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Review of GenieKnows

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GenieKnows REVIEW

GenieKnows Quick Facts:

  1. Program name: GenieKnows
  2. URL: http://www.genieknows.com/
  3. Country: Canada
  4. Ad types: Contextual banners, search boxes, hot spot ads, exit traffic redirects and CPV pops
  5. Ad formats/sizes: Several IAB formats supported, publisher media kit with ad format demos here (.pdf, 933 KB)
  6. Commission types / Payment Model: CPM, CPC
  7. Rate per click/lead/etc: Variable
  8. Payment methods: PayPal, wire transfer, check, Payoneer
  9. Minimum payout: N/A
  10. Payout percentage share with publishers: N/A
  11. Payment frequency: N/A
  12. Auto-accepts ads / option for manual ad approval: No options to manually approve ads
  13. Setup method: Manual code insertion
  14. Skills and effort required to setup and manage: Above average skills required to implement most ad types
  15. Time until relevant ads appear on website after signup/installation: N/A
  16. Conflict with other programs and/or exclusivity: Conflicts with other exit traffic monetization methods
  17. Requirements / Restrictions: No questionable content of any kind
  18. Coverage and Geographic focus: Global coverage
  19. Support/troubleshooting: Dedicated account reps available to assist publishers
  20. Contact info: Full contact info and online contact form can be found here

GenieKnows Review

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GenieKnows is a Canadian ad network founded in 1999 and is one of over a hundred such programs we review on experienced-people.co.uk.

Apart from regular contextual banners and search boxes, the network supports several other interesting ad types including hot spot ads which are highly targeted sponsored links that pay well.  Additionally, GenieKnows supports two different exit traffic monetization tools that redirect exiting visitors to sponsored listings pages or even directly to sponsored websites. The network's ad products are illustrated in more detail in their official media kit presentation (.pdf, 933 KB).

Their inventory is not particularly large but they are partnered with many other networks so this problem is partially offset with third-party offers, which, as expected, impact on the per-click rates.

GenieKnows supports both CPC and CPM campaigns, as expected from most contextual ad networks, and pays through PayPal, check, wire or Payoneer. Sadly, their official website is missing a lot of essential information and most other payment specifics that are of great interest to every publisher such as payment frequency and minimum payout. Support seems OK and they reply within 24 hours.  However, they are reachable only through the generic contact forms and technical inquiries will most often be forwarded and thus take more time to answer.

The number of totally different ad approaches and the high level of customization offered by the network give publishers a lot of flexibility in monetizing their websites and is the main advantage of GenieKnows. However, their limited inventory means that the network might not be your first choice or at least not your main monetization method.

Regardless, their exit traffic monetization methods are unusual (and strong) enough to be easily used in conjunction with most other ad network advertisements as long as you don't mind redirecting your exiting visitors to sponsored pages (instead of where they want to go!). Read about other monetizing programs at experienced-people.co.uk/1200-make-money-from-websites/ and you can leave your own comments and feedback about this program at our GenieKnows forum thread.

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