Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning how to market on the internet. Initially, I was using my new skills to promote my Network Marketing efforts. More recently, I’ve come to realize that these skills are transferrable to many other applications.
I had lived in San Antonio for over two decades. It’s a great place. People are friendly, and it’s very easy to get around. I enjoyed it a lot. It’s also very close to Austin.
Austin is only 80 miles up the road. Considering how close it is, it is quite remarkable how different it really is from San Antonio. I always had fun going to Austin. It was like a getaway. A chance to be away from home and let loose. It’s a place where anything goes.
The obvious things that you’ve heard about Austin are all true. People are very fitness conscious, the level of education is very high, there is a very vibrant music scene, and the high tech industry is booming. Because it is the State Capitol and a college town, it’s a place where people are very politically aware, and know how to party!
What you may not know is how entreneurial Austin is. More specifically, it has become a mecca for many of the so-called Gurus in the Internet Marketing arena.
About a year ago, I started coming up to Austin for a Meetup Group called the Internet Markeeting Party. I connected with David Gonzalez, a very successful internet marketer, who runs the Internet Marketing Parties. To call this a meetup group would be an understatement. Many of the people who come to these mixers are the who’s who of Internet Marketing.
What’s even more amazing is the caliber of the speakers that David has been able to assemble. In less than a year, I have made friends with some very influential marketers. Most of them are very down to earth, yet have the capability to move a LOT of eyeballs! Being able to connect with people like this is very exciting. They are so open, and willing to share information…it is a small, but vibrant community.
So, sometimes you just have to say WTF! I went through a very dark period in San Antonio over the last 3-4 years. I decided that I could not look at Austin as a “getaway” any longer, but that it was time to make it my home.
I wanted to be part of this. I wanted to be part of the buzz…of this amazing community of forward-thinking people. Of course, I had friends that had moved up here over the years, and knew a few people here, but I wanted to get in the middle of all of this.
So, I did what any sane person would do. I sold EVERYTHING. I sold my house, my furniture, and even my old car. Why? Because it was time to start fresh in my new home.
I now live in a nice little apartment right on Town Lake, overlooking downtown. I’m walking distance to Downtown, SoCo, amazing restaurants and coffee shops. More importantly, I’m CONNECTING. I’ve been here less that 3 weeks, and have already had lunches, coffee, and parties with some incredible people. I have made more connections in 18 days than I would have ever dreamed of.
I’m not going to lie. This amount of change is not easy. I live in a different place with different furniture, driving a different car, have a different daily routine, and now have different friends. It’s a LOT of change all at once. But, I am embracing it, and it is all working out beautifully.
Whatever it is you are pursuing, I can only encourage you to think about making some big changes in your life….the kinds of changes that can allow you to make new friends, breathe different air, get new ideas. Just remember how important the power of association is. You don’t have to take things to the extremes that I did, but if you decide to move to Austin, feel free to look me up. I’ll be happy to show you around, and introduce you to some incredible people!
What follows is a no holds barred, honest Usana review of the Usana MLM opportunity.
Of course, as with any Network Marketing company, your results with Usana MLM will only be achieved with focused, consistent effort and a proven marketing plan.
Make no mistake…your success with Usana MLM depends on you doing three things well:
1. Recruiting and enrolling new distributors
2. Acquiring customers.
3. Empowering your team to do steps 1 and 2 successfully.
Usana Health Sciences, Inc. is based in Utah. They manufacture and distribute a very high quality line of nutritional supplements, skin care products, and meal replacements. Founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, a well respected scientist, the Usana product line and MLM opportunity will provide a well rounded solution if you are a health-oriented business opportunity seeker.
Some of your success in Usana MLM will be connected to your belief in the product, so make sure that you try the products for a month or two, and that you are convinced they are the best solution for yourself and your market.
Keep in mind, by MLM standards, Usana is considered a “mature” company. That means, they have already passed their momentum phase, and are now an established and well-known company. There are varying opinions on whether this is good or bad. Only you can decide if this is meaningful. Some Network Marketers prefer the riding the wave of a momentum phase in a younger company. Others prefer the stability of a more mature company like Usana MLM.
Usana is a publicly traded company, doing business as USNA, with a very stable track record of stock prices. They are also a respected member of the DSA (Direct Selling Association).
Usana MLM operates with a popular binary compensation plan, requiring their independent distributors to build two teams of equal production, in order to maximize results. If people are committed to success, this usually means that someone in your upline is helping to build one team, while you are building the other. In order for this to work, you MUST have someone successful in your upline willing to work with you. It also means that you will only get paid as much as your weaker leg is producing.
Binary plans can create good income, but the Usana MLM does not pay any significant bonuses until a distributor becomes a Gold director, a level that very few people achieve. Further, there are sponsoring benchmarks that need to be maintained in order to continue receiving these bonuses.
In summary, the Usana MLM represents a solid choice for you if you want to be a Network Marketing professional with a conservative, stable, responsible product line and business opportunity.
To your success,
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OK, I went on a little bit of a rant, but I had to get this off my chest. It’s short, but to the point.
The advantages of network marketing are numerous. You can create many revenue streams, make residual income, sell great products, and connect with some terrific people.
But let’s face it…what gets people interested in network marketing, can be boiled down to one word: LIFESTYLE. Yeah, that elusive concept that gets us all drooling. Trips, cars, swimming pools, philanthropic activities, and overall CONTROL over our lives.
But is it possible for the average person to achieve this? Well, statistically speaking, it’s not. Most people that start off with great intentions, never get to the point where they are making a living, let alone achieve their ultimate lifestyle.
Why is this? The hard reality is that the average person is not willing to work hard enough or long enough to achieve what they say they want.
For the few that will make it, it only comes down to 4 cornerstones…
1. Mindset – Without proper mindset, it doesn’t matter what business you are in. Believe in yourself. Read books, go to seminars, avoid the news. Put good stuff in your brain and your heart every day. Apply what you are absorbing.
2. Training – Learn from the best. Get a mentor. Find a system that has good training. Again, apply what you are learning. Take a little at a time, and be patient with yourself.
3. Systems – All successful business people have systems in place .
They have ways to learn, generate leads, brand themselves, and daily action plans. The system that I use is really helping people to be successful in network marketing because it brings in ALL of the 4 cornerstones.
4. Action – Without daily consistent action, you will never be successful in network marketing and as a result, you will not be able to experience the advantages of network marketing. If you want to get other people interested in network marketing, be active. Get your mind right, get trained, use a good system, and TAKE ACTION!
Through action comes knowledge
Through knowledge comes growth
Through growth comes relationships
Through relationships come recognition
Through recognition comes results
Through results comes wealth
Through wealth comes lifestyle.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you align yourself with the right people, it can happen efficiently. To learn how to be effective in all 4 areas, go to
I will see you there!
On the weekend of July 9-11, 2010, 900 (yes nine HUNDRED) of the top Internet Network Marketers converged on The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas to make history.
The event was hosted by Raymond Fong and Fernando Ceballos, two of the top SEO experts in the world. They were able to convince the top marketing experts in the industry to come together just for one weekend, for a no-holds-barred training, mindset, and networking event the likes of which will never be seen again.
The talent and energy in that room was incredible. In a word….electric! I made so many new friends, rekindled friendships with others, and connected with so many powerful people. The No Excuses Seminar was just that. A chance to learn from the best, and realize that anyone can be successful, if they just apply the knowledge….no excuses!
Do not ever underestimate the power of live events. Aside from the incredible training, they are a way to greatly accelerate your growth.
I have no idea if there will be another event like this. But, if there is….don’t miss it. NO EXCUSES!
To your success,
About a year ago, I got pretty involved in Twitter. I was meeting some really great people, networking and connecting. It was fun, and I was even getting leads from it. There was always some new course being offered, and new “twitter celebrities” were popping up all the time.
The active people on Twitter were also very good at policing things….too many marketing messages were frowned upon, and for the most part, things worked pretty well. There was a communication frenzy going on that was almost intoxicating.
Then, about 6 months ago, the bottom fell out. The cat was out of the bag. Many pseudo-marketers looked at it as a forum for blasting their messages. People got onto Twitter in droves, and just started spamming the entire community. Twitter did ban a lot of offenders, but they simply could not keep up with the people who insisted on littering the community with blatant marketing messages.
Back in the “good old days,” I had about 3,500 followers. If I put out an article, or a thought-provoking post, I could get about 40-50 eyeballs on it in a 24 hour period. Now I have 23,000 followers, and I am a better marketer. I am putting out better quality material. And now, I am lucky if I get 1-2 looking at my posts.
For most of the people who’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve noticed (or have you?) that I don’t spend as much time on Twitter anymore. I find it much more difficult to make real connections, as there is so much litter to wade through. So, I now do most of my networking on Facebook.
I recently UNfriended (yes, UN) about 4,000 people on Facebook, just to get back to a manageable number of people that I was really connecting with. It has proven to be a really good move for me. I am now really connecting with the people that I really want to get to know. Isn’t that what Social Media is all about?
So, is Twitter dead? You tell me.
OK, it’s not what you’re thinking. Sure, it was great to see the underdog win, and I’m very happy for the city of New Orleans, but let’s face it…the commercials are usually better than the game.
In this case, it was Google’s commercial. Yes, Google. That behemoth that we all love to hate. So, did Google waste millions airing this commercial?
So incredibly simple, so incredibly powerful. And here’s the best part: You and I can make videos just like this, on our own computers! Did you see actors? No. Did you see any fancy graphics? No. Just compelling music that stirs your emotions. Simple. Effective. STELLAR marketing.
Do you agree?
One of the biggest challenges we marketers face is how to write content. Providing good useful content for our subscribers, prospects, and community at large is not always easy. To be sure, many of us nag ourselves, saying “gee, I’d better make a new video, or write another article.” That pressure can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.
What has worked for me is to take things from your daily life. I’ve learned to find lessons in the little things. Here’s an example…
The other day, I was enjoying a nice healthy stir-fry at one of my favorite local hangouts. And although I try not to eat the fortune cookie, I ALWAYS open one up, and read what’s inside. Here’s what my fortune said:
“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
I thought about this for a moment, and found it to be very profound. So many of us have incredible advantages over other people in the world. We have food, money, shelter, and of course LITERACY. We can read, digest, learn and improve ourselves. This is a HUGE advantage over a person who was never taught to read.
I came away from this with two lessons…
First, we should never squander our literacy. If we can read, we should. As Jim Rohn would say “It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost if you don’t read it.”
Second, finding content is easy, if you are open and aware. If you want to figure out how to write content, look for lessons in your everyday events. Life is more interesting and meaningful when you strive to learn something from everything you do. You never know, you may find a great topic in your next fortune cookie!
Wow…I had some great feedback on the video I made the other day. It was so much fun, I figured I’d do another!