All. Records. Smashed!

Last week at the T3 seminar we had 91 people in the room. It was the largest single event held by traffic exchange owners since we started to congregate in the famed Hot Conference seminar rooms. This week, I have to admit, I was worried…

Not that I didn’t think we’d get more than 91 people, but I didn’t wanna be let down if we didn’t reach the target of 100. I’m a bit of a worry wort and the TimTech guys where telling me all afternoon, don’t worry, we’ll do fine.

The traffic exchange industry stepped up and knocked it out of the park. THANK YOU!

We crushed the previous record of 91 with 125 people in one conference room dedicated to traffic exchanges. Amazing stuff, absolutely mind blowing and we cannot thank you enough.

The traffic exchange community is alive and thriving and for everyone that said ‘social doesn’t work’…I’ve got 125 reasons why it does and if you are STILL sleeping on the power of social media in the traffic exchanges…Well, it’s cool. I’m going to focus on the people that do use this media and are seeing huge numbers because of it.

Badges! Social surfing! Engaging customers! ClickTrackProfit! And the TE Live community (you guys know who you are), are reasons why this movement cannot fail and won’t, because it’s being built BY THE MEMBERS.

So thank you to everyone who came out yesterday and was a part of traffic exchange history. Let’s doing it even bigger next Monday =)

P.S. Even though it got shadowed by the T3 seminar, it’s of special note that Traffic Exchange Live broke records yesterday as well. We had over 50 people in the TE Live community…During a weekday afternoon seminar. Crazy!!!

Get involved now folks. We started this social stuff a year ago and even though it’s taken this long, it’s proof that social networking works but takes some time. Meet the members that are making this happen today at 3pm Eastern!

The Biggest Joke In Internet Marketing

Launches!

Talk about a bunch of hot air. The entire ‘plan’ for years in the internet marketing industry has been…Launch a new program, get your buddies to help promote you, after the hype dies down in a few months, launch something new….Rinse and repeat.

There is no plans for growth of current websites, because these people know the quick bucks are in the launch of it. Big claims? Let’s break this down and look at it step by step.

A launch usually generates a lot of hype. And the most money in one sitting, so owners know that if they get enough of their friends and ‘JV partners’ to promote this, they can make a lot of money. The affiliates are happy too because of all the attention it’s getting so people are making money across the board. Everyone is happy.

But then something happens. This crazy concept and universal phenomenon called ‘time passing’. And when time passes, the hype goes away. And here’s where the bulk of the costs to the owner come in, lots of customer support issues (which costs money), lots of issues with scripts and maintenance (which costs money), and lots of actual hands on work to keep the program viable (which costs money and *gulp* effort*). This is bad in the owners eyes…

So why focus on all this work and maintaining of a program which is costing them money and effort…Why not just launch something new and get their ‘friends’ to do all the work and promote it. New money, less effort.

And the cycle repeats…

This has eaten away at the internet marketing industry, especially with the advent of social media, because now pissed off customers have places to vent and it’s not making Mr. IM Guru very happy….Have you noticed, there isn’t as many launches as there was a few years ago…The customer has spoken!

Now before I get lynched, YES, good new programs are being launched and yes I support these and will forever. However I’m very picky these days, because I’ve seen so many things I have supported in years gone by, have no value in this day and age. I learned my lesson and I apologize for anything that I have recommended in the past, that didn’t live up to expectations.

Not saying, I’m the be all end all of business (I have made my BULK of mistakes lol), but if I promote something these days, it’s because I believe in the real value to you, the member, not the benefit to the owner…

Thoughts? Comments? What do you think?