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Richard M.

United States

E365 Country Champion
Gold Fast-Track
Posts: 240 | Followers: 110 | 5th year with SFI

9 posts

CSA Mailer problem in Team Building #CSA #Getting Started #Team Building

5 days ago

filter your list by GEN=CSA and then also filter them by join date, say today to Aug 20th, then select the mailer link to mail to those selected CSAs, then go back and modify your filters for the date from Aug 20th to your own join date

In time you will figure out where about the halfway mark is... Aug 20th, 21st, 22nd,....


29 posts

Join SFI in Getting Started #Getting Started #Leadership #Team Building

14 days ago

Yes you can. Make sure they are living at a different address.

Also, if you sign them up, make sure whatever gateway they use, to add a dot9999 key-code to the link, i.e.

You can sign up a maximum of three affiliates up per month under the 9999 key-code. This key code will make sure they are under you as a team member.

If you have more than three relatives, friends, acquaintances, then have them sign up under the relatives that just signed up in the same manner. This will help you build your team.

Then you all collaborate to help build your team. Go 3 levels deep first, then start at the top again and build a second leg of 3 deep, etc...

Once your team looks a little like this:
You - 1 - 2 - 3
You - 4 - 5 - 6
You - 7 - 8- 9
then you build deeper and wider.


12 posts

Being an affiliate for more than five years. in Ask Gery

19 days ago

Personally, riding the fine line of being able to afford my AD (auto-delivery) just barely because my household budget is very tight due to medical bills, I CAN tell you there was a time when I could just barely make EA.

When one cannot invest much to push past EA without struggle, but one sees the value in SFI, one sticks around as Affiliate ranked member until the finances get better, or until one of your up-line leaders can help a little to build your down-line.

I always hover at the brink of not being able to get past BTL right now, and many months a year I wished I would invest my AD into a new car instead so I can drive back and forth to work in comfort, but instead I drive a rusted 1988 Jeep that is about to fall apart, and I invest into SFI, for long term I see myself having enough of a team to be able to pay for my AD.

Then my reward will be to be able to purchase a newer used car while I can continue to be BTL or better.

Mind you, I have a good paying job, but medical bills eat up much of it, so I have been seeking a good team in SFI to help me build a second income stream.

Good things happen to those who are patient!


48 posts

Waste of Time in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions

21 days ago


I have seen this happen to me in Chrome and Vivaldi (Chromium based), but only if I happen to switch to another tab and come back after the claim button has been displayed for more than xx seconds... I have not timed it, but my guess is more than 20 seconds.

I usually just click reload, instead of doing the captcha, and it reloads the results page with the winnings, but sometimes it will make me sit through the animation of the auction again.

Just my experience with this. No solution to this as of yet.


5 posts

Suggestion for revising the GOALS Tab in Ask Gery #Leadership #Team Building

25 days ago

Could we revise the GOALS tab and the associated rewards system?

So, as I was doing my daily tasks today, I was looking at the GOALS tab, and I realized, this tab doesn't do much for me the way it is structured at this time.

I glance at my monthly goals, and I see maybe one or two that clue me in that I need to focus on one, maybe two areas, usually PSA related.

I have realized that I tend to set my goals too low, but I have set them way too high as well and then get frustrated with either situation.

To me the GOALS tab is a little like a scoreboard, but goals are fluid, and it makes sense to adjust goals upwards if one realizes that forward thinking estimates were too low.

I propose we revise the GOALS system as follows:

Long Term Goals:
We should revisit these once a year, and as such, I propose that we get our initial VP for setting these goals when we first start with SFI, and then maybe 10VP for revising these long term goals once a year, but we would only get the 10VP if we revise the long term goals in a positive manner.

We could do this as a sponsor/co-sponsor reviewed reward where three co-sponsors, and in the case there are only two, the sponsor, would review the new long term goals compared to the old, and if they all approve, I get the 10VP.
We could also reward the reviewers with something, maybe Rewardicals? Or 1-5 VP?

As a sponsor, getting an alert on my ALERTS tab, with a list of affiliates that have pending reviews, would cause me to spend more time reviewing their performance while I am working on their review. Not only would they benefit from the review, but I may notice some lacking areas on their VP ledger and able to give them some advise based on my experience in that area.

An alternative would be to make it a peer reviewed function, so only other BTLs can review a BTL Goal Revision. In this case, we could set up a way to pool up these reviews, and then we could have a PeerReview HotSpot page, similar to the genealogy page with a list of pending reviews, with say three columns that show how many of the peer reviews have been completed (say the affliate number of who has completed review 1 and/or 2 and which are pending.

The "pending" word could also be a link to the review for a peer BTL to click on and complete the review. We could limit how many review one peer can do, say three a week, or one a day?

Then it could go into the weekly action list just like the stream posts and we could earn 1 VP per review, with a max of three. This would also give EAs trying to earn a few more VP a way to do so.

As for affiliates below EA, we could make those reviews a free-for-all for EAs and up to review, say, maybe one a day limit o r something like that.

Monthly Goals:
We should only get say 6VP to set our monthly goals, and then once a week, we should be able to get one more VP if we up-adjust one of our goals... say like in my case, I am always way off on my Leaderboard Goals... I usually underestimate how well I do.

The way this could be done is that only a goal that is already at 100% would count, and it's input box would then be locked until next week. Just like the STREAM POST To-Do list states that we can post again on or after a set date, these locked down goals could be locked the same way.

I think the GOALS tab would be more rewarding, and people like myself would actually get something out of the tab other than turning it green every day.

Just my humble opinion.


4 posts

Global Payment Solutions in Suggestion Box #TripleClicks

28 days ago

I know Gery has mentioned that his team continues to look at various crypto-currencies for possible inclusion into SFI operations.

I agree that we need more options than just Bitcoin, but all crypto-currencies are fluctuating wildly right now, and that is not good for any business that requires some stability in the currency.

With this said, Dash, Litecoin, Monero, and ZCash all come to mind as being much more usable compared to Bitcoin.

I believe that as soon as SFI's support team is able to support these additional currencies, we will have them available in the affiliate center.

We must have patience and faith in Gery and SFI to come through for us!


17 posts

Marketing on my blog. in Miscellaneous #Marketing #Sales #TripleClicks

about 1 month ago


most likely you will need to contact your blog hosting company and ask them what you need to do add a security certificate to your blog.

Each host provider does it a little different. You may be able to find information about this in your hosting dashboard.

Keep in mind, if you are using free hosting on a subdomain, i.e., then the only way I know of is to upgrade to a paid hosting package.

Either way, contact your host and see what they say.


33 posts

Plastic bottle in Miscellaneous

about 1 month ago

Thank you Gery.

I have learned a lot (about marketing etc.) since joining SFI, and I see side hustle and business opportunities all over the place... some days I am overwhelmed with ideas both in my local physical life and my online presence.

Thanks for innovating constantly and working with all of us to make SFI great.


18 posts

Creating a store!! in Marketing #Getting Started #Localvantia

about 1 month ago


I believe this is the link you are looking for:

On this page it explains about ECAs and a link to the Gateway list. On the gateway page, scroll down and look for the ECA gateway link, click it and you should be able to sign up your online store.

Hope this helps.


P.S. You would have been able to find this information by clicking the looking-glass/magnifier icon at the top of any SFI Affiliate Center page and searching for ECA.

33 posts

Plastic bottle in Miscellaneous

about 1 month ago


where everyone here is seeing a problem, and it is a REAL problem, I see a business opportunity!

For those of you living in a country that has many active affiliates, maybe one of you could get sub-contract work with SFI.

I bet many countries like Italy, can order plastic bottles with customized logo from ANY EU country complying with EU restrictions that Italy or any other country has.

So, maybe someone in the EU, or if more restricted in your country, can find a vendor in their country that can produce something similar to the auction product.

Then, once a small inventory has been purchased, say a box of 25 or 50 or 100, create an online store, list in in Localvantia, make the products available to your country, or EU, or other region, and then contact SFI/Gery and offer this similar product as an AA auction item alternative, then SFI can buy it from the Localvantia store for direct delivery to the affiliate that wins.

I'm sure there are some regulations to deal with, and a lot of technical details to work out, but I don't see why it would not be possible to accomplish this?

Gery, SFI Support, any thoughts on this?


10 posts

What is your daily minimum? in Getting Started #Getting Started

about 1 month ago


on my weekends, this is exactly what I do... my family is usually still asleep while I have my coffee, and most weekend days I get all my tabs green plus check my Team Mail and some email.

On week days, I try to get part of this work incorporated into my breaks at work. I tend to be able to take 15 mnute breaks, which means I can usually get 1/3rd to half of my daily minimums done, however, some days I am out and about taking care of work, if so, then I try to spend my lunch at my desk (saves money from not going out to eat), usually having something to eat I brought from home or a can of soup maybe, and I usually get all of SFI work done in that one hour.

So, for any new affiliates reading this, you can see that really, working SFI is not much more time consuming - working this business instead of wasting time on social media could allow you to build a lucrative second income stream!


18 posts

Please can you explain to me how to post free ads in Getting Started #Getting Started #Marketing #Team Building

about 1 month ago

I use a smartphone for work but I do not use it for SFI except to turn a few tabs green when I am on the road, however, I have used it to create text only posts on my blog... so... if I were you, I would start working on putting a simple text-only ad at the end of my signature for my email, then find places where you can add a text only ad.

Next I would find an Internet Café and use a computer to pull any relevant banners (or the pre-built code for them) from SFI and TripleClicks and put them into a format for easy posting using your phone... such as creating the code or copying the pre-built code and adding your own additional things you want to say, and saving this into an email and sending it to yourself. You get to proof-read your own ad and then you can copy-past from your received email into whatever traffic exchange or website you want to use.

Or you can this exact thing in the Internet Café, or even using your friend's computer. Only performing the SFI affiliate center functions are dependent on being on only your own device, working with traffic exchanges is free to do on ANY device that is suitable.

Hope this helps.


10 posts

Can the Astro Auctions Flight Log be put in numerical order? in Suggestion Box

about 1 month ago

I will second that!

Or the ability to sort by flight number or flight date/time.

Either would be great.


14 posts

BUILD MY TEAM in Team Building #CSA #PSA

about 1 month ago

One thing no one has mentioned, is how to track who signed up through a gateway or in-person referral...

The technique is the same, the trick is with the key codes... search the knowledge base and the forum for help with key codes, but if you give your referral link to someone in person, especially family and friends then use key code 9999 - this is very important, because you can guarantee up to three PSAs to be assigned to you personally ignoring all assignment rules SFI has for determining who gets the PSAs (read about Opti-Build to learn more).

Hope this helps a little.


44 posts

At 49 Wins Now In AA, What Shall I Start Doing? in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Marketing

about 1 month ago

I forgot to mentions, I only purchase 100 TCredit a month (previously 125) because I have the Builder Bundle as my auto-delivery now. If I need TCredits towards the end of the month, I trade in the plethora of Rewardicals I win for TCredits, just enough to get through the month and have the 2 TCredits I need every day to turn my tabs green.

If I still do not get enough TCredits, I consult my budget, and remove a fancy coffee from my diets or purchase a simpler meal that costs less. I use the saving to invest into this business.

There is ALWAYS a way to pay to improve yourself and your business!


44 posts

At 49 Wins Now In AA, What Shall I Start Doing? in Astro Auctions #Astro Auctions #Marketing

about 1 month ago


first of all, congrats to achieving your 50 wins, 51 by the time I write this to be exact.

I am in your Gen2 layer, and I have to say I very quickly adopted a similar AA play strategy as you have... with a twist.

All Affiliates,

following you will find some of my strategy for maintaining rank and status in SFI as well as potentially win AA:

I am trying to compensate for the old 2xMRP auctions which allowed me to maintain rank --- by using the same 1 TCredit per AA Bing uses.

I achieve my minimum goal of 20VP a day by doing my daily green tabs, at least one AA and one EZ Game, plus winning at least one AA a day that contained 10VP or more. This consumes up to 62 TCredits a month (in a 31 day month, less in shorter months).

My goal is 20 VP a day to get all the bonus entries in the Daily Grand Sweepstakes to maximize my chances of winning Rewardicals.

Should one of the Astro Auctions I bid in not provide any VP, I will enter another AA sometime that day, but I ususally have at least one TCredit in 2-5 auctions a day.

For some auctions, I will bid up to 75 TCredits, and commit 2 TCredits to the tie breaker - why? Check the flight logs for that type of auctions you would like to win, and you will learn why! Readers are leaders, and if you can learn this little tip on your own, you will be better off by learning it for your self. I gave you all the hints you need. t is SIMPLE to figure out if you read the AA rules.

Now, for auctions you would LOVE to win, once again I go the flight logs and I look at EVERY auction for the same type of auction I WANT the winning prize - let's pick on 50 CSAs. Look at all the statistics provided to us (see my hints above) and determine how much you are willing to invest into your SFI business... this is what Bing is referring to in part previously in this forum thread - you must invest into your business to be in similar position like him - you can invest little over long periods of time or large amounts in short amount of time to reach similar goals.

Once you determine how much you can invest, use that to bid in your choice of auction, bid high enough that you think you will win, and set your tie breaker commitment to something more than ONE TCredit!!!

You may still not win this auction, but unlike the old Penny Auctions where all those TCredits are gone, if you don't win THIS auction, you get all your TCredits back minus the 1 TCredit to pay for the auction entry and the tie breaker commitment TCredits.

If you commit 575 TCredits in one auction with a tie breaker commitment of 24 TCredits, you get 550 Tcredits back if you don't win!!! How awesome is that?


Enough said.

Be a leader (for yourself, your family, and your team), become a reader, use your reasoning abilities, and learn, learn, learn. Education doesn't stop after exiting school - your personal development depends on never-ending self-education!


19 posts

Readers are leaders - read about leaders that read daily! in Team Building #Leadership #Team Building

about 1 month ago


I understand, I have many family members, friends and acquaintances that are the same way.

The trick is to start small... here is something people like myself that are pressed for time do... I don't have time to read EVERY article and blog post I see that interests me.

So - if a headline grabs my attention, I open the page, read the first two paragraphs, and if I am still hooked, I bookmark the page to Google Keep (sticky note app), and go on with whatever primary task I am working on. Then when I get a break or lunch, or I get home from work or whatever I am doing, I go back and read one or two articles, and take notes in Google Keep for any material I want to research further.

If the article doesn't keep my attention, by the second paragraph, I skip to the bottom and see if there is a summary or conclusion paragraph, and read that. If there is something intriguing in this last paragraph, then I also bookmark the page for further reading, otherwise I let that article go.

This allows you to cover a lot of topics in a short amount of time and you don't get bored or frustrated, and you don't fill your brain with useless information that appeared to be important at first.

Hope this helps.


19 posts

Readers are leaders - read about leaders that read daily! in Team Building #Leadership #Team Building

about 1 month ago


I agree with you that there is a lot of repeat of this, but it also shows that many people only glance over material and run with what they skimmed from the information... that is why we must repeat, and repeat, and repeat our efforts to make sure that every affiliate at any time gets their fair chance to get the point we're making.

So, and good team leader is not only a reader, he is also someone that shares/writes information over, and over, and over, but repackaged, re-written, re-organized to fit the current scheme of things.

This translates to a good leader is NOT ONLY and reader, he is a writer and disseminator of information that is relevant at the current time.

That is why I posted the article, and that is why I mentioned the phrase Gery keeps repeating over, and over, and over... because it need to be repeated for all the new affiliates to be seen.


11 posts

I won an auction - WOOHOO in Recognition #Astro Auctions #Eager Zebra

about 1 month ago

Hopefully many more!


19 posts

Readers are leaders - read about leaders that read daily! in Team Building #Leadership #Team Building

about 1 month ago

Hello all,

as we all know, SFI, Gery, keeps drumming this fact into our heads - readers are leaders.

On this not, there is an excellent article at Entrepreneur Magazine that confirms this and some strategies to employ.

Check it out


27 posts

Role of sponser in Team Building #Sponsor

about 1 month ago


I agree to a point. SFI is THE sponsor and provider of training materials etc.

However, as can be seen these this forum, WE, the affiliates have much to contribute to making new affiliates successful. Sponsors and Co-Sponsors are an important aspect of this business model because Gery and the support team can only answer so many questions a day...!

With that said, every affiliate has their destiny in THEIR OWN hands.
YOU and your business will only be as successful as you make it.
YOU as the business owner are in control.
YOU make it happen!


34 posts

A new leader of the diamond team in Recognition #Leadership #Team Building

about 1 month ago

I also saw Gery on the Growth TAB today!

Congrats Gery!


11 posts

I won an auction - WOOHOO in Recognition #Astro Auctions #Eager Zebra

about 1 month ago

I believe it cost me 130 TCredits to get the 50 CSAs, and yes, I go t them assigned very quickly.

I don't in any way believe I LOST anything on this auction. The only thing I hope for is that as many of the CSAs as possible remain active affiliates.

As for any of the other items I got back, you can see from my post how many Rewardicals I got... if I don't win an auction, I get 10-100 Rewardicals and about a 3rd of the time I get 10VP, and maybe 1 times out of 10 I get more than 10VP per auction, so regardless, I am only losing a fraction of the value of a TCredit just to participate in the auction(s).

Astro Auctions are a Win-Win-PossibleWin situation. That's why I enter at least ONE auction a day (to turn my tab green) and usually 3 to 4 more to get some VP...


36 posts

Redeeming Versa Points to go BTL in VersaPoints #Team Building #VersaPoints

about 1 month ago


when I lack 50-100VP to make BTL, I buy a single TCredit for US$1.99.
If I lack more, on day 27 say, I buy one single TCredit every day until I am BTL.

A single TCredit gives you 102VP, and we all can always use a TCredit for an auction or to turn the EZ tab green.

I ALWAYS make BTL by the end of the month if possible, to show my team it is possible with a limited budget, and also so I get more CV from more compressed generations.



11 posts

I won an auction - WOOHOO in Recognition #Astro Auctions #Eager Zebra

about 1 month ago

Astro Auction #662 | MSRP: $90.00

I wont my first Auction - WOOHOO!!!

Auction won by Riccccardo with bid of 130
Riccccardo saved up to 58% off the MSRP!

The 1,000 RT Rocket Box was won by nyerj32
The 11000 RT Supernova rolled over
The 500 RT Pick The Bid was won by akit2012

You won: 15 Moves, 1,325 Rewardicals

This auction awarded 5,411 total Rewardicals!

Just wanted to share