AdsOptimal Scam Alert: Publishers’ Hard Earned Money On Hold


In 2016, AdsOptimal rose as one of the best AdSense alternatives. Many publishers made tons of money using AdsOptimal ads. However, things seem to be different in 2017 as they have suspended their service & all payments are on hold from the past one month.

If you are a publisher with AdsOptimal, this is an alert post for you to remove their ads right away. You are most likely not going to get paid.

And you are not alone in this. Even my $600+ is awaiting payment, and I’m doubtful they will pay.

Such scams are nothing new in the online world & we have seen many such cases in the past where advertising networks shut down and publishers never get their money.

Current AdsOptimal Situation: Unknown

Update: 2nd February 2017

This is the recent message I got from AdsOptimal team & this looks assuring that they might be coming back.

Dear AdsOptimal Publisher,

We have heard from many of you over the past couple weeks about your frustration about whether or not you will be receiving payment this month. We wanted to provide an update on the latest information and assure you that we are truly doing everything possible to get payment to all publishers that have followed our terms of service.

To provide more context, our network payment is currently delayed because of suspicious traffic from several publishers in our network. This suspicious activity includes bot traffic and invalid placements and activities. Due to the amount of suspicious traffic this month, our advertisers are currently withholding payment. This unfortunately is impacting our payment schedule for the whole network. Without receiving money from our advertisers, we do not have money to pay out our publishers.

We are working with our advertisers to finalize and process payments, removing this suspicious traffic from their accounts. We are half way through the process and will give you an update once we have it. We are working hard to ensure the problem is solved and AdsOptimal can return to providing you amazing ads. Thanks for your patience.


AdsOptimal Team

I have reached out to their team including their advisory board & will update this post as soon as I hear something from them. Publishers can still log in to their dashboard & see the stats and unpaid earnings.

For now this is what their website says:

“All advertiser payments are currently delayed. We apologize for this. Once we receive payment from our advertisers, we’ll process your payment as soon as we can.”

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I tried reaching out to their support & got this reply:

Hi Harsh,
Thanks so much for reaching out. As indicated in your revenue dashboard, we have not yet received payment from our advertiser partners due to a system issue. Please note this issue is not specific to your website. We are experiencing this issue across all publishers in our network. At this time, we are unable to process payment to you. As soon as we receive payment from our advertiser partners we will remit payment to you. Apologies for this inconvenience.

I hope they get their issues resolved and they pay all those bloggers & publishers who are still waiting for payment. However, my suggestion for you right now is to remove their ads & look for an alternative.

Alternatives to AdsOptimal:

Here are two good alternatives that I can recommend right now. I will update as our community suggests better AdsOptimal alternatives:

Do let me know if you also have pending payments with AdsOptimal. How much money are you waiting on? Which ad network are you using right now to make money from your blog? Feel free to recommend good alternatives to AdsOptimal for other bloggers.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

34 thoughts on “AdsOptimal Scam Alert: Publishers’ Hard Earned Money On Hold”

  1. ranga

    Hi Harsh! Seems you need to delete or modify this post. They have paid the amount on hold to all the publishers and closed their site now.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      They haven’t paid all the publishers. They haven’t paid me!For me, this company is still a scam!

  2. Rahil

    200$ Gone down the Drain 🙁

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Yah! I lost a big amount too 🙁

      1. Asenocreative

        Harsh they sent my payment. I reached them and it the publishers who cheated them with fake traffic so their advertisers do not paid them. They sent my $250 long ago

  3. Mihir Gosai

    Update :
    I’ve received 63% of my adsoptimal earnings and also got a message as below:
    “After much back and forth with our advertisers we have been able to receive a portion of payment and are providing a reduced payment to our publishers as part of this notice, since we can only remit what we have received.”
    “Along with this notice we are also letting you know that we are shutting down AdsOptimal.”

  4. nitya jana

    yesterday received 58$ from adsoptimal earned 99$ received 58$

  5. gautam nagraj

    Hey harsh,
    Today early in the morning AdsOptimal Sends my money hold money to my PayPal account, Happy ☺

  6. Resep Masak

    Yes, adsoptimal 100% scam.

    My earning no payment

  7. nitya jana

    I Think they will not pay our earnings 🙁 they also stopped replying

  8. shashank hrs

    Hey shouters
    Experiencing the same issue over here.
    I had $7XX with them and the have turned out to be scamsters.

  9. Pissed off publisher

    Yep.. Very disappointed. They owe $1300 for last December… I think we should expose the guy behind..

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Have the same feeling. We all are waiting & hoping to get paid. 😐

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