Whiteboards – 24 Square Feet Of Planning Surface To Play With

Gone are the days of the messy and chalky blackboard, both in the classroom and in conference centers.
The blackboard has been replaced by the whiteboard. Users write with dry-wipe pens instead of chalk.


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he pens come in about eight colors.
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Dry wipe pens leave marks that can simply be erased using a duster or clean board duster. The pens do leave a powdery residue when the board is wiped clean. Using dry wipe pens is considerably more expensive than chalk, but much less messy.

Whiteboards also make excellent additions to home offices, kitchens and garages. Jot your notes, to do tasks and phone messages on the whiteboard and they will never be lost, as pieces of paper will be.
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A whiteboard will allow you to prioritize all the tasks associated with running a business from home. Planning is made much easier, too. My Internet business revolves around my white-boards.

Whiteboards come in a wide range of sizes, though the common sizes are 3 feet by 4 feet and 6 feet by 4 feet. Buy the biggest one you can fit on your wall space, because you will manage to fill it much faster than you think. You may have to buy from a specialist office supplier, like Viking Direct, because high street stores are often limited in the stock they carry.
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Interactive whiteboards are another ball game entirely. An interactive board will cost hundreds of dollars, as opposed to a dry wipe plastic board that only has a cost of thirty dollars or so.

An interactive board allows users to use special non-marking pens that appear to write on the surface, but the board clears when the computer attached to the whiteboard is switched off.
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The interactive board comes into its own when it is used with specially designed software that allows users to project spreadsheets onto the board, then draw on the board with special “pens”, that leave a colored mark on the board, which disappears when the PC is turned off.

There is really no mark there at all.


Wireless Networking Cards – A Closer Look

Ok, so you’ve read all the cool stuff and heard all the great things about going wireless and then it just hit you.
However, that works you don’t know or care but it hit you. That was it, the little voice in your head said, “do it” and that was that.


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nfortunately, that was awhile ago and since that “moment” you’ve done your part.

You did some research into what was needed to upgrade your computer but it’s all just so darn confusing. You keep thinking, why can’t someone just give me a few basics so I feel more comfortable about this whole “upgrading” process.

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If the above paragraph describes you and if you’re the typical computer user it probably does, then it’s time to exhale, calm your nerves, grab a latte and settle in because hopefully this article can shed a little understanding on at least one aspect of going wireless – the network card.

Like most “typical” computers users, you love your computer and you’ve pretty good at surfing the net, using email and you’ve probably even gotten fairly proficient at using your favorite word processing program but when it comes to some of the more technical aspects of your computer or computing in general, you are probably about as close to a “deer in the headlights” as you can get.
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Hey, no problem because you’ve stumbled across a source that hopefully can shed a little light into that wireless networking card abyss.

See, those searching skills do come in handy.

Let me start out by saying that when it comes to selecting a wireless networking card you can pretty much ignore all the hoopla except for the following three key factors: range, speed, and standards.

Ok, let’s do it and take a look at a few specifics.
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Below is a typical specification for wireless networking card.

This one just happens to be for a Linksys wireless PCMCIA laptop card. Frankly, I can’t tell you if this card rocks or it stinks, I’m simply using it as an example. And with that, let’s take a closer look.

Here’s the description from Amazon:
11 Mbps high-speed transfer rate; interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4Ghz-compliant equipment; plug-and-play operation provides easy set up; long operating range (up to 120m indoor); advanced power management features conserve valuable notebook PC battery life; rugged metal design with integrated antenna; compatible with virtually all major operating systems; works with all standard Internet applications; automatic load balancing and scale back; model no. WPC11
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Like I mentioned above, most of the specs can be ignored.

To start with, “compatible with virtually all major operating systems.” That means nothing.

It’s simply fluff to expand the description to make the card appear better.

Range

Take a look at where it says “up to 120m indoor”.

This means that the maximum range of the wireless card is 120 meters — sure if everything was perfect. And by the way, one meter is equal to about 39 inches or 3 feet.

However, in the real world where nothing is ever perfect interference caused by thick walls, other power sources and the list goes on could reduce this number by as much as 90% – so just be aware of this.
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And without enough range, your wireless network is no longer wireless and therefore – worthless.

It serves no purpose to go wireless if you have to keep your computer next to the wireless port in order for it to work or if you have multiple computers to keep them all in the same room to get them to connect to each other.
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As a rule of thumb, unless your walls are made of drywall or wood, it’s best to buy about four times the strength you think you’ll need.

Even in perfect conditions, get twice what you think you’ll need – just to be safe.

Speed

Take another look at the description and find where it says Mbps.
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Mbps is the speed of the wireless connection – 11 Mbps is about one and a half megabytes per second. All 802.11b wireless cards have a speed of 11Mbps, while 802.11g cards run at 54Mbps or nearly 5 times faster. And of course, the next generation will be even faster.

Clearly, speed is important to your wireless network because it’s going to directly influence how long you have to wait to connect, how fast pages upload, file transfer rates, and your overall computer experience is always better when things download faster.
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I don’t know about you but if something takes more than a few seconds to download, I start to get impatient.

However, because there are currently very few Internet connections running at speeds over 11Mbps – it’s really as much as you need, at least for now.

Standards

You’ve probably noticed in the above specs the number 802.11 followed by a letter b. The b is the standard that the wireless device conforms too. Currently, there are 3 standards – a, b and g.

In a nutshell, 802.11b and 802.11g are compatible with each other while 802.11a isn’t compatible with either.
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Due to the incompatibility issues with the other two standards and because it’s an older less robust standard I would stay away from cards using it.

Between b and g, b is cheaper but slower, while g is more expensive but faster. It’s also worth considering that adding a b-speed device to a network that has g-speed devices will often slow the whole network down to b-speed, making the g-devices pointless.

Basically, the network will operate at the speed of its weakest link.
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If your wireless device doesn’t conform to the right standards, it’s not going to be much good to you. I often see uninformed people bidding for used wireless equipment on eBay, not realizing that it’s going to be terribly slow and may not work with other equipment they might have.

Always check what standard the wireless equipment is using and if you don’t know the 802.11 letter, don’t buy it!

A great place to research and find answers to everything “wireless” is Zephyr Net. Simply click the Wifi Hotspot link in the resource box below.

The Myth Of AutoShip

The Myth Of AutoShip

AutoShip, or the automatic delivery of products or services on a monthly basis primarily serves two functions:
1) To create consistent consumption and repeat purchases of that product or service by the consumer;
2) Customer convenience, by eliminating the need for the customer to have to repeatedly reorder the same products or services over and over again.

Unfortunately, the benefits of AutoShip for either of the above purposes are vastly overrated.


It is true that network marketing companies would love to see their customers continue to come back month after month to make repeat purchases.
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However, in reality, it simply doesn’t work that way. Unless you have a product or service that by nature is generally delivered via ongoing subscription, i.e., newspapers and magazines, utilities (including communications and Internet), insurance, loans, financial services, etc., just getting the customer to agree to go on AutoShip is no guarantee that they won’t cancel it.

Many companies and their representatives like to rely on the fact that a certain percentage of customers will indeed stay on AutoShip for extended periods for no other reason than habit, and/or because they simply don’t know how to cancel it.

Is that really the position that you want your customers to be in, though? People who are buying your product simply because they forgot or don’t know how to cancel the recurring AutoShip order?
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Most friends and associates tend to view me as a well organized person. And certainly I’m not one to waste money.

Yet, despite that, I will admit that in any given year it is not uncommon for me to spend anywhere from several hundred to over one thousand dollars on products and services that I simply didn’t have time (or didn’t know how) to cancel. It is not by accident that many companies make it easy to sign up for the automatic delivery of their products or services, but provide no easy way to cancel.

In the case of one MLM related service that I decided to try out, not only was there no way to cancel online, but their Contact form didn’t work, so there was, seemingly, no way to send them an email either!

At first, they provided only a Contact form and no email address. When eventually I found an email address and sent an email asking them to cancel my account there was no reply!

Finally I found a phone number and called them, and even then they often had problems with their voicemail box being full or not taking messages, etc.
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So, while it is possible to retain some customers longer simply because it’s easy for them to signup for AutoShip but not so easy to cancel, again, do you really want your customer to feel like he or she is being held hostage?

Ideally, you should have high quality products and services that are well understood and in demand by your customers. Customers should continue ordering because they WANT or NEED your product or service, and not simply because it’s on AutoShip.

In the majority of cases, companies, and their representatives, want people on AutoShip for ONE reason and one reason only, to attempt to extract ongoing consistent revenue from that customer.
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At least from the company’s standpoint, that’s the real bottom line. And, from both the company’s standpoint and that of the representative, that AutoShip may very well be tied to that representative achieving or maintaining a certain compensation level, often with names like Silver, Bronze, Gold, Platinum, Executive, etc.

The more money you spend each month (especially on AutoShip) the more money you qualify for in the compensation plan. Often this results in inflated and/or artificial consumption. In other words, people either buying things they don’t really need, and/or buying more than they really need.

Rule #1 For Keeping AutoShip Under Control: For your own long term financial success and in the best interests of your customers, is to make sure that you buy only what you need! If you need a particular product or service delivered every month and in that quantity, great. If not, don’t agree to have it continue to be auto-shipped to you.

Rule #2 is to remember that, whether as a representative or a customer, YOU are the ultimate consumer and purchaser. It’s your money! Therefore, it should be up to you as to when and how much of it you spend. Don’t be intimidated by your company or upline into buying more than you need, or fall into the trap of trying to make your representatives and customers to do the same (buy more than they need on AutoShip).
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In the short run you may make less money than if your numbers are artificially inflated by people buying more on AutoShip than they really want to.

But, in the long run, you’ll have a stronger customer and rep base, and your representatives and customers will respect you far more for keeping their best interests in mind by encouraging them to buy your products and services because they want and need them, and in the quantities they need them in.

At the very beginning of this article, “Customer Convenience” was mentioned as one of the reasons that companies claim to offer AutoShip.
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However, after decades of experience ordering a multitude of products worth tens of thousands of dollars, and watching others do the same, I’m absolutely convinced that AutoShip can be just as much an inconvenience as it is a convenience.

And please let me be quick to point out that, yes, I absolutely DO have products and services that to this very day are delivered to me each and every month on AutoShip. I’ll go even further by sharing with you that in just one category, nutritional products, I order as much as $400 to $600 PER MONTH worth of those kinds of products.

HOWEVER, in a “slow” month I might order as little as $100 to $150 worth of product. So, you might be wondering, why the difference, and what do I mean by a “slow” month?

Just one example: Health Packs (or Paks). Keep in mind that this is most commonly applicable to health and nutritional products, but it can apply to many other products and services as well.
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Most health and wellness companies offer at least one, “Health Pack,” which they’ve stocked with items they feel that most people would always want to purchase every month. Again, these packages may also be designed to qualify the representative for a particular level in the company’s compensation plan.

The problem with this approach is that, especially if it is a pack that contains many varied products, it is highly unlikely that you will consume all of its contents equally over the entire month. So, at the end of the month it is very possible that you’ll end up with too much, or too little, of some of the products included in any given package.

If you just keep ordering that same package then before long you’ll end up with a whole surplus of some items, and perhaps run short on others. That’s what I mean by a “slow” month.
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Slow months for me are those months where the previous months’ AutoShips have caused me to be overstocked on certain items. If I end up getting overstocked on many if not most items, then I may only spend as little as $100 to $150 that month buying just the few items that I’m running out of.

On the other hand, if it is a month during which I’ve almost run out of everything, or soon will be, then I can easily spend as much as $400 to $600 purchasing all of the health and nutritional products that I might typically buy in any given month.

Do I continue to keep receiving products on AutoShip every month even when I already have too many, or don’t need them? Absolutely not!
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If I see that I’m getting too stocked up on certain items then I’ll remove those items from my AutoShip order for that month. Some companies let you put AutoShip on “pause” and then resume it again when you are ready for exactly this reason.

However, if no such options are provided I am not at all shy about simply canceling my AutoShip order for a particular month altogether. Then, when I see that I’m going to be running low on those items, I’ll go back on AutoShip.

AUTO SHIP DEADLINES

Especially if you are new to receiving products on AutoShip, be sure to familiarize yourself with your company’s policy for submitting changes or cancellations to your order. Some companies will allow you to literally change your order almost at the last minute.
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More commonly, however, they will have a policy that states that you must do so well prior to the actual AutoShip date, sometimes by as much as 10 days in advance! If your company has such a policy and you wait until after the deadline you may be unable to stop your AutoShip for that month, even if you don’t need any more of the product!
 
 
 

To Summarize:

1. Emphasize the value of your products and services so that both you and your customers are purchasing because they need and want your products, and not just to meet some compensation plan requirement. Ask yourself, “if I weren’t personally involved in this company, would I still be buying this product?”

Almost all of the products and services that I mentioned above that I buy, sometimes to the tune of as much as $400 to $600 a month, are for my personal consumption only and not at all because I’m trying to qualify for a spot somewhere in a company’s compensation plan.
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In fact, in most cases, I do not push the opportunity at all, and in most have never signed up even a single rep. (Though I’m a huge fan of health and wellness and practice it daily, it just so happens that my primary focus is on building organizations outside of the strictly heath and wellness area.).

So, I can definitely answer with a resounding, “yes,” the question, “would I buy these products anyway even if no opportunity were involved?”

If you can answer, “yes,” to that question and you happen to be in the health and wellness area, awesome! You’ll be much better off and build a stronger organization and customer base as a result.

2. Do not buy and certainly do not continue to receive on monthly AutoShip anything that you do not really want or need. Buy products because you actually intend to use them, and not just to qualify for a certain level of compensation.

3. Monitor your AutoShips and your usage of the products and be ready to adjust as needed, ordering more, or less, whenever necessary.

4. Finally, remember that YOU ultimately are in control and are the one who determines what you need, and in what quantity, and when. So, if you are simply getting too stocked up on certain items, or you simply don’t need them during a certain month, don’t be shy about canceling your AutoShip order if your company doesn’t give you more flexible options. You can always resume your AutoShip order when you are ready.

And, lastly, let me point out that, all things considered, as long as you actually need and want whatever products you are buying, then by all means DO take advantage of any specials, bonuses, and/or compensation plan benefits that you will enjoy by ordering on AutoShip.

In other words, if your company offers advantages to placing your order on AutoShip, as opposed to placing a “regular” order, there is nothing wrong with that. Very few companies have a policy that states that you won’t get those same advantages just because you don’t stay on AutoShip every single month.
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If you cancel your AutoShip this month for instance, naturally you probably won’t enjoy for that month any of the perks that are offered for being on AutoShip. However, when you DO decide to order again, if you place your order back on AutoShip, you’ll probably enjoy the same benefits as if you had been on AutoShip the entire time.

Some people like to shop at sales just because items are on sale. Hence the old saying, “no sale is a good sale if you don’t need the item that’s on sale!”

Likewise, AutoShip does have it’s place, but no benefit is likely to worth it if you are spending money each month buying products on AutoShip that you don’t really need or want.


The Journey to Success in Your Home Based Business

The Journey to Success in Your Home Based Business

Work at Home Success — How do you measure the success in your life?


As a home-based working mom it’s so different than the outside corporate world.
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I know for me, one day it can be a call from Borders that they are accepting one of my books, where another day it can be that I finally got my 8-year-old to go on a field trip at school. The last two she had missed being too scared to attend and instead spent the day home, sick. Both days, I consider huge successes! Both days, I felt a real winner!

Home based success can mean the little things such as a day we get all our work done while attending a sick child, or being one of the only parents able to attend a school function that your daughter so eagerly anticipated. That’s what we are trying to achieve in our home-based business, the best of both worlds. And having worked at home since 1985 I can truly say, it can be done.

So how can you achieve this success for your business and family? How can you make more good days than bad? Here are some tips:


Start Early: I find that by getting up an hour or so before everyone else, I can accomplish so much more. That allows me the extra 10 minutes of devotional time, a few minutes to enjoy my coffee alone, and then time to dig into my work. I usually save my peak work for this time as this is truly when I’m at my best.


Regroup and Rebalance: So often home-based moms feel overwhelmed and unable to accomplish anything because of this. Try breaking it all down. Take a day or two and write down your typical day. What can you change to make it better, to make it work? Often when it’s down in writing, it’s clearer to see where changes can be made. Try to lump together tasks and delegate any tasks you can. And above all else-avoid Guilt.


Eliminate time-robbers! We still have to cook dinner, (I tried, it didn’t work!) but I don’t have to talk to my friend, who doesn’t work, for 45 minutes during my workday. Say No!
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Also, with my kids I found some of the work I actually could take outside or in another room.

There’s no rule that says I have to work at my desk.

Perhaps you can create different workstations around the home. Be creative.


Shortcuts To Success: What can you do to make your business run smoother? Constantly be thinking of ways to improve upon your business. Organization is naturally a big one. The more organized you are, the better you’ll be at many things.
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Another shortcut for me was to create different books of materials that I frequently used so I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel each time and it was right in front of me. Thus, I created different 3-ring binder books of marketing letters, press releases, etc. Anything that I frequently use and would save me time, I’ll implement. Think about things that you can do for your business. Things that you use often, that you could print out and possibly make a collection of, and then look to as a resource. Or what other times savings tip could you think of that would help your business?

Another thing I do is buy paper that has 3 ring holes already in it. When I print out a client’s e-mail, or client’s article, I’ll immediately put it into their binder categorized by topic. I’m now able to find things more and also can see clearly all I’ve done with the clients.


Focus on Success: Continue to see yourself as a success and focus on your goals. Success is within your reach when you continually focus on your goals, both for your business and your family.


The Internet Home Business Movement What You Should Know!

The Internet Home Business Movement What You Should Know!

The on-line Internet home business couldn’t be any more popular these days, were more, and more people are signing up for these so-called Internet home business opportunities.


It is estimated that over 100 thousand times a day Google the top search engine pulls up millions of results for the “work at home business” search. What’s even more interesting 740,000,000 results pop up when you type in those exact words. In 2 months that number may reach 1 billion results. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=work+at+home+business
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With the Internet so widely available, and with the constant increase of prices of almost everything we buy today, people are flocking to these Internet home business programs in record numbers. We did the exact search 2 months ago to find the number of results was significantly less about half the 740 million results we see today.

From advertisements like this one [[Censored, Link is not allowed]] it’s far too easy to get hooked on some “Internet home Business opportunity.” So the question today remains do these programs, and programs like these work?

Some experts agree the answer to that question is yes. These are the people who have been around the Internet since 1996. They are also the very same people who have created programs just like the one provided in the paragraph above this one.
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We are not all Internet marketing gurus, so we decided to ask the rookies of the Internet home business programs, how they felt about the programs that they joined.

Most of them told us that it is very difficult to get the first 100 dollars a month from these programs. But after you earn your first 100 dollars a month things “just get easier.”

“The reason for this is if you are lucky enough to make your first $100 you have figured out a system that works.” Said the owner of one of these popular work at home web sites. “The thing to do after you have made the $100 is stuck to the very same systems that work, and you will continue to earn money for as long as you own the web site.”
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The biggest obstacle for most people when starting is being able to bring in significant traffic to their sites.

One of the Internet’s largest industries is in the traffic sector. It is estimated that over 3 billion dollars a year is being spent by small businesses that also includes the new home business craze, on buying traffic from such services as Google AdWords, or overture.com.

Most of the people we found were trying desperately to make sales with their programs. These entrepreneurs often found themselves paying hundreds, and even thousands of dollars to search engines who offer what is known as a pay per click services. This service offers a client top spot advertising space on its search engine results. The search engines will charge their client anywhere from .10 cents to as much as five dollars a click depending on the bid, and the popularity of keywords selected by the client.

As more and more people advertise with these search engines the prices per clicks get higher, and higher, forcing Internet rookies to struggle even more when it comes to bringing in traffic. Even with the bought traffic, there are still no guarantees that you will break even.
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Here is something everyone who uses this method of advertising should know. Unfortunately over %50 of all the pay per clicks, clicks are not even from real prospects looking to buy into the web sites services, or products. Half of the clicks are coming from competitors trying to get an edge on their competition. Curiosity draws them to click on the advertisements costing the advertiser up to 5 dollars per click.

No matter what kind of web site an Internet home business plan gives you, or the bonuses they include. One thing is certain if you are going to make any money on the Internet, with any Internet program, You will have to make it happen for yourself. You will have to put yourself one step in front of the competition.

There is an upside to owning an Internet home business though. There is no shortage of people looking for ways to make money on the Internet!
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There are no shortages of people who are willing to pay money for informational products, and every day that the number of people surfing the web increases. The number of new web users will continue to increase for the next ten years, doubling every 5 years, making now the right time to become a well-established Internet home business.

Get the right training, and promote the right products you could find wealth right here on the Internet.

The number one thing all successful Internet home businesses have in common is the web sites owner’s willingness to succeed, they invested many hours of their time in promoting their web site’s products. They spend large amounts of time learning how to promote their businesses both online and offline, they spend the time optimizing their web sites for search engine rankings.

So the choice is all up to the seeker, Success will all come down to sheer will, and determination.


To sum things up the answer is yes, these programs can provide a good steady paycheck but, only to those who put forth the effort, and the time will profit from any on-line business opportunities. So if it’s and on-line business you are seeking to find out if you are willing to invest the time and effort it takes to be an online success, before you invest a single dime into any program that offers you a money-making opportunity. Remember to always do your homework before you sign up for any program. If you are still unsure never be afraid to ask.


The Insider’s View Into the MLM Opt-In Leads Industry

The Insider’s View Into the MLM Opt-In Leads Industry

Everyone wants to be on the inside… at least if you are on the outside looking in.
I’m old enough to remember walking with my parents or grandparents through the downtown streets of Springfield, IL at Christmas time, and looking in the display windows of all the Christmas decorations, toys, and electric trains. I was on the outside, and I wanted inside where the good stuff was.


Well, I don’t know if you are on the outside of the MLM Leads industry wanting to get in, but I want to take you on a tour – to get the inside scoop of the leads business. If you knew what actually went on in some arenas, you may think the inside scoop looks like this picture.

How Leads are Generated

For the most part, network marketing leads are generated over the Internet. While I don’t have a scientific study for this across all the leads companies, I would estimate 85-90% of all leads you find for sale are originated on the Internet.
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There are two main reasons for this. First, the Internet is where most people are doing their research today when looking for jobs, for ways to make extra money, how to invest, etc. So, why not go where the people are looking. Second, it is the most cost effective (usually).

Generally speaking, a person is surfing the Internet, doing a Google search, and checking out their options for ways to make extra income. Or, sometimes the person is not even thinking about wanting more money when an online ad catches their attention and they check it out. So, they fill out a form and hit submit.

That is the basics of online lead generation. Some person is out there surfing the Net. There is an online ad. The person fills out the online form and hits submit, and BOOM, they are now a prospect waiting to be sold.
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Sounds innocent enough huh? In fact, it sounds like quite a nice system. Wouldn’t we all like to receive a batch of leads after they had been surfing the Internet for ways of making money from home… they filled out a form… and now you have their name, phone, and E-mail address in your hands.

But, let’s look at what happens out there sometimes and some of the variables that can make a HUGE difference in the type of lead you now hold in your hand.

Incentivized Leads

in-cen-tive (noun) – : something that incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action
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One of the biggest problems that exists among the Internet lead generation business is the incentives that “incites” or “entices” a person to fill out a form and hit submit. If you have purchased leads long enough, then you have probably come across the person who did not know they were going to be contacted about a home business… instead they were going to get a new Video iPod, $10,000, or a vacation cruise.

So, what do you do? You go to XYZ Leads company and you buy a batch of leads. The leads are $2.25 each, so you buy 50 of them for $112.50. There is a chance you may find a good prospect in there, but, for the most part, you are going to have “wishy-washy” prospects.
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No lead is ever pure because we don’t know what other sites the prospect has been to, filling out forms, and checking out other businesses.

However, if you are going to invest in leads, it is worth a few extra minutes of research or an email or phone call to the owners, to know what kind of leads you are purchasing. And, even more important, order a smaller batch of leads to test market before moving forward with a company.

Leads are all about results, so ask and test.