Friday, February 25, 2011

Tips For Surfing A Manual Traffic Exchange

Traffic Exchanges are a great way to build up traffic to your website or blog.  However, there are a few tricks you need to be aware of to help you surf them successfully.
  • NEVER begin surfing any traffic exchange without a firewall and unless your anti-virus software is up to date.  BitDefender stopped five attacks against my computer over the course of three weeks.
  • Try to surf at least 5 exchanges at once by having each running in its own tab. You get a lot more mileage out of  your surfing time that way rather than surfing one exchange at a time. 
  • If you're using auto-surf exchanges, remember to check your browser every now and then to see if any of them stalled and need to be reset.
  • For manual exchanges, arrange them in tabs based on the length of the timer.  For instance, if you prefer to work from right to left, you would put the exchange with the shortest timer in the tab to the far right, and the one with the longest on the far left.  That way, but the time you work your way through all the tabs, the longest one will be ready.
  • If you're still getting to your longest timer before it's ready, try clicking on the shortest one two or three times before moving on.  As a bonus, you'll get two to three times the credits on that traffic exchange as well!
  • Turn your sound off.  So many of the websites and blogs on a traffic exchange have audio and video clips. Five of these playing at once will drive you insane. 
  • Surfing is NOT a work-safe activity. The noise and the threat of virus attacks make traffic exchanges ill-advised on the job. 
  • Take note of websites and blogs that make you want to stop surfing for a minute and read. What caught your eye?  Apply what you learn to your own blog.
You can easily get a lot of hits with traffic exchanges.  Surfing can also be an interesting and educational experience.  Knowing what to expect from an exchange is half the battle. These tips should help you optimize your experience.

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