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Gery

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Avatars of the top 20 AA bidders in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Leadership #Team Building

19 minutes ago

No, Pickaface.net does great with small mobile devices. No computer needed.

More info here: www.sfimg.com/Support/Solution?id=206591&referrer=search

14 posts
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Rocket Box Double Winner! in Recognition #Astro Auctions

5 hours ago

That's true for regular auctions with ONE Rocket Box. When there are more than one Rocket Boxes, however, more than one winner is drawn. A "3x Rocket Box," for example, will normally have 3 winners.

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Rocket Box Double Winner! in Recognition #Astro Auctions

5 hours ago

Rocket Box is purely a random drawing. Hence, if you're participating in the auction, your name could get drawn more than once. It is unlikely, but it can happen. And, no, rebidding does not increase your chances of winning Astro drawing.

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

5 hours ago

Excellent question, Blane. The new gateway is for prospects only (persons not yet members/affiliates). However, we hope to follow up the gateway with a method for you to do the same thing with existing PRMs. Stay tuned.

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

5 hours ago

That's the concept essentially, yes. However, some of the finer details are still be worked out. For example, we probably will need to require some minimum amount of TCredits be maintained in your account in order to use this new gateway.

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

5 hours ago

I agree. If you're using your TCredits as samples in your advertising, they should be able to be expensed (at least that would be true with the United States tax code). As for compensation, the whole reason you would give someone a TCredit is to create a new income stream for yourself through that PRM's future activities (that's your compensation).

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

5 hours ago

You can have earned VersaPoints and a modicum of Rewardicals when you purchased the TCredits. But for the larger amount of Rewardicals, that will go to the ultimate spender of the TCredit. But, yes, you'll earn the Rewardical Matches for all Rewardical earned by your PRMs.

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Congratulations E365 Champion Kris Varma ! in Recognition

15 hours ago

Every year, more than a half million men and women become SFI affiliates. But only 365 of them achieve the title of SFI E365 Champion. Today we are pleased to name a new member of this elite group:


Kris Varma
AUSTRALIA

Congratulations, Kris! My hat is off to you for your hard work, persistence, and overall excellence you maintained throughout the year to achieve this very special award. Well done!

For all our other finalists of the class of August 21st, 2017, we salute you as well. Truly, it's affiliates like you that make SFI the #1 company of its kind in the world!

Learn more about the E365 contest.

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

21 hours ago

1. Right. It's essentially giving your customers a sample of your product...one of the most successful and proven marketing methods in history.

2. Once we're up and running, we'll certainly consider a larger amount for those who want to be more aggressive, but we need to first make sure that there are minimal exploits. The last thing we want to see happening is our affiliates being preyed upon by scammers!

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Avatars of the top 20 AA bidders in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Leadership #Team Building

21 hours ago

Hi Erlinda,

Avatars are not REQUIRED, only recommended (plus, if you're an SFI affiliate, you're incentivized with some nice VersaPoints for adding your avatar).

Why not require? Let's say you signed up a new prospect who was ready to buy several thousand TCredits and start bidding...but they couldn't figure out how to create and/or upload their avatar. Would you REALLY want to lose such a person and some big commissions just because they haven't uploaded an avatar yet?

That said, after we get some of the other great features we're still developing in place, we'll definitely be looking at some new creative ways to get as many people as possible to add an avatar. After all, as Gilbert rightly stated, it makes Astro more fun...and more fun is a very good thing! :-)

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Quantum prize query in Ask Gery

21 hours ago

Hi Jordan,

Due to the high cost of providing this prize, it's one of the rarer ones to win...but all wins of Quantum are listed on the Flight Log when they occur. All prizes have to be paid for of course so our programming is set so you'll win lower-value prizes much more often than you'll win higher-value prizes such as Quantum. Hope that makes sense.

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New Astro Auctions Gateway...getting close! in SFI News #Astro Auctions #Marketing

21 hours ago

The new Astro Auctions Gateway (which allows your prospects to sign up as your PRM and get a free entry in an auction of their choice with guaranteed prizes) is getting close! Attached is a sneak peek! Be sure to have some TCredits on hand so you can start using the new gateway when it debuts (you'll be transferring one TCredit to each new PRM your Gateway generates).



Note: We will of course have other marketing aids available for promoting Astro Auctions that don't require gifting TCredits to your PRMs.

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Validation of Email Address Before an Account can be opened in Suggestion Box #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

23 hours ago

Maybe this will help everyone understand better...

Let's say your ads have generated 100 new sign-ups (PSAs) this month.

With the current system, out of those 100, 5 entered bad email addresses, but you've still got 95 other people to work with. Not bad at all. Remember, everything about marketing is a numbers game!

Now let's say we changed to a double opt-in system (requiring email verification prior to be allowed to join SFI) as many affiliates want:

You've got the same 5 with a bad email address, but now 20 of those who had a good email address never even got signed up, never got to even see the Affiliate Center, and so your ad only produced 80 sign-ups for you instead of 100.

Why? Because many ISPs treat emails with opt-in links from SFI with "disdain." That is, they either send these emails straight to junk folders where they'll likely never be seen...or, worse, they "tarpit" them which means they don't deliver them AT ALL. Also add to this human nature/laziness (people just flat-out not seeing the email in their inbox or procrastinating so they never complete their sign-up).

So are you better off with SFI using a double opt-in system? NO. You just LOST 20 of your sign-ups, any one of which might have been the next superstar in SFI and who might have made you many thousands of dollars in the years to come!

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PSA coming throught builder buldle:mailbox unavailable, WHY? in Miscellaneous

1 day ago

We HAVE taken the necessary actions. We've weighed out the pluses and minuses of a double opt-in system and the pluses outweigh the minuses. Surely you want to make more money in SFI, not less, right?

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PSA coming throught builder buldle:mailbox unavailable, WHY? in Miscellaneous

1 day ago

To add to the above Knowledge Base article...

It's all about the net. Do you want to put up with an occasional bad email address...or do you want to LOSE boatloads of legitimate sign-ups...people that could make you thousands of dollars...because of bad ISPs that won't deliver our emails? Clearly, putting up with a few bad email addresses is going to make you a lot more money in the long run!

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PSA coming throught builder buldle:mailbox unavailable, WHY? in Miscellaneous

1 day ago

From the 24-hour Knowledge Base at support.sfimg.com...

What does SFI do to ensure a new affiliate's email address is legitimate?

The SFI program emphasizes the importance of confirming an affiliate's email address and encourages them to do so. For example, we list that task high up in their To-Do List (for 150 VP) and list verifying their email address in an early LaunchPad lesson as one of the requirements for entering the popular E365 contest. We also make sure they're aware on the registration page that affiliates with bad email addresses CANNOT HAVE COMMISSIONS PAID TO THEM.

In addition, we don't allow email addresses that don't contain all required parts of a legitimate email address. So, you wouldn't be able to register with, say, joe@mail. The SFI registration form ONLY accepts properly formatted email addresses.

Why don't we REQUIRE email address?

Firstly, not requiring a double opt-in process allows new affiliates to start IMMEDIATELY upon signing up with SFI. No delay. This is BIG. We can't emphasize this enough!

Secondly, we once did require e-mail addresses. In fact, SFI used the double opt-in process for our first 12 years. However, we found that a substantial number of legitimate signups were lost with the double opt-in system because many new Affiliates couldn't find the confirmation email due to their ISP diverting our email to a spam folder or not delivering it all! PLUS...this method has really fallen out of favor on the Internet. Besides, it doesn't really deter anyone who is motivated to generate bogus signups as there's no difficulty in getting a free email address and then confirming it. It's just one extra click.

NOTE: There are still some ISPs that won't deliver our emails, but they WILL deliver YOUR welcome messages–another reason why it's so critical you send out a welcome to your own Personally Sponsored Affiliates (PSAs).

Bottom line: A double opt-in system has more negatives then positives, and some of the proof of that is SFI's substantial growth in SALES and REVENUE since moving away from the double opt-in process.

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Validation of Email Address Before an Account can be opened in Suggestion Box #Getting Started #PSA #Team Building

1 day ago

From the 24-hour Knowledge Base...

What does SFI do to ensure a new affiliate's email address is legitimate?

The SFI program emphasizes the importance of confirming an affiliate's email address and encourages them to do so. For example, we list that task high up in their To-Do List (for 150 VP) and list verifying their email address in an early LaunchPad lesson as one of the requirements for entering the popular E365 contest. We also make sure they're aware on the registration page that affiliates with bad email addresses CANNOT HAVE COMMISSIONS PAID TO THEM.

In addition, we don't allow email addresses that don't contain all required parts of a legitimate email address. So, you wouldn't be able to register with, say, joe@mail. The SFI registration form ONLY accepts properly formatted email addresses.

Why don't we REQUIRE email address?

Firstly, not requiring a double opt-in process allows new affiliates to start IMMEDIATELY upon signing up with SFI. No delay. This is BIG. We can't emphasize this enough!

Secondly, we once did require e-mail addresses. In fact, SFI used the double opt-in process for our first 12 years. However, we found that a substantial number of legitimate signups were lost with the double opt-in system because many new Affiliates couldn't find the confirmation email due to their ISP diverting our email to a spam folder or not delivering it all! PLUS...this method has really fallen out of favor on the Internet. Besides, it doesn't really deter anyone who is motivated to generate bogus signups as there's no difficulty in getting a free email address and then confirming it. It's just one extra click.

NOTE: There are still some ISPs that won't deliver our emails, but they WILL deliver YOUR welcome messages–another reason why it's so critical you send out a welcome to your own Personally Sponsored Affiliates (PSAs).

Bottom line: A double opt-in system has more negatives then positives, and some of the proof of that is SFI's substantial growth in SALES and REVENUE since moving away from the double opt-in process.

48 posts
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Long Auction in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

1 day ago

That's not how it works. EVERY bidder contributes to meeting the reserve price. People should not bid if they're not willing to let their participation in an auction play out.

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Congratulations E365 Champion JOSEPH KANDANKERIL OOMMEN! in Recognition

1 day ago

Every year, more than a half million men and women become SFI affiliates. But only 365 of them achieve the title of SFI E365 Champion. Today we are pleased to name a new member of this elite group:


JOSEPH KANDANKERIL OOMMEN
KUWAIT

Congratulations, JOSEPH KANDANKERIL! My hat is off to you for your hard work, persistence, and overall excellence you maintained throughout the year to achieve this very special award. Well done!

For all our other finalists of the class of August 20th, 2017, we salute you as well. Truly, it's affiliates like you that make SFI the #1 company of its kind in the world!

Learn more about the E365 contest.

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Proposal-Newbie Astro Auctions in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Pricebenders #Rewardical

1 day ago

As I explained earlier in this thread, Sanjev, this is NOT a no-brainer. Do you REALLY want to create a system where innocent people are being exploited by scammers? We sure don't!

25 posts
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Proposal-Newbie Astro Auctions in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Pricebenders #Rewardical

1 day ago

You misunderstand. My "XXX" was to represent ANY number. The majority of our Junior auctions have been for 100 or less TCredits.

We have all kinds of things in place to make it so Astro Auctions are winnable by everyone. That said, we can't somehow magically make a person rich. That's in the hands of the individual. "If it's to be, it's up to me." I started with nothing but the determination to build a successful business. I did it and so can you. Go to work and make it happen.

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Long Auction in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

1 day ago

Did you read the thread? You'd rather SFI go bankrupt? Then there is no Astro Auctions, no TripleClicks, no Rewardical, no Localvantia, etc. How does putting SFI out of business serve you or any other affiliate?

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Winning of prices - no shipping in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

2 days ago

It's normally not about the shipping cost. It's about regulations of your government or international shipping restrictions (e.g. lithium battery dangers). So even if we allowed you to pay extra for shipping, we still couldn't ship the item to you.

But have patience; we are working towards other solutions, such as having a company in your region fulfill orders.

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Long Auction in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

2 days ago

That's correct. Physical items, especially those that are bulkier, add quite a bit to our cost, which means a higher reserve price must be met before the auction can launch. But let's not forget that we haven't even opened up Astro to non affiliates really. When the new gateway debuts (which should be by the end of the month), our base of bidders can expand exponentially. More bidders = less fueling = faster auctions. We all just have to work together and take it one step at a time.

One more thing: We've also recently added to the number of auctions going at once. The more auctions going, the more bidders are needed to complete fueling of course. We're trying hard to give everyone lots of choices as they've asked for while not having so many auctions going at once that auctions start bogging down frequently. Remember, Astro is new and it will take some time to tweak and refine all elements.

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Long Auction in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

3 days ago

Pound of flesh?! So, George, we're just supposed to take huge losses? That's just simply not feasible or realistic. Do you want SFI to go bankrupt? How about giving our new program a little time? We're BARELY out of the womb at this point. We haven't even completed programming on many of the core features (yes, there are lots of goodies still to come).

And what is really so bad about an auction that goes on a few days? It's not like you have to follow it like you did with Pricebenders. Simply set it (your bid) and forget it. You'll get an email notification when the auction is ready to go. Why is that so awful? The most successful auction site in the world, eBay, often takes WEEKS for its auctions. We're currently averaging about 10 hours and I think that's actually quite fast considering how new Astro is.