AdToll is Serious

December 1, 2007 Posted by Tyler Cruz

The following is a paid review and is completely of my own opinion and is not influenced by being paid. If you’re interested in having me review your site or product, you can purchase a review from me through PayPerPost by clicking on the PayPerPost Direct button located at the top left of my blog.

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I first reviewed the ad network AdToll on my blog back in June, literally only a few days after they launched. I also have AdToll reviewed on PublisherSpot, which contains a constantly updated review of AdToll which you may wish to read or refer to.

For a brand new network run by two guys, my original impressions of AdToll were "so-so". I figured it would be yet another small ad network launched with the hope of somehow magically exploding and being the next AdSense, only to quickly fade away and be forgotten.

But it’s now five months later, and I don’t think that anymore. Why? Because Dan and Paul from AdToll have been working their asses off – and they’ve shown me that they’re really serious about their ad network.

They’ve made more improvements and features to AdToll within five months than most ad networks make in two years. This review will showcase the new features and improvements AdToll has implemented since my original review back in June.

Rate Cardlets

In order to help publishers market themselves to advertisers on their own site better, AdToll has introduced Rate Cardlets.

Rate Cardlets is a feature that helps publishers sell advertising space by providing detailed statistics and metrics such as Cost per Week, Estimated Clicks per Week, and Average CPC.

Publishers can embed their AdToll Rate Cardlet into their site with a simple snippet of CSS and JS code. Below is an example Rate Cardlet:

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This is actually a pretty useful thing to have if you sell your own ads as you don’t have to update your prices or stats on your advertise page, and it lets your advertisers know what to expect in terms of traffic.

Default Ads

One of the basic essentials missing from AdToll when I originally reviewed them was the presence of default ads. Fortunately, this was one of the first things AdToll made sure to work on, and publishers can now take advantage of default ads.

In addition, this feature allows publishers to set weighting to ads. Effectively, this allows publishers to show an alternative URL rather than network ads, which they can also weigh.

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AdToll‘s description of the weighting feature from their blog provides a good example:

"For example a Publisher may place AdSense ads in his default ad and may want to weigh it at 50%. What that means is that half the time AdToll network ads will be displayed and the other half will be his default ad. This weighting can be 100% if the Publisher wants as well so as to never show AdToll network ads."

In the situation where publishers ads are not filled with sponsored ads, Run of Network (RON) ads will be displayed.

Goal Tracking

Advertisers will love this one. AdToll has implemented goal tracking for advertisers which effectively allows the measurement of conversions. By knowing exactly how much each conversion costs, advertisers basically learn how cost-effective their campaign was.

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Goal tracking is easy to use and works simply by adding some code to your website which visitors can only access if they perform an action that meets their defined goal.As such, goal tracking is very useful and can be used to help split-test which ads perform best. An advertiser, for example, could have 2 ads running that are different in nature but the goal is the same. At the end of each campaign the advertiser can then see which one was more effective.

Flash Ad Format Added

A simple improvement, AdToll has added Flash as one of the acceptable ad media in addition to JPG, GIF, and PNG formats.

As a result, publishers can also expect to display flash adverts now. Unfortunately though, there is currently no way for publishers to easily opt-out of displaying flash adverts. Hopefully AdToll will provide a solution for this in the near future.

Video Ads Added

AdToll has added video ads to their list of available ad creative formats. Currently, the video ads are available only in the standard 300×250 dimension, but more sizes may become available based on demand.

Referral Program Improvements (Ooh la la)

This is by far my favourite improvement AdToll has implemented since my original review. Sure, I may be a bit biased since I tend to refer more people to ad networks these days than use them myself, but AdToll has really stepped up to the plate in this area.

Revamped just two weeks ago, AdToll‘s new-and-improved referral program now allows referrers to refer both advertisers and publishers. Previously, AdToll only paid for referred advertisers and not publishers. They added publishers partly due to my original review.

This was a much needed improvement… although I must say that it’s too bad they didn’t have this when I did my original review as I’ve sent them 73 sign-ups to date, most of which were probably publishers which I missed out on cashing in on. Oh well…

AdToll‘s new-and-improved referral program also has added a plethora of new statistics, graphs, and charts to play with including a Number of Referrals graph, Referrals by Country pie chart, and Referrals by Domain pie chart. Referrals now show detailed information including what date they joined, what country they reside in, the referring URL (very important), and what Ad Group they came from if they signed up by clicking on one of your AdToll ads.

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But wait, there’s more! That’s right, I saved the best for last.Previously, AdToll only paid out 5% to referred advertisers for the first 30 days of their membership. This was obviously not the most lucrative referral program in the world, but AdToll has made up for it and then some.Their new payout structure pays out:

  • 20% commission from Advertisers for 90 days
  • 10% commission from Publishers for 365 days

This is a fantastic improvement. I review a lot of ad networks and speak to a lot of owners and staff of ad networks, and when they ask me how they could improve their network I usually respond by saying how they could be more generous with their referral payout’s.

I can tell you right now that paying 10% for referred publishers for one year is one of the highest in the industry for an ad network. Take a look at PublisherSpot.com and compare for yourself.

Autopricing Feature

Their most recent improvement, and launched only a few days ago, AdToll‘s Autopricing feature allows publishers to have the prices of their ads set and maintained automatically.

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The Autopricing feature considers several factors such as the the ad format, level of demand for ads, and expected traffic to provide relevant pricing. For example, if you have a lot of ad slots available, it will lower the price; if you are booked out it will raise the price. In essence, it balances your price based on the market.

Taking these factors into account, AdToll‘s Autopricing feature effectively manages a publisher’s pricing on a regular basis, which requires no intervention form the publisher.

In addition, AdToll has even implemented a Pricing Strategy feature which allows publishers to select a pricing plan for Autopricing to take. There are five different strategies: Cheap, Bargain, Normal, Premium, and Exclusive. Depending on your site, conditions, or preference, you may want to select cheap to attract a lot of advertisers quickly, or choose exclusive to wait for the perfect high-paying advertiser, while displaying your default ads in the meantime.

Whatever the strategy, AdToll‘s Autopricing feature is useful for publishers who do not have the time to keep an eye on the pricing of their ads, and could be ideal for publishers with many sites.

Sign Up Through Me and Get a Bonus

If you sign up to AdToll through my referral URL (any of the links to AdToll in this review) and enter the bonus code TCRUZ01 when depositing funds as an advertiser, you’ll receive a free $3 credit for every $20 you deposit! That’s $15 free if you deposit $100.

This offer is meant for advertisers only, of course, but hopefully you will sign up as a publisher too. This offer is valid through until 2008.

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Posted: December 1st, 2007 under Paid Reviews  

30 Responses to “AdToll is Serious”

  1. Interesting review. It’s true there are a ton of ad networks out there and hard to find the time to properly test them but also nice to get other peoples personal opinion.

    Tyler, how much do you think you end up making from the various networks just based off your affiliate downline on so many?

  2. Mark says:

    Just signed up as advertiser under your aff link and started a campaign.

  3. […] days after we launched AdToll (June 2007), we had Tyler Cruz do a review on his very popular blog, TylerCruz.com. We were happy with the review and we received a lot of feedback from Tyler himself and from new […]

  4. Mark says:

    hah, didn’t actually read the review: no promo code for me :P

    Had about 6,000 impressions in a few hours, no clicks, theres money to be made here I think.

  5. Promo codes can only be redeemed through the deposit funds into account credit screen.

    I did email you about that Tyler.

    The final paragraph should read:

    “If you sign up to AdToll through my referral URL (any of the links to AdToll in this review) and enter the bonus code TCRUZ01 when depositing funds into Account Credit”

    Thanks for the booking Mark, much appreciated.

  6. NIck says:

    Yeah, adtoll is great!

    there payout is slow though..

  7. Hi,
    AD Toll has been great to me and they have had a couple little problems but, who does not have problems when you are fairly new and the service is GREAT!! I had some problems my self and paul always made sure that they all got taken care of in a very timely manner UNLIKE other advertisers i have used some you can never even get an email back from.

    Thanks,
    Johnny

    P.S.
    Tyler do you think you could review my game??
    Don’t be to harsh on it LOL

  8. webtuto says:

    tyler what adsence are u advising me to use
    addtoll or what
    about googl adsense just hate them
    they banned me 2 times
    bcz of illegal clicks
    i dont click by myself just i dont know who click so many times and i get banned i contact them and i told them that but they didnt give me attention

  9. Neil Duckett says:

    Adtoll has been a great source of traffic for me, i think the guys are onto something very good down there.

  10. […] was already getting a good amount of advertisers per month from another ad network. But when I read Tyler’s Post (TylerCruz.com), I had to agree with him that AdToll is INDEED […]

  11. deepak says:

    wow that was a nice review.well i’ll try it out with your aff link.

  12. I have an account with AdToll, but have not used it much. Maybe this will inspire me to give it a try.

  13. Ethan Christ says:

    Just wondering, are you just not worried about your PR with all of these paid reviews? I’m just wondering because I just got started with PPP and I’m not sure if I should continue with it because my site is relatively new and I’m wondering if PR is important right now for me… It’s still 0 but I don’t want it to stay at 0 because of PPP. What would you suggest?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I lost any respect I had for PageRank when they shafted nearly all of my sites.. including ones with not a single paid link.

      I never made a single PPP marketplace post.. all of my posts have been from PPP Direct, and I only did a total of 4-5 of those, that came from PayPerPost. Yet… I dropped to a PR3… possibly because of the few paid links I have.

      It’s really up to you just how much faith you put into PR. Pagerank doesn’t affect your SERPs, or much of anything at all… it’s mainly useful as a metric for determing site quality, but PageRank has recently lost it’s authority since it’s recent rampaging… when sites like JohnChow drop to a 4, my blog to a 3, just because of a couple paid links….

      • I tend to agree but also I would see this as a double edged sword ie. for little know / startup blog a half decent PR is one of the few credible facts it can show to drive in some interested advertisers.

        However once you reach the daily visitor numbers of say this blog PR may not mean much at all.

  14. Great review btw. I really like the in depth referrals stats of AdToll. They look great.

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