Is Digital Altitude Really a Scam? The FTC Says Yes.

digital altitude review

If you landed on this article and were wanting to know more about Digital Altitude, the updated info is that the FTC took it down. Yes, it was a scam.

I’ll be going over the details of why this is the case, because even before the FTC stepped in, I was calling this place out for the very same things the FTC did eventually.

I will also provide you with actual legit alternatives to Digital Altitude and how to never fall for another bad program like it ever again.

Quick Report:

Name: Digital Altitude by Michael Force.

Price: You can check out a little bit of the program for $1, but that only works for 14 days, then it’s $37 a month. There are also extra 5 up-sells, one of which is free, and the others cost over a $1,000 each.

Note: Although this program begins at $1, it can end up costing well over $50,000 and I will explain why. I have also made a few updates to this review because some people who are a part of them clarified several things.

Although I haven’t gotten all the answers I wanted to so far, my opinion of Digital Altitude hasn’t really changed much and everything I have provided in this review is based of the personal experiences I had when I tried several of their training lessons.  

Overall Rating: 0 out of 10 stars.

Although this program is as I understand it, not an MLM, the training programs they sell are so incredibly expensive with other fees that I just can’t find any way that I could ever promote it personally or recommend it. 

Here is the FTC article on this matter. From this point on, the review will cover the article I originally wrote, so it’ll be in past tense context, however, it’s still just as relevant because I ended up being right about it (and the alternative program you should try instead):

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What if you were ripped off by Digital Altitude?

From what I have researched, this is the receiver site, but it has no official submission form, and being that I have seen similar take downs happen to other high ticket scams like MOBE, the people who lost money there were told they didn’t need to do anything. Perhaps this is the same protocol for people who lost money with Digital Altitude.

And now for the original review I did on this company when it was still active (and I did correctly call them out on being a scam before the FTC stepped in):

Digital Altitude in a nutshell:

Basically it’s 6 different levels of products and training you get to learn how to make money and most of the training I saw was talking about how great it can be to promote this program. 

I didn’t really see the word “MLM” used within the site, and I did have moments where I though there was some MLM element, but there’s really no indication of that since I didn’t really see any down line example in their compensation plan, only a regular affiliate program which pays per sale.

If this program was an MLM and had a down line, I would have called it a pyramid scheme

What I think is going on inside this program is just one of those proven to work formulas where you get a bunch of expensive products, then re-sell it/them for high commissions, aka high ticket item products (the unethical kind, here are the ethical ones) and I don’t know if the value will meet the price range. From what I have seen in the parts I tried, in my opinion it did not, but I am hopeful that the more expensive packages they have are not like that. 

Digital Altitude’s products:

The structure of this program resembles a climb up a mountain where the higher you go, the more money you can make, but to get to each level, you have to pay a new price for the product that is ON that level.

That’s how the scheme works in these systems and while it offers it’s own opportunity, it comes at the expense of you putting down A LOT of money, so despite this mountain analogy, I’d argue there’s an opposite, downward mountain happening each time you get to a new level, because now, you’re in a negative financial hole.

Note: I will go over all the prices of each level’s packages but I was also informed that apparently the other way to make it to the next tier level within Digital Altitude is to make the sales necessary to equal that level’s price. I do not know whether or not this is true, but I’d rather provide that information.

I personally believe it makes sense, but the incentive is to buy the more expensive packages since it will qualify members for higher commissions.

In total there are 6 products that are inside the Digital Altitude program:

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Aspire:

This is the $1 trial entry (then $37/month) where I started with them. You get 6 steps which are in my opinion just a basic teaser for selling to you the next level of products. I say this because in every single step, Michael, the creator of the program basically explains his history, how selling high ticket items is the best way to make 6 figures as well as how great the marketing system is. 

When you finish the steps, to move on, you will need to upgrade and contact a personal coach. While it is mentioned that you can email them, when I went to the coach’s page, he mentions on it that he doesn’t really want emails, only Skype and phone call. 

You can promote Aspire to people for a commission, but again, if you want to earn higher tiered commissions, you may need to upgrade (or the other part where you make the sales necessary to cover the price of the other package/s) and that’s what the 6 steps do which is try to lead you to it. 

I am disappointed by these types of programs all the time, because really all you get is a chain to buy the next product without in my opinion getting the kind of value you can use on something OTHER than re-promoting the very same product you purchased…

It’s like I buy something and expect it to do something for me, but I’m told that it’s not as nice as the other, greater product I can buy and obviously, that one costs more. And if I buy that, then there’s more products for more expensive prices that keep it going. This is why I personally stay away from all high ticket programs, because they always do these things and I really do not believe it’s right. 

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Base: 

You can get base for free if you buy…

Rise:

This is the “hook” in Digital Altitude to start you on that climb up the mountain and it’s the first COSTLY program you can buy. For $1,997 and $67/month you can get this program (and base included). Within the Aspire videos, there was a short explanation of what you’d learn from Base and Rise, but really all I think you’d get is training on traffic generation to get visitors through your affiliate link into Digital Altitude to also start them off on Aspire and move their way up to this program.

Note: I’d love to hear from any Digital Altitude members reading this that have purchased Base, Rise, ect… and if they can tell me more about them.

Ascend, Peak and Apex: 

There was not much info on these products, but in general high ticket item rules, the higher up you go, the more expensive the products get, meaning, if you get rise, you’ll probably be sold into Ascend which will take you into Peak, then Apex and I have no doubt they will cost several $1,000 at least. 

But with each new product you buy comes the opportunity to also re-sell it and earn the big rewards.daprices 

Note: I may be right…

Ascend is…$9,997.

Peak is…$16,997.

Apex is…$27,997.

Total: Over $56,000…

And…there is also a possible 3% fee for each of these, which adds to up to several $100 extra to pay. 

2 reasons I gave Digital Altitude a low rating:

1) Anything in my personal opinion that has THESE crazy kinds of prices carries a big risk when you look at it from an investment point of view. Yes you can get higher commissions by spending more and yes you can probably get people into the lower level of this program and make money, but what do they actually learn in the first level? When I tried it, only really showed me how awesome it would be to just keep promoting those other expensive things. 

I do not believe in building a good business through this type of model. I would never make or charge a ton of money for training and I have made profitable websites that have earned a lot and never put in the kind of money Digital Altitude’s higher tiered programs are charging. 

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2) Oh my, is this program a copy of MTTB or is it actually associated with it? You see, MTTB was and is a popular and questionable program I reviewed a long time ago and the way Digital Altitude is structured looks very similar to it in my opinion.

  • There’s also 6 teaser steps which also lead to a similar high cost up-sell. In MTTB’s case, it was once also $1,997, but now it’s more. 
  • Both MTTB’s site and Digital Altitude’s sites look very similar.

I really believed that when I first landed on Digital Altitude’s website that it was an affiliate of MTTB. It maybe, it may not be, but they might just be using a business model they saw worked with that program so they are doing something similar. Either way, both programs in my opinion are too expensive. 

Oh and they also charge you to be an affiliate:

I didn’t even see this until I started looking to cancel my membership, but to be a regular affiliate inside Digital Altitude, you will need to pay an “affiliate fee” every month:

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And that’s apparently for just being a regular member. You can earn higher commissions, BUT you’ll have to pay more.

Apparently, there are 3 affiliate tiers in Digital Altitude where each one has a climbing name like Walker, Hiker and Climber and each of them costs you every month, but entitles you to higher percentages of commissions:

The walker is possibly the one that is priced at that $17/month above and up to $153/year.

The hiker is $67/month and up to $603/year.

And the Climber is apparently a bundle where you also get hiker included and that’s $127/month and up to $1,143/year.

How much will being a member of this program cost you?

At minimum, being a REGULAR Aspire member and promoting looks like it may cost you over $50/month. At most, if you pay all the way up to Apex (and it may require you buy everything else), you may be paying nearly $60,000 eventually with several $100 more to be an affiliate every single month. 

And I though MOBE which at one point was the most expensive program (and a sibling of MTTB) I ever saw, then Digital Altitude comes along…

Final Score: Digital Altitude

0 stars

Red Flag (Taken down by FTC).

0 out of 10 starsPeople who love high ticket programs may dislike this review. People who don’t like them may agree with it.

Really my whole issue is those prices after Aspire. I personally can’t spend this much on a program or recommend it when I already know that it’s possible to make good online businesses without investing these kinds of high prices.

My final thoughts:

Whether this program is ONLY a high ticket item or has some other model I didn’t see, it is still THE most expensive online marketing program I have ever seen and again, even if I can make crazy commissions, I can’t sell this kind of stuff to other people when I know from doing online marketing for so many years that there’s better ways.

But hold on Vitaliy, it’s a business investment! 

Most critics of my high ticket program reviews which I usually don’t rate high always say that these big prices are justified because of the commissions and that you’re creating a business which always requires a big investment and therefore, it must be worth it. I tend to disagree because with an online business, the price of starting one is so much cheaper as is learning about it. 

I also really do not like how an element of “secrecy” is very commonly present in these types of programs where rather than giving you value you can use, you are kept interested in the program by them giving you numbers on how much you’ll make without going too much into details on what you’ll have to do, to do it. 

That’s really all I found in the Aspire portion of Digital Altitude. There are no “secrets” told other than sell high ticket items and the program itself being a great option to do it with. 

Are those higher level products, specifically in the Digital Altitude program as high in quality as they are in their price? Well honestly, I don’t know because from what I have seen, many of them are teased as being that great without showing me a list of things I would learn. Again, for these answers, I want to hear from the members of this program. 

I am totally open to the training with the high tiered levels of this program being VERY high and good but once you add the $1,000’s (and in this case, $10,000’s!) and the other things I mentioned to access it, that’s it for me. 

I’m been with a program for many years now where I spend less than $50/month and in my opinion, get the best education in online business which by the way has helped me make more than one successful business already.

Back to a more present update on Digital Altitude:

When the FTC first stepped in and stopped this company, it set a precedent and I’m glad this happened. Companies like Digital Altitude have popped up in large proportions and I’m hoping that if the FTC labels the model DA used as a scheme, it’ll go after the many other companies and programs that have popped up like DA since. These scams need to be taken down faster.

And to finish up this topic, I’d like to know if you had dealings with DA when it was still around or know about other high ticket systems like it you would for me to check out. 

Digital Altitude

$1 start and then it skyrockets.
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All 6 parts of this program.

0.0/10

Pros

  • None.

Cons

  • This program got shut down by the FTC.

24 thoughts on “Is Digital Altitude Really a Scam? The FTC Says Yes.”

  1. Thank you, I almost stepped in this mess. I have been involved twice before in this type of program and lost thousands. No more! I would rather stay away from these secretive types of businesses, especially due to the hidden costs. Not being honest is the first sign of a scam.

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    • You are welcome Berthell! Believe me there are good business opportunities available and I recommend the one called Wealthy Affiliate. But what you say about the secretive ones and hidden costs is indeed a horrible business plan that ruins trust!

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  2. Sweet leapin’ Jesus! Sixty what? $60k is seriously risky! Where I live (Thailand/Malaysia) You can buy a house in a gated community for that kind of cash!

    And of course rent it out and get a nice passive income!

    Franchising or franchaised Affiliate marketing like that I stay the heck away from – there is no need for it. Why would you have to pay to sell someone elses product and gain a comission?

    Sure, in the context of drop shipping or white labeling I get it but not for affiliate marketing!

    Some might say that the training is really good and you can use it for other products, but seriously is the training so fantastic that it is worth $60k?

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  3. This is the third or fourth review I’ve seen of Digital Alliance and I must admit it amazes me when I see the polarising opinions that people have on this program.

    Although there’s definitely more bad than good, there’s more than a few that argue on behalf of the software but most of those turn out to be nothing more than affiliates trying to grow a so-called team (of fools) in order to earn any money.

    And what’s up with MTTB? The nerve of some people.

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    • Oh, well I’m glad you asked about MTTB Ryan as I wrote a whole piece on it here and frankly, I was much less lenient on them. Basically it’s a whole new thing in internet marketing that’s been rising with inflated value high ticket programs.

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  4. Hi there,

    Very interesting review indeed!

    As a former member of Digital Altitude, I must admit that what you wrote is full of facts, honest as it could be, and full of a much-appreciated concern for you readers.

    I really admire such reviews, as they’re dedicated to nothing else but ensuring newbies safety, and making the info seeker aware of all that he needs to make the right decision.

    That being said, I’d like to point out that on other DA reviews, some of the members said that the coaches within the program might at some point get really insisting on how you should jump to the next level of the membership. I think that such a gamble can kill one’s enthusiasm towards online business, as he would lose lots of money on something that is quite unsure.

    Thanks again for the great review,

    Regards,
    Aydo

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    • Hi Aydo, great to hear from a member (although former). Honestly, what you said about coaches pushing you to the next level sounds to me like a typical sales pitch aimed at getting referrals to buy more expensive stuff to make the coaches more money. I really don’t know why else they’d push someone to buy something so expensive…

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      • I am a former member also. The prices have gone up in DA. My coach just kept after me to. I did not do this. Prices are outrageous.

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        • I can’t believe they have the audacity to raise what is already outrageous prices even higher Jeannie. I don’t even know if this price increase is a sign the business is failing or rising in demand, so people buying more means they can raise the prices and make an extra profit. I’d like to think it’s because of the first thing…

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  5. So very ironic.. this is actually the website that led to me finding out about Wealthy Affiliate. I had been a user of digital altitude and it all seemed good until I found out I had to pay almost $2000 to access the part of the training that really enticed me to start with DA. Thank you so much for this website. Even though I have yet to earn any money via my site I am happy that I found out about this place. I am learning more everyday and I have a very helpful community to aid in the end goal..full time-profit via affiliate marketing.

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    • Pamela is my name I joined DA for $1 and took the first two trainings. Then I started looking around on the internet for reviews on DA and found your site. I have not spoken to a coach yet, and I joined on June third. I can’t imagine someone expecting you to pay thousands of dollars for anything while they are trying to make money. At this point they have not made it clear they expect me to buy an expensive product.

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      • Hi Pamela, they will once you get through the first bit of training like I did. Then they’ll talk about their further levels and name their prices there. I totally agree with your point about not wanting to pay. I also believe you need not spend this much so soon until you’re making good money or at least understand the business better.

        That’s why I always tell people to join Wealthy Affiliate instead. You will have all this flexibility and I know you’ll like it more there.

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  6. Hey thanks for the review of this!

    I heard of it from friends and did some research on the internet and your review is one of the better ones. I don’t know what it is but other people hesitate to say that this is a pyramid structured program.

    I personally don’t know who the heck has this kind of money to spend on programs that might make them money some day.

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  7. When something promises a great money windfall but you have to spend a great amount it smells like a scam to me. I must say that I just can’t afford to get rich that way.

    I would rather earn a few dollars in an honest program that offers a real product or service than through large amounts of money into the wind.

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  8. Thank you for your honest review of Digital Altitude. There are so many scams online today, people simply don’t know where to turn. Upselling is starting to sound like a bad word. It just seems like a way to take advantage of people by stringing them along. I too love WA and as a member, I appreciate having access to a variety of training courses and certifications for less than $50 per month. Plus, the weekly live webinars and live chat is such a valuable bonus.

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  9. I enjoyed reading your review of Digital Altitude. I think, this is my second time landing in this blog post. The first, was when my former upline in Empower Network sent an email to me announcing he has a new project which turned out to be Digital Altitude. Today, it is purely out of curiosity that I returned back here to really dig deeper.

    Sad to say, it seems like there are groups of people who, like fraternity members, enjoy this kind of game. They are like herd, moving from one company to another (from MOBE to EN, then from EN to DA, and so on). I wonder where are they getting the money they’re investing, because they seem like always spending money on high ticket programs, or maybe, they are the ones positioned free during pre-launch?

    I was almost there, getting admitted to the group, as I already knew the personalities and leaders personally (still friends in Facebook til now). Good thing, I moved away from them.

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  10. I believe the concern always is centered on the secrecy of it all. I just watched the video with Michael Force. Much information on how much you can make but not a single word on how to make all this money. Maybe it’s not an MLM or some other term, but I can smell a scam any day. BTW, I found this site by typing in, “Is Aspire a scam?” I find it truly interesting that the first two pages of the results were nothing but more reps trying to swindle people into buying into the program. Acting as though they were legit reviewers (like this site) laughable! Be aware is all I can say and be very careful to stay far, far away from these people.

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    • That’s what happens whenever a new high ticket program opens up. You will have tons of these people jumping to promote it while the pubic doesn’t know too much about it which is why almost every review you found with the exception of mine was praising and selling it. Glad we agree on the secrecy part!

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  11. Vitaly, you obvious didn’t get very far because your facts aren’t right.

    – DA is an affiliate program, not an MLM.

    – You can are not required to upgrade to go through all the steps. You can stay at $37 WALKER and still do all the steps.

    – You are not required to purchase products. Once you reach a total sales volume of $9985 with RISE you get upgraded for free. And this continues on at differing volume levels at each higher tier

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    • Yes, I’ve reassessed and see it’s not an MLM. I did update my page. But let me ask you this in regards to making sales without buying the other parts of the system:

      Let’s say I start with Aspire. How am I supposed to make say the necessary sales for RISE when the instructions in Aspire are so vague? Is it really just a matter of the Aspire program selling itself?

      Is it also true that if for example I become an affiliate for them, only stay at Aspire, get a lead, then they buy it and then get RISE, will I get the commissions if I personally didn’t purchase RISE or will I only get the basic Aspire commission?

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    • I was not given an option to just pay a monthly fee. I was told on my first call that it would be $1997 plus a monthly membership fee of $37. I cancelled my membership within the 14 day requirement and have been told that I will only get the monthly fee reimbursed which does not include the $1997. Definitely a scam in my opinion. There was no business information provided. All steps involved Michael Force saying we will get to that in the next step but never did!

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  12. It’s funny because you didn’t even mention what you get with Digital Altitude besides the ever increasing price to stay in the program. This is the classic example of having people invest into a program and then utilizing to up sell.
    I think this company would only have to sell to a few people to make profits considering the price point is so high, but I don’t know why its so expensive. I’ve seen reputable programs like Accelerate that don’t cost so much.

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    • Well the only thing I did mention was the part of the program that didn’t cost so much. But from what I saw, it was just hype to get you into the next part of the up-sell stage.

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  13. Well, mate, I concur with most of what you are saying about this outfit.

    I ended up at a biz opportunities site when it turned up in a search for forums. I was then intrigued by what was on offer at Digital Altitude because there is some sense in marketing digital educational products online.

    However, my list of unanswered questions just got longer and longer, yet I was still expected to just hand over $2k to get in at the minimum recommended level. The final straw for me was when my own digging turned up something that has a bit more of a stink about it.

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