for my main blog CPM is all I'll touch. Ran adsense, give them about 1,000,000 impressions first month to test it out. Results were horrible. Problem was with updating a lot, the keywords ended up being pretty much useless. 90% of the terms I got were for garbage.
Tried CPA ads even worse. my main demographic is Males 18-35 BUT ones that lean towards tech stuff. So the CPA ads for "Win Free Stuff" always did REALLY bad because people saw them and just figured they were email harvesters (which most are). Only one that did good was Netflix but that only lasted for a few weeks then I got nothing since the people interested already did it. My Azoogle Rep was driving me crazy calling me all the time with new offers for stuff since the site does a lot of traffic.
I also did Amazon stuff. Sold like 3 things. Did Allposters, never once sold one, same goes for Tshirthell.
Tried a boatload of things from CJ. Nothing did well. The people ust aren't going to buy something from the site. If they want something they know what they want and where to get it.
So for me it's pretty much all CPM, as well as a very few in house bundles (usually charge CPM for those but for a few people charge a flat rate and give them 5% rotation). And also use Adbrite which I do REALLY well with.
Well see with this, it's not going to be just me using it. I expect 1000's of users to use it as they will be able to post there own blogs, photo albums and do much more. We already have over 2500 registered members to use it once it launches next week. I plan to use the google adsense and see how that goes as I make good money off my other websites with it. Once again thanks for the input, I like hearing your opinions.
the problem with Blogads (at least when I used them) is you can't sign up. You have to be sponsored by someone. It became a lot like gmail when it came out with people actioning off sponsorships. Which is kind of silly, cause (much like places like Adbrite) the vast majority of users will never manage to make their own sale.
side note. I actually read a thing the other dy (but can't for the life of me find it) how only like 1 out of every 30 people with adbrite ever sell a campaign, most people just use the network ads. But then again, why would you want to spend $25 for a day on a site that gets 3 pageviews
Thanks for the plug proGFX. I've just started testing with AdSense and as expected it's not amazing in terms of income but that's more due to lack of traffic since my blog is still relatively new and undiscovered. Plus more people subscribe to my feed rather than visit the blog and I don't want to force AdSense down my feed just yet if ever.
I think blogads is a good way to go and I may test it one day but when my blog finally gets significant traffic I will probably spend more time finding targeted advertisers that I take 100% of the profits from. This has worked the best for me in the past when it comes to making money from a website using online advertising - provided you can find the right advertisers of course.
CPM = "cost per thousand" (the "M" is the Roman numeral for one thousand). It's generally used in relation to selling various sized banners or other forms of advertising on a per 1,000 impression basis.