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SWOM Gold Members: Withdraw you Balance!

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.

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To add up how much money YOU could potentially make, visit http://topnetworkersgroup.com/cg/earnings.php?dreamteam2010

Aaachoo Leaderboard: CEO’s Unlimited

Glad to be representing CEO’s Unlimited on the Leaderboard with Aaachoo; so far I’ve made it to the top performers for the month of August, it’s still early And the overall leaderboard, currently at #66.

This could change by the time I press the ‘publish’ button in my blog here – this company is MOVING and exploding SO fast.

What I want to do, is Thank the leaders who joined with me and send some business their way!

Some of my team members have “team extreme” on their names, others have “ceo’s unlimited” – which ever you want to put on your name is fine with me; However if you are interested in WORKING with me on this effort – Every Sunday from 10:00pm EST to 12:00 a.m. – I will host an Overview, Q&A, and training – via the internet — using both a webinar, and a live streaming chat room with Video and Audio, to help all of you get your questions answered, and teach you what I am doing to explode in THIS business – and many others.

My Main company, TBA2 will be discussed, as well as 2 “tools” I am using to promote all that I’m into. Social Network Training, and more.

You can SUBSCRIBE to my Training list whether you are on my team or NOT – and plug in @ aaachooceos@listwire.com

I’m working to get this Weekly Information posted HERE on my blog; Check back as I do plan to have it up later tonight.

Need Home Business Ideas?

That’s where I was, in 1999 – looking for a way to Start a business from home; We had a general idea, wanting to help people with various financial services – and while searching for a way to FUND this idea, I backed into network marketing.

The most common way that MOST people start, in the home business industry – as Robert Kiyosaki points out in this video below… network marketing companies provide a New person who’s Never owned a business with training, to educate and teach them, generally in a hands on environment, HOW to run a business; this is So Vital, as most people who go directly into starting a business from home, Fail – and they fail miserably!

Check out what Robert Kiyosaki has to say about starting a business from Home!

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What I also discovered shortly after joining a company is this : The people you will meet are most likely going to become Future Business partners of yours in various businesses; because you’re all like minded individuals who may have different personal goals, but Similar Financial goals – You’ll be working with people to achieve your goals and if you network effectively, within your NEW home business company, you will meet people that you’ll be able to work with effectively; getting results – that help you both get where you want to go!

Sign up for my FREE Course on Network Marketing today @
http://seekingahomebusiness.com

This course will educate you about this industry, and you will also get additional insight into how you can take the ideas presented to you by this industry, and go on to someday have success with a business of your very own!

No attention, No Retention: Meetings still have Value.

Welcome back to the world of Network Marketing Al, you’ve been away for 4 years and a LOT has changed – there are now, TONS of companies that people can join for LESS than $100 and even Some that have No Cost at all! Unlike the way it was so many years ago, these FREE Businesses have Value :: and there are tons of automated, automatic online businesses, that are telling people how much easier it is to build ONLINE entirely, with no hassle, no meetings, no friends and family to ‘bother/bugg/annoy’

Sounds pretty attractive New world of Network Marketing :: wow, so much has changed – and yet, so much has remained the same.

After coming back to this world, and initially building ‘entirely’ with webinars and websites, i must say – there is Something to the Old school way of Physical meetings – especially on a weekly basis.

Sure, I see the value of Using the internet to Enhance everything we do : but all this talk of building Without the Old school methods, are simply ploys to take advantage of people who don’t know any better – OR – are looking for shortcuts to success.

Let me explain : With a Webinar, or a Teleconference of any kind, there is no way to see for yourself if new distributors are paying attention.

No attention = No retention.

After a year of giving it a shot, I can say without a doubt, the BEST way to build success with your network marketing business, is to do it OFFLINE.

Also, friends and family …. make good customers; not always good business partners.

What needs to happen is, new distributors need better training and instruction as to NOT bug, bother, or annoy their friends and family about joining their business, or getting rich from selling their products or services; Asking them to TRY what you are selling however – well come on, who else are you gonna ask that question of?  If someone is a friend of mine, and I have a business that sells what they like buying, why shouldn’t they buy it from me?

And while there are so many tools, blogs, websites, videos, and ways to share this information with people :: nothing beats a Home Party :: inviting friends over to SEE what I am selling, to feel it, to ask questions about it, and to consider Purchasing my product from me ::: it’s Duplicatable too – because not everyone can HOST and CONDUCT a Webinar.

But, Everyone can invite people over to hear about a business, and consider improving their lives together :: with people they already know and (hopefully) Love.

With a meeting, I can SEE who’s paying attention, who’s taking notes, who’s seriously considering the information being shared :: and because of the way Human Beings naturally are, if a guest of mine, or a new business partner attends a meeting, and EVERYONE is paying attention, are they going to be the stand out, who’s not? Conformity is Comfortable.

When people are in an evironment of success, they will conform to successful ways of thinking, speaking, believing, and doing.

It’s difficult to create an Environment of Success, when we do not ask people to ever Leave their Environment of Failure.

Yes the couch is cozy and comfortable ::: but what kind of Confort is that? What kind of Environment is it in?

We NEED to ask people to Leave their homes sometimes, full of turmoil, stress, and challenges – to attend a Place that is full of hopes, dreams, and positive assertions of ones ability to go from where they are, to where they see themselves being.

The Meeting still has Value – I believe, with all the Tools that have emerged the meeting still holds the MOST Value.

If you are building a business Online, that’s great – BUT – make sure that you and your teams are making the effort to build Locally as well. Or else, you may not have a business that lasts very long, as many will quit – from never truly zoning in, and learning HOW to improve their lives, with that Great and Awesome business you helped them sign up for, over the internet.  Now they are blaming you, and your business, and network marketing :: instead of themselves – They didn’t watch the videos you told them to watch, not all the way at least – they are too embarrassed to tell you that.  They’d rather make you feel bad, so they don’t have to dislike themselves and their own lack of work ethic.

And yet, some of the problem is – they never got OUT of the house; they stayed around the same people, the same ideas, the same tv playing the same garbage in the background, with the same people calling them on the phone with the same gossip, and toxic thinking continually polluting their lives.

If you are leading, you need to meet with your people – and encourage them to do the same with theirs.

Listwire Updates :: Build your Lists

I’ve been using Listwire.com – the FREE Autoresponder, and am still pretty much impressed with this tool; I recommend it.

Let me however, share a few things with you.

WHEN people subscribe to your list, Listwire will share other ‘lists’ with them. This of course means that when others, using Listwire get subscribers, YOUR ‘ad’ can be shown, and you may get additional sign ups from being part of what they’ve put together.

In other words, listwire will help get You more leads for your list; but also, other members using Listwire will have a crack at your leads; if they choose to sign up for additional lists..

So I hope your marketing is superior – lots of competition out there!

Also Note: any links you include in your follow up emails, will have a ‘small advertisement bar’ linked up below the page;

I recommend signing up, using it – and seeing what this FREE tool will do for your business; as all Follow Up marketing techniques are highly recommended by industry Guru’s.

Building a LIST is the key to success in business.

Your list is the Foundation of your business plan; You need to have people that you can approach as either a customer or a business partner. It’s not JUST a list of names either :: it is important that you ‘build a relationship’ With your list. You do that, through contact and conversation.

SWOM Update ::  There are lots of places to ‘find people’ that you can add to your “list” — SWOM is one of the new, excitig and emerging website to do just that..

Pay day is coming on June 10th; I’m very close to breaking even and will put some time into meeting my point goal total this weekend — excited about the Twitter feature however; You’ll notice our Twitter feed to the right of the page :: It’s now linked Directly to my SWOM posts; So I can now build my Twitter, just by using SWOM – which will automatically post to … Twitter.

Technology has become so amazing; Use it to your advantage!

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