Hello SitePoint users,
I’ve been reading your reviews for quite a long time, however after a lot of testing I’ve realized that in the end which network best fits you depends on type of traffic I have.
The site generates 35,000 page views every day (the number of visitors increases every month, so it’s under constant expansion). The visitors are coming from all over the world, but the majority is from Europe (Poland, Germany, Finland, France, Netherlands, Belgium – in this order), then from USA, UK, Estonia, etc, and a bit from many other countries. There are around 17,000 unique visitors per month right now.
I’ve tried AdSense, but I have a feeling I’d have more luck with a CPM or InText ad network, but definitely not Infolinks because the results are horrible. They refuse to block the ads from thefreedictionary and infolinks itself. I understand those are their ads, but I’d rather not advertise them on my site than annoy my users and get $0.001 per click (yes, 0.1 cent). They told me visitors from other countries see different ads, but that is not true. I have tested the site with TOR proxy in order to get IPs from USA, UK, NL, etc, there was literally no other ad other than those two extremely low-paying from above. I’ve also asked some of my visitors from those countries and they told me the same.
This is the type of traffic I have (the search engine visitors browse the page quite a lot as well, not only the loyal returning visitors):
28.23% Direct Traffic
36.63% Referring Sites
35.14% Search Engines
P.S. The site is gaming oriented and gets more and more visitors every month as mentioned above.
Any suggestion is welcome, I am getting pretty crazy with networks such as Infolinks, had to remove them because it was nothing but annoyance for the users.