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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.
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.