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New Badge Quest Guide

We’ve just integrated a handy new guide into the Badges tab.  Your Badges tab now provides you instant, one-click information and guidance on both the badges you’ve earned…and those that are available for you to earn.

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For both earned and unearned badges, simply click on any badge to learn its Badge Quest point value, qualifications to gain/retain the badge, and more.

For the unearned badges displayed on your Badges tab, we’ve also made it so the ones displayed by default are the easiest ones to attain.  That is, using our companywide data, we know which badges are owned by the most affiliates, and these are the ones you’ll see displayed by default.  So while you are, of course, free to pursue ANY unearned badge, the default badges shown, according to our records, will be the easiest badges to attain–so they are good badges to target.

Note: With this new integrated information system, there’s no longer a need for a separate Badges Gallery.  Therefore, the link to the now-obsolete Badges Gallery redirects to the Badges tab.

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.


Special Double VP auctions!

To send off November in style, we’re awarding DOUBLE VP (VersaPoints) for every bid at Pricebenders today!

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Every auction at Pricebenders today, Wednesday, November 30th, will be a Double VP auction!  That means that for every bid you place today, on EVERY auction, instead of just 1 VP, you’ll earn TWO VP!  Enjoy!

NOTE: The limit of 1000 VP per month from bidding at Pricebenders still applies.  

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.

P.S. Don’t forget the exciting new Flip option at Pricebenders (which allows you to convert your auction wins into hard cold CASH)!


43,255 free VP awarded in latest Spin & Win

spin-and-win-2Did you miss out on the most recent Spin & Win contest, held between November 21, 2016 through November 23, 2016? Affiliates who spotted the Spin & Win notice–announced in the weekly SFI Newsletter, mailed out on November 21st–and who entered the free contest grabbed 43,255 free VP!

Yet, that number is only a tiny fraction of the total amount of free VP we set aside for each Spin & Win contest! Don’t miss out on these easy VersaPoints and the earning benefits that come with them. Be on the lookout for Spin & Win alerts in our newsletters–and make sure everyone in your downline is looking for them as well. 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!


Cyber Monday Sale!

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Don’t miss our big Cyber Monday sale at Pricebenders!  Every auction at Pricebenders starting on Monday, November 28th, will be a Double MRP auction!  That means that for every bid you place on Monday, on EVERY auction, you’ll earn double Member Rewards Points!  Enjoy!

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.

P.S. Don’t forget the exciting new Flip option at Pricebenders (which allows you to convert your auction wins into hard cold CASH)!


SFI now in its 19th year!

We are now officially in our 19th year!  From but a small acorn 19 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.

Happy anniversary to SFI and all its thousands of awesome affiliates across the globe!



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

gerycarson_headshot“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, a nearly 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 USD 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, 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.  By the way, with our most recently assigned ID number, over 16 million others have joined SFI since, more than 17 million in total!

Yet, 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 and dream big indeed!”


Black Friday Sale!

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Don’t miss our big Black Friday sale at Pricebenders!  Every auction at Pricebenders starting on Friday, November 25th, will be a Winner Bids Free auction!  That means that no matter how many bids you place to win, you’ll get the item you won AND you’ll get all your bids back!  Enjoy!

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.

P.S. Don’t forget the exciting new Flip option at Pricebenders (which allows you to convert your auction wins into hard cold CASH)!