Do Traffic Exchanges Actually Work?

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I recently starting using some traffic exchanges such as traffic adbar and traffic swarm to get some new people to my website. It does slightly increase the traffic to my site, but not one of them have converted to a sale. I figured most people are only going to my site to earn credits so they can keep showing their site to others. So my question is are traffic exchanges even worth my time? Thanks for any advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author adsense786
    if your traffic ralated with your product it will work .. lot's of traffic dosnt mean sale
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    They can work very well if you're using them for well incentivized list-building, intending later to promote something specifically targeted at traffic-exchange users.

    Otherwise - obviously enough - they're not going to work at all, because targeting is everything.

    The world (and internet marketing forums) are full of people who imagine, mistakenly, that "they're crap traffic", and "they're not targeted". Those are generally people who have tried selling to TE users without list-building first, and/or have tried selling something not specifically targeted at TE users.

    That's why the majority of people, in the majority of threads here on this subject, tend to express the view that they're "no good"/"untargeted"/"hopeless", and so on, while others are quietly making large 4-figure or even 5-figure monthly incomes by using them (and no: I'm not talking just about their owners!).

    These threads are among the many recent ones which illustrate the point ...

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nges-work.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nightmare.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8222390
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7473346
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...uild-list.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html
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    • Profile picture of the author CSUViking21
      Thank you for the advice Alexa. I am a little confused about what your mean though. When you say they work if your using them for list building do you mean having an opt-in page to collect their information? Also how would you know what to promote to traffic exchange users when they consist of so many different types of people?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by CSUViking21 View Post

        When you say they work if your using them for list building do you mean having an opt-in page to collect their information?
        Yes - that's what their owners, and the people who use them successfully, all seem to say (have a read through the threads like the ones I've linked to above, and see for yourself).

        Originally Posted by CSUViking21 View Post

        Also how would you know what to promote to traffic exchange users when they consist of so many different types of people?
        They're different types of people who all have one thing in common: they're webmasters who want to attract traffic to their websites so they can make more money from internet marketing. Those are the traffic demographics. Don't try to use that traffic to promote something that isn't specifically targeted at webmasters who want to attract traffic to their websites so they can make more money from internet marketing! It's true that you might find the very occasional customer by selling oranges in a fish-market, but that still doesn't make it a sensible place to rent a stall, if you're in the fruit business.

        (But later, the thread will fill up with responses saying "waste of time" and "untargeted" - watch and see! ).
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        • Profile picture of the author CSUViking21
          Thank you for explaining that to me, I understand what you mean now. I don't think what I am promoting on the traffic exchanges right now is going to convert very well because it sounds like it needs to be something such as a system to generate traffic to websites to get the people interested.
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    • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      They can work very well if you're using them for well incentivized list-building, intending later to promote something specifically targeted at traffic-exchange users.

      Otherwise - obviously enough - they're not going to work at all, because targeting is everything.

      The world (and internet marketing forums) are full of people who imagine, mistakenly, that "they're crap traffic", and "they're not targeted". Those are generally people who have tried selling to TE users without list-building first, and/or have tried selling something not specifically targeted at TE users.

      That's why the majority of people, in the majority of threads here on this subject, tend to express the view that they're "no good"/"untargeted"/"hopeless", and so on, while others are quietly making large 4-figure or even 5-figure monthly incomes by using them (and no: I'm not talking just about their owners!).

      These threads are among the many recent ones which illustrate the point ...

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nges-work.html
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nightmare.html
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8222390
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7473346
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...uild-list.html
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...exchanges.html

      I think she has siad it all, And it would just be a waste of time and resources saying the same thing over and over again, since it won'y change anything or do any good.

      But I will say just one word:

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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Beware of people using hitbots to vacuum traffic from such systems. Hitbots are fairly common scripts. Relics of the old top list days.
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  • Profile picture of the author tiroberts
    Originally Posted by CSUViking21 View Post

    I recently starting using some traffic exchanges such as traffic adbar and traffic swarm to get some new people to my website. It does slightly increase the traffic to my site, but not one of them have converted to a sale. I figured most people are only going to my site to earn credits so they can keep showing their site to others. So my question is are traffic exchanges even worth my time? Thanks for any advice!
    In my opinion traffic exchanges are an extreme waist of time. They send junk traffic, people just looking to get credits and no one caring to optin anyone elses offer, as you mentioned.

    My advice to find another traffic source. In my experience, if you've been doing a traffic method for a while and you've not generated results. It's time to move on.

    The best kind of traffic is referral traffic from people you've built relationships with. Spend some time connecting with people here on WF. And then see if you can set up adswaps or rocket deals. That traffic will most certainly convert much better.

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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    Traffic exchanges for product selling and you still expect conversion? you gotta be kidding me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    From my experience most of the time they do not work. They don't deliver any quality, targeted traffic that converts.
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  • Profile picture of the author infernal199
    Traffic exchange wont work... they said it - "Rat Race"

    They will watch your website as you are watching their website..... both of you just getting traffic thats it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Oliver
      I have used traffic exchanges very effectively for
      generating leads for my MLM business over the years.

      Use a squeeze page, have an optin box, give something
      for free away. Once they optin then the work begins.

      Don't just try to sell them, market to them. Help them out.
      Build relationships.

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  • Profile picture of the author CSUViking21
    Thank you everyone for the advice! It didn't take me long to figure out that they are a waste of time. I will move on to another traffic method!
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  • Profile picture of the author arkina
    I think old fashioned exchanged with people who are in the same or similar niche work best. Then you are getting targeted traffic. Obviously, this does not have to be a direct competitor. But if you are both similar maybe they are giving info and you are selling a product or they are selling a similar product that would compliment yours, then you could help each other out and give each other credibility.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheCoach
      Certain traffic exchanges can be vey effective. There are some very good ones out there, as well as some that are worthless. The key is to test your offer on different exchanges. Also notice the type of ads that are being run on the exchange you have selected, and taylor your ads to those viewers. You may also want to see the demographics of your exchanges by plugging them into Quantcast.com. Good luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author webmacster
        Originally Posted by CSUViking21 View Post

        Thank you everyone for the advice! It didn't take me long to figure out that they are a waste of time. I will move on to another traffic method!
        Not all of them are a waste of time though.

        Originally Posted by Robert Oliver View Post

        I have used traffic exchanges very effectively for
        generating leads for my MLM business over the years.

        Use a squeeze page, have an optin box, give something
        for free away. Once they optin then the work begins.

        Don't just try to sell them, market to them. Help them out.
        Build relationships.

        Robert Oliver
        A good method that still works +1
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