Anyone have any success with traffic exchanges?

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I have been researching traffic exchanges like TrafficHoopla.com and wanted to know if anyone has had any success with real conversions and sales with these exchanges like TrafficHoopla.com, hit2hit.com or EasyHits4u?

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  • Profile picture of the author cheesemaster
    That´s not gonna happen. Earning with this stuff is a giant circlejerk, create points with vps instances running constantly, and selling the traffic that can be directed via fiver or the like. Auto-traffic does not convert.
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  • Profile picture of the author atilayax
    I have used traffic exchange sites to get affiliates for many sites and it works! I even have gotten some fiverr sales too.

    The traffic exchange sites I have used are: hitleap and traffup.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Traffic exchanges can be very good for people who are intending to use them to build an opted-in email list of traffic exchange users with the intention of subsequently promoting something targeted specifically at traffic exchange users.

      Everyone using traffic exchanges has the same goal -- to get traffic. That can make their users an absolutely ideal, perfectly targeted audience if you're building a list by giving away a free e-book called "3 Ways To Get Traffic That You've Never Heard Of" and then using the list to promote the product you're selling, which is called "And 5 Even More Brilliant Ways To Get Traffic That Nobody Else Has Ever Heard Of Either". Traffic exchanges can be a goldmine for that kind of business.

      In all the threads here about TE's, many people comment that they're "useless" and "untargeted traffic". At the same time, some people are making five-figure monthly incomes from that traffic (and I'm not talking about traffic exchange owners!). That's because the first group of people have tried to use traffic exchange traffic for a purpose other than the one stated in the paragraph above. That doesn't work, of course. Typically, they call it "untargeted", not quite having worked out that the problem was that what they were doing wasn't specifically targeted at that traffic.

      Like so many other issues in internet marketing, it's all about relevance ("targeting", if you prefer the term).

      If you're a violin-seller, there's not much point in setting up a stall in a fish-market and then complaining that the traffic there is "untargeted". Some people instinctively see this straight away. Others, it seems (including many who regularly post disparaging comments here in many "traffic exchange threads") haven't quite worked that out.

      These might help you ...

      Traffic Exchanges - How do they work?

      Do Traffic Exchanges Actually Work?

      Traffic Exchanges Tick Me Off.

      Traffic exchange sites


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  • Profile picture of the author erob
    I learned from my experience that there are two type of people on traffic exchanges those that are looking for traffic and to make money. It can be a good place to build a list, but you must take into account that the list you are building will be full of freebie seekers. So the most effective way to use these types of sites is to offer them something in return for their email address, not to push a direct offer that is for sale. You can do that but you will see little or no sales at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Well if you're serious about making money onlne, then i wouldn't recommend you use traffic exchanges.

    The mind numbing task it involves can be spent to learn something else that will benefit you in the long run.

    So the question whether or not they work is simply irrelevant, because there's no point in wasting your time when there are tons of different things that will guarantee you better results.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
    Like most things.... traffic exchanges work for some offers but not others. The only way to tell if yours will work is to test and tweak your offer until it does. Then move on to paid traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author mzakih
      I'm running a test now with 8 traffic exchanges. I got around 1000 credits in each exchange, so I got about 8000 credits which I assigned to my squeeze page.

      The squeeze page that I promote is the same one that I use in my safelists test which I reported at this thread, "http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-results.html."

      In my safelist test, I got 10 double opt-in subscribers and 1 sign up to a $1.75 bizz opp from 488 hits or 395 unique visitors. So, the hits-to-leads conversion rate of this squeeze page in safelists is about 2.05%.

      How's the test in traffic exchanges? Well, the test hasn't completed yet, but I've spent around 1200 credits. And the results so far look bleak. From 1213 hits, I got 0 lead. Here's the detail of the data so far for each traffic exchange:

      LegacyHits: 149 Hits, 65% Unique, 0 Lead
      LobbyHits: 168 Hits, 40% Unique, 0 Lead
      NinjaSurf: 141 Hits, 48% Unique, 0 Lead
      PowerCashStream: 150 Hits, 37% Unique, 0 Lead
      SocialAdSurf: 211 Hits, 52% Unique, 0 Lead
      StartXchange: 14 Hits, 50% Unique, 0 Lead
      TopHits4u: 138 Hits, 43% Unique, 0 Lead
      Traffic-Splash: 242 Hits, 68% Unique, 0 Lead

      I still can't recommend traffic exchanges. I think safelists are better than traffic exchanges.

      Regards,
      Zaki
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      • Profile picture of the author mzakih
        Hi guys,

        Just want to update my test on Traffic Exchanges. The test has completed now and here's the results:

        TopHits4U, 1005 hits, 0 lead
        LobbyHits, 1003 hits, 0 lead
        Power Cash Stream, 1009 hits, 1 lead
        SocialAdSurf, 1002 hits, 0 lead
        Legacy Hits, 1001 hits, 0 lead
        Ninja Surf, 1004 hits, 0 lead
        StartXchange, 1004 hits, 0 lead
        Traffic-Splash, 1013 hits, 1 lead
        Sweeva, 1027 hits, 0 lead
        I Love Hits, 1003 hits, 1 lead
        Dragon Surf, 1010 hits, 0 lead
        Thumbvu, 1006 hits, 0 lead

        So the total is 12,087 hits and 3 leads, the hits-to-leads conversion rate is 0,02%. Very poor results I guess.

        Regards,
        Zaki
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        • Profile picture of the author Hadrian Phan
          Originally Posted by mzakih View Post

          Hi guys,

          Just want to update my test on Traffic Exchanges. The test has completed now and here's the results:

          TopHits4U, 1005 hits, 0 lead
          LobbyHits, 1003 hits, 0 lead
          Power Cash Stream, 1009 hits, 1 lead
          SocialAdSurf, 1002 hits, 0 lead
          Legacy Hits, 1001 hits, 0 lead
          Ninja Surf, 1004 hits, 0 lead
          StartXchange, 1004 hits, 0 lead
          Traffic-Splash, 1013 hits, 1 lead
          Sweeva, 1027 hits, 0 lead
          I Love Hits, 1003 hits, 1 lead
          Dragon Surf, 1010 hits, 0 lead
          Thumbvu, 1006 hits, 0 lead

          So the total is 12,087 hits and 3 leads, the hits-to-leads conversion rate is 0,02%. Very poor results I guess.

          Regards,
          Zaki
          People using traffic exchange probably don't even know what safelist mean, so naturally they wont give you their emails
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        • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
          Originally Posted by mzakih View Post

          Hi guys,

          Just want to update my test on Traffic Exchanges. The test has completed now and here's the results:

          TopHits4U, 1005 hits, 0 lead
          LobbyHits, 1003 hits, 0 lead
          Power Cash Stream, 1009 hits, 1 lead
          SocialAdSurf, 1002 hits, 0 lead
          Legacy Hits, 1001 hits, 0 lead
          Ninja Surf, 1004 hits, 0 lead
          StartXchange, 1004 hits, 0 lead
          Traffic-Splash, 1013 hits, 1 lead
          Sweeva, 1027 hits, 0 lead
          I Love Hits, 1003 hits, 1 lead
          Dragon Surf, 1010 hits, 0 lead
          Thumbvu, 1006 hits, 0 lead

          So the total is 12,087 hits and 3 leads, the hits-to-leads conversion rate is 0,02%. Very poor results I guess.

          Regards,
          Zaki
          OK the first thing is 1000 page views per TE is to small a parameter to give proper test results...

          you would have been better putting all 8k credits into just one of the list, not spread them out like you did.

          2nd at least 2 of the TE's you listed I know for a fact are full of cheaters who use surfing bots, I'm not going to name them as their actually customers of mine who purchase my software

          ( I'm not responsible for how people run a business, I just create the software)

          of that list I would run the 8k campaign in traffic splash, its the best of those listed, there are others, but again I'm not about to single out TE's that may well be my software customers.

          Traffic splash is not using our software and not affiliated to me in any way (other than the owner being a friend of mine).

          The biggest mistake I see with people using TE's is just what you did, dilute their campaign with small amounts of credits per exchange.

          The key is making sure you flood the exchanges your using with credits so you campaign is seen 24/7 over an extended period (of at least a month)

          Make the list of te's you use smaller and the campaigns longer for better success rates.

          Incidentally my company also has a large share of the viral mailer software market, so I also build lists around "how to best use viral mailers" and our ebook list builder regularly gets a conversion rate of between 2 and 4 subscribers per 1000 page views.

          when selling our software to that list (of freebie seekers) we make an average 2 sales a month of a $147 product, it doesn't stop there either because our business model is set around selling plugins for the software.

          The average sales/per signup per month is $79.76 on a total list of 426 buyers, all from Traffic exchanges.

          and that's just our viral mailer software funnel, not going to tell you what the scores are for our other products

          The thing here guys (and its the same for all traffic sources) don't look at the subscribe rates in isolation what's your end game?

          PS: that's a turn over of almost half a million dollars a year directly from TE campaigns on just one revenue source, That's not a bad result from freebie seekers. Now I deliberately said turnover because we have wages to pay and I have a partner too, but never the less that's not chump change.

          I agree my products are laser targeted to that group, and not everyone will have the same results. But done correctly with the right end game and its worth doing.

          Like every thing else in life if you do it half assed though your going to get an half assed result

          PPS: On your other comment about viral mailers being more productive, I agree to an extent they are. But not by much

          You see better personal results in them because your spending more time and effort getting it right,
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Been there done that 9 years ago. Many of us have started there clicking away lol

    If you are selling some kind of product not related to helping people get traffic, then traffic exchange would be like trying to sell ice to Eskimos.

    Most of the people there have 'one' focus in mind and it's not making money. They are currently focused on getting traffic. They initially started what ever they are doing to get money but they are now focused on traffic instead of the money.

    Makes sense but not money.

    Put something in front of them that will help them 'get' traffic and you can make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidbowie
    Very well put Alexa. I have use Traffic exchanges for many years and knew that my failure had nothing to do with the exchanges. It was what I was offering that was off and how to promote it.

    Funny how human nature works. When things don`t work, people tend to look at others for their failures instead of looking at self.
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    • Profile picture of the author mzakih
      If you are selling some kind of product not related to helping people get traffic, then traffic exchange would be like trying to sell ice to Eskimos.
      And so do credit-based safelists, right? People in credit-based safelists also there because they want to get traffic. When they come to our website, they do it because they want to earn credits.

      But I got far better results in credit-based safelists. I got 10 double opt-in subscribers and 1 sign up to a $1.75 bizz opp from 488 hits or 395 unique visitors. It's a hits-to-leads conversion rate of about 2.05%.

      In another test on safelists using the same squeeze page, I got 1049 hits and 11 leads. It's a 1.05% hits-to-conversion rate.

      But in traffic exchanges, using the same squeeze page, I got 3 leads from 12,087 hits. It's a 0,02% conversion rate. Don't you think the results are poor compared to credit-based safelist?

      I'm comparing them to credit-based safelists because I think credit-based safelists have similar type of members, i.e. people looking for traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        From my experience Link Exchanges are a HUGE waste of time. Maybe some have had different experiences.

        But I would stay away from them


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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    I use safelists and get better conversion rates than from traffic exchanges. They both work, Traffic exchanges will get you a lot of hits while safelists will take a little more time. But people from safelists are more targeted.
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  • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
    okay haha

    First, There are different types of traffic exchanges.

    - nearly all social media
    - ptc traffic exchanges
    - safelists

    more but idc bc I was just making a point and it looks like we are talking about ptc exchanges

    let's be clear. People at traffic exchanges...yes some want traffic, some want ptc earnings and referral commissions. Don't get confused though, PTC exchange traffic is BUYER traffic, believe it or not.

    BUT THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT TRAFFIC OFFERS OR SAFELISTS OR SOCIAL MEDIA OR
    LIST BUILDING OR ANYTHING EXCEPT.....

    PTC sites. getting paid to click ads. yes, some have bots that people use. some do not. In any case, promote other PTC sites. Clickbank has multiple PTC referral strategy guides that convert well on some PTC sites. They also have useful info inside about..getting ptc referrals. imagine that.

    so anyways I promote 3 different PTC sites and receive sign ups, earnings, and commissions.

    at one of them, here is my experience:

    high quality traffic
    I sold $3k+ of my own product
    Many many members get sign ups and sales to other programs [non-traffic exchange offers]
    I know some affiliates making sales from clickbank and clicksure
    I've seen an $8k commission at a PTC exchange [not mine unfortunately]
    Great community of marketers
    My own sponsor right now supports her family BC her husband is out of work
    I earn about $20/day and I am in pure profit
    + nearly 1000 active subscribers from list building efforts

    I don't want my post to get deleted, so no links thanks

    PTC traffic exchanges are simply one more rev stream. Yes I click ads for traffic and for the earnings and commissions, it kind of sucks but it doesn't take long and you also get lots of exposure to banner ads, practicing your copy, testing ads, trends, new programs, etc.

    My advice with PTC traffic exchanges is go big or go home. Let's be honest the PTC traffic exchange is for the PTC earnings and massive earnings in PTC come from massive active referrals [sales] and some team building [marketing training], but that's basically what I am doing everywhere else anyways.

    What I mean is that you should consider very thoroughly how to approach each traffic source and what
    your goal is. BC if it doesn't align with your prospects goals, you will not have much success.
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    • Profile picture of the author mzakih
      For me, well, I can't say that they do not work at all. In my test, for example, I got 3 leads from 12,087 hits. But they are very inefficient.
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    • Profile picture of the author benjamenjuan
      Originally Posted by sonjay View Post

      So.. is there a verdict..?
      Really man I posted that long post explaining everything.. for you to ask this question.

      If you want to do traffic exchanges do it. Jesus.

      some people have great experiences with traffic exchange
      some do not, bc they don't know the traffic.

      know your traffic. know what they want. give it to them.
      if your offer doesnt suit your traffic you might as well
      piss on it all. make sense to everyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalombos
    If you trying to use that type of traffic to buld list then it's good. Many people's there are newbie's of IM market so they are looking opportunity with IM newslist
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander Swift
    Incentive traffic sources like traffic exchanges are usually crap... just don't let them waste your time and effort!
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    Simple answer NO - there just NOT that targeted enough! You want targeted traffic not people who are just surfing to gain traffic to there own offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I've bought something from a traffic exchange once (trafficswarm), but i've never sold anything on them. I was going to buy something else on a traffic exchange too... it was a app/software that you can put on your site that limits the amount of times that people can click on your Adsense ads. This way competitors won't get you banned. Never bought it though.... switched business models and haven't looked back since. Plus.... i didn't like my homepage going to trafficswarm when i opened up my web browser.
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  • Profile picture of the author lowriskinc
    I got into traffic exchanges last year as an alternative to Google's Penguins and other hostile animals and it's been an interesting run. I also had an allergy to social media that I'm now taking medication for and I have under control.

    I would look into other alternatives for traffic (i.e. social media), but I did get some major benefits from my traffic exchange adventures, that I expect to show profit this year which will make up for last year.

    Traffic exchanges do expose you to "what's out there" and "what people are promoting" and that alone has led to huge benefits for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    If your using your own sites then they can use a lot of server space at your hosting company. It's cross promoting so the conversions are real, real low.

    Today if you want to work and be seen in the exchanges you are going to have to hustle. Either upgrade or spend all day and make sure to be running in at least 3 to 5 exchanges at once. Your going to have to test and optimize your content so it converts as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingofthesouth
    I would stay away from traffic exchanges. If a live person visits your site they usually can care less about what you offer. They are all about the credits.
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  • Profile picture of the author pilot47
    I remember I created a forum years ago and tried traffic exchanges.

    I was getting traffic but I wasn't getting any members...

    so I don't think they're any good.
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  • Profile picture of the author stavroscanlon128
    Originally Posted by Oliver Allen View Post

    I have been researching traffic exchanges like TrafficHoopla.com and wanted to know if anyone has had any success with real conversions and sales with these exchanges like TrafficHoopla.com, hit2hit.com or EasyHits4u?

    Oliver
    I have had pretty much no success using a few different traffic exchanges off and on over past few years, and that includes Traffic Swarm, Traffic Hoopla, and Easy Hits 4U.

    I have heard rumors of marketers paying teams of credit clickers to surf credits for them on a full time basis. I mean come on, if people find it necessary to resort to such tactics like that, what does that mean for the rest of us trying to click legitimately
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