Hi there James. Just wanted to drop you a quick \hello\. I hadnt interacted much with anyone on the TE end of things since right after launching [the Site].
I was reading your blog post about getting overloaded and man, that is exactly what happened to me. I wont bore you with the details, but I purchased a group of sites and shortly after the purchase everything went down the toilet… in a really bad way. Not my fault, but I had to take ownership of the situation and- finally, after almost 2 months- am getting everything back under control. I need to get [the Site] active and growing again at this point.
There is still a ton to learn about getting and keeping these TEs active, so Im soliciting the advice of those I look up to in the community.
My question is, do you think its a good idea to do a formal relaunch of the site? Or do you think it better to just pick up where I left off and keep advertising it? I see a lot of these sites teaming up and doing surf promos together, but am not really sure how to go about that.
One step I have taken is to put together a series of e-mails that go out to members. The first set is geared toward newbies who might need step-by-step instructions and later on I cover various advertising tips in general. Figured that might at least let people know Im here and remind them to log in on occasion.
Anyhow, if you dont mind, any insight is very much appreciated.
Thanks for keeping it real… I read and appreciate your blog posts.
[One truly great person]
I needed to sleep on your questions.
the easy advice I can give is also crappy advice too. (so im not going to do that)
but let me be blunt with what I would do for myself given the same outline you have now.
#1 change the name to something you can Brand. “my super big hits traffic exchange viral power booster site” is not the same as a good quick one word site ” I still like bweeble s name ……
#2 start building a new site for this new project with the goal of adding the members from the old system to the new and more powerful one. some thing unique some thing different. somthing that is 100% you.
#3 build this traffic exchange to fit you and who you are – a proud owner is a good owner the fact that you will spend MONEY/ TIME and resources on this project is going to fire up the passion for this venture.
#4 Don’t be cheap – I have also made this mistake myself if you are not semi –pro at it outsource it. and when it comes time to market the site spend money to free up time
#5 learn this should be number 1 – learn everything you can – learn about the history learn about the little conflicts and learn about past and current alliances. The more you know the easier you can have a leg up. Read blogs, forums, people’s opinions, reviews etc. Paul Kinder once told me “be a student of this business”. when i asked for the same advice you just asked. “read and learn”
#6 Screw things up you not perfect no one is this is a human built business so it ok to mess things up and fall flat on your face it’s the ones that get up and keep going that are doing well.
#7 Attend traffic exchange webinars learn the good and the bad.
#8 Think before you do something ask the question is this good for the members and is it good for the business if the answer is yes then do it.
#9 Focus ON this one project and see it through to the end. screw everything else. this needs to be your baby.
Don’t ever follow make the changes you want to but don’t follow be an individual.
when you have all of this in the new site not only will people want to promote it but I would love to join and market your site to the amazing members in this business.
and that is my pledge to you. also do a formal Launch at that time but invite the existing members to be a part of it too.
And that is my traffic exchange 2 cents