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Most popular sports in USA

Total number of people participating last year*

Walking for exercise

97.1 million

Exercising w equipment

55.5 million

swimming Swimming

46.0 million

Aerobic exercise

42.0 million


(on road)

39.1 million

Hikinghiking Hiking

39.1 million

Running/ jogging

38.7 million

Bowlinssg Bowling

34.9 million


at club

34.5 million

Basketball Basketball

26.1 million

Weightlifting Weightlifting

29.0 million

YogaYxxoga Yoga

21.6 million

GolfGolfGolf Golf

20.9 million

SoccerSoccer Soccer

13.9 million

TennisTennis Tennis

13.1 million

Baseballss Baseball

12.3 million

Backpacking Backpacking

11.6 million

TableTennis Table Tennis

10.9 million

SoftballSoft Softball

10.4 million

Volleyball Volleyball

10.1 million



9.0 million

Kayaking Kayaking

7.1 million

SkiingSkiing Skiing (alpine)

6.9 million

Skateboarding Skateboarding

6.6 million

ArcheryArch Archery

6.3 million



6.1 million



6.0 million

Gymnastics Gymnastics

5.1 million

Snowboarding Snowboarding

5.1 million



4.3 million

Wrestling Wrestling

3.2 million

HockeyIce Hockey (ice)

3.0 million

Lacrosse Lacrosse

2.7 million



2.3 million

*Number of people age seven and older who participated more than once last year. Source: National Sporting Goods Association.

Sporting goods companies


Gyms, health clubs, fitness centers


Number of obese adults

78.1 million

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Table of Contents

What's a professional product tester?

How do you make money?

How do you get started?
Part 1

Pick the right product

The right way to start
Part 2

Actively use the product

Your sport of choice

Keep track of what you do

Product for evaluation

Business considerations

Financial help

Part 3

Endorse the product

Begin endorsing immediately

Income growth

A word about multilevel marketing

The sports market

What's an endorsement?

The role of self-promotion

20 ways to endorse a product

Handling inquiries

Call to Action

What to do now



What's a professional product tester?

A product tester evaluates and recommends products. No, you don't work in a laboratory or do anything technical or scientific. You just use products like you normally would and see how you like them. Then, you endorse the products you like. It's really easy. Nothing hard or complicated. When other people try the products you recommend, you get paid a royalty. This is what sets you apart as a professional.

It’s important to understand the difference between a professional and an amateur. Both have favorite products they use as part of their fitness activities, such as sports drinks, apparel, gear, etc. The main difference is that a professional gets paid for using and endorsing products. An amateur doesn’t. In many cases, they both use the same product. It’s just that a professional has a special way to profit by using the product. That’s what I’ll show you how to do – how to be a professional. All you need is a little guidance, and you can do it, too.

How do you make money?

Everyone’s heard of celebrities who get paid buckets of money for endorsing products. Well, I’m not a celebrity, and chances are, you’re not either. Since we’re not famous, no one is going to give us a pile of cash up front. But that doesn’t matter. You can still make thousands of dollars doing basically the same thing – if you know how. That’s where I can help you. As you use and endorse certain products, there’s a way to make plenty of money on the back end.

What do I mean by back end? Let’s say a company agreed to pay you $2 every time certain customers buy a product. What if 250 customers bought that product this week? That would be $500 in your pocket. What if 1000 customers bought the product? Or 5000? You get the idea. It can add up to a lot of money.

The key is to find a company who will make this kind of a deal with you, a good-sized company that has a superb sports product. You also need to know how to evaluate and endorse a product so you can attract lots of customers and get paid for it.

Don’t worry. I have everything all worked out for you. I’ve already done all the hard work. All you have to do is follow what I tell you here. Remember, I’ve been making money at this for over sixteen years. I know what I’m talking about. If you listen to me, you can do very well.

How do you get started?

It's quite easy to get set up as a professional sports product tester. You simply follow the instructions in this guide.

To help you easily put these instructions into practice, this guide is divided into three parts:

 Pick the right product.

 Actively use the product.

 Endorse the product.

I'll explain each of these in detail below. If you follow what I tell you, you can make good extra money in your spare time. If you want to apply yourself more, you can earn a handsome full-time income. You can start gradual and expand as fast as you want. You are always in control.

 Join me – become a sports product tester

P A R T   1

Pick the right product

This is probably the most critical step, especially for a beginner. You’ve got to have the right product to start right. After you get some experience you can consider adding other major brands. But you have to get your feet wet first.

Based on my years of experience, I'm going to give you a tried-and-true formula for success. I’ve evaluated a lot of products, and now I'll show you the best strategy for beginning in the business. You have to focus on one exceptional product. This will let you start strong. But to do it, you need to work with a excellent product.

The right way to start. My strong recommendation at this time is a product called Max. It’s a new bioactive sports beverage from Morinda, Inc. This is, bar none, the best product I've ever seen for making good money as a new product tester. Let me explain why.

When you choose a product, especially when you're new at this, you need an edge. There’s a lot of competition out there. The only way you’ll get that edge is if you select a product that meets certain marketing criteria. Here’s a list of some of these criteria. Whenever you’re considering a product to evaluate and endorse, make sure that it can pass all of these requirements with flying colors–

Can be used in all sports. There are literally thousands of sports and fitness products. Right now I’m personally evaluating a number of major brands, including Nike, New Balance, North Face, Asics, GoPro, Garmin, Oakley, Camelbak, Thorlo, and others. But there’s one product that always pays me very well – Morinda's Max.

One reason is that Max can be used in all sports and even by people who are not particularly active. If you choose a product with narrow appeal, you greatly limit your chances of making money. For example, if you choose a running product, you cut out all the sports that don’t involve running (such as swimming, cycling, skiing, etc.). That’s millions of potential customers you won’t reach. So you need a product that everyone can use in all sports. In this case, Max fits the bill.

Consumable. You want a product that customers will use up. You want them to buy again and again and again. This creates a cash flow so you can enjoy a regular income. If you choose a product that people purchase only rarely or randomly, such as a watch or backpack, it becomes a one-shot deal. That doesn’t work well for making money. So let’s assume, as we continue our discussion, that we’ll be talking about a consumable product, such as Max.

Exclusive. This is a tough one to acquire, but extremely powerful if you can get it. If you have a product that no other company can copy (because of a patent or proprietary rights), you are really in the driver's seat. Such is the case with Max. It has been proven to be the only product on the global market that lowers AGEs. Better AGE levels mean better performance. It's a patented, one-of-a-kind product.   

Safe. The last thing you want is to recommend a product that could hurt people – let alone risking your own safety. Products that have warning labels – like do not use if pregnant or nursing, keep out of reach of children, consult a doctor before using, etc. – and products that contain questionable ingredients, such as added sugars, caffeine, or phosphoric acid, are not good choices. Max contains no harmful ingredients. It has been extensively tested in many countries. It’s effective yet completely safe for everyone, young and old, and has zero harmful side effects.

Proven to work. Bottom line, the product must do what it claims. People have to be able to see the difference when they use it. It’s hard to honestly endorse a product if you don’t get great results. Again, Max is backed up by extensive scientific studies and clinical trials. From my own experience, I can say I've never seen such remarkable results for oxygen uptake, endurance, and fast recovery. Bottom line – it ups performance.

Profitable. Of course, you must have a deal where you can make money. With Max, you can earn up to $7 per bottle in royalties. Imagine moving 1000 bottles a month through your account. It’s not just a dream. It’s totally doable if you're ready to apply yourself.

The checklist above can also help you deal with competition. There may be others who claim that their product is better than yours. Not to worry. Other products may satisfy some of the these criteria. But I've yet to run across a product other than Max that satisfies them all. You shouldn't be shy about pointing this out if anyone gives you any grief.

Join us – become a sports product tester today.

P A R T   2

Actively use the product

Once you’ve selected the right product, you need to start using it so you can evaluate it and develop a personal experience of your own. There are several things to think about.

Your sport of choice. Decide which sport or fitness activity you will focus on. For example, I specialize in minimalist hiking and trail running. You can choose any sport you want, or perhaps even more than one. You'll need to be consistent as you use the product so you can get a good evaluation of your results. The more regular your routine, the better.

Keep track of what you do. When you endorse a product, a general statement like “this is a good product” isn’t very effective, unless you’re a big-time celebrity with impressive credentials. As a non-celebrity, you’ll want to share details of your activities so you can show people you're doing something real with the product. Otherwise, it’s just so much blah-blah.

It's even better, though not required, if you can measure something. Numbers help make information more valid. What you measure can be basically anything. As you make progress, you can keep some kind of diary or log. It doesn’t have to be a before-and-after scenario or anything spectacular. You simply want to show that you are active and the product is helping.

For example, because I like to hike, I keep track of my vertical elevation gain and distance. I use a GPS watch, so it's very easy. I’m not that fast, but I’m steady. Little by little it adds up, and soon becomes proof that the product is really working for me. This is just an example of how I do it.

You’ll want to choose what fits for your own preferences. It might be something as simple as “I wasn’t exercising before, and now with the product, I'm exercising X times a week.” You can keep track of the dates, time, and what you did. The public is generally quite skeptical. This kind of data can help demonstrate that what you’re saying is true.

As you go along, you may want to keep a running total. Pick something you can count, such as strides, reps, feet, etc. Whatever you choose, it will add up faster than you think. Such totals can make your overall results much more impressive. For example, I would be impressed with someone who has done 50,000 crunches or walked a million steps. It might seem simple, but this gives impact and credibility to your endorsement. Even just setting such goals is something to be admired.

You can consider any number of criteria, including things like speed, distance, frequency, accuracy, wins, body mass, endurance, weight, strength, skill, recovery time, or just about anything you can measure or count. The more specific you can be, the more effective your endorsement will be. We’ll talk later in Step 3 about where and how to use this information.

Product for evaluation. Of course, before you can begin using Max, you’ll need to get some product. Because you and I are not famous celebrities, no one is going to give it to us free. To start, we have to buy it. But that's okay, this investment is part of setting up your new profession as a sports product tester. Depending on how much product you consume for your activity level, this will probably run about $4 to $6 a day. I assure you, it’s money well invested. Especially when you consider that such seed capital can bring in $40 to $60 a day within a few weeks. (If you’re in a financial bind and don’t have the money to buy product, see Business Considerations below.)

Once you have some product in hand, you should begin using it immediately. Two very important considerations in this respect:

Max will not be nearly as effective unless you take at least 1-2 ounces every day. This is due to the molecular half-life of certain bioactive ingredients in the product. So be sure to take some at least once every 24 hours. This should be a hard and fast rule.

As mentioned above, begin immediately keeping a diary of your experience with Max. Focus on something you can measure or describe objectively, so your endoresement will be real and believable. Here's an example: my max log. Yours doesn't need to be as detailed or extensive. You can do whatever you like.

Business considerations. As a sports product tester, you operate a specialized profession of your own. This means you’ll be able to save money on taxes because nearly everything you spend on your sports activities becomes deductible as a business expense. This can include your product orders, sports apparel, equipment, and even travel to participate in sports activities or events. This tax savings is another way you “get paid” for being a professional. It’s like Uncle Sam is giving you a bonus every time you jog, cycle, exercise, play golf, or go skiing. It’s great. (See FAQ left column for some examples of tax write-offs.)

Your agreement with Morinda, Inc. , the manufacturer of Max, will formally name you as a “product consultant.” This confirms your business standing as a professional, something entirely different from being a customer. Under this agreement, you’re eligible for compensation and bonuses as you promote Max or other Morinda fitness products. You’ll also receive wholesale discounts on product orders.

In order to maintain the integrity of the program and to weed out those who aren’t serious about being a professional, you must regularly order a minimum amount of product under your account. If you don’t, you won’t be eligible to be paid. This minimal amount is roughly equal to four bottles of product a month. You can satisfy this requirement by buying the product yourself, having customers order product using your account, or a combination of the two. You must set up your account on autoship to maintain your status as a pro. 

Financial help. When you first begin you’ll need to budget some money to buy your product. If you really don’t have the money, don’t give up. You can still do it. This is a superb opportunity, and you don't want a temporary money problem to get in your way. Here are some options–

Get a partner. This could be an ideal opportunity for someone else who is perhaps less active physically but who still wants to get involved. Simply share this opportunity with them and discuss it together. One scenario: You agree to do all the legwork, and they buy the Max. You can split the profits however you decide. Remember, a lot of people would rather invest money and let you be the active partner. So this can work well.

Borrow the money. If you can get your hands on a few hundred dollars, it would cover you for the first few months or more. This would carry you well into profitability. You might consider asking friends or family, or maybe get a credit advance. But use good judgment.

Sell something. Take an inventory of what you own or can legitimately get your hands on, and see if you have some things you can sell or pawn to raise funds for your new professional enterprise.

Get a temporary part-time job. If you can fit it into your schedule, this is a simple way to generate some funds to get started as a professional. Work that is related to the sports or fitness industry can be particularly effective since it also gives you a new contacts for your endorsements. You don’t need to make a lot of money. Remember, we’re only talking about $4 to $6 a day.

Ask us to help you get a manager. If you are passionate about your sport and know a lot of active people, my partners and I may be able to line you up with a manager who will pay for your product. You will still need to provide the elbow grease and be highly active in all aspects of the program. Normally you split the profits.

If you want to talk about any of these options, feel free to contact me personally. I’ll be happy to discuss ways we might be able to help you get started.

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P A R T   3

Endorse the product

Product endorsements are important. They affect how you make money under your agreement with Morinda, Inc . Before telling you how to do product endorsements, let me explain more about how you earn royalties as a product tester under Morinda's agreement.

Begin endorsing immediately. You can and should begin endorsing a product as soon as you start using it. This will give you a head start in generating a cash flow. You can feel confident endorsing any product I recommend to you. It will be an excellent product of high quality. You just need to add your own personal endorsement.

At Morinda global headquarters, all product sales are tracked by an elaborate computer network that processes sales data from more than 90 countries. Each product tester and each customer has a personal account number. Your own account number is linked electronically to your customers and any other testers you have sponsored. This creates a network of accounts. Royalties and bonuses are paid according to these links. This is how your earnings are tracked and protected. (Click here for more about my views on this business model.)

Income growth. Let me give you an illustration. Let’s suppose you have five people who like your endorsement. They follow up by ordering some product, let’s say two bottles of Max each. These five people are linked to your account, so you are paid a royalty on their orders. For example, you get a 20% royalty ($14) from each one–

Your Account Activity

Person 1

Person 2

Person 3

Person 4

Person 5






This gives you a profit of $70. But that’s not the end of the story. Just like you, each tester and active customer has the option to profit by telling others about Max. This means that your professional network of testers and customers can grow beyond the people who are personally linked to your account. Expanding your network is the key to making serious money.

For example, let’s suppose that each of these five people refers three other people who become customers or testers. Some people will be interested strictly in the product. They usually become customers. Others will be interested in the product and the opportunity to make money as a professional product tester. They typically become product testers. You get paid 5% on all orders placed by these second-generation people–

Your Account Activity

Person 1

Person 2

Person 3

Person 4

Person 5






3 Persons

3 Persons

3 Persons

3 Persons

3 Persons






As shown above, this now gives you a profit of $122.50. You have 20 people in your network. But remember, you didn’t do anything at all to get 15 of them. This means you are now starting to use leverage. Others are working for you – an extremely important principle.

Let’s carry this example further. For illustration, let’s suppose that this same scenario continues for three more generations. In summary, here’s what your monthly income would look like based on two bottles of Max each–


# People

Royalty %


Running Total


























Is this example realistic? In real life, your network probably won't grow like this, with each person referring exactly three others. This example is just for illustration. In real life, some will refer fewer people, some will refer a lot more, and some won’t refer any at all.

But this example is absolutely realistic in showing potential income? In fact, my own network has thousands of customers and testers. I make a lot more money than shown in this example. Granted, I’ve been at it a while. But you can do the same thing by taking advantage of my experience and willingness to guide you. The sports and fitness market is wide open. All you need to do is make up your mind and jump in.

The sports market. To succeed in business, it helps a lot to have a broad appeal to a vast group of prospects. In case you’re wondering if sports products fit the bill, here are last year’s numbers from the National Sporting Goods Association. This table shows how many Americans, age seven and up, participated in the following sports–

Active Sports Market USA (in millions)

Aerobic exercise 










Skiing (alpine)




Skiing (cross country)










Cycling (on road)




Exercising with equipment




Football (tackle)


Table tennis/ ping pong












Walking for exercise


Hockey (ice)


Water skiing


In-line roller skating






Workout at fitness club






Mountain biking (off road)




What’s more, there are over 20,000 retail sporting goods companies in the US, with total yearly sales of about $38 billion dollars. Every item sold goes into the hands of someone who is interested in sports. There are also over 29,000 gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers. They rack up another $25 billion in sales each year.

In addition, the latest figures show that there are about 78.1 million obese adults in the US (about 37% of the population). Many of them are looking for a practical way to become more fit and active. This program can be a first step, one with motivation and incentives.

As you can see, the numbers are staggering – and this is just for the US. Image the opportunity worldwide. It’s huge. Even if you’re not into sports, even if you’re not very active, remember, you can still make money as a sponsor or manager. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Yes, this is a tremendous opportunity – become a sports product tester now.

What’s an endorsement? Endorsing the product is basically just sharing your personal experience that the product works for you. It’s really incidental to your sports activity. For instance, when people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I go for nature walks.” I don’t say, “I publish endorsements” or “I market sports products.” My main activity is what I love doing. The publicizing of my endorsement is just incident to that activity.

Still, your endorsement is extremely important. As mentioned in Step 2, when you keep track of your activity it helps support what you’re saying about the product. More important, people have a hard time arguing with a personal endorsement. They can be very skeptical about statistics, advertising, and even medical claims (everybody has a doctor on the payroll). But what are they going to say against your personal experience, especially if it’s documented? For example, is someone going to question the fact that I've climbed over 200,000 feet? No. I have the GPS data to prove it. Would they dare say that Max didn’t help me? Again, no. That’s my personal experience, and they can’t disprove it. It’s my experience, not theirs. This is a power of a personal endorsement.

It doesn’t mean that everyone will rush out and buy the product. Some will, some won’t. What it does mean is this: you have a powerful, personal way to promote. If you do it right, this will help you make a lot of money over the months and years ahead.

The role of self-promotion. People will be more likely to take your endorsement seriously if they know more about you and see that you have done something interesting with the product. So you need to promote yourself and your activities right along with the product.

You may have noticed that I have a lot of information on this website about myself and what I'm doing with Max. I'm not an ego maniac. It's just part of the endorsement process. Just think of yourself as a celebrity. Since you don't have an agent to represent for you, you have to do it yourself. So don't be shy about including plenty of photos, stories, and stats about yourself as part of your endorsements. You don't need to make yourself out as a super hero. Just be an example – if you can do it, so can they. This tack will create credibility and trust. 

And remember, even if you're out of shape, overweight, or have special challenges as you work out, there are lots of other people in the same situation. Your example and encouragement can mean a lot to them. So never think your personal story and  endorsement aren't valuable. They are.

You can publish and otherwise share your endorsement in a wide variety of ways. It’s easy and natural. Just focus on it regularly as a part of your normal endeavors. Your goal over time is to gain a little notoriety as you continue to track your results and build on your personal experience. You don’t have to do anything grand. Just be consistent and stick with it.

20 Ways to Endorse a Product

Here's a list of simple ways to share your experience as a professional product tester. Don’t limit yourself to one method. Regularly use as many of these ideas as you can. Combine them together to give yourself as much exposure as you can.

Show off the product. One of the most important and effective tools you have is the product you are using. I always save my empty Max bottles. I rinse them out and use them as water bottles. (I keep my actual Max product in the refrigerator.) When people find out I’m a sports product tester, they always want to know what I’m testing. I show them the bottle. How easy is that.

Carry business cards. When you meet people during your activities, they’ll often want to get in touch with you later to learn more about what you do. If you tell them your name or web address, chances are they’ll never remember it. So you need to have something you can pass along to remind them. You can actually get free business cards from www.vistaprint.com (up to 250 at a time). You just pay shipping. There’s a small ad for Vista Print on the back, but it’s no big deal.

Since they're free, my suggestion is to get two kinds of cards, one for general contacts and one for prospective product testers. You should keep a dozen or so with you at all times in your sports bag, locker, pocket, etc. You can also get a light-weight metal card case for about $5 to keep your cards nice so they don't get soiled or dog-eared.

Get their names. Just because you give someone your card, don’t assume they’ll rush home and use it to contact you. Most people won't take the initiative to call you or link up with you online. So it’s very smart, when practical and in good taste, to get the person’s name and contact info. Don’t trust your memory. Save the information in your phone or write it on the back of one of your business cards for your future reference.

Open a personal Facebook account. There are now over one billion active Facebook users around the world. That’s one in every five adults on earth. Chances are very high that anyone you meet, especially in developed countries, will have a Facebook account. This makes it extremely convenient to contact and maintain a connection with them. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you should set one up now and begin using it. If you need help, almost anyone can show you how. It’s easy, free, and can be a highly valuable tool.

Make a Facebook professional page. In addition to your personal Facebook account, I strongly recommend that you create a separate professional page. This will help separate your personal social life from your professional activities. This looks better and is easier to manage. For example, my professional page is called Coconut Group Central (www.facebook.com/coconutgroup/). I use our business name, but you can use your personal name or anything you want. Just add a word or two to distinguish it from your personal account, such as mike.jordan.fitness or mike.jordan.consulting. You can find information about creating a professional page in the Facebook help section.

On your page, you can post updated information about your personal activities and progress. You can also share general fitness tips, quotes, useful sports information, and plenty of photos. Avoid hype and sales pitches. Treat those who like your page with respect. Share valuable information that they'll like.

A bit of advice – if you want to be a professional, you may need to take a look at your personal Facebook account to make sure that the image you present there doesn’t detract from the professional image you're trying to create. Posts or status updates that are in poor taste can have a truly negative affect on your professional image. Remember, everyone sees everything you put on Facebook. When you add a photo or comment, think about your whole audience, not just a specific friend or two. So, if need be, take some time to tidy up your account and then monitor who posts what on your wall.

Create your own website/blog. Since Facebook is designed mostly for social interaction, it’s not the ideal formet for providing information. Besides your online FB presence, you may want to think about having a website or blog. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or costly. In fact, there are lots of services that offer free or low-cost websites and blogs. Just Google “free websites” or “free blogs.”

When you open your Morinda account, you get a free Morinda website personalized with your account name and number (example mymorinda.com/coconut). This allows your contacts to order product or enroll directly through your account. You can also log in to the back end to see data about your income, account activity, and company news.

Use viral media. If you have a photo or video that is exceptionally funny, interesting, or sensational, viewers will naturally share it with their friends and contacts. This can result in a chain of publicity that is self-replicating. You can create your own media or you can piggy-back by sharing the work of others. Just make sure you get some mention out of it. A good example is Morinda's new TrūAge campaign which promotes a scanning device that analyzes AGE levels. It even includes incentives like free trips and prizes. It's easy to use. You just share a personalized link that sends your contacts to a video about AGEs and how they affect performance. Yours doesn't need to be this elaborate, but if you want people to share it, it absolutely must be cool. 

Wear promotional apparel. For a relatively small investment you can order T-shirts, caps, and other items printed with a custom message. Such items, used in conjunction with your Max bottle, can create interest and start conversations. Again, www.vistaprint.com does excellent work. You can use their stock layouts or design your own art. You do everything online, so it’s very convenient.

Be friendly along the trail. When I hike, I almost always run into people along the way. I always say “hi” and talk for a moment. I’ve met a lot of great people and made some good contacts by doing this. The same applies for basically any sport or activity where you see other people. Whether you’re walking in the park, working out at the gym, or going for a jog in the neighborhood, be a friend to everyone. Say ‘hello’ and take a genuine interest.

Work on a fitness goal. As you meet and talk with other people, a great way to engage them is to mention that you are working on a goal. You can even ask them for advice as you compliment them on what a great job they’re doing. For example, I’m shooting for a million vertical feet. This is an instant topic of interest when I meet other hikers along the trail. Your own goal can also help keep you focused and active. It can involve essentially anything you want to achieve with your health or fitness. It doesn’t have to be grand or dramatic. Just something worthwhile.

Invite others to come along. Almost every sport can be shared. Think about who you can invite to join you in your activity. This can be especially effective when you invite someone who is perhaps less experienced. This gives you the opportunity to encourage, support, and praise them. Something as simple as a regular neighborhood fitness walk can do wonders for building relationships.

Join online groups. The web is a gateway to thousands of organizations involved in sports and fitness. Facebook itself has hundreds of groups for every kind of interest and specialization. A simple online search can lead you to an endless number of contacts worldwide. For example, a Google search for "soccer group":facebook.com brings up more than 556,000 results for the phrase ‘soccer group’ on Facebook – everything from Vietnamese soccer in Dallas to coed teams in New York City. You can find similar groups for virtually every sport.

Join a local team. Just as with online groups, you can use the search capability of the Internet to find local teams, clubs, and fitness groups. Just add the city or other locale to your search. You can also network with local contacts to get ideas. Larger metro areas will have more options, but you should be able to find a group or team that fits your interests and skill level. If you can’t find one, you can always start one. All you need are two or three like-minded contacts.

Join or teach a class. Whether you love swimming, aerobics, spinning, martial arts, or any other sport, classes are a great way to improve skills and meet people. Community centers, colleges, fitness clubs, and many other venues offer all types of instruction. If you’re really good at what you do, seek out an opportunity to teach a class.

Enter an event. Someone is always sponsoring a race, walk, fun run, tournament, or other event. Find one you like and join the fun. For example, www.active.com provides details on over 9000 sports tournaments, 4500 running races, and 1950 triathlons and multi-sport races. A group event not only gives you the chance to have fun and meet other people, it helps you work towards important milestones along your fitness journey. When you participate, remember that you’re only completing with how you did yesterday. Don’t worry about how you stack up against everyone else.

Post notices in stores. Many sports retailers, fitness centers, clubs, gyms, and spas have a bulletin board or counter where you can share notices, cards, or flyers. If you do this, make sure your printed materials look good. Again, I recommend vistaprint.com for quick and easy production of professional flyers, brochures, and rack cards. However, watch your budget. Custom printing can get expensive. So make sure you are using locations that produce good results. (By the way, I don't have any financial interest in Vista Print. I recommend them simply because they do quality work at a reasonable price.)

Get a health club membership. If you like to work out indoors (or need to seasonally), a health club membership is a great way to meet other people. But it costs money. So if you get a membership, use it. One suggestion: if possible, stagger the days and times you go to the club. This will give you a chance to meet a variety of people. Also, remember that as a professional sports product tester, your membership dues may be tax deductible.

Get some free publicity. This one will take a little doing, but it can be a real boon. Many local newspapers and news stations need stories and human-interest features for their audience. If they like your story, chances are good that they’ll feature it in their publication, program or website, at no cost to you. This is actually better than paid advertising because people pay more attention to news than ads. To get your moment in the spotlight, you’ll need to tried-and-true theme for your story, such as one of the five themes mentioned here: cbsnews. You’ll also want to use a free press-release service. A quick Google search for “free publicity” and “free press release service” will give you lots of ideas.

Get a sports-related job. If you’re in the market for a temporary or part-time job, try sports retailers and fitness centers. This will give you the opportunity to make contacts on two fronts – with fellow employees and with customers. Be careful not to do or say anything that’s against your employer’s policies, such as engaging in personal business during working hours or on company premises, if prohibited.

Advertise. I put this last because it usually requires both considerable skill and a big budget. With the exception of free classified ads online, advertising can suck up a lot of money very quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Therefore, I would suggest it as an option for those who have plenty of extra cash and who love chewing on marketing analytics.

If you’re thinking of direct mail, I would suggest a postcard instead of letters. Of course, this is an option only if you have a good mailing list of likely prospects. Again, one choice is vistaprint.com who has a postcard design and mailing service.

I would steer away from paid print advertising of any kind unless you can find something that is really inexpensive. Radio and TV as very costly and work better for long-term branding campaigns or infomercials. You are much better off going with pay-per-click online ads, such as Google Adwords and Facebook ads. This way, you only pay when people click on your ad to get more information. These services also allow you to set a daily limit for how much you want to spend. Once you reach that limit, no more ads are shown at day. So it’s much easier to plan your spending and control your budget.

I suggest using the above ideas as a regular checklist to make sure you are using a variety of ways to share your endorsements and build your professional status.

Handling inquiries. As more people see that you’re a sports product tester, they’ll naturally be curious and ask questions. A couple of tips in this regard:

Listen. At first, let them do the talking. Ask what kind of sports or fitness activities they enjoy. If you met them during an activity, compliment them. Give encouragement. Show admiration. Ask questions about their training routines, techniques, and goals. Make the conversation about them.

Connect. Get their contact information. As you talk informally, introduce yourself. Find out their name. Find out if they’re on Facebook. This is an easy way to reconnect later.

Share. Tell them a little bit about the product you're evaluating, but don’t talk too much. Focus on the results you’ve noticed and what a difference it's made for you personally. But whatever you do, don’t launch into a sales pitch. Keep it cool.

Inform. You can refer your contacts to this website (CoconutGroup.com). It's an easy way to share details and saves you the time of having to explain everything yourself. Whenever anyone contacts me via this website, I'm always careful to find out who referred them. So you never have to worry about failing to get proper credit for your efforts. Even if someone signs up directly with me without my knowledge, I can easily change the sponsorship to you at any time. 

Remember, to make money as a product tester, you must share your personal endorsements. Your goal is to use your endorsements to help you link up with as many new customers and product testers as possible. This will happen naturally as you behave like a professional. There’s no need to be pushy or impatient. As you get to know the person, you’ll have a feel for how you can work with them. Some people will be ready to jump right in. Others will need a little time to warm up to you.

Even if someone doesn’t appear to be interested, build on your friendship. Try to maintain regular contact with them. Social media is a great way to do that. It’s convenient and costs nothing. Some people will need repeated contact with you before it will finally dawn on them that you have something truly special that can help them have a better life.

Become a sports product tester

C A L L  T O  A C T I O N

What to do now. Hopefully you've found this information interesting and motivational. This truly is a great opportunity. Now you need to make a decision to join us. To do that, may I suggest the following–

Athlete or partner? First, you'll need to decide whether you are going to participate as an athlete or as a partner of an athlete. You'll also need to consider your budget. To help you do this, I've prepared a flow chart to step you through this process. Just answer yes or no for each question to see which option fits best for you: Flow chart

Talk with us. After you've gone through the flow chart, you'll probably have a few questions. Talk with the person who shared this with you. After you talk, ask for their ID number and keep track of it. (You will need it to participate.) If you can't get hold of them, feel free to contact me. I'll be more than happy to help you in any way I can.

Being a sports product tester can be fun, healthy, and extremely lucrative. Just like anything else, you have to do some planning, be active in the sports of your choice, and share your professional knowledge with others. There's no other opportunity like it in the world.

Join me – become a sports product tester today

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