Issue 205 – The Proper Way To Rank Traffic Exchanges!

So it’s finally here!

The brand new traffic exchange ranker is here from Affiliate Funnel. We call it the Surfer’s Choice for one reason only, the members of the traffic exchanges get to pick each and every week on which is their favorite program.

So what does this mean for the Hit Exchange News Top 10 list? Will it continue? Yes, and here’s the reason. The Hit Exchange News Top 10 list are my best performing exchanges for the week. I want to give readers a snap shot of what works the best for me and then they can compare with their own stats and tracking if any of the exchanges measure up.

Is this list or any list of rankings perfect? Absolutely not, and the main point in all of this is that you should be tracking your own results and making sure you know what works best for you. But if you combine all the reports and rankings across the net, you will get a good feel for what the surfer’s like and which programs are performing for the masses.

Be sure to track and test your own results though, every single day you use the traffic exchanges!

Have a great week and happy surfing!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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Tales of the Terrible Two
Will Nexus survive whatever hair-brained idea is cooking now? Click any panel above to get the latest on the saga!

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The News

– In other Affiliate Funnel news, the internet’s favorite anti-downline builder hit quite the milestone this past week. We hit 10,000 members and are really starting to pick up steam. Get ready for even more new features and additions to the program in coming months!

Traffic Era added it’s splash page network last night. I was confused at first but essentially this could be considered a paid to promote (PTP) program. Two major differences though, one there are not abusive sites in rotation which should allow it to grow rapidly. And second, you don’t earn cash for promoting the pages, rather page views and time credits. It’s a very interesting addition to an already jam packed program.

– Wolf Surfer is about to make a huge comeback. Rumor has it that the program was sold this past week to a known traffic exchange owner. This could be the turn around traffic exchange of 2008, so be sure to pay attention to one of the most unique exchanges on the planet and it’s well needed re-launch that will be coming soon.

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – Personal branding at it’s best. Here’s an example of someone who doesn’t own their own program yet, but is getting their name out there for everyone to see. The perfect splash page!

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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. TS 25
2. Traffic Splash
3. Traffic Swarm
4. Traffic Era
5. Dragon Surf
6. StartXChange
7. Hit Safari
8. Soaring 4 Traffic
9. Traffic At The Races
10. Royal Surf

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

Does Your Favorite Traffic Exchange Give You A Voice?

With the release of the new traffic exchange ranking system at Affiliate Funnel, surfers will finally get a say and be able to voice their opinion on which traffic exchanges they prefer. Sure there has been other top 10 lists (heck, I own one at Hit Exchange News) as well as other ways to monitor how well the industry is performing, but up until now it’s always been the opinion of the ranker, and not of the surfing population. The industry has shifted and now the power has been put into the members hands.

With that in mind, be sure to look at your favorite traffic exchange and see if they have the ‘Surfer’s Choice’ seal on their front page. This is what it looks like:

When you see this seal, you can be assured that not only has that program met our requirements to be listed in AF, but also that the owner of said program is giving YOU a choice. They have put their trust in you to vote for their program and it shows that they want to hear what the member’s think about their traffic exchange.

if your favorite traffic exchange does not have the Surfer’s Choice seal, ask them why not? Demand that they give you a voice in finally ranking traffic exchanges the way they should be ranked, by member’s opinion. It’s the start of a brand new era in this industry, when the member’s come first!

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Program Review – 247 Traffic Pro

I’m sorry, I love LJ’s! Yeah, I’m a little biased because my three exchanges run on this very popular commercial traffic exchange script, but there is something about the simplicity I really enjoy as a surfer. The problem with the LJ (and with any commercial script) is that it can either look like garbage if an owner doesn’t design it properly, or it could look like 247 Traffic Pro.

This is not a new program, but it’s new to the LJ Script. After transferring to the LJ, 247 has done some very good things. First, the design is absolutely mind blowing. The color scheme, the clean look is very pleasing.

Also it added all the features of a fully loaded LJ Script and has the ownership to back it up. This is another solid addition to the industry and program you should really monitor. The traffic flow is superb and the results have been very good so far!

Jon’s Rating of 247 Traffic Pro – 4.0 out of 5.0

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

Blue Surf added a brand new messaging system to the script this past week. Amazing what can be done when you are a programmer and only limited by your imagination.

Gone Clicking recently had a ‘dollar promotion’ for a few days where members got one dollar for every new member they referred.

– Rottweilers will chew anything. My dog decided to nibble on a cigarette lighter this past week. Of course, it exploded in her mouth. lesson learned I hope *she’s o.k. too, just a little cut*.

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Issue 204 – Customer Service For The Traffic Exchanges

Customer service. What do those two little words have to do with running and participating in various online programs. There has been quite a few ‘talks’ about this topic recently in Net Marketing Forum and it looks to me like the times are changing.

The old term used to be that the customer is always right. That is up for debate. Personally I think we should go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to treating customers well but sometimes it’s best if customer and owner go their separate ways.

Far too many times I have seen contact requests where some folks are very abusive to my support staff, and should I as an owner ‘say they are right always’? Or should I just thank them for their business and time with my programs and let them move on?

There is a fine line and it’s up to both ownership and customer base to treat each other with the utmost respect. As a customer, I love being treated well. It builds loyalty and I am very happy to pay my monthly fees every month to these programs. As an owner, I know how I like to be treated, so I project that same level to my customers day in and day out.

Have a great week and happy surfing!

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Jon Olson
The Traffic Exchange Guy

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Tales of the Terrible Two
Will Nexus survive whatever hair-brained idea is cooking now? Click any panel above to get the latest on the saga!

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The News

– Big claims from Test Hoopla this week. When you log into the members area and check out the Hit Exchange Report, you see this ‘warning’;

All but a handful of exchanges have been cleared, and we’re taking a closer look at the others. In the last 60 days, data collected from StartXchange and MagnifyTraffic have been suspicious. There is great reason to believe the owners are attempting to manipulate our numbers in order to influence their ranking in the Hit Exchange Report.

Traffic Era is about to open it’s marketplace and so far after a few weeks online the newest addition to the industry has been a huge success with it’s members. Results for me haven’t been what I thought they would be and that I think is because there are ‘teams’ that surf 24 hours a day and never look at the pages, just try to get big rankings. Ahhh what people will do for these tokens is amazing lol.

– Stephen Ayer and Bobby Ivie have combined forces to create Roundup Marketing Group, LLC. The dynamic duo now manage Traffic Roundup and Funny Farm Traffic. This is great news for all their members as both owners have been managing these programs with the greatest of care for years now. Actually Funny Farm turned 4 years old this week, so congratulations is in order across the board.

– Splash Page Hall of Fame – Traffic At The Races new promo page is a bit long but wow, is it funny. Another amazing creation from one of the best splash page designer on the net!

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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. TS 25
3. Hit Safari
4. Traffic Swarm
5. Royal Surf
6. Traffic Roundup
7. Traffic Era
8. Dragon Surf
9. Traffic Heroes
10. Traffic At The Races

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

Jon Olson Isn’t Very Sexy…

I was just in a seminar today and was amazed at the effort people put into promoting programs…Most of these people did not own the program, so what was the reason that they seemed to go above and beyond when it came to marketing and advertising something they did not own.

Was it the ownership of the program? Was it the design of the system? Was it perhaps the general feeling around the industry about said program? Yes on all accounts, but the biggest reason I think is commissions.

I don’t offer commissions on any traffic exchange I own, and Affiliate Funnel is the only program that does have commissions in the ‘Jon Olson’ world. There’s my answer. I’m not sexy enough to be on everyone’s ‘must promote’ program list.

Is there other reasons? Perhaps. I mean people either appreciate my work, or detest it. I cannot please everyone and I try to do the best I possibly can each and every day but more and more, I think the fact that I don’t offer commissions has really hurt my exposure into the market place.

I have amazing members and some of the best people in the world have spread the word about my programs, but maybe, just maybe I can get more exposure if I do start to offer commissions.

Hmmm, it should prove to be a ’sexy’ 2008….

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Program Review – Surfing For Success

O.k., first let me explain to everyone that this program right here will not make you millions overnight but it could very well be one of the most important additions to the traffic exchange industry in quite a few years.

Reason? It adds organization of mass chaos. That mass chaos being trying to surf the hundreds of traffic exchanges out there. yes, Darrell Dean’s Surfing Calculator is a great way to plan and structure all your surfing efforts and is so simple, it’s brilliant.

Simply input data on how many page views you want, how much time you can surf every day and how many exchanges at once and presto, out pops a detailed surfing schedule you can post by your computer, print out and look at daily.

This is another must join program for anyone wanting to add a solid game plan to their daily surfing.

Jon’s Rating of Surfing For Success – 5.0 out of 5.0

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

– The prices for Captain memberships are raising at S.W.A.T. Traffic. After more than a year, it’s time to take S.W.A.T. to the next level so get ready for some major promotions very soon.

– Has anyone checked out Affiliate Funnel recently?

– Oh how sweet was Super Bowl? 18-1 New England…18-1.

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