I Love Hits Review
Overview: I Love Hits is frequently ranked as one of the top traffic exchanges by traffic exchange ranking websites such as Affiliate Funnel. Filled to the brim with unique features, I Love Hits is not your ordinary traffic exchange program! It is owned by TimTech, and its day to day operations are fulfilled by Jon Olson.
Design [8/10]: I Love Hits has a very nice looking design. The graphics are above average, and the site is filled with nice “Web 2.0″ elements which really enhance the user experience. But, above all, I really love the I Love Hits surf bar. The icons are simply fantastic.
Unique Features [10/10]: In all honesty, I don’t even know where to start. I Love Hits has so many unique features that listing and explaining them all would require a totally separate blog post. For starters, the I Love Hits Bracket Surfing competition provides a fun and competitive atmosphere for surfers. Here is a description of how this feature works, courtesy of the I Love Hits website (slightly edited):
Every day you are put up against another member. To win, you simply need to view more pages than them on that day! As you win more, you’ll be put up against members who’ve won more as well. After a set period of time we’ll determine the winners based on how many wins and losses each member has, and we will then give out cool prizes.
On the weekends, this feature gets even more exciting because there are times when your opponent changes every single hour. It’s quite an exciting experience seeing who can get more page views in during the allotted time slot!
On top of this, another unique I Love Hits feature is the built-in social network. Essentially, this is just a social chat system alongside a collection of profile pages that each user gets upon signup. You can take a peek at my I Love Hits profile page here.
Finally, three other unique features at I Love Hits are the Surf Juice, Henry Hour, and Nerd Surfing features. Each of these features provide ways for members to obtain quite a few extra credits while surfing.
Surf Juice allows users to purchase a surf ratio boost at I Love Hits for a set period of time. Henry Hours are periods of time when upgraded users get an improved surf ratio. And finally, Nerd Surfing is a special TimTech feature that I will hopefully explain at another time, in another blog post.
Owner [9/10]: Jon Olson and the rest of the TimTech team are very socially inclined. They are always out there on Twitter and Facebook, in the social chats and webinars, and so on and so forth. I haven’t chatted with any of them in quite some time, but when I was first starting off, they provided me with a little bit of useful knowledge that I still use today.
However, it’s always important to remember that a person selling apples will tell you that apples are amazing whereas oranges, on the other hand, are horrible. This is a natural thing for a business owner to do (even if they don’t necessarily recognize they are doing it). So, whenever you take advice from anyone at all (myself included), be sure to do further research such as to ensure that it isn’t just another example of what I described above.
Script [20/20]: I Love Hits runs on a modified LJ script. Normally, an LJ script wouldn’t get as high of a grade as this. But, I Love Hits is so incredibly customized that the script doesn’t even really get taken into account here.
For Traffic Exchange Surfers:
Smoothness of Surfing [9/10]: I’ve never really had a problem surfing at I Love Hits. Aside from the chat on the side (which you can turn off if you find it distracting), there really isn’t anything that slows down the surfing. I Love Hits has pretty smooth surfing, though TimTech has been known to have some server problems on occasion which is claimed to be due to the company continually outgrowing its servers.
Surf Rewards [2/10]: I Love Hits doesn’t have any traditional surf rewards because of the bracket surfing competition system. However, you can receive a couple of credits on surf verification pages that are used to ensure you aren’t a robot.
For Traffic Exchange Advertisers:
Value of Upgrades [8/10]: I Love Hits has two upgrade levels, both of which are very affordable. The “Heavy Weight” upgrade comes with 1000 credits per month (which is pretty much equivalent in value to the cost of the upgrade alone). Then, there are other perks such as the increased surf ratio and monthly banner & text ad impressions.
Quality of Traffic [15/20]: This depends heavily on what you are promoting. I used to get much better results at I Love Hits before they implemented all of the crazy gamification systems (the games and contests). Something to always be wary of when looking at what traffic exchanges to surf is how decked out the site is with games and contests and competitions and prizes and drawings and… You get the point.
In the traffic exchange industry, it could easily be argued that offering incentives for people to surf lowers the probability of said people to click through your splash pages and take action. This just further enhances the notion that you must always target your advertising to the given demographic.
The people at I Love Hits clearly are there to have fun, whereas people who surf at other exchanges might be there with the sole purpose of advertising in mind. If you advertise at I Love Hits, I highly recommend targeting your advertising to the “gamer” demographic, or your results will likely suffer.
Total Score: 83/100
All-in-all, I Love Hits is a pretty good traffic exchange with extreme customization. You can clearly see how much passion the owners of the site have just by looking at how unique the site is from so many others in the industry.
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