In our example John is the referrer of all his sub affiliates (Mary, Igor, Eva, ... etc) and the image shows how they are added to this affiliate tree. Mary was referred as the first affiliate, so she was added as the first direct sub affiliate of John. Next was Igor, who was added still as a direct subaffiliate of John. Eva was the first affiliate who was not assigned to John directly, but because the width of John's tree had been full, she was added as a sub affiliate of Mary. Next was Max, who was added again as a sub affiliate of Mary, because John's tree had been full. Aron was added to Igor's tree because Mary had a full direct-subaffiliate tree already. Last was Neil, who was also assigned to Igor. In this way a full affiliate tree was built by a 2x2 forced matrix. On next affiliates referred by John there will be some spillover settings applied explained later.
Forced matrix compensation plans are typically described by two numbers: the width times the depth. This means a 3 x 8 matrix allows you to sponsor 3 frontline distributors and pays 8 levels deep. Any distributors that you sponsor beyond your first 3 must be placed underneath others in the matrix. A 5 x 7 matrix is 5 wide (front line) and 7 levels deep. On paper, a forced matrix comp plan looks like a “perfect” example of a unilevel compensation plan. Here is what a completely full 3 x 5 matrix looks like:
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Second, since some people will sponsor more than the maximum number of distributors, the concept of spillover comes into play. In a 3 x 8 matrix, you can only have 3 distributors on your frontline. The fourth distributor that you sponsor will spill over into the matrix, and be placed under one of your frontline distributors. Spillover is important in narrow width plans, such as a 3 x 8 matrix, but much less important in a wide width plan, such as a 5 x 5 matrix.
A Matrix, or sometimes called a Forced Matrix, is simply a structure (genealogy tree) that has a limited width and limited depth. For example, a 3 by 5 matrix allows only 3 people to be located under you, and your matrix would only go 5 levels deep. If your matrix was full of people under you, you would have 3 on your first level, 9 on your second level, 27 on your third level, 81 on your fourth level and 243 on your fifth and final level. The total number of people besides yourself in a full 3 x 5 matrix would be 363. Firestorm® has other Matrix setup options in administrative configuration screens that your staff can also configure very quickly. For example, options are available for how the matrix builds, or how new enrollees fall into your matrix. The main attractiveness to a matrix is that those above you can enroll people who will fall into your matrix, thus helping you fill your matrix quicker – and more people in your matrix means more commissions.
The purpose of this compensation plan is to recruit as many members of the team first and then line them even. In this plan, the depth is limited but you can build as wide as you want. This limitation in-depth inspires distributors to build wide. The primary feature of a Unilevel compensation plan is the payment of a level commission to all qualifying distributors. In MLM plans, one of the oldest compensation plans, the stairstep Breakaway Plan starts like a Unilevel MLM plan.