What are Quick Links?
Quick Links search is dynamically generated content showing related search terms from content tags, keywords are updated automatically from across a network of advertisers to increase relevancy.
Recently I was approached by Media Jump to test and trial a new advertising method, which in itself is nothing unusual as high traffic website owners are often approached with offers to fill advertising space. Most of the time I don’t take much notice but this one looks good and the initial numbers stack up very well.
The list of related search terms are generated automatically by inputting a keyword or phrase, for example ‘make money online’ could generate a related search list like this:
Initial thoughts from using related search;
- Easy to integrate in existing sites
- Links open in a new window
Obviously the point of the related links is to give your visitors options/links which then open in a new window sending traffic to Ask.com search engine which displays advertisers sponsored links and organic results, you earn revenue on all clicks on advertiser listings, in this way the products is quite similar to Google search but it’s integration into my website makes its a killer tool that works well and looks good.
As you can see in the image above the vertical layout lends itself very well to multiple column layout and is inviting for visitors to click on, the major difference being if someone clicks or uses the search box the results are brought up in a new window, this has a huge influence on the overall figures and results from my initial trial.
An immediate concern is whether it can be run as a compliment to existing income streams, namely Adsense so I fired of an email and was given a favourable response:
In regard to your query regarding the powered search on the same webpage as Google ads. AdSense publishers may display third party advertisements on sites and pages showing Google ads as long as the formatting or colour scheme of these ads is sufficiently different from the layout of the Google ads. In other words, if you choose to place non-Google ads and search boxes on the same site or page as Google ads, it should always be clear to the user that the ads are served by different advertising networks and that the non-Google ads have no association with Google. If the formats are naturally similar, we would ask that you use different colour schemes for the competing ads.
So as expected Google like to make sure their ads are not confused with anyone else’s which is fair enough but it can be run on the same page, fantastic! I could then crack on and implement the code and I have run related search for over a week now and the results have been pretty remarkable.
I cannot go into the specific numbers due to the terms and conditions however my Adsense earnings on a site which usually generates $250 per day are mostly unchanged, ASK related search income has almost matched Adsense and on some days surpassed it also generating around $200 – $300 per day in effect doubling income from the same traffic levels.
On smaller sites such as my Tattoo Fonts mini site the income from related search is far greater than Adsense bringing in $20-$30 per day instead of $5-$10 per day, yet again Adsense has hardly been affected but the increase in overall earnings has been huge.
Over the course of the trial my Adsense income has been maintained, possibly down at the most 10% , I have been making an additional $300+ per day by using quick links. I think the fact that the links open in a new window is the key to this being such a huge success for me and at present I am on target to generate almost an extra $10,000 in income this month on top of all existing income streams.
Having spoke to Media Jump there are a few points I have to make about Quick Links and it’s availability.
- Each website in the program is checked and must be approved to be family friendly
- Rollout will be measured and steady so no flood of applicants
- It will initially made available to high traffic webmasters
- Payments are made 45 days from the end of each calender month
- Available to the UK and USA through media Jump
Quick Links will not be open to a flood of applicants with each and every website url being manually approved so you cannot go taking one piece of code and paste it across your network of sites, I must say this has been a revelation for my sites and has worked as an excellent compliment to Adsense and my existing income streams.
We have come to an agreement with the Media Jump, if you generate around 5000 visitors per day or more and are interested in running Quick Links on your website then you can apply and we would refer your details to the global distribution partner, also if you know of any large publishers then you may well be doing them a big favour by letting them know.