For some time ago i stumbled over buysellads.com on a smaller personal blog, and i thought it seemed like a nice supplement to Adsense. And it likely would be, if only they would accept Brugbart as a publisher.
The problem with Adsense, is that you never really know what ads show up on your site. It would be nice if you could supplement it with a few static ads, of which you know the destination.
The Review Process
The short story is, i bookmarked the page and almost forgot about it. The 2nd February i found my way to their site again, and finally got around creating an account and submitted Brugbart for review. This shouldn't be a problem of cause. A site like Brugbart should easily get accepted, but that did not happen.
I know there's a lot of sites out there operating with outdated site models, this mainly goes for directories and social bookmarking sites attempting to combat spam the wrong ways.
Apparently something must be wrong with this site as well, as it doesn't appear to have a clean review process.
Approval Status: brugbart.com
Thank you for your interest in selling ads with BuySellAds.com. Unfortunately, we are not able to approve your website at this time.
We are aware that a general email like this does not help you understand exactly why your site was denied. We are currently receiving between 75-100 new website submissions per day, and a personal reply for each is not possible. We sincerely apologize for this, and we hope to improve our ability to send personal replies to submissions sometime in the near future.
Here are some common reasons why we may not approve a website:
- Your website should have at least 50,000 page impressions per month. (For new sites, if you or your team has a history of creating successful websites within our network, we will accept you.)
- Your website must be live, finished, and have fresh content.
- No porn, anything illegal, or even remotely "questionable" content.
- We do accept non-english sites, but they need to have high traffic.
- If you have a ton of untargeted ads on your site already, we're not going to approve you. (You know who you are.)
- If you do not have your own domain (i.e. you have a *.blogspot.com url), we will not approve you.
- Getting denied does not mean that we will not approve you at a future date, so please make sure you resubmit when you have met the qualifications listed above.
Thanks for your interest in BuySellAds.com!
Mind your users
There's a lot of advertising networks out there, so when i choose one of the many, i do at least expect to get accepted into their network, so that i can decide whether or not i want to use it. Unfortunately i won't currently recommend Buysellads.com to anyone, submitting a site with them will likely just turn out to be a waste of time.
I didn't get the exact reason why our site was rejected, so i contacted them for clarification, and they still didn't provide much information, but they did reply pretty fast.
There are several things the Approval Department looks for, such as the amount of traffic, the quality of the website, the amount of content, the quality of that content, if the category of the website is a good fit for our network, etc. Even though a website may fit some of the technical qualifications, sometimes it is not approved due to its fit within our network and our advertisers.
We are sorry, but we do not feel that your website is a good fit for our network at this time.
Maybe they didn't like one of the scripts that where published on Brugbart. We do host some blackhat stuff, but the thing is with such tools, that anything can be abused in the wrong hands. Not really our Problem.
Buysellads.com seems genuine enough, but their internal processes seem to let down potential new advertisers and publishers, hampering their network growth.
They only claim to have around 2,900 successful bloggers, some of which i know includes smaller personal blogs. The successful part seems more like an attempt at over-selling to me.
It also appears to be difficult to get accepted into their network as a publisher, even for sites with high traffic and loads of fresh quality content. In the case of Brugbart, we usually have daily content updates, so its very "Fresh". And as a reminder, "quality" content is content that you build entirely on your own. I.e. No auto-generated or scraped junk from article farms, etc.
This is not a site i would currently recommend, even if you do manage to get your site accepted, its not guaranteed that you will get any ad spots sold.