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AdSense Or Affiliate Marketing? Which Is The Best Way To Make Money Online?

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If you’ve been researching how to make money online, then I am sure you’ve come across these 2 words:

“Google AdSense” and “Affiliate Marketing”.

But which is the best way to monetise? Which is the best option for you? How do you get started?

Don’t worry, with this post I am going to share with you my own experience with both methods and I will be sharing my tips, tricks and opinions on both.

I have tried and earned money with both of them, but I do have a favorite.

Are you ready to find out the best way to make money online?

This information can be an eye-opener for you like it was for me a few years ago. After making a few adjustments, my income blew up and now I’m making a full-time income using just an internet connection.

If you just lend me 10 minutes of your time, I will show you how to do just that yourself.

What Is Google AdSense?

Google Adsense is a platform you can join for free, and once accepted, you will be able to place a code on your website (sidebar or in the content) and Google will display ads there which it gets from Google AdWords.

As a member of the AdSense program, you are basically “renting out” space on your website for the advertisers using Google Adwords.

Some experts claim that you will get paid 30% of what the advertiser paid for the click.

So let’s say an advertiser buys an ad with Google for $1 a click, if the click comes from your site, you will get $0.30.

I used $1 to make the math simple, but while there are search terms that go for more than a dollar a click, the majority goes for less.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is basically you selling other people’s products for a commission. Easy as that.

You find a product you like and if they offer an affiliate program, you start promoting it on your blog / website.

If the visitor you send ends up making a purchase then you get paid a commission.

How much the commission is depends on the network and also your sales volume. If you use the Amazon Associates Program, you can expect anywhere from 4% and upwards. Again; depends on what you are selling and how many of it.

There are others which will offer 50% or more. Even 100% commission are not rare. (This happens when a product offers upsells. You get the full front purchase and then they make money off the upsells.)

There are a lot of ways your commission rates will be calculated so make sure you know all the details before you decide to promote a product.

So Which Is Better? AdSense or Affiliate Marketing?

This may cause a bit of a stir but in my opinion, you should totally focus on affiliate marketing (especially if you are new to online business).

Sure affiliate marketing is going to take some more effort than just placing an AdSense code on your site but once you master it, you are going to make a whole lot more money.

In my opinion, Google AdSense is best used if you have a LOT of traffic coming into your site, and I’m talking 1000s a day.

However, I know most of my readers are newbies here so the chance of you having a site like that right now is not probable.

Why Do I Think Affiliate Marketing Is Better?

If you have tried and failed with Adsense, don’t worry; in my opinion affiliate marketing is a much more reliable and profitable business model.

Simply find a product in your niche (on Amazon or any other affiliate network) and promote that instead of using AdSense.

Let me walk you through the math on this one:

If you are getting 100 visitors a day and only making cents, that is not an ideal way to make money.

However if you are getting 100 visitors and you convert a very modest 1% on a product that will earn you $5 commission as an affiliate, you are looking at $75 a week at least.

You get my point here?

I find that the websites that make a lot of money using Adsense are huge sites that have millions of visitors every week / month.

Sites like the Huffington Post, eHow, Mashable and other “household” brands like these make a killing on Adsense sure, but that is only because they have millions of readers.

If you do not want to get rid of Adsense, then keep it but do try affiliate marketing, you might be leaving a lot of money on the table with just Adsense.

Also, there is no reason as to why you can’t do both.

It’s also good to remember, that “Adsense” is mainly used by affiliate marketers to promote their own products.

So a visitor comes to your site, they leave via an Adsense ad, you get paid $0.05 for that visitor and then the affiliate marketer tries to convert him into a $50 product.

Might as well try being the affiliate marketing yourself, right?

How I Use(d) Adsense

I’d be lying if I said I never used Adsense, but I have no shame in admitting that it never made me any real money. This is what I’ve made in the 4 years I’ve been using Adsense;

Obviously, I could’ve made much more but it was soon clear to me that with affiliate marketing, I can earn more.

Sometimes I still use Adsense still, when I have a blog post that is going viral, and it has no offers on the page, I might consider placing an Adsense banner on there and “see what happens”.

To be honest, I am only trying to reach the $100 mark so I can withdraw that money, probably once I do that, I will never touch AdSense again.

So Which One Are You Choosing?

Adsense or Affiliate marketing?

I really hope I didn’t put you off Adsense altogether. It might work for you if you have a sizeable audience and if you are currently making money with Adsense, do not remove it.

But do try affiliate marketing.

If you’re interested, I published a free eBook for you that will help you understand better how to make money with affiliate marketing. You can download the book here:

How To Win At Affiliate Marketing”.

So which one will you choose? Let me know in the comment section below and tell me why.

Also, I would love to hear about your experiences with either method, I’d be fun to have your opinions on this so leave a comment down below with your thoughts.

Thank you very much for reading. I hope this post was informative for you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what we talked about.

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