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Day 6 – Two Week Campaign

To make the site clean and faster loading, I remove one piece advertising script.
The ads removed is provided by Kontera, I used it for many years. It is a content link ads. It mimics text link. When mouse move over it, a small float layer display a small box with ads. About five to ten Kontera links are added on each of my post. Now I took it away. The page looks less links on it.
The second change I made is to move Google Ads from the middle center of the post content to the right up inline of the post. Personally, I feel better look. And more content will be shown above the fold.
After the above two changes, the Fully Loaded time is reduced about 25% on first view.

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Add a new Ads unit on blog

Today I added a new Google AdSense wide Skyscraper ad unit on the right side.
The purpose is to test the number of Page impressions, not for ads earning. If it is for earning, I always think less is better. And I will save the best place for the only one ads.
There are more and more bloggers have Google AdSense on their blogs. It is good for blogger and also good for audiance.

First of all, the content is king. I believe it. The good content can attrack Users attention and also Google likes it.
Then If users come to your site or blog, finish reading the main content of the page. He may do a quick look at the other interesting thing on page. At that time, content related Ads is best supplemental content for them.
Do not leave too much white space on your site. Only if you design the white space.
Try all kinds of ads in your blog. There must be one suitable for you.

OpenX 2.8.1 Released

It is released on 2009-05-27.
There are some bug fix. I just upgraded my OpenX installation afternoon. It is very simple to upgrade from v2.8.0 to 2.8.1.

# Bug Fixes
* Zone probabilities are distributed amongst campaigns, independent of the number of banners. OX-3095
* Fixed delivery of exclusive campaigns when banners have delivery limitations. OX-5450
* Inventory lists now react to last visited parent. OX-4788
* Displaying entity IDs in the UI is now optional. OX-5341
* Fixed function declarations for various _adRenderX functions. OX-5355
* For more information, please see https://developer.openx.org/jira/browse/OX/fixforversion/10843
# OpenX Market Integration
* Market campaign management tools, which allow you to set floors for multiple campaigns at the same time.
* Ad quality tools, which allow you to review ads that have run on your sites and block advertiser campaigns.
* Ability to re-associate your OpenX.org account to OpenX Market even if you had to switch instances of your OpenX Ad Server (i.e., due to a reinstall or server change).
* For more information, please see http://www.openx.org/market.
# Major security fix. Removed vulnerability that allowed anyone to log in as an admin user. See https://developer.openx.org/jira/browse/OX-5460

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How to handle the lower offer

I received an email from a guy who said he is a webmaster. He want to buy some text links on my site. It is another site, not this Blog.
The first question is Price?
He replied with some sample of this kind of ads he called it text link. Actually it is contextual link ads, which is a paragraph including 4 links.
And the price is over my imagination. He offered US$ 15 for lifetime each paragraph. There are 5. So Total is $75.
I have to decline it immediately with following message:

Sorry, I have to say the price is too low.
I normally charge $15 per link each month.

I think the price gap between us is so huge that he will quit. I am still wrong.
He replied and sent me a long analytic about the market and gave another offer.
$100 for the deal of 5 years in total.
So I said no, he gave another offer. I said no again, he gave another one offer.
Finally, he offered US$ 125 for the deal of 3 years and there will be 5 links in each paragraph, and total 5 paragraph.
It is still only 125/5/5/3/12= 0.12 per link each month.
I ask for $15 per link each month. I don’t want to waste time.
I have to deny it very clearly. It may hurt his heart. 🙂

I think we should close this kind of discussion. You can not accept my minimum price. So it is end. Do not waste your time and mine.

The actual market price is not same as what he said. I sold many text links. The lowest price I sold before is $15. The latest price is $30 I sold this morning.
So I want to announce that purchase text link on my sites only when you have $20 per link per month offer.

Make Money with WidgetBucks Online

WidgetBucks is an advertising network that gives a widget that displays shopping ads. When a reader clicks on the widget and visits the advertiser, you make money. WidgetBucks runs on a CPC model – you get paid when readers clicks on the ads – they do not have to make a purchase from the advertiser. WidgetBucks claims $3 to $6 eCPM in early test results.

It looks better than a lot of other CPC program. The average earning per click is about $0.20.

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WidgetBucks has built-in code generator for TypePad, WordPress and Blogger. And it also provide a generic code for other blog platform.
The ads displayed on the site will depends on your choice of category or let MerchSense crawl your content and match it.
Now it has 8 sizes with 16 format. The color of ads are unlimited, because you can enter the HEX color code.
WidgetBucks is ideal for technology and shopping related sites and blogs. However, WidgetBucks is opening their widgets to everyone. There are no minimum requirements to join and the minimum payout is $50.
The Signup bonus is $25. So make $25 with WidgetBucks and you will get the first payout $50.

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