Elizabeth Oliva on MLM, MLSP, and having a Laptop Lifestyle
Elizabeth Oliva is a powerful home-based Entrepreneur, blogger and network marketer. Here’s our interview on MLM, MLSP, and having a Laptop Lifestyle.
I am excited to meet up with you again, Elizabeth. It has been awhile since I spotlighted your popular blog in my article Top 80 MLM Bloggers last year.
So, first question:
How old is your blog, how many posts do you have, and are you still blogging today?
My blog is about 3 years old and has been through some revisions. In the beginning, I didn’t blog as often but have increased the frequency this year. And yes, still actively blogging today.
How is the traffic to your blog and do you get leads consistently from your blog?
The traffic is steadily increasing and I do get leads from my blog every week.
Are you promoting just MLM with your blog, or do you also promote an educational platform, such as My Lead System Pro, Elite Marketing Pro, or another Affiliate offer?
I promote MLM training tips and MLSP and other courses of leaders I have worked with, as an affiliate.
If someone is new to MLM and wants to do everything through blogging, what would you tell them?
I would first ask them what “everything” means, what is their objective? then, how soon?
Blogging is a long-term but powerful strategy that requires lots of consistency and there is usually a pretty big learning curve.
They need to be absolutely sure they are going to stay on course “until” and have to have a DMO to produce congruent content and syndicate it out every week. If they cannot be consistent, they shouldn’t even start, in my opinion.
If they are trying to build a network marketing team at the same time, the biggest downfall is getting too “caught up” in blogging and forgetting about active prospecting.
I know this, because it’s happened to me, and scores of others. You will have to be brutally disciplined with your time to achieve both, especially if someone is still working a full-time job. It can be done, but they need to know how important both activities are.
I noticed that you’ve been in network marketing since 2003. You struggled in the beginning like a lot of us have, what changed inside of you that made it all start to work?
Ah, great question Erik! When I started, I had a sales background and I was “winging” it, not being coachable to the system and definitely not duplicable.
I feel it was like peeling back the layers of an onion, little by little, being driven by the desire to excel at something I had never done before. You see, all my life, I’ve been an “achiever”. Straight As, great athlete, first chair in the band, excellent in piano and voice.
Everything I tried, I did well…except network marketing! That was a blow to the ego, very frustrating, but my desire to succeed drove me to find trainers and mentors to help me grow and get better.
I dove into their training, started to get rid of that pesky “ego” (or at least tame it a bit), and discovered what being “coachable” meant. I don’t even recognize the person I was back then, there’s been so much personal growth and development of my skill set, which is awesome.
Lots of time, money, blood, sweat and tears has brought me to where I am today and I’m so grateful for those that started me down this path. So I changed, that’s what changed 🙂
On your blog, you state: “you made gut-wrenching, ego-killing decisions to move forward towards success.”
How did you do this, and how would you tell a new distributor how to do this without offending them?
The gut-wrenching, ego-killing came through LOTS of personal development, coupled with the burning desire to succeed.
But that didn’t even start to happen until I clarified WHY I wanted to do this. As I’m sure you’ve heard, “If you aim at nothing, you will surely hit it”.
That’s where I was when I began, I just saw a vehicle to make money and started.
I didn’t understand how absolutely critical it was to define WHY I was doing it. Once I did that, I had something to drive me to make those gut-wrenching decisions.
Later on, I learned about VISION and how it can pull you into action if it’s clear enough and there’s emotion behind it.
So for a new distributor, they need to spend time on defining WHY they want to do their business, then craft a compelling, clear, and very detailed VISION to go with it.
They should spend time on visualization of this vision daily, if not twice a day, stating out loud, in the present tense. Hopefully that won’t offend anyone, but maybe encourage and inspire?
You mention “Laptop Lifestyle” a few times on your blog, and it’s a compelling title. What does Laptop Lifestyle mean to you and what’s the quickest way to become one?
“Laptop Lifestyle”to me, means being able to work anywhere you want by just opening up your laptop. you could be anywhere in the world, do a couple hours of work, then enjoy the rest of your day and be free.
I don’t know if there is a “quick”way to do it, but there are some proven ways and blogging is definitely the foundational piece.
You own your blog, it’s your piece of real estate on the internet. When you produce content, it stays out there and you’ve done the work once and, if you have monetized the post (and blog), you could potentially make money day after day from that same post.
What are your primary goals for 2017, and are any of them on your bucket list?
Yes! traveling more is on my bucket list, especially a dive trip to the South Pacific. Primary goals? double the posts on my blog, doing income producing webinars, promoting to my next rank in my company and doubling my income.
Thank you Erik, for the opportunity to share!
This has been awesome Elizabeth!
Thank you so much for doing this interview! I know you are helping a lot of struggling network marketers and bloggers out there.
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