Is TrafficBuilder Black Hat?

NO! TrafficBuilder is pure "White Hat", and NOT "Black Hat". Nothing sneaky, illegal, or shady. Completely honest and above board. We checked with Twitter, and they have NO objections or concerns. The method is also allowed by Google AdSense policies.

How does TrafficBuilder work?

What follows is a description of how TrafficBuilder :: Twitter Version works. There are three(3) TrafficBuilder scripts:

1. config.php. This script is the one script you edit. It contains the configuration settings for TrafficBuilder.
2. tbs_twitter.php. This script fetches content (tweets) from the database table, tweets. One random tweet is pulled from the database, and tweeted to your Twitter account: tweeted as tweet description and URL. You or your web host need to create a cron job on the server to automatically run tbs_twitter.php every xx minutes. We recommend every 15 minutes. Increase the time if you have few tweets in the database, so you are not seen as retweeting the same tweets over and over - otherwise, you may lose followers, and followers are required to make this work.

3. redirect.php. This script redirects surfers to a framed page. Top frame is your site content which by default has two(2) buttons: Return to return back your site, and Remove Frame to show only bottom frame which displays the tweet URL. You can edit this by editing the templates/top-frame.tpl template file. For example, add or replace with Google AdSense or sponsor ads.The top frame is the key to how this works: it keeps the surfer connected to your site while he/she views the offsite tweet URL.

So, one of your followers or a follower of one of your followers sees your tweet. They then click on the link in the tweet, and are redirected to redirect.php on your server. The redirect.php script shows the results framed: your site in top frame and the other site in the bottom frame.

For this to work, you, of course, require a Twitter account. Easy enough. Then you need Twitter followers. This is not so difficult, but it takes time. You need to follow people like you. People and their followers are most likely to take interest in your website and the content it offers, and your tweets. So, at the same time to maximize that your followers and others will follow you, you need to tweet. Tweet content that will interest them. Here is what we recommend. In one browser window, open phpMyAdmin app, pointing at the 'tweets' table. In another browser window, open Google. Start searching for content (news stories, articles, blog entries, images, websites, etc.). When you find something interesting, enter something for Title (e.g., copy and paste from page) into database, and also enter URL into database for entry. Title will be tweeted along with URL: URL will be passed to redirect.php (to display in bottom frame).

How many tweets? More the better. At least 100 when you start. Should only take 1-2 days. Once done, you can now setup a cron job to run tbs_twitter.php. You could stop there, and let the app do all the work. However, he highly recommend that you make it a routine to add a few every day. This keeps the tweets fresh and it virtually ensures that the content never appears to repeat - which is a sign of an automated process which can turn off some people from following you and/or retweeting your tweets and/or clicking on URLs in your tweets. And, to make it look natural, reply to and retweet tweets by your followers.

Note: All tweets are followed by 2nd tweet: This Tweet brought to you by TrafficBuilder: http://bit.ly/1cLSRaL
Not much to ask for given that this app is free: free to download and use, and includes free technical support.

Does TrafficBuilder really work?

YES! We installed the app on one of our minor domains on Feb 28, 2014. Immediately we saw traffic (total traffic and uniques) increase (see table below).

Our Test Site :: Test Period March, 2014
Pre Traffic Builder Daily Traffic (Unique and Returning): 94
Pre Traffic Builder Daily Traffic (Unique): 37
Traffic Builder Daily Traffic (Unique and Returning): 692 - Up 7.4x or 740%
Traffic Builder Daily Traffic (Unique): 113 - Up 3.1x or 310%
Twitter Following: 2001
Twitter Followers: 1851
TrafficBuilder Test Site AWStats (via cPanel) Web server AWStats (via cPanel) for Test Site:

OrangeUnique Visitors
YellowNumber Visits
Dark BluePages
Light BlueHits
GreenBandwidth

* Results were immediate from Day 1 - but we already had a Twitter following established. Your results will depend on your Twitter following and quality of Tweets (which are automatically tweeted by Traffic Builder at regular times via cron job on server).
* We have also seen a significant uptick in Twitter followers which in itself drives more traffic.
* It is important to look at BOTH Uniques and Returning. The app appears to help retain surfers. Retention is critical. Sometimes you cannot grab a surfer's attention the first few times. If you can get them to return, you can maximize your sales pitch. This app does just that.
* We recently added Google AdSense to the TrafficBuilder generated frame page, and it is projected to generate nearly $35 in ad revenue for the month. Not much, yes. But it shows you how the app can generate revenue. Remember that the test site is a low traffic site. You could replace AdSense with other ads or sponsors as an added revenue stream: great solution for those surfers who do not decide to return to your site.

Can I use TrafficBuilder with adult sites?

YES! The app can be used for non-adult AND adult sites. Both type sites can benefit equally from using TrafficBuilder.

Requirements:

Check markPHP
Check markmySQL and access to mySQL app like phpMyAdmin (FREE app available on the web)
Check markTwitter account (Standard and Developmental - both FREE)
You require Twitter followers. More followers you have (especially if those followers have many followers), the greater the traffic potential. See above as it relates to our test site.
Check markBitly account (FREE)
Check markAbility (of you or web host) to create cron job