Can Bloggers Make Money Without Google AdSense?


I have talked a lot about Google AdSense in the past, and I have also recommended AdSense as one of the best contextual ad networks for your blog. With the high-quality of ads and its safe recurring income, AdSense is a great blog monetization network.

But, what about people who’ve been banned by AdSense, or who can’t get approved by AdSense? Is that the end of making money via blogging for them?

No! It’s not!

In this article, I will be sharing how having your AdSense account banned, or not getting AdSense approval, is not as much of a problem as you may think it is. AdSense is considered to be one of the best money-making programs for bloggers for the following reasons:

  • It is easy to use.
  • You don’t have to worry about low-quality ads.
  • You don’t have to manually change the ads after a certain time.
  • You don’t have to worry about payment (AdSense payments are very reliable).

However, there are numerous issues which you face when using AdSense:

  • You must abide by the content guidelines offered by the AdSense team.
  • You cannot simply post anything you want to post. Even though you may not be violating any webmaster guidelines, you cannot publish certain types of posts due to AdSense policies. (Example: Websites which allow us to watch movies online.)
  • To earn more from AdSense, you need to continually try out various optimization techniques, including using keywords with high CPCs.
  • If most of your traffic is from countries like India, Pakistan, or Malaysia, you might earn mere pennies from AdSense.

None of these drawbacks make AdSense evil, but these issues do point to the fact that AdSense may not be as great as you think it is.

Why & How Your Life Is Better Without An AdSense Account:

When I started blogging, I had no idea how to make money. I started blogging because of my passion for sharing knowledge & only heard about AdSense after six months of blogging. Even after implementing AdSense on my blog, my first ad income was $20 from a BlueHost affiliate sale.

It was not from AdSense or any other ad network.

Now that you know the AdSense story, I will share my experience of successfully monetizing a few blogs without using AdSense at all, and what can happen if you choose to do the same.

  • Your blogging life becomes more experimental.
  • The best blogging education comes from experimenting.

When you experiment with the latest monetization methods, you may stumble across a solution which works amazingly well for your niche. Experimenting also allows you to learn things from the experiences of other bloggers.

So instead of spending time experimenting with something completely new, you can start with tested methods which have worked for other bloggers.

For example, I have talked about Viglink, which is a great advertising network. But it’s not perfect for a niche like AaveHypes. It does, however, work great for the fashion niche. I don’t have a blog on fashion, but one of my clients does, and she trusted my judgment enough to allow me to experiment. And hey, it worked! Voila! It’s now a case study!

However, if you ask me “Hey Joseph, how great is Bidvertiser?” I can’t say. I used it three years ago, and I have no idea how they have changed over those past three years. They might be serving up the same low paying ads, or they might have moved forward with premium advertisements. I really don’t know.

Takeaway: When you read about a new ad network, try it out. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Also, instead of simply looking for a review, search for income reports and/or a case study.

You will be inclined to earn using your natural set of skills.

Have you considered what your skill set is?

  • If you are running a technology blog, you can write an eBook on how to do certain tasks.
  • If you are running a finance blog, you could offer to make a finance plan for your readers at an affordable price.
  • If you are running a relationship blog, you could offer premium one-on-one consultancy around relationship issues.
  • If you are running a health blog, you could offer to create a diet plan for your readers.
  • If you are running a fashion blog, you could help people shop for fashion that works for them… and you could get paid for that.
  • Takeaway: There is a market out there for everything!  All you need to know is how and where to sell what you have to offer.

Embrace Affiliate Marketing.

Here at AaveHypes, affiliate marketing is the main source of income. You will find thousands (or maybe even millions) of marketers talking about affiliate marketing and recommending thousands of products to you. But they will never tell you which ones work and which ones do not.

Many of them will claim to make you a multi-millionaire in a day, but don’t fall for it! If you are planning to earn income via affiliate marketing and use it as an alternative to AdSense, you need to work hard, and you need a proper plan to reach a sustainable income.

If someone tells you that affiliate marketing doesn’t require any hard work, they are wrong. Likewise, if someone tells you that affiliate marketing doesn’t offer recurring income, they are also wrong.

The key to this kind of sustainable success with affiliate marketing is to recommend something that you personally use, and can also guide readers on how they can get the same benefit. While it is true that Google doesn’t like affiliate links, they don’t mind them if you are adding value.

There are many types of affiliate marketing, and you can choose what works for you. You can either create a blog and try to recommend every new product in your niche, or you can be selective and recommend products that you are actually using while teaching your readers how to benefit from their use. If you are looking to achieve long-term financial success without selling your soul, do it the right way. It may be slow at first, but it will pay off nicely in the end.

My intention with this article has been to show you the reality of life without AdSense. Many bloggers give up when AdSense doesn’t work for them, and they don’t even pursue anything else. Half of them spend months trying to get their AdSense account approved, and they end up making dumb mistakes which get their accounts banned.

If AdSense is not working for you, let it be. Try something else. Try something which no one else has dared to try. If there is an ad network out there, chances are it’s working for someone. Why not you?  You may want to ask yourself if you are brave enough to take that risk.

If you are, then do it!

I would love to know your monetization success stories which don’t involve AdSense. Share your experience in the comments below!

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