This article tells you everything a person would want to know about Vick Strizheus, him as a person and some of his past business ventures.
It's in this article I include the details about Vick's past trouble with the law and his biggest breakthroughs as an entrepreneur.
At first, you must know I was against Vick and his affiliates and companies, including Four Percent Group because of all the stuff I heard about him. Performing a quick search on "Vick Strizheus scams" pulled up several articles on the topic that quite frankly had me concerned.
Then fast-forward a few years and you'll read how I shed some light on the matter, helping you feel more at ease when dealing with him and his products.
I do this by sharing why I believe in many false allegations on Vick's character. I believe Vick has an amazing heart to serve, train, and equip anyone willing to learn. On top of that, his love for everyone to succeed is one of the greatest among marketing professionals I've work with, which in the past 20 years has been plenty.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Many people have a lot to say on the internet about someone else's products, programs, and courses. More so, if it's something negative. It's the way the cookie crumbles.
Let's face it. The bigger you get up the success latter (sort-of-speak) the more power you have. This is especially true about the well-known and famous Vick Strizheus, including his latest company, "The Four Percent Group."
Unfortunately for Vick, people disgruntled with him are quick to call him a scam and for various reasons. Perhaps, it's because they lost money (for whatever reason) in dealing with his products. That or they never made money. Vick could never guarantee that anyway.
Maybe they simply lost trust with his past programs. Or maybe it was because Vick promised them something, and they never got it. That actually happened to me back inside a program called "Internet Traffic Formula" that I tallk about down below in his past programs.
Whatever the reason, we can't be quick to blame without taking some sort of personal responsibility.
What people fail to understand is Vick does exactly that (takes responsibility) to make it right, negating any possibility of a Vick Strizheus scam in the process.
Everyone Isn't Perfect
People like Vick Strizheus make it much easier to target and blame even if we ourselves are at fault.
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO...
... Don't believe a story until you know all the chapters. Until you've referenced past and present sources.
... Listened to the good, bad, and ugly. More importantly, heard "straight from the horses mouth" on the matter.
Even then, judge carefully --because we're just as imperfect as anyone else. Don't overlook all the stories people make up and/or twist about ourselves.
I like to think if there are some people that don't like you then you're doing something right.
Fact of the matter is, people everywhere will find a reason to not like you as you grow in power, influence, stature and leadership. Yet another way the cookie crumbles.
Vick Strizheus Growing Up
The truth is, there are always three sides to a story. We already know that. However, has anyone taken the time to hear Vick's side of things?
I'll tell you his side right now, but you can also hear it all from his own video right here.
Vick Strizheus grew up middle class with strong healthy family and spiritual values. He is originally from the Ukraine and moved to the United States as a preteen. He didn't know a word of English upon arriving.
Vick's parents created what was considered an average family environment.
Vick was taught, "you go to school, you study, graduate, get a degree, get a good paying job and take your vacation every other year. In between, you can find time for TV, maybe go out to eat and go see a movie when we could afford it."
There were never any Vick Strizheus scams mentioned or illegitimate activity around him growing up.
This is important to know, because if you got to know Vick you would know he believes we are conditioned by the environment we surround ourselves in. That those very conditions can make or break us.
That being said, Vick was never conditioned to do anything that went against his family values. However, Vick wasn't oblivious to the "struggle." That was him living a "hard life" to make ends meet.
To make sure he lived a more fulfilled life, he began conditioning his mindset as an entrepreneur.
This started by him telling his mom that one day he was going to own his own business and is going to do big things. So, it became obvious that from an early age Vick was determined to make a name for himself.
Vick's Biggest Breakthroughs
He Loses $30,0000 Dollars
Vick Strizheus' spent most of his young adult career learning how to be the "best" at what he did. This was regardless of what he was doing or what conditions he was raised with.
After cleaning his way through janitorial jobs -- to speaking with angry debtors as a collection rep Vick challenged himself to be the best.
He began living this way thanks to a million dollar income earner he had the privilege of working with when he sold insurance.
Without being the "best," I believe a form of resentment or fear grew on Vick.
After Vick got married at the age of 20 this mindset of living his "best" hit him the hardest. He found himself living far below his standard of what being the "best" looked like as a husband and soon to be father.
This "hard hit" led Vick to invest over $30K as he sought out internet marketing.
Unfortunately, he spent all that only to come up empty-handed. In fact, it wasn't long after burning through those thousands did he find himself living in poverty and desperately seeking help.
However, it would take a lot more to keep a man so determined down on his knees.
Celebrates His Small Wins
Vick, still aimed at being the best, yet felling so far from it tool every "win" he could. He got that win with just 20 people on his email list, which led to his first sale.
So what'd he do? He kept at it.
He'd grow those small wins (making a long story short) to phenomenal levels. Levels where he could pick apart his competition and stand way above everyone else.
You see, Vick's biggest breakthrough came from learning very quickly that the online marketing industry was full of saturated "pretenders" all doing the same thing. People he learned to separate himself from. However, the secret was teaching others how he was doing it in the process.
Find a Coach or Mentor to Model After
Vick would add however, no matter how many breakthroughs he had, none of them could compare to having a coach. ... Someone whom he could glean from and who was already successful.
After following the steps of his mentor he was able to position himself as an expert to "plant the seed of success for others." He did this by rinsing and repeating the process of "learning, doing and teaching."
If Vick's mentor told him to do something. Vick did it.
"The King of Online Traffic"
After just 3 months of "learning, doing, and teaching" Vick got his first $2,000 dollar commission check (from promoting a big ticket product). Then 3 months later he became the #1 income earner in the same company he was selling those big ticket products in.
Shortly after making 4-figure checks, he was making 5-figures. Then 6-figures and on to 7-figures.
To date, Vick Strizheus scam or not he's an 8-figure earner and influencer. He's obviously doing something right.
He's coached well over 3 million students and helped thousands achieve extraordinary levels of success.
While raising himself from failure to massive success he became a top producer and the #1 income earner in every company he's ever promoted as an Independent Affiliate Marketer.
With his talents combined he's created some of the highest converting sales funnels and business training programs on the internet. In part, due to his ability to generate online traffic.
"The King of Online Traffic" is a nickname he picked up after coming out with some of his past traffic generation courses like "Internet Traffic Formula" (no longer available). This includes earning over 400,000+ unique visitors daily and generating as much as two million unique targeted visitors in only a weeks time.
Since then, he's worked to turn affiliate marketing beginners into millionaires and even multi-millionaires from over 180 countries.
Vick Strizheus Scam: Convicted of Grand Theft!
After Vick Strizheus began making at least $50K/month from 2006 to 2009 he'd tell you, "life was good."
But that all came to a screeching halt when he received a warrant for his arrest back when he was selling insurance at the age of 19. At that age Vick was confident enough to try something that in hindsight he'd tell you was very stupid. Vick states, "I decided to do one stupid, -- at that time -- clever idea."
He Commits Insurance Fraud
Vick ended up writing false insurance claims to his company claiming that he was making sales in order to get commissions.
Sure enough, 5 years later, in 2009 Vick Strizheus' scam convicted him of grand theft.
It was a time, again at just 19-years-old where Vick stated he "really needed the money."
Even though Vick knew there would be chargebacks, he knew it would provide the short-term cash he needed in advance. So, in his head, he planned to make enough sales to cover those charges down the road. As a result, the company would get their money back with no harm done to anyone (or so Vick said).
And just as planned, the chargebacks happened, but by then Vick had fronted the cash he needed. He'd tell you, "all was well in the world." However, he failed to realize that he had actually committed a crime with consequences. Something illegal that he would have to pay time and service for.
He was then arrested and formally charged (5 years later) of grand theft.
In a matter of 24 hours Vick:
Vick Strizheus' scam put him in "the lowest moment he's ever been in." As a result, he took almost a year off to get himself together and vowed to "never ,ever make the same mistake again."
Unfortunately, people could care less about his vow at the time. People only saw the headlines and immediately threw Vick under the bus for something, to this day Vick claims was an honest mistake.
Vick Strizheus Makes a Comeback
Finishing up a year of getting himself together Vick wanted to prove to people that he was the "real deal."
He was no longer concerned with what other people thought of him because he knew the truth. He knew deep down he always cared. For that reason alone, he wanted to make a comeback.
Strategically, Vick started off by just giving as much value out to his list as possible. After creating just four value stacked videos he coined them the "48-hour cash machine." That further developed into a ClickBank product (he no longer endorses).
He sent this offer of free training out to his list (mostly from the list he built the year prior) promoting this product. As a result and no more than a month later, Vick earned over $30K dollars (recouping what he lost once before). This included sales from another ClickBank product called "Directory of Ezines" that 48 Hour Cash Machine" helped promote.
From there the idea of creating products to help push what his list wanted became a trend with Vick. He got really good at building these support structures to push other products and trainings and made a fortune from it.
Why Some People Think "Vick Strizheus Scam"
Vick's Parntnerships Wern't the Best
Creating partnerships can make a road less traveled. However, many people Vick worked with created a recipe that made it tough for him to receive the approval he needed to get his credibility back up.
For example, a couple of products and programs Vick created were housed by parent companies. ...But when a parent company gets shut down or falls short in any way it affects the program and product creators like it did with Vick.
Unfortunately, this happened more than once, leaving Vick with no choice, but to shut down as well.
Although there really isn't much a person can do about that, many customers never knew the whole story. This made it easy for them to continue believing in a "Vick Strizheus scam," even though Vick's heart and love to teach was always intact.
He Promotes Unfinished Products
Some people think promoting an unfinished product is another one of Vick Strizheus' scams, but it's not.
Launching an affiliate program or course before it's complete isn't unheard of. In fact, many veteran marketers do it.
However, when customers are not told it's incomplete is the problem. It's even worse to never finish a product, which Vick has done before (for legit reasons) with a program called the Success Challenge (now known as Affiliate Marketing Academy).
That program has since been finished.
The people this frustrates the most are newbies and/or those who don't know Vick.
It's almost like when you call that best friend, and they tell you they're on the way and you know "doggone" well they haven't even left the house yet. You still love them, because you know them.
The good news about all this though is that Vick will always make it rigth! Here me when I say "he's not out to get you!"
For example, some people purchased his VIP program (for affiliate marketers), but could not promote any of the products yet. Vick made it rigth by giving several of those people lifetime access to the VIP program.
He Sucks at Timely Follow Through
Despite how amazing we may be, we've got areas to work on and Vick's no exception. He's an INTP if you're familiar with the "Myers Briggs." Put plainly, he's bad at timely follow through and everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt.
I guess I've learned to love him. =)
As Vick Strizheus made his comeback, I do believe he got too ambitious. He might have been ready to get back into his 5 and 6 figure months, but I think he could have taken things a little slower.
I think this caused him to make premature business decisions when it came to people (partners) he teamed up and the deals he made getting into them. This was about his involvement with previous companies that I talk about below.
More than just that, Vick is a hype man. "Go big or go home" right?
He just has this way of getting thousands of people involved (that few people can do), only to find an excuse more times than not with why he couldn't meet his promise. Promises that include product launch delays, traffic from CO-OP delays, or program development and upgrade delays. In few cases (within reason) there's no delivery at all.
I mean -- I 100% believe his intentions are good. ... And that he has a huge heart, and he wants to change the world. I just wish he wouldn't open his mouth about certain things until it was sign, sealed and delivered you know?
Maybe that's his "best" speaking too soon, and he can't help it.
If you don't know Vick, then I recommend you leave things alone that he doesn't already have up and running. I mean if it isn't a product that is already generating plenty of positive results then leave it alone.
If he has something new he is trying out, testing or promoting, such as CO-OPs then proceed with caution or "just say no." Doesn't mean Vick is a bad person or out to scam you.
Then use anything you buy right away and for everything it's worth. That means download videos (if possible), and take as many notes as possible, because there might be a chance you lose it (in a shut down or long delay).
Some of it is just a part of business and the rest of it is how Vick operates.
Again, to Vick's defense, when Vick shows up -- He typically shows up BIG and over delivers. This includes him offering free trainings or deep discounted products like Mass Traffic Blueprint. Or when he spontaneously creates seminars teaching hundreds of people how to build their internet marketing business for free.
To that, some will still say never again with Vick, especially if their money was involved. Again, in this business we take risks, trust people, and lose money. ... But we can't let that stop us. Vick didn't and you shouldn't either.
Vick Strizheus's Past Products
High Traffic Academy (Version 1) - RE-DEVELOPED
Vick's first big product launch was High Traffic Academy. He wanted to ensure his list had what they needed. So, after surveying his list, they unanimously wanted to learn how to generate more traffic.
As a result, High Traffic Academy (HTA) was born as a course in 2011. High Traffic Academy was a video training course that taught people how to get high converting paid traffic to their affiliate offers.
Once again Vick was raking in thousands of dollars, while continuing to build a massive email list.
Well, it was this same list no matter what Vick asked them to do they did it. Not forgetting to mention the network marketing company, Empower Network that he recommended to all his High Traffic Training customers.
Big Idea Mastermind - TERMINATED
The next thing you know Vick is raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars through webinars that only his pre-framed list had access to.
Keeping his theme of building out affiliate marketing systems Big Idea Mastermind (BIM) was launched early 2013 as a marketing engine that drove hundreds of people to sign up with Empower Network (EN). The two were joined at the hip and following his trend of creating products that build onto one another.
Vick generated over $700K in commissions from Empower Network. ...But that's nothing compared to what he was able to do with Internet Traffic Formula.
Internet Traffic Formula (ITF) was a product Vick did just for Empower Network. Within the first 5 days, following the same principles ITF brought in over 3.5 million dollars.
Empower Network and Internet Traffic Formula
As a result, it was these two product launches (Empower Network & Internet Traffic Formula) to coined Vick's nickname as the "Traffic Generation and Conversion King."
Unfortunately, Empower Network went bankrupt and had to shut down.
As a result, everything Vick invested inside his affiliate marketing system, including Big Idea Mastermind went down with it.
People we were clueless as to what happen. Unfortunately, people created stories that led to one thought after the next with the conclusion that it was a Vick Strizheus scam. We know it wasn't.
Despite what people thought Vick took responsibility in ways he could.
Internet Traffic Formula - TERMINATED
The first product I owned from Vick Strizheus was Internet Traffic Formula (ITF). It launched in April 2014. ITF was a $997 dollar product that got shut down once Empower Network went under.
The course was designed to teach online marketers worldwide everything they needed to know about traffic generation techniques and strategies.
This course gave you a plethora of traffic generating secrets.
I'm pretty sure when I purchased -- it wasn't complete, nor was it when it was terminated. I thought for sure this was a Vick Strizheus scam, but once I found out what happened to Empower Network everything made sense. However, there were several individuals upset, because they lost access to their purchased product.
In the aftermath, everyone should have been sent copies of each video inside the course. I was, but I waited to long to acquire them so that part is on me.
High Traffic Academy (Version 2 & 3) - TRANSFERRED
After Empower Network went under Vick ended up going back to High Traffic Academy to redevelop it into its second version. Except this time he brought in a business partner.
Together they created a "Total Domination Engineering" Funnel and once it launched generated a million dollars in only 18 hours.
Similar to Internet Traffic Formula, there were people who purchased products inside High Traffic Academy for it to get cancelled a short time later.
Although these individuals got replacement courses, many remained upset the course wasn't what they originally paid for. Some were out thousands of dollars. They thought this was for sure a Vick Strizheus scam.
With High Traffic Academy also came the rumor about a Vick Strizheus' scam with "switching affiliate links" for his own. He either did it or bitter individuals kept a target on Vick's back. I'll never know.
HTA version 3 came out eventually with more tools, training, and masterminds. It lasted through late 2016 as far as Vick's involvement was concerned.
Tecademics - COMPANY SOLD
Vick then went into business with a guy named Chris Record. It was another affiliate marketing structured company formerly known as "Internet Marketing College."
Using the same strategy as before Vick created a sales funnel for affiliate marketing beginners to promote what woud initially be called Tecademics.
Unfortunately, as it was Vick's luck... thinks didn't seem to pan out for Tecademics. Tecademics was sold and once again Vick's audience grew frustrated with the inconsistencies. Unfortunately, it made it easy for many of them to think it was yet another Vick Strizheus scam.
Not surprisingly, Vick found a way to come out on top of this situation when he purchased Tecademics. He did so having finally believed what needed to do to bring people a real and credible way the results they wanted.
He rebranded Tecademics as the Four Percent Success Challenge, under the company name, "The Four Percent Group."
The Four Percent Group - AVAILABLE
The Four Percent Group is now unlike any product Vick Strizheus has created. Also, The Success Challenge is now known as Affiliate Marketing Academy.
The Four Percent Group has become an educational ecosystem of products and no longer a business opportunity or tiered network.
Check out this article with everything you need to know about the Four Percent Group by going here.
Within the Four Percent Group Vick hopes to by put more individuals on the path to success than any other internet marketing program on the market. In Vick's words, "The Four Percent Group will become the next Amazon for Internet Marketers.
From reading this article you and I both know how ambitious Vick is, so we wont hold our breath on that one.
Moreover, Vick's hope is that the 4% Group, "no matter what it is you're promoting or offering can help rise head and shoulders above everyone in your space. This includes multiplying your results, and becoming UNSTOPPABLE."
Why "Vick's Scams" Don't Matter
Mastering Yourself to Become a Better Leader
I've been marketing online for over a decade now.... There are plenty of scammers out there that wish to do nothing more than take your money.
Vick Strizheus is NOT one of them.
Vick's products (most for beginners and intermediate marketers) help you become the best version of yourself by helping you overcome life challenges. He does this through personal development, mindset, belief, and empowerment.
Moreover, he would tell you, "never ever be a pretender. Never ever cut corners and always build your business on a solid foundation."
Vick's training, lessons learned and leadership has allowed me to understand the concept of Attraction Marketing. ...And why it's important to put people first instead of money.
The way he masters himself to be a better leader is the furthest thing a person can be from a scam.
Any credible review after hearing a Vick Strizheus scam would tell you he prides himself in becoming a better person and helping others do the same. Ultimately, making a case for himself that he's not out to scam you.
I'm not saying everyone who thinks Vick is a scam is wrong. They're entitled to their opinion just like I am. I'm saying their experience as a marketing beginner simply didn't meet their expectations and feeling scammed is a perfectly logical thing to feel.
There is also a good reason behind the way these people felt and still feel. Cases we'll never really know how much of Vick was truly at fault.
Focus On a Deeper Purpose
It's not all about the poor choices Vick Strizheus has made in life as if you and I are perfect. Nor is it about how a beginner's affiliate marketing course he represented changed or no longer exists.
There are too many undefined variables to determine who was at fault and why. Was it browser error, human error, a partner of his, or Vick himself at fault?
Even if every negative thing people said about Vick was true, we all should know we don't put our faith in a person that can fail us. They will inevitably disappoint you.
What I've learned from Vick is that what matters is what you learn and how are you applying what you learn to reach your life goals.
... Fulfilling your why and developing your deeper purpose to get to where you're going.
... Determining who you are, what your business represents and whom you are serving in the process.
Focusing on anything else is a waste of time.
What Building a Business is Really About
Why waste time trying to prove someone was in the wrong? I always feel crappy when I do that anyway.
This energy and time would be better spent trying to uncover the scammers out there who mean to scam you right now. I mean "knocking on wood," but in this very moment you may get a phishing email, impressionable call, taken advantage of, and God knows what else.
Instead, how can we acknowledge the people who are doing what they can to make things right and help them learn from their mistakes?
That way we can fix what we can, and move forward.
That's the only way we improve and grow.
So, the value Vick Strizheus continues to teach and give -- I continue to pour into my own business. My own products and into my own company.
After all, I'm the only person I can judge.
I also feel 100% comfortable with someone who can admit his wrongs and works to make things right, like Vick often does.
Tell Vick How You Really Feel
Since joining the Four Percent Group, Vick Strizheus has come on live Zoom calls in front of hundreds of people. These are large online/virtual meetings. During these meetings Vick allows anyone to unmute themselves to share their heart. They can ask any question they have about him and his products.
Take a look at this video below. In it was a recording Vick did with Four Percent Success Challenge members (now inside the Affiliate Marketing Academy). These are all people who made it to their first milestone inside the course. It was recorded November 2018.
The video gives strong support for why Vick Strizheus scams are NOT likely.
You will also see how Vick addresses questions and how anyone who has an issue or question can speak up or forever hold their peace.
I absolutely love these virtual Zoom meetings, because there are no other marketing gurus out there that I know of that do this like Vick allows his followers to.
Take a look... Pay special attention to what he says around the 1:30 marker through 4:00 minutes.
Vick Strizheus Summary
I know I shared a lot in this article.
I appreciate you taking the time to reda through some of it.
Leave a comment if you have a question, concern or comment and lets see if we can get a discussion going about it.
Bottom line is you either like Vick or you don't. He has a style unmatched by any other marketer out there. Yes, he is overzealous more times than not. He does put the "cart before the horse" at times. With that I'll conclude by saying he's definitely someone you need to get use too. Otherwise, move on.