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AdBuff Review: Has this Happened to Anyone Else Who Has Used Them?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by withatwist, May 10, 2017.

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  1. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    I really didn't want to make this type of post but I feel like I have no choice since I found out about AdBuff on here.

    To give you a little background, my site has been accepted into like 10 different Ad networks including an Ad network I get paid regularly with making $8 per 1,000 views.

    Adsense recently banned me due to one of my writers trying to fleece me out of dough which led me to try AdBuff.

    So I applied, turned another one of my ad networks off and inserted AD Buff's code in its place.

    All was good. Here's my traffic for the days I tested AdBuff out. I tested them out for a week until this happened.

    One of my posts on my site had gone viral over a 3-day stretch so I made sure that I had AdBuff's ads turned on to really give them a good test.

    Here's the traffic for day 1:

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    Day 2:

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    Day 3 (Back to normal flow for my site):

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    Notice how much of the traffic came from search engines and Facebook. This is legit traffic. Just to prove my point, here's a screenshot of one of my Native Networks for the 3-day period. This to me validates the traffic as I was getting actual human clicks on several ads throughout my site and actually got some newsletter signups as well.

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    Now the only problem was that when I logged into AdBuff, I saw over 140K impressions with like $34 being made so I was little perturbed since many on BHW, whom I now believe to maybe be agents for AdBuff, made it seem like they were a good alternative to Adsense so I was expecting at least $1.50-$2 RPM, instead my ECPM was only .24 cents.

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    A far cry from the other networks I was running in this same period.

    So I sent them an email asking them why eCPM was so low, and then I got this weird cryptic email back that doesn't make any sense at all based on the above numbers:

    "Dear Publisher,

    We are very sorry to inform you that we have been unable to find advertisers to bid on the impressions for your site.

    For more information about traffic quality, please see the following page:
    https://adbuff.freshdesk.com/soluti...7-my-site-was-removed-due-to-traffic-quality-

    We are sorry and hope that if you have another site with better traffic, you will give us a try.

    Thanks,

    Adbuff Moderation Team"

    All of this traffic is legit and for the week trial of AdBuff, half that time an article went viral on site and brought in a lot of impressions.

    Most likely they won't cash me out, and that's the reason why they did that.

    I followed the link in the email and noticed this:

    "When this occurs, this is not an account ban and you will still be paid for your accrued earnings. You will just not be able to earn any future income from the site that was removed."

    So I am hoping that this is true although I haven't met their minimum yet.

    I sent them a similar email to what I posted here with these screenshots and everything as well, so we'll see if they respond.

    I can understand that if they don't like my site, they could have rejected it to begin with.

    I guess I'm a little disappointed as I was looking for an Adsense alternative and really thought that based on the reviews I saw here that Adbuff could be that one.

    Oh well! You live and you learn.

    They say I can reapply again when the traffic improves but not understanding what kind of traffic they're actually expecting out of people if over 100k impressions isn't enough in a 3-day window.

    It's almost as if as soon as I questioned them about my ECPMs being low they decided they didn't want to pay me and banned my site.
     
  2. rudrapada

    rudrapada Regular Member

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    That's a pity now,but I assure u,u hav learnt something way more valuable than that money.All the best in ur future endeavours.
     
  3. stevenjcolwell

    stevenjcolwell Registered Member

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    That's a shame i had seen a lot of good things about AdBuff and was thinking of going with them for a project but will have to look around for someone else now.
     
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    soa0611 Senior Member

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    So you are going to put back AdBistro's banners?
     
  5. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    They never left. :)

    AdBistro serves interstitial popups for me and that's where I make most of my Ad Revenue from. I made over $300 during this same time period with them. I have nothing but great things to say about them.

    I was able to use AdBistro and Adbuff at the same time, which was great.

    I was using some other banners from another network and I put them back up.
     
  6. withatwist

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    Yeah, I did. I just wish I had used my old banner network for this period because it's a wasted opportunity but oh well.
     
  7. soa0611

    soa0611 Senior Member

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    Hm, thank you for revealing AdBistro in another thread - will test them out.
    How about their standard banners? do they work also good?
     
  8. withatwist

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    Where I messed up was that I should have split tested the banners and stull had my other banner network running every other impression to at least recoup some money from banner ads.
     
  9. withatwist

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    I don't use their standard ads. I don't think they have that offer. I may have to ask them that because they approached me with this offer and never mentioned they had banner ads. I'll update this thread if they do. I'm shooting the ad manager I've been dealing with an email shortly. I was turned off at first by these type of ads but they work and it's only 20 seconds and on first site visit of day. If I want to be ruthless, I could also set up on EVERY pageview but that'd be overkill.
     
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    i am not sure FB Ads allow pop ups on a website you try to advertise with them. (i want to try FB ads)
    But you send your visitors from a page so its ok as, as i understand..
     
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    oh i see - u mentioned *interstitial*
    interesting, how do they work?
     
  12. Speedlearner

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    hey mate have you try propeller ads before how do you find them? i am also trying some adnetworks which works good
     
  13. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    It's basically an overlay on your site, and not really a popup.

    Something like this:

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    And to be honest, I have been using FB ads as well on occasion and I never received a warning for this type of ad placement. That's actually how I make money sometimes through unintentional arbitrage like how I was explaining in other thread.
     
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    withatwist Power Member

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    What a coincidence? I'm trying them now but about to give up on them. Their ads are too invasive and the pay isn't worth it. I'm in the middle of giving them a week tryout. Using their popunder solution.
     
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    Mate please update us with your results on propeller ads thanks
     
  16. soa0611

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    actually, they look very good!
    when do they pop usually? right after user opens your site?
     
  17. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    Will do!

    Yeah...on first visit and they can't close it for 20 seconds for me to get the credit for the view.

    For every 1,000 visits, probably 500-600 stay for the whole 20 seconds. They only count the people who view the ad for the full timeframe to make sure there aren't any bogus traffic spiking up the numbers.
     
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    20 seconds is tough lol. User can be a bit angry..
     
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    What is your eCPM for interstitial ads?
     
  20. withatwist

    withatwist Power Member

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    That's what I thought at first and I was skeptical. I ended up being wrong as it hasn't really affected my traffic. As long as content is good, I think folks will wait out the 20 seconds.