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Are traffic exchanges (autosurf + manual) bad for my site?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sfidirectory, Jun 11, 2010.

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Are traffic exchanges (manual = auto) affective in getting REAL visitors for your site?

  1. Yes (both are effective)

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  2. No (both are not effective)

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  3. Manual surfing is effective

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  4. Auto surfing is effective

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  1. sfidirectory

    sfidirectory Senior Member

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    Hi everyone,

    When I first got my website (in my sig) up and running, I thought it would be a good idea to join several traffic exchange sites (autosurf, manual surf etc). Heres the thing... I have noticed ever since I have used traffic exchanges my site's bounce rate is climbing, and I know that has to be a bad thing. So I am just waiting for emails from these traffic exchanges so I can quit all the accounts.

    Also, what is the point of using autosurf traffic exchanges when no real visitor is likely to actually see your pages, and with manual surf exchanges there probably are bots that can simulate clicks (on shapes to move to the next site etc) to automate the manual surfing.

    Since I have created a self hosted Wordpress blog on the site's domain, I can see the bounce rate stabilising (I have linked back to my main site from the blog - in each post).

    If anyone knows of some decent free software that can help me get REAL visitors for my site that would be very much appreciated. I am building backlinks and using social networking which is getting me a few visitors, but any other good suggestions will be good also.

    Cheers and long live BHW!
     
  2. needhits

    needhits Newbie

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    I'm fairly new to this too and did the traffic exchange thing several months ago. Basically what I found is the bounce rate DOES NOT help with rankings etc. (I forget how I found that out). Plus people surfing them are really just trying to get hits to their site. So even if they are viewing manually they'll have another tab open and aren't really seeing your site. It's a zero sum game because that is basically what everyone is doing.

    I think the only ones who get any use out of traffic exchanges are other traffic exchanges advertising a "grass is greener " scenario. After little checking it turns out many of them work together.

    Take care
     
  3. sfidirectory

    sfidirectory Senior Member

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    Cheers for your opinion,

    I have been doing this for 2 years on other sites I used to run and I didn't really see the negative impact they had until I discovered Google Analytics. I persevered after a while but in the last month or so I have given up on them completely, and from now on when I get an email from an account I hold, I'm just going to cancel each account. Don't care if I have millions of hits available because I have learn't my mistake and lessons that they don't really do jack shit in terms of boosting real visitors, enquiries and rankings etc.
     
  4. kadaj

    kadaj Newbie

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    bounce rates are inevitable but my alexa ranking has been climbing ever since i used hitleap. Not sure if alexa ranking helps