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Do ads work for you to build revenue? I have Chitika ads up on my site right now and so far I haven't made a damn thing. I know sites that get less traffic than I do that make more then me on ads. I was banned from Adsense so I can't use that. So i'm stuck with using alternatives and Chitika seemed like the best to go with but I have yet to make enough to cash out and make any sort of money from them. I feel like having the ads up is just doing an injustice to my members.

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There's a big list of alternatives over at adsensealternatives.org (surprise, surprise!). It's a fairly old list now but still appropriate, I think. A quick search for "top 10 adsense alternatives" should bring back plenty of results, too.

 

I'm still with AdSense and never had any trouble. I might even reach payout this month... after about three years. Yeah, it's been slow but then I've been doing direct to client work for the last two years, so it's just been accumulating rev share content clicks on about 30 articles.

 

That should change soon, with the new site. I hope. :P

 

I understand what you mean about doing an injustice to your members with ads. I have one block on my blog and one line of ads in the forum and that's it. I feel that any more would be spammy overkill, to be honest, but one is fine. It's enough to point out that I'm not made of money and interested clickers help support the site without shoving it in their face and trawling for clicks in every possible way. It's a tough decision, especially for the ethical site owner!

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If moolah is what you're after, it can come. It will come via direct adverts. Just keep building content and advertisers will come. If you want something to try, check out commissionjunction.com They have a TON of advertisers who will accept you into the direct advertising program. Once you are accepted by the individual companies, you can put any of their ads on your site and get paid straight from them.

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I run ads on my Romanian blog. I work with an ad agency in my country and get almost a wage worth of revenue from a banner in the header. Have also written some paid reviews for very good money. I'm trying to use ad networks too in my other sites and increase my revenue little by little. I'm earning 10-15% of my monthly income from advertising (the rest comes from web design services), maybe I'll be able to increase this percentage.

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I'm with adsense I'm not cashing in big, but I'm slowly building up with more and more content and setting up another website and a few small blogs here and there. Just dont bombard your page with ads. I usually will have 2-4 ads on any given page.

 

Be careful with that - Google rules state that you must not have more than 3 ad blocks per page, if I remember correctly. More than that and they can suspend your account for over-advertising.

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Unless your site is really active and I mean really active with at least 50 regular and 100 unique users every day you can't make a lot of money :S

 

You'll need a lot more traffic than that to make basic CPC ads profitable. Most ads on general content sites - i.e. where you're not specifically targetting everything to a particular, ready-to-buy audience - have a click-through rate well below 1% so you need tens of thousands of page views to make decent money. I have a general evergreen article that gets about 3k hits a month: it's earned about $10 in the last 3 years from ad revenue. :P

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Have you tried http://www.adbrite.com/ ? I think that's the biggest alternative to adsense.

 

BTW how did you get banned? You site looks like it's appropriate.

 

I also recommend Adbrite. It is probably the best alternative to adsense in my opinion. Adsense is better, but if you have to go with an alternative then you should go with Adbrite.

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Adbrite is good, i've used it before. I've also came across problems with adbrite. It doesn't work well on vbulletin with certain mods. So if you're a vbulletin board owner, make sure to test first. :P

 

 

Thanks for the tip.

 

How is the payout from Adbrite? I have consistently heard that Adbrite pays less when compared to Adsense. How is your experience with it?

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Be careful with that - Google rules state that you must not have more than 3 ad blocks per page, if I remember correctly. More than that and they can suspend your account for over-advertising.

 

Thanks for the heads up, I honestly didn't know what the maximum allowed. I believe I only had one section of my site that had 4 ads, I will adjust it asap.

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Thanks for the heads up, I honestly didn't know what the maximum allowed. I believe I only had one section of my site that had 4 ads, I will adjust it asap.

 

Ah I didn't know that, I thought if you had more than that only 3 would show up.

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Being banned from Adsense suck it happened to my friend and he is hating life now he went from earning over $200 a month to like $10 because he had to switch to a alternative.. I haven't been banned from Adsense because I took precautions to make sure I didn't get banned. I use adsense on most of my forums and sites now days.

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www.scrawlbug.com (which is actually scrawlbug.wordpress.com)

 

My guess is it's the redirection, since the underlying domain is different to the displayed one. Though without any knowledge of the checking the app does, I could be talking complete tosh, of course!

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Don't let being banned from Adsense fool you. You can try MSN ads. Also I don't think it's good to use ads these days, because people using adblockers are using everyday. So unless there are good measures from stopping adblockers...it will get pretty pointless soon.

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