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So here we go.  The first ever TimTech all playoffs All-Star Team.

The criteria for inclusion on this team is simple.  Those that scored the most got the biggest consideration.  Even more important was nomination by a team member or team leader.  The highest tribute is a nomination from an opponent.

Starting Line Up

These players were all nominated for the honor by their compatriots.

Listed in order of the way they are listed:

Aaron Green, Rob Paris, Linda Mayer, Chauncey Penfold and Evelyn Kramer.  Mona LaSala, Tim Hansen, Scott Rohn and Kathy Dyer.

Bench Players

Ben Frazier, Norbert Laudner, Marian Gurowicz and David McKay.  Tom Rasmussen, Leone Marizano, and Suzanne Howarth.


Maya van Doorn, Mihai Razuan Stotica, and Debra Chism.  Winter Perkins, Nick Grimshawe, Gary Calvert II, Randy Sult and Barbara Romming.

These are the people that drove an incredible competition that was the first round of the Playoff season.  In honor of their contributions the will receive a special badge specifically for the All Star team and never to be seen again.  Thanks to Bill Gorsci for the badges.

Any disagreements?  I fully expect some.  Please use the comment section to explain to me the error of my ways.

I’m just sayin’


Special Bonus Coverage at no Extra Charge

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’

Now you can sponsor CTP badges for a real advertising boost

I still laugh when I recall how people used to say that CTP badges would never catch on.

With more than 23 million of them claimed I think it is fairly safe to say that these badges are pretty well established within our community.

In fact there are many people who will not even consider surfing a traffic exchange unless it contains badges.

Claiming them is one thing but now there is something new you can do with CTP badges…you can sponsor them.

You decide which badge(s) you want to sponsor and then everyone who claims them while you are the sponsor will see your message…powerful stuff indeed.

Benefits of Sponsoring a CTP Badge

So why would you want to sponsor a CTP badge? Well because it is a really cool thing to do of course!

Also, and perhaps just slightly more importantly, just think of all the people who would be able to see your sponsor message each time they claim your sponsored badge.

Badge sponsors get to display a special Sponsor Message which is shown every time the badge is claimed!

It will also be displayed on the badge holders pages (which is also great for SEO by the way) and this means you will have a whole lot of eyes looking at your message.

As an additional bonus we will give you 100 CTP XP every time someone claims your badge. Just think what that could do for your team’s performance.

How To Sponsor a CTP badge

Here is how it works:

1. Login to CTP and go to the CTP badge sponsor page.

2. You will see a selection of some of the badges that are available to sponsor right now.

3. Click on the badge you want to sponsor and you will be taken to the payment page. It costs just $5 to sponsor the badge for one month. The badge will be held for you for five minutes to give you time to complete the payment process. If you don’t complete it or change your mind by clicking away from the page then the badge will be released for someone else to claim.Sponsoring a CTP badge

You will also find a link to claim a badge from that badge’s specific page…unless someone has already claimed it first of course.

Additionally when you claim a badge, then as long as someone else has not got there first, you will see a link allowing you to sponsor that badge too.

So this is a badge I found while surfing ThumbVu:

CTP badge on ThumbVu

So obviously I claimed it….

Now you can sponsor CTP badges right from the CTP badge claim page

And because this has not yet got a sponsor there is a link under the badge which would take me to the badge sponsor page.

Let’s take the Lobby Hits 50 page badge as another example.

One of the first CTP badges to be sponsored


When I claimed this I can see that Sunny Suggs has already sponsored this badge. Her picture, message, and the URL she wants to send people to also shows up.

Think of what you could do if you were the sponsor of your own favourite CTP badges.

But don’t spend too much time thinking because someone else may come along and snap up the badge before you.

Valentin splash page promoting CTP badges

One of the cool things about CTP badges is that you don’t have to be a traffic exchange owner to benefit from them.

Of course if you are a traffic exchange owner then badges will bring you more activity to your site, encourage visitors to stay longer, interact more and generally do many of the things that, as a business owner, you want to happen.

I have already written a lot abour badges so I don’t plan  to rehash this here. However it is great when members of the community decide to champion badges…because they see the value in them.

One such person doing this right now is Valentin Mavroden who has spent a lot of time of late promoting the benefits of CTP badges via a large number of unique splash pages he makes himself.

He has even just launched a Twitter #BadgesMania hashtag campaign to highlight the benefits of using CTP badges within the traffic exchange industry.

Val has worked out that this is a great way to build his downlines in many programs and it is working well for him.

Valentin Mavrodin starts #BadgesMania campaign on Twitter for CTP Badges

If you have an interesting story about how you use CTP badges then get in touch as as I would love to see what others are doing too.

More than 20 million CTP Badges have been  claimed

At about 10.24pm Eastern last night, someone, somewhere clicked on one of the many CTP badges which are currently live and available to claim…and in doing so clicked on the 20 millionth badge to be claimed.

This is an amazing achievement when you consider how many people, back in the early days of  CTP, said the “rather childish little badge collecting game” would never catch on.

Badges were accused of being at best irrelevant and, at worst, seriously detrimental to the important business of viewing other people’s online advertising pages.

Well, I have just checked and the traffic exchange industry is still alive, in fact it is flourishing, expanding and venturing out into new markets – just look at the Lords of Lothar launch from Monday.

Now there are more CTP badges in existence then ever there have been; they are being collected at a faster rate than ever and they can be found at more sites than ever.

Jon Olson tweets out 20m CTP badges claimed

We have regular dedicated badge hunts where online business owners race to snap up our badges because they know the power that they hold. CTP badges boost sales, add new members to list, improve conversion rates and get people to take the action advertisers want.

This is not too bad for a system which people told us would never last and would harm online business. Funny thing is these people have gone very quiet these days…maybe they are too busy collecting badges?


When CTP was launched it was a training program which came with badges which were designed to add an element of fun while encouraging learning through gamification.

The badges were controversial from the start…some people took to them immediately while others resisted and dismissed them as a fad, a gimmick and some sort of misguided childish foolishness.

I remember people saying they would never catch on, that they were pointless and even a stupid waste of time.

Well when I last looked the number of badges which had been claimed stood at 19,436,282.

CTP Badges claimed to date

By my roughest or rough calculations I think we should hit the 20 million mark towards the later end of next week…possibly on Friday or Saturday.

Not bad going for stupid, childish badges eh?


Increasingly CTP badges are what you make of them. Last week we told how SurfAholics Alpha team leader Matt Badura has four team-only badges which are used as in-house rewards.

However Matt was not the first to see that CTP badges can be used as rewards. William Miller from Surf Skeleton and leader of Bonz Brigade was also very quick to see the benefits of badges.

He uses them extensively throughout his sites, is king of 12 badges and has collected nearly 7,000 of them.

In addition he was one of the first to snap up the tiered XP badges and he has a huge raft of badges ordered for next week’s Bigfoot Badge Hunt. So it is fair to say that William knows a thing or two about the power of CTP badges.

If you have not seen this already, then William also has a very good way of leveraging CTP badges.

He has got half a dozen unique badges and gives them out in a very clever way as these screenshots below show…

William Miller exclusive CTP badges 1 William Miller exclusive CTP badges 2

So he has badges which people can get for joining his programs, two team badges and a sixth badge which is only open to those who already have the other five.

A very clever use of badges indeed.

Breaking News: Kings of CTP Badges can now be hunted down more easily to make them work hard to keep their kingships.

One of the fun elements about being the king of a badge is that people can claim the badge more times than you and take the kingship away from you.

But until now it was rather hard to find out who was king of the badge if that person had a lot of kingships under their belt.

This meant that those with a disproportionately high number of kingships would find it easier to keep their badges than those with only a few.

Complaints had been made throughout the kingdom and the age-old traffic exchange cry of “It’s Not Fair” was heard to be wailed in one of those pitiful voices which are often accompanied buy the quivering of the bottom lip and tears before bedtime.

So let’s look at Dani Samuelne from Uber Surfers by way of example. At the time of writing Sami has ten kingships to her name…

Dani Samuelne kingshipsIf you want them then all you have to do is go find those badges and claim them more than Dani has done.

Ok so far so good…

So let’s take her team mate Victoria Stein who has claimed  more than 45,000 badges and currently has 66 kingships…

Victoria Stein badges on CTPAgain you can see the last ten badges for which she gained a kingship but previously when you clicked on “view more” all you could see was the entire set of 45,000 badges with the kings “hidden” amongst the entire set.

Not many people would trawl through so many badges to find the 66 of interest so we decided to level the playing field.

Now when you click on “view more” the menu will display only the king badges…the invisibility shield has been disabled and the cloaking device no longer works.

Go hunt for the badges and become king for the day, week, month or year…how long you keep the kingship depends on how badly you want to be king and how badly others want to take it from you.

Ok so hands up if anyone is just a little bit confused over the changes to the badges over the last few days?

Thought so. Therefore let me explain.

Before the Revolution.

Long, long ago in a land that time forgot there were CTP badges, lots of them. It was decreed that whomever should be the first to collect the badge should be King of the Badge and no man should have claim on the kingship for as long as the stars twinkled in the night sky.

The great thing about this was that if you owned a badge you could choose to allow someone to claim it first and thus be king. People who were kings of the badge remembered this and were quite rightly proud of the fact that this honor had been bestowed upon them.

The not so great thing is that was about it. There was one king (or queen) and nothing else much happened.

After the Revolution.

(i) The Goats of the Mountain

The kings were stripped of their kingships and there was much consternation throughout the land and many learned scribes made their feelings known on the Blog of CTP Teams, in the great chatrooms of Skype and on the mysterious Twitter in 140 characters or less.

A meeting was called of all the great learned minds and Tim of Tech declared that all the goats of the mountain should be sent out in search of the missing kingships which has been ‘scattered to the four corners of the kingdom’ and many of them in places which were very hard indeed to reach.

However the goats of the mountain were fit for the task and it took them less than four days to gather up all the missing kingships, even those ones which had fallen in places which were very hard indeed to reach.

(ii) The Rise of the Pioneers of Greatness

When the kingships had been returned to the great counting house of numbers Tim of Tech announced that in honor of this great achievement the original badgeholders would be known as “honored and revered pioneers of greatness” or simply Pioneers for short.

A homeless bird was summoned for each of the badges and they were told to return them, with all possible haste, to their rightful owners…those Pioneers who claimed them first.

Tim said: “Badge Pioneers are the savvy badge collectors who were first to claim a badge. Now as for the name, a Pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. I feel that fits the concept better than King.” Tim’s full missive is right here.

You can see how many times you have been first to claim a badge on the new Pioneers box which can be found on the left of your CTP profile page:

CTP Pioneers achievement box

If you are the Pioneer of a badge then this honor is yours and it cannot be taken from you (for as long as the stars twinkle in the night sky, that is.)

(iii) The New Generation of CTP Badge Kings (and Queens)

It is still possible to be King or Queen of a badge and this is shown in the Kingships box on your CTP profile page. The honor of King will be bestowed upon you if you claim any badge more than other badge hunters in the realm.

The ancient scrolls state:

  • for as long as thou shalt have claimed the badge more times than others then the Kingship shall be yours and you shall have this achievement proudly highlighted for all to see on the badge’s very own page of claimedness.CTP 1000 points king of the badge
  • However Kings must be dutiful and continue to claim the badge to protect their position. Should they slip up and allow another to claim their badge more times they they, then they shall forfeit the badge and a new king will be crowned.
  • The new king (or queen) shall keep this badge until such time as another claims it more than they and so the process shall continue.
  • There is no limit to how many badges you can be king of at any given time.

(iv) Kingships and Earning XP for your CTP Teaam

Now that kingships can be won and lost this makes them dynamic and means that your efforts in gaining sought-after kingships can translate into bonus XP for your team.

Here’s how:

  • For each kingship you collect in any given week you shall earn a two per cent bonus for your team
  • The bonuses of each team member are all added up and shown in red at the top of the team profile page.
  • By way of example, at the time of writing this SurfAholics Alpha had two members with one kingship each, one member with six, one with 15 and one with 30 kingships. This is a total of 42 kingships each giving a five per cent bonus. 53 x 2 = 106 so the Alphas were getting a 106 per cent bonus due to the kingships their members had won.
  • That’s it.SurfAholics Alpha kingship bonus on CTP Teams

Sharp eyed readers may recall that the bonus for each kingship badge was initially set at five per cent. This was changed to two per cent to make it fair to all teams as with five per cent per kingship earned the most active teams could have received a disproportionate bonus.