Google AdSense Should Not Be your only Blog Monetization Method

I get around the forums and blog networks on a regular basis and one of the things that I read a lot about are bloggers, newbies in particular, losing faith in trying to make money from blogging, because they’re not making a great deal from Google AdSense…

Google AdSense should NOT be the only blog monetization method that you should be putting all your faith into…

I’ve been experimenting with quite a few variations as far as ad placements are concerned, ad customization amongst all the other tips and tricks, and the ultimate keys at the end of the day to making money with Google AdSense is having tons of top quality content, and tons of traffic to your blog. Without these you will simply struggle to make good money from AdSense.

With that said, if you possess those two essential elements you can make good money with Google AdSense and perhaps even a part-time income, but like the majority if you don’t, then you have three options –

One of the other common mistakes I see a lot of people doing is using lots of other competitive ad networks alongside Google AdSense, this can really affect your AdSense earnings too, as well as run the chances of violating the terms and conditions of the Google AdSense program.

How to Monetize your Blog Effectively

This is a question asked by many newbie bloggers, and one that cannot really be answered properly in just a few short paragraphs.

However here are some tips and suggestions to put you in the right direction…

By all means continue to use Google AdSense and if you really need to use another contextual advertising network alongside it, consider using in-text advertising such as Chikita or Infolinks. But… if you’re sacrificing earnings from Google AdSense for the sake of a couple of dollars each month from in-text advertising then I’d the in-text ads completely.

Signup to affiliate programs such as Amazon Associates, Shareasale, ClickBank and Commission Junction and review and recommend niche related products on your blog and earn a commission from them, this is a great way to make additional money from blogging.

Create your own product such as an eBook or eCourse, or maybe even a plugin or theme to use with WordPress, and sell it on your blog.

Record your own tutorial videos or series of podcasts to increase traffic and readership to your blog.

If your blog already has good traffic and regular readers, consider selling some advertising space.

If you really want to make money online then look to add several other income streams to your blog, and stop living in the dream bubble that one day you will earn a fulltime income from Google AdSense alone. I don’t doubt for one bit that you can’t, but for the majority of new comers it’s far more methodical and productive to use other blog monetization methods alongside Google AdSense.

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  1. It is actually possible to earn full time income (based on the current CPC levels for certain niches) through GAS, but it takes expertise (and a very long time). But I guess some methods work for certain sites where adsense does not work. For example, one of my sites has only affiliate links. In one of my sites, I sell ebooks only. So, monetizing a blog depends on the niche. Adsense works for some niches but for all others, there are so many other ways of montezing a blog, as mentioned in your post.

    • I agree Raj, though I get a lot of emails from newbies pleading for help on how they can make more money from Google AdSense. I kind of feel a little for them because they’ve somehow fixed it in their heads that Google AdSense will make you rich! Huh? I too know a couple of bloggers who make a comfortable second income from Google AdSense alone, but for the majority of us this level could take years and years to get to.

  2. Samantha Wright says:

    You’re right Raj it does. I have two blogs a surfing blog and a recipe blog with both similar levels of traffic and my recipe blog have a much better CPC and CTR. Earnings definitely depend on niche.

  3. Google Adsense is one of the best monetization for small blogs but if you are a big fish into the sea of blogging that it is easy to get more other ways to earning through your blog. New comers start blogging only for money but it is an art of engaging social networking with your hobby and knowledge.

  4. I agree with you that Adsense should not be the only source of monetization since it publisher have no total control over the ads.

    Aiming for a in-house will make it more profitable.


  5. thanks for this fabrizio, you are 100 percent right, i think we can make money off direct advertising too. Monetizing a blog can be done in thousands ways.

  6. infolinks, chitika can also be used as adsense alternatives.

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