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7 Strategies Guaranteed To Bring You MLM Success

When I first started out in internet marketing – incredible though it seems now – I knew nothing about list-building. And as a result I dove into MLM without a clue really and nearly burnt out after 6 months of banging my head against the proverbial brick wall.

List-building is not as easy as every product owner will have you believe, but there are ways of doing it effectively and without burning the midnight oil.

For those of you just starting out, I’ve drawn up 7 points you should focus on for making any kind of MLM opportunity work for you. (Without the head injuries!)

1. Build your network one by one

If you think you can email a few friends – Facebook or otherwise – and build a business network, think again. It just won’t happen. This business, like any other business, takes time and hard work. To some people chatting online isn’t hard work, to some it sucks. If it sucks for you, stay away from network marketing. If you enjoy it, or at least can do it effectively, it’s simply a question of thinking one person at a time, not blasting groups and websites with your link.

Remember, if you can get one person on your side/team, he or she may well be motivated to do the same. With time you will build a solid foundation – or downline – not a bunch of people who wondered how in hell they ever came to have your name in their inbox.

2. Write posts and articles on and around your subject

The more you put out there that informs people about the opportunity you are promoting, the more traffic to your sites and your links. You need to produce content to build your list AND to come across as an expert on your chosen opportunity.

3. Attract interested parties to your squeeze page and free gift

Put up a squeeze page where you offer a gift relevant to your opportunity, so that you can collect names and emails.

4. Build a theme oriented site

Once you’ve build a squeeze page which is specifically geared toward one opportunity, you can build a site that caters for various MLM opportunities. Once again this can help project you as an expert in more than one field. You also benefit from a sort of cross-fertilization of leads, as parties seeking one of your number one opportunity decide to sign up for your number two opportunity.

5. You must remain tenacious and consistent

Most network marketers quit within the first year. Cos it’s tough. It’s not work that delivers instant riches, it feels at times like you’re being sold a lie. But think of this, when the going gets tough, most businesses don’t turn a profit in their first year. You simply have to stick at it. And that means doing one task a day to build your list AND motivate your downline. One hour a day is probably enough. Heck even 30 minutes is better than nothing and keeps you in the loop.

6. There is no real secret to a large downline!

Unless you enter network marketing having just inherited wealth or sold a business for a nice lump sum, the only way you’re going to build a downline fast is by steadily recruiting.  And by encouraging your downline to recruit too. Let me give you an example of what I mean: with the FantaZ (social gaming) opportunity I’m working, I direct traffic to a squeeze page where I not only inform my visitors of this amazing business opportunity that is about to take off, I also offer them customised and customizable marketing tools to help them build their own downline.  Work with your downline members, as most of your growth will come from their efforts. Try to get them to chat with you on Skype or in a Facebook group.

7. Diversify for even greater profits

Once you’ve developed your downline and your contact list, you should market new opportunities to the list(s) you’ve built. Multiple streams of income will take you to the next level and your monthly income will continue to grow. What I tend to do is bring people in on one opportunity, help them get the hang of it, then introduce them to other, perhaps similar, opportunities and products that will help them build their own lists and downlines.

Follow these magnificent 7 and you’ll be mining network marketing gold after about 12 months – sooner if you like hard graft!

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The best ways to build a downline in MLM programs like FantaZ

The best ways to build a downline in MLM programs like FantaZ

If you haven’t heard of social gaming yet – July 2011 – you soon will.

If you know how to build a list and network through social media and Skype, you could make a serious amount of money with the Fantaz marketing opportunity

Fantaz is all about playing online games – for cash rewards. Of course many people who join your team will never be interested in playing, some may never have tried, but get caught up in the excitement and have a go.

It’s not enough simply to recruit and have people join your team. You have to follow up and constantly encourage your team or downline to recruit and encourage their downline.

 

Get an autoresponder and build your own list

If you’re new to online marketing and don’t even have a list, the Fantaz opportunity is going to be quite a challenge.

Lead Generation requires a little imagination. Fantaz is a game, so it makes sense to hang out in gaming forums to attract leads. You could join a Facebook group or fan page, or even set up one of your own. You could write an article on the opportunity with a link that attracts leads.

Don’t do any MLM without a squeeze page and autoresponder! This is essential – you have to have a means in place of collecting leads that go to your autoresponder, not just the back office of Fantaz.

With leads of your own secured in an autoresponder you can also update your team regularly with broadcasts, keeping them motivated.

You can also then market to your list – sending them info on similar business opportunities, sounding them out and adding them to your customers’ list.  So they may come in as FantaZ team members, but you want to be able to persuade them to take a look at other opportunities and products. This is how you create multiple streams of income.

This is a chance to develop your personal brand. You may have heard it said on numerous occasions: “People don’t buy the opportunity, they buy… you.” Admittedly, not entirely accurate, but it’s an adage that serves to underline the importance of establishing a rapport and trust with your list – you are the guy who knows where and how to invest in good stuff. If you come across as likeable and trustworthy, people will flock to your Fantaz business.

Too many independent distributors make the mistake of directing people to their company replicated website. You must set up an optin page or squeeze page to stand in front of this company site. For one thing this helps introduce prospects to you – remember personal branding? – and, as already mentioned, enables you to add their names and emails to your autoresponder.

On this squeeze page you create you will have to offer more value than most. When I set up mine I didn’t just blab on about the opportunity, I told visitors that if they signed up under me they’d be getting the same squeeze page they were looking at, plus email copy which they could use to send to their list. So I’m practically doing their job for them!

So straight off the bat, they are likely to appreciate me as a credible leader. I’ve invested in the opportunity AND I’ve invested some of my time in helping them – for no more than a request that I be allowed to mail them – guess what – more useful stuff!

For more help with building a motivated downline check out Nic’s Fantaz.

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Build your own list as you build a downline

Build your own list as you build a downline

How do you get round MLM burnout?

One of the problems with MLM opportunities is that you can do a truck load of work and end up making very little money because your downline wears thin. It’s one of the reasons I kept away from it for a long time…

See if this rings any bells with you… You sign up to a business op, you’re given a link, you paste it here and there, hopefully not spamming too often… and a few leads trickle in. You make some money, but generally you’re pretty underwhelmed.

The big problem with this model is this: your link goes to a web property that you do not control or own. So whenever someone hits that page, they sign up to your opportunity, not to you. You are just a username. You mean nothing to them. True, you can email them from your back office and get to know them that way, but that takes time and effort and isn’t all that productive.

Worse still, your downline is not on a list in an autoresponder. Just try adding those names and emails to your Aweber account. Aweber are very picky about how you came to acquire a person’s email. I’ve been having problems getting them to add customers, never mind downline leads!

So what do you do?

You build a squeeze page and stick it in front of the website that your link goes to. And you direct potential prospects to your squeeze page, not the link you were given when you signed up.

In your webform you go into Settings and under Thank You Page you paste the sign up link you’ve been given – this is your redirect, i.e. the page your visitor will be sent to directly after signing up to your list. You switch Confirmation from ON to OFF, because you want your potential prospects to go as quickly as possible to the sign up page – or they might lose interest.

By using a squeeze page this way, not only are you building a downline you can mail updates to re the primary business opportunity you drew them in on, you can also email them about similar business opportunities in the future.

Here’s an example. When I signed up to FantaZ, I signed up under my sponsor’s link. I was then given my own link (username + fantaz in the url). This link would then send my prospects to my sponsor’s page. He would net the names via an optin. So would I. But here’s the thing: his data was going to an autoresponder, mine was going to the back office of my FantaZ page. Well that’s not good enough, I realized. Because when I now wanted to get in touch with people in my downline, I’d have to email each one of them individually. If I had them on my own list in my Aweber account, I could do one broadcast and that would be it – job done for my entire downline.

So I built a squeeze page to put in front of my sponsor’s page. Yes, it makes the journey a little longer for prospects, but it introduces them to me (as their sponsor) and, for serious parties, I don’t think it’s a big deal anyway. As an added incentive, on that same squeeze page, as well as talking about the business opportunity very briefly, I offered to provide everyone who signs up with some marketing tools to make their job of building a downline that much easier: I gave them the very squeeze page they had come in on, which they could download as a zip and edit however they wanted, plus an email swipe they could send to their downline to keep them motivated. So I was making it totally worth their while by asking them to sign up to my list.

So this is the model I urge you to follow if you are doing anything like MLM.

As for FantaZ, I just heard from my sponsor that a guy in his team knows someone who was involved in a similar business 8 years ago and they made $2.8million in 3 years. Kind of motivating hearing that 😉

The FantaZ website, when it launches in the US, any day now, is capable of handling 4 MILLION HITS PER SECOND. They have over 100 celebrities signed up already. This isn’t some tin pot fad about to be cooked up.

The games themselves are skills-based, and nothing to do with gambling. As a sponsor, you make money when anyone 7 levels down plays a game.

If you think you’ve got the time to invest even 30 minutes a day in this opportunity, I strongly suggest you jump on this link – Nic’s FantaZ – asap. If you’re interested in gaming, how it’s evolving online right now, I’d say it’s a must.

Have fun and make money – can’t be a better combination!

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Internet marketing scams

When you first approach the world of internet marketing, you can’t help thinking, This can’t be real… this has gotta be a scam. Rhymes with spam, man. And, in most cases, you’d be right. But guess what, you so wanna believe you’re wrong;)

So you go for this… and that… and wo, there’s another one! Chase it down… into a dark alley. Damn, lost my money again…

Was it a scam?

OK, this is my honest take on it. I’m not going to go into specific cases – you can read a very good article citing examples clicking here – but stay with me a minute, come back to that link, after this.

Most internet marketing opportunities aren’t literally scams. They are probably just imperfect systems. They require ideal conditions in order for you to gain from them. Let’s take mlm. Your average mlm, home-based opportunity requires you to get people to join your team. – But for what?

The chance to make some money, dumbhead.

OK. I get that. But what are you selling?

Cue laughter. The chance to be in my downline, stupid.

Your what?

Yeah, you know, my downline, man, it’s like part of a chain that goes 5 levels deep. No, 7. I forget. But it’s cool. You just have to recruit your entire family – and that aunt you never speak to – and you’re doing fine.

And that’s marketing?

Er, yeah, kinda. Get with the program, man.

And you could sell a new product with this, er, downline of yours?

Hey, man, don’t be so negative…

OK, so maybe it’s not that easy to sell these ‘opportunities’, and maybe they’re really little more than pushing money and emails around. And if you have big network of sometimes gullible friends, you can make some money. But what happens when the ‘opportunity’ and your downline gets tired?

Who cares, as long as I made enough money, right?

OK, so this is where I interrupt. I’m serious about becoming a better entrepreneur. I’m serious about being able to take any business and do the marketing for that product or service. No matter what. I am serious about becoming an expert in lead generation. And I am serious about helping other people achieve the same – or even better.

So what about these high ticket, direct marketing schemes, or systems, or whatever they’re called? These guys are charging big bucks for joining like this YourNetBiz thing of yours.

Why the high ticket? Well, that’s the business model. That’s all. YourNetBiz offer a lot of value and a lot of support. When you join my team, for instance, you gain instant access to The Six Figure Mentors -which is an excellent EXTRA resource you wouldn’t get with any other high ticket item I know of.  Would you expect to go to a college or university to study online marketing and pay only $97? Exactly.

The point is, with YourNetBiz, you can learn in your spare time, AND DO SOME MARKETING, too. And when you start to generate sales, your commissions will be higher than anything you’d see on an affiliate program. This is the busines model. It works.

Does it mean I have to, like, work at it?

Yep. At the beginning, you most certainly have to put the time in. If you don’t, you wont’ get results and you may even give up thinking, Oh, hell, it was just a scam. You have to study and you have to take action. But you know what, when you start attracting leads, when people start to see you’re here to help, they will happily pay what you’re asking…

What I do with YourNetBiz is I coach people and turn them into entrepreneurs, not email pushers. You have a choice, either you want to take it up a level or stay where you are. The internet is growing at 10% a year in the US. If you’re at all business-minded, you have to conquer this environment. Yes, you probably could muddle through on your own – but why go solo when you can work with someone with years of experience in marketing and multiply your chances for success? And make money while you’re at it;)

But how do I know who’s a good mentor and who’s a bad mentor?

Simple, listen to your gut. Get to know the guy before you sign up. I wouldn’t take on a new team member until he or she had visited my site at least 3 or 4 times. I don’t look for dilettantes. When I signed up to my mentor I’d watched at least half a dozen of his videos and returned several times to his site.

OK, this guy has something, I thought. Let’s do it. But only then. People who get scammed? On the whole they rush into things. So, if you’re reading this, I’d say, take your time, look around, come back here, open a dialogue, weigh things up. Then I’ll know you’re ready…

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