BuySellAds Review: Advertisement Program for Bloggers

Review of: BuySellAds

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On November 14, 2011
Last modified:August 26, 2015


One of the best Ad network for Bloggers to get direct advertisement. I have been using it from last 2 years and satisfied with this network. Once your ad slots start selling via BSA, you will never look back.

When it comes to making money from advertisements, direct advertisement plays an important role. For me, direct advertisement pays more than Adsense or any other ads. The toughest job is to finding direct advertisers. Here I’m going to add a review of BuySellAds, which is an advertisement buy-sell marketplace. I’m using BuySellAds from last one and half-year, and it’s always been one of the highest paying Ad networks for me.

BuySellAds Review

BuySellads is an advertisement marketplace where publishers can list their sites and advertisers can come and check the stats and directly buy your advertisement spots. Once, the advertisement is sold; you have the option to accept or reject the ad. I will always suggest accepting ads that are relevant to your niche and most important should not be spammy like “free smiley downloads” and similar stuff. The moment, you accept the ads, it will start showing on your site and money will be credited into your BuySelll account.

This is a nice concept and a useful website for Bloggers and marketers to find the marketplace for buying advertisements.

Direct advertisement can be acquired by sending personal advertisement email or by using any third party advertisement program to sell advertisement. Such third-party advertisement program create a marketplace to buy sell advertisement.

Unlike other ad networks, getting approved BuySellAds account is not easy. You need to have a quality website with nice design. If you miss out any of these, your application will be rejected.

Is BuySellAds a free service?

BuySellads works as a middleman to process this Automatic ad buying and selling and for this, they charge 25% of the transaction. Which is fair as many other ad networks charge 30-40%. You don’t have to pay anything to use their service but when an advertiser buys an ad from your site, Buysellads will take 25% as a commission. So, if you are setting up your ad price as $100/30 days, you will be getting $75 into your account. So, you can set the price accordingly. I suggest to start with minimum limit and once one ad slot is sold, increase the price by 10%.

Buysellads keeps a percentage of the money you made from selling ad as a part of their commission, which is fair enough as instead of keeping your ad spots empty you are making money out of it.

How to use BuySellAds?

Go to Buysellads website and sign up for an account. Add your website and add proper tags and details and submit it. It usually takes 4-5 working days for them to reply to your application. Once your BuySellads application is approved, you can login to buysellads account. Add a Zone: Zone is basically ad slot that you are offering. For example, if you are selling 125*125 ad in the sidebar, you can make a zone like: “125Sidebar-Top”.

How to add BuySellads code to your Website?

Once you have created a Zone, click on Action> Install ad codes. You will find two different codes there. Header code should go in the header of your blog. This code you have to add only one time. Now add the zone code to your sidebar using your WordPress text-widget. You can always use CSS to style your ad zone. If not, you can also use BuySellAds WordPress plugin to add quickly ads into your WordPress site.

You can see also see the stats for BuySellads click that will give you an idea how good and how bad your ad spots are performing and you can play with the placement to increase the CTR and thus increase the price of your ads. Always remember, above the fold ads perform better than below the fold ads.

Ad options under BuySellAds:

BuySellad offers different kind of ad options apart from the normal banner. You can offer ad placement for Text ads, Text+image ads, RSS ads and Tweet ad. Tweet ad and RSS feed are recent addition by them. BuySellAds Twitter ad program is similar as Sponsored Tweets program & you can learn more about BuySellAds sponsored tweet program here.

Personally, I recommend you to use Image only ads as they keep your blog design neat and clean.  Sponsored tweet program is again highly recommended as most of the time when an advertiser buys an ad space; he also buy a sponsored tweets.

BuySellads offer you payout via PayPal and in a month you can make two checkouts. You can use the same funds to buy ads on another site. I would highly recommend you to try this program as after using this program for one year, I’m still using it and recommending to others. Sadly, they don’t have any affiliate program for publishers or advertisers.

If you are looking for Adsense alternative programs, I would suggest you to try Infolinks on your blog. Meanwhile, if you don’t like the idea of giving 25% commission to BuySellAds, you can also look into OIO Publisher WordPress Plugin but you need to have a popular website, else BuySellads is a nice choice as its marketplace might not keep your website out of ads.

Have you ever used BuySellads of using it? What’s your review on BuySellads? How would you rate it on a scale of 10?

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One of the best Ad network for Bloggers to get direct advertisement. I have been using it from last 2 years and satisfied with this network. Once your ad slots start selling via BSA, you will never look back.
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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 43 )

  1. says

    Absolutely do not use BSA. We had been using them for a few weeks and were randomly shutdown with no reason given. We lost over $8,000 we deposited into their advertiser program and lost an income of $1200 per day for our company. We got a vague response with no details 2 weeks later from their support after we had inquired. We will make sure we let everyone know to NOt use BSA. Buyer be warned!

  2. says

    Hey Harsh I had a poor experience with infolinks. Now I only use Adsense and I earn quite good. I have enlisted my blog for buysellads, now I want to know do they pay for impression or only click ?

  3. Swapnil says

    I am going to start a website. I am from India. Is BSA good for Indian sites? or there are other sites that offer more rates?

  4. Entreb says

    Very informative review. I tried to apply for Buysellads before, but did not get approved. I think the reasons is that the design of my blog was not suitable. I’m making another blog that will suit for their requirements and hope to be approved soon.

  5. Arafath says

    Arafath here and I would Like to consider buy sell ads for my site. I already have infolinks account approval . Is considering buy sell ads do affect my infolinks account?

  6. Deepanker says

    Hey Harsh..
    I have few websites on .in domains. Do i have chance to get into buysellads? I think i did great mistakes by selecting .in domains. I have more than 5k per day visits but alexa is not still less than 100k. :(

  7. chris says

    My Alaxa rank is 397,213 and compete rank 550,351 and i have 2000-3500 daily page preview and 60% of them USA, but still they are not approve my site. I have no idea why is that. :(

  8. Silvia says

    Your article is really informative.
    Its so sad they don,t accept blogspot blogs.
    Do they accept WordPress Blogs?
    I can’t understand why they reject blogsopt as there are so many valuable and renowned blogs we come across daily….Anyways I would like you write on more ad networks like this….Is there any ad Network which works best with Movies Website or with a website with Pictures and photos? I am waiting for your reply dear Harsh Agrawal…
    Thanks a lot for sharing so nice post ! Keep it up

    • says

      Hey Rahul
      Some time back I submitted one niche blog (Web-Hosting) <5000 traffic/month and they accepted it. That site was professionally designed, good number of followers and niche articles. Traffic was targeted and useful.
      So they consider many factors before approving the site. If you maintain an active and quality site, BuySellAds is something which you would like to try.

  9. Kartik@Tech-n-Tricks says

    Excellent Explanation… Harsh…:)

    plz can u also wire tutorial about “Commission Junction”… in detail… how to use it…and everything… plz…..
    thnx…. :-)

  10. jayaar says

    Hello Harsh,
    Thanks for sharing your success, Mr. Harsh.
    What can you suggest for the sites which are already getting good revenue from the side bar and the top ads of AdSense program? Will BuySell Ads have a negative impact on the other ad networks, or will add more to the income? Will the site be overcrowded with the ads if we do not want to remove the existing units?

  11. Avadhut says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for the review. Yes, I too think 25% is high though they are doing a great work by bringing publishers and advertisers together.

  12. KBharath says

    Thanks for this Review Harsh, is there any minimum Requirements for Applying to BuySellAds. for Example like Minimum Traffic Requirements and Minimum Alexa Rankings or PR etc.

  13. Ankur Rautela says

    Sir my Page Rank is 1 and Alexa Rank is approx 5,30,000 worldwide and 29k in India. Can I apply for BuySellAds and how much amount for 125*125 ad slot should I decide. Please suggest me ????

    • says

      @Ankur Your stats doesn’t tell anything about traffic..How much traffic do you get and whats your niche and most imp, traffic source from which country… These are some factors which will help you in deciding price…and then ad placement will play a major role in finalizing the price… :)

  14. Eric says

    Great review Harsh. Pretty interesting opportunity to make some money with my personal blogs. Will definitely use this service for my future projects. Thanks!

  15. Suraj @Seekably says

    No matter how many times I apply, my site is disapproved. Please provide me more tips on how to get approved by BSA?
    What should be basic necessities for a blog to be approved by BSA? Alexa, PR, Analytics?

  16. Mohsin says

    Harsh please also recommend us that when we should apply for BuySellAds. Tell us some idea like Alexa rank of 100K etc.

  17. Maninder says

    Nice review of buysellads. It is really not very easy to get approved these days. They pay much attention to the traffic volume for the site of blog to get approved. So I don’t think it makes sense for any one even to apply before they have completed at least an year since the launch of their site or blog unless you are getting a real high traffic already.

    • says

      Maninder I might not agree with traffic stats: For example I have many blogs with less than 5K traffic in BSA…. They usually consider the niche, design and obviously overall ranking…

  18. PrIyAnGsHu says

    Greatly reviewed Harsh ! BuySellAds is the best direct advertising network along with a huge marketplace ! It has been one of the major revenue source for my blogs !

    • says

      @Priyangshu For now, it’s not wrong to call it the best direct advertising marketplace… Though in recent days I have noticed less ads are sold via buySellads…may be coz of many reasons but still they are selling decent no. of ads..
      Meanwhile are you also using sponsored tweets from BuySellAds? For me, it’s working great…

  19. yyoushouldknow says

    Hi Harsh, i want to ask you one question did buysellad accept blog with blooger, i have read in one forum that they do not accept blogspot blog, pls ans if you have some information about it thank you.

  20. Michael Aulia says

    I just registered today and trying to find out more about the service.

    Last time I heard you had to find your own advertisers but hopefully they’ve changed. What’s the point in giving them 25% if you have to find your own advertisers

    • says

      @Michael It’s not the same anymore…now buyer will usually find your site via BuySellads marketplace and it’s good.. Though I would suggest start with 2 ad spot and see how it works..

  21. Tech @ InkAPoint says

    My point is don’t register in any such ad networks before getting popularity.

    • says

      @Tech InkAPoint
      I have a different opinion on this. 125*125 ad never distract readers and moreover there is no limit for popularity. I might suggest not too use adsense for couple of months and beginning but I will suggest use 125*125 banner from the beginning. If buysell ads doesn’t approve you, use any affiliate link banner and use it..

  22. Curious Little Person says

    Thanks for this info harsh! I’ve taken a note of buysellads and will check them out!

    What rates do u suggest for 3 month old blog