Friday, October 26, 2007

WidgetBucks Is Not Area 51

Seems like there's a lot of chatter going on around WidgetBucks right now, and some of it is not accurate. If you look under the hood a bit, most of the inaccuracies have largely been precipitated by those who have a vested interest in competing products. Hey, I'm all for talking up your product -- but let's at least try do it with a little integrity. I personally feel that execution and performance speak for themselves.

Now to dispel the rumors:

First of all, no, WidgetBucks was not banned by Google SERPs. I recognize this bursts a great Google-smack down storyline here, guys. Sorry. We had a simple server configuration oversight as it pertained to page redirects which caused the Google Crawler (GoogleBot) to fail when attempting to index our widgetbucks.com site. (see screen shot). We've fixed the issue at this point, but naturally it takes a little time before we begin showing up in the SERPs.

The second misperception relates to back-links and why we removed them. Our original intent behind including back-links was pretty plain and simple: if a user did not have the Flash Player installed, we wanted to show a link to WidgetBucks, and disabling javascript does nothing more than reproduce the No-Flash-Player case, since javascript is used to load the flash player. We removed the back-link based on publisher feedback about not being allowed to modify the HTML to place a “no-follow” for SEO purposes. So rather than grant permission to modify the HTML we provide, we simply removed the back-link. Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists out there -- Area 51 does not reside within WidgetBucks. :-)

Have a great weekend, all.

Matt Hulett
CEO
Mpire (creators of WidgetBucks)

33 comments:

Peter said...

Oh ! i knew you guys weren't. Thanks so much for the good ads for my site www.movienetx.com

You rock! I love your free $25 too =D

nick said...

is the net 45 terms going to be permanent or is it ever going to decrease?

GettyCash said...

Yes, you are right some people have their javascript disabled.

PC149 Company said...

I agree with you

el maestro said...

ok =)

Technology of The Day said...

is ther any intention to reduce the payment to less than 45 dyas
i thinks it very long time
?

Biceps brachii said...

I knew that you are good guys. ;)
Nice service. Keep it that way!

Sidhu said...

One more suggestion, please can you provide more sized referral banners. Currently most of them are 125X125 which limits the flexibility in affiliate banners. Please provide larger banners of 768 and 468 size options too.

nick said...

do you guys intentionally ignore our question to the net 45 payment? It has been asked several times on several posts and I have never seen you address it. Is net 45 permanent or is it ever going to change? The audit process takes about 4 days according to my stats so why would the payment process take 45 days?

Wayne said...

Can we change the ad code we put in when we signed up that gets displayed when there is a lower epcm?

Macedonian Babes said...

We think that the service is interesting.
Just start to using it.
Maybe later we'll send you some recommendations for improvement.

aryadewangga said...

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I've published your comment in order to be known all publisher too.
Well, start today I'll active Widget Bucks again. salute to you

5xmom.com said...

Hey, I am happy to report that I am making money from WidgetBucks. Here is one happy post about WidgetBucks! Thanks!

00 said...

Can i make own referral image ?
Or must use the image make by referral tools ?

emdys said...

Hi I am new to WB. I only sgned up in 29/10. i got a site with good traffic, and i was able to get $45 by 30/10. But under "My Bucks" tab

Date Description Earnings Payments Balance
9/30/2007 Earnings (10/29/2007 - 09/30/2007) $0.00 $0.00
10/29/2007 Signup Bonus $25.00 $25.00


this is showing. They taken one month as from 30th sep to 29th oct whereas WB has given a example photo from starting on 7th sep to sep 30. Why is this so?

maheshraju said...
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emdys said...

Hi I would also like to know wheather ther is any guy/gal who got actually paid out from WB. Even though WB is giving proof as photo of some account, i got suspecious because somebody earlier cheated me when the amount reached the payout limit(other site not WB).

Dean could u please respond to this blog? or i need to mail u for getting reply?

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nick said...

emedy, no one has been paid yet because WidgetBucks wasnt open to the public until october 1, There is a 45 day wait limit after the end of the month to get paid, this means everyone who signed up in october and reaches $50 for october will be paid around december 15. So, unfortunately, there is no proof yet as to whether or not anyone has been paid.

emdys said...

Dean said in another post that WB have reached 25 million impressions in 7 days.So even 10% click ratio u take, it will be 25,00,000 clicks.Minimal pay for click is $0.11 for us.So if the ad people are giving them $.50 for a click,WB will be getting $12,50,000 in a week which is a very good/huge amount for any company,in which $2,75,000 belongs to us.Also ther is no gurantee for any payout.It is given only after 45 days.So with bank interest for 45 days the $2,75,000 will be double in 45 days time.
WB is getting this much of money because of our effort and our time,so there lies responsibility for WB to ensure gurentee for this $2,75,000 to be paid to us, since we people live in some other country we cannot fight for justice in US.

So.......?? Any response from Dean??

KeeWoe said...

Revenue decreasing !!
I earn $3.xx before and now I check it show $1.xx only !!
WHY !!!!

Vu Diu said...

No response from Dean means that Dean is a SCAMMER and WB is now showing a really good scammer

Team WidgetBucks said...

All, to clarify, having been active now for 30 days, not enough time has passed for people to get paid. If you are concerned about the integrity of WidgetBucks, I do want to ensure you that WB is backed by a real company (Mpire), real investors and has been around awhile (see Mpire.com's About Us section for details). With anything new out of the gate, there's bound to be a certain level of skepticism. We hope we can put that to rest with first payments in December.

Team WidgetBucks said...

All,
With regard to the 45 day payment terms, for our first payment distribution we are remaining at 45 days but will make best efforts to do it earlier (i.e. 30-35) We've definitely heard the feedback about shortening that term, and if can shorten it in the future, we will do our best to do so.
- Dean

Team WidgetBucks said...

@sidhu, thanks for the suggestion on the referral ad sizes...i'll pass that feedback along.
- Dean

Team WidgetBucks said...

@emdys: regarding your My Bucks question, yes, i can see how that can be confusing. what i believe you will find is that in the first week of november that information will update for october billing so the first date will be your start day and the second date will be Oct. 31. If that doesn't update as described, we can take a specific look at your account. - Dean

Team WidgetBucks said...

@keewoe: if you have specific questions regarding your account, please email us at help [at] widgetbucks [dot] com. - Dean

Team WidgetBucks said...

@emdys: our policy is not to discuss these terms and figures, especially on a public comment board. what i can tell you is that your observations and assumptions are incorrect.
@vu diu: your patience would be appreciated. Thank you.
- Dean

Ankil Sanghvi said...

To respected dean ( widgetbucks team),

My account suspension is definately an error because more than 38 $ had already been finalised for the previous month and in the present month there were hardly more than 1.29$ among these amounts none of the clicks were made by me nor i have altered the widgetbucks code.None of the terms and conditions were violeted by me.I would like to also inform widgetbucks that there were hardly any clicks in the past 9-10 days.Then how can my account get suspended?If widgetbucks wishes I shall delete all widgets from my site and continue to earn from my referrals.But I would like to repeat once more that the suspension of my account is definately an error as there were hardly any clicks in past few days and the previous month's earnings were finalised I even did not get warnings from widgetbucks.Reinstall my account as soon as possible.reply me as soon as possible my WB account is ankil19@hotmail.com . I was also planning to delete widgets from my site but I did not know that what happens to the amount after the widgets get deleted.As the reason of low traffic site I had taken the permission from WB that I can place ads on low traffic site
There is also the possibility of someone else clicking violently on my ads but in these case I am ready to delete the widgets and continue to earn from referrals.I agree that I had clicked twice When I had placed widgets on my site on october 10 as it was new for me & to test whether widgets are working But after that I have never clicked it for myself.I am writing here as the customer care centre takes time to reply to our queries.You can contact me on above given E mail

Widget Hater said...

So you removed the backlink in order to help us all, and not because you were dumped out of Google for hiding a hidden backlink in code that would have been published on thousands and thousands of sites ??

Most likely Google saw this huge jump in links back to you, saw that these links were without the site owners knowledge, and dumped you out of their index.

Funny how the widgets still work now without this hidden textlink inside ??

The "People may not have Flash" reason, is in my opinion complete BS. More than 95% of internet users have the flash player installed, so instead of pretending to care about the 5% who dont have the player, why not admit that you thought you would add a link back to the site in order to increase the number of backlinks.

What a great scam you guys have going.

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rachel said...

Hi!I am newbie here,just wanna have extra income, can you guys give some ideas and pointers to earn from here.Thanks and more power... i am from the Philippines

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