Adsense versus Affiliate (marketing) for passive incomes ?

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For passive incomes, which one would be better?

Someone may generate the income by affiliate marketing(products or services) whereas others don't make money at all.

But it would be the other ones that making money substantially through adsense so which is the preference of your own between them?
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  • Profile picture of the author JosephC
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    • Profile picture of the author wass11
      Yes, I agree with you the list that built by affiliate marketing also can be a very good source for passive income.
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    • Profile picture of the author wass11
      Ya, also agree with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Adsense income is very nice but high risk: you are at the mercy of one company .

    It is much better to bet on more than one horse so to speak.

    Build a list and also advertise affiliate programs. Then you make more money and less risk.

    Adsense would only be a third of your income.
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    • Profile picture of the author wass11
      Thank you for your sentiment.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
    You can build a list and at the same time have adsense ads on your site. That way if anything were to go south with adsense at least you have your list and affiliate programs to promote. I'm actually about to launch a site doing just that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    Another vote for affiliate income. You're in control with that. You determine what you showcase to your list, and when. You can capitalize on trends, seasons and holidays. And when you find a high converting product, it becomes passive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Logan
    Adsense for passive income, definitely. I am just selling a site that generates 1000k+ of passive Adsense income per month (link bellow) so I am a proof that adsense works good.

    But of course, it really depends on your niche and target group. If they are in 'buying mode' than also affiliate isn't a bad idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author thefsboking
      I am wanting to blog about my weight loss and put some adsense on the site. What is a good theme for this type of blog?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Affiliate marketing. I dont trust Google. I think Clickbank and other affiliate marketplaces will do you well.
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Affiliate marketing. I dont trust Google. I think Clickbank and other affiliate marketplaces will do you well.
      Agreed with Mr. Magwood here. Google is great, I just don't trust them! lol

      My sites that would have adsense on them have equivalent clickbank offers on them. And I am very happy with clickbank
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  • Profile picture of the author phpg
    Very generally speaking, adsense is easier, while affiliate is more profitable.
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      In my mind adsense as a form of passive income would only really work on a general blog where you write about different things (not specifically one niche or market). And as you are writing and gaining traffic that traffic is monetized through adsense since, realistically, you had no formal intention of making any other form of money from that traffic.

      Once you start realizing that your traffic has potential, you have returning readers, and people trust you THEN you start promoting individual products and items because your audience is far more likely to buy from you now.

      People work this in many different ways. Some rely on the numbers game of getting mass amounts of traffic to convert their affiliate offers (i do this on some of my sites) while others build rapport with their prospects to convert at higher rates.

      Adsense in this direction would be at the lowest form of monetization, turning away prospects for mere pennies each when they could have easily been converted sales.

      I am not saying adsense is wrong or less of a business model, I just can't think of a worst trade for visitors leaving my site since I am only getting, at most, around a dollar per click (if I'm lucky).

      Would you rather get a few cents per click or put a little more effort in to making those visitors prospects who will buy from you? I have seen both worlds and I say the latter is far more profitable when gauging results based on effort put forth.

      And this is speaking generally! Think if we harnessed the power of building a list from those visitors The adsense model just seems less and less appealing lol
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  • Profile picture of the author constructor
    It depends on your niche i think. If your visitors are those expected to buy products online then affiliate marketing is a good idea, otherwise its better to go for conventional adsense like programs
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  • Profile picture of the author constructor
    I would go for adsense for my site anyway
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Originally Posted by wass11 View Post

    For passive incomes, which one would be better?

    Someone may generate the income by affiliate marketing(products or services) whereas others don't make money at.

    But it would be the other ones that making money substantially through adsense so which is the preference of your own between them?
    If you have loads of unique visitors, AdSense is a viable option.

    But if you have just a handful of subscribers, it is always better to go with the Affiliate Marketing option.

    NO cost of product creation.

    NO cost of distribution.

    NO cost of customer support.

    You win with affiliate marketing.

    You don't need loads of traffic. You don't need loads of investment. You don't need experience.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    If you have plenty of unique visitors, you might try AdSense.

    Or, Affiliate Marketing is always the most viable option.

    NO product creation.

    NO distribution.

    NO customer support.

    If you are an affiliate marketer, you need no traffic, no initial investment and above all, no experience!
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    You cannot rely on Adsense only. Getting a alternative will help you in your online venture. So, I always opt for Affiliate marketing. In Affiliate marketing you are independent to promote a product, while in Adsense you will be banned for invalid clicks or the sole discretion of Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennethchooks
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    Affiliate marketing all the way. I breathe it. You can have adsense income but only on the side. Just like Google ranking adsense can be a pain in the ass.

    So i recommend you go for affiliate marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I would go with affiliate marketing if I were you.

    Google is very unpredictable and you should never rely on them.

    If you are going to use affiliate programs, I would work with ones that pay you residual income.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    I do BOTH and I highly recommend you do too.

    It really all depends on what kind of properties you have (if you have any) and what kind of traffic you get.

    But why not take Google's money while they're willing to give it to you? It's the easiest money you'll ever make.
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    • Profile picture of the author alerrandre
      Originally Posted by jasondinner View Post

      I do BOTH and I highly recommend you do too.

      It really all depends on what kind of properties you have (if you have any) and what kind of traffic you get.

      But why not take Google's money while they're willing to give it to you? It's the easiest money you'll ever make.
      Agree 100% with Jason, it all depends on what type of traffic you have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mateenyall
    Affiliate Marketing for sure,

    It's all about split testing till you find what sells well on your site. There's ALWAYS something that can sell well, it's just a matter of finding what.

    ~ Mateen
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  • Profile picture of the author rosesmark
    If you know about the affiliate process then you can easily earn money as compared to Adsense. I have seen too many people who are generating lots of money through Affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author EnterIn
    Personally, I prefer to do both as that helps me create multiple streams of different types of income.

    Look, affiliate marketing done the right way is unquestionably more profitable. Especially if you focus on promoting products that pay life time commissions or recurring commisions.

    And if an affiliate program allows you to promote an entire sales funnel that offers life time commissions on several products that include recurring products and high ticket products, you have just struck serious gold. This what I am focusing on right now.

    ...Back to your question.

    As I and others have said, do both. Google adsense is easy income. People are going to leave your site anyway. Let some of them do so by clicking on adsense ads.

    But in the final analysis, keep testing. If Google adsense is taking attention away from highly profitable affiliate links within your content, then leave it.

    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author larryboy03
    I have 1 site based around the Amazon program, 1 site based on adsense and I have now just built my funnel and about to get in solo ads. I want to build my list and become a solo vendor.

    I will continue to build websites around Amazon, Adsense and even Clickbank but my main income will be coming from Solo ads once I have a large list.

    Try and create as many income streams as possible, "safe as houses"
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  • Profile picture of the author wakeup34
    I tend to go with a mixture of both, where it makes sense. A review page for a product doesn't need to have adsense, because it dilutes the attention and options that the reader can use, they could either click on a google ad or your link. You want to direct them to one or the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author assenal
    want to know the answer, you'd better try it yourself, that's the essential of IM.
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