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AuctionAds And ShoppingAds Merge

January 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Remember when Patrick Gavin, President of Text Link Ads, told me that they were “actively building additional products for publishers to make money” as a result of the whole paid links business? Well today MediaWhiz have announced the first part of their master plan.

They’re merging one poorly performing program (AuctionAds) with another one (ShoppingAds).

You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t get too excited about this. I tried AuctionAds when it first came out, made suggestions on how to improve it and then laughed heartily at the much heralded new design ads which just looked..well..crap. ShoppingAds? Well that has proved to be just as useless for me and reading around, I’m not the only one.

In fairness I’ve only tried out both products on a blog which has fairly low traffic but I’ve been massively frustrated with poor performance in terms of ad relevance and page loads. The control panel for both programs was frequently unavailable and I’ve just tried running a report to see how much money I’ve made with the program and it times out.

I really hope I’m wrong here but I can see MediaWhiz disappearing off the radar this year. A lot of publishers are turning their back on the cornerstone of their product set, TLA, and I really can’t see ShoppingAds lighting too many fires either.

Tags: Making Money Online

3 responses so far ↓

  • David Parkinson // Feb 29, 2008 at 7:50 am

    If you’re already a ShoppingAds user, or considering becoming one, you should check out emptyspaceads (a product I left my full-time job at Microsoft to build), which allows you to put ShoppingAds units in your website’s empty space. After all, when was the last time you made any money from your site’s empty space? Better yet, you don’t have to give up any existing ad units to run emptyspaceads. Keep what works!

    We hope to add more ad networks soon! You can also create your own TextAds, ImageAds, and even HTMLAds. I invite you to try it out and send your honestly brutal feedback. Thanks!

    -David Parkinson, emptyspaceads founder

  • Mike // Feb 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Interesting product, David. I may well give it a whirl on one of my other sites.

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