Archives for November 2007

Bloggingexperiment’s Friday Phrase Auction: Results

About a month ago I won one of BloggingExperiment.com’s Friday Phrase Auction.  The phrase, or word in this case, was “income.”  The idea is, I give him money and every instance of that word or phrase gets linked to whatever I link it to.

I paid $15 for the phrase income for one month.  It’ll be expiring as soon as the auction for next months winner finishes tomorrow.  So, the question with any sort of link purchasing is, in the end, was it worth it.  In my case, I’d have to say that I’m neutral about it.  Over the course of the month, I got about 104 (plus whatever comes from the next day or so) from the link on his blog.  Not horrible, but was it worth $15?  That works out to about $0.144 per click.  If I had redirected the link to something other than a static page here with no sales pitch, that might have been a steal.  But I did link it to a static page here and it doesn’t have a sales pitch.  The only point was to expose the site to another audience.  And for that, it was successful.  At least to the tune of about 100 eyes.

I think it would be interesting to see if anyone has used their phrase to go to an actual sales page and whether they made any money off of that phrase or not.

Spamtastic!

A little over a week ago I wrote that I had passed over the 100k mark on spam caught by Akismet. Shortly thereafter, Sarah of Stuff by Sarah pinged that post with a post of her own about some of the tactics that she uses to fight spam.

I made 3 major changes to the way this site worked.

  1. Change the Comment script filename
  2. Change one of the required form field’s ID/name
  3. Remove the ability for trackbacks

All 3 made a difference however now I only have the first method in place.

Following her lead, I implemented the first method. It’s rather simple really, although I do think that it’ll be broken for a while the first few times I update wordpress. I’m sure I’ll forget it for a day or two.

It’s been very nearly 8 days since I made the change and I’ve had just under 800 spams caught by Akismet. That’s an average of just under 100 per day. Holy Cow! That’s awesome. Some of you may not think so, but the truth of it is that I was getting somewhere around 300-400 spams a day. Wouldn’t you like to eliminate 75% of your spam?

In any case, the instructions are fairly simple. I’ll let Sarah tell you as it was her idea in the first place. Head over to her post, Zero Comment Spam, where she explains it all in detail.

Scratchback Beta now paying 90%

After about a week of being in Beta, it seems Jim Kukral and the Scratchback crew are listening to the users.  They just announced that the payout would be 90% after paypal fees.  That’s pretty generous.  They also mention something about moving back to about the same as blogads which is at 30%.  Still not bad.  Much better than the 50% cut after paypal fees that they started out with.

As you can see by the sidebar, I’ve only sold two spots on the top spots widget, so there are 8 more open!  It’s a FIFO list, so as each new one comes in the rest move down one spot.  With only two and the price at $1 you could potentially get your ad there for months.  That’s about 4000 eyes a month.  You can’t beat that much of anywhere else.

Online Income Report for October 2007

Wow.   October was a good month.  At the beginning of the month, while looking back at the income for September, I said that I would like to see a 15%-20% increase in October.  I easily doubled that.  Here’s how everything ended up.

  • TLA: $104.05
  • Adsense: $34.78
  • PPP: $11.00
  • Linkworth: $49.00
  • Amazon: $6.53
  • CJ: $5.38
  • Auction Ads: $1.93
  • Private Sales: $100.00
  • Kontera: $17.32
  • Shareasale: $1.82
  • Clickbank: $26.96
  • ClixGalore: $7.50

Grand Total: $366.27

For those of us who are mathematically challenged, that’s a increase of $106.51 or 41% above Septembers earnings.   The obvious increase is in the category of Private Sales.  I think that’s a category that I’ll be exploring a little bit more here in the future.  It’s beginning to get tiring to have some of these companies taking 30%,50%, or more of the income for advertising on this site.  Some of them do add the ease and convienence of having an automated system and a marketplace, but is is worth the price?  I’m beginning to wonder.

Another obvious change is in the earnings from Kontera.  When I first signed up on July 10, my representative told me that it would take 30 days to get the system completely integrated and for it to “learn” what ads convert on my site.  So far, I’d say it’s taken about 90 days.  An increase of over 300% tells me that the system a has done a fair bit of “learning” in the last month.

Finally, some other thoughts.  PPP may be going away completely very soon.  The number of opportunities that pay anything are drying up (at least in the class of blog of the one I use for PPP) and I really just don’t have the time to troll the opportunities page to find the well paying ones.  If you don’t find them immediately, they are usually gone within minutes.

To close, I have a question of you, constant reader.  As I mentioned, I am thinking about taking a lot of my advertising here private.  I’ve had less than successful attempts at doing that in the past.  What would you like to see in advertisement options?  What would make you want to advertise here?  What prices would convince you to purchase a link here?  Feel free to comment as anon if you feel you can’t be honest using your real name. (or that I might be offended and not like you anymore 😉 )