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The rise and fall of Traffic Monsoon

Traffic Monsoon used to be one of the hottest money-making schemes out there, before they got shut down.

The USA government got involved, and it looks like Traffic Monsoon is done for good (although a new, shockingly similar scheme has since launched called Traffic Hurricane…)

So was I ever involved?

This video explains:

 

All good? Let’s continue…

Overview

Traffic Monsoon was a lot like My Advertising Pays.

You can see how they blew up then fell flat on their face.

Not all their fault. The government got involved and pretty much killed their buzz. Not cool, but you gotta move on.

So why did they have “buzz”?

Simplicity.

You purchase advertising “packs”, and as an option, you qualify to receive profit-share earnings when you click on 10 ads per day.

So, you make money regardless with the profit share, and you promote whatever you’d like on the traffic exchange using your traffic credits.

Here’s some background history:

Started in October 2014.  Within their first month they sent 4 million visits. A year later, they’re stronger than ever.

The advertising you get from the ad packs can be used however you like, but people are seeing better success marketing other money-making opportunities (like Tecademics, Digital Altitude, and The Wealth Network).

It makes sense, because people who joined Traffic Monsoon are most likely people who are interested in making money online.

Although not recommended (because you literally make pennies), you can sign up for free and earn visitor traffic credits simply by viewing other members’ ads.

Even as a free member, you get to click ads and receive 1 visitor credit for every 2 sites that you visit. It’s not scalable, though. You’ll only be able to accumulate so many credits at a time.

The only real way to scale and see results is to purchase several ad packs and grow your account.

Once you purchase an ad pack, you qualify for the company’s profit share. You immediately start growing your account. At high volume, your account will grow exponentially.

How do the ad packs work?

Purchasing ad packs at $50 each gets you entry into the income-generating part of Traffic Monsoon.

Depending on how the company does with sales depends on how fast your $50 ad pack will turn into $55, or 110%.

But, either way, regardless, you’ll eventually earn the $55 on each $50 ad pack you purchase.

Each active ad pack that you have is also called a “sharing position”. Although nothing is guaranteed, users can expect earning $1 per day per sharing position. With the ability to have 1200 active packs, or positions, you can see the potential.

How do I qualify to earn revenue on my ad packs?

To qualify for the revenue sharing, you click on 10 ads per day.  This entails viewing websites you find listed in your account after you log in.

What kind of websites will you see?  Most likely they’ll be similar to your own: websites featuring MLMs, affiliate marketing, entrepreneurship, income-generation, products and services.

How do I make referral commissions?

You earn 10% referral commissions on all of sales of the people you directly refer.

Note: this is not multi-level marketing.

You’ll only earn the 10% on people you directly refer. However, this is a super powerful system. Not only will your profit share commissions be automated, you’ll be passively collecting commissions from all of your recruits on the daily.

All around the world. 24/7.

That’s leverage. Cause money never sleeps, even though they didn’t teach you this in school.

Bottom line is, Traffic Monsoon is done, but there are still ways to kill your 9-to-5 and work from home without MLMs, recruiting, and government shut downs.

If you scrolled to the bottom, you’ll see that Traffic Monsoon has shut down. Funds are locked up.

The good news: there is a better way that doesn’t involve shameless recruiting or hucking another profit-share scheme. It requires hard work, but people are quitting their day jobs.

You can learn more here.

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.

Overview

We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.

Products

The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.

Details:

1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.

Recap

Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

There is a better way.

Check this out. This will help wreck your money-chasing habits.

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