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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! :-)



So if you’ve been following the Black Friday deals we’re having at Sound Surf Live (in conjunction with our partner sites, TE Racing League and Downline Kreator), then you’ve probably seen the Audio Ad package deals pop up several times since our sale started Thursday.

Right now during our Black Friday super sale, all of the Audio Ad package BF deals are 70% off regular price. Since September or so I’ve several times offered Audio Ads at 2-for-1, 3-for-1, and even 4-for-1 deals… and probably will continue to for a while at different intervals.

People seem to be somewhat confused about the Audio Ads though, so I was hoping to clear some of those mysteries up here while this weekend’s sale is still going on, and give you an idea of why they could be such a valuable advertising tool for anyone who makes use of them.

If you’ve surfed at Sound Surf Live with the sound on, then you’ve heard the Audio Ads plenty. The Audio Ads play about every 5-6 songs on each of our five channels.

Every hour, the random picker picks a set of Audio Ads to play – either one 60-second ad, two 30-second ads (usually), or four 15-second ads – and the picked ads are aired on all five of our channels at SSL for the entire hour.

Yep. The ENTIRE hour, on all five channels. For every 50 Audio Ads you purchase, you in all actuality get 250 (50 x5) spots aired total among all five channels.

Maybe you’re starting to see now why these Audio Ads could be really, REALLY powerful. Your ad would be getting heard, repeatedly, throughout the day every day (especially right now when we don’t have many in the system – anyone who buys and uploads Audio Ads right now would have a near-monopoly on them!).

And you basically have a captive and fully-engaged audience listening to your ads. The Audio Ads are heard by all who are listening to the radio stream (and most of our surfers do), and people have to keep surfing to keep the stream going – if they pause for more than a minute, the stream shuts off until they click again.

I’ve fielded some questions and comments here and there since we opened about whether or not SSL’s Audio Ads interfere with ads in the surf that have audio, and my answer to that is nope, not really. Between the varied volume levels and the fact that either can be paused to listen to the other, neither really distracts from the other, in my experience anyway.

I hear both at the same time all the time surfing and I really never have any trouble differentiating between the two (and I can always start the video in the surf page over again if need be).

When an Audio Ad plays at SSL, a highlighted link pops up in the surfbar that surfers can click and follow to your intended target URL and check out your site or opportunity. Sweet, no?

Who can purchase and submit Audio Ads? Anyone! They’re not just for program owners, literally anyone could make and submit an Audio Ad for, well, anything they want to promote!

What seems to confuse people the most is how to go about making and setting up hosting for an Audio Ad. Believe it or not, that part’s pretty easy.

You could always make your own if you have a microphone – and in these Skype and cam days most of us do. If you don’t have the software yourself or the know-how about how to record yourself, if you just Google “record an MP3”, you’ll get a veritable ton of results for online MP3 recorders (many of them free of charge) or easy instructions on how to DIY it.

You can also go to Fiverr and get one made for you, and professionally and very inexpensively. In case you didn’t know, a very large majority of the audio and video stuff you hear and see around the traffic exchange community on sites, in ads and more, came from Fiverr.

And there are other avenues for getting things made online too, but Fiverr’s probably the most popular (and probably the most inexpensive generally).

Once you have an audio ad finished or made for you, all you have to do is go to Sound Surf Live and purchase an Audio Ads package – either 15, 30 or 60 seconds (and the Audio Ad needs to be an MP3 in one of those three time allotments). You buy the package, then enter the URL where the Audio Ad is hosted, and enter the target URL you want people to go to if they click on the ad’s link in the surfbar. After we manually approve the ad, it’ll run until it runs out of spots.

How long should your Audio Ad be? Most people that have submitted them in the past have gone for 30-second spots, though 60-second spots are just as welcome.

15-second spots are also fine, though they tend not to get played as often (if there are not at least four 15-second spots in the system, the picker won’t pick 15-second ads that hour). The more 15-second spots that are submitted, however, the less that should be a problem in the future.

So where can you host your Audio Ads? Also easy. If you have your own website and domain, you can upload your ad there and just give us the URL directly to the ad.

Or have Sunny host it for you! That’s the easiest option, especially if you don’t have your own website and domain – Sunny Suggs made audio ad hosting available a while back at Your Splash Hosting for an incredibly low cost. All you have to do is click here and set your account up and you’ll be ready to upload any audio ads you make or have done for you. Easy peasy!

I think I’ve addressed most of the things I think have had people confused or unsure about Audio Ads, but if you have questions, feel free to leave them in a comment here on the blog and I’ll respond (or find someone who knows the answer if I don’t).

In any case, I wanted to get this out there while we still had our Black Friday sale going with all of our Audio Ad packages marked down 70%. So while the sale’s going on, next time you see one of our Black Friday deals on Audio Ad packages, give it some serious thought. Anyone can have an Audio Ad at Sound Surf Live – and the huge benefits that can come with them!



So we are having our biggest sale of the year at Sound Surf Live this week, in conjunction with our big brother site TE Racing League and another of our partner sites, Downline Kreator, for Black Friday festivities.

The sale started at 12:01am today and will last until the end of the evening on Cyber Monday, so that’s five days’ worth of deals with a new deal every hour.

Bookmark the Deals page to stay on top of what’s on sale each hour (you’ll also find banners for the Deals in the Member Areas at SSL & TERL):

==> (click here for our Black Friday Super Sale Deals)

Now, let me share an important bit of info here…

Some of the deals there will be this week for Sound Surf Live are VERY rare, so to speak. A few of them are likely to never be offered again… or at least not for a very, VERY long time.

(This may be true of the other sites too, but I can guarantee you won’t see some of the SSL deals again for a while.)

All of our Black Friday deals should show up multiple times while the sale is on, so if you miss one you wanted early on, don’t worry ‘cos it should show up again (and possibly several times). But don’t wait too long!!

I’d also recommend considering some of the deals offered on Audio Ads at Sound Surf Live when they come up. If the concept of Audio Ads confuses you, stay tuned ‘cos I’m planning an informative post here about Audio Ads @SSL on Friday or Saturday that should explain it all.

Anyway, there ya go, there’s my big news for the week… the Deals page is out there in the wild so you’ll find it surfing many places as well!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the U.S., and happy Thursday to all!

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