UPDATE: New WidgetBucks publishers are no longer being accepted at this time.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: WidgetBucks may be a scam. They erased their publishers’ accounts without paying the publishers’ earned money. (so I’ve removed all links to their site). Sign up at your risk.
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WidgetBucks is a new advertising option for bloggers and site owners. WidgetBucks offers attractive ad widgets that bloggers and web masters can add to their blogs and sites. It was launched last October 2007 by the Seattle-based Mpire. Just two months after its launch, these widgets have already gained popularity among web publishers especially among “pro” bloggers. Like Chitika eMiniMalls, a WidgetBucks widget is an interactive ad unit that flashes through different purchasing options for readers for different products. Thus helping readers to find the best deals online.
Just like the Google Adsense ads, you can choose a size (skyscraper, rectangle, full banner, leaderboard, horizontal banner, vertical banner for blog sidebar) and color for your widget. WidgetBucks lets you choose products to display from 16 different categories. Each category has sub categories so you can customize what kinds of consumer items you want to appear in the widget (movies, cameras, computers, musical instruments), then you grab some code and put it on your page. But if you prefer the ads to be more contextually relevant, you can choose the MerchSense option. MerchSense is a contextual algorithm engine that detects and analyzes the content of your website or blog to determine what product offers are most relevant to your readers or audience. These relevant products would then be automatically included in your widget.
Three Ways To Make Money
There are three ways to make money from WidgetBucks: PPC, CPM, and Referrals. The PPC (or Pay-Per-Click) basis lets you earn revenue each time a user clicks on a WidgetBucks ad widget on your site. On the CPM (Cost-Per-Thousand Impressions) basis, you earn revenue when users view your pages that contains a CPM ad from one of WidgetBucks’ ad partners. You can also get paid every time you refer a new WidgetBucks user with their referral program. They will give you a 10% referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people you refer. That’s $10 for you when the people you refer reaches a commission of $100.
$25 Sign-Up Bonus
When I signed up for WidgetBucks, they gave me a $25 initial balance posted in ‘My Bucks’ (where earnings and commissions are posted, a report page) . Now all I have to do is get my balance reached $50, as the minimum payout is $50. Payment method is by check or Paypal.
I just started using WidgetBucks on my other sites. The ad widget looks attractive and very clickable. Some bloggers who have already tested it say that it even outperforms their best money making ads, including Adsense ads. By the way, according to their FAQ, WidgetBucks ad widgets are compatible with all other ad systems. So there shouldn’t be any problem running it with Google Adsense. If you want to confirm it with Google, you can ask their Adsense support via email. But you may have to wait for a month before they can reply your inquiry.
What do you think of WidgetBucks?
Have you already tried WidgetBucks? Running some tests? If so, I would appreciate it much if you share what’s your observations or impressions, both positive and negative, on this new shopping ad widget. If you haven’t tried it yet, go to WidgetBucks and sign up for free. Upon approval of your application, a $25 bonus will be instantly credited to your account. By the way, their website looks really great. It has a really nice interface, and easy to navigate through.