Interesting that today I was going to say I’m very pleased with my WidgetBuck tests, but over at Shoemoney, Jeremy gives it a thumbs down. There seems to be some bias to his report (possibly related to his past dealings with AuctionAds and WidgetBucks). You can read about it here.
Here is what I know. I’m a blogger and I use WidgetBucks. I added it to two sites that were poor performers with AdSense. Over the years, I’ve worked with blending, not-blending, white backgrounds, color backgrounds and various ad format, but my CTR was extremely poor with AdSense. I thought this would be a good test for WidgetBucks. Immediately, I was receving some good clicks that showed promise. I’m still not making a ton off of these sites, but already, I’ve exceeded my poor AdSense numbers.
I have to disagree with the ’10 second load’, my ads were showing up in 5 seconds. Granted, this is still a lag, but the quality of the ads almost justify the load time. Again, I have to say they’re much better than ShopperAds out there currently. My biggest complaint with WidgetBucks is the category selection. There needs to be more. My niches are pretty obscure, so it’s hard to find a good home for these ads. I think I’ll continue to test for a bit, before giving it a full thumbs up or thumbs down, but so far, I’m pleased with what I’m seeing.