December 5, 2007

WidgetBucks Payments Go Out Early!

Ads Suck. But Theirs Don't.

UPDATE: WidgetBucks is no longer recommended by this blog!!!

WidgetBucks is now distributing October earnings to publishers - nearly 10 days ahead of schedule. The initial wave of PayPal payments went out on Monday, while the remainder will go out over the next couple of days. Checks are being processed and mailed early this week as well, including those that are being sent to international publishers.

If you haven't yet tried WidgetBucks you might want to give it a look-see. I've been using them in a couple of different places on the Web and am happy with the results I've seen so far. On average, the RPC (revenue-per-click) has been almost double what I'm used to getting with Google Adsense, so that's a pleasant surprise in itself.

When you sign-up with WidgetBucks, you'll automatically receive a $25 bonus into your account, which is pretty cool. And WidgetBucks offers a referral program as well. WidgetBucks affiliates earn a 10 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people they refer. Affiliates receive the 10 percent referral fee for the full 12 months after the new member joins.

WidgetBucks Offers CPM Ads

WidgetBucks will also be offering CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) ads sometime early this month. This will allow bloggers and site owners to monetize their international traffic.

"At the time a user visits a page containing the widget, we will sense the geographic location of the visitor. If they are in the U.S. and/or Canada, the user will see the normal WidgetBucks widget. If the user is outside those two countries, then our system will determine a country- specific CPM ad to display. We are currently working with advertisers covering 100
countries and offering thousands of creatives to ensure that site visitors will be monetized for your benefit."

And that's certainly good news considering the recent policy change to stop paying on clicks that resulted from international traffic. The change was implemented due to non-converting clicks (to sales) by users geographically outside the U.S. and Canada. Some website owners were upset over the change, but in the end, the bottom line is this: An ad network must maintain its network quality. If it doesn't, no merchants will advertise on it.

So the CPM route is the perfect way to go. It's a win-win, both for merchants and for site owners. The clicks that merchants pay for will have higher sales conversions, and the international traffic that sites receive will earn them guaranteed revenue, as opposed to nothing at all. In addition, higher sales conversions should also translate into higher RPC (revenue-per-click) as time goes on.

All in all, it looks like some pretty good things are taking place at the from the WidgetBucks camp, and I'll definitely keep my ears open for anything new.

13 comments:

  1. Bush Mackel (www.bushmackel.com)December 05, 2007

    Hm. You've definitely peaked my interest with WidgetBucks, esp since I'm not making much with AdSense. I do wish though that that 10% lasted more than a year, but maybe that's just me complainin' again. (#):)

    And BTW, I don't know what is going on with Blogger.. But I've noticed on a couple people's sites that Google is making it freakin' hard for me to leave my name and URL.

    THIS GUY - Not happy. (#)>:(

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  2. @ Bush: Yeah, I'm happy with the WidgetBucks performance so far. As for the referral fee, you're not alone. I wish it lasted more than a year as well...preferably forever. Hopefully, they'll change that sometime soon.

    And don't even get me started on the comments thing! Blogger just rolled out a new comment system (still being tested I believe) and it's confused a whole lot of people. I wasn't even aware of the change until some people emailed me about it.

    I do think you can leave your link by using the drop-down box and selecting the appropriate platform. You can now comment through any of these accounts:

    Blogger/Google
    AOL/AIM
    LiveJournal
    TypeKey
    WordPress
    Any OpenID

    But it's still a bit confusing IMHO, and I'm not too happy about it either. Guess we'll see how they decide to move with it.

    BTW, I suggest leaving your link in a signature like this:

    Shine on,
    Aaron

    Still not as easy as before, but just as effective. They're trying to cut down on people impersonating others in comments, which is why those options are there. And it looks like they're trying to push OpenID as well. Dunno for sure, just my guess.

    Anyway, thanks for commenting. Due to the newness of this system, few have lately as you can tell by the decrease in comments here. :( Oh well, I'm just happy that you stopped by. :)

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  3. hey there,

    How does Widgetbucks compare in revenue to Adsense?

    I am thinking of moving to Wordpress and may dump Adsense if this system performs better.

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  4. Hi Forest. So far the WidgetBucks revenue has been better than my AdSense revenue. But I haven't been using it long enough to make an all-out comparison.

    I say give it a shot. It's better to not put your eggs all in one basket anyway, especially when it comes to ad programs as they're known for banning publishers, sometimes without explanation.

    Worst case scenario is that it doesn't perform as well on your blog, in which case, you just go back to AdSense. Or, you can run them both at the same time, which would be my suggestion anyway.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  5. Okay, let's give this a whirl...
    (Sorry to use your site as a test bed Aaron)

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  6. Okay... What the hell is this? So I tried using one of these OpenID services... And this is what I get. My name displayed as my freakin' OpenID name (no spaces or caps), no link to my site...

    In my opinion, this is a lot of work. I mean really - How big is this whole impersonation problem on blogs? Can't be that big.

    Psssssst. Aaron. If you ever want to get off of blogger.com, I'll gladly take you by the hand and get you setup. (Since you're my boy and all)

    -Disgruntled Bush Mackel

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  7. Hey Bush, I don't mind you using it as a test bed at all. As for the impersonation problem...that's kinda what I was thinking. Maybe it's a problem on bigger sites or something.

    Btw, did you try signing in under WordPress? That's one of the options too. As for OpenID, I've never used it, so I don't even know how it works. My understanding is that you can attach your URL to it.

    From what I've read recently it seems like places are wanting to push for OpenID. Guess we'll see! As for getting off of Blogger...eventually. Right now I'm on it due to a bet regarding blog revenue. But I'll definitely take you up on your offer as I'll probably need some assistance with the migration.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  8. Okay, I just tried it with wordpress and that didn't work. I think the thing there is that I don't THINK I have a wordpress page i.e., I use wordpress technology on my own server not theirs...

    So it asked me for my OpenId again. Blargh. I did read something that I could put some lines in the header part of my blog and then THAT would function as my OpenId name/link but right now that's too much trouble for me. *nod*

    Thanks for letting me vent on here!

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  9. Hi, Aaron! I just signed up as your referral! It's now pending account review. Thanks for the info!

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  10. Btw, I sent you an email the other day. Did you get it? Hopefully it didn't end up in the spam! :)

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  11. Thanks Tish! I definitely appreciate it! Let me know if you need any help or anything.

    And no, I didn't get your email. Huh. Hope I didn't accidentally delete it. Please sent it again! I'll email you now to let you know I didn't get it.

    Shine on,
    Aaron

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  12. Hey, Aaron! I forwarded that email back to you earlier tonight. Did it make it? Check your spam. :)

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