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Goodbye, Ask SC. Hello, Great Questions!

As of today, Ask SC is being replaced.  Here’s why…

1. Years ago, when Ask SC was created we didn’t have our current forum.  Back then, we were using a clunky, very limited, third-party forum software program.  Today, our Forum, which was built 100% by us, is a sleek, highly integrated, and powerful resource–that we can tailor to do almost anything.  In other words, we can now accomplish Ask SC’s objectives at the Forum.  More on this in a moment.

2. Ask SC has always had a few issues.  For example, people were constantly trying to game it to win VP.  Some answers submitted were often inaccurate or became obsolete soon.  Due to careless voting by the community, sometimes the best answers didn’t find their way to the top.  And plagiarism–especially lately–had become a serious problem.

3. After covering a whopping 850 questions, Ask SC has kind of “run out of gas.”  That is, about 98% of all questions being submitted now have already been asked and answered (there’s only so many good questions after all).

So…no longer will you see Ask SC as a tab on your SFI homepage.  However, Ask SC will live on through a new section we’ve just added to the Forum that we are calling “Great Question!”

Effective immediately, the same type of questions you were asking on Ask SC you can now submit at the Forum TAB (see the new new panel at the top of the Forum tab on your homepage).  And best of all, there are some nice advantages to moving this to the Forum:

First and foremost, when you ask a question, you don’t have to wait for weeks to get answers.  On the contrary, a question submitted now can be approved and be generating answers within as little as a few minutes.

And as with Ask SC, you’re not going to get answers from just anyone.  No, your question will be answered by some of SFI’s absolute best and brightest minds!



Submitted questions will instantly be queued up at the Forum for approval by our Forum Moderators.  If our Moderators deem your question as “great,” it will be prominently displayed at the Forum in our new “Great Question!” section (questions not deemed as “great” will simply appear as regular Forum threads).

All affiliates may now post answers to your Great Question.  Answers that receive 50 or more likes will automatically earn our new SUPPORT STAR badge.  And every time another one of your answers to a Great Question reaches the 50-like threshold, your badge will be upgraded (it will display the number of times you’ve reached 50 likes for an answer to a Great Question).  Bronze, silver, and gold trim can also be added to your Support Star badge (see Badge Gallery for details).

There will also be a new Support Star “Hall of Fame” Website featuring every affiliate who has earned the Support Star badge.  And last but not least, we also are planning special recognition for our top, most active Support Stars each year (more on this later in the year).

Q & A

Q: When can I start submitting Great Questions or posting answers to Great Questions to earn the new Support Star badge?
Everything’s ready for you right now.  Enjoy!

Q: Ask SC had tons of really great information.  Will it still be accessible to affiliates?
Absolutely, yes!  We would never want to lose the more than 52,000 answers that Ask SC generated over its lifetime!  Ask SC is now a nice little database located under the TRAINING menu.  You can query its wealth of knowledge, insights, and ideas any time you want.  All Ask SC answers will also appear when using the SEARCH bar located at the top of every page at the Affiliate Center.

Q: Can top authors still earn VP prizes?
Sorry, no, it’s time to leave that behind.  Unfortunately, if there’s a VP incentive, it will be a constant battle to prevent people from trying to game it, telling all their downline to like their posts so that they can earn VP, etc.  We also want people answering primarily because they want to help the SFI community, not to earn VP.  This will, of course, create the best answers, too, and there’s much, much more value to everyone in high quality, actionable answers than a few VP for a handful of people.

Q: Not having the Ask SC tab means one less daily VP!  How can I replace this VP?
There are of course numerous other ways to earn VP every day; these are listed on your TO DO list.  We are also working on adding new ways that you can use to earn daily VP.

Q: What about the extra entry in the Daily Grand that used to be awarded for voting on 30 Ask SC questions?
This will no longer be available.  However, we are working on adding an additional way to earn an extra daily entry.

Q: What about the Ask SC badges I’ve won for being a Top Author and for votes cast?
You’ll retain those badges–at least for the foreseeable future.

Q: Is is okay for me to refer my team members to answers that I submit?
Yes, please do, as part of the reason for us creating this new program is to get more people participating at the forum!  And you’re also welcome to suggest they like your post if they honestly like what you’ve written.  But do NOT beg for likes.  It’s unbecoming and will only decrease the value for everyone that we’re trying to create here with the Great Questions program.

Q: If the new Support Star badge is based on likes, won’t people be receiving this badge from getting likes for other miscellaneous posts, not just those in response to Great Questions?
No.  The system will only award the Support Star badge for likes generated by answers posted on the new Great Question threads.

Forum Discussion

DISCUSS IT!  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.

New Internet Income 2.0–Lesson #22: Twitter

InternetIncomeLogoWe continue with our revised course with Internet Income 2.0, Lesson #22: Twitter. Course author, George Little, outlines how social media empowers independent entrepreneurs and how to best take advantage of that empowerment.

About Internet Income: Each new lesson of SFI’s revised, exclusive course contains updated tips, real-world advice, and in-depth, step-by-step instructions on setting up your Internet-based business. Author George Little uses plain English to explain the ins and outs of starting and running a profitable online business in today’s ever-changing global market.


Forum DiscussionDISCUSS IT! 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.

Enter your prediction for the new Time Machine contest!

Time Machine gameZack is back…with the latest edition of our highly popular Eager Zebra game, Time Machine!

The new question is:
What will the all-time box office rank for the Angry Birds movie be on June 21?

Enter your new prediction at:


TIP: Make sure you head over to our blog at blog.eagerzebra.com (or click the TIPS button at the top of the Time Machine page) to get some valuable tips for winning the new Time Machine contest.

TIP: You can enter a prediction daily to win a share of what will, no doubt, become a HUGE Zackpot.  And with each Time Machine entry, you also can get a free entry for the new Daily Crown and a chance to win a share of over $1,700 in prizes!  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

GOOD LUCK to all our players!

35,455 free VP awarded in latest Spin & Win

spin-and-win-2Did you miss out on the most recent Spin & Win contest, held between April 25, 2016 through April 27, 2016? Affiliates who spotted the Spin & Win notice–announced in the SFI Weekly Newsletter mailed out on April 25th–and who entered the free contest grabbed 35,455 free Action VP!  Readers are leaders!

Here’s how Spin & Win works:

At least once every month–and up to three times every month–we include a blurb in our newsletters announcing that a new Spin & Win contest is underway.  NOTE: There is no mention of Spin & Win in the subject line. You must read each newsletter you receive in its entirety to find the new Spin & Win contest blurb.  When you find it, get to the Web page URL referenced as soon as you can (the entry period will typically be 48 to 72 hours, but could be less).

When you arrive at the Spin & Win Web page, answer the simple questions there about SFI or TripleClicks.  Answer correctly and you will get one free spin of the VP wheel–with a chance to win up to 1,000 VersaPoints (everyone is guaranteed to win at least 5 VP per spin).  There is NO obligation and NO purchase is necessary.  Just enter the correct answers, spin the wheel, and you’ll be a instant winner…with up to 1,000 VersaPoints added immediately to your account–just for reading your SFI e-mails!

DON’T FORGET! Saturday, April 30th, is the deadline for…

icon-blog_sfiSaturday, April 30th, is the last day…

1. To get in on the April S-Builder Co-op. Just plug in to our global advertising co-op and within a few weeks begin receiving signups (both SFI affiliates and TC members). Just 72 cents a day gets you on your way; it’s one of most economical ways to build an online business ever! For complete details, extensive FAQs, and an order link for S-Builder, see the S-Builder central info page.

2. To retain your Executive Affiliate status for April. If you’re under 1,500 VersaPoints for this month, get to your SFI Homepage at the Affiliate Center right away and see your SFI To-Do List for a list of ways to acquire the points you need.

New Affiliate Welcome Reboot

A special memo from SFI President Gery Carson

Hi, everyone!

At SFI, my team and I are continually working on various ideas and concepts to improve SFI.  One of the areas that we have been very focused on recently is improving the “front end” of SFI–that is– those crucial few minutes right after someone has signed up.

And, yes, I truly mean crucial.  If we confuse and/or overwhelm them…they may immediately leave, never to return.  If we give them the perception that SFI is something different than how it was promoted to them…that might also end our relationship with them before it even started.  In short, we have to connect with them right away!

So, with that in mind, today we are introducing a newly revised front end for new affiliates.  Call it “Getting Started 3.0” (or GS3 for short).

GS 3.0

Effective immediately, when someone joins SFI, they’ll land on an all-new, fully mobile-friendly, “Welcome to SFI” site that has a heavy emphasis on selling the new person on SFI.  Why sell them on SFI?  Our research indicates that most affiliates when they register are not yet sold on SFI.  They don’t know yet that SFI is a rock-solid company with an incredible opportunity for them!

On the contrary, most people are highly, and I mean HIGHLY, skeptical of most online “biz opps.”  As far as they know, SFI could be one of those pathetic fly-by-night companies out to empty their wallets. Therefore, GS3 has a strong emphasis on eliminating any skepticism they may have about SFI.

At the same time, we also think it’s vital that the core elements of how they make money with SFI are covered here.  So GS3 also briefly lays out these basics.

When they get to the end of GS3, the new affiliate is hopefully not only sold on SFI but also has a basic understanding how they’ll earn money as an affiliate.

They are now asked to decide between two options…to either “think about it” or proceed to LaunchPad.  Hopefully, of course, most choose LaunchPad.

Would you like to view the new GS3?  Go HERE.  Note: Some parts of GS3/ LaunchPad may be cached and may not display properly without first refreshing and/or clearing your cache.


Our “welcome to SFI” pages aren’t the only thing that’s new.  LaunchPad’s look and feel has been completely overhauled and has been made mobile-friendly/responsive.  Content, by and large, however, is currently still unchanged, but LaunchPad will shortly be undergoing a complete overhaul on content, too!

Yes, this is just the beginning.  We are going to be putting major resources into making LaunchPad as absolutely great as it can be.  We are looking at adding audio (in multiple languages), instructive video clips, and much more.  LaunchPad is going to be THE place for learning about SFI and TripleClicks basics.

Speaking of which, we want to really lock down the path that brand new affiliates take upon joining SFI.  We want ALL of their focus to be on going through LaunchPad.  To this end, SFI Basics and Start will no longer share equal billing with LaunchPad.  SFI Basics will still exist as a resource under our Training menu, for example, but it won’t have its own special button in the header of the Affiliate Center any more.

Again, we’re going to make LaunchPad extraordinarily great…and we’re going to focus our new affiliates’ attention there–rather than risk overwhelming and confusing them with multiple training options and information (as has been the case recently).


For those who are brand new, we’ve added a very special new element to the first lesson of LaunchPad.  That is, before a new person is presented the text for the first lesson, they are required to take a very brief but very important survey.

In fact, the survey is just one question, designed to determine what they feel is their biggest challenge to becoming a successful online entrepreneur.  But from these answers, something magical happens!  From these answers, we will now be able to tailor the SFI experience for them!

If they have little to no money to invest, we’ll show them how to build their business on a shoestring.  If time is an issue, we’ll show them how to make the most of whatever amount of time they can commit.  If lack of experience is their concern, we’ll tailor SFI to these needs.  And so on and so forth.

We believe that not treating every affiliate the same, not forcing them through the very same training, but rather providing individualized attention and tailoring SFI to THEM…can have big payoffs.


  • Most persons joining SFI aren’t yet sold on SFI when they register.  So GS3 has a heavy emphasis on selling them on SFI–before we pivot to training details.
  • New affiliates need to understand how they’ll be earning money with SFI.  Therefore, GS3 introduces them to the cores: Internet Sales, Team Sales, and Profit Sharing
  • We let the new affiliate tell us when they’re sold on SFI and they’re ready to start their training.
  • From now on, LaunchPad is going to be THE training site for new affiliates to learn how to build a successful SFI business.
  • We have to make things SIMPLER.  Too many new affiliates are overwhelmed, and this prevents them from becoming active.  Special note: More simplification, in other areas of SFI, is on the way, too.
  • “One size fits all” is a poor business model.  We’re moving away from that.

Okay, let’s all get ready for more active affiliates and all that comes with it!  Starting NOW.

Forum Discussion

DISCUSS IT!  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.


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