The skinny, lowdown, the how does it work, the Is it Worth It on Infolinks.
Have you ever wondered how Triond stays in business? The Infolinks earning report you see below is one of the ways. Infolinks is a Pay Per Click online advertising business. I believe Triond uses Chitika, an Infolinks competitor, and Infolinks to display all those double underlined contextual ads that you see on web pages.
The seven day earning report that you see is from a personal non-Triond blog. It earned 20 cents in those 7 days based on 5 clicks from 314 page impressions. The very important Click Through Rate(CTR) is calculated by dividing 5 by 314 in this case. Think of CTR as being a measure of a page’s ability to attract readers to a particular product or service. If the CTR is too high, then that could mean that cheating via asking friends and family to click on the ads is happening. Many Triond authors have lost their Adsense accounts for the unethical reason of elevating their clicks in a non organic way!
I would advise you to open up an Infolink account on your own blog or website. Why give Triond even a single penny for your hard earned page impressions? Also one has no way of knowing if Triond is being fair about how much of the PPC revenue they are giving their writers.
I pay less than $3 per month for a gorgeous wordpress blog at iPage. I got that exceptionally low rate for signing 3 year contract. Easily worth it! Adsense prefers you own your own website. Don’t try to cheap out by doing the free website hosting at blogspot or blogger. You have much more control of your site’s look and feel if you own your own site! You also get much better site statistics and the key words that are being typed in at Google to pull up a particular page.
Also another issue with Triond is the fact that ONLY your top five viewed articles are displayed! You are losing valuable information about which articles are effective. You all know what I mean right? ….. Your Content Today heading only has room for your top 5 articles! I have had many days where I had more page views that were NOT being displayed under Content Today than WERE! When this happens, it means you are getting a ton of single page views on single articles which indicates you have a very broad writing style. The point is Triond is concealing vital information that might direct the profitability of your writing choices. Remember that content is King and the page views that you get writing about anal sex and masturbation don’t pay that much anyway.
What you see above is what happens when you mouse over or hover a double underlined word. The double underline is to distinguish from a hyperlink. In this case, the double underlined word is college and a relevant infolinks ad for Finding Local Colleges is displayed. You do not make any money for this ad displaying, BUT you do make varying amounts when the hover advertisement is clicked! The amount you make is dependent on what the advertiser is willing to pay infolinks.
As you can see, infolinks ads are In-Text which means there is an automatic algorithm that parses through your articles, posts, and comments AND then double underlines relevant words that may appeal to your readers and advertisers! Once you get it set up, it is a joy to watch a page that was low traffic start to spike and make a few pennies or even a dime a day! Does not sound like much, but multiply that by hundreds or even thousands of posts and articles and you might be able to pay your rent!
Given the minimal effort required to get set up with infolinks, it is easily worth it to implement their In-Text advertisements on your web site or blog.