|Traffic Exchanges - Badges Versus Boredom|
|Dawud Islam | January, 13 2018 05:02 AM | Comments (2)|
|OK, so everyone has their theories and ideas about traffic exchanges, and so this post might be a little bit controversial. Just to clarify one point for the benefit of any absolute newbies reading this: A traffic exchange is a website whereby you can view other peoples web pages offering opportunities to make money online, or attempting to sell their products or services. In return, by viewing their pages, you earn credits which can then be used to get people to view your pages.
There are many variations of traffic exchange and each site uses different methods to keep users 'engaged'. The 'timer' on sites, which is the amount of time you have to look at a site to earn credit before moving on to the next one, varies greatly from site to site. At some sites it can be as low as 5 seconds, at others as high as 20 seconds (or even 60 at Sweeva, which is a bit of an unusual exchange). By upgrading your membership in these sites from a free to a paid member you can reduce the amount of time you have to look at sites, and you can also gain free credits without having to surf for them.
Most sites have some sort of competitive element to them, by way of competitions or games to keep you entertained whilst surfing. A lot of sites are also signed up with other sites to take part in promotions that run across several traffic exchanges. One of the most famous of these is the Click Track Profit program (see the banner ad on the right to join) which offers badges for every 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 pages surfed at an individual site and gives you the opportunity to save these and earn rewards and incentives, including cash.
Other sites, such as the Cash Surfing Network and TE Command Post, offer incentives if you surf several exchanges at the same time. Click Track Profit also offer a version of this called 'Nerd Surfing'. There are also programs such as Traffic Browser which enable you to view multiple sites at the same time.
So, what should you as an affiliate or internet marketer be looking for from a traffic exchange? Surely, you would think, the best experience would be a site where I can get in and out in the shortest possible time to earn my credits and with plenty to keep me entertained whilst I am there? So, a low credit timer and loads of competitions and games, right? Well, maybe. At the end of the day, what is a traffic exchange actually for? It is to get people to sign up for your mailing list or to get them to join your program or buy your product. Do you think they are likely to see enough for them to do this in 5 seconds? What about if they are constantly distracted by flying objects to click on to win prizes? Or if their motivation for viewing the ads isn't to seek opportunity but to collect badges and win prizes and cash?
That is one of the reasons why, to this day, Easy Hits 4 U remains one of the highest converting traffic exchanges on the internet with the highest number of regular daily users. But, I have to admit, it is incredibly boring, tedious even. Even as an upgraded member of the site, which I am, you still have to watch ads on a 15 second timer, for free members its 20 seconds. There are hardly any games (a prize draw every 25 ads surfed and a few random awards), no badges and certainly no flying pizzas! But it works. You see, with very little other options available, those on the site have little else to do but actually watch your ads. And in those 20 seconds of tedium they may actually read something or hear something that grabs their attention. I hate to admit it, but I have probably joined more programs from this site myself than from any other traffic exchange, even though I actually dread going there! I am online to make money, not to play games as much as I enjoy them, so if it brings in revenue it has to be my number one choice. It is no surprise that two of the other highest converting exchanges, Traffic G and Hit2Hit, are almost equally as tedious.
Boredom is good. Boredom brings results. Boredom makes money.
See you at the TOP.
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