If you are frustrated with your Adsense
revenue, or if your Adsense account has been banned, this isn't the
end of the world. Adsense might be the Mercedes of ad networks but
from the thousands of ad networks out there there must be many other
alternatives to monetize
your site. Indeed, there are and in some cases they will work
much better for you. Of course, the result depends on many factors,
such as your niche, how much traffic you have and where it comes
from, etc. but all equal any of these Adsense alternatives can bring
you real money. Here are 11 Google Adsense alternatives to consider:
Probably of all the ad networks on the
list, this is the least known but it is also the best. They offer
very innovative solutions, such as content ads, search targeting, web
bar, and mobile ads. Media.net is especially good for huge sites with
lots of US, UK, and Canada traffic. One of the downsides of Media.net
is that the payment is at $100 but for a huge site this should be
Chitika doesn't offer that many types
of ads but its main advantage is that the ads it offers are very
targeted. The CTR is great because the ads are displayed only when a
user comes from a search engine. Its low $10 payout is also good
because even if your site is small, or you use only one ad block,
most likely you will be getting payments monthly instead of having to
wait for them for months.
Bidvertiser is another (mainly) PPC
network, though they started offering a conversion bonus. Its payout
is also at $10, which means for a small site it is also an option.
Infolinks offers in-text advertising.
In-text ads are very unobtrusive compared to the rest and they don't
eat space because they are displayed as popups when the user hovers
over the hyperlink in the text they are anchored to. In-text ads from
Infolinks work surprisingly well, though it varies depending on the
niche. However, its payout of $50 isn't very nice, if your site(s)
are small because you might have to wait for months to reach it.
Many webmasters consider adBrite to be
the best Google Adsense alternative but since my experience with them
isn't as good as my experience with Chitika or Infolinks, it comes as
Number 5. adBrite is essentially an ad marketplace, where buyers and
sellers can communicate to negotiate the price. This is what makes it
different from the rest. However, you need to have a very popular
site with a very lucrative demographics in order to make it there
because the competition is really huge.
If you do not insist on using CPC ads
as a Google Adsense alternative but are open to suggestions, then you
should try affiliate sales (known also as CPA – Cost Per Action).
Clickbank is the Mecca of CPA offers and it should be your first
stop. Clickbank offers probably millions of products and choosing
what to promote could be the hardest task. However, the rewards you
get could be times what you are making with Adsense on a good day.
Amazon is another CPA ad network that works well for many
publishers. It is especially good if you have a tech site because
there are lots of cool gadgets there but since they have offers in
almost any niche, it is also an option. Their ads are context
sensitive and because of this are almost always relevant. However,
their terms are very complicated and it will take you a lot of time
to get familiar with what commissions you will be getting for your
Kontera is another in-text network you
can consider an alternative to Google Adsense. It is comparable in
performance with Infolinks but again, this varies a lot depending on
the niche. However, if you are to choose between Kontera and
Infolinks, I will definitely pick Infolinks.
If Clickbank, Amazon, and a few other of the top CPA networks
don't work for you, you could give eBay a try. Again, your success
(or the lack of it) with it varies depending on the niche but you can
make some money with it. I wouldn't put eBay ads as my primary source
of income because this will waste space I can use for better ads.
However, as a secondary or even tertiary advertiser, if you have some
free space left, eBay could be given a try.
You might be surprised to find
LinkShare – a relatively unknown company - on the list of Top
Adsense alternatives but it is an alternative for real. It has a huge
choice of offers and they pay at $1. Maybe it is even better than the
rest on this list because if your site isn't huge, you won't have to
wait for months (or even years) till you get the paycheck. Linkshare
has offers in almost any niche and there you will find many of the
best advertisers from all over the world.
I could add many more companies that
are also worth trying. The good news is that there are many more
Google AdSense alternatives and the fact that they didn't make the
Top 10 doesn't mean they are worse. These 10 are my personal
favorites and I can tell from experience that they do work. Well, the
fact that they work for me doesn't necessarily mean they will work
for everybody else. In fact, under some circumstances the companies
that didn't make it to the list could be even better alternatives but
you won't know this unless you try them. The world doesn't start or
end with Google Adsense, though certainly it is one really good ad