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When Should You Use Kontera Ads?

Written by George Manty  · August 20, 2008

I have been meaning to write about this topic and was reminded of it recently when I read Shai’s post last week called, “Kontera: In-Text Advertising“.

At the end of the post, Shai asked:

“ you think Kontera is something you’ll be interested in using on your blog or site? Why or why not?”

Here is my answer:

I have played around with Kontera ads on some of our blogs and I know from that experience that some people don’t like to see them on a website, while some people do like to see them on a website. Why is that?

Why are there so many mixed opinions on Kontera In-text Ads?

I can tell you why. In general, I have found that the people who don’t like them are the people who see them on “make money online” blogs and on tech blogs. At first I thought the problem was that tech savvy people don’t like them. While that may be true, I think a bigger reason that they don’t like Kontera ads may come down to the fact that the ads just aren’t targeted well on non-product related blogs.

I put Kontera ads briefly on our Summer Olympics blog and it was horrible. The ads were showing for all sorts of random words and made the blog look ugly.

On the other hand, I have put Kontera ads on product related blogs and most of the ads are relevant and help people find things they are looking for.

So, when should you use Kontera ads on your blog or website?

I don’t recommend using them on blogs or websites where there is a focus on information (news sites, “how to” sites, etc.). I do recommend using them on non-technical product type sites, or on “how to” sites that make mention of a lot of products in the text of the articles (like a recipe site).

What do you think about in-text advertising? Would you ever use in text advertising like Kontera on a site?

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3 Responses to “When Should You Use Kontera Ads?”

  1. 100kjob on August 24th, 2008 5:17 am

    Good advice. Just what I needed as I’m thinking of putting in text advertising on my blog at the moment. Would like to see some more opinions as which ones are good.

  2. Deb - Airport Parking Tips on October 22nd, 2008 8:01 pm

    I am glad I read this as I want to test it as well as chitika. My concern is relevancy to my site and that is a good point about news sites not being the best fit.


  3. Shawn on December 6th, 2008 1:57 pm

    I put Kontera ads on my blog for a while, but I didn’t like the way it looked. And the ads were not relevant to anything. For instance, for the word “affiliate” when I was discussing affiliate marketing, an ad for Starsky and Hutch appeared. But I have seen some websites where there are actually related and sometimes useful ads.