Top Five Sins of the Startpage Exchanges

Feb 16 22:00 2002 Pamela Heywood Print This Article

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Right now,Guest Posting these exchanges are generating more traffic to my
site than any other single method ever has. They are a great
tool, as any, in the right hands. They may not work next
week, who knows, but that's the nature of the Internet.

What IS certain is that they can be made to work HARDER for
you right now. Just a few tweaks can make all the difference
between merely counting numbers of useless hits and using
this great *moving billboard advertising system* to
effectively generate real live leads for your business.

1. Broken Links

Goodness knows how many hits I have earned looking at *The
page cannot be displayed* or worse, *The page you are
looking for is no longer on this web site* or the even
funnier, *you are not authorised to see this* ...

OK, so once in a while it might be that a site is only
momentarily down, but that does not account for the large
number of error screens I see, day in, day out.

Hey, that might be YOUR credits I am using, so check that
the link you gave actually works. This has to be one of the
dumbest, yet simplest errors to correct.

Sign up for a free monitoring service so you know if your
page goes down for any length of time.

2. Third-Party Page Rotators

They are UGLY! They look unprofessional and it adds yet
another waiting time to the downloading process as the
rotator page is called by the exchange and the rotator goes
off in search of the *real* page it has to display ... etc.

Yawn! Yawn! Clickaway!

Yes, I know there are *experts* out there telling you to use
them as part of their system. Choose your experts wisely!

I've also earned a lot of my hits looking at the top and
bottom frames of the rotator thing with a BIG BLANK white
space in the middle. And LONG before anything actually
appeared in there, I'd clicked on my *NEXT* button.

By far, THE most important reason why you don't want to use
one of these rotators, is because you do NOT even need to
serve up a variety of offerings. The place for doing that is
on YOUR unique website and/or in YOUR ezine.

3 Java Applets, Flash, Banner Farms, Gratuitous graphics

Anything that is just there for aesthetics increases
download time. You don't need it here. You probably don't
need it elsewhere either, but that's a whole different
article. I as a surfer, certainly don't need it when it
crashes my computer because it sucks up far too much memory
on top of all the pages I have open.

Besides, it loads too slow for me to actually see it!

4. Popups, unders

They have their place, but it isn't here and it isn't going
to endear you to potential sign-ups or clients.

In fact, one exchange, is now giving
members FOUR FREE PopUp & Exit Ad killers. They say:

"These can be particularly annoying when you are trying to
surf for visitor credits. Many will slow down your browser
functions, eat up your Ram and occasionally lock up your
browser so a reboot is necessary."

If it's an exit exchange or similar, you may use a credit
without getting an actual page view back.

5. Affiliate/Program Sites

I'm NOT going to sit there reading why XYZ opportunity is
the best thing since sliced bread and why I should sign up
right now. I'm certainly not hanging around long enough to
consider the pros and cons of actually spending money.

Besides, I've probably already seen that one 120 times in
the last hour alone. I've developed immunity!

I can hear you arguing that their site is more professional
than your efforts. It might be, but it was NEVER designed
for these exchanges: their pages are generally far too
complex for the job in hand and will load too slowly.

And what about if your program goes offline, stops taking
sign-ups even temporarily, closes for cleaning out their
database or, worse, goes belly up?

I see those every day too. That's someone's credits getting
eaten. Make sure they aren't yours.

Do it right: treat these exchanges as you should small ads
and ezine ads. Don't go for direct hits, just collect email
addresses: leads that you can follow-up later. Then you
won't just have hits today, but you'll have built contacts
and business that will last you forever.

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Pamela Heywood
Pamela Heywood

Pamela Heywood runs a successful Free Advertising Co-Op,
which is doing great on the exchanges, as well as publishing
her own ezine:
The Intelligent Approach to Surf Page Traffic!

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