Are There Brown M & M’s In Your MLM Blog?

Eddie Van Halen Doing His Thing

Love him or hate him Eddie Van Halen is one seriously sharp Rock and Roller. I recently read an article that prompted me to take a look for Van Halen Style Brown M&M’s in my MLM blog.

Van Halen’s Brown M&M Business Strategy

Rock Stars get some amazing perks negotiated into their performance contracts. Whimsical requests are made and catered to by promoters all the time. One of the craziest “prima donna” requests of all time was made by Van Halen when he was actively touring. His standard concert contract called for a bowl of M&M’s backstage with the proviso, that all of the brown M&M’s be removed from the bowl. The presence of one single M&M was sufficient legal cause for Van Halen to cancel a scheduled appearance without giving advance notice and go on one of his infamous trash and bash rampages. What a prima donna act, right? Not at all. Turns out that Van Halen is a VERY astute observer of human behavior and a super savvy business man.

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

The brown M&M provision was included in Van Halen’s contracts as a very simple, easily measured test to determine if the technical requirements of the contract had been thoroughly read and executed. He knew that if he found brown M&M’s, he would also find other technical errors that could ruin their whole show or even possibly kill people. By simply inserting this clause into his contracts, Van Halen was easily alerted to a potential problem BEFORE it could affect his show. Sheer GENIUS !!

How Brown M&M’s Can Help Your MLM Blogging

Great story right? What does this have to do with your MLM blog?

Your blog is a 24/7 marketing tool and if it is not working FOR you, it is working AGAINST you. Your blog is your virtual business card and sales assistant. It allows you to present yourself as an expert in your niche while helping you connect and build relationships with your ideal prospects through service, trust and value. It is a very effective way of getting information in front of a large number of people and creating new relationships and leads.

So how can you determine if your blog is doing what it is supposed to do or if there are brown M&M’s in your blog?

Here are 20 questions that you can ask yourself  to see if your results are on track or your strategy needs to be tweaked:

  1. Are you REALLY blogging from YOUR core values? (If you aren’t sure what I mean by this, you can review last week’s post by clicking here.)
  2. How much traffic is your blog receiving on a daily, weekly and monthly basis?
  3. Do you know what that traffic is doing once they get to your blog?
  4. Do you notice certain spikes in traffic after you have blogged about a certain topic?
  5. How many repeat visitors do you have?
  6. How many new visitors are you getting?
  7. How long are they staying on your blog?
  8. How many posts are they reading while they are on your blog?
  9. Are people commenting on your posts?
  10. Are people interacting with the comments others leave on your blog?
  11. Are you acknowledging and responding to those comments?
  12. Are people sharing your information on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks?
  13. Is your content being bookmarked and shared throughout the social bookmarking sites?
  14. Are people opting in to receive your e-Newsletter or e-Zine?
  15. Is your mailing list growing?
  16. Do you communicate regularly with the people on your list?
  17. Are you providing value to people in those communications?
  18. Are people buying what you promote through your affiliate links on your blog or in your emails?
  19. Are people contacting you directly (phone, Skype, email) to get to know you better or to get more information about what you have going on?
  20. Do you know how many people are subscribed to your RSS feed?

Metrics Really Matter

Successful blogging takes thought, time and an acute awareness of what’s working or not. Paying attention to the brown M&M’s alerts you to potential problems and things that just aren’t working in your best interests. It allows you to leverage your time and efforts better by pointing out areas that need your attention immediately.

Van Halen’s story is a great reminder about the wisdom of setting up early warning systems. Having those systems in place saves time, wasted effort and frustration.

It is a great thing if you know the answers to all of those questions. It is a better than great thing if you know what TO DO with all of that information once you have compiled it. So that will be the topic of  next week’s post 🙂

Hope that you received some real value from this post! Be sure to leave some comments. And take a minute to share it with YOUR Tribe!!

About The Author –

Rose Mis is the author of “Dead Blogs Don’t Lie ~ 7 Secrets To A Wildly Popular High Traffic Blog”. I am also the Executive Chef (aka Chief Cook and Bottle Washer 😉 ) of the Attraction Marketing Training Kitchen. You are invited to stop by the Kitchen anytime you have any questions about blogging and marketing YOU with your blog !

Blog: Forum: MLM Blogging

What Is a Mission Statement and Why Does Every MLM Blog Need One?

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The following is the Mission Statement for Starbucks:

“Our mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

It’s simple and it’s sincere. And, everyone that does business with Starbucks gets it.

Many network marketers and MLM’ers who blog make the mistake of not taking the time to craft a mission statement for their blog.

If you do not have one, I urge you to write one as soon as possible. Once you do, you will find that your prospective customers and business partners understand you better. You will begin working only with customers and partners who share your values. All of  your team members will have a better understanding of their purpose in your organization. You will also  find that it is much easier to make decisions about how to run your business.

Your mission statement should be a formal, short, written statement of your blog’s purpose. In a nutshell, it should answer the question “Why does this blog exist?”

If you’ve never developed a mission statement before, here are a few things it might address:
  • The purpose and intention of your blog (i.e., an explanation of what your blog is about and who will benefit from reading your blog)
  • What your aspirations for the blog are
  • What sets your blog head and shoulders above the rest of the network marketing and MLM blogs out there
  • Your core values, purpose, and future goals
  • The products and/or services that you offer and recommend

Your mission statement should be specific and narrow enough that it can’t apply to anyone else‘s blog. But, it should be written so that it is flexible enough to allow room for growth and change. Make sure that the statement is clear … by that I mean, it does not contain a bunch of buzz words or industry jargon and easy for potential clients and partners to understand.

Once you have your mission statement laid out, you can use it to help guide your blogging efforts,  laying out your blog’s basic design, providing content creation direction and cohesiveness, and also to assist you in directing your decision making process.

Blogging From Your Core Values Makes A HUGE Difference

There is one facet of your mission statement that is more important than all others: your core values.

Core values are those values  that form the foundation from which we do everything in life. The world is ever-changing, ever-evolving.  However, core values remain constant.

Core values are NOT descriptions of the work you do or the methodologies you use to accomplish your life’s mission. Rather, your values add definition and parameters to your work, how you interact with others, and which strategies you use to fulfill your mission. They are the basic elements governing how you go about your life and your work. They are the practices you use every day in everything you do.

Core values should:
  • Govern personal and business relationships
  • Guide business practices
  • Clarify who you are
  • Articulate what you stand for
  • Help explain why you do business the way you do
  • Guide you in how to teach others
  • Help you decide how to reward others
  • Guide you in making decisions
  • Require no external justification
Here is an example of my core values. These are the values that guide everything I blog about at the Attraction Marketing Training Kitchen:
  • I am committed to contributing to my readers’  financial and intellectual growth  and well-being.
  • I continually strive for excellence with all of my content, training, products and services.
  • I associate and do business with only those people and companies who share my commitment to integrity, excellence and service.
  • I strive to provide an environment that operates in the best interests of  everyone’s professional and personal growth.

Once you have written your mission statement and core values, add them to the “About” section of your blog. This a spot where everyone who visits your blog can see them and see you “walking your talk”.

Take the time review them on a regular basis with yourself and your readers. And always make sure when you are considering bringing a new business partner into your business they know this is what you stand for and why you are in business. Real people connect with other real people that they resonate with. Your blog allows the right people for you and your business to find you, get to know and pre-qualify themselves for your time, products and services.

It goes without saying, writing a mission statement and core values is simply not enough. What matters most is living them on a daily basis and showing people that you are a person of your word.

Use your mission statement to help you make decisions about your business – the  companies you partner with, the products you create and promote, the way in which you communicate with your visitors, readers and business associates. You will never have to second guess yourself and your integrity will never be questioned. You will always provide high value content rich information to everyone which will have them coming back to your blog over and over again.

Hope that you received some real value from this post! Be sure to leave some comments. And take a minute to share it with YOUR Tribe!!

About The Author –

Rose Mis is the author of “Dead Blogs Don’t Lie ~ 7 Secrets To A Wildly Popular High Traffic Blog”. I am also the Executive Chef (aka Chief Cook and Bottle Washer 🙂 ) of the Attraction Marketing Training Kitchen. You are invited to stop by the Kitchen anytime you have any questions about blogging and marketing YOU with your blog !

Blog: Forum: MLM Blogging

How To Create Dozens Of Blogs For Your MLM Team Or Niche Domination In Seconds

Setting up and managing blogs can be quite frustrating at times.

I am personally guilty of spending way too much time on technicalities of plugins, themes, layout and widgets that don’t contribute to marketing, which should be any top internet and network marketing professionals primary focus.

Furthermore, I’ve seen it happen time again how it brings an entire MLM Team to standstill. They get stuck into figuring out how to blog and social media technicalities instead of getting content up, taking action and building relationships with new prospects.

Now imagine your duplication if everyone in your MLM team is spending time on the how to’s instead of getting into action? That can be as productive as driving with you hand break on!

Be sure to read this post by Diane Hochman for a clear reality check.

That brings us to the first of many classic benefits our PRO Membership offers with our Blog And User Creator tool.

Let’s cover 2 scenarios:

Scenario 1 – MLM Team Blogs

You have 5, 10, 20, even a 100 or more team members that need to start writing articles, doing video blogging and developing content. Instead of spending endless hours getting your team setup with their personal blogs, why not create dozens of blog within seconds and take your team straight into action?

They can still use their own domain name for personal branding and customize their MLM blog with their own blog header. Not much different to owning your own personal blog.

If they need a blog header, our graphics designer will design one for free and you only have to pay if you like it and want to keep it.

Scenario 2 – Keyword and Niche Domination

Using web 2.0 properties for link building and piggy backing off their domain strength is a crucial step in offsite SEO.

{If you are not familiar with the term Offsite SEO, it mainly refers to building backlinks from other valuable and related web sites. Onsite SEO is the optimization that you do on your blog or website.}

The perfect way to increase your ranking in the search engines is to setup remote blogs, a.k.a. satellite sites, on web 2.0 sites like Squidoo, Xanga, hosted WordPress and of course thatMLMbeat! 😉

You then link back with anchor text, like I’m about to do in the next sentence, to the actual post that you want to rank for.

You can read more about this strategy in Front Page On Google In Less Than 18 Hours.

How would you do this on thatMLMbeat?

Well, setup a few remote blogs for keyword targeting and add various 400 – 600 word articles on them!

There is no limit to the amount of blogs you can create, but please use this tool responsibly.

We do not allow cybersquatting (registering domain names for the purpose of holding keywords and not adding any content to the actual blog) and spam MLM blogs get deleted.

No MLM Company names are allowed either.

Other than that… Go Wild!!!

The possibilities of this tool are endless.

If you find any a different use for this tool that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.

Happy multiple blogging!

How To Protect Your thatMLMbeat Blog With Your Own Domain Name

Using your own domain name on your social network profiles and various web 2.0 properties are more important than one might think.

Let’s take the most recent ‘Youtube Slap’ for an example, how many internet and network marketing professionals lost all their content and friends instantly when Youtube decided to terminate their accounts?

Losing all your content is painstaking enough, but what about all the links that you placed all over the web pointing to that profile? Where does all that traffic go? Definitely not coming back your way!

Now unless your intention was to spam (we normally spot those accounts before or by their first blog post anyway), we are not planning on banning any accounts or terminating any MLM Blogs.

Point still remains, you need to control your own domain names as far as humanly possible to avoid being at the mercy of any social site or to redirect your traffic to different sites when need be.

This is why you will see many marketers promote their Facebook and Twitter profiles with subdomains or their own domain names such as or

That way if any of the social sites give you the red flag, you can simply direct the traffic back to a new social site of your choice.

That’s all good for social profiles, but what about satellite sites? (a.k.a remote blogs on web 2.0 properties)

This is where thatMLMbeat PRO Members take advantage of our domain mapping feature.

If you are blogging on thatMLMbeat and you would like to use your own domain name like instead of, then this video is for you.

When you use your own domain name, your blog on thatMLMbeat acts as a complete personal blog, but you still benefit from your blog posts being fed to the front page… nice!

In a hurry? Do this:

1. Log in to your thatMLMbeat backoffice

2. Scroll down to the  Tools Menu and click on Domain Mapping (if this is not visible, you will need to upgrade to PRO)

3. Add your domain name

4. Go to where you purchased the domain or your domain host and add a DNS “A” record pointing at the IP address of this server (IP Address provided in the backoffice. Doesn’t make sense? Watch the video!)

5. Email me your domain name so that I can ‘park’ it on our server.

Although we park it on our server, your domain is still YOUR domain name. If you decide to use it for something else later, just contact us and we will ‘unpark’ it for you.

If you have any questions or get stuck, please ask in the comments section below.

Out With The Old, In With The New [Plus a Special Invitation]

Old vs New

Wow, a whole week since my last post, but you will soon see why. Let’s just say it’s the calm before the storm!

Unless this is your first time here, you might have realized a new look and feel on thatMLMbeat. So I have to ask: How do you feel about the new look? Do you like it? Or do you prefer the old design and layout?

Personally I am still slightly attached to the old theme and it’s functionalities, but not the technicalities and endless customization that came with it.

Being a custom theme that wasn’t built for the social platform we are using, it’s been like trying to convert a four wheel drive into a grand prix racing car. Both are good for what they were built for, but not so for the opposite.

So here is our new theme chosen with two thoughts in mind; easy navigation and growth.

The old look was getting a little busy and with more and more [tag-tec network marketing]network marketers[/tag-tec] joining our inspiring community, the layout needs to accommodate the visibility of more blogs without the site looking too cluttered.

You will see that we changed to a 3 column layout so that we can display both the sitewide activity and the recent site wide posts close to the top.

The layout is also much wider to accommodate a soon to be up and running forum and additional social tribe and community building tools amongst a few things.

If you do run into any technicalities along the way, I would really appreciate your feedback. Please contact me if you happen to discover a bug or have any suggestions on how we can improve this site.

What’s happening this week?
Expect to see plenty of video tutorials in this weeks posts as it’s something that I’ve needed to complete for sometime, but been holding back to make sure that most of the technicalities have been taken care of.

There are so many great tools within thatMLMbeat that you can use to compliment your personal brand and it’s important that you are aware of the full potential. Now would be the time to position yourself within this community as we are getting ready to turn up the volume!

We should be back into our regular posting schedule by early December.

After the fine tune of our membership and offer is complete, lookout for video updates on our affiliate program which will be launching soon.

But really, the words ‘affiliate program’ are honestly to bland for what we have in store with this, and I’m not even kidding. Just doing the final tests so don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet. Let’s just say that you can attach your affiliate code to your profile or ANY post on or ANY post on ANY MLM blog on!

That’s a mouthful I know, you might have to read it again. The idea is to make sure that you get rewarded for doing your everyday social activities of sharing content and linking to blogs. Nice, but more on that later!

A Special Invitation
Would you like to increase your name recognition and have your content featured on thatMLMbeat? We are opening the gates for guest writers and anyone who can contribute value to the community. If you would like to blog for us as a guest writer or even on a regular basis, now would be the perfect to get in touch with me and to take advantage of what this site has to offer.

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thatMLMbeat will be launching an exciting show like no other real soon that will turn many heads (in a good way). This will shift my focus from regular blog updates, so would like to rely more on the community to maintain the content flow of industry news and promoting the MLM bloggers on thatMLMbeat. If the above sounds like something you want to know more about, get in touch with me and we can schedule a time to chat. Have a rocking prosperous week!

MLM Blogs: Pop Corn, Movies and Beating MLM Failure With A Stick

MLM Blog Tips To Beat MLM FailureDo you do what you love and love what you do? If not, you might need to explore the heart of your why, eliminate what’s not working, get focused and become outrageously contagious.

What do I mean?

Well, get out the pop corn and kick back for some inspiration and movie time.

Let’s get focused, Twitterific and ready to beat MLM failure with a stick!

Here’s whats hot on MLM Blogs ‘Brewing at the Beat’:

Taking two steps back
New to this whole home business and network marketing thing? Or simply looking for a new business to embrace?

Greg Martin layes the foundation with 7 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Home Based Business.

At the movies…

Heading over to Palm Spring Studios, Emma Tiebens has been hard out work filming with Author, Mentor and ‘Infotainer’ Joel Bauer and Jorge Bueno discussing how to build a profitable pitch.

Do you love what you do? And do you hang out with people who love what they do?  Carlos Aponte expresses his love in the Real Network Marketing Scoop.

Have you ever heard the old adage that unless you know the “why” for doing a business of your own, then you probably won’t do the “how?” Jackie Ulmer digs deep into Getting to the Heart of Your Network Marketing why.

Are your marketing efforts contagious enough? Maybe you need to work on your greatness? Watch Cassie Strom discuss Greatness is Contagious.

Need the simplified ‘how to’ on Twitter with some great Twitter apps to help you Tweet your way to success? Amanda McClellan shows you how to become Twitterific.

MLM tips to beat MLM Failure

As network marketing entrepreneurs, we all face the constant challenge of staying focus and eliminating distractions. Rachel Henke shares 10 tips for staying focused with Online MLM.

Success is a process, be it in business or in life. Fredric Schwartz delivers 4 Key Points To Consider For Greater Success & Happiness.

Rose Mis is cooking up a storm in the attraction marketing kitchen and talks about why her job is you.

What is Christianity Learning From Network Marketing? Or, what is Network Marketing learning from Christianity?  Jhanna Dawson wrote about a  topic that few people dare to discuss regarding Christian Network Marketing.

Have you ever thought that it was interesting and amazing how we are very naturally and intuitively drawn to particular people, incidences and ideas? David Anderson wrote about a Candle Loses No Light By Lighting Another Flame.


Don’t forget to register and grab your own thatMLMbeat blog so that you can connect and join in the conversation with these great MLM bloggers.

MLM Blogs: The Biggest Loser, Belief Systems & WordPress Membership Sites

What does The Biggest Loser have to do with your Network Marketing Business? What can the cartoon brothers Phineas & Ferb teach you about belief systems and challenge what’s possible and impossible?  Has your WordPress blog been converted into a cash register yet and what has Google Docs done for you lately?

Find out in 5 Hot Network Marketing Blog posts syndicated across thatMLMbeat right now:

John Di Lemme

Are you the Biggest Loser? You need to be! John talks  about why you need to be The Biggest Loser when it comes to changing your associations with others.

Eric Goldstein

Have you put Google docs to any good use yet? Eric does a step by step video showing you how to use Google Docs to Create Your Own Surveys

Jhanna Dawson

Jhanna is stirring it up on the hot topic of belief systems. Checkout Belief Based Choices, Isn’t That Impossible? and Finding The Belief…

Kary Rogney

One of the hottest topics at last weeks Blog World Expo was about “building your community”. Or, as Seth Godin likes to call it, your tribe. Kary shows you how to monetize your MLM Blog in Create A WordPress Membership Site.

Angel Taylor

Angel discovered John Fogg’s all time classic The Greatest Networker and provides a free download link for those that haven’t read it. John was kind enough to add a link to the free audio download in the comments.