I am writing this post with a heavy heart. Those of you who know me well understand I think things through before I take action. I try to weigh the positives and the negatives of every situation. Many events this year have left me befuddled yet I chose to remain silent. I chose to take the high road and just close doors while opening others. So WHY after all this time am I breaking my silence? I have, personally, once again had something taken from me which I worked to achieve. If this is happening to me and other people I know, then I feel it is time to state the facts as to my situation to perhaps protect others from falling victim to the unscrupulous tactics of this company.
The Final Straw
On June 8th, 2012 I got one of those pleasant emails announcing I had received affiliate income in to my Paypal account. After checking it out, I realized it was from CTP. Since I had not been promoting CTP since April, this was definitely a surprise. But I had built a downline of 50+ members with several TE owners in the mix, so it looked like I would still earn some monies from the system. And, that is what affiliate marketing is all about – earning tomorrow for the work you do today. On July 18th, I got the inclination to check my CTP account and see if there had been any commissions earned for July. Guess What? My downline of 50+ members are completely gone. Only one lonely random referral remains.
Since I was not satisfied with this answer, I inquired more but it seems support does not know the answer and has no intentions of finding out. (Read from bottom up)
(Note – I have sent one more support ticket asking for more information and a personal letter to one of the owners. As to the writing of this post, there has been no response.)
I signed up for CTP the night it launched, January 31st, 2011. I immediately purchased the Lifetime offer that night. Why would the support person think my account had been deleted? I have been a strong supporter of CTP and TT, as you can tell from this previous blog post from a year ago, promoting their system and products while spending over $1000 with the TT company over the last year.
For those of you who may not know, this is not the first time TT has taken something that belonged to me, my business partner and the members of our traffic exchange. On April 25th, 2012, TT removed all of our CTP badges from my account. This happened without notice, even though the badges had been paid for and our hosting bill was current. This not only affected us but every single member who had collected our badges.
When investigating the cause of this sudden removal, we were informed by TT Support:
All of this happened within hours of us announcing we would be offering the ADOne-Ten stickers as another reward system for our members. We never had intentions of removing badges as many of our members enjoyed collecting them. We wanted to offer many reward options to our members to make surfing more pleasurable. We were not given any warning that having stickers meant we could not have badges. I checked the terms of service and I did not see that we had violated any of the terms.
There have been additions to the terms of service since April but there is still nothing which addresses the issue of not being able to offer other reward systems. Additionally, there are other exchanges which do offer both so why was our exchange singled out.
Although I would not wish the pain and drama that my friend and partner Jolynn and I endured during the time immediately after our badges were removed and our TE was taken out of the CTP advanced training program, the outpouring of support that we received from our members and from other business owners was overwhelmingly positive.
As I mentioned, I had, in the past, been an avid supporter of the TT programs and systems. After having products and downline members removed, I will no longer support anything this company markets online.
What are the positives to this post – It is my biggest fear that what has happened to me will continue to happen to others. It is very disheartening to have the work you put in destroyed. I have learned a lot over the last 6 months. The Internet is a BIG BIG World and I have found many great people who are hard working and honest. I can only hope if you read this, you will take time to explore other venues for earning and advertising YOUR business.
What are the negatives to this post – I am sure there will be some. My sole intention is to inform people of the actual circumstances which have been inflicted on myself, my business partner, and our site. Hopefully the knowledge I have shared will save some of you from experiencing what myself and my business partner have gone through. If yes, then the positives will far out weigh any negatives.
I thank you for your time and support. Jolynn and I will continue to work hard to help you build your business and to provide new and interesting ways to advertise.
Success Is A Journey, Not a Race!