You wouldn’t be a blogger if you didn’t want to make money from it. Then when once you have conquered Adsense you are often left looking for fabulous Adsense alternatives.
But the hunt can be harder than you think……
For example we started our hunt by using Media.Net on our site (as you can read about here) and have found that beyond this it can be rather difficult. Many places have poor quality adverts, don’t have things they can offer UK bloggers or give you a pathetic amount per click.
So the latest one that we gave a go to was Revenue Hits and this is how it went……
We had not heard of Revenue Hits before and decided to check them out and see what they could offer.
After two weeks with Revenue Hits we were happy with what we were seeing and with one small ad we had earned $40 over a fortnight (similar level to what we get from Adsense) and we were celebrating at finally finding a good quality Adsense alternative.
Just when you think everything is going well life just has a habit of biting you on the backside. Last Saturday it would have been when we looked at our traffic for the week and it was looking pretty bad for Saturday and then through Sunday as well.
As you can see below:
So then we received an email from a staff member and I logged on to my webmaster tools to see if we had any issues with the site and yes we did. When you tried to load the site in chrome browser it gave you a malware warning.
Well it was showing on webmaster tools saying they was a problem with our site we had lost traffic from Google so it does show you that they work quickly if your site has an issue, we were slammed down in money and traffic.
So I got onto it.
I got in touch with my hosting company and they are brilliant emailed them and asked them to take a look and they did a full system scan for any malware and it came back clean after about 1 hour.
So it must be one of our new advertisers on our site. Revenue hits were being used as a pop under as they say they pay the most in the industry and with how much we made we cannot argue with that.
The problem was from Google the sites that were being shown from Revenue hits Google had codes with which malware gets put onto your device without you knowing. So when Google had crawled the site it had picked up 3 ad codes that give a warning to Google bot about malware.
So we took off Revenue hits because it could have being either of them and asked Google to re-scan the site for any malware present in the ads being shown and they gave us a clean bill of health, so Revenue Hits was the issue.
So we cannot take the risk of our site not being shown to normal people we want to show it to and people that use Google safe browsing would not get to see it and thus effecting our traffic results by over 50% in a day 😮
So does getting a decent amount from an advertiser mean you need to fly close to the wind and get penalised by Google by having sites shown that are known to put software on your device without you knowing?
For us we cannot take that risk and will cash out. But if you want to take that risk and are quite happy about it then fill your boots and you will get good money and if most of your traffic does not come from Google then they would be a good option.
Does Revenue hits know about this?
What we found out was occurring is that advertisers are forcing my site visitors to download malware. And in my mind this is very serious and for pop unders they should always be about offering something and giving the readers the option, not doing something like this.
I am not quite sure but surely they would go through the advertisers to see what adverts they want putting out there and making sure no malware is going to be downloaded.
Could Google have got it wrong?
This is a possibility because they are not perfect by along way but like I say we are not willing to take the risk. So we have had to say goodbye to one of the new ad networks and the jury is still out on the other ad networks as we try lots of new ones!!!