Link Advertising with TNX.net (a Review)

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In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages. (Source: Google).

TNX.net

TNX (pronounced “thanks” as in text/SMS-speak) is a new text link advertising platform that targets both publishers and advertisers equally well. For publishers, TNX offers the opportunity to earn TNX points which can be used for various purposes simply by displaying TNX text ad links on their pages. For advertisers, TNX provides a cheap and effective way of getting high-volume, non-reciprocal links from thousands of websites that are part of TNX’s program.

Joining TNX is free for publishers and TNX has made it a breeze to join–only the most basic information is needed. Publishers and advertisers can register at http://tnx.net/register.php. You automatically get 2,000 TNX points upon sign up. TNX also has a promo by which you get an additional 5,000 points free by posting on this thread in the DP forums.

Once you’re logged in, you’re greeted with TNX.net’s main dashboard, which will be your main starting point whether as a publisher or an advertiser. As a note, I think the main page’s design can benefit from a more vibrant color scheme. But otherwise, it’s been setup to be intuitively easy to use.

TNX welcome screen

The sidebar provides the tools you need in starting with TNX.

TNX sidebar

For publishers

For publishers, the sidebar includes easy access to the TNX code that you need to paste in your blog or site theme for the TNX ads to appear. You also get quick access to site management (adding and managing TNX-registered sites registered) and the TNX-points transfer.

TNX add sites

TNX sites

You can monetize earned TNX-points in two ways: either by selling to other TNX users at a price that you decide, or by selling to TNX itself at a given fixed price (currently $0.61 per 1,000 points). TNX will then send you the funds via PayPal. There is a minimum $5 for payouts and a 150,000 point daily transfer limit. As a security measure, users can only transfer up to 50% of his existing balance at a time.

Transfer TNX points

The TNX code page provides code both for Perl and PHP. You have a choice of codes–TNX provides a variant of the PHP code that allows the ad output to be cahed, minimizing server load and bandwidth. TNX also provides an experimental code for ASP and ASPX. All the things you need to get started earning TNX points has been well prepared by the TNX team.

One nifty feature is the earnings calculator that will help you estimate how much you can earn, based on your website’s parameters (PR, link popularity; of course, assuming all your links are filled).

TNX code

For advertisers

For advertisers, the sidebar gives quick access to starting an Ad Campaign. Thanks to TNX’s well-organized Ad Campaign wizard, creating and ad campaign is easy and intuitive. You can set the parameters for the sites where your ads should appear on: website categories, geo-location, number of Yahoo Backlinks (YB) and Google Page Rank.

TNX campaigns

TNX even provides a calculator of how many links you will get on based on the parameters you chose and your spending plan (in TNX points)

TNX link calculator

After setting your spending price and the other parameters, you have to load your actual ad copy to the TNX registry. There are two way of doing that: for campaigns with large volume of links (maximum of 2000 links), you can upload a text file containing the ads; or if you have a few ads, you can use the provided form. TNX also provides excellent tips for an effective ad campaign; starting advertisers can learn a lot from them. It’s also nice that TNX has made this part easy and painless.

Affiliate program

TNX also features an affiliate program that provides an opportunity for publishers to earn TNX points by simply referring people to use TNX’s service. There’s a 13.3% payout percentage from the earnings of the websites of users you directly refer. TNX provides more than one way of advertising options that the affiliates can use: direct links on your sites registered to TNX.net, referral links, or direct links on other sites.

TNX affiliates program

In summary, I think TNX is a great new hub for your text link ad needs and opportunities, catering well to both advertisers and webmasters. The use of TNX points instead of plain ol’ dollars makes things more flexible.

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  3. By Chris posted on October 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm
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    The point concept is too much of a hassle. I almost joined until I found out about the point system.

  4. By Chris posted on October 11, 2007 at 4:30 am
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    Chris, TNX did not lose a bit because you don’t believe in point system.

    You suck, they rule … that’s it … nothing more to say.

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  9. By Alex posted on January 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm
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    If you are to buy or sell links, TNX is much better than linkworth and TLA. I have tried all systems and looks like TNX is the best.

  10. By Arnie posted on January 30, 2008 at 8:56 pm
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    Has ant actually seen positive results from TNX?? Or is it close to spamming a site?

  11. By Infected By Bugs posted on January 31, 2008 at 9:16 am
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    Seems like it would take a while to get used to it though… It sounds great.

  12. By Angela posted on February 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm
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    Some of the feed back from TNX.net is good, but how is it viewed by Google concerning it’s link selling?

  13. By SEO in Ibiza posted on February 10, 2008 at 4:15 am
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    we would also have concerns about how Google would view this activity?

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  15. By Annie posted on February 14, 2008 at 1:38 am
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    Seems like it would take a while to get used to it though… It sounds great.we would also have concerns about how Google would view this activity?

  16. By CashJuke posted on February 16, 2008 at 11:28 pm
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    Is this okay with Google??

  17. By Tim Scott posted on February 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm
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    TNX without a doubt the best product we have ever bought for our company! try it out it can really help!

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  19. By Aetna posted on March 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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    I have used TNX and it has worked great for me. Although I am careful now on using it on the new websites that I have.

  20. By Hank posted on March 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm
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    I’ll compare this against BidVertiser (not great) and AdBrite (a lot better).

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  23. By Oyun posted on April 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm
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    Seems like it would take a while to get used to it though

  24. By zoe posted on May 2, 2008 at 11:56 am
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    I’m sure TNX have been penalised by Google and have lost all page rank so be careful.

  25. By evden eve nakliyat posted on May 20, 2008 at 8:38 am
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    I’m sure TNX have been penalised by Google and have lost all page rank so be careful. ??

  26. By asansorlu taşıma posted on May 20, 2008 at 8:48 am
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    As far as I know Google has changed the rules of linking policy. And now I hve no idea in what way links influence site’s Pr.

  27. By rako posted on June 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm
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    As far as I know Google has changed the rules of linking policy.

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    en son ve en güzel araba oyunları, araba yarışı, araba yarışı oyunu, araba yarışları, en güzel araba yarışı oyunu,en hızlı araba yarışı, en son araba yarışı oyunlarını bulabileceginiz güzel bir site.Araba oyunları ve motor oyunlarının en son şekli ile zevke doyamayacaksınız

  30. By peter vermont posted on August 9, 2008 at 5:49 am
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    You should check out http://www.positionpusher.com it’s a similar service but totally free. The idea is that you add a php code which will display other people’s site. In return, your link will be displayed on other sites.

    Their algorithm is supposed to match sites together so Google will not find it suspicious and add the backlinks to its system.