IBOexchange

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I have always been amazed when I come across a blog that has 35 million followers but only 25,000 hits and has only been up since June 2013.

At a minimum, I would think that if you have 35 million followers, you should have at least 35 million hits because each person would have to visit at least once in order to follow you.

Such is not the case, though.

I’m at 10,189 followers according to WordPress, but that includes WordPress, LinkedIn, and Twitter followers, so some of that is redundant. I suspect the number of actual people following me is closer to six or seven thousand.

More importantly, though, how do you even get 35 million followers?

Well, over the past few days, I have discovered how you do that. It’s done with exchanges.

There are various exchanges out there. You can participate in a YouTube exchange, a Facebook exchange, A Twitter exchange, even a WordPress follow exchange.

The one that I think I have hooked up with permanently is IBOexchange. Here is their front page:

IBOexchange

As you can see, I can participate in exchanges for Facebook Likes, Facebook Shares, Facebook Followers, Google +1, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

Their motivation tool is Coins. With their free membership, you get 50 Coins per day when you log in. You offer a certain number of Coins to people who Like you on Facebook, or YouTube, etc. You can earn Coins by Likeing someone else.

Look at the portion of the screen in red, and you can see that if I Like the top left person/page, that person will give me 19 Coins. The more coins you offer people, the better position you get in those two rows, and the more Likes you’ll get. You can buy more Coins, or upgrade your free membership to VIP membership and get 100 Coins per day instead of 50. You can buy VIP membership by the day, week, month, or year. A year’s VIP membership is only $25.00, and you can pay with PayPal.

Since I have WordAds on this blog, I entered my WordPress URL by clicking on the “Traffic Exchange” button halfway down the left side column in the graphic above. Later today I’ll be upgrading to a VIP membership for the year. Let’s see if a traffic exchange increases the number of impressions that WordAds records, thereby increasing my monthly income from WordAds.

Sign up for IBOexchange here:

IBOexchange

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31 thoughts on “IBOexchange

  1. Emilio Pasquale

    Very interesting! But at the moment I don’t think I’ll be joining. If your goal is purely financial- building a business- maybe this is a good avenue. But, to me, it sort of feels like cheating. Paying someone to like you? Maybe every one is doing it but that doesn’t make it right! Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I agree that it does feel like cheating in a way. However, it is a much faster way to find new blogs to visit. I love to visit blogs because I get to travel the world from the comfort of home. And with Google Translate, I even learn foreign words and a little bit of new languages while traveling.

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  2. kanzensakura

    And so, by getting these non-currency coins, I get nothing more than followers? Seems a true gyp to me. I follow your blog for free because I like your articles, photographs, Jim, and Zoey. I mean, do all these followers actually do anything than boost ego? Do they make friendly comments, or feel better for reading your (mine) blog? I don’t need 25 million followers to feel validated or happy. I’m happy with my 600, of which you are one. it seems a cheap and trifling way to get some sort of ego fulfillment. I never cease to be amazed by this sort of thing. you rarely comment on my posts, but when you do, it means something to me. And I always enjoy it when you camp out!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Sometimes those followers turn into friends. I have had several blogging friends come to San Diego to visit, and I got to act as a docent for the day! That leads to a blog about the blogging friends, which is always fun. So I guess it is what you make of it.

      I’m pretty sure that the person with 35 million followers doesn’t get much other than an ego boost. For me, I like to visit blogs. It’s a way to visit the world without leaving the United States, so I don’t have to get a passport, stand in airport lines, wonder if the plane is going to be hijacked and used as a missile to kill people, or worry about what I’m going to do with Zoey the Cool Cat while I’m gone. I’m always here physically but my mind gets to go places!

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      1. kanzensakura

        And that is why I like to read blogs as well. It amazes how many people who have followed my blog have become friends. It really is a good way to enlarge your world without having to leave the place you love. I hate flying…

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          1. kanzensakura

            I understand. I only went because my mother was in bad shape and actually when I got there, being taken advantage of by her caretaker. I tell you, flying is the pits. All the germs, the canned air, the crazy security…they took my hair stick from me! I’d had it for years and bought in Japan…so I had all this hair falling down and in the way. Luckily, one of the security people took pity and gave me a rubber band. But I didn’t dare argue about it. I’m glad I’ve already traveled and seen all I wanted to see. After this last series of flights to and from Florida, I’m done.

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              1. kanzensakura

                I am a little crazy, I’ll admit, but….I keep antibacterial wipes in my purse and when I travel, I have purse size Lysol spray. Well, thinking of all the people ahead of me who had sat in the seat and put their head against it and sneezed…oh the horror (thank you Sheldon Cooper), I had taken an oversized tyvec envelope and split down one side. Before I took my seat, I gave a wipe down of arms, back of seat in front of me with the wipe, sprayed the rest briefly with Lysol and then put the envelope in back of my head. Several people made comments and I said, hello….can you say head lice, scabies, flu, colds? they stopped laughing and with this ebola thing, no one laughed at my preparations and asked about where I got the “tyvec hazmat protector”, lol…..yes, I’m a bit nuts but all those airplane germs…so unless I absotively have to, no more flying for me, no trains, and definitely NO BUSSES! My husband will be going to Hawaii by himself next summer. I’ll stay home with SamCat the Ripper and be at peace.

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  3. arlene

    Isn’t that cheating? what good does it do if they really don’t read your blog. I still prefer a rather personal comment no matter how short it is than having so many views where not all appreciate what you write. That figure 35 M seems impossible to me….just my thoughts 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I guess it just depends on what one is trying to do. I like the interaction with people, so if someone comes and likes my blog, even if via IBOexchange, then I will go and check out their blog, possibly like it, follow them, etc.

      WordAds pays by the “ad impression” so the more people stopping by to visit me, the more I get paid.

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  4. ViewPacific

    Gee, I’ve liked and followed you because I enjoy what you have to say.
    I’ve had many people like and follow my blog, and then when I check them out, there is no there there. (if you know what I mean)
    I’m more skeptical than amazed when I see stats like 35 million followers, especially with so few hits.
    I’ve gone the other direction and paid WordPress to *not* display ads on my blog, and even have my browser set to try to block the most pernicious ads. To each their own.
    Hey, though, it’s your blog so you choose what you want to do (or not). If it brings you more revenue or photo customers or real estate business, I wish you well.
    Cheers,
    Vincent

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I know exactly what you mean about there being no there there.

      I pay WordPress $99 per year so that I can use my own URL without having “wordpress.com” as part of it, and so that I didn’t have the WordPress ads. Then I went and got WordAds. The difference, of course, is that WordPress ads pay WordPress. WordAds pays me!

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