What the Flippin Hell…..

So we had a new TE enter into the realm of the Daily Challenge yesterday, and the reviews, to say the least, were brutal… 

From what I understand, not only was there a 20 second timer, obviously to take a page our of Easy Hits 4U, but in order to move to the next page when surfing, you had to enter in a ‘’code” then click the icon.  Some tell me it took roughly 30 seconds per page to surf the site.  when the Daily challenge goal is 1000 pages, that can be brutal. 

Memo to the owners of this site, and I don’t care what people say about “everyone will complain about something new”, if you truly want people to use your site to advertise, I suggest a more “user friendly” experience.  The 20 second timer isnt really a huge deal, as per the aforementioned EasyHits4U, they have been successful with it, and even they vary their timer depending on the site and they also provide you with a better credit to page ratio if you are seeing a 20 second site, but asking your surfers to jump through additional hoops and only providing a .5 ratio just to get to the next page is just wrong.

Did I surf the site myself?  no.. but I don’t need to in order to form an opinion, as I have several sources that actually did surf the site and they were not happy.  3 hours to surf 250 pages?  seriously?  and what credit ratio does this site provide?  apparently .5 credits per click.  that’s about average for a site with a 5 second timer and a simple click to the next page.  If you are going to make us jump through hoops and sit through 20 seconds of staring at the same page, you can at least make it worth our while.  Apparently there is no upgrade option as well?  Well, after hearing what a horrendous experience it was who the hell would want to upgrade anyway? 

Wow…  just…. wow..

Needless to say I am glad first that I did not join, and second, I am most certainly happy that I did not surf that site yesterday.  XP be damned.. I have better things to do with my time than that. 

What the Flippin Hell…..

Scott Wright “The Sports Nerd”

Fear…. Why does it control me?

Most of you know I work for a major corporation, with millions of customers, they have been in business for over 75 years, and I have, for the most part, become very loyal to them in the three years that I have been employed there.  A little over a year ago, the founder and owner of this company passed away after a long illness.  It may just be coincidence, maybe its just paranoia on my part, but it seems that ever since the owner passed away, said company has gone away from what made them popular and successful.  I am finding myself becoming disillusioned with their direction, with their practices, and above all, their focus on profit over service and employee concern.

I’m not going to name this company, because the internet is a weird place.  This blog is public domain, and easily accessible if someone really wants to find it.  I value my employment, and will no jeopardize said employment by naming names and calling people out by name.  So let me just say that although I am ready for a change, I am not prepared to risk my immediate future by going off on a rant on how my company has moved its focus and seems to be more concerned with profit than it is with customer service, employee happiness, and not to mention, its ethics.

I know I need a change, I am not in love with my job like I was when I first started.  I look back at how excited I was when I first got hired.  I had just come off an 18-month stretch of not having a Full Time job, and the fact that I was actually employed again, was a great feeling.  3 years later I find myself wondering what the hell I am doing.  I am in the same position, I haven’t progressed up the ladder like I had hoped and I wonder to myself what went wrong.  I realized in the last few weeks that it is because I didn’t like the company any more.  I have become bitter over the fact that they no longer care about their public image in certain aspects.  The CEO doesn’t talk to the people I talk to on a daily basis. he doesn’t get yelled at, he doesn’t get hung up on, and he doesn’t hear the anger in peoples voices over practices or costs of their product.  I have begun to question the ethics of my employer, and that has caused me to not care any more. 

Robert Arnold recently wrote an awesome post regarding ethics in business, and you can find that blog here.  He decided that as a business owner, he could no longer compete as a team owner in CTP Teams with a clear conscience due to the potential of there being a conflict of interest when awarding XP and other rewards are concerned.  I respect his decision and it has allowed me to reflect on my world and what is happening in it, as well as my behavior, and my commitment to my employer, as well as “My Business”. 

I have been lazy, I have been complacent, and yes, I am afraid.  I allow my fear to determine how I behave, how I work, and above all allow my fear to determine my results.  I tweeted out last night this quote, and yes, believe it or not, it is an original thought, is not paraphrased from anyone, and I didn’t  plagiarize it from any publication.  the quote is this:

Fear is the destroyer of dreams… Face your fears, Live your dreams…. No one is going to do it for you… take action

Not having a very profound vocabulary, and not much for original thought I thought about this after I tweeted it, and from the response I got, I imagine I struck a nerve.  You see, I have been afraid, I have been comfortable in my situation, fearing that if my circumstances, or my situation changed, I might fail, and I hate failure.  I am afraid of failing, I am afraid of falling flat on my face and not doing it right the FIRST time.  I don’t want to learn from mistakes, because I don’t want to make mistakes.  This is where I realized last night that because of this fear, because of me not getting out of my comfort zone, and not taking chances or just simply by not doing ANYTHING..  I have already failed.  Jon Olson has preached this daily ever since I joined this fine community nearly three years ago, and I don’t think I really “got it” until now.  I have failed because I haven’t done anything. 

My weekly routine is to go to work, 4 sometimes 5 days a week.  My days are long, 12-14 hours sometimes, and I get up every morning at 4 am so I can surf the necessary sites that I need to not only help my team, but to keep credits flowing in my favorite TE’s.  On my days off, I still get up early, do my daily surfing, and from there the day goes south.  My days off are spent being pretty much non-productive, staring at the computer screen surfing news or sports sites.  watching Twitter, and watching movies over and over again, some of which I have seen many many times.  I guess in the back of my mind it is just easier for me to sit here and do nothing, knowing that if I try to move forward it just might not work out the way I want it to, or perhaps I don’t have the knowledge other owners or affiliates have and am unsure which way to go.  I don’t know a lick of code, but yet I now have the core of a membership site installed on a domain, but to date, after two weeks, haven’t touched it since install because I am overwhelmed by the size of the project and the fear of screwing it up.

The biggest obstacle I face today is how do I move forward?  I do I get over this fear, how do I become the success I have been yearning to be if I am too afraid to take that next step forward and not be afraid to fail at the same time?  The answer is..  I don’t know.  I don’t know what I have to do to motivate myself, I don’t know how to get out of my situation, and above all, the fear has taken control and I cant move on until I find the one thing that will motivate me out of this mess.  I am not poor, I am not destitute, I have a roof over my head, I have food in my fridge, I have electricity, I have internet, I own a car, and I get to watch my sports because I have cable (sorry Rob Lowe).  So I am not on the verge of living on the streets, but yet, I sit here for hours and just do nothing. 

**sigh**

A new year is now here, and as I enter my fourth year in the business, I look at what I have accomplished, and I see very little success, and again we come back to the fear, the butterflies in the pit of my stomach telling me that “you cant do it, you suck, you will fail, you wont be liked, you cant do anything right, you will not be embraced, and above all, you will end up broke”.  I know I cant change things overnight, but I do know that the fear can be defeated, I do know that I am well liked in the community, and I have made a LOT of friends in the last 3 years and for that I am thankful.  But taking that first step, making the first move, that is what I lack.  I start a project and don’t finish it, it just sits there, like this blog, and waits for me to do something with it.  I am on a search to find my motivation, and if I find it, maybe then the fear will go away, maybe then the fear will no longer determine my path.  I need a change, I am not happy with my professional life, I need a push to get me going, but right now.. I am just sitting here.

I know I am getting a bit long winded here, so maybe I will have to make a second post on this subject later on tis weekend, but the underlying message to this post is for those that have the same fears, the same questions, and above all, the same behaviors.  Get off your ass and do something, stop being complacent and don’t wait for the realization that you have suddenly found yourself wondering…  What the hell am I doing? 

I refuse to give up the dream, I refuse to let the fear control me forever, and somehow, someway, I am going to find that motivation to get me over that hump.  I don’t know when it will happen, and for all I know I probably shouldn’t just wait for it and take control.. but then again… the fear, the uneasiness, the butterflies. 

uggggh….

Scott

So here we are again.. Procrastination Kills….

Once again I have ignored this blog for a long period of time.  I don’t know why I do this, maybe its just that life gets in the way, Maybe I have writers block.  I find myself staring at the computer screen and having nothing to say, or not knowing what I want to writ about.  So with this in mind, I am going to take a page out of my friend Tom Wacker’s approach to his blog.  for the next few weeks I’m just gonna try and write whatever is in my head, whether it is TE related or not.  I feel that once I get that moving I can focus on putting more detailed, industry-related stuff in the blog and then by this time next year hopefully I will be more consistent in my writing.

Todays post is an obvious one, with the holiday now over, and we now focus on the new year, it is time to reflect over the last year and focus on goals for the next year.  Reflecting on the last year, I have not achieved everything I wanted to in 2014, compared to where I was at the end of 2013.  I did not pay enough attention to my business, and have been lazy.  I suppose I am in that same group that falls in the “non-action takers”, and I will own that, no excuses, no exceptions.  I was lazy, and the realization of that irritates the hell out of me.  I have to re-look at what I am doing and what I am not doing and make some obvious changes for 2015.  I am approaching the end of three years in this business, and basically I have nothing to show for it, other than this blog, and a lot of subscriptions that I am paying for that I have not taken advantage of.

Things that I have accomplished over the last year include, re-connecting with my son, albeit briefly, and we have not spoken since our meeting a little over a month ago, it is a start and I hope that communication continues.  I have grown closer to my family, knowing that life is short, and my mother and dad wont be here forever, I hope to spend more time speaking to and seeing my folks this year.  I connected with my sisters through Facebook, and now have a continuous connection to see what they are doing.  I am thankful for that s well, since I have not seen them since our father passed in ‘96. 

My goals for 2015 are simple.  Become more active in the TE community and get a project off the ground that has been in my mind since August.  I am going to make that leap into program ownership in 2015, and although I am somewhat sure of what I want to do, it is putting it together and getting it out there in the next few months.  I have plans for three sites, but will approach one at a time, and I may not have all three open this coming year, but I want two of them out there and open by this time next year.  How quickly they all get off the ground will be determined by how the first site goes.

I hope you all had a great holiday, and I hope all the best for you in the New Year.  I am looking forward to what 2015 is going to bring.  I hope to be smarter, more involved, and out of the rut that I have been in for the last 4 months or so. 

Get in the Game… or ride the bench…  the choice is yours

Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright

Persistence

The following is a blog I wrote for our CTP team site, the Lucky 13 blog.  I am posting it here because of the fact that it is pretty good (self pat on the back) and because I need to expand a bit on it here so that I can be more long winded than normal, as well as be a little more harsh than I want to be on the Lucky 13 Blog.  I try to be a bit more PC on the team blog since it is a reflection of the team, whereas here, I can be a bit more non-PC which is my personality and also because this is MY Blog and I will say what I want here dammit….lol  So after reading the following, please see the continuation at the bottom….

OH.. one more thing…  I don’t claim to be an expert in the industry, never have, and unless I become successful, I never will.  So this post is as much for ME as it is for those that think they are experts, successful, or even worse..  Leaders…

So I was monitoring my twitter feed yesterday and lo and behold a couple of the so-called “giants” of the industry were having a discussion back and forth and I found it quite interesting.  The discussion surrounded how many people actually make a real living from traffic exchanges and how though there are few that actually earn a “living” from their TE, it seems that everyone in the industry feels they are an “expert”.  They tossed around the number of owners at maybe 7 that make a living strictly from traffic exchanges, (probably less) yet a lot of people in the industry come across as an “expert” on traffic exchanges. It got me to thinking about what I am doing and how I am approaching my ultimate goal of getting away from the “offline” working world and becoming full time online. 

it is a journey, not a quick fix or an immediate gratification.  One of the more poignant posts at the end of that conversation stated simply that people always say they are in it for the long run,  but if you aren’t willing to put YEARS into your online business then you need to just walk away.  Think about that for a minute, how long have YOU been trying to make an income online?  6 months?  3 months?  have you done what it takes to be dedicated to focus on the big prize and understand that it wont happen overnight?  it wont happen in months, and it may not even happen in five years.  It could take 7 or 10 or even longer.  You have to establish yourself as a leader in the industry by making a name for yourself, building a reputation such that people are willing to do business with you on a regular basis in order for you to make a stable, solid, consistent income that is residual and long term. 

If you feel that by clicking on a few websites, or surfing 10-20 Traffic exchanges per day is going to result in you making what income you need to walk away from your offline job then you are in the wrong business and you will fail…  miserably.  It wont happen, don’t tell me you are “different” and you can do it, and you will prove them all wrong.  Forget it.  the most successful people in this industry are those that have taken years to nurture, build and promote their business to the point that they are a household name.  TimTech, Legacy, Goettman..  THESE are the leaders in the business.  What do they all have in common?  they aren’t focused on ONE program, or ONE traffic exchange, they have their hands in many different streams of income, they have a conglomerate of sites that they all promote, and the owners have taken literally YEARS to build these businesses up to where they are today.  They have all started small, they were all where you and I are today, and they have seen more months where they have put more money into their business than they have gotten out of it and taking a net loss is part of the business, but the reason for this is because they were looking at long term growth, and not looking for a quick buck to grab and go, as so many owners out there have done. 

A lot of owners that are definitely NOT leaders in this business have opened multiple sites over the course of the years, only to get what cash they can and close it down, only to open a new site a month later.  these are people that you need to run from, stay away, don’t give them your money, they will be gone in a month and so will your hard earned cash. 

The ONLY way to really have a stable, recurring income on a monthly basis is to have a program of your own, grow it, put money into it, and promote it to you’re blue in the face, and fall asleep on your keyboard because you have been up for 48 hours making splash pages and mailing list after list.  Build something, make it solid, be persistent and don’t ever give up.  You will fail most of the time, and it wont be all fun an games, but eventually, with the right attitude, and the right approach, looking at the business as a LONG TERM investment it can happen.  If you approach it the right way and know what you have to do, and understand that it is indeed a marathon and not a sprint, eventually you will see all of your hard work pay off. 

Now that that is said, here is more of what needs to be be said on the subject…

First of all…  get over yourself, be humble, don’t be bigger than the shoes on your feet.  Understand that you are entitled to NOTHING, you don’t deserve anything that you don’t work for and that includes pennies, badges, credits, or commissions.  nothing is gotten for free, and the sooner you UNDERSTAND that, the better off you will be.  As I said above, those that are successful in this industry have taken YEARS to build their program, business, websites, whatever it is they own, and no one deserves anything from them unless they earn it, or they buy it.  So stop… JUST STOP with the me me me attitude.  Guess what.  and I am going to paraphrase a movie quote here..  one of my favorites of all time.  These owners, successful people, individuals that have put years into their business, and still do to this day, provide us with a service, it is a vessel to promote whatever program we are in, whatever program we feel will provide us with the most benefit.  You choose to upgrade or not, you choose to surf their site or not, nevertheless they have a service and you are using that service to benefit your journey, but don’t ever forget one thing… “They have neither the time or the inclination to explain themselves to anyone that they provide this service to and who benefit from that service and they don’t give a DAMN what you feel you are entitled to”

Also, going back to this conversation I witnessed on Twitter yesterday, one of the two owners that were speaking decided he was going to brag about what great things he has bought because of his success, and how “this program bought me this wonderful toy because my thing is so small I have to have this to make up for it”  I direct this to any owner out there that is successful… if you feel that you have to BRAG about your success then you have failed as well.  Great owners are as humble as the individual that looks up to them, and they don’t have to brag, they don’t have to stick their chest out and pound it to prove how successful they have been.  Great owners turn their success into teaching tools and try and bring their knowledge to others so that they too can be successful.  Being a leader means you never have to boast, because your success will show by how you go about running your business. 

What I care about, and I am sure most others look at it this way as well, is how you present yourself as an owner, how you try and help others and how you pay it forward.  Not necessarily giving away all of your secrets, but by making the industry better and making it more friendly for the little guy to succeed.  I have never asked for anything since coming into this industry, I don’t expect a free ride, all the success I may or may not have depends on my efforts, depends on what I put into it.  But there are people I have learned from, and those that have not only helped when asked, but volunteered their assistance when they saw I was in need of it.  Those are the people I respect in the industry, not the selfish, egotistical, and asinine people that feel they are better than me.  I walk away from those people and tend to just ignore what they have to say. 

I have a long long way to go before I can ever be considered a leader in this business, but I will continue to try, I will look at it long term, and I wont ever give up.  I may die in front of this keyboard one day, but I will die trying to be better than I was the day before, trying to better myself and looking to the people that I respect in the industry to lead the way and help me succeed.  I am not entitled to it, nor am I deserving of it at the moment, but nevertheless, I will seek it out, and I will try and be a leader.

Get in the game….  Or Ride the bench…..  the choice is yours…

Scott Wright – “The Sports Nerd”

A new direction and a new service!!

Hey folks, welcome to the revamped thesportsnerd.us, where I have changed the primary direction of this site to focus on servicing the Traffic Exchange industry.  You will notice a few changes to the site, although the overall look to it has not changed much, you will notice that most of the sports links have disappeared (I am still an affiliate at fanatics, so I will continue to promote) and I am strictly promoting and discussing the traffic exchange industry.  First I want to direct your attention to the sidebars to the right of this post.  First there are nine 125×125 ads that are for rent on on a monthly basis.  I will rent that space to you and provide a spot for advertising your site or program for 30 days.  Get with me on rates and availability.  Second, if you look up on the navigation toolbar you will notice two pages.  The first is a new service I am rolling out, and that is Sports Nerd Productions.  I will provide a video or voiceover for your program or site and spec it the way you want it to be done.   The other page I want to direct your attention to is the “Advertising Resources” page.  This page gives an overview of the programs that have worked best for me over the years and the ones that I promote the most.  Feel free to sign up to any of those shown, if you aren’t already a member and I promise you won’t be disappointed in your results.  The Blog is going to be more of a challenge, as most of you know my challenge at keeping up with my sports posts.  I will write about the industry, talk about what I have learned, what I am seeing and maybe ruffle a few feathers along the way.  So navigate through the site, get familiar with it, and hopefully we can work together soon in the near future!!

Get in the game…. or ride the bench, the choice is yours

Scott  “The Sports Nerd” Wright