Have you ever heard of Linkreferral? This site in question is one site which I under-estimated until I was hit with reality when I found out it has actually brought in more than 10,000 visitors for the past few months. Could you believe I’ve already received around 200 visitors already through linkreferral since the beginning of May alone?
What makes them even unique is that sort of reviews people leave after visiting your blog. Before proceeding further, I think it would be prudent for us to listen from the administrator of Linkreferral himself.
So a little history…. Linkreferral.com (actually during the first year, it was under a different domain name) went online originally in 2000, with the one basic component of referral traffic, and has expanded over the years to include a peer review directory, active forums and several other components. It first started when in ’99, I was looking for traffic for my own little web development business, I came across a crappy little multi-level advertising page, whereby signing up and referring others would create this cascade of traffic. It didn’t work of course, but it intrigued me as to the fact that I signed up for it. I figured if it were presented better, there may be promise. And so after some work, the site with the referral component was launched, with mixed success, as getting people to sign up was not an issue, but to sell a high enough percentage of them on doing the upfront work to gain referrals was a difficult proposition, although some individuals with the know how do very well in this regard. Additionally, no one had a reason to come back – hard to build a following without that. And so it was necessary to add the additional component of the ‘directory’ to balance the referral component with something that would produce more conservative, but predictable and immediate results. In order to get people to keep coming back, it seemed to make sense to get them to earn a high ranking by visiting other sites which would in turn fuel others to do the same. It was a big success, and funny enough, although the concept of this ‘directory traffic’ component is similar to ‘traffic exchanges’ (although every will agreed it’s much more targeted, transparent and user-friendly) I never knew about them until after the fact and I’m not even sure they were around when I first came up with this. later, A ‘review’ link was added, but there was rampant spamming abuse and little participation, and so it was revamped to be included ‘for ranking credit’. This helped, although the quality of the average review was still poor and so a ‘quality’ grade was included as well. A similar story with the addition of the linkreferral forums a few years ago, as initially it was unmoderated and a spam haven. It was revamped to be included as ‘for ranking credit’, moderated, and now one of the most valuable parts of the linkreferral program. Many pieces have been added, the latest has been the much requested ‘search tool’ to find sites within our database by keyphrase. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, log in or sign up, hit the ‘directory traffic’ tab, then looking underneath the listed categories. The reason this was so long in coming was due to concern over cannibalizing the nature of how earning credit within the directory works, however the search results have been set up as such that the integrity of the credit system should be kept safe. Linkreferral.com is a small site no longer, and now runs on two, well tuned dual xeon servers, serving over 20 million pages and 5 million visitors per month (although one of our 3rd party tracking services puts us at 4.5 million pages and 2.5 millions visitors per month) the discrepancy would make for a good separate post. Also, we see over 200 new accounts registered per day. Linkreferral.com’s Alexa rank is currently around 10k (meaning we are around the 10k most trafficked site in the world, out of 100+ million ) We’ve doubled in the past year, and 10-fold in the past 3. We’re looking forward to being an established and household web presence in the next couple of years that will have an impact on how the average user finds new sites, and gets exposure for their own online endeavour.
All in all, that’s what the administrator have to say. So what do I intend to add?And it’ll be simple. Go check out Linkreferral and you’ll obviously tend to see what I want to carry across. Or maybe you are already with them. Then I guess it will be prudent for to see your comments below.
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