Top 10 Reasons Why Chitika Rocks
If you haven’t yet implemented Chitika ads on your site, you may be missing out on some extra revenue.
I’ve been using Chitika for some months now, and as you can see from the image on the left, it works great for me.
It may be difficult to decide whether Chitika rocks or not if you don’t have some inside info, so I’ll try to shed some light on this program to help you decide.
Here are 10 reasons why Chitika rocks:
1. It’s a Pay Per Click program, which means you get paid every time someone clicks on the ad.
If you are an Amazon or CJ affiliate, you won’t get anything for just a click.
I still keep some Amazon affiliate links on my websites, and here’s a typical result of being an Amazon affiliate:
89 clicks and 1 order (for which I will receive around $5).
89 clicks on Chitika ads on my website earns me around $40 to $60!
Because there is a chance of fraudulent clicks (please don’t do that), Chitika takes care of that by auditing your income.
In my experience Chitika audits about 15% of my total income.
2. Advertisers in Chitika’s program are top quality.
Here’s where your visitors can be taken if they click on an Adsense ad on your website:
Look familar? 😉
We’ve all seen these arbitrage sites which bid for a couple of cents on content networks only to send people to an Overture based website where there is nothing but ads.
This won’t happen with Chitika. Some of the companies that advertise on Chitika are Amazon.com, Shopping.com, Overstock.com and others.
Do you think they can afford a higher bid and pay per click than those arbitrage sites? I bet they can. 😉
3. Chitika ads have pictures. This makes them stand out from the content so your visitors will surely notice them.
We all know how difficult is to find pictures of various products without breaching copyright laws.
I’ve seen some websites just copy and paste images from Amazon.com with no affiliate links, and that surely can’t work in the long term.
And if you monetize with just Adsense, your site looks boring and immediately triggers the MFA (Made for Adsense) alarm in visitors and other webmasters who may want to do business with you.
Chitika ads can be customized with a border, background, title and text colors, and you can even choose from seven different types of fonts to optimally blend the ads into your page.
4. Chitika ads can be shown in 11 different formats, six of which offer a multi-product ad as shown in the picture below.
With so many possibilites you’ll surely find the right ad format for your website’s design. The variety of formats also helps to prevent ad blindness because your visitors may become too used to the same format.
By the way, multi-product ads work really well at the bottom of an article or a review. I often get more than a 5% CTR on ads at the bottom of the page.
Most people would be happy if they got a 5% CTR with above the fold ads.
5. Chitika ads can be used with Google’s Adsense program.
You’ll find an official confirmation of this in the Chitika knowledge base. I have also contacted Adsense Support just in case, and this was their answer:
Thanks for checking in with us about your current AdSense and Chitika ad implementation. I’ve reviewed your site and the ad placement appears to comply with our program policies.”
Not only that, but you can find some really good Adsense and Chitika combinations that are within the Terms of Service of both, and result in very good CTR (for both).
I’ve experimented with various formats and you can read about my findings in the Adsense and Chitika Combos article.
6. Chitika either pays to PayPal or sends you a check.
This is very convenient because you’ll probably have to pay some of your online business expenses through PayPal – directory submissions, content writing, SEO and so on.
Of course, you can also receive a check if that meets your business needs.
7. There is no smart-pricing in Chitika.
Here’s what happened to my Adsense daily earnings when I got smart-priced:
What is smart pricing? If you have multiple websites and one of them converts poorly, it lowers your earnings for the whole account.
This obviously happened in my case when I added my adsense code to a very young site which wasn’t getting a lot of traffic.
I later removed the code and un-smart-priced myself back to original earnings. 😉
No such nuisance exists with Chitika ads.
8. You cannot get banned from Chitika.
Google Adsense has a very strict policy about fraudulent clicks. They can ban your account for good even if you are not responsible for the fraudelent clicks.
That makes it an unreliable business model. No such thing happens in Chitika. They do audit the fraudelent clicks and leave you in the program.
But I am sure they will close your account if they detect that it’s you who is clicking on your ads. Don’t be stupid; appreciate the fact that you are earning per click.
9. Chitika is versatile.
Chitika now offers more than just eMiniMalls. You can use:
a) ShopCloud – a cloud of related tags which updates the results as visitors type in search terms
b) Owna – another way of displaying your product; it can be used on Myspace, too
c) ShopLinc – it’s your own shopping portal, similar to Amazon Astore
d) eMiniMalls of Facebook – integrate your ads within your Facebook pages
e) Related Products links – which are best used under your articles or blog posts
f) Chitika Linx – content link ads similar to Kontera
10. Chitika offers a referral program.
This means that if someone signs up under your affiliate link, you’ll receive 10% of the revenue from what that publisher earns in his first 15 months. This share comes from Chitika’s share of revenue, and not from the publisher’s!
(All the links to Chitika in this article are affiliate links.)
As you can see from my earnings in the first picture, Chitika has been a great advertising network for me.
I plan to create more product oriented websites which I can monetize with Google Adsense and Chitika, and enjoy the financial freedom that my online business offers me.
And if you don’t yet have a website, but want the best all-in-one package developed and run by Ken Evoy, the author of the Make Your Site Sell ebook, which sold more than 100.000 copies, then your best choice is Site Build It.
Combine SBI’s tools and resources to bring in traffic and monetize it with Chitika, and you’re in for one heck of a journey toward being financially free. 😉