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Any good thing about buying traffic?

  1. vietnamese profile image79
    vietnameseposted 8 years ago

    I know there are plenty of things said about buying traffic: "Don't buy traffic!" But had anyone on this forum have a better experience? It doesn't necessary more sales, but how about for lead generation from a business stand point?

    1. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I think you've come up with the best answer so far yourself.

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      terrygposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Based upon on your site, which I do not know, you may have a landing page for leads that you can use on a traffic exchange. You never know, someone may be interested, and its free with a small effort.

    3. Inspirepub profile image89
      Inspirepubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      It really depends on what you mean by "buy traffic".

      If you mean buying links via a paid link exchange or paid directory then you want to be pretty careful. Google are working hard to discount paid links in their algorithm, and will penalise you if you get caught.

      If you mean buying traffic via pay-per-click advertising (e.g. Google Adwords - as Mark says the service from which all the Adsense ads on HP come) then lots of people do that. It's the entire basis of the Google empire.

      What matters then is what is your conversion rate - how many clicks does it take per sale/lead.

      If you make $2 for every $1 you spend "buying traffic" then I'd be buying as much traffic as I can afford (using totally kosher white-hat means like Adwords, Yahoo PPC etc etc).

      Chris (my partner) was talking to an Affiliate Marketer on the weekend (he's one of the biggest in Oz). He makes over $3M per year, and spends over $100,000 PER MONTH on pay-per-click ads (you get you own personal Google Account Manager at that point).

      However, if you only make $0.50 for every $1 you spend, then you'll go out backwards real fast. Prior to mid-2006 you could with care make money via arbitrage between Adwords and Adsense - i.e. using low cost keywords to drive traffic to higher paying keyword ads. After that time Google allows advertisers to pay less for ads that show on our sites (including HubPages) comapred to ads that show next to a Google Search - meaning this strategy is no longer really viable.

      So yes it ok to "buy traffic" as long as you are using above board means, and you run your numbers to make sure it makes good business sense - which is doesn't on HubPages.

      As spuds says good content that people want to read and want to link to is what works here.


  2. waynet profile image48
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Bwahahahahahahaha! buy traffic.....What next? Buy a car?....bwahahahahahaha!

  3. waynet profile image48
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Seriously though buying traffic does you no good!

    If you have money to burn, then buying traffic is for you, just think of all the free ways you can target traffic if only you apply some planned effort, then you can wave at the idiots who do pay for traffic as they pass you by!.

    1. vietnamese profile image79
      vietnameseposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      This means that I have to work, putting in extra hours heheheheehe.... I was trying to see if there is such thing as easy ways out smile Is there any other bad things in term of search engine and SEO beside losing your money? I was just wondering if why so many still sale traffic, just curious that's all. I guess they're selling to the newbies or curious and experimenting persons like me... smile

  4. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    I think it depends what you are selling. Every google advertiser is "buying" traffic. If it wasn't for them, none of us wold be making any money on adsense smile

    And I know people who make a profit from buying traffic. Hard to do if your income stream is adsense though.

    1. vietnamese profile image79
      vietnameseposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That's what I thought! You can't put up a website and then buy traffic... Of course that is a no-no! I'll think about this more and put this into good use....  Thanks Mark!

  5. spuds profile image21
    spudsposted 8 years ago

    Don't buy traffic! concentrate on making good hubs and generating genuine traffic.