How to reduce the cost of your S-Builder Co-op 

If you're willing to do a little extra work, consider "co-oping the co-op"!

Simply send out a message to your PSA's (personally sponsored affiliates) and/or CSA's (co-sponsored affiliates) using the PSA Mailer and CSA Mailer. Let them know that you are willing to split the cost of S-Builder units with any of your PSA's or CSAs who buy a unit (or units). Instruct them to make their purchase and then e-mail you a copy of the receipt and their PayPal address. Then, reimburse them for half of what they paid via PayPal.

This is a perfect win/win for both parties. You get PSA's and CSA's actively involved in SFI, they get S-Builder at half-price, and you, of course, essentially get S-Builder at half-price, too! Although the sign-ups won't be personally sponsored/referred by you, you'll be driving DUPLICATION within your team. And duplication is what creates wealth in your business.

PLUS...if any of your PSAs become inactive, all the affiliates and members they received will roll up to you, so you really have little to lose!

Take a few moments right now and find out more about S-Builder and "co-oping the co-op" here. You'll want to also check out SFI President Gery Carson's article "SFI Co-op Manager & The Magic Of Co-oping."
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SFI Exclusive Training: Building your business with social media 



How can you translate the current online social media boom into profits for your business? Find out in SFI's ongoing, exclusive Internet Income course on how to start and run a profitable online business. In Lesson #70, course author, George Little, builds on previous lessons (explaining the rewiring of network connections) to help you embark into the world of Social Media to build connections and forge ahead toward your business success.

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And don't forget to check out Internet Income, Volume 1 at TripleClicks. George shares his vast knowledge of Internet Marketing to empower hard-working men and women who strive to achieve success and independence. Take this book with you wherever you go for easy reference to well-researched information and proven strategies designed to get your business off and running. Order your hard copy of Internet Income, Volume I and begin your climb to your SFI business success HERE.
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a2a 2.0 

As an a2a member, you already know that a2a allows you to search, browse, and exchange messages with any SFI affiliate. You're also aware that a2a allows you to identify and befriend SFI affiliates in your own country, state/province, or city; or search by gender, age, join date, common goals, and more...or any combination, as well as create "best buddy" lists, brainstorm, share tips, discuss SFI news, and more.

With a2a 2.0, we've integrated this resource even more into SFI--with an a2a tab on your SFI homepage and 1 VP a day awarded to affiliates for visiting it. It also uses a2a members' real names and SFI account photos, so you know exactly who you're dealing with.

You can also access a2a via Affiliate Snapshots (the "mini-profile pages" you see when you click on an affiliate's name at the SFI Affiliate Center--such as the names on the various leaderboards). This makes it super easy to connect with fellow affiliates. When you open an Affiliate Snapshot, for example, you'll see an a2a "Friend Request" button. Just click this button and follow the simple directions to become friends with the affiliate. Note: The a2a button will not appear if the affiliate isn't an a2a member.

For more information on a2a 2.0 and answers to frequently asked questions, see this page.

Not yet an a2a 2.0 member? It only take a few seconds to get started:

To get started with a2a 2.0, everyone must register (even those who were previously members of a2a, version 1) from the new a2a tab on the Affiliate Center homepage.

Upon submitting your registration, you'll get 60 VersaPoints instantly. Plus, you'll also get a cool, a2a 2.0 badge for your homepage. NOTE: Due to privacy issues, the SFI system cannot maintain past relationships established in a2a version 1.0. However, you can get started fresh right now and begin befriending affiliates immediately.

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Have suggestions for how we can make a2a even better? Use our Suggestion Box HERE.
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Do you know your TConnect Page? 

The single most important Web destination for your online business could very well be your TConnect page. EVERY TripleClicks Member and SFI Affiliate is assigned one of these personalized, free Web pages; and getting the most out of it could help grow your business, increase your profits, and strengthen your customer base and affiliate team.

That's why you'll want to check out this training article for SFI Affiliates serious about success:

"Your TConnect Page"

In this article, you'll learn all about the various sections on your TConnect page, what they mean, and how you can put these elements to work for you.

Also, be sure to let your team members know about this article and their TConnect page. By helping your personally sponsored affiliates take advantage of and learn to use SFI's resources effectively, you'll be strengthening your whole team and helping to increase your own commissions!
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SFI Exclusive Training: The "80/20" Rule 



What's the "80/20" rule for online businesses? Find out in SFI's ongoing, exclusive Internet Income course on how to start and run a profitable online business. In Lesson #67, course author, George Little, explains this online "rule" and how you can apply it to your Web presence for a more profitable business.

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And don't forget to check out Internet Income, Volume 1 at TripleClicks. George shares his vast knowledge of Internet Marketing to empower hard-working men and women who strive to achieve success and independence. Take this book with you wherever you go for easy reference to well-researched information and proven strategies designed to get your business off and running. Order your hard copy of Internet Income, Volume I and begin your climb to your SFI business success HERE.


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Leadership Tool: Profile Scores 



Identify potential future stars in your affiliate team with Profile Scores!

Here's how it works: Our system reviews the responses your affiliates have given to questions on their Affiliate Profiles. We assign a point value to each response to help identify affiliates who have set high goals, committed to investing significant time or money into their new business, are experienced in network marketing or Internet marketing, and/or who have past leadership experience, and so on. These point values are all added altogether to create the affiliate's Profile Score.

These Profile Scores allow you to quickly get an idea of your affiliate's level of motivation and commitment, and maybe even an insight into the kind of affiliate this person is going to be.

That said, there are limitations to how much weight you should put on the Profile Score for any given affiliate. Keep in mind that the score is only a number based on Affiliate Profile responses. A high score does not guarantee a future Platinum Team Leader. Likewise, a low score doesn't necessarily indicate that an affiliate is going to go nowhere. High or low, ALL your affiliates should be greeted with enthusiasm and strong support!

You can find Profile Scores in the e-mail notifications you receive whenever one of your PSAs completes their Affiliate Profile. Also, you will soon be able to see Profile Scores on the Affiliate Manager and Genealogy.

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Use the "ultra-simple" SFI Basics page 



SFI's "ultra-simple" SFI Basics page outlines everything you and your team members need to do to create a full-time income with SFI in just three simple steps. In just three SENTENCES in fact!

Be sure to point your incoming affiliates--as well as those team members having trouble understanding what they need to do--to this short, simple page. Of course, your affiliates can still access the standard SFI BASICS page, which includes more details, via a link at the bottom of the "ultra-simple" basics page.
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Seeing SFI through the eyes of your PSAs 

To provide effective support to your affiliates, you must be familiar with the experience of your incoming PSAs--the pages they're seeing and the information they're reading.

Therefore, we recommend you review these pages your new affiliates see when they join SFI:

1. New Affiliate Welcome at: http://www.sfimg.com/gs2.sfi
2. SFI Basics at: http://www.sfimg.com/SFIBasics.sfi
3. Your SFI Gateway at: www.sfi4.com/[YOUR SFIID]/Real2

Upon review, you'll notice the emphasis is on getting started by earning VersaPoints from performing actions on the SFI To-Do List. In other words, your PSAs learn from the get-go that earning VersaPoints equals earning income.

You can help your PSAs get started right by also focusing on the "score more, earn more" aspect of the SFI program in your own welcome e-mails, team communications, and leadership incentives.
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Tip: Getting your affiliates to your leadership page 

Your SFI Leadership Page (LP) is designed as a central page for you to support your downline members. But how do you get your affiliates to your LP?

Your affiliates will find a link to your LP on their "Upline Team" pages at the Affiliate Center. They'll also see your LP link on the "Contact your Sponsor/Team Leaders" line in the header of the Affiliate Center.

In addition to calling your affiliates' attention to these pages, you can also include a direct link--www.sfimg.com/leadership/YOURSFIID--in your e-mails to your team.

Haven't set up your LP yet? We strongly suggest you do this as soon as possible. Just click the small LP tag in the top right corner of the Affiliate Center to go right to your page at https://www.sfimg.com/Resources/LeadershipManager. You can also access your Leadership Page via the Hot Spots menu.
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Is your Leadership Page in order? 

Leadership Pages (LPs)--available to every SFI Sponsor and/or Team Leader--is your CENTRAL PAGE you can use to provide support to your downline members.

Your LP includes:

1. A brief greeting in which you can provide a bio of yourself and let your downline members know how you can assist them.

2. A complete, at-a-glance contact information section which includes links for easy TeamMail messages and live chat, too.

3. A section displaying all of your SFI badges.

4. TeamTalk

5. Blog

6. Recommendations where you can list SFI services and resources you recommend. You can also list up to five of your favorite products from TripleClicks. The TripleClicks ECAs you connect with are also automatically listed.

7. Recognition. In this section, you can recognize and honor affiliates on your team.

8. "My Best Tip." Your best tip for everyone in your downline.

9. A "Rewards/Incentives" section where you can set up contests for your team to motivate them and provide specific, actionable goals. You set the specifications for each of your contests (who is eligible to enter, what the qualifications to win are, the starting and ending dates, restrictions, and of course the prize--which can be TCredits, PSA reassignments, or gift certificates). With just a few clicks, and literally in just a minute or two, you can set up a contest any time you want. And when your downline members go to your LP, all contests they are eligible for will be be automatically presented to them to enter!

NOTE: Click HERE for a sample completed LP for fictitious SFI affiliate "Joe Sponsor."

Have you checked out your LP yet? If not, take a moment NOW and set it up. It takes about 20 minutes. Once finished, your LP is ready to help you provide support, strengthen your team, and build a stronger business!

For more FAQs and tips on using your Leadership page, see this post at our news blog.
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Find your affiliates online! 

How can you find and communicate with your team members who are currently online at the SFI Affiliate Center? Just look for the "yellow SFIM bubbles"--on your Genealogy report, on the My Movers tab on your Affiliate Center homepage, on Affiliate Manager pages, and on your Upline Team page. Just click the yellow bubble to initiate an online conversation with that affiliate.

A few tips:

* If you're chatting with a person who's primary language is different than your own, keep Google Translate open in another browser window so you can cut and paste text as needed to translate your conversation.

* When initiating contact with downline members, focus on how you can help them. Support and assist your downline, and you will build a stronger, more profitable group.

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NOTE: If the bubble icon is gray, it means the individual is not online, or he/she has not entered IM information, or has not given your permission to contact him or her via IM.

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Marketing Tip: Team-growing resources at TripleClicks.com 

Make it a habit to browse Tripleclicks.com and locate business-related products, especially those about marketing and sales, that you think your team members could find useful. Pay particular attention to new items specifically for affiliates in the SFI department (log on first to view that department).

Use the PSA Mailer and the CSA Mailer to send your affiliates a brief message about it. Be sure to include the product link, so your team members can easily find it in the store to order. Another idea would be to include a blurb about a product and its store link in your regular team newsletters or other regular communications with your downline.
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Genealogy Tip: Viewing your CSAs 

To quickly view information about your Co-Sponsored Affiliates (CSAs), just select "Generation = CS" as the filter in your Genealogy Report. You can then select various tabs within your report to view VersaPoint (VP) totals, sales, contact, or other information about your CSAs or award Gift Certificates or TCredits. Use the report's remaining filter option to further refine your CSA list (by VP total, join date, last login date, etc.). You can also click the "Send an e-mail/TeamMail to this group" option in the top section of the Genealogy to send off a quick message to your selected CSAs.
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Don't give up on affiliates with bad e-mail addresses! 

Do you have group members with bad e-mail addresses?

Here's a tip: try reaching these affiliates via SFI's TeamMail or TeamTalk at the Affiliate Center and asking them for a working e-mail address you can use to send them answers to their questions, important support information, tips, newsletters, etc.

You can access TeamTalk via your SFI Alerts page. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page, enter a general message requesting your affiliates double check their e-mail addresses on file with SFI. Be sure to refer them to www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/EditAccountInfo.sfi where they can update their e-mail addresses, if necessary. Then select whether to send your message to your PSAs, CSAs, or your entire downline, and click Submit when you're done.

To use TeamMail, go to your Genealogy, select the group you wish to send your message to, then click the "Send an e-mail/TeamMail to this group." Insert your message and subject header in the appropriate fields, and click "Send Message." These messages will show up in your affiliates' Message Center at the SFI Affiliate Center. NOTE: For help selecting a group via your Genealogy, see this tutorial.

Chances are, your active affiliates who are checking their Affiliate Center regularly will see your message and update their e-mail addresses with you and SFI.
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Effective e-mail writing tips 



Are you getting the e-mail response you want from your communication efforts with your team?

If your answer is anything less than an enthusiastic "YES!", check out the following article written by SFI President Gery Carson:

"How to write e-mails to build your business"

In this informative tutorial, Gery discusses the best practices for writing effective e-mails that garner results. Take a moment right now, and give it a read.
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