Seth Godin has a post today asserting that low ad click-through means the audience is "starving great content". He goes on saying:
If you like what you’re reading, click an ad to say thanks.
This is quite a timely post for me as I have been spending quite a bit of time thinking about depressed online ad revenues in the Turkish market. In the context Seth proposes, has the Turkish internet audience been punishing (or at least, not showing enough support for) the Turkish internet properties?
I am not sure that it would work in the way Seth suggests. There’s quite a bit of a burden on the advertiser’s side to reward my click. The ads have to be timely and in context. Otherwise, my "tip-click" is not useful for the advertiser.
Interesting thought, nevertheless.
8 thoughts on “The Thank You Click”
No matter how bad advertising in your part of the world may be, what Seth is proposing is NOT the answer.
He’s asking the advertiser to leave a tip, even though it’s the reader who’s doing the ‘appreciating’.
Not quite right. I’ve written LOTS more about this, in response to Seth, on my own blog here:
Keep the faith, provide value, and do the right thing. LEGITIMATE Ad revenues will come.
How about CPD (cost per duration) as a viable alternative to CPC, CPA, CPM? We’ve developed a widget which allows anyone to sponsor your content. This can be used in the exact same way as Seth is talking about. If you’d like to tip a site then upload an image and set an amount. Your sponsor runs for 30-days and there is no click-fraud with our system. Everyone wins. The publisher gets an alternative revenue stream and the sponsor receive promotion, unlimited impressions, and possible click-thrus for 30-days. Great thread!
The Flurry around Seths Ads, Tip Jar Meme
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Seth raised the ire of the blog-o-sphere last week with his post about clicking on ads as a way to pay the blogger for a good post. Here is a round-up of the reactions.
But first a nerdy side note on the story; some funny …
I’ve posted a blog about this issue with Seth’s suggestion. http://www.1goodreason.com/blog/2008/08/27/the-flurry-around-seths-ads-tip-jar-meme/
I also discuss the Trackbacks not working on Seth’s blog. I included a trackback on my blog to this post.
Did you not receive the trackback? I’m trying to troubleshoot this issue. Any help you can give me in identifying the problem is helpful.
I did not receive the trackback from your blog.
I don’t remember which book, but I do believe I got the idea from Seth awhile back. I’ve added an “End Post/Click an ad” tag at the end of each post very similar to what is posted.
In this case, the relevance of the ad is not important – it comes down to just great content of the post. If the reader liked the post, he clicks on the ad, and the advertiser leaves a tip to the publisher.
Before adding this end tag, ad clicks didn’t happen. Upon adding the tag, I saw immediate response.
As far as payment though, it still comes down to how much the click of the ad is really worth, which is hit or miss. Am I defrauding the advertiser? I think not when you look at the actual cut the advertiser takes.
The question remains, would the reader still click on the ad had I not asked them to? Then the relevance of the ad truly comes into play.
I think that links are the online tip jar:
It doesn’t cost anyone anything, yet it transfers value to the site that you enjoy.
Well I have to agree with what Seth says. People create the Blogs and they provide the content. If the advertiser is going to subscribe to a pay per click advertising campaign they have to be prepared for those potential activities. I know of this and its why I don’t use click based ads,I just stay organic, by doing this you will have less headaches. It may be more work but..?