Your website needs lots of visitors (traffic) if you are going to make money from it. If you do not have a large advertising budget, traffic exchanges can be an effective way to advertise your site for free. Traffic exchanges, sometimes known as surfing sites, can bring a steady stream of visitors to your website, for no payment - very important for a business startup if you want to make money online from home.
There are two main types of traffic exchanges - manual exchanges and autosurf. A manual exchange requires you click a link after viewing every page, but you can log in to an auto exchange and leave you computer running. It is best to checking every few minutes that all is well, to ensure you get your credits.
When you join a traffic exchange (usually free) you view other members’ web pages in return for your own web page being displayed to other members in rotation. You log in to the exchange and surf, and you are credited for viewing other members’ web pages. You allocate these surfing credits to your web pages so they will be displayed to other members.
There are some important elements in surfing for traffic:
Paid/Pro Memberships - most traffic exchanges offer free membership with the optional paid upgrades for extra benefits. You can also buy extra credits as a free member. You can decide whether a paid membership will help you after you have tried out free membership. I have usually found this gives enough credits for website promotion.
Credit Surfing - you earn credits in return for viewing other members’ websites. Also look out for bonus credits: many exchanges will give you bonus credits for signing up, for surfing a certain number of pages, or they pop up as you surf, to see if you are paying attention.
Minimum Time Limit - you need to leave a site on your web browser for a minimum length of time before you earn a credit. This is normally up to 30 seconds.
AntiCheat Mechanisms - to check whether a real person is viewing your website. These mean that instead of clicking a “Next Site" button you have to click a specific icon such as a number, letter or picture, before you move on to the next site. If you fail this test repeatedly, your account will be terminated automatically, so pay attention!
Referrals - this is the fastest way to build up your credits. Most traffic exchanges provide you with referral pages and banners. You can use these to recruit yourself a downline. When someone signs up from your promotional web page or banner they are placed in your downline. This can earn you an immediate bonus plus a percentage of your downline credits, for example you get one credit for every 10 sites they surf.
There are hundreds of different traffic exchange websites. You can sign up for an account instantly, submit your website's URL and start surfing for credits. Some sites allow you to advertise up to five web pages. I usually include my homepage, plus pages promoting ebooks and free courses.
But the big question is - which traffic exchanges will give you results? Will you be promoting your website in the right places?
Traffic Hoopla produces regular reports to show the most productive and successful traffic exchanges to use. This report is updated weekly with the top performing traffic exchanges. You can find out from this report who delivers the highest rate of unique visitors and who will deliver quality traffic to your website. In the beginning you may need to set aside time to surf for credits - in fact some traffic exchanges require you to surf a certain number of sites to activate your account. Most people find they can complete their surfing in less than an hour a day.
In the longer term the best way to make traffic exchanges work for your benefit is to build your own downline. Then the credits increase as others do the clicking for you. You can recruit members by using the referral web pages of each of the traffic exchanges that you have signed up with or you can sign up with Traffic Hoopla and advertise the top traffic exchanges in a single website promotion page, all designed for you by the site owners. I have done this, and seen really good results. I now have a comfortable credit balance without needing to surf frequently, and I use my credits to promote my online businesses.