Category Archives: Website Monetization

Text Link Ads Releases inLinks to the Public

 

Greetings. I bring good news for both advertisers and those interested in monetizing their website. Text Link Ads (TLA) has released their inLinks product to the general public. For those of you who do not know, Text Link Ads is a “‘in-content ads’ program for both Publishers and Advertisers.”

What makes Text Link Ads so special?

  1. All ads are served as static html links designed to increase your natural search engine rankings by increasing the link popularity of your website.
  2. All advertisements are priced on a flat rate for a duration of 30 days.

Here is the news release (sent out only to existing TLA members):

As a TLA member, we wanted to let you know first that we have released our inLinks product to the public! inLinks is an ‘in-content ads’ program for both Publishers and Advertisers.

To celebrate the public launch of this product we are offering 15% OFF ALL ADVERTISER PURCHASES of inLinks.

  • At checkout enter the following coupon code: Inlinks

Advertisers who are looking to purchase static text links within the content of the page have found the perfect product!

Publishers who are looking to sell in-content ads without the annoying pop-up ads seen elsewhere will enjoy our subtle ads that blend into your site with the same appearance as your other site links.

  • inLinks is available for WordPress, Drupal, and Moveable Type sites
  • If you have previously submitted your site to TLA you can get the inLinks code here
  • If you have a site that is new to TLA, go here

Thanks again for your support!

Text Link Ads
http://www.text-link-ads.com

Overall I believe Text Link Ads to be a good solution for both advertisers and publishers alike. Some people have even reported that they’ve made a lot more money with TLA than with Google AdSense. I don’t think TLA is a replacement for AdSense or that it will become one anytime soon, but I do believe it makes an excellent addition to one’s repertoire of website monetization tools.

AdSense For RSS Feeds

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You may or may not already know, but Google now owns Feedburner. After it purchased Feedburner, Google decided to scrap Feedburner’s existing AdSense RSS feed system and setup its own. Thus, everyone with a AdSense account can now easily monetize their feed without going through a third party such as Feedburner. I’m pleased with this change as it simplifies things for me. I can manage both my regular AdSense ads as well my RSS feed ads in one location.

At present if you either burn a new feed through Google or you can migrate your Feedburner account. The only downside is that at the moment there is no automated way to migrate your account from Feedburner to Google. Things for now are done manually, but I anticipate that a bit later on Google will automate the process.

Migrating to a Google Account in order to use AdSense for feeds

Here is what google has to say in regards to this:

Google will soon provide a self-service process to migrate from an account on the original FeedBurner website to a Google Account. Currently, migrating your feeds from from FeedBurner to a Google account is a manual process. We will assist you directly to ensure a successful migration. The only way you can use AdSense for feeds is through your Google Account.

To migrate all of your feeds, and your account from feeds.feedburner.com to Google, please use this contact form.

We will migrate your account and contact you with specific steps for you to follow once migration is complete.

(If you have already submitted a migration request, please look for an email response from Google once your migration has completed).

Goodbye AdSense Referrals

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This is a bit postmortem, but you may be interested in knowing that Google has decided in their infinite wisdom to shudown the AdSense Referrals program All AdSense Referral ads have stopped working as of today if I’m not mistaken.

Although some people always criticize Google, I think that in this case Google made the right decision. The referrals program was a dog; put simply it just did not perform.  My personal experience with the referrals program wasn’t all that good. I noticed that my referral earnings were very weak when compared to pay per click AdSense ads.  The conversion rates were low, and when I did get a conversion it would pay out quite poorly. My impression is that the referral program worked best for advertisers but not for publishers.

So, R.I.P AdSense Referrals program, you will not be sorely missed.

CBClicks Dead?


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A while back I wrote a very brief introduction to CBClicks (here and here). It’s been quite a while and although I haven’t actively promoted my CBClicks affiliate link that much my downline has grown to a decent size. It took a while though – I’d say like probably 6 months just to get 200+ in my downline. Not exactly the explosive growth I was looking for, but I must be modest here and admit that I wasn’t aggressively marketing this opportunity either.

But this is not the main point of this post. What I’d like to find out is if there is anyone out there who is having success with CBClicks.

Please feel free to share you opinions and thoughts in the following forum thread:

http://www.moneyguruforum.com/affiliate-programs/14470-cbclicks.html

Take care everyone.

Tips to Send Visitors to your Clickbank Mall

**EDIT: I no longer recommend this website. I am 90% sure it’s just a scam. The only person making money from this is the CBTopSites admin who inserts his clickbank id 9 time out of 10 into YOUR cbtopsites mall – EVEN IF YOU PAID FOR THE UPGRADE!!***

Hello dear fellow online marketers. If you visit my blog on a regular basis you may remember seeing my posts about the free clickbank mall offer provided by CBTopSites. If you already got your free clickbank mall, then great! If you did not or this is your first time hearing about this opportunity I recommend you visit the site below:

http://www.cbtopsites.ca

*Click on the “Affiliates” link at the top and register*

Now, since you’ve got your free clickbank ready to receive traffic let’s get to the heart of this article, which is about methods you can use to get free traffic. I hope you find it useful and profitable:

Free Methods to send visitors to your CBTopSites Mall:

(1) If you have web sites or blogs, place any of
your mall links, search box, clickbank ads, banners and
cb mall code on them.

Paste them in prominent places on your sites/blogs so that visitors can find them easily and enter CBTopSites Mall. If you get more visitors to your sites, you can make more sales. You can also try the tips below.

(2) Advertise your link in appropriate category on CraigsList.com
and other free classified ads sites such as : Backpage, GumTree, kijiji etc.

(3) Use your links as your email signature.
You can write your signature in your email settings. Whenever you send emails, your links will be attached at the bottom and the recipient can visit your Mall.

(4) Use your links as signature in forums.
When you make new posts or reply to posts, others can click links in your signature, visit your Mall and purchase anything they want.

The codes are given in the your mall links page. You can use links specific to each forum.

(5) Tell your friends

(6) Place your link in online profiles. ( example : While registering in orkut, forums, social networking sites or other web sites, there may be a field for website. Fill your link in that field.)

(7) Submit your links in Social Bookmarking Sites such as Digg, Del.icio.us, Propeller, Technorati, listible, furl, yahoo my web, slashdot, Searchles etc..

list 1, List 2

Do not use the AddThis bookmark button on the CBTopSites pages. Instead, go to various social bookmarking sites and save your links there.

(8 ) Start a Blog or a web site and post reviews about products in your Mall and place relevant ‘Mall links’.

example: You can write a review of some ‘dog training’ guide in your Mall and place your mall link:
http://cbtopsites.com/search/yourCBnickname/dogs
along with that review and paste it on your blog/website.

(9 ) Start a Blog or website. Write articles related to different products in your Mall and place related Mall links in it.

(You can get ideas about what to write from various Article Directories.)

example: You can write an article about ‘weight loss tips’ and place your mall link:
http://cbtopsites.com/search/yourCBnickname/weight+loss
along with that article and paste it on your blog/website.

(10) Start a lens (web page) on Squidoo.com and write relevant reviews/descriptions of products in your mall and paste relevant Mall links in that lens.

(11) Write Articles and submit to article directories. Place relevant ‘Mall links’ in the signature. (some article directories do not allow affiliate links in signature)

(12) Answer questions on answers.yahoo.com or other such services and place relevant Mall links.

(13) Place any of your links on all your printed materials.

(14) Include your links in Free Classified Ads

(15) Add your links to blog comments. Find quality and relevant blogs and leave a comment with your link. (just be careful not to abuse this however!)

(16) Add your links to web directories that accept affiliate links.

(17) Promote your mall offline as well as online.

(18) Give promotional items with your link.
Example: you may give a free ebook to your visitors and place your link on each of its pages.

(19 ) Put your link in all business press releases

(20) Submit written reviews of your website to print media such as magazines and more…

(21) Participate in ‘newsgroups’ without spamming and post your links in your signature.

(22) If you have an email list, include any of your links in your email messages / newsletters.

(23) You can also advertise in YouTube.
example: http://youtube.com/watch?v=GhsziEFtNLU

(24) There are some ‘Free Advertising Forums’ online.
Or, in some forums, members can advertise their links. Post your link there.

(25) Add a link to your site from within your eBay profile or any other online profile.

Research in google for more ‘web site promotion’ methods.

Paid methods of sending visitors to your Clickbank Mall

(1) You can advertise using Pay Per Click Ads such as
Google Adwords, MSN Adcenter, Yahoo search marketing and other search engines.
Also at : Adbrite,
Bidvertiser etc…

(2) Advertise your links through
Press Releases

(3) Advertise in Paid classified ads such as USfreeads.com

(4) You can advertise and promote your mall and links anywhere online.

(5) Advertise in Ezines, Newsletters etc..

(6) You can also Buy Targeted Traffic

(7 ) Research in google or any other search engine if you wish to know more about promoting your links online.

Before you proceed with any of these methods, please follow their rules and regulations.

DON’Ts – Whatever you do DO NOT do the following:

1) Please Do not Spam
2) Read the rules / terms of service before advertising or posting your links anywhere
3) Do not promote using auto surf traffic exchanges (they do NOT work!)
4) Do not buy 1000000 hits/ visitors for $10 etc…
5) Do not buy 1000000 emails for $10 etc…
6) Do not join any safelists (these don’t work either!)
7) Do not post your links in Free For All Links (FFAs)
8 ) Do not post your link in unrelated Newsgroups or usenet groups

Kontera Review

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Good day everyone. Today I am going to review a fairly popular In Text Advertising publishing system known as Kontera. For those of you who are new to the website monetization field, with “In-Text” advertising, the advertiser’s brand is linked to a relevant keyword appearing in the online content which is matched to the advertiser’s ad. Whenever a website visitor moves his mouse cursor over the linked keyword a tiny text ad appears (sort of like Google’s AdSense but more compressed).

Here is how it looks like:

Ok, now that you have a better idea what Kontera is, let’s move on. But before we do so let me state that this review is targeted at Kontera publishers only. I won’t go into any details regarding what Kontera’s in text advertising system has to offer for advertisers.

I started using Kontera in October 2007 on both my blogs but I just recently stopped using it. I’ll tell you why at the end of the review.

Functionality:

I found the new Kontera control panel to be fairly well put together. The items you need are within “easy reach” sort of speak and the interface is simple and uncluttered. Their interface is still in the beta stages however, so hopefully it will only improve with time. When you first log in your Kontera account you’re presented with the click reports for a period of 7 days and a nifty graph of your revenue for the last 30 days. Overall I’d give Kontera’s interface an A+. The only thing that I did not like is that the click statistics lag by two days – not cool at all.

Additional Functionality:

For you bloggers out there you can download a free WordPress plugin that will make publishing kontera ads a breeze. If you host your blog with Blogger.com rest assured that you can just as easily implement Kontera ads on it. The process is as simple as clicking one button. Personally I used to use the WordPress plugin and found it to work perfectly. It added Kontera ads site wide without any hassle or me having to past code into any of my blog’s pages and such. Just a tip for you folks, if you want site wide ads but DO NOT want to use the Kontera WordPress plugin (I don’t know why you’d go this route but *shrug* to each his own) do the following:

Go to your WordPress admin section and then go to the “Presentation” section. Click on “Widgets” and drag and drop one of the “Text” widgets into either sidebars (depending on whether your WordPress theme has two or one sidebar – some do not support widgets so make sure you get a theme that is widget ready before proceeding). Then just click on the newly added Text widget and copy and paste your Kontera code in the appropriate area.

For regular website usage the process of setting up the Kontera In Text ads is just as simple as Google AdSense. There isn’t much to it folks, just copy and paste the code into whatever page you want the In Text ads to appear and sit back and wait for results.

Loading Speed:

This is a very important factor to consider. There isn’t much point to using any website monetization system if their servers are slow and consequently affect your website loading time. In my experience I’ve found Kontera’s servers to be quite fast. I’ve noticed no slowdowns whatsoever and hopefully Kontera will keep this level of performance up even if the number of publishers increases. However, I must say that I found Google’s AdSense ads to load much faster. Granted this may not be a fair comparison because Kontera has to analyze your website entire text, unlike Google AdSense which just tries to guess what the overall theme of your website is. Perhaps if they throw in more computing power and bandwidth they can substantially decrease the time it takes for their servers to analyze your website textual content – it remains to be seen.

Relevancy:

This is VERY important. The In Text ads won’t make you any money if they are totally irrelevant to the page’s content. I found Kontera’s relevancy to be acceptable. Most of the times it did a good job of putting linking words to relevant ads. However one thing that annoyed me is the number of “generic” keywords that get linked in. For example, the keyword “stock” gets linked to a stock broker’s advertisement but meanwhile your website could have nothing to do with stock trading. If you often use idiomatic speech than this could be a problem. Say if you use the express “take stock not to…” in a blog post totally unrelated to stock trading than you’ll most likely find that the word “stock” will get linked to some stock broker’s advertisement, which may not be what you want. I don’t know whether there is a way around this. Perhaps more intelligent text analysis is needed, but no doubt this is not so easy to implement. So just keep in mind that when implementing Kontera In Text ads on your website you may find a few irrelevantly linked words.

Monetary Performance:

This is probably what you’re mainly interested in. Will Kontera make money or not? Well, this of course depends on a number of factors. The most obvious one is the level of traffic your website receives. The next one is how much advertisers are willing to pay for a specific keyword. While I was using Kontera on both my blogs (alansmoneyblog.com and alansforexblog.com) I was not so impressed with Kontera’s level of performance. First off most clicks earned me like $0.01 to $0.05 – extremely low. Second the number of clicks on ads was not what I expected. My sites get thousands of daily visits yet Kontera was reporting on average only 5-20 clicks per day – once again not what I expected. So I think the Kontera’s CPM rate is just too low. On the flip side this is great for advertisers. They get extremely cheap advertising. So if you’re an advertiser you may wish to look into.

Will Kontera’s In Text Ads annoy my visitors?

This depends on the type of website you place your ads on. When I first setup Kontera on this blog I did receive a few comment from people saying they found the In Text ads to be obtrusive, but that they aren’t so bad once you get used to it. The big problem is if your visitors have a habit of wondering with the mouse cursor. This will trigger the ads like crazy and annoy the heck of your visitors. They will most likely just leave your site instead of being bombarded with the advertising balloons (see the image at the top of this review). Another thing is that some users may mistake Kontera linked keywords for actual website links. Linked keywords are underlined 3 times but still, newbies won’t tell the difference and they’ll think it is a link to a website. They will probably have no clue what is going on and just get annoyed when they see a advertising balloon pop-up and consequently they’ll probably just end up leaving your website. In other words In Text advertising is extremely intrusive!

So I decided to stop using Kontera on both my blogs. Put simply the extra bit of revenue is just not worth it!

Check out the words of Jacob Nielsen, a web usability guru:

One of misery design’s most insidious recent examples is the idea of embedding links to advertising on the actual words of an article using a service like IntelliTxt. By sullying the very concept of navigation, such ads not only damage the user experience on the host site, they poison the well for all websites. Such links make users even less likely to navigate sites, and more likely to turn to trusted search engines to guide them to the next page.

Thus I am not surprised to see that no mainstream website use In Text Advertisement systems such as Kontera. The question you should ask yourself is if you’re willing to put your credibility at stake just for a little (an in my experience it was little) bit more money?

My advice is to NOT use Kontera or any other In Text advertisement system on any of your very important and heavily visited websites – stick to Google AdSense or to standard banners.

However, for those still interested, Kontera’s website can be located at:

http://www.kontera.com

That about does it for this review. I hope you found it informative and if you have any opinions or comments you’d like to share feel free to use the comments section below.

Alternatively if you’d like to discuss about Kontera in a forum setting I’ve gone ahead and setup a thread on my forum over here:

http://www.moneyguruforum.com/website-monetization/12568-kontera.html