Two New Text Link Advertisers

It seems my commercial break worked! Barely a day has passed and already I got two more text link sales! This is what happens when you under promise and over deliver. I like to welcome the new advertisers:

Local Search Watch

Local Search Watch is a new blog focusing on getting local search results and local pay per click marketing. The blog is run by Frank Travisano, the CEO Impaxion, Inc., an internet services company offering website design and search marketing services since 2002. He is also the President of Local Breeze, Inc., a new local startup that is creating a series of local portals throughout the country.

Local Search Watch looks like an interesting blog. However, there are only five posts on it at the moment, with the last update on Jan. 15th. I hope Mr. Travisano updates it more. Otherwise, he could be wasting his advertising money.

Must See Funny Videos! is the buyer of the must see funny videos link. As you can image from the text description, the site shows funny videos. is among the first users of the new AdBrite InVideo Ads format. I was approved to be part of the private beta for InVideo Ads. I should follow up on that. I don’t post too many videos but the ones I do posts would get viewed a thousand times and it would be interesting to see how much it makes.

The InVideo ads are not that intrusive at all. Here’s a sample video from

33 thoughts on “Two New Text Link Advertisers”

  1. Jane says:

    Congrats on the new advertisers! I was hoping the sample video would make me laugh, but maybe next one. 😉 All the same, wish you much success.

  2. yea, I think you should go for it. At first, i dont know if its just me, but the ad jumped in at the top of the screen and it was a little distracting but it dissappeared, and having that little on at the end is not problem from a viewers standpoint.

  3. Ryan says:

    Nice job marketing. 😉

    The video is crazy–what was that guy thinking? Natural selection at its finest.

    As for the AdBrite ad, the system isn’t flawless yet as at various points it stops in the video (or it did the first time I viewed it) and I had to hit play again. I assume this isn’t the desired result, because if it was I don’t know who would watch many AdBrite powered ads. I also wish they’d put the ad up top, as there might be something I want to see at the end of the video there.

  4. Leftblank says:

    Very nice marketing ‘trick’ John, both sites look nice, though a bit small to advertise on such a big website. For me sadly the video isn’t working at the moment, networking trouble…

    1. Leftblank says:

      The video works now, pretty funny, the ads don’t seem to be anything near content related though, I’m not quite interested in watches on a tech blog.

  5. John Wesley says:

    Pretty soon your blog will be nothing but adds and contests to lure traffic.

    1. Alex Becker says:

      Oh no, could it be so?

  6. John Chow says:

    John – LOL! Good one. 🙂 But even then, you can learn a lesson from it. He he.

  7. Congrats on the two new advertisers. It’s always nice to reap the rewards of a good deed and it seems giving your other advertisers their recognition has paid off.

  8. maybe some day I can reach a higher PR, have more visitors and page views, and actually be eligible for the higher paying advertisers.

  9. Raghu says:

    John – I always had this impression you will land a couple of more advertisers with this approach and there you did. That’s good !

  10. Raghu says:

    Somehow I agree with Wesley’s comment that the actual ‘content’ on your blog is probably going down – Watch out…

  11. Gdog says:

    That video was awesome!

  12. man, that truck came soooo close to bouncing back onto that guy. That would have been a nice ending, and if the guys on the moped or whatever where to hit an oncoming car 😛

  13. Tyler says:

    haha nice video. Is that like a wanabe Jackass or what? Well maybe just something dumb anyway.

    I was looking at the AdBrite video section and the idea is nice. The ads are not in your face and are hidden once you’ve played the movie. The embedded video took a bit to load on the page before it displayed the player but eh, what can I do with dedicated Dual T1 lines eh?

  14. Andy says:

    Hey John, I have a quick question – how much traffic does TTZ get monthly?

  15. Michael Kwan says:

    I wonder if having that “Time For A Commercial Break” post had anything to do with getting a couple new advertisers… 🙂

  16. John Chow says:

    Andy – It’s in the millions.

    Michael – You think it did? I just sold another text link. 🙂 I’m now sold out!

  17. how much do you get per text link per month?

  18. RusPlaneta says:

    I visit a few times every day.
    What makes me get puzzled is why the site’s google toolbar page rank is only 2. Am I wrong?

  19. John Chow says:

    It depends on the Google server you’re on at the time. Most servers have me at 4, but a few still have me at 2.

  20. Michael Kwan says:

    Nick, I think that he mentioned somewhere that it’s $200 for the month (but there’s a $100 coupon some place).

  21. so, if there was a $100 coupon the price would be $100 and TLA would take $50 meaning john would make $500 alone from those TLAs on the side from his blog a month…damn im jealous, ill take $500 period

    1. John Chow says:

      It would mean I get $100, TLA gets nothing. They’re the one offering the coupon, not me.

      1. so instead of $500 per month, you are making $1000 with the 10 spots you have filled up…simply amazing. I cant wait until you display your january earnings for the blog.

  22. Stew says:

    Ahhh I’m trying to suppress the jealousy…. well… done

  23. Alex Becker says:

    way to go. That video is so old but still so funny. What an idiot.

  24. Mark Johnson says:

    Hi John,

    I have to admit that I been a *ghost* reader for the past month or so and am compelled to comment at last. I love the blog you have. I have not really cared too much about SEO and monetizing in the past but am interested to learn more especially with the launch of a new tech blog that I am part of. To us, monetizing (for profit) is not really too high on our priorities (yet) as we believe it will come hand in hand with good content — although we have some google ads on blog. You can count me in as a regular reader. Keep up the good work and great advice!


  25. Nomar says:

    That is great john !! TLA is going to be your # 1 this month i guess

    1. John Chow says:

      No, I don’t think it will be #1. TLA prorates the cost of the link on a 30 day basis. Because those new links didn’t start on the 1st, they won’t earn me the full $100. Next month they will however.

  26. HMTKSteve says:

    I might be willing to spend some money on a TLA but I’d like to know how much traffic those links bring in first.

    1. Leftblank says:

      Judging by the referrals I’ve received by just commenting here and being on the top list, quite a lot I think, if your site is interesting enough of course 😉

  27. Sweet – 10 TLAs sold huh. Nice work.

    What the hell was that moron in that video thinking?! Not a lot evidently.

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