Saturday, January 24, 2009

Make some money in Rands with AdGator on your website

For some reason, I forgot to mention AdGator as one of the banners I use on one of my websites to generate extra cash - so I am actually using 8 companies and not 7 as previously mentioned. It could be because there is virtually no maintenance involved - you just stick it somewhere on your website and it generates cash.

The cool thing about AdGator is that no-one needs to click on any of the banners. They pay for impressions or views on your website. To quote from their website:

"Unlike Google and Affiliate Networks we serve ads on a Cost Per Thousand (CPM) basis and share this revenue with you 50/50. This means that for every impression served on your blog you will earn money."

They further tell you to check out how much you potentially could make by using their calculator. More about this just now - with some proper stats and proof.

I signed up with AdGator around the middle of December 2008 and have made some cash with them. You need to make at least R150 before they pay the bucks into your account, which is no biggie. If you don't reach that target, it just rolls over to the next month.

Have a look at some real proof that AdGator does work. My earnings for December 2008:
As you can see, I made close to R130 without having to do squat. It's enough to pay for all 5 of my smaller website hosting every month.

My January stats so far are a little more detailed and look as follows:

Again,almost R130 for doing f-all. You will see some dots on the graph line. Those are the actual days when AdGator clients are advertising on their banners, so you will only generate paid hits / impressions when a client advertises with them.

Now, on the AdGator website they have acalculator like I mentioned a bit earlier in this post. If you look at my January stats, you will see a total of 19298 ads served. If I had to use their calculator to calculate (their stats) what my site is worth in paid advertising, I get to a total of R2315.76. What is even greater is that those stats will normally be around 25% higher. January is a slow month, seeing that people in general only get back to their computers and the workplace from the 2nd week onwards.

Sounds awesome, doesn't it? Something that I leave alone could possibly cover a monthly car repayment? Too good to be true? Well, yes and no.

Remember that you only generate income when AdGator's clients have active campaigns with them, otherwise earnings for the days that companies don't advertise will reflect earnigns of R0.

Be that as it may, I added all my hits/impressions according to the stats I was provided with from AdGator for December 2008 and January 2009. I only added the "active" campaign dates that generated cash and came to a total of 9714 impressions (or Ads served as they like to call it).

Check out the screenshot:

So for the period of December and January, according to the calculator they use to entice bloggers to sign up with them, I could possible make R1165.68

In reality, if you add my December earnings to what I've earned in January so far, my total comes to R250.45, a far cry from the projected, calculatedR1165.68. It is almost a fifth of what they suggest you could make. Don't get me wrong, it is still good money for virtually doing nothing, but I think they need to take a more realistic approach. That said, we have to bear in mind that this program has only been running for just under 2 months and they are still signing up customers.

It is still totally worth your while to sign up with them and I suggest you get in there early. They might at some point decide to serve a limited amount of bloggers. Also remember that you need to have a decent website* with proper content to be considered at all. You also need to update regularly with decent content.

There is a huge potential here and AdGator is my second highest cash generator. The most lucrative income-generator out of the 8 companies that I am experimenting with is Kalahari.

I will probably post some real info and screen shots from them quite soon and then move on the smaller ones to show you how much moolah I managed to rake up, if any at all.

You are welcome to share your own experiences or discuss or disagree with me on these programs. Just leave a comment and I will respond promtly.

* All stats I post on this blog comes from another proper website that I run. I do not have any links on this blog to that site, as I don't really need the traffic from here to there. It is a specialised website that has nothing to do with I run this blog as a guideline to others, giving some perspective and totally free advice on websites generating cash in South-Africa. The website in question is well-read and generates huge amounts of traffic in South Africe, thus allowing me to post qualified statistics and statements. I post on this blog to give South Africans a reality check as far as the whole "working from home" dream / scam is concerned.

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