QUICK TIP: Genealogy Features 

Click any SFI ID number on your Genealogy to access the Affiliate Manager, featuring detailed information on that affiliate. For personally sponsored affiliates, this page includes data from the Affiliate Profile, performance statistics, upline information, a sponsor checklist, and more...all designed to help you provide strong support (your responsibility as an SFI sponsor).

For more information about getting the most out of your Genealogy Report, see Genealogy Tips & Shortcuts.
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SFI Affiliate Question of the Week 

Q: How does the SFI Gift Certificate program work?

A: It's simple: use the Gift Certificate Manager to add funds to your Gift Certificate account, view pending certificates, etc. To issue a Gift Certificate to one of your affiliates, go to your Genealogy Report (Gift Certificate Format). Then click the "Buy Now" link to purchase a Gift Certificate for a specific affiliate.

The SFI system then automatically sends your affiliate a special e-mail notifying them of the discount you've offered and the deadline. There will also be a special link included to quickly and easily access and choose an EA-qualifying product or products from TripleClicks.com—your affiliates will receive the discount you've authorized right off the top! These redemptions will be deducted from a special account you will fund.
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Did You Know? 

It's not necessary to invest a lot of money creating your Website and establishing your online presence. There are MANY helpful resources for both FREE and affordable Web hosting services.

A few to check out include Doteasy, 50webs.com, and Yola.

These and other services offer both FREE and paid Web hosting and typically include VERY user-friendly, site-creating tools, with no programming or HTML experience necessary. However, for a nice, quick, easy HTML tutorial, which may help speed along your site creation, see this lesson from W3Schools

Special thanks to SFI Executive Affiliate Lusekelo Kaoloka for this tip!
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To access your Power Rank Personal Scoreboard quickly, just click your point total in the Power Rank summary box at the top of your Affiliate Center home page.
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International Affiliates Featured Article 

Are You Ignoring 80% Of Your Market?
Why You Should Be Reaching Out Across The Globe!

Did you know that by mid-year of 2008, the worldwide number of Internet users had grown to more than 1.46 BILLION people, with the total amount spent online estimated to grow to $263 billion by 2010 from $170 billion last year!?

With those figures in mind, consider that although the U.S. led the pack as of July '08 for the percentage of its population online (73.6%), that number still constitutes only 17% (and shrinking) of Web surfers worldwide—a fairly small segment of online users!

The true current and future online growth is and will be in the world's most populous countries, such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Indonesia. In fact, the Asian continent ranks first worldwide for the number of Internet users—578 MILLION and growing. Moreover, since 2000, Africa and the Middle East have witnessed what can only be described as a phenomenal increase of online users: a cumulative, eight-year 1,031.2 % and 1,176.8 % growth rate, respectively!

Not coincidentally, we've also seen a dramatic increase in new SFI affiliates from these same regions coming in the door, with India, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Maylasia, and China all in the top 10!

Click for entire article
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What's a quick, easy way to get around blacklisting of your affiliate Gateway URLs, create simple, easy-to-remember site names, track your site performance and marketing effectiveness, and MUCH more?

One word: BudURL!

Designed to give small businesses and marketers insight into "invisible" click traffic, BudURL makes link tracking amazingly simple. Just paste in a large, unruly Web address in the BudURL field and click the "Shrink It!" button. You'll get a unique URL that you can use anywhere you'd like such as social networks, instant messages, e-mails, ad campaigns, electronic newsletters, etc.

Shrink a link. Track it. Grow your business. It's that easy!
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Duplication Tip 

Create a contest for your affiliates based on Power Rank points. It could be a prize for the most points accumulated in an upcoming month (so everyone has the entire month). Or, you could award a prize to every affiliate who achieves a top five ranking in their class or any other criteria of your choosing.

Prizes could be SFI gift certificates, a free spot in your co-op, X number of reassigned affiliates, or any number of other things. Be creative.

Many people love to compete for prizes like this, but be sure to recognize your winners in your newsletter and/or on your team website or blog, too, as many people like being recognized as much or even more than receiving prizes!

SFI Executive Affiliate Lyle Kannenberg had this to say about this topic:

"Since the launch of the Power Rank system, I've seen huge participation from new personally sponsored affiliates (and I'm running an extra incentive contest as well). So far this month, two of my new signups are breaking records on my team!"
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QUICK TIP: Commitment Messages 

We recently unveiled a new Power Rank pointable action for sending your sponsor an SFI "Commitment Message." Read more about this HERE.

If you're the sponsor and you receive a Commitment Message, make sure you respond to the affiliate who sent you the message immediately. If you're not doing this, you're wasting GOLDEN opportunities for creating invaluable duplication in your group!

Conversely, if you haven't yet sent your sponsor your Commitment Message, don't put it off any longer! Your sponsor may be waiting to receive your Committment Message before they offer you co-op spots, reassignments, and/or other valuable benefits! That is, they may be looking for people to "raise their hands." Show your sponsor you're someone they should invest in by sending them your Commitment Message.
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Did you know...? 

Just by logging into the Affiliate Center and visiting the Tip & Win page daily, you can earn 3 Power Rank points each day (for up to 90 days)! PLUS, you'll get a valuable daily and weekly tip and entry for a free iPod nano or a great runner-up prize. What a deal!

For more information, see the Power Rank Personal Scoreboard.
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QUICK TIP: Promotional Aids 

Don't forget SFI has a variety of baseball caps, mugs, shirts, mousepads, and many other items you can use to promote EyeEarn. Find them and lots of other items at www.cafepress.com/eyeearn. Additionally, you'll discover similar items with the SFI logo at www.cafepress.com/GoSFI.

See this marketing methods page for lots of tips on using these items.
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Affiliate Tips: Consider alternative ways to reach your PSAs, team members 

Want to spark new life into your team and SFI business? Consider alternatives to usual methods of communication to help re-establish contact with your PSAs and team member signups who aren't taking action.

First, go to your Genealogy report (not the condensed version, but the full Genealogy). Set the report's first Sort to "Communication" and the second Sort to "E-mail Address" and click the Go button.

Notice the e-mail addresses in the resulting list. Type "yahoo" in the Genealogy filter to bring up your affiliates who are using Yahoo! e-mail (you can do the same for Hotmail and other popular e-mail providers). Download the .csv file from your sort, and open it with Excel or another spreadsheet program.

Now, you can use this spreadsheet list of e-mail addresses to send a general PLAIN TEXT e-mail to all affiliates on your list. Enter one e-mail address in the SEND field and the rest in your e-mail's BCC field. IMPORTANT! Please do not put all e-mail addresses in the SEND field. Doing that will cause all e-mail addresses to be sent to everyone, and you DON'T want to do that. Using the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) will prevent addresses from being viewable to everyone else and keep your affiliates' information private.

Your message to these affiliates should be short, explaining why they are getting this message and who you are. Include a short line telling your affiliates to login to sfimg.com with their e-mail addresses if they cannot remember their account numbers and to pay attention to the alert on the first page they see. And don't forget to ask your affiliates to reply to your e-mail message.

Do NOT include any clickable Website links or your e-mail address in your mail. Clickable links and e-mails within the message body will will probably be caught and deleted by spam blockers. If you include links, strip off the "http://" part of the URL.

You could also get your own Yahoo! Messenger account (and/or MSN Messenger, etc.) and add your list of e-mail addresses to your Yahoo! Buddies list. Just be sure when adding to your Buddies list that you put your affiliates' first and last names in the Alias field and tag the end of the name with "(SFI)." Create a group called SFI and put your affiliate list in that group. Don't worry if you get an error message, the names will still be on your buddy list. Then, send an intro message to them (doesn't matter if they're online or not. The next time they login, they'll see your message. NOTE: MSN Messenger does not let you send messages when recipients are offline.

After you give these methods a try, you may successfully establish your first communication with affiliates who have been sitting for months with no action. Even something as simple as a "hello" when you notice they're online might be enough to keep SFI on their radars and help build a good relationship with fellow affiliates and team members. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised how quickly things can change for you and your team by simply maintaining simple, easy contact.

EXTRA TIP: A lot of affiliates today love social networking (MySpace, FaceBook, etc.). Some of these programs allow you to immediately search for other friends in your address book who are already using that social site. You might be surprised to find some of your affiliates who have already signed up but have not logged in to the Affiliate Center or taken any action in a long while. Just send a friend request to re-establish communication with them. That said, it's VERY important that you take it easy and not force SFI-related questions or conversations on them right out of the gate. Build a good rapport first before you remind them about of their SFI businesses.

Special thanks for these tips to:

Lyle Kannenberg, SFI EA

Lusekelo Kaoloka, SFI EA

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Sponsoring Tip 

We recently unveiled a new login page for the SFI Affiliate Center.

With the expanded text and type of information now included, we'll be giving search engines good information to spider. Consequently, prospects will be discovering SFI through search engine searches. And when they do, and when they decide to join SFI through the provided registration link, YOU can receive a share of the sign-ups...provided you are participating in the EyeEarn Co-op. In other words, if you haven't already, join the EyeEarn Co-op so that you may share in these sign-ups.

Learn more about EyeEarn HERE.
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RSS Feeds At The SFI Power Tips Blog 

SFI makes its blog updates available to affiliates via RSS feeds. This helps you stay up to date on the latest SFI tips and ensures you won't miss out on important information. Subscribing to RSS feeds is easy. Below are some simple instructions:

In FireFox and Mac's Safari...just go to http://tips.sfimg.com/index.php and click on the RSS icon in the right side of the URL address box.

In Internet Explorer...Click the RSS icon in your IE toolbar. Click the arrow next to the RSS icon on your browser toolbar. In the dropdown menu, select “Get RSS 2.0 Feed.” You'll now see a feed page with directions on how to subscribe.

Via E-Mail Client:

The cool thing about subscribing to RSS feeds via your mail application is that you're notified in your e-mail inbox each time SFI updates its blog, so you're less likely to miss out on the latest posts.

To add an RSS feed in Mac's Mail app:

1. Choose "Add RSS Feeds" under File menu

2. Select the "Specify a custom feed URL" radio button at the top.

3. Enter http://tips.sfimg.com/index.php

4. Click the "Show in Inbox" option.

5. Click the Add button.

Optional: Go to RSS under Mail Preferences and adjust time to check for updates and when to remove articles.

To add an RSS feed in Windows Outlook:

1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.

2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.

3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type http://tips.sfimg.com/index.php.

4. Click Add.

5. Click OK.

After you have added the RSS Feed to Outlook, a folder is displayed for the RSS Feed in the Navigation Pane. When you open the folder, the latest items downloaded from the SFI blogs are displayed.

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SFI Featured International Resource:  

Currency Converter: You can easily view the cost for products at SFI's TripleClicks.com (TC) store in your national currency by using the Currency Converter, located below the department listing on store's home page. Just choose one of the 17 currencies available from the drop down menu, and all product prices displayed at TripleClicks.com will be in that selected currency.

Currencies available to view at the TC store are: United States Dollar, Euro, United Kingdom Pounds, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Russian Rubles, Mexican Pesos, New Zealand Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Swedish Krona, Norwegian Krone, Malaysian Ringgit, South African Rand, Swiss Franc, and Indian Rupee. NOTE: All SFI transactions are processed in U.S. Dollars.
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SFI Exclusive Training Resource: Internet Income 

NEW! Lesson #61: PPC Search Marketing, Part X - Writing Effective Ads

In this lesson, course author, George Little, picks up on his discussion of PPC Search Marketing with a focus on writing effective ads, including objectives and general principles of targeting your market and balancing your ads.

Check it out at:


Speaking of George Little, don't forget to check out "Internet Income" Volume 1 in the SFI Affiliate Store. 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.

Some of the strategies included in Internet Income Volume 1 are:

* How to analyze Internet traffic at your own site(s),

* The 10 most common Internet marketing methods used by successful SFI Affiliates,

* How to submit your Website(s) to the Yahoo Search Engine,

* Paying for search engine attention and ranking,

* Free advertising strategies and much much more.

Order your hard copy of "Internet Income" and begin your climb up the SFI Leader Board at:

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