Aug 6 2010

I Wanna Be a Billionaire So Freakin’ Baaaad

For the last 3 months I have been delving into the world of network marketing.

Ok, stop right there! Some of you read that and thought “Yikes Jac, are you mad? Everyone knows that network marketing is a scam! I thought you were more clever than that.”

First of all, shut the hell up!

Second of all, just kidding about the first one.

When I started checking this out I thought that there must be some sort of scammy aspect to it too. Don’t get me wrong, there are a million people on the internet just waiting to take your cash and run for the hills. The good news is that there are almost as many legit opportunities as there are scammers.

However, I have always felt that there must be a way to make a legitimate living from network marketing. After all, if there wasn’t how could so many people make the claim that they do??

In my heart I am a researcher. I love to learn new stuff, figure out stuff that no one else can figure out, find the answers, teach those answers to others. I’ve even made a descent living at taking complex, technical concepts and turning them into something even an 8 year old can understand (and believe me, I have the perfect test subject for that :)

So when it came to making money on the net I figured I’d just research the crap out of it and see what happens.

Here’s what I found out.

97% of people who start out in network marketing fail. Yikes! (I’ll tell you why later)

There are 3 main ways to make cash on the net; MLM, a top tier opportunity (meaning you sell a high end product like an online course or service) and affiliate marketing.

If you don’t treat network marketing like a proper business, you’ll fail.

If you get into it hoping to make lots of money very quickly, you’ll fail.

If you think you can rake into millions in a year by working part time, you’ll fail. (there may be a time when you can work your business part time but not in the beginning)

If you don’t, very quickly, learn that learning and training is the key to success, you guessed it,  you’ll fail.

There are a handful of industry leaders who are the mac-daddy’s of network marketing (and 300x more people who are not but claim to be)

The product you sell matters less than learning how to sell it. (this is true for just about any sales business) Think of it this way, you have the very best product ever. You have it sitting in your living room. There has never been a better product. However, if you don’t market it properly no one will know anything about it. Marketing is everything! (well, almost everything)

Legitimate companies have an actual, physical, proven product. Scams do not. (more on this later too)

You will not be successful unless your mentor is successful so you need to chose that mentor very wisely. Do your due diligence. Find out who they are, what makes them tick and whether they are concerned with helping you or themselves. Go to their site and see if it’s professionally done. (if they are not willing to spend money on their business why should you?) Speak to them on the phone.

True network marketers are interested in the community of networking, not just selling tons of product.

Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc) to promote the heck out of yourself and your company.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. There is so much great information on the web on how to get started and how to run a successful company, you don’t need to figure it all out for yourself.

Do not spend a ton of money up front on anything. I will be posting a list of educational material that will explain everything you need to know about how to get started, for free. Once you have an established web presence you can start to invest in your business. (but not until you know it’s something you want to do. There’s nothing worse than throwing down $$$ only to learn “it’s not for me”.)

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting all that I’ve learned on my other biz blog. It’s going to have pretty much everything you’ll need to know to get going and you won’t have to search high and low to find the info.

One final comment on the scammers. If the company that you are thinking of signing up for does not have a legitimate, physical product and only makes money from signing up and endless stream of people who have to spend money to stay in the game, it’s most likely a pyramid. It’s easy to find out about these. Do a google search but dig deeper than the first page. Remember that, legit or not, these people know how to write for search engines and any real reports will likely be buried deep.

Jun 23 2010

It seems that everyone and their brother have a post about how life is a journey, you have to enjoy the journey, the journey is the thing, not the destination. Journey, journey, journey.


I’m sick of them. I’m sick of everyone reiterating all the same nonsense without any real explanations on how to enjoy the friggin’ journey.

You know the ones right? They tell you that you have to stop and smell the roses, or take a moment to reflect on the things that are important to you. But you know what they don’t do? They don’t ever give you the tools on how to do that.

It’s the same with all these internet marketing “gurus”. (self-styled as gurus by the way, that’s why i’m only giving them a small “g”. so there)

They go on and on about how you can make bizzillions of dollars on the internet. Their “free” videos are full of such rhetoric as “It’s so easy! If you’re not doing it it’s because you’re lazy and weak” or other such drivel designed to tap into your insecurities about providing for your family or being successful.

I think the thing that annoys me the most about these sorts of sites is that they promise wealth, freedom and, by association, happiness beyond your wildest expectations but they really tell you nothing.

Now, I’m not planning on using this blog to continually sing the praises of Melanie Milletics but I am going to do it on this post…again…and I’ll tell you why.

Yesterday I posted “Mel Milletics is my new BFF” and it was a big hit. In fact, by mentioning her name in the title I upped my readership by about 500% yesterday. (thanks Google analytics for tracking that for me :)

I posted my blog entry on Facebook and on Twitter and BAMB! Traffic!

Melanie read my post too! :) Like I said, she’s pretty awesome.

Wanna know what her only comment was? Do you? I bet you do? (look, I can write seductive sales copy too!!!)

She was concerned because I had not included my affiliate link so that I could benefit from the traffic that I had just driven to my blog.

Maybe I’m not making myself clear here. She actually gives a shit that this post I wrote about her, because I’m so impressed with her ability to make me feel like I’m going to be really successful and help me conquer that nasty-assed little voice in my head, was not taking advantage of the traffic.

Umm, I think that’s pretty amazing.

It was definitely a rookie mistake to not include an affiliate link from here to there. I think that anyone who is, even a little bit, interested in internet marketing ought to check out her sponsoring success site.

Here’s my affiliate link. If you want to check it out, go through me and we’ll keep track of the millions I make!  ha ha.

Be gentle, as this is my first kick at the affiliate can.


Also, before the end of the day I will be posting on why reading the stuff from Mel is how I built this site…In 4 hours. (but i’ll get into more detail. sometimes it’s a curse to type so quickly!)

Jun 22 2010

Melanie Milletics is my new BFF!

Melanie Milletics is my new BFF. No kidding. She’s wicked cool, looks great, mommy of 2 great kids, smart as a whip and, best of all, ridiculously giving in her knowledge.

Here’s the Cole’s Notes version of my last year so that I can “set up” why MM is now my BFF.

In the middle of my separation, prior to a signed agreement, I lost my great job as a Recruiter at a video game company. A job that gave me rock star status among my kid’s friends and was a ton of fun to boot.

Skip ahead a few months to the running out of the severance package but before Employment Ins kicked in. I was freaking out. My ex had lost his very VERY!!!! high-paying job (that he got the day after we broke up. Great timing Jac) and was working for a fraction of his former salary. Add to that the fact that he had a massive debt he had to clear and BAMB, I was left with nada.

We had to sell the house in the worst, and I mean WORST housing market in about 200,000 years. I now drive my equity around in a 2001 Volvo. Don’t get me wrong, I love the car but a few extra debt-reduction bucks would not have gone unappreciated.

After the sale of the house the cash was tied up for a while so the girls and I took advantage of a friend’s hospitable offer to move into her back cottage. (no water, no toilet, just a room but a roof was better than a tent in my book) The great irony was that we had a hot tub just outside the door. Shabby chic much?

Anyway, I wasn’t idle in my unemployment. I was online every, single day searching for ways to make money and not have to commute the 45 min to Vancouver. (no one was hiring Recruiters anyway, everyone was laying off everyone else, the last thing they needed was a Recruiter)

While searching for online activities I still scoured Craigslist and other job sites to find something but there was nothing, or at least, nothing anyone would hire me to do.

Since I was broke I couldn’t afford the several grand that most internet marketers were charging for mentoring someone new. Honestly, it felt like a big, exclusive club that I could not, for the life of me, break into.

And I worked it too. Every day I spent hours trying to figure out how to monetize my love of the net. I’m a natural salesperson, I write well, I love people, and not for nothin’, I’m bloody smart. Why couldn’t I figure it out?

Eventually I got a job that I really love and I stopped my hunt for an online career figuring it was one of those pipe dreams and that really no one made a living online.

The job I do now is awesome. It envelopes all the things that are important to me; my community, local food production, environmentalism etc. Don’t tell my boss this but I’d probably do it for free if I were in a position to do so. (shhhh!)

However, it’s a contract and, as such, could end with little warning. A notion that scares the bejesus out of me.

I need something that I am in control of. Something that will yield in proportion to my effort. Something that will allow me to stay home with the kids yet afford to travel with them, to buy an environmentally friendly house.

Enter Melanie. I found her when a friend suggested I look at her Sponsoring Success “how to set up a blog” video and pdf. In less than 4 hours I had my blog all set up and running beautifully. (this is it btw ;)

It was awesome! She told me how to do everything, made it super clear and essentially got me writing which is something I’d always wanted to do.

Intrigued by this FREE information (and it is free, no joke, no bullshit. free, free, free) I went and took a closer look at Mel’s site. Wow, it’s awesome.

The point of this article is that I don’t care if you believe you can make cash from the net or not. I don’t. I do however, think that if you want to know how all of those internet marketers work and what you’d be paying for if you joined up with one of them, you really ought to read her stuff first.

Why? Cuz it’s FREE! Sheesh, haven’t you been listening?

I definitely want to be Mel M when I grow up!

If your interest has been piqued, check out Melanie’s site at http://www.sponsoringsuccess.net/. I’m really glad I did.