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Thursday, November 17, 2005

ContextCash - the next big thing?

Anyone who is into Adsense or the Marketing World, will probably get your inbox filled with adverts for a new service over the next day or two. I've already had more than 10 emails about it! It's called ContextCash and it's another way to promote ClickBank products by replacing selected words with affiliate links "automatically". I already do this on a couple of my sites and see OK results. The cost for this new service is an up-front fee of $97 plus a recurring fee of $37. Which, OK is not so bad, but of course it takes money out of your bottom line and means you have to sell at least on ClickBank product to pay for the service. I like keeping as much of my sales as I can, so if you want to implement this, there's a free alternative that's been around for a while. PHPGiggle (Freshmeat) or PHPGiggle (SourceForge). This program works in almost the same way. You load up a [money earning] URL for one or more keywords. Call this file in each webapge, and those keywords are "magically" changed into PPP links (that's PPP Pay Per Purchase, not PPC like Adsense) - in other words, you don't get money from those links unless someone clicks and purchases. So, don't get sucked into the hype of ContextCash - there are free alternatives! There ya go - a nice money saving, and income raising tip all in one!

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At 11/27/2005 06:31:00 AM, Anonymous jim said...

There's one big difference though...
From what I can tell, most of phpgiggle's work is done at the server, meaning the pages delivered to visitors' browsers already contain the auto-inserted links. So... in that it's kinda cool that it does all the auto-insertion, FOR FREE, whether it's good or not to have all those links "visible" to search engines is debatable.

ContextCash on the other hand (and let me say right now, I have zero to do with either company, although I am sort of in the same business), also dynamically inserts link tags into Html pages, it does its job at the client end, using javascript, each time a visitor loads a page in their browser.

There's two things to note about this:
1) the links are not visible to search engines because they only extract the text that is served to them directly from the web server, and NO javascript execution takes place
2) it's relatively quick upon loading in the browser and it takes the burden off of the server

Decide for yourself.

Give us a look too. We've got some pretty neat stuff to offer as well and you can bet we're also working on something utilizing this new technology we'll be coming out with soon, and for FREE.

At 11/27/2005 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Gary B. said...

Hi Jim

You'd also need to take into account the number of people who browse with JavaScript off meaning adsense, contextcash etc will not show for them, and therefore a consequent loss of income from these people...

Whereas, because phpGiggle does it at the server end, these ads will still show (as far as I know!)...

Anyway, thanks for the link to your services, I'll check that out..

Cheers, Gary

At 1/19/2006 02:09:00 AM, Anonymous Jim Raposa said...

I just wanted to follow up on my comment about offering something exciting along these lines, and lo-and-behold, it's finally here.

It's called SponsoredWords, and you can use it FREE by signing up at SponsorWorks.net


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