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Heartlander

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 1:36 am on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've recently been approved and installed Chitiki eMiniMall ads on a number of my sites and a forum.
Last couple days produced over 2,000 impressions with ZERO clicks!

These are the unaudited stats, if you can believe that.

Is anyone doing anything at all with this program?

 

Heartlander

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 7:43 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow- if it ain't Adsense, it gets no responses, eh? LOL
I'll go back to that forum and continue discussing it there, I suppose...

JerryOdom

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 10:37 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I haven't used them but I'm sure someone here has.(my work is as a partner not an advertiser) There were many people from Chtika at the conference in New Orleans and they seemed like a good company. Maybe its just the weekend. I'm sure someone will respond.

AlexMiles

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 11:46 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Only just started using them. I applied two hours ago, got the hang of finding specific products pretty quickly and I'm fitting them into my Evil Plan.

I think their contextual targeting sucks, but I don't need that. I need specific products on specific pages and thats where Adsense is falling flat on its face.

I can do my own targeting :)

Besides which, I'm running out of Ban URL slots on Adsense.

So yeah, trying them out now. Love them so far. You have to go look for a specific product and put its exact name into the code, and I think its case sensitive too - their search thingie is never going to be much use like that either.

It reminds me of the early days of CJ where you could get paid per click and pick your products.

Heartlander

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:22 am on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I was excited about it at first, but then after getting over 2,000 impressions the first couple days and ZERO clicks, I'm skeptical.
Of course, that is the unaudited version to boot.
Now today their whole reporting system is down...LOL

I think I have seen all 5 advertisers in my niche already.

Baby steps, one can assume.
If I ever do get clicks it will be better than non-performing Adsense on those pages at least.
These are forums, and the members are "ad blind"...have been for quite some time- so different is good.

Thanks for the responses so far.

Buzliteyear

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:55 pm on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Heartlander,

I just started using Chit as well.

My stats for Friday were clearly wrong, and I emailed them. They said that much of the stats for the 7th and some of the 8th were lost but will be recovered.

The jury is still out on them. I'm curious to see what they will be after a solid week or two with them.

I have to say that I am a bit excited about their program, but for now we'll wait and see.

Heartlander

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 1:30 pm on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, great timing on their part, eh? LOL!

Was talking to a friend that is just starting to create websites and he asked about all these advertising options.
When I pointed out that Chitika is a new and exciting option to consider, but that I have yet to receive a click, he looked at me funny and said "Well, I was all over one of them as soon as I saw it. That new Canon digital camera looks awesome and there was a very attractive price in one of those ads."

I know- smells suspicious on my part, right?
Wrong.
Just trying to play by the rules and work hard to get somewhere in life.
The last thing I want is for anything to look deceitful or misleading on any of my sites or the ads I put up.

Have no idea at this point if the click was ever registered, if it will be lost in "auditing" or what the game is. Still showing nice round figures in my stats, right down the line.

Hey, if this turns out to be the best thing since...well, AdSense maybe?....I'll be the first to help others along and praise it's glory.
Right now that doesn't look to be in my immediate future.

Oh well, back to creating content.
You know- that stuff on our pages that detracts from the ads? ; )

Buzliteyear

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 1:38 pm on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

The part of the program I am most psyched about is that it allows you to use a keyword for the ad. By going to Shopping.com and the other sites they use, I am able to pick a specific product, use it as the keyword and get the ad of my choice.

Plus, by doing it that way as opposed to letting them choose the ad, I can have it on the same pages as YPN and AdSense.

Fingers crossed.

Buz

Heartlander

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 5:59 pm on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a broad outdoors-widgets and recreation site, and was able to find LOTS more ads while playing around with the keywords.

Wish Adsense had this feature as well....
One can only hope.

I'm finding the 2 programs together work very well off of each other....by combating the "ad blindness".

turbo996

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 3:26 pm on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm using context sentive Adsense along with keyword driven Chitika on a few of my sites.

The Payout Per Click that I've experienced is about the same for each, but the overall combined click through rate (Adsense + Chitika) per page has increased, therefore my revenues have increased. Adsense CTR dropped a little bit, but Chitika has more than made up for it.

I have a few sites that Adsense has historically had trouble targeting ads. I added Chitika with my own targeted keywords and the related/desired ads are showing up for Chitika.

So far, I'm pleased with Chitika's results. My only complaint is that reporting isn't detailed enough. I'd like to be able to determine which sites/placements are doing well. Something like Adsense's channels would do the trick.

Note: I'm using Chitika MiniMalls and I'm only reporting on unaudited revenue.

castar

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 6:59 pm on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

After hearing great feedback on chitika I decided to give them a try. Unforunately, after giving them over 100K impressions in one day and only making $26, I am convinced that I should drop them. The ads that were replaced with chitika ads were making considerably more. The site I put them on isn't a blog and I'm thinking they work better on blog sites.

Drastic

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 7:17 pm on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

I did a quick test of them a couple months back, and the results were pretty dismal.

They have recently fixed or improved pretty much everything I complained about, so I just gave them another quick run and they are working much better now.

They work best on product/review sites, and you can turn off the contextual part and run them in conjunction with adsense or ypn.

nathanso

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 4:27 pm on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

After 2-1/2 days of running Chit on my sports/outdoor forum site, I'm seeing daily earnings 2-3X of my AdSense earnings. I have AS and Chit (non-contextual) running as wide skyscrapers in the left margin of my forum pages. AS typically pays $3-5/day while Chit is paying $7-10/day for roughly the same number of clicks.. in very preliminary results. AS has a higher CTR but Chit's CPC/commission seems to be well above AS's.

There was fall-off in my Chit campaign from day 1 to 2 and I suspect that maintaining fresh non-contextual inventory is going to be a pain. I'm pulling all my skus from shopping.com, and I found that to avoid missing thumbnails from shopping.com, I couldn't use keywords but rather I had to exactly specify each sku I wanted to advertise. I remember doing this with Amazon and it wasn't something I found I could keep up with.

nathanso

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 4:31 pm on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Correction.. Chit has 2X higher ad unit CTR than AS (I was comparing AS page CTR stats in my earlier post).

rfontaine

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 5:41 pm on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think the problem we have trying to makes sense of the stats people post here is that alot of people say something like "On my site I get twice as much using this or that program than the other".

Yeah, they usually get one or two 15-cent clicks a day. They try something different and the first day they happen to get three 17-clicks. Whoo Hoo! they shout as they run to the bank...

JuniorOptimizer

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 6:45 pm on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I ran a test the EMiniMalls on 250,000 page views of forum traffic and they did crapola, which was no great surprise. For blogs or reviews, they might be better but I have no idea how much people will like that box.

bts111

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 4:04 am on Oct 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am getting 10 times what I was getting from Adsense.

The CTR is not as high but the EPC is MASSIVE :)

digicamhelp

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 11:59 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been VERY pleased with the program thus far (only started implementing their ads about four days ago).

Google Adsense has treated me very well so I have no intention to dump or supplant them. But neither do I want to keep all my eggs in one basket.I see Chitika and Adsense as a compliment to each other.

I'm making 3-4 times more per click with Chitika than with AdSense. How long that will last, I don't know. Don't know either if it is a ploy to get many of us signed up, then they will reduce commissions down the road.

Chitika addresses a critical need for someone like me who is into just basic web design. Unlike other associate programs, it gives me needed and timely products, including graphics, that I don't have to constantly update. For example, if I'm promoting photo editing software, I don't have to remember to change an ad to Photoshop CS2 when Adobe releases CS3. I can't tell you what a relief this is to me. Plus I don't have to worry about a display ad suddenly turning into one bright, orange-yellow generic blob on a page (I'm sure you know what I mean).

Right now, I'm just very pleased to be associated with these companies who give the "little guy/gal" an equal opportunity to participate in making some income.

RockyB

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:18 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Chitika is doing me quite well so far, 2-4 clicks per day are generating me perhaps 1/4 of my AdSense income. Certainly very good for some specific parts of my site, those promoting products. Just that there aren't more advertisers, sometimes you can think of a perfect Ad to use, only to find it doesn't exist.

sailorjwd

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:37 am on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I used to use Amazon for last 18 months... very disappointed and wasn't expecting too much from Chitika.

I was pleasently surprised to find that I make in 1/2 of a day what I used to earn after 3 months with AMZ.

I put the ads below the fold so they interfer less with Adsense - seems to have had no affect on adsense revs. Once I populate all the pages and if/when I can tell which keywords are doing better than others I hope to get 10% of total revenue from Chit.

EarleyGirl

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:23 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been trying it now for several weeks and have earned less than $5.00. Doesn't look good for my site.

Hope

bernis

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 11:52 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've earned thousands in two weeks. It just seems too good to be true. It's earning 100% more than adsense in its best days

But ... i'm talking about unaudited revenue. I fear the day when they audit it. After i get the first check ... and it gets cashed ... and earnings stays about the same as they are now, I'll be able to say i'm successful. Until then ...

digicamhelp

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:18 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thousands in two weeks? Wow, is that on only one site or do you own several? I'd be curious to know what the percentage of Chitika ads you have on your site(s) and if you replaced others when adding them.

luki

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 12:55 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Chitika was relatively good, but two days ago they added "curiosity clicks" filter and as a result earnings dropped at least 50%. We are going to remove their ads from our Websites untill earnings return back.

skunker

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 4:39 am on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Bernis,
Still earning thousands with the new Chitika "smart pricing"?

I've taken mine off.

tebrino

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 2:06 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I will remove them too. Chitika "smart pricing" is even worst than Googles

digicamhelp

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 5:44 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm sticking with Chitika, though have reduced the amount of space I allocate for their ads. As I mentioned in another thread, I think if you overdo Chitika ads, AdSense revenue will tumble. In my observation, it can work if you take time to find the right balance between the two.

I removed a number of Chitika ads from my site the past few days and put back Google ads. In key areas I placed google Link Unit ads above Chitika sky ads. Now both are doing better and I'm back to making the per day income I expected for this time of year.

mottebonk

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 5356 posted 5:56 pm on Nov 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Looks like they made some more changes yesterday. My revenues are up 40% from day before yesterday. This is still lower than what it was last week but atleast it is going in the right direction.

You gotta give these guys credit for improving things so fast. I for one am going to stick with them. Been in this business long enough not to get swaggered by daily movements (day trading anyone?)

And: I am going to eat my own dog food. Notice that search box in the Chitika units? I am going to do my holiday shopping through that search box. I will be buying a ton of items this holiday shopping season - so why not do it through my Chitika units.

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