Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban

Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban

Some people have said that advertising and marketing are even more important than the product or service itself. If no one knows about what you have to offer, it doesn’t matter how good it is. You also want to give people the most positive impression of your product, service, or website as possible, even before they have a chance to try it out first hand.

In an Internet filled with so many banner ads, it is easy to get lost in the mix and hiring a professional ad agency to design your banners can get very expensive, very quickly. There is at least one alternative, however.

The people behind Abracadaban ordered up this sponsored review on John Chow dot Com to tell you about how you can buy custom animated banners for only a few dollars. And you can make money doing it too.

It’s Not Exactly Like Magic

I understand that they’re trying to evoke certain connotations related to magic, but the Abracadaban (beta) name isn’t exactly the easiest thing to remember perfectly. Clearly an off-shoot of abracadabra, Abracadaban can easily be mistaken for countless other slight variations. This could present an issue with branding.

Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban

Regarding the service itself, Abracadaban (beta) gives you the ability to purchase a wide range of advertising banners, both in animated GIF and Flash formats, for between $2 and $7 per unit. A number of ad sizes are available too, including 125×125, 468×60, 120×600, and 300×250.

After signing up for a free account, you can work from both sides of the transaction. One unified account is used to create ads for sale and to purchase ads created by other designers. The user dashboard also gives you access to a myriad of stats.

How Much Do the Designers Make?

With each purchased ad unit, the designers within the Abracadaban community make a cut. The average commission rate is 40%. I personally think that the commission should be at least 50%, but it’s up to you to decide whether the 40% rate is fair. Remember that, based on this scale, a $5 sale only results in a $2 commission. The prices are low, so if you want to make money as a designer here, you’ll need to work on volume.

Using the Ad Creation Wizard

Since the banner maker service is still in its relative infancy, there aren’t too many options in the marketplace right now. This will hopefully grow in the future, because running a search using the tool in the sidebar does not yield too many possibilities.

Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban

For the time being, it may be more effective to use the category listing to find a banner that suits your needs. After choosing one of the banner designs, you can then select its size and look at related banners.

The banners are not static, both in terms of content and color scheme. The customization tool allows you to adjust the text and the background color (including gradients), add your own images and music, and switch up the animation effects. Each banner can accept up to four sets of text that animate one after the other.

Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban

The wizard is very easy to understand, but it also offers a great deal of personalization possibilities. For the 468×60 banner that I created for my freelance writing services site, the total cost with animations was just three dollars. This is very affordable and makes for a more interesting banner than a static image.

Should You Go Pro Too?

In addition to the regular free account, Abracadaban also offers a premium pro account for $4 a month. This gives you unlimited upload space, help desk support, more pictures per ad, monthly reports and more.

To help kickstart the community, the developers behind Abracadaban are offering thirty free “Pro” accounts to the first 30 confirmed users coming from John Chow dot Com. You can’t beat the price of free and if you happen to sell a few banners along the way, you can come up with a healthy profit too.


83 thoughts on “Buy and Sell Ad Banners with Abracadaban”

  1. I’m on it :)Looks very cool and will be signing up right now 🙂

  2. Amar says:

    Great site john, I just checked it and seems pretty nice and a pro membership for 4$ a month is a steal. 🙂

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      I think it is not written by john himself but it is a guest post by Michael Kwan.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Oh really? I didn’t notice it was written by Michael Kwan, I was focusing on the content! Very interesting offer…except the very low commission…

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          Yeah, a very interesting offer, and I really like it that they are giving pro accounts to John Chow Fans.

          1. I’m sure this was a great way to persuade him to give such great coverage!!! i just don’t like banner ads.a

      2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Yea, actually when I read the 3rd paragraph and I noticed that this article was not wrote by John and I scrolled to the top and checked who was the writer, it was Michael Kwan.

        1. LetUpdate says:

          Yes, and michael kwan occasionally write for john in this blog.

          1. Sahil Kotak says:

            Yes, I checked his post now, and they are good.

          2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            Yea, I noticed that too as I always saw Michael Kwan wrote article here. Actually you can differentiate the writing style of John and Michael, they both have different writing style.

          3. gaban says:

            is John recruit another writer?

          4. Kelwin mostly handle paid review here.

            -Shanker Bakshi

          5. Ben Pei says:

            You haven’t been reading JCDC enough!

        2. Sahil Kotak says:

          What did you see in the third para.. Lee? I think it would be that image, right?

          1. Benjamin Cip says:

            I think John already mentioned about Michael Kwan in an article before, saying that he mostly handle John’s reviews work.

      3. Ben Pei says:

        That’s very common.. Mike writes very good reviews!

  3. Melvin says:

    Well as always, I try startup stuffs so Im looking forward to it..

    1. nathan says:

      I really want to learn about creating banners and stuffs. You could earn money just by creating this if you’re really good at it.

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        Yeah, you can earn good by making banners. Did you sign up there?

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      Nice Melvin, did you sign up there? It would be interesting to know that you signed up as a designer or an advertiser?

    3. I can design my creative myself , but still feel i should hire someone for this job, I am not happy with creatives i designed to promote my new eBook on eMail Marketing.

      -Shanker Bakshi

      1. Hiya Shanker, cool bumping into you here. I’m a regular on your blog. It is true, that no matter how good a graphic designer one could possibly be, another person’s work and perspective can often just be plain better, or serve as inspiration to alter one’s own perspective. Radically so, in fact.

  4. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Very interesting! I’ve signed up, but how can we claim and upgraded to free “Pro” account?

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Will you sign-up as a designer or as an advertiser looking for banner design?

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        I think once we sign up and we can be both characters. Have you signed up Ben and upgraded to Pro for free? 😀

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          I signed up there and got his mail of upgrading me to Pro. Till now I have seen some banners and like them. Will be buying one or two soon.

          1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            Me too just received his email just now, he upgraded my account automatically without needing me to send him an email. Very efficiency. 🙂

          2. Benjamin Cip says:

            Actually I haven’t signed up yet. I found LogoMyWay offer more interesting as their contest make you earn arround $250 to $500 (if you win), but the competition is very difficult are there’re a lot of good designers there.

  5. Hmm, I have always thought this stuff was a little over my head, but this startup seems to be simplifying things a little for noobs like me!

    I like the look of the interface. Will have to give it a look!

  6. This sounds like a really sweet product on both sides. I kind of agree with you that 50% might not be worth a designer’s time unless they’re just using templates that they can edit in 5 min. Even then, that’s a maximum of $3.5 * 12 = $42/hour. That’s good money (at 40 hours a week it would be about $84k/year), but pretty optimistic numbers.

  7. Thanks for this post John, well done.

    @Lee Ka Hoong: please just send us an email with your login and we will upgrade your account 😉

    @Props Blog Ideas: thanks for your comment, 50% sounds better but as you said, even 40% can be very interesting for someone publishing many templates because once the templates have been approved, it can be sold many times with no time limit. So it could be a good monthly revenue.

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Thanks Alexandre Hattab for the free upgrade to Pro account! I appreciate it! I’ll work out something there. 🙂

    2. LetUpdate says:

      @ Alexandre Hattab
      I think you should allow user upgrade their account instead must email you.

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Alexandre Hattad wants us to email him to upgrade to Pro account because he is offering Pro account to first 30 registered member from John Chow blog. After all, you can upgrade to Pro account with a click in your account and make payment, that’s automation upgrade system. 🙂

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          Yeah, I signed up, but i forgot to mail him. But he upgraded me to Pro and I got his mail later telling me thanks for signing up and I have upgraded you to pro account.

          1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            I’ve signed up and just left a comment asking him how to upgrade to Pro account and he upgraded my account immediately. 🙂

    3. Sahil Kotak says:

      Thanks for Free Upgrade Alexandre Hattab.

  8. I was thinking about it more, and I actually could use a little clarification… I’m not gifted with graphics, so I would actually be interested in purchasing some attractive banners which it seems like I will be able to find on this site…
    Will I have to pay a monthly fee for the ads or can I download them and use them on any site? Am I just paying for adspace on their affiliate pages? I’m also going to check their site for answers, but that might be something other people are curious about too.

  9. EarningStep says:

    this is crazy .. i am looking for this right now.. how lucky i am…. thank michael…

  10. Blogging says:

    I might be interested in creating and selling banners, will I be charged for this also? SY

    1. nathan says:

      If you’re really good at it or you create some unique banners then you will be paid.

  11. Daan says:

    You’re seriously good in this business. I’ve been reading your e-book plus this blog to build my own blog When i get You’ve been a great help. Thanks again. Once my blog is up and running I’ll definitely catch up with you and look into this. Thanks for your help!

  12. Sahil Kotak says:

    Hey Nice site there Michael, I signed up just now and checked it. It is very good one and will use it to buy some banners if I like.


  13. Abracadaban says:

    Hello everyone!
    Thanks for all your positive comments! It was a long way to come to you today, so it’s even more energizing and gives us the power to keep going 🙂
    We created this website to give everyone a chance to make or save money. We are very confident we will achieve our goals, more than ever with your reviews!

    @Lee Ka Hoong: your account is already upgraded 🙂
    For the others, please send us an email here : [email protected]
    @Props Blog Ideas: thanks for your comment. The level of commission is based on the investment to develop the website and the banner generator (that allows full customization of the banner) and the expenses required to maintain it. The website will also evolve and the business model was designed to be sustainable for all parties, including the company 😉
    We will definitely increase this amount as soon as we can.
    @Props Blog Ideas: on our website, you can buy the banner for once and then you can use it as long as you need it (no fees). You can display your banner wherever you want. The download option is not yet available (will be available in a few weeks).
    No fees for ad space as the banner is yours.
    @Blogging: creating and selling banners is totally free. We will give you a 40% commission each time your banner is sold.

    Tell your friends about us.
    See you on !

    1. Blogging says:

      Thanks for answering our questions! SY

    2. This sounds like a pretty sweet deal. getting a super attractive banner for ~$5 seems extremely reasonable for those who are not graphically gifted.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Why don’t you create a $1 referral program to make us promote your site? It’s less expansive than a review, plus it’ll get you some new users ;)… just kidding, I know it’s not likely to happen… but who knows? I could also write a review

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          I think they already have affiliate program and now they just need to highlight it. 😉

          1. Benjamin Cip says:

            How much commission do you earn from the referral program?

    3. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Thanks for the upgrade friend!

    4. Your name is a bit of a tongue twister, but I like your concept very much. It would be a bigger motivator for designers if there was more money in it for them, so your participants will be people batting for both team, so to speak 😉

      1. Apologies! Let me rephrase that to “…people primarily batting for both teams….”

        My typing sucks, and my mind is usually miles ahead of my fingers, sorry for that!

  14. fas says:

    Looks nice, worth a try.

  15. What type of fees does this service charge?

  16. aansa says:

    I have registered for free account and would like to have it upgraded to pro for free 🙂

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      is it possible to upgrade it to pro for free?! If the pro version is also free, why do we need to register to the free version? lol 😉 Unless it’s a limited offer to new members! It’d be very interesting.

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Yea Ben, it’s possible. He mentioned that we can be upgraded to Pro account for free with we are the first 30 registered member from JohnChow blog. I’m one of them. 😀

      2. Sahil Kotak says:

        Hey Ben, he will upgrade first 30 members to pro account. I think you need to hurry up now.

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      Hi Just mail him, and he will upgrade you soon.

  17. Nathan says:

    It looks interesting.Im going to register for a trial and see what it is like.

    1. nathan says:

      Hey, how come my picture appeared here eventhough I’m not the one who commented on it.

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Because he is using the same name or email as yours? Or I think the purpose of doing this is to overtake your link juice in Top Commentator section. You might need to contact John to resolve this issue.

  18. On the name of Abracadaban issue that you point out, im totally agree with that.

    With that name, it will definitely need extremely a lot of effort to increase the brand awareness.

    Even when I want to write this comment, I have to to scroll up for a few times to write the name of this service.

    Sincerely, I don’t feel to write the name again coz it is pretty hard to remember ( I am sure I have to scroll up again).

    For me, simple is the next big thing.

    Most of the dot com company that succeed have simple and easy to spell name – Digg, Reddit, Google and Yahoo (plus Huzzer of course),

  19. Benjamin Cip says:

    Well, as I’ve learn graphic design before, I could sign-up to this program but the fact the the commission is very low somehow refrain me.

    As you didn’t mention how they pay you commission, I have some question for you John :

    1) What is the Payout for withdrawal ?
    2) Do they pay you the commission via paypal, by check, or directly by bank transfer ?
    3) as the price are very low, does the design must be out of the box to be accepted? Is it a contest site like the exellent LogoMyWay?

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question John!

    1. Abracadaban says:

      Hello Benjamin,

      Thank you very much for your interest in !

      Let me answer your questions:
      – Regarding the commission, some major websites have a similar business model, such as fotolia where the range of commission is between 30 and 44% for non exclusive (and yet there is no customization possibility, they simply connect customers and buyers).
      1) You need at least $25 balance credit in your Abracadaban account to cash out on paypal
      2) We pay the commission via your paypal account
      3) The detailed answer is here:
      The aim of Abracadaban is not to connect designers with marketers. We do provide a banner generator that allows the customer to entirely customize his/her banner.

      For more information, please check our FAQs:

      Don’t hesitate to contact us again for further questions.

      See you soon on Abracadaban 🙂

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Thank you for your reply Abracadaban! Now I’m getting more interested in your program. 🙂 I’ll give it a try.

  20. Alex Kim says:

    Something here very interested, I sure will give it a shot.

  21. LetUpdate says:

    This abracadabran really have potential to be big because the business is still new.

  22. Gary Parenti says:


    I put together some banners today..This is why I
    decided to read this Post..I wanted to see what
    this was all about..I use a different Banner design
    maker.. This place makes it easy..

    Just dropped by,

    1. Abracadaban says:

      Hello Gary,

      Thanks for your comment !

      Bannerfans is a good website if you want to make static banners.
      Abracadaban allows you to make flash banners with our new generator in less than 5 minutes !
      Last but not least we give a 40% commission to designers 🙂

      Please test our website 🙂

  23. Tom Harvey says:

    Sounds an interesting new venture with potential so I will check it out, thanks for the pointer.

  24. John
    It’s a great review as it takes all the oanybody willing to join the site would take into account & best part is that you didn’t hide your negative thoughts regarding it. It gives more credibility & people would rather follow someone they can trust to give authentic advice. It would definitely give some fine niche viewers & members to the site as well.
    I think I loved your review & effort to make it beneficial for everyone. Great!

  25. Money-Era says:

    I find your article very informative, especially that I have been looking into monetizing Twitter for a while. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  26. The site is slow.
    I have fast connection.
    I have some developers ready to upload some nice banners, and they were telling me the same thing…

    1. Abracadaban says:

      Hello Internetsalsa,

      Thanks a lot for using !

      We are making some tests right now but we do not have any speed issues for the moment.

      Could you please tell us in which page you encountered those problems ? it will be very helpful.

      We can help you uploading your banners. Please send us an email and we will be very happy to assist you.

      Thank you for your comment, it helps us improve our service.

      We just upgrade you to a “pro” account.

      See you on Abracadaban!

  27. Money-Era says:

    Very interesting idea for the service. I will be watching your service. You have got couple of interesting monetization options and hopefully this will work for you.

  28. Okay , i sold to this, heading right away to sign up.

  29. StoreEbay says:

    Looks great and will be signing up

  30. Ben Pei says:

    I see they have adsense on their own sites as well.. Interesting lol

    1. Hahahahahahah! That is indeed quite amusing, Ben. Big Brother Google is (almost) everywhere these days……

  31. maxman1978 says:

    I have registered for free account and would like to have it upgraded to pro for free……

    good article …
    Thanks ……

  32. Hey John,

    This Abracadaban looks pretty impressive and you have illustrated it very clearly that I feel like using it right away. And I am surely going to try it.

    Thanks for introducing it pal.

  33. LetUpdate says:

    Hmm has anybody purchased it as yet?, can anybody properly asset the pro’s and cons from their point of view . Its seem incredible

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