Lynn M Dot Net

Any idiot can do what I do to make $ online. It's not rocket surgery, it's cake. Also, I like pie.

Since my return to what I always like to call “TE Land”, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring ClickTrackProfit – a program which is, of course, not at all new to a lot of my peers, but is to me.

The timing of all the catastrophic life events that led me wandering away from TE Land on my extended vacation was horrible, since CTP launched soon after and has now become a mainstay and staple for folks in the traffic exchange and related businesses, old and new alike. I missed it all.

So I registered my newbie account two or three weeks ago. And I haven’t slept since.

(OK, that’s not entirely true, I have… just not all that much.)

Why I’m now totally and completely hooked on this program:

CTP is way, way, WAY too much fun. Me, I’m a game junkie, always have been, ever since my parents bought an Atari 400 (the computer, not the Atari game console) in 1981, and even before that with a TRS-80 my dad had at work. I love Bingo and arcade games and treasure hunts and… and… yes.

I’m one of those people that can play with my Sims for days on end, and is on level 200+ in Candy Crush Saga. Having things like money badges (PS that’s REAL money) and collectible badges and jackpots, and hunting for treasure that opens up prizes, and… and… yes.

Like Pavlov’s dog with a computer and a mouse, now I surf.

CTP has actually made me LIKE surfing again. After the first year or two messing around in TE Land, I’d pretty much stopped surfing altogether, except for occasionally, like when we’d all surf Sweeva during TE Live sometimes. I’d buy credits instead, because I didn’t want to spend the time surfing if I didn’t have to, plus it’d gotten to be somewhat drudgery and mostly just boring to me.

Now CTP has done the unthinkable and I’m actually enjoying it again, and making a point of setting a little time aside every day to surf.

And – here’s the kicker – I find I am actually paying MORE attention to the pages people are promoting, because I’m also watching for CTP goodies, as well as the other goodies some of the traffic exchanges that are frequent participants within CTP have to offer.

I am actually seeing, and my brain is actually registering, what’s on those pages, way more than before. And much more often than I did before, clicking to see more or taking some other action, out of curiosity or some other interest.

I tend to have what I often call Internet ADD – I’m a fast reader anyway, and if something doesn’t get my attention quick, I’m usually onto clicking the “next” or similar button in a hurry, probably much worse than a lot of people.

Now I’m actually at least really seeing/reading and taking note of what’s on that page or what that page is about before I click, and really just taking much more interest overall in who’s promoting what and what they’re promoting than before, and I now understand why some of my own mentors always said they liked to surf every day just to see what was out there. I get that now.

It’s not that I never paid any attention in the past. But I guarantee my overall attention span and actual focus on the pages in front of me when surfing is much, MUCH better due to my involvement in CTP.

CTP has been teaching me stuff I didn’t already know. I really just cannot stress enough the value of the training videos within CTP, most of which are fairly short, and many highly entertaining as well as super educational. I personally have been going through all of the steps of the training just because I wanted to see how it was all laid out, out of curiosity.

Sure, for someone who has been around this stuff for years like me, there’s plenty I’ve already heard a thousand times over before in various e-books and such, things that were repeated and stressed again and again in the TE Live rooms and other conference rooms for years, the forums and whatnot. A lot of the things in the training, yes, I’ve heard it all before.

But I’ve picked up some newer tips and tricks too, and there’s been some things I knew already that hearing them again was a bit of a different twist, like learning something new all over again.

I ran into Stefan Berg last week in one of the chats, and Brenda Broyles was there too, and the three of us were talking about CTP and how, yeah, we’d all heard it all before, but we all agreed that there was something new to be gotten out of it all for anybody.

All three of us said we had been able to take something new away from the training videos, despite having heard so much of it umpteen thousand times before, and we all three agreed that had CTP been around way back when, we would have all likely certainly gotten a lot further down the paths we were on much earlier with our respective business efforts, and much, much more quickly.

That makes it really valuable, to me, on several levels. Heck, I had to spend five days a week for over a year in TE Live – plus hundreds of other hours in the AF room and other similar places – to learn all that’s contained in one tidy and entertaining video training package within CTP – and there’s even more on top of everything I’d already heard plenty before? That’s awesome!

I really would highly recommend that any old-school TE and Internet marketing person go through all or at least most of the videos, just because. I guarantee you will pick up on at least one new valuable thing to add to your IM toolbox, or see something you already knew about in a new and different light.

(And psst, old-timers – if you don’t go through the video training steps, you are missing a lot of downline building opportunities as well.)

For any new person, though, CTP is an incredibly valuable, as well as entertaining and fun, tool, and you can get it for free (or upgrade for incredibly cheap). A new person can join CTP and learn everything it took me more than two years to learn, plus way much more – and in a much shorter amount of time and at their own pace.

And have fun (way too much fun!) with all the way cool fun stuff you get to do, and you get to learn while you earn.

ClickTrackProfit won’t do everything for you in setting up your business and activities – you will have to make a little effort.

But it really doesn’t get any easier than this, and everything you need to know and learn about and do in this business is right there. And it’s all right there for anybody, for free.

And it’s kept me out of Candy Crush Saga for two whole weeks now, and I don’t even care. Well played, Timtech, well played.

Yikes, it’s another long post, but after this exorcism via blog maybe it’ll be out of my system for a while.

So I had originally planned for my next post here to be some random musings about some of my initial impressions of ClickTrackProfit (which has done the unthinkable by making me actually want to surf and enjoy surfing again, for the first time in ages).

I realize most everyone else has already been there a while and knows all about it, but me, I just started it a couple of weeks ago, so for the first time in a long while I get to be a newbie again. :-)

So anyway, yeah, I was going to write about CTP next.

But then I got the immediate connect-and-pitch again, the very next day after my last post, by new “connections”. Twice.

This is a prime example of what you don’t want to do to your brand new friends and connections (identifying info edited by moi, of course… I didn’t edit the spelling or grammar, though):

If you want to earn Serious income online from Serious Affiliate program.

You’re 3 steps away.

Become (edited) affiliate and earn more than (preposterous amount of money for any newbie affiliate) every month.

Register now:

(spammy affiliate link I have no interest in clicking since it came from a random person I have never interacted with before anywhere goes here)

Experienced sponser will guide you through the way to success.

Once you’have joined. Start with basic step and learn from this vedio:

(YouTube video I now have LESS than zero interest in watching goes here)

And there ya go. Not even a “Hi Lynn”, or a “How are you”.

And it did indeed stop at the video link. No “Best regards” or “To your success” or the like, and no name in the signoff (not that there was any kind of signoff whatsoever to wrap the whole sad pitch up).

Anyway, yeah. That was a prime example of the subject of Thursday’s post in a nutshell, sigh. The other one I received was really worse.

I was pleasantly taken aback by the amount of positive feedback and reTweets of the post the other day, and humbled and appreciative, thanks to all who did so. It seems it really struck a chord with a lot of folks!

And most if not all of the feedback I received said pretty much the same thing, more or less, whether it was actually said or said by sharing. Here’s how I’d put it:

Sending someone you don’t know, and have never interacted with before (whether directly or indirectly) your big hard-sell pitch and your affiliate link immediately upon them accepting your connection request or friend request…

…is like reaching over and switching the on/off switch to their brains to “off”.

(If people had on/off switches on their heads, of course. Which they don’t. But if they did…!!!)

When I’m talking about people who send connection/friend requests and then spam their new friends and connections, I’m not talking at all about, for instance, folks who have connected with me via CTP and such.

Which makes sense, since most anyone who’s joined ClickTrackProfit has probably at least watched a few of the fabulously entertaining training videos, or spends time at TE Live or in the various TE chat rooms and such, and for the most part, those people already know that spamming people with big pitches and unsolicited affiliate links isn’t cool.

Folks like that are for the most part not the ones that need to read a post like this the most. And therein lies the catch-22 of writing this post and the last one in the first place, but anyway…

And it doesn’t mean I’m averse to all promotion, nor should anyone in this business be. That would be pretty hypocritical of all of us, to be in a marketing-related business and never ever expect to be promoted to.

If I’ve voluntarily gotten myself on your list and you’re promoting something, heck yeah, I expect to hear about what you’re promoting from time to time. I probably know you, or at least know of you, anyway, or something you’ve done or something I’ve seen regarding you has piqued my interest – and if I’m on your list then I’m interested in what you’re promoting anyhow.

That’s not the same thing as being someone I’ve never seen nor chatted with sending me a friend request or a connection request, out of the blue, just to immediately try to pitch me their product or program and give me their referral link.

It’s also different from me being new in someone’s downline and them sending me something useful and valuable that relates to the program I’ve joined under them, like an e-book about making the most of traffic exchanges when I’ve joined under that person in a new (to me) exchange. That’s another animal too, and something someone can actually use that’s related to and relevant to something they’re already IN, or fairly closely related at least.

The connect-and-pitch syndrome that I’ve been describing and have been getting slammed with lately has mostly come from two places – one very (VERY!) large traffic exchange that doesn’t really have much of a “community”, per se, and another very large Internet community that’s geared to, and full of, Internet marketers of all types, big and small.

Both places which appear to be big giant magnets for the garden-variety spammers. You know, like the ones that send the e-mails that generally end up in your Gmail spam section.

Anyway… you know, if you think maybe you are seeing yourself or a version of yourself in that example above, the best advice I have for you is this: Do something different and change what you’re doing, immediately. Don’t do what far too many people in Internet marketing do, which is pitch and pitch and pitch and p… you know.

Instead, get to know people first, let them get to know you, build a relationship with them first, whether directly or indirectly. Hang out in the community you want to be involved in, whether it’s the TE community or somewhere else.

If you don’t really have the time to do much socializing within the TE community (or whatever other type marketing community applies), then at least get your pages and ads out there with your photo and your name, or at least a memorable logo, and where they can be seen enough, so people might at least feel like they know you, or at least know something about what you’re about.

One-on-one and the personal touch works best in traffic exchange land – i.e., be a person, not a company – but if you want to be a company and be super successful online, many of the same things apply.

I don’t know a single person personally who works for the hosting service LiquidWeb, but between the excellent word of mouth and several recommendations from my techie-type friends, and the way LiquidWeb promotes their brand and interacts with their customers or would-be customers – very hands-on and with a lot of personal attention available if needed – I became a big fan immediately.

And then – important part — I became a customer.

But back to traffic exchanges and the like… shoot, there are people whose pages I saw in the early days of Sweeva that I have never spoken to or typed with or met, but I feel like I know them and what they’re all about, because I saw their pages and/or their videos thousands upon thousands of times.

There were folks within the TE community that I knew of, had seen their pages tons of times, read their blog posts, or any number of things… long before I ever was actually around them in any of the usual community gathering spots.

You know what? They turned out to be pretty much the same as my perception of them always had been before we were in the same place at the same time, yep. And always a positive experience, sometimes exceptionally so.

Just having yourself out there and hanging out and being around makes a world of difference. Over the years I have sometimes wound up in the downlines of people I really didn’t know very well, or even didn’t know at all, but I’d seen them in the traffic exchanges and related areas plenty enough and made the choice to sign up under them to whatever.

Just the other night (thanks to the magic of downline builders, basically) I wound up in the downline of someone I really don’t know all that well but is well known in the community, and who is someone I know that someone I do know well has a lot of interaction with and respects.

Just another cool happenstance thanks to someone having put themselves out there in TE land, and standing out from those who don’t, and therefore being known.

But trust me, if I know you or know of you, and know you are in (or have been involved with) such-and-such opportunity or program or product, and I’m interested in it? I will likely come looking for you and ask you for your link, or I’ll look for your profile or blog or website and grab your link there. I’ll seek you out, whether directly or indirectly. I’ve done it plenty before in such cases.

That’s the kind of thing that happens when you get yourself out there and go to the many gatherings there are in the TE community and talk to or listen to and get to know people. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you get your splash pages and squeeze pages out anywhere you can get them where they will be seen.

People will remember you and what you promote, or whose programs you usually promote. And more often than not, if they know you or know of you, remember you, and like you or like something about what you do or what you’re about – they’re likely to come to you if and when they’re interested.

They’re liable to contact you directly and ask you for it, or (more likely) they’ll visit your blog or website or your profile and look for the link, or look for an article or post you wrote about that program or product. Or they’re on your list and will get it that way. Or they’ll see your page again in such-and-such traffic exchange and say to themselves, “Hey, I’ve been meaning to check that thing out, I think I’ll sign up under {your name here} and take a look.”

That’s where the magic happens, in this business.

Don’t make yourself a nuisance. Make magic instead.

It seems my rejuvenated increase in activity several places has resulted in an increase in connection requests and friend requests in some places, which has definite pros and cons.

The good part of it is making more connections with more people, always a good thing in this more social version of the industry today.

The downside is that in the last 24-48 hours, probably 98% of those connection requests have been followed by spammy pitches for whatever product or program that person is pitching.

Ugh. I read something like that and then I feel like I need to go to take a shower and wash the scum off.

If I accept your connection request somewhere, that’s just NOT a blanket invitation to pitch me with your program or product. No, no, and no.

Now, if you’re reading this and have recently connected with me somewhere or another, you’re almost certainly NOT who I’m talking about. The people that do such things are generally not the kind of folks who take the time to read someone’s blog and get to know more about them. It’s all about the pitch instead.

Unfortunately the people who need to read a post like this the most probably won’t, because they’ll be too busy spamming their link in forums and chat rooms, and sending connection requests to everyone on someone else’s connections or friends list and pitching those people with their link if they accept their request. Usually those folks will only visit a blog in an attempt to spam their links in the blogger’s comments.

Now, the phenomena I speak of is not the same thing as, say, contacting a new referral in your downline to introduce yourself and offer assistance if needed, and providing them with a copy of an e-book or something that you feel is valuable and might be helpful to them.

That’s a tried and true technique and one that the world’s most famous surfer, Tony Tezak, used for years on his path to success and talks about in depth in Traffic Exchange Solutions.

Providing useful information with a gift of a really good free e-book like TES or The Pizza Plan to someone in your downline who is possibly new to stuff, that’s different, plus they’re in your downline already. They’re not just random person who sent you, or to whom you sent, a connection or friend request.

No, what I’m talking about is outright spam to everyone you send a request to who accepts on Twitter or other such places, where someone accepts your connection request and you immediately send them your sales pitch and links.

I’ve found there are a couple of “social marketing” arenas and one very large traffic exchange that are rife with folks that mostly seem to be there or spend time sending connection requests for that very purpose, which is probably why I don’t spend very much time there and choose to spend my time getting to know people in places like ClickTrackProfit instead.

Sure, I want to connect with you. But that doesn’t mean I want to click your link and find out how I can make $250,000 in the next ten days, or how I can make a residual income for life, or buy your healthy coffee and become an affiliate, or etc., etc.

If you act like a real person, and maybe I get to know you and a little about what you’re about and what it is you do, maybe I might be interested in finding out more about what you do to make money and may even be interested myself, who knows.

But if all you do is pitch me from the get-go?

Nope, nope, and double nope. You lost me already, man.

So yeah, almost three years away for me, and I come back to find that still the same old marketing mistakes are being made, and this is but one of the biggest.

In the TE/etc. community, we all say the same things over and over and over again – not because we want to, but because they work – and this “Connect-and-Pitch” mistake, that’s one of the biggest “DON’Ts” of all the “dos and don’ts” that get repeated again and again.

I ran into and caught up with Stefan Berg the other morning while surfing, and he and I were talking about the same kind of stuff – seeing the same old mistakes being made again and again, and too few people taking the time or any interest in learning how to do better.

I listened last night in a CTP training video to Jon talking about how “the status quo doesn’t work anymore”, and this situation is a good example of that. Some things that worked for marketers before just don’t and won’t work in today’s world so much. Connecting with someone only to pitch them immediately just doesn’t work.

And will likely only result in you being ignored, or deleted from the person you pitched’s list altogether (or them unsubscribing from your list). I’m still debating on whether to just go ahead and delete some of those folks who sent me connection requests and immediately followed up with some spammy pitch about their product or program.

But I guess I’m an optimist, of sorts. Even if just one of those people eventually makes their way to my Twitter profile or (better yet) my blog, and reads something like this here post and discovers that hey, maybe there’s a better way to do this stuff than what I’ve been doing – well, that’s worth the headache of my having had to read their spammy pitch, I reckon.

With any luck, maybe they’ll even go a step further and check out CTP and actually make the effort to learn how to do it better.

Most probably won’t, but if just one does – hey, that’s maybe one less pitchy email or social media message I’d have to read in the future, hopefully.

And I won’t likely delete them from, or ignore them, on my connections/friends list. Awesome!

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