Webtalk is a new social media network. No, not another one... There was 90% of "yeah, whatever" and 10% of curiosity in me when I joined. I joined because (a) it's free, and (b) the Webtalk is currently invitation only. I was invited and I'm an easily-persuaded pushover especially for anything that's free.
If you are like me, without reading it further and think "whatever that is, I'll join and decide how I feel", then you're more than welcome to join me. Remember it's invitation only, you can't just google Webtalk and create an account.
And there's a reason for it. If - if - Webtalk becomes one of the biggest social media networks, you'll be benefitted from it. So it's good to join as early as you can, I'll explain it later.
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What Initially Put Me Off
Who said "If you can't explain your business to the person who lives next door in 60 seconds, you're failing to sell"...?
I've always thought that's so true, and unfortunately Webtalk doesn't tell you exactly what it is either. The summary of description in the landing page is pretty ambiguous and nothing that says screams out to me. Having said that, there are enough social media platforms out there already and it may be hard for a new brand to explain why it might stand out from the crowd in just a few sentences.
The 6+ minute long, introduction video is a typical one of those you see in many MLM landing pages; talk a lot but say very little. You might pick up two things;
- Big words and fancy expressions. (e.g. "Building and maintaining a credibility is extremely important in all aspects of life.")
- Webtalk offers a multi-level referring system that pays you so much, it's so amazing.
Webtalk - What Really Is It?
Well, who am I to criticise someone else's marketing method? So I ignored all the blah's, picked up some key features and thought, okay, maybe it's worth joining.
There are a couple of features that Webtalk is going to offer but no other social media platforms proactively offers.
#1 LinkedIn Plus Personal Network
While with any other social media accounts, you only have one set of "friends" or "followers", Webtalk allows you to create a multiple list of networks. It means you can choose to access their personal data only, professional data only, or both. 'Data' as in news, photos, videos, files and profile.
Webtalk is probably close to LinkedIn because it's primarily business user focused by the looks of it.
But with LinkedIn, you wouldn't add your friends & family to your network, nor would you post a photo of "party last night". LinkedIn is not the right place.
Whereas your Facebook "friends" include your real-life friends, Facebook-only friends and business relationships altogether. Whatever you publish on your Facebook timeline is visible to every "friend" of yours, unless you specify who can see it individually.
With Webtalk, you can publish your leisure-related posts only to your friends, business-related posts only to your clients, work-related posts to coworkers, etc.
You could still argue and say why would you need another social media? Almighty Facebook cannot be beaten right now, and everyone's happy by using different platforms wisely. Having said that, Webtalk will come in very useful once it becomes popular. It's achievable if the users -you and me - keep spreading the words, and it might come back to us as a monetary reward.
#2 Referral Commissions
Webtalk is going to share its revenue with its users - that's not something new, WowApp is doing it pretty well. But Webtalk is aiming to develop Facebook-like advertising platform and LinkedIn-like premium membership feature, so its primary revenue will likely to be collected from the users.
It will offer a 5-level referral commissions. If any of your referrals, their referrals, x 5 decides to take a premium subscription (starting $30 per month), you will receive 10% residual commission while they're subscribed.
Other rates including;
- Promo Ad Commission - 2-9% will be paid out to you if your referral buy from advertiser via "Buy Now" ads.
- Digital Service Commission - 5% will be paid out every month if your referral purchase a monthly service from a third party ad.
- Market Place Commission - 1% if your referral shops from Webtalk's Marketplace or App Store (in the future).
Your commission stats can be viewed in a separate website, SocialCPX, which is disabled right now, but when it's ready your current affiliate records will automatically be transferred.
"Invite them before they invite you!" The slogan only makes sense - if Webtalk becomes successful, you will want to be the one who's close to the top of the tiers, right? And want to refer your friends and acquaintances before they're stolen by someone else.
It's a beta version, so there's still a lot of stuff missing. No FAQ, no Help menu, certain features don't work, so I contacted the support but never had a response. I contacted RJ Garbowicz (Founder/CEO/CPO), and received a reply from him within minutes - his team is working on them.
As I mentioned earlier, what I would like is a lot more inviting landing page - the page that makes my referrals instantly go "Wow, sounds like fun. Okay, I'll join." I don't want any of them to feel what I felt (i.e. "What really is it? Another social media what for?")
It's still an early stage, and I look forward to seeing how this new social media grows.
There are too many spammers on webtalk. I receive sales messages on a daily basis. Mostly cryptocurrency craps. Others are ponzi scheme sellers and some fake business partnership invites from Arab countries. It’s not controlled too well.
I recently joined up. Is it worth the effort to build a good profile with lots of posts? Did it help you get more visitors? Trying to build a presence on so many social media platforms.
Hi James, I personally don’t think it’s worth it, because it’s just another entrepreneurs’ community. The members are not your target audience – they’re too busy trying to promote their business to others, very few of them are interested in others. Having said that, I’ve never tried to tag others or reach out to others personally via the message facility. It may help you get more visitors if you do? Thanks for your comment James, I wish you all the best!
Thanks for honest reply, much appreciated
Well I do wanted to love this system but I actually do not love it at all. It is not ready for prime time at all! Make the system intuitive to the majority. If they want people to believe in the product then don’t waste their time with nonsense bs. You cannot control referrals because Amazon tried that remember? When you pay for referrals they are fake! It invites bs and pisses people off! Create a better product and the followers will come. Also, no App! Really? Good grief. That is annoying. The affiliate program is too difficult to enroll! I can’t justify paying for a system that does not even give me the same functionality as FB gives me for free!
Hi Stephanie, thanks for your comment. Yes I agree with everything that you say – sadly! The moment they invite a paid referral system, a social network is no longer a social network. People all promote their own business and they’re not interested in others anyway. No app, strangely!
No this platform target is money it’s not likely to be a social network why limit users of friend request and ask money i think they will scum
Hi Don, thanks for your comment. I agree with you on the point that it’s not a social network. I think it’s rather similar to IBO Toolbox, where everyone promotes their business in one platform where no one’s interested in anyone else’s business (!) And I do receive some odd invitations by scammy affiliate by direct mail every single day (which I have to ignore, there are too many). I can’t, and wouldn’t invite my personal friends because it’s too intrusive, unfortunately…
Nah, it might be a replacement for google plus but i.n smaller scale. Never gonna be as good as Facebook. Too many bugs . Too few users.
Hi, thanks for your comment. It still hasn’t quite taken off yet, and I must agree there are some bugs, unfortunately. But it’s still at the beta version stage. So we’ll see how it goes!
I joined lately but don’t see any benefits from it unfortunately….
Too many followers from one particular Asian country… I followed them all back and now my dashboard is full of posts in language that I don’t understand.
Others/English speaking followers… I received some messages trying to sell stuff.
“Do you want to know the most effective way to make money online”
No I’ve heard that 1000 times, thank you very much. Boring…
I don’t know if I ever log back in, but whoever use that social media, good luck lol.
Hi Zed, I think I feel the same, but it’s still at its beta stage, we’ll see how it goes. I have many non-English speaking connections too, and not just Webtalk but with any other social media, it seems to naturally happen because people follow others for the sake of following. I’ve also received quite a few sales messages too. We’ll see how Webtalk becomes useful in the future. Thanks for your comment.
Yeah I logged in but can’t find anything much there. I hate Linked In because you see who’s viewed your profile people take sneak look of each other and all they do is to try selling stuff. But still I get to view some good publications in Linked In. Still 100 times better than this thing. Is it going to be as big in future, I doubt it right now. Maybe it will who knows coz new social media appear & disappear quickly. Good luck. I would say, be more interesting, try not to sell.
Hi Kieran, Thanks for your comment. I’m not a great fan of LinkedIn for the same reason, actually. And Webtalk also allows you to see who’s viewed your profile. I don’t actually see the point of it. Perhaps it’s good to analyse who your hidden audience is and how you can approach new people?
I know it might still look a little ‘boring’, but it’s still in beta stage and they’re trying their best to improve a lot of stuff before it goes fully live. We’ll see how it grows! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.
Hey Ray, I signed up a few days ago but immediately started to receive so many emails. To avoid it I checked off all the email notifications but I’m still receiving them. What the……?
I read the posts by this CEO guy, he says one thing then a few days another? Is it real? Feeling a little let down but it. Sorry.
I believe in what you do Ray, no offense.
Hi Ashley, you have every right to feel let down! Because I feel just about the same, you know. Do I need another social media? If it provides a new, exciting element, different from others, and there’s something I look forward to logging in on a daily basis, yes. But Webtalk currently offers none of that. Apart from the referral commissions they’re promising to pay out in the future, but that’s nothing to do wit the main purpose of social network. It’s just a ‘plus’ element.
I’ve had the same problem about email notifications as I mentioned in the post, I’ve contacted RJ, he said he was looking into it. Still hasn’t fixed yet. I’ll contact him again. Webtalk is still at beta stage, so they’re changing terms and rules as they go along. Hopefully by the time it’s open to general public (without invitation) all should be good. We’ll see. Thanks Ashley for your comment, I appreciate it.
I’m already bored of it man. I was invited by someone who was so pushy, I joined but saw nothing excited apart from daily messages from the same guy. Tried to follow some people but nearly everyone is self-claiming networking gurus. You are right Ray, the videos are so ‘blah’ I can’t waste 20 minutes each time just to find out one simple information. They need to hire someone diplomatic to build a step by step instruction in text as well as visual. Or a solid forum Q&A type.
Hi, thanks for your input. Yes a Q&A section like Facebook does will be a little more helpful. But as I said in the post, it’s still in beta stage so I’m sure they’ll come up with a better all-round solution. I don’t blame you for being ‘bored’ of it already, that’s only because it’s not even started yet! Log back in in a few months time perhaps, and see what’s changed? Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.
Hey Ray, I’m very intrigued however I don’t agree the way a social media is popularized and driven by a compensation scheme. The idea distracts users from the objective of social media networking. Some can have more followers because they refer others purely to make a profit, not because they are influential.
Another point is that personally I find LinkedIn useless. I have thousands of connections, receive messages daily and none of them is interested in my business. I’m thinking about closing my account. Perhaps I will do, and see if Webtalk has something different to change my idea.
Great review, Ray. Thanks.
Hi Martin, how’re you doing? I kind of agree with your opinion. I too have over 7,000 connections in my LinkedIn account, almost all the messages that I receive are from referral hunters… I’m tired of hearing “Do you want to work only for a few hours and earn up to $10k?” kind of thing. If that’s what their way of networking, it’s not something I’d be interested to involve with. But that’s us internet marketers talking. People use LinkedIn for professional advice, better employment opportunities, etc. So we can only see how it goes with Webtalk, I think! Thanks for your comment Martin, I appreciate it.
It’s alright for you guys network gurus coz you spam thousands or ppl for commissions ordinary ppl like us have friends an family most likely to use social media free. Once it becomes chargeable we stop using it. Good luck to you guys but no thanks from us
Hi AJ, I do agree with you to some extent. But the referral commission element is secondary. For ordinary users as you say, may not have an opportunity to earn any money by referring others. And if this element is so highlighted, it won’t work as a social media but will end up as ‘who gets more money’ competition platform and there will be no balance of fairness. It still is an early stage, so lets see how it grows before it becomes fully functional.
Hey Ray! I LOVE IT when you are being honest!
I too was invited to Webtalk by someone on FB, who was a fake profile by the way because he had a totally different name on WT and by the time I signed up to WT, he disappeared from fb.
Anyways my first impression is also HYPE but BORING. Looks like only certain types of MLM marketers try to buzz but like you say because there’s not enough buzzing factor I was put right off by it.
I don’t know if I ever log back in again, perhaps I will when everyone starts to use a WT share button.
Hi Jan, thanks for your comment. It does seem to be targeted to network marketers right now, but probably because they are the ones who spread the words most quickly. Right now the number of users is something like 260,000, so we’ll see how quickly it reaches a million, and how this new social media grows. When/if it’s popular among general public across the world, I’m sure it will come up with a lot of friendly features (and decent “help/FAQ” section!)