Hot off the press! Joel just completed publishing a wonderful book on eMiniMalls. This book includes a detailed overview of Chitika's eMiniMalls along with several useful tips and tricks, such as:
First things first:
What do we mean by "curiosity clicks"? So called "curiosity clicks" are those clicks generated by users more interested in checking out the eMiniMalls interface, or just curious about the products being promoted, etc., as opposed to clicks on merchant links leading to the respective merchant sites where users can directly purchase the product if they choose to.
To help minimize so-called "curiosity clicks" that typically do not lead to conversions on the merchants' side, we updated the eMiniMalls units to drive qualified clicks. Hence, eMiniMalls users will notice a dip in the overall click through rate (and hence the overall revenue). While we do strongly believe that in the long run everyone will benefit from our efforts to optimize this eMiniMalls (beta) service, we do recognize that in the short term this might lead to potential drops in revenue for some of our publishers.
There is no limit to the number of eMiniMalls that you can have on one page. However, we do not recommend any more than 3 due to 'banner blindness.'
You can now make more money by referring your friends to eMiniMalls. By putting your customized referral link on your site, you can earn 10% of the revenue that your referrals make. They still make the same amount that they would if they signed up directly and we reward you for sending us the business. Login to your account and click on the 'Referral Program' icon to get your customized code and more information. If you're not yet a customer, read this overview.
Need help coming up with keywords for targeting? We have created a sample list of categories and keywords to help give you ideas. Please keep in mind that this is only a sample list and does not cover every product. Feel free to be creative! To test to see what products will be shown for the keywords you select, go to the Chitika homepage and enter the keywords into the Search box on the Search Tab of the eMiniMalls. By using the Chitika homepage, you won't be inflating your own impression numbers.
We currently accept traffic from the US, Canada, Western Europe and Australia. As we add more products for other countries we will expand our coverage. Updated list: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, US
The background color can now be changed. The option for that is now in the control. But if existing users want to hack the code, they can do use using a line like this:
ch_color_bg = "#CCCCCC";