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15 Practical MLM Tips for Beginners Growing A Network

Pritam_NagraleToday I am delighted to welcome guest author Pritam Nagrale.

Pritam is an internet marketer who has worked in a number of MLM companies and was successful in most of them.

He has shown a number of ways to promote MLM businesses on his blog MoneyConnexion here.  Follow him on his blog and on Google+ here.

Over to you Pritam…..

MLM Tips For Beginners

MLM or Multi Level Marketing is one of the most popular forms of marketing. I guess you have heard about MLM otherwise you won’t be reading this article.

Everyone, especially beginners, wants to be a great MLM marketer. However most beginners fail to make their mark because they really don’t know how to move forward.

So I decided to write an article for beginners on how they can become effective MLM marketers.

The tips given below are very practical and to the point. I have tried not to use technical jargon because the article is written keeping novice MLM marketers in my mind.

Read all the tips and try to implement in your business life once you start your career as an MLM marketer.

So here I present you with 15 practical MLM tips for beginners.

Choose A Genuine MLM Company

Actually I never intended to begin my first tip describing a negative aspect of MLM. However you need to know the reality. And the reality is that sometimes MLM companies can be fraudulent and just take money from ordinary people like you. Warning signs are promises that sound “too good to be true”. If anyone indicates that you can make money for free, doing nothing, or with nothing being sold be very careful.

If you are a beginner then the first thing that you must keep in your mind is to choose the right company, a company that has a good reputation and is going to survive for at least the next 5 years.

Leadership and Teamwork

Leadership and teamwork are the two qualities that are indispensable when it comes to MLM.

You can’t learn these two skills in just a few weeks or even months. You will have to work over a long period of time before you acquire these two attributes. MLM is all about building a network and you must be able to lead other members coming under your leadership.

Start Out with Your Family, Friends and their Friends

Some people suggest that as a beginner you must begin right from your home. Try to convince your parents and your close friends.

If you can convince them then you can convince rest of the world too. It is not rocket science. However you need to begin from somewhere and your home is the ideal place. Later on expand your network and build an empire.

Know All Your Up-line

You will be joining an MLM network run by other marketers. They will be your sponsors or up-line. You need to talk to them and find out everything related to your product you are promoting.

Sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are not. However in both cases you have to deal with them. Talk to everybody in your network. If your immediate up-line are not helpful, keep going higher and higher up-line until you get the help you need.

Find Out All the List and Followers of your Competing MLM Marketers

Like all other businesses MLM is also about survival of the fittest. You have to compete with your fellow marketers. You have to ascertain all the members who are currently in the network of your competing marketer. You need to know how your competitors are being able to grow their network. Learn from them and reverse engineer their strategy.

Motivation: Contact Your Members Personally on their Cell Phone

As you start gaining experience and the MLM network begins to grow you should commit yourself to your members. You must personally know their names and contact them on their cell phone whenever you recruit a new member. You have to motivate them and keep on expanding your network.

Decide the Right Demographics You Want to Target

No form of marketing can succeed if you don’t know about the customers. Similarly in MLM demographics are very important. You need to know about your target audience. Who are you targeting? MLM is great for people who are above 40 years old. If you target them then your network is expected to grow.

Spend Time Outside Giving Seminars, Lectures and Meeting with Your Members and other Marketers

In this line of work you need to find out what is going on in the market. You have to spend some time giving lectures, organizing seminars, meeting your members and other competing marketers.

In other words you must remain in touch with your peers and members. Up to now we talked about some of the generic tips but from now on we tell you what you got to do specifically offline as well as online.

Offline: Place Ads in Your Local Newspaper, Distribute Pamphlets, Stick Bills on Bus Stops

We start off by giving you some offline tips then move on to online.

You have to move beyond your family and friends and start expanding your network. The best way to do it is by posting ads in your local newspaper. You can also distribute pamphlets outside office buildings. Later on you can stick bills at bus stops and other public institutions.

Offline: Pay for Infomercials in Mainstream Media

If you are serious about MLM then you can pay for running infomercials on a mainstream news channel. It does not have to be a national channel but it can be your local news channel. Carry out a PR stunt and spread a word about your MLM product.

Online: Create a Blog or Website and Start Getting Some Traffic

Now let us know some online methods.

The first thing that you can do online is create a blog or a website. You need to add content and start getting traffic. Traffic that you get could free as well as paid one. If you want traffic overnight then use Google Adwords. However, be ready to pay for this, and seriously watch your budget..

Online: Find Immediate Prospects on Forums, Discussion Boards, Q and A Websites

There are people who are always looking for jobs. You can find them online on various forums, discussion boards, chat rooms etc. The audience that you get here is targeted and they can be your prospects. You need to convince them that you have a solution for them.

Online: Generate Lead by Creating and Sharing Free Content

You can create and disseminate content online for free. You can write eBooks and giveaway for free. Your eBook would be all about the product you are promoting. It will help you to recruit new members.

Online: Use Classified Websites to Post Your Ads and Include Testimonials in Your Ads

To reach a wider audience you should make use of classified websites. You can post ads with testimonials. I know initially it is hard to get testimonials but if you do get one then include it in your ads.

Online: Promote Yourself on Social Media like Twitter

Finally you can’t miss social media especially Twitter. You have to build an army of followers. You can share your life online and let others follow you. Your followers on Twitter might be your future prospects. Never underestimate the power of social media.

So these were few online as well as offline tips to get new members.

MLM is evolving very rapidly. To stay in business then you got to adapt to the current environment otherwise you will fail.

What Do You Think?

Thanks to Pritam for his MLM tips for beginners.

I have to confess there are a couple I disagree with and Pritam is happy for me to mention my differences:

  1. I would never approach my family and friends before reaching a high level of success. Perhaps it’s a UK / cultural thing, but I don’t think they’d welcome my approach as a business person. I keep business and family/friends completely separate.
  2. Some of the promotional methods mentioned are not appropriate for beginners and could cost a lot of money. However, when an MLM distributor is well into profit, these would be good tips for promoting your MLM.

Do you have any specific tips to add? Please share them in the comments.

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Joy
 

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Edward Thorpe - January 16, 2016

Hi Joy,

So happy you added your exception’s to Pritam’s mlm tactics. Pimping one’s family & friends only work in very rare situations. Although, they are the ideal market for your products & services.
Have a great week,
Edward

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    Joy - January 17, 2016

    Hi Edward,

    Yes, I couldn’t do otherwise. My first MLM venture was selling burglar alarms (err, no I don’t know why either).

    Following the advice of my upline I sold one to my long-suffering sister. It broke the day after the company folded (yes, should have followed Pritam’s “check the company advice”. She kept the wretched thing blinking on the sideboard for months to warn me “Don’t even think of it”. That’s one of the reasons why I try to keep business related posts off my Facebook page too!

    Catch up soon!

    Joy

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James McAllister - January 19, 2016

Hi Joy!

I noticed right away that these are tips that would be quite great to implement for any of us working in sales, even if it’s not in an MLM business.

Interesting to hear that you wouldn’t approach friends or family. I guess for me it would depend on the product. I know if I truly felt the product I were promoting would help them out, than I feel I would be doing them a disservice by not making them aware of it. Sadly I do not know many people locally interested in the whole IM gig hahaha..

I do have a few classmates who have tried some of the weight loss MLMs but none of them are handling it quite well. More spamming than anything sadly. I’ll be sure to pass this one onto them!

James

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    Joy - January 19, 2016

    Hi James,

    Yes, that’s a good point …. these tips relate to any sales, not just mlm.

    I see what you mean about me not approaching family and friends possibly being a potential disservice. It’s just that in the past I’ve had a bit of flack from this, so I keep business and personal life very separate now.

    Thanks for your visit, and for letting me know about the problems you had commenting. I’m a bit stuck to know what to do to be honest 🙁

    Joy

    Joy

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Basharath - January 21, 2016

Hello
Very good tips you’ve covered in this article. I’ve also spent time promoting MLMs.
I found your tips useful.

Thank you for sharing such tips.

Regards
Basharath

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    Joy - January 22, 2016

    Hi Basharath,

    I’m glad you found the tips helpful. Which do you think will be most useful to you?

    Joy

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sazia kazia - January 23, 2016

Hi Joy Healey mam, Nice tips about MLM marketing. These tips are very useful for beginners as well as seniors to get success. Few of them I am already following and few tips are new for me its looking worthy. Thanks for sharing

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    Joy - January 23, 2016

    Hi Sazia,

    I’m glad you found some new ideas from my the article. We need to keep learning all the time.

    Joy

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Enstine Muki - January 24, 2016

Hey Pritam ,
Welcome to Joy’s home and thanks for sharing these important tips

I remember when I first got in contact with an MLM company I’m promoting, the very first people I got to follow me were friends and family. And luckily enough, the company is doing well and some of them are beginning to earn commissions.

Now, you share some many more tips I’ll put them to action and I’m surely going to see more results.

Do have a fabulous weekend you both

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    Joy - January 24, 2016

    Hi Enstine,

    I’m so pleased that the MLM company you’re promoting is doing well, and that your family and friends are starting to earn commissions.

    Perhaps I was just unlucky (didn’t do my homework with the first company) because the two companies I got my family involved with collapsed – the second after about 6 very successful years for me.

    There was a third company I tried to introduce to my family and friends but the products weren’t to their taste. I use them still, but don’t promote them.

    So I’ve kept Premier Cashback to myself, although I have bought artwork as a surprise for my sons.

    Different approaches work for different people, and I’m pleased the family and friends route is working for you too.

    Enstine – thanks so much for persisting through my commenting problems. I’m at a bit of a loss for what the problem is, all I can say is I found one problem so it’s actually better now than it was mid-week.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Joy

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Kim Willis - January 25, 2016

Hi Joy,

Thanks for introducing Pritam to us

There are certainly some excellent tips here

I’ve used some of them over the years plus other strategies besides.

Regarding approaching friends and family, this is quite a vexed issue. I would say that it’s the right thing to do providing you do it with posture and that the people you are approaching already respect you.

When I got started with a big ticket biz opp in 2006 most of the money I made in the first 2-3 months was from people I already knew. It made a big difference and enabled me to quit the rat race in 55 days.

That said running ads can also help to speed things up. The downside is that some ad campaigns don’t work, and the potential for financial loss is always there.

In regards to online strategies, my favs are video marketing, my blog, and Facebook. The key is to get engagement happening, particularly on Facebook and even Twitter

Just my 2 cents worth

Kim

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    Joy - January 27, 2016

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences of promoting big ticket items. Congratulations on making such a big impact so quickly.

    Now funnily enough, I have a sort of parallel experience with online business sales in that most of my own sales are to people I know – either on my list or via my blog, so in that respect they are friends. And I DO have the confidence to offer advice to these people, because it’s as business friends.

    However it’s offline that I would never approach family and friends that I socialize with. In general they have no interest at all in my business (other than the vague good wishes that I give to them in their own careers). If I were to mention my business I know they would feel I was being pushy – which is so out of character for me it would sour the relationship. They probably respect me as a computer programmer (my offline business) but would be very surprised to see me selling Internet Marketing training courses.

    And in fairness – I’d be pretty stunned to find them talking business to me, and I have to say I wouldn’t like them to approach me about their own businesses – if they were in business – because I would feel obligated to buy from them purely because they were friends.

    Hmmmm – after quite a bit of rambling, that’s the true reason.

    I wouldn’t want any of my family or friends to feel they had to buy from me because of our relationship – which is how I’m sure they would perceive it.

    My favorite method is via my blog, but I will try some paid ads when I’ve found a reliable source.

    Thanks for your encouraging story and keep up the good work!

    Joy

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Timothy Gagnon - January 26, 2016

Interesting! I never promoted MLM businesses but I know a few people who do and are making a decent amount of side income. Personally I’m more attracted to the idea of creating a MLM business instead of joining one. But maybe I’ll give it a shot! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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    Joy - January 26, 2016

    Hi Timothy,

    Interesting 🙂 I too was tempted to create an MLM business, and indeed I did – with a partner. It was pre-Internet days and UK-based, so we only had to comply with UK laws. I think you’d need a shed-load of lawyers to do a world-wide Internet based one.

    When we finally got it all compliant, and produced the publicity materials that our distributors wanted, we managed to recruit some “master distributors” who were supposed to “take it to market”. Guess what…. just like in the typical MLM no-one did anything and we finally junked a whole heap of stock and publicity materials. In the end, we might just as well have marketed the product ourselves instead of offering commissions to people, but we were so disheartened by the whole experience we packed it in after about 6 months and 6 sales through the whole “team”.

    Just another of the reasons (that I’d actually forgotten!) for me going for Premier Cashback where distributors are their own customers and one purchase qualifies you for life. The other, of course, is the whole concept that the business is ready made for distributors, because I found out the hard way – as usual – that it wasn’t as easy as it looked.

    Of course (legal aspects aside) the Internet probably makes things easier – for someone who is good technically – so, if you do decide to take your plans further, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Joy

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Cindy Hoffman - February 9, 2016

I had tried MLM a while ago but failed terribly, but that seems to happen when you work with a horrible company, right? After seeing my cousin whom we had started together at that time succeeded recently, I think I want to give it another shot this time round without turning back. I have gone through your tips and feel uplifted and ready to take up the challenge. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Cindy

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    Joy - February 9, 2016

    Hi Cindy,

    Many people – including me – have at least one MLM failure behind us.

    I think the important thing to take on board is to examine what went wrong for YOU. In my case it was that I couldn’t devote as much time as was necessary, so Premier Cashback is good for me because I can promote it when I have time, and in the meantime it just builds by me and others in the team using the product.

    Your problem may have been different. If you have any particular questions do feel free to get in touch.

    Joy

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