UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social) Review – Why I Won’t Recommend It


UCM Social Review (UpCrowdMe Review)

If you are still reading UpCrowdMe reviews talking about peer to peer donation starting from $5, please stop.

As of 18 Nov 2019, UpCrowdMe has undergone major changes in its business model and it is now better known as UCM Social.

The $5 crowdfunding model no longer works for new affiliates, they have launched a more sophisticated structure which involves multiple levels of services like logo, branding, and social media services (I will explain in further detail later). The advantage of having these changes is that you can now make monthly residual income.

But is UCM Social a scam?

If that is the question on your mind, you have come to the right place.

For those of you who have been following my website, you’ll know that I always go deep below the surface to find out what a product/system truly is, before making my recommendation.

My objective is to help my readers to look past the hypes surrounding the product, and to be able to make an informed purchase decision based on a clear understanding of the nature of the product.

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UCM Social Summary

Product Name: UCM Social

Website: https://upcrowdme.com/

Founder: Unknown

Product Type: Pyramid scheme?

Price: 5 levels: $20, $100, $200, $500, $1000, plus monthly fee, sponsor fee etc

Best For: People who are

Summary: UCM Social is a pay-to-play system that consists of 5 levels of membership plus monthly subscription services. As their affiliate, you get 100% commission from any qualified sales (except the 1st and 3rd sales, which will go to the qualified sponsor above you). In order to qualify, your referral has to sign up at the same (or lower) membership level as you.

Overall Ranking: 4/10

Recommend: No

 

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What Is UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social)

I am going to simplify UCM Social’s business model to make it easy for you to understand.

Simply put, UCM Social provides 6 levels of services – from giving away free training, developing a logo, setting up your website, to social media management, all done-for-you.

 

Training Level (FREE, with an option to become an affiliate at $10 per month)
You can register for an account for free with UpCrowdMe and receive your Facebook video training at no cost.

However, you don’t automatically become an affiliate. In order to become one, you will have to pay a fee of $10 per month.

As an affiliate, you will get $5 for every affiliate sign up through your link (with the exception of the 1st and the 3rd- those get passed up to your sponsor). As long as they continue paying the monthly affiliate fee, you will get your $5 commission.

 

Logo Level ($20 to your sponsor + $20 to UCM Social + option to become an affiliate at $10 per month)

At this level, you get a Custom Logo created for you and your team.

When you are at this level, you are eligible for a maximum of $20 commission if your referral signs up Logo Level and above.

As an affiliate (by paying $10 monthly fee), you will get a $5 monthly recurring commission as long as your referral continue paying the monthly fee.

 

Website Level ($100 to your sponsor + $100 to UCM Social + option to become an affiliate at $10 per month)

Here you can have your website completely done for you.

When you are at this level, you are eligible for up to $100 commission if your referral signs up for Logo Level and above.

As an affiliate (by paying $10 monthly fee), you will get a $5 monthly recurring commission as long as your referral continue paying the monthly fee.

 

2 Socials Level ($200 to your sponsor + $100 to UCM Social + $100 monthly service fee)

At this level, you will get optimized Facebook & Twitter profiles for you and your team.

Here is what you will get if your referral signs up at the following level:

Your Referral’s Level One Time Commission You Get Recurring Commission You Get
Logo Level $20 $5
Website Level $100 $5
2 Socials Level & above $200 $30

 

4 Socials Level ($500 to your sponsor + $160 to UCM Social + $150 monthly service fee)

Here you will have Instagram & LinkedIn profiles done for you and your team.

Here is what you will get if your referral signs up at the following level:

Your Referral’s Level One Time Commission You Get Recurring Commission You Get
Logo Level $20 $5
Website Level $100 $5
2 Socials Level $200 $30
4 Socials Level & above $500 $60

 

6 Socials Level ($1000 to your sponsor + $200 to UCM Social + $200 monthly service fee)

Finally, have an optimized Pinterest profile & YouTube Channel done for you and your team.

Here is what you will get if your referral signs up at the following level:

Your Referral’s Level One Time Commission You Get Recurring Commission You Get
Logo Level $20 $5
Website Level $100 $5
2 Socials Level $200 $30
4 Socials Level $500 $60
6 Socials Level $1000 $75

 

As you can see, there are 2 components of the earning here – immediate commission and residual monthly commission. And the amount of commission you get depends on the level you are at – you will not be able to earn the amount more than what your level allows you to.

 

Let’s say you are at logo level ($20 level) and your referral sign up for 2 socials ($200 level). Instead of getting paid $200, you only get $20, and the rest of $180 get rolled up to the next qualified member.

The same thing applies to the residual income. At Logo Level, you only pay $10 affiliate fee every month. Which means that you can only make $5 from each of your referral. Taking the same example, your referral is at 2 socials ($200 level, with a $100 monthly fee, in which $30 is awarded to the sponsor). Since your level is lower than your referral, you are only allowed to take $5 of affiliate commission, instead of $30. Similarly, the rest of $25 will be rolled up to the next qualified member (can be your sponsor or your sponsor’s sponsor who are at 2 Socials or higher level)

If you decided to take on any of these services, you need to do it in sequence. For example, as a non-paying free member you can’t go to the 6 Socials level directly, you have to move up one level at a time, i.e. Logo Level first.

For Logo Level and Website Level, you will have to pay your monthly affiliate fee separately. Once you are at the 2 Socials Level and beyond, the affiliate fee will be included in the monthly service fee.

All the monthly services are absolutely optional. You can remain only paying $10 affiliate fee per month at whatever level you are at. For example, you can be at the 2 Social Level but not paying the monthly service fee. In that case, your maximum monthly commission will also only be $5. If your downline signs up for 2 Social Level AND paying the monthly service fee, you can get the one time $200, but instead of getting the $30 monthly commission you can only get $5 with the rest $25 roll up to your next qualified sponsor.

Existing Upcrowdme members may choose whether to create their affiliate accounts or not. If they do, they will have to pay the $10 monthly affiliate fee. If not, they can still continue to earn level sales just like before, but they will miss out the new residual income side of this business.

If you are interested to find out more, you can check out their intro video right here:

 

 

 


Can I Really Make Money With UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social)

The short answer is yes, you can make money with it. But this also leads us to another question – can you lose money with it?

Unfortunately, the answer is also YES!

UCM Social is obviously having a pyramid structure. In a scheme like this, people at the top are always having more advantage. Since there is a limited number of people in any community, a pyramid scheme will eventually collapse. Imagine when no more new recruits can be found, the sponsors will start losing money and thereby stop paying the monthly fee. Things escalate quickly and the whole pyramid structure will start crumbling down.

However, the good news is that it will definitely take sometime before reaching that stage. So right now, you can still make money with it, as long as you are good at recruiting downline.

 

What I Don’t Like About UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social)

1. Hidden Cost

After watching the intro video, I assumed that the cost stated would have already included all the services listed at each level.

Guess what? Here is what I found.

In order to create a logo, you will still have to pay an additional of $20 on top of the $40 ($20 to the sponsor and $20 to UCM Social) you have parted with.

Obviously, it is not written on the sales page and the only way to find out is to sign up for that level (or read this review, which is what you are doing). There might be other costs that are not stated upfront so be prepared to pay more than what you have planned for.

 

2. High Start-Up Cost

Yes, you can start making money with UCM Social by paying as low as $10 per month. But… how would you feel if one of your downlines decided to sign up for the 6 Socials and you are missing out the $1000 commission?

A scheme like this benefits people at the top level most. Needless to remind you, the membership cost is not cheap at all!

 

3. Pay-To-Play System

In a pay-to-play system, you have to first pay a fee yourself, before you can earn commission by selling it.

You may think that you are paying for a service. But if you look closely, the service provided doesn’t really justify the price that you are paying. The services are only there for recruiting purpose.

You are basically just paying for those levels just so that you can make money by selling them!

Looking at how it operates, it reminds me of a couple of similar schemes – MOBE and Digital Altitude. They are both high flying digital MLM companies that came crashing down because of their business practices.

 


SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT MOBE

Just a sidetrack story here…

On the surface, MOBE seems to offer real training and product. However, it was shut down by FTC for fraud in Jun 2018. According to FTC, MOBE had taken $125 million dollars from unsuspecting consumers who were seeking to make money online to better their lives, but instead, they lost thousands of dollars into this scheme.

Before they were shut down, they went great length to sue Kyle, the founder of Wealthy Affiliate, for allegedly calling them ‘another obvious scam’.

Long story short, the whole episode concluded with a happy ending – the truth prevailed, and Kyle donated half of the money awarded from the lawsuit to the victims of MOBE, in order to help them get back on their feet.

I am sharing this because Wealthy Affiliate is a community that I am proud to be in. It is a warm and helpful community, and this culture start all the way from the top!

 

 

Is UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social) A Scam?

UCM Social is not a scam. However, in my honest opinion, UCM Social is operating in a grey area here due to its pyramid structure.

While it is possible to make money with UCM Social, your success relies heavily on your ability to recruit downline.  If getting downline is not one of your strong suits, keep on reading because I have good news for you.

 

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What do you think about UCM Social or affiliate marketing? Share with me your thoughts at the comment section below!

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16 comments on “UpCrowdMe Social (UCM Social) Review – Why I Won’t Recommend It

Michel

This UCM Social definitely sounds like a pyramid scheme to me, but I must admit quite a clever one. I think newbies to the world of internet marketing could easily get sucked in by this one. However it doesn’t look like a scam, but the value of the products you are getting is questionable.

I rather prefer your recommendation at the bottom of the page. I would rather pay to learn how to create my own online business from scratch, as I feel this will be more sustainable long term for me.

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Editor

Nowadays pyramid schemes come with lots of clever twist and the pyramid structure is no longer that obvious anymore . 

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Jessie

Hey thank you for the awesome review! I needed this review because I was going to try Upcrowdme.  It seemed so cheap at first, but now I see there are other cost if you want more done. I don’t like that the creator is unknown as well. I always find it odd when the creator of a site won’t be upfront with who they are. I also agree there Is a grey area since they have a pyramid type model. Thank you foe the honest review!

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Editor

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jessie!

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Danijel

hello Grace, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad you reviewed this product in detail because one of my friends had a problem with this, he actually believed he can earn a lot of money without effort. I tend to stay away from pyramid schemes because it is risky and doesn’t give high ROI compared to affiliate marketing which is much better.

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Editor

Free money without effort doesn’t really exist though. 

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Jennifer

Hello I am generally suspicious about most of this platforms. With your review it is a bit clearer, the intentions and processes of ucm. There are so many other peer to peer donation platforms that needs to be reviewed. Are they really true? Can they last? These are the things we should critically examine before jumping into it.  Though I have a feeling some people benefit from it. 

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Editor

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jennifer!

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Benny

This is an important topic for discussion I have been a victim of these peer to peer donation. They even bring up a process and say you should sit back in amazement as it finds you donors day after day. They just create a cycling process just to drive traffic to their website without even considering the cost to people. How many people have been successful with this? Where are their real testimonies? 

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Editor

it Is definitely not as easy as we think. But I have seen people who are really good at this too.

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Twack Romero

Hi Grace, first can I say how grateful I am for this review. Alongside your others it is another in depth and honest appraisal. Once again you have found a site that will go on my, ever increasing list, of ones to avoid.

Unfortunately, the list keeps on growing and as much as we hope these types of programs will eventually crumble, it won’t be until a good number people will have lost some of their money, most can ill afford it either. Time and time again we come across the hidden costs. The initial excitement of a low cost start up with sweet potential, soon turns into something more sour to the the taste. Hopefully your review will help any that might take a chance, reconsider before it’s too late.

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Editor

That is my hope too!

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Shan

Thank you for explaining UCM Social in detail. I have spent a considerable amount of time studying the structure and I am still not completely sure I understand it. I can see how it is possible to make money with the program, however it appears unless a great deal of time and energy is put into creating a downline, you’re mostly paying a fee in order for UCM to turn around and give it back calling it a commission. 

I think in the end, like you said, the whole system will come tumbling down and even those who might have been making a good deal of money will end up losing a lot more. Thanks for your honesty and the time you’ve taken to fully explain the program!

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Editor

No problem, took me a while to do the research too, hope it helps! 

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PeterMinea

Hey Grace!

You are doing good by telling us about a program like this UCM Social. Pyramid schemes, whether they are technically scams or not, undoubtedly have a negative impact on the majority of their users, and when users who are too trusting attract their friends (as referrals) and everyone ends up losing money, that negative impact is also socially reflected (friendships that are put in jeopardy).

From what we see, the six successive levels of UCM Social require some serious fees, and the actual amounts of earned commissions are not that sure. We may indeed end up spending more than investing. UCM is a place to avoid.

And I am also glad to be a part of WA :).

Kind regards,

Peter

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Editor

Yes indeed, UCMSocial requires substantial amount of upfront investment. 

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Hi, I am Grace, the founder of Kernel Affiliate.

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