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She’s one of the hardest working people in this business, offline and online! Debra shook the CTP Teams world a few seasons ago with the formation of Easy Team and has since gone on to form the brand new Eager Beaver Team Builders. She’s the owner of two mainstays traffic exchanges inside of the competition with Chit Chat Traffic and Traffic Empire.

Let’s get to know Debra and what makes her so focused and passionate about this business!

1. Tell us how you came to discover CTP and the Teams?

A friend and colleague asked me if I know anything about CTP. I did not at the time, but then some one else asked me and so I decided I had better take a look. and here I am a year and a half later.

2. As a program owner and a veteran team leader, you’ve seen changes come and go in the industry. What has been the high point as well as the low point for you in the business over the past year or so?

HUMM, great question, The high point would be, I learned how to use traffic exchanges. Meaning I was able to take Traffic Empire and bring her back to life. The low would be that my personal life hit a big bump and I needed to work on fixing the home front or I would have no business. Another high would be the guys at Legacy Hours jumped in and lent me a hand buy running the back end of my te’s for me. Very pleased to have met this bunch of goof balls.


3. Speaking of being a program owner..What made you make the jump from surfer to owner?

Being an owner happened by accident. A friend was in financial troubles, and offered to sell me one of his Traffic Exchanges. I purchased Traffic Empire, I had no clue what to do with it, it sat dormant for about 5 maybe 6 years. Once I joined CTP I quickly made friends, Brenda and her cane and Terry for his patience with me..LOL Now I have both TES up and running, so guess this is how I became an owner. I would not change a thing cuz I have done it my way, with lots of help along the way.


4. Teams have played a big part in your game plan for success. You’ve been a huge supporter of team play, how important is it for new members to roll up their sleeves and take part in these competitions?

This one is hard, cuz I have always lead a team, Easy Team is my team from another program, I created Easy Team in CTP and brought over my top team leaders. When doing so, we got recognition from branding, every where you looked Easy Team was there. Now, a year later and the Easy Team at CTP has changed hands and has become We Are Family… I wanted to bring the cream to the top and that is what I have done with Easy Team so that Renee can now have the ropes. I have created a leader and she is better than I am, and that is exactly what I was intending for. I wanted and stressed that branding is critical for them and adding list building into that mix made us a success.

This is why it is so important to join a team and stick with it, ask questions learn as you go and you will in return grow strong so that you will be able to take the ropes and lead your own team, whether it is in CTP or a opportunity your trying to build.
Get branded, build a list and learn to lead. 🙂

5. And finally, if you could take a new surfer and give them the best piece of advice for their business, what would it be?

Be them self, people can see right thru phony. Get a plan and stick with it..

A mainstay inside of the teams and around the industry, Doug could be considered….The owner of the people! After years of surfing, Doug took the bulls by the horns and became the owner of the popular Cool Cat Hits a few years ago…

Since then, Doug has become one of the most well known owners and someone who has a unique approach to life, business and everything in between…Let’s meet, our friend Doug Roehrig!

1. You’ve been involved in CTP for years now, how did you stumble across the community?

I stumbled across CTP while surfing Tim Tech sites. I started surfing around the mid 2000’s and was looking for a way to make money online.

The training in CTP has been tremendous and I love the certification that comes along with it!

2. Now you are a traffic exchange owner, and have been involved in CTP Teams as both a surfer and owner….What has been the biggest challenge in making the switch from surfer to owner?

The biggest challenge in making the switch from surfer to owner is that I have to realize I can’t give everything away as much as I would like to do so.

The temptation to give away the farm is always there and I have to fight it.

3. You’ve also spent a huge amount of time being in front of people every night in the Legacy Hours. How important has that been for your brand and your business?

Being active is one of the most important things an owner can do. Just being there increases trust and reliability. I have been able to build my brand by being active in the legacy hours night after night.

4. What’s the biggest take away you have experienced from being active in CTP Teams?

The biggest take away I have experienced from being active in CTP Teams is that determination and stick-to-it-ness can work wonders!

As a team you always accomplish more and although the goals may be different from player to player they all align to become a great marketer through CTP!

5. And finally, one piece of advice that you would give all new surfers just getting started in the business?

For those that are just starting in the business I first commend you! You couldn’t have come into a better part of the NET at a better time!

The main thing I would recommend is to take your time and go through all the CTP Training and Certification. You’ll learn so much that puts you on the right path to success.
Just be patient and know that in time you to will be successful!

Arguably one of the most unique and fun loving members of Click Track Profit, Charles Smith has been a mainstay since day one. The popular owner of Top Flight Traffic and Advanced Safelist has been around the industry for quite sometime, so we thought it would be a great time to finally ask….How does one become as awesome as Charles Smith?


1. How did I stumble upon Click Track Profit? But the real question I wanna know is…What made you order that jerk chicken for me all those years ago….We need to know the story!

Charles: I was with Click Track Profit from the beginning. I remember back in the old days when we used to hang out at TElive on a daily basis. I became attached to what I viewed a as a community of like minded individuals. My belief is sharing a meal is sharing friendship. I was in the room one day when Jon mentioned he didn’t know what he was gonna choose for dinner. So I sprang into action and remembered Jon liked Jamaican food and I remembered the place he ordered from on a regular basis. So I looked up the number and called and asked what was Jon’s favorite dish. I believe it was rice and peas and jerk chicken.

(Side note from Jon: It was arguably one of the biggest surprises of my life and I was so grateful that Charles did this. It was different. It was unique and I’ll remember him for my entire life because of that one act of kindness…)

2. You took your time, but are now a traffic exchange owner. What made you decide to make the jump into ownership?

First off I was very sad to hear that Randy Ritter had lost his battle with cancer. He was one of a few people that I could really talk to about the industry. I was surfing Legacy Hits and I noticed that Topflighttraffic.com was in rotation and it showed as an expired domain. Knowing that Randy Ritter had passed I just figured it would be renewed by whomever held the site. That put me into detective mode.

I spoke with a few folks in the community and heard through the grapevine that TopFlightTraffic was for sale so I pursued the leads and became the 2nd owner. I felt compelled to continue Randy’s passion. There was a glitch a cyber squatter took the topflighttraffic.com name and was holding it for a price that was insane. I was compelled to continue on in my endeavor and used TopFlightTraffic.net instead. I then gave the site a facelift and the rest as they say is history.

3. You’ve been not only active in the teams, but also in this community for so many years. How important is it for new members to stay the course and roll up their sleeves to get to know other members?

It is crazy to see the amount of people that come and go. I feel it is important especially for the new folks to dig in and be consistent with whatever they choose to do. It is important to become known and trusted by people in your niche.

4. What’s the best and worst experience you have had in CTP?

The best experience I have had in CTP is meeting new people and seeing them stay with it. The worst experience I have had are with the pitch meisters that come out of the woodwork and disrupt the community.

5. The number one piece of advice from Charles, to any new member would be…….

Take a deep breathe, If it sounds too good to be true… Meet folks, you cannot succeed on your own and lastly have fun.

As one of the most active affiliates in the traffic exchange industry, Scott Rohn has seen a lot! A regular blogger and hardcore affiliate for ClickTrackProfit, we touched base with him to hear his thought son CTP, affiliate marketing and the importance of blogging.

Scott is the author of Scott Rohn’s Thoughts and has been featured on Mentor Strategies via BlogTalkRadio.

1. How did I stumble upon Click Track Profit?

Well let me think. Oh yea I remember was walking along and I tripped over one of those little boulders and hit me head on the ground when I woke up CTP was right there.

No just Kidding….

Seriously um wow back I’d say 2007 or so I wanted to start making money online…You know live the good life. And I tried everything. Go Go 20 , Rich Jerk, Plug & Profit the list goes on. Oh before I tried to make money online.

I tried Don Lapre’s program and Charleton Sheets Real Estate program. I can’t remember exactly what program it was. But I put together an online hardware store.

I called it Hanks Hardware. How I came up with the name is one night. My brother in law and I were in a bar, and the bartender asked me my name. I told her to guess, and she said You look like a Hank.
So every time we went in there she’s say Hi Hank. But nothing was working. So I quit. Then around March / April on 2009 I got a postcard from storesonline inviting me to a live event they were having.

So my wife and I went had lunch on them and paid like $29 for a store. Of course it was only a startup store with allot of limitations. Of course they invited all the guests to a Bigger conference a few weeks later.

I went and committed to a $6,000 Pro contract. To get an online store with all the whistles. So I went to work on my store decided to call it Alpine Cameras. And I might say it was a good looking store. One of the support techs at storesonline even made me a cool header but getting eyes on it was a pain.

I tried everything they were teaching me about SEO. So while looking for ways to advertise my store I stumbled upon traffic exchanges. The first one I joined was Lords Of Traffic. And I promoted the heck out of my store. Only I didn’t know about splash pages or squeeze pages. In fact I knew nothing about TE’s. And there was no Click Track Profit around at that time to show me. So Yes I promoted my entire site. But I did know enough to know I had to expand my horizons. I needed to joining more traffic exchanges.

So I joined sites like Tezak Traffic Power, Startxchange, and others. Then while surfing I saw ads for Worldprofit. 50,000 credits so I joined and I have to tell you. I learned allot there. The friday morning sessions with George Kosch played a huge part in the way I promote today….

He said something like promote as much as you can in as many places you can until you don’t want to do it anymore. Then go promote some more. And He didn’t just tell us to do it. He did it himself. So I started with Worldprofit to promote my camera store. But eventually that went by the wayside when I was making money with it, and I couldn’t make the payments.

Oh and it was about this time I enrolled in the Pittsburg Online Art Institute for Graphic Design. But missed one class and got booted plus a owed money UGH!. So now my entire concentration was now on World Profit. And of course with them You got your own site, and Blog if you wanted one for a little extra ( One time price) You could have your blog hosted by them as long as you were a paying member of Worldprofit.

My site was BestBiz 5000, and my blog was BestBiz 5000 Blog. With articles mostly from Dr Lant. And of course I learned about landing pages email marketing. And Yes I did make money here and there with World Profit. My sponsor Linda Elze was the weekly, Monthly, Yearly Sales Champ when I was there and it looks likes she is still the top Dog there. I mention that because I learned allot from Linda.

Then around 2011 I started seeing these ads with these three lunatics throwing snowballs at each other. I knew who Tim Linden was but I had no clue who the other two guys were. and they kept mentioning this other guy from Canada Jon Olson and yes I knew who Jon was by this time I had joined I Love Hits and had been to a couple TE Lives. I went a couple times when It was on UStream when I could remember it was on.
I was like what the Heck is this. But the more I saw the more intrigued I got.

So finally I joined Click Track Profit. and the two other guys turned out to be Justin Ledvina one of the best business minds I’ve ever heard and Larry Dame. Who I miss having around he was ok even for a Red Sox fan. So that’s my story on how I stumbled upon Click Track Profit.

2. Something you have embraced more than most in the industry is the power of video on your squeeze pages, how important has that been to your advertising?

As far as embracing the use of video I gotta give you the credit. You were basically the only one talking about it. I remember when You guys would give away Flip Cams. I think Blain Jones was one of the first guys to get a Flip Cam while at least he was the first to use it. And he made some Awesome videos. I was like ok if I ever win a Flip Cam I’ll start making videos. But then I got to the point where I was like I’m just going to start making videos. I have a web cam, why do I need to wait for a Flip Cam?

My first video was kinda of goofy I would talk while different effects kept happening around me, Rain Snow Bang Explosions etc. Like I said a goofy video. But nobody bite my head off and I kinda liked doing it. So I kept making videos for my pages and even did a couple video tours of a couple sites and tutorial videos. And eventually I spent some Money and bought a Cannon Powershot A2500. and started making videos with that.

For the second part of your question. OMG it has helped me Tremendously. Before that I was putting my Pic and name on my splash pages using Adkreator and Awesome program . And I was starting to become known. But doing video, Man that just put me over the top with being known. I’m sure there are some who don’t know who I am Yet! I’ll get to them eventually.

As far as The results I get I’ve found I don’t have to get a ton of hits to get good results. When I was doing research on what makes High Converting squeeze pages. The number 1 answer was video.

3. Speaking of promoting and advertising, what the biggest tip other than adding video to your squeeze page that you could offer members looking to get better results?

The biggest Tip I could give anyone is well there is a couple things, don’t go program hoping find something and stick to it.

Or better Yet Promote Yourself, Build your lists.

Then promote to your list. But You have to go at it like a mad man. Promote Promote Promote the Promote some more.

If you own a Program a TE or whatever. You have no business promoting anything else Look at the Legacy Guys they are where they are because they worked there asses off. They didn’t open another TE until Legacy Hits was well on it way. Not like some of these people who open a traffic exchange get to 300- 500 members think there a success then Open More Traffic Exchanges. And the funny thing is if you look at what there promoting its everything but there Traffic Exchanges.

As for an affiliate Promote You first. No matter if you List Build or not Promote You First. As far as Ownership I don’t currently won anything right now. But there could be something in the future. Were getting a _ _ _ _ ton of Cash from My In Laws from the sale of there house. So yea will see what the future holds . But Yea promote yourself and promote as often as you can in as many places as you can!

4. You’ve also taken big steps to practice consistent blogging! How has that experience helped or hurt your online business?

First of all this isn’t my first blog I had a couple other but they never seemed to latch on. So Last year when I made the choose to get into List Building I thought why not a blog.

And I’ll tell it more people seem to know about compared to my other blogs. I just wish Marcus would stop calling me Scott Rohns Thoughts when I login to there show ha ha who am I kidding its Awesome when He does. Blogging as actually helped me with my business, It has helped people get to know me even more. And thanks to a couple rants, People might have discovered I can be a bit opinionated. Yes Blogging as definitely helped me with my business!

5. If you could leave new marketers with one piece of advice, what would that be?

Lets see I would tell them to learn from those that came before them. Learn from there mistakes!

If something sounds to good to be true. It probably. Get Rich quick doesn’t exist. Online or offline.

I would tell them to Promote themselves Build there Lists Promote to there lists. Promote as often as possible! Use video and start a blog!

ctp teams players

It’s been a while since our last Meet The Player feature and with Season 9 right around the corner, we felt it would be a great time to fire these posts up again!

And what better way than to check in with one of the busiest guys on the busy. The VERY opinionated and dedicated owner / team player….Rob Paris – Owner of CrusinXchange and leader of Team Crusin’ Along!

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1. You’ve been involved in the industry for years, how did you stumble upon ClickTrackProfit?

In the T.E. industry I came across StartXchange and liked the young bloke who was just starting out and liked what I saw.

So I was quickly involved with the team side of it there at StartXchange we had a great time and built relationships I can say 15 years plus on I still talk with those same people.
Unfortunately I have seen a few depart us also.

When ClickTrackProfit came along you could say I had a foot in the door and of course was eager to see what new things it could bring to the table.

I have enjoyed my time in CTP and it has opened new doors for me and I am sure while I am breathing I will be involved in CTP.

2. I remember you sitting on cam with us for an entire weekend few years back on our marathon live streaming event….What attracted you to this community and how did you stay awake that long?

Yes that was a while back where do we start I think it was 24 or 28 hours the first one then a few years down the track we where at 102 hours.

After doing one and filling in the gaps I guess I stuck at it so people could see anyone could get on cam no matter how big a goose you may come across as we all enjoy entertainment.
To keep going all those time I think it was something in the cancer treatment I was doing that made you say well your not getting me today one day turns into another and so the show goes on.

The best part about the community that was and is still around today is that with out them I would not have got as far as I did, it gave you have highlights as in the first timers I was able to encourage to jump on cam, yes that will keep you going seeing others taking the leap.

3. You’ve always been a very vocal supporter of teams, how important has networking and building relationships been to your business?

I have most probably covered this question back in question one. But I will say no networking or building team relationships I can only think it would be a lonely path to tread online.

4. Speaking of business, CruisinXchange is a huge partner in the upcoming season, what can we look forward to with your program in 2017?

CruisinXchange the TE that was not meant to be. What started out as a experimental platform from back in my early days in StartXchange where we had a few TE owners on our team that turned into a working TE because someone went and gave it a plug.
My Plan was to just run CruisinXchange as a test TE well that has changed and the TE that was going to be built from that experiment is still been built. Maybe this year.

I will always be a supporter of CTP at CruisiXchange and while it stays viable I will run as many cross promo’s with CTP as I can. I have no major changes planned for CruisinXchange except fine tuning and adding what I learn from building my othere TE and of Course SealifeHits in some ways I well always keep CruisinXchange as a test platform in what I try.

Good example everyone says Run OTO’s well CruisinXchange dosn’t so if it is a bit different you will find it at CruisinXchange.

5. If you could leave new marketers with one piece of advice, what would that be?

One bit of advice well that is pretty standard from me get a product believe in it and make that what you sell don’t be sidetracked by the next shiny thing that comes along.

Software has always served me well and is my backstop online it is not hard to find something that will appeal to people just remember if it got you excited then it will others.

As we say here when you’re on a good thing stick with it.

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!

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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!

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Meet Candis Luther – The Grandma Nerd! One of the pivotal players in Team CSN and someone who has not only embraced the CTP community but also the power of personal branding.

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

I have worked regular jobs until I was told I would never work again. I’m not one to be idle with my time. I had to do something. I invested in a computer and started my search for something I could do working from home. I thought I would do data entry or something like that. While searching the internet,after filling out several survey forms, I found a program that seemed to fit for me. I was very out going so making calls and talking to prospects was perfect for me. That was 2005..

Move forward to 2011 I discovered CTP while looking for ways to advertise whatever MLM I was doing. ( I failed at many…. ).

Then as uncertain life issues happened over time, I was finally able to get back to what I wanted to do the most, in Sept 2015 which was work from home online. This brought me back to CTP. still in my email box…The training is something I decided I really needed if I was going to succeed That began a whole new journey for me

2. You’ve been really embracing recorded videos and list building with your squeeze pages, what is a stumbling block you got over that seems to handicap most newer marketers from using these tools?

I think that one stumbling block is the fear factor. How will I look? Will I get laughed at? Did I say the right thing? etc.. It takes me about 3 hours to put together just one 30 sec video. But I did it. I told myself if I let what every person thinks about me keep me from doing these things, then I will never make it in this business. and it will never grow. Honestly, I still stumble, but the end result of seeing my business grow is well worth it.

3. How do you combine your efforts with CSN / the team competition and building your business and brand as the Grandma Nerd?

Wow, this is a big question. CSN team has been awesome. I think being on a team is very important. Being in the competitions helps me push myself to the next level. It helps me see where I need to improve ( and yes i seem to get very competitive.. LOL I didn’t know I was like that ), I try to see what folks are looking for and hopefully in the long run help others to build there business. I meet and get to know like minded people that I can and have learned from.

Building my brand The Grandma Nerd at first was simply something my grand kids called me. Not owning a TE, or site and wanting to get something out there for my affiliate marketing.. that’s what I went with. I got a lot of positive feed back and although sometimes embarrassed, I stuck with it I put that on a blog, finally put out a video with it ( and a personalized badge ) and now my business is growing as that is how folks are making the connection with me. and my brand.

4. You are very active in chats, the live seminars and Skype groups….Why is important for you to be visible and grow with this community?

This is very important to me because if I don’t get involved or take action with fellow marketers, then how will I grow. I think everyone in this business has something to bring to the table.. I for one don’t want to miss anything.. and also being there, I’m not an invisible person doing this alone. I get a lot of support from the community and enjoy supporting others as well. There is not a day that goes by that i don’t learn something

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?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions , make suggestion or make a mistake.. Get to know your team mates . They are there for you and as you grow and learn you will be able to be there for them and for new players as well. Be yourself , never give up.. and have lots of fun along the way.

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Candis has been a huge part of the community a great contributor to the shows at Plus 1 Daily! She’s also a blogger and has one of the most popular blogs in the traffic exchange world. If there was a definition for action taker – Candis would be the shining example of it!