Best Places to Advertise – July Stats

Wow.  It’s been awhile since I have done one of these.

In case you are new here… I am an Internet marketer and I track my stats.  Every month I like to go back and look to see where all of my traffic is coming from and see which traffic sources are making me the most money.  Once I have that information I can know where to focus my advertising to make more money next month.  Neat, huh?

At the moment I am focusing on promoting my Safelist Marketing Tactics website.  Since I am mostly using free traffic sources I am promoting this splash page.

Just a quick disclaimer… these are my own personal stats.  I make no guarantees that my results will be the same as yours.  There are probably better places to advertise.  These are just a few sources that are working for me.

Ok, ready?

Safelists

List Joe – Hits: 2,939  Clicks: 237  Sign-ups: 49
List Auction – Hits: 1,233  Clicks: 97  Sign-ups: 22
AdSolutionline – Hits: 2,793 Clicks: 100  Sign-ups: 15
Elite Safelist – Hits: 1,608  Clicks: 58  Sign-ups: 10
European Safelist – Hits: 950  Clicks: 34  Sign-ups: 10

No big surprises here.  My site is geared towards safelists so it makes sense that I would get a lot of sign-ups here.  List Joe has always been my top performer and it continues to get me the most sign-ups every month.

The only real surprise here is European Safelist.  I resisted  joining this site for years.  I decided to give it a shot last month.  The site doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but it seems to be working better than a lot of more popular safelists.

Traffic Exchanges

Tezak Traffic Power – Hits: 3,083  Clicks: 87  Sign-ups: 23
Traffic Splash – Hits: 1,967  Clicks: 56  Sign-ups: 8
Dragon Surf – Hits: 3,170  Clicks: 48  Sign-ups: 8
I Love Hits – Hits: 4,137  Clicks: 58  Sign-ups: 6

Wow.  Tezak Traffic Power rocks!  This brand new traffic exchange has been breaking all sorts of records.  Definitely a good place to advertise your splash pages and lead capture pages to reach a large audience.

Text Ad Exchanges

Muscle Mail – Hits: 853  Clicks: 36  Sign-ups: 8

I gave up on text ad exchanges for awhile.  There’s just too many of them giving away too much free stuff to make them worth while.  I decided to try and give them another shot last month.  I joined about 20 text ad exchanges with over 1,000 members each.  The results… meh!  I got a few sign-ups but not enough to make it worth working with them every day.

Muscle Mail is the only text ad exchange that has continuously performed for me month after month.  Not sure why.  I guess it has been around longer than most text ad exchanges and targets a slightly different crowd.

That’s it!  I mean I had plenty of other sign-ups from random places but those are the big ones that you can use to promote your own splash pages and lead capture pages.

Make sure you track your results!  That’s the biggest mistake most new marketers make.  Knowing where your traffic and sign-ups are coming from is the easiest way to tailor your marketing campaigns to get the best results for your efforts.

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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.

Safelists
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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Quick Tab Change Improves TE Surfing

I just received an email from Jay Hines about a bunch of major changes on his Quick Tab Change program.

For those who don’t already know… Jay Hines created Quick Tab Change as a way to make earning credits on multiple traffic exchange programs easier by assigning a key on your keyboard that lets you switch between tabs on your browser. It doesn’t sound like much but you would be surprised how many more credits you can earn from traffic exchanges using Quick Tab Change.

The software itself has stayed mostly the same except there are now two versions of Quick Tab Change: Pro and Lite. They are pretty similar except the Pro version loads quicker and has a few more options.

Most of the big changes are in the Quick Tab Change site itself. QTC has been one of my best performing affiliate programs for awhile since it is such a valuable tool that almost every traffic exchange user will want to use. There are now a lot more options for rebranding Quick Tab Change with your own affiliate links in many other top converting free affiliate programs. There are also a few new OTOs that so far are converting much better than the old site.

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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.

Safelists
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
AdExchangers
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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Ranking the Top 10 Traffic Exchanges

This past week one of my most favorite websites (Affiliate Funnel) did a relaunch of sorts unveiling a brand new system for ranking the top traffic exchange sites.

Affiliate Funnel has ranked the top traffic exchange for awhile but they are now getting a little more scientific by basing there rankings on a variety of factors including user opinions, number of new members, and total number of hits. The results, which are tracked every week, present a fascinating window into how different exchanges stack up against one another.

Affiliate Funnel ranks the top traffic exchanges every Friday based on the results of the previous week. Being about 4:20 on Friday morning I am now getting a peek at which traffic exchanges ranked in the top 10 from this first week of testing. Very cool stuff.

Check out this week’s top 10 traffic exchanges now… CLICK HERE

Of course, the best way to figure out which exchanges will work best for you is to test them yourself and track the results. Just because an exchange performs well for some people does not mean that it will work just as well for what you are promoting. Still, with hundreds of traffic exchanges to choose from the top 10 traffic exchanges from Affiliate Funnel make a great starting point.