How to create your own multi-level marketing business

by Sophie Alvsaker

Posted: Friday 11th January 2019 | Updated: Thursday 1st July 2021

Setup your own multi-level marketing business today

The think BIG strategy for 2022!

If you’ve got aspirations of building your business into the next Isagenix, Avon, Amway or Herbalife then you’re probably thinking, the software that runs those businesses must be worth millions?

Well you’ll be happy to know ShoutOut's Growth and Pro plans include all the functionality to successfully operate your own multi-level marketing operation, including tracking and paying commission to participants, as well as those that referred such individuals to your network.

If you’re looking at building a truly large business, adding a multi-level marketing (MLM) strategy is an opportunity that can significantly boost your brand awareness, and exponentially grow your revenue.

Amway built their entire business on this single networking strategy, and sales in 2020 surpassed $8.5 billion USD, and Herbalife the maker of nutritional and weight-management supplements broke records with over $5.5 billion in sales, (an increase of 13.6% compared to the previous full year).

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Explained

ShoutOut's multi-level marketing option adds the ability for your existing affiliates to invite new individuals to your network. In return they are rewarded when a sale is generated due to the efforts of someone they referred.

As an example, affiliate A invites affiliate B to join your network. Affiliate B then invites affiliate C to also join. Affiliate C then refers a sale to your store. Affiliates A, B and C all get remunerated.

ShoutOut multi-level marketing software explained

ShoutOut allows you to control the depth of commission paid to those in your network, and can even manage an unlimited number of levels (which is truly unique for an inexpensive App that connects to an e-commerce platform).

Let’s delve into setting up and operating your own multi-level marketing business using ShoutOut:

Activate Multi-Level Marketing

  1. Go to ShoutOut Admin and from the main menu, under Settings, select Preferences.
  2. Check the box to activate the multi-level marketing option.
  3. Choose the maximum depth of your structure. Depth controls the maximum number of people to receive commission (in addition to the person who referred the sale to your store).
  4. Press 'Save Preferences'
Activate multi-level marketing option in ShoutOut

Referred Affiliate Commission

Once MLM is activated, you’ll find a new commission rate option in Account Settings, (a similar option may also now be found when adding or editing an affiliate). You may set the amount of commission an individual (commonly called an 'Up-line') will receive when a sale is achieved via the efforts of someone they have referred to your network.

Referral Affiliates Program by ShoutOut

If you've selected an MLM depth greater than 1, you'll also find an Advanced Setup option to set the amount of commission paid to affiliate up-lines further up your network.

Upline percentages

In the example below, affiliate C refers a sale and receives 15%. Affiliate B receives 5% as they introduced affiliate C to the network. Affiliate A also receives 2% because they referred affiliate B to the network.

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Affiliate Invitations

It's easy for your affiliates to invite others to join your network.

Affiliates are provided the ability to conscript others to your network through both a special link they can provide to others, or via an email service they can utilize from within their affiliate dashboard.

Invite others to join as affiliates

You can also activate an option on your signup page to ask new affiliates who referred them to your network.

Ask who referred new affiliate

Affiliate’s Own Network

Your affiliates may view their own network (individuals that have joined through their efforts) by selecting the ‘Your Network’ option from within their own Affiliate Dashboard.

If one of the affiliates has also created their own network (their own downline), a link is provided to allow viewing of individuals further down the structure (this is subject to the depth of the MLM structure you have set).

Affiliate's own multi-level marketing network

Viewing and Setting an Up-line

For you convenience, ShoutOut can display how an affiliate joined your network (the person's up-line).

Simply go to ShoutOut’s main admin, and under Network, select an affiliate from the View/Edit menu option.

If ‘Not Applicable’ is shown, the affiliate joined your network directly. If a name is listed, this is the affiliate’s immediate up-line (the person that invited this affiliate to join your network). Also shown is the network structure for this affiliate, all the way back to their top level affiliate.

Using this easy structure can allow you to quickly understand and trace your various affiliates and re-associate their up-line if ever necessary.

Affiliate's Network Growing with MLM approach.

Performance Bonuses

To further incentivize people in your network, ShoutOut also provides the convenient ability to set monthly or lifetime targets for individuals.

Automated rules may be set to increase commission based on revenue achieved over their lifetime as an affiliate, over the last 30 days, or for the calendar month!

automated commission adjustment mlm

Automated commission adjustments affect the referred sale, and future sales will be calculated at the level achieved. Rules setup in this area (Account Settings > Auto Increases) over ride default and individual affiliate commission rates.

This additional feature is available in ShoutOut's Essentials, Growth and Pro paid plans and provides an excellent opportunity to further encourage your network to accelerate your revenue growth.

In Summary

We encourage you to fully embrace multi-level marketing as part of your business growth strategy, and as always if you have any questions we're here to assist you at anytime.


About the Author

Sophie Alvsaker ​is a professional educator, presenter and a leading expert in affiliate marketing and referral programs. Sophie is passionate about sharing engaging and practical insights to allow clients to maximize the effectiveness of ShoutOut's many features and tools.

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