Google Adsense, Media.net & Addynamo: Which One is the Best?

Google Adsense as you know is one of the most reliable contextual advertising company publishers use in making money online, I guess that’s not new. Is it? Addynamo on the other hand was launched not quite long ago but is making waves on the internet. They do this not only with their contextual advertising program only, but also with their sponsored tweets program which lots of people have been benefiting from, whether you are a blogger or not. Another very strong contextual advertising company on the way is Media.net.

Google adsense is facing a great competition, and if not that they’re well reputed, if not that they have lots of advertisers – one out of these two (Addynamo or Media.net) would probably have taken the lead over them. It’ll be a tough job to overtake Google Adsense though, some reasons are; time of being in operation, reputation, amount of advertisers they serve, program policies… and by the way; webmasters, bloggers and advertisers using Adsense also have a natural love and trust for them, it’s just natural that not everyone will love a thing.

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Before pushing further I’d like to say that; this article is not written to condemn adsense, overhype addynamo, Media.net or vice versa. But to outline some important features of these three companies and the service they render as well as their good and grey sides.

Google Adsense

Google adsense as you must have already known, is a contextual advertising company that supports adsense for content, adsense for search and adsense for mobile. It also supported adsense for feed which was recently shut down. Among all listed products, you only make more money on adsense for content and sometimes from mobile, but even at that, you must get your fingers dirty before you can make good money from it. First, getting into Google adsense is almost as difficult as putting an elephant’s head through a needle’s eye, secondly, maintaining your adsense account is no less, they hit you once you go against their written program policies. What a horror!

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Not trying to scare or discourage you here – most especially if you don’t have an adsense account yet. Adsense may be difficult to get and maintained, but not impossible. And on the other hand their pay is highly attractive. In protecting your account, all you need do is read and abide by Google Terms of Service, adsense program policies and ask questions on forums about how you can protect your adsense account, why people were banned and how to prevent such mistakes – There are several people who’ll be willing to give you facts about it.

Media.net

Media.net Contextual Ads program enables web publishers to easily and effectively earn advertising revenue. The company is powered by three giant companies; Microsoft, Yahoo and Bing making it a very strong rival to Google adsense, with Media.net in the game, adsense should be very careful and should take it easy with their customers. People using the program are not complaining about their CPC cos it’s satisfactory, but adsense pays more though. Their complaints are bent on different things, some are; Media.net only accepts websites on manual review (takes 24 hours), they must manually review every single site you want to place their ads on unlike adsense that allows you to add adsense to all your web pages including your articles on web 2.0 sites (e.g hubpages.com) after getting just one adsense account, they sometimes do not approve micro-niche sites and some other flimsy excuses… The service of this company is simply good but can’t be compared with adsense, may be that’s for now. They beat Google adsense with their live customer support though.

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Here’s something you’d like to know about Media.net, their kind of link list ad unit is built on a floating bar, see image below:

With this kind of ad placement you’ll get lots of clicks, I mean lots of it. Media.net could be a good alternative to Google, most especially for the reason that their ads are more like menus and not like Google’s format of adverts which carries “Ads by Google” of “AdChoices”, this is almost known to all internet surfers and is going hackneyed.

Summary:

Reasons why I prefer Google than media.net: Google has a large network of ads; covering several niches, countries, they also pay better; Media.net is bent on accepting sites with most of their traffic coming from the US and the UK – This is not Google, Google covers more countries.

Reasons why I envy Media.net users: There’s no fear of instant lose of their accounts – No insecurity, they get good (live) customer support, the floating ad unit rocks.

Addynamo

Addynamo is awesome at accepting new applications, they accept any application. Even if your site is not yet driving much traffic, they accept you. You don’t also have to sweat yourself over getting banned; I have never heard that anyone got banned from Addynamo, someone may have been banned but not one that I know. Addynamo is easy to get and maintained, they equally pay publishers well. But their pay is slightly not as attractive as the one of Google adsense too. Standard websites uses them; I have seen addynamo ads on Makeuseof.com and Facebook.com. Secondly, Addynamo sponsored tweets is fun. If you have a Twitter account, you can participate as a Twitter Publisher with Addynamo, and get paid by advertisers to promote topics you support.

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You’ll have to link your twitter account, once you’ve done that; you will receive notifications via email every time an advertiser loads a campaign for you to respond to. You can accept or decline the brief & set the price you want to be paid. It’s that simple! But I’ve had friends who testified with screenshot of making $1000+ from addynamo sponsored tweets. No rush! I know you want to go and register with them right away. But here’s what’s required, a fat twitter account, I mean you must have lots of followers. Once you have a good number of followers, Addynamo sponsored tweets will be just fun throughout.

Putting it together

Google seems strict (they’re certainly not bad) but all that strict side of them is just to protect their business and advertisers’ interest, there’s no live customer support cos of the numbers of publishers they have. Addynamo may be a good alternative plus it looks easier to operate than Google Adsense but Adsense simply pays more. Media.net is almost as good as adsense. These three companies as you can see are all great. Your decision should be the one to use at a particular time, if Google shows off, go take Media.net. If Media.net shows off, Addynamo is there to receive you anytime. They pay Nigerians in naira.

Hope someone got informed, Kindly share your thoughts on the comment.

  • http://www.oscarmini.com Oscar Frank

    Quite Impressive. A cool compilation you have here Don.

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      That’s actually a guest article by Emmanuel Obarhua. I just edited the author info. Thanks for dropping by though.

      • http://www.oscarmini.com Oscar Frank

        Now I realize. Thanks bro.

        • http://www.worldwebsurfers.com/ Emmanuel Obarhua

          Hello Oscar, You’re welcome and its good to have you here.

  • http://julienjulia.blogspot.com Julia Al Arab

    Very helpful information! Thank you for this great post Don!

  • http://www.naijadiary.com Donatus

    What a cool article, Emmanuel you did well. Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.worldwebsurfers.com/ Emmanuel Obarhua

      You’re welcome Donatus sir, glad it seems cool to you.

  • http://www.kulhead.blogspot.com kulhead

    Nice Post, but i think Ad-dynamo is only good for advertisers and not publishers, i used it a while ago but not anymore, i still stick to their twitter campaign though….thats the only leverage addynamo has over other ads network…….ummmmm I guess….:)

    • http://www.worldwebsurfers.com/ Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hello Kulhead, that’s true. Addynamo sponsored tweets have lots of testifiers, the service is just cool and effortless.

  • http://www.extremetipz.com cynthia ango

    nice tips..i feel google is best

    • http://www.worldwebsurfers.com/ Emmanuel Obarhua

      Yes Cynthia, that’s what everyone are saying, and its the truth. The others are also cool and are worth trying though.

  • http://comingmore.com Hamayon

    Personally I will not use any among these three because I usually prefer affiliates then these networks. But If I have to choose one among these then I’ll use media.net :)

    • http://www.worldwebsurfers.com/ Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hamayon I like that bold talk, and I like your honesty. Affiliate marketing is a cool way to make money besides advertising. We have to talk, I’ll inbox you.

  • http://www.emitez.com/ anis

    I think Google adSense is the best choice for every one thanks for sharing !

  • http://onyeukwu.net Don Ocso

    Nice one Emmanuel Obarhua, however i always prefer to featutre ads from advertisers

  • http://software4freeware.blogspot.com яαjιв кнαjα

    (First, getting into Google adsense is almost as difficult as putting an elephant’s head through a needle’s eye,) Lol After Long Day I Did Laugh. & Can’t Stop. Also See My Blog. http://software4freeware.blogspot.com/

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Lol яαjιв кнαjα but its true. I have seen someone who applied for adsense for three years yet got no approval, But he’s approved now though. By the way, I’m glad I got you laughing for days. :)

  • http://www.kwentology.com Browse

    I got zero a day from adsense hahaha. That is…. I don’t know why all my traffic rely from search engine its been week by now and I didn’t earn anything.

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Drive more traffic sir, I guess lots of traffic tips are covered herein. Also remember to syndicate all your blog posts.

      Regards WorldWebSurfers.com

  • http://forum.nigerianwomen.net collns

    well said but i must say the truth i have addynamo account and also google but i can tell you is no where to compare with adsense, though i dont know much about Media net but adsense is far far more better to compare with addynamo

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hello Collns, thanks for the contribution. I deem your testimony is honest since you use both companies.

      Regards

  • http://www.digitaladvices.com/ Vivek Nath.R

    Hey,
    I’m a Media.net publisher, How to integrate social sharing buttons in link ad units, I didn’t see any option for that.

  • http://www.kampeblog.com Kampe Blog

    thanks for this good post, this ad network are quite great you just have to find the one that suits what you offer and location…. though i use adsense i envy the media.net users too…..
    my question is this. can one use adsense and media.net on the site blog? is it safe? advantages and disadvantages

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hello Kampe, good to have you here. Google allows other contextual ads on a site that uses adsense but you must make sure they are not formatted alike. That is, it must be differentiated, preferably, let them not be in one place. I recommend you read the program policies for better understanding; http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=48182

  • http://cybernaira.com shamsudeen

    Nice one bro, though i know adsense is the most go to when it comes to pay-per-click ads, but i would prefer the other to adsense. Adsense is a time ticking bomb. Beware.

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Reason why I’d use another ad program besides Google is cos of the no-fear of losing your account. Nice idea Shamsudeen.

  • http://bloggers-club.com/ Ivan Aliku

    What a wonderful post. I actually love the way you took time to elaborate on the good sides and little drawbacks on each program. You did a wonderful job Emma. Thumbs up ;)

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      Thanks for the compliment sir. I try.

  • http://googma.blogspot.com Googma Sansar

    Thank you for sharing nice ideas. Google Adsensence is a reliable sources of online earning and helps to make money by wrting and posting. It is all about number number.

    • Emmanuel Obarhua

      I agree with you Googma, but don’t you think your decision is coming from the fact that your name and Google looks alike? lol. What you said is true and I know its honest. Thanks for the contribution anyway.

  • http://www.coreblogging.in Gireesh Sundaram

    i have used addynamo but trust me i never have even seen one ad on my blog from that publisher

  • http://www.etechvilla.com Antoni

    Nice Post Here.

    From My Observation, Adsense is the best and you shouldnt be comparing Addynamo with adsense.

    Addynamo is not a good company for Publishers apart from Their Tweet Ads. I cant say abt Media cos i havent used them.

    All the same, this is really a Great Post.

  • http://www.arewatech.com Ibrahim Abdullahi

    Media.net can be bad sometimes. I got $0 cpc for almost a week until i complained to their customer support.

    • http://www.trueinternetworld.net Samuel

      After you had complained did your cpc improve?

  • http://www.mizsunshine.com miz sunshine

    google have turn me down three time and i really do not know why, guess i now have to go with media.net thank you

  • http://www.priceactionlive.com Ugo Dosh

    Nice one there, Emmanuel. Google Adsense is my number one winner any day.

    With that being said, I am kind of surprised that you didn’t feature infolinks in the mix. IMO, it out-performs addynamo (I don’t know about media.net). At least that’s from my personal experience.

    Nice compilation bro.

  • http://www.bloggingfoundation.com prince

    nice post doncaprio there is nothing like adsense when it come’s to monetizing a blog i love adsense thanks for this post bro

  • http://StuffSeniorsNeed.com Tony Rovere

    I had a question regarding the Media.net floating ad. I just got approved by Media.net and am new to their system.

    I was looking in the dashboard and did not see how to set up the floating ad. How do you go about doing that? It sounds and looks like a great idea.

    Thanks for your help in advance and for the great information.

  • http://www.myedu.com.ng Namosky

    As 4 me, I think adsense is the best as of Now, Addynamo system is really not to friendly here in Nigeria

  • http://silvaniblog.com Azubuike

    Great post, pls I would like to know if Adsense ads and Media Net ads cam run together on the same blog / page. Well done @ Doncaprio

  • http://www.trueinternetworld.net/ samuel

    In terms of earnings, Google Adsense is the best, in terms of quick payment, Media.net is awesome, Addynamo sucks and it could take you up to 6 months to make money up to the threshold especially if your blog is the type that receives like 4K pageviews daily.

  • http://www.inspire2rise.com Aditya Nath Jha

    Really man. AdSense has been pissing me off since past 1 year. I will straight way apply for Media.net ads!
    Thanx a lot for this awesome post. I hope media.net accepts me . Fingers crossed.

  • http://www.iocreed.com/ Ashwani Kumar Singh

    Hello Emmanuel Obarhua,
    I have also a question.
    As you mentioned in the post above that the Media.net floating Ads are really good and get lots of clicks. I am a Media.net publisher but I didn’t find any option / I was unable to sort out as to how to put the ad on a floating social bar.
    Please help me out..please..
    Regards,
    Ashwani Kumar Singh

  • http://www.sergforum.com Serg Forum

    Addynamo makes me almost nothing, adsense is the best.

  • http://bornvirtual.com mazhar

    Media.net is not too great buddy. im using it and they are giving me a rpm of 0.00$ , whats the point of serving theirs ads then. There is no money in it

  • http://blogspiceup.com Nitin

    I got my adsense disabled but now i am happy with Media.Net. No more rules and good income as AdSense.
    Can i go for Addynamo,I am from India?

  • http://StuffSeniorsNeed.com Tony Rovere

    I have to say that I have been using Media.net, in conjunction with Adsense, for about a month now and am very happy with the results.

    It took some time to optimize the ads so that the ad topics matched the keywords but when that happened things went very well.

    In addition, the ability to have an account rep working with you is terrific and a major step up in the costumer service from Adsense.

    Although, I have to admit that the reporting of your statistics, what ads got clicked, what pages those ads are on, is far better with Adsense.

    So overall, both can be useful.

  • http://productivitymarket.com Jeff Bercovitch

    Dear Manuel
    I wold like to let you know one thing, I found your Blog by using a solidly “Keywords” (Media alternatives) so the reason the I live this message to you is because you need a little but to review your English Content, do not take this as an arrogant contest please, is only because your blog have a lot of very relevant subject by using best topics like AdSense, Media, etc, so keep my comment if you like or delete it if you are offended, anyway, you have a very good Theme and also a very nice harmony too.

  • http://www.trickytechs.com Akash Deep Satpathi

    Thanks, I was finding about Addynamo.

  • http://www.retrify.com irfan

    I think Google is being very harsh these days on small web publishers.Without any notifications they disable accounts and the publishers loses all the hard earned money.

    I agree Media.net is excellent alternative.But they should expand their horizon to other countries,not just in U.K and US

    • http://onlinembaprograms.co Emmanuel Obarhua

      It is true Google is harsh; but all that reaction is for the internet of their business and advertisers. And what you said about Media.net is true; they truly need to make their ad network global. Thanks for your great comment.

  • http://www.avoyas.com abhinav jha

    Really a awesome article…surely going to apply these recomendations and tips on my blog !!

  • http://www.pricelinkzone.com puja gaur

    oh thanks it’s really useful 4 me … Thanks dude

  • http://www.biovitalstats.com jobio

    media.net is good but you need high volume of visitors for your site

  • http://www.arduino-tutorials.com/ Lau

    I have been rejected by Adsense for many times, and i am looking for an alternative. I heard that the Media.net are full time scammers, they will not payout when you have reach your payment threshold and will ban your acc by just giving the reason of “low quality traffic”…. Is Addynamo really a good alternative for Google Adsense?

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      I’m presently tryin out Media.net personally and I’ve reached payout. Expecting to paid by the end of this month or early next month and it’s only then I would believe they’re truly scammers.

      I once tried Addynamo but it actually didn’t perform well… that was a long time ago though.

  • http://www.ebuzznet.com VISHAL VERMA

    i have not seen their floating bar ads…..in media.net

    can you explain more

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      It’s possible but you have to use some sort of javascript to do it. My account manager gave me the code to enable it.

  • http://www.ebuzznet.com VISHAL VERMA

    Ok thanks, I will try to contact my account manager….what is the performance of that ad unit..earning and load time?

  • http://www.newsbucket.org/ Arul shaji

    Great information with good description. Thanks a lot for writing this post.

  • http://samboedy.blogspot.com sambudi
    • http://onlinembaprograms.co Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hi Sambudi; how are you? you’re welcome and thanks for the compliment.

  • http://silvaniblog.com Azubuike

    Hi Don, I noticed you use Google adsense and Yahoo ads together, I used to think that they can’t work together on the same page.

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      The sure can, just don’t place the side by side or make them look too similar. Google might frown on that.

  • http://obasimvilla.com/ Obasi MIracle

    For now there isn’t any alternative to adsense, it’s better not to compare it with addynamo at the moment

  • http://www.adforfree.in ajit s

    thax for the information. I have a Question,
    Can I use both adsense and media.net on my site?
    i have adsense account, can i apply for media.net?

    ajit s.
    adforfree.in

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      yes, but don’t make them look too similar or place them too close to each other.

      • http://www.adforfree.in ajit s

        thanks Don for reply,

        I got approval from media.net, but strangely my main domain is rejected and subdomain got selected, now i am showing media.net ads, but rpm is too low.. its like nothing.. but good thing is there representative always there to solve my problems and he says he needs at least 1oo,ooo impressions to test my site.

        ajit s.
        adforfree.in

        • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

          I was told by my account manager that once a domain or sub domain is approved, you can paste your ad codes on all subdomains of that site. I suggest you contact your account manager for clarification though.

          Regards.

  • http://importationwealth.blogspot.com Olawale Santa

    Great information… This is a real masterpiece…. really helpful

  • http://netpluzz.org conie k

    Since getting my adsense disable I’ve been looking for a better alternative which turned out to me media.net, but are only great for you if your main traffic comes from US or Canada, as for addynmo they simply has no advertisers that their main problem

  • http://classifiedinternet.net Goodnewz

    Hello Emma,
    I love this information it’s helpful to so many people still not sure which company to use on their sites or blogs,
    Thanks bro keep it up.

    • http://onlinembaprograms.co Emmanuel Obarhua

      Hello Goodnewz, I hope you’re doing fine. thank for the compliment; all glory to God. For now; Adsense is best for any purpose. Good to have you here.

  • http://www.crazytechsolutions.org Sanket

    Just started using media.net its 1 day passed and earned 0.40$ from just 1 ad placed on the site hope it will continue to serve this good now i placed media.net in proper positions lets see what i get ! How much you earn or earned from media.net and what do you think that is media.net better than addynamo or addynamo is better than media.net :)

  • http://blogyouth.com/best-alternatives-of-google-adsense/ best alternatives of google adsense

    i have never heard Addynamo before please tell me is one of the best alternatives of google adsense. please tell me fast i m waiting for your reply

  • http://www.informationspot.info ldonjibson

    Heard that too …. doing follows ups right away

  • http://www.wpcPuzzlesOnline.com Justin P

    Nice article and very good comparison.

  • http://onwaweb.com Obinna

    I am thinking of trying Media.net. Don’t like Addynamo.

  • http://dudurepublic.com/ Tayo (Dudu Republic)

    that was informative, thanks for sharing

  • http://dudurepublic.com/ Tayo (Dudu Republic)

    looking forward to get media.net approved on my blog