The Death of the Free Mentality

I remember the good old days…

There was a time when guys like Robert Puddy, Soren Jordansen, Tim Linden, Paul Kinder, Tony Tezak and myself used to hang out in a Hot Conference room and discuss business all day, everyday! It was a fantastic time for traffic exchanges and something I miss about it was the MESSAGE that every owner shared with their members and people that came and hung out with us in the conference room…

It takes money to make money!

It was encouraged and at times beat into people’s head that they needed to spend money on their business to eventually make money down the road. Somewhere along the line, we lost our way…

With the re-launch of Trck.me yesterday we’ve seen a few rumblings around the net with ‘outrage’ and disgust that (heaven forbid) a for=profit company starts to charge for their service. We made a decision to get rid of free accounts but still allowed members to use our system for 30 days for free to try it out. Hey I know sometimes people think it’s evil for companies to actually turn a profit but it is what it is…

Why the entitlement mind set? Why should everything be free? Does this make sense?

Freemium is a popular business model and it’s something we will always have in our traffic exchanges and programs like ClickTrackProfit but for essential tools like Trck.me, hosting, autoresponders and even AdKreator, that doesn’t always make sense…

And why is this such a bad idea? Most offline businesses require 100′s of thousands in capital and initial investments not to mention the minimum 3-5 years to turn a profit but online it’s looked down on for asking people to budget 75 bucks a month? It’s insane…

And for everyone that starts the argument like this ‘It’s hard to spend money when you have none’…Guess what I did and every other successful business person online? They found the money, they worked offline to make money to fund their online business…They struggled, they clawed and they fought to make their dreams a reality. But they never used the entitlement mind set…It’s a very dangerous card to play!

Invest in your business. Invest in the tools and don’t ever cut corners when it comes to this. Down the road, you will see how important it is to break out of the freebie mentality and build your business by INVESTING in yourself and your business!

Google + and TimTech – A Match Made In Heaven?

We have been looking for years for a perfect solution to our needs at TrafficExchangeLive.com. We have been in Hot Conference for years, we started out in uStream and just recently we played around with Stickam. Nothing worked like we wanted it to. Hot Conference was such a one sided conversation, if you could even call it a conversation. We hate that! We LOVE when the members can interact directly with us and that’s what being part of a community is all about. All the other options never provided reliable audio and video until yesterday…

We have found Google+ and YouTube…I know, this is one social network I really thought wouldn’t take off until I had a chance to really play with Hangouts…Wow! It’s pretty much the greatest thing we’ve ever used! Check this out, while you are looking at this blog right now you will be a part of the brand new TE Live live broadcast….Directly on the world’s largest video platform, YouTube! Press the big play button below to get involved live ;)

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