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.’
My advice is – NEVER SHORT CHANGE YOURSELF. DON’T SHORT SELL.