love and get the latest news from your dashboard.
- Post anything, from anywhere.
- View and reply to messages
- Add a "create a post" widget to your home screen.
- Advanced controls: Save drafts, customize tweets, queue posts and more
- Multiple blogs: Manage all of your blogs in one platform.
Blogger for Android App description:
- Edit existing posts
- Compose a post that can be saved to draft or published immediately
- View a list of your saved and published posts
- Manage multiple blogs.
- Embed an image from the gallery or take a picture directly from the app
- Add labels to posts
- Add location information.
Blog Beast App for android Description:
- Post directly to your blog via text, audio, image and video
- Access your Empower Network educational products
- Manage your Empower Network account
Can we compare the Blog Beast App with the WordPress one?
I could try but WordPress might get angry with me for not doing them justice. However, I would like to add that the WordPress app is free along with hundreds of other apps that do the very same thing.
The WordPress app is available for any phone type that is mainly used including Android, iPhone, Windows phone, Blackberry and even WebOs. The Blog Beast is only available on Android and iPhone. So much for testing it on my Lumia or Blackberry. Empower Network claims that the Blog Beast is the next big thing, yet it lacks badly against the free WordPress app that provides usability for all types of smart phones.
Microsoft is expanding fast and currently they become the third most popular mobile OS around the world. Clearly, Empower Network did not acknowledge the fact that a huge percentage of cell phone users are using Windows phones.
Is mobile blogging the future?
Most defiantly not. Yes it enables you to write and publish a post straight from your smart phone but it is not functional. Mobile blogging is around for quite some time now and although leading platforms like WordPress and Tumblr have some awesome apps that could turn your phone in a miniature computer, no one actually uses it for creating a business because it is not functional.
Allow me to elaborate;
Writing on a small phone – I would guess that many of you are familiar with the typing features of any standard smart phone – It is a nightmare, especially on touch screens. For this very reason chat platforms created the short text language, for those who are in the dark, this is when you use short versions of a phase instead of typing it out, ex. LOL stands for laugh out loud. NO ONE in their right mind has the desire to type a full blog post containing 800 + on a touch screen or even a small QWERTY keypad.
Now for the sake of argument I did try it, just to prove that I am open minded. The result – Took me 2 hours to write 900 words, and may I add that I used my Samsung note with the larger screen for this experiment. On my Computer with the standard keyboard, I can accomplish it in half an hour. Show me one person who would like to type a blog post with thumbs when you can type it with 10 fingers instead.
The majority of bloggers including myself prefer to write our posts or articles on a word processor and then copy and paste when finished. That is why we call it the laptop lifestyle and not the phone lifestyle.
SEO on a smart phone? – I can only give one answer NO, NO and NO again. The blog beast mobile application does not leave much room for HTML editing, H1. H2 and H3 tags optimization, image tagging in the HTML code or advanced SEO techniques. But then again the previous Empower Network blogging platform did not allow it either so nothing much had changed.
Applications like these are good for writing a quick comment, sharing content or doing a quick modification.
Here are a few things to consider before you purchase the Blog Beast and Empower Network products...
You will be stuck with the marketing niche – The Empower Blogs are plastered with EN advertising and they are designed to sell EN and the products. All well if you plan to write about marketing related topics or home biz opportunities. Niches like health, pets, hobbies, weight loss and so forth will not integrate well with your EN blog. After all, not everyone doing a Google search for “how to lose weight” will be interested in purchasing a program that promotes “how to make money online”. Targeted traffic is the key to any online business, by sending the right traffic to the wrong product you will have no success!
Join the right person – Leadership is the most important part in Empower Network. The person who signs you up is responsible for your success and learning process. Too many marketers are just focused on making sales, get members to purchase all the training, and then left them without any support.
No YouTube viewing power - Empower Network is hosting all the videos and this will limit the amount of audience you will reach. You will not be able to tap into YouTube’s power or reaching high amounts of views.
Duplicate the concept – If you join Empower Network you will need to recruit new members and get them to purchase as many products as possible to make decent money. You also need to purchase the products yourself before you can earn commissions from selling it.
The costs involved – In total all the products add up to $5,500 with an additional $140 a month to go all in. If you want to make a decent income on Empower Network, you will be required to purchase as many products as possible.
No ownership – You do not own your blog and will not be able to move the entire blog to your own hosting if you change your mind. Once you stop the subscription, you will not have access to your content.
Low success rate – Any online business takes time to develop and grow. Empower Network is no different and you will not make money instantly unless you already have strong follower lists in social media or a good amount of traffic. Competition is also high and you will compete with some skilled marketers. Feel free to have a look at the Empower Network income disclaimer.
Very little support – When Empower Network announced their new “upgrade” I dearly hoped for a better support structure – did not happen. Most groups only give support to those who at least upgrade to the inner circle. There are also groups who do not have any experienced leaders and a bunch of newbies is running the show. The recent updates allow members to restrict specific blog posts and only allow other members to view it. This is keeping members who did not upgrade to benefit from the additional training. Not a lot of group effort by helping only those who are willing to use their credit cards.
I must admit that there are some awesome groups in Empower Network who will go out of their way to help newbies find the way, but finding such a group is hard.
The Blog Beast app is a good update to Empower Networks blogging platform and I am glad to see that they had made some effort to catch up with technology. The Blog Beast makes mobile blogging much easier for those who prefer to use their phones instead of their computers or tablets. However, I see no significant change when it comes to creating functional websites that will perform well in the major search engines. After all a good blog is just as good as the amount of traffic that it receives and in the end no app or fancy modification can make this happen.
You want the truth?
WordPress is still ruling and Google’s favorite, not to mention that you can Have It For Free along with all the plugins and themes your heart's desire.
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