Greetings & Happy Holidays! Here late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve when I’m getting ready to embark on family season festivities this evening, it’s occurred to me what an absolutely terrible blogger I’ve been here in the latter half of 2017, so I thought I’d make a quick blog post as somewhat of a present to myself (for getting a post done) & any readers still with me, LOL.

This past summer & fall were real busy offline & online with us at Sound Surf Live, and things just got crazier and more time-consuming with, as you are probably aware, the Great PayPal Disaster of 2017 that left many advertising platforms, both large and small (and most that had been good honest online business owners that had never missed a commission payment and always paid on time), floundering and many searching for a new payment processors so we could continue doing business after PP decided they don’t want to do business with our industry.

Talk about painful. I know it hurt me to have to cancel subscription payments totaling in the thousands per year, and I can’t even imagine how devastating it was for big groups like KRM to have to cancel theirs. At least I still have a PP account, unlike some good business owners who were permanently limited… but my account is really mostly useless now for anything except for, like, buying groceries at Kroger or ordering pet supplies from Amazon. Nothing business-related, and that sucks.

That all said, a lot of your favorite advertising platforms are probably hurting right now. Things have certainly slowed all around and in almost every aspect, and the situation is somewhat compounded by the fact that there are still programs active in the industry out there that are not paying commissions with any method but PayPal, so there’s the issue of those who can no longer use PayPal having commissions due to be paid to us sitting in limbo right now as well.

So when the post-Christmas rush dust settles, I’d ask you to remember your favorite advertising platforms & not forget about them (that is, unless you weren’t getting results, of course!)… not necessarily us at Sound Surf Live, per se, but whatever programs that have always been your favorites that got the PP slap this year. Everybody has their favorite TEs and I would expect that most anyone in the community has at least one in their group of favorites that had to cancel all their subscriptions this year.

We at Sound Surf Live are most likely going to be able to continue providing advertising services indefinitely even if things remain slow as they have and we’ll roll thru the punches, but some others probably won’t be able to. This has been tough on everyone, even programs that didn’t get hit, since they do business with those who did and those who did have been struggling.

Industry support & the community continuing to come together in the face of this disaster is going to be crucial in 2017, I believe. Many industry folks, both large & small, have been working behind the scenes to find ways to make this all better for everyone, but there’s still a long way to go.

There are many things that could be done that could help improve things in the overall picture. As a member & user, if you had a favorite program you didn’t re-upgrade in that was a program that worked for you, perhaps after Christmas or New Year’s you might re-up again. As an owner, if you haven’t made arrangements for your program/programs to pay commissions through Payza or another processor yet, perhaps that could be looked into in the new year.

Little things & baby steps. I know a lot of the big guns & experts have a lot of very good theories about things that could be done and changes that could be made to improve the situation overall, and a lot of them are very good ideas & there’s very capable people considering and working towards creating them. I’m just thinking about little things & baby steps today

In any case, I wish you & all of yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy (and much better) New Year in 2017! I am basically of the opinion at this point that things can’t get much worse than they did at the end of 2016, so they can only go up for the most part! Happy Happy & Merry Merry! :-)