AllClicks is a truly unique pay-per-click program. Quite simply,
there currently is no other program like theirs available to webmasters.
So, what makes AllClicks unique? Quite simply they are the only
pay-per-click program that allows you to use blind links to generate
commissions. What is a blind link? It is a link that doesn't necessarily
represent what is being linked to. Generally speaking, it could
allow you to 'trick' your visitors into clicking on the link (see
the warning below regarding this practice).
Links could easily be set up as a NEXT button on a multi-page
article, or a photo thumbnail or an image. Basically, anything
you want, as long as a few conditions are met (see below). Of
course, this doesn't mean all links have to be blind links. Since
most click-throughs currently go through to AllClicks' own search
engine, ClickHereToFind.com, the Search the Web! link above would
actually be a link in the traditional sense.
As for their conditions, first, click-throughs can't be generated
by a robot or spider or other artificial click-inflator. Pop up
consoles are prohibited, as are links that open new browser windows.
'Begging' for clicks also is not allowed. Lastly, clicks must
originate from a web site (i.e. not from a newsgroup or email
Naturally, the blind link commission model originated on adult
web sites, but AllClicks is now offering it for the rest of the
webmaster community. Since AllClicks click-throughs will generally
be of lower value to the advertiser than standard banner ad click-throughs,
they do have to pay lower rates than the industry average of $0.10
Instead, AllClicks pays just $0.03 per unique click (defined as
one click per IP address per 12 hour period). At first glance
this seems quite low, but the advantage that blind links provide
is that they will often have a considerably higher click-through
rates, since visitors might not realize they are ads.
AllClicks is also two-tier, allowing you to refer other webmasters
to the program, and receive a portion of their income. Currently,
this works out to 5% of each referral's income (meaning you earn
about $0.01 for each 7 clicks your referrals generate).
Checks are issued bi-weekly (twice per month) once accounts have
accumulated $50 in commissions. Of course, online reports are
available to check your clicks referred and earnings.
As for reliability of payment, AllClicks has proven their mettle.
Over the last few months I have carefully collected feedback from
JSplash visitors and forum participants. Most agree AllClicks
can be quite lucrative. A few complaints have been received about
accounts being cancelled, but most have turned out to be sites
that clearly broke AllClicks terms and conditions.
The trade-off of blind links is that for many
web sites, 'tricking' your visitors into clicking on an ad is
a quick way to surely lose their loyalty. Many web surfers will
even see the practice as quite deceitful. For this reason, I highly
recommend you carefully weigh the costs and benefits of using
blind links before proceeding.
For some sites, especially those with very high unique visitors,
and little repeat traffic, blind links might be acceptable (and
quite profitable). For sites that rely heavily on repeat visitors,
or are promoted mainly through word of mouth, blind links will
very likely drive people away.
In other words, that $$$1/2 rating and AllClicks' revenue potential
might come at a long-term price to your site.
the AllClicks Program