Just received this notice from Nuffnang warning their affiliates from clicking on their own ads. Like any affiliate programs such as Google Adsense, Advertlets, Chitika, Kontera, and many more out there, they have very clear guidelines about clicking on your own ads for generating a higher income for themselves. I suspect the bloggers and webmaster are having a tough time trying to earn anything decent from their hard work blogging and making website.
Yes, that’s right; to build a good and proper website requires lots of hard work! Writing articles is no small joke! You would think, “Ok, I will write about this, about that,” and hopefully somebody would really love what you are writing about enough that they will visit you and then finally they see your advertisement and then click on it and viola! A few cents into your account.
Wishful thinking I suppose. Were it to be so easy, I would be a rich man by now. No. To be a really successful blogger it needs a lot of perseverance, a lot of hard work. Writing good quality articles takes time. It takes as short as half an hour for short 500 pieces to as long as an hour or two to write an article of 1,000 words. It also takes time to research, to learn about the topic to be written, compile the information, and then to put your opinion and thought into your writing process. That’s why I have a bone against those lazy webmaster who scrapes my content, articles and pictures. But if you do things online, this kind of things is bound to happen. You could of course make things harder by using some code as a discouragement, but that is only a deterrence against casual copiers, the determine scrapers can still get at your content.
Anyway, back to why people resort to click fraud, and why would they want to do so? One, their website traffic is so dismal that hardly anybody visits their website or blog. Two, they do get website traffic but hardly anybody clicks on their advertisement.
No website traffic? Like I said in some of my previous blog, don’t use free website or blogsite, they get you squat on traffic. Do at least pay for a domain name then plug into Blogger, Webs, Yola or whatever. Better if you pay for web hosting. As they said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. For the best of the best, I recommend Sitesell Site Build It or SBI for short. You won’t regret trying out SBI for sure or your money back!
Do look out for a topic dear to your heart and find one that has less competition. They don’t call it the long tail marketing for nothing. If you end up gossiping and blogging about the sun, moon and sky, who wants to read your inane post anyway?
And finally look for a good affiliate program that pays well. And I have posted before in my previous articles, Google Adsense vs Advertlets vs Nuffnang, do know that I get the best results from Google against the other two because Google got better advertisers, while between Advertlets vs Nuffnang, Advertlets fare a little better because they got more advertisers while Nuffnang is the worse as most of the time I just see their logo and hardly any advertisement. For the same duration, I think I earn 10 times more from Google Adsense then Advertlets vs Nuffnang. I wrote to them once (I forgot whether it was Advertlets or Nuffnang) complaining to them that their earning potential is poor and many times cannot see any advertiser, and they replied that I need to put their ads in a more prominent location on my webpage so that advertiser will be more willing to sign on. Then this boils down to the chicken and egg thingy. It is because their earning potential is so poor; I decided to relegate them to a corner which of course would result in a poorer performance. I had a mind to get rid of their ads because I was losing some link juice to them, but decided to hang around with them for awhile for my research purposes.
And for those desperado bloggers and webmaster who are frustrated with their earnings, don’t be. Don’t waste your time blogging for profit if you don’t plan to use some kind of website system to generate website traffic. Give Sitesell Site Build It (SBI) a chance then you will see your result grow. I have a wallpaper with this words, “Fortune comes to those who dare”. Like I said, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Below is a reprint of Nuffnang warning email for your perusal.
As you might already know, there are 2 different types of campaigns from Nuffnang: Metered (mCPM) Campaigns , which pay according to the number of visitors who see the ads; and Cost-Per-Click (CPC) campaigns, which pay bloggers based on the number of clicks generated on the ads.
It has come to our attention that certain groups have been committing click fraud, which is defined as clicking on CPC advertisements intentionally just to generate earnings for a blog’s owner. Do note that this act is an abuse of our Terms & Conditions under Section 6.
Banner ads are only supposed to be clicked on if the viewer is interested to find out more about the advertising campaign, and not for the intention of earning extra money. Should this situation worsen, the frequency of ad campaigns might be significantly reduced as we’ll only be able to sell ad spaces on blogs with no click fraud record.
Our system is capable of tracking these illegal actions which are documented and if necessary, be used as evidence for any legal purposes. In the past, Nuffnang has suspended and banned various individuals and groups for committing this offence. However, as the number of bloggers who commit this selfish act has been growing in an alarming rate within our community, we’re forced to be more vigilant and will take necessary action to ensure our other members of the community who do not engage in such act to suffer in the long run.
If you are aware of any of your friends or anyone who have been engaging in such acts, we would appreciate it if you could kindly advise them to refrain from doing so, as bloggers who are caught engaging in click fraud activities will be punished severely, either by suspension or termination.
Thank you for your attention.
Blogger Relations Department
Nuffnang Sdn Bhd