These traffic exchange surfing tips will help you save time, get more credits and use traffic exchanges more efficiently and safely. You will learn how to save bandwidth while surfing, make sure your computer isn't infected by malware, and even ensure stable 24/7 autosurfing. For manual traffic exchanges, there also is a number of tips that you can apply in order to earn credits faster, disable annoying audio and flash ads, and protect your computer from viruses.
#1. Download Firefox as it is the best (safest, fastest, and most memory-efficient) browser to use when autosurfing or clicking in manual traffic exchanges. Its real power, however, is in the variety of add-ons and plugins you can install to make surfing in traffic exchanges a smooth and pleasant experience (meaning no more annoying audio, pop-ups, and malware).
Since we will be installing several plugins and doing a lot of tweaking, it's best to create a new Firefox profile just for using TEs so it won't interfere with your everyday browsing. You will be able to use your regular and new profile simultaneously. To create a new Firefox profile, first close all Firefox processes and then click Start > Run. Type in firefox.exe -profilemanager and press Enter. A dialog box will come up, where you will be able to create your new profile – name it "surfing" for the case of simplicity. We'll use that for 24/7 autosurfing, but you'll be able to use it for surfing manual traffic exchanges just as well.
To launch your new profile, you'll need to make a special Firefox shortcut. Copy your existing Firefox shortcut, right-click on it and choose Properties. In the Target field, enter the following:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p surfing -no-remote
The first part is the directory you have Firefox installed in. Make sure it's correct (the one above is just an example). The parameters after that tell Firefox that we want to use a different profile (-p) which is called "surfing", and that we want the ability to use several Firefox profiles at simultaneously (-no-remote). This way you'll be able to use your "normal" Firefox as well as the special "surfing" profile at the same time (for example: browsing the net while autosurfs work in the background).
#2. Tweak the browser settings. This step mostly applies to autosurfs, and the goal is to improve browser stability and speed for long-term surfing. The tweaking is all done either in Tools > Options, or by typing in about:config in the address bar and hitting enter to change the advanced options:
- Disable all unnecessary plugins via Tools > Add-ons. You don't need Java nor Flash, and they can be a security risk and slow things down by hogging memory.
- Enable the pop-up blocking (usually on by default).
- Pick the "Use custom settings for history" option and uncheck "Remember my browsing and download history" as well as "Remember search and form history". This will save you system resources, while still using cache to speed up browsing. In addition, you will be able to use automatically remembered password, unlike in the "Never remember history" mode.
- Leave "Accept cookies from sites" setting enabled, or uncheck it for improved privacy, and add each autosurf to the exceptions list (you need cookies to login and surf).
- Advanced option: through about:config, set various browser.sessionhistory and browser.sessionstore settings to 0. This will save you a lot of system memory since Firefox won't cache back / forward pages in RAM, nor it will try to save tab info in background to recover it in case of a crash.
#3. Install plugins. These can make your browser do almost anything. We're going to use them for enhanced safety and convenience while surfing. There are two main plugins that I highly recommend if you are using traffic exchanges:
- NoScript disables all scripts and plugins (such as Flash or embedded audio) in all domains except the ones in your whitelist. To use NoScript effectively, you must first disable scripts globally (default setting of the plugin) and then add your trusted sites to its list. In our case, we'll allow all traffic exchange domains. Simply open the traffic exchange that you are a member of, click the little "S" on the right of the status bar, and click Allow traffic-exchange-name.com. Not only this will make your browser the most secure in the world (protecting against all kinds of malware), it will also take care of things like: annoying audio, flash animations, pop-ups or layer ads of any kind, and even framebreakers, as long as it doesn't come from the traffic exchange domain itself (and if it does, you probably shouldn't be a member of that particular exchange).
- ReloadEvery is a very simple plugin that can reload a tab (or all of them) every X minutes. This plugin is irreplaceable when using autosurf exchanges with "refreshable" surfbars; just set it to reload all tabs every 15 minutes, and you will be able to achieve 24/7 autosurfing. We need to refresh the surfbars from time to time, because occasionally there are timeouts and other problems that reloading the tab will solve.
#4. Launch all the traffic exchanges at once. This can be achieved in several ways.
The first way is best for manual surfing. Start by opening your favorite traffic exchanges in tabs, click Bookmarks > Bookmark All Tabs, and save them in one folder. Now whenever you want to surf, you can go to the according bookmark folder and click Open All in Tabs, or simply click the folder itself with your middle mouse button. You can also group up exchanges in separate folders (NerdSurf, PowerSurfCentral, etc.)
The second way is highly useful for autosurfs which have no-login surfbars (the ones where you can start surfing right away, without having to log in). The URL for such surfbar usually looks similar to this:
It is possible to launch multiple autosurfs of this type with a single click. What you have to do is copy URLs of the surfbars, and add them all to your Home Page field, separated by a | sign. For example:
Naturally, this can be applied to launch all of your manual traffic exchanges at once, too. Since almost all manual TEs require you to login before surfing, it would be wise to bookmark their login pages instead of surfbars.
You will probably want to create a separate Firefox profile for your auto and manual exchanges. The "manual" Firefox profile would launch your manual TE logins, while the "autosurf" profile would launch the surfbars of automatic TEs directly. Refer to step #1 for information on creating a new Firefox profile.
For manual traffic exchanges, you will want to have enough of them open in Firefox tabs so you will always have a ready surfbar to click on. Do not worry too much if you can't keep up with all the timers. The key to efficient manual surfing is having the next surfbar timer ready by the time you switch to the next tab. Most people should be able to surf 10 different exchanges at the same time without problems.
Don't forget to make use of keyboard shortcuts as well: Ctrl+Tab sends you to the next tab, while Ctrl+1 to 9 lets you access the according tabs in order they're arranged in. Keep one hand on your mouse to click the images, and switch to the next tab with your other hand using Ctrl+Tab. This will maximize your credit earning rate.
#5. Stable 24/7 autosurfing. You should be all set for your manual surfing if you tweak your settings, use NoScript, and (optionally) disable images. For autosurfing when you're not at your PC, however, additional problems might pop-up – literally. Even if you disable scripts, you can still get download prompts, security certificate questions, and so on. In order to deal with these, you can use specialized software for closing dialog boxes. I use Buzof for this purpose; you will need to "train" this program to recognize and close each dialog box, but after a while you will truly be able to run autosurfs for indefinite amounts of time. Alternatively, just use a .bat file and Task Scheduler to restart Firefox every hour or so, and make any potential interruptions go away.
The best candidates for this are autosurfs where you don't have to login or where your session doesn't expire for long periods of time, as well as those where you can refresh the surfbar without triggering any "framebreaker protection" dialog box (remember, NoScript provides 100% protection against framebreakers).