I’m currently sitting on a hillside somewhere in Tuscany with a rather slow internet connection but thought it was worth a quick note to highlight a post on a (former) Amway Diamond’s blog – Doug Wead, Amway Adventure. He gives a personal example of the Amway Internet Echo Chamber effect and how falsehoods spread by anti-Amway critics about his Amway experience have affected his reputation. I may do a further post on this when I’m back at my regular blogging desk in a couple of weeks.
I’m travelling for the next few weeks so won’t be updating for a while or approving new comments. Have a great start to Spring for those in the north, and Autumn for those in the south!
Back sometime mid-April ….
The Amway One by One program for children has been running for 5 years and has been estimated to have reached over 6 million children. It’s a truly phenomenal program that Amway business owners can be proud of. The video below is a small production which tells a little it about the program and some of the projects Amway and Amway business owners have been supporting.
The video has been entered in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship First Annual Film Fest, with the winner being announced at the 2009 International Corporate Citizenship Conference on March 30 in San Francisco. The entries highlight the excellent work being done by companies around the world. I haven’t watched them all yet, but so far the Amway entry would I think be a very worthy winner. You can check out the videos and vote on the Boston College Center Website.
As most readers know, I currently maintain four separate Amway-related websites: Amway Watch (http://www.amwaywatch.com), Amway Wiki (http://www.amwaywiki.com), The Truth About Amway (http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com), and Amway Talk (http://www.amwaytalk.com). I developed the sites, as well as being active in other areas such as a Youtube Channel and editing the Amway article on Wikipedia in order to address what I saw as the enormous imbalance in the information that was available to folk searching for Amway on the internet. As I noted in my articles The Internet War Against Amway Part I and Part II the interest in “googling” Amway is enormous without grassroots internet activism, folk simply aren’t getting a true impression of the Amway business and the people behind it.
I believe these sites are beneficial and making a difference. This site, the Truth About Amway, will soon be regularly breaking 20,000 visits a month from more than 15,000 unique visitors. Amway Wiki is not far behind. What I find amazing about Amway Wiki is that more than 70% of visitors are new, never havng visited it, and on average they read nearly 9 pages when they visit. Internet average is normally around 2! In my opinion, these people are probably people who have been prospected for the business, and are looking to learn more. Indeed, many of the searches that result in them visiting Amway Wiki are for specific names – they’ve heard about a Diamond, perhaps been invited to a seminar to hear them speak, and they want to read about them. There are now hundreds of Diamond stories on AmwayWiki, and more regularly being added. My youtube channel has nearly a hundred videos and in the next few months will break the 1,000,000 mark for the number of videos views.
People are hungry for information about Amway and the people who work with it, and now they are finding it.
When I started the sites I owned a web hosting company, so I could effectively host the sites “free of charge”, as well as easily contribute time to their upkeep. Several months ago however I sold that company, and these 4 sites and the 50,000 visits a month they get are now being supported entirely out my pocket and the small earnings that comes from various google advertisements. Despite many rumours spread by critics of Amway, I get no financial support at all from Amway or the IBOAI or any other Amway-related organisation for the time and money I spend on these sites.
So – with the encouragement of some regular visitors I’ve decided to launch a “cookie drive” to see if I can raise donations, with the first goal to match the approximately $1000/yr it’s now costing me to host these sites. You’ll see a “donate” button and a “thermometer” on the right. If you can spare a few dollars to invest in protecting and building the reputation of Amway on the internet, your donation would be appreciated. If there’s enough support then I’ll also begin work on a new addition to the TTAA family – amwayproductreviews.com, so that our prospects and customers looking for real end-user reviews of Amway’s products will have a place to find them – and you’ll have a place to give your experiences.
All donations will of course remain anonymous (unless otherwise requested).
Thanks for your support!
Hot on the heals of the Amway Global’s San Diego Quake’s sponsorship and Nutrilite’s 3 year extension as title sponsor of the Canadian Soccer Championships, today comes the news they’re sponsoring the new women’s professional soccer league team the Los Angeles Sols. You can read the press release on Amway Watch, as well as the LA Sols home page, which includes the cool photo to the left :). I’m still trying to work out what the heck Kobe was doing there, but hey, he looks good next to those Amway logos! The gal standing next to (below?) him is Marta Vieira de Silva, a Brazilian striker and widely considered the best player in the women’s game.