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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!

It Starts Tonight.....

Huge Update: The Season Starts At Noon, July 7th….

Here we go….We’re fired up and ready to rock! It starts on the 7th day, of the 7th month and it’s our 7th season….Here’s the rules for the season and some important changes to qualification, scoring and team based play:

SEASON 7 START: July 7th 12pm EST

SEASON 7 END: TBD

PLAYOFFS BEGIN: TBD

PRIZE POOL: $1000 + $1 each win

Teams are collecting Points

There will be a playoffs like previous seasons, except this time your placement will be based on team points NOT the win loss record. Every day teams can collect points, whether they win or lose the competition for the day the points count towards the playoff placements.

The Point Breakdown

One point will be given for every 3 vault games, 7 sub games, 5 eggs, or 1 million XP collected. The points for the team are based on an aggregate total of all qualified team members. So if a member is qualified and completes 1 vault game, another team member can complete 2 more to score a point for the team.

To Qualify

Every day at 12 AM EST a “new day” begins. To Qualify you must complete Tier 3 of the Daily Challenge plus 3 sub games and 3 vault and key games. Once this happens any XP you’ve earned while unqualified will be released and added to your team total, and any sub games, vaults, or eggs you collect will start to count towards your team.

The Daily Challenge Multiplier

There are 5 tiers to the Daily Challenge. If you complete 1 tier, your vaults will count as one. But if you complete 2 tiers every time you complete a vault you’ll be adding TWO to your team total. Complete all 5 tiers and you are now adding 5 vaults every time you play!

The Season Pass Multiplier

This seasons’s special multiplier will be sponsored by Justin, Tim and Jon….It’s the CTP Season Pass Multiplier! It works exactly like the Daily Challenge multiplier except it applies to everyone on your team. Grab a Season Pass through this link and we’ll give your team a 7x multiplier…

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

Every day you’ll be playing against another team to see who can claim the most points for the day. The team who wins will receive $1 towards their Team Cash, and will score 10 bonus points towards their playoff placements. On Sundays the bonus points will be 10% of the points collected for the day.

We hope you guys are as excited as we are for the upcoming season! With these small changes, we hope to cater to even more surfers and promo partners to take CTP Teams to a whole new level….Get ready, we get started July 7th!

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Meet Leone! Member of Lucky 13 and one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met in the traffic exchange industry. Not only a dedicated team player, Leone is the proud owner of one of the hottest new traffic exchanges on the net – TE Search. Let’s dive in and meet Leone Mariano…

1. What first attracted you to online business and how did you stumble upon CTP?

I’ve been doing something online for many years, starting back in 2004 when I was a Herbalife Distributor and looking for free online advertising. In 2012 my husband and I joined a direct sales company that I was trying to market online and I stumbled upon other online stuff again. I joined a site called The 10K Challenge which taught safelist advertising and it was from there that I came across CTP and Traffic Exchanges. I really only dabbled for a while and didn’t dedicate myself to learning properly.

When I fell pregnant with my younger daughter Abby I was extremely tired and quit all online marketing. It was when she was around 4 months old I was tired of playing Facebook games and decided to look at safelists again. I joined a program that I wanted to promote, then I remembered CTP and behold my account was still there! I got hooked on surfing, met up with Kris Rogers on SocialSurf4U teams and she asked me to join Stray Team Bee (Phoenix). That started my obsession with all CTP 

2. Being a newer traffic exchange owner, what has been the main difference you have found from being a surfer into becoming an owner?

A lot of other owners will probably say the same that you have to find the balance between being a surfer and being an owner. What you want to get as a surfer is not always what is wise to give as an owner. You need to look at your branding as I when I first started a few other owners was not aware that I owned the site. One of the main things is not to market anything but your site outside of your site. I know if I do this I will get told off by Sunny! Something else that I have learnt as an owner is that whenever I complete a promo with other sites I select credits for the reward, not cash. The more credits I can have to promote my site the better!

3. How important is the culture that was developed in the teams like Lucky 13? Do you see the impact of the team building being a factor for years to come?

The team culture is a huge factor in where I am today. CTP Teams create the right atmosphere for networking that is required to build the “know, like and trust” that is required in our industry. I’ve found that I have a competitive streak in me and I love the playoffs and will to whatever I can to help the team out. I hope that CTP maintains the team surfing, it provides a great environment for surfers and owners alike. As an owner I was really happy with the format of last season and would like to know that I can have some place like CTP Teams to help me keep building my site.

4. You balance a lot. Team play, traffic exchange ownership and family life. How do you keep up with everything on top of being in Australia which has a different time zone from the rest of the world?

I have to credit a lot of what I do online to my husband. He gripes at me at times over the amount of hours I spend online with my “virtual friends” but he contributes a lot around the house and understands that I am working very hard to build up my business for our future. The funny part is my kids know where Mum’s place is – on her computer chair. Abby my youngest gets distressed when she can’t find me there. Emma my elder daughter who is almost 6 knows a lot of my marketing friends by name and she likes to be involved with my works sometimes.

Being in Australia has its advantages most of the time. Reset is 2pm here at the moment, and when the US finishes their daylight savings we start ours and it is 4pm. I don’t have to sit up all night waiting for reset so I can make changes to my site. The downside comes when the Plus1 show is on 4pm EST, which is 6am here. Sometimes I can make it, but mostly I’m hoping to be asleep.

5. If you had to spend 2 minutes with a brand new player, what advice would you give them if they are just getting started in CTP Teams?

Make sure you have skype as most of the teams communicate via skype. Network with your team mates and get to know them a little. Most team players will go to their team mates when they are looking for referral links for new sites they want to become a member of.

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Leone’s traffic exchange TE Search is a huge supporter of CTP Teams and all the competitions that take place. It regularly hosts the sub games and numerous Vaults as well. You can connect with Leone here or drop her a line while surfing TE Search!

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Meet Boris! He’s a unique dude. We like to think of him as the human Google and if you’ve been to an Plus 1 Daily shows you’ll understand why. He’s a wealth of knowledge, a funny guy and leader of one of the most storied teams in CTP history…Let’s meet Boris Petricevic

1. What first attracted you to online business and how did you stumble upon CTP?

Somewhere in 2011 I started researching ways to monetize a few websites I owned at the time. I used Google Adsense, but it couldn’t be used on iFrame pages. I did the sensible thing, looked at what my competition was doing, and found one of them was promoting 247TrafficPro (now Hit Link). I joined, poked around a bit, found something called “Downline Builder”, which among other sites had Tezak Traffic Power in it. Thus, the stage was set for my joining CTP.

But not yet…

For quite some time I surfed only Hit Link and TTP all while being annoyed by the fact that this Tony guy is trying to force me to get this thing called “Blue Bomb”, and he was persistent… every 35 pages… “here you go… take the blue bomb”.

After couple of months I decided to take it (in the hopes he’ll stop offering them to me). Heh,… I was oblivious. 😉

That’s the way I entered the CTP. I did ignore it for some more, and when I decided to give it a try it was “when I don’t have something better to do”… This phase lasted until the formation of CTP Teams. That’s the point I got the chance to work with people I admired and the point I immersed myself in CTP and this industry.

2. You’ve embraced being the voice of the Badge Hunts on your blog when they take place. What have you learned from not only covering the hunts but also from the different people that have taken part in them?

What I learned early on, after first badge hunt I hosted badge in is, that knowing what is the best way to use your badge and actually using it that way are two different things. I also learned, especially during this hunt, that dropping the ball is easy, catching it again is hard.

3. Lucky 13 is a very tight knit group of people, what has been the best part of being the leader of this legendary CTP team?

It still looks silly to me when I see “leader” next to my name, knowing that all of the members is what made this team legendary. The best part… the bragging rights of being part of this team! And the captain’s chair is very, very comfy. 😉

4. You’ve been involved in the traffic exchanges for some time, what do you think we all need to do to take this industry to a whole other level?

That’s tough one to untangle. The thing that comes to mind most often is, forcing people to comit to making their own advertizing, listbuild, promote their OWN websites. When they are personally invested in what they promote, they will see beyond “surf for penny” and this industry will flourish.

5. If you had to spend 2 minutes with a brand new player, what advice would you give them if they are just getting started in CTP Teams?

Choose the team you like, be active in their Skype group, if they don’t have one start it, get to know the people. Strategize together, and most of all, HAVE FUN!

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Boris has become a leader not only with Lucky 13 but also inside the CTP community. His regular contributions to the CTP Badge Hunts have been outstanding and he’s a guy that takes part in all events, across the board. Leading by example, Boris is one of the true ‘good guys’ in the industry!