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LIVE PRIVACYMAXX MARKETING WEBINAR: Expert training to help you earn big!

screenshot_181With identity theft and data breaches all over the news today, TripleClicks’ PrivacyMaxx three-year Family Identity Theft Protection Plan practically sells itself. Still, a little expert guidance and proven, practical how-to steps on the best ways to offer the plan to customers–and cash in on the plan’s hefty Affiliate sales commissions–NEVER hurts!

That’s why we’re introducing a very special LIVE Webinar–Identity Theft Protection: Secure the Future–led by the head marketing specialist from PrivacyMaxx’s corporate office, Richard Finney. Richard has years of experience and success in clearly outlining to customers the benefits and the growing necessity of a PrivacyMaxx plan…and he will teach YOU how to do the same! Not only that, but Richard will also field direct questions from Affiliates to better address personal experiences and individual issues encountered when marketing PrivacyMaxx.

The free, live PrivacyMaxx Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, at 7:00 PM (EST–US & Canada/ UTC-0500), and will be open to ALL affiliates who wish to join. Take a moment, and reserve your spot NOW by going to the following Website:

http://web.megameeting.com/guest/?id=173-367121

Once there, make sure the Webinar’s title–Identity Theft Protection: Secure the Future–is entered in the Meeting Name field, then enter your name in the appropriate field, and click Next. A welcome popup box will confirm your registration. IMPORTANT! Be sure to select ALLOW if the Flash Player Settings box prompts you. For more help with the webinar’s functionality, see this guide.

Then, simply return to the link above on November 3rd at 7 p.m. EST to watch and participate in the Webinar. If you would like to ask questions during the Webinar (or if you don’t have access to the Internet during the live conference), use your phone to dial in at: 712-432-1212. Enter 588-763-307# when prompted for the Meeting ID.

NOTE: Although the PrivacyMaxx plan is available only to U.S. residents, any SFI Affiliate living anywhere in the world can sell this plan to customers living in the U.S. and earn resulting sales commissions!


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.


New Internet Income 2.0–Lesson #16: Consumer Generated Content

InternetIncomeLogoWe continue with our revised course with Internet Income 2.0, Lesson #16: Consumer Generated Content. Course author, George Little, begins to take a more detailed look at specific tips, tools, and strategies for online business success. In this lesson, he starts with consumer generated content: what it is, why it’s important, and how you can use it to build a profitable business.

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.


New bigger, better Pricebenders auctions!

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Effective immediately, Pricebenders is now featuring a completely new and improved auctions index:

http://www.tripleclicks.com/indexAuctions.php

The biggest change you’ll notice is that there will now be a minimum of 20 live auctions going at all times!  You should almost always now be able to find an auction of interest to you–no matter when you drop by.  And we hope to be doing over 100 auctions a day soon!

From the new index, you can also now easily participate in multiple auctions simultaneously (just click on the “bid” buttons for the auctions you want to bid on).  The new layout is also mobile-friendly and should work great on almost any modern smartphone or tablet.

A NEW PARADIGM

With our new expanded auction format, no longer will auctions typically be scheduled to start at specific times.  Instead, we will simply start a new auction each time an auction ends.  The newest auction will appear in the lower right corner of the index…and it’s initial timer will be for 12 hours.

If 12 hours sounds like a long time…you need to get comfortable with a new way of interacting with our auctions!  By the way, we’re not doing anything crazy here.  On the contrary, this is exactly how our competitors have been doing it for years, and it’s a big reason why they’ve been able to have a large number of auctions going on at once.  Now WE can too!

So, how might your approach to Pricebenders auctions need to change?  First of all, if you’re someone who is only comfortable manually clicking the “bid” button, then you’ll want to stick to the auctions that will appear in the upper half of the index screen.  As more bids are placed, the timer clock will get shorter and shorter…and the auctions with the shortest timer clocks will work their way to the top of the index.

Here’s the biggest change, however.  When a new auction starts–with the 12 hour timer–don’t be afraid to use Bid Assist.  Indeed, this is one of the main reasons why this tool exists–to assist you in bidding when you can’t be around all the time.  When a new auction starts–with the 12 hour timer–consider setting up some bids through the Bid Assist tool.  And if a decent number of members do this, the timer will quickly drop from 12 hours to a much shorter time…and then it’s “off to the races.”

Remember, the way the timer works is that it gets shorter as bidding increases.  The more bids placed, the shorter the timer will become, and the faster the auction will be completed (the winner is determined when only one bidder remains).

Tip: It’s likely that many people will, at least for a while, ignore new auctions because of the perception that a winner won’t be determined for many hours.  This could be true, but you may also find yourself the winner of a great bargain if you set up Bid Assist early because many others may be hesitant to use the Bid Assist tool.

Special Note: Because the use of Bid Assist is now an absolute necessary tool with the new 12 hour timer–and we can’t do 20 live auctions without such a timer–we are discontinuing NBA (No Auto Bid) as an auction attribute.  For those who might be unhappy with this change, we ask that you PLEASE consider the big picture.  The use of Bid Assist is critical for getting auctions off and running…and ultimately profitable.  Without profitability, there is no TripleClicks, there is no SFI, and there is no affiliate program.  And, remember, you joined SFI to make money, not spend it.  Bid Assist is a GOOD thing for every SFI affiliate.  It’s not the “boogie man,” it’s just a tool–that anyone, both the big guy and the little guy, can use to be a smart bidder at Pricebenders.

MORE COOL, NEW FEATURES

  • In addition to the 20 live auctions, there’s also an ample queue of UPCOMING auctions to check out.  Just click on the “Upcoming” tab to view these.  From the Upcoming list of auctions, you can play the Pick-The-Price game.  You can also set reminders for yourself here–click the BELL button–so that you’ll get alerted (via email and/or text message) when an item you’re interested in goes live for bidding.
  • From the new live index, click on item’s name to go to the item’s details page (which contains a detailed product description, various bidding tools, and more).
  • Each auction’s panel displays the name of the current high bidder (to see the full Bid Log, click on item’s name to go to the auction details page).
  • To keep down clutter and provide an attractive layout, we’re using small round icons to denote special attributes (Double MPR, Winner Bids Free, 99¢ auctions, etc.).  The meanings of each icon should be obvious, but if you’re not sure, just mouse over the icon and a helpful tooltip will appear to provide clarification.
  • So you can see who is using Bid Assist, you’ll see a small icon beside each bid in the Bid Log that was placed via Bid Assist.
  • We’ve made getting registered to bid (becoming a new TC member) much more prominent and easy on the new Pricebenders index.  Plus, when someone registers from the new index, they’ll also be provided a quick, easy way to buy some TCredits so they can start bidding right away.  This new addition will help you sign up more PRMs and generate more commissions (that is, on TCredits sales).
  • Note the fresh, new header and footer that the new index is sporting.  Over the next few weeks, this new header and footer will be incorporated across TripleClicks.

ONE MORE THING…

If you like the new Pricebenders index, you’re going to LOVE what’s coming next.  Stay tuned for announcements on more powerful additional additions soon that will work synergistically with the new index to take Pricebenders to a whole new level.

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Bidding on and winning bargains at Pricebenders for yourself is great, but what’s even greater is earning BIG, RESIDUAL commissions every month from referring TC members who become active auction bidders.  To join the fun, check out the “Grow your income” panel on the Pricebenders tab at the Affiliate Center.  With the new index and other additions coming soon, there’s never been a better time to tap into the Pricebenders income stream!


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.


Uber-Picks NBA is here!

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We’re excited today to announce that Uber-Picks is now ready for NBA fans!

If you’re a professional basketball fan, you’ll love playing Uber-Picks!  By playing Uber-Picks alongside watching basketball, you’ll add even more excitement and enjoyment to being a pro basketball fan!

The objective of Uber-Picks is to tally the highest score possible by correctly picking the winning teams, but that’s only the start.  You’ll maximize your score by strategically assigning “Confidence Points” to each of your picks (the more confident you are of a pick, the more points you should assign).

For each game you pick correctly, you’ll earn the number of points you assigned to that game.  Uber-Picks also features “Sidekicks”–which you can use to boost your score even further and add even more fun to playing.

Win shares of the big weekly Zackpots by posting one of the 50 highest scores.  Also earn cool badges, MRP (Member Rewards Points), and compete for the top spots on the Uber-Picks Leaderboards!

11 GREAT REASONS TO PLAY UBER-PICKS EVERY WEEK:

  • Simple and fun to play!
  • Adds a new and exciting layer of challenge and enjoyment when following your favorite sports (makes every game matter)!
  • No purchase necessary to win and your first Uber-Picks contest is free to play each month!
  • Eight different major sports categories!
  • Win shares of the big weekly Zackpots!
  • Earn up to 15 badges!
  • Compete for the top spots on the Uber-Picks Leaderboards!
  • Every TCredit used playing Uber-Picks earns you 5 MRP (Member Rewards Points)!
  • Earn 1 Action VP for each non-free entry (200 max. AVP from EZ games/per month)!
  • Through the new W3 program, challenge friends to play Uber-Picks and win hundreds of FREE Member Rewards Points, FREE TCredits via Zackpot Matches, bonus entries in the Daily Crown, and MORE!  Every entry earns you a new Friend Challenge link to share with friends and build your base of PRMs!
  • Create and be the commissioner of your own league for any Uber-Picks sports category, complete with free league website, automatic tracking, awards, and more.

>>> Start playing Uber-Picks NBA now HERE <<<

NOTE!  Before you start playing, make sure to first
read our Uber-Picks TIPS article HERE.


 Uber-Picks is now available–when in season–for:

  • FIFA-Europe
  • FIFA-North America
  • NBA (National Basketball Association)
  • Cricket
  • MLB (Major League Baseball)
  • NCAA Football (American college football)
  • NFL (American professional football)

And coming later this year…

  • NCAA Basketball (American college basketball)

MARKETING TIPS

  1. You can easily spot NBA fans, especially in areas that have professional basketball teams, by their hats, shirts, jackets, bumper stickers, etc. When you encounter such persons, let them know about NBA Uber-Picks; it’s a great way to get new PRMs!  And remember, thanks to the new W3 system, every person THEY tell about Uber-Picks can also become your PRM with all the lifetime earning opportunities that come with it!
  2. In our Marketing Center, you’ll find five different-sized banners for promoting NBA Uber-Picks (and 42 total banners for promoting ALL Uber-Picks sports games). Check ’em out HERE.  Add these banners to your own blog or website to generate new PRMs.  Or, aim higher and contact the owners of various sports blogs and websites.  Buy space for a banner or make a mutually-beneficial barter proposal–such as banner space in exchange for $1.00 per PRM generated.

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.


DON’T FORGET! This Saturday, October 31st, is the deadline for…

icon-blog_sfiThis Saturday, October 31st, is the last day…

1. To get in on the October 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 October. 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.

3. To vote for October‘s TripleClicks Song Of The Month. Please drop by the TripleClicks Music Center today and help us pick this month’s top song. Our TC Artists from around the world thank you!


Announcing…Your Choice Dropshipping for Pricebenders!

On August 3rd, we introduced our gift certificate exchange for Pricebenders.  Today, we are excited to debut a new complimentary program we call Your Choice Dropshipping (YCD)–which instantly makes any gift certificate you win at Pricebenders infinitely more valuable!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

With YCD, you can now redeem your gift certificates for ANY product from some of the world’s most popular e-commerce sites!  We’re launching YCD today with the following eleven Amazon sites:

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NORTH AMERICA

EUROPE

ASIA

Note that most of these Amazon sites service multiple countries in the region.

But the Amazon sites are just the beginning.  At the new YCD Manager page, you can submit other sites you’d like us to add.  If there’s a e-commerce site in your country that is very popular, or that you love to shop at, for example, submit it!  If enough others submit the same site suggestion–and provided the site will allow us to submit drop-ship orders–we’ll add them to the YCD list!

Once added, you’ll be able to redeem your TripleClicks gift certificates on ANY product at that site that you want!  Just submit the URL of the product you want and we’ll take it from there.  We’ll deduct the amount of the item from your gift certificate balance (plus a $8 service fee) and have the item shipped directly from the site to you!  How great is that?!

screenshot_758Speaking of great, put your SFI Team Leader hat on now and look at YCD from the perspective of a business builder; think about how valuable this new feature can be for you.  That is, the majority of SFI affiliates and TC members are from outside of North America and, hence, cannot receive directly the physical items we auction off at Pricebenders each day.  So, instead, the majority of Pricebenders bidders bid on and accept TC gift certificates.  Now, those gift certificates just became immensely more valuable!

Yes, thanks to YCD, now the same or similar product you’re bidding on can be purchased from and received from a local source!  Or, use your TC gift certificate with YCD to order just about anything you’ve had on your personal wish list.  In other words, when you’re bidding at Pricebenders now, you can be bidding essentially for anything YOU want!  

And think about how fantastic YCD is for holiday and other gift-giving occasions!  You can now have just about any gift sent directly to a friend or family member (just enter their name and shipping address when you place your order).

Add this all up and Pricebenders just got a LOT more attractive for our international affiliates and members…and that means more TCredits sales, bigger Direct Commissions, and a larger TripleClicks Executive Pool for all!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: When will YCD be available?
YCD is available NOW.

Q: How do I communicate exactly what item I want drop shipped to me?
On the YCD Manager page, you simply need to paste the URL of the item you want (copy the URL from the product details page at the site of your choice).  You’ll also need to confirm your shipping address and the total cost (including shipping, if any).  Once you’ve submitted this information, we’ll take it from there.  We’ll reduce your gift certificate balance for the amount of the order and have the item shipped directly to you as soon possible.

Q: What are the steps to using YCD?

1. You win a Pricebenders auction and accept the gift certificate offered.

2. Access the YCD Manager page (located in the Member Center at TripleClicks) and pick a e-commerce site you want to order from from the sites listed.

3. From the e-commerce site of your choosing, browse and find the product you want.  At that product’s details page, copy the URL for that product.  You’ll also need to determine the total cost with shipping (if any).

4. At the YCD Manager page, paste the URL of the desired product in the provided box.  You’ll also enter the total cost of the product and the ship-to name and address.

5. That’s it.  Once you’ve submitted the above information, we’ll confirm everything, deduct the appropriate amount from your gift certificate balance, and place the order on your behalf.

6. Assuming the item you ordered is in stock and the site has good shipping service, you’ll have your item in just a few days.

Q: Where is the YCD Manager page located?
The YCD Manager is available via a link in the Member Center at TripleClicks.  Note: It is only accessible if you have a gift certificate that you’ve acquired though Pricebenders.

Q: Can I use YCD to have something drop shipped to a friend or family member, such as for a gift?
Yes!  So long as the site will ship to the person, you are more than welcome to use YCD in this way.  And what a terrific way to take care of gift giving for holidays, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and more!

Q: What if I don’t have enough funds in my gift certificate account to buy the product I want?
Then you will need to acquire an additional gift certificate.  We can only accept drop ship orders for items for which you have a balance that will cover the cost of the item and the $8.00 service fee.

Q: I someone lives in the United States or Canada, can they exchange a won item for a gift certificate and use YCD?
Absolutely, yes!

Q: Can I order more than one item with my gift certificate?
Yes, you can order as many items as you want for which you have funds for.  Note: Only one item can be a processed at a time.

Q: I have other gift certificates in my account.  Can I combine them?
Yes.

Q: What about gift certificates I have on account not won at Pricebenders?  Can I use them, too?
Yes.

Q: Is is okay to discuss at the SFI Forum other sites I’d like to see added to YCD so as to get more people from my country submitting those sites?

Yes, you’re welcome to do this.

Q: Can I hold on to a gift certificate until a site where I want to spend my gift certificate at gets added?
Yes.

Q: Is there any VP or CV when using YCD?
No.

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.


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 new HUNGER GAMES movie be on Dec. 4th?

Enter your new prediction at:

https://www.tripleclicks.com/games/TimeMachine.php

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 Daily Crown and a chance to win a share of over $1,700 in prizes!  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

GOOD LUCK to all our players!