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

There’s a bit of new news on the traffic exchange front this week with the Cash Surfing Network having now become a fully-fledged membership site with all the trimmings, so to speak.

The program has been open for a while and work on it as a membership site began last month, but now it’s got a bunch of cool additions with some training added, a complete affiliate toolbox, and upgraded memberships (with random referrals) now available.

Cash Surfing Network is a collaboration between the Legacy Team and Eric Goettman, and centers primarily around Eric’s three traffic exchanges (TopHits4U, PowerCashStream and LobbyHits) and three of the Legacy sites (Legacy Hits, Social Ad Surf, and NinjaSurf).

New members that join can receive a $12 signup bonus by joining all six of the core CSN sites (i.e., $2 signup bonus at each site). Members then can earn a guaranteed $1 daily by surfing the required number of pages at each site.

Of course the potential to earn more is there since, as we all know, there are cash prizes and other prizes galore sprinkled throughout all of the sites while surfing. Members also get a hefty surf bonus when surfing the six TEs at the same time.

You have probably seen the Legacy Team’s Marcus Wahl doing some of his CSN Spreecasts this summer, and he’ll no doubt be doing some new ones over the coming weeks. You can see it here when live, and also watch and listen to the recording of the most recent Spreecast there.

What’s really neat about the recent changes to CSN as now a membership site are all the new additions that have been added to it, which include:

  • The downline building phase: ClickTrackProfit (yay, training!), PTCProfessor, FreeTECredits, & BrandMeTool
  • The expanded cash surfing phase: EasyHits4U, SocialSurf4U, VastHits, and TE Racing League
  • The Money Badges phase: StartXchange, ILoveHits, Thumbvu, and Sweeva
  • The “Make CSN Your Own” phase, where you can add your own program to promote (if you’re upgraded)

As you have probably guessed by now, if you are a member of ClickTrackProfit already, it would probably serve you well to be a member of the Cash Surfing Network too, since CTP is in there and 99% of the other programs are also found within CTP.

Even if you’re already a member of everything listed above and have no interest in surfing for the daily guaranteed cash prizes at CSN, the Cash Surfing Network is still yet another way to fill your funnel and build your downlines with both the CSN and CTP.

Marcus is adding some video training to the Cash Surfing Network as I type today, it would appear, and I’m sure there’s more to come. I’m of course hoping that many of the people who join CSN for the cash prizes aspect will also take advantage of the CTP training as well.

So yeah, go fill your funnel some more and check out the Cash Surfing Network! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Building relationships with people in online business is important, yep. Those relationships may one day result in customers, downline members, business collaborations of some sort – all kinds of possibilities can evolve from building relationships with folks.

What is quite possibly even more important, however, is how you treat and maintain those relationships once they’re developed.

I have had a few anecdotes regarding related issues on the back burner and in the back of my mind for a little while since my return to TE land. In my head, some of those anecdotes have become darn near pet peeves, or at the very least, very specific DON’Ts – as in “Dos and Don’ts” – and this next little true story would be the first of a couple or three DON’Ts.

As most everyone knows, I was pretty much 100% gone from TE land, and most of the online business world altogether, for well over two and a half years.

Recently, I had the rather dumbfounding and perplexing experience of being directly pitched to on Skype – without a “hi” and/or “how are ya” first, or a “wow Lynn, where have you been”, nor anything of the sort – by someone who absolutely should have been aware that they hadn’t spoken/typed to me in three years.

And oh, it was a pitch, all right – the obvious beginnings of what would have no doubt been a super sales-y sounding pitch. (Fortunately I didn’t have to hear the rest of it since I didn’t respond.)

I was just so surprised and dumbfounded at that moment that I just sat staring at my monitor for a while with my jaw dropped wide open.

What I really wanted to type back was, “Are you kidding me?” – but of course I didn’t. I let it go.

In any case, while it’s highly unlikely that I would buy anything from this person or ever follow them into any program (for a rather lengthy and wide variety of reasons that are not worth the trouble of telling), you may correctly deduce that this experience has resulted in me basically being no longer in this person’s “sphere of influence”.

Not that I really ever was all that much anyway, obviously, at least not in a very long time. But you can certainly bet that, in the future, even if this person is selling or promoting the very best thing in the world ever, that I really, really need?

Absolutely I will go out of my way to seek that thing out from someone else I know, like, and trust. And if nobody I know has it? I’ll seek it out from someone I don’t know, but has it.

I’ll go out of my way to buy from, or sign up under, pretty much anyone but the person who absolutely should have known I was gone for years, but was too clueless (or, probably more likely, too focused on program hopping and sales and signups and the “next big thing”) to have even the remotest idea that they had had no interaction whatsoever with me since 2010.

Online business is becoming more and more a “people business” instead of a “sales leads business”, and I think what’s been a fine line of sorts between the two is going to keep becoming a more and more widening gulf as time goes on. Sales and signups will come and go, and there will always be names without faces on your list who remain mostly anonymous and outside of the various online communities because that’s part of how online business just is.

But people that you build tangible relationships with and interact with and, in some cases, are colleagues of sorts with? They will remember good things about you, or good advice or help you gave them, and things like that.

But I guarantee they will also remember other things, like being too clueless to notice if you’re gone for three years.

Treat people like people, instead of treating everybody you come into contact with like sales leads, and the sales and signups will most likely flow in return. Maybe at a bit slower pace than the hardcore sales folks, but they’re likely to steadily flow indefinitely and forever, as long as you treat people like people instead of leads.

Treat all the contacts on your Skype or IM list or social media friends and contacts lists like a sales lead? Most of them won’t be able to buy from or sign up under someone else fast enough.

You might still retain them as a “contact”, but they probably might as well not be – and chances are they’ll never, ever, ever be your customer or in your downline in the future.

A little over three years ago I posted here about the reason there were a lot of safelist and other mailer e-mails that I didn’t read – or I may have opened them, but didn’t click.

In a nutshell, it was because so many of them were too long.

And by too long, I mean that if the credit link is not “above the fold” in Gmail – i.e., I would have to page down in Gmail to get to the credit link to click it – I simply don’t.

I get way too much of that type mail to have to make that extra effort. Those mails get mostly unread, and tossed immediately in the Trash without being clicked.

In any case, yeah, it’s still going on, the way too long emails sent from safelists and other mailers, three years later – and some that are far, far, far too long. Sorry, but just way too many of them are.

All those “standard affiliate” (I guess they are, I see the same ones appear over and over again) mails for Empower Network and for that Submission-whatever that I think has something to do with Empower Network (but I don’t really know since those mails are way too long for me to bother with)? I maybe read two or three in the beginning when they first started being circulated, but no more since then. Most of them just go immediately to the Trash unopened.

Sure, I’ve done myself  it in the past with the longer ones, but the more I got involved with safelists and mailers and the more I got tired of seeing the longer mails in my box, I tried to make an effort to keep things to the point but briefly, and in two or three or maybe four short paragraphs.

Maybe I’m a little bit of a hypocrite here, because anyone who knows me knows that I tend to get a little lengthy in email and posts sometimes. Being a trained writer, it’s a little bit of an ingrained habit.

I know Jon groans when he sees email from me ‘cos most of the time he finds them akin to (quote) War and Peace (unquote, heh) – especially if I’m on about or really excited about something, LOL – and he hates reading long emails, heh.

I’ve been making a genuine effort lately trying to curb that habit a bit and Olson-ify my emails in brief and with bullet points when applicable (or at least until I get really annoyed with or excited about something again, LOL).

A whole lot of the suggested mails included in the affiliate toolboxes of many programs are way too long as well, and again, I’ve certainly been guilty in the past of grabbing and sending some of those.

My opinion nowadays is that you’re just better off taking those and reworking them for yourself, in much shorter and brief form – and as it is, it’s pretty standard “expert” thought that you’re just better off putting things in your own words anyway, rather than using a swipe copy that probably dozens or hundreds of other folks are going to be sending out too.

Anyway, as far as safelist mails and other list mails in general – the thing is, I’m a member of and, for the most part, regularly use over 65 safelists and mailers, at last count. I don’t have time to read Every Single One that arrives, and most likely, most people don’t.

Right now, I’ve got over 140,000 emails in my list mailbox. There’s no way I’m getting through all of that! I’d love to read them all, but it’s just not possible.

There are a handful of sites I do read most of what I get from them, and I generally do get through most solo mails eventually. But the rest, it’s mainly a matter of (A) how bad I need credits at a site and (B) a few other things, like necessity of activity level, for a particular site.

All of the above stuff is why I was really pleased to hear list building expert Darren Olander, in the List Building videos section of the ClickTrackProfit training, encouraging people to make the body of the mails they send shorter in length, saying shorter ones tended to do better. I believe that viewpoint 100%, given my own feelings about it all, naturally.

A compelling and/or attention-grabbing subject line is really probably far more important than what’s actually in the body of your email anyway, that’s my opinion, basically. And as far as the body goes, short might get me to click, and especially humorous will almost always get me to click, if I’ve opened that mail in the first place.

Check your safelist and mailer mails and look for ones from Jerry Iannucci or Tim Linden for some good examples of ones that (A) almost always get my attention and (B) make me laugh, and thus appreciate them.

Those guys probably would rather I didn’t open their mails (or receive them in the first place) since I’m already pretty much in all of their programs (so I’m basically a wasted click, LOL), but if more people’s mails were like theirs, they’d probably get opened and clicked more.

But the bottom line and the very most important thing to me about mails from safelists and other mailers is that they need to be short enough that the credit link appears “above the fold” in Gmail, and I don’t have to page down to get to it.

I may just be being super picky about it and may be one of the few, but I suspect I’m not. I think it’s a big enough issue that most people should take into account that, if I feel that strongly about it, there’s probably others out there too who aren’t paging down to click in long emails.

Happy mailing… and happy short, brief, and to-the-point safelist mailing, I hope! (Fingers crossed!)

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