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    Here's the deal...I'm trying to find a CPM network that I can use to establish a guaranteed revenue base for Strike Spots. I've got two spots that I could easily fit CPM ads into, so that's not a problem...I'm just looking for something that pays $1.00 or more CPM and serves half-decent ads.

    I'm still going to use Adsense, but in conjunction with a CPM network, in case anyone's wondering.

    Here's what I've found so far:

    Cox Communications - rejected because I don't have 100,000 monthly page views yet (halfway there, but not yet). Said I could reapply once I got there because the site itself actually has some merit.
    Burst Media - never got back to me.
    ContextWeb - signed up, couldn't get in, support never got back to me when I asked why.
    Adbrite - never actually said what CPM I'd get, claimed it would be "up for auction", and I didn't really see potential there, although I might revisit them depending.
    CPX Interactive/Right Media - using them as of right now, will probably drop them at the end of the weekend based on their ridiculously low payout (about $0.11 CPM) and lack of support when I asked them what I could do to up it.

    Any other ideas?
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    Try Clicksor if you want $0.01/day and you want your visitors to get ridirected to porn/virus ads
    just kidding; it seems that there are no good CPM providers, the only one I ever had that was any good disappeared after a month and never paid me. (they were ymads.com and their blog is a pile of **** now:
    http://ymadsblog.com/
    I doubt they actually got hacked lol... they just ran away with the money... )

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    heh Well, I'm trying to avoid the Clicksor thing...I've always found their ads to bec rap anyway.

    I know that good ones are out there, because otherwise the concept wouldn't still exist. I also know that there are some for higher-end traffic sites (like 6 digit page views per month...I'm only at 5.) I'm just looking for a mid-range solution in the meantime.
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    Game, I have never had much luck with any other than Adsense and affiliate product text links. I have found others to be not worth my time. If anything, they detract visitors attention from what does pay.

    Even with affiliate products there is a lot of variation. Amazon works well for me but Sears and Coupons.com do not (really poor conversions).

    I will be trying a couple of other affiliate programs - they specialize in one niche, they do not try to market everything like Sears and Walmart do.
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    Weird...I tried Amazon and it absolutely sucked, especially their developer API. Then again, it's not the first time I've had an issue with an Amazon offering...try their webstores sometime if you want to spend hours getting frustrated and wanting to stab yourself in the eye with a pencil.

    Going to try ContextWeb at some point now that they did get back to me and I should be able to log in (haven't tried yet) just to see what it does. I don't want it as a primary source of revenue (that's always been Adsense)...I just want to diversify somewhat.

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    No matter what monetization methods you use, a lot depends on your niche. All of my sites are content sites.

    It took some time for me to get Amazon producing reasonably well. Linking to the home page was almost useless. Linking to category pages did a little better but not enough. Amazon's aStore was marginal but got a few sales. Switched to 'text and image' ads and that worked pretty well. So did text links to specific products.

    I am now experimenting with image ads and placing text links below them (appearance similar to all those catalog pages Google likes so well) but too soon for anything conclusive yet.

    Adsense is my primary income producer and Amazon earnings are about 50% of what I earn from Adsense.

    Hey, let us know when you find one that works.

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    Something weird about Shareasale's ad code. The pages never load on my computer. Not one of the links on your "Gear for Kids" page work for me, I just get a message from Mediacom that the domain was not found.

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    well if your looking for a company that is run by humans and not robots and you actually want a company who have a 24/7 support team - TapIt! Mobile Advertising is your best bet...

    Also to get the best eCPM and fill rate you have to shop around and use multiple networks. Using just one isnt going to earn you enough money to retire. You have to find the best balance between everything.

    Good luck testing!!

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    I had a Valueclick account many years ago, and now that I am reviving my website I decided to reactivate it. So after a couple of days back and forth with them to get a new password, I got some ads working on to see what kind of CPM you can get. I don't expect that they will replace my adsense ads so this is more of a test.

    First impressions:

    They have a lot of campaigns going with CPM ranging from $0.01 to $6.67, but to be honest the campaign at $6.67 is a German targeted campaign. So unless your traffic is from Germany the bulk of the high paid ads is around $1.75 to $2.50. I think I made a mistake originally by only enabling only the high paid campaigns, my impressions were very low. I was looking at the analytics report and it shows that the group of pages where I put the code had 6 times more impressions that I saw in the Valueclick report.

    I figured that it was best to enable everything but the ads that have flags "popups, audio, expanded ads" and see what the actual return will be.

    The interface could use some work, there are some things in my account that I can not change.

    The group of pages where the code is in my website has had about 300 pageviews with about 15 of them being mine to check everything was working out fine.

    After my original plan of only approving high end cpm campaigns failed, I chose pretty much all of the CPM campaigns that I was approved for {even the $0.01 CPM ones}. Valueclick was able to sell about 80% of the inventory with only 60 of my default ads showing up.

    The bad news is that the bulk of the ads being shown are for campaigns between $0.20 CPM and $0.50 CPM. There have only been about a dozen ads shown for campaigns over $1.00 CPM, but also several dozen ads for campaigns under $0.10 CPM. Overall, I think I am getting $0.27 CPM.

    So far, it looks as if the experiment is not going to work as I normally do much better with adsense. However, I am going to leave it up to see what happens after 1,000 pageviews.
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