Bidvertiser Ebay Contextual Ads

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bidvertiser ppc logoTaking a page from the Auction Ads Playbook, Bidvertiser.com has created ads displaying Ebay auction listings. The new Bidvertiser ads actually look quite good, although one drawback is there seems to be no way for publishers to easily display the ad.

ebay ad

From their email to me:

Drive buyers to your eBay Listings using BidVertiser!

BidVertiser now allows you to drive buyers and increase sales by
placing an ad for any of your eBay Items on thousands of relevant websites.
Your ad will include a description and an image of your item, pricing
and time left till auction closes. Your ebay ad will be created automatically,
you only need to choose your desired Item

And best of all – we now offer you $20 in Free Affiliate Clicks!

For a preview of an eBay ad click below:
http://www.bidvertiser.com/bdv/BidVertiser/ bdv_ebay_preview.dbm

To enjoy this free credit, simply login, create your eBay ad and
activate your account. We will immediately credit your account with $20 and
start displaying your eBay affiliate ad.

Bidvertiser looks like an interesting option for monetizing blogs and websites. I tried them on this SEO blog and am averaging .20 per click.

ShoppingAds Brought to you by the AuctionAds Network

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shopping ads logo

I was searching for information about why my AuctionAds were performing so poorly, and I came upon another ad network offering from Media Whiz, ShoppingAds. Shopping Ads uses the same basic premise as the Auction Ads network by displaying relevant ads from aggregators. The big difference is that while AuctionAds is CPA (pays per sale) and relies solely on the Ebay affiliate program, while ShoppingAds is PPC (pay per click) and uses multiple sources for the ads, similar to TTZmedia.

Use your existing auctionads login
shoppingads.com invitation code: betaluck! (note you must use the exclamation point)

Login to ShoppingAds here instantly

view the brand new ad banners from ShoppingAds

One nice thing about this ad code is that it does not contain hidden text or ridiculous legal requirements like some other monetization opportunities.

I think this has much more potential than other blog monetization schemes, and am mildly hopeful this will work. I hope Media Whiz is an honest company and records all clicks using fair and balanced recordkeeping.

Tip courtesy of the make money at home guy

WidgetBucks Pay Per Click Ad Network

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widget bucks logo

There’s been a lot of talk about the WidgetBucks ad network so I thought I would signup and try it out. I believe that every affiliate program or advertising network should be tested to see if it works.

So I signed up with WidgetBucks.com and I have to say the design impressed me. In a Web 2.0 world of soft gradients, rounded corners, pastels and soft deopshadows their website is quite unique and punches your eyes out with hard edges, bold colors and strong type. It could almost be a hunting site, and if you squint your eyes while looking at the Widget homepage you can see camouflage and bullet holes (note I have a very large monitor with a lot of horizontal empty space, if you run your monitor at 1024x768px you likely won’t be able to see the army theme).

I wonder how many webmasters and blog publishers will make a killing from Widget Bucks ad payouts? They claim up to $2 per thousand impressions using pay per click ads from these sources:

* shopping.com
* wal-mart.com
* amazon.com
* target.com
* bestbuy.com
* ebay.com
* circuitcity.com
* and more

Below you can see a WidgetBucks ad unit:


There are Many bloggers are talking about Widget Bucks including an interesting post by Shoemoney who notes the draconian legal statements in the signup page:

[you cannot share] click-through rates or other statistics relating to Site performance in the Program provided to by Mpire;
Client agrees that Mpire may use Client’s name and logo in presentations, marketing materials, press materials, customer lists, financial reports and Web site listings of customers and therefore grants Mpire a limited license to use Client’s logo in accordance with the foregoing.
Back-links placed by Mpire in the HTML code must not be removed.

Here is a plain text version of the HTML code that WidgetBucks autogenerated:
<!– START CUSTOM WIDGETBUCKS CODE –><script src="http://www.widgetbucks.com/script/widgetMagic.js" type="text/javascript"></script><div id="container_3DXrqR0cN8CLCUgg" class="wbtw468x60"><a href="http://www.widgetbucks.com" target="_blank">WidgetBucks – Trend Watch – WidgetBucks.com</a></div><script type="text/javascript">writeWBStyles("www.widgetbucks.com");setTimeout(function(){var day = "" + new Date().getMonth() + new Date().getDate() + new Date().getYear();var widget = new mpireWidget("http://www.widgetbucks.com/widgets/wbtw468x60.swf?uid=3DXrqR0cN8CLCUgg&apiURL=http://www.widgetbucks.com&day="+day,"3DXrqR0cN8CLCUgg");widget.write("container_3DXrqR0cN8CLCUgg");},Math.floor((Math.random() * 150) – (-(Math.random() * 150))) – (-200))</script><!– END CUSTOM WIDGETBUCKS CODE –>

It does not have hidden text links, unlike some other shady ad networks.

Since Widget Bucks is so paranoid about allowing us to post earnings statistics, you will only know if this is a good program if it becomes widely adopted. People have complained of slow loading times. An anchor on my site is completely unacceptable, I would rather have an ad network that paid less but seamlessly integrated into my site.

Conquer E-bay With Auctions Ending At 8:00PM

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The secret is out: having successful e-bay auctions begins with where you end, and the magic hour is eight o’clock.

  • Buyers often outbid the “Buy it now” price. For popular eBay auctions 45 to 50 percent of buyers exceeded the “buy it now” price, artificially raising the price of these goods.
  • The percentage of daily bids is highest at 8pm. The percentage of closing auctions is also highest at 8pm. The study states that this may be counterproductive since it creates greater competition for bidders attention at a fixed time. So maximize your bid chances and set your auctions to close at 8 in the evening!
  • Buyers seem to favor auctions with more bidders. No one wants to feel like they are bidding on unpopular/unwanted merchandise.
  • comparison of music CD auctions with equal price + shipping costs, revealed that low price, high shipping cost auctions attracted more bids, more bidders, and 25 percent more money. Few people take the time to research how much shipping costs are, and sellers mercilessly use this to their advantage by padding shipping prices.
  • Secret reserves turn off buyers and drastically lower sales.
  • eBay attracted almost 60 percent more bidders and 30 percent higher prices than the same items on Yahoo Auctions. This is no surprise – eBay is the Microsoft Windows of auctions.

Researching the psyche of compulsive shoppers gives interesting results. This eBay study is taken from UC Berkeley and also discussed in Tech Crunch.

Looking for an eBay affiliate program? Try AuctionAds to display live eBay auctions on your website.

Commission Junction Lines Up Advisors – Will This Help Small Affiliates?

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As Vinny Lingham says, Commission Junction now has an external advisory board. I have been using the CJ affiliate program and am generally pleased with it.

Here are my top requests:

  • allow us to have affiliate links for cj.com – why are you so stingy that you won’t give your thousands of existing affiliates incentive to link to you?
  • get some AJAX into your user interface. A million popup windows are totally unnecessary with slick javascript navitation
  • make the data feed listings clearer and simpler to use. It would be nice if it was mandatory for all companies 🙂
  • back to your user interface, some features are just too obscure. Smartlinks? I gave up trying to understand how to make these work.

The full members of the new Commission Junction board are:

Adam Viener, Imwave, Inc.
Connie Berg, FlamingoWorld.com / iShopDaily.com
Craig Cassata, MrRebates.com
Dan Murray, Ravenwood Marketing
David M. Lewis, 77Blue
Eva Klein, FatWallet
Jennifer Nissenberg, Upromise
Jeremy Palmer, QuitYourDayJob.com
Michael Coley, Amazing-Bargains.com
Paul Nichols, Ebates.com
Scott Jangro, MechMedia, Inc.
Scott Kluth, CouponCabin.com
Steve Schaffer, Vertive, Inc
Vinny Lingham, Clicks2Customers.com

If you need to generate Commission Junction links use this CJ link generator.

Help us CJ advisory board, you’re our only hope.

How to Get Booted From Your Affiliate Program in 10 Seconds Flat

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Here is an example of how to not treat affiliate websites: Embedding The Cookie With An IFrame. Long ago, in the beginnings of the web one could do sneaky things and get away with it, but no longer.

From John Chow:

An IFrame allows you to embed another HTML page inside the current webpage. What you do is load the affiliate page into your current page with an IFrame but make the IFrame so small that the readers can’t see it. Here is the code to do it.

<iframe src="www.your-affiliate-site.com" frameborder="0" height="1" scrolling="no" width="1"></iframe>

The only way to create affiliate links is with an actual link. The above method is called cookie stuffing/force clicking/cloaking and is not allowed on any affiliate program I am aware of. These are the same tactics used by spyware and adware.

Mr. Chow is a savvy affiliate and he should have known better. However, this story made great linkbait and got him a traffic boost, which should soften the blow of being kicked out of AuctionAds.

Jangro gives a great writeup on why this is a bad idea and lists specific TOS from the major affiliate websites:

Non End-User Initiated Events. Publishers may not use invisible methods to generate non End-User initiated impressions, clicks, or transactions. All click (“Click”) events must be initiated by an affirmative End-User action.

Link well and link often, just don’t use subversive and deceptive links.