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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.

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!



When I came back to TE Land a couple of years ago and started the long process of re-building the business I had started laying the foundation for way back in 2007-2008, sometimes people asked what my new plan was.

Would I have another traffic exchange? Nope, I said. I said had no plans for another traffic exchange this time around. Thought I’d go in another direction this time with something else affiliate-related, but not a traffic exchange.

So I opened up Commission Scoop in May, and at the time I thought I was done with opening any other programs for a while. I’d launched the funnel program I’d been working on and planning for well over a year at that point, and thought I was through, at least for a while.

Then Brian “Scooter” Cullen, my other and rather talkative half who’s been DJ’ing for many years, started entertaining a portion of folks in the community on the fly with his DJ riffs. People seemed to like it, so he kept doing it occasionally, and it kept getting more and more popular.

Our friend and colleague Robert Arnold saw some potential in this, and he and Brian started talking and throwing some ideas around. They brought me into the mix and the three of us started brainstorming together, and Arnie dived into codeland for the next two and a half months.

It was kinda a case of the idea & opportunity just coming up out of the blue, so we just ran with it.

After spending pretty much the entire summer since late May on our secret project (which by the time it launched had probably been one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry for at least a month at that point, LOL), finally it was ready to open this past Monday.

I first got so behind last week getting ready for Monday, and then stayed so unbelievably busy since Monday (and had had next to NO sleep for most of the past two weeks) that it’s pretty much literally taken me this long to be able to even stop and catch my breath long enough to make a blog post.

I had decided Monday that I was so behind anyway I might as well let the affiliates get a good head start before I started heavily promoting myself – though I really didn’t intend for it to be almost a week’s head start, ha! And yesterday I finally, FINALLY, got to sleep until I felt like waking up for a change. Yay!

So at this point most of you have probably already been there and checked it out already, but just in case you haven’t, I wholeheartedly welcome you to see Sound Surf Live for yourself. The surfing & counter problems that were affecting a small percentage of members right after launch have been fixed since Monday afternoon, and it’s been rockin’ & rolling all week!

We’ve tried to make it fun and interesting, we’ve added some unique features you won’t find anywhere else (mobile surfing, audio ads users can purchase and upload, and more), and given it a custom design that’s so completely customized it looks like no other TE out there right now.

I get tired of joining new TE after new TE so I don’t very often anymore… but SSL is just the kind of unique TE that I look for and get really excited about as a new member. I hope y’all will too!

We’re pretty psyched and thrilled about Sound Surf Live. I hope you will be too. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out! (And have a super weekend too.) :-)

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