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Chitika eMiniMalls Tips

Posted By Darren Rowse 1st of October 2005 Advertising, Chitika eMiniMalls 0 Comments

If you’re one of the many bloggers who have just signed up for Chitika eMiniMalls after reading my review you might like to check out Quick Online Tips who have just posted tips on running Chitika eMiniMalls & Google Adsense on Same Webpage.

There they give code that helps you to set your eMiniMalls up in a way that is non contextual (and is therefore allowable with Adsense) but in a way that rotates a variety of ads which will help you to get a bit of variety in your ads which will help combat ad blindness.

I’ve been using this rotating ads code over the past day or two and have noticed an increase in earnings already.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the bloggers that are reporting the best successes with eMiniMalls are the ones that are targeting products on their blogs. I know I mentioned this in the review – but bloggers with a focus upon gadgets, clothes, shoes etc seem to be doing well from them.

Disclaimer: the links to Chitika in this post are affiliate links – if you sign up using these links I earn a small amount as a commission. It does not impact what you earn from Chitika but rather is paid by Chitika. While these links are affiliate links I genuinely believe in the product and have pointed out both its benefits and weaknesses.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Great pointer, Darren. I have no idea if Chitika offers any ads remotely related to my blog topic, but I think I’ll have to check them out just so I won’t feel like I’m missing out on all the fun! hehe

  • I’m using Firefox and every eMiniMall ad is featuring a broken image. I emptied my cache and restarted my browser but they are still broken. Did anyone else encounter this? I don’t want to sign up for something that will show broken ad images to my site visitors.

  • Strange – i’m using Firefox and don’t see broken images….

    wonder what is going on there….

  • Hmm, maybe you’re AdBlock’ing a phrase that the image uses, like shopping?

  • And actually I’m impressed you got this article up so quick ;-)

    I was just tinkering with Chitika after seeing it in your first post, and indeed I quickly came to these same questions (Adsense and Chitika, controlling context, etc).

    I notice Blogger doesn’t allow script tags in a post, but maybe other blog engines do, in which case you could embed a script tag in each post to control what Chitika would advertise on a per-post basis.

    It’s good that the Adsense thing is answered – I was about to ask them about it.

    PS It’s a tricky name; I keep misthinking it as Chikita, which makes me think Chokito. *sigh* oh well.

  • Dan

    Yeah, what was there marketing department thinking when they came up with that name!!!

    I notice that you have a banner to chitiktitiktia (or how ever you spell it), are you getting affilitate refferals?

    Not that I mind! Hell you deserve it!

  • yeah – I am a part of a beta test affiliate program. I should have mentioned it in this post like I did on the review post. Will add a disclaimer now.

  • I have just signed up for the program and can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks for the valuable info.

  • Well, that’s it. Your review got me to think that I should try the mini-malls, but getting them to not clash with AdSense is an even better thing (and I probably wouldn’t have figured by myself how to do that). I guess I really need to give them a try now.

  • Dan


    well hopefully i will earn you a hefty sum. ;-) This blog is a godsend!

  • Awesome! Thanks for the info, Darren. I’ve signed up too, I’m excited to see if I generate any revenue. I thought it was called ‘Chikita’ for about half an hour (like the banana?), but then my brain figured out that it’s CHI-TEE-KAH. Got it. ;)

    I’d like to see something other than a white background, that would be nice. Maybe I’ll submit that suggestion to them.

    I’d be interested to know how they came up with the name too, if anybody knows!

  • I guess this service has generated enough buzz among bloggers since your post.

    Can I integrate this service in my “alternate adsense url” ?

    I am yet to read their FAQ.

  • Doh, I remember seeing somewhere, where they got the name – it meant something in the language of some Indian tribe or another, I think. Can’t remember what though.

  • Ahh, from the FAQ on,

    “Chitika means “in a snap” in the South Indian language Telugu”

  • Anybody know how their OTHER formats are performing? ie, the contextual ads that look like AdSense?

    I might thry them on my blog for a few days instead of AdSense just to see the difference…

  • mottebonk

    > Anybody know how their OTHER formats are performing? ie, the contextual ads that look like AdSense?
    Dont even go there.

    The best thing is to use Adsense AND eMiniMalls (in Adsense compatible mode). When it comes to vanilla text ads, nothing compares to Adsense (not even YPN).

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  • By flushing my cache and restarting Firefox a few times, I can now see the images! Since it seems my troubles were rare, I have signed up!
    Come on, big money!

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  • I just signed with Chitika haven’t been accepted yet and not sure if I will be because of the monthly 10,000 visitors (don’t think I get that many) but went on a rampage after adsense suspended me for I don’t know what (they sent a list of a wide variety of things and I can’t see one that I’m guilty of). Anyway, I found this blog looking for information on the program and it’s been an insightful visit…

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  • As I said in another comment – my blog is not going gangbusters from Chitika. For general personal development blogs like mine it doesn’t seem to work. I don’t focus on tech or gadgets at all and that seems to be where Chitika excels.

    For now – I’m using Adsense again. I’m NOT happy with it – but for a personal development blog with a range of pd topics – what might work better?

    I’m considering building up a my e-book library and promoting those exclusively. It will help clean up my sites a lot as Adsense is so ridiculously uncool anymore!

  • @faith – I too had one of those emails from Google Adsense… How in the world are we supposed to know which part of the subjective criteria we are offending?? I really despise Google’s approach to interacting with the public – it’s like, HERE – YOU FIGURE IT OUT. You spend 3 hours trying to figure out what we mean so we don’t have to tell you explicitly.

    What junk.

    As it turns out the language on one of my blogs was the reason. And it was not even rated R – it was PG for sure…

    Oh well, right? Anyone coming along better than Google in 2009?

    I’m doubting it! So, I got that blog up to specs quickly!