Why pay for visitors when you don’t have too. There’s nothing like free publicity or free advertising and when it comes to getting website traffic this still holds true. Of course you can sign up for Google AdWords or Bing Ads, but some of us just don’t have the budget for these things. Maybe you’re a startup business or a non-profit, you have to start getting traffic from somewhere right? These are networks that will either provide absolutely free advertising or traffic exchange advertising.
What Is Traffic Exchange Advertising?
Traffic exchange advertising allows its users to show advertising for other websites in exchange for the guarantee that another site will show their ads. The guarantee can be just a simple agreement or in the form of points. Points are spent or earned in the form of impressions or clicks depending on the network. Currently i’m running some over to the right of the website. They might come down soon as I am just testing them out, but who knows they might bring in enough traffic to keep them up. I will review them in about a months time.
List of Free Advertising Networks (Last Updated 2/18/13)
FreeAdvertisingNetwork.org offers a single free text ad at no cost or obligation. This ad can then be shown 1,000 times a day. You can also pay if you like for Gold or Platinum memberships for $19.00 or $39.00 a month respectively. The Gold membership offers unlimited ad impressions as well as 1 banner ad, 1 email ad1, and what they call a big screen ad. Platinum membership is the same as Gold, but allows for 3 of each ad type. They also have a Sponsor membership offers the same benefits as the gold membership, but doesn’t require any money. Instead, the Sponsor membership requires you to place their banner code on your website.
BamifyAds offers a point based advertising system, where you earn points by showing ads on your website or by watching videos, completing surveys, referring new members and things of that nature on BamifyAds’ website. Points are then used whenever your ads are shown on another website. You can also always buy points if you choose to do so. They’re affiliate program can also earn you money when you refer someone that purchases advertising. To get you started you’re given 5,000 points when you sign up.
adOne.com is a traffic exchange similar to BamifyAds. They provide you with 100 “credits” on startup and allow you to gain more through showing ads on your site. At current I do not see any sort of referral program.