TLA Dropped, TNX too

With the rollout of the new design, I’ve dropped the use of Text-Link-Ads on this site.  I struggled to find a place for them in the new design and between the dropping income that they’ve been bringing in and a little pressure from the great oogelly moogelly I decided to just remove them altogether.

While I was at it, I removed links from the site as well.  Both services have a place and a use, but neither was fitting where I wanted this site to go and I really didn’t want to fill up the front page with more ad stuff.   I’m still considering whether I will put scratchback back in the design or not.  I’ve got room for it on the single pages, but it might stay off of the front page.  Again, the design is such that adding it would really mush stuff together and give more of an appearance of being over ad laden.

So, with that said, there are plenty of open ad spots at the moment.  I’ve changed the advertise page to reflect the new spots and the new prices.  If you are interested in advertising on Thatedeguy, please drop me an email.   I’m thinking of celebrating the new theme with a contest and possibly a discount on the ad spots.  What do you think?

Using Results

It’s been a little over a month now that I’ve been testing out So far, I’m finding it to be a valuable tool. I’ve added two of my sites as link hosts. This and one other. Between the two of them, I’ve sold thousands of links for 10s of thousands of TNX points.

The market of TNX and the exchange rate for points makes it almost entirely pointless to try and make money by selling your points you’ve earned. You’ll never get rich that way! So, we have to devise a better way of using those points to get richer. And here’s how: use them!

By using the points I’ve earned from my fully developed and established site, I can buy links for some of my lesser sites. I can amass several hundred links over a matter of days. You’ve got to be careful to not amass them too fast or Google will kick you right out and into the sandbox. We don’t want that. I get around this (and it appears to work) by periodically freezing the campaign and then re-activating it a few days later. It takes 3-4 days for a link to be activated and by doing this, I get a pretty steady flow of links over several days and weeks rather than hundreds of links in one day and then nothing. It looks more natural. Remember to follow the tips that TNX gives and vary the anchor text and the page linked to so that they look that much more natural.

The other trick I use is to not buy the big PR links. I’m not buying links for pagerank, but for the sake of indexing and links. So, with this site, I’m able to sell several links on PR3 and PR4 pages and buy 100 PR0 links with each one. Using a mix of PR0 and PR1 links, I’ve managed about a 3:10 ratio of links sold to links purchased.

That’s all well and good, but does it work? Yes. Within a week of using this method to sell links and buy links for smaller websites, I noticed a marked increase in traffic from the search engines. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that increased traffic from search engines can translate into more affiliate sales, more newsletter signups, and more income.

One downside to all this is that you’re only selling or buying links for one month’s time. If you delete a campaign, the links go away. In the end, you’ll want to spend some time building more permanent links elsewhere, but TNX gives a great boost while you’re doing that building. It only takes a few minutes to set up a campaign and once set up, there is little to no maintenance. I’ll be continuing to play around with TNX and honing my methods as I go. It’s a pretty good tool to have in your portfolio, I think. Response to Google Banning Post

In my recent post, I asked “ Users Getting Banned?“  It seems that there is only about half truth to that statement.  Here’s the response that is in the comments of that post from the crew at

It’s just Google’s “too many links at once” automatic filter… When over 100 new links pointing to one page appear in several days, all with the same anchors (which is unnatural) – Google will likely notice you and the pages you were promoting may disappear from SERPs for 1 month (after that tey will return even higher). This automated filter is intended to keep you away from buying links, but it’s very easy to avoid the filter!

Your case doesn’t mean, that Google bans TNX buyers (there is no may Google can identify TNX links). It only means that there IS a risk when buying links without following our recommendations:

We just give you a convenient tool to place many of direct links, it is up to you to choose when to stop placing new links and how to make anchors look more natural (variety is the key), which links to delete.

Previously our advertisers didn’t have a generator to make anchors look natural. Until now! Just look at the new Step-2 of Creating campaign: you can now generate hundreds of different anchors with a click of a button.

We suggest that you now try to buy links following our recommendations and then publish a follow-up review. If you don’t do that – then… the main purpose of Google’s automated “too many links at once” filter – to scare you from buying link – is accomplished :)
Have you ever thought of WHY Google wants to scare you from buying links? Because it works great, when done with care, of course!”

You wrote: the reason behind it all is the super fast acquisition of links – indeed, it is.

So, the short answer is Yes, Google is banning users of  But it’s only temporary.  Given time, you should come out the other side smelling like a rose.  I’ve got two sites (with a third waiting on approval) that I have campaigns running for.  At the moment, I haven’t seen any of the problems with the Google filter.  One has over 300 links through the service so far and the other has about 180.  I haven’t seen any movement in the SERPs either up or down.

I guess in the end, it’ll be up to you whether you want to risk a month in the sandbox in exchange for a lot of extra links.  The sites I have in the program don’t have a whole lot of links just yet, so I think the reward will greatly outweigh the risk. Text Link Disruptor?

What follows is a review of the new text link system/service called I have been paid to do this review. As usual, I’ve tried to stay neutral despite the money and I hope you’ll see that in the review.

I’ve seen the many other reviews of TNX that have been floating around the web since it’s release in the last few weeks. Generally, it seems to have received some pretty good reviews. Of course, I signed up to give it a spin.

The Sign Up

Sign up is fairly easy. Less info needed than most places, which I would attribute to the lack of “paying” for the links. Once you’ve gotten the info entered, it’s as simple as logging in. Once you’ve logged in, the first thing you’ll want to do (assuming that you’re “selling” links and not “buying” them) is add your site.

Things are a little backwards here. You’ve got to add some (I use that word loosely) code to the pages on your site before you try and add the site. The code is somewhat cumbersome. Extremely long for code for a service of this type. I think the service would be better served by a simple widget or bit of javascript that would only require the adding of 4-5 lines of code. With all that code, the service is leaving it’s users open to easily screwing it up and causing errors.

Once you’ve added the code and the site, all that’s left is to wait for approval of the site by the administrators. According to the site, that can take 1-2 days. While I realize that there is going to be a need for some sort of oversight, that seems like a long time when most site owners are used to web2.0 speed. Especially when you learn that even after getting approved, you’ll still have to wait for the site to be indexed. I would have thought that some of the indexing could have been done while waiting for approval to help speed up the process.

The Links

“Buying” and “selling” links is a little bit different too. Instead of buying the links outright, like you would with a service like TLA, you use a custom economy of “TNX points” to do transactions. Depending on the rank of the site, you can earn anywhere from 1 point per link on a PR0 site to 5000 for a link on a PR7 site. I’m assuming at this point that it goes off of the PR of the actual page that the link will be placed on. Yahoo backlinks factor in there somewhere as well, but I haven’t been able to figure out how.. The folks at TNX only take a commission of 25% which is quite a bit better than most of the link services around.

Making Money

With all those points floating around, how do you make money? As you begin “selling” links and caching points, you can sell them back to TNX at a current rate of $0.62 per 1000 links. You can also transfer points to other users, so a potential for a private TNX points exchange does exist. And of course, you can use your points to “buy” links on other sites. Many SEOers and website owners should like that option. I know I’ll be attempting to take advantage of that. In the first few days, I’ve managed to get a few pages indexed and sell a few links to the tune of about 5100 points. I’ve also created a campaign to buy some links, which is currently waiting for approval.

In the end, the service is really just a weighted link exchange with the added benefit of buying a little extra weight at the current rate of $1.2 per 1000. I like the service itself a bit better than that of lavalinx, which I’ve been trying out as well.

There are several things that make me hesitate here though. Based on my experience and some of the pages on TNX, TNX needs to make use of a lot more automation. The manual approval of sites may be necessary, but the points you buy also need to be manually added. It would make sense to automate that so that buyers are able to spend their points nearly instantaneously. The other thing that bothers me a little is the increase in the cost/value of a thousand points. According to the site, the cost increases by at least 2% each month. What happens when the market will no longer bear the value? Luckily, there is a bit of room since a link is only about $2 vs somewhere between $15 and $25 on sites like TLA.


Overall, TNX has some growing to do and has the potential to be a pretty decent service for attaining links and taking full advantage of the ability of your site to earn based on links. I’ll be continuing to test the system out and watching to see how it improves (or doesn’t) over the next several weeks. Now, off to buy links.  I do like the fact that TNX sells links only on a page by page basis and doesn’t do the site wide links that are most popular at sites like TLA.  It gets right down to the long tail of my site and helps me make money with it.

If you haven’t signed up for TNX yet and plan to, I’d appreciate you signing up under my links here as they do have a pretty good affiliate program. Once you do sign up, go to the TNX announcement thread on digital point and get yourself an extra couple thousand points.