When I first started online, I joined every and all Traffic Exchanges I could. I upgraded where I could and clicked away. Now I am just going back to see if I can get some free traffic for my present business. The difference is now I am promoting my own links, where I have control and not affiliate links.
Here is a great example of why it does not pay to promote affiliate links. I was using a rotator with Traffic-Splash. Out of the 13 links on the rotator, only two are still working. All of the other programs are gone, their links no longer work.
Which brings me to another idea, boy do I have a lot of ideas. I just wish I could focus on one until it is a raging success, then move on to the next.
Here is a great example, I own a Traffic Exchange. I have been paying for it since 2013 and have great plans to make it big, but it is kind of on hold. You are welcome to join it though.