Tipping doesn’t work a.k.a. goodbye Scratchback

Some of you who have visited my site since a couple of weeks ago may have noticed the Tip Me (Scratchback) widget that I added in the sidebars. Yes, you don’t see it anymore, I’ve removed it. Scratchback widget screen shot.I suppose there’s no point, really, in using that widget if you want to get backlinks from my site. since all you have to do is comment on my post and your link automatically appears in my Top Commentators list. The only difference between the Tip Me and Top Commentators in terms of link visibility is the fact that Tip Me appears site-wide, whereas the Top Commentators links appear only on the home page of WebGrrrl.net.

I installed the ScratchBack widget to see whether I can really make money out of it. I probably should have promoted it a bit by posting about it; on the other hand, since I was only experimenting with it, it wasn’t a big deal anyway. I started off with a $5 tip per link, then lowered it to $2 a link, and still no buyer. Looks like Scratchback isn’t as effective as Text Link Ads or Linkworth if you’re meaning to use it as a way to sell links in your site. At least with the latter two, they do the work of looking for advertisers on your behalf, while with Scratchback, you may have to work extra hard to convince people to buy your links.

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Posted on 6 June, 2008 under Discovering WordPress, Life online and tagged with ,


  1. ben says:

    I guess you’ve made much more with TLA & Linkworth? Which one is the bigger moneymaker for you: TLA or Linkworth?

    1. Lorna says:

      TLA, hands down.

  2. Nicole Price says:

    Good decision. I too use only the TCL.

  3. As an Account Manager for LinkWorth, I do want to thank you for being part of our fabulous partner system. Thanks for your hard work and we hope to continue to do business with you! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Alexa says:

    heh nice, I’d like to check it

  5. forumistan says:

    TCL is a good decision.

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