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Swom is one year old today! The official launch was on 1 March 2010 and what a year it’s been! Over 160,000 new members and several major changes to the system later, is Swom still among the top social networking sites for business? I believe it is.

I joined Swom last February when it was still in pre-launch and upgraded to Gold membership on 26 February. It was my first experience of social networking specifically for business and I admit that I was attracted by the promise of making money just by socializing, connecting with others and encouraging other members to upgrade. One year on, I’m happy to report it’s so much more than that!

The commission structure at that time was complicated. A personally referred member who upgraded would earn you a $15 Fast Start Bonus with a requirement for members to refer 10% new Gold members each month to qualify for ongoing residual commissions for Gold referrals. You were also rewarded for your connections with other members depending on their status and their connections.

Swom has always been keen to have feedback from its members on improvements that could be made to the system. Within the first month, admin had listened to members’ requests to improve the compensation plan and set up a group for suggestions from the members themselves. The result was an improved plan based on the points system which up until a month ago was still in effect.

The new compensation plan rewarded three areas – residual referral bonuses, the Gold Evangelist Bonus Pool bonus and the Community Participation bonus. The community points system (a running total of a member’s points shown under their profile picture) gave an indication of their participation and reputation in the Swom community. Several members have over 100k points to date and many more are nearly at that figure.

The change did not go down well with some members who found the way the new plan was calculated caused a steep drop in their estimated earnings for that month. Generally though, it was welcomed by most members who now found it considerably easier to make money.

Another improvement made around this time, again at the request of the members, was the ability for Gold members to create five groups and send out 500 invitations a day. The group feature at Swom is a great way to promote your business to the other members and is one of the main perks of the upgraded membership. Gold members also got their names displayed as a gold link to differentiate more easily between them and the free members with blue links.

Further improvements followed including the ability for group owners to appoint moderators and make their own group rules, removing posts and banning members if they wished. To combat the growing problem with spam, members were given the ability to disconnect with other members and remove posts on their own walls. Shortly after this, again at the members’ request, community chest bonuses were excluded from the 200 a day point limit, making it possible for even more income to be earned. Don’t let anybody tell you that Swom doesn’t listen to its members!

Swom’s Open University was opened on 24 April 2010 – a highly anticipated area where Gold members could ask and answer questions and receive points for doing so. Experienced marketers could share their knowledge, build their reputation and their list and newcomers to IM could learn all they needed to know about how to become successful internet marketers. Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest incentives to upgrade to Gold and is well worth the cost of the monthly fee. Bear in mind that most, if not all, of the fee can be earned back and it’s obvious it’s a win-win situation.

In July sponsored advertising was introduced where all members could display banners to promote their business opportunities for a low cost and at a discounted rate for Gold members. At the time, 500,000 page views a day was a lot of exposure for your business. Today, with almost double the amount of members, it’s even greater.

Other features which have been introduced during the course of the year include Facebook “like” links for easy promotion of your Swom referral link, quicker connection methods and accept/ignore all connections/groups with one click.

The biggest change to the new system has been implemented in the last few weeks and is still under review by Swom admin. Points awarded for making connections and posting comments have been changed to encourage more quality content. Members now award “likes” for comments which they find interesting or useful. It’s not perfect yet but it has improved the quality of conversation on the dashboard and gone a long way to increase relationship building among the members.

Things have not been all plain sailing for Swom though but problems have been dealt with effectively if not as quickly as some would like. The captcha system was introduced in July to combat those members using robots to cheat the system and other members out of their commissions. There are still problems to be resolved but I have every confidence that they will be dealt with in the same way to make our swomming experience the best it can be.

Swom has come a long way in the last year and its success is undoubtedly built on the members’ willingness to share their knowledge and help others. This ethos is what makes Swom, in my opinion anyway, the ultimate social network for marketers online. Happy Birthday, Swom!

Income from points at Swom is now based on quality rather than quantity.

Under the new system which was introduced on 10 Feb 2011, you now have 50 “likes” a day to give away to others. Each “like” you give earns the receiver 2 points and you 1 point. That’s 50 guaranteed points to begin with. The rest will come from others “liking” what you post. Check out this post for ideas on quality content which will get you “likes”.

You can only “like” one person once a day. To avoid abuse of the system, multiple “likes” to the same person only count as 1 “like” per day. The system will allow you to click the “like” button more than once but neither of you will be credited with points. In effect, it’s a wasted “like”.

How to know if you’ve already “liked” someone today.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.

  • Write down the names of people as you “like” them and check it before giving another. You can do this on paper, in Notepad or on an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Open a new tab showing the breakdown of your community points. To do this, click on the total points under your profile pic or on the ‘more’ link next to ‘Community points earned this month’ under Income. On the chart for ‘Community Points Today’, find the line for Like worth 1 point. This is a running total of the number of “likes” you’ve given today. Check the Count column and remember the number. Award your “like”, go back to the other tab, refresh the page and recheck the number. If it has gone up by 1, you haven’t “liked” that person already today. If it stayed the same, you have. To get your wasted “like” back, go back to the comment and “unlike” it. You now have it back to give to somebody else. This video shows how it works.
    Please note Once you have reached your maximum points for the day, this system will no longer work.

You can see who has “liked” your posts by clicking on the ‘number of people’ link next to the pink thumbs up. A pop-up will appear showing thumbnails of the people who have “liked” that particular comment. You will notice that some names are in blue and some in black. Black indicates that you haven’t visited that member’s profile in a while.

Why do some posts/comments not have a “like” button?

There should be only one occasion when you don’t see a “like” button next to a post or comment and that’s when you’re viewing your own. For obvious reasons, you can’t “like” what you write yourself.

There are a few bugs with the system which make the “like” button not appear when it should. Sometimes refreshing the page fixes it but if it doesn’t, here’s what to do.

Right click on the Options link in the top right hand corner and select ‘Copy Link Location’. Open a new tab and paste it into the address bar. Delete the words ‘delete_confirmation’ and press enter. The thread will load and the “like” button will be there.

Once you have reached your maximum 200 points for the day, you can no longer receive 1 point for each “like” but you can still award them and the people who receive them will still get 2 points unless they themselves have maxed out. Once you have given out your 50 “likes” for the day, the “like” button will turn grey and become unclickable.

Change always unsettles people and Swom’s new “like” system is no exception. It seems that one of the main reasons for this is that members feel they no longer have control over earning points. THAT’S SO WRONG!

The majority of points must now come from other members “liking” what you post. Your success at Swom now depends on QUALITY. You can most definitely influence the amount of likes you get by thinking about what you write. How many likes you get depends on you and not other people! YOU HAVE THE POWER! Write some great content and you WILL be “liked”!

I understand that people feel daunted by this prospect, particularly those who don’t have English as their native language but Swom members are a friendly bunch and they really do want to help one another succeed.

So what can you post that will get you “likes”? Here is a list of ideas taken from a question in the OU.

  • Motivational and positive comments
  • Something that will make the reader smile or laugh
  • Good news
  • Helpful information about any subject (not just marketing)
  • Encouragement and guidance such as marketing tips or Swom tips
  • Relationship building by getting others to participate in the conversation
  • Asking questions or sharing something about yourself
  • Announcing new referrals
  • Posting comments relevant to the conversation
  • Welcoming and helping newbies
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Posting comments which show you’ve made an effort to think of something interesting to say

Less likely to get you “likes”.

  • Just saying “Hi”, “Hello”, “Happy swomming” or any comment which doesn’t add anything to the conversation
  • Posting an ad in the middle of a conversation
  • Asking for “likes” or any other reference to “like” swapping

As you can see, the list of subjects which are more likely to get you a “like” is much longer than the one which isn’t. That gives you plenty of choice on what to write about and a bit of practice will make you an expert in writing quality content.

PLEASE NOTE You will see a lot of posts, questions and comments encouraging you to participate in “like” swapping groups. The choice of whether or not you do this is yours but Swom’s view on this is clear. Admin have already said this cheating and will almost certainly stop it, maybe with penalties to those taking part. It’s up to you but I can’t really see that it’s necessary to risk it with all the suggestions here.

Whether we like it or not, the new system forces us to think about what we post and make it quality content and the dashboard is a much better and more interesting place because of it.

Swom is a social networking site for business and that’s what we’re now seeing – a great mix of business ideas, advice and information, relationship building and positive interaction. All of these are necessary to be successful in Internet Marketing and business in general. Swom is giving us the means to that success!

“Why don’t my referrals upgrade and what can I do about it?” I see this question asked quite often in the Open University and I fully understand how frustrating it is when you’ve worked hard to get referrals and they can’t seem to see the benefits of upgrading, if, indeed, they ever log in to find out!

Before I get into any tactics to improve the odds in your favour, let me say this. There is nothing you can do to ‘make’ your referrals upgrade, nor should you even try. Nothing will put them off quicker than feeling pressured into something they’re not ready to do.

So what may be stopping your referrals from upgrading and what, if anything, can you do about it.

They can’t afford it.

For many people, especially those from the less-developed countries, $24.95 is a lot of money. Conversely, the money they can earn at Swom, assuming they can make the initial payment, is likely to be worth a lot more to them in their own currency. If they could just find the first month’s fee, they would probably be more than willing to put in the work needed to cover it and make a profit the following month. There is no obligation on your part to help them but if you do, it could be very profitable for you.

When a referral upgrades you get $15. You could offer to pay $5 or even $10 of that to your referral to help cover the cost of their first month and you would still be in profit. When considering how much you would be prepared to offer, please bear in mind there may be transfer charges on the transaction.

You may be inclined to offer to pay the full month’s subscription fee. You should only do this if you can afford to lose $24.95. There is no guarantee thay will use it to upgrade and it’s wise to be cautious. I would not recommend doing this for someone else’s referral unless you have a particular reason to do so, since you have nothing to gain from it.

Being prepared to save up to invest in a programme is a good indication that someone will be willing to work hard at it. If you pay for them, don’t be surprised if they disappear when the renewal date arrives.

They don’t have a bank account or credit card.

Many people have a problem funding their AlertPay account because they don’t have a bank account to connect to it. That also means they won’t have a credit card to use.

If they have funds in a PayPal account, you could offer to do an exchange. They transfer money to your PayPal account and you transfer the same amount to their AlertPay account so they can pay for their upgrade. I have done this several times and it’s worked out very well. Usually, the person who is benefitting would pay the transfer fee but of course that’s up to you.

The only other alternative is for them to buy a pre-paid Visa card and use that to upgrade.

They don’t have the time.

People are busy. They have families, jobs, hobbies and a hundred and one other reasons why they can’t sit at a computer all day. Many blue members (and many Golds, too) mistakenly think it takes a long time to get enough points to cover their fee. You can definitely help them with this one!

Explain to them that all they need is a system. You do have a system, right? If you don’t and you wish you did, you can read mine here. It’s possible to do everything you need to do at Swom to cover your fee and be in profit in less than 2 hours a day. A system will let you do everything at the same time – get your points, make connections (possible referrals or future business partners), take part in the Gold Evangelist Bonus to maximise your earnings and promote your business. That’s what we’re all here for, isn’t it?

Show them how to work smarter, not harder.

They’re worried Swom is a scam.

This one is easy! There are hundreds of very happy Gold members who have been paid on time every month since they upgraded. If you haven’t earned enough yet to withdraw any money, send your referral to somebody who can show them proof of payment. There are plenty of members who will be only too happy to oblige.

They don’t want to.

This one is the hardest. If they don’t want to upgrade, there’s nothing you can do about it except hope they change their mind. Keep referring and move on to the next one. People are unpredictable and do things when you least expect it. Maybe they will suddenly see the benefits and upgrade. Now wouldn’t that be a nice surprise? :)

“You have a new referral.” That’s a great email to receive, isn’t it? Whether it’s your 1st, 100th or 1000th, each referral brings the promise of potential earnings and can’t fail to put a little smile on your face.

But what’s going to make the difference between that referral becoming an active member, seeing the benefits of Swom and hopefully upgrading to Gold or never bothering to log in again? The answer is, YOU ARE! What you say and do when you get a new referral can greatly influence the likelihood of that referral staying or leaving.

So, you received the email notification. What are you going to do next?

Wherever possible, make sure the first message on their wall is yours. Ideally you want to have personal contact with them before they log out for the first time. Welcome them to Swom, introduce yourself and tell them how to get in contact with you if they need help. Be explicit with your instructions, for example “click on my picture and leave a message on my wall” or “send a message to my inbox (top right)”. Remember, they have no idea how the site works and often don’t understand how to do things which you take for granted.

At this point, many members go to the dashboard and announce their new referral, asking for members to connect with and welcome them. While this is a really nice gesture, it can make the new member feel overwhelmed, so I don’t personally do it. The Gold members will find them soon enough!

The next thing I do is send a message to their inbox. I do this because wall posts can easily get lost and I want them to read what I have to say. I tell them where they can find useful information about Swom – in my case I send them here to my blog but you will obviously choose the website you have found to be the most helpful to you. There is a list of other members’ blogs with lots of useful information here.

I also warn them about all the messages they will receive about upgrading and advise them to ignore them. I know this seems like an odd thing to do but many new members are annoyed, puzzled or completely put off by this and don’t bother to return. Others think they need to reply saying they will/can’t afford to/don’t want to upgrade. Let’s face it, most of the Gold members writing these messages aren’t expecting a reply. They only have one thing in mind and that’s earning shares in the Gold Evangelist Bonus. A simple, supportive message at this point from a considerate sponsor can make all the difference.

Then it’s just a case of letting them settle in and find their way around. Keep an eye on them, check out their profile page so you will notice if they look like they need more help but don’t overdo it – an over-zealous sponsor can be just as annoying as a disinterested one.

If they’re logging in, connecting with other members and generally being active, you’ve done a great job. If they sign up and never log in again, there’s nothing you can do since Swom doesn’t give us access to their email addresses to follow up with them.

If you’ve done your best and still they don’t seem interested, you just have to accept that Swom isn’t for everybody. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but after all that effort you put into getting them, you want to do everything you can to keep them, don’t you? After all, referrals are like gold dust, especially at Swom.

A person’s success, or lack of it, in Internet Marketing comes largely down to one thing – their ability to get (and keep) paying referrals. The vast majority of opportunities require you to refer to earn money and many people find this very difficult.

There’s no doubt about it, getting referrals for any opportunity isn’t easy unless you have a large list of eager prospects. There’s a very good reason for the saying “The money’s in the list” because it’s true. That’s why, if you’re serious about making money online, the first thing you should do is build your list. This, in itself, takes time and it could be a good couple of years before you have a list big enough to be effective, so how do you get referrals in the meantime?

The answer is hard work and persistence. You need to have a system in place, you need to work it every day and you need to use every advertising option available to you. This doesn’t need to be paid advertising since there are plenty of free options which are effective. You will just have more restrictions on the number of people you can reach and the frequency of posting or mailing. The important thing to remember is to keep doing it every day.

There are so many places to advertise, it’s just a case of finding out which ones are the most effective for you. You can find my list of some of the most responsive places to advertise for free here. Post on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, IM Faceplate, APSense, use traffic exchanges, text ad exchanges, safelists and classified ads, start a blog, write articles, post on forums and take advantage of listbuilders such as SwomBomb which include Swom or allow you to add your own programmes.

You could also use programmes which supply free leads such as Orange Leads and Triple Your List. The only disadvantage to this is you will need to enter them manually into your email Contacts list, from where you can import them using the Swom Contacts Importer. Ideally, you would import them to your autoresponder but most will require them to opt-in which is more trouble than it’s worth.

Where do I find my referral link?

Click on the ‘Contacts’ tab and scroll down to where it says ‘Your Unique Referral Link’.

Where can I find Swom’s promotional tools?

Swom’s promo tools are sadly lacking, to say the least. The only thing they provide are a couple of emails which can be found under ‘Contacts’ —> ‘Sample Ads’. These have probably been seen so often they’re unlikely to be particularly effective. This means it will be necessary for you to write your own email copy, the mere thought of which puts many people off.

If you’re not confident about your writing skills or just don’t know where to start, there is a free video available which will give you some great tips on writing effective email copy. You can read my tips and find the link here.

Swom also doesn’t provide banners but many members have made their own and very kindly shared them. To find them, type ‘swom banners’ into the ‘Find people’ box and you will see a list of questions asked in the OU wth links to the banners. Please be considerate when using these and wherever possible copy the image and upload it to your own server if you have one. If not, upload it to an image hosting website such as TinyPic. This way you will not be using somebody else’s bandwidth and will always have them should the member remove them.

Alternatively, you can make your own banners, splash and squeeze pages using the free tools here.

Everybody knows that the real money in Swom comes from getting referrals who subsequently upgrade. That’s another whole topic in itself but you have to get them first. Basically, there are hundreds of places where you can promote your Swom link. You just need to find the ones that work for you and use them consistently.

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If you’ve been in Internet Marketing for any length of time, you can’t have failed to notice all the talk of “branding yourself”. But what does it actually mean?

Let’s think about this for a moment. When you’re considering joining a new opportunity, do you join through the first ad you see or do you consider who you might be joining under? Would you prefer to join through a referrer or a sponsor? Do you know the difference?

Your success or failure in any opportunity could well be determined by the person you join under, particularly if you’re a newcomer to Internet Marketing. A referrer is someone who thinks building a downline is just a numbers game – get as many as you can to make as much money as you can but don’t bother building a relationship with any of them. A sponsor will give you advice and information, support you and help you to duplicate their success.

When I want to join an opportunity, the first thing I do is decide who I would like to be my sponsor. In other words, I choose who I join that opportunity under based on what I know about them as a person. I may even actively seek out a particular person to ask them if they are a member. I choose them because they have branded themselves as an expert in their field, as a great sponsor and as someone whose judgement I feel I can trust. Branding is about getting yourself known, liked and trusted.

So how do you brand yourself as a marketer who people will want to do business with? Swom makes it easy. Use your profile page to write about yourself to give others an insight into your personality and your experience in Internet Marketing. Upload your photo to get yourself recognised and list your main business opportunities. Then start making those all-important connections.

Internet Marketing is all about building relationships. It is, perhaps, one of the most important things you can do to be successful online. You do it by branding yourself, your name, your face and letting people get to know you. With over 100,000 members, Swom is the perfect place to do this.

Don’t forget, it’s just as easy to brand yourself as someone people DON’T want to do business with as someone they do! Make sure you’re in the right category!

New members at Swom could be forgiven for thinking they’d arrived in a community which was obsessed with gold. Actually, that isn’t too far from the truth. Sometimes it seems that pretty much every post you read contains the word ‘gold’, often in ways which make absolutely no sense at all.

So why is the word ‘gold’ the most overused – and unnecessarily overused – word in the Swom dictionary?

The reason is, of course, that Swom has made it inevitable that this will happen. Combine their compensation plan, which rewards Gold members for encouraging free members to upgrade, with people’s misunderstanding of how the system works and you have the recipe for a gold overdose.

Gold members earn shares in the Gold Evangelist Bonus by encouraging blue members to upgrade – a very clever ploy by Swom to increase their revenue. To do this, they must write a message on the blue member’s wall which includes the word ‘Gold’, the idea being to provide helpful information about the benefits of upgrading. And therein lies the problem.

It seems that many members don’t actually understand how this works, so you have the situation where every post contains the word, sometimes two or three times. While they should be given credit for the (often) ingenious ways they find to include it in their messages, it does tend to make for incredibly tedious reading and is totally unnecessary.

So here are the facts:-

  • The ONLY time the word ‘Gold’ NEEDS to be used is when a Gold member is writing on a blue member’s wall to take part in the Gold Evangelist Bonus. There is NO BENEFIT to using it at other times.
  • There is NO BENEFIT to blue members using the word at all.
  • It DOESN’T get you more points.
  • It DOESN’T increase your chances of winning a community chest.
  • Using it continually actually detracts from its main purpose.

That members don’t understand this is apparent when you have blue members telling other blue members to ‘go Gold’ and, even more amusingly, blue members telling Gold members to ‘go Gold’!

There is also a much bigger problem with the system. New members are inundated with messages which, on many occasions, seem more like an order than helpful encouragement to upgrade. It’s hardly surprising that some never bother to log in again.

My solution is to warn my referrals that it will happen and tell them to ignore it. I’ve lost at least one of my referrals because of it and a simple explanation often solves the problem. The decision to upgrade to Gold or not is a personal one and members need to respect that.

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Swom is a great place to promote your business but you need a slightly different approach to most of the other places you advertise.

Swom is a social networking site, so the emphasis is on getting to know people and building a relationship with them before you try to promote to them. This is actually much more effective than most promotional methods since it’s far easier to persuade people to join your business opportunity if you have taken the time to get to know them and built up their trust in you first.

So how should you promote your business at Swom for the best results? Here are a few guidelines.

  • DO invite members to visit your profile to see what you have to offer. This is much more effective than bombarding them with your offers since they can do it through choice and in their own time. Many members do this as a matter of course anyway.
  • DO start up a conversation with them to find out a bit more about them. People relate well to others who seem genuinely interested in them as a person and not just as a potential referral.
  • DO offer help and information about anything they seem interested in and especially if they ask for it. It never fails to amaze me how many members visit the dashboard, post their promotions and promptly disappear! They don’t even bother to answer any comments or questions from the other members. What a wasted opportunity that is! Not only that, how much support would you get from them as a sponsor? Think about it.
  • DON’T greet your new connections with a hard sell of your business opportunity. This isn’t the way to get sign-ups from a social networking site and is likely to have the opposite effect.
  • DON’T spam someone’s wall with the same promotion over and over again. Yes, it happens, sometimes several times a day!
  • DON’T post your business opportunity in the middle of someone else’s conversation on the dashboard. Yes, that happens too and far too often!

Where can I promote my business at Swom?

The main place to advertise your business opportunity is on your profile page. This is one of the few places you can post a link without losing points. Click on ‘Add a business’ next to ‘Biz Ops I recommend….’ and enter the details. Please be honest when you fill in the ‘My income from this company’ section. This is for people to get an impression of how much they could actually earn – not projected earnings, not company hype and definitely not some made-up figure to try to get them to sign up. If you do this, you will not only lose a referral as soon as they find out but also your credibility as an honest internet marketer. You can also promote a link without penalty through the inbox.

The other places where you can promote your business are on the dashboard and on another member’s profile page but if you post a full link you will lose 5 points. To get around this, leave off the http:// and/or www. part of the link. This is common practice at Swom and members know to copy and paste it into their browsers to check it out if they’re interested. If you’re using FireFox, there is a very useful addon called Text Link which allows you to load a URL written like this by double-clicking it.

Be considerate when promoting on the dashboard and particularly on someone else’s profile page for the reasons given above.

Gold members also have the ability to create groups to promote their businesses which is a great way to get visibility to your offers. Groups give you the opportuniy to interact with your members, answer their questions and release recent news and updates.

Swom has recently introduced paid banner advertising for all its members. For as little as $0.35 per 1000 impressions ($25 minimum bulk purchase of credits), you can have your banner shown on the dashboard, where it can be commented on, and on the profile pages of blue members. Gold members get up to 56% off advertising prices. To set up your advertising campaign, click on the ‘Advertise’ tab and then on ‘Create new Ad’.

How many businesses can I list?

You can list as many businesses as you like on your profile page but it’s a good idea to limit yourself to a maximum of five. A long list will only prompt people to wonder how you can actually cope with so many opportunities effectively and they will doubt whether you will have the time to support them should they join you.

Don’t forget to remove a business which is not working for you or is suspected to be a scam. Remember, this is all about your credibility as a marketer and nothing will lose that faster for you than giving false or misleading information.

How do I edit my businesses?

Hover your cursor over the business you want to edit and you will see the ‘Edit|Remove’ link in the top right-hand corner of the highlighted area.

With 15 million page views a month (that’s 500,000 a day), however you promote your business at Swom, that’s a lot of people viewing your opportunities. Not only that, the vast majority of them are marketers, so it’s targeted traffic. Can you afford not to be a member?

Every day thousands of people venture onto the internet to try to find the perfect opportunity to earn some money online. Take the keyword phrase ‘how to earn money online’, for example. The Google Adwords Keyword Tool shows that 135,000 people globally search for information on this a month and that’s just one keyword!

The vast majority have no idea how to go about it or where to find the information they need to succeed. Many have little or no money to start with and those who do are often scammed because they don’t know how to tell a good opportunity from a bad one. They’re taken in by the hype and misinformation that many programmes promote and it’s hardly surprising they soon give up and state “Internet Marketing doesn’t work”.

So, supposing there was an opportunity where they could earn a guaranteed income every month (there aren’t many that can claim that) and, at the same time, learn exactly how to set up an internet business, see proof of payment on the best paying legitimate programmes, learn how to avoid scams, learn how to build a list, find out the best ways to promote their business and build valuable business contacts with other successful marketers. Sounds too good to be true, huh?

Claims that sound too good to be true usually are. Not in this case! It’s 100% true and I’ll tell you exactly how to do it. The only commitment required to make a success of this opportunity is the willingness to learn from the experiencd marketers and to put in the effort needed to earn.

So here we go!

  1. Join Swom here.
  2. Upload your profile picture and write your bio to start branding yourself.
  3. Upgrade your account to Gold member – free members can’t earn or access the Open University.
  4. Get your 200 points a day by connecting and socializing with the other members. This will cover your subscription fee and give you a small amount of profit.
  5. Take part in the Gold Evangelist Bonus. Depending on how hard you work at it, this could give you another $20+ a month.
  6. Start building relationships with the other marketers. Success in Internet Marketing is dependant on getting to know people and building trust. This is why social networking is so effective as a business tool.
  7. Visit the Open University and read the questions and answers. Ask some of your own if you can’t find the information you’re looking for. (You even get paid for that!)
  8. Enjoy yourself! Social networking is fun and making money online doesn’t have to be boring :)

There you go! 8 easy steps to making your first dollar online and learning how to make a lot more!

Don’t believe me? That’s OK, why should you? In that case, join for free and don’t upgrade (yet!). Chat to the other members, get a feel for the place, find out how helpful and friendly everybody is, ask as many questions as you like, get first-hand proof of payment from Swom and then decide for yourself if it’s true.

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