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Chitika Drops Linx Ads

Chitika Drops Linx Ads!?

Chitika Linx Gone

Chitika Linx

Chitika one of the rising stars of the internet advertisement world has effectively dropped their very popular linx ad units. These units were high yield ad units for publishers, and ow they’ve been dropped, or at the very least taken down a peg. I’ve personally seen my Chitika income drop by 80% ouch! They offer premium ads, but these ads pay a horribly low cpc rate. I’m really distraught here, I mean I loved those ads. They were a boost to my revenue stream. I think I’m switching over to Vibrantmedia Intellitxt. I have an account with them, but man I really like those linx ads from chitika.

My account rep Tom Reynolds had contacted me a few days ago to notify me (and other people im sure) of the changes ahead. I emailed him today to see if there was any way to switch back and he tells me “This unfortunately is out of my hands. The links product was not working for the advertisers that we work with.” I believe him to, seems to be pretty nice guy.

Im sure this is going to “hugely” reduce Chitika’s intext market share, as well as erode their publisher base.

If you find yourself in the my shoes here are some alternative In-Text link providers.

Other Providers
Intellitxt by Vibrantmedia (very nice looking)
Infolinks by Infolinks (maybe the next best thing)
ContentLink by Kontera (they blow really)
Inline Ads by Adbrite (don’t think they pay well)

This may leave room for some other company to come in a scoop up some very profitable market share.

What do you think?
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7 thoughts on “Chitika Drops Linx Ads

  1. I bought into their “we are testing” thing! How dum I was! So they’re actually ditching Lynx, and now I’m losing money, since i’m not using Infolinks, shame on Chitika for lying to its publishers! 🙁

    regarding Vibrant, do you happen to have an invite,or some affiliate link?

  2. Hey thanks for the post.
    Try emailing ed.fischetti@vibrantmedia.com you can mention my site if you want.

    If you sign up they take forever to approve/deny your site. Took me like four months.
    In the meantime you could try Infolinks right?

    What Im seeing so far with vibrant media is a very high cpc, but very low ctr. They are selective about what they target and they have big customers like IBM, Microsoft, etc. Its one of those quality vs. quantity things. Ill most likely stick with them.

    As far ditching them i may have over sensationalized my post title, they are moving away from it because there advertisers no longer like the unit. I’m guessing they will totally ditch it one day. Either way its not the great little ad niche it used to be.

  3. Thanks for vibrant!

    And keep up the good work on your blog, been checking a few more articles, and there’s some quite interesting content: I subscribed to your feed! 🙂

  4. @John,

    Just to clarify, the new Linx testing was to be a solution to issues with our regular Linx product. This was completely unrelated to the regular Linx that our publishers are running.

    Now that the testing is over, we will be collecting the feedback and stats analysis so we can create a better in-text ad unit in the future.

    Karla
    Chitika, Inc.

  5. @Karla

    My rep says and im quoting this from my email this is part of the conversation….
    ———————————————————
    “What has happened is the advertiser base that we are using to serve ads to the links products are not feeling its as great of a match as it used to be. I work with Chitka’s top performing publishers and have great success with the premium units.”

    “What I mean by adding another links/in text ad provider I am suggesting kontera or another competitor. Using this in combination with the premium and your adsense I think you will see quite a bit more revenue.”

    “I know you are happy with your current earnings and I am as well. But I we have no control when the adverts say this is not how they want to be served we have to comply. I hate to be the bearer of bad news..”
    ———————————————————

    So what you are saying doesn’t jive with what my rep is telling me.

    When he says
    “What has happened is the advertiser base that we are using to serve ads to the links products are not feeling its as great of a match as it used to be. I work with Chitka’s top performing publishers and have great success with the premium units.”

    Thats pretty straight forward. Linx are not working, so they are pushing premium ads.