Tame Bear on August 2nd, 2014


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Tame Bear on July 6th, 2014

THIS MORNING I heard Iris Dement’s sweet nostalgic song “Our Town” on Prairie Home Companion. Hearing that song brought to mind a flood of memories surrounding the final episode of Northern Exposure, a popular TV show that ran for about 6 years from 1990 to 1995.

At the time, Treesh and I were living on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, and commuting into Seattle on a ferry. Friends in Seattle had invited us to a celebration of sorts — watching the last episode of our favorite TV show – which was shot on location in the small town of Roslyn, Washington just an afternoon’s drive up into the mountains beyond Snoqualmie Pass.

Perhaps it was because it was local that we claimed Northern Exposure and it’s weird cast of misfit characters as “our show.” What was it that caused us to love that show so much?

Was it Joel Fleishman, the new doctor who was assigned to the remote outpost of fictional Cicely, Alaska? No, Joel never really wanted to be there, and the show’s arc was ending with his triumphant return to New York City. Maybe it was Maggie’s penchant for hooking up with the wrong guy again and again, or Chris, the radio DJ who provided appropriate philosophical background for all the goings on. Or maybe it was former astronaut and businessman Maurice Minnifield, whose conservative outlook provided contrast for all the others. The show had a gentle sweet spirit unlike anything else on TV at the time.

Northern Exposure was a story that felt perfect for its particular time and place in our lives.

That TV show ran during most of the years my wife and I lived in the Seattle area. We moved to Seattle from Evanston, Illinois in 1989, after Treesh got a job as a mathematician with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. During our first years there we lived in an apartment on Bellevue Avenue just up the Denny Hill from Seattle’s downtown. We built a house on Vashon Island in 1991. We met many of our friends there through Seattle Mennonite Church — young urban professionals (“yuppies”) like us who for entertainment played on co-rec soccer teams, drank Starbucks coffee to ward off the winter blues, and cocooned in bedrooms or living rooms to watch TV in the evenings.

One way or another those quirky characters worked their way into our hearts, and watching this video now still brings tears to my eyes, because all those characters feel like good friends to me, among a larger circle of good friends. I had never heard Iris Dement before, but her song never fails to bring on a lovely wave of nostalgia about that period of my life, and all the memories I have of my friends there.


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Tame Bear on May 22nd, 2014


To promote anything you need visitors. Traffic — lots of traffic.

Tame Bear BadgeThe easiest way to get lots of free traffic fast is with mutual Traffic Exchanges (TEs). The basic idea of traffic exchanges is this: You show me your ad and I show you mine. You can sign up with any TE for free and start getting hundreds of new visitors to your ad page. And the more TEs you join, the more traffic you can get. Sounds good, right

Let’s think smarter. You could join 20 or 40 TEs and you’ll end up spending lots of time to view other people’s ad pages just so they can see yours. That’s not the best use of your time.

Instead, imagine building deep downlines in those TEs. Downlines are people joining the TEs under you. Then you earn credits from their work, and you earn commissions when they purchase anything. Isn’t that great?

Let’s think even smarter ok? Everyone needs good training to be successful. You can get that training free AND be building your TE downlines at the same time with just one program. It’s called Click-Track-Profit.

Click-Track-Profit: Where the Traffic Comes From

Click-Track-Profit was pioneered by some of the smartest guys in professional internet marketing and it works to deliver the best TE training available AND build deep downlines in the TEs too.

Imagine promoting just one program — Click-Track-Profit — and getting several thousand visitors hitting your ad pages every day, from 40 different TEs. It won’t happen instantly, or even in a few months, but it builds. Gradually at first, and then faster and faster. It snowballs, because you are promoting one program — Click-Track-Profit — to build your downlines in 40 different TEs.

The best thing is every one joining the TEs under you will have excellent training. So they will be lean mean clicking machines, and they will be building their own traffic engines the smart way, just like you. You can’t ask for better recruits on your marketing team.

So if you want an amazing amount of traffic, get in the TEs… but do it the smart way by joining and promoting one program: Click-Track-Profit. That’s where the traffic comes from.



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