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Media net email - anyone heard or tried them?

     
7:32 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I get quite a few emails from time to time asking about paid advertising on my website. I've always ignored then. I've another today from media (net), and will most likely ignore them too, but thought I'd quickly post on here to see if anybody has tried them, whether they're legit, and if so how it compares to Adsense?

The email basically goes:


I'm interested in doing an online ad deal with you. I think we can run some very relevant ads that will boost your revenues.
Media (dot net) is currently advertising on many Comscore top 1000 sites like Yahoo! (Local/Shopping/etc), Entrepreneur, and Bankrate. They get phenomenal results for our publishers.
Please let me know a good time we can talk.
9:03 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Tried them a couple of weeks ago. The earnings were about a third of adsense and the reports do not track clicks, which seems ridiculous. I sent an email asking where I could find a clicks report and never got a response. So I removed them from my site.
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Thanks ember, think I'll be giving them a miss.
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I've tried them. The earnings were surprisingly close to what some of my Adsense units are making.
10:57 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I got that email today too. I thought about it for a sec, then deleted it.
9:51 am on Nov 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I like working with them. It's refreshing to know your dealing with real people and not the evil hiding behind an algo.

They can be a little slow in approving new sites.

They also only take US traffic if I remember correctly, but they have a nice alternate ad script and you can paste your adsense there.

Some niches they are terrible with, others they do ok.
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I applied last week and was approved in 24 hours. Then a couple days later the account rep emailed me asking me to activate my account and place ads so they could analyze my website traffic and work out a strategy. I replied with some concerns/questions and haven't heard back.

I'm a little paranoid to place ads on my site from a company I've never heard of who doesn't disclose their location on their website. Also, maybe I missed it but can't see anything on website about payments (maybe this appears after activating account?). Lastly, I wanted to know how they screen for malicious ads.

No answers...No Ads on my site.
12:33 am on Nov 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@jpch they pay the same way google does. About 30 days after the end of the month but I think they're not worth it.

I made about 20% of what I was getting through adsense. Like ember said above, they don't show clicks which is kind of strange.
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I hadn't really thought about their ability to screen for malicious ads. Interesting point, not sure it's a big problem at media, but maybe it is and I just didn't realize it. Thanks for mentioning it, something to look into.

Adsense still has the monopoly therefore in many niches will pay more due to advertiser competition. I think it's best to stick to the verticals media.net suggests, others may not have as many high paying advertisers.

On a side note, I did notice my adsense earnings going up the last few weeks since I dedicated some ad spaces to media.net. This has nothing to do with media.net, but rather illustrates that sometimes "less is more" when it comes to adsense. So instead of losing revenue, I actually gained revenue.