Want A New Way To Monetize Your Blog?

by derek on March 25, 2008 · 16 comments

When I first began my journey towards blogging for money, I was guilty of the “one trick pony” mentality and was only using Google AdSense.

As I began to learn more about monetizing a website, I quickly realized the need to diversify the tools being used to generate income with my blogs.

Today I added a new tool to this site in an attempt to test another means of monetizing my blog. The best part is that this new tool is very unobtrusive – which can be both good and bad – and is super easy to get setup on your own blog.

PredictAd

PredictAd is a relatively new service that adds a slick auto-complete feature to your blog’s search box.

So where does the monetization come into play?

PredictAd

Great question…

Along with the auto-complete functionality, PredictAd also displays contextual ads within your search box – highlighted with the blue bar here – while the reader is entering their search criteria.

The cool thing is that the ads will be directly targeted to what your reader is typing and offers a rather unobtrusive means of monetizing your blog.

There are quite a few cool features included with PredictAd – such as the ability to integrate multiple RSS feeds into the search box so readers can search across your feeds. This can really come in handy if you operate multiple blogs and want to open your readers to content across all of your blogs.

How much do they pay?

PredictAd pays based on a cost-per-click system, much like Google AdSense, so your payout will depend on how many people click on the ads within the contextual search box.

The basic revenue share is a 50/50 split for advertisements that run across the entire PredictAd network. However, when an advertiser signs up to display ads specifically on your blog you will receive 80% of the income generated from these ads. If you currently have advertisers on your blog, you might be able to talk with them about signing up for PredictAd to leverage the real estate in your search box as well.

How would you like some passive income?

Once you sign up for PredictAd, you can earn additional income when you refer other members to the service.

The emails that I received from PredictAd indicated the affiliate payout was 10% of your referrals’ earnings, although I noticed their website indicates that it is 5% of referral earnings. I’ve sent an email to PredictAd and will certainly update you once I get a definitive answer.

Given that they have a WordPress plugin, I was able to have everything up and running in a matter of minutes. Even without a plugin, setup is very straightforward and their website will guide you through the process. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note as well and I will do my best to help you out.

Time will tell how well PredictAd works on this blog but as I mentioned earlier, one of the keys to building your blog income is to continuously experiment with new methods of monetizing your blog.

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If you own a blog and want to earn additional money, sign up here.

If you are an advertiser and want to be featured in the search box, sign up here.

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