Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Nov 10, 2008
Another advertising program that’s out there, one that I’d actually forgotten I’ve been a participant of for awhile, is Shopping Ads. In essence, it’s a cross between Google Adsense and Widget Bucks, in that its format resembles Adsense, but it shows products, based on whatever criteria you set, on your site, and it’s not a pay-per-click site, at least initially. They used to be called Auction Ads, but were bought out by the company that’s represented here.
I don’t have it anywhere on this blog yet, but you’ll notice the odd looking banner ad at the end of this post. The benefit of such an ad is that every time someone visits this particular post, the ads at the bottom will change; that’s not such a bad thing in my opinion, and it would work wonders if one happened to write a particularly highly trafficked post.
As an example of what it usually looks like, I’d like to direct you to one of my other sites, Review Of Everything, and a review I wrote on the Harry Potter series. They’re the set of ads on the left above the Adsense ads.
Something else this company ads is an affiliate program, but it works differently than other programs. On this one, if you sign up to market the products through their service, you’re automatically an affiliate, but you don’t get a separate number. Instead, if someone clicks on the link at the bottom of the ads, the one that says “Ads by ShoppingAds“, and then ends up signing up with the company to market their services, you’ll earn 5% commission on any of their sales for the first six months. That’s not so bad in my book, although it would be nicer if it were for a longer period of time.
There’s also two levels for American publishers. Everyone starts at what’s known as the Standard Level, but if the Shopping Ads people notice you have high or quality traffic (which means if people are buying some of the products), they’ll invite you into their Premium Level, which means you’ll earn money through pay-per-click and have the opportunity to make even more money; that’s not bad, and one reason I’ll need to think more about adding it onto the blog somewhere.
Anyway, Shopping Ads isn’t a bad program if you’re already running Adsense; just another way to look at different types of ads. If you do decide to join up, go ahead and click on the link at the bottom of the ad you’re seeing now, and let me make some money off your success. 🙂
***ADDENDUM*** On February 3, 2009, ShoppingAds dropped me as an affiliate because I didn’t make enough sales for them. No notice; if I hadn’t wondered why I had a big blank open area on my blog, I’d have never known. So, obviously, though I’m keeping this post here, I don’t recommend ever, and I mean ever, signing up with these folks.