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Date Added: 7/20/2009     Reviewer: windychris
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Website URL: http://www.widgetbucks.com
Company Name: Mpire Corporation
Alexa Traffic Rank: 298,681
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Widget Bucks Description

WidgetBucks is a service that offers you to insert dynamic ads in to your websites. These ads display products being sold across major online retailers such as Target, Shopping.com. Best Buy, Amazon.com, eBay, WalMart and more. These small widgets offer website visitors the ability to choose from a wide selection of products that they may be interested in.

Widget Bucks Detailed Overview

Adsense has been one of the most popular methods of monetizing sites but many new monetization methods have come up over the last few years. WidgetBucks is one of them. The service displays the product, its rating and the price while dynamically cycling through a list in real time. Visitors can also browse these widgets to find products they may be interested in. Publishers are paid on a pay per click basis rather than a per sale basis.

You are given a $25 sign up bonus when you first start with WidgetBucks. Getting your account set up is quick and setting up your widget is easy. You can name your widget, enter the site you’re going to use it on, choose your category of products and sub-category. You can choose to show products contextually, but I found that it had a hard time displaying relevant ads.

There are some neat customization features such as being able to choose how fast the products are rotated, designing a color to match your site, and choosing between different sizes. You can choose between a skyscraper, a medium box, a wide banner format and a bigger ad box that includes product descriptions and a larger scroll list.

When I tested the ad boxes on some of my sites, I found that it did better on specific sites than others. On a site dedicated to running, I found that Adsense did much better, but when I used it on a GPS related site, it outperformed Adsense. In my opinion and from others that have used the service, it works best in the consumer electronics area. Keep in mind that you can use WidgetBucks with Adsense. It just doesn’t make sense from a design standpoint to stuff so many blocks on a page.

One major benefit of WidgetBucks is their referral program. They give you 15% of the earnings of a member you refer for a full 12 months. This is absolutely huge especially since the widgets you display contain a link with your referral ID on the bottom. People surfing may be wondering what it is and end up being signed up under you.

To help out publishers, the service added a function called YieldSense. This function automatically finds which ads results in the most profits for you on a page and displays them more often. It’s measured by earnings per 1000 clicks. This allows you to forget about A/B split testing to see which products result in the most profits. I’m glad the company thought of this, as it’s a really helpful feature. You can of course manually change things around as well.

I really like WidgetBucks, but there are some problems they need to fix. The service has problems loading the ads sometimes. It took a few extra seconds for the ads to show even though I was surfing with broadband connection. The same problem occurs when you scroll through the widget. It doesn’t scroll quickly as expected and has a slight delay. That’s the only real complaint I have.

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Widget Bucks Reputation

WidgetBucks has received great reviews from many users. Some publishers have seen it outperform other popular contextual programs. The consensus is that it works the best in the consumer electronics field and for sites that are built to review products (as opposed to content sites). For that reason, you have to test to see if WidgetBucks is worth adding to your site.

The only thing that the company needs to do is to improve the loading time of their ads and give publishers more different ways to display products. It would be nice if there were some smaller widgets, as the widgets that are available now take up a lot of space. Overall, I recommend this service, as it has performed well for many and is worth trying out to see if it’s profitable for you.

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Adsense in overdrive

I never liked adsense that much, as I could not make very much money with it on my own. I was never a fan of pay per click sites and services so I was pretty skeptical at first, but after further review I must say this service is decent. It is very similar to adsense, but I have been actually making money with this. They have never failed to pay out, unlike many PPC sites. I have been able to place advertisements that suit my web material on my site, and people have been clicking them like mad. This service is the best.
 
 


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avatar   by siid on March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM CST

 
 
 
I've been using for years

This is a good PPC site cause they always pay you. I've been using this site for 2.5 years and I cashed out a total of $255.70, this is truly a good PPC site. The only bad thing about this is that ads are not available for a lot of countries - pretty much all Asian countries and mainly focuses on the USA. But it has excellent service in the USA. The customer support are very active too - none of my questions were unanswered and I've asked for help for at least 10+ times. They reply sometimes within hours, sometimes days, but they are quite quick to respond. Nowadays, it's only ok for referral earnings (15%) since they are a bit slower I heard. They also don't update their earnings in December as my account is still the same - other people have this problem but I am sure they will get this fixed.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by Freezeice04 on January 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM CST

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Monetize your site with widget bucks

I have joined this site since two years ago. There are many ways to monetize our site. By placing the advertisement on our web space we can earn money. Widget bucks is one of them. I have awesome experience with this site. I do earn money even though my site does not get a lot of clicks. I can earn $80 per month from widget bucks very unbelievable, too far from my Adsense earning.

Widget bucks is great site. Their ads look great and look better than most google ads. Almost my earnings in this site from impressions were I can get $5 per 1000 impressions. This site always pays on time. I do not have any problem with their payment. If you have site with thousand impressions, I absolutely recommend Widget Bucks to you. You can monetize your site with Widget Bucks and earn hundreds of bucks every month. I give an overall grade B for Widget Bucks, my the best source of income.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by dnxforum on January 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM CST

 
 
 
I Did Not Earn Much

Widget Bucks is great for websites or blogs about actually spending money, because the ads they show are all online shops trying to sell you stuff. I owned a money making site, so having ads which encourage people to buy stuff was not really a good idea, but if you have a website or blog which is targeted to shopping then this is for you, as the widget does look pretty cool.

You get a sign up bonus when you first sign up to Widget Bucks, which is $25 now but was only $20 when I joined. This helps a lot to reach the minimum payout if you do have targeted traffic.

The support is slow, I asked them questions over email plenty of times, and it took a while for them to respond, sometimes over 1 week. I would definitely recommend Widget Bucks to you if you own an online shop, or if you sell something, because your visitors are looking to spend money so the ads appeal to them more.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by Jukey123 on December 21, 2009 at 10:59 PM CST

 
 
 
Didn't work for me

This site didn't work for me. I installed the widget on one of my blogs correctly, hoping to make some money out of it, but I left it on for 5 months and nothing at all! It's not because I didn't receive any hits at all, at that time I used to get at least 400 unique hits everyday, but my eCPM and earnings were always $0. I don't know what was wrong because they used to display the number of hits my site got correctly, and most of the hits were from countries that were paid for. I also received a few clicks on my links, but still no earnings. For pretty much everyone else I know, this site has gotten great results, so now I'm starting to think I did something wrong, but still, I thought it was a waste and I took it off my blog. I personally haven't had a good experience with this site, but with so many positive reviews it must work well for nearly everyone.
 
 


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avatar   by chocsie on November 25, 2009 at 5:39 PM CST

 
 
 
Great for earning money with your web space!

I have used Widget Bucks on my web site, as well as my blog, for about a year and a half now. I find that their service is top notch when it comes to affiliations. You are allowed to host a wide variety of advertisements on your personal web space which can potentially be targeted to the type of people you bring to your site. If you are able to get a couple thousand hits on your page a month you could make a decent sprinkle of money with Widget Bucks.

By placing the advertisements on your web space you could potentially earn money from views, clicks, and sales as well. I recommend Widget Bucks to anyone who has their own personal web space and would like to earn a little money with it. Who knows, with a large enough amount of traffic you could actually make a decent amount of money. This is why I rate Widget Bucks a B+ for the excellent opportunity they provide.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by gringo1 on November 14, 2009 at 11:41 AM CST

 
 
 
So far it's done pretty good

I came across Widget Bucks on accident awhile back and decided to give it a try. I have several blogs that are running Adsense but I decided to give this one a try as well on another blog of mine. What I liked is that the widgets are real easy to customize and they are real easy to get set up. I also like the layout of the widgets on my blog. I have not noticed any problems with loading or blank spots like others users have. I have found that even though the widgets do generate clicks, my income from these are lower at this point than running Adsense. Not much lower, but a little. I would have to say that they run about the same. I have since left the widgets up on this blog because they are working and generating a little bit of income for me. I would have to say give it a go though, because they really do look good once they are done.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by kyleskorner on October 17, 2009 at 7:54 PM CST

 
 
 
No I think It's a Little bit Unprofessional

There seems to be no way to turn off pop ups. The main site is terrible, and I have read lots of claims that they cancel Accounts just before payment. I do not want popups on my site and if Widget Bucks will not let me turn them off, then I am not going to use the advertising. Another problem is Adsense registers clicks and impressions within a few minutes, with Widget bucks I have wait until the next day to see my reports. If they want to get more publishers to use this then they could hire a few programmers. My personal opinion is if a site is badly designed and makes claims that you can earn lots of money, it's a Scam. I will look a little into the referral program, but I am sticking with Adsense as the main income source for my page.
 
 


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avatar   by roezer on September 19, 2009 at 7:56 AM CST

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Widget bucks is pretty good

I added Widget Bucks to my webpage and blog. It was really easy and I had no complications doing this, and I would have to say that I really like it. I added it to my site to produce more earnings and it has really worked for me. Of course your site, webpage, or blog would have to be a little popular or produce a good amount of traffic in order to have people clicking on your widgets. You would also want to place your widget in a high volume area. This is suppose to increase the amount clicks that your widgets get. I would have to say my favorite thing about Widget Bucks is that they pay via Paypal, which is awesome because you can get your money quick and easy. If you don't have a Paypal account it would be good to sign up because Widget Bucks pays really fast through Paypal. The only small problem I have with this site is that it is new so there can be some problems or glitches at times but nothing major that the Widget Bucks customer support can't solve. But in conclusion Widget Bucks is a great opportunity to earn extra cash and I would recommend it to anyone!
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by danicutie1 on September 17, 2009 at 12:38 PM CST

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Working For Me

I came across this recently and as I was not having a great time with Google adsense, so I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed actually. I am not earning huge but definitely more than Google adsense. I recommend for people who are not earning much with adsense. They have nice widgets, which easily can be used with blogs.
 
 


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avatar   by waani on September 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM CST

 
 
 
Great site!

I first started using Widget Bucks a little over a year ago and I love it! The ads look great and look better than most Google ads in my opinion. You can choose what you want to display in the ad and make the ads relevant to the page you are adding it to. It is easy and fun to use. Last I checked you could even customize the colors as well. The ads run smoothly! I would recommend using Widget Bucks to anyone that doesn't want a boring ad for their website!
 
 


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My experience was bad

When I added Widget Bucks advertisements in my blog, my blog was already a popular one by that time. There were daily 50-60 visitors in my blog and generally I used to get around 2-3 clicks for Widget Bucks advertisements. That was quite surprising for me as with the same number of visitors, I was getting much more clicks for the AdSense advertisements (I used both Widget Bucks and Google AdSense advertisements in my blog at the same time). I had around 40$ balance in my Widget Bucks account when a problem started. The place where Widget Bucks advertisement was supposed to be displayed was empty. I sent a mail to the Support Section of the site and they replied me back within 2 days. They told me that they were encountering some problem and that will be solved within a week. I waited for two weeks but no reply came and the problem was not solved either. Then, I sent a mail again to the support section. Six months have passed away since that mail but the problem still persists. I am not using the site anymore.
 
 


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avatar   by quiturjob on August 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM CST

 
 
 
Widgetbucks works

I first tried Widgetbucks a few months ago and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Even though my site does not get a lot of clicks yet I do earn some money!

Widgetbucks gives more money when only taking page views into account. So even though people might not be clicking your ads, you do get money if you got over 100 page views a day.

Another great system developed by the Widgetbucks people is Yieldsense. This system will automatically analyze what your site is about and will show ads accordingly, vastly improving chances of people clicking on the shown ads.

In my opinion the minimum payout might be a bit high, it's $50. For people with a website that isn't extremely popular it might take a while to get to that amount of cash.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by Rapidash on August 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM CST

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Widget Bucks not all that I expected

I placed Widget Bucks on my webpage and blog. I ended up removing it from my personal webpage as it seemed to be somewhat of an issue as most of the time when reviewing my webpage there appeared to be a white space where the widget bucks was supposed to show.

On my blog account widget bucks appears to work for the most part although a few times the same white space does occur but not as often as on my personal webpage. I do have a few widget bucks ads placed on my blog but does not generate as much income as I was expecting so I have removed some of them but kept a few just incase.

The ads are laid out well and it may just be that my blog does not generate much traffic and that could possibly be why I have not earned as much as I was expecting. All and all it's okay of you are just looking to add a few dollars to your income but not if you are trying to make a living by placing their widgets. It is an easy setup and very good in-depth instructions on setting up there widgets on your websites.
 
 


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avatar   by lkg4btrlife on August 24, 2009 at 8:13 PM CST

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Not for international members

I found Widget Bucks when I am searching for Adsense alternatives about 2 years ago. But I have stopped using it after 2 months.

The design & how the widget operates are great but makes my site load very slowly. Also, it doesn't really work for a low traffic site & definitely not meant for international users because they offer a very low CPM for international members.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by victorywp on August 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM CST

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Not so great

I have several blogs on blogger, and I tried installing this a while back, and to my disappointment, it made my blog pages, as well as other things on there load at snail's pace. It's not hard to install, but it just makes things on a blog run slowly. I imagine that my readers have no patience waiting for a blog to load.

Keeping this in mind, I got rid of Widgetbucks.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by luvikavi on August 20, 2009 at 9:54 AM CST

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Ehhh not so great

I decided to add the widget to my blog for a little extra cash coming in. Adsense wasn't working so much with me and wanted something new. I left it there for a couple weeks and saw rarely any clicks. I didn't get much money with my Widget Bucks widget either, just like Adsense. My blog isn't getting a lot of traffic but has visitors everyday so perhaps that might be the thing but even with the visitors I have, still no clicks.

The entire system can be a bit complex for the fact that it can be difficult to install. It wasn't working properly on my blog and I couldn't get it to work. And yes, it was a slow little widget causing other things around it to slow down too, including the Widget Bucks site.

I had too much trouble with it and decided to cancel my account.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by mariiii on August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM CST

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I'm not a big fan of this one

I signed up for this program and tried using it on my blog once. Being that I own a blog and not a site, I'm constantly updating with new posts, info and images. My site takes a while to load on it's own. This widget slowed up the loading time of my site GREATLY! So much that I opted for removing it and canceling my WidgetBucks account. I wasn't making any sales from the widget anyway. Now I stick to AdSense as they offer the choice of both html & text ads.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by TriNi on August 19, 2009 at 1:33 PM CST

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Easy to Use

One thing I love about this site is that it is not as complicated as other sites similar to it.

It's good for any bloggers that want to make that extra income without really trying too hard.

Once you add the widget into your site it's simple, it does the rest of the work for you.

I recommend this site for easy earnings.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by MsFit on August 7, 2009 at 4:03 PM CST

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Not As Good As AdSense

I Was Using AdSense In My blog, but at the same time I was looking for other Cost Per Click offering sites as well. I Came To Know About This Site Through A Friend Of Mine And Decided To Give It A Look. The First Problem That I Faced In This Site Was That the site loads very slow. Anyway, that may be due to the slow internet connection of mine. I Used Their Advertisement In My blog. After A Month I Decided To Check How Much Clicks Have Been Made (I expected some as my blog has got some viewers), but I found only a few clicks have been made (That was astonishing for me as on that month I have seen much better number of clicks being made in my Google advertisements). Maybe viewers were not really interested in their advertisements. There are two major problems that I have faced in this site and those are:

1)They do not provide us any information regarding which advertisements are being clicked most so that we can put those more in our blog.

2)Sometimes, I have seen that there is a blank space in the place where their advertisement is supposed to be shown. May be this is some temporary problem, but I have seen this to happen a lot of times recently.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by bums1988 on August 6, 2009 at 6:35 PM CST

 
 
 
Never used ads... Until now!

I was never one to put ads on my website. The primary reason was I could not work out an easy way to put them on the website without breaking the design or forever having to change the page to suit the ad.

I came across Widget Bucks and decided to give it a go. So I made an account and created a new widget. The process was quick and painless. So I copied the code and entered into my site and just like that my first ad was up on my website and is making me money now! Everyday I check my income, and I am amazed to see my profits. Looking back I do not know why I did not try Widget Bucks to start with!
 
 


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