By Zac Johnson

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Both of the ad networks work in the same way, in that they will serve relevant advertising based off the content found on your site. Adsense has a larger selection of advertisers, but Media.net is still a great option for site owners to consider.

3.) Content Recommendation Networks

How many times have you been to a website and seen those click-bait images for articles on other websites that seem just so irresistible to click? You’ve probably seen them all over the place and wonder why the heck every site seems to be running them. Well, the reason is that they provide both a means of traffic and revenue for the sites that are running such ads.

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Google Adsense has become one of the most sought after and easiest ways to make money with a website or blog. However, getting approved for Google Adsense is something many site owners still struggle with — especially if they have a website or traffic outside of the US. Even if you are accepted into the rev-sharing program, there are many guidelines and quality issues your site content and traffic will need to follow. When looking for the best way to monetize the content on your site and the audience visiting it, be sure to consider all options and always keep the experience of your end user in mind.

That’s exactly what we are going to be taking a look at in this article today, the many alternative solutions out there for Google Adsense. If you already have a website or blog in place, be sure to read through each of the options below and see which might fit in best with your audience.

1.) Shorte.st Link Redirection

As a site owner, you have a lot of options when it comes to the monetization of the content on your site. Short.est is a free tool for setting up link redirection while also getting paid for pushing traffic through your links in the process. With average earnings of .50 to $4.00 per 1,000 views (depending on country), the site is gaining a lot of attention amongst high-traffic and general audience sites that are always looking for new ways to monetize their audience and massive traffic.

To understand how Short.est works, all you need to do is visit their site and simply plug in any URL into the “Shorten URL and get paid” section at the top of the page. Once this is done, you will then be given a redirect URL that can be used to promote and share any content.

The monetization factor comes into play when someone clicks on the redirection link and is shown the interstitial advertisement like the one below. This is where Shorte.st and their site partner make money and share the revenue. The end user can view the advertisement or click on the “Skip this Ad” to proceed to their final destination.

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Another reason why Short.est might be a great alternative to Google Adsense, is that they pay out on all traffic (no matter what country it’s from). This is something many non-US site owners deal with, and why they are trying so aggressively to get accepted into the Google Adsense program.

You can see Shorte.st’s payout rates by country below, and their full rate card here.

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Shorte.st is a great option for sites with a lot of generic traffic where users are pointed to different resources, tools or files to download, and also for anyone looking to share links through social media and Facebook that might be getting blocked.

2.) Media.net

While Google Adsense is one of the most well-known methods for quickly serving relevant content ads and making money with a site, they aren’t the only player in town. Media.net, which is the Yahoo/Bing competitor of Google Adsense, is another option to consider.

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You can see an example of what ad serving through Media.net looks like below.

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Both of the ad networks work in the same way, in that they will serve relevant advertising based off the content found on your site. Adsense has a larger selection of advertisers, but Media.net is still a great option for site owners to consider.

3.) Content Recommendation Networks

How many times have you been to a website and seen those click-bait images for articles on other websites that seem just so irresistible to click? You’ve probably seen them all over the place and wonder why the heck every site seems to be running them. Well, the reason is that they provide both a means of traffic and revenue for the sites that are running such ads.

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Networks like RevContent and Taboola are driving billions of impressions daily. As an advertiser you can gain access to massive impressions, or start serving these same types of ads on your own site and get paid each time they are clicked or on a CPM basis.

4.) Contextual Advertising

As a site owner, the majority of people are coming to your site are there because of the content you’ve written. With this in mind, wouldn’t it make perfect sense to try and monetize the content on your site with advertiser links? This is the concept behind “contextual advertising” and there are many different ad networks to choose from. Clicksor and InfoLinks are two of the more popular names in this space.

The way contextual advertising works is simple. Just like Google Adsense, all you need to do is place a line of code on your site, then the ad network will do the rest. If you have content on your site about “online marketing”, then ad network will look through your content and turn any keywords or phrases into clickable links, which you would then earn a commission on.

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In addition to serving links within your content, many contextual ad networks also offer banner advertising campaigns similar to what Google Adsense has to offer.

5.) Amazon.com Associates Program

Amazon is the most popular site on the internet for buying pretty much anything. In addition to selling billions of dollars in products daily, the site also has an associates program that pays a commission to their site partners whenever a new referred sale takes place. While Amazon.com doesn’t have the highest paying commissions, site partners will find that increased earnings through the brand power and multi-product purchases made from customers when on the site.

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Using Amazon as your monetization method of choice will work best on product, review and niche based sites — as you can redirect the end user right to Amazon to complete their purchase.

No matter what type of website or blog you have, there are plenty of ways to monetize your content. Be sure to run through the list above and see which is best for you and your audience.

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Zac JohnsonZac JohnsonZac Johnson is a online marketer with nearly 20 years of experience. You can view my personal blog at ZacJohnson.com and my latest blogging resources and tools at BloggingTips.com .

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