What I've Learned About ListNerds and my Unsolicited Advice

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This is a blog post I made from a very long comment. It's my policy if my comment gets too long, I turn it into a post! Makes sense? I think so!

I'll mention ahead of time, since I'm talking about ListNerds, I am linking as an affiliate. IF you sign up by clicking here, you're part of my team! Congrats!

First Off, What is ListNerds?

ListNerds is an internal MAIL program that incentivizes users to view MAIL in their inbox and click on links to outside websites, usually either affiliate links or hive blog posts.

The incentive for opening mails is the random chance of winning LISTNERD tokens or CTP tokens.

The incentive for clicking links is it earns MAIL credits, the amount determined by the user's subscription level. The MAIL credits can be used to send your own MAIL, promoting your own content or link.

By generating your own MAIL and sending it through the ListNerds network, it is sent to many INBOXES and thus viewed by many real people.

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This is a ListNerds MAIL I sent today to 5000 inboxes (I have ENTERPRISE LEVEL), of the 5K, 10 people have opened the MAIL and 10 people have clicked on the link. These numbers will change over the next week as more people open and/or click the link.

ListNerds members have the power to "upvote" or "verify" the quality of the MAIL, they also can "downvote" the MAIL for poor quality. If the member earns at least 20 upvotes (minus downvotes), they also earn LISTNERD TOKENS staked to their account.

These LISTNERD TOKENS are worth a lot (about 2 HIVE each), but being staked they are not liquid and take a long time to unstake.

My friend @thisismylife wrote a more indepth description of ListNerds here if you want to learn more.

Join for the Traffic, Not the Token

The best advice I can give is that if someone has joined ListNerds or is thinking of joining - join for the traffic, don't join if your intention is to sell LISTNERD tokens for a profit on HIVE-ENGINE.

Once the LISTNERD TOKENS started rolling it (worth 2 hive each), I saw the potential in ListNerds and with proper effort I believe I can earn more than my investment back.

However, I learned of this:

Unstaking them [LISTNERD TOKENS] will take 10 weeks and doesn't come in 1/10 chunks, but a full powerdown at once at the end of the 10 weeks. In the meanwhile you won't earn staking rewards over them! @thisismylife

Ut oh. My plan to mine LISTNERD tokens to sell for hive have been DASHED. 10 weeks? That's crazy! What have I done?

A Change of Perspective

I've had to change my perspective on ListNerds. I was originally planning on earning LISTNERD TOKENS (as so often is said, they're worth 2 HIVE a piece), sell them and recover the initial HIVE investment and then some! A quick way to grow a HIVE account. But no. That's not realistic. And not really the point of ListNerds.

A better perspective is to value the TRAFFIC and INTERACTIONS on hive posts. Create a "funnel" from Listnerds -> Hive Posts and from there, cultivate a following with interactions and engagement. If after cultivating that following with interactions and engagement, affiliate marketers want to introduce products and services on their blog post, I feel that's totally legit. But even if they don't, enjoy the interactions, the comments and sharing of ideas. I've had more interaction with my HIVE posts than any other time in four years of posting (almost) daily. That's worth a lot more than a token, even one worth 2 hive each!

The Results of a Month of Enterprise

This is what I have learned from joining ListNerds at an Enterprise Level. It is an expensive initial investment, but the results are amazing. Even with some mix-ups on MAILS (broken images/links, downvotes), there have been enough LISTNERD TOKENS staked, that I now have a 2% Listnerd stake. That means once token dividends are distributed, I am already a 2% shareholder.

It has taken daily effort to send two MAIL daily, and open a lot of mail, earned a lot of MAIL tokens - but the result of it all is a decent and hopefully growing ListNerds Stake.

IT turns out the value of Enterprise is the opportunity it opens up for a STAKE in the platform, however that turns out.

Conclusion

I hope this has been helpful in better understanding what ListNerds is and what it's strengths are. I hope this will help the user understand the benefit of signing up for Enterprise (if you're able) and offering the best perspective to make it successful in the long-run.

Just like everything, it's not a quick fix, it takes time and effort. To me, that's how I know it's legit and not a quick-profit scheme that leaves someone else holding the empty bag.


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Benjamin Turner: God fearer. Rooted in Messiah. Husband of @lturner. Father of SIX (!!!) wonderful children. The guy behind the camera. Blockchain enthusiast.

Bless the Most High!

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However, I learned of this:
Unstaking them [LISTNERD TOKENS] will take 10 weeks and doesn't come in 1/10 chunks, but a full powerdown at once at the end of the 10 weeks. In the meanwhile you won't earn staking rewards over them! @thisismylife

Ut oh. My plan to mine LISTNERD tokens to sell for hive have been DASHED. 10 weeks? That's crazy! What have I done?

WOOPS :)

I also first thought of funding it with the earnings but now I fund it with my work for CineTV instead. I love the staking rewards on Listnerds, it's awesome how quick these go up at some point.

Keep mailing and trying .. soon you will not make any mistakes in the editor ;)

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I've been using the embed feature as suggested, that seems more reliable.

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Yes, you just have to know how to use it and then it's actually not hard.

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Love hearing your experiences so far :)

And glad to hear that you see the massive potential of investing in the relationship side of things in the platform. We're always trying to improve as well, let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can get better!

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It's nice to see your experience as an enterprise member. I am a bit surprised to see that this is the first time you got so much engagement in 4 years. At least you know people will go to your post so I think it's a pretty good funnel. I think it may also funnel some votes to your posts so that may help cover some of your costs.

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@ironshield - needless to say, that I'm a Nerdy fan; but I really value so many perspectives regarding the platform. It's proving on a daily basis how powerful the platform is, but getting to meet folks like you, who I probably either, would have never discovered your content - sooner or at all; makes ListNerds fruitful for me.

But dude: "It's my policy if my comment gets too long, I turn it into a post!" I am digging this policy!!!

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Nice synopsis of the program, Benjamin. It is important in business and in life to be able to hit a wall, but have the persistence to go over or around it and not just let it stop you.

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Just curious. How long does this verification process last?

I think it's time for me to pay attention to those emails that explain the meaning of "joining a traffic," and the importance of funnel creation and list building. I usually took them for granted because I don't understand their significance.

Thanks for bringing this up.

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How long does this verification process last?

I've read it takes between 7 - 10 days for the verification process. I'd say about 30% of my MAIL are validated after that time. It would probably be more if not for the broken links and images. At the end of the validation time, i'll see 20 upvotes and one downvote, completely destroying the chance for validation. Frustrating, but incentive to do better.

the importance of funnel creation and list building

I'm still learning how to generate a good "funnel'. I understand the basic concept, but application is still a learning process. I learned about mass-disqualification during my time using Google adwords, where massive numbers of "views" and "clicks" were disqualified. But those clicks were still PAID FOR, regardless of their quality. Unless you know what you're doing with adwords, its a huge waste of money.

Listnerds is interesting because it reverses the trend, instead of paying for clicks, users GET PAID (so to speak) for clicking, so the click-through-rate is absurdly HUGE. Sending 5K mail and only having 70-80 people open it is a pretty low open rate (1-2%), but having 80 - 100% of mail-to-clicks is amazing! And still, that's dozens and dozens of real people visiting your link - again, it's simply amazing.

I think it's time for me to pay attention to those emails that explain the meaning of "joining a traffic,"

I haven't investigated these "joining a traffic" sites, I can't help be a little skeptical. If someone were to demonstrate how it works, why it's worth pursuing and realistically what results I could expect for the effort, then I would look more seriously. For now, I'm very pleased with ListNerds and the more I think about it, the more I'm considering another month of Enterprise.

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At the end of the validation time, I'll see 20 upvotes and one downvote, completely destroying the chance for validation.

I wonder what's going on in the mind of the downvoter? If he/she does see the votes themselves, curious what's the goal for downvoting?

In my case, once I figure out how it works, perhaps I will try the Premium subscription.

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Thanks for sharing your experience on Listnerds, very intersting,
i think i will send my first solo mail soon, a song cover by my daughter
Mail upvoted as always
!ALIVE

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Thanks for sharing your experiences so far. Makes for a great post.

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The real value that I found through #listnerds are the authors I wouldn't have found out about without listnerds, the comments on my own blogs which would not have happened without listnerds. Those new connections, that to me is the true value of listnerds.

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