Here on ShoutMeLoud, I talk about Google AdSense and Affiliate marketing all the time and keep getting questions related to the same. One of the most frequently asked questions that I come across from bloggers who monetize their website with Affiliate ads and have AdSense running on their blog is whether or not one can use AdSense and affiliate ads on the same page. Is it a violation of AdSense policies?
Well, AdSense is a contextual ad network and they do not allow running any other ad network which mimics ads like AdSense.
Can you have Amazon Affiliate and Adsense on the same page?
Let me take an example of Amazon affiliate ads, as they are one of the most popular affiliate programs. You can replace it with anything like eBay, hosting affiliate or other affiliate programs you can think of.
The answer is “Yes”. You can place affiliate ads along with AdSense ads on the same page, and this doesn’t violate the AdSense policies. Here is a screenshot from the official AdSense help page which clearly says: “We do allow affiliate or limited-text links.”
To add more to it, here is what you need to know to use any other ad network with AdSense. In simple words, Affiliate ad is also considered a different ad network here:
Before you jump with joy and start adding tons of affiliate banner and link ads on your blog, here are a few important things you should know:
- If the number of ads or affiliate banner/links is more than the original content, it will put your AdSense account in danger. Therefore, limit the number of ads on your blog, and focus on adding value and quality to your website. I suggest you keep an optimum limit of ads on your blog and place it in a way that it doesn’t hamper the user experience.
- Your affiliate ads should not link to content which is not allowed in AdSense policies. For example, adult content. AdSense treats other ads (ads from other ad network or affiliate ads) on a page as part of the content, which too, should follow the content guidelines.
- While using affiliate links on your blog, make sure they are nofollow. This has nothing to do with AdSense, but using the nofollow tag is a good practice from the SEO point of view. You can use this guide to learn how to add nofollow tag or better use ThirstyAffiliateLinks plugin.
To sum it up…
…you can use Affiliate ads with Google AdSense on your blog.
Though, before you jump into the world of affiliate marketing, I suggest you learn the tricks of the trade before implementing the ads. A good idea is to replace one of your low performing ad unit with direct affiliate ads of a product related to your niche.
Once you start getting success in form of affiliate sales, replace more AdSense ad blocks with affiliate ads. If you select the right product to promote, you can easily earn 2-3x of your AdSense earning via Affiliate marketing.
Below are a few hand-picked articles that can help you get started with Affiliate marketing:
- What is affiliate marketing and FAQ?
- How to promote affiliate products on your blog
- How to select best affiliate program for your blog
- How Google treats affiliate links from SEO perspective
If you have any more question related to using Affiliate ads and AdSense together, feel free to ask in the comment section below. If you find this post useful, share it with your friends on Google and Facebook.