Without a doubt, Google AdSense is the best advertising network available for online businesses. Following a pay-per-click advertising model, they are able to get their customers to have ads on their blogs and websites. Considering the fact that when they first launched, they accepted nearly all websites that had more than 100 content rich pages and those that met with their basic program policies. Because of this, nearly anyone was able to get an account on AdSense in less than a week or two—even if they had scraped content.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case anymore.
Website owners that wish to create an account with AdSense need to meet the Google AdSense Program Policies and comply with Google Webmaster Guidelines. What this means is that if your website is selling text links or hosting copyrighted content, your application for AdSense may be denied. Additionally, your content quality will be evaluated even if your website already complies with the guidelines and program policies. When that happens, you won’t be able to have ads on your website through AdSense.
But is it still possible to make money blogging without an account on Google AdSense?
Basically, yes. It is, however, important to remember that when it comes to monetization, Google AdSense is the unquestionable choice since they have the biggest inventory of ads. Additionally, their pay-per-click ad networks model helps identify the cost per click based on bidding. The higher number of advertisers bid for the same ad position, its cost per click naturally increases. For this very reason, AdSense is able to outperform the other ad networks available.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make more money that you made with AdSense. If you happen to have the right affiliate program, you’ll be able to earn more than all your ad revenues put together. The problem, however, is the fact that affiliate programs aren’t always reliable options. Once your organic rankings drop, your earnings will directly get affected by it. Those affiliate programs you signed up with could also reduce commissions or even change their business model, resulting to your earnings getting affected. So if you’re looking at the long term choice, it’s not the best idea to rely solely on affiliate programs.
So apart from Google AdSense, what are the other options and alternatives?
Without AdSense, there are still plenty of other websites where you can monetize your website content. Your options available are in the form of affiliate networks (for CPA ads), banner ad networks (for CPM ads), alternate pay-per-click ad networks (for CPC ads), sponsored posts, text links, in-text ads, paid guest posts, in-image ads, and many more.
If your application for AdSense was banned by Google for whatever reason, you may consider these alternatives. Or if you don’t want to depend on AdSense revenue alone, you can try these other options.