Gone are the days when blog used to be an online journal where people used to write whatever they think of or want to. But, blogs are now used to make money online too. Yes, blogging is now a complete business model that you can choose as a full-time venture too as it can earn you well.
I have been a full-time blogger for around a year, and this is my only source of income. I am quite happy with it, and it is much better than the day job I used to do.
Coming to the point, when you have a blog, you write content, promote them, and do everything that helps you drag traffic to your blog from various sources. Once you start getting a good amount of traffic, you think of monetizing your blog to cash out your efforts. And, when it comes to blog monetization, Google Adsense tops the list.
Google Adsense is an advertising program offered by Google which is subject to approval. And, the approval is quite strict. It is not always easy to get an Adsense account easily. Once Google approves your blog for Adsense, you can show the ads on it. The program uses techniques to show the ads that are relevant to the user browsing the blog. This is the highest paying PPC ad program, and almost every blogger tries to get approved for it.
Few Articles on Google Adsense you should check out
- Knowledge in Adsense Monetization, A Long Stand in the New World!
- 5 Reasons You Failed To Make Money With Adsense
- 10 Great Websites For Making Money With Google AdSense
- Guidelines To Keep Your AdSense Account Safe
Many times some bloggers either don’t get approval or their Adsense account got banned. In such situation, many think of quitting blogging because they believe that they cannot earn money if they don’t have an Adsense account.
But, the fact is Adsense is just one of the parts of blog monetization..
In this blog post, I am sharing top 10 Google Adsense Alternatives that you can use to monetize your blog.
When it comes to Alternatives to Adsense, Infolinks tops the list because many bloggers are getting good income with this program. If you have a good amount of traffic, you can make money with this program for sure.
The best thing of Infolinks is that the customization options it provides. You can customize the ads to a good extent to make it fit well with your blog content.
You can check out a detailed post about Infolinks here.
- $50 via Paypal, eCheck, Wire, or WU
I prefer Chitika after Infolinks as Google Adsense alternative. The best thing about it is that visitors only see the ads if they come from search engines. There are options to edit your ad’s text color, URL color, and border color that enable you to make the ads fit well with your content.
However, Chitika is an excellent alternative of Adsense; many publishers claim that the performance of the ads is low.
- $10 via Paypal
- $50 via Cheque.
Media.net is the joint venture of Yahoo and Bing, and this is the reason it is also known as Yahoo! Bing network. You can customize the ads in terms of size, color, etc. The approval process is not that strict. You can easily get approval, and run ads on your blog. Nowadays, publishers who don’t get Adsense for some reasons are heading towards media.net as it is a product of two big brands. The trust factor is there because of this.
- $100 via Paypal or Wire Transfer.
Clicksor is another alternative to Adsense. The ads look very close to Adsense, I mean the ads look like Adsense ads. It seems to be the combination of Adsense and Kontera. Its text ads look like of Adsense, and in-text ads look like of Kontera ads.
The thing I don’t like about this ad program is that if you want to get payment from them directly into your bank via Wire Transfer, then you have to wait a lot because the minimum payment threshold for this mode is $1000. However, if you want to get the payment via Paypal or check, you just need $50.
- $50 via Paypal or Cheque
- $1000 via Wire Transfer.
Programs mentioned above are pretty like Adsense that works on PPC model primarily. Now, I would like to introduce Amazon Affiliate Program as one of the best Adsense alternatives.
Amazon Affiliate Program as there is a huge number of publishers using this and earning in millions.. And, when it comes to affiliate marketing, you cannot miss
Once you are approved for the program, you can get affiliate links of products, and promote them on your blog using various ways such as by writing products reviews, putting their links in the sidebar or within the posts, and sending the product links via newsletters.
- $100 via Check
6. Direct Advertising
Though the ad programs including Google Adsense are good ways to monetize your blog, direct advertising is also an awesome way to make fast cash.
Direct Advertising means selling ad space on your blog directly to the advertiser. There are many ways you can sell ad space on your blog such as:
- Writing clients’ product/service review. [Click here to know more about it]
- Banner Ads.
- Link Placement within the content.
The biggest hurdle in direct ad selling is the dofollow links. Google is very strict towards selling dofollow links because such links manipulate search engines to increase the search ranking of websites. Therefore, make sure you deal with the clients who are fine with nofollow links, and they are more interested in brand promotion rather than getting SEO links.
In my opinion, direct ad selling can earn more money than any other advertising platform. But, you need high traffic stats and good engagement on your blog to attract more clients.
BuySellAds is a great program to monetize your blog. You need enormous amount of traffic on your blog to make huge cash out of this program.
In the past, I have used BuySellAds, and I noticed that the blogs of Online Money Making niche are the best suit to this program because most of the advertisers of BSA are of the same niche. But, that is not like if you have blogs of other niche, you won’t earn. You can still earn if you have good traffic.
When an advertiser buys space on your blog, you can either accept or reject from BSA dashboard. The only downside of this program is they keep huge commission with them and that is 25%.
- $20 via Paypal.
- $50 via Check.
- $500 via Wire. [$35 fee]
I don’t have any experience working with ReveneueHits yet. But, reading about it here and there made me think of using it. It is quite different from other advertising platforms. It is a performance based Advertising network that works on CPA (Cost Per Action).
It displays the ads on your blog depending upon the traffic you get. It is a geo-target contextual ad network and adjusts according to the traffic you get on your blog rather.
It seems promising as many bloggers are writing about it. It can be a good alternative to Adsense.
- $50 via Paypal, Payoneer, Wire Transfer.
To earn from any ad programs you need a good amount of traffic on your blog. But, while approval a very few ad programs ask for traffic stats even Adsense doesn’t ask for it.
One of such ad program is Adversal that asks for minimum of 50,000 page views per month on the blog. It is proved to be a great Adsense alternative for many publishers.
Adversal has better CTR than many similar ad networks, and that makes it a good alternative to Adsense.
- $20 via PayPal, ACH, Check, or Wire
I have been reading quite a lot about this Ad program recently. Many bloggers are recommending it as the best Adsense Alternative. Like RevenueHits, Qadabra is also a performance-based ad network that offers rich media for max eCPM.
The best thing about this Ad network is that you can get automatic payments. You don’t need to reach to a payment threshold. You start getting paid from $1.
- $1 via Paypal
- $20 via Pioneer
- $500 via Wire Transfer
Monetization is very important because without it you cannot earn anything from your blog. You have to find out which ad network is doing well on your blog. So, test out these above-mentioned ad networks, and analyze which one performs better on your blog(s). Once you finalized one or two, make them your primary monetization methods.
These are the best Google Adsense Alternatives I can recommend. However, there are many such ad networks available online.
In my opinion, Google Adsense is still the best platform to make money from your blog even if you have medium amount of traffic, specifically the search traffic. But, for some reasons . You can still make money using various ad networks as mentioned above.
Let me know which one of these you are using on your blog(s).
Over to you!