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Are You Struggling In Your MLM Business?

If you find yourself struggling in your MLM business, this will help you along.  This is first in a series I am doing on MLM Marketing vs Attraction marketing.  Read along and see if you can resonate with what is going on in your MLM business

Here is the scenario!

You join an MLM company and you are told that this can replace your income. First, you invest a certain amount of money to get in.  Next, there is that auto-ship order that you must fulfill every month or you are knocked down the line and cannot receive commissions.

Your up-line has helped you (or maybe not). You went through ALL the tutorials there are on the business.  You are ready.

First, go to your soft market – your family and friends.

Then, you advertise in local papers, and in classified ads.

Your company even offers: “Here is the way you can market on the internet: via our corporate business page”.  Then they warn:

“Shhhhh  Don’t EVER mention our name”.  Some MLM’s won’t let you mention their names or use their logos in your advertising, blogs or videos.

You are on the phone all day.  Maybe your MLM company offers a list of leads you can purchase.  You spend a fortune on advertising brochures.   You even are flying to Expos.  You are at a booth all day and then, after buying your own dinner, return to your hotel.


What are your expenses versus what you are actually making in income?

If this works for you, fine.

But, if you’re like most of us out here, it just doesn’t add up.

I have found a solution to this problem:  Internet Marketing!

The philosophy is just the opposite of what you have been taught to do.  Stop shoving your product into people’s faces.  No one likes that.  Stop bothering your friends and family.  Soon, they will look at their caller ID and never answer your call.


You can market in a way that people actually start coming to you. This is called “attraction marketing”.  It requires “personal branding” so that people become involved in YOU, not in a product or business opportunity.

There are many ways to achieve this, and in this series, we will explore them in detail.  So take a break from struggling in your MLM business.  Study this series to learn how you can actually start attracting down-lines into your business, and earning some serious commissions!  Stop the struggle, and catch me on my next blog.

Please leave your comments below.  You could even ask me a question.

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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18 Responses to Are You Struggling In Your MLM Business?

  1. Donna Merrill
    September 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Enomfon, Thanks for the clarity. I like the way you put it that we are in RECOVERY! lol

  2. Enomfon September 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Donna, You are hitting the nail on the head!
    We have all suffered in some form or measure in MLM and we are on RECOVERY here! Thanks for video.
    .-= Enomfon´s last blog ..Failure Is Not Final Even On The Internet =-.

  3. Raisa Garrido September 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    Your video made me remember my first MLM company, and so true they did not allow us to use our names, and when they decided to start using social media, came to tell us what we could publish on our facebook page and what were the only tweets that we could do ….
    Big difference!!!
    Thanks for sharing

    • Donna Merrill
      September 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

      I know a guy who is still doing it. That old school method. He insists that it will someday work. He is so resistant to internet marketing, and has lost so much money in his old school way of doing things. Well…you can bring a horse to water!

  4. Carstarphen September 12, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Hey Donna,
    This is a great topic for a series. I look forward to the upcoming videos:)
    The Cartoon Coach
    .-= Carstarphen´s last blog ..Are Your Weaknesses Defeating You =-.

    • Donna Merrill
      September 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

      Hi and thanks so much for stopping by. It will be a series. I am trying to focus on the MLM people who are out there that are doing things so old school.

  5. Janette Stoll September 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Great job, Donna! I think you nailed it for all of us that have been there and done that :). I seriously doubt my business would be where it’s at without my blogging and internet marketing to attract people rather than repel them by going after people (old school method). Love it!!


    • Donna Merrill
      September 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

      Thanks Janette, YOU know what I’m talking about! I see so many people on the phone all day for what? A lead? Maybe 2.
      It IS very old school.

  6. Glyna Humm September 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Make the call, Make the call, Make the call – really doesn’t get you anywhere does it? I love your videos – and now that is going to be stuck in my head all day – but it really help make the point! Anyone would be lucky to have you as a mentor Donna! It really is all about how you can attract people to you instead of chasing them down the street as they run away from the sales pitch! Thanks for sharing Donna!
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Make Them Smile With Appreciation Marketing =-.

    • Donna Merrill
      September 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

      Thanks Glyna,
      That calling thing drives me nuts. Not for me at all. Thanks for having that stuck in your head, that was the purpose of me acting so silly.

  7. Dona Merrill
    September 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by Kaye. Yes, Attraction marketing is the key!
    .-= Dona Merrill´s last blog ..Are You Struggling In Your MLM Business =-.

  8. Kaye Flack September 8, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Thanks for a great post.. I am right with you and understand that its difficult to build an MLM business.. Attraction Marketing works and its just knowing how !!
    .-= Kaye Flack´s last blog ..Using What Works Best !! =-.

  9. Donna Merrill
    September 8, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    Val, see what I mean about videos? Just do it and you end up getting a little silly, but uplift your clients. In this one I was hesitant to put up because I felt like “Crazy Eddie” Remember him?


  10. Val Wilcox September 8, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Love it Donna!
    And you call…and you call… 🙂 Been there done that and you’re right! It doesn’t work. Glad you are so willing to help people so they don’t have to take that same road.

    Your video alone shows that this can all be fun, not the dreaded 50 lbs phone. LOL
    You rock my dear! 🙂
    Val 🙂
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Your Level of Persistence =-.

  11. omarestrada September 8, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Hi Donna!

    Great video.

    I wonder, if people just would be able to realize how good the use of Internet would be for their business…

    I was checking some data from Internet world Stats the other day and the amount of users connected to Internet world wide is almost 2 billion people! WOW! That´s the biggest market ever in history!.

    And with other statistics (Nielsen, August 2010) pointing at a prediction of 250 billion dollars spent only in USA for 2014 over Internet, it´s obvious that Internet is not only the biggest, but probably the hottest market too!.

    I mean, how come can someone consider going to a supermarket to “cold contact”?.

    Great video, my friend!
    .-= omarestrada´s last blog ..Negocios por Internet – del todo y las partes =-.

    • Donna Merrill
      September 8, 2010 at 3:00 am #

      Thank you Omar!
      Cold contact is so dead, but people still use it. I am trying to spread the word for people to learn how to properly use Internet Marketing! I love the Stats. Thanks

  12. Dona Merrill
    September 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Thanks Denise! I myself have learned the hard way. I’ve been there until I found this way to market!
    .-= Dona Merrill´s last blog ..Quality versus Quantity – Social Marketing Strategies =-.

  13. Denise September 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    A lot of people who get involved in mlm are people who don’t have a lot of money to begin with, so doing all the things you have just mentioned doesn’t make sense.

    Your blog series will be exactly what those people will need to read.

    .-= Denise´s last blog ..Does The ‘Comfort Zone’ Really Exist =-.

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