Anyone using Traffic-Bug?

by Phil
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Hi,
anyone else using Traffic-Bug (dot) com?

I don't see much chat about it so I guess it's still relatively new
on the scene - so how about some reviews?

I think it can be really strong - I'm interested to exchange opinions
on it - and reviews, if you use it.

Phil
#bug #traffic #trafficbug
  • Profile picture of the author Michael R Roberts
    Hello Phil,

    Actually the software is still in Beta and isn't quite open to the general public yet. Traffic-Bug has only done two small launches to the Immediate Edge Members and the Take Over Page One members.

    It will be opening it's doors to the general public soon though!

    The software completely automates:
    Social Bookmarking
    RSS distribution
    Directory Submissions
    Search Engine Submissions

    To get the full potential of the software you should do the two of the following things.
    1. Wait two months. This is not some secret sales pitch or marketing scheme....Traffic-Bug is really the only software that completely automates "Directory Submissions" and even does all the CAPTCHA behind the scenes...however as I am sure we all know Directories are slower than snot to approve links. About 50% of the directories the software submits to can take upto 60 days to approve new links. So that means what Traffic-Bug does for you today will give you immediate benefit through RSS distribution and bookmarking but also much longer term benefits once those directory submission links start showing up.

    2. The second thing that really makes Traffic-Bug crazy powerful is by submitting your web 2.0 sites into. So if you have a money page: "monkeybusiness" create a weebly page, hub, and squidoo pages that all link back to your money site. Now input these web 2.0 sites into traffic-bug with the "Micro Site" option selected in the related URL's form. What this does is allows your web 2.0 sites to build their own backlinks. So now you have a squidoo page that will eventually build up 1,000 backlinks of it's own...so it becomes a stronger authority and it points back to your money page. Without the use of Traffic-Bug you would really never get this benefit...because who the heck has time to build backlinks for dozens of these web 2.0 sites and articles???

    I will get you a few reviews that are floating around as well..


    One last thing...
    The software was reviewed by Dan, Robert and Ed Dale and after some pretty heavy
    testing they found it was so powerful they are including into this years 30 day challenge. If you guys haven't ever heard of the 30dc...you should check it out since it's free and probably the absolute best SEO course one can take for $0.

    If you have any specific questions please feel free to email me.


    Michael R Roberts
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil
    Hi Michael,
    I didn't realise it was still in Beta - my apologies. Didn't mean to let the cat
    out of the bag!

    I love this program and I am sure that when the rest of the world discovers it,
    they will love it too.

    And I agree that anyone who isn't on the 30 Day challenge should certainly
    get over there right now - I got Market Samurai from it last year and never
    looked back; if 30-Day-Challengers are getting access to Traffic-Bug this
    year then that's another good reason to get on it.

    All the best,
    Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author bluemonkey007
    Hi Phil,
    I was lucky enough to be a beta tester before the 30 DC and I have to tell you this is the best software I have used to make bookmarks and backlinks for my sites. In less than a month, I had over 1300 bookmarks and 152 backlinks for a brand new site. This software saved me a bunch of time. I am a believer. I watched my site climb up google ranks in a hurry. I am completely sold on this software. At this price, you can't afford to not use Traffic-bug.

    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
      Does the software does all the submissions in one day (or even 1 hr) or does it spread this over a certain period?

      I can imagine it will raise some red flags at Google when you have a brand new site and all of a sudden this site is submitted to all the top social bookmarking sites, 1000 directories, 139 search engines, RSS Feed submissions at once!

      A more natural way would be much more efficient and won´t get your site de-indexed or sandboxed for some months by Google.

      Correct me if I am wrong people. Would love to use this software, but I don´t want my money sites gone, because I did a mass submission.
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      • Profile picture of the author CaseWhitney
        Originally Posted by HollandsFinest View Post

        Does the software does all the submissions in one day (or even 1 hr) or does it spread this over a certain period?
        One of the strong points for this program is that it will randomly select your url details to bookmark across different accounts over time.

        I think 3-5 submissions per ulr a day at most. Depending on how agressive the settings to give it. This is for giving a natural or random appearance of backlinks to your urls.
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  • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
    I am very interested in this software, but is the price on the salespage per month or a one time fee. I guess it´s the first assumption, but hope it´s the latter

    Anyone care to mention how and when his/her sites went up since using this software?
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    • Profile picture of the author txconx
      Originally Posted by HollandsFinest View Post

      I am very interested in this software, but is the price on the salespage per month or a one time fee. I guess it´s the first assumption, but hope it´s the latter

      Anyone care to mention how and when his/her sites went up since using this software?
      Yes, I'm confused on the pricing, as well. I assumed monthly subscription, but then it mentions how cheap it is to "buy the software," which confused me.

      Could someone from Traffic Bug comment?
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      • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
        I have already mailed to the following address in the last 2 days:

        support at traffic-bug.com

        This is the official support and the respond very quick.

        Just asked to question about the costs. Will let you know about it.


        Just got a mail back: The price is $24.97 per month and we get the first 11 days free with no strings attached.

        I will start the free trial next week, but first I will make sure I have all the URL´s, keywords, titels and descriptions ready so I have a good start right from day 1.
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        • Profile picture of the author CaseWhitney
          Or you could do the thirty day challenge and get a 40 day unlimited trial and test it out.
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          • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
            Yeah, thought of that one too. Might do this, a longer free trial and the monthly fee afterwards is lower also.

            Are you in the 30 DC this year? Would be nice to know if we get our hands on Traffic Bug from the moment we sign up or do we have to wait till a certain day?

            Is there a special signup for Traffic Bug after signing up for the 30DC or is it a all in one signup?
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            • Profile picture of the author CaseWhitney
              Originally Posted by HollandsFinest View Post

              Are you in the 30 DC this year? Would be nice to know if we get our hands on Traffic Bug from the moment we sign up or do we have to wait till a certain day?

              Is there a special signup for Traffic Bug after signing up for the 30DC or is it a all in one signup?
              Yes, I'm doing the challenge(3rd year now).

              Here's the day for Traffic Bug. It has the special 30dc sign up for traffic bug on the sidebar and some intro videos on how to use for the challenge.

              Thirty Day Challenge 2009 - Day 08
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              • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
                Signed up for the 30DC and TB today and already submitted 2 projects/sites to the software.

                Now it is sit back and see what happens to those sites.

                Will let everyone know how things are progressing.
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                • Profile picture of the author Aussie Dazzler
                  Hi

                  I was speaking to a friend about traffic bug. She said she did something similar one time and all she got was an increase in spam?????

                  I can see the benefits in Traffic Bug but was wondering if anyone has had any dramas or the like with Traffic Bug.

                  Regards
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                  • Profile picture of the author squall2050
                    Hi, does anybody know how traffic-bug compare to senuke? They seem to doing the same job...
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                    • Profile picture of the author Michael R Roberts
                      Hello,

                      quantum_webworks, You already seem to be aware of the MASS benefits of a software like Traffic-Bug so I won't go into the benefits there, but let me cover your concern.

                      Traffic-Bug allows for not only "Pen Names" but also for various emails that you define for every project. Traffic-Bug also greatly recommends that you enter a "free" email address to go along with your directory submissions...This is because many directories do send out confirmations or updates reguarding your submission, which could be very annoying if used on your primary email address. With Traffic-Bug however this is never an issue.
                      To make Traffic-Bug even better though we are constantly monitoring our directories and listen to our customers. Just last week two directories were removed because they sent one peice of spam. We are very serious about keeping a high quality list of directories.

                      squall2050,
                      SENUKE and Traffic-Bug are pretty similiar except for a few features.
                      Traffic-Bug is actually one of the only softwares on the planet that automates this many directories...and by automate I mean 100% automation...we even beat the CAPTCHA for you.
                      Also Traffic-Bug is about five times easier to use...."So two of our customers have said."
                      Finnally, Traffic-Bug is only $24.97 per month while SENUKE is something like $100-120 per month...(Not sure on their exact price atm)
                      I will be completley honest and tell you SENUKE does have a few features we don't have just like we have a few they don't have.
                      Though we are coming out with more features that we will be releasing for free to our current customers in just mere months.


                      I highly encourage everyone to go check out Traffic-Bug.
                      I have made it SUPER FRIENDLY to give it a try.
                      Just plug in your email address and we will send you a sign up link for an 11 day free trial....we don't even collect your billing info or bill you if you forget to cancel or anything sneaky like that. Just a simple no strings attached free trial.


                      Thanks guys,


                      Michael R Roberts
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                      • Profile picture of the author Yudi
                        SENUke and Traffic Bug are pretty different in my opinion.

                        SENuke allows you to be totally hands on about how you want to go about distributing your content and getting your links around the web. It just makes the process super automated and super fast, but you still need to create content, pick which sites you want to upload it to, select which sites you want to bookmark it with and so on.

                        Traffic Bug, on the other hand is almost totally hands off. You pick the URLs you want to promote, you write a few different titles and descriptions and then you let it go. It randomly picks which bookmarks, directories and RSS sites to promote to and does it quietly in the background.

                        In my opinion, both are essential tools for dominating the SERPs. I have not yet used them both in tandem, but can only imagine the devastation to my competitors when I do.

                        Get that content out there in your linkwheels with SENuke and then let Traffic Bug slowly build up all of their authorities over time. It's pretty much insane what you can do.

                        I would highly recommend that everyone who is serious about IM gets both products and uses them on a regular basis.
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                        • Profile picture of the author djlest
                          SADLY NOT IMPRESSED WITH TRAFFIC BUG

                          i was really excited about traffic bug - but please be very careful if using it...

                          here are my traffic bug reports: sounds too good to be true? yeah it is...

                          Not only have some of my sites not even been indexed there is not a single link or bookmark to them, so where these figures come from i dont know. I understand directory listings take a while, but there is absolutely no bookmarks so its a fraud....

                          Now my established sites i was testing are dropping out the SERPS and i have been testing it for 10 days now.

                          I would love if this tool was as good as it says.... but seriously... i get sent a traffic bug report by email, hoping this is a detailed report where all my links have been submitted. nope its nothing more than what i posted below... be very careful folks. getting indexed is one thing, building links steady is another... this doesn't do anything like that at all as far as i have tested, and believe me i spent a long time and many sites testing this...

                          Total Directories Submissions: 226
                          = 678 minutes Saved Total Social Bookmarks Made: 629 = 1258 minutes Saved Est Time Saved With Traffic Bug: 2130 Minutes
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                          • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
                            Originally Posted by djlest View Post

                            SADLY NOT IMPRESSED WITH TRAFFIC BUG

                            i was really excited about traffic bug - but please be very careful if using it...

                            here are my traffic bug reports: sounds too good to be true? yeah it is...

                            Not only have some of my sites not even been indexed there is not a single link or bookmark to them, so where these figures come from i dont know. I understand directory listings take a while, but there is absolutely no bookmarks so its a fraud....

                            Now my established sites i was testing are dropping out the SERPS and i have been testing it for 10 days now.

                            I would love if this tool was as good as it says.... but seriously... i get sent a traffic bug report by email, hoping this is a detailed report where all my links have been submitted. nope its nothing more than what i posted below... be very careful folks. getting indexed is one thing, building links steady is another... this doesn't do anything like that at all as far as i have tested, and believe me i spent a long time and many sites testing this...

                            Total Directories Submissions: 226
                            = 678 minutes Saved Total Social Bookmarks Made: 629 = 1258 minutes Saved Est Time Saved With Traffic Bug: 2130 Minutes
                            You are not making sense here.

                            No software can make your site drop out of search result, especially established site, you are making some mistake on your site, check your webmaster tool.

                            I can't say much about this software as it hasn't release yet, please PM me if the software is ready, I am interested to take a look...
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                            • Profile picture of the author djlest
                              Originally Posted by kkchoon View Post

                              You are not making sense here.

                              No software can make your site drop out of search result, especially established site, you are making some mistake on your site, check your webmaster tool.

                              I can't say much about this software as it hasn't release yet, please PM me if the software is ready, I am interested to take a look...

                              I wish i was making a mistake... and as to say no software will make u drop out of the serps, well i can assure you if google doesnt like link farms and dirty links it wont think twice about dropping you.

                              my traffic was a steady traffic for months, it has now dropped to half in the last 3 days, and all i have implemented was traffic bug...

                              i would love it if this was a shuffle and things bounce back, but im still holding my breath... so far its just not doing anything but damage...

                              but to a brand new site, yeah why not use it to get indexed, what have u got to lose!
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                              • Profile picture of the author Boda Media
                                Originally Posted by djlest View Post

                                I wish i was making a mistake... and as to say no software will make u drop out of the serps, well i can assure you if google doesnt like link farms and dirty links it wont think twice about dropping you.

                                my traffic was a steady traffic for months, it has now dropped to half in the last 3 days, and all i have implemented was traffic bug...

                                i would love it if this was a shuffle and things bounce back, but im still holding my breath... so far its just not doing anything but damage...

                                but to a brand new site, yeah why not use it to get indexed, what have u got to lose!

                                Mate the only way your site will get dropped from the serps if you link back to sites that are in bad neighborhoods.. If sites are linking to you only that is out of control. Otherwise all competitors would build links from these bad neighborhoods to their competition and knock them out of the serps.. it dont happen that way.

                                There are way too many factors when looking at serps.. have you heard the term google dance?
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                      • Profile picture of the author tdpubs
                        I was introduced to traffic -- bug or another program that I love to use old mansion in here. But I was also given the advice to use it for about two months before making a decision on whether I founded very useful or just useful. It's been a couple of weeks and I check in on it every few days to see how it's going. It was easy to set up and I find it extremely profitable in terms of time management. Thank you very much for this program and I hope to make my evaluation at the end of two months.

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                        • Profile picture of the author KelvinLee
                          I also got into traffic bug with the introduction by 30 dc. I personally is a market samurai user and find it an extremely good product.

                          Therefore I trust the recommendation by those guys in market samurai as they have actually make market samurai with built in traffic bug program. I bet those market samurai creator will not want to jeopardize their reputation for a 19.95 monthly product commission.

                          I have signed up for traffic bug and have been submitted to it daily. If I got any good news from the linking, I will let you guys know.
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                  • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
                    Originally Posted by quantum_webworks View Post

                    Hi

                    I was speaking to a friend about traffic bug. She said she did something similar one time and all she got was an increase in spam?????

                    I can see the benefits in Traffic Bug but was wondering if anyone has had any dramas or the like with Traffic Bug.

                    Regards
                    I submitted several sites last week, but haven´t gotten any spam because of that.

                    Ofcourse I get the usual spam emails (like everybody does in the online world), but nothing spectacular and certainly no surge in spamming since I submitted the sites to Traffic Bug.

                    The only emails I get are the ones from the directories, confirming my sites are submitted.
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              • Profile picture of the author anwar001
                Originally Posted by CaseWhitney View Post

                Yes, I'm doing the challenge(3rd year now).

                Here's the day for Traffic Bug. It has the special 30dc sign up for traffic bug on the sidebar and some intro videos on how to use for the challenge.

                Thirty Day Challenge 2009 - Day 08
                Thanks for the useful share.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    I use Traffic Bug and have done so for the last month. What I like about is that it is set and forget. I submit my details and use the TB system that does all the work for me. I use other things as well but what I really about TB is that it is hands free for me. I don't need to fill in captcha forms, validate emails or actually have any emails or sign ups (but you can if you want). The only things that were a bit of a grievance is an inability to change pen names - however Mike has said that this feature is coming soon.

    Also, it's probably a girly thing but there's something about logging into the pretty interface that always makes me smile.
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    • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
      That would be nice, changing the pen name per project.

      Now it is set at settings in the backoffice and is applied to all your websites. So if you have 50 websites, they are all submitted by the same pen name.

      The ability to edit this per project would be very nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
    I'm planning on giving this a try.

    Just a quick question for Michael if he's still checking this thread.. I've read a number of times that submitting to a whole bunch of directories can do more harm than good. Apparently Google don't value backlinks from directories anymore, unless they're high quality directories such as DMOZ etc. What kind of page rank do most of the directories have that Traffic Bug submits too?
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  • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
    I think the aggression levels of Traffic Bug are important. If you don't want to risk unnatural looking link build up then it's probably best to just play it safe and set it to the low aggression level for your primary site's URLs. Better to be patient than risk screwing things up.

    I think I will prepare a nice long list of URLs to bookmark and then give the trial a go and see what happens...
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Y.J. Chung
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    Heh. One of my clients -- I convinced her to start using Traffic Bug.

    She loves it.

    But get this. She looks down at the copyright of Traffic Bug and guess what she sees?

    Her hometown.

    She's reaching out to Michael just to give him a face-to-face thank you for a wonderful software.

    I just want to pay the guy. His payment button doesn't work...

    wait...

    just checked.

    It works now.
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    • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
      Originally Posted by Colin Y.J. Chung View Post

      Heh. One of my clients -- I convinced her to start using Traffic Bug.

      She loves it.

      But get this. She looks down at the copyright of Traffic Bug and guess what she sees?

      Her hometown.

      She's reaching out to Michael just to give him a face-to-face thank you for a wonderful software.

      I just want to pay the guy. His payment button doesn't work...

      wait...

      just checked.

      It works now.
      Hello Collin,

      How long is your client using Traffic Bug? Weeks or months?

      And what are her results? How many websites did she submit to the software and for how many did see a jump in traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
    I'm a bit worried by the captcha issue. Surely if Traffic Bug goes to all these bookmarking sites, RSS submissions and directories, and then automatically fills out captchas, then it's going to raise some flags somewhere? And what if the captchas get harder to crack, traffic bug becomes redundant?
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  • Profile picture of the author bluefox
    I have been using traffic bug during the 30DC and I have to say I'm very impressed. You have to remember that you don't want it to go crazy like a horse bolting from the stables as the results will look completely unnatural from Goggle's point of view.

    So it does takes some time to see the results, I'm just starting to see results after nearly three weeks and I think things will accelerate from here.

    Although it is a little hard to attribute any increase to my blogs that I have used traffic bug on although I can tell that my new posts are getting indexed extremely fast.

    Although the reports that it spits out seem a little fanciful and I really don't believe that it have saved me 2000+ minutes. You really have to give credit where credit is due for a program that is still in beta and for 25 bucks I think it is good value for what I have seen it do.

    That said I think you do have to be careful when using it and it could be that for some people it might do more harm than good.

    In a nutshell I think it's a good program for getting a new blog up there in the serps but is probably wasted time on an established blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lifeimprovement
      I recently signed up to try it. It sounds great.

      Here are the problems I am finding:
      - Can't find social bookmarks pointing back to my site, even though the program claims to do have done that. I have looked at the bookmarking sites they listed.
      - Can't find rss feeds that have been submitted.

      Yes, I have heard from the directories.

      I wish it would work, but don't see the results.
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      • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
        Originally Posted by Lifeimprovement View Post

        I recently signed up to try it. It sounds great.

        Here are the problems I am finding:
        - Can't find social bookmarks pointing back to my site, even though the program claims to do have done that. I have looked at the bookmarking sites they listed.
        - Can't find rss feeds that have been submitted.

        Yes, I have heard from the directories.

        I wish it would work, but don't see the results.
        It takes time, just wait...
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  • Profile picture of the author LadyL08
    I started using Traffic Bug through the 30DC. It has a very easy interface. I hope it works. I submitted my first page to it 10 days ago. So far, no increase in traffic to speak of, no big increase in SERPS. None of my links have shown up in Market Samarai.

    It's very frustrating to continue to put stuff in the pipeline when you're not sure what's going to come out the other end. But I keep feeding it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4thstreet
    I totally love Traffic-Bug!
    I have been using it for 20 days now and with it have been able to resurrect some older blog posts, see newer sites get traffic quickly, and see steady traffic to sites that have seen a decrease. The traffic hasn't been huge but I didn't expect it to be. It will grow as I add more supporting urls to it.

    All with just a few minutes a day.

    I am very impressed with its ease and simplicity. It's also great that it runs from their server, so you just pop in the details, hit submit, then move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boda Media
    I was wondering about re submissions for the same urls?

    Once all the bookmarking has been done on one particular url.. can you restart it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Focused Action
    There is a problem with the software function that imports a .csv file and populates all of the required fields (3 to 6 titles, descriptions, keywords, etc.). So if I want to add articles url's, web 2.0 urls, etc. underneath my main domain, I have to cut and paste to every separate field. Not very functional. Each week I get a very nice response from customer service that they are "days" away from getting it fixed. Considering this is a huge selling point for you to add all of your pages, blog posts, articles, web 2.0 etc to build up your linking network, I would think this would be of more urgency??
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    • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
      When you are adding URL´s, like Squidoo, hubpages, articles underneath your main project you have got to come up with new titles, descriptions and keywords. Only copy paste them will bring you in a lot of trouble.


      This was my question 2 weeks ago to their support:

      I will build Squidoo, hubpage, blogger sites around my money site and will submit those also through TB.

      Because I want to launch a circle of those web 2.0 sites around my moneysite, I ask myself if I have to come up with unique titles, keywords and descriptions each and every time or can I copy paste them from my main project/site in TB?

      And will this get me in some sort of trouble with the search engines?


      This was the answer from Michael himself:

      Yes you do need to come up with unique titles and descriptions for every single post!

      I know it's a pain in the neck but it is very necessary.

      The best thing to do is just copy and paste and then try to change the titles by atleast 33%.

      This should be enough to fool all spiders!

      If you are going to use this accelerated technique please do more than the bare minimum of 3 for best results.
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      • Profile picture of the author Technologize
        I've been using traffic bug now for around 5 weeks...

        Easy to use, however not seeing any evidence of the bookmarking being picked up by google.

        I have google alerts for the seven sites I currently run, and I get daily alerts from other manual bookmarking efforts I use. However, in over 1000 submissions, I've not seen a single alerts appear from traffic bugs efforts

        the directories are emailing confirmations, but again, no alerts from new directories.

        Traffic has been steady.

        Also haven't seen any new backlinks in yahoo backlinks explored appear fr traffic bugs efforts. I do however see backlinks I've made thru manual bookmarking.

        Unfortunately due to these results, I fail to see the service is providing a real benefit.
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        • Profile picture of the author Uchiha
          I found this thread just from googling traffic bug wondering if anyone has had positive results.

          For me, it has had a significant negative impact on my sites across the board similar to what djlest has described.

          I have seen a decrease in SERPs and traffic across 4 established sites that I submitted, all on low aggression rate and all with unique titles, keywords, descriptions. All of them have seen a decrease in 30-50% in traffic.

          I am highly recommending people not to use traffic bug on established sites.
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          • Profile picture of the author Abdul Aziz
            I've also used it and have yet to see any backlinks show up. It's been about two weeks and I still see no evidence that all of the bookmarking the program claims to have done has been done. Hopefully something changes in the next week or two, because so far I'm not impressed.
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            • Profile picture of the author chrisqw
              My money domain has been submitted to 45 bookmarking site over the last 2 weeks. From this it has received zero backlinks.

              On the other hand my Weebly, Scribd, Propeller, hub pages and Squidoo sites have all received a good number of backlinks. It seems that the 'Authority' sites get the backlinks, whilst my original site, the one I'm trying to get off the ground, is getting no backlink benefit at all.
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              • Profile picture of the author NicSennen
                Originally Posted by chrisqw View Post

                My money domain has been submitted to 45 bookmarking site over the last 2 weeks. From this it has received zero backlinks.

                On the other hand my Weebly, Scribd, Propeller, hub pages and Squidoo sites have all received a good number of backlinks. It seems that the 'Authority' sites get the backlinks, whilst my original site, the one I'm trying to get off the ground, is getting no backlink benefit at all.
                Are you seeing any benefit from the backlinks to your web 2.0 sites which presumably point to your money domain?

                I would be interested to know if anyone has tried using traffic bug JUST for web 2.0 sites and articles and how it works for this.
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                • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
                  Personally, I have seen the backlinks that TrafficBug has built.

                  That said, VERY few of them. Not enough to justify the cost of the monthly membership.

                  However, I still believe the service is genuine. I do believe it submits to the number of sites it tells you it has. I just think that the sites it's submitting to are so low-profile that they take forever to get picked up by the engines - if indeed they ever do.

                  Most of the social bookmarking services are probably ones that never got off the ground and are used largely if not only by people who submit masses of links to them for SEO benefit. They're by no means on the same level as sites like Digg or Reddit, etc.

                  In any case, I continue to use it (will until my trial expires but as yet I won't be buying it) and will report back if I see any major improvements.
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            • Profile picture of the author Abdul Aziz
              Originally Posted by Abdul Aziz View Post

              I've also used it and have yet to see any backlinks show up. It's been about two weeks and I still see no evidence that all of the bookmarking the program claims to have done has been done. Hopefully something changes in the next week or two, because so far I'm not impressed.
              Well, as of today, which is about three weeks since I sumbitted my information into Traffic Bug, nothing has changed. I have yet to see a single backlink show up in the search engines after the hundreds of directory submissions and bookmarks the Traffic Bug software says it did for me. Strange. And apparantly, I'm not the only one having this problem. I certainly won't be paying any money for this.
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  • Profile picture of the author HollandsFinest
    Maybe it´s a bit early to tell, but is there anyone who has seen his traffic and ranking explode since using Traffic Bug?

    I have submitted close to 10 websites and I can see the software is working, many hours have been saved for me and on top of that I get several emails a week one of my sites is submitted to a directory.

    And that´s it. No rankings and no extra traffic.

    I have checked the sites in Yahoo Site Explorer, Traffic Travis and several other tools, but my sites seems to have no links and I can´t find them on the first 10 pages of Google.

    Will this be better in the future? I know the staff is working on a lot of new features, but what I am concerned about is the present situation.

    Reading the posts above this one I am not alone, so a clarification from TB would be nice.

    My 40 day free trial ends in 6 days and I would like to make a good decision if I should proceed for some extra months.
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    • Profile picture of the author phantom701
      Please don't waste your money on Traffic Bug. The 30 days challenge people are pushing this extremely hard because they all get revenue share. This is not a good product and the user experience is horrible.

      My sites did not rank because of Traffic Bug. The ranking are all due to my own personal and manual work. The sites that Traffic Bug submits to are highly suspicious and very low quality.

      There are other much better tool out there. Don't waste your money to help those people get rich.
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  • Profile picture of the author dou9las
    I did the free trial for 30 day challenge. My experience was essentially the same as chrisqw, Abdul Aziz, HollandsFinest, etc.

    Sure, the software "reports" that it's doing all this work, saving you tons of time. However, I have also yet to see ONE backlink - ONE social bookmark, or ONE actual live directory listings.

    Yes, my email account was spammed with a bunch of "thanks for submitting, we'll let you know if it gets approved.." nonsense emails from these alleged directories they submit to. Again, have not seen one actually go live.

    Meanwhile, when I do a simple blog post, and run it through SocialMarker, with just the 5 or so top bkmrking platforms, I can go to google within hours and confirm the bkmrk is in place (i.e. that it got done ) at the very least, just by doing simple searchs either at digg, mixx, or even in GGL. Could never confirm any of the bkmrks done by TB.

    I tried to raise my hand and speak up about this on the 30DC forum - only to be hissed and booed at by Caro and others over there for being a big ol meanie head party pooper negative thinker.

    I used to have a LOT of respect for the whole 30DC concept, and I still will not argue about how much valuable info they do provide in the training, knowing full well it is a pre-sell lead generating exercise (and a fairly brilliant one.)

    So when I heard about Traffic Bug from the 30DC, I was excited by the concept, and I *believed* they were actually providing a tangible, real service. However, I did not receive that by any measure.

    Had I become a paid member after the trial, I would have raised hell until my money was refunded, essentially on the grounds of feeling "defrauded" in the sense that none of the actual services promised were ever delivered, despite the elaborate mechanism they have developed to generate "proof" that all this work is being done (i.e. all the fancy back office reports etc.)

    And it brought me no new traffic. The traffic I do get is from my own articles, maunual backlinks, and SocialMarker efforts.

    Big disappointment, don't bother.
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    • Profile picture of the author Technologize
      Originally Posted by dou9las View Post

      I did the free trial for 30 day challenge. My experience was essentially the same as chrisqw, Abdul Aziz, HollandsFinest, etc.

      Sure, the software "reports" that it's doing all this work, saving you tons of time. However, I have also yet to see ONE backlink - ONE social bookmark, or ONE actual live directory listings.

      Yes, my email account was spammed with a bunch of "thanks for submitting, we'll let you know if it gets approved.." nonsense emails from these alleged directories they submit to. Again, have not seen one actually go live.

      Meanwhile, when I do a simple blog post, and run it through SocialMarker, with just the 5 or so top bkmrking platforms, I can go to google within hours and confirm the bkmrk is in place (i.e. that it got done ) at the very least, just by doing simple searchs either at digg, mixx, or even in GGL. Could never confirm any of the bkmrks done by TB.

      I tried to raise my hand and speak up about this on the 30DC forum - only to be hissed and booed at by Caro and others over there for being a big ol meanie head party pooper negative thinker.

      I used to have a LOT of respect for the whole 30DC concept, and I still will not argue about how much valuable info they do provide in the training, knowing full well it is a pre-sell lead generating exercise (and a fairly brilliant one.)

      So when I heard about Traffic Bug from the 30DC, I was excited by the concept, and I *believed* they were actually providing a tangible, real service. However, I did not receive that by any measure.

      Had I become a paid member after the trial, I would have raised hell until my money was refunded, essentially on the grounds of feeling "defrauded" in the sense that none of the actual services promised were ever delivered, despite the elaborate mechanism they have developed to generate "proof" that all this work is being done (i.e. all the fancy back office reports etc.)

      And it brought me no new traffic. The traffic I do get is from my own articles, maunual backlinks, and SocialMarker efforts.

      Big disappointment, don't bother.
      Hey,

      I was reading that thread and actually commented on it as well, before Caro closed it and ED told everyone to stop worrying about Traffic bug.

      I really lost a lot of respect for them after that. ED explained that traffic bug is about getting indexed. But traffic bug explain it's about getting backlinks!

      I've NEVER needed any kind of program to get indexed most of my sites now take around 3 hours for new articles to get indexed.

      I have an assistant who does manual bookmarking for new articles, she does about 12-14 for each article. Around 1/3 of these are showing up for articles written 2 weeks ago. However, Traffic bug tried to convince me it's done like 50 bookmarks, but none of them cannot be found?

      Total waste of time... i recommend to everyone to do manual bookmarking, it's the only way to go.
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      • Profile picture of the author IM-MONSTER
        Originally Posted by anteck View Post

        Hey,

        I was reading that thread and actually commented on it as well, before Caro closed it and ED told everyone to stop worrying about Traffic bug.

        I really lost a lot of respect for them after that. ED explained that traffic bug is about getting indexed. But traffic bug explain it's about getting backlinks!

        I've NEVER needed any kind of program to get indexed most of my sites now take around 3 hours for new articles to get indexed.

        I have an assistant who does manual bookmarking for new articles, she does about 12-14 for each article. Around 1/3 of these are showing up for articles written 2 weeks ago. However, Traffic bug tried to convince me it's done like 50 bookmarks, but none of them cannot be found?

        Total waste of time... i recommend to everyone to do manual bookmarking, it's the only way to go.
        I just cancelled the service though paypal (thank god for paypal with an easy to unsubscribe method which allows me to cancel without going though the creator - who knows how much trouble that's gonna be..)

        I added my first site to TB the first day it was introduced in the beginning of August. Now it's almost the end of October and to date, I cannot find a single backlink back to my site with this program. Nothing from directories, nothing from bookmarks. No traffic increase, no SERPs rankings increase.

        Only a lot of time wasted
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        • Profile picture of the author affmanager
          Anyone here ever heard of Synnd? Sounds very similar to TrafficBug. It's headed up by Charles Heflin among a few others. Monthly service for automating bookmarking starts at $67/month last time I looked. Looks really fantastic and I have read this whole thread never to hear mention of it as an alternative to TB.
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  • Profile picture of the author mpruben
    I recently ran an extensive SEO test where I developed six sites with similar but unique content. I used different techniques to promote each site. For example, on one site I only used blog commenting, on another site I only used social bookmarks etc. On one site I exclusively used Traffic Bug with their 30-day trial. It reported numerous bookmarks and directory submissions.

    I kept a careful check on when each site was indexed, when it received the first visitor, keyword rankings etc. The experiment started about 6 weeks ago so is still in its early stages.

    Out of the six sites, five have been indexed and are receiving visitors in varying quantities.

    The only site not yet indexed is the one exclusively using Traffic bug.

    Your results may vary, but I'm not paying for this one.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by mpruben View Post

      I recently ran an extensive SEO test where I developed six sites with similar but unique content. I used different techniques to promote each site. For example, on one site I only used blog commenting, on another site I only used social bookmarks etc. On one site I exclusively used Traffic Bug with their 30-day trial. It reported numerous bookmarks and directory submissions.

      I kept a careful check on when each site was indexed, when it received the first visitor, keyword rankings etc. The experiment started about 6 weeks ago so is still in its early stages.

      Out of the six sites, five have been indexed and are receiving visitors in varying quantities.

      The only site not yet indexed is the one exclusively using Traffic bug.

      Your results may vary, but I'm not paying for this one.
      This is really interesting. Do you think it is because of the sites ie low quality or because Google knows its automated? or what?

      Also do you feel there is any penalty with Google doing only one type of backlinking?
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      • Profile picture of the author Technologize
        Wow...

        It's Reassuring to read that i'm not the only person who's had ZERO results with this product. I thought i might cop some flack for saying it, but turns out i was right on the money...

        My trial just ended. I didn't upgrade. Whatever they are doing, it aint working.

        Pity the creator hasn't piped up at all since all these reports. He's a member on here and all.

        Michael, whats the go with your product?
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    • Profile picture of the author vyperr
      Originally Posted by mpruben View Post

      I recently ran an extensive SEO test where I developed six sites with similar but unique content. I used different techniques to promote each site.....e.

      Interesting post mpruben. Keep us updated on your trial.

      On my end I have used traffic bug for 9 days for this trial website I am working on but I haven't got any back-link yet. Yes, it may be too not even one?? To me this looks like a bad sign given that if it takes so long to get back links it means that the quality of back links you get is very poor (in line with other posts).

      I will start now working on manual link building (supported by tools of course!) and tell you about the difference in another 9 days.

      So far my rating for traffic bug is poor, let's see.
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    • Profile picture of the author simpleadsense
      Originally Posted by mpruben View Post

      I recently ran an extensive SEO test where I developed six sites with similar but unique content. I used different techniques to promote each site. For example, on one site I only used blog commenting, on another site I only used social bookmarks etc. On one site I exclusively used Traffic Bug with their 30-day trial. It reported numerous bookmarks and directory submissions.

      I kept a careful check on when each site was indexed, when it received the first visitor, keyword rankings etc. The experiment started about 6 weeks ago so is still in its early stages.

      Out of the six sites, five have been indexed and are receiving visitors in varying quantities.

      The only site not yet indexed is the one exclusively using Traffic bug.

      Your results may vary, but I'm not paying for this one.
      Thanks for this post, I have used the free trial through the 30 day challenge and like many on here have not seen any results from it. However I was not entirely sure as I of course use many other methods for backlinks so hard to say what is coming from where sometimes. Your test sort of proves what I already believed.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrightLife
    I let Traffic Bug run for 4 sites since about 30 days. No measurable traffic increase, nearly no new backlinks. What ever it does, it doesn´t do it effectively. I had much more success with a backlink supplier who built 100 backlinks for me at a ridiculous price. 30 of them survived over time. I another case it was less, but in the end it was much more than TB does.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuckster
    I've just purchased Traffic Bug on the recommendation of the 30DC crew.

    I haven't trialed it yet so I'm not speaking from experience...but it's hard to imagine the creators implementing a monthly pricing model if the software doesn't work. Most people with the skills to use the software will pretty quickly know if it's not.

    If it really doesn't work then everyone would simply unsubscribe after 2 months leaving them with no viable business model. I think these guys seem a little more committed than that.

    If they were charging a $297 upfront fee, then I'd be a tad skeptical, but otherwise I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt. But would still be very keen to hear the ongoing results from others testing though.

    I also noticed that no Traffic bug representative has responded to any of the criticisms. I hope they find time to do so.

    cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Focused Action
      I agree that it would be nice to hear from the owner of the product to address some of the concerns from "actual users", of which I am one. Obviously the directory submissions might take months and may never be that relevant, RSS feed submission seems pretty cut and dry, it seems like the real question is revolving around the effectiveness of their social bookmarking module.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Macdonald
    Oh dear this thread has confirmed my suspicions, like others before me I haven't seen a single link. I hope they get it fixed as I would be wonderful if it worked, but I won't be carrying on after the trial.
    Good luck Traffic Bug, and anyone who pays for the service.
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  • I'm trying traffic bug as part of the thirty day challenge and although I am getting some submissions and link backs, my site is not being listed properly and I'll have to go back and re-list in every directory and search engine again so that it is listed properly.

    I've gotten several twitter followers but they are all spam marketers that post only quotes and links to their products (some with over 30k followers that are all spammers just like them)

    Right now I really don't see the use for it. I see people trying to take the easy road and have an automated bot that isn't quite right.

    I'm going back to doing this manually. Many of the directories are small and don't help with traffic for my site.

    The best way to build traffic is not to spam on facebook and twitter and just build good content for your site. Then submit to those sites and directories that are legit.

    I think many of the people loving this software are from the thirty day challenge and I don't think they are really giving you the full facts.

    Or they may just have different products that do well with twitter and facebook spamming. I think many of these folks are just marketing - marketing and are trying to get you to try/but the software to get a linkback and affilate commision.

    If it sounds too good to be true then it usually is.

    Content is king and all that other stuff will just piss people off and the worst part is you will probably never know it and think you are doing great until someone finally speaks up.

    I'm that someone. I tried all the 30dc products and didn't buy a one. I'm doing fine using web CEO, wordpress with Godaddy and these items are free.

    Have a great product, provide great service and do lead generation just like any good business plan and you will do well. And have a referral plan for satisfied customers. It's Sales 101 and it still works wonders. I've made over 10k with my site in a competitive marketplace this year so far.

    I do think that the 30dc is a good free instruction starting ground. Some people just get caught up in the hype and buy into everything they sell and the marketing offers are great lessons to be copied but not to buy into. I'm glad they had the free trials and I do think they honestly want people to do well with their projects. Copy what they do and how they do it becausae they obviously have a following delivering good content.
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    My traffic-bug free trial has just finished and I'm definitely not moving onto the free version. I've seen no sign that it has achieved anything of note. All I've got are a few emails from some fairly dodgy-looking 'directories'.

    if you're starting out from scratch, you'd be much better advised to build sites on Squidoo, Wordpress.com etc and link these into your money site rather than wasting your time on this.

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  • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
    Hi, I have been using Traffic Bug on the free trial from 30DC now for about 2 weeks now, and my experience so far has been similar to the other posters on this thread. Whilst it has a great interface, quick support and impressive numbers reported, I have to say it is a disappointment so far.

    My site's apparently been bookmarked a healthy 919 times, but what is not so healthy is that I cannot find much trace of this activity. New posts and 2.0 sites have not been indexed and no backlinks show up on yahoo siteexplorer plus a couple of other trackers. The only indication that something was going on was the odd confirmation email sent from directories (4 or 5 emails from around 49 that my site was submitted to).

    Wanting something a bit more substantial, I visited a number of their bookmarking sites and searched for the tags I had entered using the site's software. Only one or two showed any links (Delicious and Indian Pad for example). Most of the bookmarks I thought I'd found were ones that I submitted manually months back.

    So, I have another 3 weeks of free trial to go and I will give it a little bit more of a chance. Having said that, I know that if I had spent the time making manual submissions to Digg, StumbleUpon, Furl etc. instead of writing dozens of descriptions for TB, then I would have seen more result.

    Definitely a bit of a disappointment so far for me, and I'm not ready to pay the monthly fee after the trial (about $20 through 30DC). I think they rushed it out in time for the 30DC and hadn't quite got all the sites they wanted unlocked, plus had a few bugs. The 30DC has several products associated with it and by far the best by an absolute mile is Market Samurai. I was hoping Traffic Bug would fall into the same category but so far it falls way short. Now if they had gone the route of adding a social bookmarking function to Market Samurai itself, now that would have been something.

    (As an aside, I've just gone back to Traffic Bug to logout and its added another bookmark - whoo hoo!)

    Also it would be interesting if Michael Roberts could revisit this thread to give TB a bit of a talking up and an update. In the meantime I am wondering what other products are out there as an alternative if Traffic Bug doesn't shape up?

    Bookmarking Demon?
    using Socialmarker.com?

    Any suggestions would be great...

    PS
    For anyone interested, here are the bookmarking sites Traffic Bug say they submit to:

    A1Webmarks, Bookmark Tracker, Fark, Google Bookmarks, Indian Pad, MyLinkVault, Searchles, Cloudy Tags, White Links, Bookmax, EasyBM, Spurl, DZone, Delicious, Weblinkr, Suptoronto, Backflip, Damnsexy, Kredyty, Mpog, Scuttle, Kredyty, Tagza, Dizzed, Blurpalicious, Bukmark, Simpy, URL Bookmarks, Quadriot, Propeller.
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  • Profile picture of the author robkat
    Hmmm. Reading all these posts encouraged me to look at my indexing and see just where my 23 ylinks came from. Many were from a friend in facebook/friend feed, quite a few were from comments I'd made on blogs such as Andy Jenkin's new blog, a couple were from facebook media center and propeller, one was from little web directory dot com and one came from romania index dot com. My satellite sites such as hubpages, weebly, squidoo and ezine articles made up most of the rest of the links.

    Guess I've just saved myself $20/month. Thanks as always to everyone in here for their unbiased views of the program.

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    • Profile picture of the author schnisz
      I think its quite telling that this Michael Roberts has all but vanished from this thread since everybody has been exposing Traffic Bug as ineffective. Maybe he's working hard in his lab trying to fix his program! So what are some alternatives so some of these tasks? I love SeNuke, but too pricey for me at this point.
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      • Profile picture of the author weegie
        I have a few FREE days left and after reading the comments here I am not sure about extending it at $20 per month.

        I did get an email about a $97 seminar which is free IF you sign up to a paid subscription in the next couple of days.


        Still on the fence


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        • Profile picture of the author Chris Warburton
          Glad I found this thread before I jumped in and signed up for there monthly subscription...

          I guess it a bit of wait an see.

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          • Profile picture of the author digitalpimps
            I got a 40day trial from 30DC for traffic-bug.com, so I tried it on one of my sites that sat on page 1 spot #7 in an attempt to get a higher page 1 position..much to my dismay a few days later my site had disappeared from page 1 to page 4 and I'm getting hell trying to move it back up the serps.
            I was doing no other promotion to the site at the time besides traffic-bug.
            Thank you Traffic-BUG
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  • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
    Well - the negative feedback is steadily building up and still no return to the thread from Michael Roberts. Although having said that, mostly people are reporting a minimal return rather than something bad actually happening using the Traffic Bug service. I don't think using traffic bug is going to negatively affect any of your sites, only that the numbers they report are not necessarily accurate.

    I hope Michael can report the improvements that are being made to rectify this. I for one want to know what it actually means when it says it has made, say, 900 bookmarks. Does that mean 900 bookmarks submitted? attempted? successful? If this number is just automatically generated and doesn't relate to any bookmarks then that is a BIG kick in the mouth for the product as it is deliberately misleading. Not a very good way to attract and keep paying customers! Still, a free trial is a free trial: everything free and no obligations.
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    • Profile picture of the author Carm
      I didn't take up my offer for Traffic Bug either.

      After searching for bookmarks back to my sites, the only ones I found were the ones I had done myself.

      Sure there have been a couple of directories accepting the sites and several emails saying the sites would be reviewed but nothing from the other linking options.

      The tool offered much more than directory submissions, so, sorry Traffic Bug, you did look and sound like a wonderful tool, maybe next year....
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      • Profile picture of the author MissEvonne
        Today is the last day of my free trial so I was hoping to find info here at WF. I suspected as much, I submitted 5 sites, numerous articles and 1 blog and nothing???
        Thanks again everyone for your input.
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    • Profile picture of the author macknox
      Originally Posted by GreggT View Post

      I rarely post but read a lot and will reveal the best content syndication system I know of because I use it for some of my SEO clients and I KNOW it works, and works so very well. See results in a matter of a day or two.

      It utilizes Digg, Reddit, Twitter, soon-to-be 50+ social bookmarking and video syndication sites to be added.

      Use tokens to make bookmarks unique, auto and semi-auto credits.

      Just wonderful.. if anyone disagrees with me please let me know!

      You get a ton of info with this monthly membership, a little on the high side but not in terms of what you get in return.

      You may of heard of it, if not GO HERE, I believe they have a $1 trial!!
      Wait a minute let me add my aff link for bmd4

      hmmm..
      Just signed in for free trail of Traffic Bug.
      Looks nice but... another feeling of deja vu.
      We really should know better by now... free trials... indeed.

      It's the "give them tons of free training bait and sell them a recurring offer " routine. I don't mind if it really works.
      In terms of marketing the product nicely done... but not enough proof
      We would all love to have a push button solution.
      I think the reality of web marketing is just hard graft.
      It still boils down to quality content.
      Problem with TB is that you don't know which sites they are using.

      I might as well as stick with Bookmarking Demon- at least that's a one off cost... and you have some control of sites submitted to. Requires more work as you can set up multiple accounts and usernames... but what do you expect you lazy dolts :p

      I'll test out a few sites and see what happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author KaylaB
    Well, I am glad I am not alone. I keep getting reports that my sites have been submitted to x number of directories and y social bookmarks, but to date none of them them have showed up on Yahoo site explorer - so where are they?

    To be fair, I have received emails from directories saying that my site has been submitted, but to be honest they do not look like directories that would carry any weight.

    So, I paid for one month, but I am not sure I am going to waste any more money. Yes, I am very disappointed with Traffic Bug - and I sounded so promising.
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      I too used Traffic Bug which I joined on August the 25th but after my trial period ended I couldn't feel confident enough to pay $24.95 a month (which it was then) when I couldn't see anything showing up in the way of back links.

      I understand that these things can take time and that they were wanting our links to be propagated over a period of time, to look natural, but I still can't see anything that resembles the list given here
      A1Webmarks, Bookmark Tracker, Fark, Google Bookmarks, Indian Pad, MyLinkVault, Searchles, Cloudy Tags, White Links, Bookmax, EasyBM, Spurl, DZone, Delicious, Weblinkr, Suptoronto, Backflip, Damnsexy, Kredyty, Mpog, Scuttle, Kredyty, Tagza, Dizzed, Blurpalicious, Bukmark, Simpy, URL Bookmarks, Quadriot, Propeller.
      so I am pleased I never became a paid member.

      I did however join another program a couple of weeks ago for back links and I am already seeing these back links in yahoo explore, so I am over the moon with the results I am seeing from this other program.

      If at any point in the future I see the links that should be coming from what Traffic Bug did, in the time I was in the free trial, I will certainly look at it again, as once you are set up, the principal is a really good idea, but only if it works
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        Originally Posted by mistyone View Post


        I did however join another program a couple of weeks ago for back links and I am already seeing these back links in yahoo explore, so I am over the moon with the results I am seeing from this other program.

        If at any point in the future I see the links that should be coming from what Traffic Bug did, in the time I was in the free trial, I will certainly look at it again, as once you are set up, the principal is a really good idea, but only if it works
        Hi Misty - would you mind letting us newer guys in on the name of the service you joined please?!

        Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author gcintermed
    Well, I was on the verge of signing up to Traffic Bug which is offering a special promotion and looked really good. But reading through this whole thread has convinced me to hold off.

    And I think there is a lesson here... It's not so important what a program DOES but rather what RESULTS it produces. T-B has been brilliant in its marketing by focusing our attention on all that it is doing and all the time it is saving. Many of us just assumed that the results would follow automatically. But they don't...

    Especially when you are using some type of program designed to "game" the system. These types of "shortcuts" are almost always discovered and then rendered ineffective. It reminds me of a program I once bought which auto-posted ads to Craigslist. Whereas previously I could only manually post 5-10 ads per day, with the new program, I could post hundreds. Just one problem though- none of those ads ever showed up.

    Let's not forget, it's the results that matter most.
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      Thanks for your reviews. I was going to buy the product just on the sales letter, I'm really glad I did some research and found this forum post first.

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  • Profile picture of the author howdab2
    Not impressed here... It didnt do much for my 30DC site, I ended up selling my 30dc site, and about a month later, I get all these emails saying the site has been bookmarled etc LoL... a little late for having selected high aggression on the bookmarking...

    Ive chosen to save $24 a month and use onlywire, or just do the stuff myself...


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  • Profile picture of the author lanta99
    I have used Traffic Bug too, and honestly I don't see any actual improvements for my websites rankings. Although I get tons of confirmation emails from various directories I haven't seen any actual solid back links coming to my website. In fact I could not find my website on any of the major social bookmarking sites?

    A suggestion? I really wished that they actually gave you a report of all the backlinks that they got you rather than displaying "You have saved x amount of hours, and your website has been submitted to x amount of directories and x amount of social bookmarking website".

    Anyways, since this product was recommended to me by Ed whom I have great respect for, I'll give it another month to see if I start getting some results.
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    I've been using Traffic Bug. The fellows at 30dc say that you need to let Traffic Bug do its thing for 2 or so months before any real results are seen. I'm not advocating the software, but I figure I'm willing to pay 1-2 months subscription and give it a fair try.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryHarvey
    Yes please Misty. I was going to post the same request.

    I checked your sig... hoping a link was there, but it doesnt seem to be.

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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Yes please Misty. I was going to post the same request.

      I checked your sig... hoping a link was there, but it doesnt seem to be.

      Gary
      Hi Misty - would you mind letting us newer guys in on the name of the service you joined please?!

      Thanks!
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      Of course. I am not affiliated to this product as they have no affiliate program running for it and it is free to join. The program will only get better with more people joining.

      It is called Automatic Backlinks and the link is to the FAQ page as it is important you understand how it works. It does have a paid subscription starting at $10 but to start off with you can gain 100 free link credits, to use for your backlinks which is what I am using.

      There is another useful tool I know of as well and it is a wordpress plugin which at the moment is only working for wordpress versions 2.0.2 up to 2.8.0 as I found it won't show up in your plugin admin area, in versions 2.8.2 and 2.8.4, even though it is showing in the folder on your server, you just can't use it. I have contacted the owner of the plugin and he said he will be referring it to his programmer, so hopefully they will do an update for it. It is available from wordpress and this is the link: WordPress › Contextual Partnership Link Advertising Plugin WordPress Plugins

      I hope this is useful to you

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        It is called Automatic Backlinks and the link is to the FAQ page as it is important you understand how it works. ...

        It is available from wordpress and this is the link: WordPress › Contextual Partnership Link Advertising Plugin WordPress Plugins

        I hope this is useful to you

        Cheers
        Viv
        Our experience of these is far from great.

        We have yet to find an automatic program that does what it says and automatic backlinks is IMO no better than anything else. We actually found automaticbacklinks to be no use whatsoever.

        We have three old sites that we use for experiments, installing programs etc.They all rank well amd have PR3 PR4 & PR4 respectively. Loads of pages have pr 2-4 thorughout each of the sites.

        We installed the ABL code on each of these but after a week all we got was emails saying "No pages with Google Page rank on your site has been discovered yet. Consider buying some Link Credit to get started instead." Really?

        As for the Wordpress contextual links plugin - we've had very little success with this. The developers even admit it has more than a few bugs. In the blogs we tried it couldn't even verify the domain names of the blogs we installed it on. To be fair we only tried this on 3 or 4 blogs. We're not convinced of this one yet but we're giving it some more time.

        EDIT: Forgot to say. Traffic Bug gave zero yield on the site we tried it on.
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    Thanks Viv.

    I didnt know about Automatic Backlinks - Frequently Asked Questions so thanks for that one.

    Am already using Duncan's FREE Contextual Link Exchange Plugin For WordPress ? Contextual Partnership
    A little tip. If your site gets rejected first time round, de-activate the plugin
    for 24 hours and then activate it again. After you fix whatever
    might have caused your rejection. It's other users who accept/
    reject your WP blog so just try again.

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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    After checking all my submissions to TB 1 backlink. Pretty Idea, useless results.

    Got 543 links to other blogs from other methods last week but not from TB.
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    WOW! I'm glad I read through this thread before purchasing!
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  • Profile picture of the author sanjid112
    Originally Posted by Daniel McGonagle View Post

    You have to give Traffic bug, and any other link building service for that matter...TIME!

    It will take you 2 months minimum to see results with TB, and you also need to realize that you can't just stop with adding your main site urls.

    Use their Related URLs feature to develop deep links to your site.
    Put every single site you have in TB to get your RSS and site submissions done for you, then in another week, start building links to your money pages.

    After 3 months you'll definitely see results if you use the related URLs feature more and more

    I'm doing some case studies if you're still on the fence about this, or getting discouraged...

    It's definitely a time saver, but saving you time from doing what? That's the real question.. what effective SEO techniques are really being done for you here?
    Well, thanks. that give me insight. I wandering why it not work effectively like I expected. I just adding my main site URL on it. so that why it is not effective enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author dou9las
    Originally Posted by Daniel McGonagle View Post

    You have to give Traffic bug, and any other link building service for that matter...TIME!

    It will take you 2 months minimum to see results with TB, and you also need to realize that you can't just stop with adding your main site urls.

    Use their Related URLs feature to develop deep links to your site.
    Put every single site you have in TB to get your RSS and site submissions done for you, then in another week, start building links to your money pages.

    After 3 months you'll definitely see results if you use the related URLs feature more and more

    The Link Juicer & Traffic Bug reviews - Link Building Tips + Link building Services

    I'm doing some case studies if you're still on the fence about this, or getting discouraged...

    It's definitely a time saver, but saving you time from doing what? That's the real question.. what effective SEO techniques are really being done for you here?
    All due respect...many of us that have posted on this thread have made it fairly clear that "lack of patience" is hardly responsible for TB's effectiveness being called into question.

    I for one, and many others on this thread, actually do understand that backlinking and social bookmarking do in fact take time to yield results. That's SEO 101, in essence.

    However, many of us actually know how to find out if anything has actually been done by TB, much less measuring results. We are finding no verifiable links or submissions being created with Traffic Bug.

    This recent post by pavionjsl does a great job of illustrating the point:

    Originally Posted by pavionjsl

    After checking all my submissions to TB 1 backlink. Pretty Idea, useless results.

    Got 543 links to other blogs from other methods last week but not from TB.
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  • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
    Hello All!

    I don't know why some of the previous threads got deleted, so I'm not sure if this one will be as well. Hopefully not, as it's my first one here!

    The summary of what I see above is this:

    1. Most Traffic Bug users here have seen little, if any, measurable results from the program, in terms of traffic or verifiable backlinks.
    2. The CEO of the company hasn't seen fit to follow up on any of the concerns expressed in this thread, even though it's in his best interest to do so, because we all want it to work!
    3. The support department for Traffic Bug is completely useless, except when it comes to helping you give them your money!
    4. In spite of all of this, the 30DC gang still stands behind Traffic Bug.
    5. No matter what program you use, or if you use any program at all, backlinks from bookmarks take a while to be recognized.

    If I may, I'd like to make the following observation based on the above summary:

    Here is where I think those of us who know what we're doing get stuck:

    Yes, we know it takes a while to see backlinks from bookmarks. However, if you look at all of the comments in this thread, invariably, without one exception, it's the case that the only backlinks that can be verified by any of us are the bookmarks that either we create ourselves, manually, or that other tools we are using create. One person on here said that they could verify one backlink. Only one!

    Are you kidding? Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this?

    This whole thing could be resolved if Traffic Bug simply produced a more detailed report that included the URL's to all of the work they claim their software has performed. That would solve the entire problem, and everyone here would be extremely delighted to sing Traffic Bug's praises from rooftops all over the world.

    I have personally been promised an email from Michael Roberts twice from their "support" department. Nothing. Their support submission system says that they respond to support requests within 24 hours. They don't, and I can prove it. I asked their "support" department a very basic question just to see if they would know the answer (specifically, I asked them if it was a good idea to have keyword-rich anchor text in a backlink. Their answer? "We forwarded your email to our CEO so that he can answer this question personally." That was two weeks ago, and I still have heard nothing!!!

    Are you kidding me? How can they not know the answer to something so basic?

    The only saving grace in this whole mess is Ed Dale. I have great respect for this man, and believe him to be a man of honor (even though he recently kind of "dissed" me on another unrelated matter of great importance). I believe him to be a man of his word and not just someone giving away free classes to promote a bunch of affiliate stuff. So in spite of all of this, I'm going to hang in there for a while, but I'm going to document everything online for the whole world to see, good or bad. My feeling is that if this turns out to be a failure, Ed will be more disappointed than anyone in this forum, or anywhere else, and he'll be man enough to say so in front of the whole world. However, if this Traffic-Bug proves to be just a drain on my already overly-strained budget, and Ed remains silent, I will have lost a lot of the respect for him that he's earned from me over the years. I truly hope this will not be the case.

    By the way, I thought everyone here might find this interesting, to say the least!

    I just did analysis on the Traffic Bug website for backlinks. Here are the results:

    They have 3890 backlinks to their domain:

    • PR 5: 1 page: Someone's twitter account, who doesn't appear to be related to them.
    • PR 4: 1 page: A page about twitter theme backgrounds
    • PR 3: 3 pages: 2 people's blogs and Traffic Bug's own friend feed
    • PR 2: 2 pages: 2 blogs, one in a language that is not English
    • PR 1: 3 pages: one forum, the 30DC friendfeed, and another guy's blog
    If you haven't noticed yet, none of these appear to be from their own software!!!

    Everything else is Page Rank '0'. And the vast majority of those are from a whole lot of people's friendfeed accounts, the seochat forum, the v7n forum,and digitalpoint's forum! Again, NOTHING verifiable from Traffic Bug! I didn't see even one bookmark!

    My gosh! If it's not working even on their own site, what are the chances it will work for we poor slobs!

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    After reading back over all that I've written here, I want everyone here to know (including Michael Roberts and Ed Dale, if they are reading this) that I am going to put up a whole site devoted to this subject. I don't have a name for it yet, but I am tired of seeing good people get kicked around by people who want to make a quick buck. So, to Michael, be prepared. I am about to document everything your program is doing vs. what you and your pseudo-support department claim it's doing - for better or worse! I sure hope it proves out to be everything it says it is, and that Ed says it is. However, as I sit here today, I've gotta tell ya, it's not looking good so far!

    Actually, I already wrote a really long post about this detailing my experience, and I was going to put it into the 30DC forum in hopes of at least warning the 30DC guys of my findings, but it was too long to insert into a post there, and it's probably too long for here as well. So as soon as I get that site up, I will put my content there, and post the link here. I'll also do the SEO on it so that it can be found on Google. (I don't think I'll be using Traffic-Bug for that particular project though!

    I have a complete list of the links they have, which I will also have available on the site I set up. (Man, this is bad!)

    However, once again, Ed Dale says Traffic Bug works, so we'll see! If Ed says it works in spite of all of this overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that's good enough for me...... for now.
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    • Profile picture of the author dou9las
      Couldn't agree more with your post more EZ20Now.

      And I applaud your willingness to document this in what I think is fair to call an unbiased fashion.

      I too, despite what I have said on previous posts, some deleted and others not, very much have a lot of respect for Ed Dale as a teacher and an expert at IM.

      I am just puzzled by this particular TB phenomenon (i.e. why Mike wouldn't just either fix or clarify the issues) and yet the intervening, undying 30DC support for TB in its present state.
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      • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
        Originally Posted by dou9las View Post

        Couldn't agree more with your post more EZ20Now.

        And I applaud your willingness to document this in what I think is fair to call an unbiased fashion.

        I too, despite what I have said on previous posts, some deleted and others not, very much have a lot of respect for Ed Dale as a teacher and an expert at IM.

        I am just puzzled by this particular TB phenomenon (i.e. why Mike wouldn't just either fix or clarify the issues) and yet the intervening, undying 30DC support for TB in its present state.
        Yes. This is very puzzling to me as well. And yes, my intent is to be as un-biased as possible. As I said above, I want this to work! I think we all do! However, there's an old saying that certainly applies here:

        "Documentation beats representation every time!"
        Their reports are simple excel spreadsheets with some numbers thrown on them. Well....anyone can do that! I'll tell you what... everyone here send me $20 right now, and I'll send each one of you a spread sheet that says I posted 500 bookmarks for you! How about 1,000? I'll do any amount you want, and I'll do it all for only $20! (WOW! That would give "EZ20Now" a whole new meaning, now wouldn't it? LOL ) Any takers??? Anyone???

        Show us proof, Traffic Bug! Our SEO clients demand that proof from us, so we need it from you! If you can't do that, then give us our money back until you can!
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    I checked back through this thread. No post by Daniel McGonagle has been deleted from this thread by a moderator.

    Posts by dou9las were eliminated because he broke the rules about "bashing". I sent him a PM explaining why.

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  • Profile picture of the author 4thstreet
    Am I the only one who totally loves Traffic Bug?
    I've taken brand new sites that had no other promotion than that from Traffic Bug and these are receiving visitors (targeted visitors).

    When I add a url for a new page to a site and hit the submit button within 24 hours my visitor count goes up.

    Can I see these links if I check for backlinks? No. However there have been many times that I can see a direct correlation between submitting a page and seeing visitors on that exact page.

    I recently submitted a new Squidoo page that had several different products on it, but my titles and keywords only focused on 1 product and I am seeing sales for that 1 product.

    I've been a member of Traffic Bug for a few months (and no I am not an affiliate) and I love it.

    I do other back linking and social bookmarking however, with each method I take a few different pages or sites and only use 1 method so that I can see if it really is working and how well it works.

    I'm highly satisfied with Traffic Bug
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    • Profile picture of the author dou9las
      Originally Posted by 4thstreet View Post

      Am I the only one who totally loves Traffic Bug?
      I've taken brand new sites that had no other promotion than that from Traffic Bug and these are receiving visitors (targeted visitors).

      When I add a url for a new page to a site and hit the submit button within 24 hours my visitor count goes up....

      ...I recently submitted a new Squidoo page that had several different products on it, but my titles and keywords only focused on 1 product and I am seeing sales for that 1 product.
      I honestly wish I could say the same. Back during the 30DC, I submitted a main site along with several other urls, one of which is hub page. I just did a link:domain.com over at yahoo, and found that indeed, TB did create 2 directory links for that hub. They are here:

      superpromo.com
      Web Directory | just for You

      If you take a look at these..."directories" I think you will agree that they are almost not legible - as in, complete sentences can be seen with no spaces between words, etc.

      They look like very quickly slapped together robot generated link farms, frankly.

      I too was using TB almost exclusively for generating traffic, when I first launched the project, because I wanted to see how it performed.

      The only particular spike in traffic I ever got was when I started running PPC.
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        Hey Dou9las,

        Just thought you'd like to know, when I clicked on the link to that second directory you listed above, it crashed my Quadcore computer with 4 GB of RAM.

        What does that say about the "quality" of the sites Traffic Bug is working with?

        Oh, Brother!
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        • Profile picture of the author dou9las
          Originally Posted by EZ20Now View Post

          Hey Dou9las,

          Just thought you'd like to know, when I clicked on the link to that second directory you listed above, it crashed my Quadcore computer with 4 GB of RAM.

          What does that say about the "quality" of the sites Traffic Bug is working with?

          Oh, Brother!
          Exactly...I noticed early on that the quality of the directories that would send those submission confirmation emails was really poor, and sorry to hear poor enough to crash your system.

          And hopefully that wasn't because of some kind of malware attack...
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    • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
      Originally Posted by 4thstreet View Post

      Am I the only one who totally loves Traffic Bug?
      I've taken brand new sites that had no other promotion than that from Traffic Bug and these are receiving visitors (targeted visitors).

      When I add a url for a new page to a site and hit the submit button within 24 hours my visitor count goes up.

      Can I see these links if I check for backlinks? No. However there have been many times that I can see a direct correlation between submitting a page and seeing visitors on that exact page.

      I recently submitted a new Squidoo page that had several different products on it, but my titles and keywords only focused on 1 product and I am seeing sales for that 1 product.

      I've been a member of Traffic Bug for a few months (and no I am not an affiliate) and I love it.

      I do other back linking and social bookmarking however, with each method I take a few different pages or sites and only use 1 method so that I can see if it really is working and how well it works.

      I'm highly satisfied with Traffic Bug
      Hi 4thstreet,

      Thanks for taking the time to reply to this thread. Your comments make for interesting and (I think) educational discussion on the Traffic Bug question.

      The short answer to your question is yes, so far on this thread, other than the Traffic Bug people themselves, you are the only one who loves it. However, in fairness, that statement should probably be clarified a little.

      First, you are wise to point out that although it would be great to get some link love as a result of using Traffic Bug, the real metric that matters as it relates to Traffic Bug's performance is not the number of backlinks we can find, but whether or not it is producing traffic. After all, it's not called "Backlink Bug" (patent pending LOL). It's called Traffic Bug. So you're certainly right in pointing out that if it's generating traffic, who cares how many backlinks you can find using backlink tools or Yahoo site explorer?

      To be clear, I don't think anyone here wants to bash this thing, myself included! As I've said more than once in this thread, I think we all want it to work. We just want something more than a spread sheet with some numbers on it as proof! I don't want to hear, "Aww... just trust us. It's working", nor do I appreciate a support department who can only support a sales transaction. Our SEO clients demand proof that we are doing what we say we are doing. I myself provide my clients weekly reports, which includes every single backlink and bookmark we create. So if Traffic Bug can prove what it says it's doing, then you'll see this thread turn from a "Traffic Bug questions" thread into a "Traffic Bug cheerleading" thread, and any negativity on Traffic Bug seen here will disappear faster than a pizza at a weight-watchers convention!

      There is no way the people at Traffic Bug aren't seeing this or hearing about it. They have to know this to be the case, The CEO is a young 'un, to be certain, but he strikes me as being extremely intelligent. I refuse to believe he doesn't know about this thread, especially since he and his staff have commented here, if for no other reason than to build backlinks for themselves!

      This is why I suggested that I may do a real unbiased, non-affiliate review of this thing. People need to know if it works. They need real experiences... the good, the bad and the ugly. No one hopes more than I that Traffic Bug starts generating more and more traffic. I would love to be able to post the same experience here as you have. So would anyone else reading this or responding on this thread. We'll just see.

      Meanwhile, as we sit here today, you are the only one on this thread who has experienced any traffic increase. I have seen none. I know where every visitor comes from, and not one visitor has come from a link created by Traffic Bug..... yet.

      Again, we'll see.
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        Originally Posted by EZ20Now View Post

        There is no way the people at Traffic Bug aren't seeing this or hearing about it. They have to know this to be the case, The CEO is a young 'un, to be certain, but he strikes me as being extremely intelligent. I refuse to believe he doesn't know about this thread...
        Michael definitely knows about this forum because right after I purchased TB I emailed him the link telling him that it was destroying his rep and that if TB really worked well that he should stand up and say something. He did however reply to me in person saying that I could expect his reply to the forum by the end of that week. After another followup email a week later, several weeks have now gone by and still nothing.

        Like you, I want the software to work!! But if I can't believe in the integrity of its creator then how can I possibly believe in the product?

        This thread currently ranks number two for the keyphrase "traffic bug". You can only imagine the negative impact it would be having on sales. Michael's absence here only casts more doubt about TB's effectiveness.

        I don't get it! There are potentially 100's of new customers here, all chomping at the bit for an effective solution. Not to mentoin the 1000's of passive participants all reading this thread. Yet Michael can't seem to find to time to challenge even a single criticism.

        I also realise that TB is still in Beta. Maybe it was pushed to market prematurely in order to launch with this years 30DC... whatever the reason... if the software wasn't ready for release it shouldn't have been released.

        Now I fear that because of the rush to get the program to market that they are going to lose far more credibility (and hence sales) through poor performance, bugs and lack of support than they can ever hope to recover from.

        BTW...I no longer have a TB membership.
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    EZ20Now I absolutely want to see this site when it is live. I think it is a great idea. Let us know!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGodfather
    Here is my 2 cents on this whole thing.... been using TB for a few days. It shows a lot of things being done but i don't see no backlinks to my site.

    Also I noticed it submits to the directories in the wrong categories which is really suspicious, and in my personal opinion, and i'm not pointing any fingers here, but I feel like some of the warriors have been paid to write some good stuff about TB here on this topic.

    I think I'll rather bother with the social marker site, which works great, then with this... thank god i'm still on the trial and didn't pay a dime to find out about all of this once i started paying...

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    • Profile picture of the author 4thstreet
      Originally Posted by TheGodfather View Post

      ....and in my personal opinion, and i'm not pointing any fingers here, but I feel like some of the warriors have been paid to write some good stuff about TB here on this topic.

      I can't speak for anyone else, but I have not been paid, reimbursed or anyway compensated for having posted a positive review of TB.
      I like TB and so far I have been impressed and that is my personal point of view.


      EDIT I shouldn't have let the above ridiculous comment through. I missed it. It's not acceptable to knock other Warriors and question their motives, just because they disagree with you. Pearson
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      • Profile picture of the author TheGodfather
        Originally Posted by 4thstreet View Post

        I can't speak for anyone else, but I have not been paid, reimbursed or anyway compensated for having posted a positive review of TB.
        I like TB and so far I have been impressed and that is my personal point of view.
        How many verifiable backlinks has it created for you so far?
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    Let me remind you all of the 'sticky' above.

    This place is for "intelligent" reviews of products. NOT personal Bashing.


    Talk about the product, not the people behind the product. If you have a problem with 30DC, take it up in the 30DC forum, not here.

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    • Profile picture of the author Stuckster
      Originally Posted by pearsonbrown View Post

      This place is for "intelligent" reviews of products. NOT personal Bashing.

      Talk about the product, not the people behind the product. If you have a problem with 30DC, take it up in the 30DC forum, not here.
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      @ Pearson Brown

      Not sure whether this is in reference to my last post.
      I don't know Michael, so I'm not "bashing" anyone. I felt I kept my comments fairly objective. I was merely stating that his absence from this thread is not doing Traffic Bug any favours.

      Besides any "intelligent" review of SAAS software (software As A Service), which Traffic Bug is, should also review the people providing the service, not simply the code.

      I've also got no problem with the 30DC. I think they provide great training and really have a lot of respect for Ed and the team. I was simply pointing out the connection between the two and how that may have contributed to TB having some support and other issues.

      cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    Stuckster,

    No, it's a reference to posts that are no longer there. If your post is still there, it was fine.

    'Reviewing the people' is not acceptable here. We have a zero-tolerance policy to negative personal comments. The rule is "if you have a problem with another Warrior, take it up with that person directly, not via the Warrior Forum". It's Allan's forum, he makes up the rules and it's not subject to debate.

    Pearson
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGodfather
    Ok guys here is what i got today: as soon as i closed down traffic bug within 7 hours my site got visited by google bot and yahoo bot... so much for that...

    I also contacted them and they said that they are having some "technical difficulties" etc,

    EDITED Please do not make wild accusations that you couldn't prove in a court of law.
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    whats the difference between traffic bug and only wire. just curious of getting traffic bug for my site but want to know exactly what it is

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author 4thstreet
    TheGodfather,

    I am not concerned about how many backlinks I get - I am more interested in how many visitors I get and if they buy or take me up on my offers.

    When I put up a brand new site, blog or social page and do absolutely no promoting (including no pinging) and only use TB and see visitors using the same keyword phrases that I listed in TB, I know where the traffic is coming.

    I do many different types of backlinking and social bookmarking on my sites but when I saw this thread started I wanted to see if I was wasting my time and money on TB so I created new properties and isolated them from everything else that I had. This way I could see exactly what was going on.

    Will I drop my other backlinking or social bookmarking methods and only use TB? Of coarse not. I'll continue those and will try new ones but I will still keep up my monthly membership to TB.
    If I see my results fading, like anything else, I'd drop it, but for now it's working for me and that's all that matters.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents about TB.

    I've built 4 sites that I've promoted using TB. Two of these sites have done very well. The other two have had problems, which I'll discuss in a moment.

    According to TB, I should have over 1k to 2k backlinks to three of these sites. (I deleted the file for the other one a few weeks after I sold it.)

    When I actually started poking around to see what links I could actually find, I found 2! Out of all of this, there were only two inbound links to my sites that I could not recognize as promotion I did, or as stemming from promotion I did (such as an article reprint).

    Here's another thing.

    Indexing!

    The first two sites I built took several days before Google indexed them. Well, at the time I thought I was just having bad luck. I started building the third site two weeks ago. It has yet to be indexed. The fourth site is only four days old, but still hasn't been indexed.

    As I thought through all of this the only thing I've done differently with these four sites is Traffic Bug! So, although I don't have "proof", I'm feeling pretty skeptical about TB, and I'm actually going to be emailing Michael and asking for my one month subscription payment back.

    So, I guess the bottom line is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Oh well! Back to the basics that actually work!

    Lee
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  • Profile picture of the author AD Ammann
    Well, I would have liked my first post on this forum to be on a happy topic . . . but after lurking more than an year (and enjoying a wealth of awesome material) I feel compelled to chime in regarding my experience. In a nutshell: I've been using traffic bug for several days (free trial period) and while the site reports that I have umpteen back links, I haven't seen them in my cpanel or Wordpress dashboard. The three link confirmations I've received via email seem iffy at best. I mean romaniaindex.com?

    Also, I'm normally quite handy at getting my sites indexed on Google. I've never had to wait beyond 48 hours for a site to show up after having done savvy social bookmarking. I've even had completely empty Wordpress sites ranked in that time. Now, several days into having started the site in question, it's still not ranked and the only variable I can discern is my having promoted it with traffic bug set to the "aggressive" level as recommended for new sites. To be honest I'm a little worried about having been slapped.

    Also, I must say, one aspect of the sales copy for traffic bug is . . . how to put it . . . confusing. Several times in the sales pitch traffic bug is referred to as "software" that you can purchase -- along the lines, it would seem, of Market Samurai (which rocks btw) -- but clearly, it isn't. It's a monthly subscription service.

    Finally, with respect to Traffic Bug, my email question about whether the service would purge a subscriber's backlinks from the social networking accounts through which it operates in the event he or she cancels the subscription has not yet been answered after several days.

    Sorry to be a naysayer . . . but I've cancelled my Traffic Bug experiment.
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    • Profile picture of the author AD Ammann
      Update: Ok, boy is my face red, but I guess it's better to be on the level and face the music for a possible error: After reading a breaking Warrior forum thread about trouble getting WP sites indexed I discovered that for some reason my traffic-bug-promoted site in question was set to noindex, nofollow. I suspect that the latest update to WP has this as the default for some reason as I have never encountered that before. So . . . I've fixed that and we'll see how fast I get indexed. My other issues with traffic bug still stand, however.
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      • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
        Originally Posted by adammann33 View Post

        After reading a breaking Warrior forum thread about trouble getting WP sites indexed I discovered that for some reason my traffic-bug-promoted site in question was set to noindex, nofollow.
        Are you talking about Settings => Privacy at the top where it says: "I would like to block search engines?" Or is this something else?

        Thanks!

        Lee
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      • Profile picture of the author Flierboy
        Originally Posted by adammann33 View Post

        Update: Ok, boy is my face red...
        ...I discovered that for some reason my traffic-bug-promoted site in question was set to noindex, nofollow...
        By jove, For some reason this made me check my own blog. And to my horror, I found the same issue. Changed the settings---> Privacy options right away.

        No wonder all my promotion efforts were going to waste. The blog is just a week old, but still I thought it was taking way longer than usual to get ranked!

        BTW, could you post the link to the breaking WP thread you mentioned?

        And yes, I did use Fantastico for my WP install. What moron thought that the default option should be set to noindex/nofollow?

        Thanks a bunch for highlighting this issue!

        -Ritesh
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  • Profile picture of the author AD Ammann
    Hi Lee,

    Yes -- you have to toggle on the "let everybody see it" option in the privacy settings. The issue of new wp 2.8.4 installs being default no follow/no index has been brought up in the Wordpress.org forum where there's a theory that it might be fantastico installs in which it happens. Now that I think about it, this might be important enough to enough warriors to merit its own thread on here.

    Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyPlus
    Traffic Bug has been doing a great job for me.
    In less than a month they have made over 334 social bookmarks for one of my sites.

    Everyday I get a couple emails saying my link has been submitted to some directory.
    Fantastic program. Well worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    "In less than a month they have made over 334 social bookmarks for one of my sites."

    Hi there, MoneyPlus. Do you mean by that that they have told you that they have made 334 bookmarks for you or that you have independently verified the existence of these bookmarks?

    Thanks,

    Pearson
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  • Profile picture of the author schnisz
    thats the thing. I am doing the 30dc free trial of Traffic Bug and using it for only one website. Sure it tells you it is doing alot. I have also been told (not by them) that backlink checkers don't and never will tell the whole story. I would like to hear from people who have actually noticed movement in google attritubed to traffic bug. I think thats really the only way to tell.
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    • Profile picture of the author mpruben
      Originally Posted by schnisz View Post

      thats the thing. I am doing the 30dc free trial of Traffic Bug and using it for only one website. Sure it tells you it is doing alot. I have also been told (not by them) that backlink checkers don't and never will tell the whole story. I would like to hear from people who have actually noticed movement in google attritubed to traffic bug. I think thats really the only way to tell.
      I recently ran an extensive SEO test where I developed six sites with similar but unique content. I used different techniques to promote each site. On one site I exclusively used Traffic Bug with their 30-day trial. It reported numerous bookmarks and directory submissions.

      I kept a careful check on when each site was indexed, when it received the first visitor, keyword rankings etc. The experiment started about 8 weeks ago.

      Out of the six sites, five have been indexed and are receiving visitors in varying quantities.

      The only site not yet indexed is the one exclusively using Traffic bug.

      I would have though that even with unreported links, the site would have been indexed. I suspect that Traffic Bug is reporting a lot but not doing so much or, if it is doing something, is doing it in the wrong places.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisMoon
    Thanks EZ20Now couldn't agree more with your post. I too would love to see Traffic-Bug performing and am only commenting because it doesn't.

    Thought I'd give it a fair chance and tried it for 2 months on 2 sites however T-B produced nothing not a single backlink, absolutely no results at all.

    In my opinion Traffic-bugs own stats are bull **** when the data doesn't show elsewhere and cannot be confirmed.

    My respect for 30DC has also taken a dent on this one.

    Look forward to seeing your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM-MONSTER
    My Detailed Experience with Traffic-Bug:

    My Story:

    I am very new to internet marketing and after reading reviews from this forum and others. I decided to join this year's 30DC. I took every advice from that program and followed religiously from day one. Therefore, when they introduced Traffic Bug for the first time, I was really excited. As anyone in the IM business should know, automation is very critical and since I have never made any money online, TB seemed to be a good way to start at for a low budget. (1000s of backlinks per month for 20 bucks and all on automation? why NOT?) So I spend about 1/2 a day creating my blog and writing articles and submitted them ALL to traffic bug wishing to see some results soon. I was REALLY excited!

    My Experiences:

    After 2 weeks I quickly realized that there is something "iffy" about this program because there were:

    1) No Evidence of ANY social bookmarks that has been made

    Like many other warriors here, I cannot find any social bookmarks made and was not able to verify any of them.

    2) Cannot Find any RSS submissions

    No details about this anywhere in the program. I cannot see where the RSS submissions have been submitted to.

    3) Wrong Category for Directory submissions

    I selected the health category in TB and my submission was submitted to music and other random categories. Sometimes even in the sports categories.

    4) "Iffy" Seach Engine Submissions

    When I submit my site, it immediately tells me that it has submitted to 139 search engines. (under the search engines column it says 139). However, I had made an error in the URL of the website and I was a bit nervous beause i thought it's too late since TB already submitted to 139 search engines but just to not make things worst, I quickly went back and unchecked the "submit to search engines". When I returned to the status page, TB now has a 0 listed in the seach engines column. This makes me think that TB posts numbers on the status page even before they are submitted. =(

    5) Very poor submission report

    I was excited to get my report in the email inbox wanting to see where my bookmarks have been submitted to. However, I was disappointed when I see a big number telling me how much time i have saved and the number of submissions made. It does not tell me the very important details about where the bookmarks are made so that i can go find them and verify.

    Conclusion

    I have given this program a lot of time and patience. As a matter of fact, the owner of the program said the true power of TB comes after 60 days. So after the 40 day demo period, I paid for the first month of service and I was recently billed for this month. However after 70+ days of no actual improvement in my ranks or submission details. I am sorry to say that I must discontinue service. I have come to the conclusion that if I can't even find any backlinks to my site, neither will Google. If the submissions are there, but my site is not ranking, that is not TBs problem, but if i cannot see any submissions and TB continues to tell me that it's doing it's job for me without giving me any evidence... then it becomes TB's problem. the 30DC crew did a great job this year.. However, this is simply a bad recommandation.

    I do have evidence of everything I say to back me up. and since I read most of the warriors here are having the same problem. My point stands strong and vaild.

    Hope this post helps those who are looking into this program
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    • Profile picture of the author zombofi
      Originally Posted by IM-MONSTER View Post

      3) Wrong Category for Directory submissions

      I selected the health category in TB and my submission was submitted to music and other random categories. Sometimes even in the sports categories.
      I too had the same problem. I selected the beauty category and I get so-called "directories" sending me emails saying that they have accepted my site but it's all the wrong categories.

      Just earlier today, I got an email saying that my site has been accepted by a "directory" and it will be filed under Cricket.

      I mean Beauty and Cricket??? Where's the link??????

      Thankfully it's just the free trial from 30DC. No more Traffic Bug for me
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      • Profile picture of the author nofearman
        Well, I just spent two hours adding my first site. Then when I hit the Add new Website button, it asked me to LOGIN AGAIN! And guess what? It LOST ALL MY WORK!! It wold be nice to get it to workjk before any results cna be evaluated. But, I also notice the developer has NOT chimed in this thread in a long time, not a good sign.

        So, what is a good alternative to TB? I already tried SE Nuke and wasn't too impressed, particularly for $99 as the $49 doesn;t give you really anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    No links from traffic bug, 548 from pyro genuis wso. Winner!
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  • Profile picture of the author realoptions
    Thanks for the warning phantom701. I hate to waste my time and money just to find out that the product is over-hyped and fails to deliver as promised.
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  • Profile picture of the author pf343537
    Hey folks,

    Here from someone who already used Traffic "DUD" for about 2 1/2 months with ZERO results: don't waste your time and money. That thing is a piece of garbage (and that's to avoid using a more appropriate word ....). It's just worthless. A scam.

    Meanwhile, all the bookmars I did manually showed up in a couple of weeks in most cases. Funny, huh?

    I'm saving to buy Bookmarking Demon, about which I heard already a couple of good reports from real users who have had real good results from it.

    P.S.: Quick edit: Zombofi, It happenned to me too ! My niche is the Health area and they gave me "Cricket" also !!! Then I thought to myself: "What the hell! I didn't know cricket is such a health hazard .... :>) "
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Just to put the final nail in the Traffic Bug coffin (that's a Halloween joke ). I started two sites almost as identical as two sites could be, same niche, virtually the same SEOT and SEOC. Used WordPress on both, same theme, same plugins, same everything. Same length posts all written by me in the same way.

    I think you get the point.

    The only difference is I used TB on one and not the other. The one that I used TB on took almost 3 weeks to just get indexed. The one I didn't use TB on only took a couple of days.

    Also, even after getting indexed the one I used TB on just floundered! (It's only now coming back to life after about a month and a half or two months.) The one I didn't use TB on started getting natural search traffic in about a week, and the traffic's been slowly building since as I add backlinks.

    Now, this is not a scientific study, but it's the final word for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author weegie
      Just cancelled Traffic Bug.



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  • Profile picture of the author Best Affiliate
    Ive been paying for TB since august and im pretty disappointed. I added over a half dozen sites to this program and didnt see any results at all. a couple times when I added a new site - blogger blogs and then checking to see if it was indexed neither time it was. Both were blogger blogs. You would think after two weeks submitting bookmarks and rss it would get at least indexed. I then went to social marker picked 10 bookmarking sites and submitted the same sites to several rss feeds and both got indexed in hours. I just cancelled the account. even though I could not find a link on their site to do so I just sent an email to support. Also did one last check in site explorer on one of those blogger blogs. I did zero backlinking for it other than 2 or 3 bookmarks I did on my own. TB showed 80 plus bookmarks, site explorer showed 6 links, zero from TB. Nice work for 2 months of being in their system. im pissed I paid for this crap.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gabby12
      Similar results here. Used for almost three months with 0 backlincks! Saved me 4500 minutes but for what? The disappointing thing is that I have followed with the 30dc for a few years and Ed Dale has usually recommended very good products, This one is a total waist, hope they retract their promotion so that no one else gets burned on this.
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      • Profile picture of the author mjbaker
        I will post on Ed Dale's forum about this as well.

        I'm a real newbie, but not so much as I see what a total ripoff Traffic Bug has been. I've been using it, both the trail and paid version for 2 1/2 month or more.

        I've directly written to Michael, the designer with no direct response. And I've seen no direct response here on the Warrrior Forum. I'm quite sure that their progam was down for about a month when the current year's 'Ed Dale 30 day Challenge' was run, but I don' know that for sure. Only basing that on what I've seen.

        However, I can report that I used the program to 'bookmark' multiple links. I did not see one direct result from this. I canceled today.

        Mike
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        • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
          Originally Posted by mjbaker View Post

          I've directly written to Michael, the designer with no direct response. And I've seen no direct response here on the Warrrior Forum.
          In all fairness, Michael was active in this thread in the beginning, and making direct responses. However, 'long time no see' as the saying goes. Certainly disappointing that no explanation has been offered in response to the the many negative experiences building up and being described here, or responses to direct emails as you mentioned.

          Nevertheless, Traffic Bug on paper seems to have potential and after a bit of tweaking and repackaging may even have a bit of a renaissance. Perhaps it will turn out to be one of those urban-myth cockroaches that can survive a nuclear holocaust (of the fiery feedback form bulding up on this thread!). Maybe that's a good product; 'Traffic Roach'.

          For me though, I have read around a little and have settled for Bookmarking Demon 5. Very happy so far and am seeing concrete results and efficient support. It's a one-off payment of $147 dollars which is equivalent to around six months of traffic bug.
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  • Profile picture of the author gsport11
    I started in 30 day challenge on Aug. 1. Kept on schedule throughout, so whenever it was that the group started using Traffic Bug in August is the day I started with it.

    I added a number of new and old sites, internal pages, articles in ezinearticles and others.

    At this point traffic bug reports 1383 directory submissions and 4442 social bookmarks for my entries.

    I have not seen a single social bookmark appear in any of my checked link searches for any of the pages I entered into traffic-bug. All my links to the newer sites are direct result of my article marketing efforts as are the links to my article directory submissions.

    I am not taking the valuable time to add anything else to traffic bug until I start seeing results. If that doesn't happen within the next month, I'm quitting the subscription.

    I've lost a bit of respect for Ed Dale after this experience, although I'm grateful for his endorsement of Market Samurai.
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    • Profile picture of the author egenius
      Hey Guys,

      Social Bookmarking sites don't really count as backlinks anymore. All they do is get your site indexed faster. Traffic Bug gets my site indexed fast and that is worth the $20 a month. It will help with rankings slightly as most of the those directories will count as low quality backlinks. This software is not a miracle solution but it will get your pages indexed quicker. That is all.

      Cheers,

      Mason
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      • Profile picture of the author ekaram
        To me, it has SLOWED the indexing process.

        I tried it with two brand new wordpress blogs and with the amount of bookmarks and submissions that trafficbug shows, you would believe it would be indexed fast.

        No, 3 weeks later and none of them were indexed.

        Stopped traffic bug, manually bookmarked the blogs with onlywire, and 2 and 3 days later they were indexed.

        Also, I've been running it for about 3 weeks on an established site and although it reports about 1700 bookmarks, amazingly there is NO TRACE or result of any of them.

        Too bad the author only jumped on this thread to pitch his product, and after the "results" started pouring in he just disappeared. Would have been great to AT LEAST read an explanation instead of "pay me for 2 months and you will see results then".

        I'm glad to see this thread and confirm that traffic bug is a complete scam.

        Don't waste your 20 bucks, and most importantly, your TIME with traffic bug.

        Cheers,
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        • Profile picture of the author jsanderz
          After reading through all the posts I have decided not to go ahead and use Traffic Bug.

          Regards.
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          • Profile picture of the author ekaram
            Originally Posted by jsanderz View Post

            After reading through all the posts I have decided not to go ahead and use Traffic Bug. However I came across this post in the 30 day forum. What are your thoughts?
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            2 good reviews from partners vs 50+ bad reviews from customers
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            • Profile picture of the author jsanderz
              Ekaram,
              Yes you're right, I was hoping this would work great on a new blog of mine, never mind.
              Regards.
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              • Profile picture of the author ekaram
                Originally Posted by jsanderz View Post

                Ekaram,
                Yes you're right, I was hoping this would work great on a new blog of mine, never mind.
                Regards.
                I believe we all wanted the software to work...

                Saying it does, and that the backlinks it creates are "invisible" and it brings more traffic and all the submissions bla bla bla, is like the story about the "Emperor's Clothes"

                Too bad...

                I've just purchased Bookmark Daemon and it DOES what Traffic bug "apparently does"
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      • Profile picture of the author pf343537
        Originally Posted by egenius View Post

        Hey Guys,

        Social Bookmarking sites don't really count as backlinks anymore. All they do is get your site indexed faster.
        Egenius, someone sold you a wrong story, buddy.

        Yes, social bookmarking sites still do count as backlinks. I continue to do it and they keep showing up in both Google's and Yahoo's lists of incoming links to my sites (as recently as a few days ago) -- sites like Mixx, Delicious, Propeller, Mister Wong and so on.
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  • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
    Fellow Warriors,

    I've just been watching the posts here since my last posting on this thread about 3 weeks ago. It's good to know that I'm not alone in my Traffic Bug Scam Saga.

    I have to say that what I feel at this point more than anything is simply a lack of faith in humanity. This guy has such a great presentation that it's hard not to believe. Unfortunately, like so many of you, the net effect of this saga has been like having a giant carrot hung out in front of me only to have it jerked away from me - not once, but many times over the last 3 months or so by this Michael character. I can't think of anything more cruel than to get someone's hopes up only to have them crushed in such a calloused way. It would be one thing if this guy was really trying and doing his best, and when complaints like ours come in, he jumps on it, deals with it, or even has a humble customer-service-oriented attitude in saying something like, "Yes, we're definitely having some problems, but please stick with me. I'll do whatever it takes to make it right." However, from the lack-luster response I've received from his pitiful excuse for a support department and the lack of response at all from him, I can only conclude that all they are interested in is getting whatever money they can out of us poor suckers that were dumb enough to believe in his presentation and then moving on when the whole thing crashes. Very sad.

    Anyway, as bad as my experience was at the time of my last post, in the last three weeks I've experienced nothing but more frustration, more dismay and more dismal failure with 12 of the 14 sites on which I used Traffic Bug:

    - 8 sites are now banned from Google
    - 4 are not banned from Google, but are also not in the top 1000, even though TB reports thousands of backlinks

    The remaining 2 are now in the top 10, but only got there after I canceled my TB subscription and moved the sites to a new IP address!

    On all 14 sites, I can't verify one single backlink, and TB won't respond to my requests to such verification. TB mentions somewhere in the 30DC forum that "it takes a while for the bookmarking backlinks to be seen." While I have verified on this forum and elsewhere that this is true to some degree, my own SEO testing shows that while NONE of the backlinks TB alledges have been created show up, after 2 weeks of manual bookmarking on sites TB was used on as well as TB wasn't used on, 39% of the backlinks we manually created were indexed and showing as backlinks. After 60 days, 86% of what we submitted shows, while still not one single backlink from TB shows.

    The net result of this service is that for roughly $20 per month, these people will get your hopes up about being able to save all of this time, and on a weekly or monthly basis, they will send you a very basic spreadsheet which my little girl could have created in all of 5 minutes with a bunch of numbers on it that no one can verify, and for all we know, are just pulled out of thin air. The truth is that there are NO backlinks, and no one is going to convince me otherwise. I have come to the same conclusion as another poster above. If I can't find it, then neither can Google (or Yahoo, or anyone else). More to the point, if TB refuses to give a URL to even a single backlink they claim TB has created, then I have no use for them. Period.

    So the formula here is:

    NO verifiable backlinks + NO traffic = Traffic Bug Scam

    I agree with some of the other Warriors here that manual submission is the best way to go, but like so many of you, I've wasted hundreds of dollars proving this to be the case, so, Fellow Warriors, allow me to spare you the same fate! I'm hoping to see this fact change someday, when something like what TB was supposed to be actually proves itself to work. TB would have been great if it wasn't such a scam! I guess the old saying still holds true that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

    In closing, if after reading these three pages of posts, anyone is still tempted to try this service, here is my suggestion. For $10 per month (half of the cost of Traffic Bug), I'll provide you the same service that Traffic Bug is really providing. I'll be more than happy to have my little girl throw some numbers into a spreadsheet and send them to you. I'll even do one better; I'll actually put some effort into making the spreadsheet look good with a cool logo and everything, and I'll even include a message in the email telling you about how wise you are to buy something so worthless from me!

    Any takers? :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
      Originally Posted by Daniel McGonagle View Post

      I have been in TB for a while now and it's not impressive at all, however it's not a SCAM!

      How can people saw the following 2 things at the same time?

      1- I'm not getting CREDITED backlinks
      2- The backlinks I got made my sites get banned

      How hypocritical and nonsensical is that?
      Daniel,

      Thanks for posting this. You make a good point.

      To be clear, I wasn't being hypocritical. I simply hadn't thought of that fact until after I'd made the post. That's all.

      That being said, you're absolutely right; those two points are in direct conflict with one another - well, at least they certainly seem to be. If the links truly don't exist at all, then there is no issue over which a site could be banned. Your logic makes perfect sense to me, which is why I'm confused about what has happened. You see, although your point makes perfect logical sense, these two facts remain:

      1. Many of my sites were banned, when TB was the only tool being used on them.
      2. I was not able to verify one single link using Market Samurai or Yahoo Explorer or 2 or 3 other tools I found on the net.

      I don't get it, either, but that's what happened.

      Regarding the "scam" point, like you, my tendency in this situation would normally be to simply write off TB as simply a failed loser of a product (or service)... that is, I'd do so if it weren't for the three weeks of email I have with their idiot support department and the kid CEO himself documenting my own experience with this nightmare. The owner knows it's not working, and he admits to cutting corners, yet he continues to show a face to the public that suggests otherwise. In my book, that's a scam. Believing something might be possible if only it could be fixed is not the same thing as something actually doing what the CEO claims it can do. At least, that's the way I look at it. As I said above, if the guy had the honesty and integrity to say...

      "Yep, I'm having problems, not only with the software itself, but with my clearly sub-standard support department as well. I ask that you bear with me while I make it right, and I'll do whatever you want me to do to keep you as a happy customer."


      ... then I would go to the ends of the earth for someone with that level of integrity - the level of integrity such as that which I have found exists in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of people here on this forum. But when someone knows good and well that they don't do what they say they can do, but continue to advertise it to others as though it does, that's a scam in my book. Hopefully you agree. If you don't, then I will respectfully agree to disagree with you.

      Meanwhile, the points in your post are certainly valid, and I'd like to thank you for them. I will also be checking out the link you provided, and look forward to continuing to learn more from you and others here on the Warrior Forum.

      Either way, at least the truth of the matter regarding Traffic Bug - scam or not - is now out there for all to see, so that people who are trying to make a decision on Traffic Bug can now do so with all of the facts in front of them. That's good enough for me.

      The truth is out there...

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    • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
      Originally Posted by EZ20Now View Post

      Anyway, as bad as my experience was at the time of my last post, in the last three weeks I've experienced nothing but more frustration, more dismay and more dismal failure with 12 of the 14 sites on which I used Traffic Bug:

      - 8 sites are now banned from Google
      - 4 are not banned from Google, but are also not in the top 1000, even though TB reports thousands of backlinks

      The remaining 2 are now in the top 10, but only got there after I canceled my TB subscription and moved the sites to a new IP address!
      I really don't think this has to do with Traffic bug, but if your sites are new, then yes, these kind of links might get you into trouble...

      New site or old site with PR?
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      • Profile picture of the author Carlton Johnson
        Guys and Gals I just wanted to say something here.

        The one things that this thread has highlighted for me is that There is an incredible opportunity here to build software or a team of people to do what traffic bug is supposed to do, but to actually make sure that it gets done.

        I to had the same problems with Traffic bug as everyone else and I was desperate for it to work and it sounds like others are also.

        It sounds like we need this time saver for a reasonable price.

        Why don't one of you expert programmer guys or some who has or can get a cheap but professional team of people in place that can do some of this stuff manually and then automate the rest with software, make this and make it work. If I was not snowed under with other things, I would probably look into getting someone to do this for me myself, and then actually sell a system to you guys that worked. Thats all we want at the end of the day - something that actually does what it is supposed to and what it promises to do - that's not to much to ask is it.

        Maybe the new version of bruteforce will do the trick, but I have my doubts.

        But there is obviously a big whole in the market right here, someone please snap it up and build something that actually work.
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        • Profile picture of the author Flierboy
          Originally Posted by Carlton Johnson View Post

          ... There is an incredible opportunity here to build software or a team of people to do what traffic bug is supposed to do, but to actually make sure that it gets done...
          Doesn't Traffic Sage do exactly that? Of course at $500/month it'sn't exactly for beginners.

          As for me, the day I can afford it, I am going TS.

          Ritesh

          Full disclosure: Am not an affiliate, not a customer of TS. But have just heard good things about them.
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          • Profile picture of the author Carlton Johnson
            Originally Posted by Flierboy View Post

            Doesn't Traffic Sage do exactly that? Of course at $500/month it'sn't exactly for beginners.

            As for me, the day I can afford it, I am going TS.

            Ritesh

            Full disclosure: Am not an affiliate, not a customer of TS. But have just heard good things about them.
            Hi Ritesh,

            Traffic Sage is a different beast altogether and I have heard it is a fantastic service, but you would need to have a converting website, already be making money and have some other things in place in my opinion before it becomes a viable option for most people.

            With Traffic-bug it was at a price that many people could afford and if it just did what it said it would it would be an amazing service. The affordable price point for traffic-bug made it very appealing and the time saving it could give you was outstanding - if it only worked. :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author doggybiz
      Just to share my own experience. I started with TB with the 30DC. I have diligently put all my posts and web 2.0 properties into the system over the past months but i can't say I've seen any real benefit.

      I decided to put up a static site with lots of pages and submit the site into TB with moderate aggression set. Since 29th Sept (just over 6 weeks) i have had not one link despite TB claiming to have made 43 URL bookmarks, 69 URL Directory submissions and 139 search engine submissions.

      Not very impressive. Draw your own conclusions!
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      • Profile picture of the author Axeman63
        Just had an email from 'Ed Dale' but I think it's Dan, promoting Bruteforce, which appears to do a similar thing.

        Very nice intro video that tells you, well nothing. You get a 7 day trial but we all know that isn't really going to prodce backlink results. It does promote the idea of backlinks just like TB did and it's all very well to say it's worth it for bookmarking but lets face it most people bought into TB for backlinks even if they wer going to be low quality and 3 months down the line.

        My problem now is I trusted Ed Dale's judgement and now I'm waivering. If I start to lose faith he becomes another IMer flogging JVs. And that would be very sad indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
    Daniel,

    I checked out that link you posted. VERY good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to provide it!
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    Daniel,

    I'll be spending more time on your blog in the future. Very strong information. You appear to be a very detail-oriented guy - something I think we need more if in IM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gibson
      Hi,
      I have been using traffic bug now for 2 months and have the same results as everybody else no back links.

      I don't know if anybody got Michaels emails? He recently updated the UI and created new accounts and bought new ip's. Because of spammers that used traffic bug, many of the accounts where banned or deleted so this is one reason nobody get any back links.

      If this is true or not is hard to say but it seems strange that he don't get back to people asking questions and explain what happened.

      I am still a member and will be so for one more month since I just paid so we will see what happens. It would be nice if this worked.
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      • Profile picture of the author EZ20Now
        Originally Posted by Gibson View Post

        Hi,
        I have been using traffic bug now for 2 months and have the same results as everybody else no back links.

        I don't know if anybody got Michaels emails? He recently updated the UI and created new accounts and bought new ip's. Because of spammers that used traffic bug, many of the accounts where banned or deleted so this is one reason nobody get any back links.

        If this is true or not is hard to say but it seems strange that he don't get back to people asking questions and explain what happened.

        I am still a member and will be so for one more month since I just paid so we will see what happens. It would be nice if this worked.
        Gibson,

        First, it's not hard to say if it's true or not. It isn't. Think about it.

        1. If no one is getting any backlinks, as he's apparently now admitting, why are all the so-called reports he's sending out saying there are? Both can't be true.

        2. Furthermore, why would backlinks that were built allegedly for site A having anything to do with links built for site B? The only way that's possible is if they were both created under the same bookmarking account (assuming we're only talking about bookmarks), and if that's the case, we're back to point #1.

        3. (And most important to people like me), if he's now admitting that the backlinks were not being created and/or haven't been any good somehow up this point, what's he doing for all of the people he charged for a service that wasn't doing what he claimed it was doing? Is there a refund? Is there a credit?

        Basically what I am saying is that you're only reinforcing the point that I and so many others have made here in this thread and on other forums. I think we all agree that at best, Traffic Bug wasn't doing anything close to what Michael R. Roberts claimed it was doing in order to talk people into signing up, and at worst, it was creating problems for our site(s). It is now clearer than ever that he is talking out of both sides of his mouth, telling new people how great it is, and making excuses to his existing clientele about why it's not working, while not offering them anything in return except more grief and utter disappointment, apparently under the belief that the support he's getting from the 30DC folks is enough to make up for all of that. Well? Which is it, Michael??? Either it works or it doesn't! It can't be both!!!

        I, for one, am receiving his email, in answer to your question about that. However, after my own outrageous experience with him and his joke of a support department, as well as complaints I've heard from other 30DC'ers, I wouldn't do business with him again if he offered the whole thing to me for free for life! If that guy told me that sky was blue, I'd have to go check first to be sure it was true! Frankly, after seeing the high level of integrity I've experienced on this forum, I'd rather go out of business and flip hamburgers at McDonald's rather than having my business depend on the services of such an individual or a company which talks out of both sides of it's mouth.

        Internet marketing has taken a bad rap for a long time because of a lot of people who could market but not deliver. Traffic Bug and its CEO are perfect examples of that kind of bad deal. I'd pretty much washed my hands of the whole internet marketing industry for that very reason (being tired of being ripped off) until I saw the kind of honor and integrity that many of the people on this forum are practicing. I am hoping to do something about that with my own offers when I get to that point in my own business. From what I've seen of the people on this forum, much of this forum is really all about that - raising the standard for internet marketers everywhere. Frankly, this forum is almost solely responsible for revitalizing my interest in honing my IM skills, which is why I take such great offense when I see companies such as Traffic Bug knowingly ripping people off. The very best you could say about that company and the CEO Michael R. Roberts (and this is really giving WAY more credit than is deserved) is that he's using the "fake it 'till you make it" plan - a program too many people are wise to in this day and age.

        By the way, if you don't want to take my word for it, or the word of all of the people in this thread - most of whom probably know a lot more about this than even I do - just Google "Traffic Bug" or "Traffic Bug Scam", and read what's there. If you still think it's worth wasting your time or money on after seeing all of that red ink, then by all means, go right ahead! You're a braver man than me!

        In all seriousness, do yourself a favor and get your money back while you can... IF you can! Your money is far better spent on programs on this forum which can yield far better results far more quickly, and can do so without practicing "less than honorable" marketing techniques.


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        • Profile picture of the author Gibson
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          I will contact the support and give them 24 hours to respond. If I can't get a satisfying answer I will also cancel and try to get a refund which probably is to much to hope for.
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          • Profile picture of the author Pufferf1sh
            Originally Posted by Gibson View Post

            Because of spammers that used traffic bug, many of the accounts where banned or deleted so this is one reason nobody get any back links.
            I'm pretty sure that it wasn't really the TB users spamming, but rather the many TB-generated accounts at the bookmarking sites that were flagged as automated (and therefore spam). I managed to find one or two TB bookmarks, and in all occassions the text was not spliced together correctly. For example, titles and descriptions were conjoined with errors; the space between was replaced with the characters, 'es'. This was very unfortunate, as the only bookmarks I found for my site had a title ending in the word 'test', which was then converted to 'testes'! Not quite the keyword I was aiming for, although I'm sure there are a couple of jewels to found in the tesicular niche...

            But back to point; I think most of the TB users are/were from the Thirty Day Chalenge, and therefore probably not spammers.

            Originally Posted by EZ20Now View Post

            1. If no one is getting any backlinks, as he's apparently now admitting, why are all the so-called reports he's sending out saying there are? Both can't be true.
            Hi EZ20Now. You're absolutely right; they both can't be true, but this is because, to my knowledge, TB does not give any reports about backlinks. It does not say that it has generated x-amount of links, but rather says that it has made x-amount of submissions. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, a submission can be unsuccessful, which means there'll likely be no link, and therefore no link-juice or referral traffic. So a system that is crud at doing submissions (e.g. one that gets its accounts blocked....), is not worth $20 a month. But secondly, this does not make it a scam: just a rubbish product. Don't get me wrong, I am not disagreeing that TB has disastrously fallen on its rear-end, only that a poor product and sub-standard support does not make something a scam.

            Originally Posted by EZ20Now View Post

            I think it's far more likely that Michael found some kind of way to trick Ed and the gang into thinking that this thing would work. [...] I think it's far more likely that he's just having a really difficult time believing that he's be scammed, too.
            I don't think it is fair to say that Michael was tricking Ed. This thread should not about the quality of Michael's character, but rather about the quality of the Traffic Bug product. A product is something that members of this forum should be able to comment on and review, but suggesting people's intention to deceive is not what this forum is about.

            PS - Nothing personal here, EZ20Now, I agree with 90% of what you have said and have enjoyed your very well written posts!
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    "This thread should not about the quality of Michael's character, but rather about the quality of the Traffic Bug product. A product is something that members of this forum should be able to comment on and review, but suggesting people's intention to deceive is not what this forum is about."

    Amen to that. I've had more trouble with moderating this thread than with all the others combined ;-)

    Talk about the PRODUCT, not the person behind the product. And certainly not about third parties such as Ed Dale, 30DC or Market Samurai. If you have issues with them, take it to their forums, not here.

    Otherwise, I'm going to have to block the thread.

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  • Profile picture of the author Doug D
    I had a feeling about T.B., hence my pass through the W.F.

    I just wanted to thank everyone in this thread...for taking the time to articulate your experiences - It has saved me from potentially wasting my time.
    Additionally, I use and love M.S. (mostly the competition module), but at least I also know now - not to bother with the T.B. feature inside M.S.

    Thanks much,

    Doug
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    • Profile picture of the author Ray_Barnes
      Used it from a month but cancelled got no real benefit from it
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  • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
    Anyone tried the link juicer? I switch from it to traffic bug.

    I use these kind of service for link variation, not really using it for ranking purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author HDRider
    Wow glad I checked, I was ready to sign up and thought I would double check the good old warrior forum, think I will pass on this one..
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    • Profile picture of the author knector
      I feel the exact same way as many of you.


      I was delighted with this tool and was almost sure it would be a big help.
      So I started the trial at TB when it started (more than 3 months ago I believe).


      I had two almost new sites with at most 5 backlinks to each, so I used them with Traffic Bug, it told me at the end of my trial that I had over hundred bookmarks and about the same directory submissions, but at that time I couldn't see any results, at all, and I felt that it just wrote it made those bookmarks but not really did it (now I'm sure).


      And now over three months later I have only between 10 and 15 backlinks on those sites, I'm glad I stopped the trial.


      I must say that the directory submissions must have been delivered as I had to confirm some of them, but they are not helping anything as they never got published because of all the wrong categories they were submitted in.


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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
    I've been using it and find it to be a decent system for submitting sites to RSS directories, social bookmarking sites and directories. Previously I was software where you would have to create accounts and fill in capcha codes. With Traffic Bug, you just fill out all the site details, add about 5 alternate titles and descriptions and hit submit. So it saves you a lot of time that way not having to create accounts. That's what I signed up for.

    Now, I know it is actually doing it's job because I'm getting emails all the time from the directories my sites are being submitted to and I have seen extra backlinks appearing pointing to my sites and the sites are doing fairly well too. Those I used to have trouble keeping in the top 10 which would sometimes not even be listed at all, now seem to be fixed in the top 10 or 20.

    As for social bookmarking, you probably won't see much benefit from that in the long term. If you're promoting blogs you really need to be submitting each individual post to Traffic Bug, but set to medium aggression. If you have Market Samurai, it's built into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author kkchoon
    I might need to put up a new site just to test this... too many bad comments here and the owner don't even bother to answer some of the questions in this thread.

    I've been looking for a service like traffic-bug, and it seems very promising to me, just didn't use it for ranking but for varying my links

    If everyone don't get any links from it, that means something is wrong! Let me test for another month before any conclusion made...
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  • Profile picture of the author tdecker81
    The 30 day challenge people have a great funnel they're using to direct people to this service. I'm checking it out during the trial. I figured why not. It's not user friendly and still seems very beta to be charging people for it. They should finish the software and then roll it out. People might pay for the finished product but filling the net with negative reviews before your product is ready for prime time only hurts you.
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Originally Posted by tdecker81 View Post

      I'm checking it out during the trial. I figured why not. It's not user friendly and still seems very beta to be charging people for it. They should finish the software and then roll it out. People might pay for the finished product but filling the net with negative reviews before your product is ready for prime time only hurts you.
      I couldn't agree more. My thoughts entirely.

      I thought that they should have been offering free membership for more time than what they were offering with the trial membership and even the amount they wanted to charge for membership, I said to them I thought it was too much and I received a reply saying that it cost a lot to run the website and that that would be the membership fee.

      It is such a pity that the owner hasn't seen that to bring people on during a beta testing time, offering membership at a discounted rate when it goes live, goes a lot further towards developing the product, in a positive manner, rather than the negativity that now accompanies it.

      He should have had us in there helping him iron out the bugs from our feedback and then when it was bug free, launch it to the greater market.

      A product such as this, when it works well, will sell itself through the viral promotion of user happy members. It's as simple as that
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  • Profile picture of the author Escobar
    hi all, i'm new here.

    i bought traffic bug and can say for certain that they absolutely did not deliver for me.

    after two months of paid membership i cancelled my account. i emailed for a refund as i had received 0 backlinks and didn't get one (wasn't surprised really)

    not only did i not receive any backlinks, i also wasn't getting any other links i created manually picked up. i can't explain it, but after having cancelled just last week, i am now starting to receive backlinks to my first IM site, which leads to conclude that for some reason the TB system affected my site.

    I'm glad i have nothing more to do with the TB service. The cheek of it all is that i was told that it should take 2-3 months for backlinks to appear.

    Now, to give TB the benefit of the doubt and assume the service is frigging incredible, why does it take 2-3 months for backlinks to appear when BLinks can appear much faster doing things manually?
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