Does Wealthy Affiliate Work? Nope. Here’s Why.

If you’re wondering, “Does Wealthy Affiliate work?”, then I am here to give you the scoop. I actually believe very highly in Wealthy Affiliate, but no, it doesn’t work.

Why?

Because you are the one who works. Wealthy Affiliate is nothing more than a tool to train you how to work properly. It’s not a system. It’s not a scheme. You can’t join, “turn it on”, walk away and make money in your sleep. (Um, you can’t do that with any product or system, by the way. Even if they say you can!)

Wealthy Affiliate is a learning center. There are lessons that you follow.

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And tasks that you check off.

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There are discussion that you have.

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The point is, Wealthy Affiliate is not some make money quick scheme. It’s a place where you go to learn how to create an online business. Or, you learn how to boost an already-existing business.

Your own business. 

Isn’t really what you want though? Think about it for a second. Let’s just say, for instance, that Empower Network wasn’t a complete shady scam site. And that you could make a nice chunk of change quickly. What if Empower Network suddenly goes away? Your income would go away too. You would be left stranded.

Wouldn’t it be better to learn how to create your own website and make an income from  your own resources and hard work? Because then YOU are in control.

So there will never be any surprise closings of your own business. If you want long-term success, having your own site is the only way to go.

My first make money online encounter. 

Let me tell you a little story about how I got started in this business. Many years ago I started searching for ways to make money online. I found this website that I was completely excited about. They promised me the moon and the fancy car and mansion to boot.

Now, I don’t remember what the site was called, but I’m SURE they are out of business now. All I remember is being so excited about their opportunity to make money that I couldn’t wait to punch in my credit card numbers.

As soon as I got access into the site, my heart dropped. I knew I had been scammed.

I went into their “back office” (training materials) and discovered a bunch of junky, useless ways that I could sell their system.

In other words, in order to make money, I had to sell people their system of how to make money. There wasn’t even an actual product to sell.

I just got burned. :(

Since then I’ve tried all kinds of schemes and systems.

A very valuable lesson. 

But when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I learned the most valuable lesson of my life. I was wasting time on that nonsense that would get me nowhere. If I wanted to do this, make a full-time income online, then I had to do this.

No one else, just me.

I am the only one who can do this. No one can do it for me. I could hire the top gurus. I could buy the best site. But I would still have to know how do this.

So, if you are out there looking for easy money, forget it. I mean that sincerely. Just forget about it. Remove it from your mind. You can make money in a less easy, but much more fun and satisfying way.

Won’t it be fun to tell your friends and family how you quit your job and how you now work for yourself? Imagine it. Imagine their faces. Imagine how proud you’ll feel of yourself. And how proud they’ll be of you.

So, again, no. Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t work. Wealthy Affiliate teaches YOU the best way to work to become the free, independent person that you are.

Click here to get more information about Wealthy Affiliate. 

I wish you lots of luck and success no matter where you end up!

- Christina :)

 

Pure Leverage… Scam or Legit? My Pure Leverage Review

PureLeverage_HomeOwner: Joel Therein
Price: $24.95 / Month for the basic price + $19.95 / Month, and upsells of $97 / Month + $19.95 / Month.
Overall Ranking: 50 / 100

Someone at Wealthy Affiliate recently asked about Pure Leverage. I had actually never heard of Pure Leverage before then, so I decided to do some research to see what it’s all about. As soon as I went to the site, I was immediately turned off by the photo. Great. A mansion and a Ferrari. Selling the dream.

But, I want to keep an open mind. Never judge a book by its cover, as they say! Plus, I understand selling the dream. People want to believe they can have the Ferrari and mansion. And you know what, I believe you can have anything you want in life with the right mindset.

But, I want to make sure you follow the right path for YOU on the way to your dreams. Sometimes programs like this are just a distraction on the way to the top.

Anyway, let’s see…

What is Pure Leverage?

PureLeverage_OfficePure Leverage is a suite of tools for your internet marketing or network marketing business. You can also sell the Pure Leverage system and create a downline of people who also sell it. You get 100% commissions in month 1, and 50% commissions after the first month. See below for more on this.

If you just want the tools, you pay $24.95 / month. If you want to be a reseller of the Pure Leverage system, then you will pay $24.95 + 19.95 / month.

The suite of tools includes:

  • A coaching program
  • A lead capture system
  • A blog
  • A traffic generator
  • Video email services
  • A live meeting room (something like GoToMeeting.com)

Pros. 

The pros of Pure Leverage is that you get a bundle of tools to use for your online business. So, in that way, instead of having your Autoresponder with one company, your lead capture program with another company and your blog with another, it’s all bundled together.

This could make your marketing life easier as everything is in one place, and included in one fee.

Cons. 

From what I’ve read, the tools that Pure Leverage provides are not as professional as they need to be. I have read that people have had problems with the autoresponder sending messages to people’s spam box instead of their inbox.

(Note: A company like Aweber is a trusted email service provider and has taken the steps to be whitelisted, ensuring that most of their messages make it to the inbox.)

I’ve also heard that there have been problems with the live meeting room and video mail service. It’s possible these issues have been resolved. (Maybe?)

My biggest issue is not with the tools, but with with the reselling of the program. This is an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) company. That means, in order to make serious money, you need to build a downline of people.

I don’t know if you have much experience with MLM, but building a downline is pretty tough. Especially when you’re selling internet tools. You really have to be a master at selling in order to get enough people to sign up below you to make good money. And keep in mind, there are lots of other people out there selling the same thing. Can you get ahead of the competition?

Some people simply pay for the tools and use them for their existing internet business. That could be a good option, IF the tools are working properly.

Who is Pure Leverage for?

If you’re going to resell Pure Leverage, you probably need to be a pretty masterful internet marketer to build a downline. As I mentioned, building a downline is not the easiest thing in the world to do.

Go around to your friends and family. Try convincing just one of them to join you in your downline. You’ll see what a challenge it is! I know this from experience. :)

There are certainly plenty of people online looking to make money. But can you get in front of them? Can you beat out the competition? And how long will it take you? Remember you’re paying $44.90 every month as you’re trying to build that downline. And, can you stand behind what you’re selling? Just some things to think about before you sign up.

Payments and commissions. 

How much you’ll pay.

The suite of tools will cost you $24.95 / month. That’s actually not a bad price, again, if the tools are working properly. Otherwise, you might as well flush $25 down the toilet every month.

It’s $19.95 if you wish to resell those tools.

There is another higher-priced level. This level is $97 / month (+ the $19.95 reseller fee), and I have no idea what this gets you since it’s “super secret.” But I do know that the benefit of this level is that you can make higher commissions.

The commissions.

For the first month, you get 100% commissions. So, if you recruit 10 people, you’ll get $24.95 / month for each of them. After that, you get 50% commissions, plus 50% matching bonuses.

OK, 100% commissions is a pretty nice deal. But it takes time to build a business. And anyone who tells you differently is selling you that dream again. Realistically, especially if you’re new at this, you’re probably not going to get any sign ups your first month. Maybe not even your second or third or fourth month.

So honestly, I don’t see 100% commissions in your first month as a great benefit at all unless you already have a list of people you can market to.

Verdict.

Eh. 

Final Thoughts. 

I give this an “Eh.” rating (Haha. I make up my own rating system here. That’s the beauty of having your own site. :) ) because the tools *could* be useful for an internet business.

But I personally don’t like the 100% commissions on your first month only. And I get really turned off when a company uses fancy cars and big houses to sell their program.

I enjoy dreaming about what I can accomplish with my own home-based business, but I don’t like when these companies make it seem like it’s going to be quick and easy to do. It’s not going to be quick. Or easy. It takes time and work.

I also think the MLM business is a really tough one, and you would be better off creating your own blog on your own domain and selling products that you believe in.

Learn how to create a legitimate online business with my #1 pick. 

Questions or Comments? 

I would love to hear your opinions on Pure Leverage. Are you a member? What do you think of it? Are you considering becoming a member? Why? Leave me a note in the comment section below!

- Christina. :)

Rater Jobs – Learn What They Are And How You Get Them

If you stumble upon this site, then you may already be familiar with rater jobs, but just in case, I will tell you a little bit about them and also how you get a job like this.

I worked as an ad rater for over a year, so I do have personal experience with this one!

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What is an Ad Rater?

RaterJobs_flatscreentvsThe official job is usually referred to as an Ad Quality Rater. When someone types a query, or search term, into a search engine (for instance “the best flat screen TVs”), that search engine has an algorithm that tries to provide a user with the best web search result for that query.

Since it’s an algorithm and it’s coded, there will always room for improvement. The search engines are constantly trying to keep up with changes to technology and how they think people are looking for things online.

These algorithms are really good, but nothing is as good as a human perspective. That’s where Ad Quality Raters come in! They are basically search engine algorithm spot-checkers. (I dare you to say that 10 times fast.)

What does an ad quality rater do? 

An ad quality rater looks at a query, and then looks at the subsequent landing page that someone would see for that search term. Then they rate how relevant it is.

I’ll try to give you an idea of the screen that would pop up without giving too much information (due to signing a non-disclosure form).

On the left side would be my search term and under that are different ratings. On the right side is the web page related to that search term. After viewing both sides and doing some additional research, I would then pick a rating that would best fit the web page.

As an ad rater, you are essentially helping the search engines make better choices when it comes to serving web pages to the end user. That’s pretty cool, right? I think so!

The pros. 

There are some definite benefits of getting an ad rater job. Here are a few:

  • Work when you want and where you want, as long as you work the minimum amount of time (at least this was true for the company I worked for. Other companies may do things a bit differently).
  • Pay is really good for the type of work that you do. I can’t say how much exactly, but it’s more than minimum wage. :)
  • You feel good knowing that you’re important in helping to create a better online world.

The cons. 

Raterjobs_tediousYea, there are some downsides unfortunately!

  • The work is tedious. You’re pretty much doing the same thing over and over and over again for at least 2-4 hours a day.
  • You have to be quick and meet minimum requirements.
  • You have to keep up with the training (you don’t get paid for this part) and make sure you keep up your quality of work. You get a quality score that must be above a certain percentage.
  • You may get dinged for something that’s not your fault and your score could decrease.

How they keep track of how you’re doing.

When you rate ad pages, there are a few ways that they keep track of how you’re doing. (At least for the company that I worked for.)

One way is Real-Time Audits of your work. These are search terms and subsequent web pages that were intentionally placed within your actual search terms. These have already been rated by a senior auditor and it will tell you directly if your rating is correct or not.

The other way is regular audits of your work. This happens after your work has already been completed. Someone goes in to your work, spot checks a few and then next time you log into the system you will see if your ratings were correct or not.

The good thing about both of these is that they provide an explanation of why the ad should be rated a certain way. So you can continue to learn and refine your thinking.

Finally, the system also keep track of how many ratings you do in a period of time. You have to hit a certain amount pages and keep up with that consistently. So you have to be really quick at researching and rating.

Training. 

Being an ad rater is interesting because you have to leave your personal opinion to yourself. You are given a lot of study material and a huge list of rules to follow.

Once you send in your resume and they contact you (which, by the way, usually takes a LONG time), they will then send you a bunch of study materials related to the work. You will need to study them and learn how everything works. Because you will be tested.

I actually failed my first test. They allowed me to take the test again, and I was close enough that they allowed me to pass. :)

it’s harder than you may think.

Because there are rules. And rules. And rules to follow. So many different rules!

Once you pass the test, you can start working, but they may start you off with just a little bit of work at first. You may get ramped up as you get used to everything and get a little faster.

My personal opinion. 

As I mentioned, I was a rater for over a year. I thought it was a good experience overall. The flexibility was absolutely awesome. I could work whenever I wanted. The pay was great for what I was doing.

I also enjoyed viewing different web sites and it gave me ideas for things to write about for my affiliate marketing sites.

I have nothing but positive things to say for the company that I worked for (Lionbridge). They were always responsive over email, they paid on time and they were very helpful and supportive.

However, I had two big issues with this job. The main one, and the reason I could no longer do it, is that it’s not compatible with a Mac. When I first started, I had a Toshiba. I got a Mac sometime after and I made it work for some time with additional software, but eventually, the technology issues were too much.

The other issue was that this job is t.e.d.i.o.u.s. with a capital T. After looking at web sites with car parts over and over and over again, I just couldn’t bring myself to do more than the minimum 10 hours a week. And even that was a struggle.

How to get an ad rater job. 

This certainly isn’t a terrible job by any means, and I would encourage you to try it if you’re interested. I even did it with my kids in the room screaming at the top of their lungs. You don’t need a quiet environment like a customer support type job. (Although, you still need to concentrate and think about what you’re doing! I would try to do as much as I could without my kids in the room.)

There are four main companies that have these types of jobs:

You’ll have to fill out an application, provide your resume and a cover letter.

After that, you just have to kind of sit and wait. Unfortunately, you can wait for a really long time. I probably got a notification for my job that they were interested at least a couple of months after I put my resume in. (I don’t remember the exact details. It’s been a while now!)

My guess is it’s because they get A LOT of resumes. So you’ll have to be patient.

Once they indicate they’re interested, you’ll need to do a bunch of paperwork just like any other job. You’ll fill out a W4, a non-disclosure, direct deposit information. All the usual stuff.

For me, they didn’t have any jobs when they hired me, so I had to wait it out a little longer. The jobs eventually came and there was plenty to do from there.

Conclusion. 

As I said, I think being an ad rater was a good experience for the most part. It wasn’t something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life, but it helped with the bills while I was home with my kids for over a year.

Buuuut… I really enjoy affiliate marketing so much more because it’s really exciting and fun to me. It’s not tedious at all! I get to write about things that interest me (like this article). I also love this training site and community that I belong to. They have taught me everything I know!

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What do you think? Do you still want an ad rater job? Do you have any more questions about it? Leave me a note below if you do!

Christina. :)

Earn Money Online From Home – Is There Really A Way To Do This?

earnmoneyonline_computerImagine it. The year is 2013. Computers are everywhere. Everyone in the world is connected to everyone else wirelessly. People work when and where they want and they earn money online from home.

Actually, I guess you don’t have to imagine it. That’s pretty much how it is right now! Except many people are still skeptical about the making money from home part. And I understand why.

People are out to get you online. Scammers are everywhere. They want to take your money and give you nothing back for it. (That’s why I have a section about Avoiding Online Scams.) You do have to watch out for that, but not everyone online is a scammer.

Just like in the real world, most people and companies are legitimate and want to help you. In turn, helping you helps them. If you work for a company in the offline world, you provide labor and they provide you with a paycheck. It’s the same in the online world.

The real opportunities.

earnmoneyonline_moneyThe reason I started this site was because I wanted to show people the real opportunities that are out there. If you check the menu of my site, you’ll see that I have income ideas there. Keep checking back as I’ll continue to add more.

I also have another section of my site dedicated to legit programs. I’ll also be adding more of these as I research and find them.

I feel that as we become even more connected, companies will be adding more virtual workers to their roster. I already feel the shift happening. In fact, the last company I worked for was a part-time work-from-home job that involved rating web pages.

Crowdsourcing is big right now. (You can read a little more about that via my review of Amazon Mechanical Turk.)

I see a lot of jobs come up via one of my favorite work from home sites, RatRaceRebellion.com, for customer service opportunities. You don’t need to be in an office to do this type of job. You do need a quiet place to work though, which can be tough for us Moms who want to work from home.

Even better. 

earnmoneyonline_businessI discovered an even better way to earn money from home online. Just like in the real world, it’s better to start your own business.

I know what you’re thinking. 

“There’s no way I know how to start my own business. I don’t want employees. It’s too much to manage. It’s not going to happen. Nuh uh.”

And if this were a “real” world business I would completely agree with you. I don’t know anything about creating capital, getting investors, hiring employees, figuring out business taxes or any of the other millions of things involved in an offline business.

In the online world, everything is different. 

In the online world, there are really just three major steps you need to create a successful business.

#1. You need a website.
#2. You need something to write about.
#3. You need people to see what you’re writing.

Do you see the potential here? All you need is a website, which  you can get for free. (Keep reading to see how to do it instantly.) You need something to write about. This is the best part. What do you like? What do you enjoy? Do you think other people enjoy it too? What do you think other people would purchase from you? You write about the things that you like.

Finally, you need some people to see what you’re writing so that they can purchase products from your site. (These products can be ones that you create, or even easier, products from other companies.)

There are 2 billion people on the web. 2 BILLION. What if you can just tap into a teensie portion of those 2 billion people? What if you can connect with that teensie portion with the topic of your choice and help those people solve a problem? What if those people pay for you to solve their problem?

Do you see the potential?

Are you getting an idea of the potential that’s available to you? Do you have a favorite blog that you go to? Do they recommend products sometimes? They make money from recommending those products. You can do the same thing!

This is a perfectly legitimate opportunity. In fact, companies love this because they get to make more sales. This is called affiliate marketing and most companies have affiliate programs that you can join.

So, if your favorite thing is soccer, you could make a blog about soccer shoes and accessories and why certain ones are best for certain things and then you can sign up for affiliate programs and recommend those products.

You’ll get a special link to put into your site that tracks YOUR sales. The customer doesn’t pay anything more. You just get credit for directing the customer to the sale.

 How to get started. 

Well, I have the basics written out in the Getting Started section of this site. Affiliate marketing is not hard. It does take time and effort though. (Doesn’t everything good take time and effort??) The thing is, I want you to start right now to change your life. Right now.

If you’re ready to take a leap of faith, you can start a blog right now. Don’t worry, it’s easy! Even better, once you sign up for your free website, you’ll also get access to the best training on the web. You can learn how to get your online business going step-by-step.

This is all free for you to try out. (You don’t need a credit card or anything like that.) It’ll remain free for as long as you like. If you want to get even more expert training, then you can upgrade. But you don’t have to.

And if you don’t want to, that’s OK. I just want you to have the chance to see what I see. I want you to have the opportunity to change your life in a massive way. So, if you’d like to just check it out, you can start with creating a website right now.

I promise it’s really easy. You can have it up and running in about 30 seconds! After that, it’s just writing what you know about or what you love. Of course, there is a bit ore to it in order to turn it into a real business. That’s why I recommend this training.

But the real key here is to get started right now. Why wait any longer? Every step forward you take is a step toward your new life. Just take that first step.

Christina :)

How To Get To Financial Freedom – The Road Less Taken?

FinancialFreedom_MoneyYou may feel like it’s going to be a huge struggle, but I’m going to tell you how to get to financial freedom in a way that allows you to control your time, your money and your life.

Sure, you can head over to a financial advisor and they’ll give you some tips and ideas of how to invest your money so that you can gain financial freedom – eventually. You’ll probably have to work for someone until you’re at least 65, maybe more. And what if you have a lot of debt? Then what? You’ll have to work until you’re 100? What kind of life is that?

The road less taken.

financialfreedom_beachThere is another way. We live in such an incredible time. With the invention of the internet, there are many, many ways you make money. Over the internet, you can learn how to make money and:

  • You control when you work
  • You control where you work
  • You control how long you work
  • Your income is limited only by YOU instead of managers above you

In addition to all of these benefits, depending on the type of work you choose to do online:

  • You choose what to work on
  • You don’t need any inventory
  • You don’t deal with any customer service issues

I know it sounds too good to be true. 

It’s not too good to be true. I’m talking about setting up your own online business through a website or a blog and then recommending products to people. When they buy a product through your site, you get a commission.

This is called affiliate marketing, and I think it’s the absolute best way to make a living online. (Of course, it’s not for everyone and the most important thing is to find the thing that is right for YOU.)

It is an actual business that requires some time and patience to get it started. But once you get the foundation laid, you can make passive income from just one site for years to come. Then you can build more websites and get those making passive income too. Do you see why your income is not limited?

The path to financial freedom. 

financialfreedom_pathSetting up an online business might sound a little scary at first. But it’s really not. You can put a website up in just a minute or less. That’s the easy part. (It didn’t used to be this easy. I used to hand-code my websites, and it would take a week or more to get it up!)

The part that’s necessary to know is what to do with your website when it’s up. What do you write about? What do you sell? Who do you sell to?

This is where some training comes in handy. You can certainly go it alone. You’ll probably find a good amount of information on the web. The problem is, you’ll also find a lot of misinformation.

There is a training site that I am a member of that I highly recommend. I consider it the very best affiliate training course. You will learn how to set up a successful online business through up-to-date step-by-step video training.

What else you’ll get. 

besttraining_classroomsThere’s more than just access to 1000′s of training courses. You also get:

  • Access to 10,000+ other members, including many successful ones who can help you get started and support you along the way
  • Classrooms and discussions on every online marketing topic you can think of
  • Unlimited web hosting for premium members (You’ll get 2 free hosted sites with the Free Starter Membership)
  • An easy-to-use keyword tool
  • Live chat

The path to financial freedom lies with YOU.

Ultimately, the path to financial freedom lies with you. It’s finding that *thing* that resonates with you. That thing that makes you want to wake up in the morning and adds excitement to your life. That thing that you will enjoy working on and you will make money at it. Maybe more money than you’ve ever made in your life.

Doesn’t this sound good? I think it’s absolutely perfect. So, if you’re interested in joining me on the path to financial freedom through an online business, then I encourage you to see my review on my favorite training site.

If you’re already convinced this is the way to go, you can just go ahead and click here.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments, feel free leave a note for me below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by!

Christina :)

 

Direct Sales Companies for Women

Scentsy is one of the top 20 Direct Sales companies, according to the DSA.

Scentsy is one of the top 20 Direct Sales companies, according to the DSA.

Direct sales is the selling of products directly to a consumer without a retail location. There are many direct sales companies for women out there. Some of the biggest ones that come to mind are Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia and Scentsy. But there are many, many more.

Direct sales can be a really good option for Moms because you create your own schedule and decided how much time you want to invest into the business. (Yes, it IS a business!) Here are some of the pros and cons.

Pros. 

  • You create your own schedule and can work as much or as little as you want.
  • You get to meet lots of different people.
  • You get to go to a lot of different places for parties and demonstrations, keeping it interesting.
  • You can make extra income by recruiting people to be in your downline.
  • There are many kinds of direct sales companies, so it will be easy to find one that interests you.

Cons. 

  • You have to make an investment to start. (Though it’s usually small and it allows you to purchase the product you’re selling so that you can know it well enough to sell it to others.)
  • Direct selling is MLM (multi-level marketing), which many people associate with “scam”, so it may be hard to recruit others.
  • Unless you only do catalog parties online, you can’t do it exclusively from home.
  • Only about 8% of direct sales reps gross more than $50,000 a year, according to the Direct Selling Association.

Who is Direct Sales For? 

Direct Sales is for anyone who has at least a few hours a week to spare in order to conduct parties and fill out paperwork and order forms. The more hours you are able to put into it, the more income you’ll be able to produce.

Personally, I think it helps to have an outgoing personality. From the parties I’ve gone to, the sellers are pretty open and energetic. I was involved with Pampered Chef at one point, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I’m introverted and I prefer writing to speaking. :) So, it was hard for me to make it work.

(P.S. I love my Pampered Chef products! I give them a big thumbs up. :) )

Not to say quieter people can’t do it. You can do anything as long as you have the right mindset.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re involved with a company that you trust and that you’re selling a product that you believe in. If you’re really passionate about something, it shows! And people will be more willing to purchase from you because they trust your opinion and can see how much you truly benefit from the product you’re selling.

The Top 20 Direct Sales companies. 

Below I’ve listed the the top 20 direct sales companies according to the Direct Sales Association (as of November 4, 2013). Let me know in the comments below if you want me to add other companies that aren’t listed here.

I have some friends who are involved with direct sales, and I’ll add them below the list. Feel free to contact them for any questions about their businesses and they will be glad to help you.

The top 20 Direct Sales companies. 

  • AdvoCare International, LP
  • Ambit Energy
  • Amway
  • Arbonne International, LLC
  • Avon Products, Inc.
  • Beachbody
  • CUTCO/Vector Marketing Corp.
  • Herbalife
  • lia sophia
  • LifeVantage Corporation
  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • Melaleuca, Inc.
  • Nu Skin Enterprises
  • The Pampered Chef
  • Premier Designs, Inc.
  • Scentsy
  • Stream Energy
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Take Shape for Life – Medifast
  • USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

Contacts

Scentsy
Patricia Ash  - Scentsy Family USA
Dana Batterson  - Scentsy Family USA
Michelle Ormiston - Scentsy Canada

Premier Designs, Inc.
Catherine Anderson

Conclusion. 

Direct Sales can be a fantastic opportunity for the right person. It’s a business that’s fun, engaging, personal and you can make a great living at it. And since you create your own schedule, you can have a great work / life balance.

Direct Sales wasn’t for me (I chose to create an online business), but as I mentioned above, I like writing to a crowd versus speaking to them. But, I encourage you to at least try it out if you’re interested. You may just fall in love with it.

Leave me comments and questions below, and I’ll be happy to help you out in any way that I can. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina :)

 

How To Increase Website Sales – The 4 Most Important Things You Need To Do

Learn how to increase website sales.

Learn how to increase website sales.

It’s really easy to put up a website these days and takes just a matter of seconds in some cases. The trickier part is getting in front of the right people and making sales.

So if you’re wondering how to increase website sales, I’ll let you know the most important information that I’ve been taught at my favorite online marketing training site.

The 4 most important things needed to increase website sales. 

There are really just 4 basic steps to increasing website sales. They are:

  1. Use good keywords.
  2. Create great content.
  3. Share socially.
  4. Help people.

1. Use good keywords. 

Keywords are what connect your site to a visitor. The right keywords can bring in large amounts of free traffic to your site. There are three things you need to know when you are researching keywords:

- How many searches per month it gets
- How much traffic you can expect if you were #1 on Google for that KW
- How many competitors are using that KW

If you use a keyword tool and they give you other numbers, ignore them. They are useless and they will just confuse you. (Check out my review on my favorite keyword tool. Jaaxy keeps it simple!) If you’re new to the whole keyword thing, you can check out my post about how to find the best keywords for your site.

Just know that keywords are very important when you’re talking about ranking in the search engines, and getting more free traffic. More traffic = more sales.

2. Create good content. 

If you’ve already been in the online marketing world, then I’m sure you’ve heard the now-overused line “Content is king.” As cliche as it is, it’s also true.

Visitors expect really good content when they visit a site. If you don’t provide it, they’ll click right on to the next site that does.

Personally I think it’s important to write content on things that interest you or are important to you. You’ll have an easier time creating great content and it’ll show through increased website sales!

This doesn’t mean that you need to have a writing degree, or be perfect at it. Writing on a website is more conversational and less formal. So, don’t even think twice about it. Just write and write some more! (Or, if you prefer actually talking to people, you can make videos and post them on YouTube.)

3. Share socially.

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You can see that I have social sharing buttons all over this website.  Social media is big. So, if you’re not on some of the top social sites, start creating accounts. Start engaging with people and getting followers. It takes time, but it’ll be worth it!

If you already are set up on social sites, make sure after you create your great content, you share it! Admittedly, I sometimes forget to do this. But when I do remember, I can immediately see the benefits. I see much more traffic coming through my site. Again, this is FREE traffic. Take advantage.

4. Help people. 

This is probably the most important step of them all. When you create a site, create content or sell a product that *truly* helps people, they will pay you back for that help in sales.

Do not think of your customers as dollar signs. They are real people with real problems who need real help. Go above and beyond to help them. They will repay you. I guarantee it. If you go after people and just want to sell, sell, sell, they will run as far away from your site as humanly possible. Google will hate it too. Trust me. Been there, done that.

Plus, it’s fun and satisfying to help people. You may even get a repeat customer or two if they learn to trust you. :)

Get the right information.

Learning the customer lifecycle is an important part of increasing website sales.

Learning the customer lifecycle is an important part of increasing website sales.

Putting the above 4 steps into practice isn’t difficult, but there are lot more ins and outs of online marketing that I don’t have room to explain here.

What is exciting though is going through really good training to really understand all of the processes of getting your site up, ranked, getting traffic and making sales. Once you have an understanding of the many ways to get traffic to your site, you understand how much you can expand. That is very exciting.

There are billions of people online. Billions. All you have to do is tap into a very small percentage of them and help them with their problem. It’s also good to understand the customer lifecycle and what they are thinking before they buy. (You can also put yourself into customer mode and think about what steps you take before you make a purchase.)

The best training. 

increasingsales_WALoginPageI really can’t recommend Wealthy Affiliate enough as the best place to learn online marketing. The step-by-step training available there is unbeatable. The best part is that there’s a huge community of like-minded people willing to help you along the way.

Many of the people there are already very successful and can help guide you in the right direction. If you’re really serious about increasing website sales, you need to know the proper way to market your site and tap into those billions of people. Otherwise, you’ll just be another site dangling at the end of the Google search. (I say this with experience! Setting your site up in the right way is imperative.)

You can join Wealthy Affiliate as a Starter Member. You pay $0. You don’t need your credit card. While there are tons of benefits of becoming a Premium Member, you can stay a Starter Member as long as you like. You will never be pressured to upgrade.

Do you know how I said helping people is the most important thing you can do? I want to help YOU. Because I know how tough it can be in the internet marketing world. I’m telling you with all sincerity, Wealthy Affiliate has helped me put my site out there in the right way. And I want you to have the same success.

Anyway, let me know if you have any questions below in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina :)

 

 

Wealthy Affiliate Annual Subscription – A Great Way To Save?

Save over $200 with Wealthy Affiliate's annual subscription.

Save over $200 with Wealthy Affiliate’s annual subscription.

There are a few subscription levels at Wealthy Affiliate but by getting the Wealthy Affiliate Annual Subscription, you can really save some money. I know it’s an option that many members decide on and I’ll show you why.

Wealthy Affiliate Membership Levels:

  • Starter: $0
  • Premium Monthly: $47
  • Premium Yearly: $359

Monthly cost versus yearly cost. 

All members start off with the Starter Membership. This is completely free and is free for as long as you wish. There are plenty of things you can access with this membership and it’s worth much, much more than the $0! But most people do end up upgrading because once they get into Wealthy Affiliate, they see that it’s worth the cost.

As a Premium Member, there are two ways you can pay.

Monthly: $47 / Month
Yearly: $359 / Year

The math. 

I’m sure you can figure this math out on your own pretty easily, but hey, I’m here so why don’t I do it for you? :)

Monthly: $47 / month x 12 months = $564
Yearly: $359 / year
Savings: $205

So, by going with the Wealthy Affiliate annual subscription, you can save $205!

Another way to look at this is that the yearly subscription breaks down to less than $30 / month or about $1 per day.

When you think of only spending $1 per day to access the absolute best online marketing training, it makes it seem like the best deal in the world. And in fact, it is!

What you get for your annual subscription. 

WAAnnualSub_PremiumWhen you upgrade from the starter membership to the premium membership, a whole new world of training and support will open up to you. For instance, you’ll get:

  •  Private access to Wealthy Affiliate founders Kyle and Carson
  • Unlimited websites with unlimited state-of-the-art hosting (which normally costs a minimum of $10 a month. And that’s not unlimited!)
  • 500 low-competition keywords pulled for you every month
  • Unlimited keyword searches
  • Weekly LIVE video training
  • Access to all premium training and courses
  • Full access to all 6 levels of the online entrepreneur certification courses

Basically, you get everything you need to learn how to run a successful online business.

Read the full breakdown of what’s included in your
Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership here. 

My review of Wealthy Affiliate. 

In case you’re still on the fence of whether or not to join Wealthy Affiliate, or whether or not to upgrade, you can read my full and honest Wealthy Affiliate review to get my insider’s look at the site and all that it offers.

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I have recently rejoined Wealthy Affiliate as a Premium Member, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Joining as a Premium Member using the annual subscription is the best way to get access to everything inside Wealthy Affiliate for the lowest cost possible. It’s truly a win-win!

If you have any questions, or if I can help you out in any other way, feel free to leave a comment below. You can also find me on my profile page at Wealthy Affiliate. I hope to see you over there. I can’t wait to meet you!

Christina :)

Is Wealthy Affiliate Good? I’ll Show You.

SONY DSCNow that you’ve heard about Wealthy Affiliate, you must be wondering…is Wealthy Affiliate good? I’m going to answer that for you with all the sincerity and honesty I can muster via the written word.

It’s not just good, it’s like a second home to me. 

I joined Wealthy Affiliate on June 1, 2009. I was there for a couple of years, but I couldn’t quite get things together and decided to leave. I rejoined in October 2013, and when I got there, it really felt like I was coming home.

But I’m not the only one who feels this way. I just saw someone today say the same thing. That he’s glad he found a “home”.

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In fact, every day I read about people thanking Kyle and Carson for providing them with such a great, supportive place to learn about internet marketing. A place where they don’t have to worry about getting scammed, or worry that someone is going to try and sell them something.

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The community. 

The community at Wealthy Affiliate is top notch. There is a live chat, discussions, people answering questions and friends cheering you on. I can talk about the tools and training at Wealthy Affiliate all day long because they are that good. But I don’t really want to do that here because you can read all about what the site offers on my Wealthy Affiliate review page.

It’s the community that keeps me at Wealthy Affiliate. Because without the right support, it’s going to be really hard to make it in internet marketing. That’s why I left the first time. I was confused. And while there was some support, it wasn’t like it is now. Let me talk to you about the differences.

The Wealthy Affiliate of old. 

Some of the people on “old” Wealthy Affiliate seemed to always have something up their sleeve. They were waiting, ready to pounce on you with an offer that you couldn’t refuse. So you never knew if they were actually trying to help, or if they just wanted to sell you something.

Plus, all these offers being tossed around just made things more confusing and it was really hard to concentrate on the training that Wealthy Affiliate offered. In fact, I’m pretty sure I never went through even 1/4 of the training that I was given. And I was paying a monthly fee for it!

On top of that, Kyle and Carson said they would offer 1-on-1 help, but they rarely seemed to be around. I remember writing a PM to one of the guys once, and they did write back, but it was with an answer that didn’t make any sense. It wasn’t helpful at all, and I felt even more alone and frustrated.

The new Wealthy Affiliate. 

So when I rejoined in October 2013, I was really nervous and skeptical. But I thought, hey, let’s give this thing another try and see what happens.

I’m so glad I did. 

The site is completely different. It’s well organized, easy to follow and understand and the level of support there is unlike any I’ve ever seen. You ask a question, and it gets an answer almost immediately. In fact, there are things in place to make SURE questions get answered.

For instance, I received an email a couple of days ago. It said that one of the members of the community needed help and it asked me if I would check out the question and see if I could help.

Now put yourself in that member’s shoes. If you have a question, it will be answered. Probably by many people.

A little help. 

I recently wrote a blog post about how I have doubt (and faith) sometimes in the whole affiliate marketing process. And I immediately felt uplifted when I read the outpouring of support from the other members.

They truly inspire and uplift me everyday. They are always there to provide a little help when needed. Here are just a few of the many comments I received.

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How could I ever give up with support like this?

It gets better. 

Do you remember how I said Kyle and Carson weren’t really around to offer their support at WA of old? Well, it’s completely different now. Kyle is often seen around the site offering his support, answering questions and generally just being there for everyone.

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Here’s one of the comments Kyle’s made on the post I made about The Benefits of a Mastermind Group.

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And Carson pops in now and again sometimes too. He wrote this lovely blog post recently about Paying it Forward at WA, and then answered many of the comments it received.

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So, is Wealthy Affiliate good? I hope I answered that question for you. I don’t know where I would be without it. I mean that with deep sincerity.

I have learned and done more with “new” Wealthy Affiliate in one month than I did in all my previous years as an affiliate marketer.

If you’re serious about learning affiliate marketing, or learning how to grow your existing online business, I would really consider joining this community. Because you will not find this support anywhere else. No one is allowed to sell you anything here. It’s completely spam-free and safe.

In fact, there are members as young as 8 years old in our community. My own kids are 8 and 6 and I would feel comfortable letting them into the site. (In fact, I plan on getting them started with their own sites very soon!)

Anyway, I hope this gives you a little insight into the Wealthy Affiliate community. If you decide to join us over there, please come to my profile page and tell me hi so I can give you a warm welcome.

And let me know what you think or what questions you have in the comment section below. Thanks for reading.

Christina :)

How To Learn Affiliate Marketing – Here’s the Easiest Way To Learn

Learning affiliate marketing is not rocket science.

Learning affiliate marketing is not rocket science.

If you’re wondering how to learn affiliate marketing, I have good news for you. It’s actually really easy to learn! I’m going to take you through some of the basics, and then I’m going to introduce you to the easiest way to learn affiliate marketing (and it’s free).

The 5 basic steps to affiliate marketing. 

  1. Decide which subject (niche) you want to work in.
  2. Find a product or group of products to promote that have an affiliate program.
  3. Build a website or create some other type of content around your niche.
  4. Use your affiliate links in your content.
  5. Make a commission on anything you sell via your affiliate links.

Decide on a niche. 

This is probably the most fun part of the whole affiliate marketing process. You get to decide on a subject you’d like to work in. It can be anything really. I really recommend choosing a subject where you have some knowledge and interest. Because you’ll be creating a lot of content around that subject and you don’t want to get bored of it!

Think about what you’re good at, and where you can help other people. Do you have a special skill, talent or interest? Do people ask your advice on a subject? What can you teach people about? What can you help them with?

A niche can be anything from throwing a certain type of baseball, knitting socks for cats, roasting coffee beans and anything in between. Be creative. Have fun with it. You do want to make sure there’s an audience for your niche though. Google it. Add your niche +forum in Google and see if there’s a group of people interested in it and talking about it.

Like this:
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You can also check ebay and Amazon to see if people are buying things within your niche.

Can you sell what’s in your niche? 

You’ll need to find out if you can sell products within your niche. Most companies out there have an affiliate program, so this is usually not a problem. You can conduct another Google search and type your niche product + affiliate program and see what comes up.

If all else fails, you can sign up for Amazon Associates, which is their affiliate program. (I believe Amazon has blocked some states from using its affiliate program, so make sure to check the terms and conditions.) They sell almost everything and people trust Amazon which makes it easier to sell products via them. Their commission starts at 4% though, which is fairly low.

Create your content. 

You’ll need a way to sell your affiliate products, and content is the way to do it! I really like building websites. I love helping people via posts such as this one, and it’s a great way to get my creativity out! But you could create video reviews and post them on YouTube. You could start a Facebook page or group. You could create a following on Pinterest or G+.

The best case scenario is to utilize ALL of these avenues. But you need some sort of content to show why you’re the expert in your niche. You want people to trust you and to know to come to YOU for your niche.

A little note on mindset here. You ARE an expert. Your unique perspective matters. Even if other people are in your same niche, none of them can explain it in quite the same way as you. Never worry about what other people are doing. Focus on YOU.  Your opinion and ideas matter.

Adding your affiliate links to your content. 

Once you have your content, you can add your affiliate links to it. Affiliate links are just like any other product link, but there’s a piece of tracking within them that is linked to you. So when you sell ABC’s product, ABC company knows to pay you a commission.

You don’t want to riddle your page with affiliate links. They need to be placed when they make sense. Think of the people on the other side of the screen. They don’t want to be bombarded with tons of links and sales pitches. You don’t like that, right?

The main point of your content should be to help people. Solve a problem for them. Then include your affiliate link when it makes sense and can help them. Trust me on this. You want people to trust you. They won’t if your page screams “buy me, buy me!: Think of how you like to be treated when you go to a store. Now treat your potential customers the same way.

Get paid!

stayhome_moneyIf you can really connect to the people who are viewing your content, you can get them to purchase products through your affiliate link. This is not an overnight get-rich type of thing. It takes time to build your content, to build trust and to create your very own online business.

But it’s worth it! Because affiliate marketing basically sets you up to receive passive income. Meaning, you put a lot of work into something upfront that will pay you again and again later down the line. It’s basically the perfect kind of income!

Tools, support and training. 

I gave you the basic idea behind affiliate marketing, and it really is very easy to learn, but there’s a lot more to it than just putting up a website with a few posts and some affiliate links thrown in.

You will need to: 

  • learn how to set up a website, including which plugins to use
  • learn how to target your audience using relevant content
  • learn how to set your site up for SEO
  • learn how to find the best keywords for your content

WAReview_WADon’t worry. All of this will be shown to you step-by-step, for free, through Wealthy Affiliate. You can read my Wealthy Affiliate review here and see why I chose it to learn how to start and grow an online business.

Wealthy Affiliate has absolutely everything you need to learn affiliate marketing. Including:

  • video training
  • classrooms and discussions
  • 1 on1 support from 10,000+ members, including the owners Kyle and Carson
  • web hosting
  • websites (2 free for starter members)
  • keyword tool

If you’re really serious about learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing, I can’t stress to you enough about the importance of learning how to do it the proper way. You can buy a course and some of them are pretty good (you can see my Legit Programs tab in the top menu for some ideas), but what happens a lot of times is that information becomes outdated very quickly.

The information at Wealthy Affiliate is always up to date, and if you ever have any doubt, you can just ask one of the many members there and they will set the record straight for you.

Anyway, I hope this post helps. If you do decide to join Wealthy Affiliate, (you can join the Started Membership for free) make sure you come and visit me. Here’s a link to my profile. I hope to see you over there!

Do you have any questions? Leave them below in the comments section.

Christina. :)