How I Make Money Online

Whenever anyone asked me what I did for a living, I used to tell them I did a few things online.  Some people wanted to know more, others just figured that meant I was unemployed.  Back then, I wasn’t confident in my response and I didn’t know what to call it.

Today when someone asks me what I do, I either tell them I’m self-employed or I go and tell them that I’m an internet and network marketer.  Most people are either satisfied with that response or are curious for more details.

See, most people who have never made money online have a hard time imagining what I do. The first thing that comes to their mind is that making money on the internet is either really technical or sleazy.

I realized that most people don’t know how possible it is to make money online and that there are thousands of ways to do it.

A friend of mine told me one day that I had too much going on.  She said that it was too much to bother with getting paid from all over the place.  She stated that she was fine with her job.

Well, I commend her.  If she’s happy, I’m happy.  See, I was never satisfied staying at one job and getting one check.  I like variety and having multiple streams of income is what I strive for.

When I was a freshman in college, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.  This is what solidified that having wealth and a business was possible.  I remember one of the things his Rich Dad told him and that was to have multiple streams of income.

Why?

Because if one stream goes away, you’re either out of luck, or you’re going to have to scramble to find another source of income.

I also learned this from my blue collar dad, who I truly believe is the hardest working man in America.  My family didn’t see many (if any) hard times because my dad always had a side hustle.  When work at his job was slow, he just worked harder at his side business.  He made investments and when funds were low, he would sell or cash out.

No matter how smart, how much of a hard worker you are, you are not immune to receiving a pink slip if you are employed by someone else.  If your company is struggling, they’re going to first start by making cutbacks.  If they are shutting down, everyone loses their jobs.

So to give you an idea of some of the ways you can make money online, I’ve included three ways I make money online and how you can, too.

I Sell Services

I am a consultant and provide my expertise to individuals who are interested in starting and growing a home based business. A service based business is probably one of the most inexpensive ways to start making money. In this business structure, the only thing you really need to start is your expertise. There’s really no overhead because you can literally begin making money right now either through word of mouth or by placing a PayPal button on your website. You can charge by the hour or for a finished service such as designing a website.

I Sell Information Products

I create and sell information products such as ebooks and courses. Though I don’t participate in these, but information products can also include software and apps as well. There is quite a bit of work involved in creating your information product, but the great thing is that once it’s done, you’re done. You can create one ebook and sell it over and over again. If you keep your information products purely digital, you will not have to worry about paying for delivery, which makes this business structure quite lucrative and passive once you complete it.

I Participate in Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing involves making money from referring other people’s products and services. I recommend products and services I use and enjoy and when someone clicks on my affiliate link, I receive a percentage of the sale. Affiliate marketing doesn’t cost the consumer anything because the price remains the same for them. It also doesn’t cost the business any extra money from advertising, because they receive sales they may not have been able to reach based on the recommendation I made. I in return get paid for a product or service I didn’t pay to create. It’s a win-win for everyone.

I Blog

Blogging is a great way to make money online. I blog regularly and have used this to take the place of my income. If you are interested in starting your own blog, make sure you check this post out first. Bloggers make money through a lot of the activities I mentioned above in addition to placing ads on their website and writing sponsored ads. If you’re interested in making money blogging, these books will show you how to turn your blogs into profit.

Why You Need 3 Minute Expert in Your Life

If you haven’t heard about Ray Higdon’s updated 2015 version of his wildly popular 3 Minute Expert training, where have you been?

Industry leader and blogging extraordinaire, Ray Higdon, recently conducted a training where he showed not only why you need a blog, but how you can make money from it as well.  Watch it here if you missed it.

He should know, because his blog makes between 45 and 75+ sales a day.

This updated version of the 3 Minute Expert now has an attraction marketing component. If you purchase it before midnight November 11, 2015, you’re going to get a TON of bonuses.

Watch my video below as I go through the offering and why you should purchase The 3 Minute Expert now, rather than later.

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How to Make Duplication Easy

Are you hearing a lot of ‘nos’ to your business opportunity?

Are people telling you that they don’t have the time or that they’re not a good salesperson?

If so, the problem may be more about your delivery and less about your opportunity.  And if that’s the case, you need to make duplication easy.

If you approach someone with a story that sounds more like a dissertation than a wonderful opportunity, they’re going to look at you like you have two heads.  They are also going to look at the opportunity as being too difficult for them to do.

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photo credit: Duplicate Original via photopin (license)

For example, when one of my friends approached me with the opportunity, she ran down a list of all of the ingredients in one of the products she sold. She knew every component to the product, you couldn’t have convinced me she hadn’t sat in a lab and cooked it up herself.  She was very well versed, something I knew I would never be.  I didn’t have the time or the patience to learn every detail of the products and I told her it wasn’t for me.

Most people are going to look at you the same way, because you don’t have to know everything about a product, you just have to know that it works.

When you approach people about your business opportunity, people are not just concerned about the benefits of the product at that moment. Most of the time if they’re listening to your opportunity, they already like the product.  They’re now focusing on if this is an opportunity they can join, is it something they can do and can they make money doing it.  If it seems too difficult for them or it is too far out of their comfort zone, they’re going to say no to your opportunity – EVEN if they love your product.

Why do people say no to seemingly great business opportunities?

In my opinion, you need to first check out how duplicatable your business really is.  I think it boils down to a few things such as time, money, and simplicity.

First, TIME.  If you approach someone who works full-time and has a family at home, they’re not going to have the time to spend a lot on a business. If you make them believe showing the opportunity to others will take too much of their time, they’re not going to want to bother with it.  Most people want extra money, but don’t necessarily want another job.

MONEY.  The reason most people start business opportunities is to make money, not spend money.  Though most entrepreneurs know and understand you must invest money in your business, most people looking to make a few extra dollars do not.  If you approach someone with a long list of products and training they must purchase in order to start this business opportunity, they’re not going to see the benefits.  That also goes for the autoship as well.  A person who’s barely making ends meet won’t be impressed with an expensive autoship.  Especially if they don’t see how they can cover it without digging into their limited funds.  Also, how are they going to convince others to do the same.

Lastly, SIMPLICITY.  Most people in direct sales and mlm make things too difficult.  I’ve seen people go on and on about why they should join the opportunity, how much money they can make, how awesome it is, that they give the person more reason to say no.  If someone thinks that in order to be successful they will have to do an entire powerpoint presentation, study a huge manual or chase down their family and friends, then they’re going to tell you no.  They’ll look to you as guidance and then they will sum up their ability to model your actions.

So what can you do?  There are a few steps you can take that will not only get more people in your organization, but it will make duplication easy for your downline to follow your footsteps.  This in turn increases retention, which is what you want.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Well, first I always recommend looking to your sponsor and any successful person in your company.  Some techniques are brand specific, so you want to make sure that you are leading with the opportunity appropriately.  Also, if you upline tells you to do abc and they are getting leads and closing deals, then you should follow what they do to the tee.

Ask Questions

Before you start babbling off about the product and how much money they can make by joining you, ask questions about their needs.  Is this person satisfied with their job?  Would they be interested in doing something if it didn’t take too much of their time?  What are their financial goals?  By asking the right questions, you can get a feel for how to approach this person.  Also, you can size them up to see if they are someone you may be interested in working with.  Trust me, not all leads are equal, and some of them are not even worth the headache.

Shut Up and Listen

Do you know how many pros put their own foot in their mouths?  They’re the idiots that do more talking than listening.  They tell the prospect everything about the business in five minutes.  I mean they literally throw up all the information on them, which is such a no-no.   If you have already asked the right, open ended questions, then you should spend the rest of the time listening to your prospects needs.  You might turn someone off if you regurgitate your company’s compensation plan, when in fact the person was more concerned about being able to spend more time with the kids.  If the person doesn’t find any value of the opportunity or doesn’t understand how it can help them, they will be disinterested and you would have lost a prospect.

Keep It Simple

If I want a lesson in marketing and entrepreneurship, I would go back to school.  You know why network marketing gets a bad rap?  Most of it has to do with the fact that people sell so hard, that people see it as the sleazy used car salesman tactics.  Find one tool you can use to introduce the opportunity to your prospects.  Hopefully your company has produced marketing products, such as a dvd, a video, a flip chart, etc., that does the selling for you.

If the person sees how easy it is for you to do the business, they’ll believe they can do it, too.  My company has a video.  I either pop the video in or I send the person a link.  That’s all I do.  If they have questions, I answer them and then I close the deal.  That’s it.  I make it easy for my potential downline to believe that they can do what I do, making it highly duplicatable.

If you are looking for more information on duplication in your network marketing business, I highly recommend getting the book…Duplication: The Key to Creating Freedom in Your Network Marketing Business, which will save you a lot of time and help you to grow your team effortlessly.


Network Marketing and Blogging – Should You Mix the Two?

If you are a network marketer, you’ve probably figured out by now that you should have a website.  You are also probably fully aware that in order to brand yourself, and not your company, you’re going to need your own platform to send leads to.  You are probably the one who looks at “replicated website” as a bad word for your business.

Now if I ask you if you have a blog, you may not be as convinced that you should have one.

When I ask fellow marketers are they blogging, they’ll either tell me “no”, “sometimes” or “not yet”.  When I ask them why not, some of them state that they don’t need to have a blog, because they’re on Facebook (Twitter, Instagram…).  They believe having a presence on social media is ENOUGH.

I’m going to tell you right now, if you’re not blogging as a network marketer, you’re doing your business a disservice.  Network marketing and blogging mix well together for a recipe of higher financial success.

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My Blogging Journey

Before I go into why you should blog, I’m going to tell you how blogging has done wonders for my network marketing business.  When I decided to go back into network marketing, I understood that if I was going to really make it this time, I was going to need to start treating it like a business.  This strategy involved planning and staying consistent.  I decided that in order to do that, I needed to follow what the leaders in the industry were doing.

So, I started following the big names and those I heard from industry regulars.  What I found out was that MOST of the successful network marketers had one thing in common – they all had a blog.

Now, let me preface this by saying, I am not speaking of having a website. Most people know they are supposed to have a website for their business. I’m speaking on the actual page titled BLOG, which involves the activity of blogging.

Once I saw this, I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon and I started my blog.  Since starting my blog, I have increased the number of people who set their eyes on my blog on a daily basis.  I have increased the number of opt-ins on my posts page.  I have also added reps into my primary business with people who told me they only found out about me after coming to my blog.

So Why Should You Blog as a Network Marketer?

First some facts…

  1. In the B2B market, people who blog receive 67% more leads than those that don’t.
  2. Blogs are the 5th most trusted source for news and information.  How many times have we went to Google for information to only have a few blogs come up on the first page?
  3. Fifty-two percent of people say that blogs have influenced their purchases compared to the 57% of marketers who believe they received clients and customers because of their blog.
  4. One out of 5 social media messages point to content (i.e. your blog).
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photo credit: Pac-Man via photopin (license)

The above statistics can’t be ignored.  Having a blog is important to your success.

In addition to what the stats say, here are a few reasons why I believe you should blog if you’re a network marketer.

  1. Most network marketers are not blogging.  This is one way you can separate yourself from the others.  While people are posting pictures of them holding their favorite protein shake, you could instead point your leads to your blog.  Here you can show them the proper way to use your product or service.
  2. Blogging helps with branding.  You are not It Works or Herbalife, you are YOU.  Your blog tells the story of you.  People buy products and services from people, not companies.
  3. Your blog sets you up as an authority in your niche.  You sound more credible if you blog about the benefits of your product or service along with results.
  4. Blogging is free.  Except for the purchase price of a domain and hosting account, it doesn’t cost anything but your time to blog.  If you blog consistently and share valuable content, it can be one of the best marketing strategies you have for your business.
  5. You own your blog.  If you want to blog about something that bothers you, put up ads or sell products and services, you can.  You won’t be put in Twitter jail if you do something out of the ordinary.  Social media is great for finding followers and keeping in touch with them, but the problem is – you don’t own Facebook, Twitter or any of the others.  You’re just renting space from then and anytime they catch a hissy fit for something you did against their terms of service, you risk having your account shut down.  Not the case when you have a blog.

If there are so many benefits to blogging, then why aren’t most network marketers doing it?

Well, first of all, people don’t blog because they think it’s too much of a fuss to get started.  This could be farther from the truth.  Though it may take a few extra steps to get started, platforms such as WordPress.org  make it easy to have a professional looking website.  You can totally DIY it.  Some people become discouraged, because they focus 90% of their attention on the design of their website and the rest on the content.  Your leads want to know who best have the answers to their questions and problems, not whose website and blog look the prettiest.

Second, people think that blogging will take up too much of their time.  I know successful blogs where the marketer posts once or twice a week.  There are even some that blog less than once a month!  There’s no magic formula for the blogging frequency, except for the fact that it should be consistent. It’s rare to find a network marketer who is posting every day.  If you want to have an effective blog, you will want to create a posting schedule and stick to it.  If you only write a new blog post every week, your readers will expect to read one from you on that schedule

Some people believe they can’t blog, because they are not great writers.  Not only can you outsource people to edit your writing, but if you don’t feel comfortable writing, create a video blog.  Hate how you look on video?  Record yourself talking about the chosen topic, have it transcribed, clean it up and then post it on your blog.

Lastly, people don’t realize the value of blogging for their network marketing business.  Some may have tried blogging in the past, but didn’t see the results they were looking for, became discouraged and quit too early.  Now I’m not going to lie to you and say that as soon as you put up a blog you’re going to get an influx of leads, because you probably won’t.  I will tell you, however, that if you share valuable content, are consistent AND strategic; blogging can do wonders for your business.

Are you ready to start your blog or optimize it to get you more leads and more sales? If so, click here to follow the 3 point system this industry leader used to make 6-figures in his business.  

How to Get More Leads With Your Blog

Do you have a blog?  Do you use that blog for business?  If so, you’re probably wondering how to get more leads with your blog.

Or why you’re not getting the leads or making the money you deserve with your blog, even if you are updating it regularly with out-of-this-world content.  Contrary to popular belief, the problem isn’t your content or the design of your blog.  The problem is that you’re probably not getting enough traffic to your blog.

See, you can have the best-looking blog out there with the most valuable content, but if no one can find it, then you just have a pretty blog.

If you’re in business to make money, you want effective, you can have pretty later.  If you are not generating traffic to your blog, you’re not getting enough eyeballs on your content.  So how do you go about fixing this traffic problem?

How to get more leads with your blog?

Without going into a lot of SEO mumbo jumbo, your main focus should be to use the right keywords so people can find your blog when they are searching for it.  Let’s face it, if you’re not on the front page of Google or any of the other search engines, the likelihood that someone will find you is slim-to-none.

See, if you want to optimize your blog to be search engine friendly, you’re going to have to “think” like the people who are searching for what you’re blogging about.  Search engines have become really good at thinking like humans and not like computers.  They care about the user experience and they want to make sure that you are providing meaningful content for your potential customers.

You can study Search Engine Optimization or pay someone to handle it for you.  I recommend that you start off by looking for the right keywords and making sure that you’re using the best ones in your blog posts.

If you want more leads from your blog, then watch the video below.  I show you how to find the correct keywords to use in your title and blog posts so people can find you and your message.

So after you find the keywords you want to use for your blog, how to get more leads for your blog?

  1. Research effective and high quality keywords.  Remember your goal is to rank on the 1st page of Google, so you don’t want to select highly competitive keywords, but you don’t want to choose those no one is looking for either.
  2. Download Yoast SEO plugin.  It’s free (my favorite word) and highly effective in ensuring you have optimized your blog.
  3. Use Keywords appropriately.  Don’t try to sprinkle your keywords throughout your blog article.  Make it natural and use only where appropriate.
  4. Location is key.  Place keywords in your title, the url and images (you can go back and rename them or just get in the habit of using the keyword in the file name with saving the image).

There are a lot of other ways to optimize your blog posts so that you can get more leads to your blog that are beyond the scope of this post, however click on the link for more tips.

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