Thursday, January 16, 2014

Adsense Watchdog, Zombiestat, Vampirestat, Villainstat and Uglystat Blog Traffic

If you have a blog and check to see where the traffic to your blog originates, you may notice traffic from websites called,,, and/or First off, don't click on them to find out why they are sending you traffic.

Neither Adsensewatchdog, nor any of these others have anything whatsoever to do with Google or Google AdSense and are essentially spam sites that use automated traffic to blogs to attract clicks to their own sites from blog owners such as you. Once you're at their site, at a minimum, you'll be fed ads. At worst, you might fall victim to malevolent code that seeks to infect your computer with who knows what (although I haven't verified that these particular sites are seeking to plant anything on your machine).

Stay away. Traffic from these sites won't affect your standing with the real Adsense, so just ignore them.

Improve Search Engine Ranking

Is your internal website navigation good, usable and bug free?
Your websites navigation needs to easy to use. Your navigation system must be intuitive and must be easy to see. For example, you should make sure that the search bar is at the top of the page, and that any small sitemaps are on the footer.

The navigation should be bug free. In other words, you should be able to click a link and have it take you to the page it describes. The link should be clickable and should never lead to the web page freezing.

Are your pages too heavy?

Every web page that a person looks at must be loaded onto their computer. Thanks to broadband Internet, your web page should take less than three seconds to load. If it does not then there may be too much to load, and you are going to have to lower the weight of your page. You may have to make images smaller, lower the weight of elements, or spilt certain parts of one page so that it makes two. The longer it takes for your web page to load then the lower you will rank on the search engine results pages.

Some people create very good web pages that are very attractive and very salable, but the trouble is that some people (especially those with 3G) are going to have to wait longer for it to render (appear) and load. Some people simply do not have the patience for such things, and why should they? The Internet is so bogged down with crappy content that most pages people visit will be abandoned within seconds.

Does your website have relevant keywords within it?

This is a tricky subject, which is why it is a good idea to do a lot of keyword research. [ is a great start.] You need to find out what sort of keywords your target audience are using to search for your web pages. You should also check to see what keywords your competitors use, because they too are aiming to attract your target audience. You should research the correct keywords for each of your pages, since each page is most likely going to differ from all the others.

You should use keyword tools to check to see if a keyword is used a lot, but you should also think about keywords that come to your mind. What would you type into a search engine? You also need to be aware of what you would write and what your target audience would write. For example, you may choose keywords such as “X for sale”, but remember that as a buyer, you may actually search for “Buy X” or “Where to buy X”. Try to put yourself in your target audiences shoes and use a little bit of common sense and gut instinct.

Where can you get your information from?

For a start, you should never take the word of things you read from articles and websites online (an odd thing to say within one of those very articles). The fact is that a lot of online content has not been created by true experts. A large portion of it has been created by people who are making up plausible lies. The rest of it is created by well meaning (but misinformed) fools.

There is some very good advice to be found online, but you must take it all under advisement (with a pinch of salt). Your best place to start is with Google itself. They have a lot of tutorials on their Google webmaster section, and even some forum answers from their staff which are very handy.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

5 Direct Sales Myths VS. Facts

: 99.9% of direct sellers lose money; people are afraid to drop out for fear of looking like a failure 

  • four in five (82%) direct sellers have been with their current direct selling company for one year or more, and 47% for five years or more.
  • 89% of direct sellers rate their personal experience in direct selling as excellent, very good, or good.
  • 84% of direct sellers say that direct selling meets or exceeds their expectations as a good way to supplement their income or as a way to make a little extra money for themselves.
  • 91% of direct sellers say that direct selling meets or exceeds their expectations as a business where the harder they work the more money they can make. 

(Source: National Salesforce Survey, Research International, Inc.)

MYTH #2: Most direct selling companies are pyramid schemes that are doomed to fail. 

FACT: There’s a big difference between legitimate direct selling companies and pyramid schemes. Pyramid schemes seek to make money from you (and quickly). Legitimate direct selling companies seek to make money with you as you build your business (and theirs) by selling real products and services. Ask yourself these 3 questions:
  1. How much are you required to pay to become an independent consultant? If the startup cost is substantial, be careful! The start-up fee in direct selling companies should generally be low and cover the cost of your start-up kit (usually sold at or below company cost) which can include training materials, sample products and other items to get your business going. These companies want to make it easy and inexpensive for you to start selling. Pyramid schemes, on the other hand, make nearly all of their profit on signing up new recruits. Therefore, the cost to become a distributor is usually high.
  2. Will the company buy back unsold inventory? If not, beware! Legitimate companies that require inventory purchases will usually “buy back” unsold products if you decide to quit the business. Some state laws and the DSA Code of Ethics require buy-backs for at least 90% of your original cost.
  3. Are the company’s products sold to consumers? If the answer is no (or not many), stay away! This is a key element. Direct selling (like other methods of retailing) depends on selling to consumers and establishing a market. This requires quality products, competitively priced. Pyramid schemes, on the other hand, are not concerned with sales to end users of the product. Profits are made on volume sales to new recruits, who buy the products, not because they are useful or attractively priced, but because they must buy them to participate. Inventory purchases should never be more than you can realistically expect to sell or use yourself.

MYTH #3: Recruiting is the key to success in direct selling; sales to end-users of the products and services are minimal 

FACT: There’s no doubt – recruiting is an important element of direct selling – just as expansion is important to any business that wants to grow. For direct sellers looking to build a business, recruiting others and mentoring them so they, too, can achieve their goals is important. But, recruiting is not a requirement for individual success in direct selling, and compensation must always based on the sale of products and services – whether your own sales or the sales made by your recruits.

MYTH #4: Companies require inventory purchasers; direct sellers who drop out are stuck with the inventory they purchased 

FACT: Not all companies require inventory purchases! Younique doesn't require any inventory purchases and there are no auto-ships. 

MYTH #5: Direct selling products are overpriced.

FACT: The consumer market won’t sustain products that are overpriced for long. Competition is a powerful force and products that aren’t competitively priced won’t sell and can’t last.But for direct selling, there’s a bit more to the price equation than might immediately meet the eye.The decision to sell a product through direct selling is often based on very specific factors. For example, products that require demonstration to convey the finer points of their operation are ideal for direct selling because a knowledgeable salesperson can personally conduct that demonstration for every customer. In a traditional retail setting, consumers might not understand the product’s unique qualities based on appearance or packaging.It’s true that some direct selling products are priced at the upper end of the retail market’s acceptance level, but there is higher acceptance based on the value-added incentive of the demonstration and personal service.

Learn more about becoming a Younique Presenter! Work with amazing natural, mineral makeup + beauty products! Startup kits are only $99 US, there's no auto-ship or inventory purchases, NO other monthly/yearly/hidden fees & tons of support available! 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Benefits of Being Your Own Boss

1. You’re in Charge of Your Income. This can be seen as a pro or a con at first, but eventually the sky will be the limit as you develop your business. In the beginning, seeking self-employment might not make you as much as you used to, and you also may have to worry about issues like individual insurance coverage. The huge advantage is the fact that you keep every dime that you make and your salary is not capped by your employer.

2. You Have Creative Control. You get to make all of your decisions, no one else is telling you what to do. This is huge because many people run into boredom issues at their jobs.You do what you want, when you want.

3. You’re Responsible for Your Success. If you’re self-employed you can truly make a difference when you start your own business. This is because the success of the business lies on your shoulders. When you work for a large corporation, it’s easy to mix in with the rest of the employees and feel like it doesn’t even matter whether or not you show up to work. While you’ll still have to work hard when you’re self-employed, you really matter because you are your business.

4. You Set Your Own Hours. Setting your own hours is a huge advantage. You know yourself best and you’ll be able to build a schedule that’s most efficient for you. If you want to work really hard one day, and take a half day the next day, that’s perfectly fine when you’re self-employed. You can work all night and sleep all day if that’s your personal preference!

5. You’ll Be Challenged. Most people will find that they not only reach a salary cap when they work for someone else, but they also reach a point where they’re no longer challenged. When you embark on this new journey for yourself, it’ll be a risk and it’ll be a challenge. Also, as you keep gaining experience and income, you’ll continue to be challenged as you reach higher and higher levels.

6. You Can’t Get Fired. This is a great reason in itself. In the self-employment world you can’t get fired! You can change your mind about certain business opportunities, but that would just be shifting the focus of your business, you’d never be firing yourself. This takes a certain amount of burden off your shoulders because you don’t need to worry about someone suddenly taking away your income just because of cutbacks even if you’re doing a superb job.

Remember that there’s always a certain amount of risk associated with making a major change in your life. It’s never easy when it involves income and the future of your family. However, if you want to be your own boss, you can certainly do so. It may end up opening many doors to better your financial future.

Consider a career with Younique! Check out my FAQs about the business :)

10 Steps to Success in Direct Sales

1. BE A GOAL SETTER. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to save for college educations for your children? A new car? A new home? You can have whatever you want, but you must want it enough to do the things that have to be done to get it. Whatever your goal, write it down and set a target date for reaching it. Divide the time period into blocks of achievement that are reachable. Work consistently toward accomplishing each day, each week, each month what you set out to do. Goal-setting is a must in every area of life. Little is ever accomplished without definite goals.

2. BE A LIST MAKER. Each evening list all the things you want to get done the following day. That gives you an organized approach to each day. As each task is finished, mark it off your list. It is amazing how much gets done when one works with a "things-to-do" list. Also, have a notebook listing appointments, potential clients, repeat clients, and referrals, and keep it with you at all times. You will be adding to it constantly.

3. BE ENTHUSIASTIC. Enthusiasm is the high-octane "fuel" that salespeople run on. Enthusiasm generates its own energy. Energy and good health are synonymous with busy, happy people, people who are achieving.

4. RECOGNIZE THAT THE MAGIC WORD IN SALES IS "ASK." In direct sales we don't have to wait for business to come to us. We create our own business by asking for it. Ask for appointments, then you can do business. Ask for business, then you will close sales. Ask for referrals, then you always have a full list of potential clients. Be quietly, yet firmly aggressive.

5. EXPECT NO'S. Realize that nos are not personal. In sales, as perhaps nowhere else, the law of averages works. Every no gets you closer to a yes. Keep track of your ratio. It will help improve your techniques. Are you getting ten no's to one yes? Is your ratio five to one? Remember, the yes's are your income. Also remember that "no" does not necessarily mean "no." Often a "no" is simply a stall for more time to think. It may be a request for more information about your product or your service. What your client is actually buying is assurance. Assure here by your helpful attitude and your complete honesty, that you want what is best for her. She will most likely respect you and do business with you.

6. SCHEDULE TIME WISELY. A schedule is the road map by which salespeople travel. It takes the frustration out of the day. It assures that the necessary things get done and get done on time. Plan your work then work your plan.

7. BE POSITIVE IN YOUR ATTITUDE. Success in sales, as in all areas of life is 90 percent attitude and 10 percent aptitude. All of us must work at developing habits of constructive thinking. I am proud to be a salesperson. Sales make the wheels of our economy turn. Bernard Baruch, adviser to several presidents, is quoted as saying, "If every salesperson sat down and took no orders for twenty-four hours, it would bankrupt our country." Every company that manufactures any kind of product depends upon salespeople to move that product. Without salespeople business would be paralyzed.

Remember, sales is one of the highest paid of all professions. Statistics show that good salespeople enjoy incomes far above the average.

8. HAVE AN OFFICE AREA. Most direct salespeople work from their own homes, but it is essential to have a place where you can work in a organized and efficient manner. An office plus a strict working schedule gives you dignity. Both are absolutely essential for efficient operation and accurate record keeping, so important to the success of any business.

9. BE INVOLVED. Most sales organizations offer contests to stimulate production. Include winning contests as part of your business goals. Contests make your business fun as well as adding considerable dollar value to your income. One of my prized possessions is a lovely grandfather clock earned as a contest prize.

10. LEARN TO HANDLE MONEY INTELLIGENTLY. A regular nine-to-five job usually means a paycheck at the end of the second week. Direct sales "reps" handle money constantly. Direct sales is instant income and constant income. Therefore. it is absolutely necessary to become an efficient money manager.

I deposit every penny collected into a checking account set up especially for my business. Since bank statements show an exact record of all monies collected, and business expenses can be verified by cancelled checks, record keeping becomes simple and accurate. Everything except a few "petty cash" transactions can be directly taken from bank statements.

Money saved regularly and put at interest, soon develops a second income in addition to earned income. A long-term goal, which is realistic in direct sales, is to be able to live in retirement off the interest earned on savings.

Would financial security mean a lot to you? If so, ask yourself these questions:

Am I honest?

Do I really like people?

Am I willing to learn?

Am I willing to work?

Am I capable of being my own boss?

If your answers are yes, I encourage you to find a good product for the direct sales market, one that you like, one that fills the need of a lot of people, and go to work for yourself. You can turn dreams into reality.

Start today (+ get paid tomorrow!) Learn more about becoming a Younique Presenter!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to Get Your Direct Sales Business Banned on Facebook

Using Your Personal Profile for Marketing – Sadly, many reps are being instructed by their uplines to promote with abandon on their personal profiles. Day after day your Friends are seeing nothing but how wonderful your products are and you suddenly hit the jackpot when they Friended you for kid pics and your sense of humor. And they are irked. They may not say anything to you personally, but they may hide your updates or mark your links as spam which Facebook tracks.

First things first, profiles are not for advertising. Per Facebook,

Personal timelines are for individual, non-commercial use.

If you are looking to advertise your business, create a Page. Promoting via your personal profile may not only be an annoyance, it may be seen as spam. Facebook combats spam to the ninth degree. They are also very open about what they define as spam,

On Facebook, the most common unacceptable behavior involves some abuse of our communication tools. This can be as innocent as annoying others with too many messages or friend requests or as serious as deliberately trying to spam others for commercial gain.

Just Plain Spamming – If you are messaging and sending your consultant URL to people that have not asked for it or given you explicit permission to do so, it is spam. The same goes for dropping your link on every Page you come across. As a Page owner and a person that speaks with other Page owners on a daily basis, nothing is more annoying than people dropping by for no other reason than to drop an unsolicited link on your Wall. Guess what happens to those posts? They are marked as spam. It is one thing if a Page owner has opened their Wall to a Fan Page Friday or Promote Your Business thread, it is another if you believe it is your *right* to drop your link everywhere you see fit. That is spam.

Messaging People You Don’t Know – There are frequent reports of people “harvesting” names from Facebook Pages and messaging their opportunity or products to all of these poor people they don’t know. Spam. You do not have these people’s permission to message them. You don’t even know them. They in turn hit the button inching your company closer to Facebook extinction. If someone has give you permission to speak with them about your company, take it to email or phone.

Friending People You Don’t Know – If you are friending strangers for no other reason than to promote your business, you will be blocked. Facebook monitors this activity and encourages users to report those trying to Friend them that they do not know. Red flag.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tax Deductions for Your Direct Sales Business

Tax time's here! Don't forget all the deductions you're able to make:


1. Office Space
2. Office Equipment
3. Ink
4. Printing Paper
5. Files
6. Office furniture
7. Pens, pencils, etc.
8. paper clips
9. tape
10. notebooks
11. Subscriptions to magazines about direct sales or the merchandise that you sell

Marketing & Delivery

1. Gas or Mileage
2. Business Cards
3. Letter Heads
4. Tolls
5. Parking
6. Meals
7. Web Hosting or design
8. Online Marketing
9. Entertaining for potential customers
10. Party expenses (Food, Gifts, Samples, etc.)
11. Promotional Gifts
12. Logo Designs
13. Logo Printing on items
14. Brochures
15. Samples


1. Lodging
2. Advertising
3. Business Bank Accounts
4. Checks
5. Shipping
6. Stamps
7. Cell Phone
8. Home Phone
9. Business Classes
10. Computer Software
11. Tax Software
12. Business Software
13. Booth Rentals
14. Online Classes
15. Books
16. Labels
17. Inventory storage at your home or elsewhere
18. Training
19. Helpers
20. Shipping supplies
21. Utilities (Portion)
22. Professionals such as a tax professional, or organization specialist.
23. Admission to seminars or shows
24. Legal fees
25. Insurance

5 Things to Consider When Joining Direct Sales

If you join Younique, then yes! Younique carries a line of high end natural, mineral make-up and beauty products that don't come with a high end price tag. [Most products are gluten-free and/or vegan!] The mineral make up industry is growing at double the rate of the global skincare industry as more women become more aware of the amazing benefits of mineral makeup. 

Commission starts out at 20%(!) and as your sales increase, you can earn up to 30%. At Younique, there are tons of other rewards as well: earn Younique cash & free products, percentages from inviting others to join this exciting opportunity, incentive trips (Greece and Bermuda for 2014), mini iPads and an opportunity for a $10,000 bonus.

You are NOT required to hold inventory and there's never an auto-ship. When you sign up, you receive a gorgeous kit PACKED with samples and products. 

You only need to sell $125 in a 3 month span to remain an active presenter

Yes! In fact in the short 13 months since Younique launched, it quickly became a multi million dollar company and it continues to rise! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Become a Presenter for Younique - Everything You Need to Know!

What is Younique?
Launched in November 2012, Younique is one of the newest and fastest growing direct sales companies. What sets it apart from others: they actually offer amazing products that people are incredibly interested in buying. Younique offers a high-end line of natural, mineral make-up and beauty products that don't come with a high price tag. (Most products are gluten-free and/or vegan!) Younique has already become a million dollar company so things are happening very fast for this amazing brand!

How do I sell?
Work in your PJs all day if you want to! You can do ALL your selling through social media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. You can host virtual parties or if you just LOVE hosting -- have a party at your home. You have complete control over how you would like to run your business! You're not required to hold inventory - everything is shipped straight from corporate to your clients. Easy!

Do I get any support?
This is an understatement: TONS. Younique is all about uplifting, empowering and supporting other women -- both clients and presenters. You'll get support, inspiration and ideas from corporate, from other presenters, from myself. Like I said: we're here to help each other! I have a Facebook group for everyone on my team -- we share marketing ideas, social media tactics, inspiration and lots of laughs :)

  • Instant royalties - Get paid daily
  • iPad Mini giveaways
  • Earn Younique cash and free products
  • Generous compensation plan
  • Incentive trips 
  • + I have LOTS of giveaways and contests for my own personal team :) 

It's only $99US/$119CAN to sign up! (Well below industry standard) You get a new presenter's starter kit, which is worth over $250US/$300CAN so you already start off winning. There's no other hidden fees or monthly auto-ship. (Also available in New Zealand, Australia, The UK and all APO/PPO locations and American Territories)

What does the Presenter Kit include?
  • 3D Fiber Lashes
  • Uplift Eye Serum 
  • Refreshed Rosewater
  • Lucrative Lip Gloss - Luxe 
  • Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liners - set of 3 (Perfect, Pristine, Prim)
  • Shade Stick
  • White Status Charm (on purple ring)
  • Black Oval Embossed Presenter Case
  • Free business website
  • Instant Access to the Younique Virtual Party System™ (start hosting parties immediately)
  • $25 USD in Younique Cash on your birthday, annually
  • PayQuicker Younique bank account
  • Presenter Guide
  • Current Catalog
  • All of this comes in our signature Black Oval Embossed Younique Presenter Case

Awesome! How do I sign up?
Simply head to my Younique page - It takes a minute to sign up using your Facebook login. If you have ANY questions at all you can head over to Facebook fan page and ask away, or email me

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