The Top 10 Advertising Networks

Do you want to make money online? Monetizing a website doesn’t mean you need an inventory of products or offer services. You can easily sell products and services belonging to other businesses, or you can simply make money from featuring advertisements on your site. There are many advertising networks available these days, but not all of them will give you a decent percentage of each sale or pay per click. That’s why you should consider one of these top ten advertising networks.

1. Google AdSense

Google AdSense is one of the most popular advertising networks available today. It’s a Cost per Click (CPC) network, which means you are paid an amount every time someone clicks on one of the ads on your site. People have made a lot of money using Google Adsense. Google reports that sites such as,,, and many others have generated substantial income using AdSense.

2. Amazon Associates

Amazon pays you to advertise their products on your website. This is an affiliate type of advertising network with over 1.6 million sellers. This type of advertising network is run by Cost per Action (CPA). You are paid whenever someone clicks on the ad on your site and then buys the product featured in the advertisement. Chris Guthrie of Entrepreneur Boost reports he made $90,336.65 from Amazon Associates. Darren Rowse made $119,725.45 using the program over the course of a few years, but he made half of that amount in 12 months. As you can see, there’s money to be made using Amazon Associates.

3. Media Net

This is a PPC network made by both Yahoo and Bing. The network places relevant ads on your site like Google AdSense does, but it adds the ability for you to track how the ads are performing in real time. You can always adjust the colors to fit your brand, and choose or block advertisers and topics. Media Net’s payout is similar to that of AdSense. The website owner of My 4 Hour Workweek says that the earnings are decent and that many more people tend to click on Media Net ads. He believes that people are used to seeing Google ads, so the different style stands out to them.

4. Chitika

People who need an alternative to Google AdSense and Media Net often turn to Chitika. The bonus of this ad network is that you can use it along with others you already have on your site. You can also resize the ads, which makes them perfect for mobile devices. This can increase your profits considerably. It is a PPC network, so you’re paid based on ad clicks. The payout amounts are lower, but you can cash out at $50 if you want your money by check, or $10 if you want it via PayPal. Chitika uses search engine information to figure out what types of ads to display on a site instead of analyzing the site. This does produce relevant ads like the others, but it just does it differently.

5. Infolinks

Infolinks uses in-text advertising. Many people like using this ad network because it doesn’t display ads on a sidebar. Instead, whenever there is text on the site that corresponds to an advertiser, it gets highlighted. When someone clicks on that hyperlink, you get paid.

6. Conversant

Conversant, which was previously called Valueclick, has been around for a long time. People use them because they have decent payout amounts and they are reputable. Payments are always made on the 20th of each month. They offer both Cost per Impression (CPM) and PPC to its users. CPM means you receive an amount for every 1,000 ad views, while PPC is receiving an amount for every click an ad gets on your site. Conversant is great for beginners because they have a low traffic requirement. They only require users to have 3,000 impressions on their site each month. As your site gains more traffic, you’ll likely see more profits because the information gathered from the increase in traffic gives the algorithm the information it needs to know to display ads your audience prefers.

7. OpenX

OpenX was named as 2013’s America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes. They partner with Samsung, and in 2012, they served four trillion ad impressions. OpenX’s website reports, “Hundreds of the industry’s top DSPs, networks, and trading desks buy ad space, and in fact 96% of leading advertisers buy ads through our ad exchange.” This ad network pays with CPM. It gives you full control of the advertisers you want on your site. It also provides some of the highest margins available.

8. BuySellAds

BuySellAds is different in that it allows you to sell your ad space to advertisers. All you have to do is create an ad about your site, and they do the rest. They bring in the customers for you and provide statistics. Advertisers like this site because they enjoy having control where their ads are placed. The only problem some people have is that the site requires 50,000 page views.

9. AdLandmark

Software providers use this site to market their products. You advertise their products, and make money whenever someone downloads one of them from your site. The products are free, so that gives your website’s visitors an incentive to download them. They don’t contain spyware or adware either. There are many ad formats to choose from to make it attractive on your site. Visit AdLandmark to complete the merchant application.

10. ClickBooth

ClickBooth has CPA and PPC formats. It’s well known and was named #5 as Inc. Magazine’s 2009 fastest growing private US companies. It was also named as the #1 Affiliate Networking the World in 2009 by Website Magazine. Clickbooth has two types of payment options. They have a Net 30, which pays you 30 days after the end of the month. They also have an expedited payment plan in which you’re paid monthly or weekly. Visit ClickBooth’s website for more information. With all these options for ad networks, you have some decisions to make. Do your research, and decide on one, and give it at least a couple of months before you move on to another one. It takes time and a lot of work to monetize your site, but when you do, all your effort will be worth it.

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