Are Traffic Exchanges Dead?

There has sure been alot of rumors around TEland and the buzzing in the Skype Group Rooms and have everyone asking are traffic exchanges dead – well here is my opinion.

No I don’t feel that traffic exchanges are dead but I do believe that the structure of TEs will need to be changed.  So in the next months you WILL be seeing changes in TEland.

The first change that you are seeing TE’s are changing the payment processors from Paypal to Payza.  There are many reasons why but the bottom line is that Paypal right now does not want to have anything to do with traffic exchanges.

The other change that you also will be seeing is that subscriptions are being canceled that you had set up and that is another thing that Paypal is limiting accounts – both site owners and members if they pay a subscription to a traffic exchange – so the plan B right now is Payza.

Another change that you are seeing is that sites are slow in adding Payza as a payment processor and this is NOT the site owners fault as with Paypal kicking TE’s out right now – Payza got overloaded with requests.  Sites have to fill out an application about their site and then Payza goes over the application and approves your site.  It use to take 2 days to get approved and now it’s taking up to 2 weeks is what some owners have been seeing.

So wanted to get this out to everyone just to let you know that traffic exchanges as your know it will have to change.  I know lot of you do NOT like change but to keep this industry moving forward – it is necessary.

In the future, you will be getting updates on this blog as changes are made and I will have to tell you the first change that was made on Zaney was the surf button was changed to view ads.  What I found funny about this simple change was the support tickets that I got wanting to know how can I surf the sites the surf button is gone.

This is just one example of the type of changes that you are going to be seen – my answer back to these support tickets was giving them the definition of a traffic exchange and that is I view your ad in exchange for you viewing mine.

Stay tuned as I will be letting you know of changes as they happen – remember change is NOT a bad thing – even tho we don’t like it – sometimes change is for the better.

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Pfishing emails – what to look for and do with them

Well while I have a fresh one here I thought I would show you what a Pfishing email looks like – what to do when you get one and what to do with them when you get them.

Payza: Important Notice Account Holder

This is an automated email, please do not reply 

Dear Member

Accepting our terms of service during the account registration is considered as your digital signature and is a legally binding agreement between you and Payza. You need validate before you can use full access your Payza account.

Please click on the following link to validate your account:

Click here to validate your account.  (this was clickable and I broke the link for this blog post example)

If you not validate, your account will temporary frozen with unknown period.

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Thanks for choosing Payza (formerly AlertPay),
The Payza Team

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Copyright 2013 Payza (formerly AlertPay). All rights reserved.

Ok this is an example that I got today and get lot of these and never, never, never click on the links in these emails as someone is using this email for fish for your info.  The biggest clue here for me is when it says Dear Member – Paypal, Payza, Ebay all these companies use your first name and never will start off their emails with Dear Member.

What do you do when you get one – well here is what I do as I click on actions and click on show header and I copy all that info and forward this email and the header info to phishing@payza.com and if you don’t remember the address to send it to – then just type in Google and search where to send phishing emails to Paypal, Payza, Ebay, etc.  where ever you got the email from.  Don’t know what a header looks like – here is what the header looked like to this one.

From Payza Wed Apr 17 12:32:46 2013
X-Apparently-To: wisgrandma@yahoo.com via 72.30.237.10; Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:38:00 -0700
Return-Path: <anonymous@maiil.manukinvest.net>
Received-SPF: none (domain of maiil.manukinvest.net does not designate permitted sender hosts)
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X-Originating-IP: [199.19.116.218]
Authentication-Results: mta1253.mail.sk1.yahoo.com  from=payza.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig);  from=payza.com; dkim=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 127.0.0.1  (EHLO maiil.manukinvest.net) (199.19.116.218)
by mta1253.mail.sk1.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:38:00 -0700
Received: (qmail 25999 invoked by uid 48); 17 Apr 2013 19:32:46 -0000
Date: 17 Apr 2013 19:32:46 -0000
Message-ID: <20130417193246.25996.qmail@maiil.manukinvest.net>
To: wisgrandma@yahoo.com
Subject:  Payza: Important Notice Account Holder
X-PHP-Script: daguruinside.com/dag.php for 180.214.233.35
From: Payza <noreply@payza.com>
Reply-To:
MIME-Version: 1.0
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This info is important to these departments as it helps them track down these people faster. Most of the time you will get an automated letter back from that department that they got your email and will answer it soon.  You will get  an answer back from who you sent the email to that will look like this.

Dear Nancy Radlinger,

Thank you for contacting Payza.

We would like to thank you for forwarding this information to us.

As you know, Payza is not associated in any way with the email you have received. Please be aware that some individuals send emails using Payza ‘s branding and logo to defraud members and/or gain access to sensitive personal information.

If you receive an email that claims to be from Payza but was sent from a different domain or an email asking you to provide your password, transaction PIN, or to verify your account information, this email was not sent from Payza.

You can visit our Security Center if you would like more information. https://www.payza.com/security. We place these warnings on our site for the protection of our Payza members.

Sincerely,

The Account Security Team
Payza.com

Ticket Details
———————————
Ticket ID: CUY-459-48773
Department: Phishing Reports
Type: Issue
Status: Closed
Priority: High

Support Center: https://helpdesk.payza.com/index.php?

So please be aware of all this as they can come from many different companies and as I’m writing  up this email – I got another one from Payza – be on the alert and report so that these people can be caught.  Thanks