Top AdSense Alternatives

Google AdSense is usually the natural first choice and definitely the best option for those who want to go for contextual text link advertisement in order to make money. AdSense is almost synonymous to CPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising as Kleenex is to facial tissues. However, a number of publishers – especially low traffic blogs and beginners – find it difficult to cope with AdSense due to a number of reasons.

Most common AdSense concerns

A lot of people get banned by AdSense sometimes for wrong reasons as well though in most cases it is due to click fraud. But just in case a publisher gets banned for a wrong reason, there is not an easy way to communicate the same to Google as their customer support is too slow. And most of the time you get no reply from them.

The minimum payout amount for Google AdSence is $100 which is quite high for low-profile bloggers. More over there is no PayPal payment mechanism available.

Google’s contextual ad serving technology works great but publishers cannot choose their advertisers or categories as everything is governed by the keywords in your content. Sometimes the publishers are even forced to change their blog content and format to include high paying keywords which is not a good thing to do.

The earnings from referral ads, where the publishers can be choosy, is not that great.

The multi-level auditing process is another pain point. For example, only after earning $10 you will get your AdSense PIN using which you have to provide your tax information. At $90 there is an auditing where many people get banned which is inexplicable at that point of time!

AdSense Alternatives

The following are some of the alternatives to AdSense for earning money via CPC advertising. I have personally implemented all of them in this blog or my other blogs and found them trustworthy and most importantly the earnings are sent out faster.

Chitika: Chitika is a well known CPC advertising company though their ads does not look like text links but more like product links with images and browsing possibilities. It is however one of the highest yielding Pay-Per-Click networks. The monthly payments are made via checks or PayPal and the minimum payout is $10 for PayPal transfers.

Sign up with Chitika eMiniMalls

Bidvertiser: Bidvertiser is my personal favorite as you might have noticed on this blog. Just like Chitika, they also have Check and PayPal options to receive the payout and the minimum payout is $10 as well. Approval process is very fast and so is the payout. Another major advantage with Bidvertiser is that they have a custom size ad option which will help many bloggers to fit them into their themes very nicely. At the moment I am getting 15 to 25 cents earnings per click from Bidvertiser which is really good and I have the option of selecting my advertising categories. They also make things pretty transparent by showing the highest bids from advertisers on a real time basis.

Sign up with Bidvertiser

Text Link Ads (TLA): TLA is another great alternative to Google AdSense but it is not exactly an ad network but more of a ‘sell your links’ stuff. The bloggers and publishers can sell their link space to potential advertisers and publishers get paid at a flat rate (not per click or impression). The minimum payout in this case is $25 and they offer payments via both Check and PayPal. The payment release happens every month. TLA has a very strict screening process and usually you may get approval but advertisers may not buy your links until you get very good traffic (Alexa rank) and Google page rank.

Sign up with TLA

Adbrite: I use adbrite primarily in my CPM ad slots (banners) though their text link ad option is impressive as well. The biggest advantage about adbrite is that the publishers need to earn only $5 to get a check payment. However, I found that their CPC ad click earnings are lower than Bidvertiser and overall monthly earnings less than Text Link Ads for regular ads. However, those who don’t mind displaying adult ads will get the best possible earnings per click (Make sure that you disable this option in your ad zone setup if you want to keep your blog clean). Adbrite also comes with a default content link ad without having to do additional setup. You may disable this option if you don’t want content link monetization.

Sign up with Adbrite

Linkworth: I did not use Linkworth extensively as my links ads requirements were already fulfilled by other networks. However, I found it to be similar to Text-link-ads. The setup procedure and finding the right menus in the control panel was one pain point as they have too many products to offer. LinkAds are similar to TLA but they also have services like LinkPosts (similar to PayPerPost). Linkworth has a $25 minimum payment for PayPal and $100 for checks. They however has one of the best referral programs and have direct deposit/wire transfer options as well for faster payments.

Sign up with Linkworth

If you want to do a side-by-side comparison of the above ad networks and more you may use the Adsense vs AdSense Alternatives tool.

Hope this post is useful for those who are looking for options other than Google AdSense. Please provide your comments and feedback on this post as well as your experiences with these ad networks.

Happy Money Making with AdSense as well as Google AdSense Alternatives!


  1. Hey I wanted to know how to put the chitika ad code i have tried but the ads not come , as far as i am concern many visitors have come from USA and Canada . So i want to put the chitika ad code please tell me .

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  2. @Sunil, any ad network like Chitika or AdSense will have a piece of code or script to be added to make them appear. What is the difficulty you are facing? Please be specific.

  3. Hi Ajith ,
    I have added the code in my blog but the ads not appear .
    I just wanted to know how to put the chitika ad.

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  4. Hi Ajith,

    I don’t know how to put the chitika ad code , as thier ad code is same as ebay partner network. as Adbrite and bidvertiser i have taken their code and put it in my blog the ads appear but not in the case of Chitika. Thats what i have to ask you how to cut their codes and how to put it in my blog. Give me a very simple method to how to put the chitika ad code.
    I am waiting for your reply

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  5. Hey you also told me look at the pepperjam network . what is pepperjamnetwork and how it works. Is it works good and their ads appear or not.
    Waiting for your reply.

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  6. @Sunil,
    I have sent an email to you on this…

  7. Thanks for this list… although I know all these but still adsense is my favourite.

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  8. Nice list, but adsense is best, once banned never think about it.

    i think Adbrite, cpxinteractive are the next best options.

  9. I wanted to setup google adsense for my blog initially, but my account was suspended before even I set it up.

  10. Good list of alternative. Chitika is best in all. Bidvertiser not good they reject 90% clicks they show you ad here ads

  11. Hai Ajith, I am beginner in blogging, can u suggest me the best ad program for my blog. My blog is just 15 days old and gets about 40 page views a day. Is it the right time to launch ads or should i wait for some more time.

  12. Tim Martine :

    I used infolinks on my previous website and i want to use on my new website. can i use new website.
    anurag chatap said it’s CPM is very low. he is right.
    its CPM should be good so Google Adsense is the best revenue advertising program.
    anyway thanks for giving nice information.

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