Lynn M Dot Net

Any idiot can do what I do to make $ online. It's not rocket surgery, it's cake. Also, I like pie.

As of the last time I looked this (Friday) morning, there were only about 16 badges left for the “CTP is 3” birthday badge hunt at ClickTrackProfit, which starts on Monday (well, midnight EST Sunday night, technically).

If you were thinking about grabbing a badge and being a badge holder during the hunt but hadn’t yet – or been on the fence – now is the time to get yours before they’re sold out.

Being a badge holder during one of these legendary badge hunts can be huge for you, whether you’re a program owner or not. If you own a traffic exchange or any other program, you’ll be able to bring hordes of new members in a flash. If you’re building a list or have a blog or anything of the sort, it’s the fastest way I know of to bring in new subscribers and get new eyes on your stuff.

In any case, don’t delay, because they’re liable to sell out quick today, and before the day is over!

On another note, I just wanted to add a word of huge appreciation to traffic exchange owners and other program owners who are always prompt and diligent about notifying their members when there’s been a change and a new program has been added to their program’s downline builder.

I have had three or four such notifications come across my desk this week, and as an affiliate, I am always so very much appreciative of the heads up. Thank you, thoughtful program owners who make a habit of this!

A lot of folks like to make the claim that downline builders don’t work, but that’s just not entirely true. Sure, it’s never a guarantee that everyone in your downline’s going to join something else in a particular program’s downline builder, but I’ve seen plenty of it happen in mine over the years.

Not only that, but I myself am a prime example of how downline builders DO work. Most of my earliest signups to many traffic exchanges, safelists and mailers, and some other programs were through one of the “funnel program” downline builders, and under that one person I joined that program under.

That person used to be a major player in not only the traffic exchange industry (and a TE owner), but the larger Internet marketing industry as well. This was way back when I was a super new newbie.

He doesn’t seem to really be around anymore (or at least not much), but he’s certainly been paid a fair amount of affiliate commissions and received an awful lot of credits over the years because of me, and thanks to the fact that he’d filled out all of his referral IDs in one particularly large downline builder. It works!

So being able to keep your various downline builders updated is important, even it’s a chore sometimes. It wouldn’t be much of a chore if ALL program owners made a point of notifying members when they’ve made a change or added something new to a downline builder. There’s little more frustrating to me than logging into a program for the first time in a while to discover several programs I’m a member of have been added, that I didn’t know about.

But in the end, it makes me all that more appreciative of the owners who do make a point of it and make the effort to notify their members of such changes, and there’s quite a few of them around who do it regularly. So thank you, those of you that do!

In any case, have a great weekend, everyone – and Happy Badge Hunting at CTP next week!

(By the way, since I started writing this post another badge has been purchased, so now there’s only 15 badges left – get yours NOW!)

P.S. Here’s a new program fairly recently launched from some owners who make a regular habit of notifying their members of downline builder changes at their various programs. Eric Abbott & Randy Howard, I certainly do appreciate that you guys do that!

Eric & Randy launched E Brand Profile during the first part of January, and I’m really excited about it ‘cos already it’s solved some issues and problems I had been worrying and fretting over lately. (Hint: You are going to start seeing my E Brand Profile pages circulating VERY soon, LOL.)

It is super easy to work with and use, and another great branding tool. All members get one free E Brand Profile, but if you upgrade to the Basic membership, you get five profiles (and five rotators with statistics).

If you upgrade to Premium (which I have and love), you can make UNLIMITED profiles, have unlimited rotators with statistics, AND they give you web hosting too. Neat, huh?!

If you’ve been wanting to do video splash pages and squeeze pages, or wanting to fix up some cool pages to rotate for your Spreecast, E Brand Profile is a super option. Check it out sometime!

It seems my rejuvenated increase in activity several places has resulted in an increase in connection requests and friend requests in some places, which has definite pros and cons.

The good part of it is making more connections with more people, always a good thing in this more social version of the industry today.

The downside is that in the last 24-48 hours, probably 98% of those connection requests have been followed by spammy pitches for whatever product or program that person is pitching.

Ugh. I read something like that and then I feel like I need to go to take a shower and wash the scum off.

If I accept your connection request somewhere, that’s just NOT a blanket invitation to pitch me with your program or product. No, no, and no.

Now, if you’re reading this and have recently connected with me somewhere or another, you’re almost certainly NOT who I’m talking about. The people that do such things are generally not the kind of folks who take the time to read someone’s blog and get to know more about them. It’s all about the pitch instead.

Unfortunately the people who need to read a post like this the most probably won’t, because they’ll be too busy spamming their link in forums and chat rooms, and sending connection requests to everyone on someone else’s connections or friends list and pitching those people with their link if they accept their request. Usually those folks will only visit a blog in an attempt to spam their links in the blogger’s comments.

Now, the phenomena I speak of is not the same thing as, say, contacting a new referral in your downline to introduce yourself and offer assistance if needed, and providing them with a copy of an e-book or something that you feel is valuable and might be helpful to them.

That’s a tried and true technique and one that the world’s most famous surfer, Tony Tezak, used for years on his path to success and talks about in depth in Traffic Exchange Solutions.

Providing useful information with a gift of a really good free e-book like TES or The Pizza Plan to someone in your downline who is possibly new to stuff, that’s different, plus they’re in your downline already. They’re not just random person who sent you, or to whom you sent, a connection or friend request.

No, what I’m talking about is outright spam to everyone you send a request to who accepts on Twitter or other such places, where someone accepts your connection request and you immediately send them your sales pitch and links.

I’ve found there are a couple of “social marketing” arenas and one very large traffic exchange that are rife with folks that mostly seem to be there or spend time sending connection requests for that very purpose, which is probably why I don’t spend very much time there and choose to spend my time getting to know people in places like ClickTrackProfit instead.

Sure, I want to connect with you. But that doesn’t mean I want to click your link and find out how I can make $250,000 in the next ten days, or how I can make a residual income for life, or buy your healthy coffee and become an affiliate, or etc., etc.

If you act like a real person, and maybe I get to know you and a little about what you’re about and what it is you do, maybe I might be interested in finding out more about what you do to make money and may even be interested myself, who knows.

But if all you do is pitch me from the get-go?

Nope, nope, and double nope. You lost me already, man.

So yeah, almost three years away for me, and I come back to find that still the same old marketing mistakes are being made, and this is but one of the biggest.

In the TE/etc. community, we all say the same things over and over and over again – not because we want to, but because they work – and this “Connect-and-Pitch” mistake, that’s one of the biggest “DON’Ts” of all the “dos and don’ts” that get repeated again and again.

I ran into and caught up with Stefan Berg the other morning while surfing, and he and I were talking about the same kind of stuff – seeing the same old mistakes being made again and again, and too few people taking the time or any interest in learning how to do better.

I listened last night in a CTP training video to Jon talking about how “the status quo doesn’t work anymore”, and this situation is a good example of that. Some things that worked for marketers before just don’t and won’t work in today’s world so much. Connecting with someone only to pitch them immediately just doesn’t work.

And will likely only result in you being ignored, or deleted from the person you pitched’s list altogether (or them unsubscribing from your list). I’m still debating on whether to just go ahead and delete some of those folks who sent me connection requests and immediately followed up with some spammy pitch about their product or program.

But I guess I’m an optimist, of sorts. Even if just one of those people eventually makes their way to my Twitter profile or (better yet) my blog, and reads something like this here post and discovers that hey, maybe there’s a better way to do this stuff than what I’ve been doing – well, that’s worth the headache of my having had to read their spammy pitch, I reckon.

With any luck, maybe they’ll even go a step further and check out CTP and actually make the effort to learn how to do it better.

Most probably won’t, but if just one does – hey, that’s maybe one less pitchy email or social media message I’d have to read in the future, hopefully.

And I won’t likely delete them from, or ignore them, on my connections/friends list. Awesome!

I’ll make this one short and sweet, because (as some are already aware) I am in the midst of preparing to get away for a VERY much-needed long weekend with my Prince Charming, whom I haven’t gotten to see in person in a very long time… maybe.

(Actually, as I write this, plans are appearing to be a little more up in the air and less solid than they were a few days ago, though I think it’s still on. That said, if I should show up at Affiliate Funnel conference on Saturday… I’m just saying it probably would not be a good idea to ask me what happened to my weekend plans. Heh.)

Anyway – today is Thursday, so that means tonight Mike Paetzold and Jerry Reeder are up to their usual expert marketer tricks and tips, teaching people how to build a solid foundation for their online business at the weekly (and free, did I mention free?!?!) Get Referrals Fast training conference at 8pm EST tonight.

This week is Part Two of the four-part series that they do over and over again, so this week’s topic, I believe, should be about getting results.

So you really probably don’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re NOT getting results with what you’re currently doing.

As always, these weekly conferences are free and open to the public, you don’t have to be a member of Get Referrals Fast (though I certainly recommend the program highly), you don’t have to talk or type and can just listen, you can ask any and all questions about online marketing and such you want, and anyone can come.

Just show up here at 8pm EST tonight (Thursday):

==> Get Referrals Fast Conference Room (sorry, no longer available)

And Mike and Jerry will do the rest and teach you everything and more about getting results than you’d ever hope to find out on your own. Valuable, useful information… and it’s all free.

As for me and here on the blog, I have some posts lined up for a couple of days so just because I’m posting doesn’t mean I didn’t leave for my getaway as intended (and my four large dogs will be guarding the house of course, not that I have anything anyone wants to steal anyway, lol). I will in any case be hitting Traffic Exchange Live today as usual (hopefully!) and be back on Monday in time for TE Live, or close anyway.

TAKE OFF, EH… WITH TOP FLIGHT: I gave some well-deserved props last week and in yesterday’s post – and I’m gonna do it again – to my friend and fellow TE Live regular Randy Ritter’s crib, Top Flight Traffic, after noticing while making my weekly rounds checking on my traffic exchange credits that traffic was moving at a righteous speed over there.

And as was also mentioned, Jon Olson has called Top Flight Traffic one of the most well-managed traffic exchanges out there and he ain’t lying. If you need something or have questions, Randy won’t just contact you in e-mail or whatever – the man’s liable to just pick up the phone and CALL you! He’s pleasantly surprised LOTS of his members that way. Randy’s just a darn all-around good guy.

So seriously, and again, if you’re not a member of this awesome traffic exchange, I encourage you to join Top Flight Traffic today ‘cos it just rocks, and especially is rockin’ the traffic right now here lately!

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