I’ve been one of the foremost promoters of SWOM since I joined in the middle of June 2010 – One of the reasons that I joined Swom, is because I am pretty good at ‘spotting trends’ and this one is a NEW trend that’s not going anywhere.
Swom was not the first ‘social network that pays you to be a social networker’ – but it’s concept was new, and fresh; relatively speaking. In the beginning, it was very exciting, as you could actually earn money FOR socially networking with others on the site.
Their compensation plan however, Changes.
Anyone who understands business, or networking, realizes how important the compensation plan is. If you’re not able to make money in a company, it is not a good business decision to remain there. IF you are operating ‘in the red’ – your business is about to go OUT of business.
That is what was happening to many people at SWOM; I didn’t realize it, until it happened to me, but SWOM is going around deactivating members of the site, even GOLD members of the site, for questioning the changes the site has made. Seems the people running SWOM think they are the Gestapo.
So if you are a Gold Member with SWOM, it’s IMPORTANT that you protect yourself, and Withdraw your Earnings NOW. Do not leave the balance on the books, because when Swom terminates you, they KEEP YOUR MONEY!
It happened to me …
As a Gold Member of SWOM, I thought the $25 per month I was paying allowed me to have input in how the site was going; I thought the 35 personal Referrals I brought to the site, many of whom were Gold for a time, allowed me to have input – but when My Input suggested that perhaps SWOM was heading in the wrong direction, I was terminated Immediately.
There was No warning Letter. No administrator reached out to discuss anything with me. I was not asked by the people running the site to do anything differently – which is what SHOULD happen, and always happens with successfully run companies… and especially, websites.
Think about Facebook for a moment …
When Facebook ‘thinks’ you are adding too many friends at once, or thinks you ‘might’ be a bot; they send a warning message. They tell you that if you continue doing something, that they feel is not ‘good for the community’ that you will be removed. Then, AFTER they send that warning, if a person continues, the company has protected itself, by having sent the Warning first. No dissatisfied user can claim, that they were not warned.
I received NO Warnings
Had I known there could Potentially be a threat of me being terminated, simply for discussing how the Changes in the Compensation Plan might affect those of that were not only on the site to network, but – let’s be honest – to Make Money.
YES, the real value is in the networking, the people you can meet, the fact that many of the members of that community are ‘business minded individuals’ – looking for solid investments, more stable opportunities — BUT, there are Millions of people just like that, on Facebook.
The ongoing objection, especially now, when it comes to Social Networks that Pay you to Network is this “Why pay money for something I can get for free?”
The answer to this Objection, MUST be “Because you can Make MONEY to do, what you are already doing for FREE” – or else, it will not attract people to what you’re asking them to be apart of.
For presenting this, I was attacked by people who’ve fallen in love with the company… and that is understandable.
When we look at the network marketing industry, 97% of people in this industry are NOT Making money. Many of these people remain with Bad companies, that are too challenging for them to make money in; but they’ve fallen in love with the company – or do not want to admit to others, that they picked a company, that isn’t as good as they thought it was when they first signed up; SO instead of making money, they LOSE Money, by remaining with a ship, that is sinking.
Many stick with these companies, until those companies go OUT of business; only to find themselves, in love with a company, that was not in Love with them.
Because of ongoing scenarios like this, our industry gets a bad reputation. That is one of the reasons I and Other serious networkers are coming together under the Moniker of “The Top Networkers Group” – we want to help create more Professional Networkers, who approach business, LIKE it’s a business – not like it’s a Hobby.
That pretty much is what SWOM has become.
It went from a great way to earn money; to a place where people are just ‘hanging out’ – and that does not work, for Serious, Professional Marketers, who get into this, to Make Money.
This is why I am urging ALL members of SWOM To withdraw your money, before SWOM terminates you for doing something ‘they do not like’ – without warning – and Keeps all of your Hard earned Money … and yes, it’s hard earned.
Let’s talk about how the comp plan changed, in just the few short months I was part of their Company.
Let’s discuss the original compensation plan.
Points = Money. You get a Point for things like, adding friends, interacting with the friends you add, joining groups, and encouraging free members, also known as blue members, to upgrade to Gold – of course only Gold members earn money for their Points, and the value of those points, Vary.
This was always iffy, but it worked for a while – they reward you additional, community chest points, for the participation – the more you participate, the more likely you’ll win “CC’s” – and again, for a time, this was good.
The issue, is that the Value of the Points continued to go down from month to month. People were earning less money, for the same effort; working harder the next month, to earn even Less than the month before. This made it difficult to KEEP Gold members Gold.
While attrition is normal for all companies, your Reputation takes a hit, when you are referring people to a company that continues to pay out LESS and Less each month, to the people who helped build it.
At some point, People are going to speak out, and that is what I did.
Now, when they made the decision to Terminate my account, I politely asked them to send me the Balance of my Earned Income.
They did not.
They will not respond to my requests.
If it happened to me, It will happen to you too. So, to be safe, Withdraw your Earnings – If you want to be Gold, I advise paying them $25 each month – what MOST Gold members on SWOM are doing is, living off of ‘earnings’ – They earned money when people they referred, upgraded to Gold; They earn money when those Gold members Stay Gold.
If you’re Earning money, Swom can take your $25 from the balance; So if you earn $100 in a month, you could go 4 months, without paying ‘out of your pocket’ – but again – the RISK – is that you’ll be Terminated, and NEVER see your Money.
Yes, I am indeed bothered that I was terminated, without warning, and did not receive my money that I earned. In all jobs, all companies, when people are terminated, let go, or fired, they are Paid for the work they did.
When companies like this, are not operating out of a code of ethics, Members of our industry NEED to be notified; We as leaders, have a responsibility to protect our industry, and each other – and we do not need companies like SWOM, giving ‘what we do’ a bad name.
What really, I feel, caused SWOM to act to prompt in removing me I was promoting another social network that pays; That network, CrazyGood. They have a much more ‘traditional compensation plan’ that is simple, the earnings do not vary, and you know what you are making for your efforts.
My guess is, SWOM is on the verge of going Out of business, and felt threatened. That being said, they should have paid me my money. I’d still promote Crazygood, over joining SWOM, but I’d do so, without feeling that SWOM is possibly scamming people, promising to pay them money, when ‘really’ what they are doing is, looking for ‘reasons’ NOT to.
So, Don’t let this happen to you. If you are a Gold Member, Withdraw your Money to AlertPay asap; so that you do not LOSE it – withdraw it EVERY month, to make sure you are able to hold onto it.
If you decide, that you’re really not making money with SWOM, that it’s too difficult to earn a profit from month to month – do not give up on the ‘idea’ – just realize you are operating in the wrong ‘company’ – and need to find one that does, what they say they will do.
This is the Social Network that I see taking the net by storm, ‘eventually’ – right now this concept is still a Baby; it’s very EARLY to get involved. People will not be leaving Facebook, or Myspace anytime soon. And I don’t think people should. Sadly, there will always be people who continue to make others Wealthy, and pass up on the opportunity to make Themselves wealthy as well – but there will also, always be people who will NOT pass up that opportunity. Crazygood is a $10/mo investment – how fast can you find 10 friends, with $10 = how fast you can Eliminate YOUR monthly payment. Help those 10 do the same, and you’re earning $100 Per month, every single month. They help their 10 do the same, and you are earning $1,100 Per Month … You can watch the video below, to see just how Crazy this compensation gets.
To add up how much money YOU could potentially make, visit http://topnetworkersgroup.com/cg/earnings.php?dreamteam2010