How To Rank A Website In 2017 and Beyond

Trying to figure out “how to rank a website” is one of the most common struggles for new internet marketers.

You have set up your new blog, added some content and …… nothing.

Your new blog just sits there with no one coming to see what you have to say.

You keep adding new content but as the months come and go you are starting to get really discouraged.

“I followed everything the training program said to do and I am not getting any results, can you help?”

Questions like these are common among new online marketers and one that I have been asked many times.

I remember what it was like starting my first blog like it was yesterday and I also remember how long I struggled before breaking through.

I don’t want anyone to struggle the way I did or give up on internet marketing because they were not given the information they need to be successful.

Let me be the first to tell you, internet marketing is not hard, anyone from any background can go on to become extremely successful but it’s not going to be easy either.

Success in this industry really comes down to nothing more than learning what you need to do and then doing it over and over again like clockwork.

That is my goal for this post, to show you how to rank a website in 2017 and beyond.

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How To Rank A Website

There are so many opinions on ranking a website that it is confusing to really know what to believe.

If you do everything that some of the so called “seo experts” tell you to do, you will never have time to actually create content for your blog.

I have read blogs that talk about the over 200 ranking factors that Google uses in their algorithm and how you need to focus on each one of them.

No shit, over 200, who has the time to learn all that let alone make sure you are following them all.

Just in case your curious to see the list of all 200 factors for ranking a website in Google, click here.

Google’s algorithm is complex, no doubt, but you do not have to be a geeky seo nerd to understand how it works.

(Side note, no offense to the geeky seo nerds out there!)

In fact, ranking a website can be extremely easy if you just remember the three key principles for seo success I am about to share with you.

It is in these three principles where you will determine:

  • why one site ranks higher than another
  • what you need to do to push your site higher than your competition
  • what Google is looking for right now with their algorithm

The three key principles for seo success are: Trust, Authority and Relevance.

Ranking a Website: Trust

There was a time not that long ago when ranking a website simply came down to who had the most back-links.

Back then it was easy to get a brand new site to the top of page one by blasting it with back-links.

Those days are gone thanks to some major updates Google made a few years ago.

I won’t bore you with the details of each update but Google’s Panda and Penquin updates shook the foundation of internet marketing.

These updates penalized poor quality sites and sites with links from poor quality sources.

Many marketers who built there business on creating shoddy sites with poor link profiles saw their income disappear overnight when these updates went into effect.

With the majority of the low quality crap out of the search engines, Google shifted their focus to Trust which is now at the core of their ranking algorithm.

Now you will probably never hear Google speak of Trust as a ranking factor but if you look at their algorithm, it is clear that website Trust is at the top of their list.

Trust is a combination of many ranking factors that lets Google know your site can be trusted to deliver quality content to their search users.

After all that is the name of the game, Google wants to know that the results they show when someone types a keyword(s) into their search box are the best results for their users.

If a search user does not get the results they are looking for they will probably go to one of the other search engines to find it.

I mentioned there are several factors that go into building Trust with Google, they are:

  • Consistently updating your site with high quality, unique content
  • Gaining links naturally from high quality, relevant sources
  • Site usability, is your site user friendly and easy to navigate on all devices
  • Internal and external linking
  • Content readability
  • User signals (click through rate, time on site, bounce rate)

I am sure there are others from the list of over 200 ranking factors that are devoted to building a strong Trust score with Google but I honestly believe that if you can nail down these, you will be well on your way to first page rankings.

Ranking a Website: Authority

It wasn’t that long ago Page Rank was the ultimate deciding factor is how well your site performed compared to others.

Page rank pretty much only took into consideration the power of the sites that were linking to your website so it was very easy to manipulate.

I remember being so obsessed with increasing my page rank that I spent more time searching out back-link opportunities than I did creating new content for my readers.

Google also realized that page rank was being manipulated by pr networks and link sellers so they began to devalue page rank and eventually stopped updating website page rank scores.

Page rank is no more, in its place is authority which Google uses in conjunction with trust and relevance to ultimately determine which sites to rank high in their search results.

Google loves high authority sites which is why you typically always see results from sites like Wikipedia, YouTube, WebMD etc ranking high on page one of just about every search you do in Google.

What do these sites have in common?

  • They have been around for a long time
  • Tons of sites linking to the content on their site
  • Huge volume of content available

So you can pretty easily determine what goes into determining your sites authority.

  • Domain age
  • Number of inbound links (links from high quality sources)
  • Size of website (amount of content, pages & posts)

Authority is not something that comes overnight, it can take years to become an authority in your niche.

You can dramatically reduce the time it takes to increase your websites authority by focusing on building your online brand, some of the ways to do this are:

  • Consistently adding fresh high quality content
  • Grow your social media following across multiple social channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Network with other sites in your niche
  • Look for other opportunities to promote your blog (YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Web 2.0 properties, etc)
  • Guest Post on niche related blogs
  • Look for back-link opportunities from other authority sites related to your niche
  • Provide excellent customer service

Growing your site’s authority should be part of your long term strategy and will increase over time as you build out your site, grow you following and increase the number and quality of the back-links coming into your site.

Google is very good at uncovering methods for manipulating authority scores so avoid any of the tactics to artificially inflate your authority the “seo gurus” are teaching.

How To Rank A Website: Relevance

Website relevance is a very powerful SEO strategy for increasing your website’s position in the search engines.

When looking at techniques for ranking a website, relevance should be at the top of your list.

Relevance simply means that all of the content on your site is relevant to your niche and that you are obtaining back-links from relevant sites.

For example, if I create a niche site about curing the fear of public speaking I would make sure all of the content I publish is related to speaking in public and would look for linking opportunities from similar websites and blogs.

Sticking with this strategy will require a lot less back-links to get high search engine rankings as relevant links are much more valuable than non-relevant links.

Remember that any back-link is considered a vote for your site and getting votes from sites related to your niche tells Google that your niche is voting your site to be ranked high in the search engine.

You can take this a step further by organizing the structure of your website to spread the power of each back-link your site receives throughout your content so that one back-link benefits many of your website’s pages.

This is typically referred to as a website silo structure, I will be discussing this in much greater detail in the coming days.

Google looks for sites with relevant content and rewards them with higher search engine rankings.

This explains why smaller niche sites can outrank the huge sites like Wikipedia for niche related search terms.

Relevance is a powerful strategy that you can take advantage of right now to increase your website’s search engine rank.

Three Key Principles For SEO Success

How to rank a website will continue to be a highly searched for question that new online marketers will be asking for years to come.

Ranking a website doesn’t have to be hard but it does take time and will require a long term strategy that focuses on each of the 3 SEO pillars I have discussed above.

I honestly believe that you can greatly increase your website’s search engine rankings by focusing on your website’s trust, authority and relevance and understanding that obtaining free traffic from Google takes time but it is definitely worth the effort and the wait when you do start to receive a steady flow of traffic.

I will be posting several more articles on how to rank a website in the coming weeks, if you have any questions on ranking a website, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

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My Top 5 Must Read Blogs For Internet Marketers

So today I thought I would do something a little different and share my top 5 must read blogs for internet marketers.

I feel that it is only right for me to first say a huge Thank You to these top online marketers for the awesome content they provide in each and every one of their blog posts.

So why only 5?

I know when you do a search for top internet marketing blogs to follow you will find blogs with huge lists of 25, 50 or even 100 blogs that you should follow but honestly who has time to read all the updates from that many blogs.

Not me!

Ok so maybe 5 is not enough but I feel that when you check out these 5 amazing blogs you will see that they cover just about everything you need to know to grow a successful business online.

I hand-picked these 5 blogs because they provide highly effective internet marketing tips and strategies sure to get you quick results but they write in a way that an absolute beginner would understand.

These are my 5 favorite blogs and I read everything they publish, if nothing else at least check them out, I know you will be glad you did.

Top 5 Must Read Blogs For Internet Marketers

 

Top 5 Must Read Blogs For Internet Marketers

CopyBlogger – Brian Clark

What can I say about CopyBlogger.com, this blog is what I feel every internet marker dreams of building one day.

To me this blog contains all the information and education you would receive in a 4 year online marketing degree, probably more but the best part is, it won’t cost you a dime.

Not much more I can say about this one except go check it out and you will see why I feel this is one of the best resources on the internet for anyone looking to build a successful online business.

Traffic Generation Cafe – Ana Hoffman

All internet marketers want more of one thing, Traffic!

On TrafficGenerationCafe.com, you will find the latest tips, tricks and strategies for getting more traffic to your blog, videos, squeeze pages or anywhere else you want people to visit.

Before I found Ana’s site, I focused solely on getting traffic from the search engines and social media, not only have I learned how to get even more traffic from those sources but Ana has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to generating traffic.

Anything from syndicating my blog content all of the internet to getting massive amounts of traffic to my simple power-point presentations, this site is all about simple actionable steps you can take to get your content seen by as many people as possible.

I often find myself with pen and paper in hand reading Ana’s blog posts, taking notes then putting what I learned into action right away.

I don’t have to tell you that you need more traffic because you do, this is the place to learn how to get it, awesome, awesome blog!!

Smart Passive Income – Pat Flynn

SmartPassiveIncome.com is a valuable resource for anyone looking to build a successful business online.

Pat Flynn shares tips and strategies on blogging, social media, affiliate marketing, podcasting and everything else you need to know to start, grow and run a successful online business.

Pat holds nothing back and even show you his monthly earning reports to prove that what he is teaching actually works.

I found this blog through YouTube when I was watching a series of videos Pat did called Niche Site Duel, I followed that entire series and never seemed to leave his blog.

Now I find myself reading anything and everything he publishes.

This is a blog that I feel anyone in the online marketing industry could benefit from, definitely go check this one out.

AmyPorterfield.com – Amy Porterfield

I think its safe to say that social media is here to stay and with that you need to know how to effectively market your business on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and all the other major social media outlets.

Internet marketing is all about being everywhere your potential customers are and who better to teach you how to do just that than Amy Porterfield.

Amy is a social media expert with well over 15 years experience, she has managed the social media for giants such as Harley Davidson and Anthony Robbins just to name a few.

On her blog you will learn some of the most effective methods for branding yourself on social media, how to grow a fan base and turn those fans into hungry buyers.

I first found this blog after purchasing Amy’s Facebook marketing course FBInfluence 2.0 which I believe she is no longer involved with.

Check out her blog and look around, I am willing to bet you will learn something you can use to grow your social media presence in a matter of minutes.

Search Engine Journal – anything and everything search engine optimization.

Whether you want to learn more about the latest trends for ranking in Google or you want to see what you can do to increase your social media presence, Search Engine Journal is your one stop shop.

I find that some of the blog posts are over my head and talking about topics I have no clue about but the majority of the posts are great for increasing my understanding of ranking my blogs.

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned marketer, you will find a treasure trove of information to improve your online business.

Top 5 Must Read Blogs For Internet Marketers

Kind of a unique list but these are the blogs that I love to read and the only ones that I follow on a regular basis.

I learned a long time ago that to really be successful in this business that you must always be a student and never stop learning, who better to learn from than the 5 industry leaders above.

I am sure there are many great blogs that could have made this list but honestly I feel that if you follow too many people you will quickly find yourself spending all of your time reading other people’s content instead of producing your own.

These are my 5 favorite blogs, if you have a blog that you would like to share with my readers, then by all means share it in the comments section below and if I find any other blogs that I feel are as good as the ones above I will add them here for all to see.

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Adding A Clear Vision Of Your Future To Your Business

Stop what you are doing, I mean it stop everything and listen to what I am about to tell you.

This could literally change your business instantly.

Look, I do not hide the fact that I struggled like crazy for years before I broke through and navigated my way through all the minefields in the online marketing landscape.

I remember like it was yesterday being in the trenches, frustrated and not know what I needed to do to turn my online business around.

As I reflect on those days, it makes where I am today so much sweeter but I believe that we all must go through those struggles, letdowns and failures to truly understand what success feels like.

I can also vividly remember the day that I fought my way out of the trenches and started on the path I am following today, the path to success.

I don’t know where you are in your business, you could be just getting started or you could be like I was, several years invested and not really getting anywhere.

Honestly it doesn’t matter either way, because I am about to share with you the step I took in business that forever changed who I am as a marketer and forever changed the direction of my business.

Now I am not talking about some special program, software or even coaching course, don’t worry what I am about to share won’t cost you a dime but is one of the most valuable gifts I can give you.

So what’s this secret, what is the solution to finally succeeding in your online business?

Its actually something you have probably already heard a thousand times and didn’t take the time to do.

What I want to share with you will give you so much clarity and will give your business the direction it needs to keep you focused on what is important and what will get you where you want to be.

The secret really is no secret at all, actually it is an exercise that famous speaker Tony Robbins did several years back that I recently found.

I have never followed his work or his message but when I read this exercise I was really at a low point in my business and was looking for anything that would get me back on track.

I was actually thinking about giving up and throwing in the towel on the whole online marketing thing, but something inside told me that success was so close, I just had to find a way to get over that last wall and I would have exactly what I was looking for.

When I completed this exercise something inside of me and in my business changed and to this day, I review this exercise each and everyday to remind myself why I am doing this in the first place.

I know, enough build up, just get to the damn thing, right!

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Adding Clarity To Your Business

So here is the exercise in my words but based off the teachings of Anthony Robbins himself.

Ok, so here is what I want you to do, grab a pen and paper, or open a notepad file and answer the following questions.

Really take your time, think about your answers and be as honest as possible.

Many of you will think this is stupid and simply click off this page, that is fine, continue doing what you are doing now and see where that gets you but for those of you still with me, please take this seriously as I feel this is the missing ingredient in your success sauce.

The first part focuses on the pleasure, then we will get into the pain.

Question 1: What would your life be like 1 year from today if you had a $100,000 per year internet business?

Question 2: As a result of having this $100,000 business, what would your life look like?

Question 3: How would that make you feel?

Question 4: How would your life be better than it is now?

Again, answer these as honestly and as detailed as possible, I want you to really think about your answers and write as much as you need to to fully answer each question.

Put in 100% effort into this exercise and you will get 100% return.

Now lets shift gears and answer the pain questions, people will often do anything to get rid of pain but don’t put in as much effort into gaining pleasure so really take your time with these last two questions.

Question 5: Write down what your life would look like if you keep doing what your are doing right now, and if you keep doing the things that are not getting you to your $100,000 online business.

And finally.

Question 6: If you continue stumbling around, jumping from product to product, opportunity to opportunity try to find anything that works, doing everything by yourself, what is your life going to look like 12 months from now.

Adding Direction To Your Online Business

Hopefully you have completed this exercise or are in the process of doing so.

Once you get your answers, read them again to make sure that is what you really see and what you really want.

Use these questions and your answers as motivation each and every day to do everything you can to make your pleasure goals become a reality.

I refer back to my completed questions each and every morning and I know that this is what gave my business the direction it needed to finally stop struggling and start actually finding success in my business.

Success will not come as soon as you complete this exercise but it will give your business direction and clarity, something most struggling online marketers have been missing.

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Adding A Clear Vision Of The Future To Your Business

Stop what you are doing, I mean it stop everything and listen to what I am about to tell you.

This could literally change your business instantly.

Look, I do not hide the fact that I struggled like crazy for years before I broke through and navigated my way through all the minefields in the online marketing landscape.

I remember like it was yesterday being in the trenches, frustrated and not knowing what I needed to do to turn my online business around.

As I reflect on those days, it makes where I am today so much sweeter but I believe that we all must go through those struggles, letdowns and failures to truly understand what success feels like.

I can also vividly remember the day that I fought my way out of the trenches and started on the path I am following today, the path to success.

I don’t know where you are in your business, you could be just getting started or you could be like I was, several years invested and not really getting anywhere.

Honestly it doesn’t matter either way, because I am about to share with you the step I took in business that forever changed who I am as a marketer and forever changed the direction of my business.

Now I am not talking about some special program, software or even coaching course, don’t worry what I am about to share won’t cost you a dime but is one of the most valuable gifts I can give you.

So what’s this secret, what is the solution to finally succeeding in your online business?

Its actually something you have probably already heard a thousand times and didn’t take the time to do.

What I want to share with you will give you so much clarity and will give your business the direction it needs to keep you focused on what is important and what will get you where you want to be.

The secret really is no secret at all, actually it is an exercise that famous speaker Tony Robbins did several years back that I recently found.

I have never followed his work or his message but when I read this exercise I was really at a low point in my business and was looking for anything that would get me back on track.

I was actually thinking about giving up and throwing in the towel on the whole online marketing thing, but something inside told me that success was so close, I just had to find a way to get over that last wall and I would have exactly what I was looking for.

When I completed this exercise something inside of me and in my business changed and to this day, I review this exercise each and everyday to remind myself why I am doing this in the first place.

I know, enough build up, just get to the damn thing, right!

adding a clear vision of the future to your business

 

Adding Clarity To Your Business

So here is the exercise in my words but based off the teachings of Anthony Robbins himself.

Ok so here is what I want you to do, grab a pen and paper, or open a notepad file and answer the following questions.

Really take your time, think about your answers and be as honest as possible.

Many of you will think this is stupid and simply click off this page, that is fine, continue doing what you are doing now and see where that gets you but for those of you still with me, please take this seriously as I feel this is the missing ingredient in your success sauce.

The first part focuses on the pleasure, then we will get into the pain.

Question 1: What would your life be like 1 year from today if you had a $100,000 per year internet business?

Question 2: As a result of having this $100,000 business, what would your life look like?

Question 3: How would that make you feel?

Question 4: How would your life be better than it is now?

Again, answer these as honestly and as detailed as possible, I want you to really think about your answers and write as much as you need to to fully answer each question.

Put in 100% effort into this exercise and you will get 100% return.

Now lets shift gears and answer the pain questions, people will often do anything to get rid of pain but don’t put in as much effort into gaining pleasure so really take your time with these last two questions.

Question 5: Write down what your life would look like if you keep doing what your are doing right now, and if you keep doing the things that are not getting you to your $100,000 online business.

And finally.

Question 6: If you continue stumbling around, jumping from product to product, opportunity to opportunity try to find anything that works, doing everything by yourself, what is your life going to look like 12 months from now.

Adding Direction To Your Online Business

Hopefully you have completed this exercise or are in the process of doing so.

Once you get your answers, read them again to make sure that is what you really see and what you really want.

Use these questions and your answers as motivation each and every day to do everything you can to make your pleasure goals become a reality.

I refer back to my completed questions each and every morning and I know that this is what gave my business the direction it needed to finally stop struggling and start actually finding success in my business.

Success will not come as soon as you complete this exercise but it will give your business direction and clarity, something most struggling online marketers have been missing.

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Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images

Tired of paying for expensive stock photos for your blog and social media posts?

Sick of trying to figure out what free images you can use without worrying about getting penalized?

Wish there was a better way to high quality “free” images for your blog?

Of course you, you will be glad you found this post because I am about to share with you my top 10 sources for free blog images!

This is not some random list of websites that bait you in with a bunch of junk free images then make you pay royalty fees on the high quality images you actually want to use.

These are the exact same sources that many wise bloggers including myself use to tap into a virtually unlimited supply of free stock photos that not only look great but will take your blog posts to the next level.

By the end of this post you will not only know the best places to find free high quality stock photos for your blog and social media posts but you will also know what types of images you can legally use to avoid copyright penalties.

My goal is to help you find the high quality images you need to match the high quality content you are publishing on your blog and save you a ton of money in royalty fees.

I know your excited to start checking out some of these free image sites but first, let’s cover the three main types of copyright categories you will need to understand when dealing with free blog images.

Public Domainpublic domain images are defined as photos, clip art or vectors whose copyright has expired or never existed in the first place. Almost anyone can use these images for personal and commercial purposes.

Royalty Free – royalty free images are the images you will typically find on paid image sites such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto where you pay a fee for the image then can use the image with providing attribution or paying additional royalty fees.

Creative Commons – creative commons can best be described as a non-profit group designed to be an alternative to restrictive copyright laws and to allow for artists, authors and creators to license their work for distribution.

The key when using creative commons images is to check the license restrictions for each image that you want to use.

There are several different types of creative commons licenses and each must be followed if you want to avoid penalty for using the image, you can check out all of the different licenses here.

Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images

Awesome Free Blog Image I Downloaded From PicJumbo.com

Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images

All of the sites listed below have either public domain or creative commons licenses and do not require attribution.

I will list which license each site uses but always double check for yourself as I am sure these things could change over time.

PicJumbo.com – Free blog images for personal or commercial use, must purchase license for redistribution of images.

Unsplash.com – Unsplash is a pretty cool site with some super high quality blog images uploaded by site users under the creative commons zero license, free for whatever you want.

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Pexels.com – Pexels is one of the best and most popular searchable databases of free blog images you will find, all of the images have a creative commons zero license which means all of the images are free to use for any legal purpose.

Flickr.com (Public Domain) – Flickr is a site you have probably already used at one time or another as it is one of the most popular image sites online. When searching Flickr for blog images, make sure you sort by license and select only images that are “public domain” so you can legally use them and do not have to provide attribution.

Splitshire.com – another great source of high quality stock photos for your blog. All images have no copyright restrictions.

PickupImage.com – large database of searchable public domain images.

Pixabay.com – free images you can use anywhere, search through their vast library of creative commons zero images which you can download, modify or use however you would like and attribution is never required.

Freemediagoo.com – another huge searchable database of free blog images available for personal and commercial use, all images are public domain and no attribution is required.

Sxc.hu (now freeimages.com) – this is a site I hardly ever use, although they have some great free images. Just be careful with them as all of the free images are always shown below the “premium” images which you have to pay for and you have to check each “free” image to make sure no attribution is required.

Publicdomainarchive.com – a huge database of searchable public domain images – highly recommend you check out this site for all your free blog image needs.

Top 10 Sources For Free Blog Images

Navigating the world of free blog stock images can be tedious at times but it doesn’t have to be if you understand the different types of licenses and know which images you can legally use.

Sticking with the trusted sites above will save you a ton of money over buying stock images for your blog and the headache of dealing with some of the so call “free blog image” sites out there who are really trying to get your money.

I hope you found my top 10 sources for free blog images helpful, I know there are many other reputable sites out there so please if you have one not listed that you would like to share, please leave a link in the comments section below.

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Can You Make Money With Network Marketing?

Instant Success!

Fire Your Boss and Finally Earn What You Deserve!

Let Your Team Do All The Selling!

These are all pretty common headlines in the network marketing industry but with everything you have probably heard about direct selling, can you make money or is network marketing just some hyped up scheme to get you to part ways with your hard earned money?

This is a pretty sensitive topic online so I will tread lightly as I do not want to wake the internet trolls who are lurking, waiting to pounce on anyone who dares to talk bad about their beloved network marketing.

All jokes aside, this is a topic that always seems to always draw up some pretty heated discussions with strong supporters on both sides of the argument.

I personally am somewhere in the middle, I believe in network marketing and have seen amazing success in all three of the companies I have been involved with but at the same time I am currently not promoting any mlm company so that should tell you something.

In this post, I will dive into the good and of course the bad sides of this industry and give you all the information you need to decide whether or not direct selling is the right path for you to pursue.

My goal is not to push you one way or the other as I am not involved in network marketing at the time and have nothing to gain should you decide to get started with a company or not, just simply want to give you my perspective on this industry and maybe even share some of my own experiences.

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Can You Make Money With Network Marketing?

I will be the first to admit that me and network marketing have what some might call a love-hate relationship!

There are times when I honestly believe that network marketing is the best business model on the planet and wonder why everyone is not doing it.

Then there are times when I feel you would have to be an absolute idiot to get involved with this non-sense of a business.

True love-hate, but to truth is I actually like the concept of network marketing and truly believe it is one of the only business models left where anyone from any background can create a extraordinary income with minimal financial investment.

The problem is the success stories a way to few and far between and while there are many people who have been able to make network marketing their full time income, quit their jobs and make movie star type money, sadly over 96% of the people who start a mlm business will fail.

And this is where the problem comes in, how on earth can I get excited about a business knowing that 96 out of 100 distributors that I sign up will ultimately fail and quit.

Is it really worth the time and energy required to get 100 people going in their new business knowing that within the first year 96 of them will have dropped out and gave up on this business?

Sure everyone is super excited when they first get started and that is easy but the conversation start losing energy when the results don’t come as quick as hoped for.

I often blame myself for not getting 100% of the distributors who sign up under me to reach at least the same level of success I have been able to achieve, maybe I am not a good sponsor after-all, but then I remember that the over 96% failure rate I told you about a minute ago is not my personal success percentage, it is the industry average!

So what gives? Why is this industry plaqued with such a high failure rate and why do only less than 4% of the people who start a network marketing business reach success, what separates them from the rest?

In my opinion what separates those who succeed from those who fail really only comes down to 2 factors, factors that all of us have complete control over.

  1. Drive/Passion to Succeed
  2. Following a Proven Success System

Notice I didn’t say anything about how well you communicate with others, what you look like, how much education you have or any other excuse that people use to blame their failure on.

It has nothing to do with that, sure it could affect your ability to close a sale here and there but ultimately in the long run those who have an internal drive to be successful and are following a proven success system will find a way to be successful.

Drive/Passion To Succeed

There really isn’t much to talk about when it comes to your drive/passion to be successful, you either have it or you don’t.

Those who know that they are going to be successful no matter what look at obstacles to breaking through in network marketing as the next challenge they will overcome on the path to greatness.

On the other hand, those who do not have this internal desire to be successful and are going to continue to put in half-ass efforts and expect to achieve great success results will see these same challenges as roadblocks that are un-passable and give up.

It’s a lot like Les Brown says, “There are winners, there are losers and there are those who have not yet learned how to win”.

Winners will always find a way, losers will quit and give up short of the finish line while the rest are just waiting on that one break they need to become winners, which one are you?

This business rewards winners and those who are willing to follow a proven system to the letter and quickly gets rid of those who are not willing to do what it takes to win.

Following a Proven Success System

When you make the decision that you are going to be successful in network marketing no matter what, you are already ahead of most distributors in this industry.

You understand that network marketing is a real business just like any other business and needs to be treated as such.

Those who do not respect their business and continue to treat it as a hobby or a fun way to make money will continue to fall short of their goals and in the long run will probably fail.

Of course there are some who start off in network marketing as a hobby, see a little success and then get serious but for most, those who treat their network marketing opportunity as a real business from the start are far more likely to succeed than those who do not.

It all starts with a solid and well thought out business plan, marketing strategy and a thorough understanding of the products and the company you will be representing.

From there, plugging into a proven success system is all you need to do to be on your way to being a top performer in any direct sales company you should choose.

There are hundreds of network marketing systems out there for you to follow, some are good and some are not but the one thing they all have in common is a proven track record of positive results.

Network marketing is not about re-inventing the wheel and you do not have be the first to try something to be successful.

Why put your success on hold while you are testing out systems or ideas?

Wouldn’t it make much more sense to find someone who has already been where you are and has already developed a plan of attack to become successful in network marketing and is willing to teach you what you need to be doing and then just copy what they are doing?

Of course it would, there is no shame in borrowing someone else’s system if in the end it means you are going to eliminate the typical roadblocks that all new network marketers face and get to success much quicker than you would on your own.

Most of the top earners in the network marketing industry are more than willing to show you what they are doing to be successful to anyone who will take the time and listen.

Take a look at some of the network marketing superstars like Dave Wood or Ray Higdon to name and few and you will find that through their blogs and YouTube channels they give away more network marketing tips for free than you would find in most paid training products.

The information you need is readily available on the internet, you just have to be willing to find it, learn it and then take action on what they are teaching you.

This business is all about duplication so once you learn a system that works, don’t keep it bottled up like some huge secret, teach it to your down-line and make sure they really understand it so they can implement it into their business and duplicate the results you are achieving.

Can You Make Money With Network Marketing – Final Thoughts

Sorry if this post seemed like a bit of a roller coaster, I have mixed opinions when it comes to network marketing.

I know that you can create a mlm business bigger than you ever dreamed was possible in a relatively short amount of time, I know I have done it more than once.

But I also know that one of the main pillars of this business model, duplication, is a lot easier said than done.

I have tried three times to build and maintain a large network marketing team but each time I was unable to get people to duplicate the results I was able to achieve on a consistent basis.

Maybe it was me, maybe my teaching method does not resonate well with others or maybe others don’t have the same level of passion to succeed that I do and no matter what I do, it will never be enough because I can make people want to do more than they are willing to do.

Yes, you can make money with network marketing but you will not be able to do it alone.

To build the kind of income that the top earners have then you will need to depend heavily on the performance of your team so if you decide to get in the business know that your team will look to you to be a leader and help them see consistent results.

In short, the question, can you really make money with network marketing is a unquestionable, YES but you are going to have to work hard to get there.

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