Recently I added media.net ads to my site to see if I could make a little bit of money. I wasn’t expecting much, but what I wasn’t expecting was that I wouldn’t even be able to make 1p! This was despite getting THOUSANDS OF IMPRESSIONS FROM REAL PEOPLE from sources such as google news. My blog was all about tech related news and receives hundreds of unique visitors each day from mainly the US and the Uk which means there is no excuse for me not to earn anything.
Media.net uses the RPM model to pay its advertisers. RPM stands for Revenue per thousand impressions using a figure set by algorithms to determine how much money you should get paid. Media.net uses these secret “algorithms” that analyze your traffic media.net gets away with not paying advertisers their due money. Media.net uses these algorithms to determine that your traffic is “low quality” and not worth paying for by setting the RPM figure at $0.0. This means that no matter how good or bad your traffic quality is you wont earn a penny and Media.net gets free traffic.
When you apply to media.net you are given a account manager.. my account manager is called “Rohan Das” who was very quick to approve my site and help me set up my ads, however when I asked Rohan (what a dumb name) why I was not earning anything at all despite giving them good quality traffic.. Rohan ignored me.
Media.net is owned by Microsoft/yahoo/bing after a multi billion dollar takeover so I thought it would be legit, but I was quite clearly wrong.
After researching online I found out that media.net does this to a lot of people. There are literally hundreds of forums threads and blog posts posted by people complaining about the exact same thing that I experienced. Some of these posts include people who do mange to start earning money with media.net BUT get their accounts banned when it comes to payout time for no reason.
I have no doubt that Media.net despite being owned by Microsoft is a scam company. Created to scam free advertising out of website owners looking to make a quick couple of bucks. There is a unlimited supply of new webmasters who media.net are able to prey on so its is unlikely that they will run out of suckers for this scam.
It no big loss that I didn’t earn anything from this scam ad network because I would rather not have their cruddy looking ads on my site. Literally the ads that that media.net display on your site self are as ugly as can be.. they make your site look as though a spammer has puked all over your site! If you are looking for a google adsense alternative then this company is definitely not it.