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A few weeks ago, due to a slow summer, and in a desperate attempt to increase traffic to get prospective clients and leads, and also have some spillover clicks on my AdSense ads, I joined <snip>.
Athough both work differently, these are basically free traffic exchange services whereby you are able to advertise your links. The more you surf, the more credits you get, and the more your ads are shown. Yo ucan also create downlines, although I haven't done that. So far, I'm not impressed at all, because although I do get some traffic I wouldn't otherwise get, it seems everyone is surfing to just get credits and you don't really get people paying attention to your site. Also, while there are some interesting sites and legit. businesses, it seems that 90% of the ads are MLM schemes and scams.
I would however, be interested in what others have to say about these types of "free traffic" programs. Or if there are any decent ones out there that actually work in terms of getting you targetted leads.
[edited by: mack at 2:30 pm (utc) on Sep. 14, 2005]
[edit reason] Removed company names. [/edit]
These schemes along with banner exchanges used to work very well, although not so well lately. I feel that the only real gainer in those programs is the exchange owner.
Are there any traffic exchanges that are not based on a third party benefiting, that actually work? What I mean is, other than the usual methods like reciprocal linking?
As for traffic exchanges showing banners I've always had the strategy to display the website URL and name in them. This is to build a brand and so that the URL sinks into people's minds. However the click-through rate I've had through banner exchange programs has been very slim.
Mainly because I have Zero contorl over what site is going to pop up to my visitors! Sure there are rules about no porn sites joining the traffic exchange but--those porn sites have managed to go a few hours...and even a weekend here or there before being removed.
I have decided that traffic exchange is a rather risky business for me!