Life After a Google Adsense Ban. Alternatives are not looking good.

Google Adsense Money LostIt’s not been long since I blogged about being banned from Google Adsense. After spending a couple of hours reading other blogs about this subject, it seems that the alternatives do not pay out anything close to Adsense. Google obviously hold the monopoly of this market and almost all of their revenue comes from their advertising platform.

Many people seem to come to the same conclusion about the alternatives. The highest paying alternatives return a fraction of the revenue that Adsense delivers. You would need to increase your traffic tenfold to make the same revenue.

Networks like InfoLinks sound great but all they do is clutter your website with links and drive your visitors away, all for very little in return. Adbrite in theory sounds good. You can pick and choose which banners appear on your site but the revenue is poor compared to Adsense. There are lots of other alternatives which I have also trialled, in my opinion, not one of them was worthy of banner space. This is simply because Google Adsense is so big and widely used that competitors, large and small, cannot and never will be able to compete with Google. If you have been banned from Adsense you will never be able to apply again. It’s a lifetime ban. Of course, there are ways around the ban.

This method of getting a new account is not guaranteed to work because Google knows more about you than you’re closest family members, for instance, your web surfing habits and patterns, your bookmarks if you use Chrome, websites you frequently visit and hundreds of other ways of spying on you. Google is god and it knows everything!

Even if you get a new account this will not stop competitors from clickbombing your adverts. This is a major problem for publishers. I have read numerous blogs about people being clickbombed by competitors and trolls. This almost always results in a ban for invalid clicks. It seems that Google has not attempted to filter out these style of attacks.

I have now gone down the affiliate route. You can actually earn more money with affiliate programs. It does require a little more work though. With Adsense you can just insert the code and sit back and watch the money pour in. With affiliate programs you need to keep the banners and links up to date and look out for special promotions to maximise your earning potential. In my opinion, it’s well worth the extra work involved. You can earn £10o’s for converting a single click into a signup or sale. You may not earn anything for days but then you convert a click into a sale and you have earned more with a single click than you ever could with Adsense. The potential is huge, especially if your your website theme and banners match, for example, if your site topic is about mobile phones then look for an affiliate which sells mobile phones, mobile contracts etc. These will convert very well as mobiles are not cheap and you will earn a percentage of the sale.

If you are struggling to generate revenue from ad networks (CPC/CPM) then it’s worth switching to affiliate ads.

I would love to hear your experiences and tips. Please feel free to comment, your comments help other people in the same situation. Don’t let Google rule your life because one day they will screw you over.