Issue 218 – The Big T.E. vs. Little T.E. Debate

Is A Weber trying to shut down their affiliation with traffic exchange owners? It sure seemed that way early this week. A few traffic exchange owners got a weird email from A Weber that asked them to stop promoting their affiliate links.

Here’s the kicker, some of these affiliate links where being promoted in a tutorial that taught new traffic exchange surfers the importance of building a mailing list. It was even more shocking to get a response from A Weber’s support staff that demanded all links be removed from said traffic exchanges because of it’s ‘un-targeted’ traffic.

Imagine that…A tutorial that taught new marketers how to build a mailing list was being called un-targeted.

Cooler heads did prevail though and A Weber is now working with some of these exchange owners to help understand the traffic exchanges and see their importance to the internet marketing community.

I have to laugh though. Over ten years, traffic exchanges have been online, hundreds of thousands of surfers, owners and internet marketers have come through their doors…But still, these things never get the respect they deserve.

C’est la vie! Be sure to check out a detailed description of the ‘issue’ at my good friend Jon Atwood’s blog.

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

– Do you enjoy I Love Hits or S.W.A.T. Traffic? I’m testing out a brand new ‘audio testimonial’ service and uploading members testimonials to different pages within the system and would love to hear from you. Want to leave an audio testimonial? Simply call this number (+1) 678-255-2174 and use this extension 5547. Simple huh? Thanks so much in advance for your time and feedback!

– Looks like Hover Surfing is generating much more attention. 24 7 Traffic Pro added the option to hover surf or regular surf to it’s surf bar this week. What’s even better, they gave credit to both John Guanzon and Jennifer Herold for coming up with the concept of hover surfing on a traffic exchange.

Surf 4 The Earth released a brand new feature in their traffic exchange called the Traffic Express co-op. It’s essentially a co-operative advertising service like Doctor Traffic and TE Blaster, but it’s exclusive for members of Surf 4 The Earth. I’m a big fan of co-op’s, as they are the perfect addition to your traffic exchange advertising.

– Congratulations to ‘Paul Upp’ 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 – Now this is what I mean about grabbing your attention! T.E. Blaster’s classic splash page sticks out like a sore thumb. Exactly what you want to do in the traffic exchanges! 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 Era
3. Traffic Swarm
4. Traffic Splash
5. Traffic At The Races
6. Hit Safari
7. Royal Surf
8. Easy Hits 4 U
9. Max Traffic Pro
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

The Big vs. Little Debate

I’m fed up! I wrote about this topic this week at Net Marketing Forum because it’s getting very frustrating to hear the same thing over and over again.

Apparently (in the capitalist era of the internet) some of the larger traffic exchanges are ‘against’ the release of smaller programs. This is absolute hog wash in my books and here’s why.

1. The best traffic exchanges will always grow and prosper. This comes down to proper ownership. A great owner can turn a brand new traffic exchange into a thriving community in a year or less, if they have the right skills and know how. It’s not rocket science, but it can be done. Proof? Dragon Surf, Traffic Splash, Max Traffic Pro, Hit Pirate, Advertising Know How, Traffic Era…There is PLENTY of evidence to support this.

2. Every single traffic exchange starts with zero members. Unless you magically import members from one exchange to another (and I know this has happened before) every program starts on the same page. The best ones, grow! The lousy traffic exchanges seem to get a max of 1000 members and never grow.

3. I LOVE smaller traffic exchanges because you get to see what different owners do with their membership and program. How do they treat their membership, how do they grow, what tools and services do they provide to make themselves stick out from the competition. Smaller exchanges are a wonderful lesson in management…For those that can see it.

There are so many other points, but the big thing I want to stress is this. I was never and will never be against the release of new traffic exchanges. In fact, I encourage it…if it’s done properly. I’m against lousy ownership and people that treat this business like a hobby.

There are dozens of owners out there that bust their tail week in and week out to build their BUSINESS. These are the exchange I focus on. These are the traffic exchanges and owners I support!

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– Traffic Era is doing another one of their massive credit giveaways. It’s a good time to have some active campaigns.

– Someone at Net Marketing Forum brought this old exchange up in a conversation…And it’s still around. Web Meld anyone?

– Did you know that I am now known as Jabba The Hutt according to a few traffic exchange owners? Ya I know I’m an extra large dude, but thank you so much for comparing me to a character in one of my favorite movies of all time.

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Issue 217 – Are There Too Many Traffic Exchanges?

There’s a pretty big story coming from Affiliate Funnel today with the announced launch of the ‘jump link’ service. I know, it’s a funny name and I had to do a double take when I first heard of the concept behind them.

Essentially, AF has always been about promoting ‘YOU’ first and a jump link caries on this tradition. The way it works is so simple, each and every email that gets sent either a newsletter update or an auto responder code, will have your links embedded into it. Simple huh? So no longer does anyone but you benefit from these emails.

We are continuing to make Affiliate Funnel not only the most in depth traffic exchange hub on the internet, but marketing hub as well. This new feature will help members earn a lot more commissions from the programs within the system but also from AF itself.

Be sure to check out the jump links and everything new that is going on at AF. We are just getting warmed up!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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The News

– Speaking of Affiliate Funnel, we will be hosting the ‘MAYhem Prize Giveaway’ live this Saturday at noon Eastern (-5 GMT). What’s so special about that? The fact that dozens of traffic exchange owners that ook part in the promotion will be on hand to give out the prizes. I can not think of a better online seminar to attend this year. This is the ‘must attend’ online seminar of 2008!

S.W.A.T. Traffic’s weekly seminar was a huge success last night. Check out this testimonial I got from Janid Inayat;

Jon, I want to thank you for the amazing opportunity
you are offering us. The SWAT Conference is THE place
to be for anyone who wants to get their Internet Marketing
done right. The value of the tips and tricks discussed
and exposed there are simply incredible….I’ve
been able to apply the tips, tricks and strategies there,
and receive results within days.

Now that right there makes everything worth it!

Savvy Clicks announced today that they have hit the 12,500 membership mark. I’m having second thoughts on how I use and promote traffic exchanges in this newsletter. It’s time to focus on the quality OWNERS not just the program, and something like Savvy needs to be supported across the board. Great job Harry!

– Congratulations to ‘Robert’ 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 – Lower your speaker volume because this thing is loud…..and HILARIOUS! Traffic At The Races has done it again with one of the best splash pages in recent memory! 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. Traffic Swarm
3. Royal Surf
4. Dragon Surf
5. Easy Hits 4 U
6. Hit Safari
7. TS 25
8. StartXChange
9. Traffic Bunnies
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

Are There Too Many Traffic Exchanges?

A question that comes up a lot. And what’s odd about it, my answer has changed from 365 days ago. You see, a year ago I would have argued that there is never too many exchanges. I always maintained that a healthy industry would always have new comers coming in to try their hand at traffic exchange ownership. But then the ‘quick-launch-hype-repeat’ model came into play…

Does this sound familiar? A new traffic exchange is launched, same owner but follows the exact same model. It gets a lot of press and publicity, is promoted heavily for a few weeks, and then it starts to slow down. Not a ‘slow’ down, but a massive halt! So what does the owner do? Creates a new traffic exchange, same script with nothing new to offer, throws a new design on it and starts the process over…And over…And over…

I do not understand the need to constantly release new programs, other than a quick cash grab for the owner. There is zero sustainability in this model, and it hurts the reputation of traffic exchanges when these programs are continued to be supported and used. So for me, like I mentioned in my Savvy Clicks blurb above, I am only going to be supporting (surfing and spending money) with the exchanges that have quality ownership and a track record of performance.

It’s time to support owners that focus their energy on 1 or 2 traffic exchanges, not 5-10. The ONLY reason a traffic exchange owner would own 5-10 exchanges without any major difference in script performance is for a cash grab. That’s it folks. This may upset a lot of people and I may even lose the respect of some of these owners, but it’s time to say it….

There are too many traffic exchanges out there, and I will be focusing my energy on the ones that have those proven track records and amazing ownership behind it!

So what’s your opinion on this? You can let the world know your thought son this by adding a comment below or check out the latest poll at Net Marketing Forum!

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– Rumor has it that Robert Puddy is about to launch something ‘traffic exchange related’ that is going to be….Huge!

Traffic Era got a new site design. Now that was quick, only a few months of being online and a re-design is ready to go. I will never complain about new looks, I think more exchanges should follow suit!

aWeber announced this week that they have increased the price for memberships in their system. Hmmm, very strange move because I could have sworn it’s only gas that keeps rising in costs, not the ability to send emails?

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