As a person who is involved with web publishing I usually try and evaluate a bunch of different online programs. Whether or not I actually use them myself, many times I join different affiliate marketing programs to see the type of offerings that a company provides.
There is one program called the SGR (Science of Getting Rich) affiliate program that was created by some of the author’s that were featured in that “The Secret” movie such as Bob Proctor. For the most part I wasn’t too interested in promoting it and just left it dormant.
Just yesterday though I got this e-mail from them as I guess I am still on the list of affiliates. Indeed it was interesting as you can read here:
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Subject: Important info about Lanny Morton, creater of www.sixminutestosucces.com!!!
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:23:51 -0500
From: “SGR Affiliate Support”
Dear Alan Yu,
I would like to start by saying that this is not an e-mail about Bob Proctor, he is a great man with great intentions, ideas and abilities to make a real difference in people’s lives. This is about Lanny Morton, brainchild of www.sixminutestosuccess.com. As I read the information on that website I realized how false it was. I realized the information about Lanny Morton is incorrect.
Here are the facts: First thing, they did not make $3 million dollars last year, it was closer to $250,000, and they will not make an absurd $9 million this year, it will actually be less. The website will have you believe that they went on vacation for a month in Hawaii and their business was just on cruise control, when in reality is was floundering on the edge of bankruptcy and in the middle of a sale. The sale in question took 4 months to complete because Lanny wanted to squeeze every penny out of the company before dumping it and its liabilities off on someone else. Now they are using illegal and unethical means to reacquire the assets of the former company without being responsible for any of the liabilities. They are common thieves and liars. They cheat for any amount of money possible and leave everyone around them wanting.
Thank you for reading and please DO NOT give any of your money to
www.sixminutestosuccess.com or Lanny Morton, the founder of this company. Please
go to www.sixminutestosuccess.com/contactus and tell Lanny how you feel about this.
Just to be clear, I’m just the messenger here and thought that this would be interesting for anyone who is actively involved in either of these programs. As it would appear though, whomever sent this e-mail within the SGR organization is claiming that the operator of the sixminutestosuccess.com site is deceiving people.
I tried to do my own due diligence and visited the site to see what it was all about. I was really confused as to what the relationship to this site and that SGR program was to warrant such an e-mail as usually a company would just terminate an account that goes against policies.
The site seems like a typical page designed to hype you up in order to “buy now” type of deals.
As evident, it heavily utilizes Bob Proctor’s fame to push the sale further.
At first I thought maybe the the e-mail was condemning Lanny Morton as they didn’t want to associate Bob Proctor with him anymore.
After watching the pitch videos on the site though, it seems like the person’s site revolves around promoting Bob Proctor’s products which again is confusing on why they just don’t cut ties directly. There was this excerpt I found on the page about Lanny Morton which is supposed to be the root of this e-mail:
One BILLION Dollars!
The very first day that I spend 6 minutes with you… I promise to reveal this secret to you. You can start implementing this secret in your life right after I’m done talking to you. No wait. No delay. You’ll see results in one week!
Another of my secrets was used by a young man named Lanny Morton…
Since childhood Lanny had gone on a rollercoaster of downhill experiences in life. His father was jailed when he was in his teens and his mother literally brought him up on welfare food-stamps. His first marriage bombed miserably. He was a heavy drinker and abused his body and mind greatly. I’d say, Lanny was a tortured soul.
Through a combination of bad decisions in life… when I found Lanny… he was homeless and close to starvation. He had $19 in his pocket and owed $18 for a purchase he was about to make. He thought his life was over and was suicidal at that time.
In the last three years Lanny’s come a long… long… long way from his former self. He’s making about $3.3 million a year. Better still his revenue increases threefold every year. Next year he’s estimated to make $9 million dollars!
He’s been featured on Fox News, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, CNN, Tuscon Citizen and featured as a Google Checkout case study.
In fact, in 2007 he received the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award along with eBay CEO and President Meg Whitman. If you don’t know – the Webby Awards are like the Oscars Awards for the business world.
But here’s the best part: Lanny is happily married and loves his life. He has a loving daughter. He recently spent a month in Hawaii vacationing in first class fashion and his business still ran on auto- cruise.
How did such a huge transformation take place?
Well, Lanny gives all the credit for his life’s transformation to me. As you may have guessed, I’d be the last person in the world to deny this credit.
I could go on and on…
Now apparently the e-mail is saying that there is a completely different side to the story which the author finds unethical such as the income claims. According to the e-mail this Lanny Moss person is the creator of the site, but thus far it looks more like a partnership of some sort that was created to me personally.
I did stumble upon this video on Youtube that was originally meant as a tutorial for affiliates of the Six Minutes To Success Site.
It was published on January 08, 2009 under the alias of someone called “arizonaswede”. The video basically has Lanny Moss explaining about the whole pitch process and setup of the site. You can see it here if you wish:
While it didn’t really answer my questions about this fiasco and the exact relationship of everyone, it is an interesting watch if you are mildly curious about the sales pitch process and strategies that these types of pages usually rely upon.
What I do find really interesting is the business aspects of the whole thing. I would think using statements like the person is using “illegal and unethical means” is kind of a very dangerous thing to say especially if you are mass mailing it to hundreds if not thousands of people. Kind of reminds me of those message forums where people start labeling others as fraudsters or scammers without the exact details being present.
So while I am still not 100% sure what is going on, I’m sure people/affiliates involved will be interested in it as well as people who are just researching about the site/program for the first time. I’m sure no one wants to waste their hard earned money if something ugly is taking place behind the scene. Feel free to enlighten me if you know more details.