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  • Wow, you did your homework on this one. Thanks for the warning about PerformancingAds and Nuacco.

    I read your bit on Entrecard with interest. I have found the single thing that works for me on EC is to return the drops made on my site. At present I am receiving between 240 and 300 drops a day. It takes a long time to return these drops but does this now make me a ‘mass dropper’. I did not know about the penalty for declining ads, will have to investigate this.

  • >Wow, you did your homework on this one

    It took some time. :) I mostly write my posts for current day but this was written by parts across few weeks.

    >Thanks for the warning about PerformancingAds and Nuacco.

    Well, performancing might work if you want to sell ads. I was looking for traffic and in that it totally failed.

    Nuacco works but is very misleading in some places. I prefer services that don’t try to deceive customer.

    >At present I am receiving between 240 and 300 drops a day. It takes a long time to return these drops but does this now make me a ‘mass dropper’.

    Light case of mass dropper probably. :) You are returning a drop, while some are looking for other things – like sites that load very fast so they can open-drop-close almost instantly.

    >I did not know about the penalty for declining ads, will have to investigate this.

    Hm, I worded that bit unclear. There is no penalty for declining applications for ads you get.

    But if you disable taking ads completely in settings – you get message that says your ranking is reduced. I think removing widget is going to get similar penalty but hadn’t checked.

  • Wow, this is very complete Rarst. Thanks for testing all of these and putting this test into a nice chart.

  • @Ben

    No problem. :) I doubt it is absolutely comprehensive (support and help information is mostly far from good as I mentioned in post) but still it compiled to nice overview of things to expect from such services.

  • Thanks for the explanation on the declining of ads. I suppose disabling ads completely would be the nice thing to do for a while before you quit EC. I definitely do not attend to keep working so hard for ever.

  • @Lyndi

    I was exploring possibility of removing widget to make visitors from Entrecard curious and look around site for it… But it seems system doesn’t really favor people who want to work with Entrecard without showing widget or receiving ads.

    Entrecard is wired to promote Entrecard, that’s part that made it popular.

  • Hi Rarst. Feel free to delete this post if the content is not appropriate.

    I read your post and hope to clarify a few things about 125Exchange.com. We tried to look up your account to see why you did not receive a confirmation email, but we can’t find your account. Please email your user name and we will look into this. The system sends an automatic confirmation email when an ad is approved and activated in the Exchange.

    The reason 125Exchange exchanges clicks as opposed impressions to two fold. First, clicks are what matters and impressions don’t really benefit the member bloggers. It is the clicks that create traffic to the blogs, not impressions. The more people click the member ads on your blog the more clicks the system will send to you. This is an incentive to place the ad code in a good location on your blog so it will attract more clicks, then you will receive more clicks.

    Second, some blogs use auto-refreshers and other programs to create vast amounts of false impressions. We have some blogs that generate 20,000 impressions per day and when we research their Alexa and Compete.com traffic statistics they have maybe 20 visitors per day. So if we exchanged impressions they would unjustifiably receive a ton of impressions. This would use up some impressions that could be attributed to other members that use the exchange fairly.

    One major feature of 125Exchange is the ability for members to improve the performance of their ads. Some ads get a lot more clicks than others and you never know until you experiment. If you expect good results in any form of advertising or promotion some experimentation is required. You can upload three different ads and monitor the results after a few thousand impressions to find which ad people clicked the most. We suggest to keep removing underperforming ads and uploading different ads until your clicks to impressions ratio maximizes. Then, if you place the best ads in other exchanges or paid advertising you will know that your advertising is performing at its best.

    125Exchange has 4,000 members and adds approx. 10 new members per day. The Exchange generates about 1 Million impressions per day. It is a free service and we do not monetize the Exchange. We respond to all email within 24 hours.

    Thanks,
    -Granny

  • >Feel free to delete this post if the content is not appropriate.

    Why should I? :) Thanks for visiting and giving feedback on my mini-review.

    >Please email your user name and we will look into this.

    I registered as Rarst. I am bit exhausted from playing with all these services in post, so I make no promises on trying 125exchange (for now).

    On clicks/impressions issue – why not have both? :) Cheaters are an argument but they can fake clicks as well as impressions.

    >One major feature of 125Exchange is the ability for members to improve the performance of their ads.

    Good but not unique. All of exchanges give stats and some allow to setup multiply banners.

    >125Exchange has 4,000 members

    Thanks for number, I’ll add it to the table.

  • This is a great post. 125×125 ads are common on blogs but I’ve found that the exchange programs don’t really work well. I used Entrecard for a bit but recently removed the widget because there were too many people gaming the system.

  • @Gyutae Park

    Yep, 125×125 ads are so common so bloggers are naturally interested in them and start looking at all this widget/exchange stuff. Unfortunately amount of value in that is pretty low.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. :)

  • Wow, this is the most comprehensive write-up on the subject of ad block maximization. Impressive research..

    I’m still trying to figure out how to include both performancingad & viralblogads into the OIO publisher.

    Yan

  • @Yan

    Not comprehensive enough because I wasn’t able to try few things on the list. Still negative experience is also experience.

    I like the concept of OIO publisher but I have to build up lot more traffic to sell advertisement and as you know I have bunch of trouble with PayPal. :(

    For now I am back to square one. Need to write that guest post I wanted to send you… Traffic from friendly blogs is only thing giving me at least some visitors at moment. :)

  • I tried using Performancing Ads but never received not one offer even though the prices I sometimes offered were really low. I kept looking at other top sites in my niche, and hardly any had any offers.

    I simply took Performancing Ads down and am waiting to put it up later on to see if I see a difference or not.

    I put Google Adsense in its spot and am making money off of that. =)

  • I had Google Adsense form the start but it’s honestly only to add serious touch to blog. :) Don’t have traffic wortwhile monetizing so far.

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