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Michael B.

United Kingdom

Gold Fast-Track
Posts: 533 | Followers: 469 | 13th year with SFI

22 posts

Experiment Complete! in Getting Started #Auto-Delivery #Compensation #Contests

3 days ago

Well done! That is why it is important to invest in your business = peace of mind. It also shows that it can be difficult for those that do not have the funds to invest. Not impossible but more difficult, especially if they do not get OUTSIDE of SFI and promote to others.

I applaud you Chris.


1 post

Getting Started Pages Need Updating in Bug Reports

12 days ago

Provide a descriptive summary of the issue.
The Getting Started pages need updating with regards to Tripleclicks and Rewardicals. The information there at the moment must be creating some confusion for new affiliates.

Steps to Reproduce:
In numbered format, detail the exact steps taken to produce the bug.
1. Have a look at the following link and go through the process -
Expected Results:
Describe what you expected to happen when you executed the steps above.
Correct information.
Actual Results:
Explain what actually occurred when steps above were executed.
Incorrect information
Describe circumstances where the problem occurs or does not occur.

Provide additional information, such as references to related problems, workarounds and relevant attachments.

8 posts

On the Rewardical Exchange page, in Miscellaneous #Rewardical #Sales

17 days ago

(Thread was removed due to forum protocol violations, toxicity, or obsolescence)

16 posts

TRUST CONSIDERATION in Marketing #Getting Started #Marketing #Sales

18 days ago

Correct. Empathising with your customer, spouse, team members and any other person, is the only way you can relate to them. If you cannot put yourself in their shoes you will never fully understand their needs, wants or motivations.

The best leaders in the world have been and will be those that can empathise.

9 posts

How to Send a Team Mail to a specific Group of my Downline! in Team Building #CSA #PSA #Team Building

19 days ago

Thank you Rania. This is well worth bookmarking and sharing with you teams.

18 posts

Overpriced items in Sales #Sales

22 days ago

Great post Boris.
I was always taught that price disappears when the value and benefits suit the customer. A pink umbrella? I wouldn’t buy one for one dollar, but there are people who will pay one hundred dollars.

The product must match the needs of the customer. Learn what your customers needs, show you can deliver it immediately and price disappears.

72 posts

The Noun Sponsor creates the problem... in Suggestion Box #Leadership #Sponsor #Team Building

29 days ago

Mentor is a great word!...but I think the problem is that 80% or more of those who sponsor someone would not come close to qualifying as a mentor, especially those that are just buying PSAs. This would also apply to coach, consultant, guide, etc.

The word we use sets an expectation for the new person of course, so if we were indeed going to change the term, we'd want to choose a word that sets the right expectation.

I am personally in favour of REFERRER as the word to use. It has been used in affiliate marketing for many years and I don't see any advantage in trying to change it. I have been involved with Affiliate Marketing even before it was known by that name. When I began it was called REFERRAL MARKETING.


72 posts

The Noun Sponsor creates the problem... in Suggestion Box #Leadership #Sponsor #Team Building

29 days ago

I agree Leon. I have never liked the word SPONSOR and many people run from any business where the word SPONSOR is spoken. It gives the impression that they are going to have to SPONSOR other people, meaning that they will support them with finance as well as teaching them.

SFI teaches team members, we support them by answering questions that may not be covered by SFI, or missed by the team member.

I remember the walkathons at school when we would seek SPONSORS to pay us money for every mile we walked. The same impression may be given here at SFI.

Referrer is a much better word as would be Mentor?


39 posts

Put Some Skin in the Game! No, I am not buying you a computer in Team Building #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

29 days ago

Hi, Michael,

Which lead me to thinking: This entitlement mentality is not only prevalent among the poor, but also among common, healthy people with the ability to earn a living and not dependent on the government for doles and handouts.

I may be off topic here, but who can tell me the source of this "entitlement mentality"? This awful disease that seems to have no cure? This dreadful disease that seems to infest almost half of the world?

Like you, Michael, I have been asked for money. Early on, in my desire to help a struggling PSA who showed potential, I issued a Gift Certficate only to find it was used to buy a jewelry for a girlfriend and then did not do anything until his account was cancelled for lack of activity. Was I a sucker? Maybe, but I was only following the advice I found on the Checklist on the new Affiliate know where it is.

Who started it?

Hello Gliceria
Thank you for commenting on my post. I was reading an article about entitlement (can't find the link now) and it blamed the generation born directly after the second world war in Western Societies. Well actually their parents.

That generation lived through a period of austerity and their parents who had been through so much hardship and pain (WWII), told them that they could have anything, be anything and if things failed for them society (social security) would support them. What was not passed on was the HARD WORK ethic and that they would need to go through struggle and pain of their own to achieve their goals.

This lead to another generation that had watched their parents get what they wanted, through work of through social support and they decided that they could just plod along and get what their parents had without too much hard work. I am from that generation. Fortunately I watched my parents work hard and they taught me to work hard and smart. Gave me books to read, by authors who are often quoted on SFI pages and I leaned to become self-sufficient. I even lived a self-sufficient farming life for a few years where if I didn't grow my own food I went hungry.

While I was doing that I watched my generation work hard, but not as hard as they needed to. I also watch people of my generation live of society and tell their children it was OK to do likewise, that they could have it for free if they wanted.

Entitlement is rife in the world. The good news is it is coming to an end. Most societies can no longer support their people. The globalisation of nations is forcing or holding down wages and most social security systems are on the brink of collapse.

Sounds like doom and gloom, but from that will spring the NEED to work for what one has, and not rely on others to provide for them. The time is here now where we need to secure our today and our futures for ourselves. Working smart and through duplication we can achieve this.

The generations of today can cry for their entitlements, their cries are falling on deaf ears.


39 posts

Put Some Skin in the Game! No, I am not buying you a computer in Team Building #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

about 1 month ago

I have been asked for money, visas, a plane ticket, a car, a computer and clothing. Not once have I been asked for a book.

I have been sent photos of hungry children, injuries, houses falling down and storm ravaged communities.

What I have not been asked is ‘how are you?’ Or ‘are you ok today?’

The biggest issue with some, if not most, team members is that they cannot see that ‘putting some skin into the game’ means investing their time. Many of those that have funds invest as little as possible and those earning commissions cannot understand the word ‘reinvest ‘.

Entitlement is there and a problem, but the willingness to learn has waned in many with a sense that all learning should be easy. This has given rise to the ‘learn by video’ generation.

I agree, give a man a fish....teach a man to fish etc., is the best method of creating active team members, but how do your get them to put the bait on the hook to catch the fish when they want you to GIVE THEM THE FISH NOW!

I have some great leaders in my team. They are active, invested and leading their teams. I am fortunate.

31 posts

My PSA is my CSA too is that possible? in Miscellaneous

about 1 month ago

I am not sure that would be right for the affiliate. The idea of a co-sponsor is to have another level of support. The database for SFI must be enormous so I am guessing that this would be a data error. I have a team member who is also co-sponsored by my own co-sponsor. That is the nearest I have seen.

6 posts

SFI Compensation and Commission Volume in Compensation #Auto-Delivery #Marketing #Sales

about 1 month ago

A very good post Horace. You have outlined a very good plan and made it clear to others that they can achieve Team Leader status.

1 post

Game League Links and Email Updates in Bug Reports #Eager Zebra

about 1 month ago

Same as this forum post:

There are no links for current Game leagues and the Monday Ranking emails no longer get delivered.

Could you please reinstate links Game League links at Tripleclicks and Monday League email notifications.


36 posts

Rewardicals Commission Questions Answered Here! in Compensation #Compensation #Rewardical #Sales

about 1 month ago

I have been here for over 12 years and seen many changes. There has always been a level of 'negativity' towards change because affiliates gear themselves to do one thing and then the goal posts get moved, usually without much notice. That is a part of business but major changes, like changing the whole focus of a massive platform such as Tripleclicks and bringing in Rewardicals on such a huge scale, are bound to bring feelings of unrest. Only a natural disaster or a huge conflict would bring about such huge change in the physical business world.

There have been changes in the past which did not work out so well for affiliates or SFI and then more changes were made to fix the other changes. Perhaps 'negativity' is a bit harsh a word. Perhaps 'misgivings' would be a better word for the feeling towards more changes.

I agree with Randy on this one. Let's see what happens. Hopefully these changes will be a change for the better and we can all settle back into business.

13 posts

Twelve Years Today in Inspiration/Testimonials

2 months ago

Thank you all for your kind comments.

I can only add that you need nothing but the FACTS to succeed in any business;

FOCUS on your goals and dreams
ATTRACT people rather than try to convince
CONNECT with people, because success is about people not profit
TRAIN and improve your own skills whenever possible
SERVE like you would like to be served

With all of my heart and best wishes

13 posts

Twelve Years Today in Inspiration/Testimonials

2 months ago

Today is my twelfth anniversary with SFI.
What a world of changes in that time, here and out there in the real world. Social media, mobile technologies, mass immigration, unrest with the people, governments who sometimes seem to have lost their meaning. Among all of this is the joy of families, celebrations, waking up in the morning to a new day. Blessed are we all.

When I joined SFI was a toddler, just finding it's feet and falling over sometimes. Now in my opinion it is a teenager with a very promising future. Yes, not quite there yet but learning and evolving every day, every month and every week. Losing the clumsiness or adolescence and becoming an adult. I see high hopes for this business for all who persist and persevere. For those that come looking for fast easy riches there is no future. Work is the only way to success.

In my twelve years I have seen 100's of thousands of people come and go from this business. Some didn't start, others didn't like a change to the business.

Other familiar faces are still here working their business and having a true belief in the future. I tip my hat to them, they are the core of this business. They are the ambassadors who lead the way.

Today I have one of the best and strongest teams that I have had the pleasure to work with and to help. In all of my twelve years there have not been any people like my current movers and shakers, PSAs and CSAs. Thank you for believing and thank you for persisting.

To Gery and the SFI crew. Keep at it team. You are building something great here. There is always more work to be done and always more people to teach. You have not yet reached your full potential.

Dream Big my fellow affiliates and here is to another twelve years at least...

13 posts

What did you have to overcome? in Getting Started #Getting Started

2 months ago

WOW! My first year at SFI.

I was in the middle of moving country, my wife gave birth to twins and my main business was floundering. SFI was not on top of my list of priorities, the time wasn't right for me.

I do remember thinking this business has something. It wasn't like it is today. There wasn't a Launchpad. Tripleclicks didn't exist and if I remember correctly there were two products to promote.

The site was confusing and lacked flow and there was information overload from day one.

I didn't become active immediately but revisited many times, saw the changes happening and kept watching. Today I think back and wish I had been active from the very beginning.

I guess besides all of that I had to overcome the limitations of my own beliefs, how I could be more and do more than I thought I could.

SFI has had an effect upon ALL of my business activities and I have learned a great deal about people since I have been here. I am very happy I kept sticking to it.

5 posts

Vale Luther McDaniels in Recognition #Leadership #Sponsor

2 months ago

Luther McDaniels was laid to rest this week. He was my SFI sponsor for over 10 years and he called me on the telephone several times. It was Luther who kept me working here at SFI when I felt like quitting. He always answered my emails and he always recognised the effort that all of his team members contributed. He lead by example and up until recently was here at SFI every day.

Luther was better known to the general public as 'Lord Luther' as he was the lead singer for northern California Rock n Roll golden age vocal band 'Lord Luther and The Four Deuces' and was published many times. They were a great inspiration to many including Frank Zappa, who actually tried to take credit for some of their works. Their most famous tune was an ode to a low-rent cocktail entitled ‘White Port & Lemon Juice,’ better known by the acronym ‘W-P-L-J’.

You will find their music on Spotify.

Luther was 79 and passed away on the 30th December. Rest In Peace my friend and mentor. We will miss you.

28 posts

need help in Getting Started #Sales #Team Building #TripleClicks

2 months ago

Please see the Launchpad Lessons -
Read and learn and all will be explained.

You should also contact your Upline members for more support -

You will find the Compensation Plan at

I hope this helps Stephen.

18 posts

Enrollers as fishermen. in Team Building #CSA #PSA #Team Building

3 months ago

You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. All of the training, tools and support is here at SFI. Those that are serious will seek and learn, the rest will fall by the wayside, no matter how much support you offer them.

Quality is important but by recruiting quantity you will find the quality. Another saying goes ‘the cream will always rise to the top’ and that is the case at SFI.

The people here at the forum ARE THE CREAM.

15 posts

Too many requirements in Sales #ECA

3 months ago

I have been here for going on thirteen years and have seen my fair share of dodgy dealers. To make the requirements tougher is a good thing.

What needs to happen alongside those requirements is prompt action on the part of getting approval to those businesses that do submit their applications.

From some conversations coming back from my PSAs and CSAs their seems to be an overlong wait on approval or disapproval.

This is discouraging for those that want to perform legitimate business on Tripleclicks, especially if you refer a business that is not an affiliate and has little understanding of SFI. You only get one chance a lot of the time and then they walk away to the other named ecommerce platforms.

25 posts

What can we do to allow all websites accept postings from SFI? in Marketing #Localvantia #Marketing #Sales

3 months ago

It is ALL about the money $$$££££€€€¥¥¥
Social network sites are overcrowded with marketers and the only way you are going to get real hits is to create a site promoting SFI (available at Tripleclicks) and then pay for sponsored advertising.

Create a page at Facebook, get some followers and start boosting your posts directing people to believable information about this business.

You can even go to Fiverr (not allowed to link here) and promote your site or group.

Hope it helps.

17 posts

Auction Reminders in Pricebenders #Pricebenders

4 months ago

Hi Michael,

We haven't offered upcoming auctions listing for several months. Why? Because bidding has been MUCH higher (best in over two years) since we went away from them. That's of course good for all since it greatly enriches the TripleClicks Executive Pool that every Executive Affiliate shares in. And, of course, an auction-starting alert can't be set if the only auctions offered are those that are already live.

We could, however, create alerts for product categories or specific products you might be interested in bidding on. Would anyone like to see us add this feature?

Yes thank you Gery. I would like to see this introduced.