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January 12, 2006

Chitika releases November & December audits for eMiniMalls

Chitika has finally released their November earnings audit (which was expected last month) and have also released December's audit as well. Payments will be sent in the next few days for November earnings but December earnings will not be released until the end of January.

As for the audits themselves, there hasn't been any feedback on the forums yet, so I will post a follow-up in a few days after seeing publisher reaction.

And as a goodwill gesture, they have continued their 10% bonus for December earnings as well. This was originally added for November earnings as compensation for the loss of revenue caused by the ad unit changes.

Personally, here is what I saw. For my own earnings, I lost 5% for November and 3% for December. For my referral earnings, I saw my earnings reduced about 40% for November and about 25% for December. Unfortunately, those referral earnings audits were still pretty significant in my books, especially since they began filtering clicks at the beginning of December.

Chitika also announced the audit being released on their blog with mention of significant enhancements possibly being released over the next few weeks.

Posted by Jenstar at January 12, 2006 07:53 PM

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No big loss from daily earnings here either. I was very pleased, and a nice December bonus too!

Posted by: Tim at January 12, 2006 08:37 PM

Chitika says "The final revenues are calculated after the audit process that takes into consideration factors like click fraud, merchant feedback, merchant chargebacks, etc."

Since when do we have the deal with a merchant's chargebacks? Is this not a CPC or PPC contractual relationship? I am getting ever more suspicious of Chitika.

Despite my mostly US traffic, I saw a drop in combined earnings in 12/2005 in the low double digits. That stinks! Time for a class action perhaps?

Posted by: Aeronautic at January 12, 2006 09:07 PM

I had just few clicks as I have eminimalls on one site only (fortunately I dropped it on most of my sites). However, I lost 90% of my referral earnings in this audit..

Posted by: Hakukoneoptimointi at January 12, 2006 09:41 PM

I lost over 30% of my earnings and my sites see next to no traffic from outside North America. I'm really sick of these games Chitika is playing but I don't know what else I could run in place of them in conjunction with AdSense on the pages.

I think a lot of people would be very happy if they could just call it quits and use something else.

Posted by: usrbingeek at January 12, 2006 10:44 PM

I was banned saying its fraud clicks or something against TOC. God knows what. Before that I lost almost more than 80% revenue in the audit fron Chitika.
Thanks to then because I was about to remove those ads as it make no sense for my sites.

Posted by: Artlines at January 13, 2006 06:12 AM

I can say that I'm thrilled to only lose ONE click in the auditing process...
BUT- the figures don't add up on the earnings.
Granted, they are only a few dollars off, but I'm interested in knowing more about their process.

Posted by: Power Play at January 18, 2006 04:47 PM

I have been surprised by my Chitika experience, to say the least. I started using product-specific links (as I use Adwords contextual links) on my site, and I did receive payment for my first month's advertising on 1st December 2005. Unfortunately, January came around, and no payment. On 12th Jan I received the following email from Chitika:-

We are sending this message to inform you that your account ID: xxxx has been suspended. Traffic analysis for your account highlighted plausible fraudulent activity or a breach of our terms and conditions and we are suspending your account until we resolve this issue. We are also working with our ad partners to reject all fraudulent clicks and refund the amounts.

Please remove our code from your web pages immediately. You will not be paid for any fraudulent traffic or for any traffic going forward.

---

To say I was perturbed is to put it mildy. I had not been engaged in any activity that could be considered fraudulent. My click through figures were pretty much in line with the previous month's. And before anyone starts to wonder how many thousands of dollars I must have been making from Chitika...my first month's earnings were in the region of $50! The figures I were being being shown on my Chitika account for impressions etc all looked sensible to me and tied in with the numbers I was getting both from Adsense and the stats counter I used.

Something was wrong. So I tried to log in to my Chitika account to check things. Suspension really did mean suspension, though. I could no longer get into my account to verify my numbers. I emailed Chitika, asking for further explaination. It's now 2 weeks later, and Chitika's customer support has not seen seen fit to reply to any of my 3 emails, nor to explain what they think may be fraudulent about my figures.

If Chitika are going to throw claims of "possible fraudulent activity" at people, they should at least have the professionalism to respond to queries I have regarding such claims.

The Chitika honeymoon is over for me.

Posted by: Mike at January 25, 2006 12:00 AM

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