After a full month of wondering what had happened to my chitika earnings rate, it is now clear that chitika ads network isn’t the option to earn online as a publisher, unless your content attracts ‘qualified traffic’- the users from the following 5 countries :
USA, UK, Germany, Australia and France
Why on earth should the internationally recognized ads network restrict earnings on clicks and impressions to 5 nations?
Doesn’t it also mean that no advertisers out of the 5 countries can advertize locally on chitika?
It was a month ago when I realized according to the chitika account stats that; although my sites were receiving the daily traffic of over 500 impressions, no ad clicks were available (my average weekly clicks used to be 20 and more)
Besides earning from the ad clicks, there was also impressive CPM earning rate, and I could see my earned balance steadily increasing, which I was ever happy about since it is all but passive income.
Now, that is history and my earnings of the month have stuck at 18 cents for 2 two months running. The number of impressions each day on the ads is as usual, but no ad clicks or CPM earnings.
Lately, I sought the assistance of the chitika support team by sending them an email detailing the issue I was facing. Unfortunately, the e-mail reached their auto responder which sent me the reply to notify me that the support team doesn’t work on the weekends and so my issue would be dealt with during the weekdays.
On Monday, I received an email from chitika support team in response to the e-mail I had sent them. in fact, I just wondered why they didn’t see it as a problem from the publishers point of view.
In their e-mail, they indicated that the issue was originating from the fact that; chitika no longer value the ad clicks or impressions from the users out of the 5 aforementioned countries.
As much as their e-mail was meant to convince me, there are still some things which don’t add up at all since most of my sites visitors originate from the great 5 nations and that means that I am being denied a share of revenue earned on ads. Another thing is that, some important changes should always be communicated to the users.
Anyway, I don’t see if chitika is a recommendable ads network site anymore and thus it is the time to put more focus on building my online business and spreading the tentacles wide enough, working on different reliable online earning sites so that I will always have something to lean on when one online income source dries up.
Are these abrupt changes just an indication of the beginning of the end of chitika?