This is the second affiliate program I am having a look at as part of the Supplementing AdSense with Affiliate Ads article I wrote. Up on deck today is Clickbooth, which has been getting a lot of buzz recently in the blogosphere. I first heard about them a while back, and a couple people recommended them as a good compliment for AdSense, when I did my shoutout for affiliate programs.
My first look at Clickbooth was a little overwhelming when compared to how CJ is set up and what they offer. Clickbooth offers a lot of alternative affiliate advertising other than simply on-page ads which AdSense publishers know and love. They do contextual/popunder (note: this is not the same kind of contextual that AdSense publishers are familiar with, which might confuse some publishers), network, on-site placement, opt-in email marketing, path and search/contextual keywords. So for AdSense publishers looking for a good alternative ad or to supplement on-page advertising, you will want to filter your results to only show “on-site placement” advertisements
They do offer some tools for affiliates, such as the ability to use their ad server to rotate various banners for you, if you do not have your own ad server. The code Clickbooth provides seems to be workable for using as an Adsense alternative ad.
For types of ads, there are a lot of the usual ones that people expect to see in an affiliate program, such as financial services, plenty of business opportunity companies, dating sites, and various weight loss programs. And there is the ever-present Vistaprint… is there an affiliate network they aren’t in?
Most of the ads are compliant with the AdSense terms/policies, although there are some ones to download things like cursors, which could be iffy depending if anything else is downloaded along with them There are a lot of programs in Clickbooth with geographic restrictions, so be sure you are using ones that are available to the country(ies) where the majority of your traffic is from. Otherwise, you can use your own geotargeting so that your chosen ads only show to people located in the country it is available to, so you can show those outside those countries a different ad.
There are some restrictions in the terms before signing up, such as a minimum of 1000 unique page views per month, a top level domain, and have content.. none of which should be a problem for AdSense publishers. They have a list of “site may not include” restrictions are pretty similar to AdSense, so again, it shouldn’t be an issue if you are in AdSense and compliant. The one issue that some publishers could find is that the site must be in English only, understandable since the ads I all saw are in English.
For payments, you have your choice of payment by check or PayPal. There is a current payment threshold of $50. Payments are made 15 days after the month’s end… meaning if you earned $100 in March, payment would be made about Apri 15th.
I do find it a bit disconcerting to see my account manager – or affiliate strategist as they are called at Clickbooth – staring at me with the photo avatar on the top of my screen… and I can’t help but wonder if perhaps guys get a hot chick looking at them to encourage them to contact their account managers! I know many guys have said they can’t help but click when its a hot chick in the avatar.
You can find Clickbooth here (that is not an affiliate link). They also have a Twitter @clickbooth but it doesn’t appear to be active aside from the first tweet (hint, hint, Clickbooth, you will get a lot more followers if you start tweeting :) )
Not sure how to use an affiliate program with AdSense? Read Supplementing AdSense with affiliate ads. I have also had a couple questions about how to use alternate ads properly, so that is on deck for later today!