Chitika is an advertisement program that gathers advertisers and web publishers on a single platform. Webmasters always seek to maximize their earnings using all possible means. So far, Google Adsense is the highest paying program for webmasters without a doubt but the good news is, that it lets you use other paying programs provided that the ad units of those programs don’t resemble the ad units of Google Adsense.
No, Chitika is not a scam. It is a fully legitimate advertisement platform for both advertisers and ad publishers. There are countless ad polishers out there who use Chitika as an extra source of income in addition to much other similar pay-per-click programs.
Although I don’t take any responsibility from my experience so far with Chitika, I have concluded that Chitika can be used along with Google Adsense on the same website without getting your Google Adsense account banned. Before posting this review, I also contacted a few fellow webmasters to confirm it and all of them confirmed my conclusion about Chitika.
Don’t think about Chitika vs Adsense type comparisons, As far as Chitika paying rate is concerned, let me clear one thing, it is not even close to Google Adsense, so don’t expect any miracles. If you are thinking about removing Adsense and using Chitika alone in place then you will surely be disappointed however if you plan to use Chitika in addition to Adsense then it for sure is a decent addition to your website earning, especially for those webmasters who make websites solely to be monetized by advertisement programs like Google Adsense or Infolinks.
I have personally used both Chikita and Infolinks and I say both of them perform almost equal in their slabs. It all depends upon your niche area and the advertisement slab. Both of them pay well if your website falls into the areas for which they have plenty of advertisers. But if they don’t have targeted ads for your website, you will find them extremely low paying. In my experience, I rank Infolinks slightly over Chitika but maybe that’s because of my niche area.
I have seen cases in which webmasters have used Google Adsense as their primary pay-per-click program but have used Infolinks and Chitika as well on the same website as a second and third source of earning. That sure is a good way to monetize your website but to do so, you will need to place ads on the bases of their earnings ratio. Google Adsense is the most paying pay-per-click program so it should occupy the most prominent advertisement areas. Infolinks offer text-based advertisement so it can cover the comments section or any least important text paragraphs. Chitika can be placed to fill the empty area where visitors may click in case of their interest. Infolinks and Chitika will not adversely affect your Google Adsense earnings and you will have a boast in your overall website earnings.
Chitika Ad Formats and Ads Placement:
Chitika ad formats include 728×90, 120×600, 468×60, 300×250, 250×250, 180×150, 120×120 and 120×60 size plus they have mentioned that they can create a custom ad format for you if you request. Chitika has no maximum limit of ads per page like Google Adsense, so you can place as many Chitika ads as you want on any webpage. Although it is not a good idea to fill your page with ads only you won’t get your Chitika account banned even if you fill your page with Chitika ads. That’s a plus point if you have such type of website that has plenty of ad spaces on every page.
Alternatively, if you are not interested in pay per click program of Chitika, you can earn using the Chitika affiliate program as well. Their affiliate program is very attractive and can produce lots of earnings if planned properly. You will receive $25 if you refer an advertiser to their website and that advertiser spends $100 or more in ad campaigns. On the other hand, if an ads publisher signs upon Chitika through you, you will get 10% of your referred ads publisher for the next 15 months of your referral approving date. That means if you refer 10 successful ad publishers to the Chitika website and they earn $1000 per month each, you will get $1000 per month. However it is not as easy as it seems, the conversion ratio in the affiliate system depends upon the type and quality of your website traffic.
Chitika ads script can distinguish between direct visitors and visitors from search engines. If a visitor comes from a search engine, the Chitika ad script can display ads according to the search keyword for which your website visitor searched before visiting your website. This is a very useful feature because the visitor is more likely to click on an ad related to the keyword he was searching for.
Chitika pays its publishers either using Paypal or using Check. The minimum payout for Paypal is $10. If you want to receive a check then you will need to have a minimum of $50 in your account to have a check issued. Payment is sent to you after 30 days of your payment maturity.
I am pretty sure if you have read this entire Chitika review, you may have a better understanding of how to use Chitika on your website and whether it may help in boosting your website earnings or not. Remember, it all depends upon your niche area, you may have a very high boost in your website earning or you may find it useless but you can only know the results once you try it yourself. Please share your own experience with Chitika in the comments section located at the end of this review to further help other visitors who are interested in Chitika.