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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SFI and my President's Club Interview

If you are looking to start a free or low cost home business then SFI is a good choice. Not only is it free to join, but the site has excellent training to help you get started making money on the internet.

You can join SFI for FREE here.

I have been a member of SFI since 2004. It was the very first online business opportunity that I joined and has taught me a lot. I also receive a nice monthly check from them and I am usually listed in the Top Ten Sponsors on the SFI leader board.

Last year I became a member of the SFI Presidents Club for top sponsors and sellers. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a free cruise to Hawaii but if you are a member of SFI you can read my interview by clicking on the Leaderboard link and then clicking on the President's Club.

If you are not a member of SFI I have pasted my interview below for you to read.


SFI President's Club Interview - Suzanne Morrison

Q) Is this your first venture into a business of your own? If not, what type of business were you involved with previously?
SFI was my very first venture into a business of my own. I joined SFI in 2004.

Q) What were your initial goals when you joined SFI? How have those goals changed since you joined?
My initial goals were to make a bit of extra income every month and eventually to earn enough to work from home full time for myself. I have now achieved both of these goals and I currently earn a full time income from home from a combination of SFI and some other online businesses.

Q) What SFI product(s) have you most concentrated on selling? Why?
I have focused on the opportunity rather than the products. When I started SFI I was looking for ways to create extra income so it made sense to me to promote this opportunity to other people who were searching for online income opportunities.

Q) Without giving way your secrets, what two marketing strategies do you feel are most effective (i.e. offline ads and flyers, pay-per-clicks, personal Website, banner ads, autoresponders, etc.)? Why?
I promote SFI primarily through my home business website and have the most success with a combination of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and autoresponders. My site has an online newsletter and I promote SFI to my subscribers both in the newsletter itself and also by promoting SFI’s $295 value online income course on my newsletter bonus page. I also promote SFI throughout this website using banners, text links, reviews and blog posts.

Q) What is the single most important step to making a sale that you would share with a new SFI affiliate?
I would encourage new affiliates to spend some time reading about SFI, going through the SFI training and learning about the SFI products before they start to promote anything. It is almost impossible to promote a product that you don’t understand so taking this extra time to get up to speed can make a big difference to your success.

Q) What technologies (i.e. cell phone, autoresponders, software, etc.) do you consider most vital for your SFI business?
The technologies that I find most vital are autoresponders and email. I always send a welcome email to my new affiliates and use email to answer all their questions. In addition to this I provide training for my affiliates using autoresponders.

Q) List the following traits in order of importance to your business: enthusiasm, persistence, knowledge, and communication skills.
I would put enthusiasm first, Without enthusiasm how can you sell something to your prospects? It is difficult to sell something that you are not enthusiastic about.

Secondly I would say persistence. A high percentage of online businesses fail. The main reason for this is that people expect instant gratification. They want to be rewarded in a few days or a few weeks with little or no effort. The people who succeed are the people who are persistent.

Thirdly I would say communication skills. You will be much more successful if you can motivate and help your team grow their own income.

Finally, knowledge is also very important but this is something that you can build on as you go along. When I started SFI I had no experience of online business, but I didn’t let this stop me.

Q) How important is following-up with new affiliates to your success?
Very important. I always contact my affiliates immediately after they have signed up to offer them my help and support. I think it is important to let your affiliates know who you are so that they can ask you questions when they need help.

Q) How do you handle rejections?
I see rejections as part of everyday business. Not everyone is going to be interested in the opportunities that you are offering so I expect rejections and don’t let them phase me.

Q) What has been your biggest motivation for making your SFI business a success?
I want to continue enjoying the freedom of being my own boss and working from home and hope never to have to go back to working for someone else.

Q) What has been your biggest obstacle in building your SFI business?
There are a large number of people who expect instant profits or who expect to achieve success with little or no effort. I try to re-educate these people and assist them, but at the end of the day people need to be willing to put in the work to reap the rewards.

Q) How does it feel to join the top movers and shakers in SFI?
It feels fantastic. I enjoyed reading the interviews from the members of the President’s Club when I joined SFI myself and I found them very motivational so I hope that my own interview can help to inspire people who are just starting with SFI.

Q) Where do you want your SFI business to be in a year from now?
I would like to continue to grow my business and my team and I would like to help more of my team members become successful themselves and become team leaders

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Niche Power Group Review

This is a review of the Niche Power Group. We are now accepting members....

The Niche Power Group is an online coaching and mentoring site formed by a group of successful internet marketing coaches who all make a full time income online.

If you are struggling to make money online or if you are just thinking about starting your own website, having a mentor can mean the difference between success and failure. I have worked full time online since 2006 and I believe that having a mentor in the early days made a big difference to my online career.

This short review of the Niche Power Group will help you to decide whether or not it is for you.

What is it?

In short, the Niche Power Group (NPG) is an online mentoring group. This means that you will have daily access to a group of experienced coaches who can answer all your questions, give you personal critiques of your website, give you advice based on their own experience, help you with technical problems, show you where you are going wrong and much more. The mentoring takes place in a private online forum, but unlike many membership sites, the owners and founders (who are also the coaches) are in the forum on a daily basis, interacting with members and assisting them.

What do I get?

As well as online coaching you will also receive:

  • Free installation of your website (using Wordpress, which means that you can update your own website without knowing any HTML)
  • A step by step Action Plan and checklists to guide you from the research stage to a profitable website
  • Videos to teach you how to do common webmaster tasks, market your website, research your niche, give you inspiration and much more.
  • Content for your site - we regularly add articles, ebooks and other products that you can use on your website
  • Big Discounts on products and services (including phone coaching if you need it)
  • Monthly bonuses and downloads

Who are the Coaches?

The coaches are Ken Troyer (founder), Suzanne Morrison (that's me), Jeff Schuman, Cynthia Minnaar and Jeff Casmer. Between us we have over 20 years experience marketing online and we all make a full time income from affiliate marketing. We live in different places around the world - -Scotland, the USA and South Africa and we all have different areas of expertise. We can help you with niche research, building your website, SEO, list building, free traffic, sales copy, conversions, Wordpress, HTML, monetizing your website, organizing your time and much more.

Why Niche?

There are so many people online these days who start a website on "how to make money" when they haven't actually made any money themselves. It can be difficult to teach people what you don't actually know yourself and the "make money"/ "home business" market is one of the most competitive markets on the internet.

The Niche part of Niche Power Group means that you can start a website in any niche that you desire. Most people start a website in something that they already enjoy, something that they are knowledgeable about or something that is of interest to them. This means that you will end up doing something that you enjoy or have a passion about and you will usually find that your niche is far less competitive than the make money niche!

How Much?

You will be surprised at how little the Niche Power Group will cost you. Most online coaches charge $100-$200 (or even more) for an hour of their time. In the Niche Power Group you will get access to 5 people on a daily basis and if you choose the yearly plan it will cost you less than $20 per month.

Is the Niche Power Group Right for me?

That depends... If you want to build your own profitable website on a subject that you enjoy and get help every step of the way. If you are willing to spare a few hours per week to work on your website... If you are open to learning new things.. then yes, the Niche Power Group is right for you.

However, if you are looking for a quick fix or overnight way to make money, or if you don't want to own your own website, then you will need to keep on searching.

How do I sign up?

Just visit the Niche Power Group to join and get instant access.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Internet Business Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year to all!!

I've just published my very first monthly newsletter.

You can read Issue 1 of the Internet Business Monthly Newsletter here.

You can:
  • learn about my recommended business opportunity of the month
  • download two FREE Ebooks
  • discover how to make sure a business is legitimate
  • get 5 ideas for starting an online business in 2009

If you have any comments please post them here!