Here’s My Take On Traffic Ad Bar.
You might have heard of Traffic Ad Bar. You might even be a member. If you are, then you already have experience with the platform and my review won’t help you a lot. What I have to say just might make you look at things a little differently, so I’ll ask you to read on.
I first heard of Traffic Ad Bar when one of the Wealthy Affiliate members I follow posted a question about it, whether it was legit or a scam. (By the way, I hope you’re not scared off by the words Wealthy Affiliate, some people seem to have a strong opinion about it.) I decided to do a little research myself to find out what it was, since I basically had no idea.
Right now I’m on the outside looking in on this one, so take that into consideration as you read my post.
First, The Basics.
Traffic Ad Bar was founded in 2009 by Darren Merrett, so its been around for 10 years now (I’m writing this in 2019). It’s a free to join site, with a few upgrades. It operates as a traffic exchange.
Traffic exchanges work like this: You join an exchange, and can list your website(s) or URLs on the exchange. You then attract visitors to your site in exchange for your visiting other member websites. Usually there’s a ratio involved, whether its 1:1 or different depends on the exchange, and when that ratio is reached your site is made available to other members to visit as well.
The purpose of traffic exchanges is to increase traffic to your website, opening up the opportunity to build a referral list and perhaps get some visitors to purchase your offering. You can get a lot of traffic, up to several thousand visitors per day.
Traffic Ad Bar is one of those websites.
From my research, its one of the more versatile traffic exchanges, and it offers more opportunities, but they come with a cost, which is fairly small compared to a lot of other websites that offer upgrades to their services. Here’s the list:
- Pro Lite – $9.99/mo
- Pro – $19.99/mo
- Platinum – $39.99/mo
With the free sign-up you can list up to 5 URLs. With the upgrades you can list more; 8, 10, and 20 as you upgrade. Of course, the higher upgrades allow more URLs.
Rather than go through the whole list of what comes with each level, here’s a chart.
As you can see, with Traffic Ad Bar you earn points when you visit other websites in the exchange. The more points you earn, the higher up the 17-level ladder you climb and the more visitors you get to your website. Once you get to level 10, you are pretty much guaranteed over a thousand visitors every three days.
Here’s a You Tube review of Traffic Ad Bar that will explain things pretty well. One of the main issues that I didn’t have a warm and fuzzy feel for at first was just what did the points you earn do for you? The only answer I’ve found is that they move you up the ladder so you get more visitors to your website.
Anyway, check out the video. It’s about 12 minutes long.
Their representation of the 17-level ladder looks kind of like a Christmas tree, or that drawing of the Tower of Babel you see in some bibles. I’m not saying that its a bad thing, just that it looks like that to me.
Is Traffic Ad Bar Going To Help Your Business?
That’s a good question. We all want traffic to our websites, and we all know that in the beginning its hard to get. It’s pretty tempting to sign up for something that will bring a lot of fresh traffic on a regular basis.
Here’s one of the main problems, as I see it.
Your visitors only stay for a minimum of 10 seconds, then they move on. After a while you get quite a few repeat visitors too, as people try to visit a lot of sites to gain points.
When your visitor only stays for 10 seconds, do you think that he or she will become interested enough to come back and take a good look?
I’d say that you’d have to have a really awesome, shiny, and attractive landing page to get anyone to really notice.
Does All That Traffic Show Up in Analytics?
It should, and I think it does, but I read one comment where the person said that it didn’t for him. He had only been trying it for about a month, though, so it might take a little longer to register. That person gave Traffic Ad Bar 5 stars out of 5, so he must not have been too disappointed.
Another commenter said that she was banned from Google Adsense when she started using Traffic Ad Bar.
Anyway, back to the help or not question. If a lot of visitors increases your page or post’s rankings with the search engines, that could help quite a bit. That was my first thought. If you’re an affiliate marketer with a blog and just getting started, getting traffic can be a slow process.
Also, you could build up your business by capturing some of those visitors to your email list. It doesn’t take long to sign up, and if your landing page grabs their attention, you can add quite a few to your list.
Other than that, I don’t see how a lot of 10-second visits do much for sales.
I have to say that I haven’t found much in the way of negative opinions. Most of the research I’ve done is positive.
That leads me to believe that the site’s legit, and not a scam.
Traffic Ad Bar Has An Affiliate Program.
Pretty much all the reviews I’ve watched or read recommend upgrading to one of the paid levels, preferably Premium. Call me a cynic, but I think that one of the reasons is that there’s no commission paid on the free membership, because there’s not any money involved.
Also, the higher your level, the higher your commission on people you get to join Traffic Ad Bar. Here’s the commission structure:
As you can see, if you’re a free member, your commissions are a lot lower than if you’re in a higher level, and Platinum are highest if you’re a platinum member. You can earn commission with a free membership, though.
Should You Join?
I can’t answer that for you. I haven’t closed off the idea myself, but I’m not a leaper, and I need to ponder and consider on things for a while before I move. I can see that Traffic Ad Bar would bring traffic to my site, but would it be targeted and would it really benefit me?
Maybe there’s something I’m missing here and its a great idea to join, but I don’t see it yet.
Another question I have is “Do I have time to visit a bunch of web sites, even at the rate of 6 per minute, just to get 10 second visits to my own?
Like I said, I’ll have to think about it.
I can see potential, but I can see drawbacks.
I hope my post has given you some insight into Traffic Ad Bar. It’s not written as a conventional review, more as my thoughts gleaned from my research. Add what I’ve written to your knowledge base and do some research on your own.
A Word About Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate is a very large and established website, focused on training members to become successful affiliate marketers. Because of its size, it tends to be dominant in the industry, and there are those who don’t like the “big dog”.
It’s usually the “little dogs” that don’t like the “big dog”.
I’ve been a member for over two years, and my opinion is that its the best training you can get for affiliate marketing online. That’s why they are so big.
WA has free Starter membership as well. In fact, they encourage you to join for free and get some training before deciding whether to upgrade or not.
Thanks for reading my post.
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