Review Summary: This is not a new concept in itself and it’s not something that is going to make you tons of money, but if traffic exchanges are your thing then it’s an ok way to leverage them. Either way, there are better ways to build an online business.
Price: Free 7 day trial/ $9 per month
What Is YesSurf?
YS is a gateway website with an affiliate program attached. You can earn commissions and advertising credits when people sign up through you to one of the 6 traffic exchanges recommended by YS.
If your referrals decide to stay on after the 7 day trial, you’ll also make $6 for every month they stay a paying member of YS itself. Instead of promoting 6 separate traffic exchanges you promote one YS affiliate link and the system does the selling for you so to speak.
How It Works
The idea is to surf traffic exchanges and use your credits to promote your one YS link. People will then follow the same sign up process as you and hopefully join each of the 6 recommended traffic exchanges. Each one comes with a 5 level mlm downline referral program.
When you refer a handful of people, they will do the exact same thing as you and get their handful of people and so on. In theory, you would continue getting referrals off your referrals efforts 5 levels deep to build your business.
Unfortunately, people are generally pretty lazy and will not all work as hard as you, so don’t rely on them to do your work! Only a small percentage will take action and build a team under you which is true for any mlm company.
The bigger your team, the more credits you will earn through their efforts and the more advertising you can do as a result. The more advertising you can do the more people you can get on board and the more $6 recurring commissions you can make. You can also earn commissions based on your teams spending on advertising in the traffic exchanges and build an email list in the process. List building is a worthwhile endeavour in itself.
Why This Concept Is Flawed
There are three main reasons I personally think this concept isn’t the best approach to building an online business.
#1 Low Quality Traffic
The traffic coming through these networks is absolutely bottom of the barrel. Why? People only view your ads to earn credits so they can have other people view their ads. It is incentivised traffic in the form of people who have no interest in your offers. It can sometimes even be automated traffic which is of zero use to anyone. In other words, they’re only viewing because they have to.
#2 Huge Time Investment For Little Reward
Unless you plan on spending a fair chunk of money on actually buying advertising, you are going to be clicking for quite some time to see any real results. You could easily spend a week clicking to earn credits and when it comes time to use those credits- not see a single result! I cannot overstate what a waste of time these exchanges are to anyone serious about building an online business.
No Originality Means Low Conversions
If you like TE’s and want to use them anyway, then this is probably the biggest thing you’ll need to be concerned about. People inside these platforms have seen it all before. They are totally desensitised to advertising and unless you have something that stands out above the crowd, good luck convincing anyone to click through and join your team.
To make any decent money with this you’ll need to be getting your capture page (the same one everyone else is using) in front of 10,000’s of viewers bare minimum. Multiply that with the 10,000’s of other affiliates doing what you are doing (and your team members) and you have absolutely nothing original to share. People are not going to be convinced to click when they’ve seen it a ton of times before. You need something original.
Just incase you thought the folks in the video are seeing amazing results, they’re not! This website is very similar to one I reviewed a while ago named TePays who also use paid actors for testimonials.
Here’s one guy who claimed YS was the best thing since sliced bread:
Here he is over on Fiverr:
I see this kind of thing way too often online and it seriously bugs me as I think it’s generally quite misleading. That said, YS is definitely not the worst example I’ve seen of this. The actors make fairly minimal success claims so that is worth noting.
How Much Money Can You Make?
It is possible to make money with this but it is going to take a LOT of time clicking to get clicks in TE’s, or spending a ton of money on advertising. The first is a massive waste of your time and the second is not going to get you into profit, in my opinion.
They weren’t too far over the top with their income claims and the calculator they provide is somewhat realistic:
I was actually quite surprised to see this because most of the time these kinds of websites push out pretty lofty income claims. They do regularly show you giant wads of cash throughout the presentation though which is typical. One thing I want to point out though is how the above illustration assumes everyone you’ve signed up will continue to stay on. This is not going to happen I assure you, as with all of these kinds of biz ops only a small number of folks will stay on.
In terms of profit potential, with a boatload of referrals and consistent effort you could build a decent email list and a bit of extra cash. I wouldn’t count on this bringing you a full-time income though but they don’t really claim it will either.
- System itself is a half way decent idea for leveraging traffic exchanges
- Low cost and 7 day trial
- Don’t use a huge amount of hype
- Generic capture pages won’t convert when so many other affiliates are using them
- Traffic exchanges suck
- Using guru tactics like fake video testimonials is lame
- Time investment vs reward is very average
It’s not a scam and you could possibly make money if you are determined to use TE’s to create an income. That said, the amount of time spent clicking to get low quality clicks in return is a seriously big waste of time in my opinion. There are definitely better ways to build a profitable online business all things considered.