A Few Words on Affiliate Team Building

A Few Words on Affiliate Team Building

By Robert Thompson (c) Oct. 2004

It might have been Vince Lombardi or some other famous coach who said, “There is no I in team.” ( I was too lazy to look up the source of the quote;) I think that this is as true in business as it is in sports. Especially in a business like ours, where we recruit many affiliates who are new to the internet, new to business, new to computers……. You get the idea. And yet due to the nature of what we do, we must rely heavily on these new folks, or our stay at home jobs will definitely fail.

As a result of this, we must all reach out to our new affiliates and work with them to become successful. I have always loved business in general, and when I learned how to make a sale or earn a profit, I guarded what I had learned and kept it as a closely held secret. In the affiliate marketing business, that type of mindset is a deadly mistake.

Remember, that we rely on our downline affiliates for our income in many ways. When one of our affiliates makes a purchase, we earn a commission. If you are the Team Leader, you also earn a small commission on the same purchase. So, if an affiliate never earns a commission, how long do you think they will remain in the game? They will get discouraged and quit!

We learn things from our leaders about how to make a sale, how to generate traffic to our gateways, how to build a successful stay at home jobsite, etc. Unless we share what we have learned with those who rely on us, how will they ever succeed? Why would they be motivated to remain active or to make a purchase or sale?

Give your knowledge freely to your affiliates, and they will strive to emulate you in many ways. You may be modest, and feel unworthy of this emulation, but you are worthy! When you share your knowledge, your affiliates will not only become more active, they will become your friends and colleagues.

This concept of sharing knowledge is contagious. It wont take very long for you to begin reaping the benefits in the form of increased participation within the team and larger commission checks for everyone involved.

Here are a few of the areas that you should concentrate on. They apply equally regardless of the affiliate program that you are trying to promote.

1. Communicate Effectively

All written communications should be short and concise. Once you learn how to write an effective sales or follow up letter that gets results, share your findings with your team mates.

2. Organization

With the massive amount of Email that we receive, it is important to learn how to keep things organized. A lost message can easily cost you a sale, and it is the same with your affiliates. Once you have an efficient filing system in place, pass it along to your team mates.

3. Motivation

In my stay at home job, I offer several rewards to stir interest and promote activity on my team. This is something that I learned from my team leader, and it is one of the things that pushed my business into the profit mode. I teach this technique to any affiliate who wants to learn. Free Ebooks and newsletters are a terrific way to reward someone. I also help them to build their downline directly, by assigning prospects to them when they take a positive action. This keeps them interested, and helps to stabilize their income a bit.

4. Marketing Strategy

Many new affiliates jump into the stay at home job market without any knowledge of what it takes to build a business. At one time, I was in the same boat, and it was very discouraging. My Team Leader was extremely generous with his knowledge and experience, and taught me how to build a Website, how to exchange links, how to publish an article and a mountain of other things that I had no knowledge of when I started. I do the same things for my team mates.

If they decide that they want to use a different strategy than me, I support them in that, as well. That means that I had to get a quick education on other methods of marketing so that I could steer them in the right direction.

There many other facets of my business that I share with my team mates. I always hated the “I’ve got a secret” mindset that I ran into in the business world. By avoiding that mindset, and actually doing the exact opposite, I have been able to build a successful stay at home job, and help a lot of new friends to do the same thing.This article was added on: January 11, 2005.

Robert Thompson is retired from the United States Air Force. Since his retirement, he has operated several successful businesses. He is a proud Team Leader with SFI and operates http://www.stayathomejobs.net. Stay at Home Jobs offers a wide variety of informative articles and features for the home business entrepreneur. Membership is free. For a free copy of the Stay at Home Jobs Newsletter, send a blank Email to News@badbobrst.par32.com


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Life Insurance That Suits Your Life

Life Insurance That Suits Your Life

By Ivon T. Hughes

 By understanding the basics of life insurance coverage, you are able to determine what type of policy works best for you and your family.
Who Needs Life Insurance?

Life insurance provides money to your beneficiaries in the event of your untimely death so they can maintain their standard of living. If you don’t have children, you can designate another family member such as a niece or nephew as the beneficiary, or you can donate the money to charity. A policy can even be taken out just to cover burial expenses.

Different Types of Life Insurance

Term Life Insurance: Covers a designated period of time. Once that period is over, the insurance lapses. As you age, the cost of renewal rises. If you want the longest period of coverage, you need a term life insurance policy to age 100.

Whole Life Insurance: Covers your entire lifetime and has a cash value. Premiums never increase. You can borrow against the cash value of the policy. If you stop making payments midway through the policy, the cash value pays the premiums until exhaustion. This is up to 5 times more expensive than a term life insurance policy.

Universal Life Insurance: Premiums can be adjusted by the owner, which may change the face value of the policy. You can borrow against the cash value. Basically, it is a term life insurance policy with an investment portion such as a whole life insurance policy. In a whole life insurance policy, you do not choose an investment, that is done by the insurance company. With a Universal Life insurance policy however, you may, if you wish, choose the investments for the investment portion of your premium.

Two different reasons for Life Insurance: If you don’t have a lot of money to buy a good pension, a good term life insurance policy may be able to help. If your partner dies, these funds can form a capital amount to buy a pension.

Alternatively, you can insure the life of a healthy parent. In the normal course of events, your parent will predecease you, thus providing you with the necessary pension funds. Thus you have solved a problem in which your parent has gladly helped.

This article was added on: April 16, 2006.

About the Author:
More Details about life insurance here. Ivon T. Hughes, The Hughes Trustco Group Ltd. Canadian Insurance Broker – Get a FREE Quote TODAY! Tel: (514)842-9001 Email: info@trustco.ca Web: http://www.hughestrustco.com.


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