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Pricebenders autobidder discontinued

PricebendersLogoEffective immediately, Pricebenders auctions will no longer offer the autobidder option (except for Big Dog auctions).  For those who disliked participating in auctions where the autobidder was employed, 100% of all Pricebenders auctions (excluding Big Dog auctions) are now ready for you!

Check out today’s upcoming auctions HERE.

Note!  This is just the first of a number of great new changes and features coming to Pricebenders over the next few days and weeks.  Stay tuned for more Pricebenders announcements soon.

Forum DiscussionLog in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.


3-Day SALE on $1.99 PSAs To Go!

Unlimited PSAs To Go for just $1.99 each!

Spring is here and it’s a great time to grow your SFI business!  For the next three days (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) you can order as many PSAs To Go for just $1.99 each.  Any quantity, as few or as many as you want! And for this special sale, a Standing Order for S-Builder Co-op is not required!

Each PSA will be assigned to YOU as their sponsor to help boost your SFI business, strengthen your team, and increase your potential earning power.

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As their personal sponsor, you’ll earn 45% of the CV (Commission Volume) each time your PSA places an order at TripleClicks.com. And that’s just the beginning. Teach your new PSAs how to sponsor and duplicate, and your PSAs can eventually become a group of thousands of affiliates in your downline. For each that becomes an EA2, you can earn lucrative Matching VersaPoints–down a full 12 generations! See SFI compensation plan.

Your new 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. Please note: These are NOT prospective affiliates. Rather, these are actual new SFI affiliates provided to you in real time as they sign up.

ORDER NOW HERE


Important New Group Mailing Policy

With SFI’s massive growth over the last couple years, group mailings by affiliates have become an issue.

Every day, around the clock, huge mailings totaling hundreds of thousands of emails, are being sent out.  We have determined that this massive amount of email distribution and its impact on our servers is now regularly causing vital corporate messages to be significantly delayed or not sent out at all (important notices of all kinds, newsletters, and more).  This is of course extremely harmful on numerous levels.

So why not just beef up our servers?  We wish it was that simple!  But with millions of emails going out daily, some of the major email services are responding by “gray-listing” (temporarily blocking us)–which could easily lead to black-listing (permanently blocking of all emails from SFI).  If we can’t get our critical emails to our affiliates, and you can’t get your emails to your downline, this could be a devastating blow!

Therefore, effective immediately, we are placing weekly limits on how many emails you can send out from the Genealogy.

Note that there are NO limits on mailings to your PSAs.  The limits apply ONLY to your CSAs and those in your 2nd-12th generations:

  • For non-Team Leaders, the limit is 1,000 emails/week
  • For BTLs, the limit is 2,500 emails/week
  • For STLs, the limit is 5,000 emails/week
  • For GTLs, the limit is 10,000 emails/week
  • For PTLs, the limit is 20,000 emails/week
  • For DTLs, the limit is 25,000 emails/week

For those who might need to occasionally go beyond these limits, we will be putting in place a way to pay (via TCredits) for extras.  Watch for the announcement.

TIP: By using Stream, you can communicate regularly with your entire team and/or all your CSAs without using emails (i.e., no limits for Stream).  A method that some SFI leaders have used successfully is to post your newsletter or article on your SFI Leadership Page (blog page), your own blog, or at the SFI Forum (if appropriate), and then refer your downline members to the URL for it in a Stream post.  In this way, you eliminate the necessity to use emails, and these new limits will not affect you.


 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the definition of a week for these limits?
It will be calendar weeks (from Sunday to Saturday).

Q: What if I select a group to send a mailing to and it puts me over my weekly limit?
Should this occur, you’ll need to select a smaller group.  And easy way to do would to adjust the filters you’re using or the dynamic criteria used.  For example, let’s say you wanted to mail to all of your downline who’ve logged in in the past 180 days, but the number of matching records is over your limit.  You could reduce your selected group size by changing your criteria to those who’ve logged in in the last 160 days or 150 days (or whatever number gets you below the limit threshold).

Q: Will these new limits affect me?
The limit should actually not affect the majority of SFI affiliates.  It’s really only those with extremely large groups that will have to be a bit more judicious in making their mailing group selections now.  And for most of these folks, by simply focusing on those that are active, they should be able to maintain at least 99% of the effectiveness of their mailings.  Meanwhile, they’re more than offsetting it by helping assure that everyone in their group is receiving their emails, not to mention all the vital SFI newsletters and notices.


Forum Discussion

Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.

 


Deadline approaching to retain your chosen a2a friends!

icon-blog_sfiAs we announced last week, in an effort to prevent abuse and increase efficiency, a2a is now limited to a maximum of ten a2a friends.  If you haven’t done so already, go to your a2a page in the Affiliate Center Support area and choose the ten a2a friends you wish to retain by 11:59pm CT on Monday, March 23rd. While you’re at it, be sure to designate those old a2a friends you want to follow at the Forum.

Get started by going to: http://www.sfimg.com/a2a

Note: You’ll need to select “Old Friends” or “Old Top Friends” to see your existing a2a friends.

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NOTE: If you don’t make your a2a choices by the 3/23/15 deadline, you’ll have to start fresh and select a brand new list of a2a friends.


New ECA Referral Gateway!

We’re pleased today to announce a brand new gateway for signing up ECAs.

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Check it out at:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/XXXXX/ECA        XXXXX = your SFI ID number

Refer companies that sell products to your ECA Gateway.  For each ECA approved, you’ll earn an immediate 100 VP when that ECA lists their first product AND up to 10% of the CV (Commission Volume) on ALL of their sales at TripleClicks–for life! 

For more ECA marketing aids, see:

https://www.sfimg.com/Resources/ECAMarketingIndex

Learn more about the ECA program at:

https://www.sfimg.com/Support/index?category=26444&folder=42424

For numerous ECA referral tips and ideas, see:

https://www.sfimg.com/Home?tab=ask_sc&display=open&category_id=15

Today’s gateway is just the beginning of numerous improvements and additional marketing aids we’ll be introducing over the coming months.


 

Forum DiscussionLog in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.

 


Did you get your free TCredits this month?

TCreditsCommissions and perks have recently been processed for February, and we wanted to remind you that if you were at least a second-month EA (Executive Affiliate) last month, we’ve just added 10-24 free TCredits to your account!

To confirm how many TCredits you have available to use, just log in at http://www.tripleclicks.com. They will be listed next to your name in the top right corner.

TCredits allow you to take FULL advantage of your TripleClicks member benefits. Use your TCredits for member listings, to bid on Pricebenders Auctions, to participate in contests, play games, download songs from TripleClicks Music, and more.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE GREAT WAYS TO USE YOUR TCREDITS

NOTE: You can use your TCredits as you wish and at any time, but they do expire one year from receipt.


Important a2a and Forum update

icon-blog_sfiFor the past few months, we’ve been building out our new, proprietary forum software.  Many great, new features have been added to make the SFI Forum a highly valuable resource for sharing and discussing news and ideas, for getting questions answered 24 hours a day, and more.

Many of these forum features have been specifically designed and added to improve upon what a2a was designed for.  That is, a2a was created primarily to provide assistance when your sponsor or other upline members were not from your country or region and, hence, might be less capable due to language barriers and/or due to a lack of knowledge of your region’s culture.

Our country and regional sub-forums at the Forum now allow you to connect with the most active affiliates in your area…and there’s no requirement to make a friendship request and wait and hope for an approval.  Just jump right in!  Also, many SFI affiliates don’t participate in a2a.  Now many more SFI affiliates are potentially available to interact with.

We’ve also created our powerful FOLLOW program.  By simply following a person, you can easily monitor all of their forum posts and interact with them directly on the forum.  And with follows, you don’t have to make a friendship request and wait and hope for an approval.  Just click the follow icon behind their name and start learning!

Today, our final piece for having the forum take over (mostly) for a2a has arrived in the form of a new homepage tab.  Effective immediately, instead of the a2a tab, you’ll now see our new forum tab on your SFI homepage.  You can view it now at:

http://www.sfimg.com/Home?tab=forum

The new forum tab is a special page focused on current forum discussions–customized just for YOU!  It automatically provides you with:

  • Hot (most currently popular) thread links
  • Thread links for your country or region
  • Links for threads and posts you’ve subscribed to or have asked for notifications on
  • Links for all posts by persons you follow
  • Links for all posts by any of your downline members (within 12 generations)
  • Links for all posts by any of your CSAs (co-sponsored affiliates)
  • Links for all posts by any of your a2a friends

Special Note: You are automatically set to follow your Sponsor, Co-Sponsor, and upline Team Leaders.  So all threads and posts by these individuals will automatically appear on your forum tab.

To score your daily Action VP for this tab, simply click on any thread of interest and spend at least 30 seconds at that thread at the forum.

We think you’re going to find the new forum tab to be one of the most valuable tabs on your homepage.  And, moreover, we think you’re going to LOVE how it allows you to easily and instantly interact with highly-knowledgable Forum Gurus, upline members, downline members, CSAs, and a2a friends at our awesome forum!

So what’s changing with a2a?

First of all, a2a has been moved to our Support area HERE (i.e. you can now find a2a by viewing the options under SUPPORT on the main navigation bar at the Affiliate Center), where you can use it to search and find a2a friends and to maintain your a2a friends list.

The bigger change is that you will now be limited to a maximum of ten a2a friends.  Why just ten?  First and foremost, a2a has become too big of a risk to keep it as is.  Sadly, some have used a2a purely as a method to try to poach affiliates or to solicit them for other business opportunities.

Who knows how many affiliates have been convinced to vacate their SFI account and go join (under another name) someone else’s SFI downline or for other program with the promise of “greener grass” (better support, a great co-op, or other incentives).  This had to be stopped.  Surely, no one wants to have the affiliates you’ve worked so hard to bring into SFI stolen away from you by unethical persons!  We must protect your business and ALL of our affiliates’ businesses!

And while a limit of ten sounds like a small number, we believe that, for just about everyone, if you really analyze your a2a friend list, you’re going to find that you have no more than ten persons who you really, truly have developed a relationship with.

And even if you DO have more than ten, you can FOLLOW an UNLIMITED number…and you can interact with them at the forum (where everyone is safe from poaching and cross solicitation attempts).  More on this in a moment.


WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW:

The first thing you need to do is choose up to ten a2a friends you wish to retain.  This must be done no later than 11:59pm CT on Monday, March 23rd.  You will do this by simply designating up to ten people as your NEW a2a friends.

The second thing, while you’re going through your list designating your friends, is to ALSO designate those you want to follow.

You can get started now by going to: http://www.sfimg.com/a2a

Note: You’ll need to select “Old Friends” or “Old Top Friends” to see your existing a2a friends.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why limit to just ten a2a friends?
Protecting our affiliates is the primary reason.  Sadly, a2a has been abused, used for spamming, cross solicitation, and poaching.  These are very serious transgressions that must be stopped. By limiting to ten, we GREATLY mitigate the abuses, while still keeping 99% of the program’s value intact (very, very few truly need more than ten a2a friends, and you can continue to interact with unlimited numbers of former a2a friends via the forum’s FOLLOW program).

Q: When is the deadline to select my ten a2a friends?
Monday, March 23rd at 11:59pm CT

Q: What if someone forgets to choose and/or misses the March 23rd deadline?
If you don’t make your choices by the deadline, you’ll have to start fresh (select a new list of a2a friends).

Q: Can I make an a2a change later, can I drop and add friends?
Yes, though to prevent potential abuse, changes will not take immediate affect, communications with new additions will not be immediately available, and there will be a limit on how many changes you can make each month.

Q: Who should I designate as my ten friends?  Who should I designate to follow?  Any tips?
For those you designate as a2a friends, you’ll be able to engage in one-on-one communications via SFI’s TeamMail messaging system and SFI Instant Messaging (coming soon).  Factor that in.  But mostly, those who you designate as your a2a friends should be those whom you have developed a true and valuable relationship with.  If your relationship is only semi-valuable, just follow them instead (you can always make them an a2a friend later).  Note that SFI rank, geographic location, and date of last log-in, are provided for all your current a2a friends (and you can also click their name to view their entire Affiliate Snapshot).  You can use this information to help with your selections too.  For those for whom NO real relationship exists (i.e. they’re just a name on your a2a list), do NEITHER.  Don’t designate them as a friend and don’t follow them would be our recommendation.

Q: Will the a2a friends that I designate as my NEW a2 friends have to approve my request?
Yes.

Q: What is the limit for how many people can have me as one of their ten friends?
There is no limit on this.  A million affiliates could have you as one of their ten friends–so long as you approved their friendship request.  But unless you also designated them as one of your friends (on your list of ten), you would be unable to contact them; they could only contact you.  That is, you can only initiate contact with those you’ve designated as one of your own ten a2a friends.

Q: Should I set up some people to be my a2a friends AND follow them, too?
Doing so may create unnecessary redundancy so we don’t recommend it.  Do one or the other, but not both.

Q: How will I be able to communicate with my a2a friends?
You will be able to send individual messages via the SFI TeamMail system.  Also, we’ll soon be adding your a2a friends to SFIM (SFI Instant Messaging)–which is currently being redesigned with some great new features.

Q: Can I use SFI TeamMail now to send individual messages to my current a2a friends?
No, but you can use it for mailings to your NEW, designated a2a friends.

Q: Do I still earn one daily Action VersaPoint for visiting the a2a page?
No.  That’s now replaced by the one daily Action VP you earn for visiting the forum.

Q: How long must I spend at the forum each day to earn the daily Action VersaPoint?
A minimum of 30 seconds, but we hope you’ll spend MUCH longer.  And we’ve even made it the last tab on your SFI homepage so you can stick around the forum for a while each day.  Remember that the fastest way to build a successful business is to work smarter…and the easiest way to get smarter is to LEARN from the numerous SFI experts at our exclusive knowledge resources like the SFI Forum and Ask SC.

Q: To earn the daily VP, do I have to start from the forum tab or does just going directly to the forum count?
Provided you spend at least 30 seconds on a thread at the forum, you’ll earn the daily VP.

Q: Can I make new a2a friend requests between now and March 24th and then designate them as one of my ten new friends?
Yes.


 

Forum DiscussionLog in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.

 

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