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Make money with "In-Image" advertising on your blog or website
You got the idea of this hub from the title. Whether you are surprised with this idea or not, I am. This is completely new to me. While I was doing some research for my soon to be launched websites, I came across a website which has advertisements displayed on the images while I hover over them. Initially I thought that to be a video as the ads look similar to the ads that show up on youtube videos. But I noticed there is no play option that usually appears on a video. That made me curious and on keen examination I found that to be an image with IN-IMAGE advertising. I was happy to find one more source of making money online with my blog or website and at the same time I was also worried whether I'd be able to use it or not(thinking that the site might be using their own script for displaying these ads). This made me dig deep into this and found some information which I'm sharing below. I may be wrong, but the concept looks relatively new, because there are not many in-image advertising networks and also the number of sites that the existing networks are serving seems to be low.
BritePic is from AdBrite which is a known name in the internet marketing space. This service offers more options than just serving ads on the image. It overlays a transparent menu button on the image clicking on which several options pop up. The options include "Zoom", "Email this image", "Link to this image", "Embed this image" etc…Optionally you may serve ads from AdBrite, overlay your logo, overlay a caption that slides out when someone hovers the image. When a visitor embeds your image elsewhere, you still get the ad revenue from your image.
Image Space Media
Image Space Media overlays ads on your images. The ads are displayed when the visitor hovers over the image. Image Space Media seems to be widely used for such advertising(personal opinion). They also have a wordpress plugin making it easier for those who use wordpress for their blogs.
From the website, they are the largest In-Image Ad Network and are serving 65 million unique visitors per month. They seem to be overlaying a banner on the image at the bottom rather than a text ad and the banner always appears, whether you hover or not(check demo.gumgum.com).
This is somewhat different. When you use embedanything, a "Embed Image" button appears on the image when the visitor hovers over it, visitors can embed the image using this button. Similarly visitors may also embed articles on your site. Each embeded article/image will have a link back to the original source which helps SEO and drive traffic. Ads are actually displayed on the images which are embedded(i.e., your visitors sites) thereby you can moneitze your images on someone elses site. There is an example of the embedded image on their website, but strangely the embedded image did not display any ads to me(out of inventory?). Embed anything does not provide advertising, you have to use your own ads(say from adsense or adbrite). The adspace is shared equally between you and embedanything.
NOTE: I neither represent any of the companies above, nor am an affiliate. Please research thoroughly and validate the above information before using any of it. The information provided by me only gives you a basic idea and a starting point.