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5 Alternatives To Google AdSense

Posted by on 26th Aug 2011 | 12 comments

Google Adsense is possibly the most well known and most widely used advertising network by bloggers due to its simplicity and earning potential. Getting approved onto Adsense can sometimes be the biggest problem for bloggers with many people giving up on making money from their blog when they don’t get into Adsense.

If you fail to get approval to Google Adsense, don’t give up on your blogs earnings potential instead take a look into these 5 alternatives to Adsense:

Alternatives To Adsense

1. Puxee.com: Puxee is a great alternative to Google Adsense. Puxee allows you to sell banner advertising directly to advertisers. The advantage of this over Adsense is that you can set a fixed monthly price for your ad space rather than relying on the variable amounts you receive through PPC networks. Puxee takes around 25% of the ad revenue that you generate but it is easier to sell ads through them than it is to contact advertisers and arrange the sale of advertising yourself. Many bloggers make thousands of dollars a month through direct banner sales.

2. Chitika: Chitika is a CPC network similar to Google Adsense. Chitika is good for two reasons. First, it always places relevant ads based on the content of your page, which helps you to get more clicks. Second, you can edit text color, URL color, border color to blend in with your blog format. They also have an affiliate program where you can earn a little extra on the side.

3. Infolinks: Infolinks is a well know in-line text advertising network. It mainly benefits blogs that have high traffic and is not very effective for low traffic sites. It is easy to setup and provides relevant ads to match your blogs content which helps you to increase the clicks and in turn your earnings. The advertising is only displayed when a user hovers over the ad text, so your visitors won’t get distracted by the ads and only see them when they want to see them.

4. Kontera: Kontera is another network similar to Infolinks but is better suited for very high traffic blogs. Kontera only seem to accept blogs that have very high page impressions. They are a well known network but they do seem to get a lot of mixed reviews.

5. Adbrite: For a long time Adbrite was seen as the closest competitor to Google Adsense and was the network of choice for most bloggers who got rejected by Adsense. They have had a bit of a revamp lately and are still a reliable alternative but many bloggers are reaching out to the new and improved networks that are available today.

Obviously the earnings potential of your blog depends on the amount of traffic to your blog. One of the easiest ways to increase your blogs earnings is to drive more traffic to your blog.

These are just a few of the networks that are available to you if your blog does not get accepted into Google Adsense or if you are not getting the results that you believe are possible from your blog.

I would love to hear which networks you use to monetize your blog as well as your thoughts on the networks outlined in this post.

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A blogger and SEO expert from Bristol, UK. I have run many successful blogs and written as a ghost writer on some of the top blogs on the Internet. I can currently be found blogging on my personal blog: David Shaw Blog, where I share tips and advice on blogging, Social Media and SEO.

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  • Posted by Zain on 27th Aug 2011

    Very informative article. Well for me, adsense is still the biggest source of earning and Infolinks is a great alternative which one can use besides adsense.

    I never knew about puxee before reading this, but after visiting the site, I guess it’s same as buysellads. If it is, then you should have included buysellads in the list instead of not-so-popular puxee.
    Anyways, nice sharing! :)

  • Posted by David on 28th Aug 2011

    Hello David

    This is David, from Kontera.

    Firstly, I enjoyed your article it is always good to inform people of their options. I also wanted to thank you for mentioning Kontera.

    I wanted to comment on one remark you made about Kontera, we actually accept publisher with all ranges of page impressions, obviously though the more impressions you get the more potential you have for higher earnings.

    Allow me to share a little more information about Kontera with you and your readers.

    Kontera is the exclusive In-Content platform reaches over 170 million unique users per month through more than 15,000 web publisher using Kontera.

    The reason that Kontera is so effective for so many different people is thanks to our Synapse platform, an algorithm that rather than just scanning for keywords like other in-content companies do, can read your text for actual meaning. This added understanding allows us deliver relevant information and ads directly related to user intent, leading to higher CTR and better CPC.

    Another advantage of Kontera is our exclusive ad inventory from some of the biggest brand names in the world including Toyota, UPS, Verizon, Capital One, BlackBerry, L’Oreal, Kraft Foods, HP, and many more. These premium, often Rich-Media ads are the most attractive to users, offer the best possible CPC, and are only available to Kontera Publishers.

    We offer the highest revenue share around at 70%.If you’d like to apply to become a Kontera Publisher, we’re currently offering new publishers a $50 Bonus if you get at least 25,000 U.S. page views during your first 30 days on the network. Kontera also offers a low $50 minimum threshold, good across all of our payout methods.

    Thanks
    David Stein
    Kontera Community Manager
    davids@kontera.com
    http://www.kontera.com/publishers
    Monetize your site with Kontera In-Text ads

  • Posted by Quang Cao So on 28th Aug 2011

    Thanks, David. I intend to add both Adsense and Chitika in my blog sites, because i heard that they don’t have any technical conflicts inside when we put them together. And another point you mentions that with Chikita we can edit text color, URL color, border color …, Adsense supports our language, really cool.

    • Posted by Zain on 28th Aug 2011

      I’d strongly disagree with the statement you made David,
      “….we actually accept publisher with all ranges of page impressions…”

      I signed up for kontera in-text ads accounts for about 8-9 months ago, I waited for 3 days for a reply, and I wasn’t approved . My site (http://www.tipsotricks.com) was rejected due to low number of page impressions.

      I replied back to the support and I was told that my site is below the requirements of minimum number of page impressions per month.

      Well, I didn’t replied that email and went straight to infolinks.com, signed up, got the installation code in few minutes, and the ads were appearing instantly!!

      I’m satisfied with their performance and earnings I made, and would highly recommend infolinks to others.

      Cheers

  • Posted by Sherlogic on 28th Aug 2011

    for some alternative, i’m still using chitika because this advertising is not different with adsense and this advertising media is pretty profitable. For infolinks, kontera, adbrite it so stingly like a crab. Like mr. Crab maybe lol.

    by the way thanks for sharing, and your recommendation.

    • Posted by Sherlogic on 29th Aug 2011

      Thats no problem when you rejected by kontera, because Infolinks better than kontera zain, there are many peoples recommend to use infolinks. But, i think you’ll get more big revenue with Google Adsense or Chitika. (sorry out of topic)

  • Posted by David on 29th Aug 2011

    Hello Zain

    I looked into your issue and your correspondence with our support team and saw that you were actually turned down because of Copyright and Content issues. Your site talks about Hacking which is against Kontera policy and that was explained to you in the email with our support team.

    My apologies if there was a misunderstanding in the whole mix of everything.

    Thanks being said, I will reiterate that Kontera does Deny publisher on the basis of traffic, however, obviously though the more traffic you get the more potential you have for higher earnings.

    Feel free to contact me with any further questions

    David Stein
    Kontera Community Manager
    davids@kontera.com
    http://www.kontera.com/publishers
    Monetize your site with Kontera In-Text ads

  • Posted by Tegan on 29th Aug 2011

    Hey! Great list. I got so sick of Google Adsense after a while…the websites that run ads through it are just not the quality I want on my blog, and some are so political or controversial. I still run them occasionally but another alternative (I tried AdBrite and Chitika and they were just okay) is http://integrate.com and they have some good cost-per-click campaigns up…not too many but for really targeted traffic it’s great.

  • Posted by immunk on 30th Aug 2011

    Your article is very good for me.
    I would like to try added my Tips and trick blogging on kontera. But, i think it will be rejected. Because this blog is indonesian languange. And, my blog before it’s really low from revenue. “For infolinks, kontera, adbrite it so stingly like a crab. Like mr. Crab maybe lol.” Yes, you are right mate. Chitika, smowtion, and google adsense it’s the best. lol

  • Posted by 2EC-O on 30th Aug 2011

    Great Post! Thanks for Sharing.
    Can we get a dis-approved adsense account again approved later?

    • Posted by Salman Qamar on 2nd Sep 2011

      Can u explain a little about “dis-approved”.

  • Posted by George Anderson on 21st Sep 2011

    Very popular post thanks for sharing 5 Alternatives To Google AdSense.