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Posted by on Sep 12, 2009

In the previous couple of weeks, you probably noticed these banner ads running at the top of my posts. I hadn’t noticed them until someone else pointed it out, then I noticed them and wondered why I was able to see them, since you’re only supposed to see them if you come from a search engine.

They were Chitika Premium ads, being put there through a WP plugin. In my attempt to raise my Chitika income, I thought it would be a nice addition, and that it would show relevant ads to visitors.

Well, I’m not sure what it was showing to visitors, but what I was seeing wasn’t pleasing me at all. None of the ads were relevant to any of the content on the site. Instead, it was showing part of my business domain name as the search term; what the heck is that? I can’t say I was pleased, and there was one other thing bothering me, that being me seeing anything in the first place.

Someone else had written saying she was seeing dirty things when she was visiting the site, which was kind of freaky. Thing is, she also then found a virus, which I think was probably actually malware, on her computer, which could have skewed things. Still, I was sort of dismayed that she was seeing something like that on my site through Chitika. I’m not saying they actually take nasty ads, but I don’t want to take any chances with that particular product.

As you’re reading this today, if you used to see those ads you won’t see them anymore. I’ve disabled that plugin, and won’t be adding it back. I didn’t generate any new income anyway, and if others were getting the kind of junk ads like what I was seeing, it’s no wonder. Makes me wonder what some visitors are seeing on my side ad to the left there. Someone let me know.

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I started using it about a week ago, also with the WP plugin that only shows the ads to those coming from search engines. I tested it a few times myself and it seemed to only show results relevant to the search they came from.

So if people searhced for your business domain and found this blog from it, then that’s probably why it displayed ads related to that?

I also have doubts how effective it is, income wise, we probably need more visitors in order to really benefit from it ­čÖé
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio┬┤s last blog ..How To: More Targeted AdSense Ads & Thesis Code Example =-.

September 14th, 2009 | 6:46 AM

You may be right, Klaus, but when I was testing it I wasn’t looking for my business. Matter of fact, based on what they say, I shouldn’t have seen it at all, since I was looking at my site for other reasons, and just happened to start paying attention to what was on top. I have no real idea what it might have been showing everyone else, but I was uncomfortable.

September 14th, 2009 | 10:06 AM

You’re right, that’s odd. I think I saw Problogger recommending it, so I don’t think they are “cheating” you on purpose, but with computers it can be hard to determine the outcome each time.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio┬┤s last blog ..Matt Cutts: ÔÇťGoogle Crawls According To PageRankÔÇŁ. A Must See Video For Bloggers =-.

September 14th, 2009 | 10:33 AM

I don’t think it’s hurting me on purpose, Klaus, but I also don’t think it’s bringing up the kind of ads I’d like it to bring up, as Adsense does.

September 14th, 2009 | 6:39 PM
Chitika Premium:

I am using the same plugin, but my revenue has increased since then. All ads displayed using the plugin are somehow relevant to my content. Thanks for the update though, I will check Chitika Premium ads regularly from now on.
.-= Chitika Premium┬┤s last blog ..Aweber Unleashed:Learn How To Use Aweber Effectively =-.

October 1st, 2009 | 9:33 AM

Thanks for sharing mert. Seems I started making more money with Chitika once I removed the plugin, though I can’t say I got rich. lol

October 1st, 2009 | 10:27 AM


I have noticed an increase in my Adsense account and it’s becoming steady (meaning pretty much everyday). It’s not a lot of money but compared to a couple of months ago when I was getting nothing at all, this is a good thing.

My problem is I am not quite sure where it’s coming from as I have a lot of sites out there. I did set up channels but the channels that Google is telling me are the top channels don’t make a whole lot of sense when I check their webalizer stats.

I haven’t tried Google Analytics yet. Has anyone used this and will it help with knowing where I getting the most Adsense clicks from?


November 2nd, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Greetings JJ,

Google Analytics is a great program to check statistics, and they’ve even added something where you can track which pages generate Adsense income. Here’s my early post on Analytics, then my follow up post on Adsense & Analytics.

November 2nd, 2009 | 2:43 PM