I have read many blog posts on how traffic exchanges don’t work. There seems to be so
many of them ranging from years back to this week. And the same argument happens over and over.
“Traffic exchange traffic isn’t targeted.”
That statement is so far off. I get it 1800 flowers is not likely to do as well in traffic exchanges then say banner ad maker. But it’s the niche that is the target.
Who are the people at the PC clicking and surfing Traffic exchanges
What to they drink?
What PC are they using?
What monitors or Anti viruses are they using?
What are they snacking on?
Do they use pens to write things down?
What kind of furniture are they using for the home office?
I can without straining think of over 100 name brands that can be targeted to the people who surf traffic exchanges. I didn’t even mention ONE single ONLINE product yet.
I have seen people sell beef Jerky and Mushroom coffee in this business with some success. I have personally bought that mushroom coffee at one point.
I guess the point im trying to make is like with any Niche you have to be skilled to make it work for you. Traffic exchange are no different. Just the low hanging fruit would be other traffic exchanges. Don’t mean Someone isn’t going to be replacing their PC in a week …… Imagine if you made a commissions on a PC sale. OR what about that new chair they need ( I personally have been through 5 in the 10+ years I have been online) so yes 1800 flowers is not going to be the best way to make money … Unless there is a sexy splash page floating around right now that says “ forgot Valentines day? send flowers now 19.99”
well I guess that would work you just have to find a way to make it work. Advertising in any shape is not guaranteed. What is the ROI on a billboard or a tv commercial?
Are traffic exchanges targeted YEAH they are if they are used correctly.
I have spent a couple days joining a lot of traffic exchanges. I actually reading emails from time to time now just to see what and where other owners heads are at.
I am not pointing out any one site and Lets face it. I don’t know everything about online marketing. With that said.
I see owners making what I believe to be the same mistakes over and over again. So I made a list of them issues I have noticed that are very likely hurting your business.
Using Stock stuff on a site –
It’s the Home page ad copy or the offers you have with the same template as everyone else. Don’t use the same font in the same bold face with no changes to the almost 500 words No one will read it. Its hard on the eyes
No! Emails are not a bad thing, unless it’s with a negative tone or UN-formatted* or just too long. Good emails work to get people excited and take action. Formatted at 50- 60 spaces and less than 2 scrolls.
( I say this as a rule not the exception ) * http://formatit.com/ great formatting tool for emails.
Adding too much
A great sandwich doesn’t have 500 elements for 800 other sandwiches. Right? A traffic exchange is no different. Some people set out to be the PB&J traffic exchanges. Then add cash surfing and prize pages and cash to join and low timers and millions of credits give always. Before long you have a sandwich that’s 5 feet high and no one can eat. Or a TE that no one can use. Don’t do too much be a great turkey and swiss.
Show your Site.
This, to me is the biggest mistake hands down. If no one can see your ads No one will join. It takes about *12,000 hits to get 7 or so referrals a day. If you’re getting 200 hits a day you know why your site is not growing. This is just traffic exchange I’m talking about. so if you sending more hits to the new launch this week and not your own exchange. The issue is the owner. Change that and watch others start affiliating your program more. ( im not saying you can send some traffic for a launch from time to time) but your site has to be seen or no one knows your there.
* this is a ball park – my tracking is just an estimate for how other te’s will do.
rather than take my word for it Just look at the top ( 5 traffic exchanges)
So many People ask the Same question Can I get traffic exchange traffic and have Google AdSense
The Answer May Surprise you. YES but only if it is done right. #1 don’t send your AdSense Embedded to a traffic exchange.
Step One Build a Splash Page, ok let me rephrase that Build the most Amazing Splash Page Of all time. And host it on a website completely separate form you AdSense Site. Your Goal Is to get the User to Love the Splash Page and Click through to your Money making Site.
The Funny part is this will take you thousands of visitors to make a few cents. But the traffic exchanges your using most will pay you more than a couple of dollars to get referrals. I personally earn more money than I ever did with ad sense.
I loved AdSense I made a $100 dollar check ever month and a half or more but with a traffic exchange or two I do that in two to three weeks.
I don’t want to convert you at all. Keep making Google money and you can reap the couple of dollars here and there. Its fun to do in your spare time. And if you make a few dollars from it than in vest it in a site that will make you more money. You cant afford the 32 million dollar home with Google AdSense but if you keep building and learning and reinvesting anything is possible.
IS Google paying you enough do the Math Take your Hourly rate at your “J.O.B.” lets use 10 Per Hour as an easy number this means your free time is worth $5 dollars an Hour is Google paying you 5 dollars per hour NO! what do you mean no then you might want to look to other ways to add Money to that POT.
Now its not a website its an ad site and people will run.
Go back to the basics spend One hour per day developing your website and making it more fun for the people visiting it. Then more visitors will come and then your money is starting to come naturally. This is hard for people to understand it takes work to make a few dollars online. Some times more than offline due to the Super high level of competing sites on line as opposed to the real world where geographic limitations are real. You are not going to drive 2,000 miles to get your oil changed for a dollar but on line 2,000 miles is just a click away.
Keep it Simple and smart if you think it is a grey area for AdSense then Use a splash page and stay on Google’s good side. But if you want to make more find your own advertisers for your site you build. You can always ad Your AdSense account info later if you don’t land a big fish this month.
Have Fun And Try New Things
Ok yesterday I accepted a challenged from a fellow traffic exchange owner for lowering my Alexa rank.
It is a 50$ dollar prize. He knows I don’t have any tricks when it comes to this area. So rather than find some way to cheat or buy this Magic Rank from the Alexa gods I am going to try to do it the old fashion way………. Work for it.
So today when looking for ways to cheat the alexa rank….. LOL I found I have not updated this blog in a long time and again I want to do this the right way.
I have added the Alexa toolbar – Do I think its going to help? not much. but its fun to use.
While surfing word press. I commented on 3 sites that I found Interesting out of 50. I’m not spamming the boards but looking in the right places for other traffic exchanges to comment on and I sent an email to one of them hoping to work together.
Realizing that I am the worlds worst Social net worker. I have a plan to tell every one that will still listen to me about the challenge set by my self and the Other guy.
( on a totally related Note Kevin is going down like a Kick Stand)
While trying to increase my alexa rank I got totally side tracked and started doing the thing I should have from day one. So weather or not I win ( I will) I think I learned a valuable lesson today.
Don’t try to cheat Alexa and do some good old fashion work. Your site will thank you and the traffic exchange industry needs more honest people like me. (lol)
Siphon effect with TE traffic.
Ok I did not start this idea but wanted to plug it out there for you all to see.
The Siphon effect with traffic exchange traffic works like this:
lets say a major bulk of your traffic is from traffic exchanges like mine is. And you run real heavy with them for a period of 2 weeks or more (some times months) then you stop the use of traffic exchanges all together for a couple of days then Search Engines will feature your site more often for a short period of time to equal it out.
The Idea seem some what logical but there is a catch. I think it is the major change in your traffic flow.
I have not been able to confirm or deny this at all but I have tried it out a few times with a minimal measurable effect.
If you have tried this let me know what your results are
If there is some secret back door to getting in good with search engines I still have not found it but I will continue to try new ideas.