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Six Figure Mentors Review 2020

16 things you should know about Six Figure Mentors

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Welcome to my Six Figure Mentors review for 2020.

I recently spent 7+ hours researching this affiliate marketing course so you don’t have to.

If you want to know:

  • What Six Figure Mentors is all about
  • If it’s legit or a scam
  • Common complaints about the program
  • Why some people call it a pyramid scheme
  • If students are actually getting results

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s get started.

Six Figure Mentors – Key Points
  About

An affiliate marketing course for fans of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).

💰  Price

Basic training: $297 entry fee + $97 per month (discount info)

😍  Pros

They appear to honor their refund policy.

😩  Cons

Students only seem to succeed by promoting the course itself. Also: hidden costs and hard upsells.

  Verdict

Lots of red flags and likely overpriced. Invest your time and money elsewhere.

Overall Rating
0.7/5

About the Author

Niall Doherty

Hey, I’m Niall Doherty.

I quit my last 9-to-5 job back in 2010.

Since then, I’ve earned my living online doing a variety of things:

  • Blogging
  • Web design
  • Online courses
  • Advertising
  • Ebooks
  • Affiliate marketing

I’ve bought and reviewed many online courses over the years, ranging in price from free to $3600.

Some of those courses were excellent (see my top picks here).

And some were awful. 

Unfortunately, I have to put Six Figure Mentors in the latter category 😕

Table Of Contents

What is Six Figure Mentors?

Six Figure Mentors is a somewhat controversial online training program that promises to help you build a digital business and “design the life you love.”

six figure mentors homepage

The program first launched in 2010. 

Keep reading and I’ll explain the controversy.

How can you make money with Six Figure Mentors?

Successful students of Six Figure Mentors seem to make most of their money like this:

  • They become affiliates of SFM
  • They advertise SFM on Facebook
  • They convert those advertising leads into sales of SFM
  • The collect a commission for each sale

Selling other people’s products and collecting a commission is called affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing can be done with free or paid traffic, and you can use it to promote many different products.

From what I’ve seen, Six Figure Mentors primarily teaches you how to promote SFM itself with paid traffic from Facebook ads. 

When successful, the entire process looks like this:

how affiliate marketing works six figure mentors

Is Six Figure Mentors legit or a scam?

That depends how you feel about Multi-Level Marketing. Because Six Figure Mentors is considered by many to be an MLM company, and for good reason.

If you consider MLM to be a kind of scam, then you’re likely to view Six Figure Mentors as a scam.

Note that Multi-Level Marketing is NOT the same thing as a pyramid scheme, though there can be quite a bit of overlap.

The main difference is that pyramid schemes are illegal, whereas MLMs are not.

According to FTC.gov:

ftc pyramid scheme mlm

I haven’t seen Six Figure Mentors describe themselves as an MLM company, but I would certainly regard them as such.

Why?

Because my research failed to uncover evidence of any SFM students earning a significant income without recruiting other members to SFM.

In other words, recruiting other members seems to be the primary – if not the only – way that students of SFM make money.

Does that make Six Figure Mentors a scam?

Again, it depends how you feel about Multi-Level Marketing.

As the FTC notes, MLM can be legit, but:

Most people who join legitimate MLMs make little or no money.

My personal take on Six Figure Mentors is that their training is most likely overpriced, and the main thing you learn from it is how to convince other people to buy the same training.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a scam, but I rate SFM as one of the worst affiliate marketing courses I’ve reviewed to date.

Here’s the full list:

Course Rating Review
Authority Hacker's TASS 4.6/5 Authority Hacker review
Income School's Project 24 4/5 Project 24 review
Commission Hero 2.6/5 Commission Hero review
Savage Affiliates 2.2/5 Savage Affiliates review
Udemy affiliate marketing courses 2/5 Udemy affiliate marketing courses review
Affiliate Marketing Mastery 1.5/5 Affiliate Marketing Mastery review
Affilorama 1.5/5 Affilorama review
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing 1.5/5 Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review
Wealthy Affiliate 1/5 Wealthy Affiliate review
Six Figure Mentors 0.7/5 Six Figure Mentors review
ClickBank University 0.5/5 ClickBank University review
Super Affiliate System 0.5/5 Super Affiliate System review
See all the affiliate marketing courses we've reviewed »

Six Figure Mentors Price + Discount Info

Six Figure Mentors has many products and tiers, starting with basic free training and going all the way up to a $20,000 offering.

Only three membership options are listed on the SFM sales page:

six figure mentors membership options 1

However, there is another “level” to Six Figure Mentors called the Digital Experts Academy (DEA), with prices ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.

If you sign up for the free training you will see a 72-hour discount offer to get $100 off the initial fee for Essential Membership:

six figure mentors upgrade discount offer

If you were to become an Essential Member of SFM for an entire year, with the $100 discount, it would cost you more than $1,200.

And that’s not including the money you’d need to spend on Facebook ads to actually generate some income for yourself.

This is on the expensive end when it comes to affiliate marketing courses.

See a list of free and cheaper alternatives here »

SIX FIGURE MENTORS – CRITICISMS 👎

I usually list the positives of a course before getting into criticisms.

But in the case of Six Figure Mentors, I’ve found no significant positives to mention.

On to the criticisms then…

Multi-Level Marketing Model

Many affiliate marketing courses have their own affiliate programs. But few take it as far as Six Figure Mentors, where the affiliate program appears to be the only way students are earning significant income.

Six Figure Mentors emphasize that you’re free to apply their training to promote any products or services you choose…

six figure mentors do i need to sell sfm products mlm
Source: PDF info sheet for SFM (see the full thing here)

However, I’ve read multiple reports that SFM strongly encourages students to promote SFM above all else, and provides little guidance for finding and promoting other products or services.

Add to that: through my several hours of researching SFM, I can’t recall seeing even one example of a student who has earned significant income promoting something other than Six Figure Mentors itself.

Instead, you see examples like these two brothers who earned more than $200,000 in only 9 months by getting other people to sign up for SFM…

Or this student, who shows at the 6:30 mark that he and his team earned $1.45 million from promoting SFM, including $185,554 in a single month…

Or this student, who shows at the 6:00 mark that he earned almost $600,000 in commissions from SFM in less than two years…

This approach to affiliate marketing differs significantly from other affiliate marketing courses I’ve reviewed.

For example, courses like The Authority Site System and Commission Hero teach you how to find all kinds of third-party products to promote, and barely mention their own affiliate programs.

But with courses like Six Figure Mentors and Wealthy Affiliate, most of the training is focused on turning you into a salesperson for the program itself.

The process looks like this:

  • Buy the program
  • Program teaches you how to sell the program
  • You sell the program to other people
  • You earn a commission for each sale you refer

This process has obviously proved profitable for some SFM students – most likely a tiny minority – but many people are uncomfortable with it.

Like this commenter on YouTube:

six figure mentors pyramid scheme youtube comment

Background of the Founders

The founders of Six Figure Mentors – Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek – have a history of promoting MLM-type products. Some of which were declared illegal.

stuart ross jay kubassek six figure mentors

Back in 2009, Stuart Ross was encouraging people to join a program called YourNetBiz…

Read up on YourNetBiz and you’ll find that it sounds remarkably similar to Six Figure Mentors…

It looks like YourNetBiz ceased operations around 2010, which was the same year Stuart launched his similarly-structured Six Figure Mentors program.

(Coincidence?)

Meanwhile, Jay Kubassek apparently worked as a salesman for a company called Liberty League International (LLI) up until about 2009…

jay kubassek six giure mentors mlm wikipedia 1
Source: automatic Google translation from Norwegian Wikipedia article,
Liberty League International

Turns out LLI was “one of the largest MLM companies ever” and got in all sorts of legal trouble before shutting down…

jay kubassek lli mlm wikipedia 2

The first screenshot above notes a connection between Jay and another company called Wealth Masters International, which also had legal issues…

jay kubassek wmi mlm wikipedia 3
Source: automatic Google translation from Norwegian Wikipedia article,
Wealth Masters International

Given that information about Jay and Stuart, I’d be very hesitant to buy any program they’re selling.

Empty Testimonials

You’ll find many positive testimonials for Six Figure Mentors online, but most of them offer generic praise without mentioning any specific results achieved from the training.

Prime example:

From that, it seems doubtful that Chris has earned much money from the SFM training at all, but takes solace in the fact that at least she’s made a few friends.

(Btw, this is very similar to most of the testimonials you’ll see for Wealthy Affiliate)

Here are a bunch of written testimonials from another SFM sales page

six figure mentors student testimonial 2

You’ll notice that not a single one of those students say that they’re actually earning money from the training. Instead, they all offer generic praise about the community, gaining clarity, or having hope for the future.

The reviews on the SFM Facebook page are similar:

six figure mentors student testimonial 3
six figure mentors student testimonial 4

In my research, I’ve seen only two types of testimonials for SFM:

  • Specific praise from a handful of students who are earning big money by promoting the program itself.
  • Generic praise from lots of students who find the program very welcoming and believe it will help them earn lots of money… you know, at some point… in the future… eventually.

By contrast, you’ll see testimonials like this on the sales page for another affiliate marketing course:

See the difference?

Style Over Substance

Pay a visit to the primary Six Figure Mentors sales page and you’ll see lots of aspirational lifestyle images, but few specifics about the actual SFM training.

Atop that sales page, you’ll see a background video flashing up images of happy couples, a woman doing yoga, a sports car cruising the coast…

six figure mentors homepage 2
six figure mentors homepage 3

…that kind of thing.

Scroll down that page and you’ll see a number of very slick student testimonial videos…

six figure mentors student testimonial 5

I watched those videos and came away unsure if many of the students featured had actually achieved financial success, or if they’d simply been treated to a makeover and photoshoot.

Oh, and if you do sign up for the free SFM membership, you’ll be greeted with a welcome video of Stuart Ross in his Ferarri…

stuart ross ferarri six figure mentors

I feel there is far too much flashy lifestyle stuff in SFM’s marketing and training materials, and far too little focus on showing you how to build and run a successful online business.

Even if flashy lifestyle stuff appeals to you, I reckon you’d be better off signing up for one of Tai Lopez’s courses instead of SFM.

Tai Lopez isn’t perfect either (as detailed here), but I’ve seen far more substance beyond his style.

Hidden Costs

To make the most of your Six Figure Mentors membership, you are encouraged to spend significant sums on further training and paid advertising.

SFM do tell you in advance that you will need a marketing budget, but I’ve never seen them give any solid indication of how big that budget should be.

Instead, they keep things pretty vague…

six figure mentors marketing budget
Source: PDF download from the SFM sales page

But we can get an indication of how big your marketing budget should be by looking at the following report from a successful SFM student.

He notes that he was earning as much as $5000 per month promoting SFM, but had to spend $4000 before seeing any real returns…

Granted, pretty much every legit business opportunity requires you to invest some money and learn some skills.

But if a $4000 investment is the norm before you start seeing results from Six Figure Mentors, it doesn’t compare well to many of the other affiliate marketing courses I’ve reviewed.

Hard Upsells

Six Figure Mentors say they’ll teach you a type of marketing that doesn’t require “hard selling” people. Meanwhile, they seem to regularly hard sell their own students on course upgrades.

From the Six Figure Mentors sales page:

six figure mentors hard selling 1

Funny that.

Because I’ve read at least seven separate reports of SFM pressuring students to upgrade to higher training levels.

For example:

six figure mentors hard selling 2
Source: The Six Figure Mentors Explained (youtube.com)
six figure mentors hard selling 3
Source: The Six Figure Mentors (bbb.org)

When I signed up for a free SFM account, I was asked to provide lots of information about myself…

six figure mentors upgrade application form

Within 7 days of filling out that form, SFM reps had tried calling me twice and I’d received 5 emails inviting me to upgrade to their paid training…

six figure mentors email
Email from SFM asking me to schedule a “consultation,” where I’d bet their #1 recommendation would be to upgrade to their paid membership.
six figure mentors email 2
Email from SFM inviting me to upgrade to a paid membership.

This to me feels a lot more like “hard selling” than “offering great value.”

3 More Things You Should Know About Six Figure Mentors

Refund Policy

One of the few things I liked about Six Figure Mentors is their 30-day, no-questions-asked refund policy, which they seem to honor.

Here’s how they explain it when you go to upgrade to a paid membership:

six figure mentors refund guarantee

And judging by this comment on Facebook, they do actually honor refund requests:

You can see the full refund policy for Six Figure Mentors on this page.

Notable:

  • “Bonuses offered as an optional add-on with the SFM 30-Day Trial are nonrefundable.”
  • You only have 3 days to request a refund on the advanced DEA products.
  • “Your monthly subscription fees are non-refundable should you cancel your membership.”

Access to 1000’s of Courses?

You’ll see SFM mention on their sales page that you get access to 1000’s of courses when you become a member. These courses are from a platform called LinkedIn Learning. You don’t need an SFM membership to access them.

Here’s the mention on the SFM sales page: 

six figure mentors courses 1

If you sign up for a free account they tell you on the upgrade page that those courses are from LinkedIn Learning:

six figure mentors courses 2

You can sign up for LinkedIn Learning separately here:

linkedin learning pricing

It costs only $30 per month and you can start with a 1-month free trial.

Sign up for a full year of LinkedIn Learning and it will cost you about $220 with the free trial.

By comparison, the SFM Essential Membership would cost you more than $1200 for a year, even with their discount offer.

And I daresay you would learn a lot more from LL than you would from SFM.

Application Fee?

There may once have been an application fee to join Six Figure Mentors, but it looks like they got rid of that.

During my research, I read many criticisms of SFM requiring you to pay $29.95 to apply to become a member.

This may once have been the case, but apparently not anymore.

I was able to sign up for a free SFM account and proceed immediately to the upgrade page for Essential membership…

six figure mentors upgrade form

WRAP UP

Are students of Six Figure Mentors actually getting results?

There do appear to be a handful of SFM students who have earned big money, but all their earnings seem to have come from selling the same program to other people.

This is the Multi-Level Marketing model discussed previously.

SFM is essentially teaching students how to recruit more students. And then those students try to recruit more students. And on and on.

There’s probably more to the SFM training than that, and there are probably some people who have taken the training and gone on to build successful affiliate businesses without promoting SFM… but I haven’t seen ANY examples of that.

Instead, the vast majority of students seem to get nothing more than some feel-good vibes when they start the training.

Like Trevor here…

Or Kevin, who claims to have spent $20,000 on Six Figure Mentors – that’s how much DEA Black costs – but would probably have received the same value from a $30/month LinkedIn Learning subscription…

Who should join Six Figure Mentors?

I can’t in good conscience recommend that ANYONE join Six Figure Mentors.

There are so many red flags with this program that it seems foolish to invest any significant time or money in it.

Especially when there are so many better and cheaper options available…

Better Alternatives to Six Figure Mentors

I’ve reviewed many other affiliate marketing courses that I’d consider better alternatives to SFM.

You can see the full list in the table below.

Two courses in particular are likely to be of interest to readers of this review:

Here’s the full list of affiliate marketing courses I’ve reviewed to date:

Course Rating Review
Authority Hacker's TASS 4.6/5 Authority Hacker review
Income School's Project 24 4/5 Project 24 review
Commission Hero 2.6/5 Commission Hero review
Savage Affiliates 2.2/5 Savage Affiliates review
Udemy affiliate marketing courses 2/5 Udemy affiliate marketing courses review
Affiliate Marketing Mastery 1.5/5 Affiliate Marketing Mastery review
Affilorama 1.5/5 Affilorama review
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing 1.5/5 Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing review
Wealthy Affiliate 1/5 Wealthy Affiliate review
Six Figure Mentors 0.7/5 Six Figure Mentors review
ClickBank University 0.5/5 ClickBank University review
Super Affiliate System 0.5/5 Super Affiliate System review
See all the affiliate marketing courses we've reviewed »

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  1. Something I have noticed with all of your reviews is that they aren’t objective at all…

    You think an affiliate marketing training isn’t good just because students tend to promote the program first… But this doesn’t make the program a scam !
    Who told you that ??
    Those students have got to choose to promote it themselves. Especially when they don’t know which niche they have to choose.
    The truth is most of people who promote the program first, don’t know which niche to go for…

    It’s likely that you are trying to bring the most popular affiliate marketing platform down, just to promote your Authority Hacker’s… I see you

    1. Hey Warren,

      Thanks for the comment.

      You think an affiliate marketing training isn’t good just because students tend to promote the program first

      That’s just one red flag I look for. I have no problem with someone promoting an affiliate marketing course. But when the majority of success stories from a program seem to be students selling the same program to other students, I consider it more of an MLM scheme than proper affiliate marketing training.

      But this doesn’t make the program a scam ! Who told you that ??

      Perhaps you misread my review. I specifically wrote, “I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a scam”

      It’s likely that you are trying to bring the most popular affiliate marketing platform down, just to promote your Authority Hacker’s

      I’m not sure why you’d call SFM the most popular affiliate marketing platform. But I could surely make more money recommending something like SFM than I could recommending the Authority Hacker course, since SFM has massive upsells and Authority Hacker has none. So what you’re implying here doesn’t make any sense.

      1. What makes a SCAM a SCAM? In defining a scam, I would use descriptive phrases such as sleight-of-hand, bait-and-switch, hidden agenda, etc. I joined SFM in 2016 beginning with a $25.00 application fee, then quickly went to the starter package, in a couple of weeks I went to the Silver package, and within a month I went to Gold. I now look back with embarrassment as I recall skipping my normal due diligence and abandoning the healthy dose of skepticism usually applied before diving into new ventures. As a business owner of an online small business financing, funding, and business credit company I knew very little about marketing my organization online. I then came across a YouTube video of a woman offering training for marketing your business online, and that YouTube video eventually lead me to SFM. I had a specific stance on MLM’s, don’t join them and don’t sell their products! So this is where the sleight-of-hand etc. comes in. Had I known anything about affiliate marketing at all I would not have joined SFM; I was told by the woman in the YouTube video (who became my sponsor into SFM) that I would learn to market my business with their training, and the higher package I buy, the more personalized the training would get with coaches and so on. I jumped in with both feet. It was a pretty good start with the provided training within the portal, that is if you don’t know anything about Affiliate Marketing. I avoided the whole gathering as a community and daily / weekly calls thing for encouragement, and virtual “cry rooms”, to include the Leader Board successes and promotions weekly calls. I simply wasn’t interested, I was thee to promote and market my own business and SFM was going to give me the training, know-how, and resources to do just that, so I thought. I eventually found out that if you are not interested in selling SFM as a product, there was actually very little training to promote anything outside of SFM / DEA. In addition, the knowledge that could be gained is not transferable to your business! Why you may ask? Because it’s not Affiliate Marketing training, but product training, promotion, and advertising, and as I mentioned SFM is the product. You’re actually selling the prospect of a sale to the new recruit, or more precise the prospect of lots of sales leading those interested to a laptop lifestyle, a life of residual income (they didn’t use the word commissions). By the way, I witnessed that YouTube woman, my sponsor, sell at least 2 Black level packages to 2 sisters who were both nurses and who also cashed in their annuity to join as Black Level members and these 2 lady’s didn’t even know what a URL was; $31,000 each, they paid! Well after continuing my journey in the online marketing space I found that in order to get into Affiliate Marketing you either need to hire affiliates, or become an affiliate, for instance an Affiliate of an Affiliate Network like Max Bounty, PeerFly, etc. Hiring affiliates of course require a properly constructed affiliate program and if you want some of the best marketers then hire an affiliate network company. Nevertheless, marketing your business doesn’t require affiliate marketing, just digital/online marketing know-how whether organic, PPC or paid traffic through social media outlets. Which SFM / DEA is neither, as you have already mentioned, and I didn’t find out until it was too late to be refunded, it’s an MLM… sleight-of-hand, bait-and-switch. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not crying about it! I took that lemon and trust me I made lemonade! It is difficult to give any cautionary advice due to the fact that when you’re in business you’re gonna pay for training, in my case I am now Certified in the online Not-So-Scammy-Scam, so it wasn’t the training I was intending to purchase, but I paid, and kept it moving, buyer beware!