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.

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 Internet™:

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

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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.

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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, two things I learned from my fun interview with James Holmes for the Discover Traffic Exchanges project yesterday…

  • I say “…and stuff” way, way, WAY too much.
  • Wow, I haven’t lost my accent nearly as much as I thought I had living in the city all these years, huh?

Heh. Even though so many people said such wonderfully kind and generous things after it was over – both in the chat room and in messages I got throughout the rest of the day and evening – I really was hesitant to go back and listen to it because I felt like I came off as a goofy giggling dorkette and maybe less of a “traffic exchange evangelist” (as James Holmes likes to call me) than a “traffic exchange cheerleader” (not that that’s a bad thing either, I suppose).

Plus really, doesn’t almost everyone hate to hear themselves on tape? I know it’s always made me cringe, ugh.

But I finally did go back and listen to it anyway and was overall satisfied with it, other than thinking, “Whoa, what is up with my accent?!?!?! I thought I mostly lost that?!?!?!?!”

See, I’ve been living in the city so long now (over 20 years) that people back home in smalltown Northwest Tennessee don’t think I sound like them anymore. Actually, most of them never thought I did (some of you who have listened to me in TE Live and Affiliate Funnel and elsewhere will laugh when I tell you that I was once accused of being “a Yankee” when I was in high school).

But yep, I reckon that I still sound kinda like I’m from Tennessee after all. And that’s okay. It was just somewhat of a surprise, heh.

In any case, it was great fun to do, and heck, I probably could have gone on for another hour (!!)… and in looking at all those nice notes I had made before the interview and got lost trying to follow while it was going on, I see I did indeed leave out a few large chunks of stuff I really did intend to address during the interview yesterday, though nothing all that important I guess, and probably some of those little things I’ll just save for future upcoming blog posts. I probably also forgot to give thanks and props to a few people I meant to, though I think I managed to get most of those in too. All in all, I think I probably did manage to touch on most of the more important things I wanted to.

A few things come to mind, though…

I meant to say some things about how I have considered TE Live – and all the other available conferences and networking gatherings – kind of like my job to be there every day (or at least try), because I just wouldn’t really have much of a business foundation going at all were it not for all of that. It wouldn’t be for everyone, but it sure has been a huge benefit for me. It’s hanging out and socializing for an hour or two a day mostly, yeah… but it’s valuable, valuable socializing in the long run.

That said, if TE Live disappears tomorrow, I’d still have plenty to do and just keep doing my thing. Over time even the blog here has evolved past “just being TE Live updates” into a much more broad spectrum of traffic exchange and general marketing stuff, and I’ve worked hard to build my name and my business and my “brand” over the past year, and it’s paid off in lots of good and positive ways. TE Live is still a very important part of the mix, but Lynn M Dot Net has become more of a big melting pot of TE industry and related stuff now PLUS TE Live stuff… and that’s cool.

And I can sure tell you some horror stories about what happens when I don’t attend TE Live and the usual conferences like I should, and when I don’t keep my pages rotating in the TEs like they should be, etc. I’ve had a couple of really difficult months this year with a lot of not-good stuff going on offline, when I sort of took a bit of a break from a lot of things, and man, oh man – were those bad months all the way around, financially and otherwise. When you are not consistent (or at least mostly) and just don’t keep at it and do what you should every day? Yep, bad things happen.

I also talked a bit about why my blog tends to be my primary focus, but I think I left out an important point about that in the telling. My blog points to virtually everything I do and feeds everything I do and own, including my traffic exchange. What’s beneficial about that, I think, is my blog tends to get a lot of traffic and attention not just from TE people, but from the marketing world outside of the traffic exchanges too (and more and more as time goes on).

Which is, as I’ve said a couple of times this week, always a good thing. Traffic exchange owners and active users are constantly trying to bring in “new eyes” into TE land, ’cause when it comes down to it, really we’re kind of a small piece of the big pie of online marketing. The more outside and new people we bring in, the better, and my stats tell me I’m reaching people not only in TE Land but outside of the traffic exchanges, so I’m certainly going to keep doing so.

(Personally, my plot to take over the world includes turning every Internet user into a surfer, bwahahaha…. shhhh, don’t tell anybody!!!)

Anyway, yeah, I think I covered or at least touched on most things I wanted to yesterday, though I probably could have talked for another hour or two (and Paul Kinder did! – the recording of his interview yesterday went to about 120 minutes or so). It was great, great fun, I appreciate all the many folks who showed up in the chat room (that was such a nice and pleasant surprise and a very humbling and grateful experience, thank you ALL) – and thanks to James for having me on the show. It was awesome!

My pal, TE Live regular, fellow music & movie enthusiast and all-around super cool guy Jerry Iannucci wrote an awesome post at his crib last night about the Discover Traffic Exchanges interviews that includes links to each individual interview  – I encourage you to go check it out:

==> Interviewing the Traffic Exchange Leaders

In other news…

There was no Traffic Exchange Live today, and I’m sorry I didn’t get a post up this morning about that (though I did manage to slap something up on Twitter), but admittedly I’ve been a little distracted today by the fully remodeled and spiffy brand new v5.0 version of Net Marketing Forum today.

If you haven’t been there in a while (or in the last 48 hours), I’m warning you now – it’s COMPLETELY different! All accounts were moved over and are the same, though – you won’t have to re-register if you were a member already.

After changing it over to the fabulous vBulletin software (which I have years of experience with and know what cool things it can do, so I’m super excited about it), Tim has been tweaking it and putting the finishing touches on it all day and we’ve all just been having mad fun with it. It’s going to be as addictive as Facebook, I guarantee it… but even better because it’s jam-packed with all your favorite traffic exchange and marketing people, lol.

And Tim Linden and John Guanzon and Jared Silver and I are already fighting over all the awards, which are just one of dozens of cool “extra” features that have been added.

It has a “Groups” function too… and overall this will kinda work out better, I think, than what we had hoped to do with the old TE Live Ning group last year (which went all but dead, basically).

There are “Premium User” and “Premium Owner” memberships available now which get you extra access to areas of the site (and Premium Owners can form new groups).

Anyway, it’s super cool and going to be a lot of fun – NMF is starting over from scratch content-wise, so it’s a whole new era over there – check the new Net Marketing Forum out when you can.

I might or might not post this weekend – I’ve been running kind of at full speed all week and holding it all together up to the interview and I’m kind of in need of a break for a couple of days – so I might disappear off the radar ’til Monday, but who knows. In any case, have a great weekend!

CONTRIBUTORS STILL NEEDED! – BUILD YOUR LIST FAST: I have been poking some of my fellow marketers that are still in the early-ish stages of their marketing efforts about getting into JV giveaways, and there is a HUGE one coming up, so I’m just going to keep poking people until they take action and DO something.

This is NOT just any other JV giveaway – this one is one of Traffic Witch owner Guido Nussbaum’s (with partner Stephanie Mulac) and it will be humongous and promoted like mad when it opens to the public October 28th.

If you don’t have your own product to promote, grab some of that PLR you have collecting dust on your hard drive, anything with giveaway rights – anything you can give away –  and just jump in.

I more than tripled the number of subscribers to one of my lists during Guido’s last giveaway pretty much without lifting a finger, other than the process of adding my gift to the giveaway.

I’m gonna keep on nagging about this until I start seeing some names I recognize from TE Live, AF, etc. on the contributors list because this is something that’s just so easy to do, it’s really kind of ridiculous that so few people in the community are not taking advantage of it when it’s SO super easy.

You can do it for free, so seriously, what have you got to lose? Sign up as a contributor to the Halloween JV Giveaway here:



Whoops! It turned out I was wrong, wrong, wrong yesterday about the upgraded members’ training conference for Get Referrals Fast, so my apologies to any upgraded members that showed up in the GRF room last night. The next advanced training conference will be in two weeks for the month of October. I’ll post about that more thoroughly when the time nears.

However, the open mic night and Downline Builders Town Hall Meeting that’s open to the public as well as all members of Get Referrals Fast, free and upgraded, that I wrote about yesterday IS tonight at 8pm EST and this should be really fun, so I encourage anyone who can to attend.

If you’re interested in building your downlines (in anything!) and want to:

  • Start profitable relationships
  • Discover what is working now
  • Expand of your sphere of influence
  • Find out what people want to buy and join
  • And enjoy whatever other things the discussion leads us to

… then you’ll want to be there tonight. Check out the Get Referrals Fast training blog for more information on tonight’s open mic night and Town Hall meeting.

SWAT CONFERENCES STARTING UP AGAIN: Last night at the bi-monthly Tezak Traffic Power conference (which was great with lots of people attending and tons of good convo!), a lot of discussion about the various weekly conferences that are available came up, and someone asked if SWAT Conference was ever going to start up again.

Well, new SWAT Traffic owner James Holmes was in the room at the time and after a fair amount of discussion and tossing ideas around, James announced the new SWAT room will be open for weekly conferences starting next Wednesday, October 13th.

So this will be cool and full of tons of good info and TE talk, especially when those Wednesdays fall where you can attend TTP conference, SWAT, and (if an upgraded member) the advanced training conferences for Get Referrals Fast all in the same night! Awesome!

AFFILIATE FUNNEL NEWS: I sort of was in my AWOL period and taking a break from blogging when all the big news hit about the Timtech LLC/KRM swap, where Tim Linden and Jon Olson became the sole owners of TE Toolbox and the KRM team of Paul Kinder, Tim Rash and associates took over sole ownership and administration of Affiliate Funnel.

I already posted a little bit about the new changes with TE Toolbox (and have some more upcoming ‘cos I keep finding new stuff added and changed that I’m having way too much fun with) but hadn’t really had a chance to post about the Affiliate Funnel end of it all yet.

If you’re an AF member and haven’t logged in in a while, do log in soon because there’s a member survey available you should add your input to. They are planning a lot of new changes and additions to AF in the near future, and this survey will help steer things towards what the membership would like to see, so it’s important! (And if you’re not an Affiliate Funnel member, well, you should be if you’re marketing your stuff in traffic exchanges and safelists!)

TRAFFIC EXCHANGE LIVE & DISCOVER TRAFFIC EXCHANGES: If by chance you’ve been looking for the Traffic Exchange Live crew this week, we haven’t been in our usual stomping grounds because the Discover Traffic Exchanges podcast marathon with host James Holmes is going on all week and we’ve all been hanging out in the chat room there during the broadcasts.

I expect we’ll all return to the TE Live room next week (well, except for maybe the day my interview is rescheduled & the TE owner mystery guest interview is scheduled) but we’re having loads of fun this week chatting while listening to the podcasts, which have all been excellent and full of useful and good info, and I keep learning things I never knew before!

I especially enjoyed TE Live regular Randy Ritter’s interview yesterday – good job, Mr. Ritter! We also think Randy could easily have a second income narrating audiobooks if he wanted to, he’s got such a smooth, soothing-sounding voice and just kinda has that audiobook thing going on (or hey, that said, he could probably make a pretty good extra career out of marketing voice-overs for sites and pages, hmmmmm?).

Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of this week, a schedule which includes a couple more famous TE Live faces (all times EST):

And again, my interview that didn’t happen the other day will be scheduled for one day next week, as will a twelfth interview with a “mystery guest” (who is probably not that much of a mystery, hehe) on the same day… so I’ll post when I know what day and time those will be.

As always, if you can’t listen in to the live broadcasts, have no fear – 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

I’ll kind of be looking forward to getting back to “normal” TE Live next week but this has been great fun this week. Still, Jon was gone all week until last night to Saskatoon, but is back now (welcome home, Jon!) so we wouldn’t have likely had “real” TE Live for several days this week anyway.

And I’ve still got a post on tap to update some of the goings-on of the last few weeks (probably will post either tomorrow or sometime this weekend), so I’ll leave you for now with another little preview…


PSSST…DOUBLE YOUR CREDITS, TEXT ADS & LIST ADS BUYS AT TTP: Pssst… so don’t tell Tony Tezak ‘cos I think maybe he forgot (hehe), but yesterday with the bi-monthly Tezak Traffic Power conference going on, he doubled the amount of credits, text ads and list ads you can get at TTP when you buy one of those packages… and guess what, they’re still doubled today!

So go buy some and get double your ads right now – and hurry up before Tony remembers to change it back!

Zip on over to Tezak Traffic Power right this minute!


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