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Hey SurfAholics!

As you have seen around at the various traffic exchanges is that a lot have been going to the Payza payment processor. This was due to PayPal limiting a lot of the traffic exchange owners accounts. If the te owners account is limited, it means that they do not have any money coming in or going out. This is why a lot of te owners have gone looking for other payment processors, which is why you see a lot of te owners using Payza. I know. I know. You don’t like Payza, because of the bad history they have had with holding on to your money. Believe me, that is the exact reason that I do not like using Payza. Of course, te owners are looking for other payment processors, so they can keep bringing in the money and still pay commissions. The trouble with using multiple payment processors is that the te owner has to fund more than one account, which dilutes the te owners effectiveness of what they can do for their members, plus the nightmare of keeping track of who paid what in whatever payment processor, because if you don’t, it looks like a money-laundering scheme. Anyway, this is a short synopsis of why te owners are using alternative payment processors.

The obvious question is why did PayPal limit a lot of the te owner’s accounts? Good question. Everything seems to point back to Traffic Monsoon, calling itself, a traffic exchange. As you know, The Federal Trade Commission shutdown Traffic Monsoon, and with that PayPal lost a lot of money. Remember, PayPal is not a bank. PayPal is a payment processor, which means that they handle the money going from one bank to another bank. It may take four or five days before PayPal actually gets the money owed to them for processing the transactions, which can add up to lots and lots of money. Well…to make a long story short…since Traffic Monsoon called itself a traffic exchange, which it is not, PayPal has lumped all the real traffic exchanges in with Traffic Monsoon. PayPal is just doing its job of protecting itself.

So what needs to happen now? Another good question. The traffic exchange industry is going to have to clean-up its own act, if it is going to continue to exist. How do we do that? Still another great question, and is the one that is being discussed. All I can give you on that question is some thoughts on the topic that have been discussed. I will just list somethings that are being worked-on that I know about:

* Change the traffic exchange model completely from what it is today.
* Eliminate advertising anything that even looks remotely like Traffic Monsoon.
* Eliminate paying people to surf (money, credits, banners, texts, XP, zubees, etc).
* Encourage people to be creative with their advertising and list-building, and promote themselves and their business, instead of promoting affiliate programs.
* Create and promote blogs.

And I am sure there are a couple more things that were mentioned, but those are the highlights of what has been discussed.

I know many on the team have supported SurfAholics TE, and I want to do everything I can to promote you, your business, the team. I will be working more on our team blog, the SurfAholics forum (you soon will be able to access it from inside SurfAholics TE), and a couple of other ideas to help promote all of us.

I am open to ideas to how we can be more of a marketing group, just let me know, or talk to any of our team leaders (Rip, Brenda, Jessica, or myself).

Whatever changes takes place, just know that I love each and every one of you. I love you all. I love the SurfAholics!!!

Terry L. Allison, Sr.
Leader of the SurfAholics Alpha

CTP Season 7: The Forgotten Season

Okay. Yes, I did make it back. It only took me six months this time. LOL Anyway, here is what I remember CTP Season 7, which I have given it the name of The Forgotten Season. I don’t remember any specific rule changes or anything of that nature. The season started and the Surfaholics Alpha team, just went for it. We met up with a couple of different teams than we had played before in the finals. It came down to the third round, and it looked pretty apparent that it was going to be a repeat for the Finals of The SurfAholics Alphas and The Cash Surfing Network, BUT something weird happened in that third round that messed-up the counters. After waiting for most of the day for the problem to be fixed, the four remaining teams of SurfAholics Alpha, Uber Surfers, Lucky 13, and the Cash Surfing Network all voted to end the playoff and divide the rewards evenly between themselves.

That’s what I remember of CTP Season 7: The Forgotten Season. It may have marched on in, but it whimpered out. LOL

You all take care, and remember: SurfAholics Alphas love ya!

Go SurfAholics! Go! Go! Go!

Terry L. Allison, Sr.
Leader of the SurfAholics Alpha

SurfAholics Blog Finally Gets an Update!!!

It has definitely been a while, since this blog was last updated as far as an article of news is concerned. And in that regard, we have had a couple of seasons pass, since Season 5 started. Let me catch-up on the competition end of what has been going on.

The SurfAholics Alpha team was again right in the thick of the competition, taking no one for granted, and taking every precaution to get to the finals of CTP Teams Season 5. We did make it to the finals of Season 5, and met the CSN (Cashing Surfing Network) team. Both teams fought hard to outscore the other, but we could never get the lead, but the SurfAholics Alpha as usual gave it their heart. Although we came in second for Season 5, I am still amazed at how the SurfAholics Alpha team always comes together to play our best.

Season 6 of CTP Teams was almost a repeat of Season 5. There was a little bit of a rule change going into Season 6, which was limiting the use of TimTech letters to a 24 hour expiration, instead of no expiration. SurfAholics Alpha did see a couple of new team in the early rounds, but like I said earlier, we do not take anything for granted. And as we fought through each round, we honed our technique and strategies a little better with each round. As a team leader, I never set a goal of what we should do as a team, but what happened was incredible that in each round we doubled our score from our previous round. And guess who we should meet up with in the finals? Yes, if you guessed CSN. In that last round, the SurfAholics fought brilliantly. For the finals, we scored five times more than we had from the previous round. Even though we came up short in the finals, we made some magnificent gains that kept CSN hopping.

I am proud to be the leader of the SurfAholics Alpha team. Each season, we get better and better in how we play the game. The rules get changed every now and then, but we have always been able to adapt and learn new strategies to stay in the thick of the competition. And yes, I wish there was not so many rule changes, and that we could keep on playing with the rules we had for whatever season. But even in business, we have to learn what the rules are, and adapt to adapt our strategies to the market. Just as the SurfAholics Alpha has learned to play the game for competition, I have no doubts that we will get better and better in our marketing skills.

I love you, SurfAholics!

Terry L. Allison, Sr.
Team Leader of the SurfAholics Alpha