Last March, I published [Slick Adgitizing] as part of the [Come Monday] series on AsTheCrackerheadCrumbles. It was about how several place non-Adgitize ads right up against the Adgitize widget, which makes them indistinguishable from the ones that Adgitize members click-on to get points.
After exchanging emails with Ken Brown, the owner(?) of Adgitize, he assured me that he would check it out when he finished some project he was working on. I never heard anything back from him after that, but several weeks later, I did notice that he had added a razor-thin border to the widget, which was useless from my evidently overly cynical point-of-view.
With no official notice, many more are now doing the same thing. I was preparing an update, which would have included linked-icons of the sites that I have noticed, but I suppose it is a mute point now. For my patience with Mr. Brown has run-out, and I will be deleting my Adgitize account in the next day or two.
No, it is not just on account of the slick adgitizing issue that I am leaving. For when I went to renew the ad for this site, I found that I did not have enough in my PayPal account. When I went to see what was going on, I discovered that the last payment I had received from Adgitize was on September 8th for $12.59, which was down from the $15.31 that I had been paid on August 6th.
Needlessly to say, I was confused. For a post is published each and every day on AsTheCrackerheadCrumbles, which is where the Adgitize widget is located, and several articles are published here each week. Furthermore, I had been making enough drops to earn the limit of 100 points every day until I stopped last week on account of having better things to do.
When I asked Mr. Brown about what was going on via email around four hours ago, I received a reply a couple of hours later, which is certainly commendable. What he said was not.
I am showing earnings of $3.18 for September and $4.73 for October. That is less than the necessary $10 threshold to receive a payment from Adgitize.
When I look at your points earned for September and October you are earning 270 points a day which translate into 9 to 11 cents a day. On the 3 days in October you wrote an article on your blog you earned over 350 points. That would have earned you around 54 cents a day. It doesn't appear you have written an article since mid October that we have recorded.
To be honest about it, I have never understood his points system, but I suspect that the main reason for why my income decreased so rapidly is on account of the content. For last February, he notified me that much of what I publish was falling well short of what he considers to be original content, and after I explained to him that there is still a great deal of work involved in even publishing my [Sites To See/A Sunday Drive] and [WhiteHeart Wednesday] series, he graciously apologized and all went merrily along until September.
Alas, I first joined Adgitize in April of 2009. If you want to stay, proceed at your own risk.
Since this was published, I received another email from Mr. Brown that suggested that I had not informed them of the RSS feed change to AsTheCrackerheadCrumbles, which occurred after the original Feedburner RSS feed for that site just quit working. Since I had not received any notice of them no longer being able to pick up my feed, I assumed that it had automatically switched like it did in other cases. Nonetheless, I am still done.
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