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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.

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! :-)

What to say about Traffic Exchange Live the last few days? I don’t know, it’s been kind of an oddball week or so, lots of mostly just chit-chat, Jon feeling blah a couple of days so he wasn’t really on, and we’ve done some different things like watch someone besides Jon cook for a change. Just sort of a mish-mosh of stuff this week… but I have pictures!

Oh, and pssst… something BIG is coming on Monday that all TE Live regulars have been preparing for… so be watching your e-mail box (and this blog) on Monday. Just saying!

Anyhoo, let’s see what’s been up at TE Live this week and last Friday…

The Week (so far) That Was on Traffic Exchange Live:

  • Jon Olson’s been on board most days, even though he had a blah couple of days this week and wasn’t on cam much. John Guanzon’s been on quite a bit. Tim Linden has sort of been around, although he said on Monday he was on sort of an anti-work kick this week.
  • We took a look Friday at StartXchange’s new design, which all of us at TE Live had already seen a preview of.
  • Tim said Jon had been making fun of the new design all day.
  • Most of the TE Live’rs seemed to like it and many commented on how clean it was.
  • Jon came on cam Friday dancing to The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”.
  • Much commenting on Jon’s new major haircut – Jon said he’s being a virtual Marine with his bigtime shaved head, which was kind of an accident.
  • Speaking of which, we then listened to several sound bites (courtesy of Jon) from the film Full Metal Jacket.
  • I had been trying for several days – but kept missing Randy in the rooms – and finally got a chance to congratulate Randy Ritter publicly and comment publicly on how fabulously I’d noticed traffic was moving at Top Flight Traffic when I did my weekly rounds of checking credits.
  • Randy mentioned and thanked Jon for a comment of kudos he’d left about Top Flight Traffic being one of the most well-managed TEs around. Everyone in the room agreed that TFT is doing swell these days & is a terrific traffic exchange.
  • And hey, here’s today’s dose of Jerry Iannucci for your viewing pleasure:

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  • For some reason that pic reminds me of the whole Sad Keanu thing. Sad Jerry, mayhaps?
  • We’ve spent quite a bit of time in TE Live the last several days discussing the thing that I can’t tell you about that’s coming out on Monday, but it’s being released by Jon Olson & John Guanzon and you can find out right here on the blog on Monday, November 22nd.
  • We discussed probably having Monday’s (and maybe Tuesday’s) TE Live in the UStream room instead due to this thing on Monday (Tim’s idea, which Jon said was a good one).
  • We also discussed the crazy lady at I Love Hits… probably the less said about her, the better, but she’s obviously a special kind of crazy.
  • Jared Silver will surf for food:

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  • Jon made a new post at Hit Exchange News on Monday and was thrilled to see a comment on the post from old-school marketer Nick Martin.
  • Then Jon was talking about how when he was starting out that he was “timid” (I can’t EVEN imagine) and just listened to guys like Nick Martin and James Grandstaff and never said a word (I still can’t even imagine) back in his days starting out in online marketing and in MPAM.
  • Pretty long discussion about AlertPay vs. PayPal vs. StormPay and how AlertPay is really rocking, PayPal sucks but what can you do (hopefully AlertPay will continue to grow stronger and “take over”?) and StormPay just sucked.
  • Jon’s been having some work done on his basement and, on Monday, took us via his iPhone on a tour.
  • Dakota approves of the new carpet in the basement:

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  • On Tuesday, Jon was feeling a little blah and mostly laid back and stayed off cam. John had a friend over who John’s been helping film for a cooking show, so we watched John’s friend Josh Mafnas cook Potatoes O’Brien in the wok (he also had barbecued chicken cooking on the grill):

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  • Josh has started his cooking site and YouTube channel to bring Chamorro cooking and dinanche to the Web. He and his wife are headed back to Guam soon and John Guanzon and his wife have been arranging marketing and shipping plans to get the peppers Josh uses specially in his cooking to Guam, and there’s this whole big marketing plan going on there which we all talked about for a while. Josh has a special super secret (and apparently VERY hot!) sauce he makes with these peppers that he’ll be selling online.
  • Not too much was going on Wednesday, but Jon drank Old Tyme ginger beer (which led to a long discussion of ginger beer vs. ginger ale, Vernor’s, etc.).
  • Jon also had his Zola acai downstairs, and James Holmes drinks Kombucha and talked about that.
  • And in the ongoing tradition of TE Live pets, we got to meet James Holmes‘ buddy Baxter:

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  • GIVEAWAYS: None this week.
  • I CALL YOU OUT ABOVE, YOU GET LINKAGE: Sweeva (Jon Olson), ThumbVu (John Guanzon), TE Toolbox (Tim Linden), Top Flight Traffic (Randy Ritter), Safelist Marketing Tactics (Jerry Iannucci), Jared Silver, (Josh Mafnas), SWAT Traffic (James Holmes)
  • ALSO SEEN ON THE SCENE: Brenda Broyles, Carl Bailey, Charles Smith, Darrell Whiston, Dorena Begonia, Ellyn Weber-Bynum, Emma Jones, Justin Ledvina, Paul Brown, Stephen Whittle, Tom Canzoneri, Faith Brooks, Anthony Shenberger, Lynne Sherman, Beth Allen, Diane Merriam, Ken Locatelli, Gary Calvert, Lisa Woods, Shawn Mackey, Neil Grippa
  • QUOTE OF THE WEEK (so far): “Tim has good ideas.” – Jon Olson

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

I’m a little later than I should have been today getting this posted, but just wanted to send out a quick reminder that both Tezak Traffic Power’s bi-weekly conference and SWAT Conference are tonight… and it’s special tonight as both TTP owner Tony Tezak and SWAT owner James Holmes are offering 100 credits per friend you bring to each if you bring a friend – and the friend gets credits too!

Tezak Traffic Power Conference is at 6:30 pm EST here:

==> TTP Conference Room

and SWAT Conference is at 8pm EST here:

==> SWAT Conference room

If you’ve never been before, I invite you to join me at either or both and say you came as my friend – heck, I can use the credits and I’m sure you can too, right? Hope to see you there! :)

So there was no Traffic Exchange Live on Monday or Tuesday – Jon was busy trying to get himself moved 100% into the house in Edmonton, Tim was mysteriously absent, and the rest of us kind of just hung out in there for a little while both days (especially Tuesday) and chit-chatted and then dispersed.

TE Live was back on Wednesday, though, with a somewhat (understandably) tired-looking Jon, and Tim with his assistant for the day. Let’s take a quick look, shall we…?

Worn Out Wednesday on Traffic Exchange Live:

  • Jon Olson was broadcasting live from his new home office in Edmonton, after having almost but not quite completely moved from Saskatoon in recent days.
  • Tim Linden had a new employee helping in his office on Wednesday:

  • Jon waved at the Littlest Mini-Tim and said hi. Littlest Mini-Tim watched him for a minute with a look on her face that said, “Oh, there’s that crazy man waving and talking to me again”, then became disinterested and went back to concentrating on the work she was doing at Daddy’s desk.
  • (Remember in 20 years or so that I called it – that one’s going to grow up to be a programmer and/or computer geekette. I really don’t think the other one is the least bit interested, but Littlest Mini-Tim AKA future StartXchange owner is hanging out at the desk and observing things every chance she gets.)
  • While Tim & Co. worked at his desk, we spent a good bit of Wednesday’s show exploring Jon’s new office, which he already has kinda set up like his old home office in Edmonton but with a better (and second story instead of basement) window and not as much stuff on the walls (yet).
  • As has become somewhat of another TE Live tradition, Jon shined light on subjects again:

  • Jon’s beloved marker is already safe and comfy in its new home, as are his two bamboo plants.
  • Jon’s chair, however, is falling apart. (Jon’s chair still looks better than mine, though – which IS broken. And old and truly terrible.)
  • Jon’s bookshelves are behind him, and he’s planning to fill them up with all his bunches of books. Then he will look all intelligent and professional in a sorta Masterpiece Theater or Discovery Channel kinda way.
  • We talked about Jerry Iannucci’s live on cam debut at Affiliate Funnel on Saturday, where he spoke about safelist marketing, and what a really good talk it was. And how we think he should get on cam every day and co-host at TE Live. (And I requested hearing him speak in an Italian accent at least once a day ‘cos that was funny.)
  • Jon asked us if Tim came to TE Live the past two days. We of course immediately ratted Tim out and said no.
  • Jon’s dog, Dakota, is having a little difficulty adjusting to the new house in that there is no yard yet (i.e., no grass, just dirt) and she is refusing to poop – now for a couple of days. Jon’s buddy took her for a walk while we were at TE Live and she still didn’t poop. We discussed poop for probably longer than most sane people would.
  • Designer Winter Perkins worked her magic yesterday and created and donated an awesome splash page for the new Traffic Exchanges Care charity, which supports making clean drinking water accessible for everyone in the world. I especially love the water effect in the logo and on the ribbon, check it out:

  • Jon is hosting the new Traffic Exchanges Care splash page on his site to help save the charity site bandwidth/etc. If you’d like to rotate the page or put it up on your website and help people all over the world have access to clean drinking water and show that traffic exchange owners and surfers do care, just grab the page here. The site link on the page goes directly to the charity’s official site.
  • We had a long discussion later in the day about PayPal disputes, on the heels of this time not just a member but another traffic exchange owner having filed a dispute after not being satisfied that Jon had not gotten back to him in the LESS than 48 hours since he’d tried to contact him – all the while Jon was in the middle of moving across Canada. While it’s usually members that do this, this is just about inexcusable for a TE owner to have done this to another TE owner.
  • And it’s horrible for the continuing problem that a lot of people just go ahead and file disputes without even TRYING to contact the program owner by e-mail or support ticket first, much less waiting a reasonable amount of time for owners to get back with them (like at least a week!!! instead of less than 48 or 72 hours and on a weekend at that).
  • (There’s no doubt an upcoming separate post here on my blog about this, but I’ll go ahead and say it here as it bears repeating again in the near future – if this behavior continues with the immediate filing of PayPal disputes, and especially without trying to contact the owner first, this is likely going to ruin PayPal usage for everyone – traffic exchange owners AND members. PayPal has already made it clear that they are dissatisfied with the continuing problem with this. When nobody can pay for their upgrades or credits or get paid commissions via PayPal anymore, you’ll have situations and people like the owner who filed this particular dispute to thank for it.)
  • Anyway, after all that, we kind of dispersed and went our merry ways for the day, and thus ended yet another fun-filled broadcast of Traffic Exchange Live.
  • GIVEAWAYS: No giveaways on Wednesday.
  • I CALL YOU OUT ABOVE, YOU GET LINKAGE: Safelist Marketing Tactics (Jerry Iannucci), Winter Perkins
  • ALSO ON THE SCENE: James Holmes, Brenda Broyles, Diane Merriam, Paul Brown, Marcy McManaway, Neil Grippa, Blain Jones, Stephen Whittle, Eric Goettman, Jay Hines, Carl Bailey, Jon Atwood
  • QUOTE OF THE DAY: None – I slacked and didn’t make note of one.

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