Goal=$500/day Profit---Method: Adsense or Affiliate Marketing?

by rmx
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If were going to start today from scratch with the goal of developing a $500/profit
per day business without paying for advertising, and you have time and some money
to invest in outsourcing, which method would you use:

Building Adsense Sites?

or

Building Affiliate Sites?

Obviously there's a lot of variables, but which method do you have the most control over,
tends to be the most scalable and has the best chance of getting you to your goal sooner
and finally has the potential to last the longest?

Please give your opinion and why you prefer one method over the other?

Thanks, RMX
#adsense #affiliate #goal$500 or day #marketing #profitmethod
  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Why not both? They mesh well together.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael_nguyen
    Building Affiliate Sites. It only takes one dumbass at Google to disable your account! Same can be done with affiliate networks but theres more of them out there. Diversification is key here.
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeCool
      Originally Posted by michael_nguyen View Post

      It only takes one dumbass at Google to disable your account!
      Words of infinite wisdom right there.

      Or in other words, "Don't put all your eggs in Google's basket."


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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      Originally Posted by michael_nguyen View Post

      Building Affiliate Sites. It only takes one dumbass at Google to disable your account! Same can be done with affiliate networks but theres more of them out there. Diversification is key here.
      I encountered that person at Google and I had my adsense account for over 10 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
    Adsense, well, it would take a while to build it up to a $500 a day pure profit deal.

    Affiliate sites will take a little while too, depending on what you do.

    But the thing here will be, do you know how to generate the traffic needed to create these $500 days? Will you be able to keep up this traffic?

    If you've got the right amount of traffic, you can do either of them in the same amount of time, but if you dont' have the traffic or SEO abilities, it may take much longer than you'd like.

    Just a little something to think on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor.L
    I'd rather use affiliate marketing.

    AM = 10$+ per sale ( I know you can get way more but that's just a minimum)

    Adsense= 0,5$+ per click and that's depending on your niche

    Sure AM takes a different approach but i find that it's worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Affiliate marketing would be my answer. 100%
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  • Profile picture of the author Gerard_1980
    Adsense income is unreliable. I had a site that made $200 a day for a year - I moved to a different country and had to sign up for a new adsense account, I replaced the adsense code and income dropped to ~$10-20 a day with the same traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Craig McPherson
      Originally Posted by smaaz View Post

      Adsense income is unreliable. I had a site that made $200 a day for a year - I moved to a different country and had to sign up for a new adsense account, I replaced the adsense code and income dropped to ~$10-20 a day with the same traffic.
      That bites Smaaz. Sorry to hear that. At least, by the sound of things, you picked yourself up, dusted off and got on with it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gerard_1980
        Originally Posted by Craig McPherson View Post

        That bites Smaaz. Sorry to hear that. At least, by the sound of things, you picked yourself up, dusted off and got on with it.
        Yes, there is not much you can do - just try to get back on your feet
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  • Profile picture of the author SDinternet
    I'd go for both affiliate marketing and adsense. Some sites may be more suited to adsense and some more suited to affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author btl1
    why not both. Use adsense to see which keywords/sites are the most active then once you know swap out the adsense ads for affiliate offers. EIther keep the adsense sites that are slower or flip them.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamsad
    adsense...easy to get a click rather than a sales..
    trust me...but after sometime just do affiliate
    dont put all your eggs on the same basket
    diversify
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  • Profile picture of the author babarapho
    Both of them could add up to something. I will advice you start up with one and add the other later.
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
      Don't try to do both. You'd only end up dividing your attention and achieiving little or nothing in the long run.

      Far better to pick one strategy and stick with it until you've made it work consistently.

      After that you are free to start something else.

      Focus on one thing at a time.

      As to which to choose from a standing start - my choice would be affiliate sites.

      The reason is that whichever one you choose it will be hard work to build up to $500 per day from nothing. Far better, in my opinion, to put that effort into a strategy that you control.

      The problem with Adsense is that Google is your boss. They decide if you are going to be successful or not. They can even decide on the spur of the moment to stop paying you altogether.

      A few years ago some people I know were raking in high 6-figue incomes from AdSense sites. They thought they had it made. Life was good. Then suddenly, overnight, Google changed its business model and my friends' sites' income dropped by over 90%.

      That kind of unexpected setback is far less likely to happen to affiliate sites en masse.

      As much as possible of your business should be under your own control. But when you work for Google, they control you.

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  • Martin.Avi is right on. Think about it with Adsense Google really is your boss. I have used Adsense for years and sure it's profitable but I always feel that Google is in control. They don't even tell you the split.

    With affiliate sites once you get the traffic and work out your conversions you can reasonably predict your income.

    Better yet, why not get your own software product? (Somewhere in this post is a shameless plug) Every once in a while an opportunity becomes available where you can get a real internet business and sometimes because the timing is right you can pick it up for a fraction of the value. But you really need to be in the right place at the right time with your eyes open
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Williams
      Sorry, I personally would not choose either one of these. I would build a SQUEEZE page. Then, when you have traffic and a list of people who subscribed to get something valuable you offered for free - do whatever you want! Drive them to your AdSense site, or your affiliate site, does not really matter.

      Just provide great value in everything you do, and have a list. Build trust, and respect. And you will make those $500 per day. Your list is the biggest asset of your business. Everything else, like the pages you send your people to - you can change any time you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
    AdSense is really easy to use, so it's great for beginners. They can see a little money coming in right away, so it can be motivating since you can see a little income without depending on sales.

    But I've started migrating a lot of my sites away from it. So many AdWords advertisers are offering mere pennies to the content network now, so it's just not worth it anymore.

    I was still making decent money with AdSense, but I'm making a lot more with affiliate programs on most of my sites.
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