Archive for October, 2010


Last week I sent out a mailing to my list on behalf of Brett Phillips and John Guanzon about the relaunch of their program TEReports.

In addition to adding two new products and twice as may new squeeze pages for upgraded members TERports now offers a squeeze page for free members.  This is a great way for free members to start building their list using free traffic exchange programs.

One of my subscribers replied to my email with a questions about using traffic exchanges and squeeze pages.  I thought I would share my response here.

Hi Jerry. I have been receiving your emails for some time now. I like the info but I need some clarity. How do I get on the traffic exchanges, and how will anyone find my squeeze page? I have a network marketing business and I would like to reach lots and lots of people, but I am not sure how. How can traffic exchanges and squeeze pages help me?

Hey Paul.

That’s a pretty big question but i’ll do my best to reply here.

First, to get on the traffic exchanges just pick one and join it.

You can start with any of these:

They are all free but if you upgrade to a paid membership you’ll get more traffic for less work.

There are lots of guides out there about using traffic exchange but most of it is pretty self-explanatory:

1. Visit other member sites to earn credits
2. Spend your credits to show your site to other members

Using a traffic exchange is a great way to expose your squeeze page to thousands of new people.

It is important to remember though that the traffic you get from traffic exchanges is inscentivized (I know, big word).  Basically, that means that most people are only coming to your site because they want to earn credits to show their own site.  Your squeeze page should directly target these people and hopefully be interesting enough to stand out in the crowd.

It helps to have your own product to give away as an incentive for surfers to subscribe to your list.  If you don’t have your own product then you can use any of the free ones provided by TERports.  They all work really well in traffic exchanges.

Once you start building your list you have the opportunity to build a relationship with the people on your list and to potentially sell to them over and over again.

That’s sorta the simplified version but hopefully you get the gist of it.

If you need more details… just ask!

Click Here to Join TEReports


Do People Buy From You?

Author: Jerry Iannucci


I just thought i’d do a quick post today to let you know about a new ebook that is being released today from my friend Beth Allen called “Power of Promoting You“.

You can download a free copy from here:

Personal branding is something that I am a very big fan of.

I think when most people start out in Internet marketing they prefer to do it under the guise of anonymity.  For years I used to market under the name “housedawg”.  I think did it out of a lack of confidence for what I was promoting.  I figured, hey if this doesn’t work at least nobody knows who I am.

Today you would have to look pretty hard to find a page I am promoting that doesn’t display my real name and a picture of my face on it.


Because people like to buy from people that they know and trust.

Sound familiar?

That’s why it is imperative that you start building your own personal brand and Beth’s new ebook  “Power of Promoting You” will show you exactly how to do it.  The best part is that she is giving it away for free!

Click the banner below to get your copy now!

Click Here to Receive Power of Promoting You


Here is the latest list of upcoming JV giveaway events that are seeking contributors as of October 24, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

* October 28 – The Halloween Giveaway
Contributors: 2162  Gifts: 121

October 29 – The Online Edge Giveaway
Contributors: 166  Gifts: 159

October 30 – Thanksgiving Giveaway
Contributors: 154  Gifts: 100

October 31 – Thanks for Giving Giveaway
Contributors: 206  Gifts: 106

November 1 – Pure Viral Giveaway
Contributors: 132  Gifts: 103

November 8 – Veterans Day JV Giveaway
Contributors: 86  Gifts: 68

November 10 – Grand Slam Giveaway
Contributors: 138  Gifts: 84

November 18 – The NextGen Giveaway
Contributors: 212  Gifts: 19


You can find a complete listing of upcoming giveaways on the events calendar at:

card1 med2 New JV Giveaway Events – October 10, 2010


Ah traffic exchanges.

Say what you want about these free traffic programs but you won’t find another niche of Internet marketing where there are so many successful people willing to help other struggling marketers for free.

I have met some amazing people in the traffic exchange community.  Probably the best thing I ever did for my business was to start attending the online conferences at Affiliate Funnel, SWAT Traffic and Traffic Exchange Live.  These conferences have given me the opportunity to learn from some extremely successful marketers and also to also get to know them on a personal level as well.

One of the guys I met recently at Traffic Exchange Live is John Holmes who just took over the ownership of SWAT Traffic.  James hosts a Blog Talk Radio show on Internet marketing.

For the past week James has been interviewing some of the biggest names in the traffic exchange industry in a series called “Discover Traffic Exchanges”.  The last interview aired yesterday but thankfully all of the shows have been archived so you can listen to them whenever it is convenient for you.

Here’s the full list of interviews:

Episode 125: Tim Linden of StartXchange  >> Listen Here
Episode 126: Tony Tezak of Tezak Traffic Power >> Listen Here
Episode 127: Open Session  >> Listen Here
Episode 129: Randy Ritter of Top Flight Traffic  >> Listen Here
Episode 130: Marc Eglon of Jetstream Traffic  >> Listen Here
Episode 131: Guido Nussbaum of Traffic Witch >> Listen Here
Episode 132: John Guanzan of ThumbVu  >> Listen Here
Episode 133: Jon Olson of I Love Hits  >> Listen Here
Episode 134: Kym Robinson of Traffic Showdown  >> Listen Here
Episode 136: Lynn McCutcheon of Traffic Pro-X  >> Listen Here
Episode 137: Paul Kinder of Traffic Splash >> Listen Here

Seriously, go listen to these!

In any other industry you would find these interviews packaged and sold together for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  You can click the links right now and go listen to these interviews for free!  They are great to listen to while you are working and I guarantee you will gain some valuable knowledge about these owners, the traffic exchange industry, and how to run your own successful online business.

There is a lot more to this business than just getting your links in front of as many people as possible.  Start taking some action and get to know who your fellow Internet marketers are.  It won’t cost you a dime and you will be amazed by how far you can go with just a little help from the people who have been where you are now.


Ponzi Scheme Frustrations

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello again!

Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog as often as I would like.  I’m still around, I just haven’t had much time to write.

But today I am ready to rant!

Yep, welcome back!

So, lately I have been spending way too much time on Sweeva.  Frankly, i’m addicted.  Whatever.  In case you live under a rock Sweeva is a social marketing site / traffic exchange.  So by using it you are not only getting your site seen by other marketers but you are also getting to know a lot of other marketers socially who are promoting their own sites.

I guess recently it has really started to bug me to see how many talented Internet marketers I know are out there promoting illegal pyramid and ponzi schemes.

I know.  These programs have been around even longer than I have.   It’s not like I haven’t seen hundreds of them come and go over the years.  But it’s interesting now to finally see the faces and talk to the people who are promoting these programs in a social environment such as Sweeva.

Ok, for the record i’m no angel.  I’ve been known to bend a few laws in my time.  If I am in a hurry I might go a few mph over the speed limit.  I probably play the stereo in my car louder than I should and I might even admit to having a few mp3s on my computer that I didn’t pay for.  Hey, I’m like a modern day Jesse James.

Let’s be realistic here.  The police probably aren’t going to break your door down and haul you off to jail for promoting an affiliate link that might not be entirely legal, but does that mean you should do it?

As long as nobody gets hurt, right?


People do get hurt.

Money doesn’t just magically appear.

No program pays out more than it takes in.

The only way for you to make money in these programs is for other people to lose money.  Your success can only come from someone else’s failure.

Am I the only one bothered by that?

No, i’m not a lawyer or a judge.  I can’t pass absolute legal judgment over every site out there.  But if you are not selling a product or service and the only thing you are offering people is a money making opportunity then chances are it’s either an illegal pyramid scheme or an illegal ponzi scheme.

What’s that?  You program offers a product or service?  I guess that makes it legit, right?

Of course it does!

In fact, Bernie Madoff would be a free man right now if he had only thought to provide his clients with some ebooks and a rotating banner ad on his blog.

You can dress it up anyway you like.  If people are spending money on these things with the goal of making more money back then slapping on a worthless product or ad credits isn’t going to make them any more legit.

It’s frustrating to me though because sometimes I just want to grab these people and tell them what they are doing is wrong… but I can’t.  Who am I to tell them what they should or should not promote?  Right?

Look, if you have the money and you want to gamble it on one of these programs I don’t really care.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and eventually make a profit.  Congratulations on your wise business investment.

My problem is with the program owners and the people who use these programs to prey on newbies who don’t know any better.  The people who only care about making money and don’t care where it’s coming from.  To me that is more than just breaking the law… it’s just wrong.


Guido Nussbaum’s Halloween Giveaway

Author: Jerry Iannucci

It never fails.

Yesterday I updated my list of new JV giveaway events that are looking for contributors.  Today I find out that the greatest giveaway event of the season is getting ready to launch.

Time to update my calendar again!

The big event i’m talking about is Guido Nussbaum’s annual Halloween Giveaway.

Every year there are two major giveaways that I look forward to.  Guido’s Halloween Giveaway and Guido’s Easter Giveaway.  Obviously the Easter one is still a ways off but Halloween is right around the corner!

In case you don’t know these giveaways are massive list building events that attract marketers from all across the industry.  We are looking for people to contribute free giveaway products to the event.  In exchange you will be allowed to add your squeeze page to the list of people contributing.

When the Halloween Giveaway launches at the end of the month there will be thousands of new users swarming into the event looking for free gifts and hopefully subscribing to your list to get yours.

The Halloween Giveaway launches October 28th.

If you have a free gift and want to see your squeeze page listed in the event create your free account now!

Click Here to Join the Halloween Giveaway


Here is the list of JV giveaway events for October 10, 2010.

JV Giveaway Events

October 15 – IM Gift Vault Giveaway
Contributors: 154  Gifts: 118

October 15 – Spook-Nite Giveaway
Contributors: 148  Gifts: 102

October 15 – The Golden Treasure Giveaway
Contributors: 100  Gifts: 67

October 15 – Traffic Breakout Giveaway
Contributors: 143  Gifts: 108

October 17 – Creepy Autumn Giveaway
Contributors: 128  Gifts: 95

October 18 – List Building Event Giveaway
Contributors: 103  Gifts: 70

October 22 – Spook Nite Giveaway
Contributors: 91  Gifts: 68

October 31 – Thanks for Giving Giveaway
Contributors: 120  Gifts: 67

You can find a complete listing of upcoming giveaways on the events calendar at:

JV Giveaway Tactics


The Best Safelists for October 2010

Author: Jerry Iannucci

Hello and welcome to October!

I’m sure glad last month is over.  I’ve been doing a lot offline work at a new concert venue here in town and haven’t had much time to work on my online stuff.  When I am online I’ve been spending much of my time branding myself and building my list at Sweeva.  The results have been fantastic but the social aspect can be very time consuming.

Even with all that going on I still manage to find time to do my safelist and viral list builder submissions every day.  Before we get to the monthly safelist stats here’s what’s going on in the industry…

Two new list builders launched last month.  Both of them are running on the same script that List Effects started using a few months ago.  The script doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles but for a mailer it gets the job done.

The first site launched at the beginning of last month called Power Profit List.  The site is owned my Michael Coursey who is a well respected traffic exchange owner.  As you will see in my stats below Power Profit List is performing well above expectations.  Hopefully that will continue into this month.

The other new mailer just launched yesterday and is called Quick List Profits.  They are waiting until they hit 2000 members before they open the mailing part of the site but considering over 1000 people joined yesterday I am guessing we won’t have to wait long.  I just know that when the mailer opens at Quick List Profits I am going to enjoy getting my ads in front of those 2000 new members.

And finally, my good friend Winter Perkins dropped a bombshell on me earlier this week when she told me she is going to be taking over Reactive Adz from David Foley.  Reactive Adz is an amazing looking safelist but in my opinion it has never fully lived up to it’s potential.  I think Winter has what it takes to whip Reactive Adz back into shape.  I don’t think the take over is official yet but look for some big changes at Reactive Adz over the next few months.

Ok, ready for the stats?

Like any other successful Internet marketer I use tracking links to gather valuable statistics about my ads to let me know which advertising sites are bringing me the best results.  Every month I share my safelist and viral list builder stats here on my blog.  These stats are a results of promoting several splash pages for my ebook Safelist Marketing Tactics.  I do pay for upgraded memberships at most of these safelists so if the numbers seem higher than what you are getting as a free member that’s probably why.

Total Clicks Unique Clicks Action Sales CTA CTS
State of the Art Mailer 4,209 2,114 79 22 3.74% 1.04%
List Joe 2,118 1,467 51 19 3.48% 1.30%
List Zillion 1,386 779 59 13 7.57% 1.67%
DownlineBuilderDirect 2,463 1,036 55 14 5.31% 1.35%
AdTactics 2,891 869 56 13 6.44% 1.50%
Power Profit List 882 584 46 12 7.88% 2.05%
ListBuildingMaximizer 2,091 804 67 9 8.33% 1.12%
List Auction 1,370 727 39 6 5.36% 0.83%
ViralAdStore 1,292 726 33 6 4.55% 0.83%
Adsolutionline 2,406 895 29 5 3.24% 0.56%

“Clicks” is how many people viewed my splash page.  “Action” is how many people clicked the link on my splash page to go to the main site.  “Sales” is how many people joined my site.  CTA and CTS are “clicks to action” and “clicks to sale”.  I ranked these safelists by sales but it is also important to look at the other numbers to determine how responsive each safelist really is.

Have I mentioned how much I love State of the Art Mailer?  (swoon)

It’s nice to see List Joe back on top again where it belongs.  Welcome back List Joe!

The newest entry on the list is Power Profit List which launched at the beginning of last month.  Not a huge amount of traffic but it’s very “active” traffic which is what really counts.  Let’s hope that momentum carries into next month as well.

The big shocker this month is DownlineBuilderDirect.  This site has been around for awhile as a non-credit based viral list builder but recently made the switch to credits.  I picked up a lifetime upgrade and was starting to think I wasted my money after the dismal results I was receiving over the last few months.  Looks like things are finally picking up!

If you are not already a member of ListBuildingMaximizer you can join there and you are sure to receive some solo ads offering discounts on the upgrade at DownlineBuilderDirect.  Even if you’re not interested the upgrade you should be a member of ListBuildingMaximizer anyways because it’s just an excellent mailer.

That’s it for this update.  Keep in mind that all the stats you see above are a result of my own advertising efforts with my own ads.  Your results may vary but you’ll never know it unless you are tracking your ads!  You can get a free link tracker that will show you which ad sites work best for you from TE Toolbox.

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