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We all know that I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.  I was utterly convinced that the Plus 1 Badge Hunt ended at midnight last.  Guess what?  It is really midnight tonight!

We will award over 16,000 badges.  A great number.

HINT:  Be on the lookout for ‘last day’ badge specials.  More than a couple people will change their requirements right at the end.  I know there is one at SeaLife Hits.

You have got to know that the Legacy team would be in the badge hunt.  They are specialists at leverage and are not going to miss this chance.  Some of the Legacy badges are surf requirements and some are “buy” badges.  Like I said earlier. it just never hurts to ask people to buy from you. Particularly when you have something good to give them.

Ben Frazier is another savvy TE owner that knows the value of leverage.  He has surf requirements at Tower Traffic and Advertising Maximizer as well as list building components. This isn’t Ben’s first rodeo, he is another guy that you could pattern your business after.

So now it’s really over.  This is an incredibly exciting time for TimTech and our friends.  The Plus 1 Badge Hunt finish coincides with the first round of playoffs.  What a swirl that has caused in the space time continuum.

It’s been real, it’s been fun.  I’m sure you haven’t heard the last of me.

I’m just sayin’

The last gasp, the fat lady sings, it’s all over but the shoutin’.

This is the very last update to the Plus 1 Badge Hunt.  It absolutely ends tonight at midnight EDT.

By any measure, it has been a success.  15,000 plus badges awarded.  Multiple badges given away over 400 times.  Literally thousands of new players exposed to the game.

I really expect a big rush to the finish on total badges.  I just have the feeling that several CTP teams have ‘delayed’ claiming badges until the playoffs began.

I have some hard numbers on my badge, number 161.  As of right this minute I have given away 176 badges that resulted in 108 NEW signups on my blog list.  That is the absolute most ‘bang for the buck’ of any advertising I have done this year.  And these are brand new subscribers to a list that has been around for several years.

Old friends like John Novak, Tony Tezak, William Miller, Jerry Ianucci, Andrew Stark and Renee Vorbach once again used the Plus 1 Badge Hunt to great success.  Newer faces like Doug Roehrig,  Kris Rogers, Leone Marziano, Susan Howarth, Thomas Sheets and Tim Hanson just clobbered this badge hunt.

It’s been a good run, for the hunters and the holders.

I’m guessing we will do it again sometime:)

I’m just sayin’

Plus 1 Badge Hunt has this update and one more and then it is done!  It’s almost the end and still there is a certain frenzy at the badges.  I really think there is some serious badge collection to be done.  Why?

Because CTP teams season 3 ended at midnight.  The playoffs for season 3 begin at midnight tonight (Monday).  How many savvy teams have qualified for badges and not collected them?  I’ll bet there are way more than a few in this category and that we will see a big uptick in badges awarded on the first day of the playoffs.

Which isn’t to say that the Plus 1 Badge Hunt hasn’t been a roaring success so far.  It has seen very near 14,000 badges awarded already, and more than 36 hours to go.

Remember that there are 75 people that are jockeying for position and the possibility for a prize.  I expect that list to change significantly before the end.

I always like to see what successful people do, and to pattern my business after them.  One of the very successful people in our sphere is Eric Goettman.  His 5 badges have two that are ‘sign up’ badges for business’ that Eric owns.  The other 3 are simple ‘buy anything from XXX site’ badges.

It just doesn’t hurt to ask people for a sale.  Eric has good TEs and with the 3 sale badges he gives you and I an incentive to purchase credits at his sites.  The nugget?  Don’t be afraid to ask your customers to buy.

I sweet guarantee that you will make way more money if you actually ask people to buy.

I’m just sayin’

So.  Every badge is created equal right?  Not so much.

There are 180 badges that are all more or less the same, but badge number 046 is special.  Brought to you by Sig Skeie and his cruising buddy Rob P, the formerly humble badge #46 is now the premier badge in the hunt.

It’s easy to get, just donate $5.00 to the TE Cares Clean Water program.  Your donation will ensure that people get clean water to drink and cook and bathe in.  Water is not a luxury in life, it is a necessity.

Clean Water is a bona fide charity and 100% of the donations go directly to the water project.  So far badge #46 has raised over $1000 for clean water.  It’s simply the best badge you can claim.  Let’s see if we can’t push it over $2000!

An old friend is in 4th place overall in number of badges awarded.  Tony Tezak, badge number 102. What is remarkable about that?  Well, Tony is one of the most astute businessmen in this part of the world and if he’s leveraging badges they simply must work.

A person could do a lot worse than just patterning his business by doing exactly what Mr. T does.  I’m not saying copy him, just do what he does.

Oh, okay.  I’m saying copy Tony.  Build a list, communicate with your list, and don’t be afraid to sell to them every now and again.  See what happens.

I’m just sayin’

 

Hey.  Is that music I hear?  I believe I can hear the Rolling Stones with Sympathy for the Devil.  How could that possibly get into the Plus 1 Badge Hunt Update?  It’s a mystery.

This is clearly a different sort of badge hunt.  Maybe it’s people in the Plus 1 mode, maybe it is the different prize structure, but things are clearly different this time around.

I’m going to talk some numbers.

The number of players that are going to cash in on this hunt.  75  It’s an impressive list, and a lot of room left for anyone to get to the top 75.  

11,246 badges delivered and if my math is correct we are at the start of day 9.  Way over 1000 badges per day, which is always the hallmark of a successful badge hunt.

It seems that Douglas Rohrig has the top three badges awarded so far this contest, led by badge #108 that he’s given out 336 times.  And to make it even better, it has a numbers clue.  Prime numbers, even.

180 total badges to be given this time around.  The total is smaller than we have seen in past hunts, but more players seem to indicate more badges awarded.  Who would have thought?

Zero.  The number of badges given by the people that haven’t posted their clues yet.  What’s up with that?  Cumon, Man!

One.  Me.   I am honored to be able to write this update post.  Thanks to Patrick and the masters at Tim Tech for letting me play.

I’m just sayin’

 

Nich Grimshawe plus 1 badge hunt

How’s the hunting going?

It is Day 8 already which means we have reached the second week and there are still lots of badges to be found.

Nick Grimshawe is certainly having a good badge hunt so far and has been using his mailing list of subscribers to promote his badge and also using his badge to promote his mailing list.

Clever eh?

Basically if you are not on his list then you have to join and leave a comment on his Be-Inspired Facebook Page to get the badge.

If you are already on the list then you will have received an email from Nick directing you to his Facebook page to leave a comment and claim his badge.

Nick then checks the comments and sends out the badge code link.

Clever stuff. Simple but clever. Nick’s is badge number 163 if you want to add it to your collection.

 

Another week is coming to an end but our Plus 1 Badge Hunt is only just beginning.

It is now Day Three and already badge sponsors are adding subscribers to their lists, gaining downlines to their programs, making sales and bringing people to their blogs and websites.

In addition the badge hunters are getting badges – perhaps for activities they would have done normally but also for checking out new things online and seeing new parts of the internet they may not have visited before.

I have always said that badge hunts never fail to highlight the creativity and individuality of our awesome community and this badge hunt is no exception.

While there is nothing wrong with a clue which says “Click here to get my badge” other clues are designed to really make you think.

I mention this because one of the badge hints that caught my eye is this one from Renee Vorbach:

Plus 1 badge hunt badge 53 claim page

I will be honest here, I don’t know for certain what the clue means but I do know what a ‘not found’ HTTP error message is and I can certainly see how that could be worked into claiming a badge at Pistol Packing Mama.

In fact Renee is one of the badge sponsors who always takes time to ensure that her clues are very distinctive and unique to her.

Here is another one:

Plus 1 badge hunt badge 54 page

I like these clues…they are funny and they do require you to think or do some research and all roads lead to her traffic exchange which also makes a lot of sense for a TE owner.

If you also like the clues then Renee has three more badges in the Plus 1 badge hunt so make sure you track them all down.

The Plus 1 badge hunt has got off to a flying start with badges being claimed left, right and center.

With just over 20 hours gone 3,545 badges have been claimed already which is a great start indeed.

Whether you are a new member taking part in a badge hunt for the very first time or an old hand at it, then have fun.

For the first time in a TimTech badge hunt we have made it possible for the top 75 hunters to win a cash prize so there is everyghing to play for.

Teams can win prizes too so you can collect as an invidivual, as a team player or both.

Don’t forget that there is a badge hunt button on your CTP home page for the duration of the contest so you can quickly find out how many badges you have claimed so far and which ones you still need to get.

CTP Badge Hunt Button

Remember some badges are available throughout the duration of the contest and some are only available on certain days.

Here is an example.

William Miller has multiple badges in this contest and if you want to collect all his badges then here is how…

The “The Plus 1 Badge Hunt 100 Badge” at SurfSkeleton.com and “The Plus 1 Badge Hunt 126 Badge” at TrafficPharaoh.com will be available for free for the duration of the contest.
SurfSkeleton.com and TrafficPharaoh.com will each host 5 other badges apiece with the following schedule.

Badge#  Dates available:
#1  Sept 23rd , Sept 24th, Sept 25th
#2  Sept 26th, Sept2 7th, Sept 28th
#3  Sept 29th, Sept 30th, Oct 1st,
#4  Oct 2nd, Oct 3rd, Oct 4th
#5  Oct 5th, Oct 6th, Oct 7th

As always, you just need to click on any of the badges shown on the main CTP badge hunt page to see how to claim that particular badge.

Also keep checking back to this blog as we will also highlight some of the badges throughout the contest and Tom has said he will be posting some of the badge hunt statistics as they catch his eye.

Happy hunting everyone.

Plus 1 badge hunt bannerThe smell of freshly released badges is in the air.

They have that distinctive ‘just made’ smell which drives badge hunters crazy and makes them want to track those badges down.

Well the badges are out there so now all you have to do is to find them.

You have from now until October 7 to get as many badges as you can find.

Remember that not every badge owner releases all their badges one Day One and some may be available only on specific days…so it is vital that you check the badge hunt page for the individual clues on when badges are live.

As always with our badge hunts, some badges had been claimed before the official start time and these were all reset just before midnight so that all the totals were at zero and nobody was able to get a head start.

So for now dive in and get started and this blog will be updated during the contest with information about specific badges, tips and general news of interest to badge hunters.

Plus 1 badge hunt

If there is one thing that people in this community really love, then it is a massive badge hunt.

We have had awesome badge hunts in the past but nothing as awesome as a Plus 1 Badge Hunt

Hunters…you have until September 23 to sharpen your badge hunting skills and get into Plus 1 badge hunt mode.

Badge owners…you can claim your badges right now so all you need to do is work how how many you want and what you want people to do to collect them.

Every badge hunt sees exciting new ways that people come up with of using our badge hunts to build their lists, market their products, showcase their blogs and bring in additional revenue.

Plus 1 means making steady progress and it is a concept which applies not to the few, but to the many…so for this badge hunt we have shaken up the prize structure.

This is a badge hunt which makes it easy for both individuals and team players to win and here is how it works.

Teams:

If your team members collectively claim more badges than any other team during the contest then you will be the top team for the Plus 1 Badge Hunt and every team member will be rewarded with a $5 prize.

Individuals:

In addition to the team prize, the top 75 individuals who have claimed the most badges will also each get $5.

This means that more people than ever before have a chance of winning with the Plus 1 Badge Hunt.

While the cash prizes are obvious wins, many consider that the real winning is the boost in traffic, sales, signups and activity that the badge owners get with our badge hunts and the cool incentives to claim the badges that the hunters receive.

Another badge hunt is just around the corner…it is time to Plus 1 once again.