Display Ad Alternatives & Additions To Google Adsense Income

Last Update: Mar 1, 2017


Google Adsense is the most popular "display ad network" in the world. It's what most of start out learning, and for many of us, including me, it helps us make our first $1 online.

After all, it's very simple to integrate, and you don't need to "sell" anything to make money. Just put the ads on your site, then get paid per click.

But there many reasons to branch out into other networks!

  1. Limited number of ads with Adsense
  2. It's easy to get banned
  3. Some content is not allowed with Adsense
  4. Other advertisers may work better with your content

Lately, I've been working with display ads and have a big list of potential ones to work with. Unfortunately, quite a few of them have minimum traffic requirements! Some are strict about it, others are pretty lax and you can still join even if you don't quite meet the official standards.

The ones I mainly work with right now are

  • Adsense
  • Media(.)net
  • Amazon CPM

An example earnings day for me could be:

  • Adsense: $5.00
  • Media(.)net: $1.00
  • Amazon CPM: $2.00

I really like Amazon CPM. They have a pretty low display rate, but pay well. Medianet doesn't pay that well for me, but they have a different look to their ads, so your site doesn't look riddled with all the same style of ads.

This means I can have 3-5 Adsense units, 3 Medianet units, and 3 Amazon CPM units. That's a lot of ads, and normally I wouldn't recommend that many! However, much of my content is 2,000-3,000 words long, so can support that many ads.

I manage my ads with Ad Inserter: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-us...

Site Note: I still make way more with Amazon Associates, but some content isn't promoting stuff, so I stick ads on it to make a few bucks.

Other Networks To Try

  • content.ad
  • MediaVine
  • Sproutable
  • GumGum
  • AdThrive
  • Criteo
  • Monumetric
  • Chitika
  • Swoop
  • Vigilink
  • Sovrn

BONUS: Ezoic

I love Ezoic. This is an ad-management service that automatically places and optimizes your ads. They are Adsense approved, so they'll basically put Google Adsense ads on your site.

I like them because you can place an unlimited number of their ad-codes on your site, but they will only display the max possible ads for most revenue. So I may have 10 ad units on my site, but they will only show the most profitable 5.

Over time, they calculate which ads make you the most money, and help you increase ad revenue. They do take a cut of your earnings, but it saves you a ton of time and headache.

I also like that they take care of the "EU cookie issue", so I don't need that ugly, annoying popup on my site. Worth it!

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Recent Comments


These all sound great, especially Ezoic. I still need to figure out how to include Adsense on my posts. Everything that came up after I was approved and tried to add it was totally irrelevant so I deleted the links.

Try Ad Inserter! I love it:

Good info Nathaniel. I use to making a killing with Adsense back in the good old days. Do you use these ads on your make money niche site?

Nah, i don't want anyone advertising on that site but me! Next thing you know, someone will be selling MLM junk on my site next to my WA promos. I've seen it before!

That's what I thought. Just wanted to confirm. lol

Thanks for sharing Nathan.

Personally, I hate Google Adsense. I think they're too aggressive with rookies getting started terminating accounts over the simplest of mistakes.

When I got started in 2014, I had a website approved and only in a month they terminated it because they learned it was in its beta stages also known as beta version.

Since I have applied and been accepted with other websites but I can never forget how ruthless they can be at times which is why I stay clear of their support. The less contact the better.

The truth is, however, you can make a lot of money with AdSense so I still used their service but only for my personal benefit.

Great overview of Ad services.


I got banned from Adsense years ago, which is why I had to do all this investigation!

Thanks for all this great information. Us novices don't know about these other networks.

Huh. Interesting. I just did some work inside my adsense account. I put some right wing websites on the ban list, and checked off some topics I don't want displayed. This did limit the amount of ads available, but it's more in line with my blog topics. It also makes a safer space on my blog on transgender health and wellness.

Is there a possibility that ads, such as these, can have a negative effect on a website or brand?

Possibly, but you can have just a few ads without making it overwhelming!

Thanks! I look forward to giving this a go so I can earn my first $1 with WA. Thanks again! ~ t

Great stuff for everybody thanks.

As always...exceptional help! You always share so openly...a shining example of networking at its finest! Thank you...so much valuable information.

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