QUOTE(andymarkison @ Jun 27 2006, 01:07 AM)
Is this the state of the market for paid links? I am a micro business on a shoestring budget so I can't afford $600 a month, let alone a week. Is this what I have to expect when I go out searching for quality links to bring me traffic?
$600 is almost ceratinly too much. If you are prepared to pay for links go try ppc for a start. The traffic is usually of the best quality because you choose the sepcific keywords searches use to find you & people are already searching for you there. This will help you assign a value to your visitors (what they cost on google). Only buy the link if you believe it will generate as much trafiic of similar quality as an equivelent budget on yahoo/google...or better.This is unlikely in most cases at $600 buck a pop. If you like, take in to account the organic SE traffic resulting from the extra backlink but keep in mind that one more link is quite insignificant on the grand scale and that google are learning to filter out paid links form their algorithims so when they do the link will be useless. Paid links (even expensive ones can occasionally be worhwhile):
They generate the best traffic:
If you resell a product that is pretty much the same from anyone and your prices are better then your competitors. Try price comparison sites. If you charge less then everyone else on the site for a product you will get consumers that have already researched and are ready to buy.You are trying toget every scrap of traffic:
If you sell a really expensive product that a qualified visitor is likely to be interested in link/click prices may look like peanuts. (eg. if you make a $100,000 sale for every 2000 clicks and a click costs 15c you are not really woried about click prices you want more traffic, what bites you in the ass is not being able to find clicks) In these cases, do what you can to get links that may generate reasonable traffic.