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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.

Just something I was thinking about this week… file this under “things that make no sense to me”.

I’ve told parts of this story before. Almost eight years ago, I lost my full-time offline job, like many did at the time when the economy was tanking. Around the same time my best part-time freelance gig dried up, and not long after that I discovered the traffic exchange community.

After a few false starts and hits and misses, things started going really well. Exceptionally well, even. 2009 and most of 2010 were pretty good years for me and my affiliate and TE stuff.

Then in late 2010, I found myself dealing with a catastrophe of rather epic proportions – i.e., the human tornado that was my ex, and what was in the beginning his dormant (and later his rampant and rampaging) drug addiction – and spent the better part of another year picking up the pieces left after that disaster.

A good bit of that disaster was financial – in 11 years, my ex had blown through not only my entire life savings (and the only pension I ever had), but had outright stolen a pretty large amount of money from me too. I absolutely had nothing left, and barely a penny to my name.

I ended up relocating back among family and friends, and basically had no choice but to live 100% on family charity in the beginning of the next chapter of my life. As a little time went on, I picked up another freelance gig that didn’t pay that great but at least it paid some, and kept trying to put my life back together.

The last time I had any health insurance was in 2007, when I was still working in an at home, but still traditional “non-online”, job. Though there have been a few times it would have been really good to have had insurance, fortunately there have been no epic urgent situations demanding it.

So I relocated and things settled down a bit, but I still had no real income to speak of and, again, no health insurance. Around four years ago, and after about the fourth or fifth time a well-meaning relative made yet another intentionally pointed remark about being sure that I qualified for our state-run health services, I finally made a point of looking into it, just to hush that relative up.

I already pretty much suspected I knew the answer, but even I was a little surprised at part of it. I qualified for our state healthcare (and oodles of other government assistance) only under these conditions:

  • If I was under 21 years of age (I am, and was then, in my forties);
  • If I had minor children (I have no children);
  • And if I stopped working altogether and was bringing in NO income whatsoever.

Yep. If I ceased doing any work to bring any income in at all, then I qualified for ALL KINDS of government assistance. Even though I didn’t get paid all that much (and certainly not a full-time living) with the freelance work I was doing at the time, I would have had to stop doing that too.

Hence the filing under “things that make no sense to me”. The first two qualifying points I kind of expected, but the part about not working at ALL threw me for a loop. It was more or less “we won’t give you anything if you make any money at all, but hey, if you just quit working completely or trying to work at all, we’ll give you all KINDS of benefits!”.

I wasn’t planning to ask or apply for any help anyway, but that, among some other incidents around the same time four years ago, was probably a real turning point in me deciding I was just going to have to work towards making sure I didn’t ever need anyone’s help and could do whatever I needed myself.

And about a year after that when my freelance gig disappeared because the company chose to let all their American workers go and give all those jobs to folks in the Philippines, then it was REALLY time to put that plan into action, though I wasn’t sure how or what exactly.

A month or two after that I wandered back into TE Live one day, joined CTP years after most of my old colleagues had, looked around and found out I still had bits and pieces of the business I’d worked so hard on from 2007-2010 left. I started putting those pieces back together little by little, with a new improved business plan, and y’all know the rest of the story (at least the rest to date).

You CAN come up with something out of literally nothing. The potential is there. Any success all depends, quite literally, on how bad you want it, and how important it is to you to see it be successful, and the “why” behind why it’s important to you. And how much work and effort and time you put into it. Or, semi-mathematically:

X amount of Work + X amount of Effort + X amount of Time = ANY Success.

It’s pretty much that simple… but there is that one thing. You have to put in the amount needed to get what you need, to get what you need and want out. If you don’t do something, you’ll likely see nothing – or at least nothing much.

Do something today. ANYTHING. Just do SOMETHING.


In closing, it was no surprise to me at all that I immediately blew what I guess was my New Year’s resolution a couple of weeks ago of blogging at least once a week, seeing as how I missed last week completely. Seems like every week, before I know it, it’s Friday, and I’m like, “Whoa, where did this week go??”

At least I finally got to it this week before the week was through. Have a super weekend!

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I have had a little bit of a case of writer’s block over here on this blog for several weeks, apologies.

And then more recently, the new CTP Teams has had me surfing more in the past couple of weeks than I have surfed in (literally and collectively) the past seven years.

By the way, the team I’m on, which is the awesome Lucky 13 team, was #1 for a while last night, woohoo. And I blogged over on our team blog today too.

I’ve also been really busybusybusy with Win 10 With Lynn, but in the best possible way. What started out as a little experimental project a few months ago has grown and evolved beyond my wildest expectations within a very short amount of time, and been lots and lots of fun.

One thing I did want to share here, as a bit of an aside, was a very interesting statistic I discovered recently while reviewing some stuff.

I do a fair amount of mucking around with safelists and viral mailers, usually spending a few hours several days a week on such stuff.

I know some folks don’t like to mess with them ‘cos it can get a little tedious trying to stay on top of them, but this e-book can be a real invaluable tool in helping you learn how to stay organized with it all, as well as lots of great tips on what to do with them and how to do it.

Anyway, not long ago I decided to sit down and review my stats on an e-mail series I had been promoting in the safelists and viral mailers and list builders for close to six months. I figured that was a good time period for such a review.

I also wanted to review the stats to see where I was getting subscribers and where I wasn’t, which is another good reason to review your stats once in a while.

There’s no point in wasting time with programs that aren’t getting you any subscribers or signups, and I had acquired quite a few new (to me) safelists and mailers I used over the last almost-year, and was at the point where I was ready to whittle down the list.

It’s also kind of like Christmas, ‘cos you never know what you may find when you sit down to review such things. Some place you thought was working may be getting you zero results, and thus be a total waste of your time.

On the other hand, you may find that places you had no idea were doing so well may be getting you consistent subscribers and signups – those are the programs you certainly want to keep actively using, or maybe spend money to upgrade in or on credits so you can use them even more than you already are. That’s a lot of the beauty in tracking your advertising and promotions.

So I sat down to review my results with this particular e-mail series. Several safelists and mailers I use were doing basically fine with it and I was satisfied with the results. And then there were a handful I wound up crossing off my list and basically putting in the “not going to use for the time being” pile, because they weren’t getting me any results while others were.

And then there was what turned out to be the clear-cut winner, and WAY ahead of all of the others. And no real surprise to me here – it was one of Darren Olander’s programs.

Really all of Darren’s programs had consistently been performing respectably well for me over that six month period, especially Adchiever and List Jumper.

But the clear winner in this particular round of result by far was Build My Downlines.

And by clear winner, I mean this: Build My Downlines got me SIX times as many subscribers as my next best performer.

I actually wound up with a lifetime top upgrade at Build My Downlines several years ago when it had grown kind of old and didn’t seem to be being used very much, and was rather in need of a site makeover. I had some so-so results from there back then, but it wasn’t anything really that stood out or was outstanding.

Since they did the major remodeling job and relaunched Build My Downlines last fall, though – wow. 6x the results of the next best performing program I use? Yeah, that’s outstanding.

And not only can you use Build My Downlines to email your promotions to its membership, but it is also a tool where you can literally build your downlines in any program or build your list by creating offers for people to do so. Or you can use it the opposite way and get paid to join websites yourself!

If you’re interested in taking your promotions to safelists and viral mailers and viral list builders and such, and are not already a member of Build My Downlines, then I can easily highly recommend you join and use it. Six times the good results of the next best performer is absolutely nothing to sneeze at!


As far as I’m concerned, Darren Olander is like the king of viral list building and mailers, and I’ve always been a big fan of Darren’s stuff. I use most of his programs regularly and usually get a great response when I do, and he’s been paying me commissions month after month, without fail, for several years now since I took part in the launch of the fabulous Adchiever.

I’ve also really enjoyed using List Surfing both as a traffic exchange and mailing resource for years, and more recently have been making good use of his Viral Nugget, which was re-launched last year. If you’ve gone through the List Builder Training videos in ClickTrackProfit (which every CTP member should), then you already know Darren really knows his stuff when it comes to viral list builders and mailers.

So when I found out Darren was re-launching one of his older programs that’s been around since 2008 and has been one of my favorites for many years, BuildMyDownlines, I was super excited. Then I got even MORE excited when I saw what he’d done to it!

BuildMyDownlines has now not only been completely remodeled, but it now has an additional aspect to it that wasn’t present before. In a nutshell, you can now literally build your downlines in ANY program with BuildMyDownlines!

And I’m not talking just about building them through the downline builder that’s on the site, oh no.

What BuildMyDownlines has now is a unique “offers” area where members can earn cash or credits simply by joining programs, and advertisers can advertise any site they want to by offering as much or little as they want in order to get signups.

I was already excited about the remodeling job on the site anyway, but as you can see, this new feature is really special!

Check out this very short video that pretty much explains it all:

The mailer aspect of BuildMyDownlines is still intact as well, which makes me happy because BuildMyDownlines has always generally been very responsive for me. I took a lifetime upgrade offer there many years ago and (with the exception of my long vacation away, of course) have used it ever since, and always been very pleased with it each time I mailed out.

So I have no doubt that this revamped version of BuildMyDownlines will probably be even better, and definitely with the new feature of the offers area to boot! I expect the new feature is really going to be rocking and active for a long time to come.

In any case, the new version of BuildMyDownlines has just opened this morning. Click HERE to check it out… and go build your own downlines with BuildMyDownlines!

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