One of the highest quality and at the same time the cheapest of paid traffic that I’ve ever had in my whole online marketing career was from Yahoo! content network. If you are not familiar with it, it is Yahoo!’s version of Google’s Adsense program. It was only open for US residents, that’s way it wasn’t as popular as Adsense.
On an unexpected move from Yahoo! they announced discontinuing their publisher program by April 30th, and is advising their current clients to replace their ads with Chitika.
Yahoo! recommending Chitika is really a surprise, considering the partnership Yahoo! has with MSN, which also has a similar program. Besides, many people have been complaining about what basically can be due to the bad management of Chitika that made it look like a scam when it started back in 2005.
Chitika is a monetizing option for webmasters who have sites about products reviews, but only if they can not monetize their website traffic with affiliate links. I myslef would never publish a third party advertising on a website where I review products because it makes more sense and more money to monetize such reviews with affiliate links.
Anyway, Yahoo! is killing it’s publisher network that has been, and still is, a beta version. What concerns us now is the alternative for this wonderful traffic source and a monetization method for webmasters who can’t have a Google Adsense.
Try MIVA’s targeted, cost effective Pay-Per-Click advertising solutions. it is one of the best alternatives for advertisers in some niches. It also offers a pay-per-call, which is the perfect solution for call centers and MLMers who are still doing it on a one-on-one basis (which is good for their credibility and conversion compared to totally automated sytems).
For publishers from the US (and the UK) it is one of the best alternatives to Yahoo! Publishers Network because it is not only good for product review sites (like Chitika), but also in a variety of niches and site types.
Adbrite: Ok, I used this one in the past as an advertiser and wasn’t quite happy with my results. I eventually figured out a way to make it work for me, but that was after I found my way through Yahoo! content network which was superior to it and I didn’t have to use it anymore.
As an advertiser, you can pick which site to show your ads, which is a feature I’ve only found on Google’s network. This is by the way the only way to make your PPC ads on Adbrite profitable (by avoiding huge volume sites like ebay and dictionary like sites).
As a publisher, I must say it’s a really good alternative. It actually has some superiority to other similar publisher programs. For example, you can stay in control of what is published on your website. You can approve or disapprove ads based on any chriteria you want. For example you can disapprove low revenue ads, inappropriate ads, competitive ads … etc.
What I don’t recommend is Bidvertiser. The company has a black history for both advertisers and publishers. As advertisers if you are not tracking your ads (which is a killing mistake) you will be charged for clicks that never happened. And as a publisher most probably you’ll never get paid. I know it happened with me (as an advertiser and as a publisher) and it happened with hundreds of other publishers who might be really generating fraud clicks, but from my experience it doesn’t matter with Bidvertiser. And you don’t get any answers to your questions from any one over there in Tel Aviv. For me, Bidvertiser is a SCAM, so stay away from it.