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Hey all, first off apologies for the all the drama and mix up with the start of the season…We want to make it right because we think this is a great formula that you helped create.

With all the changes, we messed up and didn’t have it exactly how we wanted it and we truly are sorry for the headaches.

So we talked to a bunch of team leaders today and we decided to restart the season for this Monday the 26th. (Noon Eastern)

Please watch the video below as I go over why we decided to do this and our hope for the future of the season…


P.S. Don’t forget to grab your Season Pass! This will play a big role in the rebooted season for trading XP into points….

It Starts Tonight.....

Huge Update: The Season Starts At Noon, September 19th….

CTP Teams is a funny beast. We’re going onto our 8th season and while there has been some less than memorable experiences, we are striving each and every season to create the most fun and excitement for you. Because of this goal, we tried really hard this season to put the power back into the surfers hands.

We heard you loud and clear and we hope you enjoy the changes for the next season of CTP Teams:

SEASON 8 START: September 19th 12pm EST

SEASON 8 END: TBD

PLAYOFFS BEGIN: TBD

PRIZE POOL: $1000 w/ special cash prizes for winning your division!*

Teams Are Collecting Points For Completing Promos

We’re using a new scoring system but it will be familiar. To win you match ups, your team simply completes more promos that your competition. That earns you a win.

New Format, New Rules
We heard you loud and clear so this season there will be no subscriber bonuses or XP for purchase bonuses. We want to make sure everyone feels like they have a fair chance. So to win, you have to earn more points than your competition. How do you earn points? Simply complete more promos than the other team.

Divisions Again?

We got great feedback that people enjoyed the divisions…But this time there is a twist. Just because you are in a division, doesn’t mean you STAY in that division. The top team in each division after 3 days of competition moves up! The bottom team in that division moves down.

Each team plays each other during those 3 days, so it’s like a mini-Round Robin tournament throughout the season. This makes sure all teams are competing because…No one is SAFE!!!! Obviously, we are trying to discourage sandbagging, so there will be rewards for climbing the ranks and staying in the top tiered divisions.

*Division bonuses: Only the TOP 5 Divisions will earn the bonus cash prizes. All Division winners will make the playoffs, but for the special cash bonuses you MUST win one of the top 5 divisions! The top division will see all teams progress as well. Only the first place finisher in the lower divisions will progress to the first round.

But What About XP?

Glad you asked! Yes, XP will play a huge role in the season because as you read above…We’re basing each competition with points. Earn points by completing a promo AND trading in your XP….To earn one point you can trade 1 Million CTP XP and bam, your team has an extra point. This is why the Season Pass Multiplier is critical….Read on…

The Season Pass Multiplier

This seasons’s special multiplier will be sponsored by Justin, Tim and Jon….It’s the CTP Season Pass Multiplier! Grab a Season Pass through this link and we’ll give your team a 8x multiplier for all XP earned…

To claim your bonus League Pass multiplier – Click here and it will credit your account. If not, then send in a support ticket with your confirmation email. We’ll credit you as soon as we get your information!

The Daily Competitions

We heard you loud and clear and we hope you guys love the changes. We listened to your recommendations and this is the formula we came up with from your suggestions and the input from attendees at TE Live. It’ll never be perfect but here’s the main things we wanted to tackle;

– Get rid of the massive subscriber bonuses and bonuses for purchasing.
– Focus more on surfing, this helps the surfers and the promo partners
– Implement the divisions again to level the playing field and let people actually compete for positions daily!

We hope you enjoy the changes and are as excited as we are to CRUSH IT with Season 8!

*Please note – There may be changes over the next few days on this blog post if we need to tweak anything. This is the general structure for the season and we will do our best to make sure you know EVERYTHING before we start on Monday September 19th!

We’re looking at a quick turn around for the off season this time and we’re getting ready to set up Season 8 of CTP Teams!

But first…We need your help!

We’re thinking of making some changes, drastic or not, on how we play the game.

But we don’t want to make any decisions that would hurt the growth of the team play, so we’re putting it out there for you.

We are looking for feedback on what one change you would LOVE to see for CTP Teams.

Please post your comments below and let us know how YOU would change the game if you could.

We really want this to be the players league and while we can’t guarantee everything can be implemented, we want to mold this league to be as player friendly as possible.

Let’s hear what you think….

There was an issue with the points and a mix up with the remaining teams and because of that, the playoffs hit a snag.

I have to admit, I’m disappointed that the season ended like this, but I understand why the team leaders decided to go this route.

We messed up. And gave the vote to the remaining four teams what they would like to do and decided to split the prize money equally.

So we have 4 ‘winners’ for this season.

Special congratulations to the Ubers, SAA’s, CSN and Lucky 13 for a hard fought season and to all the teams that made Season 7 so much fun.

We’ll be back at it soon for another exciting season of CTP Teams with more prizes and more cash to reward the players.

Have a great off season and we’ll see you soon…

And it’s come down to this…

I have a sneaky suspicion that this will be one of the most hard fought semi-finals in the history of CTP Teams.

It’s Cash Surfing Network vs. Lucky 13

It’s Uber Surfers vs SurfAholics Alpha

4 of the original super star teams are going all in for their shot at the championship. After a few seasons away from the spotlight, we are seeing a resurgence within Uber Surfers like never before. They might be the dark horse in these semi finals but are in super tough vs. the mega-team SAA’s!

Lucky 13 is in really tough too against the undefeated Cash Surf Network.

It all starts tonight at midnight…Who will be the final two teams this season? We’ll find out soon…

What a round! As always, the first round of the playoffs lived up to it’s billing and while some of the powerhouse teams ‘took it easy’ we saw some very close matches that came down to some last minute heroics from the winning side.

Congratulations to Phoenix, Easy Team, Lucky 13, Uber Surfers, CSN, Surf-A-Holics Alpha, Journeyers, and Ultimate Surf Warriors for progressing through to the quarter finals.

Now it really gets interesting…

We see second round match ups as follows;

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Be on the look out for that match up between Lucky 13 and Phoenix….I have a suspicion that might come down to the last second….

Good luck to all the teams and let’s have a fantastic Round 2!

It’s here…And it’s about to get cRaZy!

Round 1 of the playoffs are here and it’s about to get very active in the land of CTP Teams.

We’ve got some great match ups for the first round and while there are some clear favorites, we will see if a dark horse underdog can shock the world.

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Clear favorites like Cash Surfing Network, Surfaholics Alpha and Lucky 13 are for sure going to put up some epic numbers, but will this be the season that Easy Team finally takes it all?

Phoenix vs Beginners & Winners is my pick for the Round 1 battle to watch. This could be a potential final four team, whoever gets out of that first round.

Newcomers Hulk Smash Hits Surfers are entering their first ever playoff and will for sure be putting up a great fight.

Good luck to all the teams and remember, Round 1 begins….Now!

After a crazy month and a half, the 7th season of CTP Teams has finished up and we’re gearing up for a few weeks of playoff madness!

Team CSN blew through the entire season going undefeated! Wow, what an accomplishment!

But this doesn’t always guarantee a victory!

Other hungry teams lay in waiting for their chance at $1000 in real cash prizes.

The fun begins this week, Wednesday at midnight eastern.

We are using the same formats we have in previous playoffs to keep it as straight forward as possible.

Each match up will be 48 hours in length with a 24 break in between each round.

Remember, it all gets started this Wednesday at midnight eastern!

Good luck to everyone….

Meet The (4)

Meet Lynn and Brian. I have a little story to share about Lynn before we dive into this. I met Lynn years ago, literally before TimTech even existed. She sent me one of the most memorable emails I ever received. At that time, I was questioning a lot. My business, my life, my future…Everything ‘made sense‘ to me when Lynn sent me an amazing email that literally told me…What I was doing was helping her. It changed my outlook on so much. It’s been such an honor and privilege to get to know her over the years and her partner in crime Brian…

Let’s get to meet these awesome players from Lucky 13….

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1. Lynn, you have been with TimTech literally since before there was even a TimTech….How did you stumble upon online marketing?

LYNN: Well, like many people that same year I suddenly & unexpectedly found myself unemployed in 2007 when the economy tanked, and started looking around online for ways to make money. I started out where a whole lot of other people in our community did – in “Get Paid To” sites, PTR (Paid to Read) sites, & PTC (Paid to Click) sites like ClixSense, etc. At the time there was a pretty active community within those sites & I started my own blog review of many of those sites.

Around the same time I got involved in another community that was based around a large downline builder which included some of the above plus some MLM opportunities, as well as a few advertising platforms – including a few, yes, traffic exchanges. The person I considered a mentor at the time was heavily involved in Traffic Wave and several MLM biz ops, so I started out in some of those too.

That was when I first joined some TEs like EasyHits4U, StartXchange, Dragon Surf & a few others. In discussions among that community about where to promote all that stuff, there was a lot of trashing of traffic exchanges as “worthless” & no good, yet I kept finding myself going back to TEs again and again. Soon after that I landed in my first Affiliate Funnel seminar (back when you were still an AF owner) & started learning what I was doing wrong & how I could do better – and voila, nearly a decade later here I am still firmly entrenched in traffic exchanges & related stuff!

2. You also made the transformation from surfer to owner, how has the industry changed since you started your newest TE compared to your first endeavour?

LYNN: I guess I can answer that in two ways. In the grand scheme of things, I think there’s even less of an understanding that you really do have to spend at least *some* money to expect any substantial return at all. Granted, people have always tried to look for the easy button and free and spend as little money as possible – that’s never changed – but I think it’s maybe more so than ever these days. You really do have to be willing to spend at least a little to see anything at all substantial in return.

The free/easy mentality has always been there but it seems much more so now compared to 7 or 8 years ago. It boggles my mind sometimes how many free members I see spending tons of effort promoting stuff, when they’d be making two, three, even in some cases five or six times as much in commissions if they weren’t trying to do it all for free. (Or even better, be willing to spend a little money & launch your own product or program.)

Another change for me (and more directly comparative to my first endeavor) is that as an owner this time around I was much more prepared and had more experience behind me to help me be a lot more effective, I think. My first foray into running a traffic exchange years ago kinda got thrown in my lap and with next to no instructions, and I wound up being mostly self-taught. It’s been a little easier for me this time now that I actually kinda know what I’m doing and how stuff works and what my goals should be, LOL!

Having Robert Arnold as a business partner has been a huge bonus too ‘cos even though there were things I knew how to do, Brian & I have both learned a ton from Robert in the time we’ve all been working together, both about business itself as well as technical stuff – Arnie’s just a genius when it comes to the technical end, I don’t think there’s anything he can’t do. And with TERL such a tremendous success as a TE, Robert’s knowledge gained from TERL has definitely benefited our learning curve with Sound Surf Live.

3. Brian has been an awesome addition to the community and industry, what’s it like working together and being life partners as well? Is the dinner conversation about surf ratios and badges ? 😉

LYNN: Well, since Brian was laid off his last job for a pretty good while & was around here at home for some time before we opened Sound Surf Live with Robert, things didn’t change for us all that much other than the conversation occasionally throughout the day will be about this or that having to do with the business & business-related plans. And even before that, as he got more and more involved in the community in general, sure, we talk here and there about various things going on or issues.

He certainly learned a great deal in a pretty short amount of time after we opened SSL and I was pretty impressed with how quickly he caught on to various things. Most of our conversations are pretty boring, though – a “Hey, I did this” or “We need to do this” here and there throughout the day and that’s about it unless there’s some industry-related news/gossip/scandal item that pops up of interest, LOL. I guess we kind of talk about TE stuff kind of like folks do what they had for lunch or the weather, but it’s probably only about 10-20% of the daily conversation here at home!

BRIAN: I definitely had a lot to learn, and still do. That being said, I was lucky enough to be with Lynn who has an extensive background and knowledge of what seems to work and what doesn’t. Without that I’d truly be lost. We do bounce ideas off of each other to try to keep things fresh. I can honestly say though, I’ve never heard her talk in her sleep about surf ratios. LOL

4. What is the most important lesson both have you have learned from your time within CTP Teams and the industry?

LYNN: Much like I talked about above, that you can’t expect to do it all for free or cheap and have any success. I tried to do it at low and no cost in the distant past & wasn’t getting much of anywhere. I hate to harp on the need for spending money to make any money thing, but it’s absolutely necessary. Maybe a better way to put it and much more important: Do everything for free and you’ll probably get back about exactly what you put in… on the other hand, if you take some steps to invest in yourself, you’ll be much more likely to see some real success and gains.

As for CTP Teams – network, network, network. The things you get out CTP Teams by networking and getting to know those on your team are way, way more valuable than winning any competition or medals. There are so many terrific things my teammates and I have been involved in that probably never would have happened if not for our team.

My program Commission Scoop would probably still be just a thought and idea bouncing around in my head, and might have never launched, had I not gotten to know and network with folks like Sunny Suggs and Rhonda Pizor, who were both instrumental in the creation of it and getting it off the ground & running. Sunny & I were acquaintances and knew each other way back when, but working closely together on Lucky 13 resulted in not only a close friendship I treasure but took our relationship as colleagues to a whole other and way stronger level. The value in that kind of networking you get with the Teams is just priceless and so valuable.

BRIAN: The best thing I’ve learned is not worrying about what Joe Surfer/Owner is doing and to focus more on what works for us. That little bit of wasted time adds up to so much more in the grand scheme of things and pays off better in more ways than just money in our pocket. Also, like Lynn said, sticking with it. Even in the short time I’ve been around I’ve seen how important that is. Also, like Lynn said, investing in yourself. You are your best commodity. If you won’t invest in yourself why do you think others will?

5. And finally, where do you both see the industry going within the next few years? What is needed to take this to another level?

LYNN: I wish I really had a good answer here. One thing that’s struck me in the last couple of years is that our little subset of online marketing seems to be gaining more footing as a “hobby” rather than business lately – I think it’s always been and always will be a little bit of both, but there’s definitely more traffic exchange “hobbyists” around than ever lately and that’s concerning to me. At the end of the day, this is a business and many of us in the industry work hard on our businesses as our job and to put food on the table, so to speak. I think we all collectively need to work a little harder to bring in new members that are truly interested in making money and business-related stuff to keep the industry healthy.

I think there also needs to somehow be a little change in mindset among the business-minded people that are already here. The folks that are hanging on for dear life griping about video advertising might as well be living in the last century – look around the Internet, EVERYTHING is video-based these days, whether it’s recorded or live streamed, and not just in advertising – EVERYWHERE online. It’s not just the wave of the future, it’s already here and been here for ages now and the people that do video and audio advertising and online interaction are by far way more successful than those who don’t.

It kills me when I see someone who considers themselves an advertiser complain about ANY advertising. All advertising is good & beneficial, and everyone should be doing whatever they are able to and everything necessary to get themselves out there!

By far the number one thing needed in this industry and for people to be successful, though, is consistency. People have always been here, gone away, come back – heck, I did it myself – but I’ve proven to myself that sticking around and sticking it all out has made me more successful than in the past – and it makes me cringe to think of how much more successful I would probably be if I hadn’t taken my break away.

Then I see folks that come and go, and come back and go away again and come back again, all the time… and have even seen some that went away totally trashing the traffic exchange industry elsewhere online and saying it’s worthless and of no use… then come back again, which just boggles my mind. I see stuff like that and I’m thinking like, well, okay, welcome back & I wish you well… hope you stick it out and stick around this time.

So that’s another needed change in mindset for the industry to be taken seriously as a whole & be healthy, I think. Consistency and sticking it out, and not giving up, is really the ultimate, #1 key to getting anywhere at all in this industry… not only does it benefit the industry on the whole and not make TE users look like quitters and dabblers and hobbyists, but staying consistent and sticking things out will likely benefit the person individually (and almost certainly their pocketbook!).

BRIAN: Tough question. There are so many talented folks out there already doing some fantastic things. With the added video/audio capabilities available, the sky is the limit. Like I’ve heard you preach over and over, getting people out of their shell/comfort zone, is key. I’m glad that I got involved and am thankful for the friendships I have made.

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Lynn and Brian are co-owners of one of the most unique and vibrant traffic exchanges online SoundSurfLive. As regular participants in the community of CTP Teams, this partner team has helped it grow and continue to add so much value to the industry.

Meet The (3)

Meet Renee! She’s one of the most dedicated and powerful surfers in the history of CTP Teams. And along with her squad, Easy Team, are focused each and every season to absolutely crush it. Let’s get to meet Renee and her Easy Team family….

1. You’ve been in the industry for a while now, how did you stumble upon CTP Teams and TimTech?

I started with EasyHits4U (seriously, who didn’t?) and a friend of mine, username Tecii, introduced me to CTP although at the beginning I didn’t understand the value of the “game” that y’all had set up to teach people HOW to learn and earn online. I surfed for fun but not really seriously as I felt I didn’t have the time to spend with so many other projects on my plate. I had seen teams on CTP, and, again, I really didn’t understand the value of them. Then Debra Chism dragged me, kicking and protesting, onto her team this past fall… I must say, she REALLY opened my eyes to what I had been missing….

2. You also had your start with hosting, how do you compare owning a traffic exchange to owning a hosting company?

Actually, I got my start as an owner back in April 2007 when I took over LucasLinks.com from the retiring owner, with multiple PTRs and PTCS after that. Some I rehomed, some I kept… lol…. Prior to that I had been a desultory clicker at sites too many to count. I got into hosting about 7 years ago, and that opened up a whole new world for me. I would say that hosting other people’s sites and owning my own TE are really one and the same… it is a BUSINESS that you must get your head around… When my business partner was alive, I was content to stay in the background and let him run the hosting business. Afterwards, I realized the importance of branding and showing yourself to be an honest and open person!

3. What is the most important lesson you have learned from your time with Easy Team and CTP Teams?

Cooperation and communication I think are the two most important lessons I have learned from ~Easy Team and CTP teams. As a part of a vibrant community, you are not the only person dedicated to winning… we all do our best every day…. Some days are better than other days, obviously, but when you are part of a group you can help each other on those “off” days.

4. Speaking of Easy Team, you guys are fired up each and every season, how do you keep your level of excitement so high and how important is it to have a winning culture on a team?

Easy Team has a motto.. “Family First” and that is how we see each other. We have committed to work as hard for the team as if they were family, but when our own personal families have needs, the rest of us pick up the slack! Our extended family is literally international.. our time zones stretch around the globe… our nationalities and our personalities may be different but Debra and the team members have found a way to make that work for us! Only six of our team are site owners so we get input from both surfers and owners when we decide what we want to do… and everyone has a vote!!

5. And finally, where do you both see the industry going within the next few years? What is needed to take this to another level?

I have seen online sales take off as brick-and-mortar stores get online, and online stores like Amazon.com (were they ever brick-and-mortar?) become the go-to place when you are looking for a product. I would like to see the TE industry become more advertising for products and services than the current focus on other TEs. But then there is the issue of policing MLMs and the problem of sites that promise the world if you will only become their affiliate… and when it fails, it leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth…

I think the only answer is more training (like the CTP’s training videos), more education on exactly HOW an online business works, and people who are dedicated to getting it done correctly, no matter how impossible it may seem.

ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible… it is the probability that needs our work!!

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Renee is one of the brightest stars inside the CTP Teams competition. Along with her traffic exchange Pistol Packing Mama, she’s been highly invested in CTP Teams and everyone in the community. A veteran in the traffic exchange world, she’s been a huge benefit to the entire competition and we’re honored to have her a part of the teams!