Minterest » AdSense http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:01:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Google AdSense http://www.minterest.org/how-much-traffic-do-you-need-to-make-money/ http://www.minterest.org/how-much-traffic-do-you-need-to-make-money/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=3656 Is it really possible to make $100,000 a year from Google AdSense (or by selling ads on your website/blog)? If so, then the real question is how much traffic do you really need to make big bucks with Google AdSense? While it’s true that we can’t predict the Google AdSense income exactly, we can optimize [...]

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Google AdSense

Is it really possible to make $100,000 a year from Google AdSense (or by selling ads on your website/blog)? If so, then the real question is how much traffic do you really need to make big bucks with Google AdSense? While it’s true that we can’t predict the Google AdSense income exactly, we can optimize the ads in different ways so as to make the most out of it.

Also, you must make sure that your website category is advertising friendly because your AdSense income depends a lot upon the category of your website. You can use Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool to find out the competition in your industry. If there is enough competition (i.e. if the suggested bid by AdWords for keywords in your niche is high) then we can assume that Google will fill your ad spaces with high paying ads (see how AdSense works).

For example, if you Google search “loans” then you’ll see a lot of ads so it means that if you have a blog related to personal finance then there will be enough competition for your ad space. Now I’ve randomly added few keywords to Keyword Planner to find out its suggested bid by AdWords. Here they are:

Google AdWords Keyword Planner

As you can see, the competition for keywords related to “finance” is very high compared to keywords related to “food”. Of course, the suggested bid is just an estimate and the real cost-per-click varies a lot. But still, even if it’s $5 then it means a lot. Why? It’s because the cost per click to advertise on Google is very high compared to cost per click on Google Display Network. So if an advertiser is paying $0.50/click on Google then he may be paying only $0.10/click on Google Display Network.

How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make Money With AdSense?

Let’s say you want to make $100,000 a year from Google AdSense and/or Google AdSense alternatives.

$100,000 divided by 365 = $274 a day.

So, you have to create either: 274 pages that earn $1 a day OR 548 pages that earn 50 cents a day OR 1,096 pages that earn 25 cents a day (which sounds reasonable, right?). Let’s say you have 1,096 high quality blog posts and you earn $0.25 per click from AdSense.

I have analyzed the traffic and AdSense stats (using Google Image Search) of several websites including my own blogs and websites.

Read: How To Find The Traffic Of (Almost) Any Website

Google AdSense Earnings

From my analysis, I found that the average Page CTR is around 1% (or it’s something that we can achieve easily). But it really depends upon your niche, web site design and other factors.

In fact I have achieved a Page CTR of over 20% in 2007 for a niche website and was making $100+ a day from Google AdSense alone.

Let’s Do The Math To Make $100,000 A Year With Google AdSense

Let’s assume that you have a Page CTR of 1% and your average CPC is $0.25 (I believe it’s quite an achievable target unless your keywords have no advertiser competition – e.g. a recipe blog).

Some of the top paying AdSense niches are Finance, Internet Marketing, Technology, Web Hosting, Internet & Computers, Software, Health etc. and some of the lowest paying AdSense niches are Entertainment, Arts, Movies, Celebrity Gossips, News blog, Jokes, Wallpapers, Quotes, Recipes, Photo blogs etc.

As mentioned earlier $100,000 a year means you have to earn $274 a day. If your average CPC is $0.25 then you need 100,000/0.25 = 400,000 clicks a year (or approximately 1,000 clicks a day) to earn $100,000 a year from Google AdSense. Assuming that your Page CTR is 1% you need approximately 100,000 page views a day. Now, let’s say your “Bounce Rate” (it is the estimated percentage of visits to your website that consist of a single page view) is 100%. It means that you need 100,000 unique visitors a day itself to generate 100,000 page views a day.

In a nutshell, you need 100,000 visitors a day to make $100,000 a year from Google AdSense alone (with a CTR of 1% and CPC of $0.25).

Google AdSense Glossary

Page Views

A page view is what Google counts in your reports every time a user views a page displaying Google ads. We will count one page view regardless of the number of ads displayed on that page.

For example, if you have a page displaying three ad units and it is viewed twice, you will generate two page views.

Clicks

For standard content ads, Google counts a click when a user clicks on an ad.

For link units, Google counts a click when a user clicks on an ad on the page of ads, after selecting a link in the link unit.

Page Click Through Rate (Page CTR)

The Page Click Through Rate (CTR) is the number of ad clicks divided by the number of impressions or page views that you have received.

Page CTR = Clicks / Page Views

For example, if you received 5 Clicks from 100 Page Views, then your Page CTR would be 5%. (5/100*100=5%)

Cost Per Click (CPC)

The Cost Per Click (CPC) is the amount you earn each time a user clicks on your ad. The CPC for any ad is determined by the advertiser; some advertisers may be willing to pay more per click than others, depending on what they’re advertising.

Page Revenue Per Thousand Impressions (Page RPM)

Page Revenue Per Thousand Impressions (RPM) is calculated by dividing your estimated earnings by the number of page views you received, then multiplying by 1000.

Page RPM = (Estimated Earnings / Number of Page Views) * 1,000

For example, if you earned an estimated $0.15 from 25 page views, then your page RPM would equal ($0.15 / 25) * 1000, or $6.00.

Estimated Earnings

Your account balance (or earnings) for the time period selected.

Source: Google AdSense Glossary

But you are not using AdSense alone to monetize your website, right? You can make more money by selling direct banner ads, in-text ads, CPM ads, sponsored links, affiliate marketing, etc.

Read: 30+ Google AdSense Alternatives To Make Money Blogging

Cost Per Impression (CPM) Ads

So let’s say you’re selling direct banner ads and is also selling CPM advertising which is again an effective way to monetize your website.

What are CPM ads?

CPM (Cost Per Mille) stands for Cost Per 1,000 Impressions. CPM networks pays for every 1,000 impressions you generate. If a CPM ad network is paying you $1 CPM then it means that they’re paying you $1 for every 1,000 page views you generate.

Advertising.

CPM Network earnings totally depend upon your traffic quality but you can expect anywhere between $1 – $3 per 1,000 impressions. So, if you generate 100,000 page views a day then you can make $100 – $300 a day from CPM Networks. Again, you can earn $100 – $300 (or maybe even more) a day by selling banner ads directly to advertisers.

Now, you can split the traffic into three as you’re earning $300 each from 3 advertising networks. It means that you need 100,000/3=33,333 unique visitors a day (with a bounce rate of 100%) to make approximately $274/day.

Again, if you have an authority blog then your bounce rate will never be 100%. In that case you can expect an average page view of 1.5 per user. It means that 50% of your visitors exit from the landing page and others visit more than one page on your website.

All in all, you need approximately 20,000 visitors a day to generate 30,000+ page views and it can earn $274 a day which translates to $100,000 a year in advertising revenues. Need a little more help reaching that $100,000/year goal? Add commissions from Affiliate Programs as well into the equation and you can hit that $100,000 goal with much less traffic. In fact, in 2008 I was averaging $200+ a day from less than 200 daily unique visitors with affiliate marketing. It was possible because when it comes to affiliate marketing it’s all about traffic quality and not traffic quantity.

How To Optimize Google AdSense

Google AdSense A/B Testing

You can optimize your AdSense ads in several ways. For example, you can try text ads only, image ads only, text & image ads to find out which ad format is performing better. Google recommends wide ad formats like 728 x 90, 336 x 280, 300 x 250, and 160 x 600 as they’re more advertiser friendly.

When you use the recommended ad formats, your AdSense ads should perform well because of increased competition. How? The recommended ad formats by AdSense are the most popular ad formats and hence almost all advertisers must be targeting those ad formats. So it increases the competition naturally and Google will be showing the highest paying ads on your website.

But it’s also a good idea to try different ad formats as Google is now offering a variety of ad formats (including responsive ad units). I would recommend A/B testing on your website to find out the best performing ad formats. Like, you can do A/B testing by trying different ad types, ad formats, ad colors, and then by placing your ads at different sections on your website (above and below the fold) to find out which position is offering the best CTR).

But what if your AdSense earnings are low even though you have good a CTR? In that case, I would recommend ad controls though Google mentioned that blocking any ad will reduce our potential earnings.

Google says:

It’s a myth that filtering ads can prevent ‘low-paying ads’ from appearing, so as always, we recommend blocking only those ads that you feel are unsuitable for your users.

Read: 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online

Finally, you can tweak the AdSense click-through-rate by using an AdSense friendly template for your website/blog. But make sure that your website is not ad heavy as it will impact the user experience in a negative way. And as always, you can focus on creating awesome content and driving more traffic so that it increases your Google AdSense earnings (and your advertising revenues) naturally.

Happy Monetizing! :)

First Published: July 2012; Last Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014

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Google AdSense Alternatives

First Published: July 22, 2012; Last Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

Google AdSense is undoubtedly the best advertising network out there that follows a pay-per-click advertising model. When Google AdSense was first launched they were accepting almost all websites with over 100 content rich pages and that comply with their basic program policies. So almost anyone was able to get an AdSense account (even with scraped content) in less than a week or two.

But today, your website must not only comply with Google AdSense Program Policies but must also comply with Google Webmaster Guidelines. It means that you they can deny your AdSense application if your website is selling text links or is hosting copyrighted content, etc. Even if your website complies with these program policies and guidelines they may still reject the application based on the content quality.

Is It Possible To Make Money Blogging Without Google AdSense?

Google AdSenseIn a word, Yes. But what you should know is that Google AdSense is almost unassailable when it comes to monetization simply because they have the largest ad inventory. Since pay-per-click ad networks determines the cost per click based on bidding, when more and more advertisers are bidding for the same ad position the cost per click increases naturally. That exactly is the reason why AdSense outperforms any other ad networks out there.

And that doesn’t mean that you can’t make more money that you used to make with AdSense from other networks. For instance, if you use the right affiliate program then its earnings may be more than all your ad revenues combined. But the problem with affiliate programs is that they’re not so reliable. For example, if your organic rankings drop then it will impact your earnings directly or if those affiliate programs reduce commissions or change their business model then it may affect your earnings. So it’s not a good idea to rely on affiliate programs alone in the long term.

Read: Top 10 Affiliate Networks & Programs For Affiliate Marketing

So what are the options and alternatives to Google AdSense?

Luckily there are a lot of websites to monetize our content in several ways without using AdSense. Some of them are: banner ad networks (for CPM ads), affiliate networks (for CPA ads), alternate pay-per-click ad networks (for CPC ads), text links, sponsored posts, paid guest posts, in-text ads, in-image ads, etc.

Read: 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online

You can consider these AdSense alternatives if Google – banned your account for whatever reason, denied your application, or if you want to try something else or if you don’t want to depend upon AdSense income alone.

Sell PPC Ads: The 5 Best Google AdSense Alternatives

I have reviewed few pay-per-click ad networks, in-text ad networks, CPM ad networks, and other ways to monetize your content. If you’re looking for Cost Per Action (CPA) or Pay Per Lead (PPL) networks then check out the Top 10 Affiliate Networks for affiliate marketing which is again an alternative to Google AdSense. You can place ads from almost all the below mentioned networks along with your Google AdSense ads.

1. Yahoo! Bing Network Contextual Ads (by Media.net)

Media.netMedia.net is probably the best alternative to AdSense as it’s powered by Yahoo Bing Network. Bing has a search market share of around 18% and they also have a good ad inventory. I’ve tried Media.net few months back and the average CPM was better than any other AdSense alternatives. Also, if you’re from Russia or your targeted visitors live in Russia then then you can try Yandex Advertising Network instead of Media.net.

  • Alexa Rank: 2,374
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $100 (PayPal); $500 (Wire Transfer)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • Yahoo! Bing Network Contextual Ads: Sign Up | FAQ

2. Clicksor

ClicksorClicksor is one of the best Google AdSense alternative which allows publishers to display advertisements related to their website content by using their contextual technology. You can place Clicksor ads along with Google AdSense ads and can even set minimum prices for CPV, CPC, CPM and CPI ads. The ad formats include Inline Text Links, Text banners, Graphical banners, Pop-unders and Interstitial ads. You receive up to 85% of the ad income and can earn extra income by referring other publishers. Clicksor pays 10% additional income every time you refer a publisher or advertiser to Clicksor network.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,312
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50 (PayPal, Check); $1,000 (Wire Transfer)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click, Cost Per Impression
  • Clicksor: Sign Up | FAQ

3. BidVertiser

BidVertiserBidVertiser is another top alternative to Google AdSense which pays you for valid clicks on ads placed on your website as well as for conversions generated from those clicks. You display ads on your website or blog and advertisers bid against each other so that you earn the maximum cost per click.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,364
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10 (PayPal); $100 (Check)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • BidVertiser: Sign Up | FAQ

4. Chitika

ChitikaChitika is an online advertising network that allows publishers to display ads on their website, blog, app or mobile site. They offers publishers and advertisers user targeted, search targeted, mobile and local ads for websites, blogs, apps and mobile sites. As a publisher you can also refer other publishers to them and earn 10% of their CPC revenue for up to 10 months from their approval date.

  • Alexa Rank: 2,326
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10 (PayPal); $50 (Check)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • Chitika: Sign Up | FAQ

5. Lijit

LijitLijit offers many advertising options like remnant banner ads, homepage takeovers, rich media ads, contextual ads, image ads, social engagement ads, etc. They say they have direct partnership with major ad agencies and networks to maximize your CPMs.

  • Alexa Rank: 2,326
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10 (PayPal); $50 (Check)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • Lijit: Sign Up | FAQ

Sell Direct Ads

If your website is in a competitive niche and is getting good traffic then you can sell direct ads. It works the best when you have banner ad spots on your website so that potential advertisers can contact you to buy those ad spots. For some big publishers, selling direct advertising is their only way of monetization because they can control the CPM and thereby their income. All you need to do is to create an “Advertise” page on your blog or website with your Google PageRank, Alexa Traffic Rank, Traffic Statistics (by Google Analytics) and the available ad formats with their rates per month. Or you can try the following networks to make selling easier.

6. BuySellAds

BuySellAdsBuySellAds is an online advertising network where publishers can list their ad inventory. You get access to thousands of advertisers through their market place. The BuySellAds network supports web, mobile web, RSS, Tweets, apps (desktop, iOS, Android) and e-mail. BuySellAds is a good alternative to AdSense and is used by most professional bloggers.

  • Alexa Rank: 2,041
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $20 (PayPal); $50 (Check); $500 (Wire Transfer)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression, Fixed Rate Banner Ads, Sponsored Tweets
  • BuySellAds: Sign Up | FAQ

7. DoubleClick For Publishers

DoubleClick For Publishers

DoubleClick by Google offers publishers a complete ad revenue engine and it helps you to manage your ads so effectively that you can capture the most value for every page view that your website receives. If you are unable to find advertisers by yourself then BuySellAds may be a better choice but they do charge 25% commission. DoubleClick is a self-serve ad platform that is so flexible that you can control your entire ad inventory using only this platform. If your website is popular then you get inquiries from potential advertisers and in that case DoubleClick gets you the best value for every page view.

Sell Text Links

If you have a good quality website then it’s super easy to make money selling text links because advertisers are willing to spend thousands of dollars to improve their organic ranking. But wait, selling text links is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and they may even ban your website from its search results unless the links are rel=”nofollow”.

8. Matomy SEO

Matomy SEO

Matomy SEO (formerly Text-Link-Ads.com) connects you to high quality advertisers who are looking for relevant websites to buy text links. They place text link ads on your website so that your earnings don’t depend upon the clicks or page views of your website – you get a flat rate for a 30-day period.

  • Alexa Rank: 11,337
  • Minimum Payment Amount: No Minimum (PayPal, Payoneer); $25 (Check)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Payoneer, Check
  • Programs Offered: Fixed Rate Text Link Ads
  • Matomy SEO: Sign Up | FAQ

9. LinkWorth

LinkWorth

LinkWorth is another popular text link ad network and it’s alternative to Matomy SEO. With LinkWorth, you can monetize your website using text link ads, paid blog reviews, in-text ads, in-content pay per click ads, rotating text ads, hosted content pages and many more.

  • Alexa Rank: 17,066
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $25 (PayPal); $100 (Check, Wire Transfer, EFT)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Wire Transfer, EFT (US Only)
  • Programs Offered: Text Link Ads, Content Ads, Banner Ads, Sponsored Reviews
  • LinkWorth: Sign Up | FAQ

10. Text Link Brokers

Text Link Brokers

Text Link Brokers makes selling links easy because they find link buyers related to your website that you actually want to link to. They also have a Hosted Marketing Pages program similar to a sponsored review in which you host a new page on your website with unique content and embedded links.

  • Alexa Rank: 10,595
  • Minimum Payment Amount: N/A
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Text Link Ads, Sponsored Reviews
  • Text Link Brokers: Sign Up | FAQ

11. Adbeans

Adbeans

Adbeans is a text link ad network that works with publishers who want to sell text links on their website or blogs. When you sign up for Adbeans you will get text link ad offers in your account so that you can accept or deny it. When you accept an offer they pay you a fixed rate for each text link that you place on your website.

  • Alexa Rank: 56,057
  • Minimum Payment Amount: GBP 20
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Text Link Ads
  • Adbeans: Sign Up | FAQ

12. TNX.net

TNX.net

TNX.net is a text link marketplace that connects advertisers and publishers. You can sell links on your website and get payments every month in advance by adding their codes on your webpages. The pricing of text links are based on your website’s Google PageRank, topic, link profile, etc.

  • Alexa Rank: 29,581
  • Minimum Payment Amount: Unknown
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Webmoney, Check, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Text Link Ads
  • TNX: Sign Up | FAQ

You may also try LinkAdage, Digital Point, and WarriorForum which are alternate marketplaces for buying and selling text links.

Sell Sponsored Reviews

Once again, selling sponsored articles without rel=”nofollow” is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. But it’s the easiest way to make money blogging as you can earn at least $50 per sponsored review if you have a good quality blog.

13. Sponsored Reviews

Sponsored Reviews

Sponsored Reviews is a blog advertising network that allows you to build backlinks, increase traffic and improve search engine rankings of your website. If you’re a blogger then you can make money by reviewing advertiser’s websites.

  • Alexa Rank: 6,055
  • Minimum Payment Amount: No Minimum
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Fixed Rate Sponsored Reviews
  • SponsoredReviews: Sign Up | FAQ

14. PayU2Blog

PayU2Blog

PayU2Blog is a a blog network that pays you to blog. When you become their member you will get writing assignments. Basically you will be asked to review a product or a service. And you have to write only your honest opinion about a product or a service and don’t have to endorse it.

  • Alexa Rank: 8,591
  • Minimum Payment Amount: N/A
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Fixed Rate Sponsored Reviews
  • PayU2Blog: Sign Up | FAQ

15. Blogsvertise

Blogsvertise

Blogsvertise allows you to monetize your blog in several ways. You can make money by displaying banner ads, selling text link ads, or sponsored posts. The ad rates depend upon the pricing set by you and the demand for that ad spot.

  • Alexa Rank: 10,029
  • Minimum Payment Amount: N/A
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Fixed Rate Sponsored Reviews, Banner Ads, Text Link Ads
  • Blogsvertise: Sign Up | FAQ

16. ReviewMe

ReviewMe

ReviewMe allows you to make money by reviewing products you find interesting. Price is determined by the reach of your blog. Reviews can range from $40 to $500 per review and it will be a one time fee.

  • Alexa Rank: 62,596
  • Minimum Payment Amount: No Minimum (PayPal); $25 (Check, Prepaid Card)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, ReviewMe Prepaid MasterCard
  • Programs Offered: Fixed Rate Sponsored Reviews
  • ReviewMe: Sign Up | FAQ

Read: Make Money Writing: Top 25 Sites That Pay Upfront For Your Content

Pop Under & Pop Up Ads

I’m not a fan of pop up or pop under ads and I never tried those on any of my websites. But I feel that it’s a good advertising option for traffic heavy websites like downloads, image hosting, file sharing, etc. Why? For those kind of websites showing a couple of pop-under or pop-up ads won’t affect the user experience in a big way but if you place these kind of ads on your blog then it will affect user experience and your visitors may never return.

17. PopAds

PopAds

PopAds appears to be the best advertising popunder ad network as the average revenue of their publishers for 1,000 U.S. visitors was never below $4. If it’s true then I think it can deliver better results than AdSense itself. You can request payment anytime you want or may use that money to buy advertising for your own websites.

  • Alexa Rank: 207
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $5 (PayPal and AlertPay); $500 (Wire Transfer)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, AlertPay, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per View
  • PopAds: Sign Up | FAQ

18. InfinityAds

InfinityAds

InfinityAds (or Paypopup) is another Pop Under and Pop Up ad network that pays you for every thousand impressions shown on your website. The average payment rate according to their website is $1.80 per 1,000 impressions. All the websites gets auto approval and the minimum payout is just $5.

  • Alexa Rank: 26,412
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $5
  • Payment Method(s): Check, PayPal, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per View
  • InfinityAds: Sign Up | FAQ

In-Text Advertising Networks

In-Text advertising can’t be considered as an alternative to Google AdSense but you can use it along with AdSense or any other contextual ad networks like BidVertiser or Clicksor.

19. Infolinks

Infolinks

Infolinks is the leader in in-text advertising which offers 70% revenue share even if you’re a newbie blogger. Infolinks follows a pay-per-click advertising model. Whenever a visitor hovers over one of these double-underlined words, an ad related to what they’re reading appears and you get paid every time a reader clicks on one of those ads. They offer advertising options like: insearch ads, intext ads, intag ads, inframe ads.

  • Alexa Rank: 1,127
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50 (PayPal, eCheck); $100 (Wire Transfer, WU)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Wire Transfer, eCheck, Western Union, Payoneer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • Infolinks: Sign Up | FAQ

20. Kontera

Kontera

Kontera discovers the best editorial content and dynamically delivers brands’ advertising, content and social assets for optimal results. Their In Text ads are a highly effective and profitable online advertising solution for websites and blogs.

  • Alexa Rank: 20,403
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): Check, PayPal, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Click
  • Kontera: Sign Up | FAQ

In-Image Advertising Networks

If your website or blog is image heavy then you can turn your images into ad inventory with the following in-image advertising networks. They place targeted ads over images so that you’ll make money on a cost per view or cost per click basis.

21. GumGum

GumGum

GumGum is one of the largest in-image advertising (In-image advertising is a term used to describe targeted ads overlaid on images) platform, reaching over 150 million unique users worldwide. GumGum doesn’t require any minimum number of visitors but they require at least 500,000 monthly page views targeting U.S. based audience.

  • Alexa Rank: 21,430
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): Check, PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • GumGum: Sign Up | FAQ

22. Luminate

Luminate

Luminate makes images interactive. They offer an Image App Platform, which enables consumers to conduct their favorite online activities such as shopping, sharing, commenting and navigating directly from a picture. Luminate publishers can offer innovative consumer features that increase audience engagement, website traffic and drive incremental revenue.

  • Alexa Rank: 30,969
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $10
  • Payment Method(s): Check, PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression, Cost Per Click
  • Luminate: Sign Up | FAQ

CPM Ad Networks

CPM (Cost Per Mille) stands for Cost Per 1,000 Impressions. A high paying CPM advertising network is actually the best alternative to Google AdSense. As you probably know, Google AdSense (or any other pay per click network) pays for only clicks so it means that your monthly income varies a lot as AdSense CPC/CPM is very volatile. A CPM network pays you for every 1,000 page views you generate. So it means that if the CPM set by your CPM Network is $1 then you will earn $30 per month (if you generate 1,000 page views daily or 30,000 page views per month). High traffic websites and blogs rely on CPM networks than CPC networks since it generates guaranteed income.

23. Technorati Media

Technorati Media

Technorati Media is one of largest social media advertising network which accepts sites with great original content and deliver targeted campaigns from top brands at high CPMs.

  • Alexa Rank: 10,575
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • Technorati Media: Sign Up | FAQ

24. Yes Advertising by Clicksor

Yes Advertising

Yes Advertising is a new ad network by Clicksor that allows you to make money through their CPM program. They say their publishers are currently earning an average of $5 CPM.

  • Alexa Rank: 11,064
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50 (PayPal, Check); $1,000 (Wire Transfer)
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Wire Transfer
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • Yes Advertising: Sign Up

25. Burst Media

Burst Media

Burst Media gives you high CPMs, quality campaigns and full control of which ads run on your site.

  • Alexa Rank: 10,174
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Electronic Funds Transfer (US Only)
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • Burst Media: Sign Up | FAQ

26. PulsePoint

PulsePoint

PulsePoint (formerly ContextWeb) is one of the top CPM (Cost Per Mille) Network that exists today. With PulsePoint you can set your own prices. Set your current eCPM (effective cost per thousand impressions) so that the advertisers compete to beat your current eCPM. If they don’t beat your current eCPM then it will show backup ads from other networks like Google AdSense. So, you’ll always make the maximum money when you work with PulsePoint.

  • Alexa Rank: 15,863
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check, Electronic Funds Transfer (US Only)
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • PulsePoint: Sign Up

27. Vibrant Media

Vibrant Media

Vibrant Media have over 6,000 premium publishers, reaching over 250 million unique users per month. Some of the products are Vibrant Image, Vibrant In-Text Ads, Vibrant Display, Vibrant Related Content and Vibrant Lightbox.

  • Alexa Rank: 24,228
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression, Cost Per Click
  • Vibrant Media: Sign Up | FAQ

28. Gorilla Nation

Gorilla Nation

Gorilla Nation sells advertisements on a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) model to advertisers and agencies around the globe.

  • Alexa Rank: 22,941
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression
  • Gorilla Nation: Sign Up | FAQ

Premium CPM Ad Networks

If you have a high traffic website or a blog then you can apply for the following programs. They’re premium ad networks that offer maximum CPM.

Content Platforms

Forget pay-per-click ads, banner ads, affiliate programs, and everything else as there are even more ways to monetize your website. The earnings from the following content platforms primarily depends upon your website’s authority and not necessarily page views (unless it’s CPM).

29. Taboola

Taboola

Taboola helps advertisers to acquire traffic to their website using content recommendation service. So if you’re a publisher then you can monetize your content by recommending content people may like, using Taboola personalized recommendations. Taboola monetizes your website with a premium CPM by inviting your users to discover high-quality articles and videos from Taboola’s marketplace.

  • Alexa Rank: 565
  • Programs Offered: Content Recommendation
  • Taboola: Sign Up

30. PostJoint

PostJoint

PostJoint is a content blogger network that connects marketers and bloggers. You can mention the topics you blog about and can even set a minimum budget spent so that they will send you notifications when an advertiser is interested in buying an article on your blog. You will be paid $10 – $500 (or even more) depending upon your monthly unique visitors.

  • Alexa Rank: 4,266
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Paid Guest Posts
  • PostJoint: Sign Up | FAQ

31. Content.ad

Content.ad

Content.ad as the name suggests monetizes your website with premium ads that look and feel like content. Ads by Content.ad links to a variety of high-quality sponsored content with user friendly images and headlines. And they offer high CPM guarantees for top publishers.

  • Alexa Rank: 15,468
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $50
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Content Ads
  • Content.ad: Sign Up | FAQ

32. Content BLVD

Content BLVD

Content BLVD is another content platform that connects brands and publishers. Advertisers submit quality sponsored posts or guest posts to a relevant blog and if it’s accepted then they will get paid. You will be paid $50 – $425 per sponsored blog post depending upon your website’s Moz Domain Authority. There’s no payment for guest posts but you will get a placement fee based on your domain authority.

  • Alexa Rank: 45,234
  • Minimum Payment Amount: N/A
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Sponsored Posts & Guest Posts
  • Content BLVD: Sign Up | FAQ

33. Written

Written

Written helps brands to increase their visibility and also helps bloggers to monetize their best content. Written.com licenses your content to other brands for a specific period of time and you’ll be making money on a monthly basis. It’s like you’re renting your content to someone else on a monthly basis so as long as they’re using your content you will make money.

  • Alexa Rank: 109,222
  • Minimum Payment Amount: N/A
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Content Syndication
  • Written: Sign Up | FAQ

Ad Networks For Women Bloggers

Yes, the list is not over yet and the next list is for the women bloggers out there. If you’re a woman blogger then you can try the following ad networks as they’re looking for blogs written by women or blogs with female audience.

34. BlogHer Publishing Network

BlogHer

BlogHer Publishing Network is an ad network for women bloggers. They accept only high quality bloggers and are accepting new applications periodically so you may be on a waiting list when you apply. With BlogHer, you can make money by showing CPM ads and also by accepting their sponsored posts and reviews.

  • Alexa Rank: 4,154
  • Minimum Payment Amount: $25
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal, Check
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression, Sponsored Posts
  • BlogHer Publishing Network: Sign Up | FAQ (unofficial)

35. Foodie Blogroll Ad Network

Foodie Blogroll

Foodie Blogroll Ad Network is for the food bloggers or blogs with 75% food related content. You can make money from your blog by showing CPM banner ads and also by using your social media influence. If you’re an active social media user then you can accept sponsored posts and other sponsored content to make more money.

  • Alexa Rank: 83,203
  • Minimum Payment Amount: No Minimum
  • Payment Method(s): PayPal
  • Programs Offered: Cost Per Impression, Sponsored Posts
  • Foodie Blogroll Ad Network: Sign Up | FAQ

BONUS: Competitor Analysis

Competitor analysis is also an effective way to find the best affiliate programs for your website. But how? You can check the ads on your competitor’s website to find out what ad networks are they promoting. If it works on their website/blog then it should work on your website as well.

For example, if it’s a well-known commercial blog then you can analyze their homepage and see what he/she is promoting above the fold (i.e. portion of a web page that is visible in a browser window without having to scroll down). Why? Because most bloggers promote their best revenue sources above the fold so that it gets the immediate attention of all their readers.

Also, since bloggers love to write affiliate reviews you can check their “Reviews” category to find out what products and services they’re endorsing. And finally, if they are publishing their monthly income reports then it’s the best way to find out how exactly your fellow bloggers are making money from their blog.

If income reports are not available on their blog then you can do a Google search for “blog income report” and check the monthly income of similar blogs. I also recommend Matthew Woodward’s Income Report. Basically it’s an internet marketing blog but his monthly income report posts is a roundup of different blogs from different niches (any blogger can submit their income report and he will publish it).

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Advertising

Conclusion

There are dozens of new ad networks launching every year so it’s somewhat difficult to say what’s going to work on your blog without actually trying. You can analyze all the networks mentioned here to find out the best one that matches your website profile. And that exactly is the reason why I haven’t endorsed any ad network specifically. In fact I never tried some of the above mentioned networks but still I believe that I’ve listed only the best of the best.

Now, what’s your favorite Google AdSense alternative?

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Google AdSense Program Policies: Everything You Need To Know http://www.minterest.org/google-adsense-policies-you-need-to-know/ http://www.minterest.org/google-adsense-policies-you-need-to-know/#comments Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:00:15 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=4032 Google changes their AdSense policies at any time in an attempt to protect the interests of their advertisers. The last update was on August 1, 2012 but they don’t highlight the changes unless it’s a critical update. But you can subscribe to the official Google AdSense blog to follow all the updates whenever it happens. [...]

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Google AdSense

Google changes their AdSense policies at any time in an attempt to protect the interests of their advertisers. The last update was on August 1, 2012 but they don’t highlight the changes unless it’s a critical update. But you can subscribe to the official Google AdSense blog to follow all the updates whenever it happens.

But now, why am I writing this blogpost when you can read AdSense’s Program Policies, Terms & Conditions right from their website. Well, a couple of days back I got an e-mail alert from Google AdSense that ad serving has been disabled to one of my website. It was an obsolete website but I haven’t disabled the AdSense ads on that website.


Google AdSense ad serving has been disabled to your site

This email is to alert you that one of your websites is not currently in compliance with our AdSense program policies and as a result, ad serving has been disabled to your website.

Well, it’s the “ad serving to a single website” and not the “Google AdSense account” which has been disabled. And the reason for disabling the ad serving was “Copyrighted Material”. No, I was not distributing any copyrighted materials myself but was linking to a pirated movie hosted by RapidShare from two posts (dated 2009).

So, AdSense publishers are not allowed to place ads on websites which are distributing copyrighted materials and is not even allowed to link to those sites/pages. But, dear Google, then why are you still indexing those websites?

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Google AdSense

The Biggest Lie Ever

Google AdSense Terms and Conditions In A Nutshell

  • You need to be at least 18 years old and must have a verified Google account.
  • Your website/content should comply with AdSense Program Policies AND Google Webmaster Guidelines.
  • You need a valid postal address and must verify your address.
  • You shouldn’t disclose Google Confidential Information (e.g. exact click-through rates, cost per click etc.) without their prior consent.
  • You shall not encourage any third party to click ads directly or indirectly as it is classified as invalid clicks and click fraud.
  • You shall not create a new AdSense account once your account is disabled for whatever reason.

Read the full Google AdSense Terms & Conditions.

Google AdSense Program Policies In A Nutshell

  • You shouldn’t click your own ads or tell others to do so – for whatever reason.
  • There’s no need to contact the AdSense team for those “accidental clicks” as they understand that accidental clicks may occur from time to time.
  • You’re not permitted to label the Google AdSense ads with texts other than “Sponsored Links” or “Advertisements”. So, avoid phrases such as “click the ad” “support our sponsors” “recommended links” etc.
  • Your pages should comply with Google AdWords’ Landing Page Quality Guidelines.
  • You’re not allowed to place Google ads on websites distributing copyrighted materials. It includes sites hosting copyrighted content as well as sites linking to other sites containing copyrighted materials.
  • Your pages should contain only family-safe content and you’re not allowed to include or link to – adult content, hacking content, sales of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, weapons etc., casino-related content and anything that is illegal.
  • You’re required to adhere to the Google Webmaster Guidelines.
  • You shouldn’t place misleading images or headings alongside AdSense ads. The ads should be placed in such a way that it is distinguishable from the actual content.
  • You shouldn’t inflate traffic by using any of those auto surf programs or click-exchange programs.
  • You are allowed to share your ad space with other publishers and can even place multiple publishers’ ad code on the same page or site.
  • Your AdSense code may not be altered or manipulated in any way for any reason.
  • You’re not allowed to place Google ads in pop-unders, pop-ups, e-mails or software.
  • You are allowed to place AdSense ads along with other ads (by another ad network) but they shouldn’t be using the same layout and colors as Google ads.
  • You are allowed to place up to 3 individual ad units, 3 individual link units, and 2 search boxes per page.

Read the dos and don’ts while using Google trademarks and the full Google AdSense Program Policies and beginner’s guide.

If you have any specific question about AdSense’s program policy or terms then search the official Google AdSense Help or post your query on Google AdSense Forum where active forum users and more experienced AdSense publishers are there.

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How Does Google Make Money? http://www.minterest.org/how-does-google-make-money/ http://www.minterest.org/how-does-google-make-money/#comments Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:30:56 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=1910 Quick — How Does Google Make Money? When it comes to Microsoft we all know how they make money. Most of their revenue comes from the flagship products – Microsoft Windows & Microsoft Office. As you can see from the chart, Windows & Office sales accounts for 60% of Microsoft’s revenue. But have you ever [...]

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How Does Google Make Money?

Quick — How Does Google Make Money?

Microsoft 2011 Revenue by Division

When it comes to Microsoft we all know how they make money. Most of their revenue comes from the flagship products – Microsoft Windows & Microsoft Office. As you can see from the chart, Windows & Office sales accounts for 60% of Microsoft’s revenue. But have you ever wondered how Google makes money?

I have asked many of my friends about Google’s business model. But no one exactly knows how Google makes money.

Thirty seven billion dollars ($37 bn). Guess what? That’s the 2011 revenue of the search engine giant Google. But how is that really possible when they don’t have any tangible products or when they don’t charge a penny for most of their products/services? Then, where does this revenue come from? Well, it’s advertising, and again advertising – Google AdWords & Google AdSense to be precise. In fact 97% of Google’s revenue is from advertising.

Who is actually spending these billions on search ads? The following info graphics is the answer – Google Revenue Sources & Breaking Down Google’s 2011 Revenues.

But Wait, I Don’t See Any Ads On Google

Google’s homepage is almost empty with no contents or ads. (Reason?). And, everything you use from them is absolutely free whether it’s Search, Gmail, Orkut, YouTube, Apps, Docs, Picasa, Maps, Earth, News, Analytics, Blogger or the so called 101 Google Products And Services You Probably Don’t Know. Then how the hell do they make big bucks?

Google Advertising Programs

It’s all about advertising. Google has a very popular auction based advertising program called – Google AdWords. With Google AdWords you can advertise your business on Google’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page). That is where all the revenue comes from.

If you have noticed carefully during any of your searches on Google, there is a section called “Ads”. These are obviously contributions by advertisers who pay Google every time you click on any of those. So if you search for “loans” or say “insurance” on Google then you’ll  find ads relevant to loans or insurance itself.

The following screenshot shows the ads appeared when I searched for “car insurance”.

Google’s Search Results Page for the Keyword "Car Insurance"

That’s not all. Google has an advertising program called – Google AdSense – that allows publishers like me (and probably you) to make money by displaying relevant ads on our website/blog. When it comes to monetizing every webmaster/publishers prefers Google AdSense.

It’s Really A Win-Win-Win Situation

The thought of making money without any tangible products can be difficult to absorb but its essence lies in Google’s innovation. Google gets the money from their advertisers. And, the advertiser pays only when someone clicks on their ad. This is contrary to traditional banner advertising where advertisers are required to pay whenever their ad is displayed on a banner network. The consumer who is searching for a particular product sees only relevant ads. So it is this advertising that creates a win win win situation for Google, Advertisers & Consumers.

If You Still Don’t Know How Does Google Make Money

In Google’s Own Words…

Today, the majority of our revenue comes from advertising.

Advertisers are increasingly turning to the Internet to market their products and services. Google AdWords, our auction-based advertising program, enables advertisers to deliver relevant ads targeted to search queries or web content to potential customers across Google sites and through the Google Network, which consists of content owners and websites. Our proprietary technology automatically matches ads to the content of the page on which they appear, and advertisers pay us either when a user clicks on one of its ads or based on the number of times their ads appear on the Google Network.

We distribute our advertisers’ AdWords ads for display on the Google Network through our AdSense program. We share most of the revenue generated from ads shown on a site of a Google Network member with that member.

Source: Google Investor Relations

Okay. So How Much Does Google AdWords Charge Per Click?

The price an advertiser pays for a click (known as Cost Per Click or simply CPC) usually depends on a lot of factors. Google is using a kind of bidding system. You select the keywords for which you want to show ads so that when someone searches for those keywords on Google, your ads will be shown.

Let’s say you own an insurance company and want to find customers. What you do is bid on keywords related to “Insurance” like “buy insurance, life insurance etc. So whenever someone searches for “buy insurance” or “life insurance” your ads will be shown.

The price you need to pay Google depends on the competition for that particular keyword(s). Now if there are many other companies bidding for the same keyword then most probably you’ll have to outbid them. The Cost Per Click (CPC) varies from 0.01$ to 100$ or maybe even more.

Holy Google! Advertisers are paying as high as $50 per click for insurance, mortgages and loans related keywords.

Did You Know?

About 69% of Google’s revenue comes from ads running on Google’s own websites including Google, YouTube, and Orkut, about 28% of the total revenue comes from ads running on Google’s partner sites via Google AdSense. And the rest comes from Google Apps subscriptions, Gmail paid storage, Google search appliance sales, etc.

The most bizarre thing about Google’s business is that they hardly have any tangible products. Then what is it that they sell? Traffic, yes you got it right, they sell real traffic.

So now you know that the biggest search engine is also the biggest advertising company in the world. Do you want to advertise your business on Google? You can kick start your trial campaign with a $75 FREE Credit from AdWords. Read (Free Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising Credits).

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