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When it comes to making money from a blog, AdSense is one of the best blog monetization programs available.
I have already shared my AdSense earnings for the last five years, which will give you an idea of how much you can potentially earn from AdSense.
A good solution is to start looking for some of the best Google AdSense alternatives.
The AdSense alternative ad networks mentioned below are not necessarily better than Google AdSense, but depending on your blog niche and site’s traffic, a few AdSense alternative programs (like Media.net or Propellerads) might give you better earnings and results than AdSense.
You should be aware that Google AdSense is a contextual ad networking program while a few of the AdSense alternatives mentioned below are not contextual ad programs.
We have already talked about why AdSense is the best advertisement program for bloggers, and we followed up with a post on Google AdSense in the budding blogger’s blog.
Getting Google AdSense approval is a dream for bloggers. But if you fail to get approval or get rejected for some reason, don’t despair, because this article will make you aware of many Google AdSense alternatives for you to use to earn money online.
(Before choosing an alternative to Google AdSense, however, check out what kind of traffic you are generating on your blog.)
7 Best Alternative to Google AdSense for Bloggers: 2021 Edition
Note: I am continually updating this list with all the new monetization methods that I use as an AdSense alternative. So bookmark this page and keep coming back to learn about more new blog monetization programs.
PropellerAds is one of the top performing ad network and something I love because of their technology innovation. Apart from all usual ad types, recently they added web push notifications ad type.
Depending upon kind of blog that you have, you can pick from various ad types offered by PropellerAds. Be it for your desktop site, mobile site or for video content. Minimum payout is $25 and it’s idle for every new and medium size blogs with low or high traffic.
This is a good alternative to AdSense which pays really high.
Media.net is the best alternative to AdSense in terms of ad types.
Media.net is a contextual ad network by Yahoo! and Bing, and it offers high-paying ads. Moreover, the ad types involved are similar to AdSense, and if you have a quality blog, you are more likely to get Media.net approval in no time.
If your blog gets a monthly traffic of more than 100K+, look no further than Setupad.
Setupad is a monetization platform for publishers to increase their ad revenue to the maximum. Setupad has developed an in-house suite of programmatic monetization solutions–header bidding wrapper, header bidding SaaS solution, and SSP Adapter.
Setupad vs Google AdSense
The main difference between the Setupad service and Google AdSense is that Setupad uses header bidding technology to connect publishers with more than 15 buyers, including Google. Adding multiple premium buyers creates more competition for the same ad impression. This means that it pushes Google and other buyers to increase their prices. In the end, the publisher receives more ad revenue.
With Setupad header bidding technology, publishers can maximize their ad revenue by a minimum of 30% if previously they have used Google AdSense.
Setupad has a variety of ad formats for desktop and mobile:
- Sticky and Anchor Ads
- Responsive Ads
- Video Ads
- Native Ads
- Interstitial Ads
- App monetization (Q3 2020)
Setupad team of professionals helps publishers to decide and choose the right ad placements for each website.
The main goal is to avoid overcrowding the website with too many ads and make a personalized solution for each client.
By choosing Setupad, publishers can generate more money by having the same amount of traffic.
- Publishers receive their first payment after 60 days. Further payments are made every 30 days if the minimum threshold of €100 is reached. Otherwise, Setupad adds these earnings to the next month.
- It takes two to four weeks to see optimal results, though Setupad strongly suggests publishers to run a four-week test so they can add the majority of the SSPs.
- Setupad reporting tool with real-time data is available for viewing at any time, which helps closely monitor publishers’ ad inventory. Real-time statistics combining all revenue into one report show bids (number of impressions, winning SSPs, average CPMs, etc.) of the website.
- Each Setupaad clients’ have their own account manager, who guides them through the set-up process. Account Managers follow up on each of their clients’ ad revenue and informs regarding the latest updates.
4. Amazon Display Ads
Seeing an Amazon advertisement program listed as an “AdSense alternative” might be a little surprise for many, but in 2019 they are one of the most popular choices among bloggers for site monetization.
Until recently, it was only the Amazon Affiliate program, but with Amazon Native Shopping Ads & CPM based ads, they are a great choice for users who are looking for something other than AdSense.
In my opinion, the Amazon display program is ideal for those who have US & EU traffic. Native Ads, in particular, is a bit like affiliate marketing on steroids.
You can learn all about it here.
Adversal offers features similar to Superlinks, but you need to have monthly page-views of 50,000 to apply.
Minimum payout is $20, and after 35 days, you get paid at the end of the month.
Payment modes are PayPal, wire transfer, and ACH. It takes 3-4 days to get your application approved.
I suggest that you apply for both Superlinks and Adversal. Superlinks ads will pay more, but it is also good to have another alternative option.
Viglink is perfect for a blog which is linking out to a business or e-commerce site.
The Viglink concept is quite different from all of the alternatives mentioned above because with Viglink you earn money by making affiliate sales.
Viglink works great when you have outgoing links to business or product pages such as a fashion store or Amazon.
- (Harsh has shared a great case-study of Viglink on a fashion blog.)
Even if you don’t have outbound links but you are using money-related terms like Apple, iPhone, etc., Viglink will automatically add links to these words, and you will end up making pretty decent money.
What’s best about Viglink is that it’s incubated by Google and is a very SEO-friendly ad program.
Skimlinks is the best alternative to Viglink and it works in a similar manner. Skimlinks converts your outbound links into affiliate links, and you earn money whenever a sale occurs.
It is possible that you could end up making ten times your existing earnings with Viglink and Skimlinks, as they pay for affiliate sales and not for clicks.
These are just some of the best and most popular alternatives to AdSense.
If your AdSense account is disabled, the best way to cover the lost AdSense earnings potential is by using a combination of two or more ad networks. (For example: using Media.net or Viglink along with contextual ads.)
Which one of the above methods have you used and which ad program worked the best? Tell us in the comments!
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