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Web Traffic Tips: Traffic Scam To Avoid

by Tim Whiston


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Summary : Your Website needs plenty of traffic to thrive. But wasting your money on traffic scams isn't going to help your business or your motivation to succeed.

Your Website needs plenty of traffic to thrive. But wasting your money on traffic scams isn't going to help your business or your motivation to succeed.

This article will reveal one of the more common traffic scams. Once you know what to look for, you'll be able to avoid pointless losses and focus on real opportunities.

Why Bulk Traffic Services Are Rarely Worthwhile

I hate to generalize, but most bulk traffic services are a waste of time and money. In fact this type of service is often said to produce "hamburger traffic", meaning all you'll get are worthless hits from non-human IP addresses.

The fact is it's easy for a bulk traffic company to replicate visitors. There are a variety of software applications that will make your hit counter spin and even populate your Web stats program with bogus IP address data.

Ask yourself this simple question: If a bulk traffic company had access to an unlimited stream of real, quality visitors, would they not be selling 10,000 hits for more than $29.99?

Even bulk traffic services that aren't out to blatantly rip you off with fraudulent software often deliver worthless, empty hits. Many services still exist that use pop-up technology from the 1990's to deliver "traffic".

In this scenario the pop-up loads from the page, is promptly killed by one of many anti-pop applications installed on a surfer's machine, but still registers as a "hit" on your Web stats program. Few human eyes ever see a window generated from an outdated pop-up generator, but in technical terms this is still a hit because a browser IP made contact with the window in the millisecond it took to kill it.

Finally, there is the expired domain traffic hype. These programs leverage residual traffic passing through domains that have recently expired by redirecting the visitors to your site.

To be honest, this is actually a pretty smart tactic that could be leveraged intelligently. But odds are that a $29.99 service is not taking the time to properly target the traffic redirection.

Here's what I mean:

If you have a site about pet health care insurance it might be to your advantage to leverage redirected traffic from an expired dog grooming site or cat care blog. But few expired domain traffic services actually go out of their way to match your targeting needs with their list of expired domains; in fact they may not even have access to an expired domain relevant to your traffic needs.

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