Top 10 Blog Posts and Pages on OnlineMLMCommunity.com in 2013

In today’s post I’m going to share my top 10 blog posts for 2013 here at OnlineMLMCommunity.com. I launched this website in April 2013, because I really love this industry and I want to help others become successful.

As of 2014, our site has hundreds of blog posts and I try to add at least 300 to 500 new pages each year.  Pumping out new content is a lot of hard work, but I really enjoy it. What I enjoy even more is helping people and knowing that people get value from my website.

I’m an analytical guy by nature, so I always enjoy studying the trends and statistics with my websites and other businesses.  I believe we can all learn a lot by doing that.  After all, the numbers never lie.

Today, I logged into my Google Analytics account to do some research on my website.  Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see which pages were the most popular this past year.  What I found amazed me.  So, I figured I would share it with you.  What you will see below is the top 10 blog posts and pages on my website in 2013.

# 10 How to Achieve MLM Success

This is a post I wrote sharing my steps to success in network marketing.  The post is very informative and would benefit anyone, whether you are trying to build your business online or offline. It’s also a great post to share with your team.  Learn how to achieve MLM success.

# 9 Top 10 MLM Juice Companies

There are lots of different juice companies in the network marketing industry.  In this post, I evaluated many of these companies and ranked them in the best order possible.  Yes, it’s just my opinion, but if you’re looking to join a juice company this is a must read.  Read more about the Top 10 MLM Juice Companies.

# 8 Newsletter Thanks for Subscribing

I’m not surprised this post made my top 10 list considering that I get a lot of new email subscribers.  This is the page people are forwarded to after they sign up for my newsletter or free boot camp.  Check out my thanks for subscribing page.

# 7 Rolf Kipp Forever Living Products

Rolf is one of the top earners in the entire network marketing industry.  He is one of the few guys in network marketing that I really admire and would love to meet.  He has a solid seven figure a year business with Forever Living Products.  Read more about Rolf Kipp.

# 6 Top 10 Herbalife Marketing Tips

There’s no surprise this one made my top 10 list.  Herbalife is an industry leader.  Many folks in the company are looking for new and effective ways to promote, market, and grow their Herbalife business.  This post offers a lot of helpful tips.  Check out these Herbalife Marketing Tips.

# 5 Top 10 MLM Jewelry Companies

Who doesn’t like jewelry?  There are lots of great jewelry companies in our industry. This top 10 list will help you find the best company for you to work with.  Check out the top jewelry company list.

# 4 How to Build Your MLM Online

I am really surprised that this was not my # 1 most visited post on the entire website.  This is my formula for building your MLM Online.  It’s a long and very popular post.  It took me HOURS and HOURS to create this one.  It’s definitely my favorite post on my website.  Check out the post about building your MLM online.

# 3 Top 4 MLM Cell Phone Companies

Who doesn’t want to get paid for using their cell phone?  There aren’t too many companies in the network marketing industry that specialize in cell phones.  This list provides my top four cell phone companies to choose from. Read the post about top cell phone companies.

# 2 OnlineMLMCommunity.com Home Page

I’m definitely shocked that my home page came in at number two on this list.  I get most of my traffic from the search engines, and most of that traffic goes to specific pages on my website, not the home page.  I’m guessing most of this traffic came from people linking to me, from links I’ve built myself, from my email signature files and from comments I’ve left on other blogs. Check out our home page.

# 1 Advocare Success Tips

This was hands down my most popular post of 2013.  I never realized how many folks in Advocare were looking for success tips online.  It has inspired me to write other posts about Advocare, which is one of the best companies around.  Read my post about Advocare Success Tips.

Key Takeaways

I think there are a few key takeaways from this list.  First and foremost, four of the top 10 posts were “Top Lists.”  Obviously, people like lists.  If you have a blog of your own, you should definitely consider doing “Top Lists” to create content that people want.  I also noticed that two of my top 10 lists were about how to be successful in MLM, or in a specific company.  Once again, that might be a good idea to write posts about.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These were my top 10 MLM Blog Posts of 2013 for my blog, OnlineMLMCommunity.com.  I’d love if you would check out each post, read it, and leave a comment.  Tell me which post was your favorite.  To share your thoughts, just leave a comment below.  I look forward to hearing from you.

MLM Business Plan: How to Create Your Own

Most network marketers do not have a written business plan.  I think that’s a huge mistake.  Ask any 100 network marketers to show you their written MLM Business Plan and they will look at you like a deer staring in the headlights.  I’m not sure why people don’t do it.  Maybe it’s because they haven’t been taught how to write a business plan or maybe they don’t understand how important business plans are.

Truth be told, all businesses need a business plan.  I’ve never met a successful business owner in any industry that did not have a written business plan.  Sure, there might be a few successful business owners out there without a business plan, but they are few and far in between.

I learned in the Army that failing to plan is planning to fail.  Whenever you want to accomplish ANYTHING you need a game-plan.  Even if you have to deviate from your plan in the future, the most important part of having a plan is the THINKING and PLANNING you put into it when you created it.

Business plans are no different.

Remember, your business plan is your road-map.  It will help keep you focused and on point.  It will show you where you want to go and how you will get there.

A business plan does not have to be long or overly complicated.  In fact, something short and sweet is much better than having a twenty or thirty page business plan that sits on the shelf and collects dust.  I like to keep my business plan to two pages or less because it keeps things simple and easy to understand.  One page is ideal.  

My goal today is to help you create your own business plan for your MLM Business. I’m going to go through the step-by-step process that I use to create my own business plans.  I encourage you to follow these steps and to use this as a template to create your own custom business plan.

Step # 1: Write Down Your Goals

Your first step to creating your own MLM Business Plan is to write down your five year, one year, six month, 90-day and one month goals.  These goals are the destinations you want to arrive at in the future.

Please keep in mind that your goals must be very specific. They should discuss how many people you want to sponsor, how big you want your team to be, what titles you want to achieve in your company and how much money you want to make.  Here is an example:

Five Year Goals: In five years from now (date) I will have a team of 2,000 distributors on auto-ship.  I will personally sponsor 200 people.  I will be an Emerald with my company and I will have an $8,000 per month residual check.

One Year Goals: In one year from now (date) I will have a team of 200 distributors on auto-ship. I will personally sponsor 40 people.  I will be a Platinum with my company and I will have a $1,000 per month residual check.

Six Month Goals: In six months from now (date) I will have a team of 100 distributors on auto-ship.  I will personally sponsor 20 people.  I will be a Ruby with my company and I will have a $400 per month residual check.

90 Day Goals: In three months from now (date) I will have a team of 50 distributors on auto-ship.  I will personally sponsor 10 people.  I will be a Sapphire with my company and I will have a $200 per month residual check.

One Month Goals: In one month from now (date) I will have a team of 15 distributors on auto-ship.  I will personally sponsor 10 people.  I will be a Onyx with company and I will have a $100 per month residual check.

These are just examples, but you can see how specific they are.  Please note how each one is a stepping stone for the next goal.  What I did was start with the big goal (five year goal) and then work backwards, identifying what I would need to do to get to my big goal.  I hope that makes sense.

Also, keep in mind that I wrote all of these goals in the PRESENT tense.  Make sure you do the same thing.

Step # 2: Develop Your Own Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Your USP is a short one to two sentence statement that clearly identifies what makes you different from the competition and why people should do business with you.  Here is an example USP.

My Unique Selling Proposition: What makes me different from my competition is that I educate other network marketers about the industry.  I don’t use hype or pressure.  I am always honest and my primary goal is to educate network marketers about how to be successful, to be an ambassador to the industry and to give our industry a good reputation.  Building my team is a byproduct of doing that.

Step # 3: Identify Your Overall Business Building Strategy

All businesses have some type of overall strategy.  Let’s face it, there are many ways to build a successful network marketing business.  Ideally, you need to identify what strategy makes sense to you and what you are good at.  You might want to build your business online.  You might want to build your business via home parties, trade shows, events, or one-on-one presentations. The strategy you choose is totally up to you.  Don’t think you have to use your upline’s system.  Here’s my strategy for building my MLM Business (as an example).

My Business Building Strategy: I build my MLM Business by blogging.  I will create a blog for other network marketers (my target market).  I will blog daily and provide value.  I will share my knowledge with others by writing educational blog posts.  My blog will build my email list and will also introduce people to my business opportunity.  My blog will also provide multiple streams of income.

Put some thought into your strategy.  At a minimum, you want a primary and alternate strategy. However, you don’t want to try and do too many things at once.

Step # 4: Your Action Plan

Other than your goals, this is the most important part of your business plan.  It’s where the rubber meets the road.  Your action plan will identify what you must do each month, each week and each day to grow your MLM Business.  Here is an example action plan.

Monthly

  • Publish at least 30 blog posts
  • Publish 10 videos on YouTube
  • Update my monthly goals on my business plan
  • Review the previous month’s performance to look for areas of improvement
  • Send out mailed and email newsletter
  • Offer a free contest to generate more leads
  • Do one guest blog post on someone else’s blog

Weekly

  • Send email broadcast message to my entire email list
  • Reach out to one other blogger about guest blogging opportunities
  • Send out my email weekly update every Sunday
  • Send out two training emails to my MLM Team
  • Do weekly training call

Daily

  • Publish one to two blog posts
  • Share post on Facebook fan page
  • Send out two to three friend requests on Facebook
  • Post three or four updates in my Facebook Group
  • Approve and reply to comments on my blog
  • Leave 2-3 comments on other MLM Blogs

What’s great about this action plan is that I can look at it every day and know exactly what I need to do to grow my network marketing business.  Best of all, I can do this in less than 90-minutes a day.  It helps keep me focused and on point, so I focus on the MOST important things to grow my business.

Putting It All Together

Once you finish these four steps you will have your own MLM Business Plan.  I HIGHLY encourage you to use the template I just provided and to keep things simple.

Please keep in mind that this is a living breathing document.  You should review it daily and update it once a month, at least to update your one month goals.  You should also print out your daily, weekly and monthly action plan and keep it by your computer, or in your day planner, so you can make sure you are being productive each day.

Whenever you don’t know what to do in your business, you should review your business plan to get back on track.  If you have your own team of distributors you should also do the same thing with them.  Help them create their own business plan so they can be focused and productive.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think about having a business plan for your MLM Business?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Special Offer

If you want help creating your own business plan, I will gladly do so for $75.  Basically, I would have a one hour phone conversation to get the information from you (by asking questions) and then I would type up your business plan and send the final draft to you.  Just contact me if you are interested in doing this.

 

Is MLM Easy Money?

Is MLM easy money?  Heck no!  Anyone who tells you that making money in ANY type of business is fast or easy is definitely lying to you.  Building a successful and profitable business of any type normally takes several YEARS of HARD WORK.  Just ask any entrepreneur!

Unfortunately, many folks are sponsored into the network marketing industry with FALSE expectations.  Either their sponsor hypes them up with promises of making big money quickly or tells them that building a business is easy and requires little work.  Or even worse, the prospect has a lottery mentality about the business.  In other words, they think that by “signing up” money will magically show up in their bank account every month.

These false expectations ALWAYS lead to disappointment and broken dreams.

I think network marketing is very simple, but it’s definitely not EASY.  Becoming successful and making the big bucks in network marketing will be very hard to do for most folks.  It takes someone with a strong work ethic, a big burning desire, and some great sales and people skills to succeed.  Most folks don’t have these skill-sets and aren’t willing to learn them.

However, I do believe that just about anyone could build a $200 to $500 per month part-time network marketing business, with some consistent work.  Anyone could find five to twenty customers over the period of three to nine months IF they had a good game plan.  And that extra money would improve the quality of life for a lot of people.

Is MLM Easy MoneyThe truth is, most businesses fail.  Depending upon who you ask, nine out of ten businesses fail in the first five years.  This includes traditional businesses, online businesses, retail stores, etc.

Network marketing is no different.  People rarely complain about the failure rates in these other industries, but they always make a big deal about it in MLM.  I don’t get how it’s any different.

To be quite frank with you, I personally don’t think most people fail in our industry. Instead, I think most people quit.  And they usually quit because they had unrealistic expectations or they weren’t willing to do the work.  Please don’t confuse the difference between failing and quitting.

Anyone who didn’t work their network marketing business consistently for at least two years did not fail.  They quit. You can’t quit something you haven’t started.  Never forget that.

Through the years, I’ve owned traditional businesses, online businesses and several network marketing businesses. None of the businesses were quick or easy money.  I don’t think such a thing exists, not legally anyway.  Every business I’ve ever owned took me at least a year to get profitable and running smoothly.  Some took even longer than that just to get profitable.

For most folks, MLM is probably NOT a good business opportunity for them.  I’d bet that nearly ninety percent of the people in our industry shouldn’t be an entrepreneur to begin with. Most of these folks do not have the capital, proper skill-set, or entrepreneurial mind-set to start and build a successful business.  I’m not knocking these folks.  It just takes a certain mind-set and skill-set to succeed as an entrepreneur in any business.

Most of the folks who enter our industry are either broke, unemployed, or desperate for work. Once again I’m not knocking these folks.  I’ve been all three of these things at some point in my life.  HOWEVER, being broke, unemployed or desperate for work does NOT make you a good candidate to start your own business.  If you fall into one of these categories you should really just get a job, or develop a little retail business with your MLM Company.

The bottom line is that MLM is NOT easy money.  No business is.  I still think it’s a great way for someone to create wealth and leverage and have their own business.  But, it takes a special person with unique talents and a big burning desire to make it to the top ranks.  What’s great is that you don’t have to have these skills when you join.  You just have to have the vision, the commitment and the discipline to develop them.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Building Your MLM Business Like an Affiliate Marketing Business

Today, I’m going to talk about treating your MLM Business like an affiliate marketing business.  I was sitting on the couch last night watching a Jet Li movie when the idea for this post came to my mind.  I know that this information will help someone, if they apply it.

You see, one of the biggest complaints in MLM is that people don’t want to bug their friends and family.  They don’t want to pressure their family and friends and they don’t want to strain their personal relationships.  I can totally understand that because I feel the same way.

Many folks ruin their personal relationships with their close friends and family once they get involved in MLM.  This happens because a lot of folks approach people the wrong way, and they pressure and annoy people.  As a result, they end up as part of the no friends left club.

I don’t want that to happen to YOU!

I have nothing against old school MLM.  I built my network marketing business that way for many years and I can assure you that it does work.  Many folks have built dynasties making their name list, working their warm market and by using the three foot rule.

I also know that many folks have failed using that strategy AND damaged their personal relationships at the same time.

I just know that “the old school” model of MLM is NOT for me.  I don’t like to sell face-to-face and I don’t want to pitch my friends and family about my business or products.  Maybe some of you can relate, maybe not.

That’s why I treat my network marketing business like an affiliate marketing business.  Affiliate marketing is the nothing more than getting paid to sell someone else’s product or service for a commission (just like MLM).  You can do this offline through direct mail or online. Most people do affiliate marketing online by recommending different products or services on their blog, or through email marketing.

I decided a long time ago that I didn’t want to bug, pressure, chase, sell or annoy anyone about a MLM Business or products.  Instead, I wanted people to buy from me because they wanted to buy the product or business opportunity.  I wanted people to approach me or just sign up in my business or buy my product without even talking to me.

As a result, I decided to pursue affiliate marketing as my primary business model.  I learned the affiliate marketing process by building my own websites, learning search engine optimization, learning how to blog, how to use email marketing and becoming an internet marketer.

I then applied those affiliate marketing concepts in my network marketing business.  And it has worked VERY well for me.

How I do recommend you build your network marketing business like an affiliate marketing business?

The first thing you have to do is build your own AUDIENCE of people who know you, like you and trust you and listen to your recommendations.  You have to pick a NICHE market and then you want to build a large audience of people in that niche market.  You have to become an expert and trusted leader in that niche.

This niche market could be people interested in business opportunities, people interested in your product line, other network marketers, or anyone else.  Ideally, you want a niche that you are knowledgeable about and passionate about and understand their challenges.

You could build your audience via Facebook fans, a large email list, a blog, a YouTube Channel or anything else.  Your audience is your list.

Your job with your audience is to educate them, help them solve their problems and provide value.  You do that by sharing information that will hep them.  Simply put, you are an expert in their eyes and you are their information provider on that specific topic.

As you build up your like, know and trust factor with your audience, you can recommend a variety of different products, services and opportunities that will INTEREST them.  And many folks in your audience will buy what you recommend.

Think about what I do with this blog for a minute.

I picked a niche of network marketers.

I provide them value by writing content every day.

I help educate them and solve their problems.

I don’t pressure, hype or hard sell anyone.

People know me, like me and trust me because I help them.

I recommend a variety of different products and services to help the people in my niche.

Some of these folks buy from me.  Some buy one product.  Others buy different products. Some folks buy everything.  Others buy nothing.

One of those products is my MLM Company. 

I make money whether they join my opportunity or not, because I have multiple streams of income (about 40).

In either case, I help them and I make money.  I don’t get rejected face-to-face.  I don’t strain any relationships.  I don’t pressure people.  Best of all, I have fun.

People come to me and buy what they want to buy because they WANT to buy, not because I try to sell them. 

This is how I build my affiliate marketing business and network marketing business.  It’s fun.  It gives me fulfillment.  No relationships are ruined or strained.  It makes me money.  Talk about a win-win.

Best of all, it’s a real business. I own an asset (my blog and audience).  It provides multiple streams of income and builds my MLM Team on auto-pilot at the same time.

If you’ve tried MLM the old school way, but don’t feel comfortable doing that, consider trying this approach.  Build your network marketing business like you would an affiliate marketing business.  You might get much better results.

magnetic sponsoringTo get started:

1.  Pick a niche you want to focus on

2.  Build your audience (with a blog, YouTube Channel or email list)

3.  Provide value so they know you, like you and trust you (build a relationship with them)

4.  Recommend a variety of products and services that might interest them (including your MLM Products and business opportunity)

5.  Generate multiple streams of income

That’s the five steps you need to follow to build your network marketing business like an affiliate marketing business.  I learned all of this information in the book “Magnetic Sponsoring.” This book changed my life and taught me this process.  I now use this process in ALL of my online businesses, not just my MLM Blog.  I even use it on my military website.  It works for me and makes me money.  It can do the same for you.  Learn more about Magnetic Sponsoring.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts about building your MLM Business like an affiliate marketing business.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Exclusive MLM Leads: What You Should Know

What is an exclusive MLM Lead? Personally, I define it as a lead that is exclusive to you. That means you aren’t sharing your lead with several other distributors. In most cases, it’s a lead that you generated yourself.

Let me start by telling you that most lead companies sell the same leads to at least five to ten different distributors, and sometimes to more than that. This means that you have many other network marketers calling the same leads that you are calling.  By the time you give the person a call, they have either already found an opportunity or they are tired of being harassed. This limits your chances of success with most purchased leads.

I always ask people “how do you like being called up by a stranger trying to sell you something?” Most people don’t like when it happens to them, but they do it other people.  That makes no sense to me.

On the other hand, when you learn how to generate your own leads, you don’t have to share your leads with anyone. You know which advertisement they responded to and what they are interested in.  You know the lead is responsive and fresh.

What are several different ways to generate your own exclusive MLM leads? You can:

  • Place ads in newspapers
  • Advertise online
  • Create a YouTube Channel
  • Start your own blog
  • Talk to people face to face
  • Have a home party
  • Set up at an event
  • And many more things!

You are only limited to your own creativity.  Your real key to success is to find a strategy that you are good at and that you feel comfortable doing.  There is no ONE right way to do it. Different strokes for different folks.

At the end of the day, your success in this industry will come down to your ability to get leads AND to convert those leads into customers and distributors.  Most of the top earners are AWESOME at generating leads, so they always have someone to share their products or business with.  And most people who fail in our industry fail because they don’t have anyone to share their products or business with.  Get the picture?

Learning how to generate leads is one of the best skills you can learn.  Once you master this skill you are in the driver’s seat.

Remember, not all leads are created equal.  What you want is high quality, targeted leads that you generate yourself.  Simply put, you want exclusive MLM leads.  Don’t waste your time and money buying leads from a lead company. In most cases, it is a complete waste of money.

What are your thoughts?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.