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Once upon a time in a webmaster's galaxy

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by magicbuckster, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. magicbuckster

    magicbuckster Newbie

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    Few month ago, I've started a similar topic on one of the Russian speaking boards, where I was sharing some experience and ideas on how to earn money, when the entire world screws up:) For my surprise, that post became a quite popular and brought few additional bucks from an active referrals. All these simple factors brought this post here, I hope it will be useful.

    Disclaimer:
    Some of the methods, provided below are not working anymore and some of them are still in a game. This is not a step by step guide, be patient and think carefully to apply all the info correctly and succeed.

    Background:

    It's all about browser addons, extensions, plug-ins, toolbars, call it whatever you like.
    First there were toolbars:) I've started at early 2010, when you could bundle any software with a toolbar by PPI (lovely days). Yahoo, Ask and Babylon toolbars were the most common and popular one's. It was quite profitable, but, in the end, ratio wend down and price per install went up. Plus installer itself had a lot of issues: ban from a platform from one hand, and flag from antivirus from another.
    I've made some researches and, probably, found out the true value of price per install - ad replacement and injection. Imaging, that you are able to monetize users NOT only at a single website, you can do this constantly all over the web, while users surfs. All these inspired me to build my own toolbar with monetizations within. Here the pitfalls come, in addition to toolbar support and development, install acquiring, I needed direct advertisers (ad providers). It was hard to do a triple job, but it was worth it.
    The finale was the same, more of expenses, less of profits. Adsense started to ban my accounts, once the toolbars started to violate their policies. That's where I've started to look for a new options.
    Chrome extensions rescued me, literally. You can behave as a toolbar, but you don't need to use installer at all. Plus, extensions themselves a pretty easy in development, even for a schoolboy.
    Here is the case - create a chrome store dev acc, build an extension (better tree), develop a landing. And here is a magic started (with, unfortunately, died not so long time ago with a chrome update) - landing page with dialog window, which couldn't be closed without installing an extension. Install ratio was really strong. Purchase and send some traffic to a landing, get installs, push monetizations, ...., profit ;)

    Monetizations:

    This something, I should describe separately, since this side of the business changes rapidly. There are dozens of networks, to monetize extensions with, but only few of decent. These networks manage all the ads side on revenue share mostly. The integration itself is almost the same for all of the market players, not going to focus in that.

    My first network came from the foreign boards - Fairshare. Not an interesting story with the reports via email, low revenues and slack support.

    Monetizus was the second one. I also signed up, grabbed a code, integrated and ... it was sad:) . I've dropped my traffic down in a week or so. But it wasn't my end with Monetizus.
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    Adonads was my choice for some time. Profit was higher, support was OK, bearable uninstalls, webmoney payments, all is stable. Here is my stats with them.
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    In a month or so Monetizus pinged me and started to dig, why I left (because of revenues, of course). But, it happened, that the code I've used had a light monetization methods enabled - something, that won't bring you much revenues, but won't kill your userbase. I dunno, why they use this by default. Anyways, after a communication with a support, i've got a are set up (intext, afflinks, pops (4-5 impressions per user), coupons, search injection, banner replacement). And .... everything has changed. Proof.

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    This is my old report, from the original post, a lot of things has changed since that days. In order to be 100% transparent here, here's my fresh one:

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    Ah, yes, there was one more network from India with a daily payments. It was super profitable in a Skype chat, but kinda lower in reality, and I've turned them off in a week. For that, I was refused to be payed (terms, violation, as my contact person said, traffic was stopped without a notice). This is how my daily payments turned into a zero payments:)


    Summing up, what am I trying to say here - my road in this bis turned a dozen of times, I went up and down, but always tried and found a new ways to get back on top. I hope, so do you. Never give up. Keep working hard and you'll get what you want, despite the entire world screws up:)

    Btw, refs are welcome!
     
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  2. Jayder

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    Bitch please

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    I think affiliate links are not allowed in posts.
     
  4. magicbuckster

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    My respect, bro :)
     
  5. magicbuckster

    magicbuckster Newbie

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    Didn't know, thanks mate!
     
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    So eye opening, I almost fell of my dinosaur
     
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    I think I may have just farted. It was either me, my dog or I smell this way. The dog looks funny, may have been him.

    So what's this thread about? Someone posted a affiliate link somewhere? Someone made money? Am I supposed to click on something.

    Still relaxed from Scarlet Pimp's relaxing antistress music.