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I Did It: I Quit

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It only took me three years to get to the point that I had experienced enough BS that I could close the door on it forever.  You’re wondering what I’m talking about, I’m sure.  Three years ago I joined a community called FanBox to earn money. They had a great concept to help others to help themselves. I have worked hard and actually pulled out a couple of thousand.

Then things began to change. A rule was put in here and there which made it more difficult to get your money out. You could still make money but you couldn’t get to it.  They had money in place that you could borrow from and use like a business loan.  You had to pay it back before you could get money back. That was all well and good. Then they began placing levels according to how much you spent. When I opted out I was a brown level. They bad part about that is it happened automatically. It was another way to take money out of your balance so you couldn’t pay back the loan amount which in turn kept you from cashing any money out.

I am now convinced the program is perpetuated by the new people who are coming into the system that do not understand what is really happening.  Poor people from all over the world are involved in FanBox. You buy products from others, you sell products and services and the money all goes into the FanBox Bank. Right now I do feel like FanBox is a pyramid scheme. Those at the top are making very good money.  When you question anything it always comes back that you are not working the program correctly and you can leave at any time you choose.

Yes, you can leave at any time you choose.  The problem is (which they know) you’ve invested a lot of work and money into this program.  If you close out your membership everything you have earned goes to the community bank and you lose. I didn’t want to quitter but that is what I finally became. I left $1000 of my money in their bank with no way to get it. I decided that I was going to cut my loses and stop the monthly fees and the charges to my credit card.

I believed in FanBox for a long time but I can say that I feel pretty foolish right now. I was sucked in along with thousands of other people. It is a shame that the people who need the money the most are the ones who are investing all their time and resources into FanBox.

I hope this blog helps some people who are considering joining FanBox to step back and really think about what they are doing.

Get Yourself Branded

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Day 7:    That sounds painful doesn’t it?  This branding has nothing to do with fire and pain, it is about selling your books.  As I blogged yesterday I read Kristine Lambs book on Social Media and I want to share more or her information.

The goal of being a writer after being published is to sell books.  In order to sell books you become a brand.  Brand your name, then your name can sell the books while you do the writing.  I can hear you saying, OK , how do you brand?  Use the name John Grisham for example.  His name is branded with being known for legal suspense books.

The name Levi is branded with pants made of denim material.  You know what you are going to be seeing just by the name alone.  You want to link your name with your content  Produce enough good content and eventually readers won’t need to read every review about your book before they buy.  They will know you provide content that is entertaining, interesting, or informative.

Before you sign up to a social media site, the very first thing you need to decide is your brand name.  According to Kristin,”the absolute only acceptable username (brand) is the name you desire to publish under.  This is essential you do this one thing right in order to 1) be effective 2) be able to link all of your platforms together to make social media simple and manageable. 3) begin building a solid platform.”

Tomorrow I will share with you want not to do concerning branding.