What's adf.ly traffic good for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Needless to say, I will never use the website again.
      I purchased that as well. I got similar results. I spent $10, got 24K visitors, and only 4 subscribers. Probably wasn't worth 2.50/sub.
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      • Profile picture of the author nbanks
        I have never used ad.fly but the only thing i can think that something like this would be good for is to increase views on your articles, videos so that google will rank it higher. That is just my 2 cents lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author TiffLee
        Originally Posted by Steve Faber View Post

        I purchased that as well. I got similar results. I spent $10, got 24K visitors, and only 4 subscribers. Probably wasn't worth 2.50/sub.

        It is not worth it ... like, at all.

        But I was curious about the quality of traffic if you were to switch from proxy traffic to traffic from the US.

        Not worth my time, or money, to test it though.

        Makes me wonder how people were saying they got 200 subs overnight with the method?
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        • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
          Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

          Makes me wonder how people were saying they got 200 subs overnight with the method?
          My guess is that their ads probably pertained to, or involved the promise of firm exotic fruits. You know ... coconuts and stuff.

          I can't think of much else that'd have such universal appeal as to convert that well on random, untargeted traffic.
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          • Profile picture of the author TiffLee
            Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

            My guess is that their ads probably pertained to, or involved the promise of firm exotic fruits. You know ... coconuts and stuff.

            I can't think of much else that'd have such universal appeal as to convert that well on random, untargeted traffic.
            I'm assuming that "coconuts" equals big, ol' boobies ... correct?
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            • Profile picture of the author Norfolk
              Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

              I'm assuming that "coconuts" equals big, ol' boobies ... correct?
              That pretty much nailed it

              Are we a family forum???
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            • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
              Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

              I'm assuming that "coconuts" equals big, ol' boobies ... correct?


              (But you didn't hear it from me ... I'm British, you know! )
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    • Profile picture of the author espresso
      Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

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

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

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

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

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

    Originally Posted by George Kelly

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

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

      So, in a way it is targeted. I am guessing that the only use for it would be some one time use cheap black hat methods.
      The only time I saw adfly was tracking down a pirated product ... the black hatters would send you through adfly to the product and ads of course. I wouldn't touch it. I just got the feeling it's used by pirates and spammers.
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      • Profile picture of the author cardine
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        The only time I saw adfly was tracking down a pirated product ... the black hatters would send you through adfly to the product and ads of course. I wouldn't touch it. I just got the feeling it's used by pirates and spammers.
        You can still market products to pirates and spammers. Just you need to market them the type of products that they would want.
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by cardine View Post

          You can still market products to pirates and spammers. Just you need to market them the type of products that they would want.
          Good luck with that. As far as I'm concerned, the further pirates stay away from my products, the better.

          The type of products they want ... free, as in stolen.
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          • Profile picture of the author cardine
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Good luck with that. As far as I'm concerned, the further pirates stay away from my products, the better.

            The type of products they want ... free, as in stolen.
            I wouldn't recommend selling a product to them (or building a list).

            However, a Pay Per Install product from a CPA network would probably work. I'm pretty sure there are "Get Free Music" apps that pay $2-3 per install and I'd imagine they'd convert pretty well with adf.ly traffic.
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          • Profile picture of the author nig
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Good luck with that. As far as I'm concerned, the further pirates stay away from my products, the better.
            The type of products they want ... free, as in stolen.
            LOL that's funny coming from you. Stolen as in kinda like selling someone a niche blog, then going in and adding links all thru the site to your own website?
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    My own personal test of adf.ly is crap as well.

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

    I guess thats what happens when you target the 'file-sharing, free downloaders guys'
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      Originally Posted by Suthan M View Post

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

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

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

    Answer: Suckers. A constant turnover of them.

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

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

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

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

      My next move will be to get 10,000+ subscribers within 24 hours which will
      cost around $400 - $500 to run that much traffic. I'll keep you posted.
      Normally with regular internet marketing traffic my squeeze page converts
      around 70% so that's good to have
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      • Profile picture of the author JayWeir
        Originally Posted by TerranceCharles View Post

        I have used adf.ly several times and still do 2 or 3 times a month. I can
        tell you the traffic is not targeted so just about any squeeze page won't
        cut it. Everytime I spend $10 I usually average around 230 - 300 subscribers.

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

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

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

        My next move will be to get 10,000+ subscribers within 24 hours which will
        cost around $400 - $500 to run that much traffic. I'll keep you posted.
        Normally with regular internet marketing traffic my squeeze page converts
        around 70% so that's good to have
        Terence, what you've said is consistent with my experience. However, my conversions are about 140 subscribers for $10. Because of the level of traffic, I believe that you're better of hosting on a high performance server like Arvixe . I have found the subscribers to be responsive, but again I am in the make money online niche. Like you, i have spent the time to build a relationship with these subscribers.

        Tip - "turn on" the traffic to active from pause in the control section of adfly during 4 - 6:30pm on weekdays. I have found there' a high amount of traffic at that time. I think these might be people surfing the net before leaving work? They are more responsive to making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    its not targted, we always try things like this, and did get conversions, but they were so dismal we will not be using again. I would stay away, but that is just my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    From my experience it is lousy traffic, you may get some sign ups, but they don't looks like a real traffic. Even the people who sign up never get their account activated.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaybaker
    Interesting because I bought into a membership site(soon to be canceled) with the guru stating he paid $600 for over 3k optins and approx 3/4 mil visitors to his site over a weeks time...

    He was promoting his affiliate signup page for the membership site. Any ideas?
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    Apparently it's good for split-testing squeese pages as Adfly traffic like to optin... But nothing more.

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author oconn92234
    I read in a wso somewhere that the guy used it to drive visitors to a prospects website so the prospect could see in analytics that he was able to send him alot of visitors.

    Not my style for prospecting clients but the guy said he had success with it
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  • Profile picture of the author pex7
    I also bought a WSO claiming to use the site. I put up a crap squeeze with single opt in and got over 300 subscribers for about $27. I was so excited!.....Until I started mailing them. They are extremely unresponsive, and I haven't tried to sell a thing to them I've just offered free reports/value. I just did a new campaign with double opt in...not one opt in so far. My conclusion....that traffic is worthless
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  • Profile picture of the author royljestr
    I have been testing it with CPA offers and have been getting some conversions...but as with anything else you have to TEST TEST TEST!
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  • Profile picture of the author luckyshah290
    yeah you are right .... using adfly is just for the intention of adding the traffic rank to your site ... it can probably be good for new site .. SEO ..

    i have never used it .. and never will
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    • Profile picture of the author Caden Grant
      I used adf.ly to promote a MMO list and I did get 16 subscribers out of 40 total optins from 10,000 views. Still probably not worth it. I am using AdSense with it though and that seems to work decently.
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        • Profile picture of the author mzabiels
          Originally Posted by TiffLee View Post

          ... so, you bought that WSO too, huh? :p:rolleyes:
          I picked up that wso as well…

          Luckily I track my opens and quickly switched back to solo-ads.
          Adf.ly is great for building a very fast list in the mmo niche.
          That is of course if you are looking for a list of unresponsive freebie seekers from Vietnam who don’t even own a credit card…
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    Just saying, all you need is a hidden page on your blog with a "content locker" plugin. They share download and any extra traffic is re-directed to your homepage or another page on your site.

    Testing it out now actually?
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    have you heard the word "Cost Effective" ?
    Adf.ly is that kind of service. you can get tons of visitors with a very little investment. if you have a site and that can get 15000 visitors a month by investing 3/5$ what's bad ?
    you get the impression. and the conversion rate is very low. i think conversion form adf.ly is like getting bonus! for a new website it can be a great help and for the older sites investing 10 bucks a month is totally worth when you are getting 30000 visitors a month!
    that's why they still gets advertisers.
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  • Profile picture of the author fiero
    Or maybe ask yourself: "Have I ever clicked an adfly ad?"

    I know I haven't although some of the ads were in my native language.

    When the countdown starts I just open other tabs while waiting for the skip ad button to show.
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  • Profile picture of the author anpharmd09
    My experience has been that ad.fly traffic is largely useless. Like someone else mentioned here, I also purchased that same WSO about a month or so ago teaching how to use ad.fly to build an email list realy fast.

    I will say that I was able to build an email list of almost 400 subscribers within just a few days, but I had around a 20% unsubscribe rate, and I have yet to make any money off of that list via promotional emails that I have been sending.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaybaker
    Tested Adf.ly out and for optins it does suck. total of something like 24 at last count with only 2 confirmed subs...

    Bought the wso as well and figure at least the added bonus of the solo/ad swap sites are a plus but thats it...

    My results were for 15k views after having about 7k go to another page / sie for a simple survey for an idea i had on my site... interestingly enough got a little over a half a percent conversion so i will probably test out proxy server traffic next and then maybe only us, ca, uk traffic...

    would def work on getting youtube views...
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  • Profile picture of the author FunMakingMoney
    Well I just used it Will come back for updates to you guys on the quality.

    Maybe what you used it for is important. I mean for what niches...
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  • Profile picture of the author cardine
    You have to think about who the average adf.ly user is. They are someone who is clicking on an adf.ly link; usually used by a website owner trying to make money on a free download site (often illegal files).

    So what are these users willing to do? Download files!

    IMO it is a waste of time trying to build a list with adf.ly traffic, because these users aren't interested in entering their email, they want to download whatever they were getting to.

    Think about the ads on MegaUpload/MegaVideo (before they were taken down). I'd imagine ads similar to those would work well on adf.ly. And you never saw ads that were trying to build a list on MegaVideo/MegaUpload.
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  • Profile picture of the author Haris Tahic
    As I can see, there's only mailers and sellers posting.

    Pro tip: Try to use 1st page zip submit for general audience (iPad giveaway etc.)
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  • Profile picture of the author ddDonPaul
    i bought a few traffic packages from them, but it didn`t converts at all.
    i used if for the website in my sig, which is "making money with adf.ly".
    i thought that this will caught the attention of adfly users, but the conversion of the traffic was something like 0.01% lol...
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
      Originally Posted by ddDonPaul View Post

      i bought a few traffic packages from them, but it didn`t converts at all.
      i used if for the website in my sig, which is "making money with adf.ly".
      i thought that this will caught the attention of adfly users, but the conversion of the traffic was something like 0.01% lol...
      Paul, buddy, why do you have a sig on "how to make money with ad.fly" if you are saying it doesn't work??

      This is almost as bad as the website you were trying to sell here on the forum - the one with homeless people having sex at an South African park. :p
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    Update: Tried adfly and have since received 7 new subs. for a 46.6% out of 15k visits. Not bad but I think that its only for freebie seekers.
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  • Profile picture of the author incomemonthly
    It seems to me that it's more about the push to see a service that doesn't deliver. So you see the hype about them but as you can see by posts here the results people are getting with them are very poor.

    I prefer a poorly marketed company that you find by chance and has a killer service. Not easy to find but if you do and have a good list. You can make some good money getting the word out and then benefiting from their service as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    At adfly you can purchase real traffic or proxy traffic
    With real traffic you can get clicks (eg: adsense) from interested clickers but since traffic is not targeted to any specific niche you hardly get sales conversions

    Adfly real traffic is good for building up google page rank because of the varied ips of the visits
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    • Profile picture of the author cardine
      Originally Posted by aaaa33030 View Post

      At adfly you can purchase real traffic or proxy traffic
      With real traffic you can get clicks (eg: adsense) from interested clickers but since traffic is not targeted to any specific niche you hardly get sales conversions

      Adfly real traffic is good for building up google page rank because of the varied ips of the visits
      Adf.ly uses javascript and iframes. Unless I am mistaken, Adf.ly never links to your site, nor do any of the sites that link to Adf.ly

      As a result I think their links are mostly useless for SEO/PageRank purposes.
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      • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
        Originally Posted by cardine View Post

        Adf.ly uses javascript and iframes. Unless I am mistaken, Adf.ly never links to your site, nor do any of the sites that link to Adf.ly

        As a result I think their links are mostly useless for SEO/PageRank purposes.
        Out of all the sites that sell traffic, adf.ly shows the highest click rate in google analytics

        If I were to purchase 5000 hits, at least 3,500 hits would show up in google analytics

        I would think that is good for pagerank increase

        After running my sites through 30,000 visits for 1 month my pagerank increased by 1
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        • Profile picture of the author cardine
          Originally Posted by aaaa33030 View Post

          Out of all the sites that sell traffic, adf.ly shows the highest click rate in google analytics

          If I were to purchase 5000 hits, at least 3,500 hits would show up in google analytics

          I would think that is good for pagerank increase

          After running my sites through 30,000 visits for 1 month my pagerank increased by 1
          PageRank has nothing to do with traffic.



          Originally Posted by affhelper View Post

          No they don't link to you.....but traffic affects rankings
          No, it does not. Links, content, and domain authority effect rankings. None of those things are effected by traffic. Good rankings increase traffic, not the other way around.
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          • Profile picture of the author affhelper
            Originally Posted by cardine View Post

            No, it does not. Links, content, and domain authority effect rankings. None of those things are effected by traffic. Good rankings increase traffic, not the other way around.
            LOL you want to argue with me about that? Traffic does effect your search engine rankings ...in a big way actually.

            I have tested it many many times.
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            • Profile picture of the author cardine
              Originally Posted by affhelper View Post

              LOL you want to argue with me about that? Traffic does effect your search engine rankings ...in a big way actually.

              I have tested it many many times.
              I would love to hear of a statistically significant test you have done which has eliminated all other possible variables.

              Traffic does not impact rankings because traffic is not a metric that Google has complete access to. If I don't use Adsense/Analytics, Google has no way of knowing my traffic. So how can Google compare your site to my site when it doesn't have traffic values that can be compared directly? Or does Google hack into my servers to steal my server logs?
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              • Profile picture of the author affhelper
                Originally Posted by cardine View Post

                I would love to hear of a statistically significant test you have done which has eliminated all other possible variables.

                Traffic does not impact rankings because traffic is not a metric that Google has complete access to. If I don't use Adsense/Analytics, Google has no way of knowing my traffic. So how can Google compare your site to my site when it doesn't have traffic values that can be compared directly? Or does Google hack into my servers to steal my server logs?
                Ok, keep believing that. They do have ways of checking how popular your site is even if you don't have analytics or Adsense installed.

                I have bought traffic from Adwords before to sites with no backlinks and was able to boost rankings quickly. Even if I buy traffic from ad networks it has impact.

                Edit: You might also want to read this post:

                http://www.sugarrae.com/seo-sphere/d...o-rank-google/
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                • Profile picture of the author cardine
                  Originally Posted by affhelper View Post

                  Ok, keep believing that. They do have ways of checking how popular your site is even if you don't have analytics or Adsense installed.
                  What ways? Besides hacking into my server how could they possibly know how much traffic my site has?
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                  • Profile picture of the author MTVida
                    I've found one good use for adf.ly: Split testing squeeze pages for cheap.

                    Honestly, the leads that I've generated have been garbage. But with adf.ly, I can split test 5 different squeeze page designs for $20 or less, just to see what converts best.

                    I still do all the fine tuning by running high-quality, targeted traffic to my page, but doing my initial tests on ad.fly can save me from losing hundreds in the beginning.
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                  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
                    Originally Posted by cardine View Post

                    What ways? Besides hacking into my server how could they possibly know how much traffic my site has?
                    I'm not saying this is what they do, but here's one way they could do it: They have access to their Chrome browser and they know the market share it represents, so all they have to do is take the number of visits to your site by people with the Chrome browser and extrapolate the data to cover the general browser population.

                    For example, let's say Google Chrome has 20% of the browser market (I don't know what it is, this is just an example) and they see that you're getting 100 visits a day from people with Chrome. All they have to do is say 100 x 5 = 500 visits a day.
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        • Profile picture of the author Gijsbertus
          It is worth something ...

          But considered as ''cookie stuffing'' (‘transitional page advertisements’ is currently prohibited') by Amazon (amongst others)

          I had some real nice results (Amazon) but got banned .... and before I could cash in

          I warned the staff of Adfly about this and they put up a warning for all other members on their forum as to not come in trouble or to get banned.

          So my case study wasn't useless after all.

          The link can still be found here if you would like to check
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          • Profile picture of the author livo
            I bought a WSO from a well known warrior and it revolved around building a list via adfly,then directing them to affiliate offers.

            I built a list of over 6000 subscribers offered a free item first but only around 30 actually opened the email.

            Not only was it a waste of time and money my Autoresponder fees increased!
            When i confronted the seller he seemed to get angry and said i had not followed the instructions he had given me.

            I did everything he suggested, the system just did not work.So no more adfly for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author affhelper
        Originally Posted by cardine View Post

        Adf.ly uses javascript and iframes. Unless I am mistaken, Adf.ly never links to your site, nor do any of the sites that link to Adf.ly

        As a result I think their links are mostly useless for SEO/PageRank purposes.
        No they don't link to you.....but traffic affects rankings
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  • Profile picture of the author Robin Blinds
    adf.ly traffic is only good for increasing traffic stats to your sites, the traffic is not targeted enough to get plenty of optins or sales
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Berry
      My own opinion about adf.ly is very clear, it will give you enormous boost of traffic at random. Maybe a leecher, maybe some internet noobs, and some uploader of illegal file. But I am sure you can use it in the time of needs.
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      • Profile picture of the author swb338
        I don't know if this is Black Hat or not, but I stumbled upon a few things when I tried Adfly as part of a 3 step WSO I purchased...

        First, I got crappy results with my A-Weber autoresponder which is set to double opt-in. But I also have an account at Easy Pro Systems, which is easy to set up for single opt in. I went from 4 opt ins to hundreds of opt-ins.

        Second, I belong to a viral marketing system (similar to ViralURL). It gives you a cloaking URL that you use wherever you would show your regular URL like safelists, trafffic exchanges, PPC etc.... The URL has a slide up ad that shows somebody else's offer for a few seconds in exchange for some points. The points give you credits toward serving your ads as pop unders in other members' pages.

        These systems are a bit junky too, but they are a bit more targeted because you can choose categories of pages that your slide up ads will show up on.

        So, I used one of these viral URLs and cloaked a squeeze page for a popular e-book on list building. I got hundreds of opt-ins overnight from an $8 proxy traffic purchase, but what surprised me the most was a week later I opened my viral link membership and found I had hundreds of thousands of credits. Now I have 1.5 million which I could probably never use in my whole lifetime at the rate they get consumed!

        I have around 1600 opt-ins now in Easy Pro System and like everyone else says, they aren't buyers, but they do open e-mails and don't seem to bother opting out. I've made a number of sales from my viral ad system.
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        • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
          Aye Warriors

          Interesting to see this topic still going. I did a post about 6 - 7 months ago on adf traffic and after a lot of testing and money spent, here's what I can say. I've probably spent around $600 with adf.

          Adf is NOT a good traffic source anymore. About 7 months ago, it was producing some decent results with list-building and converting some smaller $7 - $10 affiliate products.

          But, after some more testing and tweaking. First you have to look at where the traffic is coming from. Adf traffic is mostly coming from blackhat forums and software bots that are setup to click on the adf links.

          You will get some conversions if you're using adf for programs that pay you for people to sign-up such as CPA etc. However, for Internet Marketing/Make Money Niche, adf is no good and I recommend you do NOT spend any money on their advertising.

          My last purchase from adf was about 4 or 5 days ago with a high converting free offer, paid back-end product and some follow-ups. I did get some opens but no sales at all.

          Most adf users are looking for something free, so they're not interested in purchasing affiliate products, and it has gotten worse because of the software bots blackhat marketers use to make money from adf.

          The only people really making money from adf are those that are using those deceptive tactics to promote their own adf links. If you're using ethical methods to promote your adf link, good for you, it's not a bad way to make some commissions.

          One of my most specific test was getting adf traffic to use their CORRECT email address. Most of the traffic use fake email addresses just to by pass squeeze pages etc, so I setup a way to get them to give me their real email address. Although it worked, the conversion from traffic to email to sales was a no go. You'll get some clicks but no sales, maybe 1 if you're lucky.

          So all in all, adf was producing results months ago, now it's really useless and the links have been banned from most places so bet on the traffic to produce no results. Do not try to build your email list with this traffic, you'll end up spending a lot more than you make as I did. It was worth testing though
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  • Profile picture of the author Ewan1998
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    Basically these-

    -Cloaking affiliate links
    -Shortening URLS
    -Earning a small amount of money
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  • Profile picture of the author iRunThis
    I've tested this in the I.M. niche, and the relationship niche (cheating spouse to be specific).

    I paid $6 for 15,000 views.

    I started brand new lists for this testing. For my I.M. niche (who doesn't wanna make money online) I got around 70 opt-ins, not a lot, but my squeeze page was nothing special. To be quite honest, it was terrible. $6 for 70 opt-ins, I'll take that any day.

    For the cheating spouse list, I bought the same service. $6, I now have about 130 opt-ins to that list. If you choose a niche that a lot of people are interested in (i.e. money, relationships) then you will see results. It's a pretty cheap service for $6. It doesn't sound like you have tested this too much, sounds like you're just making claims to me. If my I.M. squeeze page was any better, I could have quadrupled the opt-ins.

    I would actually recommend this to people that are just starting to build a list if you have any money to invest. It's a pain free, cheap way to start building your list.

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    • Profile picture of the author Tech19
      Every time adf.ly comes up, people will start talking about how many subscribers they generated from a campaign. Honestly I could give a flip about subscribers, are you making money? If you are using adf.ly I can already tell you, no you aren't. Why would I go spend $6 on 200 subscribers that I can't even profit from! Instead, I can spend $150 on a quality solo ad, generate 200 targeted leads, and get a 110-120% ROI on the front end and have even more sales on the back end...
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  • Profile picture of the author swayam
    I read in one of the WSO that the adf.ly traffic is good for download offers... I tried and advertised for 10K views for $20 and the result was $4 in earnings for promoting one of the $0.40 per download offer. After that I never tried them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    Let's put this to an end: nothing. Unless you need visitors to improve your Alexa rank which could be found on Fiverr rather than Adfly.
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    • Profile picture of the author LMC
      I made good money with ad.fly

      Actually really good money. If I remember correctly, utilizing some out of the box thinking, I made somewhere between $20k-$23k in total utilizing ad.fly

      Made it back in 2010 though so don't know if it would work now...

      With all these websites you need to milk them for what they are worth and understand the people viewing the ads, which are mainly, Get Paid to Click, Free Downloads, etc, etc...

      Basically what I did was create my own systems using PHP scripts, such as my own PTC website, and had a solid $20 offer for the sign up, built up a HUGE sign up database. However, had a required $50 payout.

      I had offers inside the site that would produce about $1.25 profit for me, and $.75 for them, they would have to fill out 40 or so offers to reach payout, so knowing the 20/80 rule I only had to pay out around 100 people.

      Site was doing well, but I didn't like to run the site so I sold it for $20k.

      AdF.ly, 7search, Bidvertiser, etc

      You just have to be creative, traffic is traffic and you can make money off of it. Heck... I've even made money off buying 100,000 visitors for $50
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  • Profile picture of the author blackhaikal88
    for it depends on the niche you are using..
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
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    from a consumer standpoint, i bet I can guess what adf.ly ads convert best!

    you guys ever seen those banners that are basically fake download buttons?



    I almost clicked on one while actually visiting an adf.ly link! Obviously I was looking to download a file...

    I thought to myself: "Self, you just almost clicked on that spammy fake download button banner! That means there must be tons of people not as smart as you who DO click on it!!"

    ... i think you guys could figure out the rest
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  • Profile picture of the author Jothika
    I think one should use adf.ly for increasing your PR through traffic directed to your website. Has anyone used it to make money by using their links? Last time I checked it was $5.40 for 1000 visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetrusted1
    Hey Norfolk,

    My personal experience with adf.ly campaigns......

    pretty dismal,.....in the sense that my clicks/conversions were horrible in campaigns directed at one of my health and fitness sites: TheIdealFitnessSystem dot com

    However,....I knew going into it, that the populous source was from a global general nature,....so spending the $80 for this campaign was somewhat worth the research.

    Basically, what I've discovered, is that the majority of the demographics of the actual traffic running through adf.ly are younger,...as in teens to early 20s...with little or limited spendable income.....

    Sooooo,...these may be targeted towards niches better suited for such social media type free-bee products, cpa offers, etc.

    I definitely do Not intend on doing any more adf.ly campaigns.

    Interesting questions you ask though..... I have yet to hear a clear definitive answer.

    Will follow.

    Respect.

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    • Profile picture of the author Marvinzombie
      Originally Posted by thetrusted1 View Post


      Basically, what I've discovered, is that the majority of the demographics of the actual traffic running through adf.ly are younger,...as in teens to early 20s...with little or limited spendable income.....
      What do you think to look for a CPA for children?
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  • Profile picture of the author AfteraDream
    There is big difference between proxy and USA traffic. Proxy is useless, USA one is ok. Tested it with couple adsense sites and it worked well sometimes. Depends on your CPC, if you promote offer that pays you 10 cents, no sense in that. If you get 1 buck then it can work. This is based on CTR of 1 percent which I had with Adf.ly. Paid 4 bucks for 1000 visits..

    You might be able to make it work with loads of testing. Esp. good CPA offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author nohypo
    I am going to try this, but it seems I neednt
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  • Profile picture of the author vivi62
    Hi Thanks for the info in this thread it has saved me a substantial amount of money finding this out for myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author vijai
    Simply get visitors and don"t expect conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author coalminer
    I am currently making a killing using adf.ly traffic..
    but could never let the cat out of the bag in these here walls..
    hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author ultimuw45
    Good to have information about Ad-fly as someone had promoted them sometime on WSO. It is always advisable to check forum reviews before plunging to purchase anything being touted. Valuable information indeed !
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  • Profile picture of the author timmylang
    With adfly, your best bet is to make an EXTREMELY interesting landing page that will force the users attention in that first 5 seconds.

    As far as direct linking, I once made a campaign directed at indonesia.. The traffic was so cheap, i just sent a random indonesian cpa offer to it... actually make a pretty good roi.. but it doesnt last for ever..

    Adfly traffic can also be good to boost your site in alexa, or sending views to a youtube video and things like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    Only thing its good for is to increase your visitor numbers, now that can have a negative impact, i.e a high bounce rate.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    i think most of you are missing the real answer.

    making money as a marketer is about connect people with something they value. or being a middle man and connecting advertisers with potential clients.

    You can either start with a product and go find ways to advertise to people who are likely interested in that product "targeted traffic"

    Or you can start with a market and think about what interests them. With adfly traffic, you can target pretty well by country. A few months ago me and another fellow turned some crazy big profit numbers using adfly traffic and "localized" hot button news stories along with cpa, content locking type of systems, social media and adwords or other similar service in other countries.

    We used several methods of monetizing the traffic, but we got their attention by advertising for "hot button" local news or local social issues that got people attention.

    I have been marketing a long time and i will say i was absolutely floored at the profit numbers we were able to turn for a few months.

    Honestly, i moved on because it was more work than it was worth to me at this point to chase down hot news stories in languages i don't understand...lol. but it was very doable.

    I will tell you that the secret service prostitute scandal netted us over 6 grand in under two weeks with almost no work at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
      Originally Posted by David Keith View Post

      Honestly, i moved on because it was more work than it was worth to me at this point to chase down hot news stories in languages i don't understand...lol. but it was very doable.

      I will tell you that the secret service prostitute scandal netted us over 6 grand in under two weeks with almost no work at all.
      Now there's an absolute contradiction if I ever saw one. So which is it?
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      • Profile picture of the author David Keith
        Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

        Now there's an absolute contradiction if I ever saw one. So which is it?
        well mike, in short you mixed two comments and took them out of context. in the second statement i was specifically talking about the secret service prostitue story.

        That really wasn't work for me in that one small experiment involving that one issue. That was primarily an english language story which i am pretty good with. However, my experimenting was much more involved than that one test.

        But finding other "hot" stories in other languages to exploit in a similar fashion is much more difficult if you don't speak the local languages. Region and thus language is the only targeting you can do with adfly.

        so when an english based "hot" story broke in at a perfect time for us in a country that i could target reasonably well with adfly regional targeting, it was a no brainer.

        thus, for me to personally exploit adfly in other countries i would need an english language story to be front page news in a country/region i could target with adfly. Otherwise it would involve me building a team of people who speak various languages to find and exploit such "hot" topics.

        Also, this sort of thing is very temporary. The hot issues and things people are very pashionate about on social networking sites changes almost by the hour. thats a rate of change i can't keep up with in english much less languages i don't speak or understand.

        My point is that the traffic can absolutely be used to make a good deal of money. But trying to promote an evergreen(ish) niche like make money or weight loss via lead capture and followup is a tough way to utilize that traffic. In my opinion, if you are planning to use the traffic in that manner it is mostly junk traffic.

        The "hot story" scenario is absolutely not worth it to me at this stage in my business and life. I make more than enough to feed my Dr.pepper addiction in other ways that involve far less work these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    I personally wouldn't use it.

    The first thing I notice when using Adf.ly is the nature of the current advertisements.

    Some of them are fine. But, a lot of them are incredibly spammy. You wouldn't want your site associated with them, would you?

    Also, try to get in the mindset of anyone clicking an Adf.ly link. They want to access some site. They do not want to see advertisements. Their eyes stay fixed on where the button to skip the ad will appear. They rarely ever pay any attention to the ad.

    Just doesn't make sense to spend money on an advertisement source such as that.
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  • Profile picture of the author David G Ford
    I have seen the traffic stats from adf.ly used to escalate the value of sites for sale on Flippa etc and it is certainly claimed to help with SEO if you spread the traffic out daily but the bounce rate would kill you )
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    A lot of people who sell courses on Secrets to getting Traffic use Ad.fly to pad their numbers before they sell the course. This traffic is completely and utterly useless...
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! Yeah, I personally think, based from my experience, it's really useless. i just don't know why they still have advertisers. I mean, It's really useless and just a piece of junk.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hasanabd
    If you want the analytics to boost yes , but this is not targeted traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author Aswad
    Adf.ly are good for testing your squeeze page. split testing using adf.ly is a good idea before buying real targeted traffic.

    Most of users that have adf.ly ads display when they try to download something from file uploading service. you can see why it is not targeted at all.

    But for testing out your offer, it could be use in a good way. you see this users looking for free stuff and most of them are untargeted. If your offer can attract their attention, It will work more with targeted people insanely.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doiron
    Well you folks know a lot more about Adf.ly than I do. I never paid any attention to it until about a week ago. I decided to test it out in a very minor way.

    For whatever it's worth I can tell you this without getting into details:
    In the last five days of May, I paid Adf.ly $17.38 and it returned $235.30. So $217.92 profit.

    Today, June 1, so far on this little experiment, I've spent $1.68 and my revenue is at $23.35.

    As far as I can see, it's worth pursuing.

    But I can certainly see from previous comments that it won't work for everything. I would guess that using it to promote Clickbank products might be a waste of time, for example.
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulBaker
      Originally Posted by Doiron View Post

      For whatever it's worth I can tell you this without getting into details:
      In the last five days of May, I paid Adf.ly $17.38 and it returned $235.30. So $217.92 profit.
      I hope your experiment doesn't include adsense Doiron because that's the sort of figures you can do with adfly. It always ends badly though
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I have bad luck with them or I just dont know how to convert them. I have already wasted more than 100$ on them testing various pages and elements. Not worth an effort IMHO
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  • Profile picture of the author fenixpro
    Yes, Adfly can build subscribers to a decent opt in page. I too had 140 out of 10K. But they are basically worthless (for my product and funnel anyway) on the backend. If you know what you're doing with untargeted traffic however, there are possibilities. A lot of the big guns use cheap traffic like this and have super smooth and tricked out funnels that convert like a mf.

    One thing I've heard (and it makes sense) is that the best use of adfly is for building fans/followers to a page/account and/or possibly making one of your pages go viral. The monetization would then come from the social page or email list down the road after your social 'funnel' had qualified them more.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I have bad luck with them or I just dont know how to convert them. I have already wasted more than 50$ on them testing

    various pages and elements. But so far only 13 conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary336
    Have you ever tought from here that fiverrs and other gig sites seller offer 2k-3k visitors to any sites for 5 ??
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  • Profile picture of the author Dalen
    It is useless and without interest this traffic... I do not want to hear about this site
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  • Profile picture of the author yodabear65
    This is what ad fly is good for I use ready made sites I build for free from
    "constant cash machine" you can Google that. then that site is optimized with Google.
    I then run that through traffic ad bar. Take that link to ad fly. double your money from Google. How long can this last?
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  • Profile picture of the author aaron86
    I tried using Adf.ly for traffic but this Adf.ly are not pointing to your target sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author KingMedia
    WORD OF CAUTION: If you use adfly to boost your adsense, then be prepared to be smacked for "invalid clicks". This breaks the 3 general rules of adsense publishing.

    Sure, it may look like you're getting away with it, but they know...
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Maybe Adfly is good for people making traffic generation courses who want proof when they log in and show their traffic stats. I had no success with Adfly. Maybe there are people killing it with Adfly out there. How?
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    • Profile picture of the author dragoneye
      Subscribers from Adfly looks for free downloads, they rarely make a purchase.
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  • Profile picture of the author crossbones
    To me it just sounds like it is not good for people selling products but still could be good for people who are just trying to add members to their website. Is that a fair assessment?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan3
    Absolutely nothing in my opinion. Unfortunately i learned the hard way after spending 50 dollars on that traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron J Curtis
    I would say it'd be good for non-targeted stuff like competitions to win cool prizes, ringtones, games sites, dating sites and physical goods like Tv's, cars etc etc.

    Adlfy says they are currently working on a targeted advertising system.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    Adfly is only good to impress your customers with bunch of hits, nothing more than this. I hope you got my point.
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  • Profile picture of the author jumanorbert
    I've also tried adfly traffic in the past and it was very poor..If you're selling products then i think that's a very poor source of traffic. Maybe it can work for freebies and such promotional offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketinguk
    As many other Warriors here have correctly pointed out ADF.LY traffic is useless I have never heard from anyone that they got a good ROI from their traffic. My advice would be to stay well clear.

    Joel
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  • Profile picture of the author ToBeFree
    I spend $10 for 25,000 proxy visitors and get around 200 optins every time for my free offer. Then I include that list when doing ad swaps to grow other "real" list. I have spent $100 for an adfly list of 2000+ that has a 3% open rate that has in turn made me a fresh list of an additional 2000 ad swap optins that DO BUY.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    ad.fly didn't work well for me with a squeeze page, but I got a couple of conversions on CPA offers with this traffic.

    I didn't make any profit but I'm sure that if you were to test enough offers it could be profitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author javari
    I used adf.ly with a method offered by a warrior to his list of previous buyers. A kind of shady way to get lots of traffic to Adsense sites (redirected). Worked like crazy. About $125 a day! Only one problem... My Adsense account was closed in little over a week.
    Was a reduce credit card debt site BTW.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I've made some money with Adf.ly promoting email and zip submit CPA offers, but the margins were never great.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Millard
      I was wondering if adf.ly traffic is good for something I ordered $100 of worldwide visitors I got 64 opt-ins and 2 confirmed and 13 unsubscribed that means 49 didn't get the confirm email or disregarded it. Needless to say I will not use them again.

      I wonder if it will work with clickbooth CPA offers that are those subscribe and get a laptop/ipad/phone. I tried getting in on clickbooth and they didn't accept me.
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      • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
        Originally Posted by Steven Millard View Post

        I was wondering if adf.ly traffic is good for something I ordered $100 of worldwide visitors I got 64 opt-ins and 2 confirmed and 13 unsubscribed that means 49 didn't get the confirm email or disregarded it. Needless to say I will not use them again.

        I wonder if it will work with clickbooth CPA offers that are those subscribe and get a laptop/ipad/phone. I tried getting in on clickbooth and they didn't accept me.
        Drop optin confirm with AdFly traffic. Your opt-ins will soar.
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  • Profile picture of the author SugarKisses
    I've used adf.ly in the past.I will never use the website again
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  • Profile picture of the author espresso
    I was talking to someone here last year who used adf.ly to build a list
    He was using world wide traffic and getting about a 25% optin rate
    No idea if he ever made ant cash off it though
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  • Profile picture of the author alvincampbell
    if the traffic doesnt convert then quickly try to find another source it will make your life awhole lot easier trust me.
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  • Profile picture of the author curly sue
    good for nothing. i think they are closing down, total rip offs!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
    I spent $28 for 40,000 worldwide views. I got a total of 27 opt-ins. Pretty good right?
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    • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
      Originally Posted by nicolasmd2112 View Post

      I spent $28 for 40,000 worldwide views. I got a total of 27 opt-ins. Pretty good right?
      That's almost a dollar per opt-in!
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  • Profile picture of the author tuti
    not good for opt in,
    but ok if you want to add visitor stat.
    we need to find a loophole here mate!
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  • Profile picture of the author OgleDirect
    Anybody try adf.ly with 7search? It might work. They are not as strict as AdSence

    Also, should I try to promote my squeeze page with adf.ly? Here is my link makemoneyonline.2fear.com
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  • Profile picture of the author carldavies33
    Basically, you want to be capturing leads so you can promote or market your primary business. Personally, I've never had much success with them. Leads are not targeted enough for me and the open rate is awful. Some people are having success ... Just not me. That's why I stopped using there service.
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