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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$0.31 unaudited earnings.
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!
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.
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.
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.