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46 new E-Cards debut!

NewAtSFI-FBWe’re pleased to make available today 46 new Affiliate cards, and three brand new categories!

The new categories are:

  • “GREAT JOB!” (4 new cards)
  • “HOLIDAY” (28 new cards representing a wide variety of holidays)
  • “HELLO” (5 new cards)

Additionally, we’ve added 9 new designs to the “WELCOME” category. We hope you enjoy using these new cards!

HOW TO USE E-CARDS

  1. From any Affiliate Snapshot, just just choose an E-Card category and then click the blue “Send” button.
  2. OR…you send E-Cards directly from your Genealogy. Just click the Communications tab from your Genealogy report. In the Send E-Card column, select the type of E-Card you want to send from the dropdown menu for the affiliate of your choice, and click the Send button. TIP: Use your Genealogy filters to select specific groups of people who you want to send a specific card and message to.

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After choosing your E-Card design, you’ll then be directed to the E-Card preview screen, where you can enter your greeting and personal message. Just select Send Message button when you’re ready to send your E-Card!

Remember: E-Cards provide an unlimited number of ways to welcome, inform, congratulate, and recognize your team.  E-Cards are free to use, but there is a sending limit of 200 per day, and you may not send any one affiliate more than one card a day. Get more information about using E-Cards HERE.

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.

 


Cyber Monday SUPER SALE!

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Don’t miss our Cyber Monday SUPER SALE all day today at Pricebenders!  Every auction at Pricebenders will be capped at just 99¢!  That’s right!  No matter how high the bidding goes, you’ll pay no more than 99¢ at checkout!

For the complete line-up of available auctions, go to:

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

And don’t forget that you can set an email and/or text alert for any auctions you want to be reminded of when they start from the UPCOMING auctions tab!

For a Pricebenders guide and tips for winning, go HERE.


DON’T FORGET! Today, November 30th, is the deadline for…

icon-blog_sfiToday, November 30th, is the last day…

1. To get in on the November 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 November. 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 November‘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!


SFI now in its 18th year!

We are now officially in our 18th year!  From but a small acorn 18 years ago, SFI has grown into a tall and mighty oak tree, with strong and deep roots.  But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…because we planted an entire FOREST…and it’s spreading across every country in the world.


SFI President & Founder Gery Carson remembers the day SFI was born:

Gery2009_125w“As an entrepreneur, there have been very few holidays where I haven’t worked at least a few hours, and this day in 1998 was no different.  I went into my home office that morning planning to spend a few casual hours–on nothing in particular.  It was a holiday after all and no one else on my staff at the time was working. So it was just going to be a relaxing day where I’d let my mind have a break from the typical daily grind.

I remember at the time that affiliate programs were becoming a big deal, thanks to the Internet, which made it very easy to track sales using affiliate links.  Numerous big-name companies were now employing affiliate programs as a part of their marketing strategy.  And I thought…why not us, too!  

I remember being particularly impressed with Amazon.com’s affiliate program.  The word was, they had 60,000 affiliates.  60,000!  At the time, that number seemed enormous to me, an impossible number.  But I couldn’t have been more wrong of course because, in just a couple years, we would be experiencing days where we’d sign up over 60,000 affiliates in a single day!  

But on this morning, I was simply sketching out a few basics on how our affiliate program would work.  At the time, we were publishing our magazine, Six Figure Income, which featured exclusive interviews with home-based entrepreneurs who were earning at least $100,000 annually from their business.  This magazine was essentially our one and only product.  By the way, it’s from the magazine’s name that the SFI Marketing Group name came to be (a few years later we changed the initials to stand for Strong Future International to better align with our vision for the program).

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Six Figure Income magazine’s premier issue was the March/April 1998 issue.  Prior to this, and stretching all the way back to 1986, we had published other newsletters and magazines devoted primarily to mail order entrepreneurs, including Mail Dealer Newsletter, Mail Profits Magazine, and Profits Magazine.  During those years, marketing by mail was the “Internet” for many entrepreneurs.  All the marketing we do today on the Web; in those years, at least for entrepreneurs like myself, it was all mail based (with a little bit of help from phone, fax, and conference calls).

Six Figure Income magazine was published just four times per year, and a one-year subscription was $49, so we had a healthy margin…enough margin to pay a handsome commission to anyone who wished to be an affiliate of ours and sell subscriptions.

Within days of deciding to create our affiliate program, I had published information on how to sign up online (supplemented, if I recall correctly, with a small direct mail campaign ironically).  To my pleasant surprise, sign-ups starting coming in almost immediately.  Not a lot, maybe a dozen or two a week, but that number rapidly accelerated.  Soon it was hundreds of sign-ups a day, then thousands, then tens of thousands!

Sashen_Strayer_WallenDriving this, now, hyper-growth was our decision to expand the program and compensation plan–many of the details of which were hammered out during a weekend at SFI affiliate Steven Sashen’s Boulder, Colorado, home with affiliates Gump Wallen and the late, great Richard Strayer (we miss you, Rich!).  By January 2001, we had exceeded one MILLION affiliates.  With our most recently assigned ID number 16483269, over 15 million others have joined SFI since.

So like many great accomplishments, it all started with a simple idea, a simple inspiration.  Today, SFI is the online home for millions of entrepreneurs from every country in the world.  Indeed, SFI today is very possibly the largest and most successful affiliate program in the world.  Aim high.  Dream big.”


Black Friday SUPER SALE!

screenshot_882Don’t miss our Black Friday SUPER SALE at Pricebenders!  Every auction at Pricebenders will be capped at just 99¢!  That’s right!  No matter how high the bidding goes, you’ll pay no more than 99¢ at checkout!

For the complete line-up of available auctions, go to:

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

And don’t forget that you can set an email and/or text alert for any auctions you want to be reminded of when they start from the UPCOMING auctions tab!

For a Pricebenders guide and tips for winning, go HERE.


Uber-Picks NCAA basketball is here!

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We’re excited today to announce that Uber-Picks is now ready for NCAA Men’s Basketball fans!

If you’re a college 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 college 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 (250 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 NCAAMB 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)
  • NCAA Basketball (American college men’s basketball)

MARKETING TIPS

  1. You can easily spot NCAA basketball fans, especially in areas that have college basketball teams, by their hats, shirts, jackets, bumper stickers, etc. When you encounter such persons, let them know about NCAA basketball 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 different-sized banners for promoting NCAA basketball 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.