The first and most important thing to note is that Chitika advertisements aren't the same for everybody. They are geared towards much more data than what's on your page or website.
As a web content writer, you are likely to have clicked straight onto your site. You will not be seeing the advertisements as others do, unless they too have followed a direct link.
In this regard, promoting your article on social networking sites is great for publicity, but terrible for Chitika ad revenue.
These advertisements rely upon search words and phrases. So if, for example, someone has found your site by looking up 'fluffy bunny rabbits' in a search engine, then the ads will all be about leporidae in all their forms. But particularly the cute ones.
If this is what you wrote about, then it may appear that Chitika is being contextual. It's not. That fact becomes obvious when you have searched for several different things, before arriving at a page with Chitika adverts on them. Then there's an array of subjects, none of which may match the current web content.
For example, the other day I was writing about British Royal Diamond Jubilees and also about genealogy. I didn't need to look up either, because I'm surrounded by history books in my room. But I did need to know if anyone else on Wizzley had written about them. It's a matter of common courtesy to my fellow writers, and those reading our pages, if we're not repeating each other.
Eventually I came back to one of my articles to answer a comment. It was about a man facing the death penalty for writing a computer program, but none of the adverts referenced that at all. Instead they were all about history, royalty and genealogy.
Incidentally, I write about human rights a lot, so I've had plenty of opportunity to see what happens with Adsense in this situation. It tends to shrink to a single vague advertisement for a lawyer or else disappears entirely, depending upon the initial keywords. Advertisers generally don't like things like torture, death and injustice appearing next to their products!
Chitika can cope though, because its cookie has checked what else I'm interested in. We all leave a trail of temporary files behind, whenever we browse the internet, so the data is all there in our internet cache. The advertisements might not be relevant to the page, but they are a good match for the person reading them.
You can check out how search engine visitors are seeing your adverts by doctoring your URL. Type *your URL*/#chitikatest=*any keyword* into your browser window. This will imitate a query and change your advertisements accordingly.
I hope that it eventually turns out lucrative for you, Lindylou. It's good to have options.
Okay. Thank you very much.
I used my real name, but then I write under it too.
I'd say give it 5 - 10 articles, then try. The worst they can do is say no, then you can try again another time.
Thanks for the welcome and for answering my questions. So, when you signed up for Chitika, did you give them your real name or just a pseudonym?
How many Wizzley articles do you think I should have before I try signing up for Chitika? I haven't done so yet as I've been trying to read their terms and conditions and figuring out whether I need to give my real name or not when I sign up as well as wondering how many articles I should have to be accepted by Chitika.
You're welcome, and welcome to Wizzley!
You do need to have enough content for the Chitika team to evaluate your suitability. As for the subject matter, Sarah from Chitika popped into here once. She said, "If you're happy with your Grandma reading it, then it's good for Chitika." Naturally that's just the rule of thumb, but in keeping with Wizzley rules will also keep you good with Chitika.
I don't know about the real name v pseudonym thing. But as your name never crops up on the advertising, I doubt it matters too much.
You can use Chitika for other sites and blogs, but you have to add them separately to your account. It's one umbrella account, with domain names/URLs all registered under it.
Thank you for the very informative, helpful and useful article about Chitika. I'm new to Wizzley and I'm now just looking into Chitika, which appears to be very interesting.
Are there any requirements for joining Chitika like with Google AdSense, there are a number of things you have to take note of like having sufficient content, etc? What about with Chitika?
Also, when you sign up for Chitika, do you really have to give your real name or can this be just your user name like with Wizzley?
And, when you sign up for Chitika using your Wizzley account, can you also use Chitika for your other sites or blogs? Or do you have to make another account there?
Awww! Thank you very much, Mouse! And I'm glad that you found this useful.
Hi T, I've got all of that laid out here: http://wizzley.com/make-money-chitika...
Jo, Have you earned money with Chitika? Can you share information about the earnings and payouts?