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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Why Has The Free Franchise Concept Taken The Online World With Such A Storm? By Don Keith

I received this article in this mornings mail from Truly, Pay-It-Forward-4-Profits has become a legend in its own time. It's time has arrived; a MLM business building tool, the likes of which have never been seen before, has experienced such an enormous success, like never before seen in Internet Marketing . Don has taken the time to analyze just some of the reasons why it has become such a "hit" with Internet Marketers...An excellent and straightforward expose'. George Marshall

When one realizes the phenomenal growth of some of the Free
Franchise systems since early 2006, the question of "Why?"
often comes to mind. Well, as with most new phenomena,
there is more than one good reason and I'm sure I haven't
identified them all but here is what I believe to be the
"big" reason for this growth explosion.

The idea of a free franchise for online business building
has addressed a large and obvious need in the Network
Marketing, Multi-level marketing or MLM industry. There are
more than one of these systems where they provide a proven
step-by-step type of franchise system for marketing almost
any product or service successfully online using the
internet. Following a generic proven process of online
marketing allows almost any distributorship or MLM to work
successfully for the "average Jane or Joe" without the age
old "dread" of having to "take it" first to ones friends
and family.

A few years ago the movie Pay It Forward demonstrated the
value of investing today in people and resources and then
making them available for free to benefit the lives of
others. It's a little different slant on the old theme of
"we reap what we sow". This principle of "paying it
forward" ie: investing today in people with the expectation
that the good fruits will return to you in the future has
boomed online since early 2006.

Those who have started these free franchises have invested
thousands of dollars and hours and then taken their finely
tuned success system with vast resources of training and
made it available to the masses for FREE. They could have
charged large fees for their system and training as most
traditional franchises do, but instead, they have chosen to
"pay it forward" (using the movie's terminology). The
results are seen in an amazing growth within these
franchises as people from all kinds of different businesses
start to learn and use these systems as the vehicle for
growing their existing business or starting a new one

When one starts poking around in the free members areas of
most of these systems, it is almost overwhelming. There is
such a vast array of live and recorded training, member
forum activities, tools and resources. These are available
to help one learn and use the system to realize profits
that can then be used to fund your business's accelerated
growth. The main thing that prevents it all from being
overwhelming is the clear and straight forward step-by-step
or "paint by numbers" system they use to walk you through
the learning curve.

There are hundreds of companies that use the MLM approach
to marketing their goods or services because of the low
start-up costs and quick to market results that often
accompany that venue. The appeal of MLM to the millions
who would love to become independent and "take their job
and shove it" is well known. Equally well known however is
the traditional (and VERY unappealing) approach of trying
to take the "opportunity" first to friends and family
(commonly referred to as your warm market).

What the developers of these free franchise systems have
done, is to provide a system to train and educate the
average person (including those with minimal computer or
internet experience) in successful internet marketing
without any out of pocket cost for the training and
sometimes personal mentoring. With these new skills in
hand, the "newbie" starting out can get their business up
and running and profitable before they ever go talk to
their friends and neighbors about "the opportunity" or
their products or services. In fact the systems are
designed so that you really never need to talk with any one
until they have already responded to an impersonal online
invitation and thereby shown an interest and asked for more

When a person starts with a proven online marketing system,
they are directed to the top productivity tools on the
internet. These are among the very best in their class -
proven over time by the system developers. While the tools
do cost money, with many of them, there is also an
affiliate or commission program that can also earn cash to
put into or "fund" the promotion of one's main business.
This quicker cash flow that then funds the building of the
main or primary business is why the systems are often
called "funded proposals".

By making small amounts of cash with business building
resources like website domain and hosting, lead generation,
networking, traffic and advertising tools or services, the
online business person then has fresh cash to "fund" the
growth of their primary business. These systems not only
point the uninitiated to the best tools and services, they
often provide audio and video training on the best and most
effective ways to use them. The developers have really
taken thousands of dollars worth of trial and error out of
the process of building a business on the web if a person
follows the proven system.

I have been very impressed at the number that really "tell
it like it is". With the best of these, you are warned
that if you are looking for that ever evasive "silver
bullet" that will solve all of your problems without any
expense or effort then you need to look elsewhere. These
successful (and sometimes multi-millionaire mentors)
actually tell you that you have to invest your time, talent
and resources and be patient and persistent if you want to
be successful.

They give you training, point you to the tools, programs
and techniques that are proven to help you in the process,
but they also regularly "hammer home" the principle that
there "is no free lunch". Success comes as a result of a
burning desire, determined effort and your own actual

Would you like to work at home or work from home and be
your own boss? Are you tired of all the hype - the "make a
million in minutes while sipping your pina colada" sales
pitches and the "quick easy money" seductions (because
you've tried them and lost both time and money)? If so,
then one of these free franchises for building your
existing business online (or starting a new one) might be
just right for you.

Because they are free, you can register and then go look at
the steps. Listen to the training, ask questions of other
members in the forum if they have one and decide (with no
pressure) if you really are willing to work and invest in a
realistic and proven way to gain your future financial
freedom. If you are, you might be the path you will want to
follow is one where you have the benefits of a proven
franchise but where the system and training are free. Take
some time and check them out - it may change your future

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Using Failure to Further Your Future

By Chris Widener

Does anyone remember how many times Abraham Lincoln failed, not only in his political career, but his personal life as well before he was finally elected "President Of The United States"?

We should all take the hint to heart....... George Mashall

Tip! A man doesn't become a failure until he is satisfied with being one.

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher

Failure. Even the word sounds bad, doesn't it? That is because since the time we were just young children we were taught that failure was bad. But is that true? Is failure bad? Let's consider some things.

Tip! Failure is merely an opportunity to start over, wiser than before

I like a baseball analogy. Do you know what the record is for a season batting average (That means how many times the batter successfully hit to get on base)? It is a gentleman by the name of Ted Williams and his season batting average was .411 one year. That means that out of 1000 times at bat he would get a hit 411 times. That is considered by baseball fans as one of the greatest records ever. There are players making millions of dollars who hit .280!

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But what does that stat also tell us if we flip it around? It tells us that the best season any batter ever had in the major leagues was a FAILURE RATE of .589! Even the best fail on a regular basis!

What about the richest people on Wall Street? Do they fail? Of course they do. They pick the bad stocks sometimes, but they cut their loses and learn from their failure.

Did Michael Jordan miss shots? Over 50% of them!

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So what about all this? What does this mean for us? The fact is, I think we can learn a lot about failure that will actually make us a great success. So here are some thoughts to help you use failure to further your future!

Failure is inevitable if you are trying for greatness. Failure is something we must accept as a part of the road we travel to success. This is a very important item and number one on the list because a lot of what stops people from pursuing success is their fear that they may fail and not reach their destination. When we embrace the fact that we will fail, and that is okay, then we have nothing to fear anymore. Instead, we keep our eyes open and pick ourselves up, adjust from the failure, and move on.

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Failure is never failure unless you fail to learn something from it. That's right, we ought to stop calling these bumps in the road "failures" and start calling them "Learning Experiences!" When you fail, the first thing you should think is "What can I learn from this?" If you can pull just one idea out of that question, then the experience was worth it.

Sometimes failure is a blessing in disguise. Just ask the 3M Company. They were looking for an incredible adhesive and actually got a sticky paste that held, but not permanently. What a failure! No, instead, they spread some on the back of little sheets of yellow paper and called them "Post-It Notes." Have some? I'm sure you do. The 3M company thanks you for rewarding their "failure."

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People won't think poorly of you if you fail. This is perhaps the biggest myth, and the one that causes us to never attempt our dreams. We don't try because of what Aunt Martha may say about us at the family reunion. The truth is, however, that people will actually respect you for trying. The only thing I have found that people think poorly about you is if you handle yourself badly when you fail. Sore losers get the bad press, not people who attempt great things!

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Failure isn't the end but the beginning. One of our greatest fears is that our whole world will collapse if we fail. Or at least the project will. The truth is that that rarely happens! Most of the time we can pick back up again, make some adjustments and be on our way! This is a new beginning. Now there is no need to go down the road you have already taken, so there is one less option you have to try on your new journey.

Sometimes we miss out on success because we quit in the middle of a problem and it becomes a failure instead of an obstacle we could have persevered through. When people encounter trouble they have a tendency to quit. And then they see themselves as having failed. My question is this: What if they would have kept on going - persevered? Perhaps they would have struggled a bit and then broke free again. The failure happened only because they quit! So don't give up - keep pushing - and perhaps you will see yourself through to victory!

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The greatest thing to overcome is the fear of failure. Most of the battle is right between our ears. It has been said that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself," and that is true because in most of our "failures," the end result is usually much less than we feared it would be. Yet in giving into fear and not trying, we suffer the ultimate consequence - no success! So begin to tell yourself the good stuff! Change the direction of your thinking and begin to see the possibilities of success, not failure.

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Remember, properly looked at, failure can help you further your future!


Questions to ask yourself when you "fail":

What can I learn from this?

What did I do right in this?

Where did this go wrong?

How can I start again?

What resources do I need to make sure this doesn't happen again?

Then use the answers to these questions to plot your new course.

About The Author:

Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of
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their potential into performance, succeed in every area of their lives and
achieve their dreams.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

RSS Feed and Blog Etiquette

Since Blogging has become a necessary integral part of the process in any network marketing business, I thought it might be helpful to post this article I received in an email from Article Review written by Sharon Housley. Following the rules of journalism, both written and unwritten, makes for better reading and as Sharon points out in her article, increases your credibility and hopefully your business, which is why you have a blog in the first place. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, I hope you can use this and here's to your blogging success........ George Marshall

Citizen journalists and writers have become common place onthe web. Perhaps you are considering blogging, but are unsure of how to enter the world of online journaling. As the medium has grown, I thought it might be a good idea toput together some general guidelines for new bloggers and reminders to veteran bloggers about blogging practices.

There is no Emily Post in blogging that offers etiquette advice, or a Miss Manners that details appropriate behavior. That does not mean there are not acceptable and unacceptable actions that bloggers should take. In order to efficiently communicate as a blogger on the Internet, it is critical to understand the unwritten rules of blogging etiquette.

If you copy another blog's post should you link to them?

Yes, blog manners dictates that you make every effort to credit the original source of the blog post, this should be done through a link. The link should not contain the"no follow" tag. Generally speaking the commentary about the quoted post, should be at least as long as the post that is copied.

How much can you quote of another persons blog post?

Fair use allows for posts or portions of posts to be quoted, but it is generally good practice to only quote what is necessary to retain the context of the post. When posting an excerpt from someone else, it is imperative that the context of the post remain intact.

If someone complains about having a blog post copied, what should you do?

The appropriate course of action would be to remove the offending post and replace it with text that explains why the post was removed. Even if you feel the post was simply fair use, and not a copyright violation, net courtesy dictates that you respect the wishes of the original poster and remove the content.

Why should you credit your sources?

Always credit the sources of your information. Attribution is important, it not only extends your credibility but it also will help build your channel for future content. Sources seeing that you give appropriate attribution will often reward you with additional information in the future.

How do I validate information?

As a blogger, reputation is everything. All items should beconfirmed prior to posting. Consider using two sources to verify that information is accurate prior to posting. Also always use credible sources. Second sourcing and relying on credible sources will ensure that posts are accurate.

I made a mistake, what should I do?

If you have a change of heart, or posted something that is not 100% accurate, apologize to your readers and correct the information as soon as possible. Not only is it the right thing to do, but often feeds or blog posts are syndicated and unless a correction is made the words could perpetuate unchecked. If the mistake occurs in a blog post in addition to posting an apology, go back to the original post and strikeout the incorrect content and add a comment indicating why the post has been changed.

How should my posts be formatted?

Break posts into readable chunks. Generally the best posts are broken into multiple paragraphs. Be careful not to alienate readers by using ALL CAPS, this is considered "shouting" online and is thought of as very rude.

Do I have to use proper grammar in by blog?

Proper grammar matters, grammar and spelling may be inconsequential when instant messaging with your friends but blogs, immortalize your words, the Internet is becoming an archive for the past. Appropriate grammar should always be used when blogging or posting to an RSS feed.

What does off the record really mean?

Always respect your sources. If you are told something "off the record" do not report about it, post it or share it with anyone.

What exactly is copywritten?

Any creative works are copywritten. In the US and many other countriesm, even if the creator does not apply for a copyright, the creative works are protected by the copyright laws the moment the creative work is created. Unless the creator waives those rights, the creative cannot be reproduced or modified without the creators permission. Copywritten work includes images, text, music, or software.

If posting a controversial piece, is it appropriate to include the opposing view?

It depends on the style of your blog or RSS feed, but in general, it is best to include an opposing view point on any controversial items. Let your readers view both sides to the controversy, they will respect the balance you provide. Following basic net etiquette when blogging and posting to RSS feeds will build credibility and a following of loyal readers.

About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for Feed For All software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.

In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage awireless text messaging software company.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

"Imperative Motivation"

The following article came from an email from a business associate George Allan
He is a long time Internet Marketer and a very successful one at that...There is a good lesson here for all of us.....Enjoy...
George Marshall

If you are like most people in the U.S., you drive an automobile -
but - how often do you really think about what you are doing while
you are behind the steering wheel? -- You don't think about
applying pressure to the accelerator. You don't really remember
how you decide how much pressure to apply ... too little, you slow
down in the middle of traffic ... too much, you get a speeding

Or, how about steering the car? -- Without remembering what you are
doing; or how you are doing it, you easily keep the car in your
lane of traffic. And, when you want to turn left, or right, you
just turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go and
guide the car smoothly and accurately into the correct lane of
traffic in the chosen direction ... without considering the
coordination of steering, accelerating and braking you have

You don't think about it, you just do it. But, it wasn't always
that way.

If you will remember, back when you were first learning to drive
you probably had a hard time just keeping the car between the
ditches. -- It took a conscience thought ... and no little effort
... to get the car to go where you wanted it to go, at the speed at
which you wanted to go ... without bumping into, or running over,

The reason you drive so well (I hope) today is because, at the time
you were learning to drive, your dreams of driving yourself to and
from school events, or to a job, or cruising with your friends ...
chasing girls (or boys) ... was all-important to you. Nothing else
was quite as important. Your social life and economic future were
irretrievably linked to your ability to drive an automobile.

Driving an automobile meant freedom ... freedom from depending upon
your parents ... freedom to go the places you needed or wanted to
go when you wanted to go ... freedom to explore places you had
never been before and do things you had never done before ...
freedom to be yourself. -- If you didn't learn to drive an
automobile, you knew you would forever be dependent upon someone
else to get you to where you wanted to go.

Aren't those 'reasons' for learning to drive an automobile very,
very similar to the 'reasons' you've wanted to own your own

Owning your own business means freedom ... freedom from depending
upon someone else for a paycheck ... freedom to have the things you
need or want when you want them ... freedom to pursue the
activities you just can't afford on a paycheck ... freedom to be
yourself. -- But, in all too many cases...

It Just Ain't That Important!

Think about it. -- Learning to drive was all-important to you when
you were young because, if you didn't drive, you simply couldn't
survive in our mobile society. Even the survival of the human race
seemed dependent upon your learning to drive. After all, if you
couldn't drive, you would be less likely to find a mate and

But, owning your own business isn't quite that imperative.

Without a business of your own, you can still get a job and earn
enough to afford, at least, the basic necessities of life. And,
even people who have never held a job have mates and procreate ...
and procreate ... and procreate some more.

Beyond that, when you were learning to drive a car, you were more
than willing to pay the price to achieve your goal. -- Even though
you had giant butterflies in your stomach every time you seated
yourself behind the steering wheel you persisted.

There were times you just knew you would never learn to control
that great iron-beast, but you persevered. -- After all, your
social and economic life depended upon you learning to drive ...
not learning would mean the death of your hopes and dreams.

While owning your own business is a worthy goal, less than 2% of
those who pursue that goal do so with any kind of dedication. --
They have the desire but not the ...

Imperative Motivation!

Talking about 'motivation' is easy - but - getting 'motivated' is
not an easy task ... especially when there is no imperative (life
or death) reason to become motivated.

Face it, most people would like to be rich and successful ... or at
least be better-off than they are. -- Some dream of driving a
luxury car, living in a big home in a fine neighborhood, and taking
vacations at exotic locations around the world. Others envision
paying-off their debts, having a little-extra in their saving
account, and being able to just go on a vacation.

The dreams are real - but - unless the person having those dreams
is 'motivated' to make their dreams a reality, it will never
happen. After all, they won't die if they don't achieve their
goal; no matter how grandiose their goals may be.

Young people won't die if they don't learn how to drive a car
either - but - they firmly believe that, if they don't learn how to
drive, they won't have a life; which is just about the same as
being dead to them.

When you think about it, it really is a ...

Sad Commentary On Life!
While over 90% of the young people in this country find it
imperative that they learn to drive a car, less than 2% of those
who want a better life ever do anything to achieve it.

It is especially disheartening when you receive a 'note' like this:

"Jim, please take me off your mailing list. I have been reading
your materials for over 20 years. In all that time it has never
made me any money. I'll be 65 this year. I really wanted to make
some money from your programs but I guess I'll just have to live
off my Social Security."

Sad. -- Over the same 20 years he was reading my material, I was
making millions upon millions of dollars doing exactly the same
things; the very same way, I was teaching him (and all my other
readers) to do it.

Although there are thousand upon thousands of books, booklets,
reports and courses on the market on almost every subject relative
to making-money, no one has yet discovered a way to get the people
who read that information to "use" it.

What is the "Imperative Motivation" that separates the 2% who
succeed from the 98% who only dream? -- Maybe we will never know.

It's up to you!


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