The New & Improved AuctionAds

The takeover of AuctionAds by MediaWhiz is starting to take effect. The big eBay affiliate has released a new “Web 2.0” ad format.

Login to your AuctionAds account and go to the β€œGet Code” page. You will notice a sleek new ad design with multiple color schemes to choose from. AuctionAds believes the new creatives will increase click-through rates.

The new ads are certainly more colorful. However, they don’t conform to any standard Internet advertising banner size. It will be interesting to see how web publishers integrate the new units into their blogs. Those who don’t like the new AuctionAds Web 2.0 looks can continue to use the old banners.

I will be running AuctionAds next month as part of my continued drive to eliminate Google AdSense from this blog. While I am interested in finding out how the new AuctionAds ad units will perform, their non-standard sizing forces me to use the old banners. The old ads allow for a much higher level of customization. I have controls over the border, background, heading, description and link colors. The “New & Improved” format offers very limited customization.

What do you think of the new AuctionAds ad units? Will you be running the new creatives on your blog?

68 thoughts on “The New & Improved AuctionAds”

  1. Mubin says:

    Good to see some changes going on with them… Maybe they will fix the reporting feature now as well?

    1. True that. I have actually never liked AuctionAds even tho i have account with them. I think I will give them a try this time.

      Nice share John πŸ˜‰

      1. I don’t use auctionads either but anything related to eBay is good to me. I’ll give it a try too.

      2. Wahlau.NET says:

        I don’t plan to use them…but good to know they are improving

    2. Sean says:

      I just read a post on Problogger that if you’re a Problogger readers and sign up through them, you will get $5 for free.

      Not much, but I didn’t know what AuctionAds until now. I only been blogging for only 3 weeks and constantly looking for ways to improve my blog and make more money.

    3. KingJacob says:

      According to AuctionAds they have fixed the reporting issue permanently but we’ll see.

    4. Click Input says:

      Yeah here’s hoping! A 300% drop in CTR overnight just ain’t right.

    5. I don’t think the non-standard formats are going to to do sell, but only time will tell I guess.

  2. Hey, Glad to see you are continuing your quest to eliminate the usage of AdSense. You may have explained it before…but why? AdSense is such an oldie but goodie. Why eliminate it altogether?

    I wonder if this will end up being a trend among the mega bloggers – a natural response to Google’s somewhat oppressive dominance.
    πŸ˜• πŸ˜•
    -Raymond (MONEY BLUE BOOK)

    1. Adsense’s earning potential isn’t nearly as much as some of the others out there. Plus, Google gave John the cold shoulder, and now he can do the same. *=) He has enough influence to make a pretty big dent in their publisher arsenal.


      1. I’ve read before that google had a $1,000 monthly guaranteed revenue deal with an ad network. Was it Google Adsense or another? I don’t recall.

      2. Laura says:

        You were kidding…weren’t you? 😯

  3. Looks cool, the main reason why I stopped using them was because I thought they were butt ugly, but the new design seems like something worth checking out.

    1. KingJacob says:

      The key with the old ones was stripping them down and using css schemes kinda like the ones people use with adsense to liven up the AuctionAds.

      1. will says:

        oh really? i wonder if we can mess with the css?

  4. Jeff says:

    That is pretty cool looking, also nice they left the old code and look up for the people who like those more.

  5. I just put them on my site. They are working great πŸ™‚

    1. Working great as ads are showing or as you have already earned? I am more convinced that AuctionAds would work better on tech related sites, or sites that at least speak about products.

  6. Abdalla says:

    Looks nice, ill see how they do on my blog. πŸ™‚

  7. HMTKSteve says:

    I want to see them fix the reporting issues and payment problems first. They issue payments to soon (before the monthly totals are in) and then never give you the amount they underpaid in your next check.

  8. They look pretty. I wonder how they will convert visitors to cash and clicks. Need some testing and monitoring. Anything related to eBay is welcome to me. So welcome auctionads. Did you know that some eBay affiliates make $100,000 per month? No. It’s not with auctionads. Do you know how they do it?
    Why eBay is always welcome? Just try to sell anything there, you’ll enjoy the traffic and the customers already ready to spend the cash. I know how to make money on eBay, and “vive eBay!”

    1. That’s big money they make! So how they do it ❓

      1. John Chow says:

        Look at your MSN Messenger. See that eBay tab? 😈

  9. Great! I have just signed up for it last night and will be putting the code into the blog tonight. They looks much better than the older one.

  10. Alex says:

    Looks interesting, I’ll have to toy around with it.

    I wonder what kind of ads it’ll aim at a personal blog with no consistent subject matter?

    1. Alex says:

      Ohhh, I see. You select keywords to use. That’s neat.


      1. max says:

        haha, i saw your blog, that’s funny…

  11. A User... says:

    I think they are just adding fluff to cover up the major issues.

    1. Their stats tracking is broken. You will have days with 0 clicks, or days with 1200 clicks and 0 revenue. Its just flakey.

    2. They no longer pay out the same percentage they used too. They used to brag that they offered a 100% payout of revenue. Now, I believe they are keeping about 50% of the revenue.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they would at least make public the figure they are using? That way at least we’ll know. My revenue has dropped by 50% month over month (you are talking about someone who was doing over $5k/month in revenue through them, so not a small figure).

    3. The payments that HMTKSteve do not really matter. Once the month of reporting is cut off, whatever revenue that comes in between the cutoff point and the payment point show up on your next check. True, you won’t see this figure in the stats engine.. but you can extrapolate it based on how much money your stats generate and how much the payment was actually for. Ie. my checks always exceeded my stats by at least a few $$ per month.

    The crux of the problem is that whatever you were making off auction ads previously has been cut in half, with no “REAL” explanation as to why, and more over, they are trying to cover it up by offering fluff and not addressing the real issue.

    1. HMTKSteve says:

      I don’t get that “extra” money, it does not show up in my next check. My check consists of whatever that month totals, anything from previous months never gets paid to me.

      Their tracking is super flaky. I have days that say zero clicks but $35 in revenue. Yes, my income has been cut in half since the buyout while impressions and clicks has grown.

      1. KingJacob says:

        Apparently they fixed the reporting issue and the revenue showing up when you have no clicks is probally from a person who clicked your ad one die and didnt buy something until the next, its an affiliate program so your clicks wont line up with your earnings all the time.

        Also I didnt hear about the 50% cut, if thats true no matter what tier they get me in itd be better go the cj/ebay route.

        1. That’s a shame. Having read some of the other comments I was considering signing up (Yet another bloody affiliate network to keep an eye on). I’d be better off putting a bit of effort into my CJ/Ebay adverts by the looks of it.

    2. Well seems like its a new rule for the big guys (same as with AdSense) they don’t care about stating the share % unless they have to impress people to sign up with them.

  12. Alex Vorn says:

    who use auction ads?
    Adsense, Text link Ads, Kontera, Bidvertiser, etc.. Not too much for Auction Ads? ❓
    I don’t think that Auction Ads is better the Adsense!
    when you will use it you will see that i’m right!
    The best and keep writing just for me:)!

  13. Alex Vorn says:

    I’m not going to use it on my blog. Sorry

  14. Wow, i never knew so much was going wrong with them!

  15. Nick says:

    Thanks for the post, John

  16. Is AuctionAds really that great? Who hear is making big money off of them? Other than John, of course.

    What kind of site is more conducive to their success?

  17. It looks good. I will try AuctionAds one day.

  18. DeboHobo says:

    I have an AuctionAd account, but the creatives are not of good quality, they look blurred, they are an odd size definitely not the standard 125×125 or 250×300 etc. I suppose the blurred image will encourage readers to click hoping to get a better look?

    Can’t commit at this time!

  19. They actually look pretty cool. Although the pixelated images of the items ruin everything. The ads would be good for sites that have matching themes though.

  20. John says:

    I joined eBay for the first time through my AA affiliate link(with credit card) and its been over a month yet my stats still read $0.00
    Shouldn’t I have gotten like $20 or something for the sign up?!

  21. Thanx for that great tip John. Used to get bored seeing that old AuctionAds.

  22. Laura says:

    Eww! The new design is so ugly! I put one on my site to see how it would look and it was awful! I’m sticking with the old design. Or none at all if they don’t start earning their keep! 😈

    1. Geedos says:

      I agree – neither versions are great. The most worrying part is that they now refuse to state how much percentage revenue share they’re keeping.

      That along with all the other negative comments on here and maybe people will concentrate on other forms of advertising instead?

  23. CFernandes says:

    Personally I would like to see affiliate information. I have 47 affiliates and I have no clue as to what is happening with them…

  24. xd says:

    OK, auctionads. lol John why you messing that that low rent crap. what did they do Pay for a review me? If you haven’t figured it out that the digitalpoint paranoid banster pulled a pump and dump on media whiz. By promising publishers 5 bux to sign up and never paying. Then ducking out when there were to many publishers to for it to support. I dropped them from all but 1 of my sites because their reporting in shaky at best. I don’t remember who wrote it but they are paying about 50%. It makes no sense when CJ will pay you 55% to start.
    As for the money I make from that site it’s about 150-200 a month. Where as I made about 300-400 before the reporting “issues” started. It’s cool that they fixed the site and I like how monthly total shows now instead of weekly, but why put a condom on if you are going to run off and jack it in the bathroom. Simply put fix the reporting issues pay more than CJ and it would be a good program.

    1. KingJacob says:

      where did you hear that they are only paying 50%? The site still says “AuctionAds is committed to paying out a minimum of 100% of eBay commission revenue”

      1. xd says:

        I started thinking it when my revenue was cut in half. Then it was written on digital point in a thread that is now closed and deleted much like any thread that gets started over there about AA.”funny”

        1. KingJacob says:

          Thats good to hear it was just rumor-mongering and not based on anything real, also everytime anyone from AuctionAds starts on a thread on dp they get swamped by people whining over the same thing they’ve been whining about for months.

          1. xd says:

            “not based on anything” um Ok, same ads same clicks same traffic 50% of the money. More like its based on simple math. And no I wasn’t referring to media whiz getting its threads closed. Almost any thread about how bad AA is get closed and deleted. SO in review that would be simple math used to figure out what percent you are getting. Or you could wait for the company that waited a month to tell its publishers that it bought the company to give you a figure.

        2. Click Input says:

          Holy crap. Surely they would have to tell publishers the terms of the program were being changed though.

  25. KingJacob says:

    I like the new creatives but I dont really see a use for any of them except the 1 product one.

  26. starboykb says:

    I haven’t check my auctionads a while. I bet still in $0! HA πŸ˜‰

  27. Click Input says:

    The new ad units are OK. I am more worried about them fixing what are perceived by many as reporting issues.

  28. rabin says:

    hey john thank u. i got approved by kontera and thats all credit goes to you coz i applied through u. thanks a lot n hop i can get more things frm u. hey can i use kontera with google adsense?

  29. rabin says:

    oh i forgot ……….i have reviewed ur e book n i thought i can get a backlink from u bcoz u r my idol n i think this backlink will help me to b a good blogger. keep blogging.

  30. I think I have made more money from auction ads than any other ads. I like the web 2.0 look will fit into a lot more sites now.

  31. will says:

    hmm this may be what it takes to rejuvenate auction ads. I hear a lot of people left because of poor service.

  32. Jason says:

    I haven’t used Auction Ads yet, my sites aren’t that high on traffic, does that matter? I have a PR4 blog, but the hit count is low. I will use Auction Ads if they will let me

  33. Edgar G. says:

    I dont like the New AA 2.0

    I like the old standard AA.

    I build an Arcade website using Auction Ads and it looks great
    Check it out
    I just want to show every one how I’am using Auction Ads

  34. The thing I noticed so far is you can only have white backgrounds for the new improved ads..Doesn’t help if you want to blend them with a different color background, but I might be missing a setting for that on AuctionAds…

  35. Jason, they don’t have a requirement for site traffic on AuctionAds that I’m aware of…

  36. Sam says:

    I’ve been with AA for about a month now and saw many click with zero dollars. All of a sudden Tuesday night I see dollar amounts next to many of my days. What’s up with that??? Then I see that a made $50 on Tuesday and when I check back last night the same night only showed $16. Would that not be conidered stealing or something? EXTREMELY FISHY!!!!

  37. Sam says:

    Let me add one more thing. In case people are not familiar with the E-Bay affiliate scheme it works like this….E-Bay’s main affiliate provider is CJ. My STRONG guess is AA has an account with CJ just like anyone else. They’re probably a super user which allows them to have websites underneath them. They do this with all of our help so they can hit E-Bays numbers to reach the top grossing numbers $35/new sign-up and 70% of revenue. AA creates a dummy ID for their users so they can track where the clicks are coming from. This is all being done still under ONE CJ ID assoicated with AA. Basically AA sits back while everyone else does their work for them. Isn’t it a beautiful thing! It’s such an easy concept, that’s why their website is so basic. And another thing, if you sign-up directly with CJ you get to see what items were bought through your program. I don’t think AA alows this. I’m not hating, just saying that what AA is doing really is not an ellaborate concept. Just using people to make themselves money. Hey, it’s done all the time, right.

  38. I said goodbye to AuctionAds several weeks ago. The fact that there were outages off and on for weeks was way too frustrating for me.

    I may try them out again, but I don’t like the fact that they couldn’t get their act together that quickly after the takeover.

  39. Word Hugger says:

    In my honest opinion, there is not enough room to read the description about the product they are trying to sell.


    “Automatic Money” with a picture of a semi-naked girl. Although I bet it gets a lot of clicks, I would think something that said “Automatic money maker with adsense tips” would be more specific, and end in more final bids. Just my 2 cents.

  40. I’ve found a few programs using non-standard banners or missing some nice ones (Amazon don’t have *any* 125×125 in any of the different types of links – and they have a lot). I’m not going to rearrange my site, so they just miss out!

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