When we relaunched our blog 5 months ago, the very first week, we applied for a Google AdSense account. Within two days we received an email from Google rejecting our application. We were baffled. When we started this blog 4 years ago, getting in was super easy. We didn\’t know the reasons for the rejection so we assumed that getting in wasn\’t going to be as easy as it used to be.
We badly wanted to monetize our blog even though we knew we wouldn\’t be getting jack shit with only 10 visitors a day. We then embarked on a journey to search for Google AdSense alternatives. To our surprise there were quite a lot of alternatives available. Some of the best alternatives that we came across are discussed in this article for the convenience of the new bloggers.
Yahoo! Bing Network is a contextual ad network provided by Media.net. It has the potential of connecting the business with high-value audience that other search engines are not able to reach. The good thing about Yahoo! Bing network is that it accounts for about 29% of the online search in the US. This means that an advertiser can reach about 160 million unique users.
Media.net then scans the pages and publishes the ads based on the keywords. The minimum payout for advertising through this network is 100$. You can get your money through PayPal or through online money transfers.
The only downside is, registrations are not open and you will have to apply for an invite. Then the normal process of approving your site begins. Among the rest on this list, Yahoo! Bing Network paid the best. You might then ask, why bother with a list of Google AdSense alternatives? While we got in Yahoo! Bing Network pretty easily, we have heard quite a number of sites getting rejected.
Chitika is one of the best-known alternatives for Google AdSense even before Yahoo! Bing Network came about. It has a huge publisher network that ranges up to 300,000 websites. The ads on this network are content driven based on optimization technology and targeting. It has Yahoo!, SuperMedia, HomeAdvisor and Hibu as its advertising partners. The ads offered by Chitika vary from search targeted ads, local ads, mobile ads and so on.
The ad payout on Chitka varies according to the region from which the traffic comes. The payout for these ads might be low when it comes to traffic that’s not from USA, UK or Canada. They have two types of programs to improve the earnings from Chitika:
* Silver level ad program
* Gold level Ad program
The payment can be received from PayPal or through check. For PayPal the minimum payment can be 10$ and for check it should be 100$. While revenue from Chitika was relatively low, we got in pretty easily.
AdSide is another AdSense alternative that gives great results. The focus of AdSide is to bring media agencies and advertisers together with publishers who are highly targeted. In order to be eligible for the AdSide publisher program, a website should get a minimum of 500,000 unique visits per month. Not just that, AdSide focuses on traffic mainly from US, Canada and UK.
The payment for these can be redeemed through check and should be more than 50$. The ad types offered by AdSide are:
- Margin ad
- Pop-under ads
- inImage ads
- Corner ad
- Interstitial and
- inVideo ads
Clicksor is another contextual ad network. This means that the ad is displayed as per the content on your page. You can have only three ads per page via Clicksor. In addition to ads from Clicksor, you can have ads from other networks as well.
Clicksor offers five kinds of ads:
- PPC Inline Text Links
- PPC Text Banners
- Graphical Banner
- Pay per view Pop-Unders
- Pay per View Interstitial Ads
The minimum payout for an ad via Clicksor is 50$ for PayPal or check or 1000$ for payment via wire transfer.
This is one of the best Google AdSense alternatives that is very easy to get an approval from. Infolinks offer four kinds of ads:
- Insearch ads
- Intag ads
- Intext ads
- Inframe ads
The best part about Infolinks is that its ads are mobile optimized. This also means that from whatever source you get the traffic from, you can monetize it. The membership and approval on this is based on the content on the website or the blog and not on the traffic that is generated.
The minimum payout for Infolinks is 50$ and the modes that are accepted are eCheck, Wire Transfer, PayPal, Western Union.
Always remember that before you join any ad network you should ensure that your website is getting enough traffic. If you have used any of these ad networks or have others to suggest, do share your experience in the comments section below.