Clicksor is one of the advertising network often quoted as Google Adsense alternative on many sites.I heard about this long back.It was one of the first advertising network used by me.At that time I did not have Google Adsense account.Below is detailed review of Clicksor ads network based on my experience.I will try to give you detailed insight about Clicksor ads network.The aim would be help you make your own decision.
Clicksor Signup and Approval
The sign up process is easy.The terms and conditions are not strict.This does make it easier for new bloggers to get an approved account.It may take couple of days to get your account approved.
Clicksor ads type
This is one area Clicksor can beat any advertising network including Google Adsense.It has vast number of ads format.Below are major Clicksor ads format
- Banner ads
- Pop under ads
- Interstitial ads
- Layer ads
- In text ads
- XML feeds
- Search widget — cost per click based search widget for your website
- Connect widget — enables content sharing on social media and in the meantime you earn money
The only ads format lacking in Clicksor vast ads arsenal is In Image ads and In Video ads.Having said that there is not much advertising network which can beat Clicksor in this area.
Clicksor Publisher Dashboard
Clicksor has two types of publisher dashboard
You can use either of them.But by default the Advanced dashboard is enabled.The dashboard landing page gives your earnings overview and some important announcements.You can use single ad code to display all above ads format except connect widget,XML feeds and search widget.
The ad code generation can be bit confusing for new user.Users do not have idea of all ads format so enabling and disabling one of them may be confusing to them.Using XML feeds on your website does require some technical expertise from your end.
The simple publisher dashboard is better for new users.It is great is you want to enable all ads format without need of disabling a particular ads format.
Reports section of publisher dashboard is not detailed.It does provide information like Impressions,Clicks and Earnings.These three parameters are easy enough to calculate your eanrings for above ads format.
Most of the advertising networks provide only these parameters in reports section.So in that way Clicksor matches most of the advertising network.It does lack behind Google Adsense which has more detailed reporting.
Clicksor earning potential
The best thing about Clicksor is transparency about earning potential of it.It clearly states on its website about earnings per unit for each ads format.It gives you an idea about average earnings of each ads format.I am re producing the data here for your reference
|Ads Format||Cost Metrics||Average Revenue|
|Text Ads||Cost per click||$.035 per click|
|Rich Media Banner||Cost per 1000 impressions||$.20 per 1000 impressions|
|Rich Media Banner||Cost per click||$.035 per click|
|Pop unders||Cost per visit||$.0025 per visitor|
|Interstitial ads||Cost per interstitial||$.0025 per interstitial ad|
From above data you can figure out that Pop under ads are best paying ads format.Enabling them can significantly increase your earnings.This is an average earnings data you can earn more or less on a particular day or a period.
Clicksor payment details
Clicksor offers below payment methods along with minimum payment threshold for each method.
|Payment Method||Payment threshold|
The minimum threshold is at decent level.I say decent because it would be better if it is around $10.That would make it easier for new webmasters to reach payment threshold quicker.
Clicksor Affiliate program
Clicksor offers affiliate program.You can earn 10% of revenue earned by your referrals.It offers referral banners and links to easily promote Clicksor and refer people.You can also view your referral statistics on reports section of publisher dashboard.You can also view your earnings from referrals as well.You can use this program to compliment your earnings from ads and reach payment threshold earlier.
Clicksor Ads malware and load time
Clicksor was accused for slow ads load time in recent past.This impacted page load time.Page load time has become an important aspect of search engine optimization.But with time they have made it better.Still there is room for improvement.This is one area they should work on.
Also many a place you will read about malwares in Clicksor ads.I have not faced this issue.You should try them and check if it still is the problem with their ads.I do came across situation in which they were serving semi adult ads on this website.I mailed them about this and got quick response.The problem was solved promptly.
Clicksor Ads with Google Adsense
According to Google Adsense terms and conditions you can use any other advertising network if you ads do not look similar to Google Adsense ads.So going by definition you can use Clicksor ads (if you have customized it to look different from Adsense ads).But I would not encourage them using together.
Apart from Pop under,Connect widget and Interstitial ads all other Clicksor ads format are similar to Adsense formats.They also are cost per click or cost per impression based ads.In this space Google Adsense is no doubt the best.SO using it along with Adsense will only lower your earnings.
Adding Clicksor Ads on your website
There are many ways to add Clicksor ads on your website.The best way is to use official plugin of Clicksor.It offers plugin for major content management systems like WordPress,Joomla and Drupal.Official plugin does make you task easier and you do not have to go in ad code generation details or placing those ads code on your website.
Other methods are customizing your CMS files.For example if you are using WordPress then you have to modify your theme files or place the ads code in sidebar using text widget.To show the ads in between content without using any plugins follow the steps mentioned in this post.Note that this method works only for WordPress.
Clicksor for Indian Traffic
Most of the ads network work great for US traffic but does not work at all for Indian traffic.But Clicksor does work decent for Indian traffic.In this regard it is a decent option if you are not approved by Adsense.
You can use Clicksor if you do not have Adsense account or your website does not satisfy Adsense terms and conditions.It does work well for Indian traffic.But it has several issues to take care of before becoming the number one choice or a very strong contender.Slow ads load time and malware have been showstopper for this advertising network.Things have become bit better but still past is coming into its way of adoption.
With Adbrite closed its operation Clicksor has a chance to grow its publisher base as well as Advertiser base.From publisher point of view it is decent network to work with and does not have any payment related issues.