Issue 213 – How To Spot A Shake Up In The Industry?

The brand new series How To Spot A Bad Traffic Exchange? by Tim Linden is causing quite a stir around the industry. Is it a bad ‘stir’ or a welcomed shake up?

The thing that has been said is why not focus on the ‘good’ aspects of the traffic exchanges. Well I’d like to think that I’ve been doing that for 213 issues now in this little newsletter, so my feeling is this…Why not? Why not shake things up a bit? Why not focus on things people can improve upon? Two things will happen because of this series…

1. The owner will get upset. Take offense and cause a ruckus, and most likely close the doors on their exchange in a few months. Where’s the problem?

2. The passionate owner will take the comments, act upon what needs fixing and improve their business. Where’s the problem?

I commend Mr. Linden for creating this series and applaud people in the industry like Tony Tezak, Rich Taylor, Soren Jordansen and Robert Puddy who have been saying it for years…Step up or get out of the way!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

Instant Squeeze Page Generator has added a monthly subscription to it’s pro level upgrade. This is huge news for anyone looking to finally promote lead generating splash pages in the traffic exchanges. No more massive yearly purchases, a month by month subscription will help LOTS of people get great results from the exchanges by using this amazing service!

– Tim Linden is full of news this week. Start Xchange has started to offer commissions on all purchases and upgrades in the system. More and more we are seeing some of the older traffic exchanges changing the way they do things to start competitive with the changing market…This is a good thing =)

Affiliate Funnel’s laptop giveaway contest has ended and the numbers for this month have been staggering to say the least. Hundreds of new members, dozens of new top referrers and even more attention being cast onto the internet’s favorite ‘anti-downline builder’.

– Congratulations to ‘Marlise’ for winning last week’s copy of Hits, Clicks and Misses. Want to win your own copy of the best selling traffic exchange book on Amazon.com (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!

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – Yes, I know…It’s a page that kind of promotes I Love Hits , but it’s traffic exchange specific advertising at it’s best!

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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. StartXChange
2. Traffic Swarm
3. Dragon Surf
4. Traffic Splash
5. Easy Hits 4 U
6. TS 25
7. Traffic Era
8. Max Traffic Pro
9. Traffic Bunnies
10. Magnify Traffic

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

Are Traffic Exchanges A Real Business?

An interesting question was asked last week in Net Marketing Forum and it got me thinking about the perception that people have about traffic exchanges, it’s owners and the potential for growth this industry has.

Too many times you’ll hear the common quote ‘I tried traffic exchanges and didn’t see results, so I quit…but I’m back for another go round…’. Sad but far too often the case. So you see, the perception is this, people ‘try’ traffic exchanges, they do not invest their time, money and effort into them. So why is that there are more people today earning a very good living from owning, operating, surfing and promoting in the traffic exchanges if they are just used for ‘testing’?

Even better, why is it that the same people seem to show up in the SWAT Traffic seminar every Thursday night and these same people seem to be the people making a living from these programs? Interesting huh? Here’s the reason…

They are treating this like a real business and not just a hobby! To be even more clearer, they are investing their time, energy, money and effort into networking with others in this business, learning everyday, and getting their name in front of the movers and shakers each and every week. Why aren’t you doing the same thing?

Are these things a business? Absolutely! Can they provide you with not only a steady stream of customers in your mailing list but also a very nice income? Sure they can. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you view things) the people that do the best in this business do not ‘try things’, they build things…Their network!

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– How cool is Black Hat Graphics?

– It’s my birthday today, be sure to check out the extra long HENry Hour session at I Love Hits for the next 48 hours!

– This wins post of the week at Net Marketing Forum by Solomon Huey!

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Issue 212 – The High Cost of Low Cost Traffic Exchanges

Issue 212 of Hit Exchange News. It’s time for my yearly ‘rant’ and ‘rave’ about the traffic exchange industry and how far it’s come in the decade since Click Thru first came online. You know, after 212 issues of this e-zine one thing has remained constant in this business…The people!

I have met the best people in the world through these programs, from my ‘GOB’s’ at Net Marketing Forum, to the big boys at the offline seminars, this industry brings together the best of the best in online marketers. It’s not easy and it’s an uphill battle at times, but the traffic exchanges seem to breed winners and winning mentalities.

So here’s another feather in the cap to the traffic exchange industry. Keep generating the hits and developing some of the leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow in this industry. We’ve come a long way but 10 years later, we are still the most reliable and stable form of free traffic generating online!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

I Love Hits hit 90,000 members this past week. At this pace, we will hit 100,000 members in a few months. Now this does not means 90,000 active members, but 90,000 people have come through the doors at ILh since it launched in 2001. Not too bad for an LJ script, a funky design and a cartoon boxer huh?

– $1000 is still up for grabs! Traffic Wonderland is in it’s final days of the 1000 dollar giveaway. This hot new exchange has become the sleeper hit so far of 2008 with over 2000 members in only 7 short weeks. This is not to be missed folks!

Alive Hits will be changing ownership int he next few days. Sam, the original owner, has chosen to leave his post and find new management to take over this very solid traffic exchange. Good luck to both Sam and the new owner of Alive Hits.

– Rumor has it that Jennifer Herold and John Guanzon will be releasing ‘New Way 2 Surf’ in the next day or so. Be sure to stay tuned for reviews and news about this proposed ‘revolution’ in the traffic exchange industry. This T.E. surfer is eagerly awaiting to see what they have in store for us.

– Congratulations to ‘Keith’ for winning last week’s copy of Hits, Clicks and Misses. Want to win your own copy of the best selling traffic exchange book on Amazon.com (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!

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – DeeDee Medcoff is one of the most well known T.E. administrators on the net. And this splash page sure does help her branding!

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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. StartXChange
2. Traffic Splash
3. TS 25
4. Traffic Swarm
5. Traffic Bunnies
6. Dragon Surf
7. Easy Hits 4 U
8. Magnify Traffic
9. Hit Safari
10. Traffic Era

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

Where Does It End, How Low Do We Go?

Disclaimer goes here: Yes, I know I Love Hits and SWAT Traffic are some of the lowest priced traffic exchanges to both upgrade in and buy credits. But the kicker is, I have never lowered the prices ever in either program, in fact I have even raised prices in SWAT Traffic. End disclaimer.

Rant time. There’s a new program out in the traffic exchanges this week that brags about being the last ‘affordable’ T.E. to upgrade in. Of course, it costs a buck or so to be an upgraded member. I’m all for free enterprise, but wow. Is this what this industry needs? An already dirt cheap form of web site advertising, going even lower in price points?

I for one cannot understand this marketing move. This has been known to kill industries since day one when we start to lower and lower and lower the prices. Let’s put this into perspective, an upgrade at I Love Hits is $9.97 (or even lower if you took one of the offers) that’s roughly 33 cents per day to be upgraded in a traffic exchange with over 90,000 members. Not a bad investment I would think.

Now this program comes on talking about one dollar to upgrade, and at least half of that goes to a payment processor for service fees. The owner is left with 50 cents roughly. It would take a whole lot of upgraded members to make that exchange profitable, which means less money for the owner to advertise, which means less new members coming into the program to look at your sites.

Hey, maybe I’m making a big deal of of nothing so please do voice your opinion below. And even better, tonight’s seminar at SWAT Traffic will be on this topic. A hot topic maybe, but something that needs to be talked about.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– Only a few more days at Affiliate Funnel’s Laptop giveaway. Win a lap top PC, a digital camera or a Sirius radio from the wacky owners of AF.

– Hey UA, we are still waiting for Dealer!

– Wow! I love Traffic Asylum!

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