SFI Review

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Is SFI a “Pyramid Scheme”?

 

NAME: SFIMG (Strong Future International Marketing Group)

WEBSITE: sfimg.com

OVERALL RANKING: 97 out of 100

OWNER: Gery Carson: SFI President and founder of SFI

PRICE: FREE

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INTRODUCTION TO SFI

SFI was launched in 1998 and is now in its 19th successful year. SFI’s parent company, Carson Services, Inc., is now in its 33rd year of business and is registered with Dun and Bradstreet. SFI is a legitimate business with more than 17 million affiliates.

SFI program allows you to tap into the wealth-building power of Residual (earning money month after month from your efforts) and Leverage (earning money through other people’s efforts) income.

What are VersaPoints (VP)?

These are points awarded to affiliates for a variety of actions. You can collect unlimited VP at no cost each month (I can provide you with the list if you want). VP are also used for determining your rank in SFI (Power Rank Program).

Profit Sharing

The number of VP you collect each month determines how big your monthly profit share is. For each VP you earn during the month, you will receive one share of the month’s TripleClicks Executive Pool (provided you attain a minimum of 1500 VP during the month). But you can earn even more shares by becoming a Team Leader: earning MATCHING VP.  Matching VP is a powerful leverage income component of the compensation plan.

What is Your Goal in SFI

Your goal is to attain the rank of DTL (Diamond Team Leader). Please have a look at the compensation plan.

Lead by Example

When becoming a Team Leader, your team will be consisting of PSA (Personal Sponsored Affiliate) for whom you are their Sponsor and CSA (Co-sponsored Affiliate) for whom you are their Co-sponsor.  Your role is to teach and encourage them to duplicate what you do in order to score a lot of VP.

Core Component of SFI Program

The core component of SFI Program is the 15 daily action tabs on the Affiliate Center homepage. They provide essential knowledge and information that should be read/reviewed every day and then applied.

TripleClicks

TripleClicks is SFI’s international superstore! TripleClicks.com is a state-of-the-art e-commerce community fully integrated with the SFI system. It was launched in January 2009 and features now more than 90,000 products and services. TripleClicks allows its members to sell their own unwanted items for cash or trade. SFI affiliates can earn commissions promoting products and services at TripleClicks.

IS SFI A “PYRAMID SCHEME”?

Definitely not!

In pyramid schemes, income is generated solely on the process of recruiting others into the pyramid who pay a fee to get in. Sometimes a product or service of questionable value is involved (one that is never retailed to the general public). However, generally what you are buying is the right to recruit others into the scheme. Those who get in first and who are at the top of the pyramid win, while most everyone else loses.

In SFI, on the other hand, there is NO COST required to participate, and affiliates are paid ONLY on product movement (both at wholesale and retail) — never on recruiting! And, unlike illegal pyramids, in SFI, no matter where you are positioned in the network or when you join, you can advance to the very highest income levels and even earn more income than those above you in the network.

PROS
  • Debt-free, family-owned company
  • FREE registration
  • Free customized website for every affiliate
  • SFI provides many language translations for its websites
  • Built-in profit sharing (share in the profits from ALL sales at TripleClicks.com each month)
  • Selling your own products
  • Selling your second-hand products
  • Buying products you need for your daily life from TripleClicks and earning VP
  • ECA Program – no cost for ECAs to plug in their products and services side-by-side with the products and services of TripleClicks at TripleClicks.com
  • Possibility to start your own ECA and begin immediately uploading your products and selling them at TripleClicks
  • Pricebenders Penny Auctions allow you to bid on and win hot, name brand products for a fraction of the retail price – typically more than 90% off! However, you need to spend one TCredit each time you bid.
  • Playing Games (Eager Zebra Games) – a lot of fun – many can be played for FREE!
  • Offering many incentives, such as DAILY GRAND drawing, T-Time drawing, SFI Biz Quiz, Spin & Win, Badge Contest, E365 Champion, Unstoppable contest etc.
CONS
  • SFI is not the right place for beginners with no knowledge about Internet Marketing.
  • It is not easy to teach and convince the team members to duplicate you (12 generations).
  • SFI System is complicated and you need time to understand it.
  • You don’t get any training! BUT great training tools! You have to train yourself!
  • Shipping fee for TripleClicks items are too high!
  • Delivery of ECA items usually take 15 to 60 days!
 FOR WHOM IS SFI

Anyone of legal age in his/her country can become an SFI affiliate for free by filling out an online registration form. There is no obligation or purchase requirements of any kind. SFI is a great choice for anyone seeking a second income.

TRAINING & TOOLS

LaunchPad is an exclusive Affiliate “getting started” program. It provides you with the training you need to build a profitable SFI business. There are 11 Chapter Lessons which give you an overview of the SFI program. In addition, there is training for generating TripleClicks sales, sponsoring affiliates, the Diamond Plan, strategies for referring ECAs, Internet Income Course. The trainings are there, but you have to train yourself.

There are tools for:

  1. Team Building (e.g. S-Builder Co-op, CSA/PSA Reassignments, Affiliate Manager, Genealogy, Designated Diamond, Contests, Milestones Shares etc.)
  2. Communication (e.g. PSA/CSA Mailer, Group Messaging, Icebreaker etc.)
  3. Marketing (e.g. Key Code Tracking, Hit Tracking, Lifetime Custom Prestige Domain, SFI Marketing Aids/Methods, TC Marketing Aids/Methods, Eager Zebra Marketing Aids/Methods etc)
SUPPORT

24-hourTechnical Support & Assistance

Forum: you get support from SFI Affiliates only regarding SFI Program, but not about for example how to advertise!

Usually, you get support from your sponsor, but not always!

WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL YOU DO IN SFI IN ORDER TO MAKE MONEY
  • Scoring VP (a minimum of 1500 VP/month is required to qualify for profit sharing)
  • Generating sales at TripleClicks: Each time someone you’ve referred to TripleClicks or SFI buys something at TripleClicks.com, you earn a 45% CV Direct Commission!
  • Maximising your income with team sales (VersaPoints Matching)
  • Advertising/Promoting
PRICE

FREE!

However, if you don’t know how to advertise or sell products, you have to invest a little money in order to receive shares of the month’s TripleClicks Executive Pool (minimum 1500 VP during the month to achieve EA [Excutive Affiliate] status).

FINAL OPINION

In January 2016, I joint SFISo, I have spent more than one year there! I like it very much! I am enthusiastic and I have fun with doing not only the daily tasks, but also playing games, bidding, participating at Forum and taking part in almost every contest. However, I didn’t know how to create a website, advertise or how to make money online! I have done it only for fun!

In December 2016, I thought about combining fun with earning money online! But I knew I don’t have the foundation to do that! Therefore, I decided to join Wealthy Affiliate. I wanted not only to have fun, but also to earn money online!

Therefore, my recommendation is, first join Wealthy Affiliate and learn everything about internet Marketing and, thereafter, join SFI or continue working with SFI.

Special Bonus

Join now to get entered in the Class Cash drawing!

Only one person joining now will win $ 250!

What is Class Cash?

It is a special drawing held just for the members of your class (i.e. everyone who joined SFI the same day you did) on the 30th day after joining SFI.

You NEED to work, otherwise you wouldn’t be qualified!

The requirements are: 10 logins and 300 VersaPoints! For those who meet the login/VP requirements, they will be reminded to log in on their 30th day to find out if they’ve won and to claim their prize.

I will be glad to answer any question you might have and any comments are much appreciated. Please leave your question or comment below in the comments’ section.

 

26 Replies to “SFI Review”

  1. Balsam,
    Thank you so much for this information, I personally have never heard of it and it sounds very similar to network marketing companies I’ve worked with and researched. Since my experience with such a system is strictly with talking to people directly, it is a bit hard for me to grasp my head around. Is building the business aspect of it pretty much the same concepts taught through wealthy affiliate, sharing affiliate links and the like?
    Michael

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You are right that sharing your affiliate links is important for both SFI and WA.

      However, the concept of building your SFI business is quite different, e.g. Scoring VersaPoints, generating sales at TripleClicks, recommending companies to become ECA, building your own ECA, maximising your income through your team sales etc.

      I am going to add some posts to give an overview about the opportunities how to increase your income with SFI.

      Should you have any further questions, I will be glad to help the best I can.
      Cheers,
      Balsam

  2. Well it sounds like an interesting website for learning internet marketing, but with limited training it definitely sounds more geared for experienced internet marketers. The website looks professional though, and i really like that they have free registration and not any costs in general by the sound of it. Is this system really completely free?

  3. Hi Marley!

    Thanks for your comment!

    You are right in saying that SFI is for experienced internet marketers. At the beginning, I had difficult time to understand part of the SFI system. I had to invest a lot of time in learning and noticed after a while I wouldn’t succeed without having a real training what I am getting now at WA. I have no experience in internet marketing. SFI has got good tools but there is no training like the training in WA. In WA you get the video walk through training which is very useful and then you have to complete certain tasks.

    When joining SFI, which is totally free and you can opt out any time you want without giving any notice, you have to read, read and read and alpply what you have learnt.

    Under recommendation, I mentioned in this post:
    first join WA and learn everything about internet marketing and, thereafter, join SFI or continue working with SFI.

    Should you decide to join SFI, I will be your sponsor to assist you.

    Please let me know, if you have any further questions.

    Cheers,
    Balsam

    P. S. Presently, I am WA affiliate and SFI affiliate.

  4. Hi Balsam,
    I have been with SFI since 2013. I really love it there as you can see I’m still there going on 4 years now.

    You can click on your link at the top of this review to see all the testimonials of other SFI members and you will see all of them are genuinely happy they found SFI and have all good things to say about it.

    I would recommend anyone who wants a home business to just check it out for free. There’s a lot to learn there but once you do, I think you’ll love it too.
    Gina

  5. Hi Gina,
    Thanks for your comment. I also like SFI very much!

    Now, after being more than one year with SFI, I know more about the SFI program. I like to help the affiliates on my team and I still have a lot of fun in doing everything there.

    Cheers,
    Balsam

  6. Hi Balsam,

    I’ve been trying to find more programs to add as an affiliate and SFI does sound intriguing. I have experience with IM so glad that you mentioned that experience in IM will help someone have a more accelarated experience with SFI. And there are so many products to promote – very exciting!

    It also sounds like we can also have fun while making money. Who wouldn’t like that?

    Thanks for giving such a comprehensive review. It has helped me make a decision to go forward!

    Warmest regards,
    Cindy

  7. Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for your comment! I am so glad that you find my SFI Review interesting. SFI is a legitimate affiliate marketing! It has so many divisions and you can have a lot of fun. My next post will be about the game division. Hopefully, you are going to visit my website again!

    All best wishes for the future!
    Balsam

  8. I great review.I never heard of them before until now.apparently there are a lot of online opportunities out there.its just a matter of picking whats right for you.

  9. Hi Earnest!
    Thanks for your comment! I hope you will give SFI a try in order to convince yourself!
    Wishing you a lot of success!
    Balsam

    1. Hi Cat!
      Thanks for your comment! I am happy that you like my SFI Review! Just contact me, should you want to give SFI a try! I will be happy to be your sponsor and help you wherever I can! It is FREE and if you don’t like it, just opt out!
      Cheers,
      Balsam

  10. Thanks for the great SFI review. I have heard of it a couple of times but never got involved. Sounds OK, I am sceptically but your review has prompted me to look into this further. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Neil!
      Thanks for your kind comment! Much appreciated!
      Should you decide one day to join SFI, I will be happy to support you as your sponsor!
      Cheers,
      Balsam

  11. I am glad you explained this in depth. I am a beginner and would think it would be a scheme otherwise. This does sound like a good program for those who know what they are doing. Great post.

    1. Hi Sandy!
      Thanks for your kind comment. SFI is really a great affiliate program! However, to have knowledge about online marketing would help a lot!
      Cheers,
      Balsam

  12. Hi Jacquesia!

    Thanks for your comment! As I really like SFI, I hope with my next posts I will be able to make it more attractive, especially writing about ECA for people who own their own business because they can instantly increase their sales by plugging their products & services into TripleClicks.com for FREE!

    Should you have any question, please let me know!
    Cheers,
    Balsam

  13. Big respect and my compliments to the work you ve done. My hat is off. the Students gets always better than their teachers.
    Balsam you reach the DD before everyone else in our uplines.
    WISH YOU MORE SUCCESS
    Saad

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