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Date Added: 8/29/2009     Reviewer: Traces2757
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Website URL: http://www.startxchange.com
Company Name: StartXChange
Alexa Traffic Rank: 8,629
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StartXchange Description

StartXChange is a traffic exchange program owned and run by internet marketer Tim Linden. This program allows members to earn credits by surfing other members' websites, and these credits go toward earning visits to their own websites. There is a referral system in place so that members can earn credits and cash from referral activities as well. The program offers a free level of membership and two paid levels.

StartXchange Detailed Overview

The administrators of StartXChange have a good way of explaining how their membership site works. They say that their traffic exchange program is the internet equivalent of people exchanging business cards in person. This is a great way to sum it up. You show someone your website, they show you theirs.

StartXChange is unique in that the person who created it, Tim Linden, is the one who has owned it for years. He didn’t purchase a standard script for this program; he created the code himself. This traffic exchange program is Linden’s baby, and that actually makes it a little more trustworthy than some others. You know that he is going to do what he can to keep this program credible.

StartXChange is a simple and straightforward program. You sign up, you enter your website that you want people to visit, then you surf other members’ websites and earn credits. You can be a free member, or you can join at a paid level and receive more benefits. You can also refer other members to the program and earn credits from their surfing, and earn cash when they upgrade to a paid level.

Linden provides a forum on his StartXChange website where members can meet and network with each other. This helps give people a sense of community there, and most likely encourages program loyalty, which is good for everyone.

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StartXchange Reputation

StartXChange has a great reputation among those who like to use traffic exchange programs. It has been in business and owned by the same person for several years, and it has over 60,000 members. Reports are that commissions are paid on time and advertising credits are easily awarded. Feedback on this program is overwhelmingly positive.

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Great support, average features

One thing is sure, StartXchange has one of the best support in this scene. It has a forum and a very helpful and friendly admin helping you with any problem.

However, other features aren't that great. The site looks pretty outdated and the surf ratio isn't good. Overall, I can give StartXchange just an average C.
 
 


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avatar   by Xmas on April 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM CST

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I Appreciate The Forum

This is the first traffic exchange that I have experienced in which they included a forum in which members can help others achieve success with their internet marketing strategies and their success stories. I have surfed enough to participate in the forum. Another plus is I can even see who has surfed my websites and the exact dates of when they have surfed my page giving me an idea of who has signed up so I can mentor them. Very well thought out and very personable and interactive. Guaranteed to bring you some signups for your affiliate websites as it has done for me in the last three months since I have signed up for StartXchange. It is one of the few that are at the top of my internet marketing list.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by rhmedia on October 12, 2010 at 3:18 PM CST

 
 
 
Good way to increase site traffic

If you own a website and want more incoming traffics for your site, this site will help you. I have signed up for free membership and earned a few credits after spending lots of my time and the traffic I received was not like what I expect. So if you are free user, it does not help much and better look for other options. So if you really want to get the best out of this site, I recommend that you go for the paid membership because there is so much difference between free and paid members. Overall I think there are better options other than this for generating traffic for your site.
 
 


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avatar   by mecho on January 14, 2010 at 9:59 PM CST

 
 
 
Great for a wide portfolio

I joined Startxchange almost 1 year ago, I found that most of the trafficexchanges were boring. Startxchange suddenly changed my opinion about them, I joined a team and suddenly I was encouraged to surf and even got free credits for doing so.

The platform is good and I found only a very few member sites broke frames. I'm always amazed about the willingness from fellow members, and the gift function works like a charm every time. You'll find out that you are not the only one surfing, and others have exciting bonuses as a motivation to keep surfing.

Like most other Traffic Exchanges, I found that Startxchange suddenly went from Good to Super as I went premium. I like to advertise banners and found that one days surfing(1000 pages) would have 1 banner running for 1 week. Might not sound like a lot, but for every 100 impressions the signup rate is 5-15.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by warpman on January 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM CST

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Good Traffic Site

I use StartXchange mostly for promoting PTP sites, and in this aspect it has been quite beneficial and profitable to me. It's good for a beginning internet marketer in my opinion, as it allows me to make cash from my credits right away without having to sell anything up front or wasting credits by fishing for signups.
 
 


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avatar   by bernie2000 on December 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM CST

 
 
 
Not bad for a traffic exchange

Start Exchange is easy to maneuver through and understand. I really like all of the features that it has, including the forum and chat rooms. It is always nice to go through those and see what others are doing for their advertisement. Their customer service is excellent, and I have always had a prompt reply. The only thing that I did not like about StarXchange is the 3:1 ratio. Otherwise it is a good traffic exchange, so I am going to stick with it.
 
 


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Start Xchange

I've been using Start XChange for a few months now, and as far as traffic, it's pretty much like the majority. But the owner Tim Linden is very helpful and has a blog to help you try to make the most of traffic exchanges. If you surf the super surf with all 4 exchanges then you get a credit bonus which makes it worth it for your credits. But if only surfing the one exchange, then it takes a lot of surfing to build up credits. I haven't received any major benefits yet, but I'm going to stick with them for awhile since they are always trying to make improvements and add bonuses. One addition they just made is after surfing about 80 pages you can click on a members picture and send them a gift of 5 credits at no cost to you.
 
 


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avatar   by debi1998 on October 27, 2009 at 8:16 AM CST

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Too Short Of A Timer!

I liked this traffic exchange. I do not use it anymore though because it was not returning quite good enough results. The results were not bad, they were above the average traffic exchange but I still did not feel that the quality of hits I was receiving to my website was worth the amount of time I was spending surfing there. One reason that I felt this was that the surf timer is a very quick 10 seconds. While this is a blessing when you are surfing because it makes the credits rack up really fast, it is a curse when you are getting traffic because that is almost just enough time for the page to load and that is it. I did like that they had a unique design to their site though, that added some flavor, but overall I would say this traffic exchange is very average.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by jacob959 on October 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM CST

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Average TE site

Start Xchange is a so-so manual traffic exchange. I joined in a couple of months back but I don’t surf on a daily basis. Since I don’t have enough free time, I try to schedule all my other traffic exchange sites.

For me the 3:1 surf ratio is quite acceptable for a free member and they do deliver the promised traffic to your site. You can also earn cash if you referred someone and he upgraded as paid member, though I haven’t got any referral of that sort. Only downside is that is not Adsense friendly so I just use SX to my other sites.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by rye on October 22, 2009 at 7:54 AM CST

 
 
 
Not very impressed by this exchange

I signed up with this traffic exchange several months ago and to me it is just another exchange. I think the only thing I liked about it was that it was easy to use and had a great layout. The chat feature is nice and all but it completely takes away the attention of the surfers. I personally do not like the fact that there was given a distraction like this.

I also didn't like that I was not receiving "quality" hits to my site. I liked that I was receiving more traffic but it did nothing for me in the end as I had no conversions from it. I also didn't like that it was difficult to earn credits without having to spend so much time on this site alone. The surf ration is not great for a free member which takes earning evening longer.

I would say that if you are out of options, then give this one a try. I would also say that if you are looking to chat with other people, this is definitely the place. I on the other hand have stopped using this traffic exchange.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by kyleskorner on October 22, 2009 at 7:43 AM CST

 
 
 
Popular Traffic Exchange

I think that StartXchange is one of the more popular exchanges online. They have a chat room going on the right side of the page as you surf which may be why members like the site. The earning ratio is 1 to 3 which is very low for my taste. The bonuses are very low as well. My Ad campaign took longer to complete than I expected, with no signups. This is expected as I only had 1500 credits which is not always a guarantee to get a sign up. In my opinion this is just an average exchange site, and I don't spend too much time here.
 
 


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avatar   by francisco81 on October 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM CST

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The second best traffic exchange in my opinion

The second best traffic exchange in my opinion. I get a lot of clicks from them and they are pretty responsive. I would rate TrafficSplash higher in terms of conversions and ease of use. Tim Linden, the guy who opened StartXChange, is one of the pioneers of manual traffic exchanges.

I would recommend this service...
 
 


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avatar   by rys on October 10, 2009 at 5:44 PM CST

 
 
 
Start XChange

Start XChange is one of the first traffic exchange sites I joined when starting out. I have never been able to cash out yet, and I've had this site since the beginning of 2007. I did make some money from referring others to Tim Linden's blog though(not enough for cash-out). The other members and owner are very friendly, but if you're looking for quality traffic, it's not the place.
 
 


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avatar   by jovimom on October 1, 2009 at 12:05 PM CST

 
 
 
Don't waste your time

If you want traffic to your blog, Start X Change is not the place. The 3:1 ratio is not so bad, but still is not worth it. The problem is that you will not get visitors that are interested in your blog. They simply only want to get visitors to their site. I never was able to cash out because I never got any referrals. Basically, this is like any other traffic exchange. One nice thing about it is that the forum has a lot of members that are nice and friendly. I have to appreciate Tim Linden for his work though. The site is not bad, but I still believe it is a waste of time.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by mariiii on September 2, 2009 at 6:55 PM CST

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You get traffic proportional to your work!

I had been a member of startXchange when I had launched my blog. But it simply wasn't worth it. If I surfed 30 websites, then I'd get back 30 hits to my blog. You simply have to spend a lot of time to get loads of hits to your blog. I don't think this is worth it if you are trying to get some 200-300 visits to your blog on a day. And another reason why I stay away from startXchange these days is because that I never get genuine traffic! If the traffic is not genuine, then there is no point in having traffic! So in short, StartXchange is not worth it!
 
 


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avatar   by pranavpillai on September 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM CST

 
 
 
One of The Best

If you are going to use traffic exchanges StartXchange is one you should join. The owner Tim is great and he has done a good job building a great site. One of the nice things about the site is that it uses team surfing to keep you motivated. The team I was on was great. They were always having contests and giving bonus credits. The site also has a forum which is great because you can get help from other members. This is especially useful if you are new and have questions about internet marketing, promoting your sites, etc. Of all the different traffic exchanges I tried, this one was always one of my favorites.
 
 


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The pros and cons of using startxchange based on my experience

I have been using StartXchange for almost a month now, and I can say that I have been quite satisfied with the results. I came across the site of StartXchange through a pay per click site that I use, and I am just glad that I actually registered.

What I like most about StartXchange is that the results are fast. I usually manually surf for credits on a daily basis, then assign it on the same day. Within minutes, I can already see from my live traffic feed the visitors that my site is receiving from StartXchange. The only downside to StartXchange is that this is not Google Adsense friendly. So if your site is earning through Google Adsense, this is not for you. The site will also remind you that if you have Adsense, you can't assign credits or traffic, which I also find great so people are actually aware of the limitations of the site.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by calientemamma on August 31, 2009 at 8:38 PM CST

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Not too shabby

StartXchange is a lot like all the other traffic exchange websites out there. One of the best things about this site is that you get up to a 25% surfing bonus. I also like that you can move up in rank based on the sites that you search. Unfortunately a 3:1 exchange ratio is less than optimal. I know of other exchange websites that are 1:1 for free members and they pay after a certain amount of sites are viewed. In addition their 10 second timer can be seen as a very good and bad thing. It’s great if you are the one surfing, but if you are trying to promote your site, there is little hope that anyone will notice it. Considering everything, I believe that the pros and cons balance out to make this like many other surfing exchange websites.
 
 


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avatar   by steamwhistle on August 30, 2009 at 9:09 PM CST

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A grade above the rest!

Tim, the owner of this traffic exchange, deserves an award. He set his traffic exchange standards above the rest of the ones in the market, by allowing his members to choose if they wanted to surf with sound or without sound. I found out about this traffic exchange while surfing on Traffic Splash. Tim also setup quite a few Splash pages to entice and gain the interest of others in other traffic exchanges as well. It was one of those very splash pages that got my interest causing me to sign up for this site around May of 2008.

Tim is very friendly and helpful as well. He takes his exchange seriously and if you found sites that broke the rules while surfing, then he would take care of them, if you reported them to him.

The surfing ratio for free members was 3:1 with only a 10 second timer. The surfing bar showed you how many members were surfing at the time you were and even allowed you to upload a picture of yourself so others could know when you were surfing.

Give this one a try, you'll be glad you did.
 
 


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Pretty lame

The only thing I would've wanted to know before joining is that the interface of the site is somewhat confusing compared to others and I didn't like it. Thinking back to when I did have a membership for a few months, the only thing that I liked was that the more you surfed the higher your ratio would go up. I didn't like the layout of the site or the puny credit ratios for free members. Even with the progressive surf ratio, I hardly got enough credits to show my banners.

My specific results were that I joined because it was such a popular exchange and I thought for sure I'd get good results due to that fact, but found that not only did I not care for the layout of the site, but that my results weren't as great as I'd thought they'd be.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by donjralma on August 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM CST

 
 
 
My most trusted Traffic Exchange

As the review says, you have to trust a website whose script was created from scratch by it's owner, and has been around with that same owner for many years. This is one of the better traffic exchanges to be part of. I love that there is a forum where you can chat with other StartXchange members, and also you can join teams to earn more credits.

I also like that Tim has set up his exchange to distinguish between sites that have auto playing audio, and ones that don't. This makes it so you can choose whether to view sites that have sound while you are surfing.

Finally, speaking of Tim himself, he is not a shy, behind the scenes admin. In addition to being extremely responsive in e-mail, he runs a blog where he teaches followers many marketing techniques that he uses himself.

All in all, being a member of this traffic exchange can greatly increase your marketing efforts in many ways.
 
 


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