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ShoppingAds – New CPC Ad Network

Today, i received an email from Text-Link-Ads telling me about their new CPC Ad network called Shopping Ads. They linked me to shoppingads.com/tla and provided me with a Beta code too. I entered it eagerly and filled out the registration form. But it told me that the email address was already in use and that if i had an account at Auction Ads, i can login directly. So i logged in using those details and found that Shopping Ads is just another version (or perhaps another form of) of Auction Ads. The difference is that Auction Ads is just for eBay auctions, but Shopping Ads is for all general shops. It looks pretty nice and i might give it a try. Check out a demo ad here (RSS Readers might need to click-through to view the ad) :









I’ll try them out here on GotChance soon.

PS : I’m happy that i over took John Chow, Darren Rowse and Shoemoney in posting about Shopping Ads. 😀

Displaying Too Many Ads is Good ?

Disclaimer : I’m not making this post because MyBlogContest.com is a direct competitor to my other blog MyBlogContests.com. This post is made just to discuss about placing too many ads.

First of all, we all know that there is a limit for everything and ad placements on a site has limits too (though it is the personal opinion of the owner). Check out MyBlogContest.com. Recently i visited the blog and was shocked by the number of ads just on their frontpage. Besides these, they also have a “Links” page and page full of “Coupons” and a “Make Money Online” page full referral links. So, monetizing the site has begun just on the first line of the site. Next on the header there is an Adsense Link Unit. And a Google Search box. Everyone know that WordPress’s internal search facility is a lot better than Google’s site search. So the only motive for having this Search box is to make money.

Then, a set of 6 affiliate links. After that a 468 x 60 banner and a Google Text ads on the right (not seen on frontpage too). Now, lets see the sidebar. I’m not going to complain about the Featured Contests section. But, look at the other below it. Text-Link-Ads and then another bunch of Affiliate links under the title “Free Stuff” and a WidgetBucks ad box. I remember seeing a 250×250 Google Ad, which i think has been removed now.

Coming to the worser part, 50% of the central content area is full of ads. I’m not going to list them all here (a tedious job). But they include WidgetBucks, Google Adsense, Deal Dot Com etc… What is even worse is the Paid posts (or paid reviews). Being a Blog about “Blog Contests”, he should be writing about Blog Contests. But, his every alternate post is a review post to promote a product from Commision Junction. Also, i don’t know what “Finding a new home is UK (http://myblogcontest.com/finding-your-new-home-in-uk/)” and “Free Dating (http://myblogcontest.com/make-new-friends-at-friendsation/) has to do with Blog Contests.

To my knowledge, the number of Monetization Spots on their homepage were about 26 or 27 when i counted, excluding the top “Links”, “Coupons” and “Make Money Online” tabs. That exceeds the 21 ads on the No.1 Blog Engadget as pointed out by John Chow. So, what do you think about this ? If you are visitor, will you stay on the site after seeing so many ads ? If you ask me, i would, but only if there was quality content. On his blog, even Content is adulterated with Review posts. So, i’d just stay away.

Win free Ad space on GotChance

I have always wanted to run a contest here on GotChance. But, i am not money maker as John Chow is. So, i don’t have hundreds of $$ or 24 inch LCD monitors to give away. But, i do have good traffic and some Adspace left to giveaway. I’m giving away 125 x 125 ad banners on the right sidebar to three people. There will be a total of 5 banners that will be rotated using Got Banners plugin. Three will be the banner from the winners and one Kontactr and one “Advertise here” banner.

I’ll keep the rules simple here :

  • Comment on this post and receive one entry.
  • Write a post on your blog a link back to this post for two more entries.
  • Add to del.icio.us, Stumble or Digg this post for one more entry each.

After doing these, email me, letting me know about your entries.

I would run this contest until next Saturday, 15th September. I will randomly pick names and announce the winners on Sunday.

Got Banners – My First WordPress Plugin

I’m very happy and proud to announce the release of my first wordpress plugin called “Got Banners”. It is a simple banner rotation plugin. Let me tell you a little about how i went to create this plugin.

I wanted to run 125 x 125 banners on the right sidebar of this blog. But, i wanted them to be put in a random order each time the page loads as seen on TechCrunch. I searched a lot for a script like this. But, no luck. So, i created my own PHP script and started using it. Then, i emailed John Chow, telling him about this script and that it might also be useful on JohnChow.com for rotating the 125 x 125 banners. He appreciated it and suggested me that i develop this into a wordpress plugin and that was very nice idea and inspired me to make this plugin today.

This is the first stage of this plugin and i’d like to hear some comments, suggestions etc.. from you. You can find more information about the plugin on its own page : Got Banners.

Monetizing RSS Feeds

John Chow started the trend of Selling raw Text links in RSS Feeds and there will be a lot of followers doing this as well. When he first posted that he is going to sell RSS Text ads, i thought it would be a single text link in each post. But, i was shocked to find what it actually was. That was very annoying. He has done it with the help of Feed Footer plugin. Check out :

John Chow

What is more annoying is that he even runs his banner as on RSS Feeds. The style=”float: right;” doesn’t work on the feed reader and makes it more annoying.

So, the question arises. Is it worth running ads on RSS feeds despite such annoyance ? Is John Chow planning to draw his users from the Feed Reader to main site by stuffing it with ads ? Only John knows the answers.

You ask, “So, i shouldn’t be running ads on Feeds ?”. Of course, you can. Make it clean and not as annoying as John’s is. TechCrunch runs 468 x 60 banner ads(by feedburner) in the RSS feeds and i don’t find them annoying. Darren Rowse leaves an affiliate link on the bottom of every post on RSS feed. I don’t find them annoying either. I really advice that you think twice before starting to run Ads on Feeds. John Chow has a loyal reader base. He isn’t going to lose any readers by doing this. But, its not the case with everyone. It would be better to make a post asking your readers if the find the ads annoying.