Is Multi Level Marketing a Scam?

If you are reading this post, this probably means that you have recently started or are looking to start working on Network Marketing or Marketing Level Marketing / MLM.

This post should be used as a guide that will help you answer some of your questions and also help you make a sound decision if Network Marketing industry is for you.

There are positive and negative points when working on MLM, I shall refer to Network Marketing as MLM from now on.

The MLM industry is one of the fastest growing in the world and can give people the flexibility and income to make you successful without the fear to run your own business or to lose your job. It is all about you and your hunger to be successful.

There are plenty of MLM’s companies to choose for and some of them are very well known. The easiest way to understand a MLM concept is to think like when you join Cosco, Markro or Wallmart. You pay a subscription fee to be able to buy products based on wholesale prices, giving you the opportunity to gain X percentage when selling it direct to customer.

With MLM you should not have to pay any fee to join in or to have to purchase too much stock to start up your business. We will cover it in more details on “All MLM companies are Pyramid Schemes”?

MLM gives you the opportunity to sponsor new people / partners to be part of business. The more people, the greater your business will generate more sales and therefore generate greater income to you and the people working in your business.

You can work with one or more MLM company; it is really up to you, although a piece of advice: the bigger your organisation, you will need to give your sideliners / downliners more time. The key here is researching about the right company and hopefully choose the one that fits your needs and dreams.

I have been working with network marketing for about eight months and I am working hard to generate all the leads and buzz necessary for a successful business. I am not sure about you but most of the reviews, links or videos that you find online are not that helpful at all. They are only trying to get more people to join their business rather than give us newbies any sort of guidance. They are all successful and they all know the secrets that will make your business grow very fast. They will only uncover it, if you enter your email or mobile number so they can bombard you with spams.

The road is long in MLM but again it is you that will make your business successful not your line manager or post like mine. We have to learn to become professionals. These 6 figures salaries stories that you hear and see, although true but not easy to achieve, these people have been in MLM for 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years and have become professionals and  successful.

The cons to join MLM

 Let’s talk about the negative points first so if after going through them you are still interested in joining your sponsor’s or recruiter’s organisation, you will have the tools to make the decision by yourself and nobody else.

First very negative point that you will find out there is the constantly association MLM has with Pyramid schemes, this will undoubtedly be the main barrier for you to climb. The association is very unfortunate as the two things are very different indeed but there are similarities.

Pyramid schemes and MLM have similarities but totally different when you drill deeper. Pyramid schemes are ILLEGAL in most western countries and hopefully the more hard working people joining MLM we shall see less associations to Pyramid schemes.

To identify a pyramid scheme there two areas that you need to be aware of:

First any company changing a new member and pays an amount to the person that has introduced you to the business.

Second a request to purchase a great number of product or service to start your business.

In Pyramid schemes there is a rush to add new members. The scheme always breaks by running out of people, when that happens the fraud is discovered. On pyramid scheme only the people at the top generate great income leaving the people at the bottom to pick up the pieces. Check below a very recently pyramid scheme:

http://www.theday.com/article/20130303/BIZ/303039957/1044

A proper MLM concept should have a sort of upside down pyramid, meaning that everyone that starts at the bottom has the opportunity to reach the top. The more people the better your business, your sideliners / down liners, depending on how your MLM describes your peers. The secret here is to educate the new member on how to be successful. The reason 90% of new members drop out of MLM or have a bad experience is due to the lack of education on how to be successful in MLM.

If you have a line manager or sponsor and you think he or she is not the right person, I can only say bad luck and you should move on. There are two ways to get out it.

1-Learn more about MLM. Buy book covering this topic online. I have purchased some very good books so check them out:

“The 45 seconds presentation by Don Failla”.

Go Pro – 7 steps to becoming a network marketing professional by Eric Worre.

2-Learn even more. It can take up to seven years to become a professional so you have plenty of time to learn.

Other question that you will often be confronted is “Have you made any money yet”?

People generally want to see how successful you are before wanting to listen to your proposal. Word of mouth is still the strongest way to market a product / service.  By using and learn about the products yourself will be in a better place to recommend it. People around you will naturally be curious about your lifestyle. Curiosity is one the most powerful human feelings.

People are looking for reasons to say no. The number one excuse will be that they have no time. If they can watch TV for an hour or go out drinking with friends, they definitely have time. As Robert Kiyosaki once said. There are 4 types of people: Right people; Comfortable people; Likeable people and Winners, which one do you consider yourself to be? And which one would you like work with? Keep it simple, don’t talk too much about your business, let them ask questions. Expose them to the business opportunity ask them to watch a DVD or an MP3 audio talking about the business. Let them try the products, they will talk for you. The more you talk about yourself the more boring you will become and ultimately lose the opportunity to add a new member to your team.

Their products tend to have higher quality and the process to get the products to you is very likely to be cleaner and more eco-friendly. Remember MLM companies do not spend money on traditional marketing campaigns hence the claims of better products.

Lastly leads, you are going to run out of family members, friends, colleagues and even strangers that you may stop in the street. You will need to talk to 50 people on average to get 1 to join your business; these are an awful lot of people to talk to. But I will explain how you can do better using social media channels.

The pros

You can open a business without all the expensive fees, taxes and paper work need for a traditional business. Work from home on a part-time basis. You can generate unlimited income.

Very low start-up costs. Working wit well structure companies. All you need to make your business a success.

Generate income straight away from the retail sales. Sponsor, teach and train new distributors to work in the same way and become successful like you are.

Marketing plan that reward hard work and that gives further incentives and bonus.

MLM concept is based on recommendations, like when you watch a movie, or eat in a nice restaurant, drink a nice wine, visit a nice place and so on. If you do that sales should happen naturally.

As you can see the pros are very straight forward but hard to reach. Motivation and hard work are key….

The reality is, you need to put a lot of work and hours into to learn about MLM. Don’t be demotivated, it is a rewarding business concept and the possibilities are endless.

How to generate more leads

There are lot of people out there claiming that they can help you generate traffic and therefore sales. Some are true but the majority will only take your money and laugh at you every month when your money hit their accounts.

Notice they always say “don’t worry these things are too complicated”; “SEO oh my god, it is too difficult”; “we can do it all for you, simple ££”. The reality is without knowledge and hard work there is no reward. How many billionaires do you hear saying? “Just work 20 hours a week and you will make loads of money”.

With the internet being so easy to access and many different platforms to use, it is easier than ever to get in touch with people that share the same ideas and dreams. Google search, Facebook and Youtube are the best way to reach your audience and the great thing is, mostly free. They are also the most used at the moment.

Create Blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Stumbeupon and others to reach and create leads to your business.

Link all social media platforms so you can have it all working nice and easy. Keep it fresh and fun with new stories, photos, videos, articles etc….

Facebook has created small scale promotions that are very affordable it can be from as little as £4.00 and you can reach almost four thousand people.

Create promotion within Twitter, Blog, share your business platforms with friends and ask them to share with their friends.

Images and videos are the best way to connect with your potential distributors; the clear and easier for them to understand the better informed they will be to make a sounded decision.

Please have a look at mine social networks and leave your comments.

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Why liking Facebook virals makes scammers rich

Facebook users have you seen this picture below? If you’ve liked or commented on it, you could be in for an awful surprise.Hole_in_ground

Facebook users who’ve clicked viral links such as ‘Comment 1 to see what happen’ have no idea what is going on behind the scenes.

The links – and others such as ‘click this picture and see what happens’ do nothing except make cyber-scammers rich.

Once the pages have collected huge numbers of ‘Likes‘, they are then sold, for cash, to other businesses that use them to make their page appear popular.

A blog post by Daylan Pearce, a search-engine expert at Next Digital in Melbourne, explains how the nonsense posts scam works – and shows how the pages are sold on.

[Related: How ‘sexy’ photos on social networks are stolen and reused ]

The posts – images with captions such as ‘Like if you can see the tiger,’ or ‘Comment and see what happens’ are used to build ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ for pages.

Once a page has collected thousands of likes and comments, it will appear higher in people’s News Feeds on Facebook – ‘Likes’ are the ‘currency’ of the site, as it were.

Pages with 100,000 likes can be sold for $200, according to adverts unearthed by Pearce.

Pearce explains in a blog post, ‘The Facebook Like algorithm is Facebook’s way of dictating if content is of any value to users. The more likes/shares/comments it gets, the more exposure to certain people it, and the profile it belongs to, will get both short term and long term.

‘All these metrics contribute to a user’s ‘edge rank’ – the score your profile is given that dictates how your page interacts with other profiles on Facebook. ‘

‘Within 3 days a post like this one has 70,000 likes, and someone somewhere is about to make a nice little profit by selling the page to a business wanting some quick wins. The buyer then changes the page details. Instant fanpage with a big following, lots of likes and an in depth edge rank.

David Emm, senior security research at Kaspersky Lab, says, ‘Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are increasingly becoming targets for cybercriminals.

‘The main reason for this is the trust that people feel whilst socialising with their friends online. People are much more likely to click on a link shared by a friend, and this inherent trust is something cybercriminals prey upon.’

‘Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen incredible growth in the amount of personal information people will voluntarily share, and cybercriminals have naturally ‘followed the money’ by creating scams specifically targeting social networks.’

Other similar scams pictures below:internetkid Screen-Shot-2012-10-21-at-7.35.15-PM-251x300 girl trousers

Send your comments and share with friends to stop this scams to continue

Unemployed Britain

As the United Kingdom government announces another falling in the numbers of people out of work and this being the best result since records began I wonder, how is this possible? We are in the middle of an almost triple recession, standard of living is falling on its fastest rate since record began, inflation is holding above the bank of England target of 2% and not least we have now lost our triple AAA status.

So let’s try to have an understanding on where we are. Do you know anyone looking for jobs? What are their stories? I left my job last year so I could support my wife after our little daughter was born. Although I am working with Forever Living Products, we felt that it would be good to get a job in the meantime so we could make sure we were financially sounded until the Forever Living Products business is running smoothly. However I’ve been sending hundreds of CV’s and most of the times nobody bothers to reply but when they do they say my skills haven’t match their criteria. Or they have a number of applicants and although I have a great CV, they have decided to go with someone that fits their concept. Or even better, you are over qualified for this position.unemployment1

I come from a background in IT and Business and my last position was General Manager. I am origin from Brazil and have been living in the UK since 2002 and started my career working as a Kitchen Porter until my last position. Prior to it I only had work with big companies in my country. I am not saying that because I should be offer a job for the reason above; just feel that for the jobs that I am applying at the moment, it is unbelievable that you can’t get a simple job interview. Even food retailers, I get answers saying that I haven’t match the skills needed, for god sake what kind of skills you need to have to stack shelves, selling stupid sandwiches, coffee, bloody hot water with tea and milk.

HMV has closed another 37 stores with 464 people losing their jobs, announced today. This is on the top of 116 stores closed at the beginning of January. Then there are (Comet, Jessops, Blockbuster, Ford, Republic and others). So with all these people losing their jobs and income, how can employment numbers are rising?

I recently applied for a position to work in a bank, very basic role “customer service officer” with a salary of £15k and work Monday to Friday 37.5 hours a week. They asked two questions on two separate subjects. First subject was openness, I had to describe two situations that I have connected with a customer or a person and what was the outcome.
Second subject was stand on your feet, show how you behave when I situation that you do not agree, how did you approach the situation and what was the outcome. These were after 2 online assessments that I had to do.unemployment

Right the result was that apparently one of my questions did not match what they were expecting; therefore I was not offer the position.

Ahahahaaha, I feel much better now that I got it out of my chest.

This video is sort of ironic as she is talking about people not being able to get jobs in UK because of foreigners, I guess it is my fault then……..

Eco-friendly building material

A new eco-friendly building material that saves water and reduces the amount of debris in a building construction is the right material. This is the sort of sustainable and eco-friendly material that will help create green jobs, cheap housing and fast benefits to the wider society.

This building material created in Brazil promises to minimize the impacts generated by the construction industry worldwide. The alternative is equivalent to mortar and reduces the production of slag, use of water, lime and sand to build walls.

The Mass dundun is a glue used to fix the bricks and their application is more sustainable than the mortar, since the product does not generate waste, keeps clean and combat works wasting many resources that would become rubble.

Suitable for sealing walls built with various materials – like concrete, brick conventional ceramics and ecological brick, the product is a fluid that also promises to reduce the physical effort of workers retire and cement mixers.

Eco friendly building material
The creation won the “Innovation Award and Sustainability” held by CBIC (Brazilian Chamber of Construction Industry). According to a research carried out in the U.S., 50% of the planet’s natural resources are consumed by the construction industry, one of the most predatory development activities in the world.

According to the creators of Mass dundun, sustainable product is more efficient than conventional mortar and can be sold at half the price of the common option. As the application also requires less effort of the workers, the work can be finished up to three times faster than if it were being used the mortar.

On the website of the manufacturer, are more detailed product information, which was used in the construction of the South Courtyard Shopping Gávea, small shopping center made ​​from eco-friendly materials in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais.

For further information please check their website: http://www.massadundun.com.br/

Also on youtube: http://youtu.be/UkYAXJInalI

Unfortunately the information is all in Portuguese, but I am happy to translate if anybody is interesting.`

Valentine’s day stories

As we are getting close to “Valentine’s day“, which is the time of the year that we have to buy something lovely, beautiful and most times expensive for someone close to us and that we care a lot. I’ve been out of work for a while now and I am pretty sure my wife isn’t expecting much from me this year but I feel, she deserves it, she has gone through a lot in the last year and have given me the most wonderful daughter last March and we are as happy as we could be.

I was looking for something for her on the internet when she saw this couple of status on Facebook and it touched me deeply and I wonder what a nice thing to do. It is a story that made me feel small and looking back on my decisions towards my wife, quite small and wondered if I worth her love. These Valentine’s day stories defines what  Valentine’s day should be all about and what inspired me to be a better  “husband.” I hope this inspire you and others around you as well.

First Story – Title “Love never ends“.

My sweet husband, John, and I were married for 46 years. Each Valentine’s day, he had sent me the most beautiful flowers containing a note with five simple words: “My love for you grows.” Four children, 46 bouquets and a lifetime of love were his legacy to me when he passed away two years ago.

“On my first Valentine’s day alone, 10 months after I lost him, I was shocked to receive a gorgeous bouquet addressed to me … From John. Angry and heartbroken, I called the florist to say there have been a mistake. The florist replied, No ma’am, it is not a mistake. Before he passed away, your husband prepaid for many years and asked us to guarantee that you’d continue getting bouquets every Valentine’s day. With my heart in my throat, I hung up the phone and read the attached card. It said, “My love for you is eternal.” – Sue Johnston, 68, Houston, TX

Second story – Title “Never feels alone“.

So today I was in Hallmark buying my mom a Happy Birthday card when I noticed this old man studying in front of the Valentines card section contemplating which one to get. I decide to go over and I ask him “Are you getting a Valentine’s Day for your wife?” in which he replies ‘No my wife died 3 years ago from breast cancer but I still buy her roses and a card and bring them to her grave to prove to her that she was the only one that will ever have my heart. – Anonymous

Valentine's day Stories

Have a happy Valentine’s day and if you were touched by these stories please share it with your soul mate and make sure Valentine’s day is a day to remind you how luck we all area to be around that special one.

Special-Wishes-Happy-Valentines-Day1Also a couple of funny videos to break the ice

Horse meat scandal

Hi everyone,

New week, new topic. horse meat scandal that has been on the news in the last couple of weeks. It’s now clear that most of our cheap ready meals from Tesco, Aldi, Asda and other supermarkets didn’t just have cow’s meat but horse meat, I now wonder if any of the companies in the supply chain have bothered to understand our close relationship with horses, and that one day this would come out and destroy their reputation.

The government is now talking about an international conspiracy and it may be too complicated to Analise all meat products that come to the United Kingdom. Surely they should at least stop importing it from the companies involved until the analysis are finished so they could have a  better understanding of what these companies are putting in our food.

Our major institutions have been serious damaged in the last 5 years or so, you name it, “Parliament and MP‘s expense; Banks and the whole “credit crunch fiasco”; The Newspaper and the Police with the “Hacking scandal”; even our beloved NHS has been doing things on the wrong way, who will be next, I wonder?

There are quite a lot of people out there bother about the fact that they changed cow meat to horse meat, my main concern here it not about that but more important trust, how do I know they are not doing the same with other products, this can easily be the top of the iceberg. I recently watched a documentary “50 shocking facts about Diet and Exercise” on channel 5, the part where they said that the most common ingredient to soften bread is chicken feathers, can you believe it? They also inject fat into it to last longer! So should we be surprise that supermarkets are abusing the system to constantly keep their sales higher every year and reduce quality of our products?

Lastly they are not only changing the products in our food but keeping telling us nothing has changed, why not check the size of our traditional products, are they still the same? Have the price been reduced as well?

Let’s share it to as many people so we can put extra pressure at the government

A little thing to cheer you up, watch this youtube video is hilarious:

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Gay marriage, Muslin Patrol, What are we doing right or wrong?

I’ve been reading, watching and listening to the gay marriage debate since David Cameron decided that he would put it forward for legislation at the end of 2012.

It took quite a lot of people by surprise as this was not in the coalition agreement neither on the Conservative Party manifesto. I once had very strong views about gay marriage but since moving to England and spend quite a lot of time in Soho area, where a worked, I started to understand and by meeting some amazing gay people. I do think that civil partnership covers pretty much everything a marriage would, apart from celebrating it at church, mosque, synagogue or any religious temple, and there is where most of the controversy lays on as far as I can see. Religions groups are bracing themselves because they feel their basic rights have not been preserved and also because the basic foundation of religion is on that a marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. This has been the case for thousands of years and we have a big fight on our hands if we are to change the mentality of this section of our society. We can agree with their principles or not but it is clear that we also need to respect their views on it.

I once heard someone saying that we should not even waste our time discussing it because the population of gays and lesbians in UK is so small “one fifth of one per cent” which would be around 120.000 people, is too small for such big uproar. Clearly this is not a good excuse not debate the issue but at the same time we need to make sure, we do not create further fractions and divisions in our society.

There are already stories of some gay people being bullied in some areas in London, which will create even more tensions between our society. Have a look at the video below from some insane people “Muslin Patrol” claiming they live in a muslin area.

Check this article by Andrew Gilligan:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8570506/Police-covered-up-violent-campaign-to-turn-London-area-Islamic.html

What are your thoughts on this very heated subject? Leave your comments and also Share it.

Why get involved with Network Marketing or Multi Level Marketing?

I am going to tell a bit about me first. I left Brazil in 2002 to follow a dream, this dream was to learn English and travel across Europe but I wanted to learn proper English in England where it started, with all its history and craziness. I had just finished a technical college degree in computer science and I had two options: forget about my dream and go to university so I could have a better qualification on my curriculum vitae “resume” or move to England and follow my dream.

So in October 2002 I left a warm and friendly Sao Paulo, Brazil and arrived in a cold and unfriendly London Heathrow airport. I was held at the airport because the immigration officer thought I didn’t have the right documentation “money” to come over. After eight hours waiting they finally allowed me to enter the UK on a one year visa. This was perfect as I only had to apply for one further extension on my visa and them go back home, right?

Well not quite, there was only one thing I had not anticipated, meeting my girlfriend, whom is now my wife. Cutting a long story short almost 11 years after, married with an amazing woman, a bonsai tree, a little dog called “SUKI” and the latest gorgeous little daughter in my life, I am still in England, Greater London to be more precise and still living the dream.

That is my story until March 2012 when our daughter was born. I had a very busy job which took most of my weekly hours, although I enjoyed it. But when I first saw my daughter’s eye opening and my smile met my wife’s jubilation holding her little girl. I knew that I had to do something different; it could not be business as usual. The company I was working with decided that the business needed a new restructure and that my position would most likely not be available anymore. They offered me a redundancy package, which was almost what I had in mind and after talking to my wife we decided that enough was enough.

Since then I tried to open my own business, an online shop selling made in London clothes, using organic materials from countries around Europe so that we could keep our CO2 emissions as low as possible and obviously try to bring manufacturing back to UK. I am yet to start this venture but I still believe it could be viable in the future.

I then decided to find something different, working from home, earning a decent income for us. I was approached by someone about Forever Living Products which I felt could be the ideal job and company to give me that freedom, lifestyle, no retirement worries and family time. I really liked the concept but I also felt that the sales side of it could be a deal breaker. I am not a sales person, you see, I managed people, loads of them but sales; I knew I could not do it. I signed up for it but could not get sponsors or even sales through my website so I started to work on social media.

I would like to hear other people’s experience in Network Marketing / Multi Level Marketing so I can avoid bumps along the way.

Bring on…….

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