For a period of a year or so I’ve been using Kontera Inline Text ads on some of my other sites. My income from Kontera fluctuates depending on traffic. When traffic is good, so are the Kontera earnings, and when traffic is bad, so is the income. The amount I earn has little to do with what Kontera is doing, but how my site is doing.
After visiting the Dooce website, I decided to try AdBrite. I’m still in the experimental stages so this is not a complete evaluation. I decided to post as I learn before I forget what I’ve learned.
AdBrite offers four ways to earn money. They have three types of ads, inline text, banners and full page ads. They also have a referral program.
- Banner Ads: The banner ads are similar to Google ads although there are fewer size and appearance options. You can select text, video or a combination of both. As far as ad sizes go, currently there are only 5 size choices.
- Inline Text Ads: The inline text ads are just that. They appear as double underlined text that display a pop up when the mouse passes over it. I find them annoying but they work rather well on a few of my other sites.
- Full Page Ads: This one I haven’t quite figured out as yet, and when I do, I’ll let you know. At first glance, it seems rather spammy to me so I decided not to use it until I get a better understanding.
- Referrals: They offer 50% of AdBrite’s earnings of the referral’s first 3 months of income and 10% for the following 9 months.
Kontera Inline Text vs. AdBrite Inline Text
After comparing the earning potential between Kontera and AdBrite, I found the inline text income was basically the same. The rates were comparable and both pop ups were equally as annoying. I do like the way Kontera’s pop up looks better than AdBrite, but that won’t be the determining factor for choosing one over the other.
Why I’m switching from Kontera to AdBrite’s Inline Text
The reason I’m switching to AdBrite for the inline text is because their administration appears to be more reliable and stable. I attempted to sign into my Kontera account this morning and received a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable error. On several other occasions when I am able to log into my account I often see a message advising me that the “Data is currently unavailable….We appreciate your patience and apologize….”
Receiving that message once or twice is understandable because stuff happens, but I receive that error message rather frequently.
In addition to system unreliability, Kontera’s referral program is a bit cumbersome. You can only refer new people via email and in order to add Kontera code to a new blog, Kontera must manually review the blog first. It usually takes about 24 hours before you can install the code.
AdBrite uses real-time stats (well sort of, there may be a 4 hour delay). Kontera updates stats 24 to 48 hours behind. Sometimes there are several days before I can see how much I earned on a particular day.
I’ve only been using AdBrite for less than a week so I can’t give them the full thumbs up as yet. Time will tell. The proof comes at payment time. Kontera pays 30 days after your account reaches $100. AdBrite allows you to set your payment threshold but the downside is that they only pay by check 60 days after your account reaches the threshold.
If anyone has additional insight into AdBrite I’d be very interested to hear about your experience. Maybe you can help me with my learning curve.