I have used Traffic Exchanges for the last 5 years and learned quite a lot about traffic exchanges and how to use them, one thing i get asked a lot is how i make money on traffic exchanges, the answer is so simple PROMOTION i promote where ever i surf and get referals on every traffic exchange i surf those referals then upgrade or buy hit packages and then i earn commissions. Now i must admit i tend to be a upgraded member myself so therefore earn better commissions.
Ok whats a traffic exchange i hear you say, a traffic exchange service serves as a marketing tool used to promote your website and bring to it Quality website traffic from other members using a traffic exchange. You can promote with banners and text links also.You sign up to a traffic site then you can add your website or blog or what ever you want to promote,you then have to surf to earn credits these credits are then used to advertize your own site.In other words you look at other peoples sites and in turn they will look at yours.
There are many things to look for when joining a Traffic Exchange. It has to be manual to ensure your sites get seen. You want a customer service team that cares for your needs and looks after its members, earn cash commissions on upgrades and traffic purchases, and get free credits on your referrals. You want fun Games and Competitons to earn even more credits.
Exchanges enforce a certain credit ratio, which illustrates the amount of websites the surfer must view in order to receive one hit through the program for their promoted website. Many sites offer the ability to upgrade one's membership level for a more equal credit ratio.As the viewers are all website owners or affiliates, it is possible that some might find certain member sites interesting and thus make note of them on their own sites, sending more traffic their way. Most traffic programs also impose a time limit when members are browsing, ranging from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. Some incorporate the use of captcha to ensure user interaction.Almost all traffic exchange programs are free, although many of them offer special features to paid members and offer credits for purchase. Almost all traffic exchange programs encourage users to build their own referral networks, which in turn increases the referrers' amount of credits.The traffic generated in a traffic exchange can be leveraged by using a downline builder to assist the user in building a referral network in the many different traffic exchanges.In practice, traffic exchange programs are generally used by small business owners or marketers who either want free advertising or use the exchange programs for low-budget advertisement campaigns
Traffic Exchanges date back to the beginning of the web and were primarily used by organizations to share sites between employees. Viewers would rate pages in a similar fashion to the now popular social bookmarking phenomenon. When interesting websites were hard to find a traffic exchange for an organisation new to the web proved an invaluable tool.
Circa 1994 traffic exchanges moved from corporate intranets to the web. In an effort to build communities the concept of rating pages was replaced with rewarding members for viewing.
It was 1996 before traffic exchanges began to charge for traffic and around this time the concept changed from a tool for locating interesting sites to a commercial one. This change in direction resulted in increased popularity at the expense of the content which is now almost exclusively commerce