In my previous blog post, I mentioned about online network marketing. I said, “If it weren’t for the Internet, I would have quit doing network marketing”. That mention of the word “network marketing” drew flak from my circle in WA.
“Why are you persisting with network marketing when you already have a good business with WA?”
That’s not the exact wording, but I can feel from the comments I filtered out the topic isn’t welcome. By the way, to those friends whose comments I didn’t approve, I apologize. I can’t let negative comments ruin the goal of the blog post.
“Do I need to explain to these people why?”
That question hanged in my mind for days…
After so much thinking, I realized the need to speak out.
So, today, in this blog post, I am going to explain why. It is not our strategy to mention about the primary business in a blog post but rather share techniques to generate leads and just put the primary on the back end. But, for the sake of explaining, maybe I’d mention that primary here.
My current online network marketing business makes a good illustration why I am doing this business.
I also want to make it clear to the readers coming from the WA community that this website is dedicated to my niche which is online network marketing. If you want to see my other site dedicated to promoting WA, click here.
Can we just respect each other’s niche?
Okay, here we go…
My Primary Business Opportunity
Are you familiar with Strong Future International or SFI?
I joined this company first in 2007 through a banner ad posted in Friendster. That girl on the right, she recruited me to SFI.
One can join the company for free to explore how you can make money. There are dozens of ways to make money even if you are in the free membership, and you can build the business purely online.
Prior to joining SFI, I got burned by my stints with offline network marketing, and it was the reason why I started searched online. In my mind, I can either find a better opportunity or find a better way to promote a business.
It proved right. After joining SFI, I was able to recruit hundreds of new members to my team, and made a few bucks. Since the money made is not that satisfactory during the old compensation plan, I got drifted away and attracted to newer opportunities that promise bigger income.
After several years of adventure hopping from companies to companies, after making money from commissions based on the entry fees of new members joining, my guilt got on me. That brought me back to SFI in November of 2018.
What is Online Network Marketing Without Guilt?
Sounds religious, isn’t it?
I was told before that the idealists seldom succeed in network marketing business. And probably they’re right.
I didn’t made enough money during my early days in the business because, back then, there was no Internet. Also, the companies that were available then were paying commissions only based on product sales, none from entry of new recruits…
You know, those classic direct selling businesses led by Amway, Avon, and later, DXN. But according the law, MLM or network marketing should work that way.
Here’s a comparison…
When you join a sales team in traditional businesses, like for example, you join Toyota, are you required to pay a membership fee?
Now, let’s say you’re the sales manager of Toyota, will you earn money from the act of recruiting new sales agent?
No, you won’t. It is from encouraging your team members, helping them to sell cars that you will earn money. Money in the form of salary and bonuses from the company.
That’s how the legit businesses of the world pay their sales force. They don’t milk their poor agents with upfront fees. And that’s how our business here should work too.
But here comes the new breed of network marketing compensation plans that attract most money-makers—the binary compensation plan.
My Experience With Binary Network Marketing
I must admit, the biggest money that I’ve ever made in this industry, is through binary.
Don’t confuse this with binary options. You know, that online trading game where investors choose between two bets—put and call options—to make money.
Binary in network marketing means, two or two teams compensation plan. As a team leader, you get to build two teams, one on your right and the other one on the left. I made a lot of money from binary. First, with a local company. Then, with an international company called Organo Gold.
Commissions were PHP40,000, PHP20,000, and PHP8,000 per week until they finally subsided.
All those commissions were derived from the points generated in enrolling new distributors who were investing $100s, $500s, and $1,000s in entry packages. When the entry of new distributors started slowing down, and so our commissions.
Why did it subside?
Binary is good when you have two teams that are balanced in growth. You get paid based on the matching of sales volume points. If for this week, right team registered 100 volume points while the left team got 150 volume points, there’s a match of 100 points.
In Organo Gold, I got paid up to $1,000 per week based on matched points of new entries/new recruits. New recruits were required to avail of the entry package to qualify or participate in the compensation plan. In other words, they have to spend money in order to make money. They have to buy product packages!
Then, there came the complaints…
But why would these people who bought herbal coffees via our entry packages complaining when they were supposed to sell those coffees to customers to turn a profit?
Unfortunately, people got it wrong. What they thought was, they joined a game that works like a “betting game” and not a sales job. And add to that, most people that were recruited are not inclined to sales.
What Brought Me Back To SFI?
I mentioned earlier, I left SFI for newer and more lucrative network marketing businesses. I have made a lot of money with that decision, but regretted it later on. Those I have recruited in Organo Gold, most of them felt envious of me…
“You were the only one that made money. What about us?”
I can still remember the looks, the stare of my recruited members. They were probably blaming me, the money they have invested in those entry packages, if only they have invested them in some worthwhile businesses, they would have probably grown by now.
Although I can’t be blamed for their mistakes, for their not acting on their businesses, I still felt guilty.
So, while sitting in front of my computer at home, a thought went through me…
“Why not go back to SFI? People can join us for free, pick a product to sell and make money from the sales commissions. No money involved.”
Ever since, I like the idea of training people how to make online sales, and then being compensated with overriding commissions. In SFI, I can train people to pick a product from its online store, get the affiliate link for that product, and promote online for a commission.
The closest to this kind of money-making is Avon selling. It’s a very legitimate business, nobody has ever complained they were scammed by Avon. SFI’s sales system works like Avon, only with few slight differences like we have more products and SFI focused on perfecting its affiliate e-commerce system.
That sealed my “come back” to SFI.
And it was a good timing that the company has overhauled its compensation plan, instead of the complicated profit sharing plan, they now implemented a “4% commission from 12 levels uni level compensation plan”.
Here’s the screenshot of their announcement…
What used to be an unattractive compensation plan, it’s now big-potential compensation plan! And best of all, I won’t ever feel guilty because, it’s compliant with what the FTC wants.
There’s more to this, but can’t explain them all here in this blog post. Maybe we can continue through a private conversation, a chat, or through a “question and answer” type of commenting below.
My point with all of this is, my adventure from DXN to SFI, then from SFI to Organo Gold, and then from Organo Gold back to SFI, proves that I am not a person who is “all money”.
Conscience is my number one guide in doing business, as I believe in God. I believe He is my business partner and I must uphold business practices that are approved by Him.
Of course, you can’t find a perfect company, you can also lose money in SFI, but at least they pay their affiliates based on what the law wants.
If you are familiar how Amazon works, how legitimate Amazon’s business model is, that’s what SFI’s business model is. It’s just that, the company pays its affiliates not just from your first level, but up to the 12th level.
But still, it carries the legitimacy of the Amazon’s business model—uplines earn a percentage from the sales done by downline team members—with slight difference of getting paid not only from the 1st, but up to the 12th level of sponsorship.
To me, that’s online network marketing without guilt. That’s based on my criteria and I can defend that position. If you have questions or reactions, let’s have a discussion through the comments below.