You Suck At MLM – 5 Reasons Why You Fail

Are you someone who has been working hard, trying to make good money by marketing your mlm online?

Following your upline’s lead and direction, constantly being rejected, sensing increasing frustration and earning next to nothing for your troubles?

Have you considered the possibility that the reason you fail is because of…

.. YOU ?

Here are 5 reasons why you might suck at mlm –


Do you assume that your upline knows all that there is to know about building a great mlm, both online and offline?

Have you stopped to consider the possibility that they are only above you because they joined up earlier than you?

That, in fact, they don’t know everything and are having the same problems as you in terms of recruiting and generating leads?

Even if there is somebody in the upline that has a good grasp of marketing then chances are that they are going to be too busy doing to be able to teach the required skills to anyone else.

The truth of the matter is that if you want to do or learn something then it is up to you to go and do it.

No-one else is going to do it for you.


Have you heard the phrase, “the money is in the list”?

It’s likely you have as any good marketer will tell you how true that statement is, regardless of what type of website you are running.

You cannot form meaningful, and ultimately profitable, relationships if you don’t utilise an opt-in mailing list on your website.

Of course that doesn’t mean you could, or should, have an opt-in list on a website supplied by your mlm – many won’t allow you to, or don’t make it easy to add one.

However, many mlm’ers have now discovered the advantages of having their own personal website dedicated to their business.

Personally, I don’t think too many people have much success with mlm but those who do certainly prosper from having their own websites which they use to promote their opportunity as well as themselves.

If you write good content on your website then you should develop a following.

As you can imagine, these followers are a valuable asset with whom you can share information and ideas and develop a relationship with.

If you provide good service and articles they want to read then they are likely to sign up to your mailing list.

That, of course, is a long way along the road to recruiting them into your downline.


SPAM is bad.

Very bad.

No-one is going to join your mlm business if you pepper them with adverts.

Not now, not ever.

Whilst constantly emailing people may get you a little initial interest, the persistent sending of the message will ultimately cost you credibility and business.

If you boast of instant riches, great compensation plans and insane residual incomes then you are not going to believed.

Additionally, such talk tends to get the mlm you are interested in a bad name, leading to them being featured on the sort od sites you’d rather not find them on.

Instead, write personalised emails that appeal to the recipient’s needs.

Don’t rush people and don’t pressure them into signing up to your downline.

Take it easy and get to know them, share tips and experiences and then listen to their replies.

This will make you appear so different to all the other network marketers they’ve dealt with in the past, making it much more likely that they’d want to become involved with you in the future.


How many people think mlm is easy money?

Many people are signed up on this promise but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

It’s hard work.

If you think you can lounge around whilst the checks come in then you are very much mistaken.

Making money takes time and commitment at the very least.

If you don’t invest both then be prepared to fail.

Switch off the TV, get off your backside and work for it!!


Just because you have left school or college it doesn’t mean that you no longer have to learn anything.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge is wealth.

Learn what you can from who you can and get the rest from books and courses.

Preferably use free resources if you can, rather than paying through the nose for the company’s learning products.

If you don’t take time to learn then how can you expect to earn?


Finally, stand back and take stock.

Perhaps you don’t suck at all?

Maybe you are failing in mlm because any business that resembles a pyramid must itself SUCK ?

Are you an mlm success or failure?

Why do you succeed or fail?

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  1. Ha ha I was thinking you’d gone soft on mlm until I read reason #6 and saw you were still on form!!

  2. Well, I don’t pay for an email newsletter. I do have a customer mailing list and I utilize things MK provides like quarterly catalog mailings and company generated e-newsletters. Right now, I just don’t have the time to put together my own newsletter if that makes sense. Once my business gets a little bigger I will revisit that option. 🙂

    • How are you doing with those goals you set yourself?

      • Well, I’m not going to meet the sales goal I had set. The quarter ends today. I did do more this past month than I have done in a long time with my business so I am very happy with my results. I did grow my sales as well as my team and I have built up a momentum that should carry me well into the new quarter which begins tomorrow. 😀

        • What percentage of your income is earned through your team? Is it much?

        • Right now, no. I have three team members and they are just getting started. I make more from my personal sales.
          My commission from my team is 4%. So, if my team member sells $1000 and orders $500 from MK, I get a check from MK for 4% of $500. So a $20 check.
          I make 50% of my sales so it is wiser for me to work my sales business. As my team grows, the checks do get bigger, but it’s always in my best interest to keep selling. 😉

        • Selling is better anyway. If you recruit all your customers, especially your best ones…you will have no customers!

  3. oops
    I didn’t really complete my thought. I don’t do the mailing list thing and I’m not sure if I will. If I do, it will be for my customers. I may eventually also do one for my team, but after I’m a director with a unit. So, next year! 😉

  4. Thanks for the link. 🙂 I don’t do the mailing list thing yet and . Most of my readers are already in my company. But it’s a great way to keep me focused and on track with my business. 😀

  5. REASON #3 – you spammed your own recent comments 😀

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