Thursday, October 18, 2007

Updates on WidgetBucks Program

I've noticed that many people are asking questions that have already been answered on the WidgetBucks site in different sections (FAQs, Terms OF Use, etc.). Here are the answers to the most popular of them.
1) They pay out for the earned revenue within 45 days after the end of each month, if you have earned a minimum of $50.
2) The $25 sign up bonus is viewable in the section "My bucks".
3) You can place more than one WidgetBucks ad on your site.
4) According to their site WidgetBucks is compatible with all other ad systems including Google AdSense.
5) You can easily place the Widget Bucks ads code in blogs like Blogspot / Blogger and Typepad.
6) Impressions and clicks are updated each hour. The revenue reporting of the actual earnings is done up to 72 hours later.
7) The WidgetBucks code should be placed only on pages that have content primarily written in English.



Some new criticism here. I should mention that pages on site are loading quite slowly. Also there are some pages that lead to loss of the user session in the browser so you must login again. Of course, these are not major drawbacks but they are still some issues needing improvement in the near future.



Another update with a dark and a light side:
First, I need to mention that there are some obscure things related to the referral program. One of them is that earnings of the referrals are not shown at all for a long period of time and it will be very good if they are visible (even with a delay of a day or two). Not showing referral stats for a whole month leads to suspicions at least.

Another thing related to the referral program (and I admit I cannot prove it) is that it seems the referral ID is lost when browsing between the pages of the site. So, if a new user is referred from your referral link and he/she decides first to browse through the site's pages awhile and after that goes to the signup page the ref ID is lost somewhere in the process.

Now, the new good thing I've noticed is that the WidgetBucks guys have made some improvements recently. The last one has been the faster loading widgets. We could consider this a good sign since it's not very likely for scammers to put efforts in such activities.



Here goes another update.
It seems that along with speeding up the loading of the widgets the WidgetBucks guys have removed the link pointing to their site from the widget's code - these are really good news.

Another good thing is that they seem to use cookies to track the referrals.

And finally, I have written to them that it will be a very good improvement of functionality and trust in them if they make referral stats available in real time or at least to delay them only with a couple of days. They've answered that they'll put this on their "requested features" list. So, let's hope we will see the referral stats available soon without that month of delay.

There is still some more to be desired from the WidgetBucks program but I see some good changes are ongoing and now I can recommend this PPC program with a little more confidence.



A new update.
I have noticed that the problem with the user session lost while browsing the WidgetBucks site seems not present currently. I would suppose that it has been fixed.
Also it seems that the guys maintaining the site take the feedback from the publishers seriously and this is quite a good sign.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Some Thoughts on

I should admit - WidgetBucks site seems really nice, the widget itself also. Everybody is talking about the higher revenue with Widget Bucks. There is a $25 sign up bonus. Most people are quite enthusiastic.
So, everything seems fine at a first glance.

I'll try to make some kind of review on and hopefully I will update it from time to time with recent information about this new PPC program.

To start with, there are a few things that still worry me a bit.
1) WidgetBucks is a new project and noone has received a payment from the guys behind it yet. Of course, this is not a crime but still it is something to have in mind about every start up money making program.
2) There is a sign up bonus. It's a little bit strange for a company whose primary subject is anyway to offer money in some way.
3) They claim that the CPM for their clients is even higher than $6 and it's written like it is something incredible. In my opinion, it's a decent but not so much of a great revenue so it's nothing to praise about.
4) Sometimes the site seems to be not in a good operational state. Errors are reported here and there. For example, "There was an error creating your account. Please try again later.". But then again, is a new site so it's acceptable to some extent.

So, these were my first "bad" thoughts on Widget Bucks. And they were really just thoughts. It's normal to be suspicious on new sites.

On the other hand, lets put together some "good" thoughts and impressions.
1) WidgetBucks really takes off very fast. I should admit that I've also signed up with them and I am going to see by myself in the near future how it's going.
2) They have written that only English language is acceptable for the sites showing their ads and also that the sites with English speaking traffic are preferred because their advertisers are targeting such audience. So, this is a plus in my opinion 'cause if they were scammers it's not very likely to limit their potential client base this way.
3) The widget ads seem quite nice and catchy. To be honest one of the nicest in the online advertising industry.
4) The sign up process for this pay per click program is really fast and without complications, you can sign up practically in a minute. This is a good thing for a new company to expand their customer base in the beginning.
5) The obvious good thing: you anyway lose nothing (except for some time) if you sign up but in case the site becomes a leader among the PPC companies you'll be of the first on the board.

So, this is enough for a start. I'll keep to add some new stuff related to WidgetBucks in the next days so you may check the comments below for updates. If you want to try this traffic monetization program you could follow the link Let's hope it will be a great experience for all of us as publishers.

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