BuySellAds Review: Advertisement Program For Bloggers


When it comes to making money from advertisements, direct advertisement plays a massive role. Just to put this into perspective, for me, direct advertisements pay more than AdSense or any other ads.

The toughest part, however, is finding direct advertisers. Here, I will add a review of BuySellAds, which is an advertisement buy-sell marketplace. I have been using BuySellAds for the past year and a half, and it’s been one of the highest paying ad networks for me.

BuySellAds Review
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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 would suggest accepting ads that are relevant to your niche.

Most importantly, they should not be spam. For example, “free smiley downloads”, etc.

You wouldn’t want to drive your readers away, would you?

The moment you accept the ads, it will start reflecting on your site and money will be credited into your BuySell account.

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

Direct advertisement can be acquired by sending personal advertisement emails or by using any third party advertisement programs to sell the ad. Such third-party advertisement programs create a marketplace to buy and sell advertisements.

Unlike other ad networks, getting approved BuySellAds account is not easy. You need to have a quality website with a nice design. If you lack in 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. For their service, they charge 25% of the transaction – a justified cost considering other ad networks usually charge somewhere between 30-40%.

You don’t have to pay anything to use their service but when an advertiser buys an ad from your site, BuysellAds takes 25% as a commission.

So, if you are setting up your ad price as $100/30 days, you will get $75 into your account. So, you can set the price accordingly. I suggest start with minimum limit and once one ad slot is sold, increase the rate by 10%.

How to Get BuySellAds Approval for Your Website

Before you apply for BuySellAds, here are things you must know:

Following are the reasons why BuySellAds might reject your blog. Hence, tread with care.

  • They focus on the tech/web design/development/freelancer niche. While they do occasionally accept sites outside of this niche, you may recieve rejection if you are not in this niche.
  • Greater than 100K impressions per month (for new sites, if you or your team have a history of creating nice websites, BuySellAds will accept you).
  • Your website must be live, finished, and have fresh content.
  • No porn, illegal stuff or anything containing even remotely “questionable” content.
  • The site must be in English (sorry, BuySellAds says they are not able to provide support in other languages right now).
  • If you have a ton of untargeted ads on your site already, you might not be approved (you know who you are).
  • If you do not have your domain (i.e., you have a * URL).
  • Getting denied does not mean you cannot be approved in the future.
  • Last, but not the least, BuySellAds says, “We’re not trying to be snobby, but we aim to keep the quality of the network high, and if we feel that your site impedes on the perception of the network, we will not approve you.”

Why Buysellads or any other advertising network will approve your blog?

  • Blog Design: Neat and clean blog layout
  • Daily updated blog
  • Niche: Technology, Twitter, Web Designer, Development, WordPress, Freelancer Niche, Web2.0, Programming, Mobile app development, Fashion blog
  • No BlogSpot blogs: If you are BlogSpot users, you should try considering our BlogSpot to WordPress service or get a BlogSpot custom domain.

So in case if you are missing anything, there is always time and scope for improvement.

The most important thing is the professional look of your blog. If you blog has ads cluttered, chances are meager that BuySellAds will approve your blog. BuySellAds is growing every day, and it’s a good idea to be a part of their publisher team.

You can see an example of a publisher page in the below screenshot:

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If you are an advertiser, you might like to browse their marketplace to find a potential publisher in your niche.

How to use BuySellAds?

Go to BuySellAds website and sign up for an account. Add your website, proper tags and details before you submit it. It usually takes 4-5 working days for them to reply to your application.

Once your BuySellads application is approved, you can log into the BuySellAds account.

Add a Zone. The zone is basically the ad slot 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. You need to add this code only once. 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 quickly insert ads to your WordPress site.

You can see also see the stats for BuySellAds click that will give you an idea of how well your ad spots are performing. You can play with the placement to increase the CTR accordingly to increase the price of your ads.

Always remember, above-the-fold ads perform better than below-the-fold ads.

Ad options under BuySellAds:

BuySellAds offers different kind of ad options apart from the standard banner. You can offer ad placement for Text ads, Text+image ads, RSS ads, and Tweet ads. Tweet ads and RSS feed are recent addition by them.

BuySellAds’ Twitter ad program is similar to the Sponsored Tweets program and you can learn more about BuySellAds sponsored tweet program here.

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I recommend you use image-only ads as they keep your blog design neat and clean.  Sponsored tweet program is also highly recommended because when an advertiser buys an ad space, he also buys sponsored tweets.

BuySellAds offer you payout via PayPal. You can make two checkouts in a month.

You can use the same funds to buy ads on another site. I highly recommend you to try this program.

I say this only after using this program for one year.

Sadly, they don’t have any affiliate program for publishers or advertisers.

If you are looking for AdSense alternative programs, I would suggest you try Monetag on your blog.

Meanwhile, if you don’t like the idea of giving 25% commission to BuySellAds, you can also look into banner ad WordPress plugins, but you need to have a popular website. Else, BuySellads is an excellent choice as its marketplace might not keep your site out of ads.

Also see:

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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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.

55 thoughts on “BuySellAds Review: Advertisement Program For Bloggers”

  1. Deepanker

    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. 🙁

  2. chris

    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. 🙁

  3. Silvia

    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

  4. Rahul Tilloo

    Hi Harsh what is the perfect traffic level at which a blogger should apply for BSA?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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.

  5. Kartik@Tech-n-Tricks

    Excellent Explanation… Harsh…:)

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

  6. jayaar

    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?

  7. Avadhut

    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.

  8. KBharath

    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.

  9. Ankur Rautela

    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 ????

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @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… 🙂

  10. Eric

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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks Eric for your comment and glad you liked the review. Do share your experience with BSA… 🙂

  11. Suraj @Seekably

    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?

  12. Mohsin

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

  13. Maninder

    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.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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…

  14. PrIyAnGsHu

    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 !

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @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…

  15. Harry Sehgal

    Thanks Harsh for this Review. I will also try BSA as soon as I gets good traffic to my Blog.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Harry Once you implement it, do come back and let us know how was your experience and what’s your review on BuySellads..

  16. yyoushouldknow

    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.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Sadly they don’t accept BlogSpot Blogs. It’s not them but many ad network doesn’t entertain BlogSpot blogs. Since, they are free and mostly used for spamming.

  17. Michael Aulia

    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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @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..

  18. Tech @ InkAPoint

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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @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..

  19. Tushar

    I wonder will they accept my blog…it is just one month old.

    1. Paritosh

      You need to have some reader base for them to even consider your case for acceptance.

  20. Curious Little Person

    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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Sandeep rate depends on lots of things like
      Ad position
      Ad Size

      So You can browse their market place and that will give you an idea.

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