Trying Out ShoppingAds Beta

Last week, I received an email from Peter Gavin of Text-Link-Ads and AuctionAds. The email says that as a user of AuctionAds, I was being invited to try out ShoppingAds, their newest ad product that’s powered by major shopping comparison sites.

At first I was hesitant to try it because of my experience with AuctionAds. Basically, I was disappointed with the results and performance. However after reading further, I found out that they’re totally different from each other. AuctionAds is a CPA or cost per action product which means earnings are unpredictable while with ShoppingAds, earnings are predictable because its a cost per click product. ShoppingAds CPC’s currently averages at $.25 which is way higher compared to what I average on AuctionAds and with that I decided to give it a try. What I did was I replaced the 160×600 AuctionAds ads with the one from ShoppingAds. I’ll let it stay there for a month or two and see if it performs better than AuctionAds.

Right now, ShoppingAds is still in private beta so you’ll need an invite and an activation code to be able to login, generate a code and start using it on your blog.

Btw, I noticed that when I first logged in to ShoppingAds, their logo and website looked exactly like AuctionAds but a few days later they changed it to something new.

Before:
ShoppingAds

After:
ShoppingAds

I guess they wanted ShoppingAds to have its own identity so users won’t associate it with AuctionAds. One more thing, I observed that the ads sometimes displays products that don’t match to the keywords that I specified. I’m not sure if its a glitch in the system or it really displays some “choice” ads. Anyways, this thing is still in beta so somethings might not work as planned and could be fixed as time goes by.

Anyone else received a private invite from ShoppingAds? Would you be interested to try this new cost per click product? Why or why not? Share your thoughts!

JP Habaradas

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10 Comments

  1. @David – Thanks for sharing about EmptySpaceAds! Unfortunately, I’ve already ditched ShoppingAds because it doesn’t work for my blog. But I’ll still give it a look and see if it would be better than ShoppingAds and if it would work here.

    Thanks for dropping by! :)

  2. If you’re already a ShoppingAds user, or considering becoming one, you should check out emptyspaceads – turn your website’s empty space into cash (a product I left my full-time job at Microsoft to build), which allows you to put ShoppingAds units in your website’s empty space. After all, when was the last time you made any money from your site’s empty space? Better yet, you don’t have to give up any existing ad units to run emptyspaceads. Keep what works!

    We hope to add more ad networks soon! You can also create your own TextAds, ImageAds, and even HTMLAds. I invite you to try it out and send your honestly brutal feedback. Thanks!

    -David Parkinson, emptyspaceads founder

  3. @mr nice ash – You can try to reposition it or change the keywords and see if that helps. I’m also giving it a month or so and if it doesn’t do well, I’m ditching it. Btw, who said earning from blogging was easy? Hehe :D

  4. i’ve been running this as well for a week now. the impressions i got is fairly high but tell you what, i got 0 clicks so far. meaning 0 $. whew… earning from blogging isn’t that easy. i’ll give a few more weeks to it and see if it’ll change.

  5. @jhay – Expect one soon. I was even surprised to get an invite coz my TLA and AuctionAds profitability isn’t that good compared to my Adsense. Anyways, I haven’t tried InLinks and I can’t use it coz I’m doing PPP. :)

  6. Haven’t recieved an invite from TLA yet, but I’m happy with their InLinks service. It’s been a steady source of income for me since last year.

  7. @derek – Good for you! Well, they’re trying to keep up with competition if not, they’ll get left behind. Also, they have to come up with other alternatives especially after Google began its campaign against “paid links”. :D

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