My friend Nick Grimshawe has embarrassed me into action one more time. I got an epic email from Nick this morning and here I am. The focus of his missive was how to get things done online when you don’t have the skills and not much budget to carry on with.
But he mentioned some friends that helped him start his first website, and they are certainly friends of mine, also. I was really struck by the mere mention of two peeps that have been really important in my development (or regression in all honesty) of the past several years.
Sunny Suggs is just pretty damn near legendary around my place. She has bailed my ass out of the barnacles more times than I can mention and is also a great friend. When times go tough and when times go hard Sunny is always, and I do mean always there. Always. Maybe even more important is that when times go great she is also there.
One of my most pleasing experiences in business was the building of trackeryme. I gave Rhonda Pizor really explicit instructions such as “I want boy colors, not girl colors” and she spun that into a really great site. She was implicit in the early success of the Lucky 13 team and just an all around great person. Not having Rhonda around is a huge loss for me and the larger community.
I’ve got to mention Janelle Pineau. We came to TE land about the same time and Janelle was the first person that I wanted to be like. Since then we have worked on and co owned a whole raft of projects and my initial assessment has just gotten nothing but stronger. The embodiment of hustle and grit I am incredibly lucky to be a part of her circle.
Now I’m sitting here trying to decide what the point of all this might be. Certainly the fact that I am putting black marks on an otherwise white page is a good sign. I really haven’t written anything in the last 6 months and I have words inside me that want and need to escape. For better or worse I am hoping that this is the re start, not just a blip.
<Giggle> I’m not even sure where I will publish this. My tomwacker.com site is a currently a monument to the need for a good backup plan. Perhaps Nick will have shamed me into doing a whole host of things that I need to do. At the very least, I am writing again. At the very best I have a plan to conquer the internet. With the help of a few good friends.
I’m just sayin’
The Mariners and Blue Jays have started the new Major League Baseball season a combined 0 and 5.
Fortunately, Janelle and I (and Boris) have had a much better week so far. The launch of Major League Advertising went much better than 0-5. We started raggedy with a problem that didn’t credit references correctly, but that was corrected fairly quickly. We are still working to make sure that people get credited for their sign ups.
Otherwise, it has just mostly been fun. If you can call intense stress fun. Thanks to a whole lot of help and good vibes given to us by a whole bunch of people, the experience has been great. Way more fun that Janelle (Blue Jays) and I (Mariners) have been having trash talking our teams.
Which brings me to our third teammate. Boris says he only knows one thing about baseball “There is no crying in Baseball” but he darn sure knows coding and design. Our resident genius has bailed us out several times already.
The M’s and Jays might be shuffling so far, but the MLA team is alive and well and planning a long term future. Thanks for being part of the ride!
I’m just sayin’
This post was originally posted at http://tebaseball.com/
I’ve got to admit. Life is pretty darn good for me right now.
I am right this minute smoking the best cigar I’ve ever owned (A Cohiba Cuban, smuggled in by a friend).
I spent the weekend riding and in company with good friends.
Gonzaga University is playing for the NCAA Championship tonight. Who would have thought that a teeny Jesuit University from Spokane, WA would say that?
THE Chicago Blackhawks have clinched the best record in the Western Conference and home ice at least until the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Seattle Mariners start their run to the World Series (you read it here first) today.
And we are launching Major League Advertising today. We being Janelle Pineau, Boris Petricevic and myself. It is essentially a Traffic Exchange with a baseball game integrated inside. We like to think that we have a slightly different take on the genre, geared toward our advertisers and associates.
It’s been a long, slow journey. We started in September and are rushing to get it ready as I write this. We know it will never be finished, and we have BIG plans for the future. To finally spring it on you all is a huge deal. That which does not kill us can only make us stronger.
Everybody should have people to work with like Boris and Janelle. Friends, of course, but each with a skill set and dedication that are absolutely terrific. It has been sometimes frustrating, sometimes crazy but having a team like this is simply a reward all by itself.
The proof is in the pudding, and we are pretty proud of ours. Why not mosey over to Major League Advertising and take a look. It’s free to join and participate,
Fear the Blackhawks.
Mariners Uber Alles.
I’m just sayin’
Paid to Click, the new way to Play.
The Panda Profits team has a firm belief in an untested model in the paid to click world. Community.
From the very early days of discussion (besides the obvious ‘should we DO this’) has come the core belief of the Panda Pack that there IS a paid to click community and that it is a very viable and serviceable commodity.
Paid to Click Users
We’ve all been led to believe in the uncaring, ad clicking, no notice typical user at a paid to click site. While there certainly are that type there is also a higher percentage of users that want a comfortable place to play that pays them fairly and quickly. This is the audience that we are seriously trying to tap into.
We spend a serious amount of time trying to make Panda Profits fun and easy to use. Part of the beauty of our Panda Pack mentality is that we are seriously interested in the overall experience of our members. Happy Pandas return to the same place to eat and relax day after day. That is what we are looking for, happy users.
Paid to Click Advertisers
The Panda Pack also believes that this is a community, the life blood of our site. These are the people that fund us and make what we do possible. We know our advertisers are getting a very good ‘bang for their buck’ return at Panda Profits and we very much aim to keep it that way.
We foster the advertiser community in several ways. Running an absolutely honest site and delivering usable hits is a great start, but we think there is more. Namely making utterly sure that there are no bots or multiple accounts on Panda Profits and by taking personal responsibility for each and every support issue that comes up. People like that and respond to good treatment favorably.
It’s a completely different way to run a paid to click website. We understand that and are convinced that we are onto something. You will all know when we get our first copy site. All we can say is ‘bring it’.
I’m just sayin’
Advertising at Panda Profits is a screaming bargain right now.
Why? Because we are a new and aggressive Pay To Click site on the way up. We add new members to an active base every day. Our members not only click on ads, they click through to your site. Advertising at Panda Profits is a good deal.
But why is Advertising a bargain?
Because we have not raised our prices to reflect added membership and added clicks. Even more, we are hearing really good reports on the outcome of advertising. Click through rates and cost per sign up have been reported to be very good indeed, and the proof is in the number of people that are coming back to advertise again and again. That is exciting stuff!
One factor in the success of advertising at Panda Profits is the fact that we simply do not allow bots or multiple memberships. We have some very sophisticated software that prevents either possibility, which means you get only quality views from our site. Real people with real eyeballs are waiting for you to get on the bandwagon.
It’s not just the static ads that are producing. I ran a 48 hour test on the Panda Grid and got 5 referrals at PTC Professor for the trouble. The Panda Grid costs $5.00 for a week! It’s a winner, also.
Lots of choices for advertising at Panda Profits, and they can be had on the cheap!
But Wait! There’s More!
Do you realize how close we are to next year? 2016 is just around the corner and Panda Profits is sponsoring a race with lots of cash prizes (100 to be exact) to carry you into the New Year in style.
It’s a referral contest, and very simple. Get the most referrals between yesterday and midnight New Years Eve and you win $15.00 posted in your cash account. Second place pays $10.00 and we are paying the top 100.
One referral per day will pay you nicely. Easy money for sure.
I’m just sayin’
Well, hopefully you know that 4 of us have started a new Paid To Click website named Panda Profits. Bill, Janelle, Patrick and myself are in the process of raising our baby Panda to be able to take on the big world.
Panda Profits is in some ways a standard PTC. If you go to the site you will see lots of familiar features on an Evolution script.
Where Panda Profits really shines is in the small ways that we hope will make a huge difference to our members and advertisers.
Panda Profits Members
Probably the first thing most members will notice at PP are the news of the day feature. Every weekday Patrick Griffin writes a news feature for the site. Some of them deal with changes and features, some deal with other topics. I’ll guarantee we are the only PTC to do this sort of thing.
Prompt Support. One of the complaints that we have heard is that most PTCs answer support tickets slowly if at all. All four of us answer tickets when we know the answer and see them hit the site. So far no ticket has gone over about 10 hours and those were tickets that required a specific person to answer.
We have the most sophisticated anti-cheat software that we could find. Our membership isn’t growing as fast as some because multiple accounts are just not tolerated, right from the start. Not now, not ever.
All of us firmly believe that there can and will be a community that will build up around Panda Profits. That an honestly run and administered PTC will not only survive but thrive in the long run. That our members will respond to loyalty and honesty by hanging around. It’s what we really want, and think our members want the same thing.
In the next installment I’ll talk specifically about what we do for the advertisers on Panda Profits.
I’m just sayin’
A look behind the curtain and the promise of more to come.
You may or may not know. I am no longer employed by TimTech but the legacy is not finished. Four of us that worked together at TImTech joined together and brought Panda Profits kicking and screaming into the world.
A Paid To Click site. We all four believe that an honest and honestly run Paid To Click is a good way for us to carry on in the industry that we know and love.
Bill Gorcsi, Janelle Pineau, Patrick Griffin and myself. After working together in a team setting at TimTech there was no doubt that we all get along well and work well together. Perhaps more importantly, we are NOT afraid to speak our minds and have some pretty specific skills that translate very well to what we are doing. Bill is a programmer and general genius in knowing how things on the internet REALLY work. Janelle is pure hustle and a truly gifted customer support person and she knows EVERYBODY in the TE business. Patrick is a professional writer who knows how to put the right words to the page in every circumstance. I’m the numbers geek and am really good at seeing patterns (and catching cheetahs)
We really believe that the PTC world can support a viable community and we mean to provide the vehicle to do so. Good manners and listening to our members is part and parcel of what we do. We think we’ll be able to make a living some day, but we REALLY think we can have a positive impact in our market.
I’m really glad you asked. Actually, it’s linked all through this post, but the real live honest address is http://pandaprofits.com. Come on by and check us out!
Notice how I did that? I asked 4 of the essential questions to any good article:) From time to time I will be discussing Panda Profits and how it’s working out for all the world to know.
I’m just sayin’
December 1, 2013
There are some days that just stick in your mind, right?
You know where you were and what you were doing. Fortunately, December 1, 2013 isn’t one of those for me. The only thing I know for absolutely certain that I did that day was log into Click Track Profit.
How do I know that? I’m glad you asked.
When I logged into CTP this morning it showed 730 days in a row that I had logged in. For those of us who are mathematically challenged, that is two full years. Means I started the streak on December 1.
The point of this column isn’t Yay Me. It isn’t about the virtues of CTP, though I am incredibly fond of the program. It’s all about grinding through and doing positive behavior EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I don’t know what I’ve done every one of the last 730 days. I know I’ve had the flu a couple of times, I know I’ve had the normal life crisis, I know I’ve had some days that were less than wonderful.
I know I have taken two month long motorcycle trips, and several smaller ones.
But at least once every day, I have switched on my computer and logged into CTP in the course of doing my daily business, no exceptions. Every day.
The moral of the story is easy. Just do it. Don’t say it, don’t pretend it, don’t intend it, JUST DO IT.
You truly will not believe the cumulative effect of doing essential tasks every day. There is no possible way to minimize it, there is no limit to the top side of it. Attend to your business every single day and I promise you that in 730 days you will be amazed at your progress.
I’m just sayin’
Like everybody else with a blog I am writing today in solidarite with the residents of Paris and the people of France. Je Suis Paris
I weep for your dead and wounded.
I weep for their families and friends.
I weep for the people of France and the fear and anger that they must endure.
I weep for us all. For those that are hurt. For those that are afraid. For those that are angry. For those innocents that will be caught up in the inevitable retaliation. For their friends and families. For the fear and anger that they must endure. For the circle that must needs close at some point. I weep for us all.
I weep for the magnitude, and what has changed.
And in the end, I do the only thing I am capable of.
I’m just sayin’
I just tossed out a draft post that I have been hanging onto for quite some time. I know. I never throw anything out. Why this one? Because it was about the enormity of Seth Godin’s 5000th blog post. Why did I toss it?
Today is the day that Seth Godin has published his 6000th blog post. Read it right Here. It’s unremarkable in it’s simplicity and candor. In my opinion, Seth Godin is the best blogger on the internet.
The single most remarkable part of this post is the simple fact that he hasn’t missed a day in over 12 years. Every day for that entire time he has published at least one blog post. EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not when he wanted to, not when he felt like it, not when the spirit moved him. Every Single Day.
While he was doing this he also published 10 books, most of which came to be best sellers. He does an active appearance schedule and at least a couple of TED talks per year.
How did he do it? Why is he so special? Last first. He’s not special. He committed to a course of action and has never backed off of it. He decided that he could and would and never deviated. Ever.
You see, the nugget here isn’t that Seth Godin is a great writer. It isn’t that he has a huge following and is one of the most sought after marketing experts on the planet. The nugget is that he STARTED and KEPT ON.
How much better off would you and I be had we committed to something a year ago and pursued it every single day for the last year? It’s not too late. Today is the day you will wish you had started whatever a year from now.
Just Do It and Keep on Doing It.
Of a pure personal nature, in the time that Seth published his last 1000 posts I have published almost 300. I’m proud of that number, but I can’t help but think that I would have been way better situated if I had published over 700.
I’m just sayin’