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Show Me The Money: Top 5 Google AdSense Alternatives

This is a guest post by Jacob E. Dawson.

As a blogger in a competitive and increasingly saturated market, it can be hard to continually create magnetic content, build a community and increase your skill level. On top of that, earning money through a blog is no longer a shoe-in – it’s an ongoing challenge, and for a lot of bloggers Google’s AdSense is the only life-support system they have for their writing projects.

There’s something you should know: AdSense isn’t the only option for earning advertising revenue out there. Actually, there are a whole lot of competitors, but it can be difficult to work out which ad networks are genuinely good value and which ones are out to rip publishers off. Almost every network claims to offer ‘industry-high payouts’, but all too often that is a load of hot air, and some can’t even get their home-page looking good, so why would you choose to work with them? If you find yourself nodding in agreement to any of the above, then you’ll want to continue reading, as today we’re going to go through some of the best alternatives to AdSense that might surprise you …

Buysellads

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Developed by Todd Garland in response to his frustration with the inefficiencies of other ad-publishing solutions, since its inception in 2008, Buysellads has built an impressive inventory of publishers from small to large., the team is still small and as a result when you use Buysellads you get the feeling that it is a business that understands the needs of small-publishers, which is a nice contrast to the fairly faceless character of Adsense. The site is largely automated, the interface is clean and their guidelines are easy to understand. One of the biggest benefits to Buysellads as opposed to Adsense is that the minimum payout is $20 and you can receive the money via Paypal.

Minimum Monthly Impressions: 50,000
Revenue Share: 75%
Minimum Payout: $20 (Paypal)
Payout Frequency: Monthly

This is a guest post by Jacob E. Dawson.

As a blogger in a competitive and increasingly saturated market, it can be hard to continually create magnetic content, build a community and increase your skill level. On top of that, earning money through a blog is no longer a shoe-in – it’s an ongoing challenge, and for a lot of bloggers Google’s AdSense is the only life-support system they have for their writing projects.

There’s something you should know: AdSense isn’t the only option for earning advertising revenue out there. Actually, there are a whole lot of competitors, but it can be difficult to work out which ad networks are genuinely good value and which ones are out to rip publishers off. Almost every network claims to offer ‘industry-high payouts’, but all too often that is a load of hot air, and some can’t even get their home-page looking good, so why would you choose to work with them? If you find yourself nodding in agreement to any of the above, then you’ll want to continue reading, as today we’re going to go through some of the best alternatives to AdSense that might surprise you …

Buysellads

google-adsense-alternatives-buysellads

Developed by Todd Garland in response to his frustration with the inefficiencies of other ad-publishing solutions, since its inception in 2008, Buysellads has built an impressive inventory of publishers from small to large., the team is still small and as a result when you use Buysellads you get the feeling that it is a business that understands the needs of small-publishers, which is a nice contrast to the fairly faceless character of Adsense. The site is largely automated, the interface is clean and their guidelines are easy to understand. One of the biggest benefits to Buysellads as opposed to Adsense is that the minimum payout is $20 and you can receive the money via Paypal.

Minimum Monthly Impressions: 50,000
Revenue Share: 75%
Minimum Payout: $20 (Paypal)
Payout Frequency: Monthly

Adbrite

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Adbrite offers a unique way for publishers (including non-English speaking sites) to generate revenue on their content platform by letting publishers set a price for their inventory and then having advertisers bid on it. If an advertiser (or more than one) clears your minimum bid then your inventory goes to the highest bidder. Adbrite offers a whole variety of ad-formats as well, including video-in-banner and video pre-rolls, which is something that Adsense doesn’t offer. As a publisher, you have full control over the advertisers that are able to display ads on your site, and you also have access to a fully-featured control panel so that you can review the analytics and make the appropriate adjustments.

Minimum Monthly Impressions: N/A
Revenue Share: 75%
Minimum Payout: $5 (Check)
Payout Frequency: Net 60 (60 days from the end of the month your threshold is reached)

Clicksor

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Clicksor offers a solid contextual-advertising solution for publishers alongside a strong degree of customer support. The platform offers a wide-variety of ad formats, including traditional text, graphical banners and pop-unders, and what makes them a great alternative to AdSense is that they offer a variety of payment options for each one. Although in the past there has been talk of Clicksor ads inserting malware, they have now joined The Media Trust, the same verification system that Google, Yahoo! And YouTube also use.

Minimum Monthly Impressions: N/A
Revenue Share: up to 85%
Minimum Payout: $50 (Check, Transfer or Paypal)
Payout Frequency: 15 days

ValueClick Media

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ValueClick Media sits in the middle tier of advertising networks, offering smaller publishers the opportunity to generate revenue without having to be huge (a minimum monthly impression of 3,000 is a very reasonable amount that most bloggers will be able to reach within the first 6 months of going live). They offer a variety of different advertising formats including traditional banners and skyscrapers, and their level of customer support is good. ValueClick also offers a 5% referral program, so there are extra bonuses if you belong to a network of bloggers or know some people who are thinking of getting into the industry.

Minimum Monthly Impressions: 3,000
Revenue Share: 65%
Minimum Payout: $25 (paypal)
Payout Frequency: Net 20

Clickbooth

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ClickBooth (also known as CB), is one of the few ad networks that can genuinely claim to offer industry-high payouts, due to their focus on affiliate marketing. Clickbooth offers yet another unique alternative to Adsense, with the option to go for both CPA (cost per action) and CPC (cost per click) solutions. CPA is the highest earner, and it’s interesting to have that opportunity if you’re not quite up to scratch with earning revenue through affiliate advertising at the moment. Their CPC option is very popular, so at the moment it is invite only, but the CPA is definitely worth looking at!

Minimum Monthly Impressions: N/A
Revenue Share: Variable
Minimum Payout: $50
Payout Frequency: Net 15

With this round-up, courtesy of Kikolani, you know have a few options to turn to when your blogging venture begins to really take off and you’re beginning to think about how to monetize it, or, if you’re already successful then you know that you’re not chained to Google!

Lastly, the list above is far from exhaustive. There are other ad networks that you can explore for potential integrations on your website. Additionally, there is always the possibility of working directly with companies that are willing to pay for leads. Insurance providers, mortgage companies, car dealerships, and payday loan companies are just a few examples of potential partners to reach out to.

Have you had any experience with the ad networks mentioned above? Do you think I’ve left any off the list that deserve to be there? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear your opinions!

By Jacob Dawson

Jacob E. Dawson works forDelivery Hero and he is a marketing and SEO / SEM expert with a passion for making the most of every day! Follow Jacob on twitter @jacobedawson and on Google+ here.