We’ve all done it, so today I’m going to tell you about some of the mistakes I’ve made whilst generating traffic by surfing Traffic Exchanges.
#1 Promoting The Wrong Thing
The cardinal sin that everyone does at first. You jump in and send all your traffic to a standard affiliate page for “ACME overnight wealth” that you’ve bought into where you’re told all you need is traffic. A few google searches later and you’ve found that Traffic Exchanges can send you hundreds of visitors each day to your site, so as Del Boy says “This time next year we’ll be millionaires”
#2 Not Tracking
In all the excitement you joined about a dozen sites, and through sheer luck you’ve found someone who has joined “ACME overnight wealth”. Sadly you have no idea where they came from? Did they even came from the Traffic Exchanges as you’ve also been posting your affiliate link all over your social media profiles.
#3 Who Are You, And Why Are You Selling Something To Me?
The world of Traffic Exchanges has changed, it’s now very much a community, and they don’t take well to being sold to. It’s like a small town from the 60′s, if you’re new in town and the first thing you do is open the conversation with a salespitch you’ll be driven out of town. I’m not saying that you won’t be able to sell “ACME overnight wealth” but you’d best get used to having the door slammed in your face a few times in the process.
#4 Upgrading In The Wrong Sites
All Traffic Exchange owners will try to sell you advertising when you join, but how can you tell if you’ve wasted yet more money? It’s simple, if you’ve bought 10,000 credits each month and the site is currently only able to deliver 5,000 per url in rotation then you’ve been diddled. Several ranking systems exist such as Affiliate Funnel or you can drop by TE Live at 4 pm EST and get live support and answers to any questions you have.
#5 First Impressions Count
At most you’ll have 10 seconds before people click onto the next page. So that 20 minute video presentation that “ACME overnight wealth” have on the standard affiliate page isn’t going to be watched. It’s time to get creative and create a fast loading splash page that will tell people who you are, and why they need “ACME overnight wealth” in their lives – hint I use Adkreator to create all my splash pages.
#6 Giving Up
With any traffic source you need to gather sufficient data before deciding if you should continue with it. When you look at PPC sources such as Adwords & Facebook where you can easily spend $100 in an afternoon it’s easy to know when you’re beaten. Now Traffic Exchanges are the exact opposite, it’s not until you’ve invested the time in branding yourself and becoming part of the community that you will start to see results. If you’ve left town too early then you won’t hear someone asks you “Why should I join ACME overnight wealth”? What a shame you gave up just as brand awareness was starting to kick in…
#7 Not Listening To Feedback
As I’ve said the world of Traffic Exchanges has gone social. So if you use Sweeva you can get direct feedback on your page. If you’re getting lots of red thumbs down and harsh comments then you’re doing something wrong. If you’re getting blue thumbs up and positive comments then the chances are that you’ve doing things properly and stand a good chance of getting results, even if you are still crazy enough to be promoting “ACME overnight wealth”.
#8 Don’t Just Use Traffic Exchanges
If you’ve gone to all the hard work of creating splash pages that are converting and getting you results from Traffic Exchange traffic then you have a well oiled marketing funnel. It will also convert with traffic from Safelists, PTC, Media Buys, in fact any sort of site where the traffic is such that it relies on being able to grab the viewer’s attention and convey a message in < 5 seconds.
Here’s How To Get Good Results With Traffic Exchanges
Invest the time to understand how things work. It’s not like other forms of traffic where instant profits can be made, you’ve got to commit time and effort and if you’ve actually listened to feedback on “ACME overnight wealth” you may have realised it’s not actually the best thing since sliced bread.
Focus on the other skills that people in the chats have told you they like about you. Set up a website selling these skills to the new friends you’ve made. It might not make you thousands of dollars in 2 hours, but it could be that you’re starting an online business that has real foundations and based on a passion rather than hype and a matrix system.