Advertlets Riddle: Complimentary “Side Dish” From A “Sponsor”

Good news! This must be you guy’s lucky day. A kind gentleman has decided to “sponsor” a “side dish” for our feast. Apart from his generosity, a lot of time and effort has been put into it. All the ingredients are in my hands. Now, it is up to me to decide how to “serve” it to you guys.

So, you guys like it spicy or mild?

Advertlets Riddle: A Curtain Raiser

Just a curtain raiser to stir up your “appetite”.

Caught reaymond stalking
Caught reaymond stalking my blog a while ago.

Wonder who reaymond is? “He” left a comment in my blog 3 days ago. His comment was filled with some “serious research work”. My guess is that he must be a blogger himself, and is comparing Nuffnang and Advertlets. Or else, who in the world would bother do so much research on the two companies? However, he left no blog URL. I e-mailed him but still no reply. Smells fishy to me.

Josh Lim commenting earlier on the day
Josh Lim commenting in my blog earlier today.

So, the “game” of possibility and coincidence continues. Unfortunately, you need to know some basic of how IP address works to understand this riddle. The two sets of digit at the front has been blurred. I assure you they are the same numbers.

For those who need some help, I found a nice comment left by “one of my dear old friend” not too long ago — DevilsAdvocate. “He” did explain how IP address works but it is not 100% accurate because IP addresses work slightly differently on the Internet compared to a cybercafe or computer lab.

Oh, just in case some of you are wondering who the heck is DevilsAdvocate, I have a nice video that I made not too long ago as well. Hope that helps.

This is just an appetizer. Wait till I serve the main dish. Comments?

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On an unrelated note, I just installed a new plugin today. You see that “Share This” link at the bottom? Can you guys like, help me “test” it out? I *really* want to know if it works, especially the “e-mail function“. Thanks!

Game: Let’s Solve The Advertlets Riddle Together

I’m trying a different “style” of blogging this time. You can treat this as a “game”. Imagine being a private investigator or something. I will use some pictures, and let the pictures “do the talking”. Of course, I will add some explanation here and there. I don’t want my readers to get lost.

Try decoding “my message”. You will be provided with 2 clues. Let the game begin.

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Clue #1:

3rd week of March by Josh Lim
The image above shows part of the post written by Josh Lim in Advertlets’ blog.

24th of March by Nabil Feisal
The image above shows part of the comment left by Nabil Feisal in my blog.

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Clue #2:

Josh Lim posted at 3.22pm
The image above shows the comment posted by Josh Lim in mossism’s blog.

Nabil Feisal posted at 3.56pm
The image above shows the comment posted by Nabil Feisal in my blog.

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If you loved or hated my posts this far, you will love or hate my next post even more. Remember to come back for it. Until then, please leave a comment below to “solve this riddle”. Thanks.

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UPDATE: Points to ponder:

Point #1: What is the posibility for two different people in the same company to misquote this month as March?

Point #2: Josh posted a comment in mossism’s blog. 34 minutes later, Nabil posted a 441 words comment in my blog. I believe it takes probably 10-15 minutes (or more — plus thinking time) to write up a 441 words long comment. Coincidentally, this is when point #1 happened.

Point #1 may be weak. However, point #2 kept me wondering a little.

This “game” is all about possibility. Coincidence does happen, but what is the possibility for a string of coincidences to happen one after the other? That’s what we’ll try to find out.

A “Guaranteed” Method To Get An Ad From Advertlets

So the battle between Nuffnang and Advertlets is heating up. Recently, I’ve read a few posts and comments (even in my blog) that some publishers from both companies are ranting about not being served paid ads yet. I’ve said this many times, we (the publishers) must be patient. Both companies are new and therefore the number of advertisers are small but growing. Angel left a comment in freethinker’s blog that I do not agree:

The ‘cake’ is only ‘this’ big. But the number of ppl who wanna eat the cake is increasing. You are a smart chap. You know where I’m leading to :)

The ‘cake’ is only ‘this’ big for now. It’s true that the ‘cake’ cannot support the whole population yet. However, it is constantly growing as time passes by. Again, patience is what we need. Correct me if I’m wrong, Advertlets has 2 or 3 advertisers so far, while Nuffnang has 6 or 7. Nuffnang’s “weekly campaign” means you get a chance every week. Check out this “post-length” comment I left on freethinker’s blog for more explanation.

Now back to the main point of this post. I have found a way for Advertlets’ publishers to get a paid ad served to them almost immediately. Sorry to Nuffnang publishers, because I doubt this method works for Nuffnang. At least Advertlets’ publishers get to “enjoy” this tip. I came up with this “formula” after reading a few blog posts and doing some “investigation”. I will only mention 3 of them here.

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First is babyfiona’s blog. In her post To PULL or Not to PULL (original post removed), she mentioned she was thinking of taking down Nuffnang and Advertlets’ banners because no ads have been served so far. In her next post Back Dated Post-Someone Disturb Me Buy Spotlight.., she mentioned that Josh Lim called her up on the same day while she was searching [REMOVED]. Guess what? She has been served an ad soon after.

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Second is drizad’s blog. In his post Running test – Malaysian ads for bloggers, I noticed the image posted below. The account status is still “Pending” but he has been served a paid ad. I thought a publisher will only be served a paid ad after they have successfully fill up the 50 answered polls?

Account status is Pending
Image from drizad’s blog.

Before I go too deep into this, I tested this myself — I still have a test account with Advertlets. So I filled up the 50 polls myself. Yes — for those Advertlets publishers who haven’t already know, you can fill up the polls yourself. I got my 50 polls answered in 10 minutes. ;-) That was when I realize that this could be a bug because after filling up the 50 polls, my status is still “Pending”.

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Third is freethinker’s blog. In his post Nuffnang : What Over Speculation Would Sound Like, he ranted spoke his mind about not being served an ad from neither company. What I want to point out is one of the comment he made, “Then after munching 2 hours of Bauer, I came back and see JL (aka Josh Lim) had served up an ad in this blog… what a coincidence…“.

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So, what is my “formula” or secret to be served an ad from Advertlets almost immediately? Just RANT! Rant about not being served any ads. Rant that you will ditch both banners immediately if no ads are served to you within X days. Rant that both companies suck and that they are just cheating you to help them advertise themselves. RANT! JUST RANT! To increase the possibility, put up both Nuffnang and Advertlets banners.

I am confident, in “no time”, Josh Lim will give you a buzz, and you will see an ad served to you almost immediately. Desperate situation requires desperate action. I guess my initial speculation might be true after all. Their “tactic” of serving ads to publishers who rant about not getting ads (especially) from BOTH sides, could be a desperate attempt to “WIN” their hearts over. I wonder if their “Monthly Impressions Available” counter not working has anything to do with all this.

After digging up a few other blogs and interviewing the blogger, I have conclusive evidence that Josh Lim is serving ads to “unqualified” publishers (ie. those that have not filled up the 50 required polls). And because one of them has requested that I do not disclose his/her identity, I have decided not to disclose anyone of their identities. If you are an Advertlets publisher and has been served an ad even when you are not “qualified” for it, do contact me or just leave a comment.

To Advertlets’ publishers, I hope you enjoyed my “tip”. Use it wisely! ;-)

Advertlets Losing Out To Nuffnang?

I noticed a couple of changes that Advertlets made to their system and policy. Those that is worth mentioning are:

1. Minimum unique visitors per day decreased from 100 to 50.
2. Demographics Poll needed decreased from 100 to 50.
3. Mimimum payout amount decreased from RM200 to RM100.

You can get the above information from this post in their blog. At the bottom of the same post, they quoted a sentence from Cikgu Azleen’s blog:

CikguAzleen also mengatakan bahawa Advertlets telah mengubahsuai requirement mereka untuk membolehkan anda menjadi blogger mereka.

I went over to Cikgu Azleen’s post and found that there were more things Cikgu said that wasn’t quoted (that I found amusing). Here’s the “full version” of it:

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Pada hari yang sama jugak, Advertlets telah mengubahsuai requirement mereka untuk membolehkan anda menjadi blogger mereka. Requirement yang baru adalah:

  1. Jumlah pelawat unik ke blog anda: 100 50
  2. Jumlah poll demografik dari blog anda: 100 50
  3. Jumlah bayaran minimum yang boleh dikeluarkan: RM200 RM100

Lebih baik kan? 50% diskaun! Hahahaa.. Saya rasa mereka terpaksa mengubahsuai requirement ni kerana terdapat saingan daripada syarikat yang satu lagi tuh. Hahahaha.. Ohhh.. Saya tidak akan memberitahu anda dalam posting ini siapa saingan mereka, kerana anda sendiri tahu dan faham bahawa sekarang ini hanya ada dua syarikat pengiklanan blog dari Malaysia.

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I’ll translate the last paragraph into English:

That’s better, right? 50% discount! Hahahaa.. I think they are forced to modify this requirement because there is competition from the other company. Hahahaha.. Ohhh.. I won’t tell you in this post who their competitor is, because you should know that there are only two blog advertising companies from Malaysia.

Two weeks ago, Nuffnang posted up The Nuffnang Community‚Äôs Reach and Coverage with pretty impressive figures — to say the least. They mentioned that they “serve out approximately 21,180,000 ad impressions” in a month. Compare that with the 1,800,000 impressions Advertlets have. That shows Nuffnang has almost 12 times more ad impressions to sell and may I add, 12 times stronger.

(Note: At the time of writing, the “Monthly Impressions Available For Advertising” counter on Advertlets system is not functioning. The figure 1,800,000 is what I think the last number I saw — I may be wrong. I’ll update the figure once the counter starts to work again.)

I guess it’s true that Nuffnang’s strategy to include the long tail of bloggers has really paid off. This is apparent especially when Advertlets are starting to reduce their requirements by HALF of what they used to be. From my perspective, Nuffnang is way in the lead. Advertlets would have to play catch up before Nuffnang disappears ahead.

Oh, have I mentioned that Nuffnang is now officially multinational?