TNX (pronounced Thanks) is the has been generating a bit of a buzz around bloggers for a while. TNX is a a service where webmasters can get text links from other webmasters, and you can also sell links on your pages. If you are trying to promote your website or blog, then this can be an expensive method to do so, but TNX make it that little bit more affordable.
The First Experience
Here is what the main page looks like:
It’s a nice shade of blue and mix of hues, overall it is very clean and has that Web 2.0 feel. TNX.net is still a beta stage they do offer an active help forum . Once you have registered it seems funny that you don’t need to conform your account with a link in your email, as you can log in straight away. I went away and created a few campaigns and within a few days I had some nice links (PR3+) pointing to some of my sites.
How it works
- Sign up and get an account
- Install some ad code (they offer caching for busy sites)
- Sell your inventory get credits for what you sell
- Buy inventory with the credits you’ve earned (or select to get paid out)
- Increase your position in the SERPS
So there you have it in a nutshell. They offer two methods for running their code, but I think that they should start to force people to use the slightly more technological advanced version with the caching enabled. I really liked to hear that you can cash out your value or you can use it to buy other links. This is a nice way of keeping the users consuming and buying your product. They also offer the feature where you can send someone your TNX points. This will mean that in the future these could be almost like a commodity.
Adding a site
I found that the section for Adding a Site needs some work. When you are adding a new site (it says it can take 3 days to get approved). There are also some unclear parts in the form, they ask about the average number of pages, but it is unclear if that is sitewide, or the number of pages you want to add their code to. They do ask about visitors, but they don’t specify daily/weekly or monthly in the input field.
I think that they need to add a few more categories, or allow multiple categories. The selection of 17 different types of niches isn’t really enough IMHO.
They also fail to ask are you adding the code on a blog or a forum or a different type of site, which is a big let down IMHO.
Adding a campaign
Again this needs an admin’s approval before it actually goes live. But here you choose the PR of the page (0-5), the category, and the language of the site.
Once you have done this you then specify what type of HTML you want to point to your site. You can specify text before, in and after the link to your site. And you can specify up to 2000 different links or styles of links per campaign. Then finally you specify what types of sites you want your links on, Yahoo backlinks, and the number of links you want. And they you have to wait for approval.
Verdict on TNX.net
Since I started doing this review (last week), TNX have updated their site. This goes to show that they are committed in providing a great service. I think as their network grows that they will only get better. It is definitely a service worth checking out as a viable alternative to companies like Text-Link-Ads or LinkWorth. I really like the fact that you can reuse your earnings in the system, and it makes it more like a bartering system rather than a pay per use type service. And then there is the fact that you can select to cash out your points to PayPal when ever you want.