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Important new SFI gateway

screenshot_833With the big Signing Bonus announcement, it’s of course vital that this exciting new bonus is prominently promoted to all prospective affiliates.

To accommodate this, we are unveiling today an important, new, completely-redesigned SFI gateway:

(you’ll replace 21505 with your own SFI ID when advertising of course)

Key new features:

  • Fresh, modern look
  • Retooled ad copy to highlight the biggest and best reasons for becoming an SFI affiliate
  • Mobile-friendly (page adjusts for any screen size)
  • New, simpler built-in registration form (requires only name, email, country, and password to get started)
  • The old, clunky Captcha has been replaced with a slick, fast, and new security check that helps ensure no autobot can register an account
  • An income disclaimer and no-spam policy have been added (required by many ISPs, search engines, and advertising programs)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Because it was not feasible to quickly alter every existing SFI gateway to include a promotion of the new Signing Bonus, we have configured our servers to redirect the following four SFI gateways to the new one:

  • /real
  • /real2
  • /first
  • “invite” gateway

So, if you’re currently promoting any of the above four gateways, you’re all set; your prospects will be now seeing the new gateway and be informed of the new Signing Bonus!

Note:  If you’re using the JMT (“Join My Team”) gateway, your prospects will continue to be directed to the JMT gateway.  However, they’ll still learn about the new Signing Bonus because we’ve added a banner about it near the top of the page.


Q: I’m already using the original /free gateway in my advertising.  What will happen now?
Those responding to your advertising will now see the NEW gateway design instead.

Q: I understand that other SFI gateways like the “/real” and “/first” gateways now redirect to the new gateway, but will you be reintroducing them later and remove the redirect?
We shall see.  We think the new gateway is far and away the best gateway of the group and will provide the best results, so there may not be a good reason to reintroduce the others again–at least not in the near future.  After we have at least a couple months of testing the new gateway, we’ll be able to better determine if /real, /first, etc. will get new life as separate gateways.  Stay tuned.

Q: The registration form doesn’t collect as much information as it did previously (e.g. city of residence).  Is that a good thing?
Less information asked for upfront will actually increase sign-ups.  And, don’t worry, we’re still going to be collecting city, etc, plus their primary language, too, but we’ll be doing it AFTER they sign up, at the Affiliate Center using a friendly pop-up message.  The idea is to make it as quick and easy as possible to sign up. That’s good for us and it’s good for you. We can collect other important information just a bit later.

Q: How do I know that when I refer someone to the new gateway that I will get credited as their sponsor?
You can confirm that you’ll be properly credited by checking the SFI ID number located at the bottom of the gateway under the copyright notice.  Your SFI ID number will appear there automatically if you’re using your SFI ID in the link you’re advertising.  And if it’s displayed on the gateway, you’ll be the sponsor!

Q: I noticed that if the reader clicks on the “Read more testimonials” button that the reader is taken to a new window.  Won’t I lose the prospect if that happens?
No. First of all, we’ll automatically transfer your SFI ID to the testimonials gateway when it’s opened by your prospect–so if they end up deciding to register directly from the testimonials gateway, you’ll be credited as the sponsor just the same.  Secondly, we purposely open the testimonials gateway in a new, separate window.  By doing this, the standard gateway remains for your prospect to come back to if they wish to.

Q: Does the new gateway do anything to help ensure that good email addresses are collected?
Yes, as always, any email address that is not properly formatted (e.g. doesn’t have an “@” sign in it) will be rejected.  But the new gateway goes further.  Upon entering an email address, the following alert (in red) appears:

IMPORTANT: A valid e-mail address must be provided to receive commissions and be eligible for the Signing Bonus.  

Please confirm that <emailaddress> is your correct email address.

The email address must then be confirmed to proceed with the sign-up.

Q: Why was the Income Disclaimer and No-Spam statement added to the bottom of this gateway?
This text is actually required by many ISPs, search engines, and advertising programs.  If we don’t provide this, you may not be allowed to advertise at certain places on the web–or your advertising may be automatically blocked from being viewed or otherwise “obfuscated.”

Q: But won’t the Income Disclaimer turn off prospects?
Actually, we believe just the opposite is true.  That is, we think most prospects will appreciate us being very open and honest with them.  Perhaps it will “turn off” people who are looking for a “pie in the sky” program that promises wealth without work.  The fact is, there’s no such thing, and we refuse to insult people’s intelligence by ever suggesting that success is possible without work and effort.  Frankly, we’d prefer that such persons pass on SFI (at least until they’ve figured out that there’s no such thing as a free lunch).

Q: What about the standalone registration page (/register)?
If you’re currently advertising the link to the standalone registration page, we’ve got some good news for you there, too.  That is, it’s been completely overhauled, made mobile-friendly, etc., and now sports a promotional banner for the Signing Bonus, too!  We also added links to the Testimonials Gateway and the new gateway, so the /register page is now equipped to work as a great back-end to, for example, your personal blog posts about SFI.

Q: The signing bonus of up to $100 is promoted near the top of the new gateway.  Where can I get the details on the signing bonus?
Review our announcement HERE.

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.


Announcing….$20, $40, and $100 Signing Bonuses!

100_dollar_winner-01Effective immediately, we’ve added a very exciting new incentive for all new SFI affiliates: SIGNING BONUSES!

What’s a Signing Bonus (SB)?  Like the name suggests, it’s a bonus you now qualify for when you sign up with SFI.

All new affiliates will now immediately be eligible to earn $20 just for joining SFI!

The SB amount increases to $40 for those who qualify for Fast-Track Silver.  And for those who qualify for Fast-Track GOLD, the SB increases to $100!

Signing Bonuses will be paid out with regular commissions–paid as a percentage (3%) of your regular commission earnings for a maximum of 18 months.

Example: Your regular commissions for the month are $400.  Hence, $12 (3% of $400) of your SB would be added, for a total earnings of $412.  Each month, you’ll receive a portion of your total SB until it is fully* paid.

*Any remaining SB balance after 18 months is forfeited

Signing Bonuses will be automatically awarded to all new affiliates joining SFI as of TODAY (November 19, 2015).

For those who joined SFI prior to today (November 19th), you will also receive the $20 SB into your account if you’ve not yet qualified as an EA (Executive Affiliate).

Yes, we just deposited over $17,000,000 (17 million dollars) into the SB accounts of thousands of SFI affiliate worldwide–many of whom might be in YOUR downline and now have an extra incentive to get active!

And for every affiliate who joined SFI prior to today (before November 19, 2015), don’t worry, we haven’t forgot about you!  We will also be providing you with an opportunity to earn a SB of up to $100, too!  Be watching for a future announcement with these details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because it is redundant of the current $10 Bronze Bonus, we are discontinuing the Bronze Bonus, effective immediately.  Note that if you qualified for the Bronze Bonus in October 2015 (or in a previous month but have not yet taken payment), you will still receive the Bronze Bonus.


Q: How will prospects know about the SB?
We’ve added a prominent SB promotion to SFI gateways.

Q: Why would qualifying for a SB cause someone to get active?
SBs are only paid out when regular commissions are earned and paid.  Therefore, if those qualifying for a SB want to receive payment of their SB, they must get to work building a business and earning commissions.

Q: How can I personally promote the new SB?
We’ve created some great new banners–now available in the Marketing Center–for you to promote it.  You can also use the text from the banners in your text ads, etc.  And, of course, you’re encouraged to reference the new SBs in all of your various interactions with prospects and your newest affiliates.

Q: How will new affiliates know they’ve got a SB coming to them and/or that they can increase the amount of the bonus?

  • We’ve added references to the SB in key emails that new affiliates receive in their first ten days.  At a later date, reminder emails will also automatically be sent out so affiliates do not forget about the money they have coming to them.
  • We’ve added it to the My Earnings panel of the Scoreboard tab.
  • Your SB balance, if any, is now displayed in the top, right corner of the Affiliate Center header.
  • Our Fast-Track central info page now prominently lists the $40 and $100 SBs as one of the benefits of becoming a Fast-Track member (as do the Fast-Track alerts on the Alerts tab).

Q: What about someone who joined SFI in the last 10 days and is still Fast-Track-eligible?
For anyone who joined SFI prior to today (Nov. 19) and is still Fast-Track-eligible, we are extending their Fast-Track eligibility for ten more days.  So…even if they only had one day remaining, they now have a full ten days to qualify as silver and increase their SB to $40.  Or, by qualifying as gold (including upgrading from silver to gold), they can boost their SB all the way up to $100!

Q: How does the new SB program affect the TCredits Welcomes and Cash Welcomes that were introduced a few months ago?
These programs have been paused. If you were participating in either of these programs, It’s been turned off for you.  Should we decide later to resume these programs, you’ll be alerted so that you can turn it back on if you want (it will NOT resume without you manually turning it back on).

Q: Why shut down the TCredits Welcomes and Cash Welcomes?
They are redundant and would add too much confusion for new people signing up with SFI.  And, of course, the new SB is a MUCH bigger reward.  Having a separate Cash Welcome (or TCredits Welcome) would only risk overwhelming new affiliates. Note: If you still wish to give your new affiliates TCredits, you can of course still do this, whenever you want, using the TCredits Transfer tool on your Genealogy.

Q: Why don’t ALL existing affiliates automatically qualify for the $20 SB?
The SB program was created to be an incentive to get active with SFI.  Many existing affiliates are already active.  That said, EVERY existing affiliate prior to today (November 19, 2015), who did not receive the immediate $20 SB, is going to have the opportunity to qualify for up to a $100 SB (watch for the upcoming announcement with details).

Q: Isn’t it unfair that all existing affiliates don’t get the $20 SB.  Shouldn’t SFI give everyone $20?
If the new SB program is successful, even to a small degree, you’ll earn way, way, way more than $20 in additional regular commissions in the coming months.  Why?  Because signing up new affiliates will be much easier…and getting them active will be much easier.  All of this will almost certainly lead to more activity, more sales, a larger TripleClicks Executive Pool, and increased commissions for all.  Don’t focus on a nominal, one-time bonus!  Focus on the big picture!

Q: What about all the affiliates in my downline who have already received, or will receive, the $20 SB?  Should I be contacting them about it?
Throughout November and December, we’ll be aggressively promoting the SBs available to ALL affiliates via newsletters, special email blasts, etc.  However, there’s definitely potential value in adding your personal message(s).  For example, you may have affiliates in your group that don’t visit the Affiliate Center regularly and/or that don’t read our announcements and newsletters.  An email coming from YOU, might very well get through and make all the difference!  This is such a special event, in fact, you may want to pull out all the stops and even start making some phone calls, lining up get-togethers, etc.

Q: Is there any way to specifically target those in my downline who have received a SB?
Yes!  We are installing a new “SB Balance” filter in the Genealogy.  You’ll be able to select those who have received a SB and/or have a remaining SB balance (and even be able to select by amount) so that you can send out just the right group messages, etc.  This new filter should be available within a few days.

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 Team Leader qualification added

Team-BuildingBeing a Team Leader in SFI is of course supposed to be focused on building and leading a TEAM. And, in fact, these activities–DUPLICATION–are absolutely crucial to the success of the SFI system. Over the last several months, however, we have seen this vital element given less and less attention by both new and old Team Leaders.

To reverse this trend, we are adding a new Team Leader qualification, which will become effective as of January 2016 (qualifications met by midnight, January 31, 2016).

Here are the Team Leader requirements as of January (the new requirement shown in red):

Bronze Team Leader (BTL)

  • Minimum 3,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min/2,000 max from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (1) first-level EA2
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Silver Team Leader (STL)

  • Minimum 4,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min/2,500 max from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (2) first-level BTLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Gold Team Leader (GTL)

  • Minimum 5,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min/3,000 max from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (3) first-level STLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Platinum Team Leader (PTL)

  • Minimum 6,000 VersaPoints (1,500 min/3,500 max from sales/purchases)
  • Minimum (4) first-level GTLs
  • Maintain Leadership Page
  • Minimum 3-star sponsor rating from PSAs (not required if you receive less than 5 ratings)

Diamond Team Leader (DTL)   ***NO CHANGE***

  • Minimum 1,500 SVP
  • Minimum (5) first-level PTLs


Q: How long do I have to meet the new requirements to keep my current rank?
You have until the end of January (nearly 2 1/2 months).

Q: Isn’t meeting these new requirements going to be difficult?
“Difficult” is a relative term of course, but let’s first remember the objective here.  That is, we cannot have affiliates ranked as Team Leaders collecting TripleClicks Executive Pool shares designed for Team Leaders if they are not actually building a TEAM.  If you’re going to be a Team Leader, you HAVE to have a team, and you must have a focus on duplication as well.  This new requirement is, of course, designed to address these aspects.  That said, be sure to factor in the new Signing Bonus program.  How is that related?  Well, it’s very probable that the new Signing Bonus is going to drive a LOT of new activity.  Indeed, it’s very possible that the new activity created by the Signing Bonus program, over the next 2 1/2 months, could easily offset the perceived “difficulty” of the new requirement.

Q: What if I don’t meet the new requirements by the end of January?
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but a temporary bump in the road–in this case, dropping back in rank–is no disaster.  If you fall a little short, dust yourself off on February 1st and challenge yourself to get it done by the end of February or March.  As they say, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” Ultimately, if you maintain the proper attitude and work hard, you’ll undoubtable regain or even exceed your current rank.  And this time, because you’ll have an active team under you, you will have set the stage for yourself for higher earnings and bigger successes going forward.

Q: I don’t think I have the people I need on my first level to meet the new qualifications.  What should I do?
See, you’re already thinking correctly now about what you need to do to truly become successful in SFI!  As our training teaches, “D is the key” (D = duplication).  What we recommend you do is, first, review the THE PLAN.  The Plan ties in directly with the new requirement.  Then, zoom in on the second FAQ–which provides specific directions and links for several resources you’ll want to start using as your guide to develop a quality front line of affiliates.  You can do it!!

Q: What do you mean by “first level?”
First level is your first generation of affiliates, those you’ve personally sponsored, your PSAs.

Q: What’s the bottom line for this new requirement?
Think of it like this:  To be a BTL, STL, GTL, PTL…or DTL…you need a “QFL” (Quality First Level)!

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.


Achieving your November goals?

Dart & targetHow are you doing on your monthly SFI goals? Did you collect your 5 Action VP for setting your goals for the month (before the 10th), along with 1 AVP each day you review your Goals Tab?

MORE importantly: will you reach some (or all) of the goals you’ve set for this month?

If you’ve answered no or are not sure, take a moment right now to review your progress:


Then, stop by the AskSC tab at the Affiliate Center and search for “goals” to read top vote-getting answers to questions about setting and reaching goals in SFI and helping your downline to do the same. You’ll also want to check out the SFI Forum for more ideas, tips, and advice on setting goals that will help you succeed in SFI. And don’t forget all the business-building training and support articles available for free to all affiliates at the SFI Affiliate Center!

And get ready for December!

On December 1st, it will be time to set new monthly goals. If you set goals for November, use what you learned to set realistic December goals. The most important thing is to have goals and always strive to achieve them. There is a direct correlation between setting goals and achieving success…and we want all of our affiliates to experience bountiful success!