Is it worth using AdFly to build a list?

by Diice 29 replies
Hey everyone,

although i heard the name tossed around here and there, i never actually took much notice of AdF.ly or what it does. That was until i heard it can be used to blast traffic to your list.

It sounds great, especially when your getting 1000 visitors for less than $5, but im assuming its not all perfect. I have had a fair amount of success online with my list, but i would certainly like to expand it further, and if i can do it quickly and efficiently then obviously im going to try it.

So im asking if there are any drawbacks for this method, blasting people to your squeeze page for AdFly... I am assuming already that if they do sign up for your FREE product then they wont be buyers, just an inactive subscriber to your list. But im not sure and would love if someone could help me out!

Thanks,
-Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author James.N
    Its probably going to vary from niche to niche. I know there's another thread around here about using it for adsense: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-websites.html

    It looks like the traffic was somewhat responsive. The only real way to know is to try it. By like $10 worth of traffic and see how well it does for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Only drawback is that it'll prolly be untargeted traffic. May not be a bad thing depending on your niche. Worth checking out since it won't cost much. Let us know, eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    I've used Adfly with moderate success. It's is important to note that the traffic are
    real people and that it is very cheap, so you can easily test and adjust your campaign
    accordingly. Some points to take into consideration:

    1. Adfly traffic is as diverse as possible. For best results, you should have an offer
    that appeals to the widest group of people. Only tiny percent of people know of SEO,
    even less of its importance, but lets say, weight loss, money making, health is much
    more appealing to general public.

    2. Visitors are going somewhere when shown your page and it is for only few seconds.
    You need to make it very eye catching and attention-grabbing to get them to stop and
    check it out and enter their info.

    3. More than half of all the people who opt-in won't proceed to confirm their subscription.
    So, for maximum results use single opt-in.
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    • Profile picture of the author calvinyumi
      Originally Posted by Exel View Post

      I've used Adfly with moderate success. It's is important to note that the traffic are
      real people and that it is very cheap, so you can easily test and adjust your campaign
      accordingly. Some points to take into consideration:

      1. Adfly traffic is as diverse as possible. For best results, you should have an offer
      that appeals to the widest group of people. Only tiny percent of people know of SEO,
      even less of its importance, but lets say, weight loss, money making, health is much
      more appealing to general public.

      2. Visitors are going somewhere when shown your page and it is for only few seconds.
      You need to make it very eye catching and attention-grabbing to get them to stop and
      check it out and enter their info.

      3. More than half of all the people who opt-in won't proceed to confirm their subscription.
      So, for maximum results use single opt-in.
      Thanks, I found this is very helpful, Exel.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leo Wadsworth
    Good - its cheap. Bad - its not targeted at all, and can be unresponsive. So cheap, it doesn't hurt to give it a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    I used it before; the most unresponsive, crap I've seen in my life.

    And that from several uses - wouldn't have done it more than once but I was just doing a little testing.

    I'm sure some people do great with it, but from my experience, I would have to say its a waste of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Meyowza
      What was the niche you were marketing in adf.ly?




      Originally Posted by ryanmilligan View Post

      I used it before; the most unresponsive, crap I've seen in my life.

      And that from several uses - wouldn't have done it more than once but I was just doing a little testing.

      I'm sure some people do great with it, but from my experience, I would have to say its a waste of time.
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  • adfly is only good to get cheap traffic to your site so you can drip links and for other seo purposes , pretty sure you will lose money if you are trying to convert something or list build.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dragontech
    For a specific niche - No

    For a hot trendy niche - Probably
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    You get what you pay for yeah? Like others said test it with a mass
    Appeal product and see how it does. You won't ever know until you try.
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  • Profile picture of the author lis101
    I have used adfly, and i have gotten about 200 subscribers doing it, and I have a list right now of about 250 subscribers and only about 20-30 people to open my email on a good day.
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  • Profile picture of the author fenixpro
    Well it's been said a few different ways, but the answer is yes and no. With a decent landing page you will get subs. I usually get around 150 per 10K visitors, or 150 for $10.

    But like the ^^^ posts, it's highly untargeted so even your subs are close to worthless if you have even a remotely specific product. You're basically getting subscribers that are untargeted so you need to build that into your email marketing. It has to be general and whittle down to weed out all the impulse subs. For me, this would be best with CPA.

    It's like Twitter. The people you get from adfly aren't there to buy anything. They are on there way somewhere. You need to engage them and send them down a funnel that later that moment, day or week drops them somewhere where THEY chose to go intentionally. This is where your offer or product is.

    For example, a poll or voting site or page with a reward - such as a CPA email submit. Or the same thing, but coming from your email marketing after they sub in...
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Adf.ly traffic is only for those who just wanna impress their clients with traffic flow.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Not really.

    I got a few subs for my list from it and they're not super responsive. Not like I spent much on it anyways.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elmar
    I wrote a blog post on my blog about my experience with Adf.ly to build a list.
    Adf.ly Traffic – Junk or Not ? - Elmar's Marketing Blog*|*Elmar's Marketing Blog
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  • Profile picture of the author jakecoop79
    In my experience it's not a great way to build a list. You can get some subs but they tend to not be very responsive.

    I think your efforts and your money are better spent trying to find more targeted subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author NickCesarz
    Hey Michael. I recently ran a campaign on Adf.ly that yielded terrible results. The opt in rate for just an email and first name was so low compared to what I was paying per thousand views.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    If you do end up using it to build a list, remind me to NOT do a adswap with you.

    It's junk traffic... Stay away.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingPro11
    I would say there is no point in purchasing traffic from adf.ly...

    A couple weeks ago,I purchased 2,000 US views from them for $8...Although they delivered the views within 3 days,only 9 of them converted into leads(IM niche).

    I had a high converting squeeze page in place(it converted at around 60% for the traffic I got running a free WSO) but it failed to convert adf.ly visitors into leads...and so far I have failed to generate a single sale from those subscribers.

    If you are looking for responsive traffic and good ROI,adf.ly is certainly not the place...The only use I see for this traffic is when someone tries to increase his view count or inflate his traffic stats.
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    • Profile picture of the author cbondcarolina
      I've not used adfly, but from what I understand of tthe service, it may not be the best investment outside of generating a little cheap traffic.

      In the current IM landscape, targeted traffic is more important than ever. I've invested in many different media buys in the past where my results were moderate at best, and all because the traffic was either thinly-targeted or the leads were unresponsive. Even though it's cheap, I probably wouldn't expect much by way of conversions.

      I know it's cliche, but the best lists are the ones that are the hardest to build. If you put a lot of work into your marketing and promotional efforts, the resulting list will be one that you profit off the most. Unless you just have a TON of start-up capital, purchasing leads can quickly become a futile enterprise.

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  • Profile picture of the author CaesarSEO
    Easy and cheap but not worth. Traffic doesn't convert at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Hi,

    I've made 3 tests with it. To me, it's crap.
    See my tests here and have a look in particular for the 3rd one, in the comments of that article: Freeway2Wealth - Adf.ly cheap traffic source

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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
    Not a good conversion traffic. I you want real customers than save your money. It might be cheap but cheap is crap in my eyes. There is good paid traffic and there is good free traffic. This is cheap crap. But they were super easy to work with so I will give them that. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i used for amzon sites, it was terrible.....then i used for adsense and it was terrible.
    but, it worked for me for list building.
    there is a wso that taks about that traffic.
    contact me if you need info.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
    i don't think that ad.fly untargeted traffic would be any good for u, u can try though.
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  • Profile picture of the author fedor50
    AdFly produces only junk traffic. I would avoid them at all costs.
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