Iman Gadzhi Review (2023 Update): Is His Social Media Marketing Agency A Scam?

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Updated: January 23

By: Scam Risk - Expert Reviewer

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Are you happy with the number you see in your bank account?

Are you even making a profit?

After all, most businesses take at least a year to get out of the red and into the black, and plenty of companies never even take off altogether.

Every entrepreneur aspires to build a successful business – you know, one of those things where product sales continually flow out, revenue grows, and profits climb sky-high.

However, according to Forbes, 80% of businesses fail.

Iman Gadzhi is offering to help people get to the forefront of making passive income by becoming the head of their own digital marketing agency.

It’s innovative because it allows you to become an agency owner without performing any of the heavy work. There’s not even a need to guess what niche you should pursue in your new business.

There is no order tracking or delivery of product purchases. There is no need to find the best strategies. There is no need to draw in traffic. There will be no trial and error, only proven methods…

…at least that’s what Gadzhi and his online businesses claim.

But is any of it true?

Let’s find out.

This Iman Gadzhi review has been thoroughly researched with information and testimonials that are available online to anyone in the public. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.

Table of Contents

Pros: What I Liked

  • May be replicable
  • Iman Gadzhi has done well for such a young man
  • Social media is always growing
The Good

Cons: What I Didn't Like

  • The course is expensive for the value received
  • His organizations keep mysteriously disappearing
  • There are better alternatives
The Bad

Six Figure SMMA is an ad agency course. The basic premise is that you’ll learn how to build your own ad agency, land clients, and get them results.

Running an agency isn’t a bad way to get your feet wet in the world of online businesses – as long as you learn from the right mentor.

That said, there are a lot of moving parts with this business model:

  • Prospecting – you need to know how to find potential clients

  • Sales – you need to know how to convince those clients to give you money

  • Media Buying – you need to know how to run ads profitably

  • Copywriting – you need to know how to tailor your ad messaging for the right customers

  • Design – you need to know how to design ads/landing pages to maximize conversions

  • Email Marketing – you need to know how to follow up with prospects and customers

  • Automation – you need to know how to connect everything properly

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This economy already has people worried for their wallet – whether it’s the price of groceries, used cars skyrocketing in value, or being priced out of homes (with a potential impending collapse), financial uncertainty is aplenty.

This goes double for entrepreneurs.

So what’s the answer?

Everyone knows you can’t force an entrepreneur into a cubicle.…but we also have to build a life for ourselves. Luckily, I did stumble onto something the other day that I’m going to let you in on when we’re done talking about Mr. Gadzhi and his “agency navigator success stories”.

At the end of this review, you’ll see the exact system many others have used to build their own internet marketing business to over $40,000 a month in passive income.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?

But first, let’s dig into these guys and see what their copy paste agency is all about.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out Digital Real Estate. 

However, if you’d still like to know more about Six Figure SMMA, keep reading.

Who Is Iman Gadzhi?

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Iman Gadzhi is the founder of the world’s largest education company for agency owners, GrowYourAgency. He is a digital marketer and a businessman and famous as the CEO of IAG Media, and also runs something called “Agency Navigator”.

He is a 22-year-old Russian entrepreneur based in London. He had dedicated his life to changing the education system after dropping out of high school when he was 18. He started his first successful business when he was 17 and claimed he amassed over $300,000 on year one.

After his success in Social Media Marketing Agency (SMMA), he taught people how to do the same through his online courses. He also does one-on-one consulting but for a hefty hourly fee.

He has several social media marketing agencies in London and now claims to make $50,000 monthly.

The problem I start to come across is: why does this guy keep shifting the names of his companies when he’s mostly doing the exact same thing each time he “starts over”?

We wanted to name this “Agency Navigator Review” but figured he might cash out on it by the time people finish reading.

Usually when you have a good thing going, you don’t try to disappear and resurface in disguise…

How Old Is Iman Gadzhi?

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Iman Gadzhi just turned 22 last January 3, 2022, and like many people of his age, he enjoys updating his YouTube channel about tips and tricks on succeeding to his subscribers.

His youth is often referenced as a relatable “hook” for young folks looking to make it big in a tricky economy.

What Is Iman Gadzhi Net Worth?

Iman Gadzhi’s net worth in 2022 is about $25M, which is a big jump from his net worth in 2019-2020 of $1M-$5M. Seems like he’s doing very well for himself!

How Did Iman Gadzhi Start?

Iman Gadzhi is originally from Russia, but grew up fairly affluent in London. He got so bored by the school system that he dropped out and found a business model using social media platforms to utilize service delivery.

What Is GrowYourAgency About?

Iman Gadzhi’s Six Figure SMMA is also called GrowYourAgency and is also called Agency Incubator most recently – whatever name he chooses next, he says aims to help most business owners to produce a successful Social Media Marketing Agency (SMMA)

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If you are not familiar with SMMA, it is a marketing agency that assists offline and online business to generate leads on social media by running marketing campaigns on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram ads, etc.

What Other Business Does Iman Gadzhi Have?

IAG Media is another business that Iman Gadzhi has. It claims to be modern-day alchemy. They have generated their clients about $64M in revenue for their own agencies.

They claim to have case studies that are at a high level as they have worked with the greatest in the industry to supposedly be able to produce millions of dollars in return.

What Is Six Figure SMMA?

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Six-Figure SMMA, sometimes called Agency Incubator, was a training course on starting your own social media marketing agency. This online course claims to show you, agency owners, how to make ongoing cash by sending leads, traffic, and sales to businesses.

The entire course is over 20 hours which is hosted on Teachable. You will find nine sections and a few bonus lessons, and live coaching call replays. One negative review noted about the course is that there was not enough live examples shown.

Once you enroll in the course, you can access marketing funnels, and sales scripts, training, a private Facebook group, and live Q&A coaching calls twice a week.

How Much Is Six Figure SMMA?

Six-Figure SMMA costs $997. This is considered somewhat expensive if you consider the value provided by other SMMA Courses.

Some of the information provided is available online for free. Six Figure MMA’s content is also not as comprehensive – it won’t make you an expert overnight.

How Is Iman Gadzhi Giving Back To Society?

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Iman Gadzhi has left the school system, and yet he believes that education can be reformed. He started building schools in Nepal, and says he wants to influence reform in education in every country worldwide.

Gadzhi has donated a huge part of his profit to build schools in Nepal. He named this program his Full-Circle Approach. As of reading his donations went up to $150,000 towards this cause. Gadzhi was able to build three schools in that amount for last year alone. Each school costs about $50,000.

Iman Gadzhi Customer Reviews


Some people love Iman, others can’t stand him. Here’s one particularly nasty review from Reddit:

“Iman Gadzhi is a Scam (please avoid this guy)

Iman Gadzhi (SMMA Guru) came on my radar with his Tiktok videos — initially I thought he was a Cobra Tate clone — then looking into some of his content, I liked him. I thought he had some decent things to say — BUT after looking further into him…

I think absolutely everyone should avoid supporting this guy and his products.

Why? He’s a pathological liar and has zero moral compass… a few examples:

  1. His back-story is not legit whatsoever. He said he had “a rough childhood” and an abusive father — you will notice though, he’s never specific about this one topic. That’s because as he admits on several podcasts, he grew up in the best neighborhood in London, went to one of THE most expensive schools… I can’t confirm but have seen comments saying he was driven to school in a Rolls Royce. Not to mention he grew up around an extremely successful step dad…Even if he decided not to like him or credit his step dad, he moved him out of Russia and into not just England, but THE best zip code in the country. And gave him things were a top 0.0001% advantage. And frankly coming from someone who actually had an abusive childhood, with LITERALLY nothing (low income country, violent parents) — he is extremely privileged.I think you can tell a lot about someone in terms of how much credit they give to other people vs take for themselves

  2. He claims his SMMA agency was massively successful, yet out of nowhere he completely shuts it down to “get to new levels of wealth” — after just months earlier claiming “he could sell it for a $10 million valuation”. You don’t just shut down an agency that’s profitable… you at minimum hand the clients off to a partner or co-founder or get acquired, even at a low 1-2x multiple. Anyone with basic biz knowledge would see call him out on this… but I don’t see anyone doing it.

  3. He teaches zero technical skills and DOES NOT EVEN KNOW how to run ads. He even admits to “hiring other people to do it” and says that “ads don’t work for his OWN course”… if he can’t get ads to work for his product, how can he for other people? reason being, he doesn’t actually know how to run ads, hence point #2, his agency was not legit and at best could not retain clients past 1 or 2 months, or even worse was completely fake.

  4. This point will maybe be unpopular and opinion based, but you can tell a lot about someone by their set of opinions. He’s set up shop in Dubai, which you can make your own judgments on as a place. But he has moved purely for tax reasons which I think says something about you as a person (aka putting money above everything). He also completely trashes America and the western world on podcasts, where guaranteed 90%+ of his customers are. And lastly he said on a recent podcast “He is a big fan of Putin” — now I will admit, I personally am Ukrainian so this one hurt me… as Putin is currently bombing our playground and my entire family are refugees or fighting in the war. Everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion but to say in such a brazen way you are a BIG FAN of Putin… again make your own judgments here about moral fiber.

  5. I could continue about how he was pumping crypto shit coins to his subscribers, specifically Luna, before claiming he “sold at the top”, when anyone who took his recommendations lost a ton of money, or released an NFT which he completely stopped caring about after launching it (rug pull term here is subjective)…Mainly I’ll just say this. I’m just bothered by how these sort of people are blowing up on YouTube, they can say anything to get clicks, fans, and shill to millions of people, and when they’re unethical, dishonest, or lose people tons of money… there’s no consequence. Society used to have consequences for this sort of stuff, Skin in the Game, eye for an eye and whatnot.

  6. EDIT just had to add one about his new “digital renaissance” video that just went viral on YouTube — 90% of the comments below the video are fake (the structure and content is similar / the same between all of them) — then entire thing is just him spouting off “globalism is evil” talking points and not backing any of it up with credible geopolitics or historical sources — and then his main thesis “complete control is coming, where you won’t have freedom of speech, they’ll throw you in jail if you say the wrong thing” sounds pretty bad, if there was actual evidence of it… but wait, that already exists in Russia, the place he supports. But all that aside and the worst part: whether he believes any of it or not, he’s just using it as a pitch to sell courses lmao, sleazy salesman doesn’t come close.

But alas, I guess this is the world we live in now… but I’m trying to do my part to fight back with this write up and hope more people will start calling this sort of stuff out.”

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Here is a detailed review of his course:

“The curriculum for this course is divided into 8 phases. You will begin with the basics, of course. That is then followed by some more-depth training which will be showing you how to effectively make the business model work.

You will also be learning some strategies which can boost your chances of getting clients.

In this section of the Agency Navigator course review, I will give you some brief explanations of what you can expect for every phase of the curriculum.


This first module will show you what the business model looks like. The business model is dissected, and is shown in a way that will make you learn how it operates.

You also get access to important information such as latest strategies, tools you will need to start your agency, and a discovery guide to find the best niches.


Just like other courses in the internet that is designed to teach you how to make money, this one also has a section dedicated to teaching you the proper mindset you need to have. This module will cover all the mindset training you need.


For this module, you will learn all the legal processes that is involved with your agency business. You will be learning about taxes, accounting, corporate structure, and setting prices for the services you will be providing.

The majority of this module is focused on how to set competitive prices. It will also teach you how to communicate and negotiate professionally with your potential clients.


This part is all about generating leads for your business. You will be learning about good ways which you can find leads, such as cold calling, automated message system, and many more.

There are topics about free and paid traffic, which are also applicable for other online business ventures.


As your business depends on getting clients, you need to have skills in sales. After all, you are selling your services.

Luckily for you, Iman has already prepared a fairly decent sales script you can use. All you have to do is edit it according to your needs.

With sales comes rejection, and expect to be rejected loads of times. However, getting rejected is not the end of the world. You will also learn how to properly communicate with a client to ensure a good business relationship.

You get access to some case studies which can show you what kind of sales tactics you need to employ to maximize your profits.


This is where bulk of the program focuses in. It starts with the basics, such as what you need to know regarding how to provide quality service to your clients, to advanced topics such as lead generation and how to acquire high-ticket projects.

You will also be learning how to create sales funnels, run effective Facebook ad campaigns, as well as how copywriting can help you succeed.


This module focuses on how Iman maximizes the flow of revenue, as well as how to hire the best team in order to run an efficient business.

Well, you should know by now that an agency is not really a one-man job. You need a team behind you that can accomplish tasks in a way that would make the clients come back for another project. Your team needs to be made up of highly-skilled people that you can trust with every task that is required of them.

This module will also teach you how to make partnerships, as well as finding referrals for your business.


These bonuses are supplemental resources. You need to be a paid member in order to gain access to these. All courses have bonuses like this one.


The course costs $1,499. It gives you lifetime access to all the material, meaning that you can revisit it whenever you feel like you need a recap on the lessons.

Honestly though, I don’t think it is worth paying that much. $1,499 is quite an insane amount for a course that does not really have anything unique to offer.

Also, it would be pretty challenging to offer a course like that to people. They are more inclined to finding ways to learn new skills without having to spend a lot of money.

Most of the information in this course are also available for free online, so I doubt people are lining up for this one. It may be comprehensive, but it is quite mediocre, if you ask me.


No, I don’t think the course is a scam. It is comprehensive enough to teach how to build a run a social media marketing agency, but to be honest, it is fairly mediocre.

Well, at least Iman is competent enough to be teaching a course like this one. Aside from designing and selling his course, he has his very own agency named IAG Media.

I think you will be learning a lot of valuable information from the course, but like I said before, there is nothing unique about it. I am fairly certain that what is in this course can be found in other
SMMA courses in the market.

Yes, beginners can pick up the course, but the reason why is because the content is fairly shallow. I don’t think this course is enough to teach you everything about running your own agency.”

One more for the road:

“Couldn’t agree more, people are sheep, but even wolves can be turned into dogs with enough trainning.

I also almost fell for his bullshit, but just had to view few videos where he “teach” where he had 1h video “teaching” where he just marketed his shitty product. Even that marketed stuff was totaly wack, I have had ecom business and did something simillar to agency in non marketing niche and what he says is just stupid. Like that’s not how businesses work in real life, maybe on paper.

Also any advice he gives is so snakeoily. You can compare it to real businessman advice like Alex Harmozi. Alex advice is applicable based on practice and realistic.

Now Iman advice:

  1. Do my course to learn basics

  2. Create Agency without any knowledge of creating agency or capital or people who know, oh you can just trick people into working for you for free and pay them when you client pays you.

  3. Make 10k first month

I have many friends who run agencies and it took them years to get enough clients to even make a profit, because most of revenue went into employees and marketing.

Also his bullshit persona, you can clearly hear see that he didn’t struggle with poverty, you can listen how Tates speak and how he speaks, Tates are fucking scared of being broke again, that only happens when you were broke half your life. Not Ihman, he just don’t care, yeah fucking right.

Only rich kids don’t care they can lose it all, because they always have daddy

Is Iman Gadzhi A Scammer?

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So, are Gadzhi’s courses a scam?

Not technically – even if people online are saying otherwise.

You can make money with this program, but building your own agency is definitely not as easy as they make it sound.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with front-loading the work and making the money later.

But if you’re grinding it out for 3 months, and then your reward is being forced to grind it out for another 9 months before seeing any “real money,” well…that’s not a great deal, is it?

Reminds me of those God-forsaken MLMs many of us have experienced…all hype and no substance.

What if, instead, you could do that same 3 months of work (in your spare time), and your reward was a $500 to $2,000 payment that came in every single month?

And what if you actually didn’t need to wait 3 months? What if you could get started today and have your first payment in a week?

And what if you could double it next week?

Well, that’s the power of Digital Real Estate

And you can legitimately do this from anywhere. It’s a true lifestyle business.

Your laptop and an internet connection are all you need.

Some of the most successful students in this program run their entire 6-figure businesses from:

  • A camper in the middle of the woods

  • A beach chair on the water in Mexico

  • A small villa in Greece

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These people are able to travel around, living their lives first, and focusing on their income second.

Because even if they stop working for an extended period of time, the money keeps coming in – so adventure, memories, and experience are the top priority.

And they never have to worry about how to pay for the next trip, or consider asking for time off.

If this sounds more like the type of life you want to leadjust click here to find out more about Digital Real Estate.

Are There Alternatives To Iman Gadzhi?

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Yes, there are plenty of other business models to choose from if you want to pursue this making money online.  Here are just a few:

What Is My #1 Recommendation To Make Money Online In 2023?

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Our review team has spent months researching, reviewing, and vetting dozens of business models and thousands of programs.

While there may be no “perfect business”, the research IS conclusive:

Digital Real Estate is the #1 online business model for entrepreneurs.

Whether you’ve never made a dollar online, or you’ve been in this space for a while but never really “made it,” Digital Real Estate is probably your best bet.


Frankly, I don’t think you can afford to make the wrong choice when it comes to your career in this day and age.

Have you seen inflation lately? You know, that thing where your money is worth less but your costs of living keep rising? You must find a way to overcome this strain on your financial life, and you can’t rely on others to do it for you.

Whether you’re a man sick of living an average life, or a single mom seeking a new stream of income in order to stop the cycle of barely getting by…it seems clear to me that Digital Real Estate is a great option to take control in today’s economy.

Let’s dig into the details:

1) It’s Flexible:

Got an hour a day? You can do this. Ready to drop everything else and dive in full time? You can do this.

Yes, the more time you put in, the faster you see results. But even with a little time each day, you can move the needle in a Digital Real Estate business.

And because this system is so flexible, you don’t have to constantly be working to make more money. It’s called PASSIVE INCOME because if you stop working, the money doesn’t.

Imagine taking 3 months off to just tour around Europe, rent a cabin in the woods to write a book, hike the Appalachian Trail, or live on the beach and surf all day.

This is only possible if you have an income stream that’s not tied to your time.

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2) You Own & Control EVERYTHING:

With Gadzhi’s programs, you don’t own anything.

You don’t own the sales platform, you don’t own a brand, and you don’t own the customers.

So…are you comfortable trusting him with your livelihood?

With Digital Real Estate, you own the assets, which means you have all the power and all the control.

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3) Little To No Startup Costs:

It’s possible to get into Digital Real Estate with zero dollars upfront. Because, using the strategies outlined in this program, you can get a client to pay you BEFORE spending a penny out of your own pocket…even before you do any work.

That said, I’m not going to lie to you and say you’ll never have to put any work in. That’s a red flag. You don’t get anything for free in this life…however, you can absolutely put work in up front that frees up your time and lifestyle as you stack success.

That’s the life-hack to sitting back and watching money roll in.

Even without getting paid in advance, you can have your first Digital Rental Property up, running, and generating profits for a much more efficient investment than Gadzhi provides – or even worse, taking out student loans.

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4) No Wasted Time:

As mentioned above, spending tons of hours every day grinding is a huge time commitment.

Plus, you constantly need to be paying Gadzhi for more info if you want to maintain your business.

You need to spend even more money if you want to scale up. With Gadzhi, you’ll always have limits on your time and freedom.

With Digital Real Estate, a 100% online business, you never have to worry about that.

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5) Easy To Duplicate:

Ok, here’s the best part: once you have your first Digital Rental Property up and running, you can literally DOUBLE your income with a few clicks, a couple keystrokes, and a single phone call.

Remember: each Digital Rental Property is worth $500 to $2,000 a month in semi-passive income (over 95% profit). Every time you decide to create another one and increase your income, it gets easier.

How does it get easier?

Because you have more knowledge, more experience, more results, and more momentum.

If you wanted to double your income with Gadzhi, you’d have to double your time investment OR your profit margins. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that’s a lot harder than a few clicks and a few minutes of your life.

done deal digital real estate

6) Make Money Helping Real People:

This part is what makes it all worth it. Gadzhi has a decent way to make yourself money, but it doesn’t improve anyone else’s lives.

After all, there’s always someone else selling courses. That might be fine in the short term, but in the long run you may feel like you’re missing a purpose.

Don’t even get me started on MLMs, where your friends and family become the product…I’m sure many of you reading have been through that sort of “bait and switch” nonsense before.

You know the type – they promise a living wage, then you’re only on commission for a sketchy product.

With Digital Real Estate though, you’re actually helping people by solving your clients’ biggest problem:

Small, local businesses need more customers, and with Digital Real Estate, you are unleashing a flood of happy, paying customers for these businesses.

You make money by helping them make money.

Not some big, faceless corporation either…a small business owner who’s using that money to put food on the table for their family, start a college fund for their kids, or take care of a sick parent.

Once you see how Digital Real Estate makes a real impact in the lives of real people, you’ll see what I mean.

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Now, the choice is yours. You could continue browsing, looking at opportunities like Iman Gadzhi offers, which could one day make you money…

…you could continue researching, never making a decision

OR, you could take a look inside, consider what you really want, and join a program that makes your dreams a reality.

At the same time, you’re joining a community of over 2,000 successful students that are living life on their own terms thanks to Digital Real Estate.

consistent, reliable, semi-passive stream of income that doesn’t depend on you or your time to keep producing profits? It’s as good as it sounds.

All while genuinely helping real people who are grateful and happy to pay for it.

If this sounds more like what you want out of life (or if you just want some nice side income), click here to learn more about Digital Real Estate.

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  1. I like the guy’s politics, but not sure his courses are for me. A fair review – I think some of those redditors are exaggerating as usual, though.

  2. IMAN GADZHI hmm what does that make me think of POSSIBLY A SCAM!?!

    I think so.

    This is ga good article review, WILL KEEP IN MIND

  3. imans got some good some bad like all of us relaly, not sure what to make of him but semes nice. i took his course, no regrets, i think i can make more tho i wanna try something new can u please call me for digital real estate

    ready for passive income

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