InfoLinks For Bloggers
Many of you noticed the InfoLinks on this blog for the past 2 weeks. I finally decided to install InfoLinks. It was as not a quick decision. I didn’t want my site to slow down or have annoying pop-ups all over the blog. I had been approved months ago to run InfoLinks here but didn’t install it until recently. I had read other reviews of it and got excited. I just had to try it out! So what are Infolinks? They are smart ad units with no banner blindness. It’s a platform that determines user intent in real time. You do need approval from them before you can use their plugin and platform.
Advantages of InfoLinks
- So easy to install! You may remember I sometimes get frustrated installing new plugins and have to keep learning new things. NOT with InfoLinks – this was one of the easiest plugins to set up and go!
- Easy to customize! Yes, they make it easy for you to customize on your blog or website. No fuss. Just easy!
- Payments Come Various Ways. You can be paid via PayPal, Bank Wire, eCheck, Western Union, ACH for US residents and Payoneer.
- So Easy to Make Changes! Adrian Jock noticed how some of the ads didn’t seem related to the posts. I went back and changed a few things on my settings. They took effect immediately though the text links did not change. I choose to run less text links per page with that in mind. It took about a whole 8 seconds to do this. EASY! I also sent them a question and got an email immediately saying they will respond within 2 business days. Nice!
Any Disadvantages to InfoLinks?
- Payment Threshold – You have to earn $50 before you receive your money. InfoLinks issue payments no later than 45 days from the end of the month, on the condition that your earnings have reached the minimum payment threshold of $50 or $100 if you chose a Bank Wire or the Western Union Transfer.
- Low CPM’s – From 2 cents to 28 cents is what I’ve seen so far in my reports. But from what I’ve read Google AdSense is not much higher.
4 Choices with InfoLinks
- I really like the InTag placement at the bottom of posts. I find it non-intrusive for readers and the content seems a bit more relevant. They are basically a tag cloud of your keywords on a page.
- I also like the InText ads that are highlighted or underlined in the text. You can choose how many to use per page. I started with about 7 and have cut it down to now just 3. The question I had for InfoLinks was why these type of ads are not matching my content. I will update this post once I hear back.
- You can also do InFrame ads that are based on your website’s category. They will display attractive banners ads in the margins of your websites pages.
- The last choice you have is InFold ads. These ads display relevant ads to what your users are searching for while infusing an extra SEO layer to your site.
I’d love to know which InfoLinks type you like best. I’d also like to know if you find them annoying on blogs as well. Please leave me a comment how you feel about them and if you ever used them too.
Update Sept 9, 2014 – Response from InfoLinks –
Thank you for writing.
I understand your concern about the relevancy of the ads. Infolinks ads change each time the page is reloaded and according to the location of the viewer. That means that viewers in the US will see very different ads than viewers in India, for example. All of the ads are high quality and best targeted to your site’s theme.
Keep in mind that certain words in your text are more “valuable” than others, meaning that the advertisers pay more for ads related to these words. The Infolinks algorithm scans your pages and highlights these words that will generate the highest possible revenue.
That said, in order to increase the relevancy I encourage you to pick a category for your site under “My Websites”, as well as send me a short list of preferred key words for our algorithm to target.
I hope you find this information useful. Should you require any further assistance you are welcome to write me back anytime.