Earlier this week, I got an email informing me that as of Feb 1, 2013, AdBrite, a known Google AdSense Alternative, will cease operations.
Understanding that Google is a dominant force in the search market, I am not even a little surprised by this but still a bit melancholy because even though AdBrite was not that great, the bigger message is that Google AdSense’s system is that impenetrable. To me, Google has become much like OZ and for that, I am not a huge fan of them despite liking a couple of their analysis tools.
Truth be told, I actively sought out Google AdSense Alternatives after reading about Panda/Penguin’s impact on other bloggers and realizing that despite their intention of bringing forth quality content, there are still some serious kinks in that system. That’s why I turned my attention to being more social and let the Google traffic thing sort itself out.
So if you want to see what else is out there beyond AdSense to help you make money online, check out these alternatives:
Reachli – I mentioned this company in a previous post and I’m happy to report, things have definitely been on the upswing. Reachli is the next generation of visual PPC marketing and has moved beyond the Pinterest platform in a big way to blogs, websites and even apps. They boast strong CTR, have widgets with links and pictures that you can post anywhere and when it’s clicked, you make money, from $0.07/click to (and I’ve seen this) $0.27/click. You have an active tally of your money earned and if your balance is above $10, you can withdraw funds to PayPal. They’re working to improve the publisher interface and have a variety of advertisers ready for promotion. I totally love these guys and enjoy working it so I highly recommend you check out this alternative.
Amazon Associates – Now I’ve been with Amazon for years (remind me to tell you how I used to know a cousin of Jeff Bezos back in the day) and I’ve decided to really invest in it thanks to an old bullying boss blog post that was making me money, unbeknownst to me. I took a fresh look at it and was thoroughly impressed with the resources for associates, including customized widgets where you get to select the products you want to promote. Now, while you don’t get paid per click (but by sale after the item is shipped), you do get to choose targeted products, add specific tracking IDs so that you have customized analytics for a specific location, and you get an interface that will help you keep a daily tally of your impressions, clicks, conversions, sales, etc. It’s really a solid system they have in place.
Qadabra - I found out about this company not too long ago and am trying it out. Basically they are strictly banner ads and from what I see the ads are served immediately after the code is added. Typically with many other, including Google, you had to wait a few hours if not a whole day to get ads. Now, while Qadabra is straight forward and uncomplicated, you can’t really use keywords to filter out incompatible ads, so if you’re looking for more niche PPC, this may not be for you. I decided to give it a try here just to see if it would adjust over time.
I know that there are more than enough Google AdSense Alternatives for us to choose from and we haven’t even touched on the affiliate marketing option and money generating alternative sites like Squidoo but I would love to hear from you:
What AdSense alternatives are working for you?