Sunday, May 22, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
We've talked before about making money from home, what the daily grind at home is like, and various opportunities, such as ClickBank and Wealthy Affiliate. So, we're not going over those things again today, but I will say that I still stand behind my write-ups on all of those pages. I should note that I am no longer a member of Wealthy Affiliate, not because I don't think their system works, but because I needed to host my sites elsewhere for technical reasons. For any beginner who wants to learn WordPress and how to make money blogging, it is a great place to start.
But maybe writing isn't your deal. Or maybe you're looking for something a little more hands-off, or at least the goal of that at some point in the future. That's pretty much where I'm at right now. I'm doing great with my web business but there's one key element that it requires a lot of, and that is my time. Now I'm hearkening back to the days of yore when I was involved in some direct sales companies, such as Amway, before the internet revolutionized the way we do practically everything.
Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at a company called Strong Future International, or SFI. This company was started in 1998 online and took advantage of not only a network marketing model but the power of the internet and affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, as you likely already know, is promoting and selling someone else's product online and getting a commission for it. Now, imagine if you added in the dupication and multi-level aspects of network marketing. Not only would you get paid a commission for your sales, but you would also get paid a % of your downline associates' sales as well. Ultimately, this can add up to big bucks, as well as that free time we were talking about.
Now, before you go off all half-cocked and spewing venom about the evils multi-level marketing, you should probably know that your insurance agent likely operates on the same type of business structure, as does your financial broker, real estate agent, and many other sales type jobs. They don't advertise the fact, to be sure, but there are levels of management, levels of sponsorship, and commission overrides for the same purpose as in multi-level marketing. According to the FTC, the bottom line is that as long as you have a real product to sell that can be sold to people outside of the business, then the company is probably legit.
The next objection is usually something about not wanting to hound family and friends to sign up to yet another business, lol. Believe me, I understand. Building the list was hard, but for me the hardest part was setting up appointments and "showing the plan." Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and burned it, ha! The best part of doing something like this online, in my opinion, is that you no longer have to prospect family and friends. You can if you want to, of course, but you don't need to in order to build a real, profitable business.
So, I signed up for SFI back in December, but never got around to doing anything with it until last week. I found that I had missed some bonuses and it sort of bummed me out until I put my head on straight and decided to really put some effort into this business and see what happens. I've already sponsored 13 personal affiliates through Bing Ads, moved up to Executive Affiliate rank, and received 2 new affiliates for me to co-sponsor. Most of them haven't shown any signs of life yet, but I do have one that is doing some reading and logging in, so I'm hopeful!
I'll come back in a few months and give you all an update on SFI, but in all sincerity, if you've been thinking about starting a business online and blogging isn't your thing, you should check out SFI. There is a limited time offer running right now where you can earn up to a $100 signing bonus. Yes, you read that right! Up to $100 signing bonus, and joining is FREE. How can you beat that?
Monday, February 1, 2016
I did some end-of-the-month reviews of all my analytical data for various sites and product promotions, etc. One thing I discovered is that I'm getting more referral traffic to Clickbank from my personal Twitter account (which I have been ramping up) than I was getting during almost two months of promotional ads run on Bing Ads. Unfortunately, all of my sales came from the Bing Ads traffic. However, I didn't promote the same products nor use the same ads, so there are a lot of variables at play here.
This month, I'm going to focus on two projects ... one will be to continue what I'm doing now, and promote products via twitter, but using higher gravity products and direct linking. The second project is my new experiment ... I'm going to build out a new twitter account from scratch and see how many people and how many impressions I can garner in one month. Yes, just one month. I started out tonight by following 89 accounts that I have high hopes for following me back. If this experiment generates significant results, I will put together a short case study and share it with you.
So, that's my update for now. TTFN ... those with kids know what that means, lol. ;)
Saturday, January 2, 2016
What Does Training Cost?
The problem came when I watched a few videos an was ready to sign on the dotted line. So what's the catch, right? Well, the training isn't free. Not even a sampler, lol. It's an annual fee of $8000 OR a monthly payment of $700. Wowza! Now I ask you, who has enough disposable income to afford that? I certainly don't. It's unfortunate, too, because I can see through her success that whatever she's doing is working. I just don't have that kind of cashflow to put into a business expenditure right now.
Why Is Training Even Necessary?
The good news for those who can't afford big-ticket training like the system I described above, there are cheaper alternatives. Are they teaching the same things? I don't know. But I do know they have successful people, just like the aforementioned group. You have to ask yourself this ... is it better to get started and do what I can at the financial level that I'm at now, or give up on my dream and quit. (Hint: NO QUITTING!!!)
What's the Answer?
It really doesn't get any easier than this unless you've got the money to pay someone to do it for you (in which case, contact me, lol). Then, when you're ready, to you can move to the premium version, which has tons of advanced training and live chat answers, etc.. Of course, the premium version isn't free, but at $47 a month I think it's a lot more affordable than anything else I've looked at.
Check it out. See what you think. Set up a website, or two. Let me know what you think. Have any question, let me know about those as well. I truly want 2016 to be the best year yet ... for both of us.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
These are not my New Year's Resolutions. I don't do resolutions. I hate them. I'd rather set some goals for the year. That way, even if I'm behind in February or March, I don't feel like a loser or feel like I have to quit. So, here are my goals for 2016, in no particular order.
1. Lose 50 lbs. I could stand to lose more, but let's be real. Hey, I know 50 lbs in a year is do-able, even with a few setbacks. The end result will be a significant improvement to my health.
2. Sign up 10 new long-term clients for SEO, SEM, SMM, etc. with Arcand Media. Again, I think this is a very realistic goal. Achieving this goal will help provide more financial stability for my family. That's something that is very important to me.
3. Find a hobby I can really get into. I know everyone is supposed to have something like a hobby that they really enjoy. I just don't have anything like that at this point in my life. A good friend is involved in flying remote control quad helicopters. I might get into that.
4. Spend more time doing things with the family that everyone will enjoy. I know, this one sounds kind of vague, but it's a real goal. Maybe a real vacation is in order for next year.
5. I'm reserving this spot in case I come up with another goal before the first. ;)
So, what are YOUR personal goals for 2016? Feel free to share them in the comments!