I did TE’s a few years ago for a while with no real success. It was fun at first but quickly led to boredom and consumed my time with no real success.

I probably was using at least a dozen TE sites to promote my site and then started promoting my affiliate links to my TE’s.

It seems all it is, is promoting the heck out of your online business but all you might get out of it is “fake” visitors.

Traffic Exchanges

For those of you that don’t know, traffic exchange sites are where you visit other peoples sites and in turn they visit yours. You sign up on a TE site, then you will surf sites for a certain amount of time (5-30 sec) Then go on to visit another and then another and so on. You receive credits for each visit, which in turn you can use to advertise your site.

I rarely even looked at other sites. I was just there to get my credits and advertise my own sites. So, really in turn, that’s probably what everyone else was doing too.

Bounce Rate

I have learned that your bounce rate has a good chance of increasing – which is something you don’t want.

A bounce rate represents the percentage of visitors to your site who enter and then “bounce” (leave your site) rather than continuing viewing other pages within your site. So really if you’re advertising on a TE and getting hundreds of visits under 30 seconds, your sites average is going to decrease with the increase of your bounce rate. If you have Google Adsense ads, I recommend not to use TE’s because Google can ban you from adsense and you would lose that revenue.

Love em’ or Hate em’

I guess there’s a time and place for TE’s. You either love em or hate em’ Some might be successful at them…others won’t.

I suggest if you do want to use TE’s that you use a splash page to promote your site leading to information such as a video or an e-book in exchange for signing up from your link.

In conclusion…

Optimize your sites for search engines. Write quality articles, using targeted keywords.

Your focus should be your content. Content that ranks. Concentrate on building your traffic and you will get better quality.

Wealthy affiliate is a program I am with and it teaches you exactly how to achieve this. Join for free and try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

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Why is SEO important for your on-line success?

How are people going to find your web-site?

You can have a great website, but if people can’t find it, it’s not doing you any good!

Search engines are the number ! way that people find websites. So it is important to rank well in Google and other search engines.

SEO is very different from what it was. Google has put a number of measures in place to fight the manipulative actions of webmasters.s

Page Rank

Every page on the internet has something called Page Rank. It is an algorithm used by Google Search that helps to rank websites in its search engine results. Here’s some training on getting your site ranked.


Search Engine Optimization is the steps a webmaster takes to increase the visibility of their web pages in the search engines organic search results.

A webmaster is a person who is responsible for a website.

Organic search results are the listings in the SERP’s ( Search Engine Results Pages) because of their relevance to the search term typed in.

Check out this great training on SEO

What Makes a Page Rank Well

To rank high in the organic search, your page needs to be one of the best matches for the term typed into the search box. Your page also needs a certain level of trust and authority.

Top Ranking Factors in 2019

On-page Factors

  • Quality
  • Page load time
  • Internal links from other pages on the site
  • bounce rates
  • time a visitor stays on your page
  • trust and authority

Off-page Factors

  • click through rates (CTR)
  • social signals
  • backlinks

There is so much to learn in getting your website up and running and then so much more to learn in getting your website noticed. I have only touched the surface, but it kind of gives you an idea of the steps you should follow. Check out a previous post I did on Affiliate Marketing Training Course.

I encourage you to check out the other free courses at Wealthy Affiliate. I have had great success going through the ongoing training there.


I believe that one of the strongest ways to build money online is Affiliate Marketing.

I came across a YouTube video on affiliate marketing. And yes, I clicked the link and here I am, doin’ what I love! I don’t know how many videos and reviews I’ve watched but the one on Wealthy Affiliate really stood out to me.

There is a ton of info on the internet on affiliate marketing that it is so overwhelming! We always wonder if its legit information or even a legit company. We wonder if it’s up to date information that we are being given….this is 2019!

If you are looking for up to date training and a community that is so supportive then I absolutely recommend Wealthy Affiliate and encourage you to give it a try.


You can sign up and have access to the first 10 lessons for free. Yes, 100% free. No credit card asked for. This is not just some free training offered. It is the actual first level of the many training lessons offered. The tips and tricks that I have learned through Wealthy Affiliate are invaluable. There are full-length training videos, content that is step by step with easy to follow instructions and a community that is there 24/7. The community support is so helpful, you can put any question out there and you will have informative answers in no time.


In the first 10 lessons this is what you get:

Lesson 1: Getting Rolling

Lesson 2: Understanding How To Make Money Online

Lesson 3: Choose a Niche

Lesson 4: Building Your OWN Niche Website

Lesson 5: Setting Up Your Website

Lesson 6: Getting Your Site Ready for Search Engines

Lesson 7: Creating Your Initial Website Content

Lesson 8: Creating Custom Menus on Your Website

Lesson 9: Understanding Keywords

Lesson 10: Congratulations and Your Next Steps

There is a wealth of information available to be successful and build a profitable business.


You can tell there has been a lot of time and effort put into all these lessons. The way the information is presented is step by step and will have you heading on the right track in no time.

There are tasks in each lesson, but you can take your time and go through the content, and you can always go back at any time to review the lessons.

Affiliate Marketing is not a get rich scheme, it is a business that you need to work at and build up. The results though can make you a very lucrative income. Following the training at Wealthy Affiliate will bring you the knowledge and success you are looking for in your business. If you would like to give it a try, 100% free, click below to sign up and I’ll see ya on the inside!



WEALTHY AFFILIATE – An honest review

I have dabbled in trying to make money online. I’ve made a few bucks here and there, but nothing to brag about that’s for sure! I started with Wealthy Affiliate in February 2019. You can sign up for free, all access for 7 days. It only took me one day to realize, wow, this has some amazing content to learn from. I signed up the next day for premium. If you sign up within your first 7 days, you get the first month for $19US. I thought, hey, I can afford that and it gives me a whole month to explore and learn more about Wealthy Affiliate. I am almost at my first months end and I fully intend to keep going! The monthly fee is $49US. Ya, it’s a bit of cash but I do see so much potential and I’m learning and progressing quite fast. I have made two websites, this one and a niche specific one on tea. That is a lot of progress for me! I have even been Googled indexed already!

But, back to Wealthy Affiliate memberships: There is a 6-month membership at $234US and a yearly at $359US. (which is a great savings) I would love to be able to do the yearly, but it’s just not in the cards at the moment, so I’m content with my monthly subscription. The one thing I was impressed with is WA doesn’t bombard you with ads and emails telling you to sign up. I don’t go for that, buy this or else attitude!

What it means to be a Premium Member

Here is a rundown on what you have access to once you are Premium.

Once you’re inside, you will continue with the training. There are two avenues you can start with: Affiliate Bootcamp or Online Entrepreneur. You can enroll in both, but I suggest that you start with one, and once you are comfortable, branch out. I really enjoyed learning to build a website. You get 25 free with the premium membership! The sky’s the limit!

Included with your membership is a research tool called Jaaxy. This is my favorite tool in my back alley! Keywords are the key! Even if you already have a website somewhere else this is a great tool to check out.

The Wealthy Affiliate owners and members are a great community. There is a wealth of information and help available. There is Live Chat, Help Center, Training Videos, Website Help. This is all 24/7 too!


So, some of my beefs with my membership in Wealthy Affiliate is not a deal breaker for me but I do get irritated a bit from it.

There is an overwhelming amount of information provided and you have to keep focused on your task. There are so many extras that I would get sidetracked. I have now set a time in my work schedule to specifically address the extra training and read other blogs. It has helped me keep focused and on task by doing this and keeps me grounded with organizing my time.

Personally, I don’t like the live chat. It is too hard to keep track of conversations going on. But that’s just me. There’s enough help that I can go to many other places on the site for help.

So really the things that I don’t like about WA are really all kinda petty I guess. Now that I’ve written it down….. I’m thinking, hey, that’s not that bad. But I’m just throwing it out there to help you in your decisions.


I believe I have finally found what I have been looking for to succeed in an online business. If this is something that you are interested in I urge you to explore Wealthy Affiliate! I hope you will continue to meet me in the “back alley” to find out what’s in store for me on my Affiliate journey. I will post good and bad, successes and failures, all the stuff that’s gonna be happenin’ in the Back Alley.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you! Thanks and all the best to you in finding your optimum affiliate program!




I’ve set up my office in the back alley and am ready to do some work! So, welcome to the Back Alley.


I’m hanging out in the Back Alley to help future affiliates, existing affiliates, or people that just want to review and find out just what Affiliate Marketing is. This business of Affiliate Marketing is a great opportunity to grow/start your on-line business and take the steps to succeed. It’s not a get rich scheme, and there are lots of those out there! Trust me, I’ve fallen prey to a few over the years. Affiliate Marketing is like any other business, and it takes time to grow and prosper.

The goal of Back Alley Affiliate is to help people get you out of that 9-5 or get out of that minimum wage job. If you are committed to put in the time and work, Affiliate Marketing can be your ticket!!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,