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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Tame Bear on April 13th, 2014

FEEL the universe around you. Fall into the moment and let all your senses explore this now.

When you’ve done that, slowly take your focus to the spot on earth where you are located, in this moment.

Feel the whole earth, this amazing planet, splayed out around you.

SEE how it is connected as one thing with this NOW, this moment you are experiencing.

This planet beneath you
swings a wide arc around the sun
and the sun likewise makes it’s way
with a host of other suns and planets
along an arm of the Milky Way galaxy,
which itself is fleeing nearly all other galaxies,
some at almost the speed of light,
which is as far as we can see.

FEEL this moment SEE how this one NOW is all a seamless wavefront of light, a scintillating dance of photon energy escaping along the axis of time outwards at the speed of light relative to the farthest stars at the horizon.

 Shed, trashcan, wheelbarrow, now.

IMAGINE these moments as veils of time, arrayed in layers from past to future. Your path through this layered veil is a cloud chamber trace of ADJACENT POSSIBLE moments that were realized and made matter in you. By you, along with the rest of the universe in each moment.

A pearl string of glittering NOWS tracks the course of your life in this universe.

From each vantage point in the veil, you have choices presenting themselves, inviting you to CHOOSE THEM and go one way and not the other.

The lattice of spacetime holds ALL these moments, all the possibilities and their many branching adjacents, and they are all real, many more than you can imagine.

This is THE MULTIVERSE where everything that could have happened or may yet happen IS being forever in the oneness of ALL-THAT-IS.

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Tame Bear on March 27th, 2014

March 18, 2014: TimTech SOLD NerdBux.

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It was TimTech’s first foray into PTC ownership after a series of impressive business successes, starting with the I Love Hits, StartXchange, and Sweeva triumvirate of traffic exchanges, and the ongoing success of the video training program and downline builder, Click-Track-Profit. These are all excellent programs I use every day to advertise and build my business.

NerdBux has been one of the “core four” Paid-To-Click (PTC) advertising sites I use to promote and earn in my professional online marketing business. If you are not already familiar with my story you can read it here: “The Amazing Tale of 4 PTCs.”

NerdBux has been one of the “winners” in this Amazing Tale, earning A LOT of money for many folks including ME, right up until the day of sale. Earnings dropped off quite a bit after sale… but have not declined to zero. The site has not vanished. Over the past 10 days I’ve been logging in and clicking all available ads, and am continuing to earn money every day, though not at previous levels.

So in my view, NerdBux is not dead, at least not yet, but TRUST — one of the most important facets of successful business operation — has been significantly eroded.

THE WARNING SIGNS

There were warning signs that TimTech was having trouble managing the growth of their fledgeling PTC. Because of their previous string of successes, people were ready and willing to join this new NerdBux PTC that launched in early June, 2013. Within a few weeks, membership was growing by 500 to 1,000 new signups per day. They were able to sustain this growth into 2014 because so many members were earning really decent income from the site, and spreading the word that NerdBux was a fantastic opportunity.

That fast ramp up in late 2013 happened to coincide with the annual increase in 4th quarter ad spending which has become a familiar pattern. Lots of money was flowing, and NerdBux members were reaping the benefits. Then 2014 came, the torrent turned to a trickle, members were no longer earning anywhere near the levels of previous months, and opinions began to sour.

By February 2014 it became apparent NerdBux was having cashflow problems. Cashout requests were being delayed, cashout thresholds increased, and other restrictions regarding rental or renewal of referrals were implemented. This compounded a growing disillusionment among the membership, many of whom were new to PTCs and not familiar with the business cycle ebb and flow of earnings.

THE CHEATERS

Then on February 26, 2014 TimTech reported in a forum post that NerdBux was the victim of massive cheating. In a video chat a couple days later, CMO Jon Olson said they had lost “tens of thousands” of dollars to cheaters, without going into details about how the fraud and abuse was perpetrated. They began a thorough housecleaning, deleting the accounts of all members where there was evidence of cheating.

That caused an abrupt decline in member earnings because some of those deleted accounts had also been rented to other active members. Plus the delayed cashouts remained problematic, and members were very vocal on the NerdBux Forum about not getting paid.

TimTech made a couple attempts to revive cashflow by offering some great ad deals, and that helped spur member earnings, but did not immediately solve the cashout issues.

THE SALE

News of the sale of NerdBux to a well-known but apparently not well-liked individual came on March 18, 2014. It’s likely that a good portion of the membership just stopped clicking at that point, and wrote off the site as dead and gone.

The new owner, Jeffrey Johnson, moved the site to new servers and for several days site availability was spotty. Since then the Nerdbux Forums have been closed except for announcements from Johnson himself, and Rented Referral pages have been removed from navigation. So for the moment no one is able to manage their rented referrals, which in most PTCs is where a large part of earnings are generated.

Here are the forum announcements from the new owner (with my comments in parentheses):

  1. “No longer need to click to earn from refs.” (Surely this is temporary.)
  2. “No bashing of TimTech allowed on this forum.” (People will do it anyway, and probably bash the new owner too, at risk of having their accounts deleted.)
  3. “PayPal has blacklisted the nerdbux.com domain.” (This will be a challenge to remedy until Johnson can refresh his PayPal account with enough funds to satisfy all pending cashout requests.)
  4. “SolidTrust pay added.” (It’s likely that quite a few members do not have SolidTrust accounts.)
  5. “Removing inactives for next few weeks.” (This may explain why the Rented Referrals pages have gone missing. And if you want to stick around and see what happens, you probably ought to click once in a while. ;)

At the time of sale, I had over 400 rented referrals, and a good portion of them were extended out to 90 days or more. I have to wonder if I’ll have any rentals left by the time Johnson completes his purging activity. And yet I still seem to be earning from rented referrals, because my direct referral clicks are not substantial enough to account for all my earnings.

One obvious bright spot in this whole picture is that advertisers have upped their spending at NerdBux — there are more and more ads to click on every day. If that trend continues, I think it will bring back a lot of the existing membership that has been sitting on the sidelines.

DID TIMTECH SELL TOO SOON?

Jon Olson, Tim Linden, Justin Ledvina, and Larry Dame — these are really smart guys and it must’ve badly shaken their confidence to be unable to figure out how to turn the NerdBux debacle around and stop the hemorrhaging. It’s actually not the first time they quit something that showed promise. (Remember Sitizens, anybody?)

We don’t know what they saw that caused them to cut bait and sell out as quickly as they did. The relentless daily complaints, accusations, and badmouthing on the NerdBux forums must have been demoralizing. Maybe they’d just had enough of it and wanted out. One thing they made clear after the sale was that NerdBux was taking way too much focus away from their other successful business ventures.

NerdBux - Awesome Alexa Rank!

Did they sell too soon? NerdBux came from nowhere in mid-2013 to become one of the most-visited properties on the internet, briefly breaking into the Alexa Top 1000.

Today NerdBux is ranked as the 1,052nd most popular site on the internet.

That is still an amazing rank.

And there’s just a hint, at the far right edge of that chart, that the slide in popularity may be leveling off. Now it’s up to Jeffrey Johnson to see if he can reclaim the trust that has been lost and make NerdBux fly again. I wish him the best of success.

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