The Top 10 Safelists for 2021

I have been actively involved in safelist marketing since 2007 and have been sharing my monthly stats here since 2008.  Below is a list of what I consider to be the best safelists for 2021.

This is my first time doing a yearly top 10 list.  What I did was I went back through all of my stats from 2020 and compiled all of the data from all of my ad campaigns and ranked them by the total number of conversions I received from them over the year.
These stats came from a combination of lead capture pages that I used to build my list as well as splash pages that I used to promote my own safelist.  Some of the campaigns were good.  Some were not.  I just lumped everything together here to hopefully give a fair example of what the average user could expect.
While all of the safelists below do offer free memberships I often try to buy upgrades when I can afford them.  I also do spend some time most days reading ads from other members so that i can earn enough credits to send my ads to the maximum number of people as often as possible.
Here we go!
Mister Safelist is my baby.  I have owned and operated it since 2011.  It’s a bit of a cheat putting it at the top of this list but since I don’t test it the way I do other safelists there is no way for me to know exactly where it would rank.  I do promote it constantly to bring in new members and while activity remains high I am always looking for new ways to make it better.  After you join all of the sites below I would love to have you join and tell me what you think.

#1 – European Safelist – Hits: 79,628  Sign-ups: 76

European Safelist continues it’s reign at the top of the online safelist charts.   Launched in 2007 with over 16,000 members if you’re looking to get your ads seen fast this is one of the best places to do it.  Upgraded memberships are super cheap and well worth the cost for the ability to send your ads every day.  Highly recommended!


#2 – State Of The Art Mailer – Hits: 32,853  Sign-ups: 47
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State Of The Art Mailer uses a unique “button escalation” system that allows you to increase the number of members you can mail by looking at ads.  Free members can reach 500 members every 7 days but can increase that to 3,000 members with their credits.  Upgrades allow you to jump up to higher button levels and email every 3 days.  The top level button upgrades aren’t cheap but even the low levels work great for the number of mails you can send.  This is just a fantastic site that never fails to impress me with how active it’s members are.  Highly recommended!


#3 – ViralURL – Hits: 1,610  Sign-ups: 34

ViralURL specializes in offering advanced shortening, cloaking, and link tracking services.  I don’t really care about any of those things.  All I know is that the “Random Mailer”offered here consistently gives me the highest percentage of sign-ups per emails sent.  Give this one a try and I think you will be just as impressed as I continue to be.


#4 – Leads N Profits – Hits: 10,168  Sign-ups: 30

Leads N Profits had a big launch towards the end of 2019 and it’s momentum carried it well into 2020.  It doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention lately though so I suspect we won’t see this on next year’s list.  However, even at the start of 2021 my emails are still out performing most of the other lists I use.  Try and it and see for yourself.


#6 – Traffic Leads 2 Income VM – Hits: 15,518  Sign-ups: 19

Traffic Leads 2 Income Viral Mailer has the longest title of any safelist on this list.  It also has one of the most passionate owners working tirelessly behind the scenes to help keep activity high.  I like it a lot and I have no problem recommending it to anyone looking for good quality traffic for their ads.


#7 – List Adventure – Hits: 19,924  Sign-ups: 18

List Adventure is one of the oldest safelists on this list.  It’s fun to scroll back to 2013 in the mailing history and see how much traffic my ads generated.  While not as active as it was 8 years ago there are still more active members here than most of the newer lists I use.  Well worth joining if you’re not already a member.


#8 – List Avail – Hits: 13,600 Sign-ups: 18

List Avail features “bonus views” for upgraded members that show your ads to other members after they use the mailer.  This boosts your CTR% and keeps your ads in front of the most active members.  This is a quality safelist from top to bottom.


#9 – TezzerMail – Hits: 9,211 Sign-ups: 16

TezzerMail not only has the distinction of being operated by the team who designed the LFMVM mailer script that most modern safelists run on today but their many years of experience in the traffic exchange industry is what makes this one of the best safelists around today. I feel like I have only scratched the surface of what is available here so expect to see this one rise for me over the new year.


#10 – List Nerds – Hits: 5,377 Sign-ups: 16

List Nerds was relaunched in 2020 as part of the Click, Track, Profit network of sites. Thanks to this addition the site has been infused with new life that has resulted in increased activity and higher response rates. Keep an eye on this one and watch it continue to grow into 2021.


And that’s my list!  Please note that I don’t use every safelist out there and there are probably some great ones that’s I’ve never heard of.  Feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments and let me know what you think of my list.  I’d love to hear from you!


My Best Traffic Sources for Lead Capture Pages

What?  Oh yeah, apparently I still have a blog.  Sorry.  I’ve slacked off pretty hard on updates.  I had a good run for awhile but offline responsiblities have been taking up most of my time.  I want to at least keep these monthly stats coming to you but last month I missed recording them and one of the only major flaws with my tracker is the inability to pull stats from specific date ranges.

As usual, these stats are from my own efforts promoting a lead capture page for my ebook “Traffic Success Formula”.  Obviously, your results may not be the same as mine.

So, here we go…

Traffic Exchanges
Mythology Surf – 15
BootScootin’Traffic – 11
Traffic Splash – 8
ts25 – 8
ILoveHits – 5

Ok, I probably spent less than an hour actually surfing traffic exchanges last month so those results are actually much better than I would have expected.  Nice to know I can take some time off and still get residual traffic and sign-ups from the work I did a few months ago.

ListJoe – 35
Elite Safelist – 14
Newage Safelist – 13
AdTactics – 8
List Auction – 8
Global Safelist – 8

I may not have had time to surf the traffic exchanges but I did a good job up keeping up with my daily safelist mailings.  ListJoe is at the top of the list as always but I was surprised to see relatively smaller safelists like Elite Safelist and Newage Safelist performing so well.

Text Ad Echanges
Traffic Swarm – 22
Maximum Profits – 7

I have virtually killed off using all of my text ad exchanges.  Traffic Swarm has always been a winner but if you are looking to try one of the many text ad exchanges out there then Maximum Profits is worth a shot giving me 7 verified sign-ups last month.

JV Giveaways
Daddy’s Birthday Giveaway – 46

There haven’t been many giveaway events lately that have been worth joining.  Obviously Daddy’s Birthday Giveaway was a winner but I think the doors are closing on that one tomorrow and so far I don’t have a replacement.  If you grab a free copy of my ebook top of the page I will be sure to send you an update when the next hot new jv giveaway event launches which, in my opinion, is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get sign-ups while doing the least amount of work.

Ok, that about covers it for this month.  I’ll try to post more often when I have the time and content worth sharing.  If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to post them below.

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Best Places to Advertise – December Stats

Sorry, I am late again.

I know this is a pretty popular feature on this blog but unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot to report this month.  I spent a good chunk of December traveling and doing light shows around the midwest so I didn’t have as much time to spend promoting as I normally do.  Still, i’ll give you what I got.

The following stats come from promoting my own “Traffic Success Formula” ebook which was created to show people how to take advantage of free advertising programs to promote their business.  These are just some of the places I used for advertising during the month of December 2008.

Traffic Exchanges
As I said, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to surf in December so I didn’t get much TE traffic in December.  I did purchase a few credit packages and had plenty of residual traffic coming from my downlines and from credits I had left over from previous months.  Still, here’s my top traffic exchanges:

1. Dragon Surf – 8
2. Traffic Splash – 6
3. ILoveHits – 3

Not real impressive, is it?  Don’t worry.  As soon as I get caught up with some other things I am working on I plan to spend the rest of the month surfing my butt off.  Hopefully I will have some better number for you at the end of January.  In the mean time, see how the top 20 traffic exchanges are ranked over at Affiliate Funnel.

I did mange to keep up with my safelist advertising in December but I decided to switch gears a little bit and promote my top money making program (OBA) instead so that I would have some extra money this month to spend on advertising.  I earned an extra $100 just from safelists but since I was promoting an affiliate site I didn’t track where all the sales were coming from.  Sorry.

If you want to know which safelists I get the best results from check out the links on the side of my blog.

Text Ad Exchanges
Ok, it’s offical.  Text ad exchanges are dead!  Well, maybe not all of them but over the last few months I have seen my conversions in text ad exchanges skyrocket and now plummet back to the earth like a sack of potatoes.  The problem is that there are now so many new text ad exchanges opening up that nobody is bothering to stick around long enough to actually use them.

For example, earlier today I counted over 300 text ad exchanges that are giving away promo codes for new members.  These promo codes can be exchanged for solo ads, banner ads, or text ads on the exchanges.  The problem is who is going to stick around long enough to actually read your ads for credits when there are that many exchanges giving away ads for free?

And the quality of the exchanges have dropped considerably too.  I saw a site offering to sell people their own text ad exchange for less than $10/month.  That means over the next few months you are going to start seeing hundreds of new cookie cutter text ad exchanges running on servers that make my old trs-80 look like a speed demon.

I just finished putting almost all of my text ad exchange accounts on “vacation mode” to stop receiving emails from them.  Still, there are a few that are worth keeping.  Mainly because they continue to produce good results or I know the owners are working hard to build their exchanges.  Here’s what’s left:

Traffic Swarm
Maximum Profits
Traffic Station
Muscle Mail

If you want to recommend some to me that are worth joining please post a comment and I will test them out.

JV Giveaway Events
JV Giveaways were once again my top source for getting sign-ups in December mainly because they take so little effort to promote.  The “Merry Christmas” giveaway got me 28 new referrals and so far this month’s “New Year” giveaway has gotten me 57 new sign-ups.

Unfortunately JV giveaways events can be a little tricky when determining which ones to join.  If you want to know which giveaways to join your best bet is to sign-up on my email list at the top of the page (check the free ebook) and I will email you when a good event is launching.

That’s all for now.  If you have any comments or want to recommend other sources of advertising please feel free to leave a comment.

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