Ch Ch Ch Changes

Yes it’s true. I am Nerd #9, and have been for a whole week!

Things have changed pretty drastically for me, and the pace has been mind boggling.

First there was much my shortest job interview of my life. 60 seconds would cover the whole thing. Fortunately I wasn’t in shock so badly that I couldn’t say yes.

Then being welcomed to the TimTech team, getting my credentials and actually getting to go to work. And yes, Brenda is an awesome trainer!

I will say this about working at the support desk for TimTech. There are more than a few tickets that just make me smile.

As great as the change that opened the door to TT is the one I had to close. I’ll say it here and now, I love the Lucky 13 and not just the people that are there now, but the ones who have left the team. We all shared something very special and I am very sad to have left that behind.

Not that I was required or even encouraged to leave. It is just the right thing. I already know too much from working at TT, and much as I love Lucky 13, I can’t give them an unfair advantage. Just isn’t right.

Not to mention that my surfing and productive time is severely limited:)

But I was there at the start. That spark, the instant of creation of the Lucky 13 and CTP Teams. For those that don’t know it, Lucky 13 is team #2 formed, and I missed #1 by less than a minute. Long live the Lucky 13 and CTP Teams!

We all know it’s all about the people, and there is no better vehicle for getting to know like and trust (and becoming known, liked and trusted) than a CTP team. A CTP team gives you the framework to build your KLT house on. It is way too good a resource for anybody to waste.

Yes, my life has changed. Significantly. But I hope to meet you all as I go on. I’m pretty easy to find:)

I’m just sayin’

An Open Letter to Walter Mulder

I really don’t like doing this any more than I did the first time around with this subject, but Mr. Mulder is talking and threatening so I feel I must. I am posting it here, because I think this is the appropriate venue to keep the discussion public.

First things first: Walter paid me shortly after he discovered the original post. Not with an apology or any explanation for his tardiness, but with threats and bluster and such. So:

Dear Walter

Thank you for your payment of money owed for 6 months. Better late than never.

Interesting letter that you sent me demanding that I take the original post down. You claim libel and slander, but are pretty non specific on how. Matter of fact you and I both know that I can prove every word I wrote. Slander and Libel require lies and innuendo, not the truth. Making you appear in a bad light is not slanderous, you did that to yourself.

Your responses seem to be based around three basic charges (none of them address the original problem: namely that you did not pay promptly.) I will respond to each.

<Quote from a comment on my blog by Walter Mulder> “ The commission page also specifically says: “Be sure to enter your PayPal address on your Profile page.”

Golly Walter, you paid me on December 30, 2013. Was my PayPal Address missing then? How did it disappear in between? It’s a mystery, isn’t It?

<Quote from a comment on my blog by Walter Mulder> “Interesting I checked my support tickets non from mr. Wacker.
I checked my Paypal disputes: don’t have any (actually never had any in all the years I do business online)”

Nope. No support tickets, your page clearly states that pay will be automatic. I did send you a skype, however. And no, I did not file a PP dispute. I decided it just wasn’t worth it. I decided NOT to subject you to that ordeal.

<Quote from a comment on my blog by Walter Mulder> “ You were the only person above the threshold so yes others did get paid in time.”

Actually, I heard from a friend that you weren’t paying and went to check it out for myself. And since I wrote this piece I have heard from another person that he hadn’t been paid. I’m guessing they were probably lying, right?

And I note that your commission page has changed dramatically since this started. Don’t worry, I have several true and fair copies of it. If you would like to restore the original I would be happy to send you one. No charge.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion. I hope it also makes one thing perfectly clear. I can prove every word I wrote. I will not take down my post simply because you demand it. Not now, not ever.



Tom Wacker

Who gets the STUFF?

When my uncle Bob was about 6, he went to his mother and asked “Mom, what happens when people die?”

He was the 7th of 8 children, Grandma was pretty good with questions like that by that time. She took off her apron, sat down and took Bob on her lap, and started “Well, when people die they go to heaven. We can’t see them but….”

Bob listened patiently until she was done then asked “But who gets the stuff in their pockets?”

Well, what is your answer? What about your electronic stuff? Your facebook, twitter and Google +? What about your intellectual property? What about your websites, your ads, YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Depends. On many things. Marie Boren (see bottom of page) wrote an excellent post on the subject that you can read right here. It definitely got me thinking. She deals primarily with social media sites (and they are a tangled up mess), but for many of us in TE Land it can be even more complex than that.

Let’s take Your Email Series for example. If I meet up with the front bumper on a Buick this afternoon, what happens to YEMS? Does it revert to Sunny? It should, but will It? The truth of the matter is I have no idea at all.

And I am guessing that I have a better plan than most folks. I actually have two designated electronic heirs. They promise to go into my accounts and do the right thing. Do I think that would actually happen? Well, maybe.

What about commissions? I certainly do not know the answer to that question. I’ll bet that 10 different lawyers would have at least 9 different opinions on THAT,

I wonder what happened to Uncle Bob’s stuff? This is a guy that actually had some stuff, He was a good coder, and had lots of projects under his belt. What happened to that stuff?

I realize that I have asked a lot more questions than I have given answers. In the ideal world, I’d ask Grandma, but I’m not even sure who got her stuff….

I’m just sayin’

Facebook and Gmail: what happens to data after your death?     by Marie Boran

This article was used in the writing of this post.  You should read it.

Ask not. The bus comes for YOU.

Hey Eddy! Hey EDDY! Back that bus up here, I got a guy to throw under it.

<beep Beep BEEP BEEP>

Yes, it is a TE Owner, Walter Mulder. Specifically Clicking Success.

Walter owes me money, and as of yesterday, he has owed me money for 6 months. It is not a game changing amount, but it is $36.90. I earned it, I should be paid.

Walter did all the normal sleazy things that owners do when they have spent the commission money that their affiliates have earned promoting their program. He raised his minimum payout rate to $20 and promises to pay once a month, first Monday.

So much for promises.

I feel like I have treated this a little lightly. This is theft, pure and simple. The owner has a fiduciary responsibility to keep the promised commissions separate and pay them in a timely manner. FAIL!

The very worst part? He has not communicated with me at ALL. Not a word. Absolute silence, even when he was spending money to win the CTP teams championship. Not when I asked about it, nada. He certainly did not use his share of the winners prize to pay me the money he owes.

What to do? Not much I can do, except warn people. I do not think that PayPal can help me out, but I am about to find out and possibly file my first PP dispute in over 15 years of using that service.

A very little communication would have gone a long, long ways here.

I’m just sayin’

I needed THAT

I am struggling with something, and it has been really hard to figure it out. I have about 3 necessary projects that I am not able to start, which is pretty abnormal for me. Typically, I identify a need, craft a solution, think out what needs to be done and go to it.

But it is not happening for me right now, to the point where I have grown increasingly frustrated and irritable with me and everybody else. I am not writing as I would like (I have 5 started posts in this folder), and as I mentioned, I am having trouble getting started on other things.

I think I finally resolved the problem. It is a matter of not taking proper care of myself, not taking care of my needs. And I know better.

You see, I have real physical needs. I get hungry, and need to eat. I know from long experience that I can postpone eating for quite a while if I have a reason for it. I can go until I write 3 words and think God I am sooooo Hungry. I have waited too long.

I need to pee. If I have something going or am riding, I will wait until I am wiggling in misery.

I need a ride. It is the very same to me as eating or peeing. I need to go, and soon. Doh. Why wait so long??

I will tell you Wednesday how it worked. I am unfortunately scheduled Sunday and Monday, but Tuesday I am gone to Prescott.

Why Prescott? Because it is 150 miles of mind numbing straight and level roads with 50 miles of great road leading into town. I will be able to use the 300 miles (out and back) to think things through, I see most clearly on a motorcycle. And I will giggle like a 4 year old girl through the White Spars part of the road.

More will be revealed!

Im just sayin’

Business Law 010

This is a fundamental, if often ignored part of TE Land.

The contract. Everytime I log in to a Traffic Exchange I sign a contract with the owner. We both agree to certain things and agree to a deal.

We agree to trade goods for services. It doesn’t matter if I surf for credits or buy them, I agree to trade my time and money for page views for the owner. I benefit by being able to advertise my product on the owners advertising platform. The owner benefits by selling my page views to his advertisers.

The agreement is pretty cut and dried. Good owners will explain what they expect and what they offer in language that even the dimmest bulb can understand. If you never read the Terms of Service, I suggest you might try it.

Just because you have read the TOS at one site DOES NOT mean that you have a really good idea about all. Some owners take great care with their TOS and getting it precisely right. William Miller II and Robert Arnold fit into this category. Some have an older TOS that has been added to and subtracted from to trim it into shape for today. Some just grab whatever free TOS (Google it, there are millions) and don’t even read it themselves. Some simply copy and paste the TOS from another site.

What of the other side of the contract? Good owners will adhere to their part of the agreement very closely, most to the letter and then some.

But some don’t. There are some sites with very poor timers. The owners may advertise a 5 second timer but it takes 12 seconds per page view. That is fundamentally dishonest.

Some have mathematical difficulties. They promise one surf ratio and deliver another.

Some have been known to suspend accounts when they are approaching commission limits. (This has never happened to me). Some just don’t bother paying commissions. Some keep increasing the payout requirements. (This has happened to me)

The point is, we have a contract, the owner and I. If I follow the terms of the contract I have a reasonable expectation of receiving the goods and services promised. The owner needs to be able to have a reasonable expectation of behavior as set out in the TOS.

It’s really that simple. I do what I am supposed to, you do what you are supposed to and everybody is happy…

I’m just sayin’

Be strong: Be Leo Strong

I’m sure it is coincidence.  Nobody could plan this well.

48 hours after John Novak’s List Build Surf returns, Nick Grimshawe sends me this video as part of his regular series “Wednesday Morning Video”  (Clever name, right?)

I have been anxiously awaiting Leo’s return for several months now, and known for a while that the return was imminent.  It just couldn’t happen a minute too soon….

It all started when John had his PTC site savaged by thoroughly bad people.  A huge pulse of cheating, a multi day DDOS attack, and hundreds of PayPal claims.  PayPal shut down all of John’s sites until they could get it sorted out.  One of the ugliest things that could happen to any of us…

What happened next cost John a ton of money.  Out of pocket money, not just the lost revenue sort which he also had plenty of.  It just would have been pretty damn easy for John to fold his tent and go away.

But that isn’t his style.  He paid everybody that he owed money to, and then some.  He got everything back in order and brought LBS back after launching an innovative new site, XPTasker.

John never let go the dream, never let go the idea, never let go the reason.  There is a lot to be said for that.

John has always been known as one of the best people in TELand.  We now also know him as one of the toughest.  John stayed strong, Leo strong.  And is all the way back. Welcome back John and Leo.

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”   anon

I’m just sayin’

The Mice Ate My Plan

“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men                                                                                         Gang aft agley”                                                                                                                               Robert Burns    1785

This was not the post that I started to write for today.  That post is hanging in my ‘draft’ file and may or may not make it here.

But my friend Andrew Stark wrote this post.  Yes, take the time to read it, it will open in a new window and will show you, in less than 500 words, how to make money in this venue. You don’t have time to read 500 words?  Shame on you.

Then my friend John Brewer published this post. Another one you ought to read.

In fact, if you find yourself in the second post and not in the first, you have some questions to ask.  Like “What the Hell am I doing, anyway?”

I’m just sayin’


The BEST Autoresponder

So. It’s my opinion that the single most needed tool in this business is an autoresponder. The reason we always hear “the money is in the list” is because it is true. And to build a list you need an autoresponder.

Rocket Responder. TimTech’s autoresponder. The guys at TT have done a simply amazing job here, and what exists today is a polished, high functioning piece of gear.

It is a piece of gear. An autoresponder is utterly necessary to anyone that wants/needs to do business with email. RR is the third AR that I have used, and is much the best of them.

It is absolutely made for a blogger. Made for. There simply isn’t a better way to notify your subscribers to your blog, and hasn’t been anything like it since Google cancelled their RSS reader.

Rocket Responder is not only built for building a list, it is very reasonably priced. And the first 30 days are FREE! It is stone cold simple to use, much easier than anything else I have tried. Much easier.

So. You know you need it, you know that you want it. Have I got a deal for you! Sign up for Rocket Responder and I will give you a free upgrade at Your EMail Series. YEMS was built by the genius Sunny Suggs and gives you step by step instruction for building your list.  Her sentences have verbs in them like:  Do this, Next do, You must.  Very straightforward and simple.

It’s a natural pair, RR and YEMS. Both great products, and you get 30 days of RR absolutely free and a free upgrade at YEMS 30 days is plenty of time to get your list started.

Isn’t it time? If not now, when?

All you have to do is click on one of the Rocket Responder links and then subscribe to the List when you are offered the choice. I promise you it isn’t a spam list, it will be used only to get you the upgrade I promised:)

I’m just sayin’

The Curious Case of Daniel Goettman

Consider the case of Daniel Goettman. He looks reasonably normal, his children certainly look normal, he has a job and a family and a house. All the normal stuff.

But we need to look at his undershirt and see if it has the Superman S on it.

Eighteen months ago, he was just normal as pie. The first time I ever bumped into him was when he answered a support ticket at Top Hits 4 U, his brother Eric’s terrific Traffic Exchange. It turns out that I wanted to do something that wasn’t readily doable at TH4U, and that Eric had just hired/convinced/cajoled/threatened him into doing support.

He took real good care of me, got me fixed up just the way I wanted to be, and promised changes at TH4U to be able to do what I wished. All in all, a very good support episode from my perspective.

But nothing in that encounter that hinted at what was to come.

A few months ago I got an invite from Eric to alpha test a new website. Did I want to alpha a new Goettman project? Does a bear do his deal in the woods?

Eric gave me a brief synopsis of the site, and I had to tell him, honestly, that I wasn’t a gamer and probably would much get into a role playing TE, but I would be happy to give it a test ride or two.

Boy was I wrong.

Turns out It was/is Lords of Lothar, which has only just revolutionized all ideas about the TE industry. And there was Daniel listed as owner. Made me happy, I figured I could suck up to Daniel as a new owner because we had already met. And I was completely sure that it was really Eric’s project…

Wrong again.

Not that Eric didn’t help, not that Eric didn’t do plenty, but this was Daniel’s all the way. He did much of the coding and tweaking and mistake fixing and all the stuff that goes into making a website of this magnitude. So, he’s a genius coder, that’s no big deal.

Steerriike three.

Daniel LEARNED the code necessary to get this complex site up in much less than 18 months.

Did you get that? Daniel LEARNED how to code so he could do it himself.

He isn’t a prodigy that has had a keyboard in hand since age 4. He doesn’t have a college certificate in any computer language that I know of. He’s just a regular guy that learned to code and then built a large active website in about a year. Nothing to it.

Let me see here, somewhere in my pile of excuses is the one where ‘I can’t do that! I can’t code a lick.’

I’m just sayin’