The Chitika’s eMinimalls (“Interactive and Intelligent Product Merchandising Service”) program shows in real time the top products suited for your webpage and displays key product information as well as comparison shopping. Publishers get paid for every click made by the visitor (pay per click). Using the standard ad formats (e.g. banners, leaderboards, rectangles, skyscrapers, etc.), you can show products that are suited for the page — and hopefully what your visitors want and need. They offer two options in terms of being interactive: an automode whereby the code will automatically figure out what your page is all about and automatically select the right product for your page; and manual wherein you set the keywords you want to show for the page. The manual version is currently set as default, a way to ensure that those serving Google Adsense on their pages can run Chitika eMinimalls without violating the Adsense Terms of Service. If you wish to use automode, you have to send them an email asking that this feature be turned on.
The click throughs for us are quite low, but the pay per click is quite high (though not that impressive). We currently use it only on our main channel pages, but it brings in additional revenue.
In addition, they have the Chitika Premium, which shows ads only to your site’s traffic coming from the search engines. That means visitors coming in directly or referred by a link from another web site will not see the ads. The best part of this program is that you can run it with Google Adsense without violating Google Adsense’s terms and conditions. For example, you can put in Google Adsense ads above the fold, and put Chitika Premium ads at the bottom of the article
If you want to expand your advertising revenue mix, try out Chitika now