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But througout these two years, I have tried three other advertising programs, in hopes of making some money on the side. And let me tell you, they were all nothing short of a disaster in terms of money generated:
-#*$! (has since gone bankrupt I think): stayed with them for about 5 months, and generated an avarage of $25 per month
-Bidvertiser: an average of $10 per month (no kidding)
-The latest one is Kontera, and although I only have it in two of my sections (some 1500 page views a day), I have only been able to generate just under $10 in about 45 days.
In other words, what I have generated from all three programs combined, in a total of over a year, is not even equal to my one month average with Adsense. Sure I have Adsense placed in more places on my website, but still...
I did actually contact Kontera and asked them why I was getting paid no more than 4 cents per click: they replied and told me that it was due to my visitors being mostly from non-US places.
The morale of the story: it is really hard to switch from Adsense to these cheap programs. It may work for some, but it doesn't for the most.
Just recently I put bidvertiser and kontera on my forum. I have so far averaged about $200 a month from the two. Not bad.
I tried Kontera also but my clicks went down on adsense and Kontera was only paying 4.4 cent per click and....get this....it was delivering the same (EXACT SAME) ads as google!
Removed it in a hurry.
In the industries I target, Kontera advertising prices are quite high, and my add placement seems to results in more total clicks if both are on the page.
Now at the pace I am going, it will take me at least a year to get there. I don't know if I can wait that long for $100, but then again, I already have some money accumulated, and don't want to cancel my account and waste it for nothing.
I wish it was like Bidvertiser: minimum of $10 (paid through Paypal)
If you do it thoughtfully, it is actually not all that intrusive and make a very nice additional income.
I say this because I am going on my third month with them and so far, after tweaking, it is a pretty good source of income.
Like so many things, it sucks right out of the box, you really do need to fine tune it to make it a valuable asset.
Like Today. Just checked my earnings. This is the second time it's happened... first time two weeks ago was a ten-fold increase. Today was a eight-fold increase. Then again, this could be Kontera's version of a click dump.