There are only 3 simple steps to building your business with SFI.
While you can earn some good money by becoming an EA, the real powerhouse of the SFI program comes in when you build your team. You then begin to earn leveraged income. You earn 45% of the CV (commission volume) on any purchases made by your PSAs, and when you and they are both EA rank, you will earn Matching VPs, so increasing your earnings from the TripleClicks Executive Pool.
It is important to note that whether you attract your PSAs through your own efforts or by purchasing them from another source, there is no guarantee as to how active those affiliates will be, if at all. SFI is FREE to join, and for this reason you will get many joining for various reasons. Some are serious about working from home and building an online business, others may be just curious but not quite ready to start yet. However, once they are signed up, you are an important element in their level of activity, it is your job to Be An Awesome Sponsor by welcoming them into SFI and helping them, especially in their early days, to find their way around the program, to guide them to the best training resources, to let them know that anybody can be successful with SFI, as long as they are willing to learn and put the work in.
It is also very worth noting that even though many will not be active immediately, some may return and become active in later days, weeks or months. I have read posts from many successful affiliates in the forum, who did not start right away but waited for several months, perhaps until they received a newsletter or communication from their sponsor and this inspired them to return to SFI (accounts will remain active with the same sponsor for up to a year of inactivity). So NEVER GIVE UP on your inactive affiliates – keep them in the loop, continue to send newsletters and communications, they may just be SLEEPING BEAUTIES!
So How Do You Recruit Affiliates?
Your Warm Market
These are people you know in your everyday life: family, friends, co-workers, people you come into contact with regularly. You are sure to know people who are also, like yourself, interested in working from home, or creating an extra income. More people are enjoying spending time on the internet these days, on social media and the like, so why not help them to turn that into extra money?
Talk to them in natural conversation about what you are doing with SFI. You don’t need to try to be a salesperson with your warm market, in fact trying too hard to ‘sell it’ to them may result in people avoiding you, so do be careful not to be too pushy. However, if topics come up in conversation like friends asking, ‘What’s going on in your life these days?’ that’s a good lead into, ‘Well, I’m enjoying running my online business.’ Then let them ask you further questions, and be ready to give them positive and enthusiastic answers. With your warm market, it is much more important to show them by your example, rather than tell them, how SFI is improving your life.
Your Global Market
You can learn to harness the power of social media to recruit PSAs. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and IBOToolbox are all great places to start connecting with people who are interested in working from home.
You can build your own website or write your own blog about SFI and TripleClicks. No online business is complete these days without their own online presence. And people prefer a personal connection to the person they will be doing business with, so your own blog is not only a way to connect personally with your audience, but it is a better tool for promoting SFI and TripleClicks on social media too. Whether you do a website or blog like mine, advising people how to run their SFI business, or whether you would like to make a site to review products you can find at TripleClicks, or if you can find a way to combine both, just find something you enjoy or will find easy to talk/write about and get blogging!
You can join traffic exchanges and PPC sites so lots of people see your adverts. At this stage, I don’t have a lot of experience of these, however many SFI affiliates find these a good way to promote.
You can advertise on classified ads sites often for free. You can find lots of these by googling ‘classified ads’. Probably one of the most popular classified ads site is Craigslist, however they are very strict on posting limits, I believe you are limited to 2 adverts every 3 days and they will quickly ban you if you exceed this limit. There are plenty more you can join and post in though. Learn how to make your posts attractive for people to read and you will get a better response.
For those who are not yet comfortable or experienced in finding their own team, SFI can help with this. This is a good way to build your business while you are learning how to attract your own team members, and I would thoroughly recommend that you do learn and practise how to build your own team alongside the practise of buying PSAs.
S-Builder is SFI’s new, international, multi-channel advertising co-op available to all SFI affiliates, giving you the ability to accelerate your path to success by purchasing shares. Basically, everybody who buys a share adds to the ‘pot’, the advertising budget. So, if 1000 people buy a share each at $24 per share, that gives SFI $24,000 with which to pay for an advertising campaign. You can expect to receive around 4-7 new PSAs or PRMs per share of S-Builder, although this is not guaranteed, it depends on the level of signups from the campaign, it could be more or less. However, this advertising is more highly targeted to the type of people who will be interested in the business which SFI offers, so often has a higher success rate with the affiliates attracted through it. You begin receiving your signups in the month AFTER you have bought your shares.
S-Builder is cheaper to buy as a Standing Order so, for only $0.72 per day, less than a cup of coffee, it is an affordable way to build your business.
PSAs will be generated through a third party working directly with SFI, from targeted campaigns–directed at people who actively search business opportunities from all over the world. They are new SFI affiliates provided to you in real time as they sign up. PSAs-To-Go arrive faster than S-Builder, beginning within a couple of days of purchase and you will usually receive all you buy within a couple of days.
You can buy PSAs-To-Go in packs of 10, 20 or 50.
ECAs are stores on the TripleClicks platform, run by independent sellers. Some TripleClicks sellers are experienced in attracting signups to online business opportunities, so they offer this service as a product to SFI affiliates.
Some popular ECAs you can buy PSAs from are:
You don’t always have to pay cash to buy PSAs!
TripleClicks offers a range of ways to pay for purchases. You can buy with cash, either with your debit/credit card or directly from your SFI Affiliate earnings account, or you can pay with TCredits or MRPs which you may have won in the games or auctions.
If you buy with cash you will earn the VPs attached to the product, whether you are buying from TripleClicks Direct or from any of the ECAs.
If you buy with TCredits or MRPs, you will earn the VPs if you are buying the S-Builder or PSAs-To-Go from TripleClicks Direct, but you will not earn the VPs if you buy from the ECA stores.
There are lots of opportunities to win PSAs and S-Builders in the Pricebenders Auctions. I have been quite successful in this method.
However, becoming successful in the auctions does require some skill and some luck. It is the nature of auctions that there can only be one winner in each auction. So before trying the auctions, I highly recommend:
- read ‘Tips & Strategies For Winning Pricebenders™ Auctions’
- observing several auctions to see how they work,
- read in the SFI Forum other member’s tips on how to be successful in the Auctions
SFI has recently introduced a new program for SFI affiliates called ‘Bid and Build’, an easy and free bonus tool that allows you to build your team of PSAs while simply bidding at Pricebenders. Each time you bid at Pricebenders, on any item, you’ll be credited towards a new, freshly-generated SFI affiliate sign-up. Once you reach 50 bids, you’ll automatically earn the new PSA (delivered typically within 5 days). The new PSA will then be added to your Genealogy, and you can begin working with them. This is limited at the moment to earning 2 free PSAs per day. I don’t recommend bidding in the auctions JUST for the bonus PSAs, as that would be an expensive way to buy PSAs, but if you are bidding in the auctions anyway, they are a valuable extra reward or at least a consolation prize if you don’t win your auction.
How to get CSAs for your team
CSAs are Co-Sponsored Affiliates. They are not affiliates you find yourself, they are allocated to you for you to co-sponsor them. This means that they already have their own sponsor who personally enrolled them in SFI, and SFI has added you to their upline so you can be an extra guide and help for them.
Do not underestimate the value of your CSAs. You earn 15% of the CV on anything they purchase from TripleClicks which, if you have lots of them active, can be a sizeable amount of earnings for you. Treat them the same as you would your PSAs: send them your team newsletters, help them when they need your advice, etc.
You get CSAs in your team by the following:
- you are awarded 2 CSAs each month when you achieve EA rank
- you are awarded a bunch of Second Home CSAs each month when you become a Team Leader, usually between 40-60 CSAs per share –
- Bronze Team Leaders receive 1 share, Silver Team Leaders receive 2 shares, and this increases with higher ranks
- you can win CSAs in auctions
- you are awarded CSAs if you buy a New Member Pack in your first 10 days with SFI.
However, you must remember this: CSAs are a reward from SFI for your commitment and maintaining your EA rank every month, and if you fail to achieve EA in any month you will lose ALL of your CSAs. The easiest way of maintaining your EA rank and ensuring you keep all your CSAs is to invest in a 1500VP Standing Order, the most popular of which is the 125 TCredit Pack.
What others are saying about SFI:I’m very thankful that I found SFI. It has an amazing marketing program and provides tools, techniques, marketing aids, and marketing methods. All you have to do is study and learn the system. This is the best program I’ve ever found.