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It's called a tree because it's supposed to grow from one site to two, to four, to eight and so on, much like a tree grows from a single trunk to many branches.
Like I said, I was very naive and this really seemed like a good idea. I created my page using automated tool and obligingly added it to my site.
A few years later, after I had moved site to a paid host, I looked at page again and realized that it was plastered with affiliate links. I did not really want a page on my site making money for someone else, so I started looking for a script to do same thing.
It took some doing, but I finally found a place that sold script for a few dollars. I purchased it, installed it on my site and before long had my very own, highly configurable hits tree running. I changed links to my own and promoted page accordingly.
One of major reasons why I wanted script running on my own site was so that I could get a log of how many of these pages had been created. I was very curious to see if this method of promotion was effective.
The script logs all creations of new pages, regardless of whether or not it was done from my own site. This is because script must be executed from my site to create a new page. Thus, log is a very accurate accounting of when and how many new pages were created.
So now I have my answer. Yes, hit trees do produce some traffic. Not a heck of a lot of it (less than a hundred hits a month), but they do get people to visit my site. It seems that about a dozen new pages are created each month, and what amazes me is this is a steady number. According to logic, number of pages being created should be increasing, yet it stays same.
So is one of these hit pages worth time and effort? Well, I definitely would not recommend purchasing script - there are better ways to spend your money.
It's probably worth a few minutes to create a hit page, add it to your site and submit it to search engines. The nice thing about these pages is they tend to just run automatically, producing a few hits now and then without any effort from you at all.
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