What's Chitika working on?
- Quicker stats
- More detailed stats
- Daily audits
- UK local listings
- France local listings
- Ads for RSS
- & for books/travel
- UK merchants
- Pounds & Euro prices
- More ad formats
- Ad preview tool
CHANNELS! (Nov 7th)
The code page now automates the addition of keywords to your ad code. Log into your account to see it
- Banner ads for referral program
- Totals in stats
Signed up for Chitika and not profitable?
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More ways of topping up your Chitika eMiniMalls revenue
Depending on the size of ad you're using the tab choices vary but the great thing with eMiniMalls is that you can control the default tab (and it's associated information) that your visitors see. To set the Deals tab as default simply use:
ch_default_tab = "Deals";
Example: The example to the left is targeted for product "laptops", and set to show the "Specs" tab first. Feel free to have a look at the source code of this page (View > Source in IE, Ctrl + U in Firefox) and modify it for use on your own site. You can replace the "Specs" in the code with "Deals" or "Search" depending on your preference, and if your ad is one of the wider ads, like 728x90, the tab options are "Description", "Best Deals" (not "Deals"), "Reviews" and "Search". If you're using the 160 x 160 ad the only choices are "Best Deals" and "Search". Simply look at a sample ad in the eMiniMalls code page on the Chitika site and you'll know what tab options you are getting in your chosen ad size.
In addition to all the options you have to blend the background, text, title and border colours, you can even controls the font! Seriously. Ever struggled to find the right CSS to mimic the Google Adsense ads? You're laughing now, you can change the ad's font to match the font on your page! How cool is that? If you've got Comic Sans MS the ad to the right here should use that font. You could use almost any other font. Code:
ch_font_text = 'Comic Sans MS';
Note that there are two variables, for the title and the text. And, for both, you can set a range of fonts as fallback in case the first one isn't available on the user's computer - as we've done with the Font Title.
You don't have to disable Chitika search to stay within the Google terms (as Chitika search is not a web search but a search of Chitika's product database). But, if you do want to disable Chitika search, here's how to do it:
Add this line of code to your script: ch_nosearch = 1;
The example on the right is from a screenshot made when that line of code was in the script on this page.
Though channels aren't an implemented feature yet you can insert channel code into your ads and, when channels becomes available, you should have access to back data on your channel by channel earnings. Add:
ch_sid = 'channel-name-here';
exactly as it appears above... and on its own line. Example:
ch_non_contextual = 1;
If all the adblocks on the page look exactly like each other visitors are less likely to click on them. Create some variety. Mix Google text ads with your own banner with YPN ads with a Chitika interactive ad. This page tell you how to do it safely and within the respective programs' terms and conditions.
If you're running Adsense you must be aware of Public Service Ads (PSAs) i.e. the ads that Google serves if it can't find a relevant ad for your page. However, you can set a default alternate ad. If you're setting up a page on your site especially for this purpose - stick the Chitika eMiniMalls code in there. Then place the URL for that Chitika eMiniMalls page in your Adsense code. All perfectly acceptable with Google! Now you can earn money from Chitika when Google doesn't have ads to fill the space provided. Don't believe us? Email Adsense support and you'll see that they have no objection.
It must be noted that this is a good fail safe in more ways than one. Even if you always see targeted ads on your pages people in other countries could be seeing PSAs on your pages. Having an alternate ad means that nobody ever sees PSAs. Further, there may be the odd occasion when Google is updating something, has a glitch, or otherwise can't serve relevant ads. You could be seeing days of declining incomes before you caught the problem. At least with Chitika as your Adsense Alternative you'll make that money up elsewhere.
Need help with finding the right products/keywords?
Here's a scripting trick that allows random keyword selection; it's particularly useful if you have a lot of repeat visitors and keep them from getting blind to the ads. Give them different ads each time they visit. (see also rotate based on day of week)
ch_query = “keyword keyword2";
var ch_queries = new Array(’cheap keyword1′, ‘more expensive keyword2′, ‘luxury keyword3′);
If you have a fashion related site, for example, you can use keywords ranging from handbags to moisturizer to specific brand names like Prada and Jimmy Choo. And Chitika will show your regular visitors accessories, sweaters and related fashion items to keep them from getting bored with hand bag ads. And you're more likely to get a click.
Remember to use single quotes for the keywords in this scripting example.
Post this code just before your Chitika code and replace the keywords in it with keywords of your choice. Chitika will now serve ads based on day of the week keywords you've specified
Playing around using the "Search" feature in the ad? Trying to see what products different keywords call up? Do it on the Chitika home page rather than on your own site and you won't mess up your stats.
As per the advice on the Chitika site - if you narrow your product down and specify it as a keyword in the code you'll likely see a substantial increase in income. Try different keywords in Chitika's search to see what products they have in their database that will be the closest match to the content of your page. There is no contextual system as good as YOU! But, before you do this see the previous tip about testing keywords on the Chitika site.
Download this plug-in,
put it in your wp-content/plugins directory, and activate it in your plugin
configuration page. Once done you'll see a new tag in the Quicklinks toolbar.
Simply click on it to insert an ad in your post. If you run into problems try
Using the custom feeds that are already in WP.
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Case 1 - Joe Bloggs signs up after clicking our link: He makes $80 on his big site and $20 on his small one.
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Sometimes an ad can end up with just one tab and when it does you lose the catchiness of the mouseover changes - the ad becomes static, argh! This happens particularly when there are only two tabs available for your given ad size and you turn off the search tab. Check the ad live after you've published it to your site. Losing the interactivity of the ad can cut your CTR by over 75%.
Use Server Side Includes (SSI) or Frontpage Include pages. Experienced webmasters already use them to minimise the work involved if you ever have to change the coding in the ad.
Some of these tips are covered, albeit slightly differently, at the Chitika site.