Adsense or Clickbank?

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I recently created an adsense website and i was wondering, what do you guys make more money from, Adsense or clickbank?

I am debating on what kind of website i should make next.
#adsense #clickbank
  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Do both. But Clickbank is way more lucrative unless you have thousands of visitors a day. Adsense will not come close if you know what your doing affiliate marketing.

    But use both, it is best to have different revenue streams online.
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  • Profile picture of the author cowboyrob
    If you're looking for a sustainable business plan, diversify and try every option available to you as far as monetization goes. Build different types of websites, do different types of promotions. Always be testing.

    However, it truly is beneficial both in the short term & long term to focus on just one thing and let it ride for a while. If you want to become the master of all-things AdSense, do so. Once you feel you've done respectably well with it, move on to something else (Clickbank, CPA, etc...)

    Since you appear to be new, I might stick with AdSense to just get the basics down on creating websites and publishing content. Save the squeeze pages and list building for later.

    Keep it simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author lorenzmac
    Would creating a website for a certain clickbank product produce good results? Is it worth the time to make a website around just one product from clickbank?
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    • Profile picture of the author RustyF
      Originally Posted by lorenzmac View Post

      Would creating a website for a certain clickbank product produce good results? Is it worth the time to make a website around just one product from clickbank?
      I like Frank's reply to your message but people do make money buy building a web page around a product. I'm not sure Clickbank is the best to do that with though. For those products that doing very well yes but it is probably better suited for Amazon products.

      In any case, the product needs to be something people are already searching for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
      Originally Posted by lorenzmac View Post

      I recently created an adsense website and i was wondering, what do you guys make more money from, Adsense or clickbank?

      I am debating on what kind of website i should make next.
      Clickbank products "by a LANDSLIDE".

      It's just as much effort to get people to click on adsense sites as it
      is to drive targeted people looking to solve specific problems (weight,
      acne, financial, etc) and who are willing to pay $30 - $100+ a pop
      to SOLVE that problem.

      In fact, it's "easier".

      I could NEVER get adsense to work because you have to drive a ton
      of traffic to a webpage and hope they click on ads. Not to mention,
      if you screw up one time with google -- even if it WAS a mistunder-
      standing -- all those MFA's go down the toilet.

      In comparison, it will take 1000+ clicks to make what I can get in less
      than 50-100 clicks to a salespage.

      I say, do NOT do both -- instead, pick only ONE and focus on it. Even
      if it IS adsense. Just. Pick. ONE.

      Originally Posted by lorenzmac View Post

      Would creating a website for a certain clickbank product produce good results? Is it worth the time to make a website around just one product from clickbank?
      It can be. I've never done it so I won't tell you "yes or no". However,
      I do focus on niches where I can switch out products in case some-
      thing happens to a product -- so I look for niches with a good amount
      of vendors I could promote.

      There ARE people who build entire websites around products and that's
      fine, just realize you will have to build many different ones in case any-
      thing were to happen to one product making it obsolete.

      I choose to focus on ONE site where I am free to switch out and test
      products quickly, but that's just a preference.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by lorenzmac View Post

      Is it worth the time to make a website around just one product from clickbank?
      Indeed. If you (i) choose the right product and (ii) successfully drive the right sort of traffic to (iii) the right sort of site. It's how many people make a full-time living.

      I'm biased. I make a living from Clickbank (and from my affiliate marketing skills, of course).

      On some very fundamental level, I don't quite understand AdSense - how anyone other than Perez Hilton makes a living from it, I mean. I'd hate to give people a way to leave my sites, rather than staying there, that earns me pennies. But as I said, that's my bias.

      I have a little single-product Clickbank site from which I earn well over $60 per sale. I just can't envisage that AdSense would be an asset to me on that site. I think about how many AdSense clicks I'd need (losing all that traffic in the process, of course) to replace just one sale of the Clickbank product.

      I wouldn't use both.
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      • Profile picture of the author skibbz
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Indeed. If you (i) choose the right product and (ii) successfully drive the right sort of traffic to (iii) the right sort of site. It's how many people make a full-time living.

        I'm biased. I make a living from Clickbank (and my affiliate marketing skills, of course).

        On some very fundamental level, I don't quite understand AdSense - how anyone other than Perez Hilton makes a living from it, I mean. I'd hate to give people a way to leave my sites, rather than staying there, that earns me pennies. But as I said, that's my bias.

        I have a little single-product Clickbank site from which I earn well over $60 per sale. I just can't envisage that AdSense would be an asset to me on that site. I think about how many AdSense clicks I'd need to replace just one sale of the Clickbank product.

        I wouldn't use both.
        Hey alexa, I thought you made most of your income from freelance writing? I guess you have to diversify your income stream for optimal income results if you want to make a full time living online
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  • Profile picture of the author SGdarling
    Internet marketing is always about testing and testing. Do the both clickbank and adsense. After some time you will be able to see what brings you more income.
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  • Profile picture of the author fengshui1988
    I guess there is no harm to do both together.
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  • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
    I use both, but I concentrate more on ClickBank and Amazon. I make a lot more money per visitor on average from affiliate programs than I do from AdSense. I've found that I'm making a lot less money from AdSense these days, because I'm getting less per click and my CTR has gone down substantially.
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  • Profile picture of the author dejurs2000
    If you're into auto blogging, then i reckon adsense is better. Yes, they only gonna make you around $1-$5 a day, but its all about quantity. More blogs with unique niches, and you'll make a nice profit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
      Originally Posted by dejurs2000 View Post

      If you're into auto blogging, then i reckon adsense is better. Yes, they only gonna make you around $1-$5 a day, but its all about quantity. More blogs with unique niches, and you'll make a nice profit.
      I never made anything with AdSense on an autoblog. Isn't it also against their terms to create MFA sites, which autoblogs definitely would be.
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  • Profile picture of the author bfas
    I make the vast majority of my income from Adsense, but never via autoblogging, just good quality, original content.

    bfas
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  • Profile picture of the author f4ll3rs
    I'm choosing adsense.

    Create a unique, native, and targeted content with user friendly layout theme and good ads placement. Then do the last thing, promote your website to gain more visitor, also find some quality backlinks to strengthen your position in google
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  • Profile picture of the author lorenzmac
    To those who are having difficulty with making money from adsense. The websites you guys are creating for adsense might have a low cost per click keyword. Put on CPC in google's keyword tool and always check how high the CPC (cost per click).

    Hopes this helps some people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander 2.0
    ClickBank All The Way!

    Better money...
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    • Profile picture of the author carp104
      Both are great ways to monetize sites. Often, you can promote a CB product on your adsense site and it will bring you more income. Sure you may lose some clicks but if you sell one CB product a month it should easily make up for the slightly lower CTR.
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  • Profile picture of the author lorenzmac
    what would you guys do to promote clickbank products? Instead of making a website would it be better to create a list i can email products to?
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  • Profile picture of the author adminxy
    I make more money with clickbank but you may consider adsense since it requires little effort to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author consultmartins
    I think i will stick with google adsense because of it's ability to run on autopilot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Adsense is a great part-time income earner if you build several sites and do good on page seo. It's more of a long term thing.

    Clickbank can make you quicker money, but you need to spend time finding good products to promote.

    People make money with both, so why do either or?

    If you're serious about making money online, you should be examining several niches to enter. My advice is pick two niches and test one Adsense only site, and one Clickbank only site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
      Typically adsense is harder to earn but is more consistent and can build in the long term.

      On the other hand, Clickbank is more of a burst of sales kind of situation where sometimes sites won't make money but other times they make tons. It is more lucrative but also more exposed to systemic risks in the market such as offers getting closed down etc.

      Just depends on your entrepreneurial style I guess.
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      • Profile picture of the author consultmartins
        Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

        Typically adsense is harder to earn but is more consistent and can build in the long term.

        On the other hand, Clickbank is more of a burst of sales kind of situation where sometimes sites won't make money but other times they make tons. It is more lucrative but also more exposed to systemic risks in the market such as offers getting closed down etc.

        Just depends on your entrepreneurial style I guess.
        I don't agree with your stance. Adsense is the easiest form of online income. No link cloaking or all those trash associated with clickbank. Just install the adsense code, do a little seo tweaking, write good articles and you are set for life. Have you tried the adsense for domain?
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        • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
          Originally Posted by consultmartins View Post

          I don't agree with your stance. Adsense is the easiest form of online income. No link cloaking or all those trash associated with clickbank. Just install the adsense code, do a little seo tweaking, write good articles and you are set for life. Have you tried the adsense for domain?
          I have. My earnings on Clickbank are several times that of Adsense.

          This kind of a statement might be true if not for the simple fact that Adsense CTR is low compared to affiliate products since if you have the right traffic, people should be interested in a product you're selling.

          On top of that, there are no leveraged ways to use Adsense outside of a website. You can't do any offline marketing, any list building, or any performance based advertising recruiting affiliates to click on your freaking adsense banners. I mean, it's just adsense.

          Sure, it can be great for beginners but overall a bit less lucrative.

          Just a lot more possibility with Clickbank. I've heard of tons of CB millionaires yet not a single Adsense millionaire other than the CEO's of Google.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaunman
        Im supprised to hear so many good reviews about clickbank here.

        When I first started using them I was sending a wide variety of products about 800+ clicks a month (total). Yet that would only amount to about 1 or 2 sales within the month. Granted I wasn't doing a good job of preselling them, just putting links on my site, but still. Once more the sales were always made from the same 2 products.

        When I went to investigate I noticed almost all of the other vendors where trying to steel my commission by directing them somewhere else, or having a paypal button in addition to a clickbank button, or by advertising their newsletter and getting people to sign up for their newsletters and promoting their product without me.

        When 1 of the 2 products that was selling went out of business I decided it was about time to get out and look for money elsewhere. I didn't want to be giving the other 40+ vendors free advertising any more.

        Any tips for a newbie affiliate? I haven't done very well in affiliate marketing but want to start. I just don't want to go back to giving everyone free traffic and have them steel whatever commissions I might have made.
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  • Profile picture of the author goodmast3r
    My current rank of income
    1. Adsense 60%
    2. CB 20%
    3. Selling links 15%
    4 Amazon 5%

    So for me it's Adsense. I think it's easier. Maybe because I know how to monetize with Adsense more than CB?

    After thinking about it for a while, I think CB is better. I just haven't got many website with CB then with Adsense.

    I've done some calculation on this from my experience.

    For example traffic is 9000 visitor
    adsense CTR 1%, CPC $1, then you got 9000 * 0.01*1= $90
    CB: your sales page to vendor sales page conversion 10%, order conversion 1%, product commision is $28, then you will get 9000*0.1*0.01*28 = $252
    Amazon, your sales page to vendor sales page conversion 10%, order conversion 1%, product commision is $8, then you will get 9000*0.1*0.01*28 = $72

    So #1 is CB, second Adsense
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    • Profile picture of the author dawnbreaker
      Originally Posted by goodmast3r View Post

      My current rank of income
      1. Adsense 60%
      2. CB 20%
      3. Selling links 15%
      4 Amazon 5%

      So for me it's Adsense. I think it's easier. Maybe because I know how to monetize with Adsense more than CB?

      After thinking about it for a while, I think CB is better. I just haven't got many website with CB then with Adsense.

      I've done some calculation on this from my experience.

      For example traffic is 9000 visitor
      adsense CTR 1%, CPC $1, then you got 9000 * 0.01*1= $90
      CB: your sales page to vendor sales page conversion 10%, order conversion 1%, product commision is $28, then you will get 9000*0.1*0.01*28 = $252
      Amazon, your sales page to vendor sales page conversion 10%, order conversion 1%, product commision is $8, then you will get 9000*0.1*0.01*28 = $72

      So #1 is CB, second Adsense

      Wow, you took time creating such formula... This could be a good help for every newbie like me on IM industry...

      But taking adsense and CB are better!
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  • Profile picture of the author suxes2005
    keyword research as well is mostly important in
    any avenue you wish to go into so put that
    in mind as well

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    • Profile picture of the author bianworld
      Originally Posted by suxes2005 View Post

      keyword research as well is mostly important in
      any avenue you wish to go into so put that
      in mind as well

      SHALOM
      Doing both is advisable!
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    Clickbank FTW!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    I make way more with AdSense. Try doing a few Clickbank test signups and you'll see why.
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