Monday, February 16, 2009

WidgetBucks: Is It Worth Trying Out?

Trying to monetise my blog is a very tough, time-consuming effort. But looking on the bright side … hey! you’ll never ceased to be amazed at the various money-making opportunities out there. Everybody’s into making money online nowadays. Well, can’t deny that the internet is the greatest invention of all time, right? However, just a word of caution, don’t take every new discovery and the reviews at face value. As there are endless opportunities, there are also equally as many scams out there. I will always remember the advices from Cascia of http://thehealthymoms.blogspot.com/ and Betty of http://thejoereview.com/. Take heed and do your homework first. Don’t be shy to seek advice and feedbacks from your own trusted sources.

Anyway, back to what I was about to pen down … I stumbled yet again on another avenue to monetise your blog. I believe many of my readers and followers who are Blog Catalog members would definitely have notice this widget on their dashboard:

Earn $$ with WidgetBucks!

Checking out the site, WidgetBucks is a shopping widget that you can place on your website or blog. You earn money every time someone clicks on it. WidgetBucks was officially launched in end-2007 and heralds itself as the ultimate Google AdSense alternative, causing a stir around the webmaster community with its aggressive, anti-AdSense advertising campaign, and promise of high click payoffs. Yet, Widgetbucks and AdSense can co-exist on the same page, so long as they are distinguishable from each other when placed on the same page.

There are 3 ways to make money from WidgetBucks which is;

1. CPC or Cost-Per-Click or otherwise known as Pay-Per-Click ads. Each time a user from their listed countries clicks on a WidgetBucks ad widget on your site, you get paid. The widgets tap into merchandise from over 30,000 retailers, including Amazon, Shopping.com, Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and the Gap. WidgetBucks shares the cost-per-click revenue with bloggers, promising the equivalent of $3 to $6 CPMs.

2. CPM or Cost-Per-Thousand Impressions. When a user views a CPM ad from one of WidgetBucks’ ad partners either as an initial view prior to the widget loading, or from outside the listed countries, you earn revenue. You can check out the listed countries from their site.

3. Then you have ‘Referrals’. Whenever you refer a new WidgetBucks user, you will receive a 15 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people you refer. You'll receive this 15 percent for the full 12 months after the new member joins. So, if you refer someone, and they make $100 in commissions, you get $15; if they make $1,000, you earn $150. This continues for a whole year on all the commissions they earn.

How much you earn for CPC and CPM ads depends largely on your site's traffic and content. For international CPM ads, the CPM rate varies by region from around the world. Payments are made in US Dollars and 45 days after the end of each month, if the account has a balance of at least $50. Payments can be made through PayPal or by cheques.

Just quite recently, WidgetBucks launched their new ad optimization technology called Yield Sense. The icon is called Yieldy.

It’s suppose to help you maximize your earnings whereby it auto-analyse the highest WidgetBucks ad content for an affiliate’s site so that they do not have to worry about testing. It’s purpose to increase the eCPMs to your website or blog.

Based on some positive reviews I read online, I have mustered some confidence in WidgetBucks and signed up. You’d probably seen the widget here on my blog already. I don’t know if you find my post to be helpful but most importantly, I would suggest that you check out their site and research about WidgetBucks for yourself before signing up!

Happy Monetizing!


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i've read some reviews about this program and the feedback has been encouraging so far. i'll probably give it a try.

Thanks for dropping by. If you do consider joining WidgetBucks, I'll appreciate if you'll sign-up from my blog.

I signed up directly becoz I did not know anyone whose already a member. So no one benefited from the referral. It's such a waste.

This sounds good. I might consider placing this on my blog...