Last night the founders of the Empower Network hosted a Members Only Video Call with 7 of the top producers from the Empower Network. I, being a Member, was fortunate enough to be invited to attend. Although I missed the first 30 minutes of the 3 hour session I was able to take away some mind opening advice from these people that I would like to share with y’all.
I wrote this a few months ago, sent it in an email to myself, and forgot to post it to my blog. I came across it today and since I’ve had additional related experiences of late I thought I would add to it and post it, so here you go…
The Original Post, (Updates in Blue)
I was bumpin around my up-line’s Facebook Group page today and came across a post from Phil Squires about the Empower Network Facebook Slap so I thought I’d let you know about a few things I’ve encountered. For whatever reason (At the time I wrote this I didn’t know why…) if you try to advertise Empower Network on Facebook or create a link to your Empower Network blog (in any way) you get a message stating Facebook doesn’t like your links. (All the big social media and advertising sites don’t like advertising for MLM businesses, I’ll explain why below.) Funny, the first thing I tried when I joined Empower Network was to put an ad on Facebook, because I’m familiar with advertising there, and Facebook gave me a big ol’ slap to the back of the head. Though I haven’t tried it, Phil recommends the IBO ToolBox, looks like a good all-in-one type of solution. (This comes at a reasonable fee for their marketing system, at the moment many people like myself are just using Social Media Bar it’s free and all it does is allow you to post links to your Empower Network blog on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Google+ etc. It does some sort of cloaking/redirecting type of thing.) One thing I noticed about people who are in Empower Netwok and utilizing their Facebook profile is they all have a Personal Blog of their own and their Empower Network blog is a category or page link in their Personal Blog. So a link to your Personal Blog posts from Facebook, is accepted and will get people interested in you or what you do and they’ll check out your Empower Network blog thru your Personal Blog pages and posts. I have a Personal Blog in the works and will be doing the same, I’ll announce it here once I get it up and running, still deciding on a URL name. (It’s up and running now! Check it out at PunkTheSystem.com).
After learning Facebook wouldn’t let me run Ads or put links on my profile I tried other avenues that I was familiar with like Craigslist, I wrote up an Ad hit post and was DENIED. So I hit up my Google Adwords account put together an ad and put a link to one of my Empower Network landing pages, DENIED. I changed the link to go to my Empower Network Blog, DENIED. I tried cloaking the URL, DENIED! So I decided I’d give up going that route and focus on creating my Personal Blog and I would drive traffic there once it was all set up. Well, I made the mistake of leaving my ads set to ON in my Adwords account, they had been denied and weren’t running so I didn’t think anything of it. Well apparently the all mighty Google did think something of it, when I went back into my account a few months later there it was The Big Red Band Of Death across the top, saying my account had been SUSPENDED. Oh No! When I tried to contact Google Support all I got was an automated recording saying my account was suspended and I should contact Google Support. Uh Oh, it was the old support system run around trick. I sent them an email, same thing, an automated run around response. I was screwed, it clearly said, my account, any accounts associated with it, and any new account I create, has been suspended for violating Googles “Terms”. I didn’t know what to do… So, I’m looking at my Adwords account unable to use it, thinking about the fact that my Adsense account is probably shutdown too, I won’t be able to use Youtube or Google+… Well weeks went by, all the Ads in my account had been turned off for a while now so I decided to just delete them all and then I delete the campaigns I had labeled as Empower Network, this cleaned my account of all my ads, I even went to the History page and tried to delete that… I logged out of my account for the last time and was totally down in the dumps about it, I even went to my upline’s Facebook Group page and posted about it to see if anyone had any advice for me or if anyone had the same problem. Suddenly about 2 hours after I cleaned out my Adwords account an email comes in from Google saying “Your Adwords Account is now active…” Woohoo! Man I thought it was done for.
So why is it that Google, Youtube, Craigslist, Facebook, and all the big social media advertising venues don’t like MLM businesses?
Well, it’s simple actually, and makes total sense. If they allowed an MLM business to advertise through one of their channels, the person advertising, would most likely have some form of success. Then, everyone and their mom would start advertising MLM businesses through those channels, flooding the advertising channel and any channel similar to it, causing all kinds of problems for the people who are searching the web, the people using the websites, or the people trying to advertise something else through those same channels. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone but the advertiser. So to keep the advertising channels balanced and fair, to give the searchers quality search results, and to give users a quality website experience, they put an end to MLM advertising on their sites. Simple and Logical. Now why couldn’t I realize that before I went thru all that trouble? Well it’s just part of the business, lucky for you, you read this article and didn’t run into any of these problems right?
The video below is what I would consider the perfect example of why you should make YouTube videos.
The man in the video is Mike The Scrapper he is a “Scrapper”, he collects free junk items, takes them apart and sells them as scrap to a scrap yard for a profit. In the process he records a video and throws it on YouTube.
Now your probably thinking, who is gonna sit there and watch a video of a guy taking apart a weed wacker and selling the metal scraps for a few dollars to a scrap yard? This guy! (I’m pointing at myself right now).
I was surfing for info on how to take apart my old computer and sell the parts on ebay, I stumbled across a Mike The Scrapper video and next thing I know I’m watching him take apart computers, weed wackers, grills, etc.
Now aside from showing you a very basic simple way of making some money scrapping, in the process “Mike The Scrapper” has created a couple hundred videos and put them on YouTube.
Some videos barely have a hundred views, others hundreds, and others thousands. Add them all together and this guys has hundreds of thousands of views and might even have millions of views by now, its just a matter of time before he does.
Once you reach a certain amount of views (500 I think) you are able to tie your Google Adsense account to your YouTube account and Google will run ads on your videos and banner ads along side them. If someone clicks on the ad you make a little spare change. Which overtime becomes a residual stream of internet income.
Even if you only get clicks from 1% of the people who view your videos, which is probably the lowest you could ever get, 1% of say 100,000 views = 1000 clicks with click payouts ranging from a few pennies to a few dollars that adds up pretty quick even at just 1% but you are more likely to see 10% because the traffic is targeted.
That’s a nice little side income especially considering the fact that you only have to make a video and post it once and it does all the work for you.
Don’t forget that a large percentage of that delicious google targeted traffic going to his videos will likely click the links he put below the video and go to his blog/website and will likely be interested in what he has going on there as well.
This is not only a great side income it is a great way to drive targeted traffic to your site and make sales on what you have there.
This is a next step for me, I need to focus on marketing and driving traffic to my blogs through large marketing channels like YouTube…
In this video Mike The Scrapper goes over the basics of posting videos on YouTube and making money this way. Enjoy!
I wrote a new post on my Empower Blog today that you should check out. It’s about some important time management strategies, focusing on income producing activities in other words blog and promote the crap out of it!