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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’


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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’

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’


The Plus 1 Badge Hunt marks a departure for us, and it is plainly showing in the badge totals and badge holders.

Some of you may not know that in some of the previous hunts I counted every badge every day in order keep everyone informed and up to speed.  It is considerably easier now that TimTech does the counting and sorting for us.

The badge hunters have changed some.  I see lots of new faces claiming badges and lots of new names on the list of people that will get paid for being in the top 75.  When there was only one prize (and often only one winner) there were a fairly small group of people that I noticed every day.  Now I see a much larger group.

News Flash:  Elina Balashova will not be the top badge claimer this hunt.  For those that don’t know, Elina won the first 4 badge hunt titles.  She has grown from monster surfer to owning SunshineSurfClub and giving out badges for surfing her site.

A year ago, almost nobody knew who Thomas Sheets was.  Just another face in the crowd.  Now he owns 4 TEs and is one of the people that really gets the leverage that is available by using the badge hunt and promos to grow his product.  Another person that has taken action and gone in way over his head.  And not only survived but is starting to thrive.

Who knew Susan Howarth a year ago?  Kris Rogers?  Leone Marzino?  Just goes to show that you can step out from the crowd.

The point of all this is that each and every one of us can do it.  I can do it, you can do it.  It takes hard work and dedication every day, but the growth potential in this business is just amazing.  It can start by getting more badges than you ever thought possible.  What are you waiting for?  The world awaits!


I’m just sayin’

Season Three has been a long, long season and many teams had simply just given up.

We can really understand why but we want to change all that.

Even at this late hour – the season ends on Sunday night – we want to bring back the energy and hunger to succeed to Season Three.

So for this week every single action counts and every team – regardless of their position in the contest right now – has a chance to win and to win big.

For this week only every team is playing for a chance to get into the play offs which begin on Monday.

The 16 teams with the most XP earned during this week will make the play offs.

This means whether you get there or not is based only on this week’s activity. This is a sprint to the finish and anyone could win.

As Jon explained on his own blog: “The top 16 teams, based on CTP XP, will compete for a 2 week playoff in a bracket format. No divisions, no leagues, just the top 16 teams that earn the most CTP XP this week get into the brackets on Monday.”

The playoffs will work like this based on the amount of XP the teams earn this week:

Team 1 v Team 16

Team 2 v Team 15

Team 3 v Team 14

Team 4 v Team 13

Team 5 v Team 12

Team 6 v Team 11

Team 7 v Team 10

Team 8 v Team 9

Basically we already know the teams which will win their respective divisions – that seems to have been settled some time ago – but ANYONE at all could make the play offs and you will be playing for hard cash money.

Remember, as far as the play offs are concerned there are no divisions or leagues – just teams competing against each other.

If you don’t take part then the top teams will probably win the play offs…but if you do then there could be some really massive surprises.

Further reading: Hit Exchange News – October 5th – The Playoffs Begin


CTP Teams Legacy Hits Division at end of week 23

There are always surprises in CTP Teams and if I was a betting man then yesterday is the day I would have lost my bet.

I had thought that SurfAholics Alpha would have managed to get through this entire marathon season without dropping a single point.

This would mean winning every single week of the competition which is a very tough call indeed.

The team was actually on track for doing just that, right until last week when they dropped a single point by coming second to Cash Surfing Network for the first time in Season Three.

Now if you look in the Seasonal Standings it can be seen that Alphas have 114 out of a maximum possible 115 points at this stage in the contest.

If you are new to CTP teams, the seasonal score card is worked out by giving five points to the weekly winner of each division, four points to the second placed team, three points to the third placed team and so on.

The SAA’s have a score card as follows:

After 23 weeks:

22 weeks @ 5 points = 110 points

1 week @ 4 points = 4 points

Total = 114 points.

As of now there are 53 teams taking part in the Season Three contest and only one of them has full points now. That honor goes to Renegades with a maximum of 115 points. So well done Renegades.

CTP Teams Pharaohs Army division at end of week 23

Nobody has seen Tim for a couple of days but he is busy working.

I am sure he won’t mind me sharing this short extract from his latest work with you all.

One of the Golden Hens of XP looked through his keyhole about an hour ago and caught a glimpse of what was on his screen.

According to the off duty hen, it was the following sentence repeated many times…

“Remember – Duel has an ‘e’ not an ‘a’.”

I have no idea what that means but I guess it must be important.

Personally I could not care less whether it is Duals or Duels…the important thing is what they represent.

They are another way of fostering team cooperation and of building team spirit and those things are good because they are also good for business.

Brenda summed it up really well when she was dealing with a question in Skype chat from someone who commented that sometimes the duels (or duals if you prefer) took place while they were sleeping.

She said: “We realize we have members all around the world and in many different time zones…… we know that not every team member will be awake each time there is a duel for their team… one of the purposes is to get the teams communicating better.”

Better communication…now there is a thing.

Worth giving some very serious thought I would say…

SurfAholics Alphas and Renegades remain the only two teams with maximum points as we start a new week at CTP Teams.

However right across the board all the teams are working hard to either retain their standings or knock higher teams down a peg or two.

The individual league tables are certainly one aspect of CTP Teams but it is worth reminding players that it is far from the only important aspect of being an active team player.

Perhaps some will feel that is more important actually being part of a team – a community within a community if you like – where your efforts contribute to the success of the whole.

This is certainly good training for business, as working with effectively with others, playing to the strengths of each team player, and defining roles and responsibilities are useful skills to have both in business and in CTP Teams.

Recently someone asked on this blog what the incentive was for individual team players to take part in the competition and what individuals would receive at the end of the season.

Some of the reasons individuals might give for being part of a team might include:

  • feeling part of a community
  • having a vital team role to play
  • carrying out the team role to the best of their ability
  • working with others
  • overcoming challenges and stumbling blocks
  • having fun

As far as the reward at the end of the season for winning teams goes, then that is up to the individual team leaders to decide how any winnings are distributed.

It has always been that way at CTP Teams. The individual teams are far better placed than any one else to decide on this matter and we don’t have any plans to change that.

As ever have a productive and fun week ahead on CTP Teams.


in w12 of s3 of ctp teams hunters drop a single pointIt is Week 13 at CTP Teams and last week produced a huge surprise for me, one of the biggest shocks of the season.

The SiteXplosion Division has suddenly become super competitive – perhaps the most competitive division in the entire contest right now.

It meant that for the first time since this season started, Hunters became hunted themselves and were chased away from the top of their division by WealthBuilders 2.0.

This also means that only two teams have maximum points right now – SurfAholics Alpha in the Legacy Hits Division and Renegades in the Pharaohs Army Division. Both have the maximum 60 seasonal points from the first 12 weeks of competition.

So the question now is…how long can Alphas and Renegades hold on to their unbeaten wins? Can they hold out for the entire season?

I think they actually might make it to the end of the season unbeaten but with Hunters taking a fall last week, I am not so sure.

However I am sure there will be an exciting week ahead. Of that there can be no doubt.

Don’t forget to tune in to TELive at 4pm Eastern for all the very latest news from Jon.