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TNX – The Text Link Ads Killer?

Sell links on every page of your site to thousands of advertisers!

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)

Important Note:

  • 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.

Useful Options

  • 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.

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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.


Comment by Karthik | 2007-10-05 15:46:11

But Matt, I honestly fail to see the connection between TLA and TNX – TLA is a service you can use to place your link on blogs/sites of your choice. You have 100% control over where it appears and also that it will certainly appear.

TNX IMHO is, in plain words, a backlink building service, a lot like a niche market vs. a mass market if you know what I mean!

TLA is aimed at getting a backlink from high PR sites, TNX is a service aimed at getting a cluster of backlinks, perhaps amounting to the single high PR link.

I could of course be way off the mark, its just a personal opinion!

Nice review – you’ve covered all the areas :)

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-06 09:01:55

I agree they do have their differences. TNX is more flexible because it can be used to gain large amounts of less valuable backlinks or just a few valuable ones.


Comment by Garry Conn | 2007-10-05 17:05:41

Sounds pretty cool. I’ll sign up and check it out. I am very successful with Text-Link-Ads so I am curious to see if I can archive the same level of success with TNX.


Comment by Luke Sample | 2007-10-05 17:15:38

Ahhhh!!!!! I suggest you hurry and have those links removed immediately!!!!!!!

You pointed 80 backlinks to your site immediately, that are detectable, and include a coding footprint.

Not to mention are linked from bad neighborhoods. You are at serious risk for penalization here.

You will definitely want to head over to and watch their videos before you really hurt your site.

If you want more info on this, feel free to contact me directly, I can help you out before you get hammered.


Comment by GettyCash | 2007-10-05 17:34:29

I’ve signed up with TNX today.


Comment by Matthew | 2007-10-05 18:10:27

I definitely dont like the huge code and thats the reason Im not doing anything after ive signed up

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-06 09:03:36

Yeah adding the code is very annoying… you can still be an advertiser though 😉


Comment by iantrepreneur | 2007-10-05 18:23:00

wow point system – similar to blogrush – LOL – but I think TNX looks promising


Comment by Brandon Drury | 2007-10-05 19:53:58

Uh…1000 new links appearing in one week sounds like ranking suicide. I can’t imagine a less natural way of building links.

Maybe I’m biased because I wrote the system at Text Link Center. However, when I sat down to write my dream system for buying links, I can guarantee you that “1,000 links per week” never made the list and never will.

This seams a lot more like a hardcore spam blackhat technique.

Why not acquire 1 quality link per week (or less) and hang on to it for 5 years?

Brandon Drury

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-06 09:05:04

Brandon I understand your concern. TNX allows you to play it safe because you can chose the exact number and PageRank of the links you are buying.


Comment by Ken Xu | 2007-10-06 00:46:14

Coding doesn’t matter as long as it could bring a good stream of income! 😉


Comment by Denise | 2007-10-06 05:22:12

Great system! My website has already generated me over $10 in just 2 days … WOW, that about 25 times more than I have been making selling my links to TLA.

I will definately continue working with TNX!

Thanks for the review.


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Comment by Matthew | 2007-10-06 17:31:39

how many of your links are live now?

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-07 10:32:24

There are 101 up now. They are showing up Google when checking for the numbers of links as well :)


Comment by Brandon Drury | 2007-10-07 02:27:21

Maybe I’m a purist and only looking for quality links, but this just feels a lot more like a blackhat system. (You know what I’m talking about. Take a look at Digitalpoint Link Sales, for example, it’s covered with ads that say “I’ll submit your site to 1,000,000 useless directories for only $10”.

Time will tell if this system is different, but this seams more like an attempt to “trick Google” than it is a way of getting links that closely resemble real votes.

Time will tell, I guess. Keep us updated.

Comment by Matt Jones | 2007-10-08 08:42:50

There are now 101 links now activated in my campaign (no longer 80) and I’ve “frozen” the campaign there. That means no more links are being added.

Those 101 links have used up a roughly a third of my free points and so I can use the rest of my free points to pay for them to be up for 2 more months after this 1st one is up.


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Comment by YC | 2007-10-08 06:33:12

I am more interested in the earning potential than building my backlinks. For the latter, I’d go for small packs of links on pages with better PR, although I noticed TNX encouraging the other way round.


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Comment by page with PR7 | 2008-02-16 16:46:27

Thanks a lot…it’s nice chance… still trying to reach PR7


Comment by rakesh | 2008-03-02 03:32:02

it wont be much longer before google blacklists this sites, and i m sure it will results in spamming and to and extent, they might completely pull our site from the index. google is taking it serously guys, be careful… dont be greedy, hardwork will pay in long run


Comment by House Signs | 2008-09-13 20:15:40

There are a lot of arguments here that are raising very good points, but do I use them or not?


Comment by William | 2008-09-19 00:55:53

Appreciate you sharing your experience with TNX – I have an account but never did anything with it. I still like strong, homepage, old links with PR5 or higher like my site above.


Comment by Home Security and Alarms in Las Vegas | 2008-10-01 18:24:06

Thanks for the info on TNX. Every link helps these days. If it is indexed it will help! Thanks Again.


Comment by mikel | 2008-10-05 21:03:05

thank you good advice


Comment by San Diego | 2008-12-18 22:14:16

1.20 for 1000 links? that’s not bad at all.


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