What's adf.ly traffic good for?

by Norfolk 129 replies
So I know the ongoing idea is that adf.ly traffic is good for nothing, but if it's so, how are they able to keep getting advertisers? I hear from time to time a random mention of use of adf.ly traffic that converts. How is that done? Can anybody here using adf.ly advertising platform lift some light on how it works for advertiser?

I am not asking how to drive traffic to adf.ly links to get paid their commissions. I'm just wondering about the uses for adf.ly traffic which generally doesn't convert.
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  • Profile picture of the author angiedc
    I've used adf.ly a couple of times and won't use it again. Perhaps someone else will come along and be able to offer more info, but from my perspective it's really useless. I did get a few opt-ins to my list, but the traffic isn't targeted at all and I'd rather spend my money on targeted traffic.

    I first used it because someone else had been raving about how many opt-ins they were getting using their traffic. My guess is if you're just looking to say that you have "a list", the sign ups you get from this traffic will do the job, but will they ever buy anything?
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffLee
    I purchased a WSO a few weeks ago that instructed to use adf.ly.

    I was curious so I set up a squeeze page with Optimize Press (so it was at least pleasing to the eye) and offered some PLR product I found about MMO.

    I spent $6.00 to get 15,000 visitors from adf.ly and got one whole opt'in.

    Needless to say, I will never use the website again.
    • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
      Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

      I purchased a WSO a few weeks ago that instructed to use adf.ly.

      I was curious so I set up a squeeze page with Optimize Press (so it was at least pleasing to the eye) and offered some PLR product I found about MMO.

      I spent $6.00 to get 15,000 visitors from adf.ly and got one whole opt'in.

      Needless to say, I will never use the website again.
      I purchased that as well. I got similar results. I spent $10, got 24K visitors, and only 4 subscribers. Probably wasn't worth 2.50/sub.
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    • Profile picture of the author espresso
      Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

      I purchased a WSO a few weeks ago that instructed to use adf.ly.

      I was curious so I set up a squeeze page with Optimize Press (so it was at least pleasing to the eye) and offered some PLR product I found about MMO.

      I spent $6.00 to get 15,000 visitors from adf.ly and got one whole opt'in.

      Needless to say, I will never use the website again.
      I got it too
      havent used adf.ly however and dont plan to
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  • Profile picture of the author marceauct
    Usually someone pointing you to adfly has a link, its about selling adfly not buying it.
  • Profile picture of the author Irvan Mhd
    Adf.ly provides huge amount of untargetted traffic. That's my conclusion. Sometimes I used it to add daily amount of visitors.
    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      Originally Posted by Irvan Mhd View Post

      Adf.ly provides huge amount of untargetted traffic. That's my conclusion. Sometimes I used it to add daily amount of visitors.
      Just like he said untargeted traffic, That does not work for the majority of us here, It might work for Honda, Pioneer and those types but not for me. I need specialty driven traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author George Kelly
    To be honest the traffic from Adf.ly is mostly users from illegal file sharing sites like Blackhat and warez.
  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    "What's adf.ly traffic good for?"
    ... dem birds
  • Profile picture of the author Norfolk
    Thanks for the replies. So the general consensus is that it's good for nothing. Though I see one variation:

    Originally Posted by George Kelly

    To be honest the traffic from Adf.ly is mostly users from illegal file sharing sites like Blackhat and warez.
    So, in a way it is targeted. I am guessing that the only use for it would be some one time use cheap black hat methods.
    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Norfolk View Post

      Thanks for the replies. So the general consensus is that it's good for nothing. Though I see one variation:

      So, in a way it is targeted. I am guessing that the only use for it would be some one time use cheap black hat methods.
      The only time I saw adfly was tracking down a pirated product ... the black hatters would send you through adfly to the product and ads of course. I wouldn't touch it. I just got the feeling it's used by pirates and spammers.
  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    My own personal test of adf.ly is crap as well.

    The optin sucks, and even if they optin - they remain a free optin and never could be coaxed to purchase.

    I guess thats what happens when you target the 'file-sharing, free downloaders guys'
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    • Profile picture of the author Juan Burton
      Originally Posted by Suthan M View Post

      My own personal test of adf.ly is crap as well.

      The optin sucks, and even if they optin - they remain a free optin and never could be coaxed to purchase.

      I guess thats what happens when you target the 'file-sharing, free downloaders guys'
      That is a very valid point of view on the type of traffic advertisers are dealing with when running a campaign.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Question: How?

    Answer: Suckers. A constant turnover of them.

    Lots of people looking for cheap, easy traffic that will have them rolling in dough by midnight.
  • Profile picture of the author Norfolk
    I honestly don't think switching from proxy to US will change a thing. It's still not targeted by niche.
    • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
      I have used adf.ly several times and still do 2 or 3 times a month. I can
      tell you the traffic is not targeted so just about any squeeze page won't
      cut it. Everytime I spend $10 I usually average around 230 - 300 subscribers.

      Here's the key... I only promote a "How To Make Money" type of squeeze
      page for example purposes, you can see that exact squeeze page here:
      http://terrancecharles.com/100.html - Everyone wants to learn how to
      make more money which is why that squeeze page does well with adf.ly.

      I do make sales from that squeeze page but it's far lower than the internet
      marketing conversion. Adf.ly is good for driving traffic, but with any type of
      traffic you buy you have to figure out what their instested in buying first.

      If you like you can copy my squeeze page exactly. I must warn you though,
      you have to build a relationship first with this list or your autoresponder
      complaints will be higher than normal. I am still in the process of testing and
      tweaking.

      My next move will be to get 10,000+ subscribers within 24 hours which will
      cost around $400 - $500 to run that much traffic. I'll keep you posted.
      Normally with regular internet marketing traffic my squeeze page converts
      around 70% so that's good to have

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