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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.

My apologies for not having posted an update here in a little while. As you may or may not be aware, I’ve been just a little bit busy.  ;)

Hop on back here come Monday. There’s something really cool coming next week that I wanna tell you about, and you’re probably not gonna want to miss it.

Have a great (holiday, for U.S peeps anyway) weekend, folks!



How many traffic exchanges are you promoting inside traffic exchanges?

The answer should be zero. Unless you yourself own a traffic exchange, and in that case that’s all you should promoting in other TEs.

And unless all you’re looking for is a little spare pocket change, in which case you can probably move on and read something else besides this.

I am constantly amazed at the sheer number of traffic exchanges so many non-owner TE users promote in the traffic exchanges. Not only are they diluting their efforts by promoting what amounts to literally dozens of TEs, but the chances of seeing anything really come out of it are so very slim.

There are, indeed, a handful of people I can think of off the top of my head that probably make close to what amounts to a relatively decent living (or I’ve possibly incorrectly guessed that they do) promoting programs that they don’t own themselves.

Listen – they are few and far between, most of them have been around TE Land forever, and most probably are bringing in more like spare change, extra money, than anything resembling a living. Some of the ones that are doing pretty well would probably be doing all the more better if they’d start their own site of some sort.

“But Lynn,” you may be saying right now – “Don’t YOU promote traffic exchanges you don’t own?”

Not directly in the traffic exchanges, nope. 99% at least – no.

Okay, there is a very small handful of exceptions, and almost all have an incentive behind them, whether it’s promoting Traffic-Fusion three or four days out of every month (and NOT one day more) for an extra referral.

Or Lords of Lothar so Brian might be able to get some cool LOL stuff to further his LOL addiction (heh). A little tiny bit towards Traffic Exchange Brand ‘cos hey, that’s how the program works. A little bit towards some of the advertising co-ops, ‘cos that’s how co-ops work.

A couple of other exceptions may be that occasionally I may help out an owner friend or colleague in need, or something brand new has been launched by a colleague (in which case I generally don’t promote directly for more than a day or two or three).

And occasionally our Lucky 13 team in CTP Teams will mobilize for a promotion, like on all the Friday the 13ths this year that the four TE owners on Lucky 13 have the CTP Sub Game. (We’re pretty well branded as a team that way.)

But direct promotion, otherwise, in the traffic exchanges of someone else’s TE or other program? Absolutely not. I promote Win 10 With Lynn and Traffic Break Trivia, which is part of W10WL. I promote this blog you’re reading right now, though mainly with banner advertising these days since I mostly promote W10WL. And that’s generally it.

Sure, you’ll find links and banners for other people’s programs on both my sites. But I don’t promote anything, for the most part, but those two sites.

I’ve got tons of credits, generally, for the small and limited amount of “extra” stuff I do like LOL and such, which I know from reading and listening is not something a lot of people have on hand – tons of credits – at least not without a lot of work surfing and such to do it.

So especially if you have only a limited amount of credits? Then it’s even MORE important that you really should be promoting only ONE thing, and preferably not anything you don’t own (or, that said, admin or work for, as in, actually employed by).

Sure, every TE owner in the industry would LOVE for you to promote their business – but it’s THEIR business, not yours, and ultimately up to them to be promoting it. Those that are successful, programs they themselves own is all they promote directly in the traffic exchanges.

Robert Arnold may promote a few other things inside TE Racing League, but outside of TERL, he generally only promotes TERL or Downline Kreator, another program he owns. Tony Tezak generally only promotes Tezak Traffic Power at other traffic exchanges. You rarely get successful like Robert or Tony are by directly promoting other people’s stuff.

It’s perfectly OK to promote several things with your name and photo when you’re new and trying to brand yourself and get yourself out there and known. But after about six months or so, you really need to be finding out and figuring out what’s YOUR one thing, and only doing that.

It’s like playing a slot machine. You could spend all your time and effort promoting four or five, or a dozen or twenty or thirty, programs you don’t own, and maybe you get a bite every once in a while but your efforts are so very diluted that way, you’re just not likely gonna see much.

Better to pick ONE thing. Best case scenario – start a program of your own (preferably not a TE, there are far too many as it is).

Or you could start your own list, your own e-mail course or e-mail series about something you feel you have worthwhile stuff to share about. Start a blog – a blog IS a list and, indeed, was Tim Linden’s only list for years, his blog.

My pal Sunny Suggs can help you if you’re interested in starting your own program – it can be done pretty inexpensively – or your own blog. She’s pretty easy to find. She also created Your Email Series, which my friend Tom Wacker now owns and operates, and that can help you figure out what do about an e-mail series or e-mail course.

Already have a blog? Then you’re in luck, because you already have a list, if you have subscribers. If you don’t have subscribers, then get RocketResponder, since aforementioned longtime blogger Tim Linden created it to be the perfect subscription tool for blogs.

If you don’t want to do any of the above, then pick ONE thing – one program, one traffic exchange, one whatever. Promote it over and over, and then promote it some more.

We all want to build our downlines, right? So pick ONE downline builder that has your favorite and preferred programs in it, and promote ONLY that.

A program owner I know once told me they hated downline builders. I’ve also heard people say before that they only promote one downline builder among things they promote.

Guess what? Probably 99% of the programs in our basic niche in the TE community ARE downline builders, in one way or another. Some a little more so (CTP for instance), some a little less – but basically ALL of them are downline builders, some are just less obvious than others.

So pick one thing, or (better yet) build your own one thing. If you’re promoting multiple things in the traffic exchanges, then whittle it down to just one or two things.

Target your efforts instead of diluting them, and bring them to ONE funnel – whether it’s your blog, or a page on a website you build, or an e-mail series, or a program of your own you create, or one single program and downline builder of someone else’s that you want to promote – instead of trying to get them to pick and choose between five or ten or twenty or fifty different funnels.

Let’s say you’re carrying a big ol’ jug of water. What’s more efficient, pouring that jug of water into one single funnel and filling another jug completely full… or trying to pour it into ten or twenty or thirty or fifty funnels (and therefore risking a great deal of spillage, and not completely filling any of the other jugs)…?

You wouldn’t want to spill that water any more than you’d want to lose money and commissions, right? And a bunch of less-filled jugs amounts to pocket change instead of filling your pockets with anything truly substantial.

Work smarter. Find YOUR one thing, whatever it may be, and promote it until you can hardly stand to promote it anymore. And then promote it some more.

I’ve done it both ways, promoting a whole bunch of different things in the distant past, vs. promoting just one or two things.

Wanna guess which method works better and has been much more profitable?

(P.S. Thanks to many for all the very kind comments last week after my slightly more personal post. I was touched beyond belief and am still mulling over them and humbled and gratified. Thank you all SO much. – L.)

 



Wow, I really hadn’t realized how long it had been since I last posted here. One of my mentors several years ago (who is never seen around TE Land anymore), Mike Paetzold, was known as “the WordPress Guy” and made part of his living operating literally hundreds of blogs, mostly all in different and extremely varied niches.

Between this blog (the one you’re reading now), my Win 10 With Lynn blog, and my bi-weekly posting over at the Lucky 13 blog, I can barely keep up lately when it comes to blogging. I can’t even imagine trying to keep up with hundreds of blogs.

So here it is, the last day of 2014, and I guess one of my New Year’s resolutions should be to try and make a post here at least once a week, if not more. We’ll see how that one goes!

And even before the old year has ended, already there’s been one big change in my life, having now taken on the leader role of the Lucky 13 team in CTP Teams in the wake of the resignation of our first and so far only team leader besides now me, that fine fellow Tom Wacker.

I really can’t even hope to truly fill those very big shoes, but I’ll strive to do the best I can do, and I figure Lucky 13 (which came in second for the yearly/first season prize) in 2015 will just do what we’ve always done – same things we’ve been doing consistently since CTP Teams began last spring, and maybe a little better. (Key word there being consistent – that’s exactly why our team finished in the top three.)

Anyway, as usual, I’m behind and chasing my tail so I’m gonna try to wrap a few things up and get caught up today (or at least attempt to), so off I go. I hope you all have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year in 2015 – see you back here then!


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