It’s been a pretty rough few months for traffic exchanges. With all the fall out from the PayPal slap, we’ve seen a general positive attitude around the industry but still…People are worried. And rightfully so, the future is unknown and as much as we want to scream…”It’s an opportunity” until their is some confidence built back into these programs, there will always be cautious optimism…
And then yesterday happened.
Let me share with you some history…
The year was around 2003-2004…I had just started writing Hit Exchange News weekly and was the owner of one of the more popular internet marketing forums online, Net Marketing Forum.
There was a guy, a very vocal guy, that started to show up every day in the forum with a unique way of doing business. His name was Robert Puddy. His attitude was this, I’m here to make money and make other people money and if you aren’t on board….Good luck to you! He was no hype, no hoopla, just business. Robert and I became pretty close friends and associates, we supported each other and the traffic exchange industry was really starting to flourish.
Robert was the guy who really helped bring traffic exchanges to the rest of the internet marketing world by hosting and producing offline seminars around the world. Rich Taylor and him started the Focus for the Future seminar series which was the first time I ever got off my lazy behind and made it to these events. They were awesome…
Along the way, my forum was growing and started to attract guys like Soren Jordansen, Tim Linden and an english guy named Paul Kinder…Paul lived breathed and died these programs, and I remember the day clearly…Paul came to me one day and said, teach me everything you know about traffic exchanges and as we worked together over the years he became a powerhouse in the business. Arguably one of the most successful owners in traffic exchange history.
Soren went on to become a highly successful internet marketer and Tim Linden, you may have heard of him, became my business partner as we formed TimTech.
I owe a lot to these guys. They taught me a ton and really helped this entire industry grow and prosper in the golden years.
Fast forward to yesterday and I get a notice of a blog post that Paul had written…
He said him and Robert Puddy were merging to create one company. That’s right, LFM (the most popular membership / traffic exchange script online) and programs like Traffic Splash, Tezak Traffic Power (along with Tony of course) would be all under one roof.
Here’s why I’m excited and the traffic exchange industry should be too;
1. These guys are awesome. Plain and simple, if we ever needed a group of people to come together and build something great, this is the time and these guys who I’ve known for over a decade are some of the best dudes on planet earth.
2. This new merger means bigger and better opportunities! Just thinking of what these two companies could accomplish together is exciting.
3. In a time when semi-serious owners will disappear by the way side, something like this builds confidence! This is a merger that helps the entire industry and brings professionalism to the business.
I could go on and on, but it all comes down to this. The entire industry is in survival mode. We’re unsure of what the future brings. But when some of the most successful people in this business, get together, there is bound to be some fantastic opportunities emerge from it.
Maybe, just maybe…The future is bright!