Bidvertiser Helps You Make Money Online

Bidvertiser, a CPC ad network that competes with Google AdSense, recently went through a top to bottom redesigned and wanted to get the word out. What better way to that than by ordering a ReviewMe review from John Chow dot Com?

I love these types of reviews because this is the kind of stuff I would have written about anyway. The fact that Bidvertiser is going to pay me for it is a bonus. I’ll chalk this one up to another win for being evil. 😈

Bidvertiser For Web Publishers

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If you already run Google AdSense on your blog, then you’ll have no problem getting up and running with Bidvertiser. I was able to set up my account within ten minutes. As far as I can see, Bidvertiser has very low entrance requirements so most sites and blogs should be approved. The question you may have is why you should even consider running Bidvertiser on your site if you already run AdSense?

One of the reasons would be the minimum payout. You only need to make $10 in order to be paid. Big publishers wouldn’t care about this but for many small blogs that are still waiting to hit that magic $100 Google payout level, getting pay at a lower level is quite attractive.

Bidvertiser Is Not Contextual

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Bidvertiser is based on the concept that you know your site better than some big Google AI. Because of that, Bidvertiser is not contextual. The publishers decides the best category to place their sites in. Therefore, if your site is about computers & Internet, you won’t have to worry about getting a fishing ad if you decided to make a post about going fishing.

The Bidvertiser Ad Control Panel

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Creating text ads with Bidvertiser is as easy as Google AdSense. They did a really good job on the redesign, making the site extremely easy to use. Like AdSenes, Bidvertiser offers options to control the colors and size the ad size. Unlike AdSense, Bidvertiser offers a custom ad size in case you don’t like any of the preset sizes.

If you’re going to run Bidvertiser alongside Google AdSense, or as a default, then you must make sure to change the color so they are not the same as the AdSense ads. Google’s new TOS states that you cannot run other ads that look and feel the same as the AdSense ads on your site. Just make sure the colors are different for Bidvertiser and AdSense and you should be OK.

Bidvertiser doesn’t seem to state their revenue share. I looked everywhere on the site but couldn’t find anything telling me how much commission they take for displaying ads on your site. What they do provide however, is the current maximum bids from advertisers. Right now, it’s from Irish Business Hosting, who will pay up to $3.03 for a click. However, it’s geo-targeted to Ireland and UK only. In second place is 24hr Forex Trading at up to $2.30 per click.

Bidvertiser For Advertisers

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Bidvertisers has their advertiser and publishers control panel on the same page. If you’re a Bidvertiser publisher, it’s real easy to become a Bidvertiser advertiser, and visa versa.

Creating an ad to use on the Bidvertiser network is as easy to do as setting up a Google Adwords ad. However, all new ads need to be approved before going live. This was when I got a taste of Bidvertiser’s excellent customer service. After looking over my ads, their rep emailed me and recommended I place the ad in four other categories that he felt would do better. I doubt you’ll get anything like that from Google.

Bidvertisers ads are sold are on a CPC model. Advertisers enter a maximum bid they’re willing to pay for a click. However, that doesn’t mean a click will always cost the bid price. Bidvertiser is set up so you only have to beat the next advertiser by 1 cent in order to take his spot. For example, if you bid $1.00 for XYZ site and the current high bid on that is 45 cents, a click from XYZ will cost you 46 cents and not a dollar.

Bidvertiser will allow you to target a group of categories or even a single site. You can even run your eBay listings through the network. Geographical targeting is also available.

Bidvertiser Ad Performance

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So far, Bidvertiser has spent $7.90 of my $50 test budget. I’m quite happy with the results because it’s really hard to get 5 cent clicks from Google Adwords anymore. The quality of the traffic Bidvertiser is sending is comparable to clicks for the Google AdSense network.

The Affiliate Program

When a user signs as an advertiser and first spends $100, Bidvertiser will credit your account with $20. When a user signs as a publisher and first earns $100, Bidvertiser will credit you another $20. That’s not bad but nowhere near as nice as the Text Link Ads affiliate program.

I have added Bidvertiser as a default to my Google AdSense. I really don’t expect to show many Bidvertiser ads since so many advertisers buy Google Sitematch ads on this blog. What I like most about Bidvertiser comes from the advertiser side. While Bidvertiser can’t deliver the same amount traffic as Google Adwords, that traffic cost less money. Saving money is always a good thing. πŸ™‚


98 thoughts on “Bidvertiser Helps You Make Money Online”

  1. John, that is a very informative review. Good job. πŸ™‚

    1. Alex says:

      Yeah, Bidvertiser made a good $300 investment :mrgreen:

      1. I think anyone who spends the $300 is making a good investment

        😎

        1. Derrich says:

          ‘Cept for IPOJourney.com. πŸ˜›

          1. Alex says:

            $300 was definitely not a good investment for IPO..

          2. Jonix says:

            Yep indeed.

            Bidvertiser is growing, and more and more publishers are using bidvertiser instead of adsense. Specially (of course) the banned adsense publishers.

          3. Marc says:

            Are you guys nuts? That’s the best $300 that guy ever spent. Already he’s shifted away from what was a terrible idea that would have flopped hard. Criticism sucks, but spending $300 to get the volume of honest feedback he got was totally worth it.

          4. Alex says:

            That’s all true, he was satisfied with the review. But that still doesn’t change the fact that he paid $300 for trashing..

          5. Dave says:

            I have to agree with Marc, he got more publicity than most Review Me subjects get πŸ™‚

          6. TJ says:

            Great thing about Bidvertiser is that you have a good possibility allow/decline ads that are showing in your blog. You may decline all nonsense bull**** ads and only show relevant ones.

    2. Babak says:

      actually it is quite lopsided… if you bother to do a quick search of webmasters reviews at digital point and elsewhere. they have one of the worst reps out there.

      1. Jonix says:

        For the publishers that were banned from adsense, is the best substitute.

      2. Gath says:

        Yeah – BidVertiser has a shocking reputation. Extremely low payouts & crap traffic for advertisers.

        1. Marc says:

          Disappointing, but good to know. It’s always tough to gauge new programs from the outside looking in.

          1. Alex says:

            At least Bidvertiser improved its ad design 😎

        2. msdanielle says:

          i can’t stand bidvertiser. as an advertiser the back end sucks. i just did a search for “john chow” and it kicked back a “real estate for sale” site and an “animal care and rescue” site. there’s virtually no way to find these sites unless you wade thru the pages and pages of categories, and you know what you’re looking for. yea they had a face lift, but the system still sucks. until they make real changes, they won’t have the quality advertisers that the search engines have (or even adbrite has!). there’s not a lot of transparency either so i don’t trust them as a company altogether.

      3. Dave says:

        Well, to be fair John can’t really infer any of that from the limited scope he has to deal with.

        1. Babak says:

          yeah, you’re right… I mean what does John know about internet/online advertising or marketing, right?

          πŸ™„

    3. blogdinero says:

      Buena noticia para los hispanos, BidVertiser now supports spanish sites
      πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
      http://blogdinero.blogspot.com/2007/04/bidvertiser-now-supports-spanish.html

  2. Sounds pretty good. I think I’m going to try and sign up later today when I’m done with classes, now that I have read your review.

    1. Dave says:

      Contextual ads are where it’s at, in my opinion πŸ™‚

  3. Mosley says:

    I like this review alot. It looked long but was a fast read.

    I am going to have to look in to them. Since my blog is really really small i would benafit from the $10 payout, that way i will get paid every month. Pluse the cheaper ads make me think about advertising.

  4. Vik says:

    Yea I’ve been using bidvertiser for a while now and its not bad considering the $10 payout. That’s the main thing that will attract a lot of publishers.

  5. Ali says:

    I see you’ve taken off the Auction Ads from your site. Didn’t convert much did they?

    1. Alex says:

      John got banned by the evil AA 😈

        1. Jonix says:

          Because of the blackHat trick he posted about the iframe :mrgreen:

          1. Marc says:

            Burn! I suppose you can’t be that evil without being burned from time to time. That’s why I try to hang on the lighter side of evil.

          2. Jonix says:

            Marc, put a foot on evil and the other foot on good. keep the balance balanced :mrgreen:

      1. Dave says:

        Yeah, I don’t think AA was the evil out of that situation πŸ™‚

    2. Derrich says:

      Oh, they convert. 😈

  6. TJantunen says:

    I have also tested bidvertiser ad campaign and I find it very useful. Here is my blog post adwors vs. bidvertiser http://tjantunen.com/2007/04/09/bidvertiser-vs-google-adwords/

    1. Alex says:

      Good article T, but you may at least want to change the color of your Bidvertiser ads before Google bans you 😐

      1. Jonix says:

        :mrgreen: i must agree, both cannot servive in the same place

      2. Marc says:

        Yeah that’s just asking for it 😯

        Don’t want to anger the big G.

        1. TJ says:

          Thanks for the tip, I have to change my bidvertiser colors asap

  7. blogdinero says:

    Really the TOS talk about this? there’s a risk to be banned

    1. Alex says:

      I’m still not sure if you are allowed to have Bidvertiser and Google AdSense ads on the same page πŸ˜•

      1. James says:

        Competitive Ads and Services

        In order to prevent user confusion, we do not permit Google ads or search boxes to be published on websites that also contain other ads or services formatted to use the same layout and colors as the Google ads or search boxes on that site. Although you may sell ads directly on your site, it is your responsibility to ensure these ads cannot be confused with Google ads.

        https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&sourceid=aso&subid=ww-ww-et-asui&medium=link&hl=en_US

        Basically, don’t make the competing ads look like Adsense ads. HTH

        1. derrich says:

          I’ve even read some things that say AdSense and Kontera shouldn’t be mixed. I’ve had no issues to date, but it’s only been a couple of months.

          1. Jonix says:

            Kontera can survive with adsense, but bidvertiser, i doubt it.

        2. Gath says:

          The BidVertiser ads look just like Adsense – there is no way Google is going to allow you to have them on the same site.

          1. Alex says:

            Thanks James, my doubts are gone πŸ™‚

          2. James says:

            my pleasure!

    2. Dave says:

      If you are displaying other contextual ads with Google ads they have to look different or you can get banned.

  8. John, what do you mean by running bidvertiser as a default to adsense?

    FT

  9. Piggy says:

    Can you run bidvertiser alongisde adsense?

    1. Did you read the review?
      “If you’re going to run Bidvertiser alongside Google AdSense, or as a default, then you must make sure to change the color so they are not the same as the AdSense ads.”……

    2. Derrich says:

      I always thought it was a violation of the Google AdSense TOS. But I’ve seen some sites running a couple of different ad services for awhile now. ❓

  10. Mosley says:

    I find that the ads the show are crapy! They are for site that no one would ever want to goto. πŸ™

    Still I am going to give them a try.

    1. Jonix says:

      If you have adsense, don’t put bidvertiser

    2. Gath says:

      Because of all the fraud issues, reputable advertisers stick with Adsense/YPN/MS Adcenter.

      1. Alex says:

        Azoogle ads seem to be quite reputable too..

        1. Jonix says:

          azoogle ads has nothing to do with ppc, alex… 😯

    3. Dave says:

      With Bidvertiser it’s up to you to pick the best category for your site. So if you pick a category that doesn’t convert….well it’s your own fault!

  11. Ronaldo says:

    Could be a cheaper alternative to my AdWords campaing for Agloco. There’s a $20 bΓ΄nus for new advertisers.

    1. Dave says:

      You can get $50 bonuses for Google Adwords.

      1. TJantunen says:

        Jep, but $50 with adwords is a very little amount. In my experience, you should use much more than just $50 to get your ad visible good enough with adwords.

        1. I would have to agree, y9ou need to spend more than $50.

  12. Martin Reed says:

    I may give them a trial run in the future, I doubt they are going to beat my current eCPM with Google though!

  13. James says:

    Very nice I like the small payout amount for those of us that aren’t making tons of money yet.

    I am going to try it out.

  14. I have an account but haven’t used it for ever. Maybe I will log in to see the changes, but the quality of the ads is still going to be an issue.

  15. BidVertiser now out ranks you in google for the term “make money online”

    1. Dave says:

      Maybe in part because of the link they are getting from this review? πŸ™‚

    2. Dan says:

      lol now thats evil πŸ‘Ώ

      1. Alex says:

        It won’t be long before John takes the first place with his Review My Blog batches 😈

        1. Alex says:

          FYI.. Bidvertiser was first for ‘make money online’ long time ago 😎

  16. Amanda says:

    I use bidvertiser as a publisher and they aren’t crediting my accounts with all my clicks and i thought they weren’t so i asked my friend to click and it was 4 days ago and still no credit.
    i’m not pleased at all.

    1. Alex says:

      Maybe your friend didn’t click it πŸ™‚

      1. msdanielle says:

        lol that’s funny…

  17. NateBlock says:

    I currently have AuctionAds running on my site…this looks like a perhaps better alternative. Or perhaps I’ll just run both. 😈

  18. shokthx says:

    I really appreciate reviews like this. It saved signing up for something just to find out how it works.

  19. Dave says:

    I looked at Bidvertiser a while ago, I was kinda annoyed that they didn’t have a contact phone number on their site.

  20. The minimum payout looks very appealing to new/small-content publishers alright.

  21. Piggy says:

    ive read many bad things about bidvertiser in the past… but maybe they have changed with this new facelift?

    1. Alex says:

      Their commission rates are said to be awful πŸ‘Ώ

    2. I have, too — all that bad rep must’ve urged them to improve their services somehow.

  22. I tested bidvertiser for a while; it didn’t do any good to my income for various reasons. They gotto bring Image Ads options instead of just text ads.

  23. Russ says:

    Nice review, wow you got paid from a pretty good company! $300 was worth it for them.. I’m using bidvertiser right now, but I only added one AD cause I don’t want to spam it.

  24. Great Review John,

    but I have tried them out before for a week trial and no clicks at all. There ads are not relevant and I don’t think they have enough advertisers to support all their publishers niches.

    1. Alex says:

      They’ll be getting more publishers as time goes by..

  25. I am in. Adsense is ok, but I just haven’t generated enough traffic yet. I am having a hell of a time getting decent traffic numbers. Oh well, you win some you loose some.

  26. Does this violate the AdSense terms? The odds, while not contextual, look a lot like AdSense ads.

  27. Bidvertiser, I am using it and just make a penny from it

    1. hahaa yeah. it wasn’t worth it. i used it for quite a while and learned that it was not for me. but maybe for some publishers it is atleast worth trying.

  28. Amanda says:

    My friend did click it. Since I did a failsafe and asked 3, at least one of them was going to be good and click it.

    I was accepted into Burst which from what I’ve been hearing is 2nd only to google, and after 1 day I’m already seeing better results than I ever did with bidvertiser and adbrite.

  29. uncle sha says:

    I might try this … it seems Bidvertiser has more ‘accurate’ ads. yeah somtimes, on my blog i get unrelated ads by adsense

  30. they send me a crapful of spam emails

  31. Since when has attracting publishers been a bad thing? CPA networks pay through the nose to reach them.

  32. Mr. Red says:

    I did not have any real luck with bidvertiser, maybe i did not use them properly, in well good enough positions. I will most likely try it again.

  33. Sean says:

    Hey Guys, BidVertizer is a FRAUD… I have people clicking my ads all the time BUT it NEVER shows up in the earning EVER!!!

    If I am lucky I make $7/day when I make $60/day from Adsense…

    http://www.LenderNotes.com/

  34. Thank you for the review! I’ll have to try Bidvertiser against my AdSense ads.

  35. Amanda says:

    I prefer burst I wonder if JOhn can write about how to better expose burst account

  36. I put Bidvertiser on my website today, replacing my Adsense, just to test how good it is. Lets give it a run for a week. If it is true that it’s a crap, I will ditch it..

  37. Another great ad program. Keep up the good research! I personally can’t wait till I qualify for TLA. Too bad my Alexa rankings aren’t updated enough!

    -Sam from MarketMatador.com

  38. puy says:

    Yes i had this ads but i still not good as you to promote it. Still i used my blog to refer the other programs. Before that i wanna make more traffic to my blog. Thanks for sharing the references.

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