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What most traffic services do in order to send you traffic.
Recently I commented on a discussion about fake website traffic and if any of it was real. I'm sure that there are some services out there that will have real traffic sent to your website, but not many, and especially not the ones who are selling 100,000 visitors for $9.99 lol. Below I'll go over a couple ways that freelancers will build false traffic in order to sell it to you.
A lot of people know what an iframe is, but for those of you who don't I'll give you a basic understanding. An iframe is basically a window to something you want to load on your web page but it isn't actually on your website. That's why I say it's similar to a window because you're looking through to the other website but it's not under the domain you're currently on.
iframing would be ok if someone was doing it to show banners or logos from an advertiser or website they like, but that's not what it's used for in todays world. Most traffic generators will use iframes of your website but it will only be the size of a pixel on their page and that's enough to load your website and generate a hit. How many clicks do you think you'd get from a pixel on someone elses website? Not a single one lol.
A trickier way to do this would be to set up a dummy website that redirects to your own website after 1 second. Doing this will mask the original website and it will show the dummy site in your analytics. I'm not sure exactly if this still works, but I know people have done it in the past.
Of course this way of generating fake traffic to a clients website only works if you're already getting traffic. I guess you could pay a service $10 for 100,000 visitors to your dummy website and redirect it to another dummy site which would then show the 100k visitors. Doing this would be pointless unless you had a few clients though. You'd set up the website in order to redirect and then add in an iframe of whatever client you sold a package to. This way you would only have to buy 1 traffic packages and you could actually sell hundreds, which is what some sellers do unfortunately
Their Own "Tracking" Software
A lot of times a freelancer who is selling traffic will ask you to use a specific tracking software because they know it will measure the bullsh*t traffic they're sending you lol. I've purchased traffic in the past from people who have banner pop ups, but they never asked me to use specific software, and I actually had conversions which is even better. These sellers who ask you to use specific software will manipulate the software in order to show your traffic jumping up, but it won't actually show in your analytics dashboard. When you call out these sellers they will either say you haven't installed your analytics correctly or you're looking in the wrong spot to see the traffic. Even if your analytics works fine with other sources, how did it not track theirs? Because it was fake traffic and they didn't send you anything at all.
When you call out these types of sellers they will actually get mad at YOU for not believing them. This happens a lot when someone is selling something that doesn't work but they don't want to refund you. The beauty of SEOclerks is that you can easily prove your dispute with screenshots and if the person selling the traffic gives a guarantee, you can get your money back or at least some of it.
If it's a fake service, call them out and see what happens. The worst that can happen is that you lose a few bucks and give them a bad review.
This is one of the trickier ways to sell traffic packages since it takes a little bit of time to set up. A lot of buyers love these, even through they are fake, because it shows up in analytics and has a very slight potential for conversions.
What they seller will do is go to their preferred traffic exchange that allows you to easily build points by using multiple IP addresses within 1 account. What the seller does is set up a few VPS's which all have different IP addresses and then they'll run the traffic exchange on each of them to build points. If they are getting 1 point every 30 seconds that's 2,880 minutes a day. Now multiply that my 10 or even 100 and it stacks up pretty quick On some of these traffic exchanges you can actually pay $10 a month or less and get a premium account which will let you gain 100% of your points for even less time invested. So now they are gaining 4 points a minute instead of 2 and that doubles their gain across all their accounts.
Some of you are saying "Well I could just see the traffic exchange showing up in my analytics, right?" not necessarily. This is due to some of these traffic exchange offering a custom referrer option. A custom referrer is when you are building points on the traffic exchange and using your points to whatever website you want, but instead of it showing ExampleTrafficExchange.com it can now show Twitter, Google, Yahoo, etc. because you can trick analytics to see what you want it to. This is how people can say "100,000 visitors directly from Google!" because they can enter "Google" as the referrer even though your visitors aren't coming from there
In conclusion, there is no short cut to gaining traffic. You will either pay a premium to get REAL visitors, partner up with another website and get a banner on their page or invest a lot of time into content generation and pull actual traffic from the search engines. Gaining a lot of traffic to your pages isn't just purchasing a $10 service, it's working hard and investing a lot of time.
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