This post was triggered by an email I received today – more on that shortly.
If you use any kind of advertising, you should be tracking. And yes, that applies to you traffic exchange advertisers – especially you!
But unless you design and host your own splash pages, there’s a problem – one that no-one really talks about.
You see if you promote xyz affiliate program using their promotional tools, you can’t track. Everyone says “you gotta track”, no-one tells you you can’t track. At least not without a very different kind of tracker.
The reason is that every tracker out there (with the exception of 2) is a hit tracker. That means it tracks hits. So suppose you send 1000 visitors to a splash page. Your hit tracker will tell you, “guess what, you got 1000 hits to your page”.
No shit, Sherlock.
What I want to know is how many people clicked on the splash page. Then I can split test and so on. “Oh, sorry Sir, we’re a lowly hit tracker, we can’t track actions”
What you really want to be able to do is track actions.
That’s why the email triggered this post – it was aimed squarely at traffic exchange users saying they must track. But traffic exchanges have a particular feature – you tell them you want 1000 hits to a specific page and they do it (well, most do). So where’s the value or benefit in a hit tracker that tells you you got 1000 hits to your page?
If you’re promoting a splash page, there’s actually very little use tracking the hits to the splash page – you normally know that. What you want to do is measure of those 1000 visitors, how many clicked through to the next page. So the call to action link on the page needs to be a tracking link. If you design and host your own pages, that’s not a big deal.
But what do you do if you’re promoting an affiliate program using their promotional tools?
You see everyone says you should track but what you should really be doing is tracking actions. THAT’s what tells you how effective your campaign is!
8 months has flown by so I thought it was time to update you on my results over that time. Remember, I don’t actively promote other than by virtue of having my referral link in all the downline builders in all the programs I’m a member of.
These are the new stats (March figures in brackets):
*Equivalent Surfers – members get 15%, 10%, 5%, 3%, 2%, 1% of the credits earned by direct, level 2, level 3, level 4, level 5, level 6 respectively. E.g. 100 members on level 6 @ 1% is equivalent to one more average surfer surfing directly for you.
So my $10 or so per month for upgraded membership now gets me circa $155 of credits every month – it’s nearly 1000 credits per day now!!
Don’t delay any longer – this is like investement funds – joining just 5 years later could halve your final retirement figure – that’s the power of compound interest!
Some multilevel exchanges you should join:
And if you really want to drive your traffic exchange downlines, discover how VitalViralPro will revolutionise how you promote!
Anyone who knows anything about me knows how much I nag people about the importance of leverage, about sticking with something long enough for it to reap rewards, about how powerful and valuable multi-level programs are.
It’s just a few days away from my 5 year anniversary with EasyHits4U, a program that exemplifies all the above points of importance, so I thought I’d put pen to paper, figuratively speaking, and share some of my ‘vital statistics’.
My first referral was gained on the 17th March 2007 (that’s the only reason I know my join date must have been round about the next day or so because my first referral was a long term friend and would have joined right after me).
I’d already created VitalViralPro a few months before so naturally EasyHits4U went into the Downline Builder.
I never ever promoted EasyHits4U directly, everything was done through VitalViralPro – as I promoted VitalViralPro, so some of those incoming referrals would join one or more traffic exchanges below me and then in time, others would join below those referrals.
Also, it’s easy to think that I had an advantage because I owned VitalViralPro; not so! I promoted VitalViralPro like all the other members. I had no more advantage than you have when you’re the sponsor and your referral is…well, your referral.
So my EasyHits4U downline grew. It’s interesting that even now, after 5 years, I only have just under 400 direct referrals. That’s less than 7 referrals per month. But here’s where the magic happens…
Those 397 direct referrals have referred 1356 people; they in turn have referred 2087 people!
Those 2087 people have referred 4016, who’ve referred 6531 who’ve referred 6714.
That makes a staggering 21101 people in my downline!
That’s all well and good but what’s in it for me?
Well EasyHits4U is a 6-level program (if you’re upgraded, and I of course would be mad not to be!). I earn credits from my referrals (15%-10%-5%-3%-2%-1%) – so if a first level referral surfs and earns 1000 credits, I get a bonus of 150 credits. If a level 6 referral did that I’d get 10 credits.
I always explain this the same way to people that have yet to grasp the importance of getting referrals in traffic exchanges; most traffic exchanges pay 10% from direct referrals so having 10 referrals that surf the same as you is like having another you working for you for free.
So with my downline, 400 (approx) at 15% is like having 60 free surfers. On level 2, 1350 (approx) at 10% is like another 135.
Without showing all the math, it turns out my downline is like having an army of 617 surfers!!
If that isn’t leverage, I don’t know what is!!
Of course we all know that many, many of the downline will be inactive or surf very little. Even so, it’s enough to bring me in 22k credits a month for free. At EasyHits4U prices ($5.95/1000) , that’s $130 of credits I’m getting every month without needing to lift a finger. I can’t remember what I pay per month for membership but it sure isn’t $130.
My downline grew by 21 members in the last 24 hours too – so the whole this is really starting to compound now.
It’s grown by 18% in the last 9 months and it should keep growing at that kind of rate. And remember, I have promoted this program quite passively. If it was my main business and that was multilevel, I’d be promoting a lot more actively.
And that’s one of the key learning points with anything multilevel. All of the benefit comes later – often quite a lot later. And for a lot of people, that’s unpalatable – they want results now!
Well I didn’t sit on my backside doing nothing while I waited for my EasyHits4U downline to grow – I did lots of things that had a more immediate effect. But I have always planted seeds in multilevel programs where I see them because they’re your passport to an easier life!
I hope this post inspires you to plant your own seeds now – the sooner you do it, the sooner you reap the rewards.
VitalViral now offers a premium account option offering additional features over a free account.
One of these features is designed to do something that you probably know you should do but hate doing and probably rarely bother to do – tracking.
With the new autosplash feature, you can put a single link on any of the traffic exchanges and VitalViral will automatically collect detailed tracking statistics for you. The easiest way to demonstrate this is to show you a screenshot.
To collect this amount of detail would be difficult and tedious using 3rd party tracking services and even then might not give all the information you get with VitalViral. Each time you promote your link on a traffic exchange, a hit is counted against that traffic exchange for that month. A new tracker is created every time a new traffic exchange is encountered in a given month.
Now you can see for yourself which traffic exchanges are sending you visitors, what percentage of those visitors are clicking through to your web page and, in certain circumstances, how many signups you’re getting.
This information is like gold dust to anyone serious about using traffic exchanges.
TS25 is a great traffic exchange but one can get even better performance if you use it with with a downline builder. As with many traffic exchanges, there’s a real benefit to you if you can get referrals i.e. introduce other team members into TS25. These members are known as your downline or your team.
TS25 has a really powerful feature that makes it different from many of the other traffic exchanges. In many traffic exchanges you can build a downline to earn ‘referral credits’ i.e. you earn a percentage of the credits earned by those members in your downline. This is great if those members in your downline are somewhat active surfers. Each one that isn’t an active surfer isn’t benefiting you.
This is where TS25 is different. With TS25, there is still some benefit to introducing people and I’ll explain why in a moment. Instead of earning referral traffic credits from your downline, you are going to earn traffic credits from a ‘syndicate’ generally (but not necessarily) formed from people that AREN’T in your downline.
Here’s the thing: one can earn the right to be part of a higher (more active) syndicate by doing more personal surfing. surf more sites and your surf points will be compared against all the other members in a ‘points ladder’ to decide which syndicate you will be in. As you keep surfing, you’ll keep popping up to the next higher syndicate (full of similarly active surfers).
By the end of the week, the extra credits you earn will not be those credits from your downline! Your extra credits will be the shared extra credits from the syndicate you worked your way into.
In this unique way, you can leverage your own efforts enormously and you’re not reliant upon the surfing activity (or otherwise) of the people you bring in.
Note there are minor differences depending on whether you’re a paid or free member.
Remember I said that there is some benefit to introducing other members, even though your weekly bonus credits are not worked from them, they’re earned from your syndicate?
When you have a downline, the number of personal referrals you have earns you a ‘starting value’ of credits. This means that even before one starts surfing for the week, you have credits. This makes it easier to get in the higher syndicates with less surfing. So the more people you’ve personally introduced to TS25, the higher up the points ladder you start the week. In time one could be in beginning near the top every week. To make this happen, you need to be using a downline builder.
As with using most traffic exchanges, you need to focus on developing a downline and the best way to do that is by utilising a downline builder like VitalViral with your traffic exchanges.