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eWebBuddy ditches Skribit and Kontera from today

It is very important for a blogger who is looking at blogging as a source of income to keep on experimenting and trying out new things. These new ways are generally not just included to improve site earnings but also overall usability.

Like many of my blogger friends here, I had started eWebBuddy as a medium to boost some earnings and make friends online. It also intended to share knowledge, information and updates over simple but important things. Awareness was supposed to be the key on engagement and I believe I have been doing that pretty well considering the latest Google Pagerank update.

Over the time period since inception of this blog, I added Google Ads, Chitika, Kontera, Paid Reviews and many other services for various purposes. Today, in an attempt to improve the user experience and also get rid of things that did not work for the site, I am ditching Skribit and Kontera.

Skribit was being used to enable users to provide queries, topics they would like to read about, I have received way better response via my contact form. I have used skribit on the site for more than 6months now and keeping in mind its performance, I have planned to remove it. This will also make the sidebar a little less cluttered.

Kontera are the text ads that you might have noticed on the posts earlier. The chose keywords from the text content of a page and double-underline them. When a user hovers over the link, the ad is displayed as a pop-out. The earnings of this ad-medium has been very disappointing and I have also received complains from readers stating that they found these ads to be annoying. So since my friends here do not like it and personally its not helping me much, it has to bite dust! 🙂

So from today no more pop-up ads or the green idea box in the sidebar. Some say change is meant for good, lets hope this one does! 😉 Let me know what do you think of the update. I would also really love to know if anyone has earned well with the help of Kontera text ads here. Would love to read your views. Do leave a comment below…

Piyush Agarwal
Piyush Agarwal is a part-time freelance webdesigner who loves to play with design and the web around. You can check out his designs on Technix Designs. He is also into Theatre and Photography.
http://www.piyushagarwal.com

3 Replies to “eWebBuddy ditches Skribit and Kontera from today

  1. Hi Piyush,

    This is Jonathan from Kontera. I’m happy to update you that a great number of people have had success using our network. We wouldn’t be able to stay the leading In-Text ad network, with over 15,000 Publishers and 140 million monthly page views if we weren’t able to monetize for publishers.

    In terms of your site, I can’t know without going over your account with you, but in general terms there are a variety of different factors that different considerations factor in to what ads are considered the most relevant to your site, include the content and subject matter of your web pages, traffic sources, current campaigns running, advertiser preferences, and more. It’s possible that because of one of these reasons, you weren’t receiving our premium, most desired ads.

    Again I really can’t be sure without looking at your account, but if you e-mail me I’ll be happy to look.

    Regarding In-Text ads disrupting your readers, I understand that there’s isn’t any ad platform that will ever be a 100% embraced but Kontera is far and away one of the most user friendly platforms. Because Kontera In-Texts ads are a 100% user generated, your readers only see them when they scroll over them with their mouse, meaning they only see our ads if they’re actively curious about them.

    In fact a study by comScore, the leading internet marketing research company, they found that Kontera In-Text ads were one of the least intrusive ad types. In asking site visitors which types of ad they found “very intrusive”, 63% answered Interstitial ads, 53% answered video ads, 40% for Rectangle ads, and 29% for banners, compared to only 33% of consumers finding Kontera In-Texts ads intrusive.

    You can see more results from that ComScore study here: http://www.kontera.com/advertisers/research-results

    Thanks,

    – Jonathan Cohen
    Kontera Community Manager
    [email protected]

    1. Hello Jonathan, first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to go through my blog and leaving your views here. I have been a member of Kontera almost since its inception, so I cannot say that I was not in support of the advert medium and it did seem better than the regular methods. But in all these years, no returns are the main reason of my dis-association. Also, as you mentioned that any advert medium will not get full support, unfortunately on this blog the users are not supporting it at all.

      But still since you have mentioned that you might be able to help in improving this, do let me know what information I should furnish you with in-order for you to be able to help. But quite frankly, I don’t see much coming out of this.

  2. Hey Piyush,

    I couldn’t find your account through the URL “http://www.ewebbuddy.com/”, can you either provide me with the URL you used for setting up your Kontera account or the e-mail address you used for the account?

    (You can e-mail me at [email protected] if you don’t want that information publicly displayed.)

    Thanks,

    – Jonathan

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