Chitika is one of the oldest company in online advertising for blogger. It was founded in year 2003 and offered publishers program to make money online for bloggers like us. I have signed up an account with them during my initial blogging period way back 2010 but got suspended due to low knowledge about do's and don'ts long ago. Few months ago, I tried to apply with them again due to the fact that I am not yet qualified with adsense for some reasons. On this review I will be discussing some key points to maximize your earning potential with chitika as one of the best adsense alternative. You will also learn about Chitika Ads Serving in relation with Website Corresponding Label Ribbons on this article.
You should conside Chitika as one of your buddies in making money online because it has been tried and tested. If you are willing to make the most out of it, you should care about reading this post between the lines. Chitika has gained its reputation online because of being in the industry for such a long time. And now, this information is passed to you that will give you a new perspective with regards to making money online. I will be honest with showing you the advantages and disadvantages of Chitika.
Disadvantages of Joining ChitikaThe disadvantages of Chitika online advertising network is that they work best for product based websites. So, if you are reviewing any product on your website, you get more chances of benefiting from it. Also good Alexa ranking seems to be one of their basis in giving you a good ads serving in your site. Chitika only recognized those site with good U.S. traffic like this blog wherein I am getting their Gold ribbon label related ads serving with them. Below, I will be discussing what are those silver, bronze and gold ribbon labels in relation to ads serving on your site.
Chitika Payment Terms and ConditionsThe minimum threshold on their payout is $10 if via Paypal compare with the minimum of $100 for Google Adsense. If you want the payment to be done via check then the minimum threshold is $50. Well, this is also good enough compared with other adnetworks. They pay with net30 basis wherein they will initiate the payment once you reached atleast 10$ 30days from the end of the month you reached the minimum threshold.
Is Chitika ad codes compatible with Google Adsense?This is always the question for new bloggers because we all know that adsense is not always compatible with other adnetworks. Yes, of course Chitika is compatible with Google Adsense, both can easily go together. Some webmasters even claims using Chitika ads along with the Google Adsense increases the earnings wherein chitika ads doesn't affect ads serving of google adsense. But, there are also some bloggers who claim to have experienced lower Google Adsense CTR after using Chitika ads. So, its up to you whether to go with both networks together, or you may try them both in quite sometime and make your observations.
Chitika Ads Type
- BANNER ADS: These are standard ads type. Chitika does not show banner ad but they show images with text in most of cases specially if you are not yet on their Bronze and Gold ads serving.
- MOBILE ADS: These ads are displayed only if your website is viewed from mobile device. This means if a user browses your website using mobile device ads will show up on their view. You do not have to create mobile site for this, you just need to install it to your site for you to earn with mobile viewers of your site.
- IN TEXT ADS: If you are familiar with Infolinks or similar in text advertising network. Chitika offers Links which is CPC (cost per click) based in text link ads. This will be good if you have active visitors on your website or blogs.
- HOVER ADS: Hover ads are displayed on bottom right corner of your website. They remain at that place while the visitor is scrolling down your website, this is one of the best way to earn with chitika wherein based on my observations this hover ads generates more click rate when I installed on my blog but it is somewhat annoying for your readers. Most cases visitors of a site tend to close this hover ads where they unintentionally click the ads on this slot thus resulting to high CTR.
- HIGHLIGHTS ADS: Highlight ads are displayed when user selects some text on your website. It will get displayed below the user selected text area that increases CTR also but in most cases based on my experiences with chitika this will slow down your site loading together with In Text Ads of chitika so I avoid using this ads serving.
Chitika Referral Program
Chitika offers referral program wherein you can earn 10% of your referral earning for first 15 months. But the referral stats is not updated until referral is paid once. Other advertising networks do show referral stats whether they have made money or not but atleast chitika offers this option not like with adsense wherein you will not earn in referring others.
Chitika Ads Serving in relation with Website Corresponding Label Ribbons
Have you notice the image that you can see in-line with your listed website on your chitika dashboard domain list same with the image below?
You can see that most are the white ribbon which is actually the silver ribbon. Below I will be discussing more about this Labels of Chitika on your site.
Silver Label: This Silver ribbon label that you see inline with your site indicates that your site is new and will be served by non premium ads from chitika ads serving, mostly the low rate ads will show on your site and most of the time you can see the same ads link even you reload your site. This will be improved soon as your site traffic is growing.
Bronze Label: This Bronze ribbon label indicates that your site have some good US traffic and you will served by premium ads by chitika ads serving wherein you can see ebay ads and some google adsense ads on selected banners; 728x90, 160x600, 300x250, and 468x90 only. So, it is better to install banner ads if your site is labeled with brone ribbon for more higher earnings. I notice when I installed banners ads my earning increases and have earnings even if no clicks on my ads was recorded. I believed that this ads serving gives minimum of 0.01$ cpm but I cannot confirm this because you cannot see the detailed report on your chitika dashboard.
Gold Label: This Gold ribbon labels is the highest label of a certain site can attain wherein indicates that more than 50% of your traffic are from US. Once you earned this label you will be given a high priority ads serving by chitika and most of your ads will show in different colors and design that will surely increases your click rate on your site. Below are the sample of ads you will see on a site with Gold Labels;
Tips for Chitika Publishers
Your earning potential with chitika will increase if you will get most of your traffic from US territories. Take note that good alexa rank may contribute with good chitika ads serving and for gaining gold label on their system. But it is not always based on alexa ranks wherein we all know that this can be manipulated. Once you already got the Bronze and Gold Labels it is more advisable to install banner ads 728x90, 160x600, 300x250, and 468x90 for the premuim ads will be served on your site and earn more.
Payment Proof With Chitika
Chitika Earnings Dec 2013
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