How this works
Lightning-Surf wants to provide as much aid and assistance to webmasters as
possible. This system is designed to help webmasters get traffic to
their sites in a simple, cost-effective way. This benefits the webmasters
in a couple ways:
- More traffic means potentially higher ratings on statistical sites, such
as Alexa and SiteRanking
- Higher statistical ratings mean potentially higher relevance on search
- More traffic means more exposures and impressions are made of your site
and it's advertisements
- More traffic means better positioning at 'topsite' websites
- TopSites are just more categorical-specific versions of a statistical
- More traffic means more potential customers coming through your website
One mistake that many Traffic Exchanges make is telling a webmaster that they
will be "flooded with targeted customers, ready to buy". That is not the
primary purpose of a Traffic Exchange.
The primary purpose of a Traffic Exchange is to generate traffic to the
That being said, if your target audience is "webmasters working on promoting
their websites", then you will probably reach some potential customers.
But even then, do not expect high conversion rates. Webmaster surfers are
all in the same boat: they want more traffic, for higher ratings, for better
rankings, to get customers from the larger search engines.
In a nutshell: You visit other websites through one of our viewer systems and
earn 'credits'. Each credit entitles one of your pages to be shown to
someone else. For those interested in tech-speak, we offer both Auto Surf
and Manual Surfing options.
You are a webmaster, and you want web-surfers to see your website, for all
the reasons listed above. Lightning-Surf
will show your website to other users, at a
cost of 1 'credit each time your website is shown. So, as long as you have
'credits' available, your site will be shown to our other Lightning-Surf users.
[In train-speak: We'll let you put your station on our tracks.
Trains carrying passengers will stop at your station, as long as your station
has 'tokens' to stop the train. Passengers earn credits by riding
the train to other Way Station.]
Credits are gained in a couple different ways:
- When you first join Lightning-Surf, you are given some credits
- You can choose to 'be a passenger', and surf other sites through one of
our display systems. For every site you visit, you will earn credits
- We also sell credits, with bulk-discounting available. i.e.: When you buy
more credits, you pay less per credit.
- You can display our referral page. Each display to a unique user on
a given day will earn some credits.
- You can also refer other members. If someone signs up through your
referral page, you get credits when they sign up, and a percentage of their credit
earnings when they are a passenger.
- If someone you referred purchases something or upgrades their membership,
you get some credits from that, as well.
more of your website's pages, and every time that page is viewed, you earn
between 0.1 and 0.15 credits, depending on the size of banner you select.
Different earning and referral ratios are available to different 'levels' of
membership. For specifics on how many credits are earned in different ways
at each level of membership, see our Membership
Levels page in the Pricing section.
Terminology used on Lightning-Surf:
We are using a 'train' motif to add a little color and individuality to our
Yard - A website (or part of a site) that dedicated to Traffic
Exchanging. A yard contains tracks and boxcars, to carry passengers
between stops, Way Stations, and other yards.
Credits - A unit of
value. 1 credit allows a member to show one page they wish promoted 1
time. credits may be earned through viewing, referrals, or they may
Stops or Stations - A page on a web site. This is what the passenger
views to earn credits.
Way Station - A block of related
stops that can be presented in a particular order to passengers.
This allows webmasters to create longer, more attractive, or more
meaningful messages to passengers. [Does anyone remember the old
'Burma Shave' signs?] This also has a nice side-effect, since it
will look to site-statistics systems as though each user is 'clicking through'
multiple pages, creating longer visit times.
Tracks - A connection between way-stations,
and between separate yards. This software provides the tracks to
move passengers around the internet.
The Train - The TrEx website is the train... it takes
passengers on "treks" through various websites in exchange for credits.
Passenger - A web surfer, using our viewer to view sites like
yours in exchange for credits (or cash). This is also the generic term
used for any membership level.
Riders - A high-volume passenger.
They get extra benefit by being a more-frequent passenger. This
bonus can add on to any membership level.
Yard Hands - A monthly
membership fee allows the Yard Hand to manage lots of Stops (many pages to
display), create Way-Stations, and travel faster and more profitably than
Engineers - A monthly membership fee entitles the
Engineer to travel on faster trains, and earn more credits per stop.
As 'drivers of trains', Engineers have an advantage over Yard Hands.
Again, more Stations, and faster travel.
Boxcars - A specifically
structured group of unique passengers, designed for extremely high-volume
site requirements. This refers to a special type of surf system we
will be presenting in late 2004.
Local Controller - A monthly
membership fee entitles the Controller to manage more stops than an engineer.
This is also the first level where 'way-stations' may be created, to provide
more persuasive advertising.
Station Master - An option for those in
extreme need of very heavy traffic. A monthly fee provides a station
master with extreme speed, and options for 'private boxcars' (priority in main
rotation within a yard). Station masters have the most control within a
given yard of any user outside of the Yard Master, and may create up to 5
Masters - A member of VS:TrEx network. Yard Masters can run
their own copy of TrEx on their own site (their own yard), bringing in
Passengers, Yard Hands, and Engineers through their site, expanding the
TrEx network. To learn more about the TrEx network, we have created
a section called all about the network.
We envision TrEx as the 'Central Yard Controller', shuttling 'boxcars of
passengers' across 'tracks' to 'way-stations' and other 'yards' where
'passengers', 'riders', 'engineers', 'yard hands', and 'station masters' can all benefit.