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Issue 3  -  Friday 31st March 2000

Welcome to Downline!
Welcome to the Downline website.  An exciting new source of information for network marketers!  We've started this Internet magazine to help you prosper.  To find out more just follow our Guided Tour.  Or register for our Free Trial to get full access to the password-protected pages.


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Pearson Takes Over Dorling Kindersley
We were going to run a short update about the continuing troubles at Dorling Kindersley.  But that story is totally over-shadowed by today's news about Pearson Group's agreed takeover.

"Free Internet" Price War Update
As predicted in our previous piece on the "Free Internet" Price War there have been more announcements in the last couple of weeks.  The battle is really hotting up!

Tell Us Your News
Do you know about something new in network marketing?  If so, email us about it at editor@downline.co.uk, and we'll run a front page story about it.  You can be credited as our reporter - or remain a secret "mole" - whichever you prefer.


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Helping Hands
When you're evaluating a business opportunity you should assess whether the products will sell and whether the compensation plan is sound.  However, there's another question you ought to ask.  Who will be in my upline?  Joy Healey explains how this can make all the difference. 

Niche Marketing
Selling to an identifiable group of customers with special needs - and offering products tailored to those needs.  Carol Nicholson relates her experiences of niche marketing.

Share Your Experience
We're looking for experienced networkers to write feature articles.  Why not share what you've learned with the rest of us?  Tell us what worked for you - and what to avoid.  If you can make sense for 1000 words we'll be happy to put your article on the front page like this.  In return you can place a free advert at the foot of your article.  How about that for a good deal?  If you're interested check out Authors Wanted or email us at editor@downline.co.uk.


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Working Hours Newsletter
There's a new A4 colour newsletter being published - aimed at home business entrepreneurs.  Martyn Brown gives the full details.

Tell Us What You Think
This website is intended for you - the ordinary network marketer.  So tell us what you think about network marketing and the companies and schemes you have tried.  Or if you've got a bee in your bonnet - let it out!  We really welcome your comments - and will happily publish them - provided they are not too extreme!  Just email us at editor@downline.co.uk.


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Telephone Cold-Calling
Telephone cold-calling has been a major nuisance for many years.  We think network marketers shouldn't be making any more unsolicited phone calls.


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Marjorie Scardino Is Britain's Most Powerful Woman
The magazine Management Today has just published their list of the 50 most powerful women in Britain.  First place goes to Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive of the Pearson Group.  Cherie Booth (wife of the Prime Minister) came second.  Today Ms Scardino demonstrated her power by announcing Pearson's takeover offer for Dorling Kindersley (see lead story).

Tell Us Your Gossip
Have you heard any good rumours?  Has anyone you know done something interesting?  Tell us the juicy details so we can spread it around.

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Issue 4 will be published on the website at 6pm on Friday 14th April 2000.  Contributions and adverts need to reach us by 6pm on Tuesday 11th April.