Tag Archive for Traffic

Why Do You Surf Traffic Exchanges?

It’s no secret that I love Traffic Exchanges. They are extremely easy to use for rapid traffic, highly profitable as an affiliate, and a very responsive traffic source with when you target the market.

My primary target audience is Traffic Exchange surfers. This will most likely never change, but one of my goals is to expand my reach beyond those already actively engaged in TE marketing to people who perhaps have never even heard of Traffic Exchanges.

This leads to the question of who Traffic Exchanges are best suited for. Do they work for all advertising? Should every Internet Marketer be using Traffic Exchanges?

I’ll admit that Traffic Exchange marketing is NOT for everyone. But without question, this reliable and lucrative source of traffic offers a particular advantage to a certain group of Internet Marketers, Affiliate Marketers, and Network Marketers alike.

As my friend Guido Nussbuam (TrafficWitch) states…

“If You’re Not Using Manual Traffic Exchanges You’re
Leaving 100’s and 1000’s of Subscribers and Referrals
a Month on the Table.”

Converting a traffic exchange ‘surfer’ into a subscriber on your email list, a referral in an affiliate or network marketing program, or an eventual sale requires a clear understanding of who the surfer is and what they want…

And THAT is simply what “Target Marketing” is in a nutshell. Getting the right offer in front of the right prospect at the right time!

So ask yourself WHY you are surfing, and more importantly realize that other surfers are most likely surfing for the same reasons you are!

Think about what you are advertising or offering to other surfers and ask yourself if it is something YOU want when YOU are surfing.

Easy New Plan for Newbies

So-called ‘Business Opportunities’ and ‘Make Money With the Internet’ sites come and go. Most are just designed as a quick money-grab for the site owner. Don’t get caught in the trap of the latest gimmick or hyped up promise of easy money with no work or investment.

There ain’t no free lunch!

I’ve been preaching this reality for more than five years.

If you want an online business that turns a profit, you need traffic and a way to convert your traffic to sales. It’s that simple.

Forget about “biz ops” and first learn how to get visitors to your website. Traffic is the essential ingredient for ANY online business… which is also what makes traffic the perfect “business” to start with.

I’ve just completed a new training course that is a simplified version of the plan I’ve been using to build my online business. In this Crash Course you will see how easy it is to build traffic and turn that traffic into a business in itself. I like to call it a Traffic Machine.

My Traffic Machine pumps out non-stop traffic plus residual income, and at this point it is all set on autopilot. I just turn it on and let it run.

Get the details in your Free Crash Course…

You’ll get a simple yet proven plan that is easy to implement. Complete with free training and a free turn-key system to generate traffic with traffic exchanges and get paid to do it.

Get a PLAN or Die!

Jon Olson is a far more active blogger than me and I’m an avid reader of his. The truth is, his blog posts stimulate my thinking on certain subjects and prompt me to blog about them, too.

Today is one of those times. Jon’s post today in HitExchangeNews addresses a topic that is near to my heart.

Why do so many people who go “online” to build a business give up so quickly? And why… with all of the help and information available… do the vast majority have trouble hearing and following the TRUTH when it is offered to them?

A big part of the problem certainly involves knowing who to trust. That in itself can be a real challenge because so often the most “trustworthy” people are not telling you what you want to hear. Many people don’t really even want the truth. The illusion of easy money is too alluring and wishful thinking gets the better of them.

Jon, myself, and several others who I trust are known for telling it like it really is. There’s some WORK involved in online marketing.

Here (again) is my short version of the big picture…

Traffic + Conversion = Income

It doesn’t get much simpler.

Next you need a Business Model. What’s that?

A Business Model basically describes what you’re going to sell, or what types of things you’re going to sell. For most new people in this market, the easiest way to get started selling something is as an affiliate… selling other people’s products and services for a cut of the revenue.

Once you have a Business Model, you need a Business Plan and a plan on how you’re going to market your business. It does not have to be complicated. Just decide exactly WHAT you’re going to sell and how you’re going to sell it.

Get targeted traffic to your offer. Don’t expect them to buy from you on the first visit. Develop leads and prospects who you can follow up with to provide more information about your offer and build a relationship.

Pay attention to your business and your budget. Do NOT spend any money that does not fit in with your plan.

Finally, STICK WITH IT.

If you have a PROVEN plan based on solid principles, the only thing stopping you is YOU.

If you are not getting rich in 30 days, that does not mean your plan is broken. It just means you need more traffic, or better marketing. But jumping ship to find a “better” business plan every 30 days is just going to end up in the poor house.

For further reading I highly recommend Jon’s Pizza Plan. It’s an easy read and includes a solid business plan similar to my own.

The Pizza Plan

I would also be remiss if I don’t mention the plan I laid out a few years ago in my Traffic Report. It, too, provides a clear business plan coupled with a marketing plan. With this plan you never have to worry about HOW you’re going to get traffic… or how to convert it into income because traffic is the business itself.

Click HERE or the image below for my free report. (No opt in required.)

Turn Your Traffic Into Cash

You’ve heard the old adage…

“People don’t plan to fail. They just fail to plan.”

It’s true. You need a plan. Without one you’re doomed from the start.

The Business of Traffic

My friend, Jon Olson, just posted on his blog today about the importance of “Focus” in an online business. It’s not a new topic by any means… but one that is often misunderstood.

Focus can mean putting all your attention on one thing at a time, or doing one thing well before moving on to something new. But if that “one thing” is the wrong thing, you’ll be wasting a lot of time and effort in the wrong area.

The “mantra” of Dragonfly Marketing is Traffic + Conversion = Income

Most people who are new to online marketing want to focus on the income. They want to make money NOW. Little time is spent understanding the process which leads to that goal.

A business needs a marketing plan (traffic and targeted advertising) plus a solid business plan (conversions and income). Both sides of the coin need focus and clarity.

It’s not WHAT you sell… it’s HOW you sell it.

Until you learn how to generate traffic and advertise effectively, it does not matter what you are trying to sell. To succeed, you must FIRST put your efforts (focus) into traffic and advertising. To profit with your advertising, you must control costs and increase revenue.

My own training website, TE Profits, provides a simple business plan that combines traffic generation with conversions and sales. The traffic becomes the business.

Below is an excerpt from an article posted on the TE Profits members-only blog. It describes how and why traffic should be your first business.

From the TE Profits Buddy Blog…

If YOU ask ME what is the easiest way to make money on line, I will assume you are a online marketer who is familiar with Traffic Exchanges and Safelists. I will assume you spend time surfing for free traffic to promote an affiliate product (or products) and/or a MLM biz op.

To do that, you need traffic… lots of traffic… and preferably your own list of leads.

In my humble opinion, TE Profits makes this as easy as possible for you with a turn key system. Your traffic builds your list, and your list builds your traffic. Once your TE referrals and traffic start to increase, you can surf less and your system grows on its own.

Meanwhile, your upgrades in Traffic Exchanges provide MORE traffic and leads, while simultaneously ADDING TO your profit. The upgrades don’t forever become a drain against profits… they increase your bottom line.

If you have not yet grasped how powerful this idea is, consider the story of Joe the Pro…

Read Joe the Pro HERE

Upgrading a TE membership means double or triple the traffic. Many people upgrade just for the added traffic.

If all you do is cross-promote Traffic Exchanges to build downlines, experience shows that 7 to 10% of your referrals will upgrade their TE memberships just for the added traffic. If you do not upgrade, you are losing commissions and leaving money on the table.

Enjoy the benefits of upgraded TE memberships and get P@ID while building downlines and referrals for more traffic with less surfing!

Building TE downlines may not be the fastest way to huge monthly residual income, but it is the closest thing you will find to guaranteed success. Build your TE downlines long enough and you WILL earn free traffic and commissions!

Watch the “players” in this market and you will readily see that using Traffic Exchanges and Safelists to promote Traffic Exchanges and Safelists is central to their business… and it’s the ultimate KEY to cash flow with TE Profits.

With this strategy I turned one upgrade (Traffic-Splash) into more than 20 TE upgrades (I’ve lost count) plus hundreds (sometimes thousands) per month in commissions.

Start small. Stay within a budget. Commit to the plan.

Work your system. Reinvest some of your commissions into more upgrades to speed up the cycle of more traffic and more commissions.

Just don’t expect to get to 20 upgrades and hundreds of TE referrals over night. It takes time and persistence to reap the rewards.

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A perfect example of a traffic program with a built-in money generator is Fast Cash and Traffic. This is a fairly new traffic exchange, so the referrals and commissions are hot. People are joining (and upgrading) quickly.

Upgrades start as low a $1.75 per month. You can get a top-level upgrade on the OTO for just $25 (one year upgrade) that earns you $16 on a single sale. Just two referrals who take the OTO and you are already in profit… PLUS have the upgraded TE membership.

But there is more to it than just the commissions.

All surfers are qualified buyers… “players” who are willing to invest in their business.

I expect Fast Cash and Traffic (FCAT) to be a productive place to advertise and a contender in the TE market.

Traffic Alone is Worthless

I’ve said this many times… traffic + conversion = income.

Pretty simple right?

Sure it is, until you discover that converting traffic takes more than just a replicated affiliate sales page. If all you are doing is sending a bunch of untargeted (read uninterested) traffic to an affiliate sales page, be prepared to spend a lot of energy generating enough traffic to get a few sales.

The smart approach is to make sure that the traffic you deliver is predisposed to WANT the offer found on your affiliate page. You can achieve that in one of two ways:

1. Find the right traffic
2. Find the right offer

With the right marriage of traffic (or prospects) to an offer they want, many more of your prospects will accept your offer. But still only a small number will accept it at first sight… especially if you are a complete stranger to them.

Personal interaction with prospects is one powerful way to accelerate the conversion process. Meet people. Make yourself available to them. Build relationships.

It’s human nature that people prefer to buy from someone they know and trust.

A new breed of Traffic Exchanges is growing in popularity that brings this ‘relationship’ aspect to the very front of this process. These are called “Social Neworking TE’s” or “Social Surfing” for short.

One of the leaders in this new type of exchange is Sweeva. You can read my Sweeva review in an earlier blog post HERE.

Jon Olson (Sweeva) loves to socialize. He’s one of the most outspoken people I know in this business.

He loves telling people to “stick out like a sore thumb” and he does what he preaches!

Earlier today Jon left a post on his blog that is drawing a lot of discussion over the pros and cons of Social Surfing sites like Sweeva… and the criticism of these social sites from Traffic Hoopla.

For me, it’s not an either/or decision. You will reach MORE prospects and convert more of your traffic into sales if you use both traditional advertising (read surfing) AND social surfing. How much of either type depends largely on what you’re comfortable with and how much time you have to commit to traffic and advertising.

I’m a numbers guy. I like high traffic flow with click thru’s and opt-ins that I can count.

When the process is in place to convert those numbers, just buy some more traffic and turn a profit then take the rest of the day off.

But high conversions and a building customers/partners for life still requires a personal touch. We have to build relationships. For me that ‘social’ aspect occurs later in the process.

Moving the personal interaction to the front of my marketing would certainly shorten the process and require less ‘traffic’ to reach the same final goal… long term business relationships.

It will also require a change in how I present myself to the market. Simply using the same advertising clearly would not work as it is targeted to those who, like me, like numbers.

I need to become more sociable. :~)

For more information on this new breed of TE’s, pick up a copy of Jon’s new book, Social Surfing Secrets. It could totally change the way you think about traffic exchanges!

New Home for TE Profits

If you have not realized this yet, my expertise is in generating targeted traffic from Traffic Exchanges and consistently converting that traffic to income.

I have been using Traffic Exchanges and teaching others how to benefit from this lucrative traffic source for nearly four years. Early in 2008 this became a full-time profession.

My flagship product which started it all is the (now nearly infamous) TE Profits Traffic Report. As a subscriber of this Dragonfly Marketing blog, you should have already received a copy of this report valued at $47.

Turn Your Clicks Into Cash

If for any reason you missed it, here is the direct download link (no opt-in required)…

Turn Your Clicks Into Cash

Demand from other TE users to ‘brand’ my report with their affiliate links was immediately evident. I received requests daily from people who wanted to use my report to build their own list, generate more traffic, and create positive cash flow in the process.

TE Profits was created to meet that demand. However, TE Profits was initially only a ‘rebranding’ service. Later, in the spring of 2009, TE Profits (version 2.0) became a full membership site for paid customers only.

Last month TE Profits (v 3.0) was released as a full turnkey marketing system and training membership site available to anyone completely free of charge!

If you are at all active in Traffic Exchanges, you have seen the TE Profits splash pages and lead capture pages. You can take a look at the marketing system behind those pages along with all my professional insider tips on using Traffic Exchanges effectively plus bonuses completely free of charge right now:

Profit With Traffic Exchanges Now!

This is what Jon “The TE Guy” Olson (I Love Hits, SWAT Traffic, Sweeva, Affiliate Funnel and more) had to say about TE Profits in the Net Marketing Forum yesterday…

“Scott does an amazing job at training new members with some of the most indepth stuff I have ever read on list building with traffic exchanges.

“Sure he mentions the income potential of certain programs, but never is that the focus. The focus in one developing ones own business skills and business model.”

Thanks for the shout-out, Jon!

The context of Jon’s comment was in relation to the popular ‘team’ trend in business-building. Visit Jon’s Hit Exchange News blog for more detail.

I’m an avid reader of Jon’s Hit Exchange News and highly recommend you subscribe to his newsletter.

… and now you know why I was having so much fun last month.

Did You Sweeve Today?

Twitter Meets Facebook!

Where were you when Twitter or Facebook was born?

Imagine being one of the first people to join one of those rapidly growing communities… or better yet… owning a piece of that action!

It’s too late to be on the ground floor of Twitter, but it’s not too late for Sweeva!

“Sweeva” may sound strange, but give it a minute or so. It’s catchy.

And it’s catching on fast. More than 2,000 people joined the first day!

Sweeva.com is a new concept called “Social Browsing” that puts a totally new spin on the concept of a “traffic” exchange.

You see, traffic alone is worthless!

That’s right. Traffic does nothing for you or your business unless you have a way to convert your traffic into prospects, customers, business partners, or sales.

The first step to turning your traffic into real business growth is by establishing a relationship with your website visitors.

Think about it. People prefer to do business with someone they know and trust.

Sweeva shortens the gap between traffic and conversions by enhancing the relationship building process.

Here’s how it works:

You join Sweeva.com and add your sites to be displayed to other members.

You see other sites and they see yours. But when your site is displayed, everybody is looking at it and chatting about it at the same time!

They can ask live questions while you provide instant answers. This puts a very personal touch on your promotions and establishes trust with your visitors.

Plus, you get REAL visitors taking a close look at your site rather than pointless ‘hits’ or page views.

Toss in integration with Twitter and Facebook for a very interesting social mix.

After Sweeva launched yesterday I found myself spending a couple of hours looking at websites, chatting, and enjoying the active feedback everyone was giving and getting.

It is rare for me to spend so much time in an exchange these days. So that says something about how well it engages people in the ‘social browsing’ experience.

If you are curious, just join and see the difference.

If you want to improve your advertisements, just join and learn.

If you want people to take a REAL look at what you are promoting, just join and start advertising.

Sweeva gets Two Thumbs Up in my book!