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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.

If you’ve been around the traffic exchange and related community very long, you likely know my very good friend and fellow blonde Southerner Sunny Suggs.

Sunny is out there in the online trenches every single day working hard as well as being social, day in & day out; is one of the hardest working folks in this industry; & has helped sooo many people. More than I could name in a week, and that’s only the ones I know of!

If you’ve been around the TE community very long, whether you’re a surfer or owner, she’s probably helped you with something sometime, and if you’ve been in online marketing elsewhere you may have run across her and her happy helpful self as well.

Sunny has singlehandedly put out some of the most consistently helpful programs in the industry, for many years. A while back she had a great program called All About Traffic Exchanges, you may remember.

Well, now Sunny’s brought that same concept back in another, even better site!

==> (click here to check out What Are Traffic Exchanges?)

What Are Traffic Exchanges? may not only show you things you may not have known before about TEs – it also includes in-depth videos and e-books outlining all the details (and I do mean pretty much literally ALL) about a few special traffic exchanges (including the traffic exchange I co-own, Sound Surf Live).

Even if you’re an old hat at TEs, here’s where it’s really valuable to current members and TE veterans – you can re-brand the e-book and give it away to your new and potentially new downline members. That’s a great way to help build your downlines and really help your new folks!

Show your support for one of the hardest-working and most consistently helpful folks in our community and check out Sunny’s awesome new program now:

==> (go grab all the helpful e-books & videos included in WATE now!)

P.S. (If you’re a traffic exchange owner and interested in having an e-book/video/e-mail series created for your traffic exchange like the ones currently in WATE, just give Sunny a shout!)



So something happened in Traffic Exchange Live this week that hasn’t occurred in a very long time.

Jon Olson cooked pasta, live!

And it was great fun… but then again, everything Jon does is funny – even cooking.

I kind of totally lost yesterday unintentionally and didn’t make it to TE Live. I had been up pretty much all night and morning and was getting really tired, and then the temperature dropped outside and I was getting really cold. I curled up and got all comfy and cozy in my pink Snuggie (yes, I have a pink Snuggie!) and went down for what I intended to be about an hour’s nap and then I woke up around eight hours later, totally missing both Traffic Exchange Live and the Get Referrals Fast weekly conference last night. Bad Lynn, bad Lynn!

We’ve been sort of just chit-chatting and hanging out a lot this week, with Tim mostly MIA (presumably working hard on “Pony List”) and I don’t know that there’s any major stunning gossipy bits to report, but here’s what I’ve got for you so far for the latter part of the week @TE Live, which isn’t much, but a little AND a recipe for you…

Traffic Exchange Live Weekly (so far) Roundup:

  • Jon Olson was at Traffic Exchange Live pretty much every day, or at least the ones I was there this week – somewhat surprisingly, since Call of Duty: Black Ops was released this week.
  • Jon went to the store at midnight when it was released and showed us his video from the trip.
  • As mentioned on Wednesday, Jon revealed the hint about “Pony List” without actually SAYING so… because he instead scribbled it on a piece of paper with The Most Famous Marker on the Internetâ„¢:

TheresTheMostFamousMarkerOnTheInternetAgain

  • Other than making it for an hour (or a little less so he could go play COD some more) of TE Live every day, Mr. Olson has indeed been, quote, “deep into Call of Duty: Black Ops”.
  • John Guanzon branded ThumbVu and was all Mr. Mom on cam on Wednesday. Baby Guanzon was just being all cute. And I really hope Baby Guanzon likes yellow and green A LOT because there is a lot of it there at Casa de Guanzon:

GiftWrappedBaby

  • On Wednesday, Jon was a little late coming into TE Live.
  • Which was okay, because The Jon Olson Hand Puppet showed up on time and said pretty much everything Jon usually says in a nearly-perfect Jon Olson voice:

TheJonOlsonHandPuppet

  • Someone commented that Jon had lost an awful lot of weight.
  • Also on Wednesday, Jon cooked pasta live on cam from his kitchen (see recipe for Pasta a la TE Live below).
  • No fingers were amputated during the creation of Pasta a la TE Live.

JonCooksPaaaaasta

  • GIVEAWAYS: None so far this week… but the pasta sure was looking nice and yummy.
  • I CALL YOU OUT ABOVE, YOU GET LINKAGE: Safelist Marketing Tactics (Jerry Iannucci), The Pizza Plan (Jon Olson), Sweeva (Tim Linden), TE Reports (John Guanzon)
  • ALSO SEEN ON THE SCENE: Brenda Broyles, Darrell Whiston, Dorena Begonia, Emma Jones, Jimmy Adams, Lynne Sherman, Monty Ferbert, Paul Brown, Winnie, Brett Phillips, Carl Bailey, Chris Probert, Anthony Shenberger, Ram Kumar, Tom Canzoneri, Jerry Reeder, Ed Tyner, James Holmes, Justin Ledvina, Jimmy Adames, John Bell, Peter Boer, Stephen Whittle, Charles Smith – and of course, Randy Ritter.
  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK (so far): “I have no social life, so I will have no professional life this week.” – Jon Olson

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And, as promised, here is the recipe for Jon’s Pasta a la TE Live:

  • Hot (or mild if you choose) Italian sausages x6
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Sea salt (if desired)
  • Black pepper (if desired)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Pasta

Dice sausage and make pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Cook sausage in a frying pan, then mix together sausage, tomatoes, yellow onion, oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste, if desired. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on simmer.

Pasta: Cook pasta al dente for 8 minutes in boiling water with a little vegetable oil.

Serve sausage mixture over pasta and enjoy!

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OlsonInTheKitchen

*** Traffic Exchange Live broadcasts live weekday afternoons from 3-4 pm EST ***


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What you may not know is that Cat took over the reins and now owns several programs herself, including one of my favorite safelists to use, Safelist Blazer.

Since taking over @Safelist Blazer, Cat and her team have been working very hard to improve the system, including making it as bounce-free as possible so you have an extremely clean safelist to mail to over there.

Credit prices are very good at Safelist Blazer, and you can also get solo ads right now for $9.95.

I’m always happy to recommend services and programs where I know there’s an active and hardworking owner, and Cat’s one of the very best – not only for her own sites but all those other fabulous TEs she does support for. So if this one’s not on your active safelist and list builder list, then by all means – check it out and join Safelist Blazer today!



So the good news is that my interview that was supposed to be yesterday for the Discover Traffic Exchanges Traffic Exchange Owners Podcast Marathon is being rescheduled for next week. I don’t know what day yet, but will certainly post as soon as I know.

And show host James Holmes had mentioned the other day a possible upcoming mystery guest being added to the event’s lineup (I know who it is… but I’m not telling!!!), so what is probably going to happen is that whatever day next week on James’ show, there will be two interviews that day much like there are all this week – one with the mystery guest, and one with me. So in essence, the Marathon’s being extended an extra day, so that’s cool.

So how come I didn’t make it for the interview yesterday?

Here’s the horror story of how my sorry day went yesterday…

  • 1:00 am-ish EST: I wake up after a what was supposed to be just a nap but wound up rather extended, and I’m getting kind of excited about the interview and can’t go back to sleep anyway so I just stay up, getting quite a bit of work done and also making several notes (in Notepad on my computer) about some things I wanted to be sure to touch on during the interview.
  • 7:00 am EST: I send out a mail to Traffic Pro-X members reminding them about the interview, and some other TPX news.
  • 8:00 to 11:30 am EST: People start waking up and coming online and I respond to several very nice and generous IMs and Tweets from various people wishing me luck on the interview and saying how much they’re looking forward to it and intending to be there. I’ve also by then posted about the interview here on the blog, posted a reminder in my blog’s Facebook group, and had been running the Discover Traffic Exchanges page all morning at Sweeva again as I had on Monday as well. The Sweevers had left many good comments on the page and responding positively all week so far, and some of them seemed to be planning to attend too.
  • 11:30 am or so EST: ThumbVu owner John Guanzon grabs me in IM and wishes me luck with the interview and we chat for a bit, and I also take the opportunity to ask him a few Traffic Pro-X related questions (since I bought TPX from John) that I thought I knew the answer to, but wanted to be sure in case any of them came up during the interview.
  • 12 pm EST: I notice my reminder to myself to switch the surf bonus at Traffic Pro-X to 3x, as promised in the mail to the members that morning, before the interview starts. But then I get busy with something else and don’t do it, though I plan to before the next hour passes.
  • 12:20 pm EST: Winter Perkins grabs me in IM (which is normal, Winter and I chat just about every day) wishing me luck and we get to talking about some design-related stuff and Reactive Adz and some all around general girl talk as we usually do.
  • 12:38 pm EST: Winter and I are in the middle of our conversation and I’m in the middle of typing a response to something she said and my monitor goes blank… BECAUSE MY POWER HAS GONE OUT.
  • 12:39 pm EST: Panic.
  • 12:40 pm EST: I call the utility company’s automated line and am told I am the first household to report this outage. Woohoo, I guess? I have 15 minutes before I’m supposed to call in for the interview.
  • 12:41 pm EST: Think, “Well, I’ll just call in and do the interview on my cell phone” – even though I had been planning to call in via Skype , because the one cell phone I had in service yesterday was old and starting to go bad, but figure I’ll just use it anyway. I also immediately turn on my laptop even though I know this is probably going to be futile (more on that momentarily).
  • 12:42 pm EST: Then I remember I don’t have the call-in number for the show because IT’S ON THE COMPUTER and I didn’t write it down AND I HAVE NO POWER. As are my nice little notes I made ON THE COMPUTER. Nor do I have any immediately helpful numbers stored in either of my cell phones.
  • 12:43 to 12:50 pm EST: A desperate series of calls to various people I could get to log on to James’ site and get that call-in number… IF I COULD GET A HOLD OF ANY OF THEM. I call my mom at work, my boyfriend, my sister, my godmother… and get nothing but voice mails and answering machines.
  • 12:51 pm EST: I call back up to my mom’s place of work and ask the secretary (who I don’t know) if she could maybe do me a big favor and look up something on the Internet for me. Which might not have been a problem… except she was having trouble hearing me and understanding me – my first realization that I might not be able to be understood and heard during the interview even if I could get my hands on the dratted call-in number. I give up and thank her.
  • 12:52 pm EST: I call the automated line at the utility company and am informed that I have already reported this outage, and would I like more information? I would, and next learn that 302 residences are without power at this time in 13 neighborhoods, and that utility crews are working to repair the outages “as fast as they can”.
  • 12:53 pm EST: I notice after I hang up that the “bad” cell phone, which had a full charge less than ten minutes ago, now has almost no charge left – the second realization that I probably would not be able to call in and complete the interview even if I got a hold of the call-in number.
  • 12:54 pm EST: My laptop, which is just about dead and really no longer works and has no working keyboard anymore, has booted up finally – though what I think I’m going to do with it due to the keyboard thing, I don’t know, since I can’t type in any websites to get to them. I also notice that somehow it has cleared my wireless network information and – again due to having no real keyboard anymore to speak of – I can’t log on to the wireless connection ANYWAY. Useless.
  • 12:55 pm EST: I am supposed to be calling into James’ show right now for a pre-interview sound check. It occurs to me to open up the other cell phone (which is on a pay-as-you-go plan, I don’t really use ANY phone enough anymore to justify a contract) – the “good” one – and see if there is a # code number I can call to automatically put more funds on it since I know it’s empty.
  • 12:56 pm EST: I find the account balance information section of the phone (I haven’t had it very long so took a minute)… which tells me to go to the website to add more funds. GREAT.
  • 12:57 pm EST: I call my mom’s home number, in hopes that maybe, maybe, maybe she went home for lunch, as she occasionally does… but get her answering machine too.
  • 12:58 pm EST: I call the utility company again. Still 302 residences without power, including me.
  • 12:59 pm EST: I pace. And panic some more.
  • 1:00 pm EST: I’m supposed to be starting the interview with James right now. Sigh.
  • 1:01 pm EST: I stare out the front window at the street… as if that’s going to get the power back on.
  • 1:02 pm EST: I walk back to the computer desk and flop down in my chair, defeated. There’s nothing else I can do and no one I can contact can help me or is available.
  • 1:03 pm EST: For a second I think about jumping in my car and driving to Starbucks, which is less than a mile away. But then I remember the whole half dead laptop/no working keyboard thing.
  • 1:04 to 1:14 pm EST: I flop back in my chair again, defeated again, and start thinking about not only this whole catastrophe but everything else that’s been going wrong and been very difficult in offline life lately and – nope, not ashamed to admit this – burst into tears and sob uncontrollably for a good ten minutes until I’ve about worn myself out, lol.
  • 1:15 pm EST: It occurs to me that I never did get around to setting the TPX surf bonus as promised to 3x before the power went out. (Sorry, TPX members!)
  • 1:16 pm EST: I grab a pillow and stretch out in my “nap chair”, staying awake in case the power suddenly comes back on. It doesn’t.
  • 2:00 pm to 2:15 pm EST: Somewhere in here I doze off, miserably.
  • 2:15 pm to 5:30 pm EST: Sometime during this period the power comes back on, but I’m asleep anyway.
  • 5:30 pm EST: My mother calls wanting to know what happened (she had forgotten about the interview and due to the whole bad phone thing I probably couldn’t really be understood on her answering machine anyway), and then informs me that she and my godmother (who, as you’ll remember, I’d also placed a desperate and unanswered call to) had been at the emergency room all afternoon.
  • 6:00 pm EST: I get back online and catch up with Winter and James, apologize and explain what happened, then discuss the whole rescheduling the interview next week with James, and life goes on.

So there ya go. That’s what all I was doing while you were wondering where the heck I was. Ugh.

Two things I have learned from this horrible experience (well, several things really, but primarily these two):

  • Put the call-in number for James’ show in BOTH cell phones’ contact lists (already done)!
  • I really, really, really, REALLY need a new laptop.

In any case, all that naturally pretty much ruined my whole day, and after getting a couple of things done after I was awake and had power again, I went back to sleep. I did get up later and listened to the hour that SHOULD have been my interview, and listened to Robert Puddy of Advertising KnowHow‘s terrific interview from yesterday.

The event continues today and here’s the schedule for the remainder of this week (all times EST):

If you can’t make the live broadcasts, no worries – they are all being recorded (or in the case of the ones that have already been broadcast, been recorded) and archived for later listening.

You can sign up to get the link and a reminder about it (and all the other interviews for the week) here:

==> Discover Traffic Exchanges

And again, I’ll post the information as soon as I know when my interview is being rescheduled for next week.

Sorry I missed it yesterday, gang… as you can see above, it really couldn’t be helped – and as you can probably imagine, I would have MUCH rather been there!

GET REFERRALS FAST UPGRADED MEMBERS TRAINING CONFERENCE TONIGHT: At least I hope this is correct and it’s still on for tonight… tonight should be the October advanced training session for upgraded members of Get Referrals Fast at 8pm EST.

Tonight’s conference is for upgraded members only – but the usual Thursday night conference tomorrow night at 8pm EST is free and open to all members of the public, whether members of GRF or not.

Thursday night’s conference with Jerry Reeder, Mike Paetzold and Jay Hines is going to be a special and different one than usual in that it’s going to be an open mic night and a Downline Builders Town Hall Meeting.

More info about this informal chat about building downlines is here on the Get Referrals Fast training blog. If you’re an upgraded member of GRF, join us tonight – and if you’re not a member at all (or if you are) and interested in learning how to build your downlines bigtime, join us at the free conference Thursday night!


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