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Ebook-Site News, Issue #002 -- Traffic Exchange Sites Part II - Some Things You Should Know
May 11, 2005
Hi,

I hope you are well.

For me, it's been another hectic month and a comedy of errors. My thanks this month go to Google. See 'Things that Happen' for more on this.

I hope you enjoy this ezine.

Bryan

----------------- Table of Contents -----------------

- Introduction

- Site Update

- Things That Happen

- Brief Article Summary

Introduction

By spending so much time researching traffic exchange sites, there has been less time to develop and add content to the web site. One of my better excuses.

I won't burden you with the results of that research, but will keep the information on hold with the intent of producing a series of articles at a later date.

For readers with an interest in this area, I have included a brief summary at the end of this newsletter.

Site Update

1) Members' Area

Several reports and ebooks have been uploaded to the members' area. My recommendations for this month are '63 Killer Marketing Strategies' and of course the ubiquitous "The Science of Getting Rich".

Your password for this month is mayflower.

Please note that passwords are case sensitive and will be changed monthly or immediately before a newsletter mailing. This is to ensure that only valid subscribers have access to this area. Thank you for your understanding.

2) Logo

Changed the logo on the website. Let me know what you think.

3) Navbar

Changed font on Navbar. Even I can read it now.

4) Links Page

Added reciprocal links The Google bots seem to prefer this to the homepage. Can't say I blame them.

5) Home Page

Corrected error on home page. As a result of the Google bots, I checked the homepage. To my surprise, I found a complete paragraph missing. A quick look at the HTML code showed why. The '>' was omitted from a carriage return A simple mistake but one to be wary of.

Things That Happen

I must have upset Google to have my home page ranking reduced to 1. Being curious, I checked out a few sites that I am familiar with, and found some similar results. Why did it happen? Go(ogle) only knows!

Other instances like this have happened in the past, with page ranks fluctuating from 0 to 5. So I now refer to it as the 'Google Purge'.

I reckon the algorithms used, are now so complicated that nobody knows how the complete system works.

On the upside, the previously unranked 'ebook cover' page is now ranked 2. But ranking does not necessarily mean relevance. A quick look on this page now shows Google ads for duvet covers and mobile phone covers. Not quite what you would expect. 

Traffic Exchange Sites Part II - Brief Article Summary

Trafficswarm

Trafficswarm has been banned by a number of other traffic exchange sites. Considered to be one of the best exchange sites, this came as a surprise, and being a pro member I was curious to find out why. Rewarding Traffic was the first to offer an explanation. The reason given, "it stalls their surf bar". Hmm

CashWayz

CashWayz stopped all accounts from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India because of cheating by some of the members from these countries. Right or wrong, this was not an easy decision to make. I have written to the administrator and have been granted permission to quote from his mail in the event of writing a related article.

CyberWheelers network

For those interested in earning an income from surfing, this is a good place to start. There are some serious people here and there is no shortage of information to help you.

There are several new additions to the CyberWheelers network including Trafficswarm and Click Voyager. The pro only exchange sites have been removed.

Various Exchange Sites

Sadly, there are still a number of exchange sites guilty of misleading people. For example an 'excessive' number of credits may be promised for joining. However, it is unlikely that you will ever be able to use these credits effectively, if at all.

To give you a practical example of this, I have shown some hit statistics from one such site offering 21 million free credits for joining.

Hits received last 7 days:
2005-05-10 9 
2005-05-09 27 
2005-05-08 10 
2005-05-07 10 
2005-05-06 12 
2005-05-05 20 
2005-05-04 20 

How long do you think it would take to use the 21 million credits at this rate?

Don't let this put you off using traffic exchange sites. There are many good ones around, but choose wisely.

An interesting one that I came across recently was trafficwitch.com. Everything seemed fine, then, one day it just disappeared. No website, No email, Nothing. Maybe they just gave up the ghost and flew off on their broomsticks.

It's been fun looking at the various traffic exchanges and I hope that some of the information has entertained you. If not, then just smile.

'till the next issue

Happy thoughts

Bryan