AdSense is my main non-direct sale ad program, but there are a few other ad networks I use. Some of these are specific to mom bloggers and some are specific to coupon and/or money saving blogs, but it will give you a place to start. Try to find networks that provide something other than just income to both you and your readers. I have found that you will make more money that way and your readers will not be overcome with irrelevant ads. These are five networks (in addition to AdSense and Adgitize) that I use here on Little People Wealth.
Chitika ads can go on your page with AdSense (not all ads can so you have to be careful about what ad programs you use if you plan on putting AdSense ads on your pages). Chitika ads show up only for people who find your site through a search engine. You can set them to collapse for other people (so there will not be a blank spot). One great thing about Chitika is that the payout minimum is only $10 when you choose to be paid by paypal.
We Use Coupons is a forum for people trying to save money. It is not only about coupons. They have sections for store coupon matchups, but there are also sections for debt reduction tips, budgeting, and a huge community ready to help you with your own financial questions. Their program pays you $0.03 per click for people that you send to them. They will also send you an update every Wednesday that contains their hot topics that you can then post on your blog (another writers block cure). You get a check when your account reaches $35 and there is a $3 sign up bonus.
Sponsored Tweets is a twitter ad network. You are offered tweeting opportunities and if you take them you will be paid a set amount or a per click amount (the opportunity description will let you know which one it is). All of the advertising tweets must be approved and written by you then they go to the advertiser who approves them. Once that happens they will automatically be tweeted. It isn’t a ton, but I make about $1 a day for about three minutes of work. Plus, they send you opportunities that match your interests or what you normally tweet about. I get many opportunities to tell my followers about coupon codes, sales, and contests – things I might tweet anyway!
Juice Box Jungle is an ad network for parents. You can see the Juice Box Jungle widget on my page. You get paid based on the number of impressions (page views) you get in a month. There is not a set amount since it is a revenue share based program like Adgitize. If they bring in more money than your cost per page view will be higher. They will also email you their campaigns, which contain topics that you can blog about. You usually do not get paid for this, but if you want to participate then they will put your post (along with all the other submissions) on their site. I like seeing what others have to say, having the topics ready to go if I get writers block, and having the opportunity to showcase some of my work at their site.
Coupons is a printable coupon network that will pay based on the number of coupons printed. They also offer widgets that you can place on your site that will showcase some of the coupons and allow readers to print directly from your site. They do offer high value coupons so it is a good addition to any couponing blog.
The key to making money with ad networks is making sure that they add, rather than distract from, your blog. They should be valuable to both you and your reader. If you stick with that then you will end up with ads that work, pay well, and hopefully do not overpower your blog.
TASK – Find at least one other ad network (it can be one of these or a different one entirely) that will work with your blog and set it up!
Tomorrow we will discuss selling your own ads.
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