Affiliate vs. Adsense

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Ok guys I have a BIG question: What in your opinion is the best source of long term income? selling Affiliate Products? or Adsense?

Affiliate products can have high payouts per product and maybe require less traffic but are not as passive as Adsense. I run two websites that that use each.

Pros/Cons? Whats your experience?
#adsense #affiliate
  • Profile picture of the author HalloweenKing
    Definitely Both... I am doing affiliate & adsense.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrMysteryBox
      Originally Posted by HalloweenKing View Post

      Definitely Both... I am doing affiliate & adsense.
      you may use both but what side generally give you the best ROI?
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    • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
      Originally Posted by HalloweenKing View Post

      Definitely Both...
      This is your answer, if you are seriously considering the long term. Well, that is if affiliate marketing and AdSense are the only two choices you intend to consider. If you have a third option, then do all three. Again, thinking in the long term.

      There are too many threads popping up about AdSense accounts being terminated to solely rely on an alliance with Google. But affiliate marketing has its ups and downs, too. Programs can also change, affiliate products go out of style, new sites have to be put up for new products when old products disappear and then there are new hassles of getting ranked in the search engines all over again.

      The point is, you are liable to have good times and not so good times with either affiliate marketing or AdSense. For sanity and steady income, you'll want to diversify your income streams to ensure a more steady income flow.

      Generally, trying to do a local maximization (trying to maximize one thing to the exclusion of other things) will not result in the best overall optimization.

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      • Profile picture of the author MrMysteryBox
        Originally Posted by dfs_dean View Post

        There are too many threads popping up about AdSense accounts being terminated to solely rely on an alliance with Google...
        What are people doing to get their accounts terminated?
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        • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
          Originally Posted by blackfinreality View Post

          What are people doing to get their accounts terminated?
          Seems like a lot say they didn't do anything wrong. I don't think it's any secret Google is making it harder to get AdSense accounts, and they're monitoring them a little tighter. Not that they're trying to be the big bully, but in their way they are trying to protect the integrity of the program for their advertisers.

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  • Profile picture of the author stephanreek
    I think it depends on what you do, if you are good in promoting a product from your website go for affiliate marketing if you can't get sales with this but you do get traffic you should use adsense or some other ppc program because all you than need is a click.
    If you do adsense I recommend that you still try to get some affiliate links in the pages because this probably won't affect your adsense earnings and you still might get some extra sales.

    It also depends on what products you are promoting and what the conversion rate is and how much you get from adsense per click. So I think the best thing is to just try it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrMysteryBox
      Originally Posted by stephanreek View Post

      .....If you do adsense I recommend that you still try to get some affiliate links in the pages because this probably won't affect your adsense earnings and you still might get some extra sales.
      You know i never really thought of that...just put a few basic affiliate products on there too
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      • Profile picture of the author IGP
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        hey you just emailed me but i cant reply because i dont have the proper amount of posts yet. You you send me (PM) an email so that i can reply to your question?
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  • Profile picture of the author IGP
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    thank you. I just had a great idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author IGP
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    You may want to take your hamster site link down from here. This is something that may explode and get abused....no joke...
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  • Profile picture of the author Green Moon
    I agree with stephanreek, it depends on what you do, but much more. Some sites lend themselves to contextual ads (AdSense or a competitor) while some are better for specific product sales (via affiliate links). In many, the right answer isn't one or the other but coming up with an appropriate mix of the two.

    One other reason to consider using both, it that there is never an assurance that your favored method will always be available. Sites and accounts get banned from AdSense. Amazon and a few other internet retailers have closed affiliate accounts in certain states because of changes in sales tax laws, something the website owner has no control over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    It would vary depending on the niche, the conversion rate of affiliate products and how much effort you put into the site.

    I have one site that does very well for affiliate sales and I have a different site in a different niche that does well in Adsense but wouldn't do well with affiliate sales.

    You need to view each individual niche/site and decide which might perform better for that particular site.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    It depends on many things like niche, competition, consumer market etc. I prefer Affiliate products.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    In my view, if we do have targeted web traffic then Adsense is obviously the best option to generate some decent revenues. And while coming to the affiliates it's not possible to make conversions everytime. However, it depends on the website person and his/her potential in making revenues online.
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  • Profile picture of the author affiliateg
    I think the right affiliate program can make adsense look like "pocket money", that's why google hates affiliate programs.
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    • Profile picture of the author spello
      Affiliate income is much more reliable then adsense for long term income. That being said I think a better strategy is to create your own product and get your own affiliates. Start out as an affiliate first and when you find a product that works create a more improved version of it, do better sales copy,etc rinse and repeat.
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    • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
      Originally Posted by affiliateg View Post

      I think the right affiliate program can make adsense look like "pocket money", that's why google hates affiliate programs.
      Oh, really? Credible source?

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    • Profile picture of the author AJ Warrior
      Originally Posted by affiliateg View Post

      I think the right affiliate program can make adsense look like "pocket money", that's why google hates affiliate programs.
      What google hates affiliate programs??? google has there own affiliate program themselves they really don't care trust there not hurting at all.

      I would suggest you stick with one or the other your site might look to busy taking away from you affiliate sale with adsence all over the place I would not really mix it like that just my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author MrMysteryBox
        Originally Posted by corseo View Post

        What google hates affiliate programs??? google has there own affiliate program themselves they really don't care trust there not hurting at all.

        I would suggest you stick with one or the other your site might look to busy taking away from you affiliate sale with adsence all over the place I would not really mix it like that just my opinion.
        i was wondering the same thing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Tribbiani
    Both of them require traffic. Depending in what affiliate network you are, ratio vs adsense can wary or be the same. As long as you have traffic, you can have both.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrMysteryBox
      Originally Posted by Joey Tribbiani View Post

      Both of them require traffic. Depending in what affiliate network you are, ratio vs adsense can wary or be the same. As long as you have traffic, you can have both.
      what would you say is a good number of unique visitors a blog/website should be getting after:

      -3months?
      -6months?
      -1year?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
    You simply need to spilt test your pages, put adsense on it for a month and then try and affiliate offer etc....

    You can do this manually or use SSI code to change your whole site if you have adsense in the header, footer, body etc...

    It's pretty easy to do this with xsite pro and there are probably wordpress plug ins that split test your pages also.

    I have done it several times with many sites and in almost all cases affiliate offers ( or opt ins for long term income ) will out perform adsense by a long way.

    When you split test them compare the visitor value to your site, work out how much you earned per visitor to your site. Of course you can improve this by increasing your adsense ctr also.
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  • Profile picture of the author healthstatus
    One thing to think about, with adsense you either work like a dog or pay for traffic, then send it to someone else. With affiliate work, if done correctly, you can keep the visitor on your site, put them on an email list and continue to invite them back in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I would go with affiliate products. Especially if you can find a hot niche, with a product that has a good sales page... high commissions all the time per sale. And it's free.
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