Since writing this review I must warn against TNX. Read what happened about how Google banned because of TNX me here.
When TNX first ordered a review I have to admit I was skeptical. However, I was obliged as a reviewer to try them out and I am now very impressed with their system.
At first glance the system sounds rather complicated but that is just because it is unfamiliar and unique. It allows you to quickly, easily and cheaply grow large numbers of backlinks, which apparently Google struggles to identify as paid links.
How TNX Works
TNX uses a points system. As a publisher you earn TNX points by installing the TNX code and displaying text links on it. Alternatively you can buy TNX points directly.
TNX points can be used in 2 ways:
- Used as an advertiser to build links
- Sold for cash. (You sell them back to TNX)
- Current price of 1,000 TNX-points is $1.20
- Price per thousand TNX-points grows every week by at least 2%. That means that if you buy or earn TNX points now they will be worth more money in a matter of weeks!
How My TNX Advertiser Campaign Is Going
I was given 2,000 free TNX points to play with for the purposes of the review, and boy has it been fun. 2,000 TNX points is only worth $2.40 but that is more than enough to by over 1000 low quality links for 1 month.
I ordered up 1080 links with my $2.40 worth of points. So far (it has been about a week) 80 of those links have been successfully activated. Once they are activated it takes 2-4 days for the links to appear. The links are bought on individual pages and so are not sitewide, which helps them to appear natural to Google.
- You can manually check every single link. I can see lots of mine are correctly in place and are linked to the individual pages I specified with the anchor text I wanted.
- You can “freeze” a campaign so that once you have got enough links and gained the SERPS ranking you were after you don’t need to waste more TNX points on unnecessary links.
- Links are targeted to be displayed on relevant websites
- You can delete a campaign and have all the links removed. You are then refunded the TNX points that would have been used up for the rest of that campaign.
What Could Be Improved
- While I am impressed that over 80 links have been placed in 1 week, I ordered over 1000. It will be common for people to order 10s of 1000s of links and if they can only be sold at 80 per week it will take many months for the links to be in place.
- Installing the publisher code is very fiddly. This needs to be simplified if it is to become mainstream.
- The links are judged by PageRank with is over 5 months out of date. I saw some links appear on nearly empty sites with PR0, which is fine but it is not fair for developed sites like Blogging Fingers. Until Google pulls their finger out I don’t know how much can be done about this.
I have become a big fan of TNX and I will be using them with my various niche blogs. Text Link Ads are far more expensive and with Google working the FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt) over the paid links issue TNX is a cheap and safe alternative.
I highly recommend starting a TNX campaign today. You can always delete your campaign and get your TNX points refunded and sell them for cash if you don’t like it.
Comment by Jeremy Luebke | 2007-10-05 14:48:54
So basically it’s a lot like the DigitalPoint Link Co-Op and you can buy links if you don’t want to earn them. The same Digital Point service that got massive amounts of it’s users banned or penalized from the search engines.
This is a glorified link exchange and very dangerous. Way beyond regular bought text links because there will be patterns of networks Google can detect.