Like everyone else on the internet, last week a I gave the highly-hyped WidgetBucks a try at the site. I was a bit skeptical about how well it would perform because I know that in general visitors to my site aren’t interested ‘flashy’ looking ads. Image ads or anything other than plain text-ads generally perform very poorly.
I created a few different widgets and placed them in various areas throughout the site. On most pages I manually selected categories that related to the content of page I placed the widgets on. On a few pages I choose “MerchSense” to allow the WidgetBucks bot to crawl my site and choose a category based on the content of the page. It appears that the MerchSense-bot is either retarded, broken or very slow because all it ever displayed were the standard Digital camera listings.
After a few days my results were less than impressive: Approximately 10,000 impressions and 3 clicks with a grand-total in earnings of…. drumroll…. $0.20
I’m not saying that WidgetBucks is a bad system – As a matter of fact, if your niche is shopping, ‘gadgets’, or anything like that I’m sure that WidgetBucks would perform great. The key is that I like to try everything at the site to learn what does or does not work. Most new things do not work, but every once in a while I’ll get a nice surprise like I did with Kontera and paid-subscriptions.