How Much Money Can You Make With Adsense?

Last Update: July 18, 2017

For a long time, I have said that Adsense is not worth your time. You can make much more money with affiliate links. I refused to use Adsense on my blog because it was distracting from affiliate links. But I've been discovering that how much money you can make with Adsense has exceeded what I originally thought possible.

There's more to the story when it comes to building a website that relies on general ads like Adsense, or an approved Google ads publisher like MediaVine and Ezoic.

Some niches are not exactly perfect for affiliate links. There may be affiliate opportunities, but products might be only somewhat related, or there may not be that many affiliate ideas.

If you are passionate about a niche you feel doesn't have a lot of affiliate opportunities, can you still make money? You can still make a ton of money with Adsense.

Here's the stats from one of my sites using SEMRush. It's not accurate at all when it comes to exact traffic numbers, but we're just using it as a reference. It says I have 10,000 organic visitors per month.

The actual number is more like 30,000, but again this is just for comparison.

I make about $600 per month from ads using MediaVine, which published Google Ads on my site. They also help me test which ad positions make the most money with the best user experience.

Here's the stats from another website in the same niche as me.

It shows that she has about 2 MILLION visitors per month. That's 200x what I have. Insane, right?

Assuming that revenue would scale linearly, that would mean 200x earnings as well, which would be $120,000 dollars per month.

$120,000 Per Month!

That's a lot of money, and it's just from Adsense style ads. You wouldn't have to write any promotional content at all, or "sell" anything.

Of course, this is a huge site, and it's been around for almost a decade. Success like this does not come over night.

But I just wanted to share with you the potential of making money without adding any affiliate links to your site. How much money can you make with Adsense? A lot.

Of course, the potential to make even more money exists with recommending affiliate products, email lists, or possibly create your own product to sell. This particular person sells their own ebook. They have probably about six million people visiting their site every month that are potential customers.

Still, this comparison shows that even if your niche is not perfect for affiliate offers, you can make a ton of money simply by publishing information online.

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CraigW315 Premium
I wouldn't turn down $600 a month...
I wouldn't turn down $60 a month.

I haven't looked into AdSense *at all* because I don't have the traffic for it and because I have heard the negative comments about it looking tacky or not being worthwhile, but at this point, any income at all would beat where I'm at.
JanisL Premium
This is an awesome post.

I was so concentrated on exploring affiliate marketing and thought that everything else is just a waste of time. Now when I see the numbers I understand that I was so wrong.

One thing that you mentioned here and catches my view is that the site making all that cash is quite old. Does that mean that we "beginners" should maybe wait with stuff like Adsense since our sites are brand new and don't have too many visitors or storming all fronts is the best strategy?
Renet Premium
It is a good question. Fortunately we have options. But I'll be interested to see others responses to the questions.

EddySalomon Premium
I was just looking at your site a week or two ago and noticed your ads. Ironically I had recently put ads back on my site as well because my blog traffic has increased dramatically. I figured I could take advantage of companies that have pay per view and click. I'm currently using media. net which you may want to look into as well.

Obviously, we both promote WA and I do well promoting this great community. But I felt some of my traffic was going to "waste" because there are just some people that won't want to experience WA. When you put ads on your site you can account for those folks and still monetize their visit.

Now that said there is the argument you're taking people away from your main offer and there may be some truth to that. But regardless there are just some people that won't take action on your main offer but may click on an ad or become a lead. So you might as well account for that and place links that accommodate their likely action.

I've done that recently and it's added few thousand bucks to my monthly income. I've always been a big proponent of multiple streams of income and I sort of moved away from that with my blog and I definitely left money on the table. Ironically after making some changes I'm getting more clicks and sign ups to WA so it didn't have the negative impact I might have expected. In either case great job. When I stumbled on your site and saw the ads, I'm like wow great minds think alike because I started doing it as well. Cheers!
CraigW315 Premium
That sounds logical.

I love the line "... it's added few thousand bucks to my monthly income." Boy do I look forward to the day that I can say that. Right now, I really, really wish I could say "a few dozen bucks."
nathaniell Premium Plus
Same here with lack of negative impact so far.

I've also opted to turn off ads on specific pages, which i think helps with preventing hurting money pages too much.
EddySalomon Premium
Thanks, Craig. It will come, my friend. Don't give up.
EddySalomon Premium
me too. I don't have it on certain landing pages.
FTurner8032 Premium
Impressive. I have been of the same opinion as you used to be. I have not yet tried using AdSense. I believe that I had better begin the process of applying it to my sites.

Thanks for this information. It just reminds all of us that there are many ways to make money and we should not discount any of them. The more revenue streams the better.
@RICH. Premium
100% agree Nate.

I've always believed it's not an either-or scenario, there's nothing stopping members having multiple revenue streams, from advertising, affiliation, own products, etc. all on the same site.

If members earn only a $1-a-day from displaying a small ad. on their own niche site's sidebar, well that pays for their WA subscription.

Also, I think many members aren't aware that incorporating an ad into body text will in most cases result in a relevant ad. In some niches, these can be worth $5-$10 a click!!
nathaniell Premium Plus
Very true about earning just $1 per day from ads can pay for your WA membership. That's 5% of my traffic stats shown above, or about 50 visits per day.

Considering I'm not in a very high CPC niche, I suspect that 50 visits a day in a tech-related niche could earn more than $1 per day.