Just Be You

I haven’t done a video blog post for a while so what better time to do one then…Now!

Like the video? Think I’m talking out my behind? Leave your comments below and let’s get those opinions out there. Thank you so much for your time!

Jon Olson

I'm Jon Olson, I've been publishing Hit Exchange News since 2003 and been involved in the traffic exchange industry since...Well, the beginning :) I'd love to network with you as you browse the pulse of the traffic exchange industry! I am also a HUGE fan of reading your comments. I will respond to every single one! Poke around and enjoy the 'News! And thanks for hanging out...

56 thoughts to “Just Be You”

  1. I totally agree. We must be ourselves and we must stick out. But in the process we must also remember that other people have rights also and that they do not have to agree with everything that we say or do.

    In this process we must be respectful and treat everyone with the respect that we expect to be treated with. We are not just a bunch of usernames out here in cyber space that do not have feelings and rights.

    That said there are going to be some bad apples but we can not let them spoil things for the rest of the good apples. The idea is to take the bad apples out and get rid of them so the rest of the apples can be enjoyed….


  2. Hey Jon – great video. Funny thing is 6 months ago I got really down and depressed about the direction of TE’s – the whole cash for clicking thing etcetera. then Sweeva came along and changed the whole ball game. It seems to me that many people haven’t really got Sweeva yet – they’re still in the mad click frenzy.

    Traffic Swirl looks really good. I Love HIts and StartXchange continue to fly the flag and I re visited Thumbvu for the 1st time in months the other day and was really excited by what it has become.

    TE’s are reinventing themselves in a really positive and exciting way.

    Just buying credits won’t give the same results that it did even 12 months ago. You have to get in get down and get dirty.

    I’m way behind, but I’m excited about the possibilities.

  3. Hey Jon,

    I guess I fall into the group that likes you. Kind of hard to find enough time for the Traffic Exchanges but I try to when I can. I agree that we should all try to be who we are and let others decide if they like us or not. look forward to seeing what you are coming out with so will wait for next week.


  4. Thanks Joyce =) Glad you smiled at it. Sometimes I get people throwing things at their computer screen when I open my mouth LOL

    Mark – bang on man. Me too. I was in a funk when I saw all the penny surfing taking hold of this business…Social is the future!

  5. Hi Jon.

    Now, which side shall I move to? Ah,OK, – I agree with you, but it can be hard sometimes. Personally I’m not keen on all the social surfing, surf teams etc. Sometimes I love it, other times I hate having to stop what I’m doing to chat; but that’s me, put it down to my age! lol.

    I did do a couple of blogs about some new programs that had been brought out with the expectation of being the best thing since sliced bread. I wrote what I considered were fair comments about how I wasn’t impressed, tweeted them too. I would like to do more of that sort of thing – but then the dreaded ‘time’ gets in the way, and let’s be honest, I’m knackered by the time I get home in the evening, so just about all I have energy for is surfing as I watch TV!

    Guess you have given me some food for thought this time. Carry on.

  6. Lynda – LOL Ha ha thanks for the comments. Ya, it’s funny because I was just having this conversation with Paul Kinder earlier today. This is a big love / hate relationship for me too. Sometimes I absolutely detest getting slammed, etc but I know I need it to be on my toes.

    Other times, and it’s most of the time, I love chatting with other surfers. It’s so much fun and really let’s me get a feel for what is hot and what is not.

  7. Hey Jon,

    Nice post 🙂 I like your topic. One thing I kept telling myself over these years was “Nick you are unique, sell yourself instead of trying to sell stuff a bunch of other Interweb dudes are pushing”.

    Soujds easier then it is yeah, but when you think about it, the product “YOU” is totally unique 😉

    Take care!


  8. Jon,

    I completely disagree with everything you have said here!

    Well actually I don’t but I just wanted to show that if I did I could say so 🙂

    I see people get so bent out of shape because some one else’s opinion is different than theirs, and there is just no need for it.

    So I do agree 100% be who you are, and do what works for you, and be open to new ideas, you never know, you might find something that works even better for you.

  9. “Just be yourself” is highly recommended… IF… you are an honest person and considerate of others.

    If you are a complete JERK… you should consider change. Faking it won’t work. (People see right through insincerity.)

    Love you, man!

  10. Great Vlog, Jon!

    It seems that “being oneself”… is not as easy or natural, as we would like to think.

    Some of us begin exerting ourselves and our opinions at an early age…


    Until recently, TEs had been a safe-haven for faceless, nameless surfers. Many folks just put their affiliate link where their mouth is, and keep on clicking… lol

    Coming out to play and socialize while surfing, drags many surfers out of their comfort zones. Not all are leaders…

    As a matter of fact, many never flex their muscles or their mouths, unless they are on the safe-end of a support ticket… lol


  11. I have no other choice but to be who I am. Being unique doesn’t seem what the definition is when involving people. We are all unique. I think being original is more apropos. Originality sets people apart and gives them the character to succeed. Being uniquely like the next person causes one to just blend in.

    Social networking has become a new standard. Unfortunately a lot of people aren’t social animals when it comes to getting themselves out there. They would rather follow the norm than find their niche and stick with it.

    It really doesn’t matter whether people like you or dislike you. I don’t like Donald Trump. That does not stop him from being rich and famous. He is The Donald and as arrogant as it sounds he has done more then the majority of unique people!

  12. Carl – thanks man. Yup, me thinks this whole new social movement is going to be a lot of fun. LOL

    Larry – very good point sir, thank you for that. Originality is key for sure.

    Dannie – thanks very much for the comments.

  13. Really good video post today (and good quality on that one, wow!), Jon. I did it the other way around in my years with the PTC/GPT review site as “Miss Money Hunter”, but by the time I got active in TEs and IM, I really didn’t want to be Miss Money Hunter anymore, lol.

    But I was still a little wary of really getting myself out there and known, until I started listening to you, Mike, Paul, Tony and all those other guys talk about it and realized the value in it.

    Nowadays WYSIWYG with me, in all my rambling and blonde airheaded glory and honest to a fault (and sometimes to my detriment probably), lol. Some might say, I guess, I should be “more professional” but feh, I’m not THAT unprofessional and I’d just as soon be me all the time anyway. It seems to work for me most of the time anyhow. 🙂

  14. Hey Carl, you’ve hit the nail right on the head. I think being yourself is important. I also want to thank Jon Olson The TEGuy
    for sending me this video. You sound pretty honest and we need honest people to show us newbies on how to survive in the Affiliate Marketing world.

  15. Great topic on the V blog Jon, about being yourself…
    “Proud to be ME” is my motto online and off. I’ve been with you for years and proud to say, I still marvel at the value you provide in your programs, don’t stop!

  16. Hi, Jon. I am quite new to this business, and any advice that you have to offer is greatly appreciated. I do believe that being an individual and not just falling in with the rest of the crowd is what separates the best from the rest. However, I agree with some of the other commentators on here that it is not always easy. Sometimes people just need a familiar place to start out before they gather enough confidence and insight to branch off and find their own niche. Anyway, this video was quite insightful, and I look forward to watching more of your videos. My website is http://www.moneyearningtips.net/. If there is any way you can give me a few tips on how to improve my own business and to optimize the traffic on my site please feel free. I am really in need of some direction and wouldn’t mind if someone would take me under their wing. Thanks.

  17. Love the Post Jon. I’ve always told people to be true to themselves first & foremost.

    My strong opinions & libertarian mind-set often get criticized by mediocre mind who prefer security over freedom.

    Here’s a verse from one of my favorite bands:

    “Mankind…The Public Enemy is not the man who speaks his mind…The Public Enemy is the man who goes and acts blind…Searching for an answer that he’ll never find”

    Song: Keep It In the Family
    Album: Persistence of Time
    Band: Anthrax

    Positive Liberty Maven

  18. For starters let me say that the social side of surfing does add a bit of interest for me. I find myself spending more time on the sites with chat than on ones that do not have the feature. The down side is, after surfing say Sweeva, I find myself wanting to comment on sites at other exchanges.

    As for being opinionated, I can relate since that is the strongest part of my personality as well. I say go for it. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

  19. Thanks Jack – much appreciated sir. Great quote!

    Stephanie – You are ahead of the crowd. Why because you actually took action and commented. I think that little step is huge and I congratulate you for it.

    I see you are promoting PIPS. What I would suggest, is a custom squeeze page. One of the best ways to build your business with that, is to build your name first. Become the expert in the program, show up everywhere you can, make blog posts, comment and do the things you see everyone else not doing.

    I mean, it’s not a ‘big red easy button’ answer and the problem is people expect huge results very quickly. Just be a sponge, soak up the info you find useful and stay active and visible.

    By doing that, you are ahead by a century compared to others in this business.

  20. LOL Thanks Bill. Ya I think it’s great when people comment on my sites. I get such great feedback when it’s shown in Sweeva. Good things are happening =)

  21. Hello Jon
    Now your singing my song.Yes this a relationship business and like you not everyone is going to agree with us either.I totally believe in myself and my products and services that I offer,they reflect who I am.I have made many friends using traffic exchanges and te chat rooms.not everyone is in my business but that’s ok cause you can never have to many friends.This is about building relationships and friends and for that I am grateful for the people I have met.

  22. Hi Jon

    Be myself! I can’t even be! Just kidding. Good advice. That was my first video blog I’ve watched from you so I have no idea whether I like you or not. And I have to admit I don’t know a lot about social traffic exchanges. I’d like to hear more. Is that where you can chat and surf at the same time? I’ve heard of Sweeva but I thought it was an artificial sweetener. I’m ready to learn more about this and I am sure you will help me along.

    Hi Joyce, nice to see your smiling face again.

    With Love


  23. Hy Jon,
    I am a kinda Newbie Oldie! meaning age wise LOL!
    Been around about 2 years now. I’ve learned a lot from looking and listening, but have always tried to be myself.
    I have been known as the “Mad Irish Wan” 🙂
    Being involved with T.E’s and Chatting does not work for me because I have a tendancy to “Stray” and get distracted.Seeing all the U.S. socialising made me think of starting something Irishy !
    My own Cosy Corner:) Making my own mark on the Internet and standing out as Me,Myself and I…!
    Just giving you my 2 cents worth 🙂
    Kind Regards,
    Catherine C.

  24. Hy Jon,
    I am a kinda Newbie Oldie! meaning age wise LOL!
    Been around about 2 years now. I’ve learned a lot from looking and listening, but have always tried to be myself.
    I have been known as the “Mad Irish Wan” 🙂
    Being involved with T.E’s and Chatting does not work for me because I have a tendancy to “Stray” and get distracted.Seeing all the U.S. socialising made me think of starting something Irishy !
    My own Cosy Corner:) Making my own mark on the Internet and standing out as Me,Myself and I…!
    Just giving you my 2 cents worth 🙂
    Kind Regards,
    Catherine C.

  25. Hello Jon – what a refreshing monday message. Yeah – finally someone like you shout it out loud….and as You see a lot of comments for You !

    If we, by ourselves only could know who we really are, then we definitively could speak about the term “myself”. Until then we are only passengers with open or closed eyes, with or without own meanings like we know that already.

    So as a neglectible part of the “whole” but traveling open minded and with open eyes this living space maybe we can grow at least into a “big molecule” and transform our lives into the better.

    But reflect also about this: all this can only function as “one”.

  26. Agreed. Since I still consider myself a newbie marketer, I understand being generic. It takes a while to discover who you want to be in the land of Internet Marketing.

    Find your niche, become someone people can trust, and the rest will be history……at least I hope so…..

  27. Oh Jon,
    How right are you!
    To be “yourself” means to be honest with yourself, to have a real feeling of self acceptance, to be in a good terms with the world around. If you do have problems with it you will never be yourself. And it is very easy for others to see it.
    P.S Just a bit sense of humour is good for making our life better. It you are in conflict with yourself you always will be suspicious about other people innocent jokes.
    People with little confidence in themself do not have sense of humour!
    Keep smiling, everybody!

  28. I totally agree, people WANT to know you!!

    At the same time though you have to be tolerant of others peoples needs and experiences. We all come from different backgrounds and have different styles of learning and processing information.

    Be yourself and have opinions, but also be tolerant and respectfully understanding of different people’s backgrounds.

  29. Sometimes it’s important to stand up and be controversial and opinionated, and other times it is not. Be a “Yes Man” as you put it when necessary, but at the same time stand up for your beliefs and ideas when it’s necessary, but don’t stand up too tall for them that you can’t hear what anyone else is saying.

  30. Great vid Jon, I like what you have accomplished over the years.
    You have taught me and others alot about the industry. Thank you Sir.

    Hey who else can say they have the number one book on Amazon about traffic exchanges. 🙂

  31. Hi Jon,

    Great video man. I have been doing video over at the Traffic Dynamite Blog and being myself as well. I like the relationship building factor of being able to see and hear someone especially when it is about a topic that I just luv (web traffic 🙂

    Stay You Bro,

    Mark “Da Bomb” Brown

  32. Being yourself and not following as a sheep, (A Nation of Sheep) is important, there are to many followers and not a enough leaders who lead with honesty and integrity, and ethics.

  33. Wow, thanks everyone. What a great surprise to log in and see 41 comments. Amazing stuff.

    I hope everyone enjoyed the video, and the message a lot of us are trying to push. Some people will like you, some won’t. As long as you can go to bed at night and know that you gave it your all and gave all of yourself, you can sleep well. =)

  34. Hi Jon,
    I always like what you are sharing. Being and staying myself always has been my priority as from being a kid. Sometimes it seems to be easier to become a part of majority, but I don’t really like that. I’m not that social either as I have to make choices. However, I’m still searching how I’ll put everything up. The TE’s gives a lot of info, and the blogposts and all that’s around. My aim is to create something that’s me. What I can use from others, for you can never have too much knowledge, I will intergrate in the process. Honesty, integrity, are the qualities above my list in how I want to be recognized sooner or later.
    Just stay who you are Jon!
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Hi Jon,
    I agree we need to be ourselves but I am still struggling with how you do this in traffic exchanges. Always was a little slow to catch on though :). Thanks for the interesting video.

  36. Hey Jon,
    Nice video post..I have never Hated you though I have not always agreed with everything you have said. However, I have always respected you for saying it even if I didn’t agree.

    When I first started out as Admin at VH and I started adding my Komedy to the emails, I was told over and over again to stop doing it. That I should keep it just business and that was that.

    Well as most know I ignored that advice and just Kept Being Me. I like to make people laugh, even if its at my own expense. If I can help someone or put a smile on their face for just a minutes then I have accomplished something special.

    So as you are opinionated I am the comedian and I am Very Proud of the fact that we have just kept on being who and what we are.

    Each of us is unique and we have to learn to appreciate that in each other.

    Great Post As Always 🙂
    Keep On Keeping On
    Krazy Kaye

  37. Well, I have to say that I agree with you this time – there have been many times that I have not. It’s nice to see you on video again and I do like the social aspect online.

    I feel that if you are going to do any kind of business online, building a relationship with people are a must – the social media has always been my favorite as I have always enjoy being a social butterfly – meeting new people and learning from other.

    Skype: nancyradlinger

  38. Thanks Kaye, I really appreciate your comments…And your sense of humor LOL

    Nancy – Thanks for the comments. Yea, sometimes I talk a lot of smack but I always do think I’m adding something when I do make a comment or observation. Very much appreciate your input =)

  39. Hey Jon,
    I wanted to talk about being yourself relating to writing or social marketing.I think you pretty much hit it head on you know some will like-some will dislike-(here is the ONE I still do not fully understand-liking for the purpose of disliking.)

    kinda off topic I kept hearing you say brand yourself!However I was a little reluctant to just throw a pic up of myself.After a long debate with MYSELF, I went ahead and made a video( non professional of course) The video has my face, my interest’s and I thought it was a “different way” to get to know me.
    You know outside the box..

    Thanks again for reminding people to just be yourself.
    Chris Spade.

  40. If you’re always yourself, you never need to remember who you were … right? Kind of along the same lines as “always telling the truth. Good thoughts, Jon …


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