late November 2010. "The US economy is completely in shambles.
All my friends who were working in the banking industry in Charlotte, NC
as Vice-Presidents are now delivering pizzas to each other part-time in
Hondas which they now sell to each other full-time. Yet my overall electronically delivered
product sales are holding steady!" (Dave Vasser) What is going on
when people won't buy a $28,000 car made in Detroit but will buy a $12
eBook made in someone's den? They are looking for hope. They
voted for "hope" in the last presidential election and will vote again
for a "NEW HOPE" in the next one.
thing that seems to be selling very well lately is bandwidth. When
a traffic exchange webmaster has one marginally successful traffic
exchange the next thing you know they are launching another and then
another and then another. All of them are pretty much cookie cutter
versions of their original site. I'm not trying to tell them how to
run their businesses but...seems to me that multiple versions of the same
exchange where the only differences are the button graphics, a few seconds on the
timer and different promo graphics is a page out of the "Department Of
Redundancy Department" operating manual. Why not concentrate on doing
one thing and doing it well? It would be great if exchange
owners worked on improving their existing traffic exchanges instead of just endlessly cloning
them. If a new exchange has new redeeming features like TOP TIER
TRAFFIC that is one thing, but if there are no improvements beyond window
dressing then why should we as surfers be impressed? A
perfect example of someone doing it exactly right is the long running STARTXCHANGE.
Tim Linden is developing new dimensions for his exchange all the time.
A true innovator who doesn't stand still. I'd rather surf one
growing, improving, evolving exchange than four different
versions of the same script.
OF TAINTED TRAFFIC EXCHANGE RANKINGS! These "rankings" might be
colored in a couple of ways. First, a NEWSFLASH! Some traffic
exchange owners also own some of the traffic exchange ranking services.
Naturally they will tend to favor their own exchanges and those of their
buddies. They can't help it. Don't let it fool you when every
now and then they throw a bone to someone who is not in their inner
circle just to make it look like the ranking is on the level. I'm
suspecting that these ratings are a case of the tail wagging the dog.
We surfers are the dog. Second, I take exchange rankings based upon
"votes" with a grain of salt the size of a deer lick block. George
W. Bush got elected twice as president of the USA. I rest my case
on trusting rankings based on voting.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? I find that some products work better on
some exchanges than others. So TRACK your results and find the
exchange that works best for each of your pages. My number 1 ranked
exchange might not perform as well for your product or sign up pages
because too many others are promoting the exact same thing there as you.
An A+ rating from me means it is working best for ME. Someone else
may be flooding an otherwise worthy exchange with the exact same
promotions I'm using and that of course dilutes results. If you
don't have time to spend on tracking then the next best option is to
SPREAD your traffic around by surfing lots of different exchanges.
I haven't quite figured out why yet, but I often have better luck with
some of my older products and sign up pages on newer exchanges.
it or hate it, website audio is here to stay! Audio works. It
is great. What bothers us mostly though is visiting a great looking and otherwise very
professional website only to have someone come on talking about their
business who has no
business talking. We've been hearing one man lately who has a
decent enough voice, but his scripting makes him sound ill prepared.
The website looks great but sounds bad. They might be a great web designer, or a very
accomplished and skilled marketer, but you could never tell it by
listening to them "uh and um" their way through their message.
it bluntly, a bad audio message can ruin an otherwise top notch website!
In these cases we just can't wait to click out and are too busy looking
for the mute button to read the message!
other hand there are some very well done audios and videos! These are done by
professionals. We suggest you try a professional voice artist
instead of recording your own.
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We believe a professionally produced
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one of the most effective!
Have you ever thought about
how silly anyone doing their own commercials looks on TV? Dr. Z's
Chrysler commercials come to mind as a good example. Or how about
those local furniture store and car sales managers in your town?
That is pretty much how you sound doing your own audio on your website.
And you've been wondering why nobody signs up?
Of course there are good
examples of a business person doing well in their commercials. Dave
Thomas of Wendy's comes to mind. But if you'll recall Mr. Thomas
didn't talk that much and a pro did most of the talking while
professional actors and production people made him look capable for the
brief moments he was actually on camera.
is your chance to STOP running off visitors with an
unprofessional audio message as you drone on. Go with a pro!
First the 12 Daily Pro debacle nearly shut down
Stormpay earlier in February 2006 with government investigations into
the financing of Ponzi schemes through the payment processor.
(See more below on 12 Daily Pro.) Then in
May of 2006 Paypal, the unquestioned #1 payment processor,
reinforced their terms to avoid a similar fate.
This Paypal terms reinforcement effort resulted in a few good things.
All reputable exchanges are changing their terms to bar any program
with any Ponzi or pyramid scheme type activity and especially the surf
for cash sites that require an investment to earn money. The
general consensus was that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck
and quacks like a duck then it is a duck. Paypal's new policy
meant long hours were spent by exchange owners carefully reviewing
every link advertised on their exchanges and removing anything remotely
Ponzi or Pyramid related. It also caused many exchange owners to
reexamine their own programs to remove any possibility that their site
could even remotely be perceived as a Ponzi/Pyramid/MLM/Get rich quick
plan. Some exchanges went so far as to eliminate multi-level
downlines and have gone to a single level referral downline. We
thought that move might have been an overreaction since no investment
was required and no money was paid back for those in your traffic
exchange downlines. You can not blame the owners for being overly
cautious and taking every action they deem necessary to protect their
business because plainly put, without the ability to accept Paypal many
exchanges would fail. We've never invested in Ponzi/Pyramid
programs and have always warned people about them not being a wise
investment, so we were happy
about most of this. Now the bad side of Paypal's terms
enforcement! Some people are getting hurt that probably don't
deserve it. On June 11th we received word via the Lots More Hits
Newsletter that "FUNNY FARM TRAFFIC" had their Paypal account frozen
and could not receive Paypal payments at that time. The newsletter printed
the following statement attributed to Paypal in relation to the action
against Funny Farm's account. "We regret to
inform you that we cannot overturn the limitation on your account. Due
to the violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy regarding "Pyramid,
Multi-level Marketing, and Get -Rich Quick Schemes", your account has
been closed for the operation of an Auto-Surf program..."
We never saw anything Funny Farm did in their operating practices that
remotely resembled autosurfing for cash, Ponzi or Pyramid activity.
This may only be the FIRST legitimate and reputable exchange to have
this unpleasant experience, or it could be the end of it. Who
knows? We are not saying the following infraction is what
happened to Funny Farm, but one thing exchange owners need to watch out
for is allowing autosurfer referral links on their sites. Paypal
could interpret this as promoting autosurfing for cash sites and this
is a violation of Paypal terms. Paypal has always frowned on MLM
activities of any sort, so this is nothing new. The Paypal
suspension of Funny Farm will have exchange owners scrambling to
protect their exchanges and their Paypal balances. So expect more changes to come and a few
exchange owners to just give up and throw in the towel as the webmaster
of Surfing Jockeys did on June 16, 2006.
Doug Williams was a pioneer in
the traffic exchange business and one of the most successful exchange
owners ever, having created four of the top 50 exchanges and numerous
successful moneymaking programs. We received word on May 25th,
2006 that he had died of a heart attack the preceding evening.
Our thoughts are with his family, co-workers and close friends who will
surely miss him. While we never met Mr. Williams it was apparent
from his outspoken emails that he was quite a character and those are
the type people that folks miss the most.
I for one will actually miss his emails which I always found
entertaining and informative, even when he was on a rant about some of
the stupid things people do in the exchanges and in business in
general. The exchanges he started were Viral Visitors, Lemming
Run, Clickaholics and Viral Class Ads. He also built several
other successful online businesses such as MoneyLegs and a web hosting division. We
wish we could thank him for all the hits over the years.
In early February of 2006 the auto-surf for cash with investment
required outfit known as 12 Daily Pro.Com was for all practical
purposes shut down when payment service Stormpay froze the 12 Daily Pro
account. With investigations in progress by Attorney Generals in at least two
states, GA & NC, and probably other governmental entities as well, I'd
say it is finished. Ms. Charis Johnson owned it. She lived
in an apartment in Charlotte NC. If she actually knows how to
invest money to make up to a 44% return every 12 days, which is what
her site promised to pay, then why did she live in an rental apartment
instead of a mansion in the affluent Southpark or Ballantyne communities
with the rest of the Charlotte investment wizards? Perhaps thousands of people lost a lot of money on 12
Daily Pro. The major TV news networks and local stations in the
the story bringing bad press to the exchange industry in general. The fallout from the 12 Daily Pro debacle brought the FBI, FTC and who
knows who all down onto Stormpay and shortly thereafter Stormpay discontinued
everything except their auction business.
The Traffic Exchange Directory has
compiled a list of known Cash Scam/Ponzi Exchanges. You can check
their list by clicking
Click Silo was the first traffic
exchange I joined in 1998, and the exchange with my second
largest downline. I didn't know much about what I was doing back
then, but I liked their simple and reliable design. In July 2004 the service just vanished. The "Vanishing
Exchange" has always been a reality of the traffic business, but usually it's a newer exchange that just never made money or has so many
technical problems it isn't worth fixing that vaporizes. When an apparently old standby
exchange like Click Silo goes belly-up maybe it is a sign that the business
is changing. Thanks Click Silo
for all the hits over all those years!
(sniff...sniff..) Now NO MORE HITS
has vanished too! It really is hard to believe that these
two great war-horses of the traffic exchange industry weren't
somehow profitable or at least salvageable.
traffic exchange you join has a "catch all" expulsion clause in their
right to expel you, ban you, suspend you, keep all your credits, your
entire downline, any cash you may have accumulated and you can do
absolutely nothing about it. By joining you agree to their terms
which clearly state that you have no recourse should the exchange close
your account. They don't have to give you a reason! Losing
the time you've invested building a downline and surfing for credits is
bad enough, but losing cash would make it even worse!
PLEASE, keep the previous
paragraph in mind before investing more money than you can afford to
lose in any "surf-for-cash" traffic schemes. It's a gamble in the
truest sense of the word and should never be considered an
investment. Just ask anyone that had thousands "invested" in the
now defunct programs. They'll tell you the same thing, only they
won't use such nice words to do it. One top ten
ranked autosurf-for-cash program, Cashits closed on June 22nd, 2004
citing "falling growth" as the reason.
"Don't ever risk more
than you can afford to lose! Instead of risky surf for cash
schemes, which are little more than a Ponzi scheme, I think
your money would be better spent buying Pro-Memberships in top
rated exchanges. That way, it is actually tax deductible as a business expense
and you know that you are at least getting something of value
for your money!" (David Vasser)
the fastest growing traffic exchanges have followed the lead of
and have combined gaming with surfing. Many find the maze
game addicting! That equals fast hits for the credits you earn!
They have just revamped the maze game. It appears that the size of
the prizes for finishing a maze has diminished somewhat, but it is still
fun and you still win hits.
Traffic exchange signups into our downlines have dropped off recently. This means only one thing, that the traffic exchange market has become saturated!
Exchanges are failing at a record rate. About the only way to get
any traffic signups lately is promote the newer programs. This
tells us that there are fewer new people coming into the traffic
exchanges. It has gotten very tough to get new
signups for the older top programs like
Hitpulse. Which is a shame because
Hitpulse is a dang good exchange.
reasons are many. A few include the fact there are over 1,000
exchanges out there, the SPAM explosion of the past several years has
turned some people completely off to the Internet altogether, collapsing
pyramid and "high yield income producing" scams like Shared Profits with
Blake Prater cooling his heels in FEDERAL PRISON, saturation of the older Internet markets such as the USA, Canada
and UK, cheaters using software that turns manual exchanges into
automatic exchanges, and the well publicized Federal Trade Commission
investigations into a few self appointed marketing "gurus" who gave web
marketing a black eye such as Frank Kern who was banned for life from the
Internet yet seems to still show up here and there.
However the primary culprit is that, in general, the Internet access
growth spurt is over in developed nations. On average 50,000 new users were logging
on each day for the first time from 1998 through 2002, but that figure is
now much lower. The growth of new users is now in mainly
third-world nations, the former Soviet republics and remote areas where
Internet service was not previously available. Another reason for
the slowdown is sputtering economies. People who are out of work or
are underemployed just can't afford to buy new computers or to keep
expensive high speed Internet access for very long. Nor can they
afford to buy your product or participate in your program.
"As the current job loss trend
progresses in the USA, the USA will have a negative Internet growth for
the first time! Negative growth means more people
abandon the Internet than log on for the first time. Some are abandoning
the Net for reasons that are not economic, including being fed up with SPAM
emails and all the other stuff that, for lack of a better word, is just
plain crap. It is happening right now and will continue until the
U.S. economy rebounds." (David Vasser)
However the Internet is far from going the way of CB Radio and 8-Track
Tapes in a business sense.
Billions of dollars are spent in online transactions. Each
Christmas is always the most successful ever for online retail sales.
The Internet dating and introduction services coupled with the seemingly
unstoppable growth of sites like eBay and Amazon proves there is still
life online year round. Home video rental giant Blockbuster saw
their earnings wither when the online Netflix service began renting
customers all the videos they could watch for one set fee per month.
Now Blockbuster has been forced to provide the same "all you can view for
one price" service. Meanwhile Netflix has developed
their new system to deliver movies via the Internet in video files
directly to the customer completely cutting the Post Office out of the
based US Insurance companies Geico and Progressive capture a larger share
of the auto insurance market each year. There is also room for the
new Esurance online car insurance company.
with all this growth in Internet sales totals on the retail and services
side, how do we bring new life to surfs? The
solution is simple! Bring new people into the traffic exchanges. Whether newbies
or existing Internet users. I'm talking about recruiting totally
fresh surfers! Sites with games like
go a long way toward recruiting and hooking
new surfers. But, that isn't enough. We encourage you
to use every tool you have to recruit new people into the exchanges and
into your traffic downlines!
Newsgroups, safe-lists and even search
submission are all good ways to educate non-users about the benefits of
using traffic exchanges. That is exactly why this site is indexed
with search terms like "traffic", "hits", "website
development" and "webmaster tools".
Traffic exchange users can only sell to each other and recruit each other into programs for so
long before it just becomes a big circle of the same people doing the
same things with the other same people over and over. Get out there,
recruit, educate and share your experience!
everyone only knew the fact that Google and other search engine giants
rank search results partly on the amount of traffic going to your site,
that would help. In short, a higher traffic ranking means a
listing closer to the top in the search results returned. When you
can accomplish that at no cost just by surfing, using traffic exchanges
becomes a no-brainer for webmasters and marketers.
"Hit exchanges work. But with more new people coming in they would
work much better!" (David Vasser)
welcome your suggestions and comments about how to bring more new people
into the traffic exchanges. Perhaps you've thought of something we