The Company: Traffic Network Club LLC
Founder/ CEO: George Bronck
Affiliate Fees: Free / $15 per month
Revenue share program selling artificial likes, shares and views. On the plus side you can sign up for free and earn a $1 per hour by clicking, viewing and watching ads. The investment side of things operates as a Ponzi scheme though which means it’s not a good idea to get involved.
What Is Traffic Network Club?
The company was launched in July 2016 by George Bronck and according to the company website:
Our Mission is to build a global advertising network that shares revenue with our club members and is affordable for everyone. While advertising is our main objective…
Bronck claims the main focus is on advertising and the revenue sharing component is based on genuine advertising sales. This is the same story every rev share website is telling so it’s hard to believe this is any different. I looked into this anyway and share what I found below.
The Advertising Products
Determining how legitimate a program like this is ultimately comes down to 2 things.
- How much value is in the core products?
- Are return on investments (ROI) based on genuine advertising sales growth or new investments?
The Traffic Network Club (TNC) advertising products can be broken down into 4 main categories. You do not need to join the paid membership to purchase these.
#1 PTC Ads
The Paid to Click (PTC) advertising acts much like a traffic exchange where people get paid to click on ads and view them for a set amount of time. In this case, for $0.02 you can have 1x 30 second view on any ad and the person viewing it earns $0.01. This form of advertising is generally very average quality since people only view your ads to earn money.
Those participating in this form of earning are only making about $1 per hour IF they diligently viewed each ad for 3o seconds. Most people skim through as quickly as possible and have multiple windows with other PTC ads open simultaneously in order to maximise their profits, and that’s if your not just getting automated traffic. So from an earning and an advertising perspective, this is nothing to get excited about.
#2 Solo Ads
These are very similar quality only you are renting a persons email list and sending those folks your affiliate offers. In most cases this is used for spamming. You know the mountains of spam you get in your email each month? People are buying your email from other marketers and sending you promo emails using solo ads. This does work but there is much more value in building your own email list if you want to go leverage email marketing for your business longterm.
#3 Login, Text, Banner & Business Directory Ads
These are grouped together because they are all shown to TNC members without members having to do anything more than navigate the members area, as in they do not get paid to view these. Each time a TNC member logs into his or her account they are greeted with an ad they must view for a given time period before they are allowed access their account. Awesome form of advertising if you like annoying your potential customers!
There’s also space allocated for text and banner ads throughout the site along with a ‘business directory’ tab where you can list your business for other members to view.
#4 Likes, Shares & Views
The basic idea here is you pay $5 for 5,000 ‘credits’ to use for Facebook shares or likes, 30 seconds of YouTube video views or Google Plus shares. I’m not sure why but I could not login to my account when I registered no matter what I tried so I was unable to determine how many ‘credits’ equalled how many shares, likes or views.
Here’s what I do know… buying this kind of advertising is a MASSIVE waste of your time and money. Period. Facebook, YouTube and Google warn against this kind of behaviour and take measures to stop if from happening. This will not help your business and may even see your social media accounts banned. In fact, this will likely hurt your business in more ways than one.
Buying likes and shares will not increase engagement and may actually increase the cost of paid ads within the FB platform. Given how you will be receiving all kinds of random likes and shares, this will also mess up one of the most valuable aspects of FB ads altogether, precise audience segmentation and targeting.
FaceBook monitors any unusual activity and removes accounts participating in paid likes and shares when appropriate so this presents a very real risk to your business. For further insight into why this is such a bad idea I recommend checking out an in depth article written by AdEspresso.com that I found quite useful.
According to the YouTube terms page buying views is walking a fine line and may see your account banned.
Anything that artificially increases the number of views, likes, comments, or other metric either through the use of automatic systems or by serving up videos to unsuspecting viewers, is against our terms. Videos and accounts that are found to be in violation of our terms may be closed down and removed from YouTube.
This is referring more to ‘automated’ traffic so if it’s just members viewing other members videos it probably won’t get your account banned. However, there is no way to verify where these views are coming from so they could very well be automated. At best these are incentivised views and will not help your organic rankings. YouTube is owned by Google and they are strongly against black hat SEO techniques for video or written content, they are also very well equipped to detect this kind of behaviour.
Google Plus Shares
There is absolutely no benefit whatsoever to doing this for SEO, engagement or for your credibility. Google is able to monitor and detect ‘unnatural’ sharing and plus 1’s and it’s safe to say they do not approve of this kind of behaviour. Even if by some miracle this did help your business it would probably be very short lived just like every other black hat method they’ve come down hard on over the years.
Do The Products Have Genuine Value?
In my opinion, you are being offered a set of low quality, spammy and downright risky advertising products. If this really is about building a ‘global advertising network’ of any kind of quality, they are grossly missing the mark here. Like almost all adpack rev share programs, this is not about advertising at all.
The Club Membership Explained
This is what the business is really about and why almost everyone joins these programs. Membership to this costs $15 per month and allows you to participate in the revenue sharing component. Each ‘share’ costs $25 and pays out $35 in 35 days. According to the website you can purchase an unlimited number of these 140% ROI shares. All you need to do to remain qualified is surf 5 ads every 24 hours or you’ll lose any money you have earned.
You are also given the following advertising with your share:
- 500 text ads credits
- 500 banner ad credits
- 1500 business directory credits
Are these ROI’s paid based on genuine company growth with the TNC advertising platform to non-club members? No. Offering consistent 140% returns on an unlimited number of shares is mathematically possible which means these returns are solely based on the purchase of each $25 club share.
The question then becomes: are people joining this and buying the $25 club shares for text ads, banner ads and directory credits? I don’t think so and suggesting this is nothing short of ridiculous. People purchasing club shares are doing so in order to receive a 140% ROI. Plain and simple. Given these ROI’s are being paid solely based on new club share investments, the only logical conclusion left to draw is that this is operating as a ponzi scheme.
The Referral Program
This will pay out 10% of all advertising purchases made by free members and if your referrals join the club, you’ll make $5 each month they stay on.
20% of the revenue generated though non-club advertising purchases is divided up between all club members. To qualify for this members must perform 5 FB likes, 5 FB shares, 5 G+ shares and 5 YouTube views. The great thing about this is now every club member gets the chance to participate in the global spam effort!
What I Liked
- You can sign up and participate in the PTC for free
What I Didn’t Like
- Low value advertising consisting mostly of SPAM tactics
- Pseudo compliance Ponzi scheme
- Not a sustainable and legitimate way to make money online
- Website requires your full name, address, phone number, DOB and email address just to sign up…
By signing up to a scheme like this it is possible to make money. Unfortunately, this misleads many people into thinking the scheme is legitimate when in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. This will continue operating for as long as there’s constant new investment in shares and new people continue joining. Sooner or later it will become impossible to pay back existing investors which is when this scheme will fall apart. I do not recommend this.
Update: August 6 2016
After publishing this review I was contacted by George via email. He explained that he had removed the revenue sharing component, which is what made it a ponzi. To be honest I was quite surprised at this and wasn’t expecting it. I’ll summarise the changes:
- Advertising stays the same
- No more $25 ‘club shares’ can be purchased
- Club membership is $10 per month
- Weekly Bonus Pool is based on 50% of all advertising purchases (excluding PTC) and is divided among club members
It is good to know that (apparently) the traffic is not automated and is coming from real users. However, it is still low quality in my opinion since people are only viewing your ads to get something in return instead of being genuinely interested in whatever you are offering. The only people interested in the ads are primarily those looking for similar ‘biz ops’ since this is only members viewing other members ads. If you have any other business outside of this the advertising effectively become even less quality. Not to mention it will screw up you Facebook audience profiles if you have a business in a different niche and want to use paid advertising down the track. In other words, it’s a closed network of members viewing members ads for a reward and is really only worth it for advertising similar biz ops.
As far as rev share being dropped, that is good. I will keep an eye on this website and from time and let you guys know if there is any new developments.