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Trading Traffic

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1:39 am on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Where can I learn more about this method of generating traffic?
4:33 pm on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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when you say "Trading traffic", what are you referring to exactly? do you mean link exchange?
5:09 pm on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Below are quotes from an article I read to explain "Trading Traffic":

"Traffic trading is one of those… and it's how 80% of my adult traffic was generated.

Currently, this is common practice in the adult industry alone simply because I don't think that other industries understand the concept or are somehow afraid of passing their traffic onto others.

The concept is simple, you send me a visitor and I send you one back

Generally, this occurs through popups, unders, and exit pops. You often see so many (14-20) on bigger sites because that's their way of passing traffic back to their partners that sent them traffic in the first place.

Now, before you get excited about this, you must understand that it takes a community to make this work… and content sites.

The traffic can be delivered to you via text links, pops (all flavors), links pages, etc."

I figured you guys would know how this works.

3:56 am on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I see that often in my niche, although my niche is not adult-related.

When I check the links of competitors' sites, I often find them linking to each other. It doesn't take a super sleuth to find out that the sites are owned by the same company. Same company, different URLs, different site names.

7:04 am on Aug 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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should trading traffic be considered a black hat strategy?
3:17 am on Sept 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I say that trading traffic is not black hat. I've had a strategy of trading traffic with two sites from my site for several years and have not been penalized. I trade home page ad links with a topically similar but non-competing website and also a site who offers the same products I do, only they are in another country (which I do not ship to).

These relationships are healthy because in both cases, neither site competes with mine yet we send a good amount relevant traffic back and forth in addition to the SEO benefits of our similar topics.

9:00 am on Sept 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Not black hat, but any kind of popups are very ignoring from a user perspective.