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Low Chitika Earnings? Top 3 Reasons Why Chitika Sucks

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 8 27

First off, I want to start out by saying that I am very grateful that the owners of InfoBarrel, Kevin and Ryan, allow us writers to integrate Chitika ads to potentially increase our earnings. Nothing in this article has anything to do with InfoBarrel. Just because Chitika sucks, doesn't mean InfoBarrel does too. We are lucky to be able to get 100% revenue from them, even if the earnings are very low as of late.

Content writers and owners of marketing niche sites all over the world are up in arms recently since Chitika performed their "upgrade". Funny thing is, it only seems to be an upgrade on their end, and everyone else is taking massive losses never seen before. Is it possible that Chitika shot themselves in the foot with this new "upgrade" in which they surprised everyone without notice, and took over a month to complete? Perhaps they have. Whatever the final outcome, here are the top 3 reasons why Chitika sucks since performing their upgrades, in no particular order:

Low Earnings

Ever since the upgrade has completed, Chitika users from all over the world are experiencing a massive drop in earnings. Just take a look at their most recent blogs, the comments are overwhelmingly negative and most of the problem stems from people earning just pennies a day as opposed to the dollars they were used to seeing before the "upgrade".

Just about everyone here on InfoBarrel is experiencing the same poor results. Possibly the top earner on this site, jcmayer777, reported going from a fairly consistent $25 to $30 a month, to mere pennies per day.

I have been seeing the same trend on my end as well. During the month that Chitika was under construction, performing their "upgrades", I earned over $20. I had quite a few clicks worth $3 to $4 a piece throughout the month of May, and it was my highest earning month to date. Before that, I had been earning an average of $10 per month, which is still surprisingly 10 times as much as I've made since June 1. Since the upgrades have completed over 90 days ago, I have earned about $1.

If Chitika got upgraded, then why did pretty much everyone's earnings degrade? Perhaps the answer is simple - Chitika sucks.

Not Accepting New Clients

This is one thing that has been bugging me for a while. I wrote an article about setting up and using Chitika ads here on InfoBarrel in the middle of April, and people were commenting about how Chitika was not accepting new applications until the upgrades were completed. Well, the upgrades completed a month and a half later around the beginning of June, and people are STILL not being accepted. So, by my calculations its been at least 3 months since Chitika has accepted any new publishers. The upgrade has been complete for over 90 days as of the date of this article.

What's the deal, Chitika? I thought you were going to be accepting new applications as soon as your "upgrades" were complete? Turning down hundreds and thousands of valuable clients is a really poor business decision, me thinks. Yet another reason why Chitika sucks.

No Longer Displays Clicks per Day

The fact that I can no longer see how many clicks I get each day is extremely suspicious to me. Why would they all the sudden remove this column? What exactly is the point of that and how does that benefit me in any way? It doesn't, and that's why I smell fish.

If I can't see that I got a click, how do I know they're not stealing my earnings? If I see that I made a whopping 7 cents today, how do I know if that was from 1 click or 2 clicks? They are blocking this information for a reason, and it's starting to seem like a malicious reason seeings how virtually EVERYONE has seen such a massive drop in earnings.

The worst part about all of this is, the owners of Chitika don't even seem to care. I have noticed that they haven't posted a blog in well over a month now, which means they probably want to avoid more negative posts in the comments section. Chitika has angered a lot of its users, and many of them have decided to simply drop them altogether. Who can blame them? If you're not earning anything from them, and they're acting suspicious, why be associated with them? I have a hunch that Chitika is on its way out the door.

Anyone else think Chitika sucks? Post your experience below and share your thoughts on the new Chitika "upgrade".



Jul 15, 2010 2:27am
Great article Travis! I never signed-up for Chitika and now I'm glad that I didn't.
Jul 15, 2010 10:33am
woah, great. i thought about signing up but now i guess not!
Jul 15, 2010 1:53pm
I had high hopes for Chitika just a few months ago; it sucks that everything changed for the worse so quickly for them. Ona related note you might find this video on low chitika earnings entertaining: http://www.thehonestway.com/blog/make-money/pay-per-click-goes-down-the-the-crapper/
Jul 17, 2010 2:44am
I just watched that video...hilarious! Thanks for that :-D
Jul 15, 2010 6:47pm
Great article Travis! I know all to well about reason #2. I still haven't been accepted...a whole month after signing up. Now I'm thinking, even if I'm accepted, that I'll pass on Chitika. I'm glad AdSense is so straight forward, and conveniently the best earner as well!

And I also second the belief that InfoBarrel is wonderful :)
Jul 15, 2010 7:17pm
I too have not signed up for Chitika yet, and I guess I'll hold off until they get it together (if ever!).

Thanks for a great article!
Jul 15, 2010 8:25pm
A filed an application for Shitika a while ago. Now I don't care so much if they never get back to me.
Jul 15, 2010 8:25pm
wow I actually meant to say "Chitika"
....but that works too.
Jul 15, 2010 8:51pm

Yea you guys arent missing much :-/
Jul 20, 2010 1:08pm
Hopefully Info Barrel will replace Chitika with some other program.
Jul 21, 2010 6:46pm
Dang,I just signed on with them! Luckily (?)they aren't accepting new publishers due to the upgrade. Geesh, what a waste of time. Thanks so much for your articles about them - those are what got me involved. :)
Jul 23, 2010 9:40pm
It does suck. For awhile (months ago), I'd get a few clicks w/them where I wasn't getting Adsense ones. One reason I think they suck is because unless you clear your cookies then you will see the SAME THING every time, same topics, no matter what. So, it rarely adds up. The other thing is that they are limited in their publishers, so that we advertisers (that's right I think) do not have a multitude of topics for ads like Adsense. In fact, I just kicked them from my website and put in another adsense ad in their spot. Looks better, too.
Jul 23, 2010 9:54pm
I have heard that AdBrite is pretty good too. A lot of people think it puts Chitika to shame. Have you considered using AdBrite for your site?
Jul 23, 2010 10:41pm
I never made much with Chitika, but now I make nothing!
Jul 23, 2010 11:56pm
Hmm, I have never even heard of it. I'll definitely have to check it out though. I managed to get Adsense on it where I want it, but I am really wanting to change the site's format before I add a lot more content to it. I'll check out Adbrite though. Thanks!
Jul 24, 2010 4:54am
Yea, a lot of people swear that it isn't necessarily "AdSense" that makes people click ads, it's simply the layout of the ads. AdBrite has the same layout and they look a lot like AdSense, and a lot of things I've read say people see the same exact click thru rate. They don't always pay as well, but it's evidence that it doesn't matter which company you go for, the layout of the ads is the major piece of the puzzle.

This is why I think Chitika sucks even harder, because there is no excuse for these low earnings all the sudden. The fact that they don't tell me how many clicks I get tells me they are hiding information. I could have gotten 5 clicks today and I wouldn't even know. People don't care which company the ads are hosted by, ad-clickers are ad-clickers, and whether people are NOT clicking Chitika ads, or whether they ARE and Chitika is just stealing it from us, it doesn't matter; either way it still proves my point that Chitika sucks.
Aug 8, 2010 5:06pm
I also got the same response from them about not accepting new clients. Maybe this is a good thing after all.
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Aug 24, 2010 12:05pm
Thank you for your very informative article - I was also on my road to sign-up with Chitika but I also will pass for the moment this step. I really hope to be something that the will work out in the end.
May 18, 2011 12:24pm
I tried Chitika on a few of my blogs, as an alternative (or supplement) to Adsense. All of the Chitika ads displayed nonsense like "Looking for Blog?" or "Get the Best Blog Here!" or "Lowest priced blogs in town!" I was pretty disgusted and removed them. I mean, come on. How hard can it be?
Feb 16, 2012 12:08pm
Just thought I'd chime in and say its 02.16.12 and Chitka still sucks.
Feb 16, 2012 12:20pm
I'd never heard of them before IB, and can't really comment on earnings since I haven't made a penny there yet. I actually added their ads to one of my other sites which always does well with Adsense....so far, nothing. Will wait and see I guess.
Feb 16, 2012 1:50pm
My account was suspended either for inappropriate content or click fraud. Both reasons are laughable. It always took me an average of 3 months to make payout and the month they suspended my account was no different. As for content, I hadn't written anything new for over a year. It was the same content that I had when they initially approved me the year before. The ads were awful, earnings sucked, they were getting a bad rap--all reasons I didn't even bother to dispute the suspension.
Feb 16, 2012 1:55pm
I think this all might have happened around the time they were doing all that "upgrading". Around 6 months after I got that ridiculous email from them, I tried to sign in and was able too...so I don't know what the deal is. I do know I haven't made a penny since then so I assume the account is actually suspended. Oh well, doesn't hurt my feelings.
Feb 16, 2012 2:06pm
yeah man chitika sucks ! I've filled the sign up form once but I didn't even verify the account with it...lol
Nov 5, 2012 7:15pm
I have heard Chitika sucks....signed up anyway, but have yet to earn anything. That's more because I'm new, more than anything else, since my AdSense still wouldn't get approved. I'll get back on this, once AdSense is approved, to compare first-hand Chitika VS. AdSense performance.
Dec 16, 2012 2:32pm
I've just signed up with Chitika and at the moment it seems to be pennies every other day. I'm hoping that as my traffic increases so will my earnings. Either way it's on par with my adsense earnings at the moment. :-/
May 7, 2013 4:50am
Was rooting around on IB for Chitika-related articles as I'm thinking of signing up. I've changed my mind. Thanks, Travis_Aitch!
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