Value and Reasons

Six months or so ago, you found the “perfect” biz op.

The compensation plan looked awesome.

You were pumped up at the thought of finally making money online…

You started daydreaming about firing your boss…

Getting that family vacation…

Buying your dream house…

And so much more you wanted to do!
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But today, you’re still struggling to make your first sale.

Reality kicks in.

Your loved ones think you’re pursuing a pipe dream.

You’re frustrated and you’re starting to doubt yourself.

Your dreams are shattered…

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If this is you, keep reading because I’m about to un-shatter your dreams.

I see people complaining with a question like this:

I’ve been online for six months but no one is buying from me“.

Six months of being online without making a single sale is the typical results of the 98%ers in this industry.

Many more people struggle for more than a year without results.  I don’t blame them though. When people first jump into Internet Marketing scene, they tend to follow the wrong crowd. If they see others spam, they’d spam. If they see people posting pictures flashing money, then they’re going to do the same thing.

Look, no one is going to buy into that because people have their guards up even more than before. They’re used to being pitched all the time. They’re used to seeing fake pictures all the time…

Want to know the real issue here?

People may not like you as a marketer. You may be thinking now “Huh, what are you talking about, people love me, what do you know!”

Relax.

It’s not about you as a person, but you as an online marketer, as an online entrepreneur.

The good news is, I can help you fix that.

Start implementing these V&R into your business:

#1 Give people value
#2 Give people reasons to buy from you, (not others or your competitors)

Sounds easy isn’t it? Just about. But people screw it up all the time. 😉

If you don’t do #1, you don’t differentiate yourself from the majority of that 98% people who fail in this industry. That’s a recipe to failure.

I just gave you a recipe how to fix it.

So how do you give value?

By learning yourself, then do it yourself, and then teach others how to do it.
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You need to find out people’s problems, be a good listener and provide a solution.

Think about it.

If your approach is always a pitch fest, what makes you different than everyone else they’ve seen?  Most people are going to be annoyed and swear to not buy anything from you.

This applies to wherever you relay your messages (i.e. newsletters, videos, Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.).

What about #2?  This is another one where people screw up even more than #1 😉

Don’t try to be someone you’re not.

Be yourself and be someone people can relate to.  Model several people while still being your very self.

You don’t need to be a salesman. Rather you just need to know how the product that you’re promoting is going to solve other people’s problems. Sell them the benefits of owning the product. When you do this, most of the selling is already done on its own.

I spend a lot of time showing people how to do different things online, the process, etc. And you can do the same in your business.

You need to stop thinking “what’s in it for me”, switch that around and please your leads first. People don’t care about you; they don’t care about your business or compensation plan. They care about themselves and they look for people who resonate with them.

Until you give people tons of value and reasons for them to do business with you, you don’t have a business.

If you don’t implement these two things, you’re never going to be successful online.

It’s like you desire to have your own personal anytime ATM machine. But well, I’m sorry to say that’s not going to happen. You need to first build that ATM machine because it’s not going to magically appear out of nowhere.

You can un-shatter your dreams right now by implementing V & R into your business.

That’s exactly how money flows into your ATM machine.

Once you make your first sale, it’s all about repeat and scaling up.

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Val Geerken

Tofu Story

I was very little, but I remember this story very well, so I wanted to share it with you.

Back in my home country, we often see food stalls along the road, all over the place really. One of my late Grandfather’s cousins made tofu for a living. He was one of those guys who pushed his cart and setup the food stall every day to sell his tofu. We called him Grand Uncle Apiao.

He wasn’t the healthiest person (he moved from China to Indonesia when he was 3-4 during the World War II), he was a thin man. He was very poor but always lived his life with dignity. He refused to get help from other people because he believed that as long as he was healthy, he should be able to put food on the table for his family.  He had met great obstacles in life: his food cart being stolen, lived in poverty, had people who cheated his money and ran away. But he always came back and pushed his tofu cart daily without fail, every day, 7 days a week.

My parents often took me to visit his food stall to buy out a good amount of his tofu to give to my grandparents. Just like any other day whenever my parents bought his tofu, he often refused to accept payment. However my parents always insisted for him to accept the money in exchange for the tofu. Sometimes both sides can be so pushy, I’d watch my Grand Uncle refused to accept the money, and my parents insisted or they wouldn’t take the tofu.
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One time, I saw how he had three different drawers for the cash payment (back then there was no one use credit card in my country).  He accepted the money and put the money into three different drawers. I was curious, so I went ahead and asked him why he split the money and put them into three different drawers. He smiled and looked at me:

“I split the money into three different drawers for three reasons. The first one is for my family, my children. The second one is to help others who’re much less fortunate than I am. I realize that God loves me and I’m still considerably healthy; this second one represents my gratefulness and never forget the less fortunate.  The third one, is to save and invest into better equipment so I can grow my tofu business.”

I was little (probably 4 or 5 years old) but I understood everything he mentioned.

Fast forward five years later (give or take), he had the money to build a factory from the ground up, hired employees and started living a good life. His dream came true. He lived a good life until he passed away ten years ago.

I see similarities in how I run my business now with how he ran his business back then. The only difference is our “offers“. His tofu, vs. my ‘services and digital products’. I believe hard work will pay off.  I believe in giving away a percentage of my income every month, (and it always come back tenfold) . I believe in investing into myself (education) and the right tools.

All too often, I see people who come to me and tell me that they have no money. They use the excuse of “being broke” as a hindrance, as a major block to becoming successful in life.  When I first started, I could of used the same excuse but I never allowed circumstances dictate my outcome. If you determine that you’re broke and you’re doing nothing to fix that, realize that being broke is going to cost you more in the long run. Yes, being broke is going to be expensive for you.

Make a decision to better your life regardless of your situation and circumstances. All it takes is a mindset shift. Realize that you can achieve your dream when you want it bad enough. Only when you want it bad enough you’ll do whatever it takes to reach your dream destination.

 

Val Geerken

Your Dreams and Your Life

Do you realize how you spend your time is going to either take you closer to your dream, or further away?

Do you have a real actionable plan and commitment to create your dream life?

If you want real freedom and success, you need to be have at least one or all of the below:

1) Have your own business
2) Invest in Real Estate
3) Invest in trading, stocks market, etc

They are the three pillars of wealth.

If you want to be wealthy, you need to look into creating your own economy.   You’ll never have to worry with what may happen with the government, your job, etc. I laugh when people say they have job security with the companies they work for. I used to work for the biggest software company in the world. Just this past week, they announced that they were laying off 18,000 people. I know two people who got impacted and they were being let go…and these guys have families with young children.

Here’s another thing to think about…

Bill Gates have said that within 20 years from now, a lot of jobs will be replaced by software automation. (Here’s the link to the article)

If you’re not worried yet, well just think about it…technology is growing rapidly. Nuff said…

Let’s face it, you’re never going to be totally secure working for someone. You’re always at the mercy of your company or your boss.

Let’s talk about running your own business online…I believe there’s a science behind everything. This includes running and managing your online business. The science in making money online is in mastering traffic and build a HUGE (email and SMS) list.  The people who’re making the most money online are the people who spend the most money. They constantly buy traffic and re-invest their profit to scale up their business.

Here’s the painful truth and it may not sit well with you, if you’re down to your very last penny and are looking to make a quick buck, this isn’t the right industry to be in.  Find something in your house to sell, do a garage sale, stick to your job and live frugally so you can save up the money for your business. You can definitely find ways to get your “seed money” to start a business. No one became successful overnight and no one became successful without sacrifice and pain.

One of my good friends maxed out all her credit cards at one point in her life. She was committed to create her own life. She didn’t want to live in poverty, and wanted take control of her own financial life. And now she’s a multi millionaire, a CEO of multiple IT companies. Perhaps one of these days you’ll see her in Forbes magazine.

So get a clear vision of your dream life, and how you’re going to get there. Start working on your inner self. Surround yourself with positive people, read books, listen to or watch motivational speakers and successful people. Even if you’re surrounded by the most negative people, you can create your own positive surroundings by doing what I mentioned. When you change, your surrounding will change.

You can’t change your past, but you can make your future. Realize that your future is a guaranteed reflection of your current actions.

 

Val Geerken

 

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Backlinks Made Easy

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If you are looking to strengthen your online presence through blogging and videos, you need to know how to SEO.

Have you noticed that every SEO forum or big blogs you stop by are constantly touting the power and necessity of backlinks? Must be a pretty big deal if you ask me. 😉

What exactly is a backlink?

A backlink is a link on another website (external) that leads to a page on your website. For instance, a link on this page to a page on another website would be a backlink for that webpage. Backlinks can come from a variety of sources. It helps to improve your search engine rankings, and they provide additional exposure and access to your website from external sources. This is also called Off Page SEO.

There are tons of ways to get backlinks and each of the methods takes time to learn and master. Rather than getting super-in-depth with any single back-linking strategy, I’m going to give you some tips to get backlinks. If implemented correctly, your content will show up on search engines with your relevant keywords. The image below gives you an illustration on how backlinks look like.

 

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The backlinks made easy tips

While the best backlinks are those that are earned on the strength of great content, great content will not be seen unless the web page it occupies is highly visible in the search results. If it’s not seen, it won’t attract backlinks. If it doesn’t attract backlinks, search engines will not see it as an authoritative page and, as a result, it will be virtually invisible in the search results. Little or no visibility in the search results perpetuates the vicious cycle of little or no search referral traffic, few or no backlinks, and low authority.

How do we get backlinks?

1) There are proven option of getting your articles published on authority article directories in order to increase the exposure of your website to millions of visitors and get valuable search engine rankings. Getting published in article directories won’t cost you a dime so I think you’ll agree this makes it a great investment.

A good thing to remember, in regards to backlinks, is to place all the links permissible to you in your article. A thorough reading of the editorial guidelines will help you create valuable content efficiently. Typically, depending on the article directory, you can have one or two “non-self-serving” links in the article body and two “self-serving” links in the author resource box.

2) As we all know Social bookmarks are a great way to get backlinks. Social bookmarking sites get crawled constantly by the search engines. When you post a bookmark on one, your will likely be crawled in a matter of hours. It really is that easy. Of course, you can never guarantee anything that Google or other search engines will do, but your link is more than likely to be indexed in a relatively short period of time with just a bookmark or two.

3) Another great way of getting backlinks are through press releases and news announcements. This approach gives good results since there are many websites that can publish your articles for free through announcements. You need to make a professionally written document for a press release to be able to attract more attention and get visitors to your website.

4) You can also get backlinks by exchanging contents and affiliate programs. This can be through offering RSS feeds to interested sites for free as they do the same for you. You can then be able to get more visitors as they look to get more information based on the abstract they read from other websites.

5) You can use joint ventures, co-branding or partnership for the purpose of getting backlinks. To do this you can make a request to have them link back to your website. Another option on how to get backlinks is to do a guest post on these websites and include a link as free content for them. This will make it possible for them to get more traffic through reference.

6) Another method to use is the “link-bait”. This basically means giving away a gift so as to be able to get backlinks. A way to do this is to have gift cards from shopping websites online to attract more visitors to your websites. Many readers will want to get the gift in the offer and this increases readership, since they have to go through your website to win.

7) Forums can be an amazing means for building blog backlinks. What you do is to search out related forums in your niche. I recommend adding your blog url as a backlink in your forum signature. Then every post you make has a backlink to your blog. A good forum post can send 100s of visitors to your blog in a week, or even a day.

8) And here’s an important one…make sure you deep link within your own blog.  Meaning, you want to link one article to another relevant articles within your own blog.

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So there you have your quick backlinks made easy guide! Now you’re educated and you can go find backlinks for your blog, website or landing pages. Backlinks are the lifeblood of promoting your website. Building backlinks can be so easy, and benefit your blog!

 

Val Geerken

MLM Business Tips

It seems like new company pops-up every day in the network marketing industry, claiming that their products or services are going to revolutionize the industry. Often these companies get well-known individuals on board to endorse or even run the company.

It is true that there are a lot of money in the network marketing industry. In 2012 alone, network marketing industry generated over 167 billions US dollars.

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MLM Business Tips

If you have been thinking to join an MLM company to generate extra income, these tips below may help you. After all, searching through a list of MLM companies can be frustrating and exhausting. Picking the right one is even more challenging today than ever before. Keep in mind that network marketing is not a commodity, and finding the right one to promote is essential to your own success.

These MLM business tips will help you narrow down your options and point you to the right direction.

1) Established company that has a growing market. Most people didn’t get to know or hear about MLM until the 1990’s, although MLM companies have been around since the 70s. But network-marketing companies bloomed in the more recent years especially in North America. Many people today have at least been solicited once to join a network marketing company. You also must learn to distinguish between a legitimate business and network marketing scams out there. The booming market has gotten greedy people to scam other people. Prior research is often necessary before you join any MLM business.

2) One of a kind product and services. Read and research carefully what kind of services or products the company offers. You need to weigh in the pros and the cons. Consider all the advantages and disadvantages; compare the products with their competitors. You must believe that the product or services will bring benefits to other people.

3) Right timing. Timing is everything when it comes to network marketing. You want to position yourself right in the company. Choose a company that is best suited YOU. Joining random network marketing company just because it “sounds good” without knowing the culture, what the products or services entail will cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. In the end, you will end up losing more money and jumping from one business opportunity to another.

4) Leverage of the MLM opportunity. Take a look at what kind of system the company has, along with compensation plan.   It is important that you have a plan of action that you can execute immediately upon joining the company.

5) Sponsor. If you think you’ll be successful by joining a well-established or famous sponsor, think again. In fact it is just like mentorship programs. If you don’t do anything with the information given to you, you won’t get results. Sure enough you can leverage their bonuses or mentorship program, but whether you succeed or not, it’s completely up to you.

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Remember that no matter how great a network marketing company sounds, you still need to do your homework and do some research. Then go with your guts.

Once you join a company, educate yourself and invest in the right tools. Master the necessary skill sets that the top industry earners have mastered if you want to join them by reaching the top level in your MLM business program.

 

Val Geerken

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