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Lucky 13 has lost its emperor.

Some might say that losing an emperor is rather careless but it happens from time to time.

Thankfully he was found safe and well by a sharp-eyed TimTech associate and given a new home on the inside of the organization.

The emperor in question is Tom Wacker who founded Lucky 13 and was its leader during the epic battles that took place between his team and SurfAholics Alpha in Season One of CTP Teams.

He stepped down after being joining TimTech in his new role as a member of the support team and has written about his decision to do so on his blog.

As Tom points out there was no pressure on him to leave the team but he felt it was the correct thing for him to do in the circumstances.

I think I will be right in saying, that despite this development, Tom’s heart will never be too far from Lucky 13.

Read more: Tom Wacker blog: Ch Ch Ch Changes

Late surge from SurfAholics Alpha put them top on S2 W8 D7

I knew I shouldn’t have made predictions. As soon as I pressed the “send” button on the last teams update post I said as much to myself.

I wrote: “Right now Ubers are first with a sizeable lead over the Alphas and Lucky 13 are third. If I was a betting man, that is how I would predict the top three teams to remain on Sunday night…”

Wrong!!!

Then I wrote: “…however CTP Teams is far from predictable so I won’t be placing any bets.”

Right!!!

Just look what SurfAholics Alpha has done in the final day of this week’s contest…they have added rocket fuel to their activity and leapt from third place to first in a single bound.

Not only have they gone into first place but they are so far ahead of the field that could anyone catch them now? Alphas are currently on 42 billion points compared with “just” 22 billion for second placed Ubers and 7 billion for third placed Lucky 13.

Talking of Lucky 13, I should have paid more attention to their team member and CTP Teams expert Tom Wacker because he predicted this on Monday.

On his show he said he felt that this would be the week that the SAA’s pounced and put in a concerted effort to win Week 8…and it looks as though this is what happened.

Exactly what the SAAs did remains unclear…you can’t fault a team for wanting to keep their strategy secret. However they insist that they have played within the rules and that the whole team was involved in the push for first place.

So am I going to predict a win for the Alphas? Not quite. I am not getting caught out like that twice in one week…but I will be paying very close attention to what Tom Wacker has to say tomorrow.

It is always enjoyable with the topics for TELive are generated, not by Jon or I, but from members of the traffic exchange community.

Yesterday was one such day when the main topic for discussion was inspired by John Brewer’s recent post on the Lucky 13 blog.

Under the slightly controversial (and certainly attention-grabbing) headline “Do We Pay TimTech Too Much Money?”, he brought up the highly charged subject of paying hard cash in order to earn a living online.

There are some people who would argue that paying even one dollar to TimTech is paying TimTech too much money, but that is another story altogether.

The Lucky 13 blog post addressed the question of those people online who think that everything should be free. I am not quite sure where this attitude comes from but it goes like this:

1. I want to earn a living online.

2. I need tools to earn a living online.

3. I want companies, like TimTech, to provide those tools for me.

4. I don’t want to have to pay for the tools.

5. I might, at a push, and very grudgingly, pay the minimum I possibly can for just one or two of the tools but I will not be happy.

6. If I don’t see results within a month, (or less) then I will demand my money back for the tools which, obviously, must be faulty.

Now try that in the real world. See how far you get when you tell your grocery store manager that you need food to eat, that the grocery store provided food and that you want it for free.

Online tools such as autoresponders, advertising platforms, traffic delivery systems, training systems and tracking services cost large sums of money to provide.

Some, such as traffic exchanges, work well on a freemium model of paid and free users, while others, such as autoresponders work best on a paid-only subscription basis.

If you are trying to make a living online and you think that the tools you need to make your business work should be handed out for free then you don’t have the right mentality to be trying to make a living online.

Anyway back to John’s blog post…you can read it here…

Lucky 13 Blog – Do We Pay TimTech Too Much Money?

Lucky 13 Win CTP Teams S2 W7 contest

There is no doubt that Lucky 13 went all out to win last weeks CTP Teams contest…and win it they did.

Former team leader Tom Wacker said as much as his show a week ago today and the team put all they had into securing victory.

It is the first time in season two that any team other than Uber Surfers or SurfAholics Alpha has come in first. Alphas won the first three weeks, Ubers won the next three and Lucky 13 have claimed week seven.

I had an idea that this would be a fiercely fought contest and I was right. All through the weekend the top two teams flip flopped on the leaderboard as no sooner did one gain a slight advantage than the other took it away again.

There was to be no run-away victory again this week and while, at one point, it looked as though the Ubers had done enough to claim victory, Lucky 13 snatched it at the end.

Tom Wacker, writing in the Lucky 13 blog today, said: “It was an epic, hard fought battle, but the L13 beat out the Ubers and SAA to win their first week of the season.  It was really, really close, and wasn’t finally decided until the very stroke of midnight.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of Lucky 13 this week.  We took on the challenge and every single member busted a gut to achieve our goal.  What an effort and what a week. It was a very good run, and we can be proud of ourselves as a team.  We really did well.”

There was, once again, a huge points gap between the top three teams and the rest of the pack. CSN came in a comfortable fourth but the points spread in the teams immediately below them was relatively narrow.

Dream Team, Beginners and Winners and In To Win all moved up a league yesterday; they had their places taken by The Strays, Surf Lovers and Bad Surfers.

We are now into  week eight of the current season which means there are just three more weeks to go. Right now the top of the Season Points table looks like this:

1. Uber Surfers – 451 points

2. SurfAholics Alpha – 450 points

3. Lucky 13 – 443 points

4. Renegades – 430 points

5. Cash Surfing Network – 424 points

So as we enter a new week, keep going strong no matter where you happen to be in CTP Teams and, above all, have fun.

See you all for TELive at 4pm Eastern. Hope you can make it.

Sometimes in life the answer to a slightly confusing splash page can be found…in another splash page.

Actually it is a very good marketing trick that has been tried and tested and works very well.

1. Say something to capture people’s attention.

2. Ensure that the ‘something’ you say really does capture attention and leaves your audience a little confused.

3. After a suitable time (and maybe after more than one teaser page) reveal what was going on and what you would like people to do.

Also remember that we are not necessarily talking about Mensa-level puzzles here (although I can see that working if done right).

This was Tom’s original page:

Tom Wacker Getting Bombed video splash page

It would not take a huge amount of brain power to work out that he was promoting the CTP Sub Game for this coming Friday.

But here’s the thing. Saying “I’m getting bombed on Friday the 13th!” and including a video almost compels you to want to find our more.

It also means that you will subconsciously connect that date with the thought that “Tom is doing something on this date.”

So what is going on.

Well it turns out that is more than just Tom…it is a Lucky 13 thing.

It would appear that four of the traffic exchanges associated with the Lucky 13 team have all got together to host the Sub Game this coming Friday.

This strikes me as a very good idea indeed. Creative, original and fun. I like it.

P.S. Right at the start of this blog post I said that sometimes the answer to a slightly confusing splash page can be found in another splash page…well the ‘reveal’ to Tom’s original page is shown below.

Lucky 13 TE owners have the bomb splash page

It has been well documented, that in the past the CTP Teams counter has proved a little bit unreliable when it came to the really big numbers.

Thankfully that has all been fixed and no problems have been reported in recent months.

The only thing we were not able to test was whether the counter for third place in the Premier League was working as well as it should be.

I mean, it seemed alright and there had been no complaints, not even the faintest glow of a warning light on the TimTech dashboard of reliability…but still.

You see the problem we had is that those, oh-so-stubborn Lucky 13 guys and girls, refused to move from third spot …so it looked like the counter might have been stuck.

Week after week it was Lucky 13 third place and there it stayed…until now.

Lucky 13 move into first place on CTP Teams Premier League S2 W5 D2

Uber Surfers are now in third place, SurfAholics Alpha in second and Lucky 13 are in the lead…first spot no less.

It is a relatively slim lead indeed and it is only Day 2 of this weekly contest so whether they hold that lead until Sunday remains to be seen.

However at least we all know that the third place counter wasn’t broken after all!

It was hard, thankless work but someone had to do it.

For three solid years former Lucky 13 leader Tom Wacker toiled away on an exhaustive online survey for the good of the traffic exchange industry.

He wanted to find out what made advertisers tick, what they liked to put on their splash pages in order to get your attention and he was most diligent in his research.

As Tom put it himself: “Over the past three years I have viewed hundreds of thousands of splash pages, landing pages, copy pages and more than a few unidentifiable pages. I have kept meticulous track in several categories, and the secrets are just about to be revealed.”

So what did he find? Well his research revealed that girls with big boobs (GWBB) seem to come out on top, if you pardon the expression, when it comes to the vast majority of traffic exchange adverts.

But Tom was not content with that one finding alone because his tireless research on your behalf led him to identify several subsets of this overall category.

He identified, for example, the following four important groups:

A: GWBB and a fist full of $100 bills.
B: GWBB and perfect teeth. Often with a really stupid surprised look on their faces and a fist full of $100 bills.
C: GWBB and perfect teeth in an exotic beach setting. Often with a laptop computer, but not necessary to complete the scene.
D: GWBB with perfect teeth in a mansion. Less common than the first 3.

So that is what came out top of his survey but he has also shared the adverts which came second, third and fourth during his journey through many hundreds of thousands of splash pages.

Does GWBB feature elsewhere in his survey results? You bet she does but I won’t spoil the surprise for those of you who have not already seen his full set of findings.

Find out more: TomWacker.com – Survey Results: Surprises

 

 

Lucky 13 back on top of Premier League of CTP Teams

It is a powerful thing CTP XP.

A little while ago Legacy launched their new Rapid Fire Ads program and when we mailed out about it, the Curse of Janelle struck again.

We got the link in our email wrong…and we were on a call with Janelle when the email was being written so that is why the link didn’t work.

Janelle has a history of messing up TimTech emails and it seems as if the curse has struck once again.

But what has this got to do with CTP Teams?

Well we had planned on giving 100,000 XP for people joining up via our link and 500,000 XP for those who join and upgrade…but because we got it wrong we sent the email again and DOUBLED the XP bonuses to 200,000 XP for signing up and 1,000,000 XP for upgrading.

This had an immediate impact on CTP Teams as the top three teams changed places as the bonus XP was awarded for members joining and upgrading.

At the time of this screenshot Lucky 13 was on top…but for how long will they stay there?

Lucky 13 Too is latest addition to CTP Teams

I can almost hear the shouts of “It’s not fair” already.

Lucky 13 is no longer content with having one team in the contest, so now they have two or “too” as they like to say because Lucky 13 Too is the latest to join the party.

And in case you think they have no understanding of English grammar the too (rather than two) signifies that this new team is part of Lucky 13 too. Clever.

The team is led by John Brewer, well as of now the entire team is John Brewer, but I don’t think he will be on his own for too much longer.

In just a few hours he has climbed from last place in the overall leaderboard to 29th – a jump of 33 places which is not bad for a few hours work from just one team member.

John, I am told, is “very enthusiastic and excited” about heading up the new Lucky 13 team whose team page describe it as “an extension of our loving family.”

Certainly Lucky 13 is one of the teams where their members have built up a very strong bond and the aim will be for this to happen here too.

And it is still only day three of Week Two in Season Two at CTP Teams.

Lucky 13 Too team joins CTP Teams Lucky 13 Too team joins CTP Teams 1

 

 

It is nice with two rival teams bond so well with each other. I have been looking closely at Lucky 13 and Uber Surfers both yesterday and today and one thing really stands out…how close these two teams really are to each other.

Like a couple on the floor of an old fashioned dance hall, where one goes the other follows.

These screenshots taken yesterday and today should demonstrate what I mean.

Uber Surfers and Lucky 13 neck and neck in CTP Teams Uber Surfers and Lucky 13 neck and neck in CTP Teams s2 w2 Uber Surfers and Lucky 13 neck and neck in CTP Teams s2 w2 Uber Surfers and Lucky 13 neck and neck in CTP Teams s2 w2 Uber Surfers and Lucky 13 neck and neck in CTP Teams s2 w2

The last shot is particularly striking…when that was taken virtually nothing separated the two teams at all…it must have been quite painful then with all that stepping on each other’s toes!

And talking of close…another two teams were getting very close earlier on this morning…step forward Renegades and Dream Team.

Little to separate Renegades and Dream Team in CTP Teams S2 W2 battle