November 2014 Month in Review for My MLM Blog and MLM Business

Here is my month in review for November 2014 for my OnlineMLMCommunity.com blog and my MLM Business.  This is my second month of doing this.  I post this to stay accountable and show others the power of incremental growth.

My Business Goals for November 2014

Here were my business goals for November 2014.  I have them broken down into two categories: one for my blog and one for my MLM Business.

Blog:

  • Publish 22 new blog posts on this website
  • Add 300 comments to website
  • Finish recording and publish 6 new training CDs
  • Mail out newsletter on last day of each month

MLM Business:

  • Personally sponsor 6 people
  • Send out mailed newsletter
  • Train all new team members

My Daily Mode of Operation for Noveber 2014:

This is basically what I did each day to build my business in November (Monday through Friday).

  • Publish one new blog post daily (Monday thru Friday)
  • Revise one old blog post
  • Post 3-5 updates per day in my Facebook Mastermind Group
  • Send training email to list every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Follow up with new leads
  • Send out training newsletter in mail on last day of the month
  • Mail out two hand written notes per day
  • Read for 20 to 30 minutes daily
  • Exercise daily (5 days a week)

*** This takes me about 90 minutes to do per day!

Stats and Results for My MLM Blog and MLM Business November 2014

  • Total Visitors: 17,657 (previous month: 21,714)
  • Unique Visitors: 14,464 (previous month: 17,714)
  • Total Page Views: 26,061 (previous month: 32,698)
  • Visits Per Day: 588.6 (previous month: 700.5)
  • Unique Visitors Per Day: 482.1 (previous month: 571.4)
  • Page Views Per Day: 868.7 (previous month: 1054.8)
  • New MLM Boot Camp Leads: 234
  • New MLM Company Specific Leads: 49
  • New Weight Loss Leads: 12
  • New Requested free CD Leads: 17
  • Total New Leads: 312 (previous month: 453)
  • Published 26 blog posts
  • Added 215 blog comments
  • Published 12 podcasts
  • Personally sponsored 4 new distributors who placed an order (sponsored more than that, but not everyone ordered)

I hit all of my business goals for the month except two.  I wanted to personally sponsor 6 people, but I only personally sponsored 4 people (who placed an order).  In addition, I finished five of the six audio CDs, but didn’t have them published yet.

What I Did for Advertising in NOV 2014

Within MSN Ad Center I had one campaign and got 165 clicks for $6.01, at an average cost of four cents per click.

Personal Development in November 2014

Here are the books I read in November 2014:

I also did some mastermind calls with some of my mentors.  I was supposed to attend the MLM Mastermind Event in Orlando, but had something come up and couldn’t make it.

What’s Ahead for December 2014

December is going to be a great month.  I plan on launching my blogging course for network marketers.  I’ll keep growing my MLM Business and wrapping up the year with a big BANG!

Final Thoughts

In summary, November 2014 was a great month for my blog and network marketing business. I’m excited about finishing the year strong and reaching my yearly goals.  I learned a lot of good lessons this month that should help me propel my business forward in the months to come.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think about my results for the month?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Chuck’s MLM Weekly Wisdom # 15 – December 17, 2014

Chuck’s MLM Weekly Wisdom # 15 – December 17, 2014

Dear Network Marketer:

I hope you are happy, healthy and well.  Here is this week’s training.

# 1 How Long Have You Been In the Business? This is a question that a lot of people will ask you. Most people will respond by stating the number of months or years they have been in the business.  In reality, you’ve really only “been in” the business the amount of months that you have show at least 10 plans per month.  Look back over the duration of your business and calculate how many months you showed at least 10 plans personally.  If you’re like most people, the answer is zero.  You see, just because you are “in” something doesn’t mean you are serious and committed.  Just because you are “in” something doesn’t mean you will succeed.  Putting in time and “doing the work” are two totally different things.  My challenge for you in 2015 is to show 10 plans a month every month no matter what.  Do that and your business will grow.  It’s inevitable.  As i see it, you haven’t even started until you’ve shown at least 10 plans a month.

# 2 Discouragement – We live in a throw away society.  People throw away their marriage at the first sign of trouble.  People quit their New Year’s resolutions within a week or two.  People give up on diets in no time flat.  Things aren’t going the way someone wants so they give up and quit.  I think that is a big mistake.  Nothing worth accomplishing in life (even MLM) is fast or easy. Success is never a straight path.  Instead, it’s filled with a bunch of zigs and zags.  The sooner you realize that the better.  Discouragement is a normal part of life.  You can either let it bring you down or you can let it motivate you.  The choice is yours.  Everyone gets discouraged from time to time, even the top earners.  Nothing ever goes exactly as planned.  Embrace it. Accept it.  Let it be your motivation.  Remember to let your ACTIONS control your emotions, not let your emotions control your actions.

# 3 Your Business Hours – If you owned a traditional business such as a barber shop, retail store, antique store, storage units or ANY other business you would have set business hours. These are your hours of operations where you can connect with your customers and find new business.  If your “store” is never open, you won’t be in business very long.  How long would a restaurant survive if it was only open one hour per week?

People sign up for MLM, don’t spend any time on their business during the week, and then question that the business model doesn’t work.  To succeed in any business you need set business hours. These are business hours that you will work your business every single day no matter what. Even if it’s just thirty to sixty minutes per day, that’s fine.  Come up with something that works for you and stick with it. While you are working, focus on your money producing activities.

# 4 The Power of Your Dream – I read a quote online the other day and it really resonated with me.  It said, “if anybody can talk you out of your dream, let them, because you didn’t want it bad enough.”  Your dream is a powerful motivator, once you have taken the time to clearly define it. For instance, my dream is to semi-retire at the age of 43 and move to the Caribbean to be a fishing boat captain.  I want enough passive income from my blogs and MLM Business to provide me a comfortable lifestyle while I do that.  My dream is very important to me and it keeps me focused and motivated each day.  Take some time to identify your dream.  It’s time well spent.

# 5 Problems with Building Your Business Online – There are SO MANY problems with trying to build your MLM Business online.  Starting in 2015 I’m taking my business offline.  I just believe that it’s easier and much more effective to do that.  People run to the internet because they don’t want to talk to people (or they are afraid to do so).  They think a website, email or capture page can replace the personal touch.  After doing it five years online I can tell you that it doesn’t work as well.

Study any 100 top earners and you will find at least 98 out of those 100 people build their business offline.  This is a relationship business.  And it’s hard to build a good relationship with other people strictly online.  Easy come, easy go.  That is what I’ve realized.  People might be easy to sign up online, but they quit just as fast as they joined, so you have a revolving door in your business.   There are so many shiny objects online and the internet really attracts a lot of lazy people who don’t want to put in the work.  If you aren’t willing to do some belly to belly marketing, this probably isn’t the right industry for you to do.

# 6 The Little Money in MLM – Very few people ever talk about this, but hear me out for a minute.  Instead of wanting to make millions, or a high six figures right away, why not set your goal to make an extra $500 to $1000 per month with your business, and then use that money to build your wealth?  Lots of people earn this amount each month in our industry.  In fact, you could probably get to this level with 10 personal customers and a small team of 10-20 people. This is a very doable goal to accomplish in a 12 month time-frame, if you have a game plan.  I understand the big money is lucrative and exciting, but you have to start out with baby steps. You will never make the big money until you make the little money.  For most people, even an extra $500 per month would really improve their quality of life.

# 7 The Truth About Owning a Business – Owning a successful and profitable business of any kind is hard work.  Just ask any small business owner!  It takes discipline.  It takes focus.  It takes lots of work.  It definitely isn’t for everyone.  I don’t think MLM is easy, but I do know that it’s a lot easier than having a traditional business with employees, a large overhead, costly inventory, and a lease.  Network marketing really is the ideal business IF you want to own your own business, and you want the leverage and time freedom that it can offer.

# 8 My Challenge for You – My challenge for you is to go out and find 10 new customers before you try to sponsor any more distributors.  Come up with a game plan to find 1-2 customers per week for the next two months.  This will give you immediate profit in your business.  It will also help build your belief in the business.  Many of the same folks who tell you NO to your business opportunity would gladly try out your products if you offered them to them.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s training.  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Best Regards,

Chuck Holmes

(352) 503-4816

 

Getting Google MLM Leads

Today, I want to do a short article about getting Google MLM Leads.  Google is the world’s most popular online search engine.  There are more than 3.5 BILLION searches done on Google every single day (as of 2014).

As a result, lots of network marketers are looking for ways to leverage Google to get more leads for their network marketing business.  In the paragraphs below, I will share three different ways that you can do that.

# 1 Google Ad Words – This is a pay per click program that Google offers where you can create an ad, bid on certain key words, and send traffic to your website.  Whenever someone does a search for the keyword you selected, your ad will show up on the first page of Google, right along with the organic search results (if you bid high enough).

Google is very “picky” when it comes to MLM, so there is a good chance your ad will not get approved.  It also can be very costly if you don’t know what you are doing.  I recommend that you create an ad to give away something for free, such as a free sample, a free book, free report, video training series, or something else.  Use a two-step selling process.  Whatever you do, don’t lead with your business opportunity.

Of all of the ways to get Google MLM Leads, this method is the fastest, but typically the most expensive.

# 2 YouTube – YouTube is owned by Google.  YouTube videos typically rank high in the Google search results, much higher than text.  You can make videos to promote your business or products and have them rank in the search engines.  When people are searching for the keywords that you created your videos about, they can find your video in the search results. Assuming they like the information you provided in your video, some of these folks will become leads.

If you plan on creating videos I suggest you do the following things.  First of all, pick a target market of people you want to focus on.  Next, find five to ten keywords (minimum) that would interest people in your target market and create a few videos geared around those keywords.

When you make videos your primary goal should to either educate or entertain people.  Don’t make your video one big sales pitch.  Instead, find ways to “teach” what you know.  For instance, if you are an Herbalife distributor focusing on weight loss products, you could create videos around weight loss tips, or how to lose weight, or best weight loss shakes.  Your key is to be creative and make LOTS of videos (hundreds).  Read my post about YouTube to learn more about this topic.

# 3 Blogging – Blogging is another way to get Google MLM Leads.  Blogging is how I build my business.  You can set up a blog like mine and create lots of high quality, unique content that ranks high in the search engines. When people find your content in the search results, they can visit your website and some of these folks will become leads in your business.

If you’re going to create your own blog, I suggest you pick a topic other than network marketing. Instead, create a blog around your product line.  For instance, if you sell energy drinks, create a blog about having more energy or do energy drink reviews.

Blogging is a LONG TERM approach to generating leads.  Don’t expect to see much for results for minimum one or two years.  Try to blog at least several times per week and make sure that your content is really high quality and unique.  Read more about how to build your business by blogging.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are the three different ways to get Google MLM Leads.  If you know about a different method of generating leads via Google, please leave a comment below and share it with the rest of our online community.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks.

Dealing with an Un-Supportive Spouse in Network Marketing

One common issue I see in network marketing is new distributors having an un-supportive spouse.  Usually, one of the two spouses is very excited about the business and the other one is completely turned off and/or skeptical.  It’s very rare that both partners are pumped up and excited.

Sometimes, one spouse will do almost ANYTHING to keep the person from joining (or staying in the business).  I’ve even heard people threaten to leave their spouse if they join a MLM Company!  It’s crazy and true.

Other spouses will do little things to “chip away” at their spouse in hopes of getting them to quit and return to their “normal” life.  They will say negative things, talk down the business, not give their spouse time to work the business, say they hate the products, constantly nag, use the kids as an excuse, or countless other things.

To be quite frank with you, I’ve found that if the wife is excited about the business or products, the couple almost always joins the business.  However, if the wife is the negative one, the husband almost never joins!  Therefore, if you can win the woman over, there is almost a 100% chance the couple will do the business.

And if you can get both partners excited, there is a high likelihood they will do very well with the business!

At the end of the day, having a negative spouse will make it VERY hard for you to be successful in your network marketing business (or anything else in life).  It’s like trying to lose weight, but having a spouse that keeps bringing fast food home, buys unhealthy groceries, cooks unhealthy meals, temps you with sweets, and does things to get you off course and return to your old ways.

Ultimately, you have to decide how important the business is to you and how important your “relationship” is.  I’m not telling you to pick one over the other.  But, if doing the business is important to you, you and your spouse will need to have some tough conversations.  I personally believe a spouse should be supportive of your hopes and dreams and business ventures.  But, I know it doesn’t always work out that way.

I also realize that every relationship is unique.  For example, some people have been in five or ten different MLM Companies and never made money, so their spouse is naturally skeptical.  I also know that some spouses are control freaks.  They want to control everything their spouse does or doesn’t do.  And some spouses are worried that you will squander away the family budget, because of your poor financial decisions.  Finally, some spouses really dislike, or simply don’t understand the network marketing industry.

Once again, I’m not telling you to divorce your spouse (or leave them) just because they are un-supportive.  But, if your business is really important to you, you should ask them to at least do the following things:

  • Give you a two year probationary period to work the business
  • Use the products
  • Stop nagging, undermining you and saying negative things
  • At least be neutral

Furthermore, I’ve also found that the greatest way to win over an un-supportive spouse is to build it big and make lots of money with your network marketing business.  Make $5k, $10k or more per month and I can almost guarantee that your spouse will come around.  Trust me, they will want to spend some of that money!

And if they don’t keep the money for yourself!

At the end of the day, it’s your life to live.  Decide what is important to you, make a decision and press forward.  I know I would personally never marry or live with someone who told me what I could or couldn’t do.

What are your thoughts? What do you teach your new team members to do if they have an un-supportive spouse?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

How to Run Contests with Your MLM Team

Today, I want to take a few moments and talk about running contests with your MLM Team. I am personally a big believer that contests are a great way to spark up a little friendly competition in your team and create some momentum and growth in your team.

If you’re thinking about having a contest of your own there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. I’ve done several contests of my own during the past 12 years and I’ve also participated in several MLM Team Contests that others were doing.  What I want to do in the paragraphs below is share some of the things I recommend you do and don’t do with your contests.

First and foremost, if you’re going to have a contest for your MLM Team, make it so there can be more than one winner.  Rather than having a contest to see who can sponsor the most amount of people in one month, for example, have a contest where anyone who sponsors three people in one month (as an example) wins a prize.  Reward everyone who meets the criteria and by all means give an additional award for the person who personally sponsors the most amount of people.

Another helpful tip when it comes to running contests is to make it attainable.  You don’t want your contest so far fetched that no one will qualify.  Stretch people a little bit out of their comfort zone, but remember that most of your team is part-time!  Set goals that are attainable for part-timers.

Furthermore, if you plan on running contests with your MLM Team you should have a weekly call where everyone can call in and share their excitement with others.  This is a great way to create huge excitement in your team.  People can listen to what others are doing and learn from them, and share their excitement.

I’ve also found that a one month time frame is a great time frame for a contest.  You don’t want to make the contest too short or too long.

One thing not to do is have a contest based on personal volume.  You don’t want your team going into debt or spending more than they can afford just to qualify to win.  If you’re going to have a volume goal, have a retailing goal for your contest.

Another idea for contests with your MLM Team is to make the contest based around a money producing activity.  For example, you could have a contest for showing a certain amount of plans, prospecting a certain amount of people, helping downline team members sponsor more a certain amount of people, number of home parties conducted, or setting up a certain amount of appointments.  All of these activities will lead to growth in your team.

Another tip is not to have a contest every single month.  Do one every 90 days.  Make it special, but don’t do it so often that your team members lose interest and don’t want to participate.

My final tip for running contests with your MLM Team is to make sure that you recognize and reward everyone.  Reward everyone who met the criteria and recognize EVERYONE who participated in the contest.  Get everyone together for an event and have some fun.  Have a BBQ or potluck dinner where everyone can socialize and celebrate with each other.  This is a great way to boost morale.

The bottom line is that contests are a great way to create rapid growth in your MLM Team. Most sales organizations in most businesses use contests to keep their sales force motivated and productive.  You can do the same thing with your MLM Team.  Get creative with prizes.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money on something for it to be an effective prize.

Good prizes could include a gift card, a cash prize, putting a few new distributors on that person’s team for them, a special weekend at your house with the winners, a dinner at a fine restaurant, a trip to the spa, free products, or anything else.  If you don’t know what to have for a prize, ask a few team members what they think a good prize might be!

What are your thoughts?  If you’ve run contests with your MLM Team before, what worked well for you?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.