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Chitika
So, how's it doing for you?
shallow




msg:545763
 3:18 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is it only me, or has the pay-for-click amount tumbled from when you first started Chitika?

Some of their ads are now paying $.02-.03 per click...and that's pre-audit. While it seems advertisers in my niche continue to hold back their advertising budget after the holidays, no other affiliate program ppc has fallen so steep as Chitika.

It's been very quite around here about Chitika. I wonder if many others have dropped them.

 

Zygoot




msg:545764
 4:22 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is it only me, or has the pay-for-click amount tumbled from when you first started Chitika?

Yeah, their EPC has dropped hugely. But in my case the EPC is still a bit higher than my average AdSense EPC.

I'm still using them on some parts of my site, it's nice supplemental income.

leapforward




msg:545765
 4:23 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Doing quite well with Chitika, but it is tailor made for my niche. My EPC and eCPM have been very steady. So revenues have been increasing as my traffic has grown.

The reports for the prior day are usually ready when I wake up in the morning. These reports are unaudited. I take about a 20% hit (down from 30% since Chitika added some initial filtering) on earnings when the audited stats come out at the end of the following month.

I run AdSense and Chitika, so Chitika is run in non-contextual mode (I supply the keywords). I review my stats daily, if I notice a pattern of CTR dropping, then I check the current ads (resulting from my keywords) and I make some tweaks if needed. So unlike Adsense, I need to keep a closer eye on Chitika. I use channels to monitor different areas of my content.

Chitika does payout. I've received payment (PayPal) for each month (5 months) that I've been in the program. One payment was late, but I didn't sweat it.

I'm in this for the long haul. If you get in early with a software solution, expect a bumpy ride and growing pains. Also, Chitika isn't the best at communication, but they aren't the worst. Some people feel burned by the overall Chitika experience, but I do not.

The bottom line. I make more money by adding Chitika than I do without them. It takes some effort, but the payout is worth it.

Note: This is my experience. Your experience may and likely will be different.

Jay27




msg:545766
 6:44 pm on Feb 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's gotten horrible for us! I've removed half of the codes and may be will remove the others soon.

foxtunes




msg:545767
 9:06 am on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I like the ads, and was an early supporter of the eminimalls program, but am still awaiting payment for december's revenue via paypal.

Most publishers were paid on the 1st of february, however I was told by Chitika's support that they send payments out in batches, and to expect payment - soon.

That's the 2nd month in a row for me that payment has been two weeks late, (a four figure check) and my patience with the program is almost gone.

They work well with adsense and YPN (in non contextual mode), but be aware this program is in beta.

RockyB




msg:545768
 9:45 am on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was giving it the benefit of the doubt, but since the income dropped off so dramatically lately I've taken it off. A 0.038% click through rate with a $0.05 click just isn't worth it for me.

zivkovicp




msg:545769
 10:47 am on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've been getting a relatively normal click through rate for my chitika ads, but the low CPC ($0.08) is not worth it.

My websites are probably not the best fit with their ads anyway so I'm not too concerned. I just didn't feel it was worth giving them all that "real estate" on my pages for such small payouts when I can make a lot more with a small adsense ad and a few affiliate links.

In general I think it's a good program if your visitors are looking to buy from your website... I know there are people who are making decent money from this program.

pctechbytes




msg:545770
 12:35 pm on Feb 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I put their ads in dead spaces that normally will not get any hits from Adsense, either. Since the audited revenue is so much lower than the unaudited, I gave up being excited about the daily reports. Whatever it happens to bring in each month is gravy.

foxtunes




msg:545771
 6:42 am on Feb 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

".....Whatever it happens to bring in each month is gravy....."

Yeah, it works better on product/niche sites, running alongside adsense or YPN (in non contextual mode)....Not as a stand alone affiliate program.

I've noticed a few 0.5 cent clicks creeping in the last month, but also had my fair share of clicks above a dollar.

Anyway the paypal payment was late, but I was finally credited, so will keep it running for another month.

jetteroheller




msg:545772
 8:09 pm on Feb 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used Chitika as a PSA replacement.

I stoped after
3465 impressions
3 clicks
$0.31 unaudited earnings.
$0.089 eCPM

jetteroheller




msg:545773
 8:32 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used Chitika as a PSA replacement.
I stoped after
3465 impressions
3 clicks
$0.31 unaudited earnings.
$0.089 eCPM

Now after some days with an revenue share affiliate program

1323 impressions
7 clicks
2 software downloads

nathanso




msg:545774
 7:14 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Chitika RIP.

leapforward




msg:545775
 4:55 pm on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Chitika recently finished/posted the Audit for January, 2006.

After the audit, my revenue is about 20% lower than before the audit. I've been using a 25% reduction in my own planning model, so the actual revenue is within my expectations.

For my niche, Adsense + Chitika > Adsense. My combined (Adsense + Chitika) page CTR and eCPM are currently about 25%-35% higher than my historical AdSense alone CTR and eCPM.

Additional factors:
1. My page layouts are specifically designed/optimized for both Chitika and AdSense.
2. All of the pages have rich content that attracts targeted end users and the ads (from both networks) are spot on for the content.

itropica




msg:545776
 4:16 am on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

dopes chitika only pay for clicks, or do they also pay a commmision on sales like commision junction?

leapforward




msg:545777
 5:09 am on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

As far as web publishers are concerned , Chitika is a PPC program. You earn money for clicks, not sales.

Although, I suspect that if your clicks are not converting well, you will receive much less per click.

cooljeba




msg:545778
 4:28 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah,

It sucks. I too had 600-700 impressions with 0 click.

..:: peace ::..
Jeba

Matt Probert




msg:545779
 6:50 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

stoped after
3465 impressions
3 clicks
$0.31 unaudited earnings.
$0.089 eCPM

That's just extracting the urine! I shouldn't give them the time of day, either.

I have always been sceptical of CPC, having worked in marketing, I am aware of the value of brand advertising. To deliberately make a CPC advert which does not attract clicks, but none-the-less imprints the brand is very easy - ask Google, they drop Adwords adverts with a too low conversion ratio!

Matt

truongn2




msg:545780
 6:15 am on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am pretty new to Chitika, but my few clicks offer pretty good money. About .20 cents per click.

katcharles




msg:545781
 1:22 pm on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm averaging about $0.20 per click and a very dismal 2% click through rate with abot 200 - 300 impressions a day. Maybe it's working better for other people but I'll stick to Google Adsense.

Then again, in this business things can suddenly take off without warning - you never know. The seeds you sow now can bring an incredible harvest later - that's what I love about AM.

elklabone




msg:545782
 3:17 am on Mar 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Be careful with these guys. Things looked OK for me too during the first month, then my audited revenue was reduced to ZERO.

I just received the following from Chitika after asking them why my audited revenue was reduced to ZERO.

ďI was just informed that your account has been under review for fraud, which is why your revenue was removed. Your account "myaccount" has just been confirmed to be in breech of our terms and conditions and has now been deactivated after seeing significant amounts of fraudulent traffic.

An email notification will be sent to you shortly.
Best Regards,
Karla
Chitika Customer ServiceĒ

To begin with, Iím a lot of things, but Iím not dishonest. In fact, I worked fairly hard to try and find some referrals to bring into Chitika because I was convinced that it was a good program.

My mistake was seeing some warning signs raised by other webmasters and not working hard to dig into things a little deeper. I want to warn everyone to think twice before depending too much on these guys.

The nice thing is they turned by revenue to ZERO, yet didnít tell me until I asked what was going on. I wonder how many months they would have let me run their ads for NO return.

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