Trying hard to get traffic to your website?
Trying hard to get traffic to your new web site or to your gateway pages for an affiliate marketing program can be tough if you are only starting out and have little marketing capital to spend. This text will explain how you can use traffic exchanges to get a steady stream of visitors to your site, without having to break your bank or spend hours at a time clicking away to get credits. In simplistic language, a traffic exchange is a place that you can join and view other members webpages in return for having your own page viewed. Each time you view another member’s web page for a period (e.g. 15 seconds) your balance of credits increases. Every time a member views your webpage for the same time period your credit balance decreases. There are 2 main kinds of traffic exchanges – manual exchanges and auto exchanges (I will concentrate this article around manual traffic exchanges) .
A manual exchange requires a real human to view the web page and click a link (usually an icon) to go on to the next net page, while an auto exchange can be left running in your web browser and will automatically refresh to a new web page. Although both these strategies will bring hits to your site, the use of a manual exchange is far more certain to bring a visitor who will essentially read/see what is on your webpage. The auto exchange user who leaves their PC on all night, surfing internet pages while they sleep is improbable to purchase your product or fill in a form for more information! It is for that reason that I don’t endorse using auto exchanges.
Manual Traffic Exchanges
So how does one go about selecting which traffic exchange (s) to use? First let’s take a quick look at the most common features of a traffic exchange, so that you can distinguish between the competition. * Credit Surfing – all traffic exchanges allow you to earn credits in return for viewing other member’s pages. Also look out for bonus credits. Many exchanges will give you bonus credits for signing up, for surfing a specific number of pages, or for winning competitions or sweepstakes.
* Minimum Time Limit – when surfing for credits, most traffic exchanges need you to view a site for a minimum quantity of time before you earn a credit. This is normally somewhere between 10 and 30 seconds. * Anti Cheat Mechanisms – to ensure that a genuine person is viewing your web site most traffic exchanges employ anti cheating mechanisms.
This customarily means rather than clicking a “Next Site” button you have got to click on a specific graphic such as a number, letter, picture or colored icon from a selection of a few, to go on to the next site. Repeated failure to do that correctly means suspension or termination of your account. * Referring Others – this is the fastest way to build your credits and some exchanges actually pay you a commission as a free member…
Most traffic exchanges give you referral pages and banners. You can use these to sign up others and build yourself a downline. When a person signs up from your promotional web page or banner they’re placed in your downline. This can get you an instant bonus plus a share of your downline’s credits e.g. One credit for every ten sites surfed. * Paid / Pro Memberships – most traffic exchanges offer paid memberships as well as free memberships. Normally a paid membership earns you privileges like a grant of credits per month plus a raised number of credits for your own surfing and the surfing of your downline plus increased commissions.
Most exchanges also allow you to purchase extra credits. I do not advocate going for a paid membership or purchasing credits till you’ve tried out the traffic exchange for free first. A fast search on Google, utilizing the keywords “traffic exchange” will show virtually 200,000 results, including masses of differently themed traffic exchange websites. Within minutes you can sign up for an account, submit your URL and start surfing for credits. Simple? Yes, but how do you know if this traffic exchange will give you results? How do you select between the tons of different traffic exchanges? You can find the top rated manual exchanges fairly easily by typing “Best Manual Traffic Exchanges” into Google or there are several sites that can provide you with a list… I tend to rely on The Traffic Exchange List as a good gauge. You can also check out where Lucid Leads (my manual traffic exchange) ranks by clicking here.
With this information you can join the best traffic exchanges and get the largest reward for your attempts. Once you’ve signed up for some of the top traffic exchanges, you now need to earn some credits. There are three ways to try this :
Surf for credits
Build a downline
In the beginning you may wish to put aside a couple of hours every week to personally surf for some credits – in fact some traffic exchanges need you to surf a particular number of sites to activate your account. Nevertheless the right way to be successful with traffic exchanges is to build up your own downline. This way you can keep the credits flowing in by letting your downline do most of the clicking for you. This can be done by using the referral web pages of each of the traffic exchanges that you have signed up with or you can join up with a few programs like TE Command Post or Free TE Credits and build downlines in many of the best traffic exchanges. Most exchanges have built in downline builders (I have an extensive one at Lucid Leads), it is always beneficial to add your referral id’s into each of these as well as most members do not and if other members join programs from the downline builder you may earn that referral!
If you are interested in learning more about manual traffic exchanges,
I would encourage you to join Lucid Leads and test it out for yourself. I provide a lot of tips and tricks and have some video tutorials to make things a bit easier too and you always know where to find me if you need further assistance.
All the best,
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