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The Secret Of The Secret

Many of you are familiar and read personal achievement books and motivational materials, like Think and Grow Rich from Napoleon Hill.   In this information you can unlock the secret of the secret, the law of attraction.

This book was created after studying 500 millionaires within a lapse of 25 years.

Mr. Hill had the opportunity to interview the most wealthy people of his time – and discovered 13 principles that ALL of them applied to become wealthy.

Since this book was published for first time in 1960, these 13 principles have made countless millionaires all over the world.

If you already read this book before, you may not have noticed something very interesting that is included in the prologue a Word From The Author.

In that prologue, Napoleon Hill is constantly talking about a secret that will appear in the middle of the book but he never says what it is!

Check it out.

I didn’t notice it until I read this book for the several times!

Have you seen the movie The Secret Yet ?? If you have you understand   that the secret, is the LAW OF ATTRACTION .

Recently, someone said that Think And Grow Rich is for old people and that The Secret movie was for the new generations well,  I like both  and both complement each other.

Applying this philosophy to our business of MARKETING, it becomes quite clear, we all must learn how to ATTRACT people and NOT hunt for them.

In my experience, it is way better to have my phone and my email  box full of messages from people looking to do business with me, instead spending all my money, time and effort chasing people down.You must learn how to attract your customers and team members and stop hunting them down today.

It doesn’t matter if you are in a MLM company or not, you should start learning How To Attract People To You.

Additionally (and for all of you that are not into MLM), reading the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill along with The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv  Ecker, should be a great start to understand The Law of Attraction secret.

Study it. Learn it. Apply it.

In Networking coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.

GoldenZoey Recent Comment by GoldenZoey

Cool secret, I read the book several times also & then the secret became apparent. It applies to any business, even retail, but especially network marketing.

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Becoming A Master Marketer

By Rivercrest

Becoming A Master Marketer in MLM requires Embracing “Old School” and “New School” Methods of Prospecting

If you Integrate Internet Marketing and Relationship Marketing you will be unusually successful in your MLM.   Ignoring Old School  methods and only embracing the New School methods is simply foolish.

I was amused to learn the words Web 2.0 and then later, Attraction Marketing.   As a home based business owner I have built my business using the Internet, postcards, using leads I purchased and the phone, and using face to face marketing. I have been using those methods to build my business long before there were labels attached.

Network Marketers across the world are embracing the New School way of building an MLM business by tapping into the millions of prospects who are online looking for ways to become financially free.   They are learning how to set up their blogs, build capture pages,  and how to market those sites using social media like twitter and Facebook, search engine optimization and video marketing. The question is How Many Of Then Are Really Making Money??

Now, I don’t really believe that there is scarcity of prospects, but there is scarcity of attention spans.  And if all the New School Network Marketers are out there teaching  Attraction Marketing, and posing as experts  where does that leave YOU? If you are trying to claim your spot on the net, how will you stand out?   How will you generate a lead in an environment where everyone is standing up and yelling “pick me, pick me” ?

I don’t know folks, I just don’t know… Maybe just maybe you’ll  have to go back to the Old School  methods of prospecting.

What are the Old School  methods, really?  Does it mean making a list of your friends and family and expecting them all to be your business partners?  That each and every one of them is just waiting to be an entrepreneur?  Or how about standing at the mall and accosting strangers about making extra money, doing just what you are doing?  No way, you say.   That’s how you end up in the NFL, No friends left after you have unprofessionally approached them all with something that they weren’t asking for.

Is that really what is meant by Old School networking?  Of course it isn’t,  but its what you will hear from those who will tell you that the “Old School” methods of building a MLM business are dead.  They will make the offline methods sound stupid and downright degrading.  They will make it sound like you’d  be a fool to follow the advice of the MLM millionaires who all built their business offline, because things are different now .

Come on, do you really think things are THAT different?  People are still people, and this is still a word of mouth business.

So what does Old School really mean, and why should you have respect for the “Old School” masters, instead of disdain for the term?

Its Relationship Marketing at its best.  It is listening for the needs of people and giving them an option to fill those needs. It’s connecting with people in who are looking for what you have to offer.

It was never, and never will be about chasing your friends and family, people!

Right now, there are people all over the world making huge money in MLM building OFFLINE, using Old School methods.
Right now, people are collecting six figure checks.

Are you?

If not, perhaps its time you took a look at expanding your skill set to include offline methods of building your business.

If you are really an entrepreneur with a product or service that the market is asking for, then you should have no trouble connecting with people who have a need for what you offer.

I’m an Internet Network Marketer online as well as being a offline marketer and have been building my business this way for several years.  I can generate  leads online and offline and call my prospects and, expose them to my business through a presentation.

However, I take every opportunity to look people in the eye and hand them my business card.   Their attention is far more valuable than the hundreds of clicks I will get to this blog post.  They are far more likely to take action to either become a customer, or even a distributor.   Why? Because I built a relationship with them in person or on the phone and professionally introduced what I do.   I heard their need and I addressed it.   They can see that I am genuine, am not at all a slimy salesperson, and if they have a desire to move forward, its on them.

My friends and family know what I do, and they are my CUSTOMERS.  They aren’t entrepreneurs, and I wouldn’t prospect them for the business opportunity.  But they do BUY MY STUFF!

If you are a closet entrepreneur, you are missing a huge profit zone.  Get over it already and be the professional you strive to be.   Introduce your product or service and let everyone know what you do..  Would a paycheck for doing so really be so bad?

There is so much more to this- pages and pages worth.  But you really must know that all of the internet marketing prowess in the world is not going to make you residual millions in MLM.  You simply must learn the skills of Relationship Marketing.   Your upline leader making 6 or 7 figures can tell you how to build a huge business. But you have to  Listen!

By all means, learn and understand Attraction Marketing and apply those methods of lead generation.  But what the heck are you going to say to those wonderful people who have asked you for more information?

I guarantee that if you work on your offline prospecting and phone prospecting that you’ll   make more money.   Unless you are incredibly poorly suited for this profession, you cant go wrong when you increase your skill set in those areas.

When you learn how to combine the Old School with the New School Attraction Marketing methods , You will be unusually successful!

GoldenZoey Recent Comment by GoldenZoey

Relationship Marketing is so important! "It is listening for the needs of people and giving them an option to fill those needs." Thanks for another great post!

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A very good friend of mine passed this on to me sometime ago. Take a look at the 7 Keys To Grow The Action Habit.

1. Don’t wait until conditions are perfect – If you’re waiting to start until conditions are perfect, you probably never will. There will always be something that isn’t quite right. Either the timing is off, the market is down, or there’s too much competition. In the real world there is no perfect time to start. You have to take action and deal with problems as they arise.The best time to start was last year. The second best time is now!

2. Be a doer - Practice doing things rather than thinking about them… Do you want to start exercising? Do you have a great idea to pitch? Do it today. The longer an idea sits in your head without being acted on, the weaker it becomes. After a few days the details gets hazy. After a week it’s forgotten completely. By becoming a doer you’ll get more done and stimulate new ideas in the process.

3. Remember that ideas alone don’t bring success – Ideas are important, but they’re only valuable after they’ve been implemented. One average idea that’s been put into action is more valuable than a dozen brilliant ideas that you’re saving for “some other day” or the “right opportunity”. If you have an idea the you really believe in, do something about it. Unless you take action it will never go anywhere.

4. Use action to cure fear – Have you ever noticed that the most difficult part of public speaking is waiting for your turn to speak? Even professional speakers and actors experience pre-performance anxiety. Once they get started the fear disappears. Action is the best cure for fear. The most difficult time to take action is the very first time. After the ball is rolling, you’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier. Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence.

5. Start your creative engine mechanically – One of the biggest misconceptions about creative work is that it can only be done when inspiration strikes. If you wait for inspiration to slap you in the face, your work sessions will be few and far between. Instead of waiting, start your creative motor mechanically. If you need to write something, force yourself to sit down and write. Put pen to paper. Brainstorm. Doodle. By moving your hands you’ll stimulate the flow of ideas and inspire yourself.

6. Live in the present – Focus on what you can do in the present moment. Don’t worry about what you should have done last week or what you might be able to do tomorrow. The only time you can affect is the present. If you speculate too much about the past or the future you won’t get anything done. Tomorrow or next week frequently turns into never.

7. Get down to business immediately – It’s common practice for people to socialize and make small talk at the beginning of meetings. The same is true for individual workers. How often do you check email or RSS feeds before doing any real work? These distractions will cost you serious time if you don’t bypass them and get down to business immediately. By becoming someone who gets to the point you’ll be more productive and people will look to you as a leader.

It takes courage to take action without instructions from the person in charge. Perhaps that’s why initiative is a rare quality that’s coveted by managers and executives everywhere. Seize the initiative. When you have a good idea, start implementing it without being told. Once people see you’re serious about getting things done they’ll want to join in. The people at the top don’t have anyone telling them what to do. If you want to join them, you should get used to acting independently.

GoldenZoey Recent Comment by GoldenZoey

I wrote these seven steps in my planner, Thanks!

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The Winning Mindset

Many factors can attribute to our success as a Network Marketer.  Besides the fact that you need:

A great company, a supportive Mastermind Team, a success team system ,and a great product, it is also essential you have the winning mindset necessary for success.

In the beginning we are fueled with excitement, enthusiasm, hope and a very positive attitude.  It’s new and it’s fun even though it is challenging learning everything necessary to get us on the track to success. We are on a high.  We are on a roll.  We are going places.

However, we all encounter disappointments, frustrations and set backs.  That’s just how life is. These situations or circumstances are different for all of us.

-Maybe your immediate sponsor quits.
-A trusted leader or upline never returns your email or phone call.
-Your best friends don’t want any involvement in your wonderful new adventure.
-Your family is non supportive.
-Your upline offended you.
-A valued associate jumped to the latest, newest pre-launch opportunity.
-You aren’t finding enough prospects.
-Your partners are doing better than you.

Or maybe:

-You have information overload.

-You are overwhelmed.

-You are out of money.

-You want to quit!

When your business isn’t playing out like you hoped it would, if you are not careful you could find yourself with a dark cloud hanging over you.
Whatever it may be for you, the bottom line is the more we dwell on such things, the bigger the dark cloud grows.  Just remember it happens to all of us.  We are no different than the next marketer.

However, depression does not come from “those things”.  It comes from dwelling on those factors, taking them personally and allowing them to consume us.  Depression can strangle you until you become one of the statistics of failure, because you quit.

If you truly can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get out of your funk, then seek out a trusted leader who has a vested interest in your success to help you get the proper perspective and move out from under that cloud.

Our attitude is so powerful!  It can make or break us.  Material things come and go but our values and attitudes are ingrained in us and we can exercise control over our thoughts. Change your attitude and change your life is often heard and it is most assuredly true.

We know that planting positive information into our mind is absolutely essential for our success.  Paying careful attention to personal development by listening to inspirational cds, reading uplifting books, practicing daily affirmations, visualizing our success, praying and being accountable to a Mastermind team is so necessary for our growth and to move forward in life.  We do not have to succumb to the dark cloud of depression.  By practicing the disciplines mentioned we can be in control of our attitudes.

It’s all summed up in one of my favorite, well known quotes by Charles Swindoll, a minister and bestselling author:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.  I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to ti.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitudes.”

So, what ever you encounter when the events in your life don’t unfold as you have expected them to, you will be able to think clearly and quickly draw upon your storehouse of foundational beliefs not wasting precious time under the dark cloud of depression.

Is it always easy?  No. But it’s so critical to remember….

“Your attitude is either your best friend or your worst enemy, your greatest asset or your greatest liability.” ~John Maxwell

GoldenZoey Recent Comment by GoldenZoey

Changing your attitude will change your life! How true.

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By Brandie Kajino.

This is really great information to overcome a problem we all encounter at some point.
Home business professionals: we are a strong bunch. We’re smart, resourceful and most of us own our own business. We are also tenacious about figuring things out on our own.

At some point, though, there is a level of frustration with a task or project. Overcoming frustration can be a matter of perspective. Here are three tips when you’re ready to throw up your hands and give up:

1. Recognizing that we do, in fact, have limits of knowledge.
Oh I know, you can do it all. I get that. I’m not insulting your intelligence (or mine, for that matter). The fact is, we just can’t know it all. (Insert appalled look here.)

There are so many moving parts to any business, not to mention all the tools and technology it takes to KEEP it running. There’s email, handling paper, updating the website and using social media. It’s a lot to know, plus endeavoring to be the best service provider, widget maker or retail shop in your niche. No wonder we get frustrated!

If you’re nearing the fringes of your knowledge, consider getting help. This could involve hiring an assistant or consultant to help you get through this challenge. Put your ego aside for a bit and reach out to a fellow entrepreneur who has more knowledge than you and get it taken care of. There are a lot of talented people out there ready to help!

2. Take a break and get some perspective.

Ever been up late at night or working long hours on the weekend, only to find your frustration growing? Sometimes spending more time on a problem is not the answer. I’ve been completely overwhelmed by projects, feeling heavy in the stomach and blank in the head. That’s when it’s time to take a break: go for a walk outside, take the weekend off, put the laptop away or totally unplug for the rest of the afternoon. Sometimes a recharge or a quick nap will even allow your mind to work out a solution, almost unattended. Try it.

3. Rethink.

Frustration may also call for rethinking your entire situation. If you’ve got 15 email accounts to manage, you could rethink and consolidate down to two. An overloaded schedule? Try rethinking your priorities (try using the StartupNation Life Plan). Whatever your challenge, it surely has a solution if you only take a little time to think through it. Even better, schedule time with a trusted friend and chat about it over coffee or on a walk.

A client was having a hard time working in her home office. After talking with her, we crafted a plan to rework her space. This meant she had to purchase some furniture and other organizing products. A while later she remarked about a shift in her thinking about her office. She hadn’t given it the time and attention it deserved, and it had languished and caused frustration. The shift for her was giving her office a slight rework, and she fell back in love with it.

Whatever your frustration, there is a solution. Whether it’s time to reach out for help, rethink the situation or take some time off, you can figure it out. Recognize where you are at, buckle down and figure it out.

To Your Success,

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by Daegan Smith.

One of the biggest mistakes I see people making in their blogging efforts is “why” they use them. Most people tend to think of blogging as a primary traffic generation strategy, and it can be, but it’s not THE best use of a blog in our type of business.

You should think of blog traffic more like icing on the cake. The primary and MOST powerful use of starting and using a blog in your business is it’s ability to create a powerful testimonial for you. Let me explain . . .

When I started my first successful business here’s exactly what I did. On an almost daily basis I blogged about something relating to my business, at the top of that blog I would always note the number of people in our team, and then carry on with the message.

Sometimes if I had new recruits I would create a formal blog welcome to my new team mates by listing their names and welcoming them to the team.

If there was a co-op, advertising strategy that was working well for me, you better bet I put in on that blog.

Why? Well, I haven’t told you how I used my blog to recruit yet (we’ll get to that in a second), but along with using a blog to recruit I also constantly referred my team members there for any and all updates on our business.

It was a central meeting point. As a result my team always checked the blog to see what was going on in our business. This was important for two reasons:

First, easy access to important current information pertaining to our team, and second as team wide social proof.

They came to the blog and saw the number of people on the team growing and welcome messages to our new team members and subconsciously it helped raise their belief level about the business they were in.

It’s sometimes easy for a new recruit to get discouraged without encouragement and the blog helped give them that encouragement they needed. As a result they “believed” in the business, and took more proactive action to go out and do what we were doing to grow which translated into a higher rate of duplication in the business and longer retention.

So let’s recap so far, we’ve got a blog where we’re blogging about our team, what we’re doing to advertise, we’re “training” our team members to check the blog often for advice and encouragement and as a result their using that motivation to go out and build. This causes the team to grow faster, stronger, and better.

What do we have? That sounds like a pretty darn powerful testimonial to me. And that’s the primary use of the blog as far as recruiting is concerned as I mentioned earlier.

The mistake most people make is they want to blog for traffic, which you can do, and I’ll share a few tips to doing that better in a few, but not it’s best use for recruiting. Here’s how to use your blog to recruit . . .

I’d generate leads directly to my own lead capture page or my company’s lead capture page. Once I saw my lead opt in I would send them a personal email to tell them a little bit about myself, our team, and our business. In that email I would always include a link to my blog so my prospects could get an inside look at who I and our team was doing.

This is powerful as heck for a couple reasons where recruiting is concerned.

First, people are inherently voyeuristic. They wanna spy, so let them. By sending my prospects to my blog they now had the opportunity to get to know me and my team without me even being there. As a result, when we did have an email correspondence or they called me they already knew me.

I’ve always found this to be a MUCH better option than cold calling leads. I let them get to know me first.

Second reason this is powerful is based on a principle called “The Power Of Documentation” which states we as humans tend to take things which we read as more truthful than things we just hear.

In other words, a prospect who goes to your blog and reads about you and your team is going to take what they read there at face value where if you’re on the phone telling them the same thing they’re most likely saying “Yeah right”

If you’ve ever called leads and had that question come up of “Well why should I join you?” Having and sending your prospects to your blog first will virtually eliminate this objection and ignite powerful curiosity and intrigue about you and what you do.

So, when it comes to using a blog to recruit, it’s best us is as a secondary traffic strategy. You get the lead, then you send them to your blog for a powerful testimonial.

So I can hear the question welling up “What should I put on my blog to start?” Simple, talk about yourself, your company’s products and service, why you love your company, your team, AND here’s a key . . .

Ask your upline or downline to write you a quick note about why it’s great to work with you and put it on your blog.

You do that, and you’ve covered all your bases. Not only are your prospects learning about you, why you like what you do, your personality, your team, BUT they’re also SEEING other people saying great things about you. Third party validation about you is a powerful thing.

Simply doing this and nothing else, I was surprised to see that after about six months of consistent blogging my blog received about 300 site views per day from people finding online via search engines. I did nothing but blog, but just because I had content on the blog I had tons of people finding it for free, and as a result, calls out of the blue from people saying “yeah I found your blog, what’s up with your business” (kinda cool)

So let me share a few things you can do to improve you search engine rankings for you blog posts to enhance your free traffic.

First, do a little keyword research using the Google Keyword tool. Find a few keywords related to business and use those keywords in your blog title, and a few times, along with a few synonyms for that main keyword in your blog post.

One secret strategy that’s really increased my blog traffic personally is using images in my blog.

On blog posts where I insert an image to correspond to the blog post keyword I tend to get about double the traffic. So find a few images related to your blog post keyword.

Name those images as your main keyword, for instance if my blog post was based on the keyword “internet network marketing” then then I would find 3 images I could use for that keyword and I would name the images internet-network-marketing1.jpg, internet-network-marketing2.jpg, internet-network-marketing3.jpg etc.

Search engines rank you based on how many other websites link to your post related to your keywords, so when you create a new blog post, write an article with the same keyword and submit it to the major article directories with a link going back to your main blog post.

Find a few other blogs in the niche and comment on a few post and link back to your blog post.

Create a facebook, twitter, myspace, squidoo account and post some content based on the keyword and link those back to your blog post.

You do that for you blog and you’re ahead of 99% of marketers.

So now that we’ve got traffic down, let’s talk about $$$, how do you make money with your blog? I think the simplest way to make money with blog from the outset is to simply add Google Adsense to each blog post, not so much because you’ll make a ton of cash from it, but when people do click on your Google Adsense ads on your blog you’ll make a few bucks which is powerful positive reinforcement for your efforts in the early going.

It’ll fuel you forward. You’ll see money coming in and you’ll get excited.

The best long term way to make money with your blog though is . . .

Integrating your blog with your email marketing efforts. I love using the one two punch of email marketing and blogging because it allows you to change the dynamic of your email messages to your prospects from a one way conversation to a two way conversation by giving your prospects the ability to comment back to you.

Getting people involved and commenting on your blog is a powerful way to build trust. Think of your blog as a conversation and you’ll see the bond between you and your prospects growing stronger daily and for it your income will increase.

There are two powerful benefits of turning your emails into a blog conversation.

The first is simply when people get involved and proactively comment they’ve taking a powerful step into your world. The second benefit is a little more sneaky, but extremely powerful.

Say you send a prospect to your blog to share an important post today and 15 people comment on that post. Great!

Well what if you take the email that you sent people to your blog and add it to your auto responder?

Now the leads that join your list 3 months from now will get that email automatically via your autoresponder email sequence you set up and when they get to the post not only are they going to get to participate in a conversation you set up on autopilot, but they’ll also see all the people that commented prior and say . . .

“Wow! I just got this email and 15 people already comment there must be a lot of people listening in.” and hence conclude you’re a good teacher and someone a LOT of people listen to.

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