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popads-case-study is a HUGE popup advertising network. According to the alexa rankings, is the top 215th most popular site in the world.

If you’ve never heard of them, good, just stay away from them. 

Though, I have heard some good things about when it comes to making money as publishers. But I’ve seen almost no good reviews coming from advertisers.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to open an advertiser’s account and test it out myself.


On December 12, 2013, I’ve started some campaigns. The campaign setup was not straightforward, cluttered, and kind of confusing just to setup a darn campaign. I can see how a lot of advertisers can lose money rather quickly because targeting is not very clear.

Anyhow, I’ve spend $20 got a couple of thousand pops to my CPA offers. The offers were simple CPA email submit offers for free stuff and other simple form submits. I always rotate the CPA offers. 

Guess What? Not a single submit. ZERO lead.

I think PopAds pays pretty good for publishers though. I can see these people arbitraging a lot. So these publishers can send mass amounts of fake or cheap traffic, generate the popups, get pay pretty nicely for the popups.

The advertisers on the other hand, have to pay for these worthless popups. 

So I don’t think I’ll ever try again. I don’t like the control panel, the traffic can’t convert on simple offers. Targeting is not good. 

I like PPV a whole lot more than this, that’s for sure.

Anyways, this is just my experience with They are a legit ad network, but the quality is just not there for me.

Have you tried Leave a comment.

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  1. Hi Leon,
    Good to know of your experience with this network. The internet is filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly depending on what the publisher or visitor is experiencing.

    I have never heard of before but with this review it becomes easier to be wary and make useful decision.

    Thanks for sharing these details, and I guess I should checkout to see how it fares with other similar networks.

    I have shared this comment in where this this post was found and “kingged” for its value to Internet marketers.

    Sunday – contributor

  2. Hi Leon,

    No, I’ve not tried or heard about them before reading this post. And after reading this review, I guess I’ll never use it 🙂

    You were paying money for a service, and in return, they offer no quality at all! You’ve made a good decision to share your experiences with others. Hopefully, it’ll help others steer clear of such low quality services!

    And I’m Kingging this post on Kingged! This post requires to be read by more and more folks 🙂

    Again, thanks for sharing your experience!


  3. Hi Leon, I have never heard of and will take your advice and stay away LOL It is good to have someone like yourself to learn from so we don’t repeat your mistakes.. Thanks fr sharing Chery :))

  4. Hi there Leon!

    I never heard before. But this analysis gave me the thought that we need to be keen and learn from your mistake. Your visual shows us that we should not pay for worthless popups and I was taken aback that this was ranked 215th on Alexa rank. Thanks for the information!

    I have shared this comment in the content syndication and social bookmarking and networking website for Internet marketers – where this post was found.

  5. Well, the zero lead is shocking to me.

    Nowadays with the advent of lot of advertising with intrusive ads and pop-up ads, people tend to just search for the close button as soon as a new window for ad shows up.
    It has to be lucrative enough for them to sign up or do something with the ad. And you know there are hundreds of pop-ups saying you won a i Phone, your IP is selected for some prize and at the end nothing really works out the way they thought so regardless of whatever offer is on the ad page, we tend to trash it off..
    Zero lead was shocking to me as there should be at-least a single publisher who will check out the ads and may sometimes deliberately sign up for it.

    1. Just read other reviews about popads. Very few affiliate marketers have success with it, most failed with popads.
      So its not just me.

  6. This post is a great reason why so many people fail at this, you spend $20 on a terrible campaign idea/strategy and immediately talk about how Ad network XYZ doesn’t work. Dude, nothing is that simple, if it was everyone would be doing it.

    1. All I’ve seen around the web is bad things about popads. I’ve tried it myself, true, on a small budget, but that’s still thousands of views with zero results on easy email submit offers.
      Anyhow, thanks for commenting.

  7. Thanks for the article. Pop traffic is indeed difficult to master. That begin said, I had some success on POPADS with a CPL offer. Last week $10 deposit, $14,50 revenue. Lots of sites on their will never convert so the trick is too keep testing and “exclude” the bad sites.

  8. the small budget you spent is so small to judge
    and one other thing did you use a landing page or no ?
    if Yes, are those Landing hosted on VPS or shared hosting ??
    lot of factors man
    for me I make money with CPA offers using traffic ,
    there is lot of junk traffic but the volum is huge so campaigns are still profitable

  9. Popcash = black list, trash network. Send 30 $ = 17k click – 0 conversion, take 3 different offers, geo NZ, AU, US, test bid from 1 to 5 $ per 1000 clicks. Only bots

  10. I spent some 500+ with popads in about a year or so. I made a little more than that with Peerfly. If you can filter your traffic, you can make something out of it. PPCmode has some guides as to how you can filter that type of blind traffic and make a profit out of it. But trying with few dollars like $20 bucks and saying “it doesn’t work” is beingjjudgemental without testing it well.

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