Global Domains International Scam Review by Top Producer Who Quit

Is Global Domains International (GDI) a scam or can you really make some serious money promoting the program?

Frankly, it depends who you ask and their “agenda” for giving you their answer.GDI Global Domains

Because not everything about you read about the “global domains internation scam” is based on objective reality.

Global Domains International Scam Review

Global Domains International (GDI) was founded in early 2000 to offer .WS domain names and web site hosting for $10 a month.

Domain registrations are promoted by GDI distributors who earn a monthly commission on all personal sales.

There is also a 5 level network marketing MLM compensation plan that offers active distributors the potential to build a team and earn an additional passive residual income based on cumulative team sales.


So far so good.

GDI has a proven track record and it is certainly one of the most popular and well-known business opportunities online today.

But the questions begs:

Can the average person, without any serious internet marketing skills or training, actually sign up and start making a significant income promoting .ws domains names and web site hosting accounts?

In my experience, the answer is no.

For a couple of reasons.

And while I wouldn’t hold up a sign reading “GDI scam” – I did join, got busy promoting the program, make a few sales, sponsored a few distributors and then quit.


3 Reasons People Might Scream GDI Scam

First, studies indicate most people who join a MLM opportunity need an additional $300.

An extra $300 a month could save your home, help pay off debt, or even put a child through private school.

The challenge is GDI only pays one dollar per sale.

So to reach this magical $300 per month income requires a minimum of 300 sales in a very competitive market.

For example, Godaddy sells top-tier domains for $10 a year and hosting for $4.95 a month.

Second, earning only a dollar per month per sale doesn’t allow for any type of advertising budget.

This means the only viable option to grow a GDI business is to through organic search methods which takes time and expertise.

Finally, perhaps the biggest challenge of all is the only real way to make a significant income is to recruit other people to become active distributors so you have the potential of earning a commission independent of your time and effort.

Which is a good deal if you can pull it off.

But, based on the promise of earning only one dollar per month and leaving no room for an advertising budget… it’s no wonder many people think of GDI as a bit challenging.

Overall GDI seems to be over-priced in today’s competitive market with low earnings potential which is why I quit and now make tens of thousands of dollars each month affiliate blogging.

Bless and be blessed,

Rob Fore

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  1. Charles Howell says

    While I understand your reservations, I have to disagree.

    I joined GDI in 2006. Back then domain names and hosting were a bit more expensive, so it seemed like a decent deal. I wasn’t too worried about the business opportunity, but I introduced it to a few friends.

    After a year, I had still only made about $20 from GDI (after paying $120), but I was still not thinking of it as a business opportunity.

    Then, a friend of mine who was into internet marketing asked me if I had ever heard of GDI, and that he was thinking of signing up. I told him I used it, and that he should sign up under me. He did.

    The next month, I made $25 in commissions, $47 the month after that. This kept building, and leveled off somewhere around $200 a month.

    I stick with GDI because all I do is pay $10 a month and get $200. I could probably do more if I marketed it aggressively, but haven’t up until this point.

    I will say that had my friend not joined under me, I would have quit long ago, and that there is an inherent problem in signing up members who can’t recruit, because they end up quitting after a few months.

    Unless you put your new signups UNDER the older ones.

    You can do that now with GDI, which makes a big difference.

    Their homepage tools have gotten better, and I use my GDI page for squeeze pages in wordpress. I don’t get my traffic for those pages from SEO or organic methods, so I’m not worried about poor Google ranking.

    • says

      There you go, you’re in profit! Awesome work, Charles. We have a lot of programs that pay us a few hundred per month. The magic is all these tiny streams of income create a pretty nice FLOOD of cash flow. Love it.

  2. keetont says

    I have compared Affiliate opportunities and MLM businesses and GDI is one of the best ,or I should say the best I have seen. It is a good company. If anyone is concerned about the ranking of the .WS extension, then create your blog or website with a .com domain and forward it to a Blog you created in a .WS website.
    That should take care of your ranking concerns. Ranking status is a result of many other things and how they are ranked is constantly changing.

  3. bob says

    Hi Rob! I’m new to all of this! I was thinking about trying to find an online business to start and i checked out Empower network. I was impressed with what i saw, but like i said i’m a newbie! I’m a go getter, and i just want to find something i can sink my teeth into! Are you a member of Empower Network? If so who is it working out for you?

  4. Jacqueline says

    I didn’t read the hundreds of comments so forgive me if this has already been mentioned.

    I have never NOT ONCE seen a .ws in the top 10 search results in a major search engine unless I specifically search for GDI, Global Domains International or .ws.

    What I am saying is not only is it a way overpriced domain name/hosting solution, getting it to rank is either almost impossible or nobody that has a .ws extension knows a damned thing about websites OR SEO.

    ~Jacqueline Waters

    • says

      Very good observation Jacqueline. I was thinking the same thing as a reason why nobody should do this GDI thing.

      I have never seen a .ws domain extension in any search results and I’m thinking that they are very hard to rank. Why would anyone want a .ws when they should really be getting a .com or the next best extensions – .net or .org? I would never deliberately try to mislead anyone into getting a .ws domain name when I know the other domains rank better.

      Which leads to the next possibility – that the people who choose GDI has limited or no knowledge of how SEO works. And that’s is a shame really.

      • says

        Good observations… if you search Google for pretty much any keyword you’ll find .com, .net and .org domains. RARELY will you find anything else.

  5. says

    Thanks Rob for a very informative article. I am a independent agent for GDI since 9/30/2012. Considering myself a ‘newbie’ I have tried and tried to attract prospects to this business, but haven’t made a penny as of yet. True, I’ve put OUT a considerable amount, whereas I’m struggling to make ends meet, but not giving up because I’ve researched GDI and I see SOLID growth potential. Though the growth may be slow it doesn’t to ME because as long as it’s going in the right direction, that’s what counts.

    I’m really in sync with your viewpoint here, and I will be considering EP. I’ve joined GDI, Siforp, ViralURL, EuropeanSafelists, AWeber, Vistaprint, TrafficSwarm and others. Affiliate partners can certainly boost your prime business, while at the same time provide tools for your online use. So, use these additional implements whereas they are there for your unlimited use.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing, Tim. Yeah, we teach how to build a business and not just a downline – meaning we strive to create multiple streams of income at the same time versus just promoting one main deal because it is simply more profitable. I have to stick by my observation, however – it is the SAME WORK to promote something like Empower Network that pays $25 to $100 a month or more as it is to promote something that pays less than that. So why not promote both?

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