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Coming back to My Ad Dynamo Experiment CodeUnit 21 OCT 2011

So the Ad Dynamo adverts have been running across my sites for just short of three months now (in conjunction with my existing Project Wonderful campaigns), so I guess it’s time for a little feedback session.

In terms of simplicity in setting yourself up as a publisher and generating advertising code to place on your site, the process is outstanding. Although their website portal could do with some minor tweaking and user interface and usability upgrades, it is very, very quick to get up and running, and I must admit to quite liking that about them. It is very simple to add new websites and then create multiple advert channels for each of them, and as far as I can tell, there doesn’t seem to be a limit to the number of adverts placed on a site, though as any good webmaster will know, less is more in this particular instance.

The fact that they are South African means South African adverts for all us locals, though of course the quality of adverts vary thanks to the relatively small number of big business advertising through them. Obviously I’m not sure on the quality of adverts being served outside of our borders, but from what I’ve been able to learn, it doesn’t seem too bad.

My favourite part is of course the payouts, and the ability to specify a local bank account is really nice for a change. And pleasingly enough, once you pass the R100 minimum amount (which rolls over if you don’t achieve it), the payment is made directly into your account at the start of each month, no mess, no fuss.

One problem I have encountered through their platform was a little nasty though. Someone managed to trick them into delivering malware through a crafted advert, which was quickly picked up on by Google and Mozilla, causing a huge error/warning notice to appear to users in place of my sites. Luckily Google Webmaster Tools has an easy enough method to clear this up, but it did cost me in terms of site views for a couple of days.

In summary, I can’t really say I have any complaints about them or their service at all, and will thus continue using them as my primary advertising platform (alongside Project Wonderful). I’m making money, they don’t come with all those heavy handed restrictions from Google, and they really are simple to implement and expand with.

So yeah, I guess a thumbs up for the Ad Dynamo team then! :)

Related Link: http://www.addynamo.com

Throwing Adverts from Ad Dynamo into the Mix! Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 05 AUG 2011

Yes, my websites have advertising on them. Not because I like the way it makes them look, but rather because I came to realise that if it will bring in some extra money just to cover the monthly server cost, then hey, blogging doesn’t cost me anything apart from my time in the long run.

Way back in the beginning, I started off with Google’s AdSense advertising, but as you will quickly learn, keeping them from unexpectedly blacklisting and taking all your revenue is pretty difficult to do, and thanks to their non-existent customer service due to their sheer size, they are at the end of the day pretty crap to work with (unless of course you can avoid being blacklisted and make tons of money off them). After that I moved to AdBrite, which worked okay until it became apparent that the receiving of American cheques in US dollars and then converting them into Rands was more of a hassle than anything else, I switched to Project Wonderful, who pay out via PayPal and who serve mostly webcomic-related adverts, meaning I get to see adverts on my sites for something that interests me, even if they don’t exactly pay out the highest rates in term of advertising!

(And of course, now that FNB has that whole PayPal deal on the go, it is actually usable in South Africa).

But now I want something with more of a local flavour (in other words, easier to get payouts straight into your bank account)!, and after reading some good things regarding the Cape Town based Ad Dynamo team and giving them more than sufficient time to grow and attract more advertisers, I’m ready to give them a proper go.

And I must say that so far I’m impressed.

It is ridiculously simple and quick to sign up with them as a publisher and get an advert up and running on your site, and I must say that I am rather enjoying the simplicity of their publisher dashboard thus far. You earn money for both clicks and impressions, and there are a variety of payout methods available to you (once you hit the R100 payout minimum of course), including directly into your South African bank account or the standard via PayPal route.

So yes, my sites will now be featuring more adverts than before I guess, sorry about that, but I’ll try to keep them as much out of the way as possible. That said, by now I’m pretty sure that most of you guys browse the Internet with your ad-blocking plugins running at full, right!? ;)

Related Link: http://www.addynamo.com