MLM Survival Guide Tips, Tricks & Traps Revealed
The purpose of this guide is to provide a step-by-step procedure
for starting, operating and optimizing a mailorder & MLM based
business . . . and to do this without making serous mistakes
along the way. There are volumes of books on this subject, so
this guide will not attempt to "rehash" the "rose colored" views
of these authors. Instead, this guide will show you a "lean,
mean, cut-to-the-bone" quick and easy way to succeed in your
business based upon the MLM MACHINE program. Also, you will be
shown tips to use, tricks to be aware of, and traps to avoid.
Why Most People Fail In MLM
MLM is an explosive growth opportunity and it is here to stay. Like it or not! Let's
review some MLM facts. There appears to be thousands of MLM
companies. Some of these MLM companies are well established
multimillion dollar companies, while most of them are not.
Many people have become wealthy in MLM, but about 97% of the
would be MLM'ers never make it! Therefore, before we go blindly
into MLM, let's analyze why 97% of the would-be MLM'ers don't
survive. Let's bread down the problem in three categories.
1. MLM'er can't EFFECTIVELY recruit new members.
2. MLM'er can't keep his program going. It runs out of
gas and dies a natural death.
3. MLM Company has serious problems.
I believe that sums it up. Either the MLM'er can't get his
program started, can't keep it going, or the MLM company itself
goes "belly up."
Why New MLM'er Can't Effectively Recruit New Members
1. The MLM Paradox
According to Webster, the word "paradox" means, "something with
seemingly contradictory qualities or phases." In MLM, there is
a paradox that causes major confusion that must be understood
and dealt with. Here is the problem. MLM companies by law
cannot aggressively "push" the MLM opportunity as the main
reason for joining their program. They must emphasize their
products and services and explain the MLM opportunity as only
a nice extra benefit. If they don't, all kinds of local, state
and federal government officials will attack them. Therefore,
they must be extremely careful about what their literature,
advertising and promotional material states, what they say in
meetings, etc. That is why we normally don't mention the MLM
company name when we use examples in these reports. We do this
just to avoid this kind of problem.
All MLM'ers are aware of the MLM "paradox" problem. Look,
everyone knows, including the MLM companies and all the
distributors, that the real reason that most people get involved
with MLM is for the opportunity! Yet, the MLM literature and
the MLM distributor cannot tell you this directly without crossing
over the fine line of being illegal. In other words, it is
illegal to promote a MLM company if the sole purpose is to earn
profits by signing up new distributors with no regard to the
usefulness of the product or service.
Where does this leave the new MLM distributor? Well, no one is
officially allowed to tell him how to go out and aggressively
recruit new members! Instead, he is always taught how to "promote"
the product and then "as an after thought" explain the opportunity!
All up standing MLM companies will follow this procedure. What's
a fella to do?
TIP: Keep your lead generating methods separate from your MLM
promotions. In other words, it is perfectly legal to promote an
opportunity any way you want to as long as you don't tie this
directly with a MLM company. That means that you can write your
own advertisements, etc. and generate all kinds of leads. But
when it comes time to discuss a particular MLM company, then us
the official MLM literature, guidelines, etc. when presenting that
particular company, products, and opportunities. In that way, you
are making a clear distinction between "lead generating" and
promoting a particular "MLM company opportunity."
2. MLM Concepts Are Way Too Complicated
Whey most people are first exposed to their first MLM
opportunity, they are over powered by the complexity and newness
of MLM concepts and terms. They are confused with all those new
terms such as "Network, Downline, Upline, Organization, Levels,
etc." Then there is the specific MLM plan that is being presented
that is always anything but simple. There is too much to absorb
Then there is much suspicion. Is this a pyramid scheme? Is it
legal? They have probably never heard of the MLM company that adds
to the problem. They find it hard to believe that they can really
make the kind of money being discussed. They probably suspect the
MLM distributor. And on and on. Right? So what happens? In most
cases, nothing! They simply don't sign up.
3. Potential MLM Member Can't Decide Which MLM Company To Join
Put yourself in his shoes. If he has been investigating MLM
companies, he is sure to be confused with all those offers and
different companies. If he can't decide, he just doesn't sign up
with any MLM company! Does He? Well, if you are using the MLM
MACHINE package, and you are promoting only to those that have it
and read it, you have a very important advantage, don't you?
TIP There are literally thousands and thousands of MLM
distributors who will jump at the chance to tell you which
companies you should get into and promote. If you want more
"advice" there are many books written by the "experts."
Understand one thing, every book and magazine article that you
read and everyone that you talk to will almost assuredly have a
"vested interest." In other words, they are either openly or
subtlety trying to get you to sign up in their program. They
will be quick to explain that there are "golden rules" and
guidelines to follow. Some will tell you to stay away from
"grown floor" opportunities since they are too risky. Others,
will explain that this is where the big money is. Some will
explain why matrix MLM programs are better than others - and
visa versa. Some will adamantly advise you to be active in only
one MLM company - "be loyal" is their motto. Others, try to sign
you up in multiple companies. Still others have put together
"Downline Building Teams," and will invite you to join them.
They do all the work (You simply send to them money). With all
this "good" advise, what is correct?
I have noticed one thing about all these "good" advice sources.
They never seem to ask me what my goals are. What is it that I
want? How in the world can someone give another person advice
before he understands that the objectives are? What is it that
you really want? When? How much can you afford to spend?
How much risk are you willing to take? What MLM programs and
products do you like? Before we even think about selecting a MLM
company, let's review the real world about MLM companies and
Most new MLM companies never make it through their 2nd year.
This is because they are not properly financed, don't really have
a good offering, or the federal (Fed's ) government shuts them
down! The reason that the Fed's shut down some of these
companies is that there is a lot of unscrupulous people in MLM,
mailorder and in fact, all kinds of business.
MLM is no different from other companies that frankly have about
the same survival length. New companies in any business, MLM or
not, have a tough time getting through the first few years. The
people that promote MLM companies never seem to get around to
explaining the real facts to you. But you need to understand the
dark side as well as the "rose colored glasses view." Sound
scary? Well, it you were to invest $5,000 to $25,000 like some
MLM companies would like you to do, yes it would be scary. The
correct word is probably "foolish." Now let's take these facts
and see if there is really a low risk, high potential waiting for
So, back to the question, "How do You Select the Right MLM
Company?" This is like asking, "What Stock should I buy?" Brokers,
advisement firms, and the like will be quick to make their advice.
Wouldn't they? And why not - they all earn a fat commission or
other fees. do you think any of them really cares about you?
And if they really believed in their own "advice", why don't they
mortgage their homes and buy in themselves? The fact is, "No one
knows!" And that is true with MLM companies and buying stocks! A
standard solution does exit however: diversify! Spread your
investment around! Why put all your eggs into one basket?
1. Select your MLM programs from the "Highly Recommended" listing
in our site.
2. Enroll into at least 2 or 3 MLM programs. There is no guarantee that
any MLM program will survive, so let's not be naive about this.
Safety is in numbers! Although we have chosen these companies and
have highly recommended a few to the best of our ability, one could
go sour. But they all won't go sour . . . at least at the same time.
And in the mean time, you should be making money with the one or two
companies that you're in.
3. Build your one core MLM company that is at least five years old
and is the best one that you can find. Write for literature on our
#1 ranking program. Consider our #2, #3, #4 and #5 "Highly
Recommended" for diversification. Since some of these can be
promoted easier and faster, you may want to vigorously promote
these programs while you are building your slower, but stronger
4. Get into MLM companies that you have total confidence in.
There is nothing quite as frustrating as trying to promote a product
or a company that you don't really believe in. Stick with the
winners with a few years of success behind them!
5. Make sure that the MLM company(s) that you select have
inexpensive literature that you can send by mail in a cost effective
manner. This just makes good mailorder sense!
TRAP Don't be a "MLM junkie" without a plan. Human nature is
to entice you into many different exciting "ground floor" MLM
opportunities. These can be fine, but you will lose your shirt if
you don't have a coherent plan that makes sense. work this program
and its offering to the fullest before you take off in other
Here are a few problems some new MLMers have:
1. No Upline Support
Once a person joins a new MLM program, he is vulnerable and needs
a lot of help from something or someone. In many cases, his
upline is not actively helping him for whatever reason. This
happens a lot when the upline person is simply sponsoring as
many people as he can with no regard to what happens to them
after they get sponsored. In most standard MLM programs, it
is important that the new person gets immediate assistance
from a local person, meetings or what have you. Otherwise his
chances for survival are slim to none.
2. New MLM'er Can't Sell
This is probably the major reason most people don't make it MLM.
By using standard MLM techniques, you have "just got to" sell and
learn how to speak at opportunity meetings and the like.
3. MLM'er Cannot Generate Good Leads
Next to the selling problem, this has to be the next biggest reason
most people fail in MLM. Let me paint you a picture of what
normally happens. The new person has just signed up in an exciting
MLM program. He is taught by the manuals, meetings and so forth,
how he should "share" his product with his friends, neighbors and
relatives. Normally, he is not comfortable with this, and if he is
typical, he will have many sleepless, tossing and turning nights!
He just doesn't want to "impose" on his friends! He would feel a lot
more comfortable just presenting his opportunity to strangers. But
to whom? Unless his upline sponsor can get to him immediately, this
guy is sure to be a fatality!
4. There Is No True Duplicative System
If the MLM company must be promoted through expensive methods, this
is not feasible. Also, if you must learn how to sell, or to speak
and conduct an opportunity meeting - friend, this is just not
duplicative. It just isn't! Only a few people can do this. Here
again, is a very important reason a lot of would be MLM'ers die on
TRICK Follow up with your first level of people. You can do this
by letter or phone. If you have signed up someone that is not active,
replace him with someone new, but keep all your first level people
5. MLM'er Sells By Mail Using Standard MLM Techniques
Traditional way to promote MLM is to sit down fact to face, spend all spare
time to call around and travel around to get prospects. A lot of people
already have full time job, it is hard to find extra time to travel and
make phone calls. MLM'er Can't Keep His Program Going Strong
6. MLM'er Not "Sure" About His MLM Company Or Service
Often a person will "sign up" in a MLM program in a "fit of
excitement." After the dust clears, he comes down to earth and
reality slowly sets in. He then starts having doubts about the
company, the product or service and his own ability to promote it.
If he has enrolled in a program that is not well established,
he may have some well founded fears. If the company is not at
least two years old, things can get very shaky very quickly. The
slightest amount of financial problems or bad press can crater this
company over night. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for the
new MLM'er to align himself with a solid company with unquestionable
products and services!
TIP Pick an established, financially sound MLM company that
is at least two years old with unquestionable products or services.
That way, you can feel good about the company and products that you
are promoting. There is nothing quite like being able to "tell the
complete truth" to your prospective customers.
TRICK Don't select a MLM just because you are "in love" with
the product. Put your emphasis on the business, the money making
7. New MLM'er Doesn't Stick With It Long Enough
TIP Starting any company takes time, and this is true with
MLM as well. By the time you study the program, write
and receive literature: study this and sign up; get the literature;
etc. - it takes time! And then you have to generate your leads and
so on. Also, there is a lead time before you get your first check.
And then your organization has to take time to grow. And on and on.
The point is, it will take several months before you can expect much
of anything to start to happen. You should set in your mind that you
are going to stick with this for at least one year! That just makes
good business sense.
TRICK Use some other promotions to earn money during the
interim time. That way, you are earning extra profits and generating
a lot of surplus leads to help your downline.
TRAP Don't spend all your initial promotional money on one
thing and all at once. Do a little testing. Spread it out and find
out what works best for you. If you "blow it" all in one big shot,
and it doesn't work, then what?
MLM COMPANY IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
Your MLM Company Gets into Serious Trouble
Here is something that can happen, so you had better be prepared for
it. As I have mentioned before, there are some excellent MLM
companies, and some not so good. But any company can get into
serious trouble, and a lot of MLM companies certainly do. they can
get into financial problems, or get bad "press," management problems,
etc. Anything can happen, and if you are one of the unlucky ones to
be promoting this company, you could quickly become another MLM
fatality. Particularly if you are promoting only this one MLM
TIP Diversify. Look, we both know that MLM offers many
wonderful opportunities. We also know that this is a volatile
industry. That doesn't mean we should not participate. If you had
to invest several thousand dollars in one MLM company, then I would
be worried. But that is not the case here. You can partake in
several MLM companies for less than $200 a month, and still enjoy
the benefits. Can't you? Let's face it. Although the companies
that are listed "Highly Recommended" in the our site are excellent,
solid companies, they may not be perfect. In fact, some may go "belly
up." But not all at once! Worst case, you will be in a MLM company
at least a few months or years before they get into trouble. Now tell
me you won't have made a profit even with that company!
TRICK Sponsor your first level quickly. That way, your income
will more than cover your costs. With the Internet's help, this can be
done with just a little extra effort. Then show your first level
how to do the same. That way, you earn profits quickly and stay
ahead of the game.
TRAP Don't be a MLM "junkie" without a plan. diversifying with
a good coherent plan is one thing, but just buying into a lot of MLM
companies is a "no-no." But yet, did you know that there are many
people that buy into dozens of MLM programs without promoting any
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How To Build A Secure Income
TIP: When you can afford it, buy into more MLM programs. Re-invest some
of your profits and round out your MLM companies to at least three.
Start promoting MLM programs so you can recruit members into
your new MLM programs. When you do this, you will generate surplus
leads for your original MLM programs. At this point, you can either
feed these leads to your existing downline, or start to build a second
TRICK: Consider forming a co-op advertising group made up of
your downline. You can advertise locally or nationally. You simply
put the advertising package together, and your downline pays you so
much for a block of this advertising. That way, they get tons of
leads, and your downline builds automatically.
TRAP: Don't forget the method that you used to succeed. After
you become successful, you will want to work closer with the
individual MLM companies that you are promoting. All these
companies have "grand" ways that they want you to use and teach.
Beware! Stick to the system that worked for you. Good Luck!