Widget Bucks is a neat little widget you can put into your blog’s sidebar or posts to make money.
It’s a bit like Google’s Adsense, in that it scans the contents of your post and selects appropriate links to display. That way the links are relevant to the content, and of more interest to your readers.
Unlike Google Adsense, which displays advertising links, Widget Bucks displays products to buy. You get money when someone clicks on a link to go see the product. You also earn from referring others to the program.
As a signup bonus, Widget Bucks gives you $25 in your account. Minimum payout is $50, so they’re trying to ease the effort in getting your first payout.
How does Widget Bucks compare to linking out to products yourself?
Widget Bucks wins on convenience. Their widget automatically selects appropriate products and displays those links.
Your own links win on commissions. You’ll make more by linking to products yourself, at the cost of having to take the time to find appropriate products relevant to every post you write, sign up for affiliate programs, etc.
People just starting out in blogging may want to try Widget Bucks to see if they even get any interest in buying products from their readers, and then transition into their own product links if it looks promising.
Here’s a sample widget:
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