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Common MLM Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Aug 17, 2007
As in any lucrative market, there are those seeking to turn a quick dollar with questionable methods. MLM is no exception. Too often, poorly operated or corrupt MLM programs victimize would-be multi-level marketers. In order to avoid participation in a MLM program you can trust, there are a few things for which one can look.

Reputation, of course, is essential. Strong MLM programs are often recognizable by the reputation they have within the MLM community. You should research any MLM program in which you are considering involvement in order to determine it has a sufficiently strong reputation among others in the MLM field.

Staying with reputable programs does provide some guarantee of program honesty and reliability. However, if one relies exclusively on established programs they may miss out on great new opportunities that are not yet credibly established. If you are considering involvement in a newer MLM program, there are still ways to act smartly in order to protect yourself.

The program should be closely and carefully reviewed. Methods of payment calculation should be made clear-there should be no mystery associated with your involvement. Research regarding the program should show its claims to be consistent with traditional strong business practices. Unrealistic claims or promises can be a sign that a new MLM program is unlikely to prove to be a strong performer.

In addition to alignment with a reliable program, successful MLM participants will also carefully evaluate its income potential. Commissions on sales should be competitive with industry standards. Potential downline income should also be attainable and fairly distributed. Problems on either prong of the two-pronged MLM benefit structure can make a program far less beneficial than others.

There is no way to guarantee each and every experience with MLM programs will be positive. Just as we encounter poor service or bad deals regularly in the offline world, we can expect our share of problems with online MLM programs. However, by being sufficiently skeptical and approaching potential new programs objectively and critically, one can protect themselves against many frequently encountered pitfalls. MLM offers such exciting opportunities that it can be easy to "buy into the hype" before making sure the facts support program claims. Avoiding this easy to make mistake using the methods outline above can improve the likelihood that your MLM experience will be a great success.
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Joseph Then operates Sign ups company that helps thousands of online MLM marketers increase their downline for the past 5 years. They have served over 3,000 customers with over 50% as repeat customers. You can visit the site at http://www.trafficforless.com
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