September 27, 2008

Chitika & Adsense

A few days ago I saw this in a forum-

Question: Can you put Chitika’s eMiniMalls ads on the same page with Google Adsense?

Answer: Yes. But you have to use non contextual Chitika ads (Just as is the case with using non contextual Adbrite ads with Adsense).

Adsense also backs this up here.
Chitika also backs this up here.

Some notes:
  • I have tried using Chitika eMiniMalls ads and its fairly easy to use and you can really key into whats being displayed on the ad units by specifying a set of 'keywords' in the script that they provide.
  • Have noticed a slight decrease in Adsense earnings when put together with Adsense but both Chitika ads and Adsense ads were still able to earn regardless.

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September 3, 2008

Label Cloud In Blogger

You may have noticed recently that some of the blogs featured here at Bloggers Vault have implemented the Label Cloud instead of a list which could eventually grow into a very long list over time. Adding a Label Cloud to Blogger blog or any site for that matter makes navigating through content a bit more organic. Some like to use them, some don't. So since I'm beginning to experiment with implementing Label Clouds on a few blogs, I wanted to post the links I ran into while researching on how to use these clouds on my Blogger blogs and share them with you.

I'll update this list if I run into other resources or if any other resource is suggested on this post... so feel free to comment or suggest!
  1. Phydeaux3's Method: Beta-Blogger-Label-Cloud
  2. Aneesh's Method: Label Cloud Widget - simplified version of Phydeaux3's Method
  3. Amanda's & Roy's Method: Animated Label Cloud - example can be seen on this blog - right column under 'Label Cloud'
All these methods for implementing the Label Cloud in Blogger blogs work great (given the installation worked smoothly). Hope this list helps!

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September 1, 2008

Using multiple sites in GAN

I chose to re-post this from a comments thread that exist in the Google Affiliate Network Blog so that I would not have to search for it if I ever had to. The source comes directly from one of the support members involved in the GAN blog: Bare in mind that these methods that I'm about paste onto this post could change due to the constant upgrades and improvements that GAN is going through. The date and time that these methods were given out was on July 15, 2008 8:32 AM by Google Affiliate Network Marketing.

Google Affiliate Network publishers can use as many sites as they like. However, ConnectCommerce only allows one site to be associated to each account.

You have three options to use multiple sites in Google Affiliate Network:

1) Create separate Google Affiliate Network accounts for each site you want to have advertiser links on. You will have to submit separate applications for each site you want a Google Affiliate Network account opened for.

2) Use member identification (MID) tracking.

MID tracking is a system where you give certain links separate codes so you can tell which site the click came from. MID tracking is necessary if you wish to keep track of commissions made from each site separately.

To utilize MID tracking, append your standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link with an additional URL parameter beginning with the characters mid=

For example, a standard Google Affiliate Network tracking link looks like:


where lid is the unique ID of the link assigned to you by Google Affiliate Network, and pubid is the unique number that identifies each affiliate publisher.

To use MID tracking, add the MID parameter (&mid=) to the end of the link, such as:


where xxx = a unique identifier that corresponds to the website that you need to track separately. MID’s can be up to 256 characters long, and all special characters must be HTML encoded.

Publishers should not be passing any personally identifiable information (such as email address, social security number, banking information, etc.) in the MID field. If this is done, Google Affiliate Network will purge the information from our system and it will not be recoverable.

3) Use one Google Affiliate Network account. You would use the same link on all sites and track all activity in aggregate.

If you are going to use option 2 or 3, please also make sure to list all of the sites that are associated with your account in the "Publisher Site Description" section of your account profile in ConnectCommerce.

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Google Ads & Other Ads?

I came across this informative content from the Adsense Help Center which answered a particular question that my colleagues and I had:

Can I place Google ads on the same page with other ads?

"You're welcome to display Google ads on the same site or page as other third party advertisements provided that the formatting or colors of the third party ads is different enough from that of the Google ads. In other words, if you choose to place non-Google ads on the same site or page as Google ads, it should always be clear to the user that the ads are served by different advertising networks and that the non-Google ads have no association with Google. If the formats are naturally similar, we ask that you choose different color schemes for the competing ads."

More info can be found at the Program Policies page.

Also see Terms and Conditions.

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