As a web publisher I used to try new new advertising people to fill my inventory and to get extra Income. I have started my publishing or web site work as a hobby. I have tried commission junction and other agencies only to find out that web money is a myth, until I tried google adsense.
I have tried kontera and infolinks for my website since their advertisements are text links which will not consume out traditional ad-space If I am right kontera was the first one and infolinks came after. So I have tried kontera two times. One before info-links and one recently.
From My Expereience (july 2013)
High light: My latest experience with kontera. Please read the email I have send to them!! 🙂
I had a disastrous experience from Kontera (0.01 revenue for 31 clicks) and I have send an email to those jokers in Kontera. (Any way this time I did not get their normal reply stating that they are working with big brands like this and that. Hmm at least some improvements in their customer handling. (Getting no reply is better than getting idiotic reply)
Please see the email I have send them below
Hey you Jonathan??
What is this??
31 clicks and 0.01 revenue what is happening you
Are you jokers or do you think I am a joker??
I think You may not need another review about these jokers
View some idiotic reply here : Best Jokes on Rahul Ganhi after Arnab Goswamy interview
Kontera vs Infolinks
I have found out that lot of people are asking same question which one we should try. I recommend them to conduct a search on internet to find out, read about others experience.
But most importantly test both of them for some time so that you will be convinced.
( Disclosure: please note infolinks link is carrying my affiliate link and I may get referral fee if anybody joins through this link)
I have tried kontera ads in August 2012. And the revenue for 13-08-2012 was 2 cents/13 clicks Please see the details here. I have tested kontera two times. Please see the results for both
I am unable to provide the screen shot here as they only show the report for 6 months. (Some people want hide something from you 🙂 )
Date, Number of impression, number of clicks, and revenue
08/13/2012 4,542 13 clicks $0.02(Revenue)
means I am getting 0.02 for 4500 impression. (As if they sell their inventory for 0.005/cents 1000 impression if you are calculating CPM.
If you are calculating on CPC the cost per click become around than 0.15 cents. (not dollar)
So I decided to write to them what is happening. before writing to them I have tried with infolinks also. Please see the copy of email I have written to them
08/13/2012 4,542 13 clicks $0.02(Revenue). Where as infolinks pay me average $ 0.2/per 13 clicks. Can you please explain why you pay so disastrous compensation for your publishers??.
Are you cheating??
It was obvious no advertising company in the world will take advertisements less than 1 cents/click. Atleast as per my knowledge. Which means They are taking around 85% of money (minimum) and giving us dog bones.
And the support replied me here
Thank you for contacting Kontera Support.
I reviewed your account to make sure it was placed into all relevant pub groups and made a couple optimizations to your account that will hopefully generate more revenue. However, one issue that might be happening is that we may not currently have a lot of inventory for the topic of your site. We do have a number of new campaigns going live soon, so hopefully that will also help increase your revenue.
Please let us know if we can assist you further.
Kontera 2013 trial
Kontera 2013 trial is far better. Infact they have beaten info links mile apart
Number of impression, number of clicks, and revenue
73000 impression , 643 clicks , 33.24 revenue
After booting kontera from my advertisers list I am showing ads from infolinks as text ads. I am only using their text link ads since I do not like intruding type ads And the report here. I can provide screenshot since it is current and I can take it any time
For last 7 days I had 295,267 page views 21617 ad views and 96.00 dollar income,
42181 daily views and 3088 adviews and $13.76 daily revenue at the rate of $4.24 ecpm
If I have stick with Kontera and as per their paying method I would have made 20 cents from 42 181 page views if we calculate in ecpm or
I would have made $4.75 if we calculate on CPC if they attract approximately 10% ad views. But we must remember that their percentage of clicks is less than 0.5% as per their report. please see the image of infolinks before
Please see the image of infolinks earnings for 7 days. This will clearly give you an idea how much you can make from infolinks as supplementary Income. Please note that in advertising industry the cpc (COst per Click) is depends on the industry. So your CPC and CPM (cost per thousand views) will vary according to the industry. So you may be less than what I have shown below or considerably more if your blog is catering high paying field like finance, hosting etc
So I think for me infolink, kontera is same side of a coin. You can try Kontera yourself to find out which is the best in between them. As of now I have not tried adbrite textlinks since I was fed up with their low performing banner advertisements. But please note that adbrite also were running the same type of advertisements (now they closed). Vibrant media is also there in scene.
Remember less performing or more performing is not big issue as we may have to fill our inventory with low performing advertisements. But it is really hard to accept bones from some body who has taken all the flesh. For me 2 cents for 13 clicks was the lowest in my web publishing life.
Infolinks Vs Kontera Internet research result
Alfan Hendro from alfanhendro.com is written a blog titled kontera sucks. In that he has shown his earnings from kontera earning. Finally he declares as
I’m not going to sell any more of my pageview for 1c eCPM (that’s 1000 impression for 1 cent). I had to make a cruel decision, and pulled out Kontera ads from my site.
Please see his earning summary image. courtesy to him
Infolinks Vs Kontera (internet research -2)
A user on digital forum asking kontera staff to stop cut and paste reply as the answer, whenever a user is asking about low revenue share. The cut and paste answer he claims is this
MIKA , please stop the copy & paste of the same answer always regarding the very low earning issue.
you want publishers to stick and keep working with you ?? stop paying very LOW. make the clicks earning more than 0.01$ and see how many publishers will use you, everybody is complaining about KONTERA low earning.
And the link is here
If you also got a similar cut and paste reply please post it in the comments. I love to see that
Infolinks Vs Kontera (internet research -3)
I have done a key word research by using google keyword tool to find out what is the search trend for both. To find out the volume. Interestingly one keyword came up unexpectedly. That is Kontera Remove (210 Exact search)/month, remove kontera (90 exact searches/month), disable kontera (58 exact searches/month). Where as I could not find any such keywords associated with infolinks. I can find that there are 58 exact searches for disable infolinks 58. In infolink section the keywords came was infolinks review (390), infolinks earnings (170), infolinks vs adsense (110 +80). The total searches for infolinks is 18000 and kontera was 5400 (all Exact search volume)
- With above search result it is obviously clear that kontera users want to remove their ads or disable kontera ads. They may be considering it as nuisance or a burden since it is not paying them any money.
- People are searching for infolinks review means lot of people want to add infolinks to their blog or website and they are looking for reviews before deciding (No single search for “Kontera review”
- The search term infolinks earnings indicates us that people are interested to find out how much they can earn if they put infolinks ads, or they want compare their infolinks earnings with others to make sure that they are doing right
- When people search for infolinks vs adsense we can come to a conclusion that people are thinking whether infolinks is a viable alternative to adsense. That is very important. Normally all publishers are considering infolinks and kontera as supplementary Income.
- Search term disable kontera (58) and disable infolinks (58) is having exact number of search volume. However we should not forget that infolinks search volume is 18000 and kontera search volume is 5400/month.
I have also read some interesting reviews about these two here
- http://adsrate.net/ad-network-kontera-review-2012/ (this is the only review I could find out positive or asking their readers atleast to try kontera
- http://www.justtir.com/earnings-kontera-vs-infolink/ : A good study inbetween infolinks and Kontera
My personal recommendation: I recommend you to test each program for yourself. Some time the demographics of websites will change the behaviors of advertisements earnings very much. So better to test yourself before doing any conclusion. The above blog post is my personal experience only and it may not be same for your websites.
Declaimer: The above post is written based on my experience. The internet and web world is constantly changing. So teh results may change from person to person and time to time. With my personal experience and reviews I have read, I recommend you to go for infolinks. So please note that I do not have favour or bias to any advertising network.
Note: after this post I have conducted a new test 2013 April and published report as Kontera Review. it gives more details about Kontera earnings. I find kontera far Better now