I signed up with CrispAds a few days ago so I can't really come right out and recommend them yet. Their straight terms are that you get .20 a click and there's the option that advertisers can buy time on your ad unit for a set amount per month. You can turn the latter option off which is a good thing since I just want to test it all out first and not have some random advertiser happen to come around and buy time on the spot while I'm just testing since I may want to remove it.
I've just started using them within the hour on Diggers Realm. I put their code into a small html file (see code below) and use that URL in my Google AdSense as the alternate URL when there's no Google ad to show. As you can see it is less than stellar looking. Their ad unit builder allows you to specify link color, text color and URL color and background color, but there is no option to turn off the ugly black border. For those of us who know how to optimize ad units having a border is a big "no no" and has shown to reduce the Click Thru Rate (CTR) quite a bit. Also they leave a lot of white-space.
Here's the exact html I used for the little html file I made for the google_alternate_ad_url in Google AdSense if you want to steal it:
The ads are shown based off of keywords you randomly type into a box which is a little annoying. I had to sit there and guess which keywords to use for an hour last night while I was setting the unit up. For instance "Immigration" only brings up 1 entry. Then I had to mess around typing "immigration attorney" and "green card" and all sorts of variations to try and find more advertisers. Pretty cumbersome. Seems they have a pretty limited advertiser pool or I just suck at guessing what advertisers are using for their keywords. Since they use keywords they aren't contextual, which allows you to use them in conjunction with Google and other contextual advertising networks that limit competing contextual advertising appearing on your page in their TOS.
One thing about CrispAds that sounds nice is that they pay out within 36 days for any amount over $5. They do it direct through PayPal (though they will send you a check if you run more than $500 a month and request one).
Since I already have a good idea of my CTR in that spot and other information over the past few years I'm not walking into this blind. I'll see how it goes, how their tracking is, what the results are, whether they pay or not and report back.
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