On June 6th, we will be phasing out Kontera advertising on HubPages. The program is used by only a small percentage of our Hubbers, and we are focusing our efforts on improving the most popular and effective earnings channels on HubPages (see the HubPages Ad Program below).
If you have an affiliate account with Kontera that is linked with your HubPages account, keep in mind that Kontera ads will only remain active on HubPages until June 6th. To review the status of your Kontera account, earnings balance, and payout thresholds, please visit the Kontera website and click on My Account. Questions to Kontera can be sent to Support@kontera.com.
If you do not already have an affiliate account with Kontera, you do not need to take any action. If you were considering signing up for the program via HubPages, keep in mind the June 6th phase-out date.
Thank you for letting me know. I hadn't as yet linked my Kontera account so I know now not to. With around ten weeks to run I think I'm happy to carry on as things are. I'll be looking our for more on the hub pages refferal programme. Thank you very much for you updates.
I sorta knew this action was coming. Kontera has a bad reputation with most hubbers. My view is that a little bit of money is better than none at all. Also, I have never been one to "follow the crowd", so I activated Kontera on my hubs.
I also use Kontera on my blogs and other sites and I've been making payout every other month. I'll just have to add more content on my other sites to keep up the pace to reach my goal to make payout every month.
Anyway, I'm glad HubPages offered Kontera because had never heard of them before joining. I've made good money with Kontera and I will continue making money with them on my own sites.
Bummer - I am just now noticing this. I do get regular payouts from Kontera. As others are saying in this thread, I use it on my blogs too. On the other hand, it may improve the look of the hubs overall. Thanks for the update....
Thank you so much for phasing out Kontera. I only earned 50 dollars in three years with this useless crap site. HP is going in the right direction. I believe that HP Ads Program will be much more rewarding than any other affiliate site here.
Buh-bye Kontera -- and let me chime in with a good riddance . I kept making about $.50-$2 each month and then it would get zeroed out for being less than $5 (don't know if they ever changed that nasty policy), and that kind of smacked of theft to me since I DID provide them with advertising, even if it wasn't much. Threw them out of my hubs, and my Adsense and hits went up -- any idea what Google thought of it? That's the only real explanation I have for the difference, because the Kontera links weren't interfering with Adsense space.
I can't remember how many impressions they got, but it was something like 100,000.
I made a little over $7.
My AdSense fell by 30%-40%.
Very bum deal, it COST ME a lot of money to display their ads. I frequently see large top 1000 sites using them, do they get a better deal? Who knows.
The spin that comes out of that PR mans mouth, or fingers, is ludicrious too. Their entire business model seems to be based upon the premise that whilst they pay crap, it doesn't effect other ads.
What a complete load of sh*te. A viewer can typically leave a Hubpage in any one of around 50 or 60 ways. One of these ways is through an AdSense or Amazon capsule, if they leave via Kontera then they aren't leaving via AdSense, simple logic.
In fact, I have long been meaning to publish the hubpage which calls them out, and me just do so right now.
This is a really good decision. I had tried it once but quickly pulled Kontera out of all my hubs because I felt I didn't want to impose such a misguided advertising system on my readers. Those links usually never matched the context anyway. And the reader couldn't even avoid the pop ups most of the time if they are in the habit of hovering the mouse over what they read.
I had stop using Kontera sometime back after realizing that it was taking my time for no reason at all. Hope with the entire removal it will improve conversion rate for other revenue channels like Amazon, and Google Adsense
Nelle, is there any way at all that you could take a deep breath and succumb to the temptation of a Paypal account? Or is that simply completely unviable? If there is no chance at all of you being able to use PayPal as a processor, maybe Hubpages would consider a special case for an alternative payment method? Perhaps even just once every six months or something? Because it is potentially a great program, I am doing pretty well. Don't take this the wrong way, just trying to help
I'm not welcome at Paypal. It is not my choice. And even if I were, I'm not sure that the quality of the ads I'm seeing on some of the hubs would be appropriate for my new hubbing style.
For now I'm just sitting on the HP sidelines and waiting for all of the changes to roll out. Then I'll see how they affect me and my income channels.
Thank you for thinking of me, but I don't want any special consideration. I'm not waiting six months or accepting higher payouts levels. (Rapid Cash Flow is king in this household.) Every other affiliate program (and there are 1,000+) that I work with offers something other than Paypal.
Nelle, could you have your mother or husband get a PayPal account that you could use to collect your money? Like someone else said, maybe Hubpages will allow users who accumulate a certain amount of money to have checks or direct deposit issued instead. Constant Content does direct deposit for authors who sell large amounts of content per month so that they don't get hit with excessive PayPal fees. I think they require like $500 or something before they will do direct deposit.
I won't miss Kontera--but I am feeling ripped off because I will never see the 25+$ I was up with them. This is the only place I used them--I wonder how much profit Kontera will be up from cases like mine.
I've been making about $2-3 per week from Kontera, not much by any stretch of the imagination, but I'll still be sorry to see it go at a time when my earning are already down. At least I'll have time to make payout before it ends though - I'll just have to keep a close eye on it so I can swtich it off as soon as I reach the threshold.
First of all thank you for everyone's concern. I do appreciate it - and I want to assure everyone that I'm fine without the HP affiliate program.
But I run a professional and significant affiliate business and my CPA and Lawyer would disown me, if I started playing those sorts of games. I don't lie to people or companies about who I am or hide income streams. That could lead to huge problems with the IRS - fines and jail.
I'm beginning to understand that shared writing sites use paypal commonly and exclusively. It's not a busines model that I've seen in the true affiliate world. Money just shows up reliably in my bank acount from all others each month.
Indian Govt forced paypal to notify every transaction (taxable/non-taxable) to RBI(central bank authority in india). Because of this reason indians can't keep money frozen in paypal account. SSN ID (PAN no) is recorded for every indian user. So on point of income tax- indian users are now much safe if they're using paypal or any other payment processor.
I don't understand why similar restrictions are not forced in US or other countries where paypal is operating with account balance feature. I do agree that there should be paypal alternative because we can't give any guarantee about their psychotic behavior.
No. The nexus law is a uniquely american thing. The EU has a different system for sales taxes...
The thing that looks like crippling us in the EU is data protection... there are European legal requirements that look like they will require people to be notified every time a cookie is placed on their machine.
Thank goodness! I was getting impressions supposedly here and never come close to payout. I think in a year I have gotten about 75 cents, but get about 2-3 bucks from Google per day. Whats wrong with that picture! Good job getting rid of this pain in the neck!
Good riddance to Kontera. Their ad program made no sense. Ads appear to knock the essence of what a hub is about totally out of context, with it's random and meaningless ads. They should have named it "Lucky Dip", as we never know what the ad will be for...just know what it would NOT be for. Paypal is okay for me, but I believe in variety and choice too. A wrong or narrow-focus pay-out system might only drive Hubbers away. We don't need that.
So many people hating it or having a sigh of relief here. Such an obviously sick business model still thriving in the web world surprises me. Perhaps the Kontera thrives by having virtually nil payout to subscribers!
Adding Kontera code on hubs has helped Kontera alone. This is the only site where I observed earnings progressing in the negative figures. I have been using Kontera for more than two years and Kontera has the right to remove earnings if falls short of five dollars. To add furies, they keep a record of six months only and remove all earnings before six month period. In this manner most of the publishers barring few never get a payout.It is a welcome step by HP to remove Kontera ads from the site. I have already removed 'Kontera code' from all my hubs.