Season 9

CTP Season 9 was uneventful. We worked to build our business in the regular season, and then when the Playoff happened, we came together to kick butt. We worked our butt off, only to lose to Phoenix in the semi-final round. It always astounds me how much money people want to flush down the toilet, just to win a game. Oh well. LOL We played our heart out, and it still sucks to lose, but I am proud of the way the SurfAholics Alpha played! Go SurfAholics! Go! Go! Go!

Terry
SurAholics Alpha Leader

Never Should Have Been Started

Okay. I am back finally. If I titled Season 7 as the Forgotten Season, and I did, then Season 8 should be known as the Season That Should Never Have Been Played. Oh man! Oh man! O man! The long and short of it was that the Season 8 started-up, and after a week of mishaps and things not working right, it finally was arranged that the beginning of the season 8 should be reset for the following Monday. After a week of actually working to get everything right, the season starts, and goes, and goes, and goes… There never seemed to be an end in sight and becomes a nightmare from the Twilight Zone or something. Of course, people kept asking, and the answer was very slow in coming. Even when people did say something, it always seemed like it was the customers/people competing’s fault for asking. How hard can it be just to put an ending date on an event/contest/whatever you want to call it?

Another reason Season 8 should be known as the Season That Should Never Have Been Played was not because of anything in Season 8. We played the first six seasons with a jackpot of winnings for the final four teams, so precedent had been set. There was an expectancy that Season 7 would be no different. Even though the SurfAholics Alpha made it to the finals and played our hearts out, only to come short against the Cash Surfing Network team, none of the final four teams would receive any monetary rewards. It really was not the money aspect that we played for. I mean really, when you divide all the prize money between team members $10 to $15 can only go so far. What was on the line was the integrity of the company running the surfing contest. Remember, precedent had been set, so the expectancy of past events said there should have been monetary reward of some kind. But because it was not stated anywhere, the people running the contest squirmed away from the topic, and no one received anything. For that reason alone, I knew that we needed to put our businesses first. Yes, it is fun to compete. I love competing, but I want to put people first. So for Season 8, we did not really concern ourselves with regular season play, and yes, it came down to SurfAholics Alpha and Cash Surfing Network team in the finals of the Playoffs, with Cash Surfing Network winning Season 8.

I think the lesson to be learned is that we have control over our own businesses. It is too easy to get caught up in little distractions of chasing little ‘carrots’, which really did nothing more than create a herd-mentality for the sake of competition. There are some good aspects of competition, where people learn to compete and work with each other for the common good of the team, and many great relationships have been formed to create family-type units of caring for another as much as we can over the internet. Competition can be good for a business. We just need to be aware of the pitfalls and distractions.

For me, Season 8 will be known as the Season That Should Never Have Been Played, but it was still was a very valuable lesson in business-building.

I love each and every one of the SurfAholics Alpha!

Terry Allison, Sr.
Leader of the SurfAholics Alpha Team

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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