If you are looking for an alternative to Google AdSense, you may find yourself bewildered before the immense number of options available.
After all, how are you supposed to know which networks will deliver the strongest returns or who has the right options for you?
For anyone facing these tough decisions, this list of the best ten AdSense alternatives may be instrumental in your decision.
Since its founding in 2003, Chitika has rapidly become one of the most popular AdSense alternatives While Chitika’s ad performance is notably lower than Adsense, Chitika offers a silver and gold level advertising programs that are ideally suited for those who collect at least 5,000 hits per day.
They are also one of the few platforms that allow a multitude of payment options, including PayPal and checks, with minimum payouts of $10 and $50 respectively.
Yahoo! Bing Network
Yahoo and Bing are two of the most popular alternatives to Google when it comes to search engines, and the Yahoo Bing Network is a collaboration of these two behemoth forces into a single advertising network. This network allows publishers to earn advertising revenue through the media.net platform, enabling relevant text advertisements across the Yahoo and Bing search engines.
The defining feature of the network is that it enables publishers a high degree of customization for their advertisements in regards to their size, color, and even shape, allowing ads an ideal fit regardless of the site they are placed upon.
Infolinks is an alternative oriented around in-text advertising that allows users to monetize search traffic without bothering returning visitors. This means that users are introduced to advertising through overlays that are not obtrusive and that minimize their appearance moments after first loading. This is why Infolinks boasts some of the lowest bounce rates of any ad network, making it one of the best in-text alternatives online.
Even though TribalFusion offers one of the highest CPM rates of any network, it is important to keep in mind that this network is not designed for smaller publishers. Your website must receive half a million unique hits in a one month period to be able to qualify for membership to the TribalFusion network.
This network is an ideal place for publishers to maximize their earnings thanks to TribalFusion’s own detailed analysis of site performance, content, and targeting, which helps to maximize your CPM returns on banners, videos, expandables, interstitials, and floating advertisements.
The Kontera network has a specialty with in-text advertising. In-text ads do not take up space on the websites; rather, they analyze the content of the site and change relevant keywords into hyperlink advertisements which appear when users place their mouse over them.
Kontera uses a CPC business model which enables you complete control over which keywords will or will not become advertisements, and the minimum payout is half of AdSense’s own at $50.
Clicksor has one of the widest arrays of advertising formats available among any of these options. With rich media banners, interstitial ads, and pop-unders, they allow CPC, PPC, and CPM payments depending on the type of advertising format that you choose.
The Clicksor text advertisements are eerily similar to Google’s own and their in-text advertising options are nearly identical to that of Kontera. While you can not expect the same amount of payout options as some of the other networks on this list, they do share a minimum payout structure of $50.
While Vibrant Media’s staple advertising format is in-text advertisement, they also offer something that is almost completely unique among ad platforms: in-image advertisements and vibrant display advertisements.
In-image advertisements load text and image banners on the border of images on a developer’s website while vibrant display advertisements deliver real time ad content that alters itself to match the content on its host page. Apart from being incredibly adaptive, these ad formats are some of the least obtrusive found online.
BuySellAds allows advertisers to independently search for sites on their network in which they wish to place advertisements. Advertisers purchase space directly through the BuySellAds network and ads are typically sold through thirty day flat fee increments.
BuySellAds is a great place for beginners to start because it helps connect even the smallest blog to large advertisers. It is also one of the most flexible networks because it allows an array of customizability in regards to the type of space and format that advertisers can choose.
Bidvertiser’s famous in-text advertisements offer between five and thirty cents per click depending on a variety of factors ranging from the keyword that is clicked to the national origin of the person who clicked.
From leaderboards, banners, skyscrapers, and buttons, Bitvertiser offers all of the unobtrusive forms of advertising that you would expect from a true alternative to AdSense. They also offer a relatively unique feature which allows their advertisements to disappear for one day if a user closes them once, allowing their content be minimally intrusive.
Much like TribalFusion, iSocket is oriented around higher traffic advertising. Because iSocket allows you to sell advertising directly to advertisers, your site needs to have enough traffic to interest potential advertisers in order for you to be successful through iSocket.
The most significant distinguishing feature of iSocket is the backfill ad, which are shown whenever a publisher does not currently have an advertiser. Not only do these ads prevent valuable advertising space from being wasted, they can even be filled with advertisements from third party ad networks.