My goodness, someone uses traffic exchange to draw traffic to Hubs

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  1. profile image54
    Siew Chengposted 14 years ago

    Yesterday I was surfing easyhits4u, and came across one hubber using easyhits4u to generate traffic to her hub.
    Hopefully nobody clicks on the google ad that is so prominently displayed on her hub.  It's very risky to use any traffic exchange.  Google will definitely cancel the Adsense account for invalid clicks.
    Wonder if Hubpages allow traffic exchange if no google ad is displayed?

    1. thoufeeq profile image60
      thoufeeqposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Its a great foolishness to use traffic exchange sites to draw traffic to the hubs. If you write good quality, appealing and compelling content, then traffic comes naturally.

      1. Misha profile image64
        Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Sure it does. In the next century lol

        1. Anti-Valentine profile image73
          Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Misha, imagine in 2109, your clenched fist bursts through the ground in a shallow grave, as you try to shout, "I reached 10 000 000 hits and adsense payout- finally!"

          Sorry. lol

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          Ghost32posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Misha, are you by any chance involved in avatar exchange?  I can't keep up?  lol

  2. ngureco profile image81
    ngurecoposted 14 years ago

    Shoot them an email.

  3. Berogra profile image60
    Berograposted 14 years ago

    I didn't know that traffic exchanging was not allowed, thanks for the heads up smile. You should definitely warn the person because I doubt she would be aware.

  4. Dale Mazurek profile image63
    Dale Mazurekposted 14 years ago

    That is so why people need to read the TOS on anything they do.

    I used to do exchanges(not any more, waste of time) and I used to cringe every time I came a cross a page with adsense on it because I knew this persons days were numbered with Adsense.

    Exchanges are one of the biggest no-no's with Adsense.

  5. soni2006 profile image76
    soni2006posted 14 years ago

    Yes traffic exchange is not advised for adsense publishers.

  6. newcash101 profile image37
    newcash101posted 14 years ago

    Bad move

  7. kmackey32 profile image64
    kmackey32posted 14 years ago

    Was it me? LOL

  8. quicksand profile image80
    quicksandposted 14 years ago

    Most traffic exchanges warn its members not to forward sites that contain adsense ads.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's not true, in fact many traffic exchanges look exactly like blog directories.  I signed up for a couple, in all innocence, when I was doing directory listings for my belly dance website. I did notice that you were encouraged to visit other members' blogs, but I thought that was just a community thing.

      A few days later, I came across a post in one of their forums asking if their site contravened Adsense TOS and the reply was no, they didn't believe so, because their method was "different". 

      Then it dawned on me what "traffic exchange" meant, and I deleted my memberships!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's not true.  There are a couple of sites out there that claim they're "not really" traffic exchanges because they dress themselves up as blog directories.  Read their FAQ and they say that they "don't believe" they contravene the Adsense TOS but they're not categoric about it.  I'm sure a lot of bloggers get taken in by it.

      Newbies don't understand the different between passing traffic and clicking traffic, that's why they get sucked in by sites like this, Stumbleupon and Entrecard.

  9. profile image0
    rethansmithposted 14 years ago

    Traffic exchanges are rather pointless anyway.  People would rarely take the time to check things out - they just want more credits so that more people can just mull over their site for more credits.

    A vicious cycle really...

  10. carpesomediem profile image60
    carpesomediemposted 14 years ago

    Maybe I have more faith in my writing than the folks that stoop to these levels to gain traffic, but I think that the hard work you put into hubs is the reason people keep coming back to read my work and why I've been successful here at HubPages.

  11. Maddie Ruud profile image72
    Maddie Ruudposted 14 years ago

    Using traffic exchanges is against our rules.  Please flag any hubs you find that are making use of traffic exchanges as "other" and note the reason for flagging.

    1. profile image54
      Siew Chengposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I know that using traffic exchange can result in termination of Google Adsense account, but I do not know that it is against Hubpages TOS as well.  Judging from the responses here, many hubbers are not aware of it either.
      Probably Hubpages can blast an email to warn against such practice.

  12. getpaidtopost profile image40
    getpaidtopostposted 14 years ago

    As most of the traffic exchange systems only show your site for a set time like 10sec or so this will only generate negative results as far as hub scoring goes.

  13. profile image0
    HubTubposted 14 years ago

    If you participate in traffic exchange programs and don't click on other people's ads, do you really believe anyone else is sincerely interested in clicking on your ads?

    A high credit score in traffic exchange programs will do nothing for you except perhaps make you go blind and give you carpal tunnel syndrome.  Of course, there are those that just get a kick out of looking at all the worthless points they just racked up.

    They could be spending their time more wisely, such as writing creative HubPages.

  14. Anti-Valentine profile image73
    Anti-Valentineposted 14 years ago

    The google AdSense TOS uses a lot of legalese (legal terms), but if you google a phrase like "things that violate AdSense TOS" or AdSense TOS, you'll find lists laid out in layman's terms. is referred to a lot as having a good list of common mistakes that AdSense publishers make. A lot of people have copied this list too.

    Here's the list: … ublishers/

  15. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    LOL Not me, but the followers of this advice smile

    1. Anti-Valentine profile image73
      Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, a lot of people will argue that you need to do more than "write good quality, appealing and compelling content, then traffic comes naturally." I think that's the first, albeit important step.

      And there are all these other steps afterwards one needs to take to get some good traffic.

      Too many to list here.

  16. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Actually it is not the first step. The first step is to understand about what exactly you are going to write. smile

    But yeah, I never said the text itself is not important. It is, it is just not enough to make any money smile

    1. Anti-Valentine profile image73
      Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well, you know what I mean, the whole process- which could then be subdivided into other steps.


  17. bgpappa profile image80
    bgpappaposted 14 years ago

    Seems to me traffic exchanges are a waste of time.

    Good quility content is the key to good traffic;

    or pictures of half naked Inidan girls seems to work as well.

    1. Anti-Valentine profile image73
      Anti-Valentineposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Lots of that here. As far as I'm concerned they don't even need to be Indian.

  18. bgpappa profile image80
    bgpappaposted 14 years ago

    Fair Point Anti-Valentine

  19. Angel Of Love profile image61
    Angel Of Loveposted 14 years ago

    I think its explicitly written in Adsense TOS

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes it is, but that doesn't mean that newbies even know what the words "traffic exchange" means.   I mean, we're all used to places like Stumbleupon, and a traffic exchange is only one small step from that, really.

  20. Research Analyst profile image73
    Research Analystposted 14 years ago

    Traffic exchanges is a magnet for newbies who are trying to get traffic to their blogs and websites, so the only person making money with this are the owners of the exchange, and those who are building a opt-in list to sell an ebook on "how to get more traffic to your website."

    So if you want to set up your own traffic exchange then you would promote it on other traffic exchanges, because your target audience will be newbies who want traffic.

    But if your product or service is not about "how to get traffic" then there is no use in using these sites.

  21. deefoster profile image59
    deefosterposted 14 years ago

    the only one i ever found worth while was traffic swarm. but of course I dont use it with adsense sites

  22. profile image52
    liama612posted 14 years ago

    Traffic exchange programs used to bring more visitors on the site. many sites are designed to help you promote your site by growing the number of visitors that really view your site. Traffic exchange program is an essential factor to promote a site.

  23. rumbling profile image50
    rumblingposted 14 years ago

    Although I don't use traffic exchanges I wasn't aware that it was not allowed in hubpages , Most likely who ever is using this is also not aware of this

  24. Gemsong profile image59
    Gemsongposted 14 years ago

    And again thanks to you folks I learn something new. I never heard of traffic exchange until now. Thanks for the info.

  25. profile image0
    TMinutposted 14 years ago

    Entrecard?! I was about to ask about that, so it IS one hmmm? That's where I started when I blogged, helped a great deal finding out about blogging and reading way too much online! I applied for entrecard on one of my blogs that's linked to my hub profile here, guess I'd better take it off.

    Or do I take it...never mind, I don't think it applies but I don't know what I'm talking about here. Linking to an entrecard enabled site is okay, true? My HubPage account would be fine but the entrecard site is the one that I can't have adsense on?

    I'm one of those "not quite young anymore" people that usually goes to one of her kids with the computer questions, can you tell?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Entrecard isn't classified as traffic exchanges, however it operates on a similar principle - looking at each other's blogs. 

      The traffic you get from Entrecard is rather like the traffic you get from other Hubbers - nice for the ego, but they're not usually looking to buy anything, so the conversion rate is very low.

  26. profile image0
    TMinutposted 14 years ago

    Now I really don't get it - I see that people are suggesting things like this: Digg, facebook, stumbleupon, twitter.
    Aren't these traffic exchanges too? The poster above said entrecard and stumbleupon are. Maybe not facebook, that's something like a blog site I think, not sure, but the others? I know HubPages isn't because we don't advertise on others' hubs, people who know how just link to other relevant hubs they like.

    Can someone just list a couple other traffic exchange sites vs NOT traffic exchanges so I can go try to see what the difference is?


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