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Localvantia: Get ready!

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It’s set! Localvantia will officially go live on Tuesday, December 5th.  And so that everyone can hit the ground running next week, today we are providing important information for all affiliates who have pre-registered merchants.

First, let’s go through the process of closing pre-registered merchants…


Closing Pre-Registered Merchants

Okay, so you’ve pre-registered one or more merchants.  Great job!  But starting on Tuesday, it’s time to begin closing these accounts you’ve opened.

Here’s how it will work…

1. From the My Merchants report (the list of all your pre-registered merchants), you’ll click the new “Contact” link that will be displayed (starting Tuesday) beside each merchant’s name, located on the right side of the screen.

2. A modal will open.  Click the “Print Close Letter #1” link.  The letter for closing your merchants will open.

Following is a sample of the letter.  Note that the letter will automatically be populated with:

  • Today’s date
  • The merchant’s name and address
  • The merchant’s unique invitation code (necessary so they can open their merchant profile page with the pre-registered information and photo—credited to YOU)
  • Your email address (so they may contact you)
  • Your first and last name

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3. Print out this letter (preferably using a color printer and on a nice grade of paper) and then sign it above where your name appears.

4. Now it’s time to get the letter into the merchant’s hands.  You can put it in an envelope and mail it.  Or, you can personally deliver it (walk into the merchant’s store and hand them the letter).

Note: So that you can better track your follow-ups, the modal also allows you to designate your delivery method (Postal Mail, In-Person Delivery, or Other).  There’s also a free-form notes field in which you can enter any notes that you wish.  We also will automatically record the date and time you printed the close letter, and this information will be added to the My Merchants report for your future reference.

Now, it’s very important that you understand the following:

The close letter, all by itself, CAN be enough to get the job done, but you will likely significantly increase your chances of closing your merchants by adding one or more professionally-printed pieces to your presentation:

Envelopes & Letterheads

If you’re mailing the close letter, consider using a Localvantia envelope.  We’ve just made available both regular #10 business envelopes for this purpose, and also #10 window envelopes.  The added value of the window envelope is that you can print out your letters, fold them outwardly, and the merchant’s name and address will show through the window (no need to hand address the envelope or add a mailing label).

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  • Order the regular #10 Localvantia envelopes HERE.  50 envelopes are just $5.95 and come with 72 VersaPoints.  Envelopes can also be purchased with MRP or TCredits.
  • Order the Localvantia #10 window envelopes HERE.  50 envelopes are just $5.95 and come with 72 VersaPoints.  Envelopes can also be purchased with MRP or TCredits.

Either envelope can also be used for general correspondence, additional follow-ups, and so on with your merchants (or prospective merchants).  Similarly, Localvantia letterhead is available for general correspondence, etc.  Order Localvantia letterhead HERE.  50 sheets are just $5.95 and come with 72 VersaPoints.  Letterheads can also be purchased with MRP or TCredits.

Brochures

We’ve also made available full-color brochures, one for Localvantia, and another for Rewardical, both of which are designed specifically to accompany the close letter.  That is, to add impact to your presentation, you can have one or both brochures accompany the close letter.

The Localvantia brochure is a professional, full-color, classic “bi-fold” brochure printed on 100 lb. glossy 6″ x 8.5″ stock, two-sided, then folded in half vertically to 3″ x 8.5″ to fit perfectly in a standard business envelope. This eye-catching brochure provides a quick, professional, effective overview of merchant benefits with the Localvantia program.

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Shown from left to right:The inside of the brochure when opened, back cover/front cover.

Order the Localvantia brochure HERE.  50 brochures are just $6.55 and come with 79 VersaPoints. Brochures can also be purchased with MRP or TCredits.

Similar to the Localvantia brochure, the Rewardical brochure is a professional, full-color, classic “bi-fold” brochure printed on 100 lb. glossy 6″ x 8.5″ stock, two-sided, then folded in half vertically to 3″ x 8.5″ to fit perfectly in a standard business envelope. This  brochure provides a nice overview of the Rewardical rewards/loyalty program as it relates to merchants.

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Shown from left to right:The inside of the brochure when opened, back cover/front cover.

Order the Rewardical brochure HERE. 50 brochures are just $6.55 and come with 79 VersaPoints. Brochures can also be purchased with MRP or TCredits.


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Q: You referred to the close letter as “Close Letter #1.”  Does that mean there are other close letters?
Yes.  We can’t assume, of course, that every merchant is going to opt in after only a single follow-up.  Indeed, traditionally, in sales, multiple follow-ups are required to close a sale.  So, we will be adding additional close letters in the near future.

Q: I want to increase the impact of my follow-ups by including at least one of the full-color brochures.  Which should I use?
Ideally, you’d include both, as they will really help “tell the story” of Localvantia and Rewardical.  However, you can use just the Localvantia brochure if you wish to save a little money (providing information on Rewardical at this point is a good idea but not critical).

Q: Can I use the full-color brochures in prospecting merchants (BEFORE pre-registering them)?
You can, but we don’t recommend it.  First, note that the brochures do not have anywhere to put a code or ID for crediting.  This is by design.  Our program is designed to always operate with a pre-registration being the first thing that happens.  The pre-registration is what locks you in with crediting, so that if they end up a Localvantia merchant, YOU will be listed as the person who referred them.  Pre-registration also plays a very important role in making it so merchants can get started quickly and easily.  That is, when the merchant receives the close letter, he/she can go to Localvantia.com and they will already be 80% ready to go (because their business listing is almost entirely already pre-populated).  With just a few quick clicks, they can be off and running, live in the Localvantia.com search engine, and attracting new customers because of it!  We consider this to be critical…and that’s why you will continue to pre-register merchants.

Q: Okay, but let’s say I run into someone who owns a business and I decide to bring up Localvantia…but I haven’t pre-registered him yet.  Can I not hand him a Localvantia and/or Rewardical brochure?
You certainly can, but if you do so we’d recommend you let him know you’re going to pre-register him and he’ll be receiving a letter from you shortly with his invitation code to get started.  That is, clarify that you’re just giving him some advance information now, but you’re going to follow up with an official invitation.  If you don’t do this, you risk letting someone else wind up as their referrer/account manager.

Q: I want to hand-deliver my close letter and brochure.  What’s the best way to do this?
Ideally, you’d put your materials in an envelope addressed to the merchant.  Using a window envelope eliminates the need to separately address the envelope because the address, as printed on the close letter, can show through the window.  You may also want to add your business card.

Q: So after the merchant receives the close letter from me, goes to Localvantia.com/go, and enters the invitation code…what happens next?
The merchant will see what will become their merchant profile page in the Localvantia.com search engine.  It’s populated with all the information you pre-registered (name, address, category), and the photo you took.  From here, the merchant can make any necessary edits.  Next, they’ll proceed to add some basic additional information to fill out their profile and account. Next, they’ll choose their participation rate.  And that’s it.  They’ll immediately be live in the Localvantia.com search engine and we’ll begin promoting the merchant to all area affiliates and members.  They’ll also immediately receive a welcome letter (email) from us confirming they are officially onboard…and they’ll start to receive Localvantia merchant training, tips, newsletters, etc. intermittently from us.  We’ve also created a nice Localvantia Merchant “getting started” guide that they can start reviewing to maximize their participation in the program.

Q: The photos I’ve taken for pre-registrations may not be perfect.  Can the merchant replace the photo I took with their own, better photo?
Definitely, yes!  The merchant will be able to modify/update all elements of their profile.  And for photos specifically, they’ll also have the option of adding several more photos so they can have an entire “gallery” of photos for viewers of their profile to browse through if they’d like.

Q: What’s the minimum amount a merchant has to pay to participate in the program?
Currently, for grocery stores, gas stations, and automotive businesses, they can participate for as little as 1/2% ($.005 for each dollar in sales).  For all other types of businesses, the minimum is 1% ($.01 for each dollar in sales).  Of course, it is in the best interests of the merchant to participate at the highest rate that is feasible for them, as this means a higher number of Rewardicals they’ll be putting out to attract and retain customers.

Q: So where/how does the merchant choose how many Rewardicals they want to award to their customers…and how does the merchant get Rewardicals, and how does the merchant pay the rewardicals to their customers?
The merchant doesn’t have to do ANY of that.  All they have to do is choose to participate at the 1/2%, 1%, 2%, 3%, or whatever, level…and we take it from there!  That is, once they’ve chosen their participation rate, everything happens automatically.  Here’s the process:

  • Customers make purchases like normal at the merchant’s store.
  • The customer now submits a claim for his/her tokens at Localvantia.  Alternately, the merchant can instantly verify the purchase when customer checks out using a smartphone–eliminating the need for submitting a claim form later and the need to upload a copy of their purchase receipt.  More on this in next Tuesday’s announcement.
  • We now invoice the merchant for the cost of the Rewardicals (via email).
  • Once the merchant has paid the invoice, we then deposit the Rewardicals earned by the purchase into the customer’s Rewardical.com member account…which they can now redeem at their convenience!

That’s it.  For merchants, so very easy!  Special note: Merchants will also have the option of funding an account so invoices can be paid instantly, automatically, and customers can receive their Rewardicals immediately.  More on this in next Tuesday’s announcement.

Q: Can a merchant change their participation rate?
Essentially whenever they want, yes.

Q: For the envelopes, etc…is it possible that the artwork could be provided (digitally) to a local printer so I could have them printed locally and avoid high shipping costs and delivery delays?
Yes.  Submit a ticket to Support if you are interested in doing this.  Please keep in mind that quality control is critical and we will NOT allow just anyone to do this. We will need to be convinced of your capability and trustworthiness.  You can also speed up the process by providing information (their website would be ideal) on the printer you intend to employ so that we can do our due diligence on the company that will be printing the materials.

Q: Can I use the Rewardical brochure to help in referring new Rewardical members?
No, it’s not designed for consumers/prospective members.  Rather, it’s written specifically for merchants and, hence, presents the merchant benefits of the program, NOT the benefits that a consumer would care about.

Q: So what exactly are my responsibilities as a Localvantia merchant’s account manager?
For most merchants, it will likely be very simple and easy.  That is, you’ll go through the close process and get them formerly onboard, and for most merchants that might be all you ever have to do.  But some merchants may be “needier” than others.  Some may want to talk to you before and/or after signing on.  Some may have questions occasionally you’ll need to answer for them.  Some may want your advice about how to promote Rewardicals to their customers.  You need to be ready to provide this assistance.  And then there’s the concept of being “pro-active.”  That is, getting merchants officially onboard is great, but if you’re in SFI to create financial freedom for yourself, you don’t want to stop there.  No, you want to “size up” every merchant and try to gain an real understanding of how their business operates so that that merchant can flourish in Localvantia.  Remember, the more Rewardicals they dish out, the more YOU will receive. So, for example, if you think your merchant could increase activity by installing signs in their windows, or putting flyers in all takeout orders, or putting table tents on tables, etc….it’s in your best interest to suggest these things.  Don’t sit around and hope the merchant figures it out on their own; MAKE IT HAPPEN; be pro-active.

Q: Yikes, closing merchants, following up, etc. is way more work than I want to do.  Am I really required to do all this?
If you want to be listed as their account manager and be the beneficiary of all the referral tokens generated by the merchants, of course, yes.  This potentially very large benefit is not for pre-registering. Rather, it’s for your efforts in closing the merchant and for any needed ongoing account maintenance.  If you’re not willing to take on these responsibilities, or you prove to be unable to achieve typical results, some or all of your accounts may be transferred to another affiliate in the area.


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LAST DAY to qualify for this month’s Badge Quest Bounty!

The pot for November’s Badge Quest Bounty is now up to 100,000 Rewardicals! Join the quest to win a share of this month’s bounty–get yourself qualified NOW! Achieve a new level in Badge Quest or be at Grand Master or Grand Master Elite status before the end of today. Check your Badges tab now, and see what badges are available to you to qualify before the end of today, November 30th. Tomorrow, December 1st, we will draw 40 winners to receive an equal share of the bounty pot!


Rewardical X-Cards are here!

It’s time to start referring the first of millions of new Rewardical members!

To aid in this endeavor, we are pleased today to make available a slick new “X-Card” designed specifically for referring new Rewardical members.

Here’s what they look like:

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Hand these cards to anyone and everyone you like—there is almost certainly something they will be interested in using their tokens toward.  Who wouldn’t like to receive free gift cards, free Bitcoin, free Silver Bullion, etc?!

These business-card-sized X-Cards sport a glossy, full-color front-side and are printed on heavy card stock. Side one of the card features an attractive, eye-catching design with the Rewardical logo and text referencing the “25 FREE Rewardical Reward Tokens” the card can be redeemed for.

Side two features the following ad text:

What’s a Rewardical?

Rewardicals are the amazing new digital tokens you can earn FREE when shopping at awesome local and online stores. Then redeem your tokens whenever you want for a variety of great goodies including:

* Free Gift Cards
* Free Bitcoin
* Free Silver Bullion
* Charitable Donations
* and more!

Sign up today with this card and get started with 25 FREE Rewardical Tokens!

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How to use your Rewardical X-Cards:

Just print or stamp your promo code number (which you can get by clicking the refer a friend link at Rewardical.com) in the gray Promo Code box located on side two. Then distribute your cards to your friends, family, anyone you think who will like to get free stuff!

Recipients of your cards will go to the current Rewardical referrals landing page (easyrewards247.com), where they will be asked to enter the promo code. They will then gain access to the Rewardicals.com site where they can sign up for their free Rewardical membership (with you as their referrer) and grab their 25 free tokens.

You will receive an e-mail notification each time one of your cards generates a new member sign-up. And as their referrer, you’ll now be set to earn unlimited 10-1 referral tokens on every Rewardical they earn…for life!

Our new Rewardical Referral X-Cards are available for order now HERE for just $3.95 per pack of 50 cards.  Each pack also scores you 48 VersaPoints.


TCards Discontinued

With the arrival of our new Rewardical Referral X-Cards, we are discontinuing TCards (effective immediately).  Why?  For two primary reasons:

  1. Certain elements of the current TCards are in the process of being substantially changed, making the TCard offer obsolete soon.
  2. We firmly believe that gaining PRMs through the new Rewardical X-Cards will be much easier!  The Rewardical benefits are much clearer and easier for new persons to grasp, so they should produce better results.  We want our affiliates using the most effective marketing aids available!

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Q: What is the benefit to me for referring a Rewardical member?
For every 10 Rewardicals earned by your referrals, you’ll earn one Rewardical.  This applies both to affiliates (your PSAs) AND non-affiliates (PRMs, that you’ll sign up using the new Rewardical X-Cards).

Example: Your PSAs and PRMs earn 50,000 Rewardicals in December shopping at Localvantia merchants. On January 1st, you’ll automatically be awarded 5,000 Rewardicals…that you can then exchange for whatever you want…VersaPoints, TCredits, CSAs, Bitcoin, etc. 

Q: If I use the new Rewardical X-Cards to generate new PRMs (Personally Referred Members), am I limited to the 10-1 referral tokens benefit…or can commissions also be earned?
Here’s how it will work: When you refer a new Rewardical member, they’ll be exclusively members of Rewardical initially.  However, all Rewardical members will be exposed to Pricebenders auctions, Eager Zebra games, Super Deals at TripleClicks, and so on.  And since login credentials for Rewardical are the same for TripleClicks, all of your referred Rewardical members will be de facto TC members too.  In short, your referred members may START with only the 10-1 referral tokens as the primary benefit for you, but plenty of commissions can be earned when they begin playing Eager Zebra games or bidding in Pricebenders auctions, for example, at TripleClicks.com.

Q: Where can I order Rewardical Referral X-Cards?
Order your Rewardical Referral X-Cards HERE for just $3.95 per pack of 50 cards.  Each pack also scores you 48 VersaPoints.

Q; Will there be digital marketing aids, such as web banners and splash pages, for Rewardical referrals made available?
Yes, these are in development.  Watch for announcements.

Q: There aren’t any online or offline stores yet where you can earn Rewardicals, so how are people who I give the card to supposed to earn Rewardicals?
Localvantia will be launching December 5th (less than a week from today), so there should be the merchants popping up all over the world very soon who will be awarding Rewardicals by the millions to their customers.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Rewardicals.  In 2018, we hope to sign up thousands of online sellers, businesses, and organizations, too, that will be dispensing millions of additional Rewardicals.  You may also soon be able to win Rewardicals at Eager Zebra games!  In short, it won’t be long until there are many, many places and ways for your referrals to earn and win Rewardicals!

Q: Who can I give Rewardical X-Cards to to create lots of new PRMs?
Start with giving cards to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.  But don’t stop there.  Also consider your mailman, delivery persons, the person who cuts your hair, taxi drivers, and so on.  Studies show that the average 21-year old already knows over 800 people!  You probably know even more! Check out this list for lots of ideas for who you can give cards to.

Q: What are some other ways to get my Rewardical X-Cards into the hands of prospects?
Here are nine ways (but use your creativity to come up with even more):

  1. Keep some cards with you at all times and throw in a card any time you give someone a tip.
  2. Put a card in every outgoing piece of mail you send out (like electric bills, water bills, NetFlix/Blockbuster DVD returns, etc.).
  3. Leave a card with your paid bill each time you dine out at a restaurant.
  4. Whenever you take a taxi or ride public transportation, “forget” a card on the seat before you exit.
  5. Contact companies who ship goods and arrange to have them put a card in every order they ship. Provide them with a supply of cards and agree to pay them three to ten cents for each card included in their packages.
  6. Contact direct mail companies and arrange to have them insert a card in every envelope/package they mail out. Provide them with a supply of cards and agree to pay them three to 10 cents for each card they mail out for you.
  7. Ask your local theatre to give out a card with every ticket sold.  Provide them with a supply of cards and agree to pay them three to 10 cents for each card they distribute.
  8. Contact owners of small retail stores and arrange to have them give a card to every customer with their purchase receipt when they check out. Provide them with a supply of cards and agree to pay them three to 10 cents for each card they distribute for you.
  9. Contact local restaurants that deliver food (pizza, Chinese food, sub sandwiches, etc.). Offer to pay them three to 10 cents for each card they distribute to customers for you with their deliveries.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In regards to #7, #8, and #9…an even better idea might be to sign them up as Localvantia merchants and they can distribute their own Rewardical referral X-Cards, at their own expense—while you get the benefit of earning 10-1 referral tokens on every Rewardical they dispense to their customers!  Learn about how to sign up merchants in Localvantia HERE.

Q: Will these new X-Cards get updated when new ways to earn Rewardicals are available?
When Rewardical tokens can be won playing games or earned for completing surveys, for example, yes, we’ll make an updated version available.  We may make other designs available as well.

Q: Is there a report (list) where I can see all of my Rewardical referrals?
Not exactly yet, but that’s on the way.  In the meantime, you will receive an email notification of each successful Rewardical referral.

Q: Will you be staying in touch with my referrals?
Yes!  They’ll automatically be notified (via email) of all new Localvantia merchants in their area, for example.  We’ll also keep them up to date on other ways they can earn Rewardicals, such as by playing online games.  And they’ll also be kept apprised of new developments with Rewardical in general as well.

Q: So I don’t have to follow-up with my Rewardical referrals, train them, etc.?
No, consider your job done once they’ve signed up as a member.

Q: There’s been a daily “DistribuSTAR” prize drawing for TCards.  Has this also been discontinued?
Yes, this drawing is being discontinued (last day is November 30th).  Note, however, that we may replace it at a later time with a contest/drawing pertaining to Rewardical referrals.

Q: What about the “DistribuSTAR” badges and leaderboard?
These will also be going away shortly.  However, we will be replacing them with new Rewardical referrer badges (that everyone can win) and a Rewardical referrals leaderboard and badge too.

Q: I’ve got some TCards in stock.  How long will they be accepted?
For both digital and physical TCards that you already have in your possession, we will continue to accept and fulfill redeemed cards for the foreseeable future.  However, a substitution of equal or better value will be incorporated when it becomes necessary.

Q: So I can just keep running online ads for the TCards offer of free TCredits and MRP?
No, you should discontinue your ads as soon as you can since fulfillment of TCredits and/or MRP may not be available in the future.  Replace them with our upcoming new ads offering free Rewardicals.


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TOMORROW is the last day to get in on Opti-Build for December!

This Friday (December 1st),  Opti-Build will continue to assist thousands to “build optimally” for the month of December and automatically follow The Diamond PlanBut to participate in December, you need to be set up by the end of tomorrow (Thursday) November 30th!

Three things you need to know to participate:

  1. If you’ve qualified as a BTL this month (or expect to by the end of Thursday), be sure you’ve opted in to participate.  You can do that HERE.  Note that your sponsor does not need to be active or a Designated Diamond themselves for you to benefit from the Opti-Build program.
  2. If your sponsor has a lot of first-level Team Leaders, you’ll need to be one of his/her top five Team Leaders by the end of tomorrow (by rank and/or total VersaPoints if a tiebreaker is needed) to be designated a Designated Diamond for December. We recommend that you contact your sponsor if you haven’t already to determine your status.
  3. If you’re a Team Leader, you may want to do some reassignments to maximize your results in December.  You must get this completed by the end of tomorrow, Thursday.  Get directions and info on the reassignment rules HERE.  Read all about how to do reassignments and benefits of reassigning affiliates HERE.


New Internet Income 2.0–Lesson #36: Google Analytics

InternetIncomeLogoWe continue our revised course with Internet Income 2.0, Lesson #36: Google Analytics. Course author George Little, introduces us to Google Analytics–a Website information activity measurement tool–and discusses how to use that information to improve your site for better performance, and therefore, a more profitable Website.

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.

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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.


41,490 free VP awarded in latest Spin & Win

spin-and-win-2Did you miss out on the most recent Spin & Win contest, held between November 20, 2017 through November 22, 2017? Affiliates who spotted the Spin & Win notice–announced in the weekly SFI Affiliate newsletter, mailed out Monday, November 20th–and who entered the free contest grabbed 41,490 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 notice 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 notice.  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! Thursday, November 30th, is the deadline for…

icon-blog_sfiThursday, 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.