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Arbonne International – Unbiased Arbonne International Review

July 24th, 2008

Arbonne International is a health and wellness company that specializes in anti-aging products.  They are a network marketing company that offers the opportunity to become an independent consultant, and become a re-seller of their products.

First, I’m not an Arbonne consultant, although I’ve worked with many consultants personally.  I have spent a tremendous amount of time researching the company, the pro’s and con’s of starting a business with them, as well as feedback with their product line. 

Let’s start with the good stuff.  Arbonne International was founded in 1980 with the focus of providing high-end anti-aging skincare.  Over the last 28 years, they have expanded into other health and wellness products, such as vitamin, weight-loss, joint-health, and other supplements.  At this point, they have a huge product line, but their flagship product is still providing anti-aging skincare.

From a results standpoint, most of the feedback on the products is very positive.  They claim their products produce results, and there are numerous cases in which significant results were produced.  Of course, some people don’t like them, but overall response to product quality an effect are positive.

The products aren’t cheap, however.  The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies here, as products offered by Arbonne International are designed to be high-end and effective.

Most of the negativity regarding Arbonne is from their business opportunity.  They are a network marketing company that allows men and women to become distributors and re-sellers of their products. Most complaints revolve around 2 issues.

1.  Frontloading – Arbonne International does not endorse front-loading (buying into the business with a large product purchase), but unfortunately, some misguided consultants still recommend it “unofficially”. A new Arbonne consultant really has no need for $3000 of products, but some people end up going that route, and end up regretting it.  Arbonne has a great website that can process orders on an “as needed” basis, so it’s relatively easy to get product when someone is ready to place an order.

2.  Marketing Methods – Arbonne International recommends that consultants grow their business by “word of mouth” advertising and throwing home-parties and handing out product samples.  With all the good marketing tools available, it’s puzzling why marketing methods that worked 60 years ago are still being taught and advocated.  Custom acquisition is one of the most critical factors in growing a business, and to rely on friends and family members is limiting for most new consultants unless they already have a pre-established database.

If you are looking at Arbonne International from the standpoint of the products, it looks like a great choice.  It’s not as cheap as bar soap, but again, you get what you pay for. 

In regards to the income opportunity, it can be lucrative if a consultant treats their business as an actual business, and using good marketing principles and techniques to grow their business.

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Blogging-Newest and Hottest Trend

July 19th, 2008

Have you blogged before? If not you could be in the minority right now. Blogging has come to the forefront as a way to express opinions, sell items, or keep in touch with your loved ones. Blogging in its simplest terms is a web site usually without all the bells and wishes that you can create to your personal liking. Blogging has become popular for a number of different reasons. It seems everyone is trying to make a few extra dollars on the Internet and blogging has step forward as one way to do it. Many people are making money in different ways with blogging. For example some of the more popular blogs are putting up ads, or giving their opinions about products on their blogs. This is usually consistent money that they earn monthly and comes in handy when they need a few extra dollars. Not everyone though is into making money with blogging, as some just want to express their opinions on different subjects.
From the war to everyday life blogs are being put up at an astounding rate. When blogging first started many people thought it would fade after time, but that hasn’t been the case at all. In fact the opposite is true every year more and more blogs are being put up on various subjects. Why blogs and not web sites? It’s really pretty simple actually blogs are much quicker to put up and in less than five minutes you are ready to go. Web sites can take time to design and get ready where blogs have templates already installed for people. It’s the perfect choice for newbies who really are not very Internet savvy and gets there feet wet on the computer without overwhelming them. Blogging continues to grow as bloggers are now being turned to as a news source before other traditional outlets. This gives blogging credibility which means blogging will grow even more and become even more main stream.
Blogging is growing so much many businesses are now using blogs to grow their businesses. This is one trend that will continue to grow as the future of blogging gets bigger. Video, pictures, and links can all be combined in a blog giving it the multimedia experience to the reader and the blogger. Blogging is here to stay and will only get bigger in the years to come. I’m sure more refinements will come to blogging, but right now it’s going to continue be an option for people who want to try the Internet in a non threatening way.


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