Merry Christmas, It’s Been Quite A Year

Yule tide greetings and Merry Christmas to everyone in the traffic exchange industry. I hope Santa was good to you and yours and from the bottom of my heart I wish each and every one of you a fantastic holiday season!

It’s been quite a year in the traffic exchanges and in my ‘year in review’ tradition I wanted to give my two cents on where the T.E.’s have been and where they are going in 2012. A few years ago, the argument was out there…Is social the future of these programs?

A lot of the early adopters caught quite a bit of heat for taking a stand on this topic but as we approach the end of 2011, I think it’s fair to say something has proven itself time and time again…The community is the most important part of this business.

Communities can make or break an industry and thinking back to the decade plus that traffic exchanges have been around, there has always been a strong sense of community in these programs. We are seeing everyday people become household names in this business and what’s so encouraging is to see the leaders that are developing from the communities and all they are doing…Is just being themselves.

2012 has got me very excited. Mostly because of the huge potential that community members have to take the bull by the horns and be the leaders of tomorrow. It’s amazing to see and I expect while ‘community’ was the theme of 2011 and ‘social’ was becoming the norm…The next movement will be the people that do things differently…And stick out from the crowd.

Normal and average just won’t cut it in the traffic exchanges next year and I encourage each of you reading this to make plans to be AWESOME next year. Do the little things, every day and continue to stick out from the crowd. And this time next year, hopefully YOU will be the story of 2012!

Have a great Christmas and fantastic holidays! God bless you and yours!

P.S. On a special side note…This year TimTech formed. And I am so honored and thankful for meeting and partnering with some of the best people in the industry. This was a personal victory for me, because for years I’ve been praying to find guys like this to be my partners. We are going to rock the world in 2012…Thank you for all the support you guys have shown over the past year. The community is why we do this business and why we ARE in business. I cannot thank you all enough!

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...

12 thoughts to “Merry Christmas, It’s Been Quite A Year”

  1. Hi Jon
    Happy Christmas to you also and I must agree with your assessment of the year ahead as it will apply to the traffic exchange industry.

    Yes 2012 is the year of opportunity to all of those non guru’s out there who are prepared to put their heads above the parapet and say “I have something to offer.”

    If people can realize they do have something to offer and then use traffic exchanges to promote themselves and their offer in an intelligent – but honest – way then they will succeed.

    Be different. Stick out. Never give in.

    2012 has so much potential.

    Let’s see some new leaders emerge.


  2. Happy Holidays Jon!

    Here’s to a great 2012 for you, your family, your business partners, members and friends.

    Thanks for keeping the Traffic Exchange industry on it’s toes.

    Jimmy Adames

  3. 2011 was the year I learned what it truly means to be part of a community. A group of supporters who will stick with you through thick and thin. I can only express my gratitude to the leaders in the Industry who have opened up and shared freely information that so many in the Industry will charge a fee for.
    Thank you, Jon and Tim Tech for being part of that group of leaders.

    2012 is going to prove to be quite exciting. I believe the social community will continue to change and you will see alliances form which will grow companies like never before.

    Here is to making 2012 the year of the “Growing TE”.

  4. Merry Christmas All,

    This year has been a rough one for me in many ways. Daisy and Joe are now playing Frisbee with each other from heaven and keeping an eye on us dealing with their loss. The day job has had about 3 re-orgs and still feels unsettled.
    And yet, the online community has grown and provided both support and friendship. I look forward to leaving 2011 behind and growing with the community in 2012.

    Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2012 for all.


  5. Jon,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Have a FUN and SAFE holiday season everyone!

    Rick Wilson aka CorpRebel 😎

    P.S. I think I ran out of eggnog. heh heh

  6. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you Jon and to this great community of traffic exchange enthusiasts.

    I also wanted to say how much I appreciate having this venue where we can all get together and share our ideas on the traffic exchange industry.

    Have a safe and prosperous New Year!

  7. Hey Jon,

    Just wanted to let you know I’m 100% with you that the community either breaks or makes the industry.

    I hope you had an awesome time with your long time no see friends and family in Toronto.

    Looking forward for what you’re going to bring us for this 2012 and hope to have you with us for much more time!

    All the best and speak soon buddy, you take care man! πŸ˜‰


    PS. I nominated you in a seven link challenge, sending you a tweet about it, hope you can join us!

  8. Best wishes to you and the team for 2012, Jon. You are a dedicated person and a credit to the Traffic Exchange industry.

  9. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. May 2012 bring you nothing but the best, to you, to yours and to Tim Tech. Say no to the status quo, and see how far you will go!

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