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Shopping Ads Review
Date Added: 7/20/2009     Reviewer: windychris
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Website URL: http://www.shoppingads.com
Company Name: MediaWhiz
Alexa Traffic Rank: 1,423,681
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Shopping Ads Description

Shopping Ads is a service run by the company MediaWhiz, known for running the popular Text Link Ads service. Shopping Ads is a service that displays small product ads on your website. Webmasters are paid when visitors from their site either click on these ads (CPC) or are responsible for referring a sale (CPA).

Shopping Ads Detailed Overview

People with blogs and content sites are constantly on the look for new ways to monetize their web pages. You can either use contextual programs or affiliate promotions depending on whether you want to earn per click or per action. MediaWhiz offers a service called Shopping Ads that offers something a little different.

Shopping Ads taps into the eBay network and allows you to display little ad descriptions. The ad will show the current bid and is also labeled on the bottom with “Ads by ShoppingAds”. Every time a visitor on your site clicks on these descriptions and buys a product, they will be paid a commission of the purchase. You are also paid if somebody signs up by clicking on the “Ads by ShoppingAds” link, as it is embedded with your affiliate URL. This gives you two different ways to make money.

I like the idea that there are multiple ways to earn with the ad blocks, and there is a 30-day cookie (if the visitor buys through that auction within 30 days, you still earn commissions). But I found out that premium publishers are paid per click every time a visitor clicks on their ad and the commission every time a visitor buys. To be a premium publisher, you will have to get a lot more traffic, so I found this a bit unfair. I wish Shopping Ads would be more flexible and offer this to smaller publishers as well.

When you first open your account, you’re given a $25 sign up bonus, and you are paid out when you hit $60 in earnings. This is great news for people who want to give it a decent test run before they decide to fully use this service and want to get paid for their efforts if they stop running Shopping Ads on their site. To help display relevant product listings, you will have to put in tags that fit the description of your site, as the ad display doesn’t work contextually.

There are a couple of issues with this method. Sometimes, you will have to play around with the tags, as it will not always display the best products for your audience. I think this is where many people who use Shopping Ads get stuck. They don’t take the extra time to test different descriptions and complain about the lack of earnings. You are also allowed to change the size of your ads, font color, background and a few other visuals which you should test as well.

You will be able to use Shopping Ads for multiple sites and track by campaigns. You’ll get ad the number of ad impressions and clicks per each campaign. The best way to track will probably be by separating your sites and trying out different ad formats. I found this is the fastest way to get the best ad display for the site. You should eliminate Shopping Ads on the sites which have poor results and continue to run it on sites that do well with it.

One of the biggest benefits of using Shopping Ads is that you are allowed to use it along with Google Adsense. Because it is not a contextual program where it displays text ads based on the content of the page, it doesn’t violate Google Adsense terms and conditions. That means you don’t have to make sacrifices and choose one program over the other.

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Shopping Ads Reputation

There has been mixed reviews with Shopping Ads. Users have complained that there are discrepancies in their earnings, and clicks they have accumulated were discounted. While the click problem has been fixed, the company did not offer any kind of reimbursement.

Aside from that issue, some have reported that Shopping Ads have been very profitable for their sites while other marketers have said that it didn’t provide the results that it hoped it would. Shopping Ads is a solid service and is an alternative way to monetize your sites, but it will not provide great results for all marketers. The only way to find out if it works for you is to try it out for yourself.

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Not Very Much Success For Me

I didn't have as much success with Shopping Ads as I had hoped. I thought their idea and earnings concept was pretty neat so I signed up (definitely liked the $25 bonus) and then spent a lot of time customizing the ads I wanted displayed on my site. I picked the ad designs and provided the keywords that were most relevant to visitors to my site to ensure that I did all I could to maximize my earnings. They had lots of different options and I spent a lot of time getting everything the way I wanted and then making it look nice on my site. I had hoped that I would really boost my earnings, but after three months I wasn't making anywhere near as much as I had hoped or what I had heard others were making.

I had hoped I would have qualified to be a premium member and thought that way I could make more money, but I didn't meet their standards and was disappointed by that because my site had good traffic stats and I thought I should have qualified. Anyways, when I finally reached the payout standard, and that took me a few months longer that expected, I got paid and then ended my membership with them. I thought there were other options available that would be more lucrative. I will give them credit as I did get paid fast, so that was nice.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by runnerchick081 on October 4, 2009 at 10:33 PM CST

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Good Potential

I have had some good luck so far with Shopping Ads. I have not been paid out yet, but I do like the fact that I was given a $25 sign up bonus. Cash out for Shopping Ads is only at $50 so I was already half the way there when I signed up! Plus they pay via paypal so my money is always safe.

I am able to run as many ads on my page as I want, which is nice. That gives me a higher potential for earning. I am paid on a cost per click basis.

I do suggest this site to anyone who has a website that would like to make a little extra money. It is easy to sign up for an account and the earning potential is there. Just let Shopping Ads know the keywords of ads you want, and they will produce for you!
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by demon2469 on August 29, 2009 at 5:41 PM CST

 
 
 
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