Chitika (pronounced CHIH-TI-ka) delivers search targeted ads for you – in a snap! In fact, Chitika means “in a snap” in the South Indian language Telugu. Chitika provides services that are innovative, easy and free to implement and generate revenue from your visitor’s clicks.
Chitika was launched eMiniMalls, the industry’s first online, interactive merchandising kiosk, designed to inform, aggregate and display the most critical product information and relevant brands to browsing customers in an unobtrusive, helpful and relevant way.
What is Chitika?
Chitika was founded in 2003 Headquarters in Westborough, MA, and offices in Hyderabad, India. Chitika is Contextual Ad Network for publishers that means it will show related ads automatically. Just like Adsense Chitika shows relevant ads for the particular website. Chitika is pay per click system or pay per click marketing which means publishers or can say blog and website owner can make money online by displaying Chitika ads and when the visitor will click on ads then revenue will be generated.
Chitika is the best option for a blogger who wants to earn money from their blog. Using Chitika is easy and same as Adsense. You have to get approval which is quick and have to place their ads on your blog or website and you are ready to go.
You can use Chitika Ads and AdSense together on the same page because Chitika ad units are NOT contextual also Chitika ad units don’t look like AdSense units.
How Chitika Works?
Chitika (CHIH-tih-ka) is a contextual ad network which meant it shows ads relevant to the content of your site. This helps in getting more click and hence more earning for you. After signup, you have to place ad codes on your blog or website and relevant ads will be displayed.
Apart from clicks, you will be paid for per thousands impressions which is known as CPM (cost per thousands impressions), or you can say that you will be get paid for clicks and impressions, both.
Average US CPM rates of Chitika is $0.33-$0.40
Average International CPM rates of Chitika is $0.07-$0.15
Apart from this, There is an another term known as CTR (click through rate). When a visitor comes to your site and see an ad then impressions are generated and if he clicks on an ad then clicks are generated. In generalized form, CTR is the ratio of Total Ad impressions and clicks generated and multiplied by 100. CTR is in percentage form.
CTR=[Total Impressions/Clicks generated] x 100
The magic behind CTR is that if you have 1% of CTR that means that your all visitors are clicking on ads basically it shows that how your ads are performing. Also, CPM rate depends on CTR .Higher the CTR will result in high CPM rates which means more earning.
All ad networks use this method to pay publishers.
Here are many Ad formats that Chitika supports here is large rang of ad formats, you can choose any one that you want as your needs here is a list of them:-
Medium Rectangle ( 300 x 250 )
Vertical Rectangle ( 240 x 400 )
Large Rectangle ( 336 x 280 )
Rectangle ( 180 x 150 )
Full Banner ( 468 x 60 )
Half Banner ( 234 x 60 )
Vertical Banner ( 120 x 240 )
Square Button ( 125 x 125 )
Leaderboard ( 728 x 90 )
Wide Skyscraper ( 160 x 600 )
Skyscraper ( 120 x 600 )
Half Page Ad ( 300 x 600 )
Mobile Ads ( 300×50 )
Chitika supports large no ad formats.
To start earning money with Chitika, Chitika recommends 550 x 250 ad unit.
Apart from banner ads chitika supports other ad formats:
CHITIKA LINX ADS
Back by popular demand, Chitika Linx are in-text ad units that automatically identify relevant keywords on your page to hyperlink (double underline) to interactive paid (CPC-based) product listings. For those of you with a text-heavy site.
CHITIKA HOVER ADS
These ads will hover on the bottom right corner of your site and will stay in the position as your user scrolls down the page. They are similar to our mobile ads, but make up less screen space and will show on all devices, not just mobile.
CHITIKA HIGHLIGHT ADS
When one of your site visitors wants to copy and paste some text on your page, they will be served an ad based on the keywords that they have highlighted directly below that paragraph of text. The ads will disappear once they copy and paste different text. These ads will only appear when text has been highlighted.
How Much Can You Earn From Chitika?
It depends on your niche and country your site is targeted. You may earn 10 to 20 times more from the same page impressions if your niche is high paying and country targeted is USA, UK and Australia. Visitors from India, Pakistan and Indonesia which are considered as low paying countries, will pay you less then western countries.
Chitika also has a Referral Program, When the you refer applies for Chitika ads through your referral link, is approved, and then displays Chitika ads on their website, you are eligible to receive Publisher referral commissions. You will earn 10% of the CPC revenue that your referrals earns for up to 10 months from their approval date. You can make extra money from Referral Program. Your referral revenue will be included with your regular monthly earnings provided that the total revenue is over $10 (for PayPal) or $50 (for checks)
Chitika has low minimum payout requirement. which is best for publishers to receive their earnings. Bidvertiser supports other payment options apart from pay pal. Chitika operates on a Net-30 schedule. This means that the revenue earned in one month will be paid out at the end of the following month. For example, if you earn $10 in March, you will be issued that $10 payment at the end of April. You don’t reach the payment threshold for your chosen payment method in a given mont. The money you earn will stay in your account and will be added to your earned revenue next month.
For example, you have your payment method set to Check, and you have chosen to set the payment threshold to $100. If you earn $60 in March, you won’t hit the payment threshold. But if you earn $40 in April, then the revenue will combine that with your March earned revenue and send you a check for $100 during our May pay cycle.
You will need to verify your account by logging into PayPal and following the instructions. Once verified you will need to enter the First Name, Last Name, and PayPal Address as it is in your Chitika account on the Payment Settings page.
Paypal – Minimum $10
Wire Transfer – Minimum $10
Western Union – Minimum $100
Check – Minimum $100
YOU MUST FILL OUT YOUR TAX FORM
All Chitika publishers, no matter where they live, where their visitors are from, and where their servers are located, must fill out a tax form. If you are a United States citizen or resident alien, you must fill out the W-9 tax form. All other publishers must fill out the W-8BEN tax form.
Fill out your tax form by logging in to the PartnerCenter and clicking Account > Tax Forms.
Tax forms must be submitted by the 5th of the month in order to receive payment in that month. If you submit your tax form after the 5th of the month, you will be paid out in the following month, provided you have reached your minimum payment threshold.
How To Sign Up And Setup Ads?
Signup and settinup ads are quite easy there is no minimum traffic requirements, here is signup process
SIGNING UP FOR CHITIKA FOR FREE
- Go to this link.
- Put your email address and click on go.
- An email will be sent to you, open it and complete rest of process.
- Chitika account is Up and Ready.
ADDING CHITIKA AD CODES TO WEBSITE/BLOG
- Log into your Chitika Account.
- Click on Ads>get codes.
- Now you will land on a page from there you have to choose ad size that you want.
- From Ad Code Generator select the ad Format and click on Get codes.
- A pop-up window will show you the ad codes.
- Simply copy and paste that code into page/blog/website where you want to show the ads.
- Other easy methods will be shown on the pop-up window like for WordPress | Blogger | Tumblr | Drupal | Squarespace you can also go through them.
- That’s it you have done here.
There is no need to add blog/website because of rest of process is automated just like ad sense.
How To Earn More With Chitika?
Since Chitika is pay per click so to generate maximum revenue from Chitika visitors should click on ads. Also, Chitika supports other types of ad formats mentioned before in post you can also try them to get more revenue from Chitika.
Here is some best practice to place ads.
Below Title of the Blog Post:
One of the best places for getting more clicks is putting ads below blog post title because almost 99% of your visitors must see that area, that means getting more clicks much easier.
At the Bottom of the Blog Post:
Another very good area where readers eyes move on about 80% more so, the same thing is here, if readers will see ads related to blog posts content, more important, if the ads are related to readers choice then click rate would be much higher.
In Between the Blog Post:
If you are providing great content in your blog post then the probability of getting more traffic is much more and more traffic means more clicks, the most important in this area about 100% readers see ads, means more clicks and more revenue.
On Side Bar:
On the sidebar readers attention about 60% more, if you are promoting affiliate product then you can ad there an affiliate marketing product related link to get clicks and it converts very well.
- Signing Up is Easy and Fast. It seems there is no approval process. Your site will get accepted as soon as you will submit it.
- Various Ad Formats: Banners, Skyscrapers, Inline Ads, Rectangles and Mobile Ads.
- Ads can be customized to fit the look of your website or blog, by altering the fonts, colors, layout, and size.
- They provide 100% fill rate and pays for worldwide traffic.
- Also, a referral program from which money can be made referring Advertisers and Publishers to BidVertiser.
- Minimum Payout is only $10.00 for Paypal.
- Earnings per click are fairly low.requires you to have strong traffic and/or a high click-through rate to see good earnings.
- Aside from manipulating the ad block size and colors, there really isn’t much else you can do.
- This is fine for most people, but if you’re looking for something similar to AdSense link units, you won’t find it here.
- It seems to just base the ads on your primary keyword (whatever the title of the site is). This has a high relevance, but the ads don’t feel “real”, so I’m not sure how enticing they are. Furthermore, because these seem to be “cookie cutter” ads.
Chitika may be a good option for small publishers who do not want to huge money from advertising or do not have an AdSense account. Various types of ad formats are there. Publishers can maximize their revenue to reach a minimum threshold of $10 in time. Initially earning is low which is disappointing.