Issue 235 – What Happens In Vegas, DOESN’T Stay There!

I’m back from Las Vegas! What an incredible experience and even though I went there with one agenda, new opportunities arose from hanging out with some of the movers and shakers of the internet marketing industry.

There is so much power to attending these live events, I cannot even begin to describe how much they can help your business. If you ever get a chance, make sure you attend an event, it truly is a life changing experience.

This was seminar number 9 for me and I plan on going to a whole lot more. What’s even better, is the attention we got, Robert Puddy, Soren Jordansen and myself when we all said in unison…

“Yes, we all own traffic exchanges and YES they really do work!”

It was a shock for many internet marketing professionals who have been force fed to rely on ‘article marketing’, PPC marketing and other highly effective yet demanding forms on online advertising. You see, we have something that the rest of the internet wants…And we have limitless supply of traffic.

The trick to using this limitless supply though, is leveraging the traffic. DON’T USE generic affiliate pages, use a squeeze page that grabs your viewers attention. DON’T SURF for hours on end without a direct benefit for you, branding, list building, etc. This is critical!

As time goes by, expect massive things soon from our attendance in Las Vegas, we’ve got some very cool stuff in store for the traffic exchanges. More bang for your click, guaranteed!

Thank you very much for being a reader of Hit Exchange News and have a wonderful week!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

I Love Hits hit a milestone last week and I’m so honored to announce that we have hit the 100,000 member mark! Special note for everyone that loves to put ILH and me down, this does NOT mean 100,000 active members, this means 100,000 users have joined the system since it started. Still, I consider ILH to be a medium sized exchange with plenty of growth still in it, with 400-500 new members joinign every week, the future looks very bright for the old work horse!

StartXchange continues to knock down competition left and right by adding it’s new ‘Surf N chat’ feature. While not a new feature to the traffic exchange industry as a whole, it’s new to StartXchange and cements them as one of the most active exchanges in the net.

Traffic Gold Rush is almost at 5000 members. Heh, not too bad for an exchange that is only a month old. It’s kind of funny to me to see these programs that have been around for years and years and cannot reach 5,000 members and Mr. Conway does it in a month. Still not convinced this thing is here to stay? I am!!!

– Want to win your own copy of the best selling traffic exchange book on Amazon.com, Hits, Clicks and Misses, (actually, it’s the only published book about T.E.’s on the planet), simply post a comment about this week’s issue of HEN! Congratulations to ‘Rob’ for winning last week. Be sure to send your mailing address to me so that I can ship you a copy (hitexchangenews at yahoo dot com)!

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – TE Profits is one of the best examples of HOW to promote in the traffic exchanges. Great stuff! Note: Why do I focus on splash pages every week? Simple, you MUST be using them in the traffic exchanges to get results. Get a custom made splash page by clicking here!

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HEN Top 10

The Famous Hit Exchange News Top 10 (Disclaimer: These are my top performing exchanges for the past week. Alexa rankings and fancy numbers have nothing to do with how I rank my list. This is based on my results and my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.)

1. Dragon Surf
2. Traffic Splash
3. StartXChange
4. Traffic Era
5. Web Biz Insider
6. Traffic Gold Rush
7. Advertising Know How
8. Royal Surf
9. Traffic Swarm
10. Easy Hits 4 U

Note: Analysis and Tracking by Hits Connect – The Official Link Tracking Service of Hit Exchange News! Sign up today and get your 30% Discount!

Question: Hey Jon, how come I Love Hits, SWAT Traffic and Click Crazey are never on the top 10 list? Since I own them, I feel it would be a conflict of interest to place it on any of my rankings. (But we all know how great they are anyways lol)

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Deep Thoughts – Jon’s Weekly Rambling

I Love Twitter! Twitter Loves Me!

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you have heard of the wonderful world of Twitter. This is the first 2.0 service that I really embraced, I mean sure I used blogs and Facebook but Twitter had something I just fell in love with from the start.

Think of it like text messaging on the web. Short, simple messages that let your ‘Twitter list’ know what you are up to. What’s even more exciting about Twitter is the neat little applications that have been created because of it.

Soren Jordansen’s Tweet My Blog in a wonderful little tool that lets you notify the ‘Twitter’ world about a new post on your blog. And that’s just one tool, there are hundreds of these cool little programs to help you get out there more in the world of the ‘Tweeps’.

Want even more proof that you should be involved with Twitter, aWeber just added a Twitter service that let’s your email list know when you have sent a message via aWeber itself. Wow. That’s right, this thing just got released and should be massive for both aWeber and your Twitter account.

Don’t delay, be sure to get involved with Twitter today…Oh yeah, and be sure to join my ‘Twitter team’ too =)

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– For the record, Mr. Smiley…I’m a 330 lbs, not 380. Thanks for caring about my weight. Nice to see you think someone’s weight has anything to do with success online. But I appreciate the hate, it keeps me going =)

– Did I ever mention that I love IM success Formula? Yeah, a few times huh…

– Special thanks to Franscisca at Hit 2 Hit for acting on all those reports I give in the Owners Forum at NMF. Thanks so much, it’s good to know they are not being reported in vain.

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Issue 234 – There’s Gold In Them Numbers

Every Wednesday evening, a bunch of us gather in the SWAT Traffic training room and chit chat about all things related to building a business online and traffic exchanges. Last night was one of the more active nights in recent memory and it was a great seminar. However, one of the most important points that I think I fail to get across in the events is the importance of growing your network.

Your network is the key!

I hope I can really pound this message home because with out my network, there’s a very good chance I would still be flipping pizzas for a living and dreaming about working online, not doing it. Why is your network so important? Simple, because they become your allies in this crazy world of internet business.

They will help you launch new products, they will offer advice and input on anything you plan to do, you can get feedback from your circle of friends, and best of all you can grow together. So how do ‘grow’ your network. Here are a few tips;

1 – Attend the Wednesday night seminar at SWAT Traffic. Simply put, this is where the magic happens each and every week.

2 – Attend the Saturday afternoon sessions at Affiliate Funnel. These are some of the most informative training events online today.

3 – Come and take part in the discussions at Net Marketing Forum. You can learn a lot from this place but more importantly, you get your name seen daily by hundreds of online professionals.

and 4 – Be sure to ‘promote you’ in anything you do online. Use services like Splash Page Maker to build splash pages to rotate in the traffic exchanges that brand your name and your business. Get your face and name in front of as many people as you can using splash pages!

And a little bonus tip, do not be afraid to ask questions. If you have a dedicated upline sponsor in a traffic exchange, ask them a question. This is a great way to form a relationship with them and it grows your network.

Be seen and be heard, it’s the best decision you can do for your business.

Thank you very much for being a reader of Hit Exchange News and have a wonderful week!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

Traffic Gold Rush is one impressive program. How’s this for numbers, over 3000 new members joined in the first 8 days. Ha, I have to laugh at that. Most new exchanges can’t get 3000 in a year, and Mr. Conway and his team blew the socks off the launch. Great job guys, Gold Rush is here to STAY!

– 35,000 members have joined Traffic Splash! Another situation that makes me giggle a bit, because this program was DEAD until a guy named Paul Kinder took control of it. Seems like only yesterday *lol* Congrats on 35 k to the entire Splash team and with hundreds of new members joining every week, this is THE traffic exchange of choice for lots of TE enthusiasts.

Bellas Click Shack is giving away 50 cents per new referral until October 14th. There seems to be a trend to give away small amounts of cash for every new member that people refer. And for good reason, it’s working!

– Want to win your own copy of the best selling traffic exchange book on Amazon.com, Hits, Clicks and Misses, (actually, it’s the only published book about T.E.’s on the planet), simply post a comment about this week’s issue of HEN! Congratulations to ‘Ken’ for winning last week. Be sure to send your mailing address to me so that I can ship you a copy (hitexchangenews at yahoo dot com)!

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – Ha ha ha, I love it! Global Safelist really goes to town with this splash page. Great to grabbing attention! Note: Why do I focus on splash pages every week? Simple, you MUST be using them in the traffic exchanges to get results. Get a custom made splash page by clicking here!

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HEN Top 10

The Famous Hit Exchange News Top 10 (Disclaimer: These are my top performing exchanges for the past week. Alexa rankings and fancy numbers have nothing to do with how I rank my list. This is based on my results and my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.)

1. Traffic Splash
2. Dragon Surf
3. Easy Hits 4 U
4. Traffic Swarm
5. Traffic At The Races
6. Royal Surf
7. Advertising Know How
8. Traffic Gold Rush
9. Traffic Era
10. StartXChange

Note: Analysis and Tracking by Hits Connect – The Official Link Tracking Service of Hit Exchange News! Sign up today and get your 30% Discount!

Question: Hey Jon, how come I Love Hits, SWAT Traffic and Click Crazey are never on the top 10 list? Since I own them, I feel it would be a conflict of interest to place it on any of my rankings. (But we all know how great they are anyways lol)

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Deep Thoughts – Jon’s Weekly Rambling

Here’s Some Numbers To Think About

Lots of talk this week about membership numbers of different traffic exchanges and what is important to know when choosing a program to surf. I’ve heard everything from ‘we need unique traffic’ to ‘how many people are surfing at once’ for determining how effective a traffic exchange is.

Bull!

Here are the only two numbers that matter in my opinion.

1 – How many new members have been brought into the system every week. Why is this important? Simple, because when you know how many new sets of eye balls are going to see your site you can know for sure that your advertising is attracting FRESH new potential customers.

Yes, it’s not as flashy as ‘total members surfing right now’ or ‘the unique traffic percentage is…’ but it tells you how well a traffic exchange is growing and more importantly, how many new people you get to advertise to ON TOP of who is already in the system.

2 – Results. Plain and simple, how many many views did it take me to get a sign up, a new lead, a sale, a referral. That’s it. I want results, I’m not in the traffic exchanges for the benefit of my health, because truthfully it’s gone down since I started surfing a decade ago *lol*

I want results and so should you. All these team surfing, clock hunting, helmets, all of that…It’s all to move credits, but does it produce results? Sure, traffic flow means an active program and when you have active members, good things tend to happen. But instead of flash and dash, give me sign ups please.

This little ‘rant’ of mine may get some people angry and I wrote it to get some passion from you. Far too many times we are mislead to think what is important in these traffic exchanges and what is not. Am I right? Maybe. All I can speak on is what I observe. And for 10 years now, those two points above have kept me going…

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– Volcano Hits, is it launched or not because I sure am getting a lot of emails about it…And some emails aren’t from the owners…

I Love Hits is about to hit 100,000 members…

– Useless Jon Olson information…I’ll be in Las Vegas next week so there will not be a new issue of Hit Exchange News. I’ll see everyone on October 23rd =)

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