I've got infolinks on my site. Pre website days, personally I've always thought these ads annoying. Further, I wondered sometimes what they had to do with what I was reading.

Business wise I installed it as part of an add on to my site as suggested in the training.This was approx one week ago. I've formatted the ads somewhat to suit me a bit better. My internet security won't allow me to connect to at least one ad, and that is a concern to me. They just look at bit cluttery to me. But as some people use them, I figured they have to be some use.

So -

1/ Are they worth having, or a pain in the butt to monitor? 2/ Does anyone have stats saying readers don't like them and leave your site? 3/ Does/has anyone made money from them?

Simply put as a reader, I don't like them, as a marketer I am hanging on the fence. I'd like others experience of infolinks, please.

Cheers, for your input as always. - Annie

UPDATE: Advise from me and everyone else on this discussion is do NOT install infolinks on your site.

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
BIS Premium
I don't have experience of using them - because I don't like them myself.
Reply
AnnieB Premium
Well BIS, I thought I'd give myself the experience of trying them. As soon as I saw it at work on my site, I got the flashbacks of me leaving a site or 5, years ago, due to them being so annoying. The feedback so far, is that they are no great advantage to me/my site.
Reply
Josh Perks Premium
Adsense has its place, if you are just setting up for lots of traffic to click on ads. If you have your own products dont touch it.
Reply
AnnieB Premium
I can' t get google Adsense. They don't like my bank details yet. Tell me the numbers don't fit where they should. Maybe I need to change to google.com.au instead of google.com. That's another discussion of mine to happen maybe!
Reply
The one thing about having Infolinks and Adsense that people don't take into consideration is that by having these things, they are essentially telling folks to leave their sites. Quite literally, they may be reading an article on your site and come to one of these, and like what they see in the ad.

Boom! They're gone. You make however so much you would make, when that customer might have gone all the way to the bottom and clicked on your link that would have made you 10, 20, 50, even 100 percent more if the ad wasn't there.

I see these as paying a dollar to make a nickel. That's why I don't use them at all. I did for a short time when they were recommended here at WA and part of the earlier Article Club. Some people think that, not using them is leaving money on the table. I think using them is the REAL leaving money on the table.

Notice WA doesn't teach using these anymore. There's good reason.

This is just my two cents. Use it if you will, but it's totally down to you. I wouldn't use those.
Reply
AnnieB Premium
Great point re leaving my site. Another factor I didn't like. Most of the ads infolinks pops up, don't relate to my niche or the words they are linked to! I get car ads (huh?), what have they got to do with my niche. I guess it is who is paying the most on that day for an ad. By the way, I saw the same car ads on someone else's site. So linking appropriately to words is not part of any of infolinks deal Daniel?
Reply
Absolutely not. What these companies think is best to link to doesn't always follow what your niche is all about. If I were you or anyone, unless you make following these ads a business (not a very lucrative one at that) don't mess with it. You will be a lot better off in my opinion.

Again, that's not really the issue - it's that you are voluntarily letting these ads take traffic away from your site. They will read down to the ad, it interests them. You make the pittance of a sale from the reader clicking on the ad and following through. You lose the customer who will, at this point have been distracted from finishing your write-up.

Leave them alone. Your call.

[PS In and of themselves, as Josh Perks above says, is one thing. If you are doing affiliate marketing and this is your objective, leave them out.]
Reply
AnnieB Premium
I've deleted them from my site now Daniel. Ye olde instincts (aka gut feeling) doesn't let me down very often! It's made another good judgement call on infolinks. Thx for your advice. :)
Reply
Quite Welcome :)
Reply
AnnieB Premium
By the way my site is http://anxietybitz.com
Reply
cena1975 Premium
I signed up infolinks on 18/07/2013 up to date I only earn $2.43.. I deactivate the in-text so visitor can read more clearly. Taking out in-text will lost more clicks but is ok for me.

I figure out if want to make money with infolinks you need to have mutiple site with traffic. So is easier to acheive (Total earnings / Ad Views) X 1000. If just depend on 1 site is not easy.

I thinking out of the box to work this out. :)
Reply
AnnieB Premium
So you don't have the underlined links on your articles anymore, but you have the other ad ons for infolinks, Cena?
Reply
cena1975 Premium
Yes I only left out the underlined links. The rest remain unchange. Thinking to create a website using siterubix to blog about anything under the sun. Allowing friends or network to put up any content that wish. Not sure if this will work?
Reply
AnnieB Premium
Actually Cena, I like the sound of it. I'm inexperienced, so I'd be asking yeah but what is the niche. Regarding network of people, you'd need to monitor it. So the posts would have to be checked first. Or you could set up a members only forum post to a blog site. Again, you have to approve the members.

I think it's a great idea, but in this day and age of security, you have to be wary of keeping the trash out. Why not just keep FB forum running? I've often thought of having a ranting blog of mine - sort of gently of course if you know what I mean. But that is in the future if it ever eventuates!
Reply
Top