What This Blog Was About

I originally wrote this blog to give lots of info about the SplashPlan site.  So feel free to search and find information that you might need to make a choice to become a member of my free site.

That’s right, free.  So what do you have to lose?

I am not sure what I am going to write about or video about, or whatever about.  But it should be interesting to see where we go.

Now, just so you are aware, I believe you can make money with SplashPlan.com as a member.  My plan was, and is, to make a site that could break even with your advertising budget as you seek out prospects to add to your network marketing opportunity.  You shouldn’t expect to profit just from the affiliate programs, just to break even with your advertising budget.  That’s the hope at least.

What breaking even will do is allow you to expand your advertising and filter more prospects, some of which will join.  It could mean going from 0 to 30 new distributors per month added to your program.  And those new distributors will have a way to market your program that is network marketing-centric.  Not a marketing plan based on customer sales, but on network sales.

Give SplashPlan a try but be patient with yourself.  Please go the free route as much as possible.  There are plenty of ways to advertise for free on the internet and many are better in the long run than paying for advertising.


Network Marketing Online Is Very Powerful

Network marketing is a structure that allows you to build a big business for the long term.  Yes, you can grow very large and be able to manage your business, as you will have a smaller first level but a very large group as a whole.

When you move your business online, you have the ability to reach your entire organization, provide training, find new prospects, and so much more!  Online network marketing is a very powerful thing.

Often the problem is that the network marketing company (the big one) wants to restrict your ability to promote your business online… that’s where SplahPlan.com comes in.  You can promote your network marketing business by promoting your splashplan site, not your main network marketing business.  People who join will learn more about you and your business, but the general internet population will not.  Meaning that you remain in compliance of your network marketing company’s rules.

In addition, people who join SplashPlan.com but do not join your network marketing company can provide you with quick income via affiliate links that we have on our site.  No we’re not blatantly pushing things on the site, but site users are exposed in various ways to products they can try for free or purchase.  Ultimately if they spend their money, you get part of the proceeds.  This way you earn some quick income while you’re building your network marketing group.

Give SplashPlan.com a try, it’s FREE!

How do I make money with SplashPlan.com?

SplashPlan.com is a free service itself, but has links to paid services that you can buy.  In addition, you can change the affiliate link for the service so that you get credit whenever any SplashPlan member that joins under you buys the paid services.

Of course, there’s always your MLM program.  Most new members will not initially join your program, true.  But as they learn more about you and work with you, you will become a person with whom they trust and think of if they decide to make a change in the future.

Illinois Wants Us To Move

Many of you are wondering why the federal government does things to hurt small business when small business creates a ton of jobs in this country.  My bigger question right now is why Illinois wants us to move?  Ok, you might think this is a bit out there, but Illinois has done some major things to impact Illinois businesses recently.

1. Illinois significantly raised corporate income taxes and personal taxes.

We went from 3 to 5% income tax and 4.8 to 7% corporate taxes.  We also have a 2.5% corporate surcharge and a yearly fee for filing the coporate report (i.e. franchise fee).  How can business sustain such a hike?  I know that there are several states where corporate taxes and personal taxes are not so high.  It looks like Wyoming might be the place to go, or Ireland.

My state is starting to become the place to be from, sort of like Iowa was in the 1980’s or Michigan today.  Do you really want to lose small business Mr. Quinn?

2. Illinois now requires sales tax to be paid by Amazon.com and other web retailers that use affiliates in the state

The impact to affiliates that live in Illinois was major in some cases.  We lost the ability to use Amazon.com as an affiliate program which doesn’t impact us in a major way, but it does impact some businesses in a major way.  Enough so that they may relocate to other states, such as FatWallet.com.  We have referenced many Amazon.com books on our site here and we will have to go through and remove the references.  I am not sure if we will go to another affiliate program for books or if we will just give up on offering books through this site.

3. Caterpillar and other larger businesses are threatening to leave

Caterpillar is now threatening to leave Illinois along with 23,000 jobs.  With the hostile business environment here, we may see several others leave.  The larger companies are just the tip of the iceburg, as smaller companies may do the same thing just to stay afloat.  We won’t hear about them, they won’t make headlines.  They will just pick up and go elsewhere, and many other states will welcome them with open arms.

Governor Quinn, we need to make Illinois favorable for companies to move to, not so hostile that great companies will move away.  You think you have revenue problems now?


Amazon.com No Longer Pays Affiliates In Illinois

Amazon.com sent us an email this week stating they are terminating the contracts of associates in Illinois.  The following is a copy of the email we received:


For well over a decade, the Amazon Associates Program has worked with thousands of Illinois residents. Unfortunately, a new state tax law signed by Governor Quinn compels us to terminate this program for Illinois-based participants. It specifically imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by Illinois-based affiliates like you – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state.

We had opposed this new tax law because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by national retailing chains, most of which are based outside Illinois, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue. We deeply regret that its enactment forces this action.

As a result of the new law, contracts with all Illinois affiliates of the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated and those Illinois residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to April 15, 2011 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of April 15, 2011, any final payments will be paid by July 1, 2011.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of Illinois. If you are not currently a permanent resident of Illinois, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state after April 15, please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To be clear, this development will only impact our ability to continue the Associates Program in Illinois, and will not affect the ability of Illinois residents to purchase online at www.amazon.com from Amazon’s retail business.

We have enjoyed working with you and other Illinois-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to Illinois residents.


The Amazon Associates Team”

Affiliate Programs and Funky Links

How do I feel about a web site that is provided to you, such as affiliate program sites, sites with funky links, and subsites such as bob.aa.com or aa.com/bob? I have to warn you that people do tend to want to visit the main site – i.e. if they encounter a funky link or a subsite, they want to enter the main website name into their browser. This means that the website owner gets the sale or the benefit of your link. Having said that, they can work for you under the right conditions.

For instance, the image on the left is for a link into Amazon.com for the book “The Greatest Networker in the World” by John Milton Fogg.  This is a wonderful book about building relationships and images with others as you build your MLM business.  You can buy the book with this link and I get a small commission.  I wonder, though, will people buy using the link or go search Amazon.com for the book?  It’s just as easy to do either… I mean there is no real reason to buy from me.  I don’t offer a discount or a guarantee so what is the reason to buy?  Having said that, I find the ads and links to be somewhat successful.

I use the Google Adsense advertisements throughout my blog and I also find them to be successful.  However, I personally would not include them if they interfered with the website in any way.  They seem to blend in nice and people do click on them.

I have also seen websites built by MLM companies or MLM uplines that provide a “free website” to a distributor which uses what I will call a “funky link” like affiliate.asp?rc=1234, which tells the website which affiliate is linking so the new distributor or sale can go to them.  Again, this can work but beware that people will visit the main site.  If the main site contains a prompt for the code (i.e. 1234 above) and nothing else, it is probably not a bad thing.  If instead the prospect can sign up under your upline… not so good.

I continue to experiment with advertising here on my blog but I don’t really make money off of any of them at this time, so I am just trying to see what looks nice, is not too distracting, and is effective with visitors to this site.  I really like chitika because they only advertise to people who visit my site from a search engine and not to regular visitors.  You can find out more information at http://chitika.com/publishers.php?refid=shrinkme.

What I absolutely do not advise is to join more than one multi-level marketing company at one time.  In this case, you really need to put all of your eggs in one basket.

Please let me know if you have any questions by commenting on this article.