5 Best Ways to Monetize Your Blog Without AdSense

When I started blogging, Adsense was the only known blog monetization way to me. At that time, it was not so tough to get approved by Adsense as it’s now. I got my Adsense approval with a subdomain site.

Later I moved to self-hosted WordPress blog and started blogging more seriously. Soon I realized that Adsense is not generating much earning for me. I started looking for other monetization ways for my blog.

Adsense is still the best advertising network for bloggers. But it will be an exaggeration to consider it as the only way to make money blogging. Warren Buffet said, “Do not put all eggs in one basket” (Click to Tweet). That means don’t depend on one source of income. What if your Adsense account gets banned.

So if you don’t get Adsense approval, or you got banned, or Adsense doesn’t work for you, read on. In this post, I will be sharing 5 best ways to monetize your blog without AdSense.

1. Affiliate Marketing. It’s not as hard as it sounds.

Affiliate marketing is the process of getting commission by selling other people’s products. The idea is that you choose a product that you like, and you start promoting the product on your blog. When someone buys the product through your affiliate link, you’ll get the commission.

When it comes to getting success in affiliate marketing, you might think that you’ll have to do PPC marketing or have to build a huge Email list. But you won’t have to if you have a blog with decent readers. Just pick the right products and promote those on your blog.

Affiliate marketing takes time. If someone tells you that he will make you multi-millionaire overnight, he is lying to your face. There are a lot of courses that claim to make you multi-millionaire and ask you to buy their products. Most of the cases, those are scams. To get success in affiliate marketing, you need to work hard.

Shareasale Affiliate Marketing Network

ShareASale is an Affiliate Network that is used by thousands of bloggers.

2. Try alternatives. Adsense is not the only program out there.

To be honest with you, there is no REAL Adsense alternative. With the quality of Ads, highest CTR rate and recurring income, Adsense is still the best Ad network.

But there are other Ads networks for bloggers rather than AdSense. You can earn some decent revenue by using those networks. Here is a list of some high paying Adsense alternatives.

I would suggest you to do some experiments to find out what works for you. Because what works for me, might not work for you and what works for you, might not work for me.

Media.net is one of the best AdSense alternatives for bloggers.

3. Direct Advertising. Cut the third party out.

Direct Advertising is an awesome way to monetize your blog. The best thing about direct advertising is, you’ll cut the third party out. And you’ll get the full control of your Ads like where and how the Ads will be displayed.

But if you’ve just created a new WordPress blog, direct adverting may not work for you. You’ll have to generate a decent amount of traffic to your blog to attract advertisers.

Here are some tips for getting direct advertising.

  • Create an ‘Advertise’ page with information about Blog stats, Audience profile, Advertising options, etc. You can check our Advertise page to get some idea.
  • Use OIO Publisher plugin to manage your ads.
  • Visit other blogs related to your niche and check who are advertising on those blogs. Try to contact with those advertisers.
  • Join forums like DigitalPoint to find advertisers.
OIO Publisher Ad Management WordPress Plugin

OIOPublisher plugin helps you to maximize your revenue and keep you in complete control of your ad space.

4. Write Sponsored Reviews & Sponsored Posts. But don’t sell links.

Product owners or service providers pay bloggers to write about them. It could be a sponsored review or a sponsored post.

In sponsored reviews, product owners will ask you to write a review of their product. Sponsored post is publishing a paid post about a product/service. It may be written by you or by the advertisers.

There is no harm in publishing sponsored posts or sponsored reviews if you do it right. In fact, it can generate a good amount of money for you.

But you have to be careful about sponsored post. Here are few things you need to consider before writing sponsored reviews/posts.

  • The post should be related to your niche.
  • Never accept casino or gambling sites.
  • Add “nofollow” tag to the advertiser link.
  • Write detail posts to attract other advertisers.
Sponsored Reviews

SponsoredReviews.com is a blog post service that connects advertisers with bloggers.

5. Sell a Product or Service. Don’t just rely on advertising and affiliate revenue.

A blog with targeted traffic can generate a decent amount of money by selling product or service.

A poll on Problogger found that 44% of bloggers sell their own product or service. If you have a decent amount of reader on your blog, you can offer a product or service to your readers.

The product or service you are going to sell must be related to your blog’s topic. Here are some examples of products/services you can sell.

  • eBooks
  • Membership Site
  • Courses
  • Software
  • Web Design/Development
  • SEO Services
  • Training Services etc.

E-junkie helps bloggers to sell products online.

Over to You

So those are some best ways to earn money from your blog without AdSense.

All of the above ways may not work for you at one place. You have to find out what works best for you. Affiliate marketing works best for me.  But it might not work best for you.

Do let us know if you use any other ways to make money without Google Adsense.

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Istiak Rayhan

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers' journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here's more about him.

  • Kimsea Sok says:

    Thanks for sharing…! Actually, I found that Adsense is the most popular ways to make money from blog. However, my means is that not many people could make money from Adsense. The reasons are that they did not able to get approval from Adsense, or sometimes their Adsense account got banned.

    Google is strictly in implement their business. You know..? Last 2 years, my Adsense account was banned, and it is the single income stream of my blog. I feel suck with blogging, but it is a great opportunity came after disaster.

    I tried to find some ways to make money from my blog, and I started to learn about how pro blogger made money with affiliate. I earn from affiliate marketing and sponsored advertising.

    Last year, I got my Adsense account back both extra income sources. Thanks for sharing..!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      That’s why I mentioned “Never put all your eggs in one basket” quote. It’s always a good idea to diversify the income. However, glad to know that you get your Adsense account back.

  • Nikhil singh says:

    Hello Istiak !

    Google adsense is just a small part of earning money in this big blogosphere . This is a hype among many newbie bloggers that without adsense , earning money is tough ! This is absolutely wrong !

    Infact Affiliate marketing if done properly can give you hundreds times more income than adsense . I personally use clickbank .

    All the experienced bloggers like neil patel , brian dean etc do not depend on adsense . They all maintain their email list . Thats how they make money .

    Infolinks and chitika are a great alternative to adsense as per my experienced ! I have used both of them and have got wonderful results !

    I loved reading this post ! It was worth reading !

    Happy Blogging !

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Totally agree with you. Adsense requires a lot of traffic to generate a decent amount of income. On the other hand, affiliate marketing can generate a good amount of money with some targeted traffic. Most of my income from this blog come from affiliate marketing.

      However, Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Farhan Shah says:

    Hi istiyak,
    This article is really helpful for those who are newbie or for those who did not start earning from there adsense account. they can move on some other option too. thanks for the excellent article

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yes, newbie need to know that Adsense is not the only option to make money blogging.

  • SAMEER GAUR says:

    Hello admin, i am amazed to see such a wonderful and attracting content, for the last one hour i am reading all your stuff, really its a worth paying. Thanks for such a nice and humble words to teach young blogger. Regards SAMEER GAUR

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for your kind words.

      • SAMEER GAUR says:

        Hello Istiak i want to know one thing about you, can you help all your viewers with a whats app number support. So that they can send their queries directly to your worthy blog. we will create a online group for best blogger whole over the world. i have started a little support on studyandskull.com. Please take a nice decision.
        Thanks & Regards

        • Istiak Rayhan says:

          Actually it will be pretty annoying for the Group members when they start getting notification for every message. I think blog commenting is the best way to help readers.

  • Fakharuddin says:

    Hi Rayhan Bro,
    Thanks for the awesome content.
    I think, Affiliate Marketing is one of the great earning source to make money online. I start my blogging journey with the passion to make money with Google Adsense. I tried to make some money from Adsense using my several blogs with different niche. But I fail to generate a handsome figure from Adsense.
    Then one of mine friend suggest me to try Affiliate Marketing and now Per month I Got a handsome figure from Amazon Affiliate Marketing and MyThemeShop Affiliate.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      My story is the same as yours. I failed to generate revenue from Adsense and started Affiliate Marketing. And it works GREAT for me. The main reason behind writing this post was to let bloggers know that it is possible to make money without Adsense.

  • Hi Istiak bro,

    Thanks for this exclusive 5 methods of earning without adsense.

    Me also choose affiliate marketing over adsense. because adsnese have too many restriction and low CPC rates (Asian countries)

    Absolutely agreed with you, that affiliate marketing is not as hard as it sounds.
    I think choosing affiliate marketing or selling own product these two are the best ideas to make money online.


    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yes, Affiliate Marketing is the best monetization way if you have targeted traffic. Thanks for the comment.

  • Nice list you got here, Istiak. Totally agree with you that bloggers need to look beyond AdSense to make some serious long-term income from blogging. While I am using affiliate marketing currently, but my long-term goal is to sell own products. It’s the most effective way to earn online income since you can control the product quality, pricing, and delivery as well.

    As you have mentioned about sponsored post here, I would like to suggest https://www.blogmint.com a new platform which focuses on getting Indian bloggers in touch with Companies looking for sponsored post. I am not affiliated to this website, merely mentioning it because I came across it, and while it’s not much relevant to my niche, maybe some of your blog audience might find it useful.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I have also a plan to launch my own products. Now I am on my way to building an awesome audience. However, thanks for sharing the new platform.

  • Biplab says:

    Hi Istiak ,
    First of all, I want to say thank you for this post. I have a question in my mind and I am looking for a suitable answer.
    Can I use Google Adsense and Infolink at same time in my blog?
    Does Infolink make any bad effect to google adsense?

    And one more thing, I am also trying to start affiliate marketing. But I don’t have proper knowledge, How many visitor I need to start?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      You can use Adsense and Infolinks at the same time. It won’t affect to Adsense.

      Talking about Affiliate Marketing, you can make money from Affiliate Marketing if you have 100 visitors daily. But those visitors have to be targeted visitors and have to have potential to buy things from online.

      • BIPLAB says:

        Thanks for the reply Istiak

        Yes I have more than 5000 visitor per day in my blog.
        In that case can i use Ad sense , Info links and affiliate all at a time. ?

        Where should i go for affiliate? Amazon , Click sure, Click bank or any where

        • Istiak Rayhan says:

          Yes, you can use all of them at the same time.

          If you think you can sell physical products, then try Amazon. For digital products, try Shareasale, ClickBank, Commission Junction etc.

  • AKASH GOLA says:

    Hi Istiak Rayhan,
    Very well written article, thanks for the information and keep writing such amazing articles.
    I am great fan of your blog, thanks.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for your kind words.

  • Hey Istiak,

    You have shared a great post. It’s a must read for every blogger who aims to earn from blogging and it’s a great guide for newbie bloggers. Here, I am sharing my experience, AdSense has always been a secondary source of income for me. My best bet has been affiliate marketing and it still constitutes the major share of my blogging income.

    I have tried many affiliate programs, but since my website is focused on website designing, thus web hosting affiliate programs have worked best for me, most beneficial being the Easy Affiliate program by ZNetLive – https://www.znetlive.com/web-hosting-affiliate-program/.

    I recommend emerging bloggers to focus on affiliate marketing, it a great source to make money by blogging.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Informative, all tips are very informative for newbie like me. But is there any way to increase infolinks earning, iam getting very low, rate. thanks for such a nice article.

  • Christopher Martin says:

    Great post, Istiak. I’ve already signed up to Bidvertiser and look forward to earning with some of the other methods as well.

  • MINHAJ UDDIN says:

    Hi Istiak,

    Great post on making money without adsense.

    I found problem and could not download your ebook “11 Ways to Make Your First Affiliate Sale from Your Blog“. Whenever i go to this page there is no link to download!

    Hope you fix it!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      This is unfortunate. I am very sorry.

      I’ve just sent the ebook on your email. Let me know if you need any help.

  • Marx Chiedoziem says:

    Hi Rayhan!
    Your content here is an Eye opener. Sometimes I do forget those alternatives though I also use affiliate links on my posts. But I think You will mail me that your ebook “First Earning on Affiliate”.
    Here is my blog too http://loadedjaka.blogspot.com
    I am addicted to tech that’s why I share my own ideas on tech stuff.
    Thanks. Your reply via my mail.

    I just bookmark your page now.

  • Amarnath says:

    Yesterday I have bought a domain in godaddy.com and hosted my website which is previously on blogger. I applied for adsense and i have placed few adds on my website. After 1 hour, I received an email stating that my adsense is disapproved because of my youtube adsense account with other gmail. It states that a person should not have more than one adsense account. I felt disappointed and then deleted that adsense account and added my website to already existing youtube adsense account. It is a hosted account. It is not showing any ads on my website. I can not log in to my old adsense account. Does my adsense will get approved or not. Felt disappointed. Then this post give real energy to work on. Thanks for sharing valuable info.

  • masih says:

    amazing and helpful post. thank you :)
    well, i have a blog, http://www.thegamingmag.com could you suggest me what type of afliates should i connect it ??

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Do some research on gaming blogs and check how they monetize their blogs.

  • DP says:

    Great post sir,

    I am a new blogger with no AdSense ads on my blog but have earned my 1st income through affiliate marketing only and I Know it works better than per click ads if you develop trust. :-)

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      That’s right! Trust is the new currency. However, congrats on your first income :)

  • Steve says:

    Hi bro thanks for sharing these valuable informations with us. i have a question about ad networks , its really revenuehits is the best adsense alternative?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      It’s tough to say Revenuehits is the best AdSense alternative. But it is one of the best. In the post AdSense alternatives, I’ve added a poll where visitors can vote on their favorite AdSense alternative. Most of the visitors voted Media.net as the best AdSense alternative. Revenuehits is on the second place.

  • Victor says:

    I mainly use Adsense, mostly because it’s the easiest to setup. I’ve started to dabble in Amazon links, mostly be reviewing the products I’ve needed to purchase. Amazon is nice because the minimum payout is quite low.

  • ABHAY says:


  • That was an awesome post. Yes exactly there a lot many programs from which can earn a decent amount of money and some cases earning with these programs is much effective than AdSense.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      That’s true. Affiliate Marketing is working great for me.

  • jitendra says:

    I am a newbie blogger. I am using AdSense only. But I think I should run with affiliate marketing. Thank you Istiak.

  • That was a great post. Yes, precisely there a great deal several programs from which may earn an honest quantity of cash and a few cases earning with these programs is far effective than AdSense.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Here at RoadToBlogging, I stopped using AdSense because Affiliate Marketing works great for me.

  • Hi Istiak,
    After Adsense disapproved my website : http://latestnewsnetwork.com/
    I tried to find an alternative just to try how it works, placed Chitika ads, because of their low payout, but until now i have no clicks because their ads are not relevant to the content at all. What alternative you recommend for a news site?
    Also I have Amazon ads and other Clickbank products, every category has its relevant ads.
    What do you think?

  • Muhammad Subkhan says:

    I have tried Adsense but not earning so much good money, will try other alternatives also. I will try my best to get future earning and this earning can borrow affiliate marketing also.

  • Tecno says:

    I just started affiliate marketing on my blog, i will try other ways too to know which one will work best for me. Thanks for sharing

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad you found it useful. Let me know if you need any other help.

  • Bright Joe says:

    I’m starting Affiliate Marketing, and this time, I’m pretty confident after reading this post, that I will be able to rank for my niche. Thanks for sharing all these alternatives though.

    Take care! :D

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Good luck! Hope you will start getting sales soon.

  • Great tips and resources! I was considering clickbank but I’ve heard that over the years they’ve had a lot of spam products to promote and that bloggers who use them end up giving customers a lot of refunds because what they bought doesn’t work well. What are your thoughts on clickbank?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      You heard it right. Clickbank has a lot of spammy products. You can try ShareASale. It is my personal favorite.

      • Shalaria LeNoir says:

        Ok. I’ll check it out, Thanks!

    • Joe says:

      Clickbank is really spammy and a lot of their products seem a little shady. There’s some good ones on there but it take so time to find them. The best part is they have so many products that you can find something appropriate for almost any site. I’d say that’s what draws most people to them.

      • Istiak Rayhan says:

        It’s true. It’s tough to find the good products in Clickbank. I think ShareASale and CJ.com are the best affiliates networks for bloggers. Both are offering quality products.

  • Tushar says:

    Amazing post i got and adsense account but they banned me for a month but now i can try with other alternatives i have my own site https://www.affiliatepromotional.com and i have everything in one place more like a one stop shop.

  • Hey that was nice article.
    One query why don’t you use Google Adsense instead of media.net?

    Are you getting more money from media.net advertisements as compared to adsense?

  • Edem Buameh says:

    hi Sir
    I love your blog
    I was thinking about leaving adsense and wondering which other way could help since adsense was just working for my Entertainment, lifestyle niche blog https://holykey1.site . I’ve gotten some ideas now but don’t really know how to start. I have subscribed to you today. I will check my mail, but i hope your ebook will help me out. Aldo i have a question, which is the best way of monetizing an Entertainment niche blog or website? Thanks
    Great post.

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