Most people who have a presence on the internet look to monetize their website and/or blogs. The easiest and most common way to monetize a blog is by installing code from Google AdSense. There are other ways that are just as painless to monetize your internet presence. Although Google AdSense is the easiest, most popular and probably the most lucrative way to earn internet income, it is also the most volatile
Google is volatile in the fact that many webmasters and bloggers have had their accounts suspended for reasons unbeknownst to them. Granted, some have flagrantly violated the Google Terms of Services, while others, are truly blindsided when they find their account has been suspended. This is not said to scare people away from Google AdSense, it’s more of a warning not to build an entire internet source of income based on Google AdSense alone (diversify).
Over the next few days I’ll share my experience with the various ways I monetize my sites. Today I’ll discuss Chitika.
Chitika is probably the closest thing to Google AdSense. The one big difference, however, is that the ads only display to US visitors. Webmasters have the option of displaying an alternate web page for non-US visitors. Payment, however, is not limited to US webmasters and bloggers. If you live outside of the US, you can still sign up for Chitika.
The first question most webmasters and bloggers ask is whether or not Chitika ads are compatible with Google AdSense. The answer is yes. You may place both Google and Chitika ads on the same page. The one caveat, however, is that you have to install Chitika’s eMiniMalls ads in non-contextual mode. Chitika explains the entire process in detail.
Chitika on the other hand does not have such restrictions. They allow any type of ad to display on pages that contain their code. They offer a variety of configurable ad options.
I’m new to Chitika and can only offer limited first-hand experience. It appears that they update the stats daily. Once the month is over, the clicks are reviewed and audited for fraudulent clicks. Generally there seems to be a 10% differential between audited and un-audited revenues. Chitika issues payment (via PayPal or check) once your account reaches $50.
In addition to earning money through the ad clicks, Chitika offers a referral program where the referrer earns 10% of what the referral earns for a period of 15 months after the referral’s approval. Not too shabby!
If you wish to sell some of your website’s vacant real estate, Chitika allows webmasters to sell ad space to advertisers. Not something that I’m interested in at the moment, but maybe later on down the line.
Sign up is free and painless. It’s worth taking a look at, even if it’s just a curiosity visit.
Next I’ll chat about earning money using Kontera.