A Review of the Jerky Direct Income Opportunity

Jerky Direct is a producer of all-natural and/or organic meat snacks, supplements, skin care, personal care, and home care items. Dedicated to providing customers with the finest quality products at an exceptional value, Jerky Direct is known as a premier producer and supplier in the health foods industry.

Recently, Jerky Direct expanded its business by adding new lines of products, offering more to consumers than just meat snacks. The result of this is a company name switch to JD Premium Products. Jerky Direct continues to expand its growth by offering a nationwide opportunity to become a distributor of their low cost, healthy products.

Distributors for Jerky Direct earn income in three ways. The first way is by seven level payout. This means that all auto-shipments and enhanced products have commissions which are paid out in seven levels. Second, all distributors receive five percent commission from all wholesale sales generated by their first level past the $12.00 monthly commitment. The third way to earn is through 20% commission paid from all sales generated by the distributor’s web site storefront.

With Jerky Direct, each distributor pays as low as $12.00 monthly as a commitment fee that covers the cost of up to a half pound of meat snacks. All Jerky Direct product distributors are given their own website including hosting and marketing tools to help boost the sales at their storefront. Distributors are also allowed to buy Jerky Direct products with a wholesale discount.

After distributors sell the products they are rewarded with commission payments. Commissions are paid on the first day of each month for earnings made in the previous month. Jerky Direct does not require distributors to reach a certain amount of money before issuing payments. Whatever you make will be paid out whether it was a large sum or small one. Distributors will be eligible for payments as long as their Jerky Direct storefront stays active.

When joining Jerky Direct find yourself a good sponsor. A sponsor who is enthused about representing and promoting the company. I can vouch for the fact this is a legitimate company, but you want someone you join under you can connect with. Someone who will become a good sponsor, mentor and friend to you over the years. This will be your success shield. Make sure they have grasped the basic concepts of marketing, but to be truthful, the more they are familiar with advanced Internet Marketing Concepts the better chances you have of becoming successful in the future, assuming they train you.

Jerky Direct products include jerky that is handmade from top round beef in their USDA certified smokehouse. Seasoned with a special mix of spices, the beef jerky is smoked slowly with hickory and sold in single bags, cases, signature series and gift packs. Jerky Direct supplements and skin care include products such as Radiant Cleanse and Emerald Buffing Creme. Personal care items range from their Burst of Radiance Green Tea Bar Soap to Intensive Therapy Hand and Body Lotion. The Jerky Direct home care line consists of their Engage All Purpose Cleaner, Engage All Organic Stain Pen, and Engage All Organic Laundry Concentrate.

What Is Network Marketing? The History of Network Marketing

The concept of network marketing has been present for over 70 years now and quite a few big businesses and brands took advantage of this marketing approach to enter the marketplace. In this article I will discuss the history of network marketing that will offer you more insight and understanding of the network marketing industry.

It all begins in the late 1800′s. The idea of multi level marketing that we are aware of will be shaped way later, but this phase in time is correlated to a major change in the sales industry. Certainly salesmen have been present far before the late 1800′s since, in order for a business to gets its product to the marketplace, it needed salesmen. These salespeople typically worked as individual salesmen. In the late 1800′s the amount of dealers begun to increase speedily and another phenomena aroused: the formation of sales organizations. Some of the traders started to develop their own organization of dealers on behalf of different companies and made training available to them.

Year 1931 is an additional significant milestone in the history of network marketing. This was the year that the “party plan” was formed. This marketing tactic has been utilized by numerous network marketing distributors. The majority of people know about this marketing stratagem from the Tupperware home parties. The former vice president of Fuller Brush Company, Frank S. Beveridge, and Catherine L. O’Brien had a dream to bring sales to a home business. They gave people the opportunity to set up their own sales business with a small investment. This way Stanley Home Products was born. Some distributors advertised the goods straight to businesses and organizations in order to direct more prospects simultaneously. This line of attack (to direct numerous prospects at the same time) was rapidly changed into a home setting. The distributors were seeking people that would like to host a home party by inviting their friends and family. In this way the “party plan” was shaped. This company turned out to be an educational platform for the leaders of well-known companies in this industry (e.g. Mary Kay and Tupperware).

The plan of Stanley Home Products was the reinventing of the home based business and the invention of direct sales. But nonetheless it did not incorporate the multi level marketing aspect since there was only one parent company that permitted people to initiate a business by selling their products. There was no option for the distributors to build up their own network.

So when was network marketing or multi-level-marketing shaped? This was 14 years later in 1945 by a company called Nutrilite and their American distributors Mytinger & Casselberry. When a distributor achieved the level of 25 clients they were permitted to introduce a new distributor. With the intention of encouraging the distributor to coach a new distributor the best he could, they would give the distributor 2% over the entire sales volume of his organization once the organization counted 150 consumers.

A number of people see this as a pyramid scheme, but it is not. If we look from the standpoint of Nutrilite and Mytinger & Casselberry, they wished for selling more of their products. If one of their distributors is excellent and that distributor can coach others to increase their sales, it is valuable for the parent company. With the aim of making it advantageous for the distributors to teach other people, they offered them a commission over the entire sales volume. This arrangement can be seen as the first acknowledged network marketing compensation plan.

The motive for the expansion in the direction of network marketing lies within the fact that smaller companies were in search of a way to get their products to customers in rural areas. Multi level marketing was the answer for them.

Hereafter, progressively companies began to use the network marketing approach. Older but well-known companies are: Amway, Herbalife, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Avon, Jafra. There are as well numerous famous brands that approached the market via network marketing (E.g. Gillette, Avon, Colgate-Palmolive, Home Shopping Network Direct, Texas Instrument, Dupont and even AOL).

There is one significant moment in time I would like to bring up. In 1979 a decision of the court came out announcing that the network marketing compensation plan of Amway is a legitimate business opportunity and cannot be perceived as a pyramid scheme.

I will put an end to this article by offering some figures of the network marketing industry. Sales last year were over 100 billion USD. At present there are approximately 56 million people worldwide engaged in the network marketing industry. Network marketing companies activate in more than 100 countries worldwide. The last 10 years this industry expanded 90%. Well known entrepreneurs such as Robert Kiyosaki, Paul Zane Pilzer and Donald Trump are supporting the network marketing industry.

What Recent Holiday Retailer Traffic Tells Us About Affiliate Marketing

For anyone marketing online, it probably comes as no surprise that 2013 was another banner year when it came to holiday retail spending/buying on the web. The major leading digital business analytics firm comScore reports that between November 1st and December 31st – over $46.5 billion was spent by online shoppers. They also reported the two busiest days were Cyber Monday and the day following it, with a total of $3.15 billion spent.

For those like me who are heavily into affiliate marketing, this is one of the best times to rack up sales and earn commissions. Shoppers are simply in the right mindset to buy, and more of them are now purchasing their items and gifts online. Affiliate marketers have to take advantage of this “feeding frenzy” and get their sites or affiliate links to the forefront with extra advertising, more content creation and timely posts.

Like past years, this is the time to do that extra advertising and increase your spending. This year I did a press release each day via PRWeb during the weeks around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I have always found it beneficial to create content that’s directly related to these shopping days, heavily promoting any discount coupons and deals from the companies which I promote with my sites. This also creates links/rankings for vital keywords in Google News and Yahoo News around those special holiday shopping events.

However, I just don’t concentrate on the search engines, I also increased my Facebook ads and Tweets to make sure I was receiving traffic from social media sites. Just like other online marketers, Google’s Panda and Penguin updates have taught me never to rely solely on just search engine traffic, it can all disappear in the blink of an eye.

That said, it should come as no surprise to anyone that 40% of traffic to retailers this holiday season, came from search engines according to Experian, a marketing services company. Apparently this traffic was down by 13% from last year, perhaps because many shoppers are using Google paid product ads to find the items they want. One also has to factor in the growing influence of social networking platforms and forums on the delivery of online traffic.

Affiliate marketers must also take advantage of these social networks with branded Twitter feeds and at least a Facebook Fan page. Highly targeted ads on Facebook can pay off, and many marketers are reporting good results. For me personally, I didn’t find my FB ads as effective at driving large amounts of traffic as press releases or even the search engines – at least not directly from Facebook but I have seen an increase in direct traffic to my site. This kind of traffic is really hard to judge, but it’s probably coming from more exposure of my brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Done properly, one’s social media’s fan/follower/subscriber base should be a year round marketing project, building up loyal fans with relevant posts and informative content. After all, during this holiday season, one report shows a 39% jump in traffic coming from these upstream social networks and anyone doing affiliate marketing online can’t ignore these numbers. On Facebook especially, what has really worked well for me is offering handy free guides/videos to get potential buyers onto my lists and into my marketing funnels. Since everything is based on the “sharing” of content, this content can’t be too commercial, or it will turn people off instead of on to your brand.

Experian also reports that discount coupons are losing favor with the buying public, but I would have to disagree with their findings. Then again, I am a little biased because I have effectively used discount coupons in my affiliate marketing for over 10 years. During the peak holiday shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, my promoted companies offer some of the best deals of the year and this is reflected in higher sales. Potential customers are also looking for the best deals at this time, and the affiliate marketer must take advantage.

While all this marketing may make you feel like a used car dealer wannabe, I have always thought of this as a “win-win” situation where the customer gets a great deal and the affiliate earns a small commission. From the beginning, I have always put the emphasis on providing valuable content first and the coupons/discounts as a follow-up or a bonus. If you’re an affiliate marketer and you’re not offering a coupon or discount – just keep in mind, many shoppers (online and off) are postponing their holiday buying until they see these great deals and what discounts each merchant is offering.

If you’re not gearing your online marketing to these special discounts, you may be leaving a lot of sales on the table or for other marketers to acquire. During the holiday shopping season, I simply make sure my subscribers/followers/fans know about these great bargains and we both walk away smiling. And as the above statistics show, more and more customers are turning to online retailers to get the items and gifts they want for the holidays. Affiliate marketers must simply follow the money if they want to survive in this very competitive game.