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AdSense Alternatives




By Stas Bekman.

Published: 22 July 2006. Last updated: 07 March 2008

While AdSense is probably one of the best money making machines if you have quality content and a lot of traffic, there are lots of other AdSense alternatives out there. Some of them are only suitable for sites with 100,000+ monthly page impressions and more,  others can be used by sites with low traffic. The key to understand is that when you are looking for an AdSense alternative, you should try several solutions, one at a time and seeing what works the best. No general advice can tell you the best solution for you. The best results are achieved through a trial-and-error method.

The following table provides a listing of programs, which can be used as an alternative to AdSense (and AdSense too), if for some reason you can't use AdSense. Also notice that some of the these programs can be combined with AdSense, without breaking Google's TOS.

I've tried only a few of those programs, so the information was collected from the programs' websites and quite a few of them don't disclose much information. I'm not sure whether they will disclose that information after you sign up either. If you discover any updates for this table please email those to me and I'll update the table. Thanks!

Here is the explanation of the abbreviations used in this table:

  • Company - Link to the site
  • Ad Placement Models:
    • Sell Ad Space - you place the link on the site and the buyer buys the right to put ads on your site
    • Contextual - your page is parsed and the most relevant (in theory) ads are automatically displayed
    • Keywords - you choose the keywords and ads based on those keywords are displayed
  • Revenue Models:
    • PPC (CPC) - pay per click (cost per click)
    • PPM (CPM) - pay per impression, usually pay per 1000 views
    • PPL - pay per lead (e.g. survey, form, download trial)
    • PPA - pay per action or acquisitioni (e.g. sale)
  • Investment: - whether you need to pay upfront
  • Payout - How much $$$ you can make. Either you get paid % of the revenue generation by ad or the bid
  • Notes - extra comments
CompanyAd Placement Model
Revenue Model
Invest
ment
PayoutNotes

Sell Ad Space
Con
tex
tual
Key
word
PPC
PPM
PPL
PPA



Adagency1 (http://www.adagency1.com/publishers.html)







70%
AdBrite (http://www.adbrite.com/mb/?spid=19575&afb=110x32-2)V


V




75%

Advertising (http://www.advertising.com/)


V


V

???

AffiliateSensor (http://affiliatesensor.com/)
V




V

90-95%
clickbank
AdSense

V

V
V

V

???

AllFeeds (http://www.allfeeds.com/)

V






60%

AuctionAds (http://www.auctionads.com/refer_3dee7cb3f0fc9574e872)






V
free
100%
$10 min/month payout via paypal
AzoogleAds (http://www.azoogleads.com/)




V
V

???

BidClix (http://bidclix.com/)V


V
V



bid/???

Bidvertiser (http://www.bidvertiser.com/bdv/bidvertiser/bdv_ref_publisher.dbm?Ref_Option=pub&Ref_PID=63422)V


V




bid/???
US-only
Buds Media (http://www.budsinc.com/)







60%

Burst! Media (http://www.burstmedia.com/)







???
5,000+ monthly page views
BetterTextAds.com (http://www.bettertextads.com/25605)


V



V
free
100% - MLMclickbank, home-income-team, ListJoe.com, MLM
Casale Media (http://www.casalemedia.com/Publishers/)

V


V



70% 10,000+ unique monthly visitors
CBprosense (http://www.cbprosense.net/)

V




V
$89/y
100%?
clickbank
Chitika eMiniMalls
V
V





???

Claxon (http://www.claxon.com/)







85% 100,000+ monthly page views
English content
Clickcent (http://www.aclickcent.com/publishers.html)


V




65%
Clicksor (http://www.clicksor.com/?ref=79714)
V






up to 85%
ContextCash
V




V
$97+
$37/m
???

ContextClick (http://www.contextclick.com/)
V

V




65%
contextWeb ContextAd (http://www.contextweb.com/Corporate/publisher/publisher.shtml)
V

V




50%
DynamiContext Kontera (http://www.kontera.com/mainform.aspx?type=1&aff_ID=3877)
V

V



0
50%
Compatible with AdSense!
Enhance Interactive (http://www.enhance.com/partners/distribution.asp)


V




???

FairAdsNetwork (http://fairadsnetwork.com/560605187677)

V
V


V
basic free
60%

Hurricane Digital Media (http://www.hurricanedigitalmedia.com/)







60-75%
ImgAds (http://www.imgads.com/?win=302)

V



V
free to $16
up to 75%
clickbank
Kanoodle BrightAds (http://www.kanoodle.com/about/brightads.cool)

V
V




50%
Linkshare (http://linkshare.com/)







$1.50/ref

LookSmart (http://aboutus.looksmart.com/p/aboutus/publisher/)

V
V




???
Mamma Media Solutions (http://www.mammamediasolutions.com/)


V




50% based on search
MIVA AdRevenue Xpress (http://www.miva.com/us/content/partners/arx.asp)

V





???

NeverblueAds (http://nbjmp.com/click/?o=932&a=10164&c=23131&s=5631)V




V
V
free
client set
through web, email, paid search and sw
Nixie (http://www.nixxie.com/display.php?section=Partners)
V






???

Pay-Per-Play (http://www.sellingppp.com/s.cgi?ppp=1211687028)
V
V

V



25%
pay-per-play 5 secs audio, two levels of referrals
Quigo AdSonar (http://www.quigo.com/adsonarpublishers.htm)


V




???

RealCast Media (http://www.realcastmedia.com/publishers.html)

V





???

RealTechNetwork (http://www.realtechnetwork.com/)

V
V
V



???
25,000 montly page views
Revenue Pilot (http://www.revenuepilot.com/)


V


V

60%
Right Media







???

SearchFeed (http://www.searchfeed.com/)







???

ShoppingAds (http://www.shoppingads.com/refer_b313820a75661ae03d73)


V
V



free
???
$50 min/month payout via paypal
TargetPoint (http://publisher.targetpoint.com/)
V


V



50%+
TextAdMarket (http://www.textadmarket.com/)V


V




75% also CPD
Text Link Ads (http://www.text-link-ads.com/?ref=20657)V



V


free
50%server side script
Traffic Marketplace (http://www.trafficmp.com/tmpexpress/signup/signup.asp)







65%
Tribal Fusion (http://www.tribalfusion.com/SmartPublishers/)



V



???

ValueClick (http://www.valueclickmedia.com/)


V
V
V
V

???

Veoda (http://veoda.com/advertise/)V
V

V




60%-90%

Vibrant Media IntelliTXT & SmartAds (http://www.intellitxt.com/)
V


V



45%

WidgetBucks (http://www.widgetbucks.com/home.page?referrer=1905002)



V



free
undisclosed
promise an equivalent of $3-6 CPM. $50 min/month payout
Yahoo Publisher Network (http://publisher.yahoo.com/)
V

V




???
US only

 

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