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  1. #1
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    Hi, folks.

    I just ran over a website http://www.trafficswarm.com

    If anyone used it, is it any good? Pros and Cons?
    Any advice will be appreciated.

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    I am not enthralled with any of those click-it programs

    Targeted traffic? I don't think so. People are clicking to get credits
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    Just signed up this week,

    Pulling at least 200-300 new visitors a day.
    Have 35 pages listed as links, made the mistake of listing them in too many categories and burned through 5000 credits I bought.
    Hard to say if anyone's buying from it though, no way to track purchases. Our products are herbal supplements so its not like I'm trying to sell snake oil. 90% of the sites that are listed on traffic swarn are get rich quick schemes, so it gets pretty tedious clicking on links. We have a quality site so I hope people will take the time to read some of our content and get interested in our products. I'm gonna give it a week to see if anythings comes from it, keep you posted.

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    Nothing will come out of it, these things are a joke. Just other people with sites refreshing their browsers to get credits and the people you get to your site are just other people with sites doing the exact same thing. Don't waste your time with this.

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    Read a newsletter from a pretty reputable webmaster where he listed traffic swarm as his 5th highest traffic source so far in 2004.
    He neglected to mention if he converted any sales because of it though so I'm skeptical.
    Only way I'm gonna know for sure is by monitoring my sales for a couple of weeks.
    not buying any more credits until I see sales go up.

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    Waste of your time and money, don't bother.
    If you do get traffic, it will be useless.

    It is people trying to get free credits, so the visitors aren't 'real' visitors anyway

    How much did you pay for the service?

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    "Read a newsletter from a pretty reputable webmaster where he listed traffic swarm as his 5th highest traffic source so far in 2004."

    That's a warning sign if the 5th highest traffic source is one of these things. When i first started getting into this awhile back when i still had a job and was getting 0 traffic and didn't know anything, i was doing these things. I remember startblaze being one of them. Visit sites, get credits and from these credits get people to visit your site, that kinda thing. The traffic you get is crap, just people doing the same thing you do. Trust me on this, you're wasting time and money with this. You want traffic and sales, that's what affiliates are for Also learn to get free traffic from the search engines and try PPC, but keep a close eye on it.

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    There are some things that people need to learn themselves. I also tried this kind of crap when I had no visitors. It is a waste of time. I cannot imagine people actually paying for it though. I never paid

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    You also have to be careful where the traffic provided by these sorts of services comes from - geographically speaking.

    Many savvy webmasters with bucketloads of crap traffic filter it and then send it to these services to resell. How well is that traffic going to convert if it's all from China, Russia and Korea?

    I did a test a while back with one service offering "10,000 visitors from the USA and Canada". The first two visitors sent through were from the USA, the other 9998 from Canada. :^)

    Boy did I feel stupid!

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    I use TrafficSwarm but I don't purchase any credits from them. I do however receive free exposure and traffic by doing something I do a lot of every day anyways - opening up browser windows. I'm also earning credits off people who I have referred and their referrals as well. I also have even visited sites who had their ads plopped in front of my face that looked interesting.

    Most of trafficswarm users want to make money or gain traffic to existing sites so I promote my AffiliateNetwork.org site as well as NewWebsite.com hosting. Promoting a site that sells prom dresses within the trafficswarm.com network doesn't make to much sense to me. However - I'm pretty sure most of their users have made purchases online so maybe retail consumer sales do occur.

    So anyways - I recommend using TrafficSwarm - just not paying for it.
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    You'll get traffic, but nothing else. It's a waste of your time and money.
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    Tried for a week - the traffic is nearly all internal within the system. The "incentive" nature could cause problems with your affiliate agreement as well.
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    All these click programs are good for is to put your website in front of someone's face for a few seconds.

    I also tried these programs, and still use them occasionally with brand new websites and for my first website. They're good for building traffic stats for some search engines, and I make the odd sale with them, not to forget the Google Adsense clicks.

    I've never tried traffic swarn, someone I really don't like was praising that program when it first came out and that was enough for me never to try it.

    Most people who use them promote internet affiliate programs and MANY, MANY scams and fly-by-night opportunities!

    The best one I have ever used and the one that does still generate sales every now and then is Click-thru.

    But I sure as heck wouldn't count on any of these programs for the bulk of my traffic! That's a complete waste of time. NEVER, EVER pay for traffic with any of them or any programs that tell you they will send you one zillion targeted visitors for $39.99 or less - or more.

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    It's a great way to increase your traffic, but the traffic you get is worthless. They'll view your site for a split second, then go on to the next one.

    If you have a good stats program on your server, it will likely show you a large increase in the number of people who viewed your site for 0-15 seconds.

    Don't waste your time, as others here have pointed out.

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    I am now a merchant....but was an affiliate for two years prior.

    I agree with the people comments above and I am quite impressed that all of oyu are sharing thin information.

    When I first started, I paid quite a bit of money towards gimmicks...10 000 targeted visitors, banner exchange programs, etc.

    I received no affiliate sales.

    I made sales mainly through search engines and PPC. In fact there was a glitch I found in a major search engine here in Canada which was quite unique...I bought 25 hits for $25...Since I was new, I thought this was a good deal. I figured 25 visitors were alot of targeted people. Because most affiliate marketers have been around a while..and many more knowledgable than myself...No one would dare pay a dollar a hit. Since I was ignorant, I was the only one that purchased under that Dollar category.

    Here's the interesting part: Over the weekend they put our search results on sattelite search engines, and since no one was in the office, they didn't pull me from their searches all weekend. Since I was at a dollar...I was at the top of all their search engines. I often had 5000 free hits. This worked for about four or five months until I think they realized I was getting all those hits.

    They even tried to bill me once for $2000, but I said I only agreed to payi $25. The extra hits were their fault...so they didn't charge me and I was still able to use that system for awhile. Now they pull you much quicker.

    Made about $10 000 in affiliate sales over seven months. But the honeymoon period came to an end, and I had to find other PPC, that had much better tracking.

    Let me know if I caqn help you with my affiliate program...I have more experience as an affiliate than I do a merchant, but I think my experience as an affiliate has made me a much better merchant.

    After reading this board.....You affiliates are much more knowledgable than I was as an affiliate.

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    Follow up to my previous post

    Traffic Swarm is totally useless, gave it almost 2 weeks to impress me, saw rise in traffic but it was garbage traffic.
    Cancelled my account, wouldn't recommend it to anyone! Don't waste your time.

    If something seems to good to be true it almost always is!

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    Here's a thought. I am trying to locate other Pagans and send them to my content site. Even if a billboard flashed across their screen for 10 seconds, saying something like, "If you are a Pagan or a witch, click here," it would catch their attention and they would probably click through. I don't care what their own site might be about because we have as great a variety of interests as anyone else. But, I think they might be using things like this in an attempt to promote their vanity pages.

    What do you think? Would it help me find others?
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    Well you could give it a try for a few weeks, but I think what you will really get is meaningless clicks...

    Are you using Google Adwords?? When I Google Pagan I see lotsa WIcca/Pagan Ads along with the regular search results. I don't know when was the last time you just took a look to see what is out there (sometimes in our own fields we neglect to keep up on whats going on as we are too busy with our own sites). There might be some new directories etc that have popped up that might be a better investment of your time.
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    I personally use Trafficswarm only to buy and sell credits. I buy credits for the price of $3/1000 and sell for $4/1000. Is anyone interested in buying some? I can provide 30.000 Trafficswarm credits per week.
    If you are interested in buying, please contact m e at lordubik@gmail.com

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    Go find a sucker somewhere else. You got something that will seduce the SE's into giving me swarms of traffic? Or maybe something from Clickbank that will get me #1 Yahoo listings?

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    I'm not looking for suckers
    I just asked if anyone is intersted in buying credits

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    Hi Liviu,
    Sounds like a waste of time.

    From Romania eh?

    So are my parents..I actually speak Romanian, can't really write it but I'll try:

    Pupem in Cur!
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Read a newsletter from a pretty reputable webmaster where he listed traffic swarm as his 5th highest traffic source so far in 2004.
    He neglected to mention if he converted any sales because of it though so I'm skeptical.
    Only way I'm gonna know for sure is by monitoring my sales for a couple of weeks.
    not buying any more credits until I see sales go up.

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    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I read the same article, also tried it. The guy who wrote that article :
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> About The Author
    Article by Jim Daniels of Make-A-Living-Online.com. If you're interested in starting or growing a business on the Internet, Jim's sites will help you save time and monëy. He's been making a living online since 1996 and knows the ropes. Visit Jim and get your frëe help! http://www.make-a-living-online.com

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Usually worthless articles are easier to spot. For some reason this one got my attention. Maybe because he *wasn't* pushing the free traffic option, rather the paid. If he'd pushed the free option I never would have paid attention. That's a clue for anyone marketing snake oil out there.

    I was pretty careful to keep only one page listed with one or two titles and descriptions webmaster oriented. Very few click throughs from my page to the merchant.

    Also, if you were paying, do realize that the js page that pops up with your payment details is not secure. I went back and removed all details.
    Video Marketing Success eBook -- co-written by webmarm

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    I've been trying it for a while...
    ... and am stopping it today. It does raise your hit counts - a little. I never paid for their clicks. It seems like a big waste of time.

    You get non-targeted traffic because the categories are too general and not monitored for targeted accuracy. Participants get to their own categories, and everyone seems to pick all of them.

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    Tried Traffic Swarm as well as a number of others a couple of years back. Listen to TrustNo1., those programs are dog crap and you will be lucky to get anything out of it except a dent in your checkbook, or a blip. Granted those programs are cheap, but you might as well go down to your local casino and stick the money into the triple diamond slot. You would most likely get a better ROI.

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