Are the ad.fly ads useful?

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Are the ad fly ads useful?

Who are visiting these ads? Is it going to any target audience of any kind?

If NO, then what can these types of ads be used for?

Any experienced answer?
#adfly #ads
  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    This can be used only for to impress your clientele website with bunch of hits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert H Cwik
    I don't know about others, but when I click the link to an offer and my screen gets filled with the ad.fly screen, I simply close the window. Someone has just lost the chance to sell to me.
    Putting anything between your link and your landing page is not the best idea in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Dunstan
    Hundreds of thousands of people use adfly simply as a url shortener. Often they don't realise that if people click that shortened link they will first be taken to an interstitial ad. The point is, as long as people use adfly to shorten URLs, and then promote those URLs, others will see the ads. However, by the very nature of this advertising - it is scatter gun advertising. It is a numbers game rather than being targetted. You are interrupting what people were looking for and showing them your ad first. As Robert says, this often just gets closed straight away like many other popups. However, if your ad happens to be targetted to the same kind of thing as the original offer they were looking for, then you stand a chance of getting people to stop read and sign up.

    As most people using url shorteners are affiliate marketers hoping to cloak their affiliate links, the IM market is often the best thing to use adfly for. People have hit the link looking for a make money opportunity and are taken to your make money ad.

    What makes adfly good is the fact that you can get SO much traffic for so little. Be careful with your servers - shared servers simply cannot cope with that bandwidth usage. You are pretty much guaranteed to get opt-ins for an IM offer, especially if it is a free report or similar (Paid offers are not as effective).

    However, this kind of scatter-gun traffic does not particularly convert well into sales in follow up emails or even click throughs for ad-swaps. I am pretty sure that many false email addresses are used, or people use email addresses they have set up specifically to get the free report and then never check again. This is a problem with all email marketing at the moment, but is a particular problem with adfly traffic it seems. You can get 400-500 subscribers overnight, but many of them will not click again.

    So what is my advice on using adfly? Should you not bother?

    Well. The traffic is cheap so that is a real positive. It takes some work, but this is my advice:

    1. Use the worldwide and proxy traffic ans it the the most cost effective.
    2. Direct your traffic to a squeeze page not a sales page.
    3. Use single opt-in
    4. Have 6 or 7 emails in a follow up series on your autoresponder which have top quality content and high converting subject lines.
    5. Offer another free report on email 4
    6. Send a paid offer in email 3 and 7
    8. Set your auto-reponder up with automation to transfer any buyers onto a new list.
    9. After the sever days are up, go through and delete all those who have never opened a single email. Yes - really. They are costing you money by being on your list but not clicking or buying.
    10. Start the process again

    This will, in time give you a quality list built entirely through adfly. Once you have a list of around 500 who actually click through regularly, you can start adswapping and building much more quickly for free.

    Good luck

    Paul Dunstan
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    • Profile picture of the author MackSell
      i tried that for list building purposes.
      It was make money online niche,I bought 2k traffic and got 5 subscribers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Dunstan
        Originally Posted by David Watson View Post

        i tried that for list building purposes.
        It was make money online niche,I bought 2k traffic and got 5 subscribers.
        This must have been a poor squeeze page or offer. You should have got way more than that.

        I agree with others that adfly is mostly freebie seekers. That is why I suggested using it only initially and culling loads of poor subscribers until you had a quality list. At that point you need to move onto ad swapping or solos.

        Personally, I don't use it any more at all - but it was useful to kick start a list from scratch.

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        • Profile picture of the author doshmachine
          Originally Posted by Paul Dunstan View Post

          This must have been a poor squeeze page or offer. You should have got way more than that.

          I agree with others that adfly is mostly freebie seekers. That is why I suggested using it only initially and culling loads of poor subscribers until you had a quality list. At that point you need to move onto ad swapping or solos.

          Personally, I don't use it any more at all - but it was useful to kick start a list from scratch.

          Paul
          I agree - the only real sign up your gonna get here is to get rich quick or IM for beginners squeeze pages that appeal to a wide range and their first emotion.

          There is no real follow up potential here though.

          Adf.ly is useful for CPA though for this very reason

          It is also useful for generating viral traffic to get your site noticed when it is first launched - if you use the right hook and social media sharing strategy.
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      • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
        Originally Posted by David Watson View Post

        i tried that for list building purposes.
        It was make money online niche,I bought 2k traffic and got 5 subscribers.
        This is the problem with ad.fly. You will have a lot of traffic but neither they will be useful nor they will subscribe or buy products from your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalwarrior
    All the blackhaters and freebie seekers visit adf.fly!
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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Christiansen
    I don't think they're useful..I actually tried ad.fly but just didn't like it...it does seem to attract blackhatters and people promoting freebie sites. They're not useful for serious online businesses
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  • Profile picture of the author HansDavid
    Adfly traffic is ****.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    I've tried this for promoting my squeeze page as well and got 1 subscriber from 1200 hits... lol.

    I've also tried CPA offer walls and didn't make any money with that either.

    I'm convinced there is some way to make money with this traffic, I just haven't found it yet.

    I think there might be some way to do it with the banner option though, as I bought 5000 impressions and only got less than 100 each day.

    This suggests that this option is more competitive and other people may be having some success with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    I've actually tested it on my Squeeze page and it's junk. Yeah sure you'll get the optins but they'll never buy anything.

    You'll also receive a massive spam rating that will in turn annoy your autoresponder service.

    In fact Aweber almost shot down my account because of it.

    Conclusion: Stay away, it's cheap for a reason (Hint: 'cos it's junk!)

    James Scholes
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    • Profile picture of the author deelouise864
      It depends on what the demographics are, I contacted their customer service department and asked. The only stats they had was most users were male ages 18-30. So, I bought 10,000 world wide users for my Survival Games directed at gamers. I recieved 28 emailssing-ups for my free report and promptly 11 unsubscribed after getting the report.

      Would I recommend it to anyone...NO!
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      • I have used adfly to drip traffic to my sites so i can build links to them. Other then that adfly is useless for getting quality traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ewan Lumsden
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    They have no real use to be honest. They don't convert well at all. Some people use it to get loads of hits to their site just before they sell it, which is actually blackhat. Your better off buying Google Adwords etc if you want conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I used them for normal visitors to my links. They don't convert very well but sometimes they do.
    Go for global traffic in here.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    adf.ly advertising has only one use, and its wrong.

    build a cheap massive untargeted list and do ad swaps with a good list and then selling solo ads.

    thats it, and its wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aswad
    Junk traffic. bad experience with them. My list build with ad.fly ads not responsive at all
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  • Profile picture of the author shintaiguy
    Adfly is a poor place to get traffic. The Us users are expensive and freebie seekers you are better off buying quality solo ads, most of the other Adfly users are from Arabic and Asian countries. You can market to them all day long but they cant buy because most are unable to get paypal or access to a credit system.

    I simply wouldn't bother
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  • Profile picture of the author blaugrana
    actually, adf.ly it's just to boost your website visitor and increasing alexa. The visitors are not target people. Maybe you can just target countries.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Yeah I think most people on this Forum have probably used ADFly at some point.

    When I first used it I received a lot opt-ins but once they were on my list nothing happened so it is like having a load of people in your store who are just "Tyre Kickers" and are not really interested in what you have to say.

    It all comes down to quality VS quantity.

    If you have 10-20 opt-ins a day (which is excellent) that are quality and targeted, you are far more better off than having 100's a day that are poor quality.

    If you want to pay for traffic then you should be looking at Solo Ads really. They are far more targeted and can boost your list numbers in no time if you use them once a week.

    Hope this helps & good luck my friend!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author seomachester2011
      Originally Posted by gcbmark20 View Post

      Yeah I think most people on this Forum have probably used ADFly at some point.

      When I first used it I received a lot opt-ins but once they were on my list nothing happened so it is like having a load of people in your store who are just "Tyre Kickers" and are not really interested in what you have to say.

      It all comes down to quality VS quantity.

      If you have 10-20 opt-ins a day (which is excellent) that are quality and targeted, you are far more better off than having 100's a day that are poor quality.

      If you want to pay for traffic then you should be looking at Solo Ads really. They are far more targeted and can boost your list numbers in no time if you use them once a week.

      Hope this helps & good luck my friend!!!

      Would ad fly convert like for say a free dating site?
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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    Yeah these kinds of adds can be annoying. I see why people who promote the ad.fly links make money though.
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  • Profile picture of the author bjking
    Hi Guys,

    I have also experimented with it. Had great success using it for CPA email submits. Cant see any other commercial reason to use this form of advertising
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    • Profile picture of the author sigurdur
      This is one of the most annoying marketing method ever, IMO.

      I've seen this used as a middleman between a youtube video and an illegal download for some software.
      I don't think I would ever advertise there personally...
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Normally, I'd like yo press "skip the Ad" rather than click whatever on the page
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
    waste of time and money, what can we do with un-targeted traffic?
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