AdSense Alternatives – Alternatives to Google AdSense
I thought it might be interesting to look at AdSense Alternatives, to see options are available for monetization other than Google’s AdSense contextual advertising program.
#1 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: An old ThreadWatch post which hijacked a list of AdSense Alternatives from TimYang.com (which, like ThreadWatch, is now dead). ThreadWatch was notoriously difficult to monetize, as the audience didn’t like to click AdSense ads. http://www.threadwatch.org/node/2854
#2 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: RossWalker is a site apparently dedicated to affiliate links to Clicksor, and it is heavily plastered with Clicksor ad segments (at least 7 sets of Clicksor ads on the home page alone, not counting text affiliate referring links). The site notes “The descriptions are based on personal experience and do represent any form of endorsement.”
I’m not sure Ross Walker purposefully left out the “not” part of that disclaimer…the part that would actually make it a disclaimer…but I can guess why Ross Walker is not in the Google AdSense program any more.
#3 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: The Affiliate Business Opportunities blog from the Weblog Network, listing 39 alternatives to Google AdSense. Again, it is a hijack of a list, which is referenced to Affiliate Classroom, where the same list appears but without outlinks. (http://blog.affiliateclassroom.com/2006/02/28/39-google-adsense-alternatives/). In turn it cites an original source at NetProfits Today site http://www.netprofitstoday.com/articles/85/1/Contextual-Advertising-Alternatives-to-Google-Adsense/Page1.html. To save you the hassles, I’ll reproduce the list here: (just kidding!)
#4 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: The domain “AdsenseAlternatives.com”, which is monetized with Yahoo ads. Oh, and he’s selling links for $10/year, right up front and center. I suppose we can guess why he’s not in the Google program (any more?).
#5 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: A Seth Godin spam page, with just two sentences from Seth, followed by a dozen or so spammy, link-housing comments attached. They are no-followed, but they have crafted anchor text so it seems like someone’s paying too much attention to keywords in comments on that page. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2006/08/google_adsense_.html. The landing page promotes a Shopping.com advertising portal, which bills itself as an alternative to AdSense, although I see AdSense prominent on its pages.
#6 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: A completely empty page entitled “AdSense Alternatives”, with h tag “AdSense Alternatives”, and.. you guessed it… 3 Google AdSense blocks. That’s it… just breadcrumbs to Articles/Articles/Make Money and a page with left navigation and Google AdSense, Google AdSense, and Google AdSense. Gotta love the web, eh? http://stason.org/articles/money/passive_income/ads/ppc/adsense_alternatives.html
#7 Web page for AdSense Alternatives: A Sales Pitch Page for “AdSense Alternatives”, a Make Money Online program from a good looking young guy named Ben. It’s only $27, and comes with a bunch of bonuses (if you act now). I bet that’s a better monetization method than AdSense. The domain is a close match also…adsalternative.com
The last 3 of the Top Ten were splog-like, and they all have Google AdSense ads front and center.
I think we’ve done enough research on AdSense Alternatives for today. It’s a non-competitive organic search term, closely matching user intent to find some new way to monetize web pages and apparently a popular search for those dropped from the Google AdSense program. Doesn’t look like there is much of an answer to the question, though. So, if YOU have an alternative to AdSense for all the people looking for one, let us know here in the comments. Yes I am aware of the impending irony… I can only imagine how much those “adsense alternative” clicks are going for in AdSense right now.