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My experience with AuctionAds

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by ruby, Jun 4, 2007.

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    Considering there has been a fair amount of discussion on AuctionAds I decided to test it for myself and provide some feedback.

    The program was easy to join and get running on my site(s). I started off slow with one site getting about 50 clicks a day. This was at the beginning of May. It took a few days to see some earnings.

    On the 24th of June I added AuctionAds to another site of one which is a different niche and has more traffic. Impressions and clicks went up considerably of course.

    My stats for May were as follows:

    
    05/04	<aggregate>	2138	25	1.17%	$0.00
    05/05	<aggregate>	7915	47	0.59%	$0.00
    05/06	<aggregate>	11757	64	0.54%	$0.00
    05/07	<aggregate>	13843	56	0.40%	$0.40
    05/08	<aggregate>	12354	35	0.28%	$0.00
    05/09	<aggregate>	9757	35	0.36%	$0.39
    05/10	<aggregate>	8751	28	0.32%	$0.10
    05/11	<aggregate>	7229	37	0.51%	$0.00
    05/12	<aggregate>	7278	46	0.63%	$0.59
    05/13	<aggregate>	12727	65	0.51%	$0.65
    05/14	<aggregate>	13124	53	0.40%	$0.95
    05/15	<aggregate>	8780	34	0.39%	$0.00
    05/16	<aggregate>	9867	34	0.34%	$1.28
    05/17	<aggregate>	9355	36	0.38%	$0.00
    05/18	<aggregate>	7422	26	0.35%	$0.23
    05/19	<aggregate>	6660	35	0.53%	$0.25
    05/20	<aggregate>	13129	56	0.43%	$0.00
    05/21	<aggregate>	15151	61	0.40%	$0.00
    05/22	<aggregate>	11311	31	0.27%	$0.19
    05/23	<aggregate>	12196	49	0.40%	$0.00
    05/24	<aggregate>	15956	140	0.88%	$0.00
    05/25	<aggregate>	16431	146	0.89%	$9.80
    05/26	<aggregate>	23441	151	0.64%	$4.64
    05/27	<aggregate>	34987	208	0.59%	$8.59
    05/28	<aggregate>	42669	221	0.52%	$4.61
    05/29	<aggregate>	37056	185	0.50%	$3.77
    05/30	<aggregate>	40317	197	0.49%	$0.00
    05/31	<aggregate>	29904	160	0.54%	$0.00
    Total	 	441505	2261	0.51	$36.44
    
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    As you can see it took some time for earnings to ramp up but towards the end of the month saw some pretty good figures. I do expect better figures as the 30-day cookie gets older however as many people have experienced.

    You will notice the low CTR of my AuctionAds.... that's expected with the type of sites I have them running so don't worry too much about that. It does help your CTR when you target your AuctionAds better so use good keywords and test them to see what items are being displayed.

    Ad blending also helps as well to decrease long term ad blindness and increase the longetivity of the CTR.

    Well we are into June now and earnings look like they are continuing in the upward trend:
    SEMrush
    
    06/01	<aggregate>	23973	171	0.71%	$26.94
    06/02	<aggregate>	22502	168	0.75%	$11.94
    06/03	<aggregate>	30968	188	0.61%	$10.64
    06/04	<aggregate>	32285	198	0.61%	$0.00
    Total	 	109728	725	0.66	$49.52
    
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    At this present time the earnings are about 2/3 of what my Adsense is making which makes it a very nice complementary money maker.

    I did notice that earnings take a day or two to show so for example you can see 4/6 above with no earnings but in the next day or two it will most likely shoe some.

    One thing I don't like about AuctionAds is it really only works properly with US based residents. So if you are in the US and click an ad you are directed to that item on eBay. If you are in another country it directs you to that countries eBay and conducts a search based on the keywords you selected for the AuctionAds.

    I have spoken to AuctionAds about it and they are confident that that approach converts equally as well. Personally I don't see how but for now I have to take their word for it.

    I'll report more as the month progresses.
     
    ruby, Jun 4, 2007 IP
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  2. LeeD

    LeeD Well-Known Member

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    Nice report - congrats on the increasing success with AA.
     
    LeeD, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    markowe Well-Known Member

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    Hey, thanks for the report. That's great. I actually gave up on AA, took them off my site after NO conversions in 2 months. There just seemed to be too many steps for the user to take, from clicking, joining, bidding, winning an item, or whatever the various paying actions are.

    Another annoying thing is the seeming lack of a cache like Adsense's, meaning it doesn't seem to remember your keywords long enough and you get the ubiqitous iPod ads served up a bit too much for my liking...

    But maybe I should give it another go, shuffle things around a bit...
     
    markowe, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    jakomo Well-Known Member

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    Hello, very nice report, I am going to try it, thanks a lot!
     
    jakomo, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    Karen May Jones Prominent Member

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    Hi,
    If they (people clicking your ads) are already members of the auction site, do you still get credit for the sale, or is it only good if they sign up as new members.

    I am wanting to check out this idea for a new project. I've been seeing these ads on other sites and they seem very relative to the content and look like a lot of fun.

    Thank you for reading/helping.
     
    Karen May Jones, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    markowe Well-Known Member

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    Good question, one I have never quite got to the bottom of. I believe that you ARE credited for the sale - you are not referring members, you are referring sales. Though I could be quite wrong - another reason for my uncertainty about AuctionAds.
     
    markowe, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    ruby Well-Known Member

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    That's actually a question I'd like answered as well. Do we get commissions on NEW clients only or does that include existing eBay clients we refer to auctions.

    Shoe if you are reading this any info would be appreciated.

    I'll keep you all posted on my progress in June.
     
    ruby, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    brittanywarfe Peon

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    i got a question so dose ebay give auction ads $ for the sale just wondering if or how it works lol
     
    brittanywarfe, Jun 5, 2007 IP
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    ruby Well-Known Member

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    john269 Notable Member

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    Yep, a good report and nice to see how they are performing especially as I am also trying them out at the moment. I am in day 2.
     
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    markowe Well-Known Member

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    If it DOESN'T include existing eBay clients, I would be surprised to see ANY sales - I mean, is there anyone left who hasn't at least registered with eBay at some point?! Being registered doesn't necessarily mean you use eBay actively, so it would seem fair to me that they would try to drive former customers back and entice them to buy, and share the proceeds with the referrer... Though the large number of existing customers of eBay might partly explain low CTRs? (mine is 1.14%)
     
    markowe, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    ruby Well-Known Member

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    Agree with that... would be nice to see them pay a commission if we refer an existing customer to an auction etc... it would help them retain their customers as well.

    I guess they have such a large market share it doesn't matter.

    The CTR really depends on your site, where the ads are placed, relevancy, niche etc...
     
    ruby, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    ala101 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot for this report!
    :)
     
    ala101, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    ruby Well-Known Member

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    My pleasure! Like I said I will provide more info as time goes on... thanks for the rep! Nice to know someone appreciates it.
     
    ruby, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    ala101 Well-Known Member

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    I have just placed AuctionAds on my blog (AjaxGirl)to experiment it .
    I will inform you about my stats ;)
     
    ala101, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    What keywords were you aiming at? You are just getting the old iPod ads at the moment.
     
    markowe, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    ala101 Well-Known Member

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    iam targeting these keywords :
     
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    Good report, and congratulations..
    your experience is similar to mine. The only difference is that I started to see earnings sooner. Now after about 45 days or so, i'm averaging almost $10/day. I put AA in my forums area where I could not make squat with Adsense or Yahoo, so i'm very happy with "only" $10/day ..
     
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    ruby Well-Known Member

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    If you can usee AA as a replacement for Adsense and make money from it then your laughing. If you can make the relevancy of the AA products suit your forum then your laughing!
     
    ruby, Jun 6, 2007 IP
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    Thanks for your report very promising.
     
    JC007, Jun 6, 2007 IP