Product Name: Traffic Monsoon
Price: Free to $600+
Owners: Charles Scoville
Overall Rank: SEC Has Seized Assets
Verdict: Traffic Exchange, Low Quality Traffic, High # of Complaints
UPDATE July 26th, 2016: Traffic Monsoon is in Receivership (read more here)
One of the biggest hurdles for newcomers to the online world is their ability to get “traffic” to their website, because without it no level of success is possible.
Traffic Monsoon is an up and coming traffic exchange and PTC (Paid To Click) site that offers you the ability to earn revenue/credits by clicking on ads and depending on whether or not you purchase their “services”, you can earn more credits within the platform.
There are many problems however with the quality of the traffic and the underlying business model that this program institutes to run their business. There are also many complaints about this program online, something that I can only see continuing as time goes on and more people spend money (and their time) within Traffic Monsoon, with very little results.
In the following Traffic Monsoon review, I am going to offer you some further insights into how this particular scheme works and offer you information so you can effectively make the judgement call whether this program is the right product for you, or whether you should be staying away from it altogether.’
The 4 Headed Earning Opportunity.
There are 4 ways in which you can earn revenue through the Traffic Monsoon scheme, listed on their website. I a going to uncover these and help you better understand exactly what you will be doing to generate the revenue.
- Paid to Click (PTC). Exactly how it sounds, you are going to be clicking on people’s websites through the “cash links” an you will earn revenue based on how many sites you click. By clicking on a minimum of 10 ads in a day, you will qualify to receive a share in revenues from generated sales and services.Paying advertisers are often times on the other side of every click, meaning people are paying for this “disengaged” traffic (you) on the other end.
- Using ad services (buying traffic) to generate revenue to your business. This is one of the promoted “ideas” as to how you can earn income through the Traffic Monsoon platform, basically you can buy ad packages/plans where you pay money for traffic. These range from 1,000 visitor credits for $5.95, all the way up to 50,000 visitor credits for $229.95.
You can also purchase traffic packages directly through their “myriad” of advertising websites, with the top package being 500,000 clicks for $600. The problem is that the very traffic won’t generate leads or quality traffic to your website. Instead, it is being mostly driven from people that are part of the traffic exchange itself. They are clicking on your website to earn “credits”, not to buy something.
- Revenue sharing. You can earn revenue by recommending people into your downline at Traffic Monsoon through their referral program. The more referrals and the more active your referrals are in terms of their “clicking”, the more potential revenue you can earn .This income is not guaranteed as your referrals have to “click” and do so in high volume in order for you to generate revenue. The estimated monthly income if you refer 10 people to Traffic Monsoon and they fulfill their clicking duties for 30 consecutive days is $30.
- Direct sales commissions. You will receive 10% of your referrals purchases from the ad plans. If someone buys a $229.95 plan, you will get 10% commissions on that, or $23.00. This does not include cash link purchases as that money is divided up between the clickers and the sponsor of the clickers.
Traffic Monsoon and the Unethical Business of PTC
As a member of Traffic Monsoon, one of your core focuses as a user is going to be clicking on other people’s websites. In exchange, depending on how you are situated within the program (paying versus non paying) you can earn a nominal amount of revenue for doing this, or you can earn “credits” which can then be used to generate clicks back to websites that you own.
Then, on the other side, you have people “paying” for ad packages where they are actually paying for your traffic hoping to generate leads and sales as a result.
This reminds me very eerily of joke company that was put out several years back when I was in college, we used to laugh about it. It was called “Click Monkeys” and at the time it was hilarious (if you want a laugh you can check out their site here).
Fast forward 15 years later and the click monkey idea has become a BUSINESS model…well, if you want to call it that. Except now, YOU have become the monkey. In exchange for your time and mindless clicking, you have the potential to earn mindless clicks back to your websites…and in some cases, revenue.
Any Quality Host Will Potentially SHUT YOU DOWN
Hosting companies do not love traffic exchanges and there is very good reason for this. Low quality traffic starts to hammer their servers when companies like Traffic Monsoon start sending PTC traffic to their websites. This creates load issues and it can actually bog down an individuals website to the point where it ends up going offline.
So if you do ever decide to send a mass amount of PTC traffic to your site and you are on a shared or managed web host (one in which you are on a server with other clients), you stand a very good chance of getting your website shut down when these load levels spike. You might be required to purchase more expensive hosting plans moving forward or have your hosting account deleted altogether (as many hosts do).
Is it a Viable Way to Create a Real Business?
Many people are making money from Traffic Monsoon. The reason being, they are getting other people to join Traffic Monsoon and there is enough people out there that are so desperate for “web traffic” that are unwilling to work for it, they feel they can just throw spaghetti at the “traffic exchange” wall and buy an ad plan and reap the rewards.
There are also lots of people building a business off of recruiting others in to this ad exchange or selling ad packages to others (or both). The bulk of all income within programs like this is derived out of those buying traffic and ad packages within the program. It reminds of a very similar program, Banners Broker, that was ultimately shut down by authorities (and the owners were actually arrested). More on this later.
Low Quality Traffic is Supported By People Buying It
You, yes YOU, are in essence the source of the traffic. I would by no means state that you are low quality traffic, but your “state” when performing PTC actions is much different than you looking for a solution to a problem through Google.com
When you are performing these tasks you are not thinking about the content on the other end of your click transaction Rather, you are just trying to perform the mindless clicks so you can earn some revenue or earn some “credits’ so you can earn some traffic in return for your efforts.
Traffic Monsoon Creating Their Own Bank?
There was significant news surrounding Traffic Monsoon that they were moving away from using Paypal and were going to set up their own bank in Dubai. Charles Scoville has claimed an extraordinary amount of income and that they are losing out on $29MM alone to Paypal fees, but the reality is that many merchants like Paypal do NOT allow MLM companies to use their services.
They are high risk clients and it is only those merchants that are willing to take considerable risks that take on schemes of this nature. For good reason it seems as Traffic Monsoon has since been shut down since this announcement.
Banners Broker vs. Traffic Monsoon
Just in the most recent year, one of the longest standing traffic/banner exchanges has been taken down, that being Banners Broker. The owners of that program were arrested in Canada and were also forced to seize all of their assets. You can read about that story here.
The problem here is that the foundational business model of Banners Broker is actually quite similar to that of Traffic Monsoon, without the ties being pyramid (which it is highly debated that Traffic Monsoon is not).
My final thoughts on whether you should use Traffic Monsoon or Not.
I wouldn’t declare Traffic Monsoon a scam, but it has been put under immediate investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The assets of Traffic Monsoon have been frozen, meaning anyone involved in the program is temporarily out of any expenditures they have set forth…potentially forever.
My recommendation is to always take the high road when building a business online and to do so in an ethical way. If you are making money at the demise of others or selling/taking part in a service only on the premise that you will make money from it, you might want to reconsider your reasons for choosing a specific business.
Those that were involved in Traffic Monsoon were gravely warned by others outside the “bubble” that it could all come crashing down and as it stands, the SEC is going to make sure this happens.
Product Name: Traffic Monsoon
Owners: Charles Scoville
Overall Rank: SEC HAS SEIZED ASSETS
VERDICT: Average income potential low, not creating a real “niche’ business, business is based on low quality “cash click” traffic, SEC Has Seized Assets
Do you have experience with Traffic Monsoon either through their PTC/Refferal network or have you purchased ad plans/packages in the past and you would like to share your experience? If so, please leave your comments or questions below and I will be more than happy to get back to you. I would love to hear your feedback.