Make Money Online with WidgetBucks


WidgetBucks is a new advertising network that features a widget that displays shopping ads. When a reader clicks on the widget and visits the advertiser, you make money. WidgetBucks runs on a CPC model – you get paid when readers clicks on the ads – they do not have to make a purchase from the advertiser. WidgetBucks claims $3 to $6 eCPM in early test results.

WidgetBucks integrates with Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, Movable Type, and other large blogging platforms to make it extremely easy to install. However, the customization options are a bit limited right now. There are only five widget sizes and 117 color choices to choose from. I’m sure more will be added in the future. The ads can be pulled with a MerchSense crawl of your page to finds relevant products to include in the widget. Alternatively, you can choose the categories and products yourself if you think you can do a better job than the crawler.

What The Widgets Look Like



Above and to the right of this post, you can see a 468×60 widget and a 300×250 widget. Other widget sizes include a 160×600 skyscraper, 728×90 leaderboard and an odd sized 660×330 half page widget. I don’t see too many bloggers using that one.

WidgetBucks is ideal for technology and shopping related sites and blogs. However, WidgetBucks is opening their widgets to everyone. There are no minimum requirements to join and the minimum payout is $50. Well, the first payout will be done at $25 because of a special grand opening promotion.

$25 Bonus Just For Signing Up

Sign up for WidgetBucks now and they will deposit $25 into your account. Now all you have to do is earn another $25 and you’ll meet the $50 payout. Sounds like a good deal to me.

The low entry barrier and $50 minimum payout should make WidgetBucks a nice alternative or supplement to Google AdSense. Depending on how it does on your blog, you can use it to replace Google, or use it as the AdSense default. More advertising options are always good.

Sign up for WidgetBucks

104 thoughts on “Make Money Online with WidgetBucks”

  1. Yaro says:

    I just had to laugh as I was writing an email to my subscribers about this I checked Problogger and John Chow at the same time and as midnight ticked over you both had articles up about it. It’s a race!

    1. Wayne Liew says:

      And many will follow suit and having the race of their own…

      1. Is this a multi-tier program? If so it’ll explain the number of posts – they all want you to be their referrals πŸ‘Ώ

    2. Or, they both received a reviewme order on the same time.

      Anyway it sounds good for electronics site, I was waiting to raise traffic on one of my sites and apply with TTZ Media, but this changes all the plans.

      One thing it bothers me tho is that, in spots where the widget won’t show up…it shows up a damn linkback to their site. It would be more honest to have a linkback at the bottom of each ad (and with users affiliate link) instead of like this. Hope they can fix this lame move near soon.

      1. Usually JC says when something is a ReviewMe review, but he doesn’t for this one – does that mean we can assume it’s a multi-tier affiliate program or is he just not telling us what he’s being paid to blog now? ;D

        1. Yeah you are right about that…he did not mention that it is a review.

          Also John, congrats for the 9k RSS readers πŸ˜‰

  2. KingJacob says:

    That reminds me what ever happened to your ttz ad thing?

    1. Jeff Kee says:

      It’s coming up very shortly! We’re finalizing the code and design.

      1. KingJacob says:

        Ok, also jeff the scrolling into the header on your blog makes it almost impossible to read.

      2. soccer dvd says:

        same here .. i find the scrolling kinda ‘disorientating’

  3. You beat me to it again John. I was just writing about this myself. :mrgreen:

    1. soccer dvd says:

      also different time zone doesnt helps. by the time i wake up, yer all ahead of some in other parts of the globe

  4. The widgets are pretty decent looking. I’m on my way to sign up. :mrgreen:

    1. Wayne Liew says:

      It loads quite fast as well, even with Javascript implemented. 😎

  5. Reminds me of Chitika, which I do quite well with. So will give this a shot for sure!

    1. soccer dvd says:

      best suited for product site i reckon

  6. AsiaPartTime says:

    does this widget against Google Adsense Regulation? Can user both tools at the same time?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, both can be used at the same time.

      1. AsiaPartTime says:

        That is cool. Goin to add extra income to my community website. I guess my members like those nice photo in the widget. kekekek

  7. Sighborg says:

    Looks great. Another thing to add to the blog revenue arsenal. Thanks for the heads up! :mrgreen:

  8. browie says:

    I beat you to it Mr. Chow….. 😈 but you’ll still have more sign ups than me obviously

    1. John Chow says:

      The only way you could have beat me to it is if you broke the NDA rule by posting it before midnight eastern time. I honor the rules.

  9. Karol Krizka says:

    Sounds like a good network, I’m gonna test it out on my blog!

  10. Jim Kukral says:

    As far as I can tell, nobody broke the rules. It’s all good.

    1. John Chow says:

      Well then he must have beat me by 3 seconds because my post went live 3 seconds after midnight. πŸ™‚

  11. How did you hear about WidgetBucks, John?

    I got an e-mail about it from a friend this afternoon, but nothing official. Just wondering.

  12. CKacey says:

    You “big”guys should start conferring with each other about content. I read three blogs in a row this morning, all about the same new widget. The internet may be without boundries but it’s still a small world. πŸ˜‰

    1. lyricsreg says:

      Oh … that’s so true

    2. “affiliates can earn a 10 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people they refer”

      Just as I thought πŸ˜‰ Explains all the posts!

  13. The ads themselves look nice, you’ve just got another sign-up.

  14. CKacey says:

    John you evil thing 😈 ….you monetized my comment…now there’s a thought.

    1. I noticed that – I wasn’t sure if it was deliberate of something like Kontera that just did the whole page. Sneaky (and a little spammy!)

  15. lyricsreg says:

    I have been trying quite a few adsense replaces, but nothing ever worked. I will try this one out, but it will be the last time

  16. Neil Duckett says:

    Signing up now …. looks like a winner to me. Will use it to replace AuctionAds which has gone south very fast.

    1. Totally forgot about replacing AA with this! Thanks for the idea!

    2. lyricsreg says:

      AuctionAds gone bad ? This is news to me. They are doing pretty well on one of my websites

  17. CKacey says:

    πŸ™„ I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I just have to ask.. Could you monetize yout own comments to other blogs?

    1. John Chow says:

      I think the blog owner would be pissed off at you if you tried.

      1. CKacey says:

        I think your right! People just don’t have a sense of humor these days. πŸ˜€ Thanks for answering the question John.

      2. Or quietly edit your links to have *their* IDs in πŸ˜€

  18. Gdog says:

    Cool, I’ve signed up! πŸ˜‰ Thanks.

  19. Blog Earners says:

    Looks like a nice program. I signed up for it right away πŸ˜‰

  20. boring bro says:

    I just found this info at problogger..
    Hope it is useful..

  21. Your post is really interesting! Maybe I can try this on my blog.

  22. Sean Crotty says:

    We’ve been listening to your feedback as WidgetBucks takes off and have decided to respond rapidly by improving our Referral Program. Mpire will now pay a 10% Referral Fee on commissions for a year. If someone you refer earns $100, you get $10. The new details are going up on our site now.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    VP Product Marketing, Mpire

  23. Good idea, I have to try on my blog! πŸ˜› Delia’s corner…

  24. CKacey says:

    Ok, I’ll answer that. I think not? I can’t put my code on John’s site. But if I could post all my comments in a monetized format….it would be too evil! 😈

    1. You can’t put your own code, but you can put links as your uri πŸ˜‰

      However I suspect you’d be banned from posting for a long time if you try it!

  25. Mauro says:

    The stats are not realtime? That sucks.

  26. CJ says:

    I just got a blog up and running about a month ago and have been looking for a good PPC ad unit to have on the page aside from AdSense (which a lot of the times I find to be kinda ugly). I like Chitika but I was rejected from their program since I don’t have enough traffic. So this little ad program is a godsend. Aesthetically pleasing, easily integrated, and best of all…PPC. If it performs half as good as it looks then I should be making money in no time. Thanks, John!

    1. lyricsreg says:

      What do you mean by AdSense being kinda ugly ? Do you really take this into account when selecting a PPC ? Plus they are contextual … you don’t have to like them all πŸ™‚

      1. CJ says:

        Yeah, I do, actually. Some of AdSense’s ads integrate quite seemlessly and are rather invisible, but others (blocks of text in the middle of a post) just always come off as spammy to me. I think there’s so many better looking ad units and advertisers out there, things that contribute to a blog’s look, as opposed to subtracting from it. Simply put, I just feel ads should be invisible. The reader should see it, want to click it, but not realize it’s something that’s making the webmaster or blogger money.

      2. I’d agree. If you’ve got ugly-ass banners all over the place your visitors will think you’re only there to make money. Look at some of the small blogs on blogspot and they’re a mess with ads. Check out a more popular site and you’ll see the ads are more discrete and fit in with the site πŸ™‚

  27. vutha says:

    That is great to hear news. Do you think Google Adsense and Widgetbucks, which one is better than?

    1. soccer dvd says:

      For me, Adsense for sure! :mrgreen:

  28. GettyCash says:

    I’ve just signed up. Going to share this site with my mates.

  29. Wayne Liew says:

    I registered and will try it out on my blog real soon!

  30. Tut.Skd says:

    I have join with the above referral and hope take an advantage of it. Let’s see it.

  31. Mubin says:

    Congrats on breaking 9k within a day.

  32. Malin says:

    Looks like AuctionAds. But I guess this one will attract more clickers than Ebay auctions…

    1. bob cobb says:

      Looks hell of a lot better than auctionads

    2. Wayne Liew says:

      This covers more than eBay, even Amazon is being covered! 😯

    3. Missylicious says:

      This is so much better than auctionads.

  33. John, once again you’re ahead of the game in bringing us this info..Thanks for the write up on what sounds like another good source of website or blog income!

  34. abasits says:

    another great discovery πŸ™‚
    great work john…. u are a star


  35. starboykb says:

    I think I’m going to tried WidgetBucks, seem like it work quite pretty good.

  36. First need to seriously evaluate whether you want to work at monetizing your blog, than WidgetBucks need to sign up.

  37. Tyler Ingram says:

    Well luckily they have a size that fits my site. The leader board was too big. Then when I had it, it was going over my content for some reason but now it’s all good. We’ll see if it stays now! lol

  38. Simple, attractive and a pleasing presentation. A major challenge to Google Adsense who can use some competition.

  39. it doesn’t look so intrusive as some other things used as means of advertising.

  40. Eli says:

    adsense versus this one? there’s no competition in my case since Adsense doesn’t want my blog on their list of account. I’ll go for this widget!


  41. I’ve just signed up

  42. David says:

    Very interesting… I’ve been followed your blog and discovered your blog is so powerful and useful for me as a beginner. Thanks John for all the knowledge shared.

  43. I’m still trying to figure out a creative way to integrate ad networks like this and chitika to my niche. It probably just won’t work.

  44. Israel says:

    i liek this,i hope they have some sort of fitness feed.

  45. Hoto says:

    sounds good. i will give it a try and lets see how much i can make with it.

  46. Sean Crotty says:

    John – Thanks for posting about WidgetBucks. πŸ˜€ To answer some of the questions above, our tech team is pushing an update within 2 hours that will give Non-U.S. people a sign-up choice, and will also make the sign-up page secure with SSL. Regarding the empty activation e-mails, we’re seeing those occur when people try to sign up multiple times. We’re changing the messaging on that to help guide people. – Sean, VP Product Marketing, Mpire

    1. HMTKSteve says:

      What about the hidden link in the code?

      1. soccer dvd says:

        hidden link?

        i wish to know too

  47. Affiliate.TL says:

    Published this news on my blog.Thank you!

  48. Samson says:

    Joined and tried it! Amazing! An ad that fits right into my page.

    For my page

    I was talking about microsoft office replacement, since it was pretty expensive to purchase for a consumer user. Guess what that Widget brought in? a 154 dollars Office 2003 professional CD for sale. That’s pretty damn good if you ask me.

    Also, I like the fact that I can get html code, so I can limit this to widget to pages I want it to show.

    Thanks John

  49. Teejay says:

    Im sold. I just signed up.

  50. UniqMan says:

    Widgets looks like interesting and new so i think they’ll be popular.

  51. soccer dvd says:

    looks like chitika

    and chitika didn’t do well on my blog

    so i’ll skip this

  52. Mr Daz says:

    I’ve tried this as a test, and while the ads look good and do bring up relevant content (like the model of phone I use to record my rantcasts!) the flash does slow the site down while it loads. It’s only for 3 seconds or so, but is too much to put up with as it stops visitors scrolling down the page quickly.

  53. HMTKSteve says:

    I thought this was CPC? I put it up on two blogs of mine and both show clicks yet no revenue???

  54. Revenue seems to be delayed like 5-6 days? Also the ad takes quite long to load.

    How are everyones results?

  55. bob cobb says:

    im taking it down until load time can be improved.

  56. Sean Crotty says:

    We’re getting some questions about reporting.

    The adoption of WidgetBucks has been fantastic! We are collecting all of the view, click, and revenue data continuously. Each type of data has it’s own delay, based on the data source and the processing required to display it.

    The views and clicks reporting is currently running a 12-hour delay. We’ve brought additional machines online, per plan, to handle processing, and expect to reduce that delay significantly.

    Currently the revenue reports get published on a 48-72 hour delay. This is the result of an auditing process and some delays in reporting we receive from our feed providers. Once the data has been processed, then it will populate to the corresponding day.

    Unfortunately this means that users are going the first couple of days of use without having a perfect picture of how well the ads are doing. We’re working with our feed providers to reduce that delay, because we understand our partners need this information as close to real-time as possible to manage their business.

    Thanks for your patience and for using WidgetBucks to monetize your site.


    Sean Crotty
    Vice President, Product Marketing
    Mpire Corporation

  57. This is an excellent way to make good money online. If you have the traffic and they really like the presentation of the ads, you should have no problem at all making a quick sale. I will be using this very soon for my websites. Thanks for the great post.

  58. Just included it on my blog ! and blogged about it too. Lets see how it goes

  59. I cant see this in your blog .. have u tried it..

  60. Slow says:

    I signed up and had the ad running on my posts. I got 3k impressions 3 clicks and ZERO earnings! What’s this? Isn’t this supposed to be PPC?

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