Affiliate Funnel has taught me more than any other site on the internet about being successful with Traffic Exchanges and Safe Lists and I attend their Saturday noon webinars whenever I get a chance. Something happened today that literally blew my mind and made me realize that maybe I really have learned something from my years as a professional in the Information Technology business that can bring a different perspective.
Spreecast was having some problems today and I made the suggestion that the host should reboot her PC. I have no idea what her set up is and believed her when she said she couldn’t and I can understand feeling uncomfortable doing this during a webinar. But others also said their devices restarted slowly and I want to tell you I would not accept that and neither should you.
If you are sitting, standing, leaning or holding a screen in front of you that is NOT controlling a server then you should be able to reboot your “device” in 3 minutes or less. With most of the time much faster.
While running a server is an entirely different issue the devices that connect to it should be easily re-startable.
I know I sound like a handbook but that is how you should be viewing your laptops and tablets. I have not used a PC in a long time but I do remember not turning mine off for awhile and just pulling the plug. No better way to make sure everything is working. Remember when all your devices were “wired” to the PC? And who can forget the sound of a modem?
So to be clear if you are running a server do NOT reboot your device. If you are running a server you know what to do and if you don’t then I hope I am not using your server.
While there are differences between shutting off your laptop and just restarting your laptop I also think leaving your laptop on is just not a good idea. All 3 of my laptops restart fast. The one I am using to type this has a one terabyte hard drive. I don’t run a lot of programs at one time and I run Trend Micro to protect me from the hackers. If I am in cpanel updating a table I might get hung up. I just restart my computer and that frees everything up and off I go. When working from home for my job I run a VPN and an emulator for the mainframe and while I can go all day I shutdown when I am done. If I get hung up while working I reboot and continue.
This all my opinion of course and you are welcome to comment with your opinion.
When I gave over administration duties to my manual traffic exchange Penguin Traffic I did so thinking that the site would probably be ran better by someone else. That still may be true but I am trying harder than I ever thought I would to make it a success. At the very least I would like to keep it from being a failure.
It is amazing to me that I am having so many issues that I would never have thought of until I took over Penguin Traffic and tried to just keep up on the payments due the members. Thanks to a kind gentleman, who seems to have gone offline, I was able to turn on a flag that gave the members a Cash Earnings page. Now they would be able to see their payments right on the site and not in a manually sent email.
I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that this really is not for everyone. My own family thinks this is basically a waste of time and because of life events they were right. But things are starting to turn around and soon I will no longer be an employee. Because that is what it is about for me. I have a great job and I work with great people but it is not what I want to do anymore.
The other big lesson I have learned is to trust myself. When I was responsible for my children I never felt that I could ask them to go without because Daddy wanted to own a business and be a businessman and not an employee. I think it was the right decision. But now I see that I was right about a lot of things and I have learned what I need to know to make this work. At this point it is just a matter of turning in my two week notice.
Penguin Traffic is just the beginning and now that Albert has returned I can start focusing on my next traffic exchange. Thanks to Albert I know how to make these work and I do not see a better membership site to start with than a TE. As I learn more I may change that opinion but for now running the Penguin Traffic traffic exchange is enough and let the promotions begin.
I don’t need to put a link because it is on page one of all the search engines. OK maybe just Google but that will do.
It was about five years ago that I went to the library and took a book out on using Twitter for business. Obviously I did not learn much or if I did I did not put it to use. However I did eventually sign up. I think I have one of those Twitter buttons somewhere on this blog. If I do not have one I will be sure and add it.
I love people and want to help everyone learn at LEAST as much as I do about improving their life. I think Twitter might be a good way to let people know about how I am living on clicks and how they can too.
I am starting to find my rhythm without trying now that I have finally accepted that my niche “living on clicks” is worth pursuing and that I am among a very large crowd of people in this “niche”. I am happy to report that most of those I am following and who are following me are online entrepreneurs.
I am trying to become more of a social butterfly and Twitter seems to be a good place to start.
The title of this post “Living On Clicks” is something that popped into my head one day after I was trying to put a name on the “niche” I want to be in. When I really thought about it saying I want to do Traffic Exchanges, Safe Lists, Down Line Builders and Paid To Click sites while more descriptive is quite a mouthful. I really like the ring of “Living On Clicks” and feel it describes exactly what I am doing, at least in my online endeavors.
This has all started because of this young lady out of Cincinnati Ohio who was telling me I needed to “Niche it down” and then “Niche it down a little more”. Her name is Amy Schmittauer and her site is Savvy Sexy Social and she has created her brand using You Tube. You can click on either link above and you will be taken to her site. I believe you should always give credit where credit is due and that is why I wanted to give her the credit I believe she deserves.
So now as I pursue my online business I will be referring to my niche as “Living On Clicks”.
To further give credit I would say that Affiliate Funnel gives me the most bang for the buck or to put it another way gives me the most value for the dollars I spend. By going gold and spending a measly $4.95 a month you can learn what you need to get started today.
As I learn more about making money on the internet the clearer the picture is becoming. Recognizing the similarities between the different business models will help you immensely. At least I know that it has me and one of the things that is quite clear is the need for your own product or service. Having upgraded members at Adkreator and Traffic Wave is my product and those are just two examples of the hundreds of sites that will pay me if you sign up through my link and then upgrade. Some sites also share your downlines purchases.
Living on clicks is not only a real way to make money I believe it will become an accepted business model by even more than hosting companies and autoresponder services and I am pretty sure it already has.
It can be lonely on the internet if you are trying to earn enough money to replace your job. It can be even more lonely if you are using traffic exchanges. No one I know wants to even try this. I have mustered the courage to ask a few people if they would join me at just one traffic exchange that is located here in Ohio and only one person was interested and they stopped when they got a job. Lucky for me I am never lonely even when I am alone and since no one I know cares about creating an online business I keep it to myself. What no one I know realizes is that I have a whole world of friends who love traffic exchanges almost as much as me 🙂
Yes, I love traffic exchanges and I love running my own. I believe The traffic exchange is the perfect membership site because people expect to be sold to and it is in their interest to keep coming back and to promote it to build their own downline. It also does not hurt that they are some of the nicest people I have ever met.
I bought Penguin Traffic originally for my wife who loves penguins and this site http://www.buyawebsite.biz/ has pre made traffic exchanges and Penguin Traffic was one so I bought it. Then shortly after that I read a post from Robert Puddy slamming people for buying these pre made sites and not having a clue how to run them. That bothered me because I did not want to fail and I did not want to run a “bad” site. So I stopped promoting Penguin Traffic and began my long journey into learning how to run a great traffic exchange.
Then one day I got an email from one of my members, from when I was promoting, asking me if I was going to do anything with this site because obviously no one was surfing it. I replied that I was still learning how to run it and had stopped promoting it. One thing lead to another and when it was all over I had myself an administrator. This was 2012.
Albert Ivor Morin and I struck a bargain and basically I handed him the keys to my TE and let him go. He would be the admin and I would be the owner and we shared ad space. Since I think you should find good people and then let them go whether it is an employee or a partner. So Albert had no restrictions and he wanted to make a thousand millionaires and if the Penguin helped him do that then that would be good for the both of us. I did not pay that much attention as I was working on my SFI business and TETraining and trying to get signups that get us paid.
Since I don’t want to write Albert’s story, in case he may want to one day, I will just skip to May of 2015.
I had to take over Penguin Traffic and I am ready. Albert had a brilliant idea in wanting to pay people to surf and I think he hit on just the right amount – 3 cents for 50 pages.
The weekly webinars over at Affiliate Funnel are filled with some of the best “golden nuggets” you could ever ask for. Today’s topic was something that affects me and might be something you are affected by too and that is FOCUS.
This is the first time in quite a while that I have actually started making changes based on information I learned at a webinar. Thank You, Marci Jones.
So for now I encourage you to check it out and see if it doesn’t help you too. Just click on the link above and enjoy and I will get some chores done and come back later to tell you more. 🙂
I seriously doubt that I was learning anything unique about what it took to make money online when I first started. Just like you I was learning that the money was in the follow up and that you need to build a leads list. That lesson was reinforced for me when I remembered watching the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” where the “leads list” is so valuable it is stolen. So I wanted to build both paid and free lists and see which ones worked better.
For the paid list I set up an advertising campaign using PPC and a few other paid methods like solo ads and article marketing where I hired a writer to create articles specific to my campaign. Eventually my list grew to over 600 people but cost over a thousand dollars and unfortunately my follow up campaign was a dud because I only got 2 sales. Along the way I lost my writer and was surprised to find that I didn’t care if I hired another one because she was pure gold and
Actually before I did the paid list approach I had already discovered Traffic Exchanges and I went in big and joined about 60 plus. The program was called TETactics and I saw it as the way to build my free list. What I discovered is the same thing that works for building paid lists works for TE’s BUT and this is important, you have to give everything away and making money is totally different than when you build a paid list.
After looking at the different methods used for making money using TE’s I decided that owning a TE was the best way to go and so I purchased Penguin Traffic. My reasoning was that it appeared you could make money by adding all your banner ads and promotions to your homepage and then all you needed to do was promote your TE and “BAM” you could make money from your site and from your ads. I truly believe this works but it takes sooo long to start making profit that it is not something you can recommend to others who need the money sooner. Unfortunately that included me, a self professed “shiny object” seeker who buys everything jumps from program to program and makes little to no money 🙂
It took me awhile to get disciplined enough to handle the sheer amount of time and effort it takes to make money online using Traffic Exchanges. Many people will tell you that they are a waste of time but I disagree and have found that just getting traction helps keep you going and the goals you set need to start very small and build over time. That to me is what makes them a worthwhile investment because I can slowly build my presence and find people who can make money following my advice and allow me to also make money.
The same holds true for Safe Lists. They are great way to learn how to write effective emails. Later on you can communicate with your downline and allow them to earn credits which gives them even more incentive to pay attention to what you are telling them.
My favorite Safe List is State Of The Art Mailer also know as SOTAM. I have been a member there for a long time and they seem to have active people willing to try your program.
To help you keep your Traffic Exchange and Safelist empire under control you can follow the guidance found in the ebook GetOrganized.pdf by Carol Walczak. She also allows you to rebrand this PDF and then give it away so you can build your list. Not only that but the site has some awesome deals on free credits.
Well it is about 7 years now that I have tried to replace my job by making money online. I have bought all the stuff you are suppose to need and spent a lot of money, But I know deep in my heart it was because I have not found my passion. When I belonged to the Wealthy Affiliate they always said “Turn Any Passion Into a Successful Affiliate Marketing Business” but I did not have a passion other than to replace my job. I tried to fake passion and truly believe I just was not good enough because I knew of several successful marketers doing that very thing and making money and I am sure they still are.
Recently I started to get very serious about my goal to retire early and start an online business. One of the best things I ever did and I need to thank Steve Taurman for that, is to buy a Traffic Exchange. The second best thing I ever did was to partner with Albert Ivor Morin to administer it. The man is a genius and has done more to teach me what it takes to run a successful Traffic Exchange than I could ever possibly learn on my own.
I think it was about 2 weeks ago possibly 3 that I had a chance to finally attend one of the Affiliate Funnel webinars that Marci Jones hosts weekly. I think they are free to anyone and they are about how to be successful online using Traffic Exchanges and Safelists. I have been a gold member of Affiliate Funnel for years and that is all due to Jerry Iannucci and I talk more about him later. Even so for the longest time I could not accept completely that this was the way to make money online. But while I was watching that webinar it suddenly occurred to me that my Traffic Exchange was my greatest asset and it was sitting under my nose the whole time and it was easy to be passionate about my Traffic Exchange because it was bought with love for my wife. She simply loves penguins and has for years so when I saw Penguin Traffic I had to buy it.
And now I have a reason to blog about my passion for Traffic Exchanges and Penguin Traffic in particular. What is even cooler is that I bought another Traffic Exchange but it is not ready for the world just yet. I also have a chance to defend TE’s and Safelists from the detractors of whom I was one at one time. That has changed because I am actually making money with SFI and I found them because of Traffic Exchanges and Safelists and TE Training in particular.
Not long ago I discovered that Jerry Iannucci has updated his Safelist Marketing Tactics for 2015 further verifying my claim that 2015 is the year to be marketing online. Mister Safelist is Jerry’s mailer and it is starting to grow and I believe will continue to grow as the idea of starting free and working for your income becomes more popular. Jerry’s site Mister Safelist started out with a bang and had quite a few more members than it does now. However I can say that it is growing because it is at least 1,000 members more than it was at it’s lowest point. That is how it works and why you are continually told to stay with it and not give up. Most sites, not all, will get a rush of members when they launch and then taper off, then lose ground and hit bottom and then slowly start to grow again and continue to grow. I do not see one Traffic Exchange or Safelist that is even close to what they can become. Even EasyHits4U the hands down largest Traffic Exchange on the planet is not even at a million members yet.
I have not totally let go of my passion for becoming an overnight hundred thousandaire through affiliate marketing but I am having some success with traffic exchanges and safelists so I am putting in a lot more effort in getting them to work for me. The main reason is because of SFI and wanting to create a lead generation system that I can funnel to my co-op and both reward my team and build it at the same time. While I am glad that I have found places to buy signups to reward my team members who make their EA status I would like to create a system that could give me a constant stream of signups.
So while I do feel that the online marketing world is getting easier for me to navigate and actually make some money I have also realized that the only ones who truly understand what I do and why I do it are the other people doing to.
I know I am going to start doing videos eventually and I have plenty of tools for doing so but so far only one video and I deleted it. It was a crappy video. I thought that if even I did not like it then surely no one else would so “poof” its gone.
I am in the process of getting ready for success. It seems that the cosmos is lining itself up to give me what I have asked for. It always starts with you asking first and then accepting it when it arrives and knowing that it will not be exactly what you asked for because it will be better.
Part of this getting prepared is increasing my marketing efforts by adding video to my campaigns. This includes using the tools I have had for years and finally putting them to good use. One of the most powerful tools I have is my HostThenProfits account at GVO. With this account is a tool called “Easy Video Producer” and I can create up to 5 videos I believe.
So I am going to be over at GVO today along with SFI and my one TE that I am experimenting with and I will try to come back later and add the video that I made.
I have started the long tedious process of deleting some of my Traffic Exchange accounts and Safe List accounts. I really do belong to way too many and I am not doing either of us any favors. I have my favorites and I am going to stay with those and delete the rest.
Strong Future International has changed everything for me and I have developed a very simple formula for myself that is working.
I am making these changes because of rereading many times Jon Olson’s PizzaPlan2 and deciding that the simple formula that I developed needed a lead generation system that was not so random. One of the points John makes is that your programs should compliment each other. Making over 100+ TE’s “compliment” each other is a task I would rather not tackle.
Time to get back to work:)