Saturday, September 19, 2009

How to earn through Traffic Exchange - TE

Next on my online earning journey is being involved with TRAFFIC EXCHANGE sites or what we call TE. I was a little bit frustrated with my PTC earnings, I have been clicking for 4 months, and have so many pending payments in sites that later on turned to scam. It was a waste of time and effort.

I told my brother about what I was doing, and he mentioned why not get paid to blog. Not giving up, I started to search for ways to earn by blogging. Sure did, I found some really good sites that pays you to write an article and post it in your blog. I have been a blogger for years, so I kind of like the idea of getting paid to blog. But there was one requirement there, the alexa rank of my blogsites should be higher and from what I saw in my sites, they were not.
Searching on how to make the blogsite rank higher, I came across advertising...

and this is where my traffic exchange earnings began...


What is aTE?
TE or Traffic Exchange is also an advertising website, just like PTC. The only difference here is that we are not paid to click on website ads, what we get are credits so we can advertise our sites too, and have it in rotation at the TE we are a member of. At a Traffic Exchange we surf, and there is a timer, once the timer is done we click a symbol so the next ad will come out. This is really what I call free advertising. But you have to surf there in order for you to get that free advertising of your sites to earn credits. Credits is what you use to put in your site so it will be rotated and get seen by other members.

There are two kinds of traffic exchange sites, one is the manual traffic exchange and the other is the auto traffic exchange. The difference between the two, with the manual you are sure enough someone is looking at your advertisement, and with the auto you dont even know if it is getting noticed, since people just leave it on for autosurfing. In a way autosurf TEs is also good if all you want is some traffic to your sites for higher ranking.

How to earn by TE?
We dont only get credits in TE for surfing, we also get some cash in it. To earn in TE, one must become a member first (of course), and have an ALERTPAY and/or PAYPAL account, which you can apply for free. Almost all TE sites are free to join, so one can start advertising and earning right away without having to invest money in it. The most important part of a traffic exchange is that you should have something to advertise. If you are here only just to earn money, your account can be deleted as there are some sites that requires you to have your website in rotation too.

Each TE site has their own payout. Some require you to have a minimum of $10.00 before you can cash out, others are $15.00, and the highest I have seen is $40.00. Some pays instantly, some you will have to wait for days.

To earn here, one needs to be active in surfing. Most of the traffic exchange sites out there have some contests, and the prizes includes cash, credits, and even upgrades. Some other sites offer surf for cash, what does it means? It means that for every site you surfed a certain amount is added to your account, but its very little really and you need to surf everyday for it.

There are many TE sites that have cash prizes in the pages while surfing, you can see them and you need to click them. The highest that I know of a prize page is $100.00. Other cash prizes could be as low as $0.001.

There are some TE sites that have what they call a jackpot mod, you can see them at my Traffic Exchange Sites that Pays, where I have posted payment proofs.

There are surfing contests here where we can win some cash, credits, and upgrades. Some last for only a day, others last for a week. Some other TEs will have joint surfing contests with other sites, and this one you need to surf the other TE too, if you are not a member of the other TE, you have to sign-up there and surf also. There are some TEs that even if they have joint surf, you dont really need to join the other site that you are not a member of. Sometimes you need to surf only 100 sites, at other sites more than that to be entered into drawing. I have won in many surfing contests. If the contest say surf 100, and your target is only to surf that, make it like 105 or 110, as the prize pages are not counted. If you surf only the exact number of sites, you may not be entered into drawing as prize page are not counted (this is just what I noticed).

There are sites that offers a little cash while surfing, you need to surf a certain number of sites, then a cash link will come out at the surf bar, and you need to click it to claim it.

Sometimes a traffic exchange site will offer referral contest, here comes your need to advertise such site in other TEs, this is so you will get referrals for that site having a referral contest. The prizes go as high as $150.00 for the top 1 or even more than that, this happens in big traffic exchange sites. Other sites that are still starting offers an amount like $10.00 for the top prize. I have won some referral contests, and it really feels good that my effort was paid off. At some other sites, you dont win cash, what they offer are credits, and upgrades. Upgrade is also important, as when you are upgraded you get more credits when you surf and you get a higher commission.

You will get commissions here too, it is explained below. This one is really the best as you earn without having to work hard for it.

Some suggestions to maximize your TE earnings
Before joining any TE site,make sure you have a site to advertise in there too. Your blog site, or referral links of other sites. It is really important. That is what a traffic exchange is for, you surf to look at other people's sites, and they in return will see what you are advertising.

The good of advertising your website is that, there will be a chance that you get referrals in one of your sites, say a PTC and earn more from there.

Also advertise the TE you are a member of in other sites too. This is also important, why, because there are people out there that don't have time to surf, and what they only do is buy advertising credits, or upgrade, when they do that you earn commissions from their purchases. I have had some traffic exchange sites where I am a member and I was fortunate enough to have paid referrals there.

When you have paid referrals already, try to upgrade yourself, this is important, it is because free members earns a small percentage of the commission like 10% of the purchases made by your referrals. Whereas if you are an upgraded member and your referral makes purchases, you get 40%, some even as high as 60% of your referral's purchases. See the big difference a free member earns from an upgraded member.

What do you get from your referrals that don't upgrade in TE?
Unlike PTC, you do not earn cash for your referral's click. What you will earn is credits too, which is really good, as when you have many referrals, you dont need to surf that much if you are only after credits for advertising as your referrals surfing will give you enough credits so you can advertise your sites.

What is a trade reflink?
Just like PTC, there is also a trade reflink here, you trade with other members for other sites. You join their site and they join yours.

What NOT to do in TE?
Never ever use an autosurf software (bots) when surfing in manual traffic exchange sites. Do not have a multiple account especially when there are referral contests. Once you get banned in a TE site for cheating, you will be blacklisted and cannot join other sites. There is a verification page while surfing, you have to click that or answer it correctly, do not pass by it without clicking it, failure to do so, will get you suspended.

When having referral contests, follow the rules, because even if you are on top 1 and you are found to be cheating like getting paid sign-ups, you will be taken off from the contest. If they say you need sites in rotation, do so, and remain active.

More benefits of a Traffic Exchange
This is one of the good part of being a member of traffic exchanges, some TE sites have chat installed in them, that while surfing you can chat with other members that are surfing too. I have met some very good people here that I have become close friends through chatting and surfing.

Traffic exchange is not only about earning cash and having free advertising, but winning some friends too. Also the good about having to chat while surfing is that you get some referrals too, as you can explain more what the sites you are in, and you can point them to your blog by having your links included in your name while chatting.

Surfers are real people too, just like you, be nice and kind to them even if some are a little bit rude, we never know if they are going through some trials in their lives at the moment.

With TE sites that have chat installed, you will have a chance to meet and talk to the admins also, which I find is really nice as you get to know the owner of the sites you are a member of.


I've made really good money in it, with hard work, you can see my payment proofs here. The first money I received here was from Traffic Wonderland where I won a surfing contest, it was $25.00. After that, I let go of PTC clicking and concentrated on surfing and making my blogsites have that higher rank by driving visitors to it through TEs. Next on my online earning journey are all about getting paid to write. So if you are someone that likes blogging and writing, drop by here sometimes to check it out.


For further reading, click this:
My Traffic Exchange sites that pays
List of Scam Sites
Traffic Exchange by Wikipedia

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