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What to say about Traffic Exchange Live the last few days? I don’t know, it’s been kind of an oddball week or so, lots of mostly just chit-chat, Jon feeling blah a couple of days so he wasn’t really on, and we’ve done some different things like watch someone besides Jon cook for a change. Just sort of a mish-mosh of stuff this week… but I have pictures!

Oh, and pssst… something BIG is coming on Monday that all TE Live regulars have been preparing for… so be watching your e-mail box (and this blog) on Monday. Just saying!

Anyhoo, let’s see what’s been up at TE Live this week and last Friday…

The Week (so far) That Was on Traffic Exchange Live:

  • Jon Olson’s been on board most days, even though he had a blah couple of days this week and wasn’t on cam much. John Guanzon’s been on quite a bit. Tim Linden has sort of been around, although he said on Monday he was on sort of an anti-work kick this week.
  • We took a look Friday at StartXchange’s new design, which all of us at TE Live had already seen a preview of.
  • Tim said Jon had been making fun of the new design all day.
  • Most of the TE Live’rs seemed to like it and many commented on how clean it was.
  • Jon came on cam Friday dancing to The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”.
  • Much commenting on Jon’s new major haircut – Jon said he’s being a virtual Marine with his bigtime shaved head, which was kind of an accident.
  • Speaking of which, we then listened to several sound bites (courtesy of Jon) from the film Full Metal Jacket.
  • I had been trying for several days – but kept missing Randy in the rooms – and finally got a chance to congratulate Randy Ritter publicly and comment publicly on how fabulously I’d noticed traffic was moving at Top Flight Traffic when I did my weekly rounds of checking credits.
  • Randy mentioned and thanked Jon for a comment of kudos he’d left about Top Flight Traffic being one of the most well-managed TEs around. Everyone in the room agreed that TFT is doing swell these days & is a terrific traffic exchange.
  • And hey, here’s today’s dose of Jerry Iannucci for your viewing pleasure:

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  • For some reason that pic reminds me of the whole Sad Keanu thing. Sad Jerry, mayhaps?
  • We’ve spent quite a bit of time in TE Live the last several days discussing the thing that I can’t tell you about that’s coming out on Monday, but it’s being released by Jon Olson & John Guanzon and you can find out right here on the blog on Monday, November 22nd.
  • We discussed probably having Monday’s (and maybe Tuesday’s) TE Live in the UStream room instead due to this thing on Monday (Tim’s idea, which Jon said was a good one).
  • We also discussed the crazy lady at I Love Hits… probably the less said about her, the better, but she’s obviously a special kind of crazy.
  • Jared Silver will surf for food:

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  • Jon made a new post at Hit Exchange News on Monday and was thrilled to see a comment on the post from old-school marketer Nick Martin.
  • Then Jon was talking about how when he was starting out that he was “timid” (I can’t EVEN imagine) and just listened to guys like Nick Martin and James Grandstaff and never said a word (I still can’t even imagine) back in his days starting out in online marketing and in MPAM.
  • Pretty long discussion about AlertPay vs. PayPal vs. StormPay and how AlertPay is really rocking, PayPal sucks but what can you do (hopefully AlertPay will continue to grow stronger and “take over”?) and StormPay just sucked.
  • Jon’s been having some work done on his basement and, on Monday, took us via his iPhone on a tour.
  • Dakota approves of the new carpet in the basement:

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  • On Tuesday, Jon was feeling a little blah and mostly laid back and stayed off cam. John had a friend over who John’s been helping film for a cooking show, so we watched John’s friend Josh Mafnas cook Potatoes O’Brien in the wok (he also had barbecued chicken cooking on the grill):

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  • Josh has started his cooking site and YouTube channel to bring Chamorro cooking and dinanche to the Web. He and his wife are headed back to Guam soon and John Guanzon and his wife have been arranging marketing and shipping plans to get the peppers Josh uses specially in his cooking to Guam, and there’s this whole big marketing plan going on there which we all talked about for a while. Josh has a special super secret (and apparently VERY hot!) sauce he makes with these peppers that he’ll be selling online.
  • Not too much was going on Wednesday, but Jon drank Old Tyme ginger beer (which led to a long discussion of ginger beer vs. ginger ale, Vernor’s, etc.).
  • Jon also had his Zola acai downstairs, and James Holmes drinks Kombucha and talked about that.
  • And in the ongoing tradition of TE Live pets, we got to meet James Holmes‘ buddy Baxter:

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  • GIVEAWAYS: None this week.
  • I CALL YOU OUT ABOVE, YOU GET LINKAGE: Sweeva (Jon Olson), ThumbVu (John Guanzon), TE Toolbox (Tim Linden), Top Flight Traffic (Randy Ritter), Safelist Marketing Tactics (Jerry Iannucci), Jared Silver, (Josh Mafnas), SWAT Traffic (James Holmes)
  • ALSO SEEN ON THE SCENE: Brenda Broyles, Carl Bailey, Charles Smith, Darrell Whiston, Dorena Begonia, Ellyn Weber-Bynum, Emma Jones, Justin Ledvina, Paul Brown, Stephen Whittle, Tom Canzoneri, Faith Brooks, Anthony Shenberger, Lynne Sherman, Beth Allen, Diane Merriam, Ken Locatelli, Gary Calvert, Lisa Woods, Shawn Mackey, Neil Grippa
  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK (so far): “Tim has good ideas.” – Jon Olson

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*** Traffic Exchange Live broadcasts live weekday afternoons from 3-4 pm EST ***

I’m a little later than I should have been today getting this posted, but just wanted to send out a quick reminder that both Tezak Traffic Power’s bi-weekly conference and SWAT Conference are tonight… and it’s special tonight as both TTP owner Tony Tezak and SWAT owner James Holmes are offering 100 credits per friend you bring to each if you bring a friend – and the friend gets credits too!

Tezak Traffic Power Conference is at 6:30 pm EST here:

==> TTP Conference Room

and SWAT Conference is at 8pm EST here:

==> SWAT Conference room

If you’ve never been before, I invite you to join me at either or both and say you came as my friend – heck, I can use the credits and I’m sure you can too, right? Hope to see you there! :)

No matter how long you’ve been at this online marketing thing, there’s still plenty of room to make a “newbie” mistake here and there. We all do it.

I won’t say I do it all the time, but I have made probably more than my fair share of them just because I’ll get in a hurry, not really be paying close enough attention to whatever I’m doing as I should be, etc.

I just made one today, matter of fact, while sending out my usual daily run of e-mails through safelists, viral list builders, and other viral advertising.

While most of my mails are saved in whatever program I’m using’s system, there are a few viral advertising outlets where you have to make sure to put the URL for the link you’re promoting in the mail yourself every time.

And I forgot. I didn’t waste credits on this one (thank goodness, and for a change), but I can’t mail again for three days so I lost a whole day’s worth of mail there. Eh.

But there’s nothing more annoying than realizing you did something like that – especially when you realize it right at the second you hit the “submit” button (which is usually what happens to me), but it’s too late to do anything about it.

(Fortunately there are a couple of venues – ListJoe is one – where you actually can go in and fix it before it goes out, but not many have that option.)

I don’t make the screwup too often anymore of using [FIRST_NAME] tags where I can only use {FIRSTNAME} or vice versa, or keeping the [FIRST_NAME] tag in a mail somewhere my membership level isn’t high enough to send personalized mail… but I still do that too sometimes.

Jerry Iannucci’s awesome Safelist Marketing Tactics certainly sped up my learning curve in how to deal with safelists and viral list builders and such, and decreased my margins for error overall.

I have often said SMT saved my sanity – it certainly made me stop hating using safelists and viral list builders (and boy, did I used to hate them) and made them not seem like such a chore.

But we all still make mistakes sometimes anyway. Case in point – me, as above, today.

What newbie mistakes and screwups do you make occasionally – be it in traffic exchanges, safelists, or the WWW in general? I’d love to hear about somebody else’s trials and tribulations so I don’t feel so stupid today for my dumb mistake.

And don’t tell me you’re perfect and never make ANY mistakes, or I might have to smack you.

GIANT GIVEAWAY COMING UP: There’s a great big huge giveaway coming up in mid-December (so you have plenty of time to prepare) – the Apsense Countdown First Annual Christmas Gift Give Away Event starts on December 13th and runs through Christmas Day.

If you are a member of Apsense (I actually have been for years and since long before I ever got heavily involved in traffic exchanges and related marketing), then you’ll understand why this one is going to be a huge one and should be very, very heavily promoted. Apsense is a huge marketing network with thousands of members and has been around for years and years.

Which is good news for you if you sign up as a contributor, because that means LOTS more people who will be able to view and download your free gift and be subscribed to your list.

(P.S. You can also grab a copy of Jerry Iannucci’s other big e-book, JV Giveaway Tactics, that can help you prepare for being a contributor to giveaways.)

So if you’re still working hard to build a list (or even if you’ve already got a big one), I highly recommend joining the Apsense Countdown Give Away – like I said, you still have tons of time to prepare since it’s a month away from opening – and build your list in what’s one of the fastest and easiest ways there is.

So something happened in Traffic Exchange Live this week that hasn’t occurred in a very long time.

Jon Olson cooked pasta, live!

And it was great fun… but then again, everything Jon does is funny – even cooking.

I kind of totally lost yesterday unintentionally and didn’t make it to TE Live. I had been up pretty much all night and morning and was getting really tired, and then the temperature dropped outside and I was getting really cold. I curled up and got all comfy and cozy in my pink Snuggie (yes, I have a pink Snuggie!) and went down for what I intended to be about an hour’s nap and then I woke up around eight hours later, totally missing both Traffic Exchange Live and the Get Referrals Fast weekly conference last night. Bad Lynn, bad Lynn!

We’ve been sort of just chit-chatting and hanging out a lot this week, with Tim mostly MIA (presumably working hard on “Pony List”) and I don’t know that there’s any major stunning gossipy bits to report, but here’s what I’ve got for you so far for the latter part of the week @TE Live, which isn’t much, but a little AND a recipe for you…

Traffic Exchange Live Weekly (so far) Roundup:

  • Jon Olson was at Traffic Exchange Live pretty much every day, or at least the ones I was there this week – somewhat surprisingly, since Call of Duty: Black Ops was released this week.
  • Jon went to the store at midnight when it was released and showed us his video from the trip.
  • As mentioned on Wednesday, Jon revealed the hint about “Pony List” without actually SAYING so… because he instead scribbled it on a piece of paper with The Most Famous Marker on the Internetâ„¢:


  • Other than making it for an hour (or a little less so he could go play COD some more) of TE Live every day, Mr. Olson has indeed been, quote, “deep into Call of Duty: Black Ops”.
  • John Guanzon branded ThumbVu and was all Mr. Mom on cam on Wednesday. Baby Guanzon was just being all cute. And I really hope Baby Guanzon likes yellow and green A LOT because there is a lot of it there at Casa de Guanzon:


  • On Wednesday, Jon was a little late coming into TE Live.
  • Which was okay, because The Jon Olson Hand Puppet showed up on time and said pretty much everything Jon usually says in a nearly-perfect Jon Olson voice:


  • Someone commented that Jon had lost an awful lot of weight.
  • Also on Wednesday, Jon cooked pasta live on cam from his kitchen (see recipe for Pasta a la TE Live below).
  • No fingers were amputated during the creation of Pasta a la TE Live.


  • GIVEAWAYS: None so far this week… but the pasta sure was looking nice and yummy.
  • I CALL YOU OUT ABOVE, YOU GET LINKAGE: Safelist Marketing Tactics (Jerry Iannucci), The Pizza Plan (Jon Olson), Sweeva (Tim Linden), TE Reports (John Guanzon)
  • ALSO SEEN ON THE SCENE: Brenda Broyles, Darrell Whiston, Dorena Begonia, Emma Jones, Jimmy Adams, Lynne Sherman, Monty Ferbert, Paul Brown, Winnie, Brett Phillips, Carl Bailey, Chris Probert, Anthony Shenberger, Ram Kumar, Tom Canzoneri, Jerry Reeder, Ed Tyner, James Holmes, Justin Ledvina, Jimmy Adames, John Bell, Peter Boer, Stephen Whittle, Charles Smith – and of course, Randy Ritter.
  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK (so far): “I have no social life, so I will have no professional life this week.” – Jon Olson


And, as promised, here is the recipe for Jon’s Pasta a la TE Live:

  • Hot (or mild if you choose) Italian sausages x6
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt (if desired)
  • Black pepper (if desired)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Pasta

Dice sausage and make pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Cook sausage in a frying pan, then mix together sausage, tomatoes, yellow onion, oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste, if desired. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on simmer.

Pasta: Cook pasta al dente for 8 minutes in boiling water with a little vegetable oil.

Serve sausage mixture over pasta and enjoy!



*** Traffic Exchange Live broadcasts live weekday afternoons from 3-4 pm EST ***

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I’m always happy to recommend services and programs where I know there’s an active and hardworking owner, and Cat’s one of the very best – not only for her own sites but all those other fabulous TEs she does support for. So if this one’s not on your active safelist and list builder list, then by all means – check it out and join Safelist Blazer today!

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