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WidgetBucks Update on Reporting Delays

Earlier in the week the WidgetBucks launched (read our first impression review here) with a fair bit of fanfare around the blogosphere.

Since it was announced I’ve had a number of readers ask me why they are not seeing any income in their reports despite there being clicks on the ads (it is a pay per click ad system). I shot WidgetBucks an email on this and the response was as I’d expected – they have an auditing process in place that means there is a 48-72 hour delay in seeing the actual income figure reported.

Why does it take so long? – The reason given is that it takes time to get reports back from their advertisers .

This is the same problem that most similar advertising programs have in one way or another. Chitika only updates all figures once every 24 hours and then audits them at the end of a month (reducing the earnings), AuctionAds have a delayed system too (where you see clicks on ads immediately but it can be days to see what you’ve earned on a given day as a result of it being based upon Auctions that happen over time).

As a blogger I find this frustrating. We’ve become used to systems like AdSense which show us not only impressions and clicks very quickly after they happen – but also the income earned. Of course AdSense is run by Google who have some serious resources to throw at the problem.

As someone who has talked with a lot of these advertising networks personally I also understand the challenge that they have. They need to balance the needs with publishers and the relationships that they have with advertisers (and the systems that the advertisers need to work with). After all – if the advertisers don’t get looked after then the whole system falls down.

I’m not sure what the solution is – but hopefully WidgetBucks can shorten the waiting time in conjunction with their advertising partners – or develop a predictive system that gives publishers an indication of how much they’ve earned to speed up the process. Otherwise I suspect that some publishers will become frustrated with it and give up.

How is WidgetBucks Performing?

I’ve been testing WidgetBucks on one of my blogs and while I’m yet to see any earnings reports I’m pleased to see that their CTR is very similar than other ads in the same position. I’ve rotated it through a split test with Chitika and AdSense in the same position and see both Chitika and WidgetBucks outperforming AdSense on a CTR basis in that position. The real test will be to compare earnings figures. I suspect these results will vary considerably from blog to blog and even based upon ad positioning.

Google’s Speedy Indexing of Blogs

Just minutes after my post about WidgetBucks went live it was indexed by Google. Readers reported seeing it ranked #1 for ‘widgetbucks’ just a few minutes after the post went up. I checked after 20 minutes and saw this – note the time reference ’23 minutes ago’.

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Lara noticed the same thing during the first prize giveaway yesterday on ProBlogger. That post ranked highly in Google within minutes of being posted.

I’m not sure how wide spread it is, but I’ve tested it with 10 or so other well known blogs and see the same thing and have heard a few bloggers reporting similar things in the past few days.

It looks like Google could be using Google Blog Search results in their main search queries to give Google users a more up to date search result – something that puts bloggers at a distinct advantage over other kinds of more static sites.

24 hour giveaway – Blogging tips get 24 prizes!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgThis giveaway will run from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday (EST – New York, USA).

We’ve got a really great list of business/blogging related stuff to give away, and since we just love really great “blogging tips”, we thought it would be great to combine the two into one related giveaway!

First, the prizes up for grabs:

Yes, you counted right – there are 24 great prizes available for this giveaway! All of which are suited toward entrepreneurs, professional bloggers, and anyone who has a website of some kind!

How to enter:

All you need to do in order to win one of the great prizes above is to write a brand new (sorry, no archives allowed) post on your site that gives blogging tips. You may feel free to adapt it to the topic and style of your blog in any way you see fit, as long as it’s some kind of “tip” about “blogging”.

Some examples:

Are you a “mommy blogger”? Write a post tip about how to actively blog and deal with the bubblegum in your child’s hair at the same time.

Are you a “travel blogger”? Write a post tip about what someone traveling abroad might need to bring with them in order to”keep up the flow” of their writing/posting while away.

Are you a “foodie blogger”? Write a post tip about the best snacks to have at your desk for maximum food-to-brain flavor and power.

See? You don’t have to have a blog about blogging in order to enter! ;)

When you’re done, put the link to your entry in the comments below. Feel free to suggest what prize you’d most be interested in, and if the random generator chooses you, we’ll do our best to get you either that prize or one of the ones close to it. There’s no guarantee you’ll get the one you ask for – but we will do our best.

If you want your readers to know that you’re participating in this then please do feel free to link up so they can participate too – but it is NOT a requirement to link back to ProBlogger in any way.

Remember, this activity closes at noon on Thursday (EST) so get writing!

Notes: One entry per person (NOT per blog), and if you are chosen to win one of the above prizes, you will not be chosen to win anything else for the duration of the giveaway week.

These prizes not your cup of tea? Check out the other great prizes up for grabs during the giveaway!
Make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up to date on what’s going on!

Update!

All winners and sponsors have been notified by email! Go check your inboxes for an email titled “ProBlogger Winner!” (Make sure you check your spam boxes too, just in case.)

If you haven’t heard from me, please feel free to continue entering the giveaways!

Win two 20″ LG USB monitors from DisplayLink in the Birthday Bash Giveaway!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgThis one’s going to be open until 8am (EST) Friday, so you have PLENTY of time to enter, and it’s easy!

Prize Description:

Be one of the FIRST consumers to own not one, but TWO 20-inch FlatronWide L206WU USB-based monitors provided by DisplayLink!

displaylink-logo.jpgThese LG monitors are one of the first USB monitors out in the market powered by DisplayLink technology. DisplayLink believes professional bloggers and web users would really appreciate the ease and convenience of lots of screen real estate so you can spread yourself out and accomplish more and enjoy more. Because these LG monitors use USB, you simply plug the monitors into your laptop or desktop, and start blogging away!

DisplayLink Technology: FlatronWide L206WU USB-based monitors

How To Enter:

This one’s super simple… Spread the word about our little birthday celebration and just write up a post about the ProBlogger Birthday Bash and link to it. Then, come back to THIS post, and leave a comment below with the link to your blog post about the Birthday Bash, and after that link, the word “DisplayLink” (yes, it’s case sensitive, and once again is to help us choose qualifying entries as well as to help us get the valid comments out of Akismet easier).

Example comment:

http://www.yoursite.com/archives/the-post-you-wrote/
DisplayLink

And for those of you who have already linked to the competition, simply place the link where you did it in comments below THIS post like outlined above and you still qualify!

Hopefully this competition will generate a little buzz and add a little value to our sponsors by bringing attention to the competition. Don’t worry – it’s the only giveaway that we’ll ask for a link back to ProBlogger – the rest will be different.

We will once again close off comments and choose one winner at random on Friday at 8am (EST). Winner will be notified by email, and will receive their monitors in 4-6 weeks.

Please note: If you enter for this prize and are chosen as the winner, you will not be eligible to enter for any future giveaways throughout the end of the Birthday Bash (with the exception of the final giveaway on Monday that everyone will be eligible for), so please make sure that you’re either willing to risk missing out on something else or that this was “the big one” you’ve been waiting for (keep in mind that over 700 people entered the first giveaway – so you’re not guaranteed of winning anything – it might be best to enter everything you have some interest in winning). You can always enter on the other posts between now and Friday morning, however if you are chosen for one, you will not be chosen for this one or any others.

Check out the full prize list and our previous giveaways thus far, here, here, and here.

And remember to subscribe to the RSS feed if you haven’t already! Coming this Friday will be several posts that are very time sensitive!

Update

We’ve closed off new entries and the winner of the monitors is Vincent Sparreboom!

Today’s third (and final for today) giveaway in the ProBlogger Birthday Bash!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgAlright – this is today’s final giveaway, but don’t despair! We’ve got something super special in store for tomorrow morning that’s going to carry us through until Friday morning (“morning” = 8am EST), and we’re expecting even MORE response on that one than our first and second giveaways today!

Okay, enough chatter, on with the giving!

Mederma for Scars has graciously donated 25 tubes of the new and improved Mederma scar treatment to the first 25 people who send an email to [email removed - they have reached 25 winners!] with the subject line “ProBlogger Birthday Bash – Mederma for Scars” (Remember the first giveaway today when it comes to “case” of letters? Make sure you are paying attention here!) and include your full name and complete mailing address.

I will be updating this post once I’ve been notified that all 25 winners have been collected, so please don’t email a submission once I’ve done that.

In answer to some questions I received about who can enter and further rules about eligibility: Please keep in mind that the winners of today’s first and third prizes will not be eligible for any other prizes during the duration of the giveaway, and it’s going to be like that for the entire event, so if you’re not really interested in a particular prize, it’s probably best not to enter for it. The reason we do this is to give the greatest number of individuals a chance to win something. By all means, if you’re interested in more than one prize, enter for more than one, but know that if you win anything, that will be the only item you win.

There are two exceptions, and one of those is the SeekZap prize we gave away earlier today, the other will happen at the end of the giveaway and we will let you know specifically in that post that even if you’ve already won something, as long as you’re eligible for the prize, you may apply for it.

It’s another ProBlogger Birthday Bash giveaway!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgToday’s second giveaway is another easy one to enter and something that 500 tons of you can win:

The first 500 people Everyone to go to SeekZap (before midnight EST tonight) at this special ProBlogger submission link will receive a free premium directory listing ($50 value) for their site/blog!

Only one listing per person, so if you have multiple blogs, you might want to choose your newest one or the one that needs the most “attention” in terms of garnering traffic from humans and search engines.

There’s no set cutoff time for this in terms of closing off comments or anything, because Jason from SeekZap was gracious enough to keep the page up until it reaches 500 submissions midnight EST tonight! (Don’t worry if you miss it or if this prize isn’t something you want or need – there are plenty more prizes yet to come!)

Edit: This prize is open to ALL readers of ProBlogger – regardless of whether you’ve won anything yet, or will win anything in the future!

Update: Submissions are now closed – thanks for reading!

Why I Don’t Use AdSense on ProBlogger Anymore

One question that I’ve been asked regularly since launching of the redesign of ProBlogger is ‘why don’t you use AdSense any more?’

AdSense has been used by bloggers almost religiously to monetize their blogs over the last few years. It’s for good reason too – many bloggers make a lot of money from AdSense – however it doesn’t work well on every blog and bloggers should consider their options and experiment with a variety of other income streams to see which works best for them.
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The First Giveaway Begins!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgThe very first giveaway is an easy one:

How to Enter

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below in the next 7 hours that includes the words “I LOVE SEO!”.

One entry per person. We’ll close this off in 7 hours at 5.30am Melbourne time (that’d be 3.30pm in New York and 8.30pm in London). At this time we’ll launch the next giveaway).

Please note that you need to leave a valid email address in the email field of your comment or we can’t notify you.

The Prize

12 of you that leave this comment in the next 7 hours will be randomly selected to win a copy of Aaron Wall’s famous SEO Book ($79 value)! I interviewed Aaron here if you want to learn more about him and the prize.

We’ll notify the winners in the hours after the competition – we won’t be publishing names of all winners as there will be hundreds of you over the week ahead.

(Don’t worry if you miss it – have you seen the prizes yet to come?)

PS: if your comment doesn’t appear straight away – don’t stress. It’ll probably be in our moderation queue which we’ll clear before choosing the winners.

Update from Lara: WOW! That’s the only thing on my mind right at this moment (aside from knowing I need to go through this MASSIVE list and pull the random 12 winners out)! You folks are really impressive, and I know that Darren’s going to be floored when he sees that the final tally on this post is 764!

Someone had asked if posting the phrase verbatim was important, and I’m glad that the majority of you took that thought to heart ahead of time and posted, exactly: I LOVE SEO!

Yep, that was one of the requirements! It didn’t matter what else you had in your comment, as long as you had that phrase exactly. So please keep that in mind for the rest of the giveaway, gang… it’s meant to make sure you’re paying attention!

Don’t forget to check out the next giveaway… it’s for 500 of you!

And the winners are:

Justin
Tyson
Ian Stewart
DarrinW
Karyn
Lori
Kates
JBagley
mariam
Tony E
derek
A. Marques

Congratulations to all, now stop looking here, and go check your email! ;)

The $54,000 ProBlogger Giveaway – Prizes and Sponsors

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgOkay folks, it’s what you’ve been waiting for… the official sponsor list, with prizes!

This is just the sponsor/prize list… there will be THREE chances for you all to win within the next 24 hours, so if you haven’t subscribed to our RSS feed yet, you’re going to miss out!

The following list is quite amazing. The total value of the prizes submitted exceeds $54,000 USD (actually it’s probably closer to $60,000 with a couple of late prize additions to the list). You’ll see the variation of prizes is amazing and ranges from the fun and slightly bizarre – to the the very useful!

I hope that this whets your appetite. Stay tuned for the first three opportunities to win in the next 24 hours!

One last thing – as a thank you to all of the sponsors below (listed in alphabetical order for ease) please do visit them – they’ve been generous with us – so please be generous with them!

The Prizes