Do Traffic Exchanges Work?

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Salutations all.

I was just wondering what your thoughts on this topic are.

Traffic exchanges have been around since about the same time as Google, and hundreds of thousands of people use them every week.

I know, like everything else in internet marketing, that there is an art and a science to getting them to work properly.

What are your thoughts on traffic exchanges?

Do they work?

What is your experience with them?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
    My experience is complete JUNK, Yes they will get you traffic but its JUNK traffic I personally would steer clear of them as I have never seen one convert.

    JMHO

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    • Profile picture of the author Goliath
      Originally Posted by GazCooperOnline View Post

      My experience is complete JUNK, Yes they will get you traffic but its JUNK traffic I personally would steer clear of them as I have never seen one convert.

      JMHO

      Gaz Cooper
      same here

      but even though i've never had a high converting rate using this source of traffic, i believe i do however get my website out to more people. So for me, THIS IS ALWAYS GOOD NEWS!

      Cheers!
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    • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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      Originally Posted by GazCooperOnline View Post

      My experience is complete JUNK, Yes they will get you traffic but its JUNK traffic I personally would steer clear of them as I have never seen one convert.

      JMHO

      Gaz Cooper
      I agree with him...
    • Profile picture of the author JohnGuanzon
      Originally Posted by GazCooperOnline View Post

      My experience is complete JUNK, Yes they will get you traffic but its JUNK traffic I personally would steer clear of them as I have never seen one convert.

      JMHO

      Gaz Cooper

      Originally Posted by simonbuzz View Post

      I agree with him...
      Read further into this post, he changed his mind.
  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Untargeted traffic is absolutely useless and does nothing for your business except mess up your analytics.

    Traffic exchanges fall into that category IMHO.

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    im exerimenting with a few at the moment and will let you know
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Never seen one convert? LOL

    Lemme guess....Twenty page long sales copy, promises of affiliate riches, oh yes, don't forget your SEO friendly ad copy.

    Using traffic exchanges is pretty simple....Create something that grabs people's attention, brand yourself, and build your list.

    I've been using them without ANY other form of advertising for 13 years now....Haven't needed anything else.

    But stay ignorant...We love it and our industry grows and prospers while the 'IM community' finds a new fad every 6 months.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Jon Olsen Your a nice sarcastic name calling know it all arn't you

      I posted my opinion and my experience of using traffic exchanges which I am entitled, and don't need to be insulted by you for having my own opinion

      Get a life and stop insulting people if you have nothing positive to say STFU

      You have a thousand posts and should know better why not just say I have been using them for 13 years and they work great for me, instead you insult and attack people. SAD SAD SAD Get a life

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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Hey Neil...Live in the market, not the spreadsheet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Hey Neil...Live in the market, not the spreadsheet.
    Tell that to the Adwords marketers that have lost their shirts
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Yeah sorry, not a fan of Ad Words and wouldn't waste my time with SEO.

    I prefer social, talking to live people, getting to know members...Hands on stuff you know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    LOL Trying to sell? Traffic exchanges in the Warrior Forum? LOLOL Man oh man, I gave that up in 2006. Too many experts here trying to pitch you the latest affiliate marketing revolution.

    Prove you wrong? You already have your mind made up. But seeing that traffic exchanges have been around since about 1998...I guess 'time in market' would prove that. Yup, that's right when Google was getting their 'plan in order' traffic exchanges were vibrant active communities.

    As for them working for people...Like everything online, if you don't learn how to market to a niche, you won't get results.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnGuanzon
    Here's some things to consider when it comes to traffic exchanges:

    Thousands of new marketers join traffic exchanges everyday looking for ways to create income online drawn to traffic exchanges because of their low starting costs for advertising.

    And it only makes since for more experienced marketers to at least get in front of this ever growing market place to build upon their brand. I am talking about instant access to some of the most impressionable minds that you will ever have access to.

    Many do not have their own websites, are not building their email lists, do not understand SEO, PPC, etc. You are missing the boat in a big way by not trying to fully understand how you can effectively use this source of traffic for your business. Even from a branding stand point.

    While promoting your squeeze page offers, you are getting your name out in front of thousands of new marketers that may just one day buy your high end product just because they saw your name and followed your advice in the beginning.

    Not to mention even marketers like Mike Filsaime got their start using traffic exchanges, recall instant buzz?

    Disclaimer: I happen to be a TE owner so I am partial to shedding positive light on them. That being said I used them with great success long before becoming an owner myself.
    • Profile picture of the author paddyhack
      Yeah the traffic is a bit dodgy but you just have to think why they are there. They are trying to get visitors to their site so sell something that helps with that. That is just a guess though, don't use em
    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Originally Posted by JohnGuanzon View Post

      Here's some things to consider when it comes to traffic exchanges:

      Thousands of new marketers join traffic exchanges everyday looking for ways to create income online drawn to traffic exchanges because of their low starting costs for advertising.

      And it only makes since for more experienced marketers to at least get in front of this ever growing market place to build upon their brand. I am talking about instant access to some of the most impressionable minds that you will ever have access to.

      Many do not have their own websites, are not building their email lists, do not understand SEO, PPC, etc. You are missing the boat in a big way by not trying to fully understand how you can effectively use this source of traffic for your business. Even from a branding stand point.

      While promoting your squeeze page offers, you are getting your name out in front of thousands of new marketers that may just one day buy your high end product just because they saw your name and followed your advice in the beginning.

      Not to mention even marketers like Mike Filsaime got their start using traffic exchanges, recall instant buzz?

      Disclaimer: I happen to be a TE owner so I am partial to shedding positive light on them. That being said I used them with great success long before becoming an owner myself.
      You make some valid points but again you have a vested interest in being positive about it, I would like to see some posts from people who are successful in using it as you describe. It was a few years ago I tried it and contrary to what Mr Olsen is saying if something has changed Im happy to listen but my experience is Traffic Exchanges Prey on newbies and those looking to try and get traffic to their new sites so they sign up for these systems and then end up saying I got lots of traffic but nothing converted.

      Now yes because they are new maybe there page was not optimized but I really have never heard a good thing about them from someone other than those hawking it that have had any success,

      Maybe we will get some here.

      And as for you young Sir why not try it yourself and see what the results are I think you may have a different view once you try it yourself.

      And Jon since we are all so ignorant on how to use a TE correctly why not show us, nothing better than proving me wrong, now that means I have an open mind and am willing to listen.

      What sort of offers convert best ? give an example

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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    LOL How is it dodgy?

    You talk to live members.

    Surf in a community.

    Discuss what is being advertised.

    And have complete focus on your ads.

    Ignorance..If you don't use them and are a part of the community, you shouldn't judge them. If you want to see why they have been around for over a decade....Try them out, properly.

    But be warned....It will take effort and time. A little bit of elbow grease.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Originally Posted by Jon Olson View Post

      LOL How is it dodgy?

      You talk to live members.

      Surf in a community.

      Discuss what is being advertised.

      And have complete focus on your ads.

      Ignorance..If you don't use them and are a part of the community, you shouldn't judge them. If you want to see why they have been around for over a decade....Try them out, properly.

      But be warned....It will take effort and time. A little bit of elbow grease.
      Your talking about your own product now correct which actually looks like something a little different to past TE that we have seen.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Squeeze and splash pages.

    Branding your self, and building your list.

    Everything else, will get horrid conversions. And it's expected because people are taught to promote generic affiliate links, and build someone else's business.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    All I know is simple. Traffic = Money.
  • Profile picture of the author jgand
    Can't recommend traffic exchanges, you'll only get useless traffic. Targeted visitors is what you want, and you can get these through improving your rankings on the search engines or using ppc.
    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by jgand View Post

      Can't recommend traffic exchanges, you'll only get useless traffic. Targeted visitors is what you want
      As wisely oberved in a few posts above, traffic exchange traffic is targeted.

      Many of the people who have had bad experiences with traffic exchanges have mis-used them; some have misunderstood them completely. (Nothing surprising there, I think: the same could equally truthfully be stated about almost every facet of internet marketing).

      If you're promoting a product about "how to get extra traffic to your website", then traffic exchange traffic is highly targeted, isn't it? There's no point in criticising traffic as "untargeted" if you're trying to sell something that those people aren't already looking for, is there? This is just "Marketing 101", surely?

      With Traffic Exchange traffic, there's maybe no point in trying to sell anything directly. My understanding is that the people doing well with it (and some are adding 100 double opted-in leads per day to their lists) are using it simply as well-designed list-building, offering something of value to traffic-seekers. If you try to use it in other, different ways - well: "it's" just not going to work, is it - or rather, "your business" isn't going to work with it.

      Nobody's going to convince me that adding 100 double-opted-in people to a list per day can't become a good source of income, or that it's all "traffic" rather than "buying traffic": to me, this makes no sense at all.

      There are people starting threads (here and elsewhere) all the time saying "Article Marketing doesn't work any more". And when you look at what they're doing, it transpires that they're spinning and mass-submitting articles to article directories, using software, without even publishing the articles themselves first on their own site, and then sometimes they're further compounding the damage by putting their time, energy and resources into building backlinks to article directories instead of to their own sites. And naturally enough, quite a common conclusion from them to make, from their own experiences, is that "article marketing doesn't work any more". And they say so, right here, very repeatedly. :p

      What does this have to do with traffic exchanges? It's just an analogy: exactly the same thing's true of traffic exchanges, too, isn't it? They also "don't work" for people who don't know how to use them and are promoting products/services inappropriate to that sort of traffic.

      However many people say "this is untargeted traffic" and "keep away from this traffic", they can't change the reality that (as discussed here in several other threads) some Warriors are adding several hundred names per week to their lists, and making five-figure monthly incomes from this same traffic. Like everything else, it's what you make of it.
  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Alexa - THANK YOU! That was one of the best posts I have ever read in this forum in a long long time. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author renukoot
    Whoooo so much details about TE. I get to know many insights about this. Frankly I get some leads too from a TE. Not much but yes there are leads.
    jared dude - great analysis
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Q
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    Absolutely JUNK! There's no way that you are getting quality traffic there. I am still surprised that my friend is still using it to promote any sites or referral links to the PTC sites he joined......still his FAVORITE traffic source. Hahaha!

    As for most of us, we don't use these trash sources of traffic.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnGuanzon
      Originally Posted by lamposproject View Post

      Absolutely JUNK! There's no way that you are getting quality traffic there. I am still surprised that my friend is still using it to promote any sites or referral links to the PTC sites he joined......still his FAVORITE traffic source. Hahaha!

      As for most of us, we don't use these trash sources of traffic.
      The best indication of knowing you are doing something right... haters.

      To each their own, still respect you as a fellow marketer.
    • Profile picture of the author JaredSilver
      Originally Posted by lamposproject View Post

      Absolutely JUNK! There's no way that you are getting quality traffic there. I am still surprised that my friend is still using it to promote any sites or referral links to the PTC sites he joined......still his FAVORITE traffic source. Hahaha!

      As for most of us, we don't use these trash sources of traffic.
      Let me ask you a question:

      Do you have anything to back up what you're saying?

      Or are you just spreading rhetoric about an advertising source you don't know how to properly use?

      If email lists of thousands of active, engaged subscribers can be gotten from traffic exchanges, then what makes you say they are "trash" sources of traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Olson
    Ha ha ha ha How about you don't call someone's life work 'junk' and see if that gets a different reaction. Sir, I was defending my business, you started the 'attack' but yeah....Doesn't matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Cooper
      Originally Posted by Jon Olson View Post

      Ha ha ha ha How about you don't call someone's life work 'junk' and see if that gets a different reaction. Sir, I was defending my business, you started the 'attack' but yeah....Doesn't matter.
      My point is Jon that you are ANGRY at Warrior Forum and it comes over in your posts your frustrated with peoples perception of TE and instead of trying to educate people and advise them that there have been changes and treat people correct you take it personally and while YES i called it junk because that is what it was when I used it before but you have to suck it up my friend and instead of charging in like a bull in a china shop why not explain that things have changed and its more of a list builder now and branding of your product.

      That is my point, you alienated me instead of doing what your friend did and take the time to point out the Positives and get me to take another look and see the changes and advise how it used these days.

      Your approach is harsh and brash and that is not an attack, I am just saying how you come across, it looks like you may have something but if you attack everyone because they call your business junk all you do is alienate people more.

      If you educate people and ask them to give TE another shot as thigns have changed then I think you will be a lot more successful in getting people to give TE's another chance.

      I am glad I got into it with you, as I see the potential of the new TE and will give it a shot, but if John had not come into this thread then maybe I would of passed and still be bad mouthing TE instead of my point of view now which is willing to give it a shot.

      So next time someone calls your biz Junk take a deep breathe and be nice it will work a lot better for you.

      Good luck

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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    All the way back in 2000 I started using traffic exchanges and while at first yeah I made no money It was because I was focused on getting traffic and not about converting that traffic.

    Since then I have smartened up and now use them and even own and manage a few of them. Our members are pleased with the results and the training they get. They get conversions of leads for their business and money in pocket all from a free or even a paid source of advertising.

    While there are hundreds of traffic exchanges out there you do need to be careful what ones you use. Not all are created the same and not nearly managed as well as they should be. By finding the right exchanges to promote you squeeze pages and splash pages on you can build an income and make your first sale easier then you can with article marketing which I know many warriors on here are obsessed about.

    While I would never only use traffic exchanges to build my business (don't put all your eggs in one basket) it is a viable source of quality traffic for the making money online niche and does convert nicely.
  • Profile picture of the author JohnGuanzon
    @Patrickgriffin Awesome post, great story, and thank you for the kind words sir!
  • Profile picture of the author ethicalernie
    Hmmm Do Traffic Exchanges Work??

    Yes they sure do if you use them properly.If you think that you can just sign up to a TE and throw a corporate splash page or capture page out there and you are going to have people running to sign up into your deal you are sadly mistaken.

    Do me a favor grab a stick tie a piece of string on it and put a hook on the end of it.Now go to your favorite fishing hole and see how many fish you catch.Probably not to many,you might get lucky and snag a few but you are not going to catch any.

    The TE's do work if you going into them with the mindset of branding yourself and building relationships by using them as another form of Social Media and STOP just blasting links out there.

    I myself have used them for over 7 years and have built teams into the 1,000's.Just like anything else,there is a right way and a wrong way.Remember this folks people join people!!!

    Bottom line is they do work...

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