So you can make money with Adsense just as well as with affiliate marketing. But there are some slight differences that you must be reminded. I want to talk about why you maybe should re-think your Google Adsense strategy and go “whole hog” into affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Marketing vs Google Adsense
Let’s not get too touchy about this. Adsense is a powerful program that you can be invested in. However, it may take you a long time to make $100 with Adsense.
Downsides of Adsense
Downside #1-Takes a long time…
One of the biggest downsides of Adsense is what I just mentioned. It takes forever to make your money with it. If you don’t have a lot of traffic, say 30-50 visits per day, then you could be forever making good money on that. However, there is an upside to this as well. If your traffic is running high stats, then you could possibly be making upwards of $200 a day from it! Traffic seems to be the key to everything in blogging, and it is no different with Adsense.
Downside #2-Too many rules
I have a personal vendetta against the good people over at Google anyway, because I have been suspended…twice, from their Adsense program.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash them and tell you to go another direction. On the contrary, their program is a very good one, and one that you can make money with. The only problem is the have so many rules and regulations.
For instance, a reason that I was suspended from their program was because I had another banner ad on my site that wasn’t Google property. I couldn’t take it down, because I have people that pay me to host their banners.
Apparently, that was a problem for Google.
Now most of you could probably sit here and tell me all of the Adsense rules better than I ever could,(which is why you are still hosting their ads on your sites) but if you are going to go the Google Adsense direction, then I suggest you familiarize yourself with their program policies and regulations.
Downside #3-No Guarantee of Continuation
What really made me mad was that they allowed me to bank over $250 before suspending my account. A fact that I find out that they do to a lot of people. After 3 months of hosting their ads on my site and making that much money, I realized that I did have that much banked and could take it out. When I did all of the necessary paperwork to release the funds to my bank account, 3 days later my account was suspended.
This same thing has happened twice. Google actually owes me over $500! lol! Think I’ll get it back?
They can do this because it is their program. If they “feel” that your site is not worthy to have their ads hosted on it, then they can take it down. I have talked to a lot of bloggers who have been done the same way by Google and have had to switch to other marketing methods to make money.
The Blessing of Affiliate Marketing
If Google had never did that to me I would still be waiting on my ads to make money. This suspension was really a blessing in disguise. It made me search out other methods of advertising to make money with.
That would be affiliate marketing. And you can create an affiliate marketing blog too!
Waiting around for $100 every month or two doesn’t sound all that promising does it? However, with any affiliate marketing site, you can make that much and even more every day!
With affiliate marketing you can:
- Pick and choose what products you want to promote on your site. You aren’t limited to what Google tells you that you can have.
- You can make more money with this. Even for a new blog, making $100 could come as easily as the first couple of weeks. Of course it takes the right kind of promotion, but it can happen.
- Choosing your payout- With affiliate marketing sites like Clickbank, you can actually choose a process that allows you to make recurring commissions on every sale you make! So not only would you make money the first time you sold that product, but every month as well!
Some Affiliate Marketing Companies
There are plenty of affiliate marketing companies that you can get involved in. Some of my favorites are Clickbank, as listed above, Affiliate Lights, and another great one is called Max Bounty CPC Ads.
I will tell you that Max Bounty is a great way to make a lot of fast money because it is usually set up for you to get paid when someone enters their email or performs some sort of action. They usually don’t have to buy anything on Max Bounty for ou to get paid. I personally make pretty good every month by using this affiliate program.
So You’re Set With An Affiliate Program, Now What?
This is probably one of the most important parts of this post. Just because you are a member of an affiliate site doesn’t give you the right to display your affiliate links all over your blog or every time you post.
Remember that you are trying to create a blog with integrity, and pushing affiliate links on your readers every time they read a post is going to really annoy them!
Another good point is to do what I try to do. Every product that I promote through an affiliate link I have purchased it myself, or have heard something good about it from one of my colleagues. Never, under any circumstances, promote an affiliate link that you know nothing about.
Research and take the time to see what it’s all about before you post it for your visitors to read. The point of all of this is this: it doesn’t matter how much money you think you can make. It doesn’t matter if you get your blog to the first page of Google for 50 different keywords.
All that matters is your reader.
Remember that, and they will remember you, and, in time, your affiliate marketing strategies will work out for you.
It seems as though this post has been virally shared and somehow ended up on the desk of a prominent Google Adsense employee. After reviewing this post, they he agreed to check the facts again behind my “lost money” and suspension. As of January 12th, 2013, I have been fully reinstated and got my money back. Which goes to tell me that if you have lost money on Adsense, then write a good post bashing them about it!