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!

Comments

  1. Ajith :

    I will have a complete review about TLA soon as it has greater money-making potential than CPC networks. TLA has a monthly flat rate scheme and quite different adserving/ad customizing mechanism.

    Cheers,
    Ajith

  2. Thanks for adding me in technorati fave. I also have added you.

  3. I should try out some alternatives. My new blog is just earning by the google adsense.

    • Ajith :

      Hi,
      Thanks for visiting. I would recommend Bidvertiser as they are probably the second best. Btw, hope you checked out our comparison tool ‘D$ Comparator’

      Regards,
      Ajith

  4. Nagraj :

    Thanks ajith for all the info…..i didnot know abt some….i will try …

  5. I have tried all of these advertising networks, I believe Chitika is the best.

  6. Sophie :

    I mainly use Adsense but I’m not starting to branch out and test others. I have started with Chitika and they seem to pay very well per click from my early testing. Thanks for the nice post comparing all the programs.

    Sophie

    • Ajith :

      Appreciate your feedback and also for your visit, Sophie. From what I have experienced in the past two months, I think Bidvertiser is a very good option.

      Again, I see that your site is having decent traffic so you might want to complement AdSense with a CPM banner network as well to optimize returns.

      Cheers and keep visiting,
      Ajith

  7. jack rowsey :

    Yup….
    my paranoia is to see all my honesty and hardwork meant nothing because some jerks click bombed my ads.

    Pray to God that this stupid monopoly in PPC business will be broken soon…it’s bad for us.

    Yet fierce competition among PPC providers will be beneficial for all of us….

    • Ajith :

      I share your feelings Jack. In fact, only recently I took out Google AdSense from this blog as for some weird reasons the earnings were suddenly showing zero. I contacted Google a couple of times, got a reply once that my a/c is still active but receiving wrong clicks :) Out of the fear of a ban, I stopped using it.

      Yes, the competition is out there now and hence monopoly might end sometime.

      Thanks for visiting and voicing your opinion…

      Cheers,
      Ajith

  8. ghing :

    hi!..
    I am planning to add a linkworth widget on my blogging site.. is it ok if I also has does adsense still working or I need to remove adsense ads to be able to add the linkworth and other adsense alternatives?

    hope you can help me with this..

    thanks in advance..

    • Ajith :

      Hi,
      As far as I know, the linkworth and adsense don’t have any issue with each other to co-exist. AdSense ToS only suggests that the appearance of adsense ads should be different from that of any other ad blocks on the same page.

      Regards,
      Ajith

  9. ghing :

    ahh.. ok..
    so I think I don’t have to worry about it..

    thanks for the big help!!..

    btw, thanks for visiting my site.. :)

  10. Pras :

    Have you tried using ProjectWonderful on you blogs ?. I feel its one of the best adsense alternative for small & medium size publishers.

  11. Simon :

    I’ve tried AdSense and AdBride on my sites AllToKnow and ScorpioCars.net and adbride is only usefull at scorpiocars.net and only on picture’s as it does some extra functionality to my pics, but then again, all the functionality is handled by adbride and I don’t have enaugh control over it so I have removed it.
    If you visit AllToKnow you might find some usefull info on PCC that might help you.

  12. vishal :

    hi i want adsence a/c google is not giving me aproval so plz tell me how can i get google adsence a/c ……….

  13. @vishal, I see that you already have AdSense ad on you on the blog URL used to comment.

    If AdSense approval doesn’t come through, some of the possible reasons are:

    – Too new blog (you are into less than a week of operations)
    – Too less content, offencive material or copied content
    – Unreadable content or poor design

    Regardless of the above points, the best route to get an AdSense account is via a blogger a/c. That is create a blogspot blog and have five or six posts there in a week and apply for AdSense a/c though you may want to use AdSense in your main blog or elsewhere. Try it out!

  14. HI THERE
    I AGREE THAT ADSENSE IS NOT WORKING WELL AS THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF CRITERIA AND IT TAKES TOO LONG TO TAKE MONEY FROM THERE. I FELT THAT THE BEST ADVERTISING COMPANY IS NETKLIX.COM AND I GOT IT APPROVED. IT IS VERY EASY TO MAKE MONEY WITH IT BUT THEY DO OFFER ONLY USA AND UK. I DONT KNOW WHETHER THEY OFFER INTERNATIONALLY OR NOT. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT AND THAT WOULD BE NICE FOR YOU.

    HAVE A LOOK

    BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU

  15. Riziq :

    Have you tried other alternatives like infolinks.com?

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  16. @Muhammad, though AdSense is a bit too harsh on mis usages at first instance itself, it’s still the best in terms of PPC earnings. But the main problem I have is with respect to their support that takes for ever to respond. Nope, I have not tride Netklix yet.

    @Riziq, No, I have not tried infolinks. Have you?

  17. sunil :

    Adsense is not approving my site why it is please give me the suggestion thats why i move onto alternatives

  18. @Sunil, these days Google is very strict about approving newer blogs. Your blog should be at least six months old before you get approved. Check out if the following networks approve you.

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  20. Sunil :

    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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