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outgoing list

before you make any changes to the outgoing list, make sure that you understand this page completely!

The slots for the outgoing list directly and heavily affect the way ATL returns traffic to trades. Every minute ATL compares and sorts all trades based on the value of the trade that is calculated through several complicated formulas. Every trade will then receive an amount of points, depending on their position in this value-list. This is where the outgoing slots come in. You can directly edit how many points (and thus how much % of the available traffic) a trade should receive. For example, giving slot #1 70% of the points will result in a massive force to your best trades, but probably won't leave enough traffic for your other trades. As you can imagine, different settings wil results in very different results. But using trial & error here is not a smart thing to do since it will most likely kill your site before you are able to find the best settings. That's why it's important to read this page as it offers some guide-lines.

1 & 2 & 3.
This table shows the status of the outgoing list for this minute.
Priority trades: These trades receive hits no matter what their quality is like;
There can be two types of priority trades, those with a normal force and those with a fast force. Priority trades have a higher chance of receiving a hit first than then primary trades or secondary ones.
Primary trades: The top 10 (10 being how many slots you have) of your trades, when sorted on overall value, are your primary trades. ATL will send a surfer to these 10 sites before sending them to trades of less value, which are the secondary trades. By changing the slots and their values you change how many trades are in the primary trades list and how much traffic each trade receives.
Secondary trades: All the trades that didn't make it in the 'primary trades' list this minute are in the secondary trades list. These trades will receive traffic once a surfer has visited all the trades in the primary list. Once a surfer has visited all your secondary trades as well, the 'exout' feature kicks in.
Note: Trades that are in the primary or secondary list can also be in the (high)priority list. Trades that are in the primary list can be in the secondary list the next minut, and vice versa. Trades that are disabled will not appear in the secondary trades list.
With this table you can edit the slots for primary trades. The settings here can have a great effect on the growth on your site, so here are some tips.
1) To grow your site you need to push your best trades. Action = ReAction. Therefore it's a bad idea to give every slot the same amount of points (in general). After all, you don't want to send your 10th best trade the same amount of hits as your first best trade. A setting like 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 will keep your site stable, but it doesn't push your trades to return more.
However, setting 10000 - 100 - 10 - 10 - 10 is also not smart, since that will neglect almost every trade that isn't good enough to get on that number 1 position. So the trick is to find the best balance, where you are able to send more than enough to your best trades, while leaving enough for your 'lesser' trades. ATL comes with rather mild default settings. I recommend you to increase the amount of points for your top trades. I've had great results whenever slot #1 was above 30% and slot #2 above 25%.
2) The amount of slots is up to you, but always make sure that you can push your trades. So adding 100 slots, giving each one 1% isn't going to work.
I do recommend you to have about 2 to 20 (depending on how many trades you have) low-value slots. Low-value is in this case 1++ point. (bottom 1 point, slot above 1+1, slot above 1+1+1, etc) That way you can get more control over the trades that would normally fall into your secondary trades list.

Here are some examples that will clearify the above

This is a great scheme if you have a small amount of trades that are pretty big.
It will really push them. However, not many sites that are really big only have 5 - 10 trades
so I wouldn't recommend using this.

This scheme will kill almost all your trades, since not many will make it to that top 1 slot.
Of course the trade in position 1 will not really receive 89% of all traffic, since ATL doesn't send traffic back to where it came from, nor does it send raws. But around 70 - 80% for spot 1 is not unlikely. Nevertheless, most of your trades will stop sending because of the poor returns before they get a chance to enjoy the mighty return that spot 1 offers.

This is a nice scheme for a 'normal' site, with 50 - 80 trades.
The push on your top trades is high while enough traffic is left for other trades.

All that's left for me to say now is; experiment!
But be smart. What works for me, might not work for you. Also, a good scheme still won't make your site grow if your prod is low for example. And since coming up with a good scheme is one of the harder parts, I recommend you to make sure all the other parts are dealt with first.

please do not use tricks like splitting the list in >2 parts unless you're sure of what you're doing.
With this table you can add and remove slots to the bottom of your scheme.

It's possible to give certain stats - in general - a higher priority in the formulas of ATL.
If the productivity of a trade is much more important to you than how much it returns for example, increase the prod field a bit, to say 125 - 150%.
Under normal circumstances the default settings should work best.
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