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Is Mediadotnet a viable alternative to Adsense?

     
5:30 pm on Feb 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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My adsense has been on the wane for a couple of years now. Partly due to me being lazy with content creation and partly I think Adsense has sidelined the site as a result of that.

I put up mediadotnet for nearly three weeks now and so far I can't tell how its going to play out. Since I want to test out Media properly I have given it 80% of the ads on the site with the remaining slots to adsense.

I have read few threads about Media on this forum and its difficult to tell from peoples responses whether it could be a good source of income. I need increasing revenues to grow the site. I need to pay good writers from the income I make from it.

I did pretty well from Adsense for a few years, nothing like even the semi big earners here, but was able to make decent coin, pay for content, etc.

I have a few questions about Media

1) How long does it take for them to fully optimize the ads?

2) Do earnings generally increase greatly after they've optimized?

3) Common complaint from what I've read is that for some people earnings are quite or sometimes even on par with adsense for a while before they come crashing down. Is this very common? My traffic is overwhelmingly US, rest 30% mainly UK, Canada and Australia.

4) I am seeing the same links appear in all the units sometimes. Are visitors seeing the same or is it just me? This might not necessarily be a bad thing as the ads units are located above and below fold, so there's extra chance of one being clicked because the links do seem very contextual to the content on page.

5) Media only pays after someone clicks on an ad and not the initial link. I have tested some of the links (obviously not clicking on any ad on the following page) and quite often I don't see proper ads but search ads and links to other content pages? I've been assured by my Media representative that visitors are seeing real ads. Also there's huge variation in RPM from one day to the next.
8:00 pm on Feb 16, 2017 (gmt 0)

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1) forever... it's not entirely a joke. when i tried Media.net, all went very good the two first weeks, ad links unit very good looking, and perfectly targeted to my site (NOT page, as it looks like Media.net was only optimizing for the general theme of the site, and not the page) . Then all collapsed, I checked with my account manager, and he claims he was putting his "engineers" at work to optimize the ads, but after 2 months without improvement (and worse, with decrease), I gave up.


2) no.(in my case)

3) excepting the two first weeks, this was less than 5% of my adsense earning.

4) I often saw the same links repeated several time, or with slight variants (which is not appealing I think)

5) their links page has always been awkward for me. However, my site qualified for their "display" ads (which seems to be powered by Google in fact, they made me fill a Google form, to unlock the display ads), so there are also display ads showing. With better performance, but not a big deal anyhow.

ps: we need a media.net forum.
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But some are successful with, apparently. (that's why we need a forum about media.net so that we can exchange our experiences, and may be take better advantage of it).
12:19 am on Feb 17, 2017 (gmt 0)

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It used to do pretty well for me but has been declining the last six months or so. One of its best features was the excellent support. But I've written to them twice in the last month and heard nothing back, which does not bode well. I'm in the process of removing them from my sites.
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I stopped using Media.net awhile ago. They initially provided excellent support and good earnings but it went downhill on both fronts and in a big way. They are totally incompetent.
4:08 am on Feb 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Media.net has been a good second option for us behind Adsense since the "Adsense downturn of 2016". They don't offer nearly the amount of options that the Adsense program does but, as a backup, you could definitely do worse. To pad your income, I'd give them a serious run for a month or three.

Payment sucks if you do bank deposits (wire transfers) with them though - they wire the money so I get hit with a $15 fee each pay period : /
9:41 am on Feb 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I just gave it a try (again), and notice they are now serving 90% of the time Adsense* ads ! And same ads that I am seeing with my own Adsense code. So I see no point of sharing a commission with media.net if this is to serve adsense ads I can get myself with the full commission :-/

* this is adsense, not other Google's advertising product.
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I tried Media.net a while ago and one of the problems I encountered was that their ads were not responsive. Does anyone know if this has changed.
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ps: we need a media.net forum.
The forum for PPC Ad Networks is here: [webmasterworld.com...]

Given the short lifespan of so many of them it would not make sense to create a new forum for each of them, sorry. ;)


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>> The forum for PPC Ad Networks is here: [webmasterworld.com...] Given the short lifespan of so many of them it would not make sense to create a new forum for each of them, sorry. ;) <<

Okay, but Media.net is bigger than "others", it's 4 years old, created initially by Yahoo and bing, and recently sold 900 billions dollars, so I think t's more than another ad network. Also, it's not exactly a PPC Ad Network, since they are not counting clicks.
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I tried Media.net a while ago and one of the problems I encountered was that their ads were not responsive. Does anyone know if this has changed.


This is one of the reasons I wrote to them. The ads are supposed to be responsive now but they didn't work that way on my site. They never got back to me about it.
9:33 pm on Feb 20, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Just checked...Media.net is responsive for me on one of my sites - where it runs in the header as primary in the rotation.

However, on another one of my sites, where it is secondary in the rotation (after Adsense), I'm not able to force it to take the size of its container - probably because of the whole iframe thing and the way Adsense handles back up ads.
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Just in case it can help some, if you contact your account manager, you can also get an async code for your media.net ads, similar to the one used by Adsense, which is greatly improving loading performances.
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About a month in now and the RPM, without going into specifics, is languishing between $1 and $2. I am still going to hold on for a bit in the hope it improves. This is a site where adsense regularly offered $15 to $25 RPM at its peak and and average of almost $10 (without giving exact figure) over lifetime.

If I go with media only, how many ad blocks per page would you ideally show if the average length was around 1200 words?
 

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