Seattle based Mpire Corporation launched a widget ad network called WidgetBucks. With this widget, bloggers can customize the type of consumer items that they want to appear in the widget. The other option is that WidgetBucks can serve up contextually relevant ads based on the topics they write about just like Adsense and its called Merchsense.
The widgets are used for selling items from 30,000 retailers, including Amazon, Shopping.com, Wal-Mart, etc. WidgetBucks shares the cost-per-click revenue with bloggers, promising the equivalent of $3 to $6 CPMs (cost-per-thousand views). When you sign-up with WidgetBucks, you’ll automatically receive a $25 bonus into your account. See the image below.
Their minimum payout is $50 so you only need another $25 to get your first ever paycheck from WidgetBucks.
Widgetbucks also have a referral system and with the referral program, affiliates can earn a 10 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people they refer. Affiliates receive this 10 percent for the full 12 months after the new member joins. Payouts to affiliates are monthly, along with their commission checks. Look at the image above, on the lower part of the image shows 3 referrals but no report on how much I earned from the people I referred. I’m hoping that on WidgetBucks next update will include how much the publishers earn from their referrals.
I have therefore, signed up for WidgetBucks. I’m hoping that it will be a great monetization tool for us bloggers and not a scam. You can take a look at my WidgetBucks shop on the footer of this page for you to have an idea what I’m talking about. I will let you know my experience and the revenue that I will get from this widget as we go along. Here’s an image that shows revenue report from my blogs that I just created.
The amount of revenue of Pay Per Click system that shows from my Real-time report is $3.53 and its for the period of October 4 – 27, 2007; then add the $25 bonus that I got for signing up with WidgetBucks is equal to $28.53. So, I still need $21.57 of clicks so that I can get my first ever payment.
I will let you know on my experience and the revenue that I will get from this widget as we go along. I advice you to sign up now and start making money through WidgetBucks. But remember, patience is virtue. Clicking your own Ads is cheating and that’s a big NO NO. People behind the system will disqualify you!
Sign up here.