Saturday, March 11, 2017

Is Zukul just a business-in-a-box scam? (full review)

Lots of people fail trying to start their own business. Even more fail at starting an online business.

So it makes sense that a business-in-a-box program that makes starting your own online company easy and painless would be a hit – and that’s exactly what Zukul is aiming for.

Does this mean I’m involved?

This video explains everything:

Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Zukul.


Zukul was created by Jeremy Rush and Michael Bloom back in 2014. Apparently, they were inspired to start Zukul out of “anger and frustration of the numerous failed online businesses and scams that the founders were sucked into previously.”

Alright, relatable. But they’re also admitting to falling for online business scams, more than once. Meanwhile they’re trying to sell you online business tools and claiming to be internet marketing experts. Hmmm. Let’s look into that.

Not a lot of info out there on Michael Bloom, but Jeremy Rush has definitely participated in his fair share of online business projects.

In the past, Rush has worked with MMO Cashout, Penny Matrix, DS Domination, AdExperts, AdHitProfits, and Banners Broker. I wonder how many of those ended up being scams and failures, and what makes Zukul any different?

In just a few short years, the company has already built up over 44,000 customers and members. Pretty impressive.

How much does Zukul cost?
Zukul offers three levels of start-up packages that all include a monthly membership payment.

  • Beginner: $19.60/month
  • Intermediate: $54.50/month
  • Advanced: $272.50/month

Of course, the more you spend, the more you get. But you don’t just get a bigger business tools package, you also make more commission. More on that below.


Zukul is another “business in a box” MLM. Think ClickFunnels, but instead of Russell Brunson you’ve got a nobody with a mediocre marketing resume founding it.

Here are the business tools offered in each package…

  • Social Sniper Pro (All)
  • Facebook Ninja Pro (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Autoresponder (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Landing Page Creator (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Viral Blogging System (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Banner Creator (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • URL Shortener & Tracker (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Modular Tutorial Training (Intermediate & Advanced)
  • Video Submission Tool (Advanced)

Honestly, a lot of this stuff can be found for way cheaper, or even done for free if you’re willing to take a few hours out of your day to teach yourself.

Some of these tools are useful (a landing page creator and autoresponder are nice to have), but Zukul provides no evidence to suggest that their online business tools are anything special.

There are already so many trusted companies and platforms playing the field and a wealth of proven internet marketing experts giving out information for free on their blogs. Why spend money on a new company that’s proven nothing?

Of course, for these business in a box MLMs, the product is rarely the point. They’re all about recruitment.


There is no differentiation between customer and affiliate at Zukul, and the bigger your start-up package, the more of the compensation plan you’re able to access.

Zukul operates on a unilevel compensation plan, so your direct recruits go in your Level 1, their recruits go in your Level 2, your Level 2’s recruits go in your Level 3, and so on. It looks like you can access up to 10 levels down in bonuses if you move up high enough in rank.

The commission structure is based on your membership plan as follows:

  • Beginner: $10 on each Level 1 monthly membership fee, $5 on Level 2, and $4 on Level 3
  • Intermediate: $13 on Level 1, $5 on Level 2, $4 on Level 3
  • Advanced: $55 on Level 1, $25 on Level 2, $10 on Level 3

There are various other bonuses available, including a 50% matching bonus on your Level 1 members.


While it’s pretty convenient to not have to deal with physical product, the MLMs that sell virtual products tend to be the most scammy of all.

That’s because they’re able to make up a totally bogus product that’s worth almost nothing and is really just a way to cover the fact that they’re a Ponzi scheme and obviously making all their money off newbie membership fees.

The business in a box MLMs are some of the worst because it’s incredibly easy to put together rudimentary, redundant “online business training” seminars and packages and market them as something useful when they’re actually just, well, rudimentary and redundant.

Could you make money off it? Maybe. If you’re ok with basically scamming people out of their money to get yours.

Will you make good money off it? Highly doubtful. The only way to make good money in these schemes is to get in early and come out on the top of the pyramid.

This company has already been around for a few years, so at this point, the vast majority of new members are just going to be bottom feeders.

But if you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)


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