Most of My Readers Here are Clueless…And Yes that Means YOU

about Leveraging the Power of the Internet to Their Benefit……I know because I was clueless myself at one time. And I find I can still be clueless about things every now and then. I know it can be frustrating.

Five and a half years ago I started doing surveys for part time money. Well, I ran into somebody who told me just a little about making money from blogging and doing it free at Blogger blog.

A light bulb went off in my head, and I started to put affiliate banners on these survey sites at my blog. Every time someone clicked one of my banners and joined as a survey taker I made a few bucks. And boy did it add up. 😉

Along with this I learned how to do some massive back linking with some services to get some big time traffic, and I threw some Adsense ads on my blog. I was making some cake.

Boy, I thought I had it all figured out with making money blogging as I just kind of improvised as I went along and watched the cash come in.

Well guys , I really found out how clueless I really was as Google changed their ways of ranking sites. They slammed the hammer down on many blogs and websites and took away their traffic literally overnight.

I happened to be one of them. OUCH !! lol

It did hurt financially but you know what ? I think in the long run it helped me become a better internet marketer and blogger. It really did.

I even came up with a few points that will help you become ‘unclueless’ in the world of IM and making money blogging .

So take some notes

First of all, if you want to have some success online whether it be in making money blogging or Multi level marketing you must have a plan. It sounds cliche but it is so true !

For instance in blogging…….it would be cool if all of us decided to just open up our laptop and write about anything on our mind and make money doing it.

However, 99% of the time it just does not work that way.

Oh sure you will have those couple of exceptions where ‘stay at home john’ decides to blog one day about potty training his daughter Tabitha and then writes a book about it and sell thousands and thousands of it to all the visitors at his site. Making him $100,000 a year.

It occasionally happens but the odds are stacked up against you

I just want everyone reading this to be clued in on the fact you must find a topic you want to blog about but one that has enough traffic that you can make money with your readers and actually help them too.

Go HERE to see the traffic of any key term word or phrase. It will give you the monthly searches among other things. I personally like to target a phrase with at least 1,000 visitors a month. That is using ‘exact’ phrase checked on the side.

(And please do not use any service that promises you thousands of back links to get you higher in the Search Engines. Google will beat you down for that 🙁 )

Secondly, you need to learn from those who have had success with making money blogging. Look over their sites, ask them questions, copy what they do ( NO, not plagiarism but adopt a similar style along with your own)
Whether it be Picasso or Einstein they have all emulated predecessors before them. And have been highly successful at their chosen fields.

Darren Rowse and his Blog Problogger is a great place to see some impressive blogging and how successful people do it.

Lastly, always be clued in to what GOOGLE is doing. It seems like Google changes the way they rank sites in the search engines every 6 months or so. Keep tabs by following Google engineer Matt Cutts and visit forums to find out what is working for people in getting more traffic. Do not be obsessed with trying to figure out Google but take note. In the end, good solid, helpful content will win Google over for you! 🙂

So do not be clueless like I was when I first started Internet Marketing and making money blogging. Stay on top of it and continue to do so and you will do OK !!

Peace out,

The Good , the Bad , the Ugly with Network Marketing Opportunities

Hey guys. I hope you are having a good day. I am doing fine. My computer is down right now so as I write this I am writing on my good ole trusty Notepad ! 🙂

Anyway, Network Marketing Opportunities or MLM has gotten really a ‘BAD’ rap in the last few decades. I think there is one company that has been one of the driving forces behind this. Maybe it is not fair (but by default they most surely have been )

Amway was started over 50 years ago as a direct selling company. It was essentially the first MLM ever. When it came out people were really excited. There were very many millionaires made in that first couple of decades with Amway.

But you know what happened with this Company over a period of time ?? One word, OVERKILL !!

Thats right you had too many people pushing the Amway dream to extremes
and before you knew it there were neighborhood gatherings and office parties as well as every tom, dick and joe, pushing this dream on cousins, brothers, mothers, and sisters; just about anyone with a
blood pressure 😉

I know things got ‘BAD’ particular in the 90s when people would ask other friends to come to business gatherings to look at a business opportunity. On the spot the victim would come out and ask if this was Amway. The person who was part of the opportunity would not reply one way or another. This exact thing happened to me. A co worker tried
to coax me into a business rally and he refused to say whether it was Amway or not. He wanted to let me in on more of the specifics at the rally.

To me that says a lot about a Company where the people who are part of the program are so ashamed of their Company’s name they will not divulge the name of the opportunity until you get to the rally !! 🙁

This is not how you present network marketing opportunities to anyone !

The thing is Amway is a legitimate Company that has billion in sales in each and every year. But the way they Marketed their products and the opportunity were done in a manner where it became a huge turnoff to many.

Unfortunately, these days people here in the US just roll their eyes when they hear the word Amway.

Interesting enough something like 90% of the sales and recruits with Amway are in Asia and not the US.

Now getting to the ‘UGLY’ of Network Marketing and it can be a real blood bath ! I know of several Network Marketing opportunities that were just plain scams. They were ponzi schemes. In other wards you had people at top; the owners and executives. And they were the ones getting paid from the influx of people below.

The products involved were crappy and had no real value. Once the top members made enough money and the influx of new members drastically dwindled they then closed the doors and took the money and ran.

To stay away from this ‘UGLINESS’ in MLM , be sure to check out the backgrounds of these people. See if the product is one that you can buy at Walmart cheaper ( yes believe or not this really happens) . And let them know that you will join as a member for the long term and you will make them accountable for all actions they perform.

Now finally we will get to the ‘GOOD’ of network marketing. And yes there is some very, very “GOOD” with some Network Marketing Companies.
Some companies on the web are presenting some really quality products and they are using network marketing to spread the word around and increase their sales.

A few are actually getting into the Mobile App business. And are blazing a new path to ways that we have never seen before.

The Mobile App business is already a multi billion dollar industry. The sky is the limit for this sector. It has to be number one on my list for network marketing opportunities !

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It is the 21st Century and this is not your Father’s MLM company !

(Here is a original Article I wrote for another Blog. I think you will find it helpful… Rob)
I can remember back in the early 1980s I was playing Atari Pac Man over at a childhood friend of mine’s house in our suburban neighborhood in Tennessee. We were just sitting there chilling out and protecting ourselves
from that humid Summer heat that plagues that area in early August.

A few minutes went by and all of the sudden the door flew open with a ruckus, and it was my friend’s dad. He about scared the bonkers out of us. We didn’t know what he was murmuring about , but in a hurry he made his way over to us to show us something he had just gotten.

It was some kind of Kit and on the outside of it there was one big, bold printed word on it, AMWAY ! Inside were endless brochures and paperwork and other stuff I really did not understand at that age .

Well, my friend’s dad proceeded to tell us this was his answer to financial freedom and the opportunity to make a million dollars.

I wasn’t sure what financial freedom meant at that time , but I sure knew that a million dollars was a lot of money lol

Now fast forward to 10 years later. At this time, I was a recent grad from University of Tennessee Business school. I knew a little bit more than I did years before about most everything including the financial arena.

That Summer after graduation I was sitting downstairs in my parent’s house. And I heard some quick moving steps coming down the stairs towards me . It was my brother, Mike. And guess what he was holding in his hand ? You got it, a Kit with a distinct printing on the outside that read Amway !

Well, to make a long story short my brother and I became distributors for Amway that year. We worked it for a few months and decided it had too expensive products and it was hard to build an Organizational down line with such
pricey items like 7$ tooth paste and $5 under arm deodorant. And this was like 1991 !!

We tried several more Network Marketing Companies including some health and nutrition companies and water filtration but the same thing; expensive prices to become a Associate and expensive products to try to hawk to your down line.

And going out to recruit new distributors was almost impossible as every friend and relative ran the other way when they saw us coming to pitch them again and again with our business ventures.

It was just one big dead end street for us.

My how things have changed in Network Marketing in the past 25 years or so.

With the advent of the World Wide Web there are numerous <a href=””>Network Marketing Opportunities</a> to take advantage of as communication is so much faster and effective than the old archaic ways of the early nineties and the eighties !

Emails, chat lines, instant messaging, skype, tweeting, Facebook Walls are a few of the numerous mediums people can network and build up a network marketing business.

It has been quite a revolution in the way we communicate and conduct business !

It is just not your so called ‘warm list’ that you have to rely on to build a successful MLM. You know your family, friends, co workers, neighbors, and most anyone with a pulse and trying to get them into Amway like my brother and I did in 1991 lol

These days many people get online and try to find businesses that they can start up immediately and do it from home. One good way to find this kind of valuable traffic is to do some SEO and make a Website or Blog and rank high in the Search Engines at Google and Yahoo !

The search engines will provide your Site with laser targeted visitors and instead of running down after uncle Joe to get him to join your MLM ,you will have John Doe running you down to get in your MLM 😉

That is a nice change of dynamics wouldn’t you say ?? 🙂

Other ways such as running solo ads in a business forum or just socializing with like minded people on Facebook and other online social outlets are really great ways in building your business.

However, there is also some short falls in building your Network Marketing Business online. With the convenience of being online also comes the convenience of anonymity which can lead to scams and other forms of misconduct.

There are countless number of people and businesses that have lost a tremendous amount of money because they
were dealing with con artist and dealing with people who were just no good and looking for prey behind their computers !

The proliferation of MLMs on the Web has probably increased by 10 fold compare to all the MLMs back in the early nineties. This is great is some respects but like I said it can be bad for some who jump in a MLM on the spur of the moment.

If you do decide you want to get into a network marketing company just be sure to check out the founder of the MLM and all the upper executives. See what their track records have been.

Contact other associates who have been there awhile and get their opinion. Ask yourself are the products of quality and value ? Is it something that retail customers would be keen on buying ? Or is it just some high priced product that never reaches the real market but is there to be dumped on every down line member for up line commissions ? Also make sure the upfront cost to start are reasonable.

And one last thing is to just put the MLMs name into Google search and see if there are many articles that question its authenticity.

Because you want to be safe and as I said before and will say again this is not your Dad’s MLM back in the 1980s :>)

Here are Two Kinds of People Who Almost Always Fail Even in the Top Network Marketing Companies !

Okay, recently I was getting off a conference call with the Founder and CEO of a pretty darn good Network Marketing Company. Actually one of the top network marketing companies around. One of the things he stressed on this call is not to use the word ‘spill over’ in any way ,shape, or form !

You know what I guys I completely agree with this notion.

And this leads up to something I want to expound on.

Here are three  kinds of people who for the most part will not make it in Network Marketing and historically almost never do.

1. The first type is what I call the ‘temporary go getter’. Yeah, he is the guy who is so psyched to have join the new network marketing company. He goes out and contacts his friends, family, co workers, church friends and everyone who pretty much has a blood pressure. After a few weeks he scratches his head because he has brought in zero associates into his Organization and has made a big goose egg financially.

After this ho hum performance he deems this type of business not feasible or not duplicatable and consequently throws in the towel for good.

So let us rewind this back  a second. This person has given this biz 3 or 4 weeks and he puts a lid on it ??  Is he crazy considering the fact most conventional businesses take over 2 years to see a profit. Sure this is not a conventional business but do NOT dare for a second  think that Overnight riches will happen to you even in the top network marketing companies. It Won’t !! It takes time and work to see results and you need to sow before you reap.

2. The second kind of person I refer to as the ‘wave rider’. He or she joins an Network Marketing Organization with the perception that there could be some so called spill over into his or down line down line. ( many upline members make deceitful promises that this will happen to them). He or she refuses to do much work and just waits for that lucrative spill over to occur in his or her  down line only to be disappointed when it does not happen. I have seen this scenario over and over again. People think that others will spill over from the top and be automatically put into their down line with no work. Folks, 99% of the time it will not happen.

3. Finally, the person who has little chance of having success is one that ask question after question about the program, product, compensation etc..etc.. They seem leery of the Company and no matter what you do they continue to have this mindset. Finally, after tugging back and forth in their head they join as an associate albeit grudgingly and are nothing more than dead weight. Their negative attitudes from the git go are their demise , and it is almost better that they not join in your down line because as I said they are useless weight.

This business is tough. Even in the top networking marketing companies ! You can have a huge down line of Associates in your Organization. But that is no indication or guarantee that you will have huge Success in the future.

Your best bet is to work to find those few hidden gems just like pearls in a oyster. If you get 3 or 4 individuals that have your vision and mindset about the Company and its Products and the same work ethic then you can really go a long way in this business !!


Are You Content with Yourself Now?

Are You Content with Yourself Now?

If your answer is “Yes,” then read no further. Nothing herein can take you from your false complacency. In a world constantly given a facelift by rapid innovation, you will soon be gathering dust in a remote corner of obsolescence – if you are not there yet.

But if your answer is “No,” then read on. You are not alone. In fact, lack for contentment has always been and will be the driving force for progress and development. It made man come down from the trees and walk on land, emerge from the caves and build houses.

And Man has come a long way – from the Industrial Revolution, when machines started to replace people and mass production became the norm, to the current “knowledge-based” economy where you and I must possess different skills to be a viable part of the whole. All these were driven by Man’s insatiable need to do better, to not be contented with what he’s got.

To do this, we need to continuously learn to move with the pack or be left behind. We must either go to school or stay at home to learn some more. We scour the libraries, the Internet, magazines, and periodicals (even the back of discarded milk boxes) for information to satisfy our hunger for “self-development.”

What is self-development?
I am sure you’ve heard of it. But do you know, precisely, what it is and how to set out in developing yourself?

Self-development is the “conscious choice to improve one’s life to become a better person and to grow as an individual.”

It is taking responsibility of your own learning and development by assessing yourself and taking action in order to attain some goals you set yourself to accomplish.

Self-development is a process; a journey, if I may call it. It has a beginning and an end, and some basic steps in between. They can be simple or complicated. But you must follow them to avoid fumbling along the way.

Here are some of them:
– Desire:
This answers the question, “Why?” More money? Fame? Prestige? Or whatever it is that makes you want to improve in yourself.

This is the driving force in every human endeavor. It provides the motivation for passion. And it must be strong enough to give you an “all or nothing” or “take no prisoner” mindset.

– Goals:
Goals tell you that you have arrived. Without it, you will never get anywhere you want to be. Your goals must be achievable, realistic, measurable and time-bound.

Those parameters give your goal a definition, a sense of reality. Without these parameters your goals are nothing but dreams.

– Plan:
This provides the road map and the action needed to reach your goal within a specific amount of time.

Without a plan, you will just flounder along the way.

– Vehicle:
Is what takes you through every step of the process, every leg of the journey. Definitely not as sophisticated as the lunar lander, but suitable enough to take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Your vehicle is made up of money, time, space and other resources and the modes or methods of learning.

The mobile vehicle for self-development:
There are countless self-development vehicles to choose from, thanks to the Internet, But what is currently selling as fast as hot cakes is through those ubiquitous portable communication devices, e.g. mobile phones, iPhones or laptops.

In a news article the other day, the U.N has now found it more difficult to find a toilet than a mobile phone, especially in developing and less-developed countries.

Seeing this immense potential of bringing self-development to your doorstep, er, to your hands, ILA (Inspired Living Application), has introduced an innovation never done before. It designed an application that makes it possible for you to get well-done self-development content on a weekly basis.

Whether at home, at work or at play, you will be able to e enrich yourself from such topics as goal setting, time management, business and personal development, etc., from your mobile, iPhone or laptop. Or desktop, should this be your preference.

This application offers several advantages to people seeking self-development. Among others, it:
– Brings to you the information you need, rather than you searching for it;
– Focuses your leaning as it allows you to choose topics relevant to your needs;
– Saves you time and money since information is brought to you, not you going for it;
– Allows you to earn by sharing it with others with similar needs.

There was a time when learning was for a privileged few. Then it was made available to anybody who sought it. Now ILA brings it to anybody, anywhere, at a cost that is practically free.

Joseph Dabon
A freelance writer and an ILA Associate –

(Tags include network marketing opportunities, top mlm companies, self development)

Three Ways to Successfully Build up a Network Marketing Business.

As any person with a successful network marketing business can tell you, building one can be very simple but not easy.
In other wards, it can be a simple concept but you have to get out there and work your butt off to see some success.

Here are Three ways to really build up your business.

1. Getting your ‘warm list’ as prospects and potential leads can be a goldmine. These groups of people include but not limited to family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members, a friend of another family member, other school parents you come into contact with etc.. Personally, I have found this list to be the most effective in building my network marketing business !
The potential leads are nearly limitless. Just think about it. You can talk about people at the check out counter at stores or people eating at a Mcdonalds.
Yes, I know this sounds a little bit out there but if you have a network marketing business that is very, very duplicable then
this is a viable way to bring in new Associates.

2. Getting leads on the internet through social media is the hot new way that people are seeing some real results in
building their network marketing business. I have started this blog recently , and it is safe to say that doing that and building a email list is a sure fire way to start getting some associates in my Organization. Also, having a Facebook fan page is a great way to get some exposure for you network marketing business. Now personally I can say that I have not been involved with Facebook because I thought it was too much of a time suck. But I am hearing and seeing people who have been building up their Facebook pages and knocking it out of the park with network marketing. I will stay on top of this and may even start a fan page to add to my arsenal of weapons to building my biz..

3. Buying leads of people wanting to start a home business. You can buy leads from traditional periodical based outlets or buy leads based out of people on the internet. This can be very expensive. And you usually get what you pay for. Also, running solo ads on blogs or websites that get traffic centering around the the home business opportunity can be quite effective. Start out small and once you see some profits from these solo ads then you can scale up and run bigger ads at bigger Sites. Just reinvest those profits.

As I have said, right now I am really concentrating on building my list of Associates from my warm list and blogging.

I think most people should start with their warm list and also include on their warm list acquaintances and yes even strangers if you are involved in a MLM that is very duplicable.

That’s the key that will guide you with any network marketing business.. And also some good old hard work 🙂


The Five Factors You Must Look at to Determine if Any MLM Opportunities are Illigal Pyramid Schemes……….

Well, I must say there are a number of MLM Opportunities that are really just plain old Pyramid schemes and are deemed  illegal by the FTC !

Back in 1991 I was involved with a network marketing company . The products centered around home water filters and humidifiers. My brother was excited participating in it.  I was too.

I remember at one of the rally meetings a man stood up to talk about how he made 25k per month with the company , and he was only 19 years old.

Needless to say , this company went under water for a while because the FTC looked upon it as  illegal.

The reason why ?  In this program , you could actually buy a certain amount of product from the git go and  be placed  in a higher commission tier.

In other wards, if you bought say  $500 worth of inventory you were at 25% commission of your referrals’ earnings and if you bought $1,000 worth of inventory (i.e water filters, humidifiers)  you would make 40% commission or there about !

It was indeed a pyramid scheme !

So I will give <b>5 factors</b> you need to look for to determine whether you are dealing with a Pyramid scheme or not.

<b>1. If the company is requiring very large sums of money to become a network associate with them,  then that is a big red flag. Stay away !

2. If any MLM Opportunities require you to buy into a certain amount of inventory  to qualify for payout then this could be a pyramid scheme. This is called upfront loading ,and it is the reason why the one I talked about earlier got slapped big time by the FTC. My brother and I purchased over  $1,000  in inventory to start out as a diamond associate.

3. If the associates within any MLM Opportunities concentrate to a high degree about the income opportunity and push the attributes of the Product itself to the side…….well, then this is a tell tell sign that this company is headed in the wrong direction.  It is probably nothing more than a Ponzi scheme which is illegal.

4. If the whole MLM program is based on a flimsy product that has no intrinsic value ,and  it is  product you can find most anywhere including Walmart  then this is something you should take note of and turn and run the other way. (Especially if there is no retail sales of the product , to speak of.)

5. Finally, look at the top executives at any Network Marketing Company and ask yourself whether they seem credible and sincere about starting the company. Personally, ask questions about their track record. Or if they were in another MLM Opportunity before. If so,  why did they leave that one and start this one. Basically, get a feel for the overall motives of the founder and leaders of the organization. If they are kind of vague about any of these questions or seem uneasy when you ask them , then reconsider joining them. It may just be an overnight scam where the top in charge get their money and leave while the others are left hanging (i.e. Pyramid Scheme)</b>

I hope this helps when you are trying or considering to join a Network Marketing Company. There are plenty of good ones. Ones where the last to join do not have to be the losers.

Remember, if you are at the end of the ‘ totem pole’  in  any MLM Opportunities but really like the actual product and continue to use it , well then no one loses !


What Success Is and Isn’t !

‘Insightful Guest Post by Joseph Dabon. A friend and a Associate of ILA.’

If we explicitly define what success is and isn’t, we may fumble a little bit. Not for sheer ignorance of the subject but because of the difficulty in getting the appropriate words to define each.


To cut through the cake, so to speak, I venture my own perceptions. These should get the discussion going, make you think and see where you stand..


These are:

–     Success is the realization of one’s dreams, it isn’t accumulating unfulfilled dreams;

–     Success is working towards specific goals, it isn’t having your goals work out for themselves;

–     Success is about attitude and skills, it isn’t a random choice based on luck or good fortune.


“If that is all there is to it, then why are failures far outnumber the successes?” you might ask.


The answer is simple – it is too darn easy to fail.



Do not read the rest of this article if you are an inveterate failure. There is nothing beyond this point that can alter your mindset. You are a failure and will remain a failure because you are comfortable and happy to be a failure.




Success is not a secret:

No matter what they say, there is no secret formula for success; there is no key that will open the doors to success.


Success is available to everybody. You and I can succeed anytime and every time we want to.


All you have to do is to have a focused and unwavering application of attitude and skills/tools towards the accomplishment of a specific goal.


The key elements here are focused and unwavering application, attitude, and skills/tools.


The first two have one thing in common – YOU. They must come from within you. Nobody can give or teach them to you. They spring from a very strong desire to do better, to reach the unreachable, to go where you have never gone before.


Scary, huh!


The third element, skills/tools, is from without. These are acquired, learned, taught, and picked up along the way or whatever means you got them. And get them, you must.


Nobody earns the right to be called “professional” without being proficient on what he is a professional on. Nobody can succeed without the skills or tools for success, e.g., a doctor, his heartbeat and blood pressure monitors, the hammer and saw for a carpenter, the box wrench for a mechanic, etc.


Do you have the skills and tools for success? Are they good and sufficient enough to take you  higher from your current status? Differentiate you from others as hungry for success as you are?


In today’s world of interconnectivity, they can easily be had. You can read books (traditional or e-books), magazines and periodicals, go to libraries or browse the Internet. You can go to school to learn them or attend specialized seminars to acquire them. Others hire tutors or mentors. People who want to succeed don’t just go the extra mile. They go all the way.

All of the above are useful and effective. They are also expensive in time, if not in money. Unless you have a treasure chest to take care of your family’s needs and unlimited time, it can be difficult for you to get the necessary skills/tools for success this way.


Stay home and learn…and earn:

There is another way using the latest in communication technology.


Through an innovation pioneered by ILA (Inspired Living Applications), you can now get all the skills/tools for success through your mobile devices, computers/laptops and iPods.


On a weekly basis, ILA makes it available to you such skills/tools as time management, personal development, business development, wealth building, personal motivation and many more.


Whether at home, on the field, on vacation or anywhere in the world, ILA’s applications systems constantly keep you close to all the skills/tools for success. It is kind of putting you inside a food basket so you won’t ever go hungry.


Can you see the advantages of this learning innovation? For starters, they:

–     Save you time. Instead of hunting these skills/tools down, they are brought to;

–     Make learning easy as they are given to you in weekly chunks;

–     You save money as you don’t go anywhere to learn, but stay put wherever you are.


If these aren’t good enough, here is a real clincher. ILA will pay you if you can have others take part in this program.


Success is not a secret. It is not difficult, either. You just have to know how and work at it like hell.



Joseph Dabon

An ILA Associate –


(Tags include internet network marketing, network marketing opportunities, top network marketing companies)