This Time It IS Different

That’s Insane!

The definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing again and again and expecting different results.

I saw an ad in rotation today for “A brand new penny auction–guaranteed 100% legal”.  Really?  Somebody is really going to try that game again?  I’d guess that the idea is to make a pile of money then get out just before the Feds come crashing through the door.  I wonder what country the current site is based out of.  I’d bet it’s not the US or the UK.  I didn’t even run whois on the address, I just don’t care.

The point I am trying to get to is that all of us have moral choices to make about who and what we support or promote or own.  I like to think that I watch myself pretty carefully and that my choices are always good.  They aren’t.  But money isn’t worth enough for me to violate my standards…

Moral Choices in Advertising?  Are you Kidding??

Not at all.  Some of my friends won’t eat Tuna as a way to protect dolphins.  I have friends that ride bicycles to ‘save the earth’.  Some people won’t bank at a corporate bank under any circumstance.  We all make choices and actions based on our moral values.  I would ask you all, and will try myself, to make those same sorts of choices in the TE business.  Don’t let money be the only currency you trade in.  Please.  We’ll all be a lot happier if we don’t.

Next batter…

I got friends in looowww places…

Don’t let that song fool you, I’m a rock and roll guy…and I got to watch some pros rock and roll this week.  I was on the near sidelines to watch the run up and the launch of the new Tim Tech mailer, Listnerds (join here).  Very exciting to watch and even be a small part of. Those guys really did a bang up job on the mailer, I’m sure it will be a wild success.  Two days in and they are at 2000 members and still growing hourly…

Haven’t heard of it??  You will.  Tim Tech gave their affiliates the first two days to make hay on the new subscriptions before they even began to advertise.  They will carpet the industry with ads and promotions, you can be sure.  A really classy move giving the associates time to push the launch.  I’m not so sure I’d have had the patience to do so…Nicely played, TimTech!

I’m just sayin’

Fire and Fall Back

Trust and the Tom Wacker business model

Ultimately the business of internet marketing (just like all others) gets down to trust.  I have to trust my business partners, or there is no business.  When I owned off line businesses I had to trust my suppliers to get my product to me on time, I had to trust my customers to pay for my product and they had to trust the quality of work done.  It’s the same here, more or less.  Even more so, I think, because we don’t deal in anything physical.  My promise, and yours, is really all we have to sell or buy.

Trust Me

It was with some dismay that I watched a new product launch yesterday.  Essentially the precise same product that the same person launched 6 months ago.  Different name, of course, slightly different slant on the product, but essentially the same.  What happened to the last one?  Really?  I bought into the last one, and I haven’t heard a peep.  I guess it was just time to fold it up and start again.  Trust me, this time is different!

And so today.  I have been eagerly awaiting a product launch (by another company) that is promised on Monday.  Wait for it, it will be worth it.  Sit on it, we’ll make it worth your patience.  Don’t breathe a word until the date and time, we’ll spring this together and you will have as good a chance as the next guy.  Well, except for our buddies.  We’ll let them start their ad campaign (complete with logos and signups) a couple of days early.  Just come around on Monday, kid, and don’t forget to send your money.  Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

The Trust Factor

For me the two aren’t the same.  The first example stinks, and I don’t trust the guy anymore.  Simple as that.

The second example is more complex.  This is a company that has never let me down in the past.  Every promise made is a promise kept.  For the small amount of money I have invested in them, the return (ROI) has been significant.  They have done every single thing promised and more.  Plain and simple.  Easy as that.  I’ll stay with them, and even support them, but this doesn’t smell very good to me.  I get that you have to take care of those that take care of you, and a couple days early is a huge advantage to a serious partner(s).  I get it, really I do.  It still doesn’t smell very good, and I am now officially watching….

And on a much brighter note….:)

MEGA BOOST

The Legacy hits folks and TE Racing League have a GREAT new promo called MegaBoost.  Essentially, you surf their sites and you get a surf bonus.  Sign up for all four and you get a 25% bonus for surfing one site, 50% for surfing 2 of the sites (at the same time), 75% bonus for 3 and 100% for surfing all four at the same time.  100%!  Really.

The four sites are:  Legacy Hits, Social AdSurf, Ninja Surf, and TERacingLeague.  All 4 have a high quality surfing experience alone, but 100% bonus for the four is terrific!  Best deal in the market, right now.  Just as a hint (go ahead and ask me how I know), it will pay to have your user id and number ready as you update your profile on all 4 sites.  You user number is the number just behind the equal (=) sign in your affiliate link.  You have to update your profile at all 4 sites, and it is a little bit complex to do.  The reward for your diligence is way worth it!  Enjoy!

I’m just sayin’…….

 

 

Monday Rant and Roll

Have you seen all the new Traffic Exchanges?

I’m trying hard to decide if I am pissed or concerned or mystified.

Pissed, because I know that 80% of these have 0 chance to succeed.  The owners buy the script, set up the site and wait for the money to roll in.  90% of the new places won’t have 300 active members at the end of 2013.  300 members IS NOT a viable site.  No way to make it be viable…It takes numbers to succeed.

Concerned, because I am (trying) to earn a living here.  I can’t figure out a way to make rampant failure be a positive for me.  Makes me choose my spots very carefully.

Mystified, because I can’t for the life of me understand what the owners are thinking.  If you are going to invest money into a venture, why not invest the time it takes to be successful?  If you are going to invest time into a venture, why not invest the money it takes to make it go?  I am confused.

The FOR SALE sign is out!

This morning, Feb.11, 2013, I saw my second TE for sale sign in general surf rotation this year.  The one I saw listed SIX individual sites that I have never heard of.  I’m not everyplace, but I do get around some.  I’d think this would be a candidate for Blaine Jones “$100 per traffic exchange offer”.  Blaine has a standing (I think it’s still standing) offer to buy your TE for $100 just so he can fold it up and put it to bed.  I think there are well over 1000 traffic exchanges listed now, I hope Blaine has deep pockets.  I wish him well…

Role Reversal

The ownership team at Legacy Hits (Legacy, Social Ad Surf, Brand Me) have acquired Ninja Surf.  This site is well designed, has a good usable script, and some membership.  I’m betting that Ken and Rodney and Marcus will have Ninja Surf singing and dancing in very short order.  Their track record is pretty impressive, and I am glad to see another quality site on the net.  I’ve joined, and I recommend it, particularly if you want to get in on the ground floor and watch the changes.  I predict Ninja Surf will be in the top 25 by year’s end.  Remember, you read it here first!

One more thing

Another site that has come on the scene since Jan 1 that I am sure will make an impact is TE Racing League (TERL).  NASCAR themed with all kinds of new wrinkles, this is an impact site for me.  If you go to TERL today, you can sign up for this Sunday’s race.  Yes, racing at a traffic exchange!  It is great fun, and a rapidly growing site.

That’s it, I’m done.  Good Monday to you!

Chat Protocol

It’s a social world out there in Traffic Exchange land, and we just as well get used to it.  But there are some basic rules of courtesy that can make it more pleasant for all the participants.

1:  Seven smilies does not constitute conversation or ‘chat’.  I know you have to be really clever to post smilies in the chat bar, but try to have a conversation.  Please.

2:  Try to make it as near normal conversation as you can.  If you try to dominate the chat, the participants can just go back to surfing until you run out of steam.  Really.  Nobody is particularly interested in your fascination with and arcane knowledge of gum tin foil ball construction.  Really.

3:  Chat isn’t the place to sell.  Save your links and great deals for another format.  Chat IS the place to make friends and acquaintances some of which might someday wish to join you in your venture…if you are a friend FIRST.  Many chats don’t allow links, and most chat participants really don’t want that.  They are looking at Ads for the same thing, for crying out loud…

4:  Polite and courteous works wonders in chat.  Don’t slam any groups, countries, religions, or races.  All are represented in this industry.

5:  I don’t care how much scotch you drank tonight, I really don’t.  Save it for your bar buddies.

6:  It is “The World Wide Web”.  People all around the earth use it at all times of the day and night.  Don’t assume that lunchtime where you are is lunchtime for anybody else.  The relationship to ‘time’ is non existent here.

7:  The language your mother taught you works just fine in Chat.  Foul words and nasty comments are offensive to someone, every time.  EVERY time.  Every SINGLE time.

So.  There is my chat bellyache for the week.  I really enjoy the chat feature most of the time.  I have met some people in chat that I am really fond of, and care about.  If a basic anti social person like me does, I presume many others have.  That’s a good thing.  It can be a great thing, so long as everybody follows basic fundamentals.

Confessions and Recessions of an Internet Marketer Wannabee

As I ski out of control down the slippery slope marked “Internet Marketers Only”

How did I get here?  No, HOW DID I GET HERE???  A just a regular guy like me, trying to get by with the bare minimum of effort and work.  What could possibly put me here, now?

An overnight success, that’s what I am.  Long as you know that it’s about a 2 year night to get over…

I spent some time wondering why nobody had REALLY put out anything to help the poor saps like me that are falling all over themselves trying to make a living on line.  Lots of offers of help, but not much real help…Lots and lots and lots of expensive ‘help’ but no results…at least in my case.

Wonder of wonders.  After a couple of years of trying and not even remotely succeeding, the light bulb came on.  I’m not sure yet if it’s a 12 volt led or a halogen spot light, but I am, finally, making progress.  Be it ever so humble…

Which brings me here, to this website and this minute.  I plan to, no I PROMISE to ‘tell it like it is’.  Nobody else that I can find is at all ready to do that task.  I have found some stuff that works, and some that clearly doesn’t.  I will tell stories and name names.  I don’t know what will and won’t work for you, but I do know what has and hasn’t for me.

Which brings me to this:  If you are on line at all, you know that Jon Olsen has re written his old classic, now cleverly called “Pizza Plan 2”.  It’s about budgeting your time and money to make some money on line, and it’s the straight stuff. I got a ton out of the original and the newer, updated version is free and ready!  I recommend it most highly.

Know now that when you click on the link there will be three ‘upsells’ that he will try to sell you when you are getting the free book.  You just have to wait to the end to get the book free, it’s way worth it.  The OTOs (one time offers) aren’t bad, either.  If you’ve got some money laying around, there would be worse places to leave it…Just right click on the link and pick ‘save link as’ to download it to your computer.  It’s in PDF so that ANYBODY can read it…

Which leads me to close this week with one of my very favorite bellyaches.  What’s up with all these ‘OTO’s when you haven’t even laid eyes on the website or product?  Really? You think I might want to part with $150 on a guess?  Really?  Probably not so much for me…

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for reading this.  Please feel free to leave a comment, (it’d make me feel so good:)  I hope you book mark this site and come back often.  I plan to put up new stuff every week…