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Posted by 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.

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Auction ads, I think I am a member of that company. I will have to check it out. As for the rotating banner, it’s a great idea as you get to show all these different ads without having to change the codes. I have these on a couple of my affiliates. Can you choose which ads are displayed, and is it only for you Yanks?

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November 10th, 2008 | 2:07 AM

Remember, Auction Ads is defunct, and there’s nothing telling you about a redirect, so if you are a member, go to the new site and put in your old password; mine worked. And you get to select the type of ads, or you can let it work, but it works for everyone, just not the premium offer.

November 10th, 2008 | 3:16 AM

Interesting, I logged in using my details from Auction Ads and I got the following message “Your payment is being suspended due to multiple accounts using same paypal email. Please contact us for evaluation for payment.”

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November 10th, 2008 | 4:40 AM

Yup, I’d say that was weird. I wonder what will happen with mine when I make enough money, since I’ve obviously got it on two different websites. Or maybe they’re seeing something else; I don’t get it.

November 10th, 2008 | 9:21 AM

I like the idea of rotating banners.

However Im very picky when it comes to placing adverts on my sites, they have to complement the look and feel of them otherwise I can’t bear to do it, lol! Its why I currently have no adverts whatsoever on my blog!

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November 10th, 2008 | 6:29 AM

You can change the colors of how everything looks, Dan. I like that for the side panels, as you can see, but I chose the color I did for the post so it would stand out, since I was talking about it. Actually, many of these sites allow customization of colors so that their ads will integrate better into the websites.

November 10th, 2008 | 9:23 AM
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Mitch ~ it’s an interesting concept and I’ll definitely take a look at it. I just calendared it to take a look when things settle down for me in December (I put your link in my Outlook so I won’t forget where I saw it LOL) … thanks for passing on the info. *SmiLes* Suzanne

November 10th, 2008 | 10:18 AM

Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne, and if you do try it out, I hope it works for you and you let us know about your success.

November 10th, 2008 | 10:32 AM

Actually, you do Dennis. If it’s tech related, then they’ve got it. Actually, what you can do is put in a keyword, and then it’ll show you examples of what will come up,and you can then determine if you want to fine tune it or leave it as is. For this article, I picked “computers” as the keyword, and thus far, every ad has been computer related; I didn’t drill down too finitely because I was testing it out.

November 10th, 2008 | 5:01 PM
Dennis Edell:

Cool beans, I’ll check it out. 🙂

November 10th, 2008 | 8:39 PM