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TNX Text Link Ads Review

TNX is a text link brokering network that has seen explosive growth and boasts over 41,000 members. I was hesitant to do this review as many of us have had dubious experiences with text link ads and Google. This is what I uncovered:

Unlike other similar networks, TNX  puts links on every individual page of your site instead of just the main page. Webmasters can even choose their advertisers themselves, placing only links that are relevant to every page of their sites. They are also able to block ads, delete them, or ban an entire website from advertising on their site. 

TNX operates off a points based system instead of working with actual dollars. Both website owners and advertisers work with this system and points can be redeemed for dollars. Advertisers buy points to use and the website owners receive those points when text links are placed.

Payment is made by PayPal, check or wire. The site itself is easy to sign up for and looks very professional. All prospective websites must be individually reviewed which usually takes between 1 to 3 days.

TXN has a special offer for free links to get you started and an  affiliate program that pays you for life for referred advertisers. Yes, that’s right, for life! That seems to me to be a very generous referral program.


As I mentioned at the top, there is much confusion about what links Google will and will not allow and many blogs have been penalized down to a Page Rank 0 (including this blog). For that reason I did not want to try this service out myself as I feel the risk is just too high. 

Additionally, this link was provided to me which is a Digital Point forum thread and the ongoing theme seems to have switched in this thread to whether webmasters will be penalized for using TNX. Another link provided is a free tool for advertisers to make paid links look natural for Google. Wow, does that bring warning flags up for me? You bet it does!


Being curious, I looked for other blog reviews to see what others were saying. I found reviews that were mostly positive but I did find a couple that were negative. (I will provide you with an example if you email me)

With the research I have done, it seems to me that the dust is still settling regarding TNX test link ads. There are lots of views on both sides of the debate whether these ads will be OK with Google. I don’t think anyone knows for sure. Right now I just think it is too risky for me to dive in and try them out. I hope something will happen in the future to make the whole paid links controversy clearer and make it easier to understand just what Google will allow.

I am  definitely interested in using TNX, but just not right now. I am always searching for more ways to make money online and this one seems to have some great potential. Right now, however, I am in the wait and see mode with this one.

  • 1

    i THINK adsense doesn’t want context related PPC ads.

    however, fixed link ads should be ok.

    thanks for mentioning this. i might check it out.

    Living Off Dividends on January 20th, 2008
  • 2

    If TNX is ok with google then i will must try it.
    But i have some inquiry. I will visit Digital Point.
    Thanks for the information.

    cpanel on January 20th, 2008
  • 3

    Bruce are the links no-follow? If they aren’t then stay away from this – if they are then Google won’t have a problem.

    Grizzly on January 21st, 2008
  • 4

    I could not find anything on whether they were no-follow. This leads me to believe that they are NOT no-follow. If I am wrong maybe somone can correct me.

    DayJobNuker on January 21st, 2008
  • 5

    Thanks for your thoughtful review. As a new blogger, it is hard to even know the criteria to begin to evaluate advertising plans. I had no idea that signing up with another plan could ruin your Google Ranking. Blogger beware!


    Tonya on January 27th, 2008
  • 6

    Thanks for this great post.

    I have been using TNX to sell links via TNX from my website since January 2008 and already earned more than I would earn in 5 months by selling links through any other networks.

    TNX is definitely the best link network out there!

    Will be also buying links later this month. Pretty sure TNX will do great.

    I have already told all my friends about this great system.

    Bravo, TNX!

    Jeff on February 5th, 2008
  • 7

    Everyone, the comment by “Jeff” before this one was left by someone associated with TNX. This is the second time this exact post was left (the first time I deleted it) and you notice that he left no website with his name. I have seen that exact same comment on many other TNX reviews.

    This is very lame and shows TNX is NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

    DayJobNuker on February 5th, 2008
  • 8

    Hey Bruce,

    Glad you added your comment. This program is doomed as Google de-listed from the serp’s a few weeks ago. They are desperate and it doesn’t help that my scathing review is sitting in position 1 & 2 in the serp’s for the term Pretty sad when a program claims it can get you backlinks and they can’t even get ranked themselves.

    Grizzly on February 5th, 2008
  • 9

    Google says it is on top of paid links, however I continually see websites rank in tough industries because of paid links. I wonder when they will actually start backing up what they say with paid links.

    Credit Card Guru on May 26th, 2009
  • 10

    I dont think text ads are really that effictive. I have used them before and no a very a good outcome.

    Hudson Gets Paid Online on July 30th, 2009