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Kontera, Performancing, TTZ – The Update

Posted by on Dec 21, 2008

Back on November 3rd, I talked about adding some new affiliate programs, most specifically Kontera, Performancing Ads, and TTZ Media. I figured it was time for a quick update on these programs, since we’re six weeks away from that time.

To date, I have to say that I’m more than somewhat disappointed by the performance of all of them. Kontera has performed that best of all three programs, as I’ve made,… 14 cents since I implemented it. In case you’re not sure, Kontera are the ads you see throughout the posts with the double underline. I have to say that I’ve taken a look at some of those things by hovering over them, and I’ve noticed that many of them have nothing to do with the word they’re setting themselves against, and some of them don’t make much sense. It’s probably no wonder that they’re not making much, but at least they’re there for now.

TTZ Media and Performancing Ads have made the same amount of money, that being nothing. Each of these programs works differently, though, so the expectation is somewhat different. TTZ Media has ads that somewhat look like a cross between Shopping Ads and Widget Bucks. If you look to the right above the Technorati image, you’ll see the TTZ ad. I need to have more of those, and in more prominent places probably, but it does change with every post, including changing if you visit the same post more than once, so maybe it just needs to be in a more prominent spot.

However, the Performancing Ads program has been the biggest disappointment. What you see on the right, above the TTZ ads, is the affiliate ad for Performancing Ads, and not any of the Performancing Ads themselves. If you saw anything, it would be showing above that ad, as Performancing has you add a widget to your site, and that’s where they would populate the ads of their advertisers. If all was working properly, you’d see two 125×125 ads sitting there, instead, you don’t see anything there, and that’s irritating me. I added it because of a post on John Chow, but I should have read this post by Problogger beforehand, as he mentioned that Performancing had been sold, then made a comeback, but he wasn’t sure if they’d be able to get advertisers for the program again. Even John Chow, the guy whose blog I saw Performancing Ads on, hasn’t made any money from them, even though he’s showing the affiliate ad on his site.

So, the immediate move I’m going to make within the next day or so is to remove Performancing Ads totally from my site. The widget will be gone, and I’ll be popping a different ad in that 125×125 slot. You may even see it gone by the time you read this. I don’t know if the problem is them not finding advertisers, or those advertisers not wanting to advertise on my blog. Since I’m about to break into the top 100,000 per Technorati, I figure I’ve done my part in popularizing my blog in some fashion, and I can’t go blaming myself for everything, so I’m thinking it’s on them. No matter; time to put something new in there to see if it performs better.

Stay tuned, folks; there will be more reviews on some of these other affiliate programs I’ve added in the near future. Nothing personal, Performancing; it’s all business.

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hi Mitch,
So the BEST of the three has made a staggering 14 cents?! Wow. I was wondering about kontera… thanks for the review and the real life results as opposed to the marketing claims. Not very impressive.
As an aside, how’s the poker going? 😉
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December 21st, 2008 | 1:02 PM

No, the programs aren’t impressive, but two of them aren’t hurting me, so I’ll leave them,… for now.

As for poker, I’m back home for two weeks, but the day before I came home I went back for one more go round and came home up another $540. 🙂

December 21st, 2008 | 4:10 PM

I told ya man I told you. These Performancing people have screwed up their own business because they blindly promised the sign on bonus that they couldn’t deliver (or they did not properly laid out the norms). As for Kontera, except John Chow, I haven’t heard anybody talking great about it. It’s not for small time blogs like ours but for HUGE traffic websites. And with that we can’t even get the referral bonus. TTZ, I had given up ages back. That’s another crap. I am trying to concentrate on Pepperjam now.

All said and done, nothing like AdSense and Private Ad Sales 🙂 People might say Google is monopolizing but at the end it really fetches money. Imagine getting 2 dollars per click (I got a couple of times though mostly it’s 20-30 cents) compared to Kontera’s 4 or 5 cents.

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December 21st, 2008 | 1:47 PM

True Ajith, but I never thought they would be quite that ineffective. Still, it’s also the audience for our blogs; we’re not bringing in people who have no clue what we’re talking about for the most part.

December 21st, 2008 | 4:16 PM

Hi Mitch, you may want to persevere with Kontera as it does get better as time goes on. Last month I almost made $6, about 40% of Adsense. Not a hell of a lot but it pays for that months hosting.

As for you other ads, you must admit that they aren’t really in the what you would call a ‘prime position’

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December 22nd, 2008 | 7:19 PM

No, they’re not in a prime position, Sire, but it’s one of those calls we all have to make as to what’s really more important to us. I write fairly long posts, so I know that the ads will be seen. But I’m also thinking it’s more important to make sure I promote “me” first, if you know what I mean.

December 22nd, 2008 | 7:26 PM

Of course I do Mitch. Just offering my humble opinion as to why their performance was below par, so to speak.

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December 25th, 2008 | 11:09 PM

Truthfully, if the ads were going to perform better based on placement, then the ads I have at the top left would be generating some kind of income, and they’re not either.

December 25th, 2008 | 11:23 PM

If you’ve had them there for awhile with no effect, perhaps it’s time to change the ads. I try to place PPC ads where I can, even if I only get paid 1 cent per click, it’s better than sending them all these customers and not getting a sale. I’m doing my bit, it’s time they did theirs.

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December 25th, 2008 | 11:45 PM

Actually, I did change one, but there are more that I need to change. I’m going to keep altering my ads, which is the smart thing to do.

December 25th, 2008 | 11:54 PM

Yep, just another chore to add to your long list of blogging maintenance requirements.

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December 26th, 2008 | 12:24 AM

True Dennis, it is all about the testing. And there’s plenty more, to be sure.

December 22nd, 2008 | 7:25 PM
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Am I being the odd one for not even trying any of the three programs? I’m guessing the success of any monetizing programs hugely relies on your traffic. What kind of unique visits you are getting a day, Mitch?


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December 22nd, 2008 | 11:19 PM

Hi Yan. Actually, I’m averaging close to 25,000 unique visits a month, though Google’s Analytics numbers are much less than that. Still, if you saw my November Income report, you’ll have noticed that my income has gone up with the increase of visits, even if not all that drastically.

As for the testing, I wouldn’t say you were the odd one out. You do what you do on your blog, I do what I do on my blog, and we meet somewhere in the middle. 🙂

December 22nd, 2008 | 11:53 PM

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December 25th, 2008 | 11:10 PM

No, it never ends; that is, until I’m filthy rich! lol

December 25th, 2008 | 11:55 PM

I think I’ve proven that I’m different from all the rest by now; don’t know how many times one has to show they’re different than the rest.

I am going to give you a different take on this, though. If you’ve ever read T. Harv Eker’s book “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”, he talks about statements like the one you made, where it’s a negative statement about people who want to be rich, and every time a person makes a negative statement about someone else who wants to be rich it reinforces in them something they actually don’t want because who would want to be thought of in such a negative manner. So, it’s another perspective for you to consider; I’m just going to be filthy rich, and after that, won’t care what people think about me.

Not that I overly care now. 😉

December 26th, 2008 | 11:36 PM

Oh, I know, but you did kind of call me out, so I had to express myself just a little bit. Remember that post from awhile ago when I said I wouldn’t ever write a review for pay? I meant that, and I’ll stick by it. I’m really not greedy; I just know, pretty much, the dollar amount I have to reach to not only attain my dream, but to live as I want to live for the rest of my life. Not many people can quantify it, but I can. So, when I reach that number, it’s not that I’d stop, but I’d then really do it my way, period.

December 27th, 2008 | 3:34 AM

Man, you should know me by now; maybe you need to keep adding those smiley faces so I know. lol

December 27th, 2008 | 12:20 PM

That’s true; one has to always be ready for the smileys or the “lol”.

December 27th, 2008 | 12:41 PM