If you own a blog there’s one thing that unites blogs in just about every corner of the online arena. Every blog wants to make money. But how do you do it ? How does a blog make money online ?
I’ve written various pieces of content on this blog on how to make money online but so have many others on their respective blogs too. However, one thing that I haven’t really talked about is one well known method which is Google Adsense.
Even with that said, I’m not going to delve heavily into adsense today. I’m actually going to address a less known but good opportunity for those that are seeking out adsense alternatives.
While Google Adsense is a big player, there are many people that have done well and still own their accounts, have been banned by the Google Adsense network or simply may not have content that is eligible for the adsense program.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are a number of other scenarios that exist too that I won’t even begin to get into, but this post is going to address the huge number of websites online that are always on the look out for an alternative to adsense that could help them to monetize their blogs and content.
Consider this.. what if you’re a blog that wants to monetize and Google Adsense says no to you ? What if you made a mistake and they closed the doors on you ? What do you do now ?
Well here are some alternatives to consider:
Amazon Associates is mentioned without question because of it’s sheer size, diversity and brand recognition. As with Google, when you monetize your blog with this name, people recognize it and are quite willing to make purchases. The only problem that I think many bloggers run into is that some are turned off by the low commission rates, but that discussion in particular is for another day.
Nevertheless, Amazon is still a very popular alternative to the Google Adsense program.
Skimlinks and viglinks are very similar but I wanted to list them here anyway because they are still very good methods to make money online with your blog and content. Both programs turn your external / outbound links into affiliate links. Pretty different from other adsense alternatives, but definitely changes the game to some degree. Make a sale, make a commission. That pretty much sums up these two programs in a nutshell.
Chitika is pretty similar to the adsense network in that it’s contextual based, but you do have traffic / pageview thresholds to meet to get into their program to get their better ads. Beyond that, the content and traffic you’re getting has to be higher quality too. They’ve been around for a while and are a bit picky about who they let in, but if you can get into their network, they are a great alternative to Google Adsense.
As for infolinks, these guys have been around for a while as well and they are very well known. However, I think the one thing that sets them apart from many other ad publishing companies is that they don’t care if you’re a new blog or a well established blog, they will allow you to use their platform. There’s no minimum on traffic but they do want quality, but I’m sure that’s to be expected no matter who you decide to run with in monetizing your blog or in how you make money online with your content.
With all of that said, the one that I really want to talk about today is Clickadu.
Here’s what I can tell you about them. They are a pop under advertising network. The nitty gritty about this network is that they aren’t a contextual based network in the way they serve ads and it’s a cost per mile network as well.
If you’ve ever seen CPM that’s what I’m referring to and that cost per mile pertains to what you’re paying for every 1000 impressions received whether or not your ad converts or not where it’s being shown.
Considering that there are millions of blogs that exist online, the type of content is far and wide as to what and who wants to monetize what they are publishing. Clickadu does serve up traditional and non-traditional ads so in full disclosure, understand that you may get ads that are mature and adult at times. I’d venture to say that this network is best suited for those websites that are struggling to get accepted into other ad networks. Clickadu will work with nearly any kind of traffic. So while I’ve mentioned that this will work best for blogs that have either been banned from adsense (depending on your content) or are struggling to get into other networks, NOTE that if you are indeed a blog that wants yet another method of monetizing your blog (in the event you already have an adsense account) and choose to run with Clickadu, this will potentially put your adsense account at risk as they are not compatible programs.
To be more straightforward in what I just said, don’t run this alongside Google Adsense.
With that said, once you’ve been approved to the Clickadu network, you’ll see a straightforward dashboard that will include access to statistics, your sites, average CPM and more. It’s all fairly standard. Be sure that you add your website to the sites and zones once you’ve logged in.
After you’ve added your website, you get some HTML code that you’ll have to add to your blog. Now of course this changes with the platform that you use, so if you’re not sure just Google how to add html code to your source code. This code will go after the html head tag of your website. This will authenticate and connect your blog to the Clickadu network.
Once this has been done successfully, you will receive an email from the Clickadu website simply stating that the verification of your website or blog has been done without any problems. Additionally, understand that you can leave the code in once your blog has been verified or you can remove it, but of course the caveat is that you must leave it in the blog code until the site authentication has been completed.
Site authentication does not mean that you’ve been approved though. You will have to wait for a manual review of your blog and once that step has been completed by the Clickadu network then they will let you know by way of email if you’ve been approved or not. Upon receiving that email, you’ll get the final code that will start the ad serving process through their network to help you start to make money online with your website.
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