Traffic Exchanges (TE) are a valuable tool, but need to be used correctly.
A traffic exchange begins with a central hub site, running software of a specialized kind. Website owners sign up to be a part of this exchange, and their website is added to a list. Another publisher signs up and puts their site into the list as well.
This repeats to grow a list of websites as long as the exchange wants it to be. Some of the biggest exchanges involve millions of sites; some of the smallest might only have a few thousand. If you want visitors to your site, you need to earn them.
You earn them by browsing the list on the exchange. The list is made up of other publishers who want traffic, and who are doing the same browsing. This way, your traffic is coming from other publishers, often the publishers of the sites you’re viewing.
Your views on the sites you find through the list are views those publishers are earning. The central hub is what regulates all of this. It keeps track of how many views a publisher has earned, and puts their site into the rotation until it has received that much traffic.
If the publisher stops earning views, they stop receiving traffic.
What Are Traffic Exchanges?
One problem that comes up is the balance between earned views and paid out views. At a 1:1 ratio, ideally, everything would work out perfectly. However, some publishers will earn credits for traffic they don’t claim.
Others will spend money for credits, rather than earning credits through viewing.The usual way a traffic exchange regulates this is by “taxing” views. You’ll see this as the listed “ratio” on a traffic exchange site. A ratio of 0.5, for example, means that you need to browse two websites in order to earn one view of your own.Evolution of Traffic Exchanges.
Of course, traffic exchanges have evolved from this relatively simple concept. They add additional features, like buying large amounts of traffic directly, or entering contests with credits for jackpots of more credits or payouts. Many traffic exchanges also incentivize more incoming traffic than is earned or bought, by offering payouts to regular users who want to earn some money but who don’t have sites or care about claiming traffic.
They earn credits, and exchange those credits for cash rather than for traffic. The Difference Between Autosurf and Manual Exchanges. If you’re not new to the Internet, one good question is going to come to mind. What would happen if you created a bot, a piece of software, that browsed for you? You would earn credits while you did other things, in the background, and you could claim those credits for traffic.
You are essentially getting something for nothing. This is the concept of the autosurf, and some traffic exchanges have embraced it. Others prefer to restrict bot access, and there’s a good reason for that. That reason is traffic quality. If you use a bot to browse, you’re putting nothing into the system. You’re giving “views” but those views are not real.
It’s no different, and no more valuable to your site, than some Lycos search engine web crawler. You don’t want or like bot traffic coming to your site, because it doesn’t convert, it doesn’t subscribe, and it doesn’t click ads.
How Do They Work?
Now reverse the roles. If you’re putting your own time and energy into browsing, you want the views you earn to be good. How do you feel if you put effort into earning credits, and the traffic you get is coming from bots someone else is using to earn their own credits?
A manual traffic exchange bans the use of bots for surfing. This is meant to ensure that the traffic you get from the network is as high quality as possible. Autosurf exchanges, however, not only sanction the use of bots; they often provide the bots themselves, in the form of specialized browsers or browser extensions.
It works almost like StumbleUpon in practice. You will find in general that a manual exchange is typically better for earning and redeeming legitimate traffic. Autosurf networks are more for people who want to make a few dollars a day by running a piece of software in the background of their computers. You’re free to try both out and see which provides better traffic, however.
History Of Traffic Exchanges
How Using a Traffic Exchange Can Hurt Your Site. One common complaint with traffic exchanges in general is that the traffic is never very targeted. Even if the exchange segments sites into categories and keeps users going to categories they’re interested in, they’re still publishers, not users. They’re not looking for new resources or new products to buy. They’re looking to earn traffic with as little effort as possible.
Sure, you might occasionally attract someone, but chances are your conversion rate on exchange traffic is going to be very, very low. Autosurfs, of course, are virtually worthless for generating traffic. In rare cases, you can set up ads that pay per view, and that have low enough filtering to accept the bot traffic as legitimate views and pay you for them. You’ll have to use the autosurf yourself to earn traffic, though, rather than pay for it.
The money you’d earn would be less than the money you pay for credits in almost every case. That’s just about negative effects for the exchange. How, though, might using an exchange detriment your site as a whole? For one thing, invalid traffic from an exchange can lead to having your ad accounts terminated. This is especially true for Google’s AdSense, which specifically calls out traffic exchanges as a risky technique.
You might notices that they don’t explicitly ban their use. That’s because a high quality traffic exchange can actually be a good means of advertising. It’s only when you enter a poor exchange – and run it on the same pages that have AdSense ads – that it hurts you. If your traffic exchange is one that encourages publishers to add links to other sites in the network, it can result in a lot of spam backlinks. This is obviously a bad thing.
Google doesn’t like seeing sites with a lot of backlinks from poor quality sites. Heck, even of those sites aren’t poor quality, if they’re not relevant, that can be just as bad. Read all about the Penguin algorithm update to see what can happen and how hard it can be to recover from the penalty.
Where Are They Going?
If you go overboard with traffic, and your hosting is sufficiently minimal, you might accidentally DDoS yourself. This is admittedly a rare event, and you’d have to have a combination of a lot of traffic and a pretty bad web host. Still, it’s vaguely possible, and can be damaging. Steps to Take to Prevent Exchange Damage. There are a few things you can do to minimize any potential damage from traffic exchanges. You should always have the groundwork in place before you sign up for an exchange and spend credits to bring in traffic.
Make sure you have quality hosting. This is important in a few ways. For one thing, some shady low tier web hosts might frown upon you enrolling their servers in a traffic exchange. Most won’t care. There’s the vague chance of the self-DDoS mentioned, but that’s not really a concern. Really, a good web host is easy to come by these days, so you should never go without one regardless of what you’re trying to do.
Take steps to filter bots from your analytics. This will help you know how much of the traffic you’re getting from a traffic exchange is legitimate, versus how much of it is bots. Some of it will require some manual monitoring and ongoing blocking, but you can filter common bots with a click in Google Analytics. This article is a great resource for filtering out bot traffic. Make sure your site is optimized to capture visitor attention as quickly as possible.
Traffic exchanges often have a minimum length of time for a visit to count, so you can’t just hammer through pages as quickly as possible. It’s still measured in seconds, though, and it means you only have a few seconds to catch user attention. Make sure that your single landing page, above the fold, is enough to hook them. Go for the soft sell. Most of the people surfing traffic exchanges aren’t in it to shop, so you’re not going to sell anything.
What you’re doing is gaining leads. You’re not going to be able to capture much more than an email based on your landing page. So, instead of trying and failing to sell a product, try to capture leads and use a longer-term email campaign to convert those users. Don’t run ads on pages you’re sending traffic from an exchange to. This is just simple common sense. If you’re going to send traffic exchange traffic to your site, you don’t want ads on that site.
Usually, traffic exchange users don’t navigate away from their landing page, so it’s okay to advertise on pages other than your landing page. Just avoid sending questionable leads to ads. Make sure you sign up for a high quality exchange, not some bottom of the barrel network. That’s probably why you’ve come to read this article; the list at the bottom. Everything else, including all of this information, is just gravy for you.
The higher quality – and more exclusive – the traffic exchange, the better the traffic will be. Take advantage of volume-increasing traffic exchange loopholes. Some traffic exchanges will allow you to earn credits by referring users, and will give you a cut of the credits those users earn. If you treat the traffic exchange as more of a MLM scheme than a 1:1 credit earning and spending platform, you’ll find you can harvest a ton of traffic without ever browsing a page yourself. Finally, it’s possible that your site and your niche just won’t mesh well with the people who use traffic exchanges.
Good Or Bad
Think about it. If you’re using a traffic exchange, it means you’re educated enough about marketing and the internet traffic generation methods out there to know what a traffic exchange even is. If you’re concerned about traffic generation enough to use an exchange, you’re only in it for one thing; getting as many hits, as much traffic, as possible in the shortest possible time.
What sort of information is going to appeal most to these people? What sort of product could you sell, what service could you offer, that would compel them to convert? Traffic generation software. Traffic generation guides and ebooks. Marketing information. The internet equivalent of a get rich quick scheme. Anything else is just stacking the deck against yourself.
There is one technique you might consider using, but I don’t usually recommend it. I call it the all-in technique. Essentially, you don’t limit yourself to one good exchange. You set up accounts on as many traffic exchanges as you can, and you set up landing pages for each of them. Now, however you set things up, you can run surfing through dozens of traffic exchanges. Cycle through them so the timers don’t matter, they’re always up on at least one tab. You might even set up auto-refreshing plugins. I’m picturing a bank of monitors with multiple browser windows on every one, refreshing according to timers for each individual site.
It’s a ridiculous plan and it works for a few people, but it takes a lot of dedication to squeeze water from a stone, in the sense that you’ll get an absolute ton of traffic, but you won’t get much useful traffic out of it. For the two of you who might be able to put the scheme to work, there you go; have at it.
Anyways. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for – or just skipped down for, I suppose. Here’s the top list I promised. I’ve actually created two, one for autosurf traffic and one for manual exchanges.
Five Top Tier Manual Exchanges
In many places that you advertise.. especially traffic exchanges and credit based list builders, you have only 10 seconds or less to grab the attention of your visitor and build interest in what you have to offer. Think of it like a billboard along the highway.. you only get a short glance at it as you pass by in the car.
With that in mind, it is obvious that promoting long affiliate pages will be far less effective than promoting a fast loading splash page or lead capture page. Would you try to put pages of text on a billboard? No way! It is proven every time that splash pages perform way better. If you use a splash page or lead capture page in your marketing you can expect 3 times or more signups into your program!
A splash page can go by different names, sometimes lead capture page, landing page, or squeeze page.
Promoting your main network marketing or affiliate link is a trap that many affiliates and network marketers fall into. You join a company and they give you a link to promote.. but it is a generic page that is not fast loading and does not have the ability to build interest at first glance. You’re set up for failure before you even start.
Again, the Prosperity Marketing System is different. Your main affiliate link for the Prosperity Marketing System is a lead capture page, it loads fast and converts visitors into signups at an extremely high rate.
But aside from the Prosperity Marketing System you may want to build your list using your own capture pages or draw attention to your other affiliate programs using splash pages (or simply for branding your picture and name and then sending them to your main prosperity marketing affiliate link). Because of this I have created a Splash Page Maker for you!
Our Splash Page Maker Makes Creating Your Own Pages A Snap!
With the splash page maker you can easily create splash pages without knowing any html… it uses a “What You See Is What You Get” editor to simply create your own pages, and they are hosted free on the Prosperity Marketing System server. We have two version of splash page makers for you. You can use either the ready template version (best if you are new) or the advanced html editor.
You can create and manage pages by visiting the Personal Branding menu selecting your preferred version.
You get this free as a part of the system! Imagine using the splash page maker to create your very own personally branded splash pages… you can add your picture, your name, even a video. You can even take your autoresponder opt-in code and put it in to create a capture page and build your list. You can even insert a signup form for the prosperity marketing system into any of your created pages to generate signups into your prosperity marketing system downline (and list)!
The more people see YOU, your name, your face… the more likely they will be to buy from you, because they will be familiar with you. Branding yourself creates instant name recognition and trust…. and believe me, through the traffic generation strategies you will learn you will be able to get out there and get noticed.
The important thing is to remember to always use a capture page in your marketing – no exceptions!
Many people do not know the true value of traffic exchanges.. or they underestimate them just because they are a free traffic source. I will now teach you about this free marketing strategy used by many to generate many leads each day, and sign-ups daily, into their programs! Combining this knowledge with the tools I will provide you with, you can see the same results….
A traffic exchange is basically a site that exchanges traffic… for viewing other peoples sites enables you to earn credits so others view your site! You will not get traffic to your site unless you earn credits by surfing, buy credits, OR refer other users to their site.
So lets look at how to effectively use a Traffic Exchange.
Some important advice is to NOT use Auto-Traffic Exchanges. People just turn these on, and do not even look at the sites that are showed. Always use Manual Exchanges, and your results will be much higher. On average you should be able to generate at least one sign up for every 1,000 to 2,000 credits spent. 2,000 is on the very high end. If not.. you need to improve or change your splash page
Here the traffic exchanges we (and your sponsor) recommend:
The key to remember is that these exchanges are like a built-in advertising machine for you. As you promote your Prosperity Marketing System website you will automatically be referring new members to the exchanges and you’ll earn extra advertising credits for each new member that joins under you and as they use the exchanges themselves, they will also be contributing to daily growth of your free advertising credits!
If you want to earn even more free credits from a traffic exchange, you might want to consider their upgraded version. By being upgraded in an exchange you often earn higher commissions, more referral credits, and bonus credits every month. The best deals are always right away when you sign up as a one time offer.
I suggest making sure you click 20 minutes to 60 minutes each day with 5 to 6 exchanges for best results. Simply use the tabs on your browser to surf them all at the same time.. Once you get more referrals doing the clicking for you then you can surf less and less as your downline creates traffic for you! Personally my downlines are earning me THOUSANDS of free traffic credits EACH DAY! You can achieve the same thing and have floods of traffic bringing daily signups into your business and generating you income!
Check out these Traffic Exchanges reviews now :-Gordon McQue