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InfoBarrel 101 - Chitika Ads

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 12 25

Chitika is an advertising company that is similar to Google AdSense, but it does have some distinct differences that make it unique. InfoBarrel allows you to integrate Chitika into your articles and earn revenue off of the clicks 100% of the time your article is displayed. If you are unfamiliar with Chitika, or just aren't exactly sure how Chitika works, then this article should be of tremendous help.

What is Chitika?


Screen Shot of Chitika Ad Block

In the screen shot above, the Chitika ad block is circled in red. It contains three slots for advertisements.

For the example I am using, I searched a fellow InfoBarreler's article about the Top 10 Most Valuable Baseball Cards. I used the search query "most valuable baseball cards". As you can see on the Chitika ad block, those keywords are shown and highlighted. This is because Chitika ads have a special feature where they show relevant ads specifically catered to individual visitors that come via search engines. It uses the entrance keywords as the means to find and display relevant ads for the person doing the search.

If a user is visiting your page directly, for instance if someone clicks on your article via the Related Articles section, then your ads will be relevant to the most significant keywords in your article.

Chitika normally doesn't have many problems showing relevant ads either way. The only times they might have issues matching up are when you write about obscure topics, or if you get an odd entrance keyword or one that was spelled incorrectly. The great thing about Chitika is that you don't really have to do much keyword optimizing to get relevant ads.

How do I set Chitika up with InfoBarrel?

Getting hooked up with Chitika through your InfoBarrel account is a breeze. First, you'll need to sign up with Chitika. If you haven't done so yet you can quickly sign up for free here.

After signing up with Chitika, you simply come back to InfoBarrel and locate the MyInfoBarrel tab on the top of your screen, and after getting to your bio page you will click the button that say "Manage My Account". There you will see a list of fields to fill in. Towards the bottom with be the field where you enter your Chitika ID that you used to sign up with. Save your changes and that's it! You're now hooked up with Chitika and ready to start earning more money on InfoBarrel!

How much are Chitika ad clicks worth?

The one downside to Chitika is the fact that the clicks are not worth nearly as much as Google AdSense clicks. You won't usually see a click worth more than 11 cents, and many are in the 4-5 cent range.

That being said, Chitika ad clicks do add up, and while they might not be as profitable as Google AdSense, it's still some extra revenue that this great site enables you to have.

Can I move the Chitika ads around?

Just like with the Google AdSense ad units, you cannot move the Chitika ads around either. They are strategically placed in the best possible spot for optimum click through rates, as tested by the owners of InfoBarrel.

How do I see my earnings?

You can easily track your earnings from Chitika by visiting their main website and logging in. After doing so you will be taken to a screen that shows your earnings for the previous day, as well as the rest of the month. Unfortunately, you are not able to track individual channels to see which articles are earning the most.

Fun Fact About Chitika

A few months ago, Chitika did a study that showed that Bing users are 55% more likely to click on a Chitika ad than Google users, and 21% more likely to click them than Yahoo! users. The full article can be read here.

If you have any questions about Chitika, feel free to leave a comment and ask, I will do my best to answer!


Apr 16, 2010 6:41pm
When I signed up here, I also signed up with Chitika. I had checked up on my status, and they said they are busy. I'm just waiting patiently. It looks like I'm missing out on something good.
Apr 16, 2010 6:42pm
i saw your pic. u look so young for a 22 year old
Apr 16, 2010 6:48pm
There are a few things about this comment that confuse me...lol. I'm actually 24, and where did you see my pic? My avatar is actually a picture of Fry, the main character for the TV show Futurama.

The funny thing is I actually do look extremely young for my age. Most people think I'm about 18 or so. I don't like it now, but I'm sure I will later in life :-).

About your comment on Chitika, do you mean you're waiting for Chitika to stop being busy, or InfoBarrel?
Apr 16, 2010 7:21pm
lol nevermind my comment on the pic. the pic i saw is from another user. big ooops by me.

i'm waiting for chitika to process my account.
Apr 16, 2010 7:56pm
Oh ok, lol, you had me worried because I do look young for my age but I had no clue how you could have known that! :-)

I do remember Chitika taking a few days to approve me, but I noticed you wrote your first articles over a month ago. Is that when you first signed up with Chitika? If so, I would suggest shooting them an e-mail and seeing what the hold up is. It shouldn't take more than 4 or 5 days for your account to be activated, a week at the most. Good luck with Chitika and a belated welcome to InfoBarrel!
Apr 16, 2010 9:38pm
I signed up sometime after I wrote my article. I did followed let's say up to 2 weeks ago via email. I'll send them another one later this month.
Apr 17, 2010 2:32am
I've signed up for Chitika,too. Though it seems that I'll have to wait for about 3-4 weeks to get their approval. :-(
Apr 18, 2010 9:32am
I could have done with this article when I joined up . You have made it so easy. thanks Travis
Apr 23, 2010 9:50am
When I sign up for Chitika, what do I put as the primary website address? Do I put:

I'm just a little confused on this part.. Thanks :-)
Apr 23, 2010 12:24pm
Hey Crystal,

You would need to put the main InfoBarrel domain. Just http://www.infobarrel.com.
Apr 23, 2010 12:37pm
I did :-) I wasn't sure as to what to put for the page impressions though. I didn't know if if meant my articles or the website itself. So, I just guessed. I don't even remember what I put. I also signed up for the SheToldMe website. I give kudos to everyone that is successful writing online, because this is so much work. It's alot of time to go to all of the websites. Not to mention, all of the articles that I'm trying to take in. It's a lot of information! I know the work will be worth it. I want to have my own successes with writing, so it's a lot of work, but worth it :-)
Apr 23, 2010 12:48pm
Yes, Crystal, it's definitely worth it and it keeps getting easier as time goes by. You'll eventually get used to all of it and understand it better just like with a new job. I read your forum post about the page impressions and I misunderstood. I forgot that you had to tell Chitika how many page impressions the site gets. Don't worry, I just guessed on it too when I signed up. I don't think it really matters. Good luck with everything!
Jun 5, 2010 5:22pm
Hey Travis, nice write up on chitika. I have been catching up on some of your tutorial articles. They look great. Thanks for the link to my article on bball cards, too...lol. You are the chitika KING!
Jun 23, 2010 10:54am
Very good article. Thanks for all of the help! I signed up for Chitika this week, but received a message that they are currently putting any approval of new accounts on hold while they upgrade their site and software. Hopefully I'll soon be approved!
Jul 22, 2010 3:08pm
Great article Travis! I just signed up under your link. They said that they are upgrading so are holding off on approvals so we'll have to wait and see :)

Oh..I just realized Healthfitness said the same thing oops:)

Anyways, great article with great tips :)
May 8, 2011 6:56am
I just got confused....

when I'm going to chitika I see Impressions/Clicks eCPM and Impressions/Clicks Revenue. They both show stars like this ->"*" but... I already got 22 impressions in total... why don't I earn?

greets nerames
Jun 1, 2011 5:35pm
Thank you for the imformative article. Hoping to make a good Impression with Chitika.
Nov 8, 2011 2:03am
thanks man! You made it sooo easy..
Dec 27, 2011 9:08pm
Thanks for the information. I am in the process of signing up now for chitika.
Jan 30, 2012 7:07pm
This article is extremely helpful. I was already signed up for Chitika and was confusing myself by thinking I needed to add additional HTML code. Thanks very much for the article.
Feb 5, 2012 8:46am
Awesome add, but still have to wait for approval from Chitika. Its interesting how the whole thing works though. Hopefully we do get some returns! Thanks a bunch!
Puss on the Net =)
Feb 29, 2012 2:07am
*First Comment on infobarrel*

lol, anyway. Thanks for the awesome info, no longer confused on what Chitika is....Exactly what I was looking for!
Jun 2, 2012 4:14am
Very helpful and informative article, thanks Travis. I signed up for a Chitica account two days ago and it was approved yesterday. One point on this comment of your to Crystal : "You would need to put the main InfoBarrel domain. Just http://www.infobarrel.com"
When I do that I receive this message : "An error occurred adding the domain "http://www.infobarrel.com" please try again"

I have added my Chitica username in the Advertising Profile of my Infobarrel account but that is not visible in my Chitica account. On the contrary the Infobarrel domain was automatically inserted in the website list of my adsense account (there was no need to add Infobarrel manually), not long after giving my adsense publisher code to Infobarrel.
Jun 2, 2012 7:24am
Hi Travis
Infobarrel newbie here and thanks for the precise Chitika sign-up info.
I've just signed up for a new Chitika account using your referral link, thanks again for the article.
Nov 16, 2012 11:45am
How do you add a domain to chitika?
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