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Chitika eMiniMalls – How Much Money Do they Earn Me?

Chitika-EminimallsI’ve been getting quite a few excited emails from readers who have signed up for the Chitika eMiniMalls that I reviewed last week. There has been a lot of positive feedback so far from those who I’ve referred over to the program with some people earning some significant money from it so far (including ‘Rachel‘). There have also been a few (less) emails from bloggers who have failed to see them as effective.

The most common question that I get asked by readers about the eMiniMalls include:

  • ‘How do the money from eMiniMalls compare to earnings of Adsense?’
  • ‘How much money do you earn from eMiniMalls?’

(update: the third most asked question is ‘how do I increase my earnings?’ If you’re asking this you might also like to check out Chitika eMiniMall Tips for increasing earnings)

I’ve resisted talking about specific figures of money earnt to this point because I wanted to clarify with the Chitika people whether I was allowed to do so. Today I just got confirmation that it’s ok for me to talk about daily earnings figures but not CTR, impressions etc. The reason I want to talk about this is simply because I really believe in this ad system – as you’ll see from the figures below – it’s had a pretty amazing impact upon my earnings and I’d like readers here to have the full picture of what the potential to earn money with it is.

So let’s look at yesterday’s earnings for me with both Adsense and Chitika were. Update: due to Adsense terms (that I misread) I have been told that I cannot reveal my daily Adsense figures but only gross payment figures (monthly totals). So I’ll do that here instead of a daily figure for yesterday. You can pretty much work out what the Adsense earnings are from the figure if you know how many days are in August! All I’ll say is that yesterday was a bit under August’s average.


Adsense earnings for August – $15,849.73

Chitika eMiniMalls earnings Yesterday – $702.45

Let me follow the figures up with a few statements of qualification:

  • Yesterday Adsense was a little below average for me
  • While I can’t mention how many impressions there were for either program – they were very similar to one another
  • The Chitika eMiniMalls figure is before their auditing process takes effect. From what I’ve seen of this process last month – this is likely to decrease that figure by around 10% – update this turned out to be an accurate estimation of the audit figure for this day.
  • The ads appear across a range of sites (17 or so – NOT just this site). In most cases they appear on the same pages as one another (remember that you need to disable the contextual ad function of the eMiniMalls to do this and stay within Adsense’s TOS
  • The CTR for Adsense is significantly higher than it was for the eMiniMalls
  • The click value for eMiniMalls is significantly higher than it was for Adsense
  • From what I can tell from these results and those of readers who are trying eMiniMalls (Chitika is yet to add channels) – the best performing sites seem to be product related blogs including blogs about gadgets, clothing, etc. Having said this I’ve heard from a number of bloggers with VERY general, non product related sites that are doing reasonably well out of them also.
  • These are not just one off or fluke numbers – I’ve had no major increases in traffic over the past few days – I have added the eMiniMalls to more pages in the past week – but the numbers seem to be consistent over the past few days. Time will tell whether they will remain at this level but I have no reason to believe that they will not.
  • The above figures are in US dollars.

As you can see from the numbers – I personally have reason to be pretty excited about eMiniMalls. If these numbers continue they will more than double my daily earnings and taken them to a level that is over $1000 per day. This is less than some of the bigger blog networks out there but for an ordinary guy like me who has only been at this blogging thing for under 3 years – I have to say that it’s very promising. I can’t guarantee that they work on every blog – but they are definately worth experimenting with.

Disclaimer: the links to Chitika in this post are affiliate links – if you sign up using these links I earn a small amount as a commission. It does not impact what you earn from Chitika but rather is paid by Chitika. While these links are affiliate links I genuinely believe in the product and have endeavored to point out both its benefits and weaknesses in all my writing about it.

Update – I give an update on my Chitika Earnings in this post.

About Darren Rowse

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Comments

  1. This is a great blog – we’ll be adding it to our AS directory shortly.

    We’ve had a generally good experience with AS since the beginning, but like so many, the CTR and eCPM are nothing like they were in the 1st few months back in 2003.

    We have AS running on many sites, in particular a niche model-specific automotive forum. AS is running as a leaderboard top and bottom of the forums. We just experimented by running a Chitika 728×90 leaderboard as an alternate URL for AS in the block just after the last post in a topic. It’s running in non-contextual mode (as required by the AS TOS) and we have a few keywords such as the car maker name, model and so forth.

    It’s only been there about 36 hours, so too early to report on results.

    We had it running for about 3000 pageviews on another directory / review site with zero CTR…. whereas AS was doing surprisingly well. Again, chitika was running non-contextual there because we wanted to keep AS running in parallel…

    Nice reading this blog and all the comments!

    Rob

  2. I tried to implement Chitika on my LinkinParkForums.com but earnings are several times lower than AdSense. Still playing with keywords…

  3. Thierry says:

    These numbers are just plainly amazing ! Unfortunatly, Chikita has no french equivalent yet.

    Guess I might start thinking about starting an english speaking blog :)

  4. miscblogger says:

    i signed up with chitika through your affiliate link the beginning of november and i can tell that I’m already earning more then adsense! i just hope that I can archieve even one percent of what you are making!

  5. Mike says:

    Just discovered your blog. I spent 3 hours reading!!

    I love how you are so open about what you make, how you do it, and it really helps those of us aspiring bloggers out.
    Thanks!

  6. Darren says:

    glad to hear that Mike, come back any time now.

  7. mark says:

    wow! I’m shocked at how much money ur paying, but I too feel u’ve deserved it. Keep upt eh good work!

  8. kenneth says:

    I have implemented it on my article directory, but it doesn’t do very good. The CTR is very low… I guess the people that comes to my site are not the target users. They are not ready to buy any products, but just seeking information.

    I believe some product related website will do good with this, and
    the click value is good~~ Maybe I should build some pages on product review….

  9. asoft says:

    Is there any recent update on eMiniMalls vs. Adsense programs? If there is any, please post url. thanks.

  10. DAVID YANG says:

    hi dear sir ,

    i’m davidyang froom singapore . i was wanted to know ,ore how to reg and login . there say my affiliate ,my APPLICATION is not ok . why .. last time i know . at least ,
    10,000 Traffic from your my site . but at this time my website is not . 10 k Traffic …. to mysite …

    pls help me . ??

    davidyang
    singapore

  11. Darren Rowse says:

    David you need to contact Chitika about this. I’m just a publisher so don’t know how they make these decisions.

  12. Anthony says:

    hi Darren. i signed up four days ago to blogger.com and ad sense.

    up to this day I still have zero payment. i tried to paste the code on my view source of blogger but it cannot be pasted. How can i do this?

    I wanna know other blogs aside from blogger.com that can earn money. Hope you can help me

  13. Darren Rowse says:

    Anthony – perhaps start with this series I wrote on blogging for beginners as it answers most of your questions. Hope that helps.

  14. Deboshree says:
  15. Mr. Tester says:

    I’ll give it a try. Their application says that it works best with blogs that have over 10,000 impressions a month; I hope they approve small sites that are trying to grow.

  16. Tim says:

    Good stuff. That would be nice to get updated figures on your results–2years later. Thanks & best wishes.
    Tim

  17. Harsha says:

    Its Just Very nice of you to Tell your reader that the chitika link consists of ur Affiliate ID.. Too good.. I think Your Honesty is the key to ur sucess

  18. Black Google says:

    Cool!! i just started using chitika on http://www.bloogle1.com
    Cud u pls review ad placements

  19. Renee says:

    I hope to try Chitika someday, still not sure how it works but glad someone tried it already.

  20. I too am waiting for approval from chitika emails.

  21. Keron Calame says:

    Yes its true this really works, I made some money off it too..

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