Published on March 10, 2014
New Member CORE Checklist Welcome to the Empower Network! Print this worksheet off, and follow along with the assignments, as you go through each Fast Start Video. None of these steps is more important than another; however, each one of them should be completed in the order listed in this checklist. Before you do anything - PLEASE setup your merchant account following the instructions in the ﬁrst video. It will ensure you can start collecting 100% commissions as soon as possible. The SOLE PURPOSE of this Fast Start Series is to help you make a LOT more money in your business, and have a MUCH easier life. If you commit to follow the 8 Core Commitments as outlined in these videos - I PROMISE you that it will change your life for the better. When you apply these steps in your business it will grow faster AND stronger than you ever thought possible. Simply print off this document now, and check each box as you complete the relevant assignment. Print the document now. Getting Started Assignments: I have printed off this document, and have it in front of me. I am in front of my computer, ready to learn, take notes, and complete the ENTIRE fast start series in one sitting. I have watched the Quick Start Video, and am ready to get started with Empower Network immediately. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Core Commitment #1: Setup Your Merchant Account The ﬁrst core commitment is to set up your Merchant Account, so you can have your customers pay you directly into your bank account. Please, do not DO ANYTHING else before your merchant application is submitted. We have a merchant agreement setup with the largest Credit Card Processor in the world, First Data, where we can get 99.9% of you approved quickly, whether you have good credit or not. This is the only ʻslightlyʼ complicated part of the Empower Network set up process - and they get deposited into your bank account straight from your customerʼs credit card. Having a merchant account is required to get commissions, and the ﬁrst time you have money deposited into your bank account - youʼll be amazed at how good it feels. This is the only ʻslightlyʼ complicated part of setting up your business - and there is no way to short cut this step - the whole process, from set up to getting your account up and running will if you follow the instructions in the video and this document EXACTLY. Once you have your own merchant account - no one will ever be able to control the amount of money you make again - nobody but YOU. NOTE: The ﬁrst video is a complete tutorial that walks you through the entire merchant account set-up process. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Simply go to this link: http://www.fdis-dfw.com/en and click the button that says ʻGet Started Todayʼ that looks like this: Simply click the button, and looks like this: Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
***VERY IMPORTANT: The next page just looks tricky - please, read the paragraph at the top of the page before you do ANYTHING. Even though I had warning when I ﬁrst ﬁlled this form out - I still didnʼt do it right. The page you should be on is an instruction page to follow along with as you submit your application - you need to open the application link in a new window and follow along, screen by screen. The instruction page looks like an application, so it isnʼt perfectly clear unless you know that when you go there - after that, the process is point and click. Open the link in a new tab that says “CLICK HERE TO BEGIN APPLICATION” to open the actual application, it looks like this: After that - the process is literally point and click - the instruction page will tell you, screen by screen what answers to put in. Make sure to follow the setup instructions for each page, and it will be up and running easy and fast! Remember - this is the only ʻslightly complicatedʼ part of setting up a business with us - everything else is pre-built into our system. Your merchant account can be automatically approved as soon as the next business day. It may take 2 or 3 BUSINESS DAYS. Check your email every day (including your Spam folder!) for an approval email from First Data. That email contains the ﬁnal instructions to activate your merchant account, and it usually takes less than 5 minutes - simply follow the instructions, and Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
from that moment on, youʼll be able to use our order pages built into the system to deposit money into your bank account, instantly. IMPORTANT: While youʼre on the phone with Linkpoint verifying your account, have them guide you into your online store, and download your PEM ﬁle - be sure to save this to your computer in a place youʼll be able to ﬁnd - thereʼs only one more step in activating your account. There is one ﬁnal step to activating your merchant account - youʼll need your store number and PEM ﬁle. You should have had LinkPoint guide you on the phone directly to downloading that ﬁle - if you havenʼt - call them, and have them walk you through it - it takes less than 2 minutes. Then, all you need to do, is upload your PEM ﬁle to the right place in the members area, and insert your store number, and youʼre done! Hereʼs how to do it: First, login to the members area here: http://empowernetwork.com/ Members/ After youʼre logged in, youʼll be taken to the ʻMy Trainingʼ tab and the screen should look like this: Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Click on the ʻMy Accountʼ link at the top of the screen. It should load this screen: Scroll down, and youʼll see 2 ﬁelds to insert your Merchant Information: Simply put your Store number in the ﬁrst ﬁeld (should be around 7 digits, and will have come in your welcome email) Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
FINALLY: Click ʻChoose Fileʼ and navigate to where you saved your PEM ﬁle. The ﬁle should look something like 1234567.pem (or yourstorenumber.pem). After you have inserted the ﬁle scroll to the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says ʻUpdate Proﬁleʼ. Bamb! Youʼre done - that is the most technical thing youʼll ever have to do at the Empower Network, and the whole process takes less than an hour. Make sure that you DO NOT go to the second video until this step is completely done. Your merchant account needs to be in place to get your 100% commissions. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Here is the Checklist to ensure your merchant account has been completely setup : Step One: I have gone to http://www.fdis-dfw.com/en/, and have completed the entire merchant application, following the instructions exactly. Step Two: I have received my Merchant Approval emails from First Data. If you donʼt get them for any reason by Noon ON THE THIRD BUSINESS DAY following your application - please call (877) 274-7915, and First Data will assist you with the status of your application. Step Three: I have called and activated my Merchant Account with the instructions received in my emails, and while I was on the phone, I had customer service help me login, and download my PEM ﬁle to a place on my computer that I remember. Step Four: I have logged in to http://empowernetwork.com/Members/ clicked on ʻMy Accountʼ, entered my store number in the appropriate ﬁeld, and uploaded my PEM ﬁle and hit ʻUpdate Proﬁleʼ Thatʼs it! Congratulations, you can now proceed to the Second Core Commitment. Your payment pages will now automatically work, and your customers will be depositing payments right from their credit card into YOUR bank account - weʼll do all the ʻhard sellingʼ you just need to follow steps 2-8 to get trafﬁc and build your team. Please continue to Core Commitment #2: Blog Daily Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Core Commitment #2: Blog Daily This is the second commitment of being a part of the Empower Network - blogging every day. As youʼll see, this is a lot simpler than setting up your merchant account. Our blogging system is built into WordPress - so if youʼre familiar with WordPress - you donʼt even really need to spend any time learning anything new here - just commit for the next six months, to write one new, unique blog post per day, and post it on your site. Thereʼs only one way to login to your blog on our site - ﬁrst, you have to login to the members are here: http://empowernetwork.com/Members/ Second - when you login, you should see a big green button that says ʻLogin & Start Bloggingʼ - it looks like this: Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
When you hit that button - it will take you to your wordpress members area. There are two options to view the members area: 1. The Normal WordPress Members area. 2. The ʻSimple Viewʼ Since this is targeted at people who donʼt understand WordPress - Iʼll focus on the Simple View. You can navigate back and forth between the two viewing methods by clicking the blue button on the upper right hand of the screen. Hereʼs where the button is in the ʻsimple viewʼ: When you click the button, it will load a more complex interface designed for people already familiar with blogging, it looks like this: Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
This is the ʻadvancedʼ members view - which youʼll probably like better if youʼre a bit more familiar with WordPress. If you ﬁnd yourself on this screen - just hit the button that says ʻActivate Easy Adminʼ to go to the more simple view. Hereʼs what you donʼt need to do to blog with the Empower Network: 1. Customize a theme 2. Install any plugins 3. Learn how to ʻconvertʼ trafﬁc better on your pages. Weʼll do all that for you - you just focus on blogging daily, and weʼll work on getting you more sales, more money, and an easier life. Letʼs go back to the Easy View. Hit the button, and letʼs write your ﬁrst post. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Your screen should look like this: If you scroll your mouse over any of the question marks, youʼll get a popup description of what to do in each ﬁeld - letʼs keep things REALLY simple, and I actually want you to write your ﬁrst blog post - right now, about why you got involved in The Empower Network, and what your vision is with it - whether itʼs to recruit people into another business, or you just want to make a six ﬁgure income here - whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go - we have a place for YOU in the Empower Network, because this company was built to help YOU rise to the top. There are 4 important parts of a Blog Post - Iʼm going to brieﬂy talk about each of the 4 sections. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Remember - the part that makes this whole system work is a MASSIVE group of people posting QUALITY content each day. If you blog daily - every day, for the next six months - it will take you about an hour each evening to do, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that will create a more sustainable business online than just consistently focusing on getting better, and better at blogging. The best part? There really isnʼt anything technical about it with us - itʼs easy, and all you have to do is... ...be consistent. Most people in the internet marketing niche think that they should only blog about their ʻtopicʼ and Iʼll tell you from experience - thatʼs full of it. People want to know about you, your passions, your ideas, and what makes you tick. One time, I wrote a post ranting about the Government on my personal blog, and it brought in over 250 leads in a couple of days because it sparked interest in a whole group of people that donʼt usually visit my site. Write about whatever you want, and youʼll get better - just do it, daily. So here are the 4 important parts of a blog post: (itʼs important to blog EVERY DAY, 7 days a week, feel free to write about whatever the heck you want - youʼll get better, and inner circle members are going to have access to a course called ʻBlogging Basicsʼ that weʼre working on right now...) 1. The Title: This is easy - just write what your post is about - make it a short sentence. Your ﬁrst one could be as easy as “Why I got involved in The Empower Network” or “My Ultimate Plan To Get Money” - leave the quotations out of it. 2. The Body: Just write a 500-700 word article. Mix up the body with short paragraphs, quotes, and feel free to pop a video in there from Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
YouTube that helps you illustrate your point, or gives you some inspiration. If you ever take content from someone elseʼs blog posts or articles - make sure to reference the source and post a link to the original authorʼs article. If you want some good examples of Blog Posts, you can visit the corporate blog that myself, David Sharpe, and other good writers in the Empower Network will be posting to every single day. You can visit that blog here: http://empowernetwork.com 3. The Call To Action: The ʻcall to actionʼ is the part of your article where you tell your visitors what they should do next. Depending on your post - this could be in the middle of your post, what I prefer to do is put it in a P.S. line. Essentially - you want people clicking on the images on your blog to the capture pages, and then watching the video presentation to sell them on the basic $25 Empower Network membership. I like to put that in the P.S. line, because after 2 years of blogging and getting millions of visitors per month on my personal site, Iʼve noticed that if I put a call to action in the middle of a post, that people donʼt comment, because they donʼt want their friends to see something ʻsalesyʼ. I also notice I get higher conversions if I make it more subtle - because better content attracts more repeat readers. 4. The Tags: This is in the lower right of the posting area, and most people who are new miss it, and donʼt put any tags in. Basically, tags are just one or two word groups that describe what a post is about, and they help sort information from Search Engines. Honestly, theyʼre less important than they used to be - just write 5-7 groups about what your post is about, and weʼll get more involved in how to do it better in the ʻblogging basicsʼ course in the Inner Circle membership. If youʼre writing a post about the Empower Network, for example, it might look like this: empower network, join, make money, blog daily, online marketing, easy While that may be overly simplistic - I really want you to just have enough info to write your ﬁrst post and get started for the next 30 days. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Really, there are no special ʻtricksʼ to know when youʼre getting started - good, quality original information attracts trafﬁc like bees to honey, you just need to be consistent. So hereʼs what I want you to do: Login to http://empowernetwork.com/Members/ - click on ʻLogin and Start Bloggingʼ in the members area, and write your ﬁrst post. Hereʼs the checklist: I understand how to login to my Empower Network blog. I understand how to navigate between the ʻEasyʼ and ʻAdvancedʻ blogging area I have written a short, descriptive title to my ﬁrst blog post. I have written a 500-700 word blog post about ʻWhyʼ I got into the Empower Network. I have included a ʻCall to Actionʼ in my article. I have included 5-7 ʻtagsʼ in my post, and have published it. Publish your post by hitting this button: Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Thatʼs it! Now, I want you to sign this personal commitment, to post AT LEAST one new blog entry per day, for the next 100 days: “I, _______________, am committing today, (date) ________________, that for the next 100 days, I am going to spend one hour posting a unique, high quality article to my personal blog on the http://empowernetwork.com website. My hundred day challenge ends on _____________________ (100 days from today). Signature___________________ Core Commitment #3: Market Daily This is where you can really get creative. Iʼm going to teach you the core concept of how I was able to build a business so quickly, without spending a dime of my own money, only re-investing a small percentage of my proﬁts back into marketing. Iʼm going to give you some advice here - and you donʼt have to listen, I just wanted to pass along something that one of my mentors told me. He said: “If you want to be RICH, then take 20% of ALL the money you make, and re-invest it back into marketing... It doesnʼt matter what budget you start with - what matters is that you commit, RIGHT NOW, to always do this in your business...” So hereʼs what Iʼm going to encourage you to do - if you make $100 in the Empower Network - re-invest $20 back into some kind of marketing - be ok with making mistakes. Try stupid stuff with it. If you make $1000, re-invest $200. If you make $10,000, re-invest $2,000. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Hereʼs the key: Your marketing wonʼt suck forever. Eventually, youʼll get really, really good at turning one dollar invested into marketing into ﬁve dollars in revenue. If you can do that consistently - do you really care how much you spend? Youʼll want to spend as much as you can, as fast as you can, when youʼre good. Thatʼs all Iʼm going to say about marketing. Commit that starting right now, youʼll take one hour per day and solely focus on marketing your business and getting it in front of new people. Try everything - and hereʼs the rule: If something doesnʼt bring in as much as you spend on the front end, after 3-5 attempts: Stop it, and try something new. Most people fail at marketing because they just keep doing the same stuff that doesnʼt work any better in a year than it does now. Test things - ﬁnd your niche, and in a year, itʼs unbelievable where youʼll be. One hour per day, and 20% of your revenue, and youʼll be unstoppable in a year. How do I know? Because I did it. For those of you who have become a member of the Inner Circle, and have purchased the Costa Rica Mastermind Intensive, youʼll learn more about marketing than you thought possible. Learn, do, teach - thatʼs the formula for marketing greatness. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
You need to aim to have every dollar spent bring in three - but until youʼre there, feel free to test, experiment, track, and improve your results. Imagine being able to spend $20,000 per month on marketing. How fast do you think you can grow your business? It really is unlimited. That would make most people feel ʻnotʼ comfortable - but you realize, that youʼre not spending $20,000 per month out of your own pocket - youʼre re- investing that money from revenue - when you realize that, youʼre thinking like a real entrepreneur. The Checklist: I have watched the 3rd fast start video, and understand the concept of ʻDaily Marketingʼ in my business. I commit to spend one hour per day, and 20% of my business income in increasing and ʻscalingʼ my marketing campaigns, until Iʼm earning the income that I want to earn, and then Iʼll re-evaluate it from there. Core Commitment #4: New Member Coaching This is one of the simplest and most direct commitments. Simply call your new members who get started, and make sure they go through this training. Make sure that they have been through the Fast Start Training, and understand the value of upgrading to whatever package is appropriate to them. ALL of your new members should buy the Inner Circle membership if at all possible. The better your communication is with new members when they are just getting started - the longer theyʼll stay around, the more money theyʼll make, the more pass up sales theyʼll generate for you, and the more ʻresidualʼ your income will become. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Hereʼs the cool part though - if you call your new Members, about 80% of them will upgrade to the Inner Circle Membership, which will increase your residual income by ﬁve times, per member that upgrades. The thing that makes it easy to upgrade people, is when they realize that if someone they sponsored upgrades beyond the level they personally are at and as a result they donʼt get the 100% commission from that product simply because they donʼt own it themselves. You will need to have purchased the upgrades in order to get paid on them when someone you bring in upgrades. If not, the commission will pass up to the next qualifying person above you that has purchased the upgrade. This goes for the $100 upgrade as well as the $500 upgrade and any other upgrades or products that will be introduced later. This gives you the incentive to upgrade your personally sponsored people by having a conversation with them about this and letting them know that itʼs perfectly okay to stay at the lower level but the upgrade commissions will not be available to them. And if they donʼt upgrade thatʼs ok because anyone they bring in at the higher upgraded level will pass to you for the 100% commission. Just in case you donʼt want to miss out on any higher commission opportunities the links to purchase these core upgrades are listed below. Core Commitment #5: Tune Into “The Empower Hour” Every Week Every Monday night at 9pm Eastern Standard Time (6pm PST) we will be hosting “The Empower Hour” where weʼll train and coach you on how to build your business with Empower Network and what the top producers are doing to get big results. All new products and upgrades introduced to the system will be introduced in real time on these webinars and the initial offerings will be live on those webinars. This means YOU MUST be on these calls when this happens because if you are not on these calls and you do not upgrade before someone in your Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
organization below you then you miss out on the 100% commission opportunity from those people. The “Empower Hour” will also give you the chance to hear all the most important updates and training before anyone else. Core Commitment #6: Listen To A Daily Audio Daily audio training is absolutely transformative. Most people think that they donʼt have time to listen to an audio training every day amidst their busy lives. However, if you realize that your audio time can “ﬁll in the gaps” and “be done while doing other things” then youʼll realize that you really do have plenty of time everyday to listen to an audio training. This kind of task can be done while driving in the car, cleaning your house, or doing some mundane repetitive task like jogging or working out. The “brainless” tasks that you do everyday can become an opportunity to improve your education, your skill sets and your quality of life. Why listen to audio training you ask? You actually have the chance to listen to inﬂuential people and you get to learn how they speak. You begin to understand the science of how they present their teachings to an audience. Not only do you learn what they are teaching you but you begin to understand language patterns, as well as using the right tone of voice at the right time. You learn how to “paint a picture” or a metaphor that relates to all people from all walks of life. This is truly the way that you learn to inﬂuence an audience of people and ESPECIALLY the following of people that you will create. ALSO: Every Video or Webinar Training posted in the Empower Network will have a downloadable audio version in MP3 format for you to transfer to whatever music device you have, whether itʼs an ipod or you burn it to a CD to listen to in your car. You will ﬁrst want to watch the videos and webinar and then listen to the audios from it over and over so as to not forget what you have learned and really drill home some of the concepts and teachings that didnʼt “click” with you the ﬁrst time around. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Every Day in every way you will get better and better – if you listen to an audio training ever day. Core Commitment #7: Read Daily “Leaders Are Readers” “There is absolutely no way to increase your income quicker than reading 30 minutes a day” ~John C Maxwell Obviously the best way to learn writing skills for your blog is to read books and learn from the best writers. When you can read what the leaders and teachers write, you can then learn how they write and incorporate that into your writing. Now we donʼt expect you to read from a book every 30 minutes. We actually only ask that you read something for 15 minutes every day. In todayʼs technological world and the advent of the internet, we can read blogs from other bloggers inside of the Empower Network as well as other well known experts in the internet marketing industry. Get comfortable reading an article a day by someone else in the industry. The most asked question by bloggers is “what should I blog about”? The easiest way to get ideas on what to write about is to read what others are writing about from multiple sources and then formulate your own informed opinion of the subject matter. Then writing an article is easy. But the wheels need to be turning in your brain to have the creative juices ﬂowing in order to create good quality content. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
Core Commitment #8: Attend All Events The events are where everything comes together. There is something that you canʼt get sitting in front of your computer. There is something that solidiﬁes in your mind about what is happening and you begin to understand the power of being in the same room with producers who are making more money per month than most people in a year. The personal interaction with the teachers and leaders in the Empower Network is exceptionally important. The difference between most events and Empower Network events are that our events are not geared to be a “pitch fest” like most events. These are all geared around training and content that actually help accelerate your business by 6 months at the minimum. You will have 90 Days to plan to be at a live event. You will have adequate time to prepare so that you can make it without any scheduling conﬂicts. Copyright 2011 by Empower Network LLC
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