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    July 10

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  Editor: Elena Fawkner
  Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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1. Welcome and Update from Elena
2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bumper Stickers
3. Feature Article - The Challenge
4. Web Watch - Yahoo! Acquires E-Groups
5. Pro-Motion Column
6. AHBBO Build Your Own Website Tutorial
7. Free E-Book of the Week - The 25 Best Marketing
 and Promotion Articles  by Dirk Dupon
8. Letters to the Editor - MLM ... Your Experiences
9. This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - Meryl
 Butler's Money-Mavens
12. Subscription Management
14. Contact Information

1. Welcome and Update from Elena

Hello again, and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
who have joined us since the last issue!

Well, it's been a full and frantic couple of weeks since the
last issue.  Not only have I moved continents (Australia to
the US -- just LOVE the California climate!), I've also learned
to drive on the wrong side of the road in the process of
apartment hunting.  Next weekend I move into my new place
and start a new job on the Monday.  I know, so much for my
shortlived full-time entrepreneurship.  Let's just say I got an
offer I couldn't refuse.  For this reason, AHBBO will once again
be taking a week's break after this issue.  It will return to a
regular weekly schedule July 24.  Thanks for your
understanding and patience while I get my life organized!

Due to temporary pressures of time, I am also making a rare
exception to my normal editorial policy of only running my
own, original articles.  In keeping with the theme of the past
couple of issues on MLM, I am running instead a wonderful
article sent to me by Jackie Ulmer in response to my call for
subscriber feedback on your experiences, good or bad,
with MLM programs.   Thanks Jackie!

This week's Letters to the Editor segment also sees a
continuation of the MLM debate with more of your feedback.
It seems that there IS gold in them thar hills, you just have
to know where to dig!

We also resume the AHBBO Build Your Own Website
Tutorial this week with "How to find a free webhost".

It's getting more and more difficult to choose the website
pick of the week these days.  AHBBO subscribers are
such an interesting and talented group!  Thank you if you've
submitted your site.  We'll have no shortage of wonderful
sites to visit for many weeks to come.  If you haven't
submitted YOUR site yet, please do so (see segment 9).
I'll keep running this feature as long as I keep receiving

Please be patient if you've emailed me without response
over the past week or so.  For obvious reasons I am way
behind with my email but will do my very best to get back
to you as soon as possible.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
week's issue.

Remember, this ezine is for YOU! If you have comments
or suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed,
or would just like to share your experiences with other
subscribers, I want to hear from you! Please send comments,
questions and stories to Contact By Email .

2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bumper

This is the kind of business that might grow out of a conversation
over a couple of beers at your favorite tavern. Imagine for a moment
this scenario: someone suggests that the owner should sponsor
a summer picnic or softball game. The question then comes up as
to how to advertise it, and someone suggests bumper stickers.
And the basics of a very lucrative business are set in motion.

As you consider this idea for a source of income, your first
decision will be whether to first line up people willing to "wear" the
bumper stickers on their cars, or the business owners who will
want to advertise in this manner.   Generally, you will find it easier
to sell the business owner by telling them that 100 to 200 people
were all set and willing to wear their bumper sticker advertisement.

All this boils down to a recommendation that you talk to your
friends, neighbors and co-workers first. Get as many of them as
you can to agree to "wear" a bumper sticker. You might offer to
pay them $10 for three months, or $5 for six weeks . With
inducement of money just to put a bumper sticker on their cars or
trucks, you won't have too many turndowns. Some people run an
ad in their weekly shopper newspaper, advertising the fact that
they pay money just for "wearing" a bumper sticker. And of
course, don't overlook the pulling power of all the bulletin boards
in your area businesses.

This is an ideal business for constant free publicity write-ups in
your local newspapers, plus interviews on radio and TV talk
shows. At first, you'll want as many people as possible to "wear"
bumper sticker ads. What you'll want to stress in any publicity
write-ups or media interviews is the fact that you've got the
"vehicles for exposure" lined up and organized so that any
potential advertiser needs only to give you a call, and you can
launch their advertising program immediately.

Next, you check with a number of printers and determine the
cost to have bumper stickers made to order. Generally, you
should be able to get a thousand bumper stickers for $100 or
less. Whatever the cost, this initial outlay should be
absorbed by your charge to the advertiser.

So let's suppose you've got 100 people lined up to "wear" one
of these bumper stickers on their cars for six weeks. Figure
the bumper stickers will cost $100. Now, the problem of what
to charge the advertiser.

You should always charge on a "per car" basis, i.e., on a
basis of circulation, as newspapers do. So, you could charge
$5 per car per week, with 100 cars. This comes out to $500
per week, or $3,000 total over six weeks, from the advertiser.
Subtract $100 for getting the bumper stickers made, and
$500 as payment for the cars "wearing" the bumper stickers,
and you would end up with a profit picture of $2,400 for those
six weeks.

In the beginning, you should be the one calling on potential
advertisers and doing all the selling. Once you've got your first
program organized and running smoothly, your next step is a
natural multiplication of your efforts. Run an ad in your local
paper for commission sales people. Brief them on the basics
and get them out on the street selling advertisers for you.

The best time to launch a business of this kind is during the
fair weather seasons, or just in advance of general political
elections in your area. Once established, however, the
business can, and should, sustain itself year round.

The selling "keys" to this kind of advertising are basically the
same as those enumerated for "word of mouth" advertising.
You've got people all over town spreading the word - talking
about the advertiser. And these people are saturating the
area with the advertiser's name and message wherever they go.

It's easy! It's simple! And it works! Compared with other, more
traditional advertising methods, bumper sticker advertising is
very low in cost.

One of the tricks of the trade is in using short, snappy, even
humorous slogans or telegram styled messages. For instance:
Anderson's Cafe - 6th and Main - That's where I'm going - How
about you? Another idea is to make the lettering on the
bumper stickers luminous to the headlights of the cars
following. Most important, be sure to make your lettering easy
to read, and the message easy to comprehend at one glance.

Actually, you could start at the front of the yellow pages in
your phone book and probably never run out of places ready
to be sold on your plan of bumper sticker advertising.

The important thing is to always be creative in your selling
efforts. Always show the prospect how their business can grow
from advertising in the manner you propose, and how your
method is more positive, more responsive, and lower in
cost than the more traditional advertising.

Remember, too, the more clever or "catchy" the message
on the bumper sticker, the more it will make people talk and
respond. For ideas along these lines, go back to the yellow
pages of your telephone book and read all those short, crispy
one-liners .

Remember also that advertising is a form of "brainwashing" and
the more people see the message, the stronger that message
is imprinted in their minds. Therefore, when they need or are
in the market for the services or product offered by the
advertiser, they'll quickly refer to the strongest, easiest-to-recall
advertising message in their minds. And that, of course, means
that if the prospects see a specific advertising message on the
bumpers of the cars in front of them day after day, when they're
ready to buy, that particular advertiser will be the one they will

You can expand this business to include magnetic signs on
the sides of cars, saddle-back signs on the back of cars, and
even signs in the yards in residential neighborhoods. Whatever
your approach, line up your "method of exposure," determine your
costs and then go after the advertisers. It can be a very easy
way to achieve real wealth and independence for yourself!


There are many more ideas like this in AHBBO's Home
Business Ideas page at
and Online Business Ideas page at
with more being added
all the time.


3.  Feature Article - The Challenge

Copyright © 2017 by Jackie Ulmer

I am concerned. No, I'm actually worried. No, better yet, I'm
down right alarmed. And you should be, too, if you think about
the situation at hand!

Let's start with the bright side, the future that lies before
us in Network Marketing. The stage is set, the seats are
filling, the lighting is flawless, and the characters all know
their lines! Or do they?

Network Marketing, that once scandalous industry that brought
shame and ridicule on many otherwise fine, upstanding citizens,
has finally come of age. Just about every main stream business
publication including The Wall Street Journal, Success
Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, Inc, USA Today, Smart Money and
more have written about our industry. And, the articles are

We've made the breakthrough. We've become legitimate. We have
books on the New York Times Bestseller list. Donald Trump is
telling talk show hosts that if he started over, he would make
his fortune through Network Marketing and former presidents are
speaking at our conventions.

Yes, the future certainly does look bright enough to send me in
search of sunglasses. So, "what is the problem?" you ask. Why
am I in a state of alarm? Three emerging trends threaten the
core of our industry.

First, everyday, a small, but very visible group of overzealous,
under-educated and less than truthful representatives of our
industry tarnish our name and hard fought integrity by telling
others how they "went from welfare to millionaire overnight!" Or,
how about this one, "I get paid for doing nothing." And, the
granddaddy of them all, "Just sign up! You don't have to do
anything, we'll build it for you!"

It's downright disgusting. And, if that weren't bad enough, we
also have some representatives out there blasting every company
that isn't their own. Some are actually using this as a
platform for building their business.

It's the old "my dad is stronger than your dad" syndrome. Only
this isn't happening on the school playground. It's happening
in coffee shops, in large hotel presentations and on the

And lastly, some of us have developed a self-righteous, holier-
than-thou attitude directed at those who decline our opportunity.
I have read posts on message boards and heard recounts on
company voice mail about would-be sponsors who piously tell
the prospect who says no thank you, "well, I'll need someone
to wash my car and mow my grass someday."

I actually read a message thread posted on the Internet over
the course of two weeks between two feuding reps from the same
company, name calling and slamming each other. It was a
shameful display of the dark side of the MLM industry, and it
was out there for everyone to read on the Internet.

Oh, the Internet. The things I have seen on the Internet.
Everything else actually pales in comparison. The excessive
littering and spamming of Newsgroups, message boards and email
lists has left our industry bruised and battered. Some boards
and newsgroups have actually shut down because they are nothing
more than a SPAM feeding frenzy for wayward Network Marketers.

Now, don't misinterpret my words. I love the Internet and I
love "shopping" my opportunity on the Internet...the right way.
This means only posting to boards and groups that are designed
for advertising business opportunities.  I don't believe in broadcasting
to the masses through unsolicited emails, either.

These practices, harmless though they may seem at the time,
threaten the integrity and viability of our industry. They undermine
all of the blood, sweat and tears that many veterans have shed
fighting to legitimize and mainstream our industry.

So, I have a challenge for all of you either in Network Marketing,
regardless of length of time, and for all of you considering joining
our wonderful industry. And my challenge is this:

Look before you leap; think before you speak; evaluate every
action that you take publicly that represents Network Marketing.

What do I mean by this?

Each time you represent your opportunity to someone, either in
person, via the phone, on the Internet or whatever, think about
the actions you are taking.

Are you being honest and up front with people about the reality
of the time and energy commitment involved in building a
successful business? Do you make them aware that our business
is one of consistency and persistence, or are you painting a
picture of a get-rich-quick scheme?

Are you acting with courtesy and integrity toward the individual
and also the industry, leaving them with a positive feeling about
you and the company and industry that you represent?

Are you operating with an abundance mentality, realizing that
of the billions of people on the planet, you will find partners to join
you? Or, are you operating from a scarcity mentality, believing
that you have to coerce the person you're prospecting into "your

If the person you are dealing with has already been approached
about your opportunity are you encouraging him or her to get
back with that person and re-evaluate their options? Or are you
giving them 50 reasons why signing up with you is the only way
to be successful?

Are you involved in email "spamming", filling the email boxes
of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting, uninterested parties
with uninvited information?

When a prospect says no do you act with dignity, courtesy and
grace, leaving the door open in the future, or do you berate him or
her for choosing not to join you?

When you use the Internet to shop your business, are you
engaging people as a warm, living, breathing human being, or
coming at them as a robot only interested in what each person
in cyberspace can do for you and your

Every time you work toward building your business, think
carefully about the words you say, the body language you
use and the way that you leave each encounter. Would your
mother be proud of you and your actions? If you can
say yes, tremendous! If the answer is no, you have some
reflecting to do.

If each of us would use the "seventh generation theory" when
building our business (meaning that each move we make affects
seven generations after us) our industry will continue to thrive,
build momentum and further credibility as we move into this
new millennium, filled with hope and promise.

What is the legacy you will leave behind in Network Marketing?
What words will be spoken about you at local, regional and
national company events?

So, again, my challenge to you is to build a successful,
respected business for yourself, your company and your
industry via the high road, avoiding the low road at all cost. We
need your commitment to uphold the integrity of our industry,
now more than ever.

I'm committed to the challenge..are you?


Jackie Ulmer, a Network Marketing veteran, has coached and
trained thousands of representatives, both inside and outside
of her sales organization. One of her primary goals is to
uplift and promote the industry through education.

She can be reached through her web site at

4.  Web Watch - Yahoo! Acquires E-Groups

If you have a list hosted by E-Groups you are no doubt
already aware that E-Groups has been acquired by Yahoo!.

What you may not realize, however, is that, in addition
to acquiring E-Groups, Yahoo! has, in the process, and with
breathtaking audacity, unilaterally usurped your control over
your own copyrighted work.

Cast your eye over this little gem from Yahoo!'s terms of
service (http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/).  My comments
are in the [square brackets]:


(a) For purposes of the TOS [Terms of Service], "publicly
accessible areas of the Service" are those accessible by the
general public. By way of example, a publicly accessible area
of the Service would include public Yahoo! Clubs and Yahoo!
Message Boards [and public mailing lists such as those
acquired from E-Groups], but would not include private Yahoo!
Clubs or private Yahoo communication services such as
Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Messenger.


(c) With respect to all other Content you elect to post to other
publicly accessible areas of the Service [such as mailing lists
acquired from E-Groups], you grant Yahoo the royalty-free,
perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable right
and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate,
create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such
Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in
other works in any form, media, or technology now known or
later developed."

In other words, we own your work and can do with it what
we like.

Yeah, yahoo, cowboys.

5.  Pro-Motion Column - Answers for the "Pro in Motion"

by jl scott, ph.d., Director, IAPO

Q. I'm confused about the different titles I see behind
business owners' names on the Internet. I understand that
companies can have Presidents, but is a CEO the same as a
President? How do I know what title to use for myself? (Ann)

A. This is a good question since titles are so misused online
by people trying to throw their importance around. I am
underwhelmed and unimpressed with it. It seems it's always the
amateurs who have the need to stress their own value - and worry
about getting every ounce of credit. Good grief! Who cares?
Don't these people know how that makes them look to anyone who
is business savvy?

Please don't make yourself look unprofessional in your online
business by using phony titles! "CEO" (Chief Executive Officer)
and "President" indicate an organization which has formal
officers. The President may, or may not, be the CEO. If your
business is not incorporated, with formal officers of the
corporation listed - don't use them! Even a Limited Liability
Company (LLC) does not have officers.

In your role as a consumer - look at the company name. Is it
followed by, "Inc." or one of the other indications of
incorporation? If not, and the sales pitch is signed by a "CEO"
or "President" - you're dealing with someone who is either
trying to convince you their company is something it is not - or
someone who doesn't have much knowledge of the real business

There is nothing wrong with, "Owner." At least it's honest.

* To submit questions to "Pro-motion"

jl scott, ph.d., Author
Copyright © 2017, All Rights Reserved

This article may be reprinted with permission by including the
following resource box:


dr. jl scott is the Director of the International Association for
Professionalism Online (IAPO) - and
also the publisher of MONDAY MEMO! - the ezine dedicated
to upgrading Professionalism on the Web. For your FREE

6.  Build Your Own Website Tutorial

This week - Part 3 : Publishing Your Pages - Finding a Free

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7.  Free E-Book of the Week

=> The 25 Best Marketing and Promotion Articles

Compiled by Dirk Dupon of
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8.  Letters to the Editor - MLM ... Your Experiences

Last issue I invited subscribers to add their voice to the MLM
debate.  Here's two letters I received during the past week.


Jackie Ulmer wrote:

Hi Elena!

I really appreciated your taking on the debate of MLM. I have
been successfully working from home with a Network Marketing
company for over 6 years, and love it. I am reformed, however,
having once been an extreme skeptic.

I have recently written an article, entitled "The Challenge", about
doing business ethically both online and offline and raising the
level of acceptance and awareness within the industry.

It is due to be published in Upline Magazine next month, which
is a mainstream MLM publication.   You can access it through
Jackie's article in the Feature Article segment 3 above.  Ed]

Focus and Take Action,

Jackie Ulmer


Connect the World with Your Own FREE Virtual Voice Chat Page!


Natalie Williams wrote:

Dear Elena,

Thank you for writing that article on MLM!! I think you did a very
good thing and provided some excellent information. I have tried
several MLM programs over the last few years, and every one
flopped for one reason: uplines that just recruit people and then
leave them hanging. Granted, you need to be somewhat self
motivated to do something like MLM, but you are also counting
on leadership and advice of your upline.

I was desperately searching the web one night, looking for a
business opportunity that would allow me to quit my (hated) job
and stay home with my daughter. I found an ad that sounded quite
interesting, and found out it was another MLM program. I was
IMMEDIATELY turned off!

But, the person who had placed the ad asked me to visit
http://www.compensate.net and watch the short on-line video. My
mind was made up, but I watched the video anyways. Wow! It
explained a lot of things about MLM that really made sense, and
made me think again.

When it was all said and done, I joined this company and I'm doing
quite well. I totally agree with you when you say that you must
BELIEVE in the products or services that you are offering. I have
finally found something that I believe 110% in. My upline is also
the best!! They have been there for me through thick and thin, and
just keep cheering me on.

The company that I'm involved with pays the highest commissions
of any other company in the US. If any of your subscribers are
interested in learning more about MLM or have any questions about
what it is (or isn't) I hope you will send them to
http://www.compensate.net .  They can view the on-line video by
typing in username: nwilliams.

Thank you again!


Natalie Williams


To add your $0.02 to this debate, send your letter to
Contact By Email?subject=MLM_Input .  If
you missed the article in question, ""Not MLM!" ... Why
Ever Not?", it's available by autoresponder at

If you have a more general contribution for the Q&A segment
or letter to the editor segment, send it along!
Contact By Email?subject=AHBBO_Letters .


9.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - Meryl Butler's

Meryl's story:

"Hello Elena:

I am a faithful reader of your newsletter, it is one of the best

I would like for you to see my site. I did it myself. I am a
webmaster and I have been on the Internet for about 7 months
now as a Home Based Business Owner.

I used to have my own boutiques in New Jersey, and I loved it.
They were plus size stores and the most gorgeous clothes you
could ever imagine.  Since I am plus lady, it was a great need
that was never really addressed. My clothes were outrageous
and gorgeous.

I took ill with Lupus and I could no longer continue to keep my
stores, even with employees and managers. So I had to think
what could I do to survive and still work. I started investigating
the Internet.  I got to know my way around for a few years and
then I began my own business.

My site is http://www.money-mavens.com .  I am an Internet
Consultant and my site covers all areas of service: website
design, sales and marketing tools, affiliate programs, good
business opportunities, a mix of many different services and

Please take a look I am proud of it and hope you will feature it ...

Thanks so much

Peace and Good Things
Meryl Butler

And proud you should be Meryl!  Take a good look at Meryl's site.
It's a great example of effective promotion of affiliate programs,
the subject of last issue's feature article.  If you missed the last
issue, the article "Affiliate Programs ... A Not THAT Easy Start To
Your Own Online Business" is available by autoresponder.  Just
send a blank email to .


I will be featuring AHBBO subscribers' sites in this segment
for the next few months.  So if you want your site seen by
thousands, write and tell me about your site!  But make sure
it's one you've created yourself or have had created especially
for you.  No self-replicating affiliate sites please.
Contact By Email

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