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SFI Update | SFI Review | SFI Affiliate Reviews – December 2014

Morning Peeps,

Wanted to do a bit of review of the SFI Home Business Opportunity, which incorporates the TripleClicks Auction Site.  I’m still new in this business but I have been online for about 5 years, so I’m not new to marketing on the internet.

I think this is a brilliant business, because it is so intuitive and teaches anyone how to build a big home business working from home, which is what we are all looking for.  It doesn’t seem to take too much time, I spend probably an hour or two per day, but it is important to make sure you log in everyday and DO SOMETHING!  It’s definitely not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, it’s a get paid slowly business, but you will get paid if you follow the system.  You have to do it though.  If you can’t be bothered, just don’t bother :-)

 

SFI Update | SFI Review | SFI Affiliate Reviews – December 2014 

Interesting huh?

I can honestly say I have not seen another business which is SO set up to help you succeed.   They show you exactly what you should be doing each day.  They point you constantly in the direction of clicking those red buttons daily, with the result that you learn all about SFI, bit by bit, without overwhelm.

And if you do feel overwhelmed, they point you immediately to a button on the dashboard that says ‘SFI BASICS’, so that you can review the very basic things you need to be doing.

You are automatically entered into a competition on the day you join and I am now in the 5th round of the Entrepreneur 365 Challenge, which has so far given me lots of extra VersaPoints, Member Rewards Points and extra entries into the Daily Grand Drawing!  And you know what points make don’t you?   Yes, Prizes :-)

VersaPoints are what we all need to earn in order to eventually get paid.  There are action VersaPoints and there are sales VersaPoints and I have easily managed to reach Bronze Team Leader by gaining VersaPoints on a daily basis.  As I have said several times, it all starts with logging in daily and clicking on those red buttons, and reading as much as you have time for!

Anyway that’s it for now, I’m off to do some marketing!

See you soon

Sue

Sue Collier

 

 

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SFI ~ Strong Future International~ Why I Joined SFI ~ Does SFI Work?

A few days ago I joined SFI as it was recommended by someone I respect online and as I was in need of a bit of a change online.  I went in with an open mind and have been very impressed with what I found so far.

SFI ~ Strong Future International~ Why I Joined SFI ~ Does SFI Work? 

SFI has been going for 17 years!  Seventeen years – how amazing is that for an internet business.  SFI is an international home business which could work for anyone.  All the training you need is available and you are almost driven forwards to building a business, learning as you go.  It involves reading the information given to you everyday and just learning bit by bit how to grow a business and eventually build a huge team.

I knew lots of people were advertising SFI everyday, but never realized why.

Well the answer is obvious; people get really good results with it.

Of course, like anything else on the internet, you do have to put the effort in. 

I have a great way to advertise, passed on once again by the person who recommended SFI, Joseph Freyaldoven, who I have been covertly watching grow from an amateur to a professional marketer.  I am now following in his footsteps (why re-invent the wheel) to success online.  So I will be doing videos to show you all the system I use for advertising which is amazing value for lots and lots of advertising!

Anyway, that’s it for now, watch my video and click the link below to join.

Did I mention it is free to join and has no upsells whatsoever?  But if you have a few spare dollars you can advance much more quickly!

See you soon

 Sue Collier

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 SFI ~ Strong Future International~ Why I Joined SFI ~ Does SFI Work? 

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90 Day Video Challenge (Day 1) – Taking Massive Action

So today is the first day of my 90 day video challenge, with the intention of taking my business to the next level. This is my first quick video and my second, screen-cast-o-matic video is ready to be published, so I’m off to a flying start.

90 Day Video Challenge (Day 1) – Taking Massive Action

If you’ve never used screen-cast-o-matic, it’s a free software that you often don’t even have to download – I had to, but that’s marketing on the internet :-)  You can record your screen easily, with an adjustable window and you can pay £15 for a year for some extra benefits, but the free version is fantastic.

I’ve only used it a couple of times but I found it very easy.  Just like anything on the internet, once you’ve done it a few times it makes more sense.  It definitely makes easy videos for those days when you haven’t washed your hair or you have a huge cold sore :-)

I’ve just recently bought a new laptop because my old one had a scratched lens in the webcam, so I was unable to make videos with it.  This video is the first one using my new webcam, which is another first for me as I’ve been using my trusty camera for the last few years.  

So now I’ll use my camera for any outdoor videos, the webcam for indoor, screen-cast-o-matic when I’m feeling dowdy and I also think I can do the screencast ones with a little video of me (via webcam) on the screen too.  Not tried that one yet, but I’m sure whilst I’m doing my 90 day video challenge, I’ll be trying that out.  I will probably also be upgrading my Screen-cast-o-matic account for the extra benefits.

I’m really enjoying video marketing and have made it my main marketing method (obviously, I’m doing a 90 day video challenge lol), but I really wish I had stuck with video marketing right from the start of my work at home efforts, because when you study just one subject, you get better and better at it.

90 day video challenge

90 Day Video Challenge (Day 1) – Taking Massive Action

So, the video is done, but the work is only just started.  I’m sure you know that just popping videos onto your YouTube channel is not the end of the story.

To start with I will be pinging my videos, so that the search engines know they are there.  Then I will be posting them on social sites to get back links, using Onlywire Social Bookmarking service.  

And of course I need some comments, so I will be commenting on other people’s videos, so that they watch, comment and like my videos!

Hopefully after that, my videos will begin to rank at least on YouTube, if not on the search engines!

So, have you ever thought about doing or actually done a 90 day video challenge?  Do you think it is a good idea to get you taking massive action in your business?  Please tell me how you get on in the comments section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Warmly

Sue Collier

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How Do Blogs Make Money?

How Do Blogs Make Money

Well I guess you’re here to get an answer to the question: How do blogs make money?  Well let me just point out right upfront that tons of blogs do NOT make money!  

But then tons of blogs DO make money :-)

 There will always be people who like the sound of making a blog, look into it and decide to give it a go.  A high percentage of these people will spend untold hours toiling over which blogging platform to use, how to set it up, what content to use, where to get images from, whether to start making videos and dozens more problems. 

Their major realization will come when they only get a handful of visitors to their shiny new blog; it’s like an island in the middle of a vast ocean!

Sorry folks, setting your blog up is the easy bit :-(

Getting visitors to come to your amazing new blog, and then actually making money from them is a whole other level!

So, we’re back to the same old question:

How do blogs make money?

Well presuming you can get some traffic to come to your blog (and we’ll work on that later), there are lots of ways to make money from them.

1)  You can sell your own products

Of course not everyone will want to make their own products, but selling your own products on your blog can be a big moneymaker.  Even a short report in pdf form can make you some regular money.

2)  You can sell other people’s products

This is known as affiliate marketing.  You find a product in your niche  and sign up as an affiliate so that you can promote their products on your blog.  This can be with a banner, with blogging or reviewing the product on your blog.  Amazon or ClickBank are popular choice for affiliate marketers.

3)  You can join a Network Marketing company

If you are a Network Marketer a blog is a great idea!  You can blog about your company and your product line.  You could attract people into your business by helping them set up their own blog and giving them ideas for marketing.  You could do blog posts on a different product each week, highlighting its benefits and hopefully making money that way.

4)  You can become a retailer

You could set up your own shop or business (or perhaps you already have one).  Setting up a blog would certainly drive sales and you could let customers know via your blog about any special offers  or sales you have going on, or highlight particular products.

How Do Blogs Make Money?

 

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How Do Blogs Make Money?

So now you can see that there are lots of ways to monetize a blog.  But of course without traffic, no-one will ever visit your site!

There are so many different ways to get traffic to your website, it would be impossible for me to list all of them for your now, so this is just a few starter ideas for you.

#1  Join a Tribe and get your content syndicated.  With most tribes, you read, comment and ‘like’ other people’s articles and videos, and they return the favour. These can work very well and soon get some traffic going to your site as your content is shared around the internet.

#2  Share every post you make on as many social media sites as you can.

#3  Share all your posts on as many bookmarking sites as you can.  Later on you can automate some of this.

#4   Make sure your posts have good ‘on page’ SEO so they can be found easily by the search engines….(free traffic!)

 #5  Post regularly!  If you only do the occasional post, Google will pretty much ignore you.  If you do regular, good quality posts, Google will rank you higher.

That should kick-start traffic to your blog, but you need to take into consideration, no scrub that, you need to get into the MINDSET,  that blogging is a long-term strategy – you need to be building up your blog constantly for at least 90 days before you will see results.

Whaaaat??  Yes really!

And I mean proper, solid, hard work; not just an hour here and there!  Do you want success?  Then you need to put in the work!

Whilst you are building up that traffic to your blog, you must get some other type of marketing going on, preferably paid marketing.

The success or failure of your blog is never down to luck;

 Unless it’s L-U-C-K as in Labour Under Correct Knowledge!  

If you labour under correct knowledge, your blog should succeed and you will know the answer to the question – How Do Blogs Make Money?!!

 So how do you make money with your blog?  Please leave me your comments and let me know how you get results with your blogging.

 

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Email Marketing – Love or Hate?

Do you Love Email Marketing?  Or Do You Hate It?

Email Marketing – Some of us love it, some of us hate it, but whichever you are, you need to realise that Email Marketing is probably the biggest money-maker on the internet.

 

Email Marketing – Love or Hate?

People hate it because they join a guru’s list and immediately they are bombarded with emails, offering one product after the other, or pushing them to get involved with a business and often with little or no help or advice.

I totally understand how people get cheesed off with these type of emails.

Some people will always market this way, because some people WILL buy everything they are offered!  Hell, look at me – 5 years online and I still love to investigate Big Shiny Buttons!

Plus so many marketers say “You must email your list everyday – maybe even twice!!”

Well again, as a marketer – I understand this point of view too (what me, sitting on the fence, never lol :-)

You see as a marketer, I’ve come online to make money like every other marketer (whatever they might say) and if emailing everyday makes me money…..!

But what I feel is the absolute best way to use email marketing (Because I’m not a guru and because I’m not the type of person to push anyone into something they may regret) is to use email marketing as a tool to get people who join your list to know and like you, so that eventually they trust you to only offer products and services that will help them to succeed with their business.   

So to my mind, 80% of your email marketing should be offering free trainings, helpful blog posts, webinars; indeed anything that is a valuable resource to help them build THEIR business.

The other 20% can be invitations to join you in business or a recommendation of a product or service that you are already using, that helps you in your business.

To me email marketing,whether you love it or hate it, is a chance for your list to get to know who you are as a person, your story, where you live and what you love etc.  Because some people on your list will be inspired by your story and those who are not will unsubscribe to find someone who resonates better to them.

Which is fine!  Never feel bad when someone unsubscribes because everyone is attracted to different people (noooo, not like that; what are you like!)

Personally, I’m not keen on young ladies with high-pitched squeaky voices!  I can’t watch their video’s so I don’t want to be on their lists, but it is not personal!

Email Marketing – Love or Hate?

email marketing love or hate

Plus it could be other marketers checking out your email list!  It could even be me, because I love to see how other people market and I often get on a list for that very reason :-)

The problem for so many marketers though is that it’s just so difficult to come up with follow-up emails to keep your list interested.

I know that is my biggest problem, but it’s something I’m working on consistently to improve.

In fact I am working on a new batch of follow-up emails right now to try to connect better with the people on my list.  I’m trying to let them see me as a real person, just be being myself and seeing my problems as well as my successes.

And I know what I want from an email – a great headline that makes me want to open it or intrigues me; special offers, inspiration, education and every so often one that just plain makes me laugh :-)

So do you love or hate Email Marketing?  What problems do you have with it?  Please leave your comments below, especially if you believe you are good at email marketing!

Til next time

Sue Collier

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Are You An Internet Marketer?  Should You Still Be Using Backlinks As A Marketing Strategy?

 

 Is It The End For Backlinks As An Internet Marketing Strategy?

I have recently been researching SEO techniques and how to rank in Google and what Google actually wants from us in the form of articles and videos.  Although I believe Google is taking far less interest in backlinks as an Internet Marketing Strategy, I still feel they want to see some, naturally building backlinks to our content.

Too many, just like too few or none at all, can definitely go against your ranking.

I would say Google now is more interested in ‘Social Signals’  rather than backlinks.  (Though of course comments are a type of backlink).

Social signals are ‘likes’, retweets, plus ones, comments etc and as such I believe we will see (and in fact are already seeing) a resurgence of tribes and team members creating groups to syndicate each other’s blog posts and videos.

Several years ago, I was in a great tribe and we syndicated each other’s work religiously.  However, I hadn’t been online long at the time and just didn’t realise the importance of syndication and how much traffic my blog was getting directly from it!

In fact, looking back I would say this is possibly how close I was to succeeding in the business I was promoting at the time when I gave up syndicating.

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

When I remember how high my blog was ranked and how my visitors per day were increasing, it really makes me angry with myself!  I have already got involved with a couple of syndication groups and will certainly be spending some quality time syndicating other people’s content.  I had forgotten how much you can learn from other bloggers in your niche, without taking into account all those lovely comments, shares and likes:-)

So, I for one am very pleased that Google wants Social Signals instead of people chucking hundreds of backlinks at their work.

Social is much more fun :-)

While I’m on the subject of syndication (yes, I may have gone slightly off track, but I do feel it is related) another great way to get your content syndicated is at http://www.iboexchange.com where you build up points by ‘liking’ other people’s Facebook Pages, adding them on Twitter and pinning them on Pinterest.  Then you can add your own pages to build your social signals.  

Iboexchange goes quite slowly at the moment, though I do feel this seems more natural, which is always good.  Once you sign up you also get regular coupons for free bonus points and if you log in each day you can get some extra, which is all good.

I think when you search for something in Google (and the other Search Engines), you want to find information about your chosen subject that helps you make an informed decision about whether or not you wish to buy or get involved with it.  

Not a load of badly written mumbo-jumbo stuffed with hundreds of keywords that make no sense!

And that is exactly what I believe what Google wants to see – Authority Sites, full of good content, well written, with lots of social signals.  And lots of pictures, relevant videos and infographics seem to go down well too!

I’m beginning to love the ‘science’ of SEO, ranking in Google, and watching how Google is evolving and changing over the years.  Probably not something that most marketers would agree with!

In many ways, I wish I had specialised in just that, SEO, right from the beginning of my internet marketing journey.

Anyway enough for now!  Do you use backlinks as an internet marketing strategy?  Do you believe they are dead and if so what are you doing instead?  Please let me know in the comments!

And I love to share!!

Til next time

Sue Collier

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Work At Home Success: 3 Rules You Must Follow

 Work At Home Success: 3 Rules You Must Follow

Whaaat?  You don’t know the three rules for Work at Home Success??

TeeHee!

Well here you go, ready?

No 1 is Focus

No 2 is Focus.…….and have you guessed it?

Yes, No 3 is Focus!!

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Simple Huh?

But, it’s soooo difficult!

You see even after 5 years online, I still get distracted by OPE and BSB!

What are they?

Well OPE  stands for Other People’s Emails and BSB stands for Bright Shiny Buttons :-)

1)  Other People’s Emails

You see my problem is that I want to know what everyone else is doing online – and although that’s healthy in that I can keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the industry – it also stops me from doing my everyday tasks to market and build my business.

So my decision is that I’m still going to keep an eye on other people, but for now I’m going to opt-out of Other People’s Emails!  

I’m really going to clean up my inbox(es), so that I’m not tempted to spend all day reading emails and clicking on links.

I’m going to FOCUS on my Work At Home Success!

2)  Bright Shiny Buttons

Which leads me quite nicely to those Big or Bright Shiny Buttons!

Because I read OPE’s, I click on their links to see where they go, then I see their Bright Shiny Buttons and I want to know how their funnel works; what capture page they are using, what page it leads to, what business they’re promoting, how good their emails are and on and on and on.

But it stops me from FOCUSING!

So I’m cutting out the OPE’s and the BSB’s:-)

I’m going to focus only on IPA’s for the next few months and just plain old ignore those OPE’s and BSB’s.

Of course, I’m definitely going to read my emails (the few that will be left when I’ve opted-out of everything but the most important ones: team updates, mentors, business etc.  But I will be reading them later in the day, after I’ve done my IPA’s for my work at home business.

Oh no, not another one?

Yep, this is the important one – Income Producing Activities!

By this I mean any or all of these (and probably more I’ve forgotten for now):-

  • Buying paid traffic (don’t forget to track it so you know it converts)
  • Writing articles
  • Doing videos
  • Syndicating your content
  • Syndicating other people’s content (join a group if you’re not already doing this)
  • *****Email Your List******   –  This one comes with lots of stars next to it; it’s that important!

I am definitely going to be doing some posts on email marketing, because how many people do you know just like me who can’t stop reading Other People’s Emails?  So clearly e-mail marketing is HUGE and believe me, lots of people (even some people who I used to think were ‘guru types’ are not doing great email marketing!

So, are you looking for work at home success and if you are, how do you keep that focus?  Please leave me a comment below – I always need extra ideas, especially now I’m giving up OPE’s!

Warmly

Sue Collier

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Does Your Optimism Wear Heavy Boots?

“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”
Henry Rollins


does your optimism wear heavy boots?

As soon as I read that quote I recognised that my optimism was like that

Not sure where it came from; think I’ve always been optimistic, but I have to suppose that it was instilled in me by my Mother, Joyce. 

When I remember her, I do imagine someone optimistic and generally happy, so I presume that’s where my optimism comes from.

I didn’t recognise it as optimism at first. 

Not really until I worked at a local supermarket with a lady called Margaret.  After working with her for a  few months (mainly just the two of us together), she told me she really liked working with me as I always looked on the bright side. 

She said the girl who did my job before me was constantly pessimistic. 

She was never happy with anything and always put a downward spin on anything that happened in life. 

Margaret said that she made her feel worse about everything, whereas I made her feel better and cheered her up. 

Amazing!  I didn’t realise I had such power!  Made me feel pretty good, I admit.

So my question to you is – are you optimistic? 

To be honest I think if you are not optimistic, you probably wouldn’t be here online looking for a way to make money, because you wouldn’t believe it was possible :-)  

So you must be at least a little optimistic. 

Scepticism I understand; you need the facts and figures before you can believe what is possible, but pessimism is a sure-fire way to failure online and in most other parts of life.

If every time some little thing goes wrong in your life,  you moan and groan, telling everyone around you that life’s not fair, then I would class you as pessimistic and you really need to think about what you’re doing. 

People don’t like to be around miserable people.  We all have bad times in our lives, but we don’t all share our unhappiness with everyone we meet and make them grumpy too!

There IS almost always a good side to every bad thing that happens! 

You may not be able to see it immediately but it is there.  Silver Linings and all that! 

So start smiling :-) today and decide that from now on you will always try to put an optimistic spin on things! 

We’re only here on earth for a short while and we need to enjoy it.

So – is your optimism wearing heavy boots today?  Is it loud??

Sue Collier

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A few weeks ago I spent some time at a lovely campsite overlooking the sea and the weather was lovely (I mention this because it’s quite unusual for us in England to have lovely weather!)  I spent some considerable time just sitting staring at the waves crashing on the rocks or sometimes just quietly lapping on the shore.

The thing I realised was that the tide will come in and go out everyday, whatever is in its way, whatever the weather, whatever else is happening in the world.  It is unstoppable!!  Exactly the quality that you need to build a Network Marketing business!  The sea doesn’t care how many barriers you put in front of it.  It doesn’t care if we build sea walls and sea defences; it will still come in everyday!  And this is what you need to do to build an amazing Network Marketing business.

So be unstoppable in your business.  Ignore the people who tell you it can’t be done (even if it is your family and friends!); you know it CAN be done!  Go around all the obstacles that you will find on your way, or if that doesn’t work, go over them!  And when you are having a bad day, simply give yourself an hour or two off and go out and have fun.  Treat yourself. Take the dog for a walk, get some fresh air; go somewhere you have never been before.  Then get back on the horse (!) and ride away to success.  Don’t allow anyone or anything to stand in the way of your success.

Because just like the sea, you can be unstoppable. You need to be focused, determined and consistent.  Make a detailed plan of what you want to achieve each day and follow it as closely as you can.  Realise that a Home Business takes consistent action for maybe a year or even two before you will see results.  Of course, your life will get in the way; that’s a given!  Just don’t let it get you down.  Understand that stuff happens.  Just totally focus on what you want to achieve and get your head down and keep working.

Keep your dreams alive and right there in front of you, and you will be unstoppable!

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