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.
The Traffic Exchange Guy
– 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!
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.)
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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)
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!
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.
StartXchange Owner Tim Linden is giving away