There is no doubt that Google Adsense is the best way for webmasters to make money online as it is quite simple to use even for newbies and all it requires is a click to kickstart your earnings. However the problem with Adsense is that you never know when your account might get banned for no reason. There are ample examples of innocent webmasters who lost their Adsense accounts for no apparent fault of theirs.
If you too would like to diversify your income to avoid over reliance on Adsense or you have simply not been approved for a Google Adsense publisher account, then you can start using these top 5 Google Adsense alternatives and start generating income from your blog:
Infolinks is an in-text ads network that most webmasters use to supplement their adsense income. Ads are displayed as keywords in the article text itself and whenever someone clicks on one of the ads, you will make some money.
The CPC is quite good for most niches, barring gaming and entertainment. As with most other networks, clicks from US, UK & other developed countries yield better earnings. Also it doesn’t work too well for blogs with low traffic. The minimum payout is a bit high – $50 and payment is made by Paypal.
One of the best alternatives to Google Adsense, Chitika has been serving ads to publishers since 2003. Unlike other networks that I’m going to discuss in this article, Chitika offers a pretty good cost per click and some publishers even make more money than it than Adsense!
If you have a technology blog that gets visitors mainly from the US & Uk, then both the CPC and your earnings are going to be quite good since Chitika ads tend to do well on product related websites and blogs. However they do not have too many ads for traffic from Asian counties. The minimum payout is $10 via Paypal and $50 by check.
Clicksor is a decent contextual ads network based in Canada that offers a variety of ad types – inline text links, text banners, graphical banners, pop-unders, interstitial ads and search box.
Unlike some other ad networks, the CPC’s aren’t too low and some webmasters make decent money with it, so you should try it for yourself. The minimum payout is not $50 and payments are made by Check, Paypal and wire transfer.
Adbrite is a popular contextual advertising network that has been around for many years, yet most people do not see great success with it. The reason is that the ads are not well targeted (probably due to lack of good inventory) and though the CPC is decent, the earnings remain low because of low CTR’s in most cases.
However they offer many types of ads – inline ads, text ads, rich media, interstitial etc. so you can keep testing them on your website until you find one that is working well. They do not offer Paypal payout and publisher payments are made only by check.
A low paying ads network (though genuine) that most people struggle making money with. Apart from low ads inventory, the targeting is not so great and CPC tends to remain quite low for most niches.
However you can give it a try to see how it goes with your website. There are two payment options to choose from – Paypal and Check. For Paypal, the minimum payout is $10 while for check it is $100.