Adsense is by far one of the best advertising networks that bloggers use to generate income from their content.
But what if you don’t have an Adsense account?
What if you applied for the program but you got denied?
Or you had an account once but you got yourself banned for some reason? Is there any way for you to earn money from your blog without Adsense?
Absolutely. There are tons of other ways on how to monetize your blog without relying on Google’s advertising program. Let’s take a look into some of these methods.
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1. Get involved in affiliate marketing:
Promoting and selling affiliate products can be more lucrative than Adsense if you are able to consistently sell goods through your blog.
If you are not familiar with how affiliate marketing works, it’s pretty simple.
You sign up with an affiliate program like Amazon, promote their products, and earn commissions from your sales.
Commission rates depend on various factors such as the selling price of the item or the manufacturer of the goods.
For example, let’s say you signed up with Amazon and promoted an Amazon product in one of your blog posts.
A reader of your blog bought the product which is worth $100 through your affiliate link.
Let’s say the affiliate commission rate is 6%. This means that you earn $6 from the sale.
This may not seem like a lot of money but imagine if you are able to sell a lot of the products. If you sold ten of the products in a day, that’s an easy $60 for you.
Also keep in mind that you are making passive income here. This is income you keep on earning even if you are not actively working on the blog content that’s earning you the commissions.
This is the beauty of affiliate marketing. As long as your affiliate link is referring properly to the products and that your readers are using the link to purchase the products, you keep on earning affiliate commissions.
Aside from Amazon, other affiliate marketing programs you can use include Clickbank, ShareaSale, JVZoo, Commission Junction, PeerFly, and Rakuten.
2. Sell advertising space in your blog:
You get to choose who is going to advertise in your site. You also get to decide on the advertising rates.
You can also take the direct approach of personally contacting the companies who might be interested in purchasing ad space from you.
Yes, this seems too intrusive but it’s effective if you are confident in the value that you can provide for potential advertisers.
Only approach those whose products and services are related to the contents of your blog. As to how much you should price your ads, there are various models you can explore.
You can ask for fixed rates or dynamic rates.
A fixed rate means you get paid a specific amount (usually within a timetable) regardless of the performance of the ads.
On the other hand, a dynamic pricing model means you charge the advertiser depending on the performance of the ad.
This could be based on how many clicks or views the ad receives from viewers. You can choose the dynamic pricing model if your blog receives tons of traffic on a daily basis.
3. Try other advertising networks:
Adsense is not the only advertising network out there. You should consider exploring other networks.
These include Yllix Media, Chitika Ads, PopCash, Infolinks, RevContent, PropellerAds, AdRecover, Skimlinks, and VigLink.
These networks may not have the market reach and scope of Adsense but they can still generate good revenue for your blog.
I suggest that you experiment with alternative advertising networks to identify the ones that suit your blog content. Find the ones that generate the best results for your blog and stick with them.
It’s recommended that you make use of a maximum of two or three advertising networks in your blog.
It’s never a good idea to use too many advertising networks because they can drown out your content.
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4. Get support from your loyal readers through tips and donations:
There’s a good chance that you have heard of Patreon. This is an online company that helps content creators receive monetary support from their fans and followers.
Setting up an account is easy and free.
Readers of your blog who want to support you can course their tips through Patreon. All you have to do is provide a link to your Patreon in your blog.
A lot of bloggers generate a huge chunk of their revenue from platforms like Patreon. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same.
5. Sell courses and other digital products:
The great thing about digital products is that you can sell them to anyone in the world with an internet connection.
You can just provide the customer with a download link or you can send the file directly through email or through a messaging platform like Facebook Messenger.
A digital product can be an ebook, an online course, a video tutorial series, a piece of software, or a mobile application.
You can earn a nice revenue from digital products if you have a sizable number of avid readers.
Creating a digital product is a great way to create additional value for your readers on top of the free content that they consume in your blog.
6. Sell courses:
The great thing about digital courses is that you can sell them to anyone with an internet connection. Delivery of the product will take minutes or even seconds.
It’s one of the best ways to monetize your skills or talents. A digital course can be about any topic.
For example, you can create a course on how to paint in oil of you are a talented oil painter. You can create a course on raising rabbits if you are a tech-savvy farmer. Your choices are endless.
7. Be a consultant:
You will basically be running a consultancy business albeit you offer your services online. With these services, you charge a fee to provide feedback for your readers and visitors.
For example, let’s say that you write about marketing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
You could charge $50 an hour for consultations done through Skype or any other video chat or video service provider.
You’ll be surprised at the number of people out there who will be more than willing to pay for your consultation services. As the saying goes, if you are good at something, don’t do it for free.
8. Create a premium content section for your website:
How this works is pretty simple. You create content on top of the content that you regularly publish in your website.
However, this premium content you create will only be available to people willing to pay for access. For example, you can charge $5 a month for the premium content.
Your loyal readers who want access to your premium content will have to become paying members. This is a business model that a lot of content creators are using to great effect.
If you are confident about the quality of your content, this is an option you can consider.
The bottom line here is that you have a lot of options even if you don’t have an Adsense account.
Whether your application got denied or your account got suspended, it’s not the end of the line for your blog. You can still make a lot of money from your content using the simple strategies discussed above.