egem44 - 9:40 pm on Aug 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've tried Kontera, Chitika, Infolinks, Commish Junk (and 10 other PPAs). I've worked with just about every earner on the web. They all have about the same model. They earn 99% of the money while we run free ads. The more you partner with, the more you realize how much they cheat. Everyone of them has the same issues. They don't report impression correctly (wow!) they magically miss clicks, they have rules that work on their side, but not yours. Do you see where g places their ads on search engines and in emails. If we did that they would take away clicks.
It's all the same right now. We are working in an environment where publishers have been told (like Nutmeg) that what we do isn't worth anything (not high on the food chain). It's not true. We are replacing TV, Magazines, how to books, and many more media, and we have been trained to think (everyone has) that the internet should be free and that hard work on the web is nonesense unless you have a Facebook idea.
The only reason it is this way is because we allow it to be. Tribalfusion asks for 500,000 unique visitors per month and, they for many sites, don't pay as well as Adsense! This means the site has a higher circulation than Reader Digest, but they aren't worth millions, they are only worth about 3-5000 per month. That's because the millions are going to Tribalfusion. Those people are still looking at ads and buying products just like if they read Reader's Digest, but the person that runs the 500,000 per month website thinks it's only worth what those ppc, ppa companies will pay. Ridiculous.
How many of you have seen a Full Sail University ad? I've seen 1000s of them. I've never clicked one, but I know Full Sail. I know it is an online college. I know they offer course in writing, media, television, and a bunch more. Never clicked an ad...all of that came free to full sail just for running ads with G, CJ and other PAs. They are getting all the benefits of ads, just like before, but they don't have to pay US for them.