Top 20 MLM Companies

There are always people looking to change companies, join a new company, or wanting to see how they rank among the top  MLM companies (if they are even on the list). But, before I begin, let me tell you this:

This is a NO RECRUITING ZONE!!!

What that means is that you are not going to be pitched at the end about some other company or business that we think is best. This may truly be the only “neutral” top MLM company list. Also, to be clear, we use the term MLM to refer to any company that would also be considered multi-level marketing, network marketing, affiliate marketing, home-based business, or business opportunity.

The following criteria were used in determining the top 20 MLM companies: popularity, years in business, internet popularity, Google page rank, U.S. Alexa rank, and other subjective factors that I research (i.e. Company name changes, compensation plan changes, legal issues, opening in new countries, company sales growth, etc.). And, as a unique twist, we also take into consideration the companies that interact with our site, as well as monitor 5 other sites that talk about mlm companies to know what is happening in their companies news and how others rank sites… kind of our own personal ranking algorithm.

What’s New?

There are two new items to this list to help in better rankings:

  1. I am using the U.S. Alexa ranking rather than the worldwide Alexa ranking. This is a new part as of Sept 2013. I feel this is more accurate since most of our visitors are U.S. visitors to this page.
  2. Trending arrows – since the last update, if this company is trending up or down the list

 

Definitions

Google Page Rank – this is a very sophisticated algorithm that Google uses to determine popularity, how many other websites link to the company. It is much more complicated than this, but suffice it to say that a Page Rank 6 is better than a Page Rank 3. Measured on a scale from 1 – 10.

Alexa Rank – this is pure traffic. Of all the websites in the world, based upon the number of visitors to the website, how does the site rank? To put things in perspective, Facebook is #2 in the world. Time Magazine is #611. National Leads is #253,000. This is out of millions and millions of websites out there.

Subjective Factors – This is my own personal evaluation. I watch the news to see if a company is being investigated for legal matters. If a company changes its name or compensation plan, that is usually a negative factor for the current time. If a company is opening in new markets, especially Asian markets, this is always a positive factor. If the company’s earnings are declining, flat, or trending up, that is taken into account.

Age of the Company – If the company is less than 5 years old, it WILL NOT be on this list. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to work with a company that is over 5 years old. With almost 20 years in the Network Marketing industry, I have seen hundreds of companies fall… and nearly everyone of them was a company less than 5 years old. You are rolling the dice if you join a company less than 5 years old. Do not believe the hype that you have to get in on the ground floor. If you don’t believe me, try a brand new company and then come back here when they close down before their 3rd or 5th anniversary in business. Less than 5 years old = 95% chance of failure. Period.

 

Let’s Get On With It!

These are the Best MLM Companies! We are working on reviews of each of these companies. Those with reviews are shown in bold below with a link to their review. More reviews are coming.  All of the links for the company names below are to the company websites. They are not affiliate links.

* List updated September 6, 2013

The Top 20 Companies

  1. Amway – health, beauty, and household products, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 2,400 – (Read our Amway Review)
  2. Avon – beauty products, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 2,700 - (Read our Avon Review)
  3. greenarrow Vemma – nutritional products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 3,300
  4. greenarrow Melaleuca – nutrition, household, and beauty products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 2,400
  5. redarrow ACN – telecommunication services, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 7,400
  6. Mary Kay Cosmetics – beauty products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 6,200
  7. greenarrow doTERRA – health and skin care products, Pagerank 3 , US Alexa rank 10,700 – (Read our doTERRA Review)
  8. greenarrow Pampered Chef – household products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 7,300
  9. greenarrow Tupperware – household products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 7,200
  10. redarrow Nu Skin – beauty and nutrition products, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 12,900
  11. Arbonne – beauty products, Pagerank 5, US Alexa rank 11,100
  12. redarrow USANA – nutritional products, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 13,400
  13. greenarrow 4Life – nutritional products, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 4,500
  14. greenarrow 5 Linx – technology, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 7,000
  15. redarrow Xango – nutritional products, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 19,800 – (Read our Xango Review)
  16. redarrow Herbalife – health and skin care products, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 12,400 - (Read our Herbalife Review)
  17. Mannatech – nutritional and skin care products, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 39,200 – (Read our Mannatech Review)
  18. Legal Shield – legal services, Pagerank 4, US Alexa rank 5,000 – (Read our Prepaid Legal Review)
  19. Shaklee – health, beauty, and household products, Pagerank 6, US Alexa rank 22,200 (Read our Shaklee Review)
  20. redarrowMorinda – nutrition products, US Pagerank N/A, Alexa rank 29,000 (formerly Tahitian Noni)

One of the other standards that we imposed on this list is that company must be at least 5 years old, and 10 years old would be better. As we indicate throughout this site, we highly discourage the involvement in any company less than 5 years old due to the fact that 95% of all MLM companies do not make it to their 5th birthday.  Therefore, if a company is over 5 years old, you can count on that company being around a while.

We could have easily expanded this list to the top 25 companies. There are other great companies such as Young Living, Monavie, Sentsy, Send Out Cards, etc. But, for now, these are the top 20.

A Quickee Overview Guide To This List

First of all, you will notice that of these 20 companies:

  • 12 companies are nutritional companies
  • 10 companies are beauty product companies
  • 5 companies are household product companies
  • 1 company is a legal services company
  • 1 company is a telecommunications company
  • 1 company is a technology company

Of these companies many of them have secondary lines of products that bridge the gaps (i.e. a health and beauty products company)

(Other companies to watch for: ViSalus – nearing the 5 year age mark and growing, Organo Gold – nearing 5 years old and growing fast worldwide)

Not every business opportunity company is for everyone. Look around and see which one is best for you.  All of the links above are links straight to the company websites. There are no affiliate links or associate links involved – so you can investigate things on your own when you are looking for an MLM company to join.

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38 Responses to “Top 20 MLM Companies”

  1. Timothy Walker says:

    how does the company called Melaleuca rank? Pros and cons? ..for product quality, consumer pricing, and compensation plan Thank you.

  2. Sarah Wilson says:

    Yes, I’m also interested in your finding about Melaleuca, and about Young Living and doterra as well.

    Thank you!

  3. Do yourself a favor and check out USANA Health Sciences. It is #1 Distributors Choice for 10 years running with Network Marketing Today, listed in the top 20 on Forbes’ 200 Best Companies list for three years. It has the #1 nutritionals in North America for the past several years and a skin care line that is paraben free. If you want to learn more about these incredible products and have better health email me at bnfaulk@telusplanet.net.

  4. Rasim Hadzic says:

    Mandura will be in top 10 MLM companies soon, they have ONE LINE system, anyone who join after you, is in your team, really great products and great support. More info, click on my name..
    Wish you all great success in any MLM company !

  5. Hilda says:

    I was in Melaleuca for awhile and gave it up once I found out that I and my youngest child was allergic to their products. When I told my upline I was allergic to it, he told me to use it any ways, and after awhile I would get use to it. That I should never stop using the product. Well when I have a 3 year old broken out and I am broken out from head to toe, and had a reaction to it that sent me to the hospital I found I was better off quiting using it, and giving up on it. When I asked if I could get my cash back for the products I didn’t use. I was told there was no money back guarantee, so watch yourself with them.

    Also make sure that your upline isn’t someone that will push you, and push you. Mine did, and he was never happy even when I recruited 10 people he wanted more. It was always more with him, and when I said I was quiting he ended up calling me back at 2 am telling me I couldn’t quit because he would lose money.

  6. Waqas says:

    Unaico-Sitetalk holding Company break the record of many direct selling companies of the World including ACN and Amways. Unaico is now going to North America; the World largest market of direct selling in the World. You can check its position in the MLM market through following link

    businessforhome.org/2011/05/mlm-companies-web-traffic-ranks-17-may-2011/

  7. Safari Rich says:

    I just updated the list. A few dropped off the list, such as Forever Living, Send Out Cards, and Sentsy. They either had significant drops in Alexa rankings or Google Page Rank, or some other factor.

    Prepaid Legal took a big plunge from number 3 to number 18. It’s still a good company, but they are in a period of transition still, and the news and stock prices are a bit up in the air.

    The newcomeers to the list are: 4Life, Lia Sophia, and Melaleuca. Great companies.

    Sarah Wilson asked about Young Living and Doterra. Young Living was a debate. It could have easily made the top 20. I was going to put it in place of Shaklee, but chose not to. Doterra looks okay, but their numbers are not as significant.

    Rasim asked about Mandura… I don’t think so. With an Alexa ranking above 417,000, it isn’t even close to this list.

    Waqas mentioned Unaico… Again, I don’t think so. It’s not even in the ballpark yet.

  8. Matt says:

    Kind of curious what people are hearing about Visalus (body by Vi) and also iZigg. They both seem very well run and in early stages, but experience explosive growth. Love to hear some comments.

  9. Elliott Cross says:

    I am wondering how you can rank a MLM company as successful based strictly on their pagerank and Alexa rank? That only has to deal with their internet popularity in the eyes of the search engines. What about Zija?

  10. Safari Rich says:

    Elliott,

    Two things:

    1) I understand your questioning about that, but I am not determining a company as unsuccessful or not based on these factors. It is whether they are going to be a part of the Top 20 or not. There are other factors beyond these two that I use, but those are the easiest to measure.

    2) You’re off target about Alexa and Pagerank being for the “eyes of the search engines.” Alexa has to do with how many visitors a site is getting, and nothing to do with how popular it is in the search engines. How many people are going to the site to check it out, order products, and otherwise interact with the company. It is a HUGE factor to show how popular a site is based upon the number of human visitors a website gets.

    Pagerank is a very complicated, mathematical equation/algorythm that takes into account many factors. Many of those factors involve how many visitors a site is getting, how long the visitors stay on the site, how many people are linking to the site, the trust and authority of the site, etc. It is also a very HUGE factor that shows not only how popular the site is, but how long people stay on the site and their trust of the site.

    These are two “objective” factors that cannot be swayed by a person’s opinion of a company. I have my own subjective opinions as well. For example, Zija is a good company. Pagerank 4, Alexa 330,000. They’re 5 years old. That’s all good, and I wouldn’t overlook them as a great business opportunity, but those numbers are not in what I would consider the top 20.

    So, my main concern to what you stated was that you think I am determining whether a company is “Successful” or not based on this. If that is true, then you’ve missed the point of this page.

    Rich

  11. Sherry says:

    Has anyone had any experience with Zija International.

  12. Héctor says:

    What about the mlm company named Organo Gold? Does anyone know our have any info on this particular one? Where can I find legit info on mlm companies? My friend joined and he told me about and he wants me to join but I’m kind skeptical about it. If u have any info email me please at hicl2887@gmail.com

  13. Sandra says:

    5Linx… Inc. 500 ranked as one of the fastest growing business four years in a row. Going on 11 years of success in the field of telecommunications and energy. Excellent Compensation plan!

  14. JJJamie says:

    What about Rodan & Fields Skincare? From the makers of Proactive? Sounds like a ground floor opportunity. Thoughts?

  15. Martin says:

    Matt –
    I’ve looked into Visalus. Although it is a good company that is promising growth I did more research into the science behind the actual products. It turns out they use the studies from other companies to come up with their products. They are not the innovators in the field. Most of their studies came from Nu Skin (8th on the list) and Nu Skin’s scientific board. You can email me at martinblanc10 @ gmail.com if you have any questions

  16. Kim says:

    I have been looking for a home based company for months now. I did not see Watkins on this list and was one of my favorites. Curious as to why not? I am seriously leaning towards Amway simply because they offer more then one product and consumer need choice in this economy. One does not necessarily need jewelry, but can always use cleaning products that Amway offers but has the choice to buy jewelry if they so desire to or cookware or a large selection of other products. What scars me is the initial start up cost of what seems to be just under $300. What is your advice on start up cost and continuing cost in this business? Thanks you~ Kim, MI

  17. unbiased says:

    All I can say is that this list should not be considered an accurate reflection of what is going on in the real MLM world.

    If you pursue a company based on this list, you will get a good company. However, pay attention to the criteria that are used to ‘judge’ because you will miss some other truly phenomenal options.

  18. Theresa says:

    ACN rocks…How can you go wrong? Get paid on essential services, everything but air and water.

  19. DEBBIE says:

    Hi, Looking into Xyngular. It is a diet based company out of Kansas. It has great vitamins that have had lots of testimonies have helped heartburn and many other things including weight loss. They have a maintenance program so the diet doesn’t yo you. I would love to see your opinion. Thanks

  20. rocky says:

    I think Herbalife is the best company…
    The scientific formula of Herbalife is extremely unique. And backed by most prominent Scientist including Novel lourette is not a joke. And produced Guiness World Record in Weight Management.
    So, all Herbalife is not just a company, it’s Life Changing Company, Future Company…
    thank u…

  21. kim says:

    Just an idea but please check out ALL of these BEFORE you sign up. 1 company out there also sells to stores so it makes it MUCH harder to make a living that way when a store can sell the product for much cheaper.. just an FYI.. Imyself joined xango. love the products and compensation plan but more importantly LOVE my upline……If it wasn’t for the down-line in ANY company, then the up-line people wouldnt be where they are at today..Hope this helps

  22. Scott says:

    I have decided to join Mannatech… I love the science behind their products and that they are the innovators of the science.

  23. James McMichel says:

    5linx Enterprises is consistently in the Inc. 500 magazine the last 7 years as one of the fastest growing company’s in the telecommunications and mlm industries.

  24. I think doTERRA is going to be a Company to watch in coming years. This is a product I will use regardless of the amount of money I make as a product consultant.

  25. Nita says:

    What do you know about It Works? I just joined last month and I am loving the products and I have done a bunch of MLM’s and am not good at pushing people so I always end up dropping out. But these products see themselves. I have signed up more distributors and loyal customers in one month than i did in all the other MLMs total. LOVE IT so I hope you don’t return with bad news :) Hope you all have a great day !!

  26. I think you’ll be seeing some positive changes at Mannatech over the next few weeks, with their move to the Social Entrepreneur Model and the M5M – Mission 5 Million movement, as well as the upgrading of their IT.

    Roy Truett, the former COO at USANA, who build USANA’s I. T. system, has recently moved to Mannatech as President of International and COO, and is upgrading their systems, including some new tools for marketing on Facebook and other Social sites.

    They have recently improved their compensation plan, with the addition of a “lifestyle bonus.” You’ll be seeing a lot of other changes.

  27. Manuel moreno says:

    How would you compare seacret direct to emerald essentials?

  28. Ted Apelt says:

    My Fun Life is the one I am in. It is hard to beat a company that has a product that saves you more money than your membership fee, meaning that people stay in even if they are not interested in making money with it.

    I really think that discount app, discount card, and discount service companies are the wave of the future, especially ones without high upfront costs.

  29. Jens says:

    Most companies seem to be listed simply because they are old(er). Once criteria you also should mention is how the company is offering marketing tools to its affiliates. Any great start up company for instance nowadays offers free (online) marketing tools to help their affliates build their business.

  30. Jonathan Absher says:

    I have been with Vemma for 6 years. I initially got started because of the science behind the products (and the fact that they actually had double blind studies to prove it). Since then I have fallen in love with the business plan and it has truly been a blessing financially. It is great to be able to help people and have the confidence in a company with a tremendous track record. The best is yet to come! Congrats to all of the companies that made the list – Go make a difference!

  31. Melanie Hanni says:

    Doterra products have changed our families life. I have had large cold sores on my face my whole life, since I started using Melissa oil, I have not had a single large cold sore, this is such a relief for me, as I didn’t want to leave the house with one. Every family should know about these oils.

  32. peggy williams says:

    zija rocks!

  33. Josh says:

    Vemmmmmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Absolutly the Best company, Best CEO, Best people the only company Focusing on Young people… totally in love with VEMMMMMAAAAAA

  34. Stacy S says:

    I am totally shocked that BeachBody is not on your list. Is it because it isn’t only on the internet and has much more of a widespread marketing and proven success? Can’t be that the trainers and their products were listed in the top 100 influential health industry people.

  35. Chrissy says:

    I love doterra!

  36. Safari Rich says:

    @Jens, marketing materials are hard to gauge. Almost all companies have free websites, banners, logos, etc. for their distributors to use.

    And you’re right, there are some good new companies, but I do not include them in this list because they need to pass the 4-5 year stage. That’s one of the criteria for this list. There’s too much risk in a start up, IMO.

    @Stacy, we’ll look at Beachbody at the next update. They’re a solid company.

  37. One to watch that’s new and moving up is Younique. 90-98% all natural products, animal friendly and most products are vegan. The 3D fiber mascara sells itself!

  38. Maggie H says:

    What do you know about Nucerity? I bought their Skincerity product and like it fine but not sure if I wish to get involved in the MLM component. Interested what is your take on the company as a whole?

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