A few days ago I installed Chitika Ads to this blog of mine after getting approved by Chitika.  I had to wonder aloud scratching my head why the ads were not being displayed.  Was I doing something wrong? Did I miss some part of the ad code? I am a programmer so I know when some part of the code is missing so that last doubt could be ruled away.

After a deep search I could not find a proper guiding post that could answer my query.

Finally I decided to dig deep into the mystery so I took my Pipe and put on my Hat to do a La Holmes. Lol. Here is my report and I hope it helps you doing justice to your Chitika ads.

Lets Assume you already have registered with Chitika and have the ad code ready with you. If not Click here to get Chitika .  Make sure you have the right ad format and you pasted in a proper place on your website/blog in a fashion so that space you provide on the sites is never smaller than the original Ad size.

Now to view if the Ads are active or not add #chitikatest=keyword at the end your site url in address bar and hit enter.
for Example to see if the ads are active on my site I will use one of the following URLs :
http://rooturaj.com/society-nature/einsteins-riddle-complete-solution-to-einsteins-puzzle/#chitikatest=puzzles games

Now when you check your url with the #tag you should be able to view some stuff in the ad space. This means you Chitika ads are already active and ready to roll.

Now this is what I see for after using #chitikatest on my own blog.

So why does it not show on my website without those #tags ?

That is because  displays ads for Search Engine Traffic only, that too primarily from US or Canada. If the User arrived on your blog/site from the search engines then you should see those ads. Else they stay empty or Collapse as per your preference while creating the add unit. You could also prefer to show Non Targeted Filler ads from Chitika network. More on Chitika

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8 Responses so far.

  1. momitch says:

    This is the answer I was looking for. Thanks!

  2. misty says:

    Hi rooturaj, Thanks a lot for your article.

    It’s my first day using Chitika. I have the “Only show ads targeted to search and not select users” option unchecked in the Select Settings. The Chitika ads don’t show unless using #chitikatest when I load my blog (in Asia this week).

    How can I get the ad unit to show ads at all times and anywhere just like Google Adsese?

  3. misty says:

    I wonder why I don’t see ads even when arrive my blog via the search results.

  4. Umar says:

    thanks for the answer, I was also facing the same problem with chitika

  5. Justin P says:

    Thanks for this post. I was puzzled why these ads not being shown? Ads were getting shown in Chorme and Firefox browsers but not in IE. Now I could understand it after reading this post.

  6. BDBLOGGERZ says:

    Thanks for your detailed answer about Chitika Ad Displaying Problem. I was also facing this problem.

  7. Bob says:

    Chitika’s imposed limitations of ads being shown only to those arriving on your site from a search in a search engine and limiting the audience to particular countries are two of the biggest mistakes this company has made.

    This is a failure in Chitika’s advertising model. They have assumed a critical business decision on behalf of their clients. However, it has baffled many, why they would not leave this important of a choice in the hands of the publisher.

    It is a shame, since we are all hoping and praying for a decent alternative to Adsense. Chitika could be it if they would relinquish control of these critical decisions to the publisher.

  8. dinelson says:

    This will really help out working with chitika ads. I have been looking for info from people who have actually tried out the service.

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