Sakura-Traffic Manual Traffic Exchange Review

Sakura-Traffic Review

Overview: Sakura-Traffic is a growing traffic exchange with a very dedicated owner. Cristin Dyer is constantly making tremendous improvements to the site with his members in mind. In fact, when I sat down to write this review, I had to keep putting it off because Cristin kept changing things whenever I started writing!

Scoring

General:

Design [7/10]: With a really unique color scheme, Sakura-Traffic‘s design is not exactly your run-of-the-mill design. Everything is well laid out and easy to read, and this really enhances the ability of the user to navigate through the site. Plus, there are a number of cute graphics scattered throughout the site which really helps to break up the monotony things like surfing and reading.

Unique Features [7/10]: Sakura-Traffic seems like a pretty average out-of-the-box script at first glance, but upon further inspection, it is much more. With unique features such as loyalty surfing rewards, daily surfing rewards, and special dynamic surf ratio rewards, Sakura-Traffic has a number of features most other exchanges do not. My personal favorite is the “Sakura Petals” feature which allows users to boost their surf ratios for an entire month if they find five “Petal Pages” while surfing.

Owner [9/10]: I wasn’t too familiar with Cristin Dyer before writing this review, but from what I’ve seen, he’s a very dedicated owner who truly wants to see what’s best for his members. Aside from how many improvements he makes to the site on a regular basis, I was very surprised to see a feedback page in rotation while surfing. With most traffic exchanges, the owners will set up accounts where they rotate a whole bunch of their own affiliate and referral links to squeeze some more income out of their members, but what Cristin is doing is rotating a user feedback page so he can ensure the best possible experience for his members!

Script [18/20]: Sakura-Traffic is on the LFMTE script which I continue to think is the best option for people who want to open their own traffic exchanges. The ease of customization clearly shows as Cristin has a number of script mods (add-ons which are purchased by script owners to improve their sites) which really enhance the user experience and allow for better site customization. Though these might not necessarily all be apparent to members, they still impact the site positively, nonetheless.

For Traffic Exchange Surfers:

Smoothness of Surfing [10/10]: Sakura-Traffic has one of the smoothest, fastest surfbars I’ve ever seen! In my surfing, I’ve yet to run into a questionable site, and the surfing is so fast, easy, and fun, it almost makes me want to surf all day!

Surf Rewards [10/10]: In the first 15-20 pages I surfed, I encountered a bonus banner (a banner in the surfbar which gives you bonus credits if you click on it) and a bonus page. Plus, with dynamic surf ratios, the “Sakura Petals” bonus ratio system, daily surf rewards, and loyalty surfing bonuses, Sakura-Traffic is filled to the brim with surf rewards and bonuses!

For Traffic Exchange Advertisers:

Value of Upgrades [-/10]: I am not an upgraded member at Sakura-Traffic, so I cannot comment on the value of upgrades. What I can say, however, is that the upgrades here seem to be very competitively priced for the industry standard.

Quality of Traffic [-/20]: I have not done extensive testing on the quality of traffic at Sakura-Traffic, but what I can say is this: due to the extensive surf rewards and Click Track Profit badges, in theory, users may be surfing excessively to claim the available bonuses. As always, it is the job of the advertiser to catch the viewer’s attention, and doing this is especially crucial in traffic exchanges laden with surf rewards and Click Track Profit badges. (However, to be fair, Cristin has taken some precautions to ensure the traffic is quality.)

Total Score: 61/70

Conclusion

All-in-all, Sakura-Traffic is a growing traffic exchange with enormous potential. With all the cool things Cristin is doing at the helm, I know that Sakura-Traffic will continue to deliver lots of traffic to its members. Sakura-Traffic is built to grow, and I suspect it will do just that!

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EasyHits4U Manual Traffic Exchange Review

EasyHits4U Review

Overview: EasyHits4U is constantly ranked as the top traffic exchange online today by sites such as Affiliate Funnel. Running on a completely custom script, EasyHits4U is one of the largest and fastest growing manual traffic exchanges on the internet (likely due in part to its massive 6 tiered referral program). It is also one of the only traffic exchanges that can successfully offer a generous 1:1 surf ratio for free members.

Scoring

General:

Design [8/10]: EasyHits4Us design is pretty good considering that most manual traffic exchange owners merely purchase some cheap graphics package from a very low cost graphic designer.

Unique Features [10/10]: EasyHits4U is on a completely unique and custom script. With an entire link building program and article database built in, I’d say that EasyHits4U  is an incredibly unique exchange. Of course, this isn’t even to mention the EasyHits4U  custom splash page builder or rotator system. EasyHits4U certainly has a lot!

Owner [0/10]: Zero out of ten?!? Yup, that’s right. 99% of the people out there haven’t even the slightest idea who the owner is. We are aware of the company that runs EasyHits4U, but most have no clue who runs that company. I can’t judge the owner if I don’t even know who he/she/it is.

Script [20/20]: EasyHits4U runs on a completely custom script. It’s simple to use, easy to navigate, and feels rather intuitive. Nothing beats a custom script ;)

For Traffic Exchange Surfers:

Smoothness of Surfing [3/10]: Because EasyHits4U is one of the largest and fastest growing exchanges online today, it is incredibly prone to foolish people who think that they can use manual traffic exchange programs to harm others. The site is loaded with pornographic websites and viruses. However, the surf bar is great, and you receive credits when you report a site that breaks the EasyHits4U terms of use.

Surf Rewards [1/10]: EasyHits4U is about as “surf reward-poor” as a traffic exchange can get. Of course, it’s not their fault, so-to-speak. It would be impossible to give out extensive surf rewards and maintain the flow of traffic in a 1:1 traffic exchange program.

For Traffic Exchange Advertisers:

Value of Upgrades [7/10]: I am not an upgraded member at EasyHits4U, and therefore, I cannot really say the true value of the upgrades. Compared to similar major traffic exchange programs, I would have to say that there are better upgrade options out there than EasyHits4U.

Quality of Traffic [5/20]: Now, it is always up to the advertiser to get the attention of the surfer. However, the surfing demographic at EasyHits4U is very much based around the “penny-clicker” group of people who want to earn money doing such things as paid-to-click programs. While there is nothing wrong with this, it does tend to decrease the potential of finding results in this traffic exchange. And, to further multiply this effect, EasyHits4U offers a $0.20 reward for surfing 1000 sites. This means that a lot of the people looking at your sites are doing so merely because they want that $0.20.

Total Score: 54/100

Conclusion

EasyHits4U is a great traffic exchange if you’re just getting started or if you want to promote paid-to-click opportunities. However, for the “serious” marketer looking to make a living online, EasyHits4U is probably not your best bet.

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