Snowed Under with Traffic Exchanges

In case you're wondering what this dog has to do with my Internet business, apart from the fact that he's snow-logged, like me, he's just here because I like him (and dogs in general).

OK, that much snow is a bit of an exaggeration, but I'm fairly snowed in at the moment, which has given me plenty of time to catch up on some of my work from paying clients plus time to reflect on ways of building up my Internet business.

So, apart from forking out for a taxi to take me to a friend's house on Saturday, I've taken advantage of the weekend to keep my head down.

As an aside, if you're surprised that I'm “snowed in” in the suburbs of London, the main roads are fine, but the drive up to my house is on a slope and I'm a real scaredy cat about either driving or walking on it in the snow 🙂

One of the tools I came across in my investigations was a new resource that should save me time and bring me more traffic in the future. I looked into a couple, but the most promising one is a paid resource for advertising in multiple traffic exchanges without surfing. I took the life-time upgrade offer as it was by far the best value.

Traffic exchanges are, in my opinion, very hard work for not a lot of reward. But I suppose that's because I haven't spent enough time on them. Some people make a lot of money on them – but they spend a lot of time surfing. And to be honest it bores me rigid.

Another problem is that there are literally dozens of them – far too many for any average person (like myself) to keep track of. And it's easy to get “snowed under” with traffic exchanges, as new ones spring up almost daily. How to tell which will deliver the goods, or even last more than a couple of months?

Having had my fingers burnt with a few here to-day-gone-tomorrow merchants my strategy has been to ignore the start-ups, and just stick with the well established sites. Most people will be members of those in addition to the start-ups.

However, despite my dislike of traffic exchanges, they are a good way to find people new to the industry as that's where they usually start off. And as “newbies” are my target market I do need to use the exchanges.

Happily I've found a way to spend just a small amount of money to save a lot of time in the TEs. In any business there are times when it's sensible to trade money for time, so I shall be trying this resource out over the next couple of weeks and hope it will have been a worthwhile investment.

While we'd all like to build a business for free, some of the DIY approaches we take are only free if you don't value your time. I suppose my philosophy is developing into:

  • Pay for the things I'm not good at – like traffic generation / advertising
  • Pay for the things I hate doing – like surfing at traffic exchanges
  • Do myself – things I enjoy, such as article writing and blogging

So – what are YOU spending your time on that you'd be better investing a little money into?

If you have any stories of success or failure with out-sourcing aspects of your business, please add a comment.

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Sandy Halliday - January 21, 2013

I gave up with Traffic Exchanges some time ago as they did not work for me but I do know of some marketers who have success with them. As you say it’s one of the things you tend to do when you are a newbie so that is where you could find them.

One thing I learned to do when I joined a TE was to create and new Google mail account specially for it otherwise you get a flood of emails from other members.

    Joy - January 21, 2013

    Agreed, I haven’t used them much until now when trying to find newcomers.

    Gmail accounts are great for that – and of course, that’s one of the reasons why traffic exchanges aren’t that successful because people soon catch on and do the same LOL

Pauline - January 22, 2013

Hi Joy
I still use a couple of TE’s (I was using a lot more when I first started out) and I do have some degree of success with them, I suppose if I invested more time I would get more out of them but time is the key factor here.
Your idea of investing money to save time I like 🙂
Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

    Joy - January 22, 2013

    Hi Pauline, thanks for stopping by.

    Yes – time is the enemy, or rather lack of it!

    You have a good day too.


Mike Henry - September 28, 2013

Hi Joy, another fellow TE hater I see although I am still a member in lots of them they never really done it for me. People in there are only there to accumulate their credits and only spend money on upgrading so that they get more credits.

That has been my experience over the last 8 years of surfing them. You said you found a way of using them without surfing, how did it work out?

As your last comment for this post was a while ago let me know how things are going with you, it’s nice to meet another passionate blogger.


    Joy Healey - September 30, 2013

    Hi Mike

    Thanks for dropping by – and pleased to know I’m not the only one who dislikes traffic exchanges.

    Glad you reminded about this post as I see I didn’t include a link – presumably because at the time I wasn’t sure how it would work out.

    In fact I’ve been delighted with the results and have managed to avoid all but the minimum of surfing, yet still managed to keep my links circulating.
    Here’s my link, and an explanation of how it works.

    In fact the owner has now started a list mailer too, and I joined because I like what he does. I’m getting very good CTRs from it.

    I’m still not saying I’m a great fan of TEs and mailers, but they seem to be a necessary part of online, and a way to meet people new to online working.


Funny Quotes app - August 11, 2015

Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum
it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.

Do you have any tips for first-time blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    Joy - August 14, 2015


    Sorry about that. Comments without Gravatars tend to be viewed with caution by CommentLuv and bloggers.

    You are welcome to sign up for my Start a Blog.

    I hope you will find it helpful and good luck in your blogging career.


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