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There are hundreds of direct sales companies on the block, and even more network marketing companies that refuse to label themselves as “direct sales” in fear that they will send potential customers running in the other direction, although that’s pretty much exactly what they are. These companies have hundreds, often thousands, of affiliates, so it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone who has tried network marketing at some point. A lot of people have dubbed it a “scam”, when in reality they didn’t have the marketing skills they needed to be successful. That’s not to say there aren’t scam companies out there, because there most certainly are. However, not every multi-level marketing company is going to rip you off. After all, people go to college for years to get degrees in marketing, why should the random average individual believe they can run an entire personal business with no prior experience? As someone who has been network marketing and online marketing for upwards of 4 years now, I’m going to let you in on a major secret: the 3 biggest mistakes you’re making when it comes to network marketing.
First of all, you have to keep in mind that you’re branding yourself. If you don’t follow through on promises, or you do nothing but post in random Facebook groups three times each day, then you’re branding yourself as a scam artist, and that’s what your entire potential pool of customers are going to brand you as. Once you’ve set this image for yourself, it’s pretty much set in stone, so you have to be very careful not to make yourself look spammy, regardless of how excited you are about your company in the beginning. One way to combat this is to build legitimate relationships with your potential clients and partners. I’m not talking about the kind of relationships that send you out on fancy dates or makes you propose, I’m talking about the kind of customer/business relationships that remind you why one of your clients just bought that cocktail dress, or which of your clients are going through a tough time and could use some extra cash. Thanks to status updates and the wonderful world of social media, this is a bit easier to accomplish than it was in the days of door-to-door selling.
Second of all, you need to remember that visual effects are everything. If your website looks sloppy, that reflects on the entire business. By sloppy, I mean hard to navigate, displeasing to look at, or confusing for the customers that may not be so tech savvy. Another part of this is grammar and spelling. If you can’t type proper English, many people won’t want to sign on as your recruit. Obviously, your grammar isn’t always a reflection of your marketing skills, but in the average human brain, the two are very closely related, because they’re both fairly simple to learn and majorly based on effort. One way to keep your grammar and spelling in check is to read more and make sure to proofread and edit any blog post, status update, product description, etc. If you’re looking to improve the layout of your website, there are professional options, or you can attempt to do it yourself with a little coding!
Next up on the list of importance is attitude and enthusiasm. If you don’t genuinely love the products and care about the company, then your recruits aren’t going to love the products and care about the company, and your potential customers won’t find your products worth purchasing. After all, you’re trying to sell these products! This can’t be a just for money ploy, you should love these products more than even your most loyal customer, and if you don’t then there is a very serious problem, and you should either address your concerns with the company’s management team or choose to resign and find a different company. If it’s the work itself that has you down, there are other options in that department, as well. You can work from home in many different ways, you don’t have to result to network marketing if it’s not something you enjoy.
Some social media sites work better for sharing your favorite cat videos than promoting your latest products. Unfortunately, I had to find that out the hard way. As I always say, I want to make your entrepreneurial journey just a little bit easier, so I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There are 3 SUPER popular social media websites that just aren’t worth wasting your precious time on…unless of course, you’re relaxing with some cat memes. All of your friends might be on these sites, but that doesn’t mean all of your friends are shopping on these sites, and it doesn’t mean they’re checking their newsfeeds regularly, either.
Some brands have been super successful with this newer application, but most don’t even know where to begin. Call me naïve, but I just can’t seem to wrap my head around how one would go about promoting on this app. It’s all about person-to-person, secretive conversation that goes away…You’re a brand! You don’t want to go away! Not if you’re smart, anyway. Sure, you could use your “story” to send messages out to all of your friends, and you might even get featured in the News section. However, if you’re not a personal brand like Kylie Jenner or Bella Thorne, then I suggest you leave this app in the dust for those who are. Plus, it takes up a heck of a lot of space on your phone, so it may be worth deleting altogether. Facebook (an app that you MUST have to be successful, in my opinion) has recently introduced “stories”, as well as filters, so they may not be as cool as the Snap Chat filters, but they will work. Besides, you can clear your Facebook history, so that’s just as good as a disappearing message, because you’re not sending anything that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see, right? Right.
*A teenage scene kid cries in the distance* At first, I thought Tumblr had something going for it. Actually, I have 3 accounts, myself…and one of them was created specifically for business. Guess what? They’re all 3 abandoned. Guess why? The rest of the world abandoned theirs as well and I lost an audience, save all the teenage girls that couldn’t stop gushing over Harry Style’s dimples. The fact of the matter is Tumblr takes more time and attention than other social media sites, because it’s basically just a second blog that you’re running, and it’s exhausting. So, if you want to host your main blog through Tumblr just for the cool features, go right ahead. I’m not host-shaming anyone. I do suggest that you pay for your own domain name, because “.tumbler.com”, isn’t the most professional look. Other than that, it’s not worth the time. This application doesn’t take up quite as much storage on your phone as Snap Chat, though, so if you want to keep a personal account just to secretly fangirl and/or read some pretty chill quotes, that’s completely valid reasoning.
I know, I know. “Every business professional needs a solid LinkedIn page…”, just no. I’ll be honest. I bought into the hype at first. “This is a place I can make friends with other entrepreneurs!”, I thought. Turns out, I’ve had a LinkedIn account for months, and while I’ve gotten hundreds of connections, no one has actually had the guts to private message me with a question, comment, or business opportunity. They’re all just sitting around trying to promote their dead-end products, just like you, and all of a sudden something that had potential to be a very good thing turns sour. Sad. I hoped to at least get some friendly and professional comments or criticisms on my work, but that never happened. In fact, I got little to no engagement at all! Since this isn’t exactly the type of social media site that you can expect to use for personal reasons, there’s really no point in keeping the application on your device at all, in my opinion. They do have a nice online version, though, and you can actually use it to create your resume or cover letter. Then, as long as you keep the account open, you can apply to jobs and other important business affairs using your LinkedIn profile. Of course, if you’re looking to do things the old-fashioned way and print out your important papers, you’ll want to look elsewhere for that too. It looks like poor LinkedIn just doesn’t make the cut.
Social media used to be a beautiful place. When I first signed up for my Facebook account in 2010, it was a website full of fun, family, and local event announcements. Lately, the idea of social media being something “fun” is as ancient as your long-forgotten Myspace profile, and it almost feels as though updating your Facebook status is a chore rather than an enjoyable activity. It’s near impossible to login to your account without reading some kind of rant about backstabbing “friends” or politics (guilty). Unless of course, you’re friends with no one other than the Pope, and that’s still questionable.
So, where did social media go wrong? Obviously, it flipped about the same time the rest of society did. It honestly wasn’t too surprising. I, however, feel that satire had a large part to play in the demolition of traditional social media fun. Ironically written posts, otherwise known as copypasta, has been circulating social media since it was first created. Back in the good ole days it would sound something like “Send this to 15 friends or this monster will appear under your bed tonight!”. Sure, it was pretty creepy for our 10-year-old selves, but it’s nothing compared to the annoyance of the copypasta you’ll find today. “You have TATTOOS? How can you call yourself a human being!?!?!? You’re a disgusting piece of trash. You should die and go to hell. Do you think you could ever be a good parent? HA! Stop fooling yourself. You’re a whore.” Sound extreme? Yeah, that would be because it is. It’s not uncommon to see something like this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even Pinterest, nowadays. They’re also known by some as “bait posts”, basically meaning that they are created simply to see who they will anger. Why would someone want to intentionally anger their followers? I thought I had a dark sense of humor, but even I don’t understand the humor behind this mess.
How did Copypasta ruin social media, when it’s (supposedly) all in good fun?
It’s difficult to look at.
Seriously. I don’t want to attempt to read a paragraph that’s spaced out over 15,000 pages, simply because someone decided they wanted to talk in a combination of words and emojis. Trust me, I love emojis just as much as the next person. I add hearts and peace signs to literally everything, and I can’t write a decent bio without that cute little stack of books and Hawaiian flower, but I don’t cram my posts full of them…that just hurts the eyes and boggles the brain! There’s no need for more than 30 emojis in a post with only 4-5 sentences. Pull yourselves together, people.
I get it…you think it’s funny to watch someone get upset over something that seems silly to you. It’s like watching the stupid person try to jump off a trampoline and into a pool end up busting his butt on the edge of the pool. You try not to laugh, but it’s nearly impossible, because you’re not the person in the situation feeling the pain. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t hurt anyone. Contrary to what our current society believes, words do hurt, and when someone with tattoos, or piercings, or wildly colored hair lashes out against the person who posts this trash and calls them intolerant, that’s not a basis for laughing. That’s an individual that isn’t sure whether you’re serious or not, and is defending themselves and their peers that may be affected by your attacks.
It’s basically plagiarism.
Someone originally wrote these posts. Copypasta entails copying and pasting the content, not sharing it. No credit is given to the person that created it. Now, if the content is nasty, maybe that’s a good thing. However, there is some copypasta that is pretty decent, asking for rates and such, and the creators are getting no credit for their work. I actually came across a cute post that everyone was copying, and the person who originally posted it was fighting to get credit for their work. Nowhere did it say “copy and paste”, because that’s not what it was meant for. That is plagiarism, regardless of how you look at it.
The first time you see a copypasta post, you might think it’s clever, funny, disgusting, angering, or anything in between. It’ll likely draw some type of reaction from you. However, the 15th, 16th, or 17th time you see the post, you’ll be tired of it, it will draw no reaction from you, and you’ll either scroll past it or report it as spam (guilty, again). This not only is boring for the reader, but nonproductive for the poster, and bad for the social media site, because it causes the audience to lose interest in their feed. You’re just hurting everyone involved when you post this type of content, if you can consider it legitimate content.
No one expected it (unless it was just I that didn't receive the memo) and not many are too fond of it. It's the new Instagram of 2016. There is an entire new social icon for the app **ALERT: This is a MAJOR Marketing No-No**, and there are multiple new features within the app. Some of these features have made my social media life at least 10x easier, other features are better left inside the little toilet drain thing. I never use them. Honestly.
THE USELESS: Snapchat or Instagram...Instagram or Snapchat? I ask myself this on a daily basis. Unfortunately for Instagram, I always choose Snapchat. Why would I want to update my Snap Story on Instagram? This was a copy-cat move in my opinion, and not a business-savvy one at that. If Instagram was going to steal ideas with this fresh new update, I would have much rather they steal from WordPress. Introduce Instagram themes. (I promise if any Instagram makers are reading this, and you decide to take my advice, I WILL NOT sue you. Just do it. We all want it.) Seriously, I've been trying to make my Instagram stand out with cool themes since I started snapping (I can see where it was easy for them to decide to copy Snapchat) photos back in 2013. This is a big deal. Right now, I'm limited to posting my photos in a certain order of filters to create a cool look. I'd much rather be able to post what I want, when I want, and still be resting assured that it all ties together with a cool theme. I'm thinking galaxy backgrounds and interactive emojis...but that's just me.
THE GOOD: Who is this person? Oh...I should follow them? Okay... Instagram "recommendations" or "suggestions" or whatever they're calling it these days is the best thing to ever hit Instagram. I first stumbled upon this feature when a man commented on one of my recent photos "Cool page! You were in my recommended list, so I thought we could link up!" If you've ever try to run an online business, or an business in general, you know what my first thought was: A new potential customer that I didn't even have to fish for... *insert evil genius laugh here*. I've gotten quite a few new followers this way, and they aren't ghosts. They were active enough to check their lists, so they're active enough to like my photos. I've been very pleased with this part of the update.
So, what's next, Instagram? With my luck, it won't be WordPress-like themes, it will most likely be Facebook-like reactions.
Oh well, at least then I'll get to express my anger when someone posts a selfie that is prettier than mine.
Since the very first day this blog went live I, as a blogger, have had two missions: Make a profit and make a difference.
This TED Talk by Audrey Choi is absolutely stunning, inspiring, motivational, sensible, and everything in between.
Everyday, I aspire to write speeches of this quality for my clients.
Everyday, I aspire to make a difference in the world with the few clicks I make.
This TED Talk reminds me why I keep working for what I am working for.
I couldn't help but pass this on to you, my readers.
There are a lot of good things about being famous, but there are a few not so good things too.
Everybody wants to be famous. Everybody wants their few seconds in the spotlight. If you're a social media addict like the majority of the population, you've probably wondered once or twice what it would be like to have 5,000 Facebook friends and just as many followers. You might have seen a popular post or two and dreamed of what those 352 likes would look like with YOUR name above them. Well, this morning I woke up 50 friend requests in a matter of hours. This was nothing compared to the morning that I had to sift through 150 friend requests. By the end of the day, I'll probably have 70-80 more to look over. It seems as though all of my best selfies can get over 100 likes in no time. Some of my funnier or more inspirational posts can easily rack up 25 likes in a matter of minutes. These statistics are NOTHING compared to some other, more popular, Facebook users...but how do they stack up against your numbers? The odds are, they're probably a little bit higher, and you probably want to know how to change that. Facebook fame isn't something you achieve overnight, but I'm going to share with you the first 3 secrets that you need to know, and you'll start seeing a change in your stats faster than you expect.
Tip #1: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEND FRIEND REQUESTS!
You can't make friends if you don't reach out. Facebook recommends that you not send friend requests to anyone you don't know personally, but that is just for safety reasons. If you were to end up being hacked or abducted, Facebook doesn't want a lawsuit to fall against them. Warning you is their way of washing their hands of the situation, because lets be honest here: The internet can be a very nasty place. I've had a few unpleasant encounters in the past couple of months. It's something that just comes along with having a larger following. If you really want to get your name (or your business's name) out there, you HAVE to start reaching out. The "People You May Know" list is a very fine place to start. This is generally a safer approach to making online friends. Eventually, you're going to have to add someone that you have no mutual with, so make sure you check their profile out completely before you hit that add friend button. Business owners, bloggers, and YouTubers seem to be the best people to start out with.
Tip #2: BE INSPIRATIONAL AND CONTROVERSIAL, BUT NOT HYPOCRITICAL OR PESSIMISTIC!
Say what's on your mind, but don't be a **** about it. If you have to choose between lifting someone up or putting someone down, always try to do the former. Controversial is okay. People have opinions, and there are some people that might not agree with yours, respect that, but controversial doesn't mean racist, sexist, homophobic, hypocritical, or just downright mean. You can agree or disagree with the zoo shooting the gorilla, but for the love of God don't turn into another Donald Trump and suggest we deport an entire community. People are going to say nasty things to you. They are going to call you names. They are going to disagree with you. They are going to ridicule you. They are going to criticize and judge you. Always try to face these trials with kindness. Remember: What comes around goes around. There was one incident recently where a VERY nasty person started calling me names in the comments of my posts, even threatening me. Quite a few of my followers jumped in to support me, and so many people reported the man that his profile was actually removed from Facebook. He isn't going to be able to harass anyone in that fashion anymore. Inspire people and stay kind, it will pay off in the future.
Tip #3: USE THE HASHTAGS - FOLLOW THE TRENDS!
I've noticed that even though hashtags are an option in Facebook posts, not many people choose to use them. This baffles me. USE THE HASHTAGS, PEOPLE! I know that they are more popular on Twitter and Instagram, but that is all the more reason to use them on Facebook! If less people are using them, you are more likely to show up in the search results when someone searches for the hashtag in question. Another thing that people don't seem to be paying much attention to is the trending topics that Facebook offers. Listen guys and gals, that little box isn't just for the news reporters to scroll through when they are looking for a juicy story. That box is for people like YOU and ME! Quit posting about what you're having for lunch every day, and start actually building up and interesting page that people will WANT to follow. Quit just sharing other people's pictures/ideas, and start writing about how you really feel. This is the place to express yourself...take advantage of that. Let people get to know you. If Selena Gomez is trending, go read a little bit on WHY then write your own little post. If you aren't interested in Selena Gomez, make that clear in a nice, respectable way, then say "but I would still like to give my opinion on..." You'll engage a conversation and that will make you more relevant. Facebook organizes news feeds by relevancy, not recents...so you need to stay relevant.
So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen...the first 3 steps to finding Facebook fame!
Add me, follow me, friend me, bookmark me, hit me up! Right underneath here.
**Warning: There Are SPOILERS**
Comic book lovers and Joker fangirls have been anticipating the release of this one-of-a-kind film for over a year. The theater was packed on opening night. In fact, even by arriving an hour early for the show, we still weren't the first to show up to sit and wait. This was the first Big-Screen Harley Quinn that the world has seen, and it didn't take much longer than a few seconds past the opening credits to fall in love with her. Will Smith performed spectacularly as DeadShot. He mastered the art of sarcasm...keeping the audience in stitches throughout the film. Jared Leto was almost too-Jokery to be the Joker, in my opinion, but that just goes to show how dedicated to the role he truly was. Viola Davis was fearless and untouchable from beginning to end, clearly a perfect match for the role of Amanda Walker. All of the characters were true to their comic book origins, but also very loveable and movie-audience-friendly. There was humor, but it was far outweighed by the action, which was to be expected and admired. Overall this film was a crowd pleaser, despite the terrible critic reviews. In fact, the movie was so epic, I returned to the same theater two days later to watch it for a second time!
Joker and Harley are known to have one of the most complicated, twisted, complex relationships of...well...all time. Joker is also known to be very abusive to Harley Quinn. He's manipulative, damaging, and degrading. I have a strong feeling this wouldn't have transferred well onto the movie screen...although, I also believe that is the main reason the movie received such poor critic reviews. The Joker is supposed to be out-of-his-mind abusive to the love of his life...not drop everything just to rescue her from the prison she's been locked in. However, most people (including me) are able to see a lot of themselves in the personality of the Joker and Harley, so they look up to the loving relationship between the two crazy kids and appreciated the lack of violence. "I've got a grape soda on ice and a bearskin rug waiting" is much more appealing than "I hope you die" or anything along those lines would have been. However, the director didn't stray all the way from the original comics. The Joker is seen intentionally driving a car into a body of water while Harley screams that she can't swim, then leaving her to drown, where Batman rscues/arrests her. Of course, the Joker is human just like anyone else, and he is going to make selfish decisions...he's even crazy enough to risk the life of Harley due to his selfishness, but he is also seen rescuing her from the harsh chemicals that she throws herself into. Amanda Walker even takes a moment to acknowledge "They were the King and Queen of Gotham City...and God help anyone who disrespected the Queen." This was the type of Joker/Harley relationship that the crowd wanted to see...and that's exactly what they got.
The soundtrack for the movie? It was better than anyone imagined. Walking out of theater, I actually heard multiple people commenting on how much they enjoyed the music. In fact, I've downloaded all of the songs from the soundtrack onto my laptop, and I plan on listening to the playlist during my workouts, or even during my relaxation time. Shrillex, Lil Wayne, Twenty One Pilots, Eminem, Panic! At The Disco covering a Queen song, Creedence Clearwater, and so many more big names added up to a 5-star soundtrack like never before. I knew from the opening credits with "House of the Rising Sun" that this action-packed film was going to be one for the record books.
I could say so much more about this precious little gem...but I think I'm going to let you watch it for yourself. In conclusion, the only thing that upset me about this movie is that Harley Quinn made me want to buy an Espresso machine, and she looks better in pigtails than I do.
Online shopping is something that I admit I do way too much of. However, I am a positive-minded person, and I like to look at the bright side of things. The bright side of this particular habit is that I can share my shopping experiences with all of my readers. That way, you know which online shops you can trust, and which shops you should be avoiding. Let's be honest here: there's nothing better than answering the front door just to find a delivery man with a box that has your name on it, only to crack it open and find a flawless dress that actually fits. Or, a new pair of shoes, or a trendy top, the list goes on and on.
Today, I want to talk about an online boutique that I have recently discovered, and I know you are going to love it! Jolie Rose Boutique is small online boutique that offers (how can I put this without sounding too much like a teenager?) some of the cutest clothes you will ever find! Tops, bottoms, dresses, rompers, it's all there. Of course, I had to take a peek into the fabulous section dedicated to all of the curvy girls. Unlike some other online boutiques, you girls aren't missing out on anything!
The latest styles. Affordable prices. Fast shipping. Incredible VIP Club. What else can you ask for?
If you want to see more of the trendy designs this site has to offer click here: https://www.jolierose-boutique.com/
If you haven't heard of the anonymous app yet, then you might want to go download it now. It's the only social media app that I can spend hours browsing without getting bored. I know that probably sounds like a lie, but I'm not kidding. I'm not really a Twitter or Instagram kind of girl, but Whisper has me hooked. It's an app where people are encouraged to share their secrets and hidden thoughts because they are completely anonymous. You can post "whispers", heart them, reply to them, or private chat with another user. Another thing you can do is learn a lot about a person. When you really make someone anonymous and encourage them to vent, you get to see the kind of crazy things that are actually going through people's minds. If you're anything like me, you'd be surprised at some of the things you find.
#1: There is still true love to be found in this world.
#2: I may never get over the emotional trauma of the recent One Direction "indefinite hiatus"...
#3: I'm not the only person that suffers with this insecurity.
#4: I'm superhuman, pretty much.
#5: Women must stick together, no matter what.
#6: I haven't hit rock bottom yet...
#7: You can't be sad in a fort.
#8: My dogs aren't as weird as I tell them they are.
#9: Maybe they need you more than you think.
#10: Don't judge a book by its cover.
#11: Good life advice: You just have to move on.
#12: College isn't all it's cracked up to be.
By now, you've probably already given up on your New Year's resolution to shed some pounds. Year after year, I have fallen into the exact same trap. I promise myself in January that I am going to lose weight, and then I'm shoving pizza down my throat by the time March rolls around. It's a really bad habit that I've fallen into. Thankfully, this year I have managed to break the cycle. That's right: It's April and I'm down 15 pounds from January, folks! It may not be much, but it's more progress than I've ever made in the past. So, how have I done it? I figured out that I must keep myself accountable. I do so by tracking my progress on certain weight loss apps. Even though I have always been the kind of girl that fails to keep up with her food journal, I haven't missed an entry in my weight loss apps. The next best thing about these weight loss apps is that they are free! Obviously, each one has an "upgrade" option, but it isn't required. I have only upgraded 2 out of the 3 applications, and I'm still seeing results!
#1: Pacer Pedometer App
#2: DietPoint App
#3: MyNetDiary App
Losing weight and getting in shape is transforming my life right before my eyes! Being overweight my entire life and dealing with an eating disorder in my early teenage years left me unhealthy and unhappy. By using these apps, keeping myself accountable, and continuing to set small goals for myself every single day, I am getting my life back.
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