Are advertisers taking advantage or are they being ignorant?

I have long wondered about this. There are many advertisers who are offering sites with PR5/10 a mere USD5 for a post that demands for three links. And the funny thing is, it is not just one or two but several.

At first, I thought that they may be ignorant and selected wrongly. I do not blame them because it is awfully hard to remember these :

Google PR – The higher number, the better

Alexa – The lower the number is, the better

But after I have gone through the same procedure of creating an opp, I found that the suggested price was given to them. For example, if one selects a PR 5/10 and Alexa ranking of say, below 100K, then, the suggested price to be paid for an opp is more than USD60 and it is automatically entered in the box.

In order for the advertiser to mark the USD5, it means they have to manually re-select the price. Some of them even went as far as asking the publisher/postie to sign up for their dating site to take a trial run. Dude, why should I get my name in your dating site when I don’t want to have anything to do with some foreign guys? I am married, yo!

Therefore, it is kind of sad that advertisers are out to take advantage of us publisher by offering dirt cheap prices. If it is some personal sites or small companies, I do understand their tight budgets. But if the company is decently big, I think they are being very mean, don’t you think so? It is like the Chinese saying, ‘They think their one cent is as big as a bullock cart’s wheel.’


Post Author: lilian

16 thoughts on “Are advertisers taking advantage or are they being ignorant?


    (July 6, 2007 - 2:42 am)

    In my humble opinion from what I see nowadays is that the competition has getting higher between all kind of blogs.

    Almost everyday there will be new blogs running on free hosts or paid hosting and starting off their own niches category of what they will write about or some just do it with all their will.

    These new blogs will have to suffer of what we call as ‘sandbox’, where the new websites will be held for some period before being indexed to the search engines.
    Plus, these blogs will be PageRank ZER0. Who would want to advertise with PR0 compared to a PR5. I still didn’t get my approval for PPP (PayPerHost) :(

    With this, we could already make a conclusion that things take time to develop. :)

    As for advertisers, I guess they want to save/cut their budgets for the best price/bid of ads that they can get in order to get their product known by people through blogs.

    Publishers need to compete with the new cruel business of getting advertisers to tag them.


    (July 6, 2007 - 6:28 am)

    I’ve seen some of those “opportunities” as well. Imagine some USD5-20 task requires a PR5 blog. Got any PR5 blog want to take up USD10 assignments meh? Damn sien. These advertisers must know lah, if you pay peanuts, you get “monkeys” (like me). If you want rocket scientist, make sure your pay is up to the standard.


    (July 6, 2007 - 9:21 am)

    I am beginning to overlook this type of opps which pay USD5 but ask for multiple links and this and that. Am I being too arrogant liao??? :P


    (July 6, 2007 - 9:27 am)

    I’m really surprised that they are offering USD5 for PR5 and above. Everytime I take a peek at the red opps…I wonder why would any blog with a PR5 take these ops up!


    Ah Pek

    (July 6, 2007 - 9:41 am)

    ya! let’s all boycott them. And i think they are being boycotted already. Till today I still see their “opps” hanging there with no takers.


    (July 6, 2007 - 10:47 am)

    Great info here again.
    I sometimes wonder too about this offer. All USD5 but asking like minimum 300 words. Wahhhhh… crazy ah. The one we got on another money making platform offered better.
    So I agree, advertisers taking advantage of us. I hate most when insist, positive tone only, when there’s no positive thing about them. GGgrrrr.

    and Lilian, sorry, lately didn’t come here. Please accept apology. :)


    (July 6, 2007 - 11:38 am)

    Hmm…I wonder whether can buy 1 McDonald’s BIG Mac McValue meal in the states for USD5 or not?? :P


    (July 6, 2007 - 4:06 pm)

    pablopabla – Yalor, I oso wonder. It is ok to pay USD5 but not without that many links and high PR.

    papajoneh – And I hate those who will say in advance ‘if I like your post, I will give you lots of tacks’. I will stay away from them, no matter what. It is like blackmail, man.

    Ahpek – I can see 40 stuffs there and yet, none that I want.

    mott – ya, some even ask for PR6 for 20usd. Siao!

    pablo – No lah, we bloggers shouldn’t take it and make a habit out of it.

    tenthofmarch – I normally try hard not to go below usd50 on my personal blog but if the topic fits my conversation, then, it is ok la. usd30 oso sart.

    Iz – What’ the reasons your blog is rejected? Cos normally they accept lah.

    Ya… Agree !! Xiao lah…if I have PR5,I definitely won’t write for those $5 for 300-word reviews !! $5 for 5o words still OK lah..if related to my blog…;D

    I have seen quite a number of them require PR5 lah..

    papajoneh and lilian are right ! Me too…”I hate those who will say in advance ‘if I like your post, I will give you lots of tacks’. I will stay away from them, no matter what.”If I am not mistaken, the opp is less than $10, right ? So ba ba bai bai….

    Though I am loaded with credit card debts, I am not hungry until this kind of advertisers also can tahanlah..


    (July 6, 2007 - 10:34 pm)

    I think sometimes they think bloggers are desperate cos there are some who will write $5 for a PR5 request. So, what to do, some bloggers also spoil market.


    (July 6, 2007 - 11:50 pm)

    if have high pr, then should look for high paid post instead 5dolar, 5dolar is too low man! 5dolar is for person like me who got 0pr. LOL


    (July 7, 2007 - 5:32 pm)

    Seriously Lilian, I need somebody to tell me my blog is great because it has PR 5 and Alexa less than 100K because I definitely don’t think it’s great. I mean, comparatively, my daily uniques aren’t anything to should about, you know. Sometimes I wonder if Google had made a mistake on my blog, hahhaa..


    (July 7, 2007 - 9:27 pm)

    that’s what i realised when i saw the red opps for high pr ranked blogs….USD5 only? damn pathetic…even a pr0 blog can get paid USD5 to 13…real crazy n kiamsap stuff going around PPP


    (July 8, 2007 - 12:13 am)

    I don’t do any PPP or that garbage. But I do want to increase my page rank to increase my basic advertising rates. I am at a page rank of four with zero effort, hopefully while putting in some effort I can get that increased with the next update.


    (July 8, 2007 - 11:31 am)

    kevin, it really doesn’t hurt to be a little more respectful and courteous.

    First of all, if you don’t do PPP, it doesn’t give you any right to call that “garbage”. We might not do or even agree on everything you’re doing, but we don’t call you “garbage”.

    And secondly, this isn’t a place for you to boast about your PR, and to add salt to injury, say that it came without effort. Maybe you could be a little more sensitive because there are other people who are working VERY VERY hard to increase their PR.

    And finally, you may hate me for all I care. But what I’m REALLY doing is putting some money into your pockets, literally :)


    (August 16, 2007 - 2:08 pm)

    Thanks for sharing this information. Really advertisers are cheating the publishers. Hoping for the better time soon.

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