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.