Top Google AdSense Alternatives: Media.net Review

This is going to be my first post in a series of posts about different Google AdSense alternatives.  I don’t have any set schedule for writing about each one…basically, once I’ve had a chance to try it out and gather an initial opinion, I’ll write about it!

Media.net is one of the first places I applied after losing my AdSense account, and so far, it’s been an interesting experience.  It’s going to be very difficult to fully replace AdSense, however I already believe Media.net will be one of my top alternatives.  Here’s my in-depth review.

What Is Media.net?

Like AdSense, Media.net is a contextual advertising company – what this means is that the ads displayed on your website are influenced by the actual content on the page, so that visitors will see relevant advertisements.

Also, like AdSense, Media.net pays you for each click, and the amount is based on the bidding of the advertisers (so as you would expect, more competitive niches will yield higher earnings per click).

Different Types of Ads

Just as AdSense has its regular ad units and its link units, Media.net offers a few different types of ad styles.  Note:  Media.net only allows you one of each ad type per page.

  • Content Ads – These are your standard contextual block ads, and you can choose from a variety of sizes.  They don’t have as many size choices as AdSense, but all of the more popular sizes are there.  This is the type of ad that I have implemented on all of my niche sites that currently utilize Media.net, and from what I’ve heard, this type pays better than the others.
  • Search Targeting Ads – These ads actually look the same as the content ads, with one big exception: they are shown to search engine traffic only, and the content of the ad is tied directly to the visitor’s search query.  As you can see, this allows very relevant ads to be displayed to organic traffic, although I’ve heard these ads don’t pay as well as the content ads.  I don’t have enough data personally yet to confirm or deny this.

  • Web Bar – This is an ad unit similar to AdSense’s horizontal link units, except that it’s placed at the bottom of the screen and is “sticky” to remain above the fold as the user scrolls down the page.  I’ve never been a fan of these types of ads since I think they look too spammy, so I have yet to try this one.

  • Mobile Ads  - These ads are simply optimized for mobile viewing.  To be honest, I have yet to jump on the “mobile” bandwagon (no pun intended) when it comes to internet marketing.  I know it’s where the future is trending, but for right now, it’s not a focus of mine.

What I Like About Media.net

In some ways, I actually like Media.net more than AdSense, although that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t gladly give up my Media.net account if it meant getting back AdSense.   Here’s what I like, specifically:

1) Decent earnings per click

This is obviously going to vary by niche, but in my past month of testing Media.net on a small handful of sites, Media.net’s CPC seems to be very similar to AdSense’s.  This is probably the biggest reason why Media.net stands out among many other contextual advertising alternatives.  Obviously, there are many I haven’t tried yet, but this is my early impression.

2) Ads appear to be very “clickable”  

Media.net’s algorithm for determining relevant ads with your content seems to be very strong, and the design of the ads are such that they look like part of your site’s navigation.

I think the average internet user is so used to seeing AdSense-style ads that many have become blind to them.  Media.net’s ad style, while nothing spectacular, is somewhat refreshing after seeing a million different AdSense ads.  Here’s an example from the sidebar of one of my sites in the pet niche (I’ve blocked out any identifying information from the site):

As you can see, the ads aren’t “in your face” advertisements.  There is a small snippet of text (which isn’t visible in this screen shot) at the bottom which indicates that this is an ad block, however it’s not very intrusive.

3) Friendly support

This is absolutely unheard of with Google, so I found this to be a huge positive with Media.net.  When you create an account, you’re assigned an account manager.

I had one instance where one of my niche sites was denied for Media.net ads (more on this below).  I contacted the account manager to find out why, and what I can do to get the site approved, and he replied fairly quickly with some helpful information.  He told me once I make the necessary changes, I can re-submit the site for approval.

Do you think anyone at Google would ever take the time to help with something like this? I highly doubt it.

What I Don’t Like About Media.net

This is a very honest and unbiased review, so I’m of course going to be very open about what I don’t like about Media.net.

1) Each individual site requires manual approval. 

Unlike Google AdSense (which you can place on any website once your account is initially approved), you must add each site individually to Media.net and it must be approved.  This usually doesn’t take long (within 24 hours), but it’s an extra step, and it means that you have to essentially fully build a site without knowing if you’ll be able to put Media.net ads on it.

2) Media.net is somewhat strict about the sites they approve.

I’m actually fine with this because it  improves the integrity of Media.net for its advertisers (which means, over time, advertisers will pay more on Media.net than they might on other ad platforms).  However, I have had several sites declined already.

Certain thinner micro-niche sites that might have been fine for AdSense may not work for Media.net.  Specifically, sites that have only 3-5 pages of content, like many of mine do.  I do, however, believe that this is subjective on Media.net’s side of things.  I had one site with 5 pages of content declined, but a site with 3 pages of content accepted.

It may have to do with the individual person who is manually approving the site, or maybe they like certain niches more than others.   It may also depend on word count (and not just # of pages) – I’m not sure.

Either way, this is a significant hurdle. For my sites that are currently too thin for Media.net (which unfortunately may be the vast majority of my micro-niche sites), it may be awhile before I take the time to beef up the content on all sites.

3) Media.net may not work for every niche.  

When you submit one of your sites for approval, you have to select a category for the site.  I think this step is in place so that your site can be matched up with the pool of advertisers for that particular category.  Although they have a lot of categories, I’ve had a couple instances where a site didn’t really fit perfectly in any of the available categories.

That’s All!

Hopefully if you’re in the same boat as me (i.e. no AdSense account), this review will help you determine if Media.net is a good option.  In most cases, I think it’s a great alternative.  I’m very far from replacing my AdSense income, but this is more due to the fact that right now I only have Media.net on 6 of my 80 sites.

What do you like/dislike about Media.net, if you’ve used it before?  Share it in the comments!  

Stay tuned for future articles where I’ll review other AdSense alternatives (and be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed so you don’t miss them).

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111 Responses to “Top Google AdSense Alternatives: Media.net Review”

  1. I’m glad this post could help us define where do we need to focus on other than Adsense.Recommended for other to not always rely only from the Adsense earnings.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Absolutely, Becca – AdSense is great, but you need to have a back-up plan just in case!

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  2. Hi Eric,

    Good to read that you have found a new track with media.net. You have found similar results as I did (although I have never had one of my sites get disapproved, even my one-page niche sites).

    Another pro I found out is that for some niches advalue with their advertisers is much higher than for Google Adsense. I had some earnings on some sites that are much higher than they have ever been with adsense. So, A/B testing with both networks would be ideal for visitors/readers that have the opportunity (not us :( ) to do so!

    Keep up the good work and I hope you will be right on track again soon!

    Mark
    http://www.mynichewebsitesforsale.com
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Mark. Yes, for those who still have AdSense, split testing AdSense vs. Media.net is a great suggestion. I’ve also found that Media.net pays better for certain niches, so there is additional value to be gained by trying both ad networks.

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  3. Thanks for the rundown of Media.net, Eric.

    I’m also liking it, however, some of my sites have also been denied. I’m not sure of the process in which sites are approved or not, but they seem to be very subjective like you said. I’ve asked for a couple to be re-reviewed and they are doing that for me. We’ll see how it comes out.

    Kevin

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    Eric G. Reply:

    It is strange how they decide whether to approve or not, but as I have done, you can always contact them and ask what you need to do to get approved for a certain site.

    I’ve found that they are happy to give you suggestions, and my guess is that if you implement their suggestions, you should have no problem getting approved. Thanks for the comment, Kevin.

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  4. So glad to hear this one. It is now easy for me to track media.net here. Its been a week that I find a good review about media.net and this alternative very good resource. Your post is packed with great information. Thank you so much for adding this one here.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, thank you for the comment Farrel!

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  5. hello, can i use one site to put adsense and media.net ?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yes, you can use both AdSense and Media.net on one site. I would just caution you to be careful with your ad placement. If you have too many ads “above the fold”, you’ll take away from the user experience. Just as a important, Google may not like your site as much (for ranking purposes).

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  6. Eric,
    Thanks so much for sharing! I had not heard of Media dot net before, but will definitely check it out. I’m particularly interested from an advertiser’s perspective. I’m always looking for new online marketing channels that work, and this could be a really interesting one!
    All the best,
    Ian
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Ian! I’m liking Media.net a lot so far, so definitely worth checking out (and I’d be curious to see what advertisers think of it).

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  7. good to know that it’s working for you. congrats.

    too early to compare media.net payouts vs. adsense? interested in hearing your thoughts, as well as which niche(s) pay better / the most with this platform???
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Definitely too early to tell, especially because I only have it on a small group of my niche sites. Also, with Google’s recent algorithm changes, my traffic is down significantly (although based on what I’m reading around the internet, it sounds like Google screwed up to a certain extent, and will probably have more changes coming soon).

    It’s tough to tell how the CPC and CTR is – they report the data such that all you see is impressions and total revenue for the day (or whatever period you select) for each site. My EPM seems to be better for a couple sites than it was on AdSense though. One niche that seems to work well for Media.net: Auto.

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  8. Great to have some alternatives – will be refering back to this post!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Gerry!

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  9. Eric, given your experience, will you comment on my niche site process here? I know I got a few things wrong with my first domain purchase.

    http://livetheneweconomy.com/blog/2012/4/28/adjustable-dumbbells-welcome-to-niche-site-2.html

    Also, I’ve placed a few media.net ads up on my various sites, but no information yet on how they’ll pay out versus my AdSense ads.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Mike,

    I took a quick look at your post. Overall, you have a decent process, but I think you may have overlooked a proper analysis for page one of Google. I like to use Market Samurai to analyze this.

    I took a look at the “adjustable dumbbells” keyword, and your analysis seems right in that the “dumbbellsok” site is probably the one you can outrank. However, the rest of the page 1 competition is pretty stiff, so it may be difficult to get higher than the bottom of page 1 (though this may be okay given the high traffic of the keyword).

    The biggest problem with a general keyword like “adjustable dumbbells” is that it’s probably going to be more suited for e-commerce sites that actually sell the product, vs. a site that simply talks about it (and offers affiliate links to sites that sell it).

    Anyway, I think it’s still doable. Looking forward to seeing how it goes!

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    Mike Reply:

    Thanks Eric! That is great feedback. I’ve been resisting Market Samurai because of the price, but maybe it is time to just go ahead and suck it up and hit purchase. My thought on the top of the page vs. page one is that I know when I do my own shopping, I’m looking for the first thing that looks like it isn’t just some company’s pitch, and I click on it to try to get some 3rd party perspective. Maybe that is just me though!
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    Mike Reply:

    One other thing: I’ve puchased Market Samurai and I’ve watched their how-to videos. Every single keyword search I’ve done so far has resulted in no leads once I apply all of their filters through the SEO competition filter. What do you think? Am I just unlucky to have tried the wrong 20 or so keywords or are their filters too restrictive given the fact that niches are saturated? Thanks.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That seems a bit odd – I’m guessing you may have something that’s filtered incorrectly. It’s hard for me to know what that might be without seeing it directly, but I’d recommend clearing all filters, and applying them one by one. This way, you can see which filter is giving you issues.

    There’s a slight learning curve with Market Samurai – it may seem confusing at first, but once you play around with it and learn it, it’s pretty powerful.

    Mike Reply:

    Yes, it is odd. When I set SEOC back to 30,000, I get some results, but as soon as I go to 15,000 (which is their new recommended value), everything dries up.

  10. Hi, this is Pamela from Infolinks. I’m glad to join the conversation. For an alternative to media.net, try Infolinks to monetize your sites. We generate high quality, highly relevant content that will engage your readers.

    For more information or any questions, feel free to email our support team at support@infolinks.com.

    Happy blogging!
    Pamela :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by to comment, Pamela. I actually am testing out Infolinks right now too, and it’ll be the subject of my next “AdSense Alternatives” post. :)

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    Pamela Reply:

    Great, I look forward to reading your review!

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  11. Eric, thanks for writing up this review. This is very helpful and I definitely will check out Media.net.

    When I apply, shall I disable Adsense display for a day?

    I have some “high quality” sites and Adsense payout is really bad. I love to get some ride on Media.net for sure. Thanks!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s actually not a bad idea, Kent. As long as disabling AdSense for 24-48 hours won’t hurt your earnings too much, it may be worth doing.

    Once you’re approved, you should definitely put the AdSense back. You may want to try Media.net for a few days by itself, but then I’d try and find a way to incorporate both. There are plugins that will automatically rotate the ads (and then you can evaluate which one works better), or you can just have both placed in a strategic way. Maybe Media.net works well within the body of the content, but AdSense works in the sidebar, or as a link unit at the top. There’s a lot of combinations to try.

    One thing to watch out for…Media.net doesn’t report earnings instantly like AdSense does. The data is “audited” because it reports your earnings. Usually, this means you won’t see how your ads earned until about 24 hours after the impressions happen. It’s not a big deal, but I know a lot of people are used to monitoring their ads with AdSense in real time.

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  12. Recently my friend told me about Media.net but i ignored it but now after rending your article i will tr it.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Mohsin – I don’t think it could hurt to try it!

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  13. Hi Eric,
    Thankyou for sharing pros and cons of media.net. Recently I look for infolink and it looks also a good alternative of adsense.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, Pete – thanks for the comment!

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  14. I think its better if it’s manually approved; there’s a human touch not just computer. Its more accurate though and fair.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree – although the delay and potential rejection aren’t fun, it’s all for the better, and will keep the quality of their ad network higher.

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  15. Hi Eric, I have never heard about media.net before but your article says it all. And I guess it is a good alternative, never tried it though but surely I will.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Definitely worth a try – thanks for the comment, Jackson.

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  16. Eric, I got dumped by Google too. In my very first month. Details at my site.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Very sorry to hear that, Mike. I just saw (and responded to) your other comment on my AdSense ban post. As I wrote there, I think you’ll be better off in the long run, because you won’t find yourself completely relying on Google.

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  17. Media.net is waste of time and smells like a scam. I had almost 70 sites accepted and placed their ads, with 100% organic traffic and 90% US and UK traffic, but when I was waiting for my first payment (almost U$ 800) they banned my account.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sorry to hear that, John. Most people I’ve read about who use Media.net have had no issues with payouts, and knowing that Media.net has a relationship with Yahoo (http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/thirdparties/), I feel comfortable using Media.net without worry of them suddenly disappearing with my money. Like Google though, I’m sure if they think you’re breaking the rules (whether you are or not), all bets are off.

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  18. Now this is something my friends were looking for eagerly. One of my friends asked which network apart from Adsense could he use as he got banned from Adsense and as my account was never banned, I was in a fix as I never considered finding an alternate to Adsense. I remembered that I tried AdBrite and Chitika and that’s what I recommended him. ut Media.net seems to be a better alternative as I think it has the potential to earn dollars and not pennies like AdBrite often does!
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  19. What are the minimum requirements? I have a site with 15,000 monthly hits and thousands of pages of content but I was denied for low traffic.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s pretty odd – just about all of my sites with them have much less traffic, but had no problem being approved. I would try resubmitting it.

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  20. Looking for some help from anyone who’s been with Media.net and gotten payouts from them. When do they typically disburse payment? Is it usually the last day or two of the month or typically a week before like adsense? I’ve got a substantial payment that I’m expecting from them and am starting to get nervous I won’t see it reflected in my PayPal account as promised this month.

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  21. Thanks for writing this. Got an email from media.net but couldn’t really find any good reviews on them. Having an actual rep sounds refreshing compared to dealing with no one at Google. Even on GAN I don’t have a rep…

    I may give it a shot on the site they mentioned and see how it goes. I wouldn’t mind dropping Adsense altogether if I could.

    Most of my review comes from affiliate but what little I get from Adsense I just don’t like the idea that they can drop me at a whim if they feel like it.

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  22. hi eric i recently got banned in adsense for no reason. i tried to appeal to get my account reinstated but i got no response from them..
    Then i saw your post about medianet. this is the first time i heard about this ad company. may i know if this company is really legit. I mean have you received your payouts? Thank You!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    From what I’ve heard from other people, Media.net is legit. Unfortunately, I have not yet reached the payout threshold, so I don’t have first hand experience (yet) receiving payments from them.

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  23. Great info. We were just solicited by media.net and wanted to make sure that they were legit.
    Used adbrite for a long time but kind of want to replace them due to irrelevant ads and low payout.

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  24. I recently got banned by adsense for classic reason (invalid activity :( ). I will try medianet & infolink for now. Adsense is sucks now huuh
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  25. hi. i tried to apply for medianet but they rejected my application since my website has low traffic as of now.perhaps i’ll try other alternatives
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  26. Check out the review I wrote on Yakezie.com.
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  27. I have personally tried media.net. Their service is really awesome, and what I most liked is their support. They will answer you almost every thing you ask them regarding their service. But once I got my adsense approved, I tried to check the stats ( earning ). I found media.net earning is approximately 70 percent is less as compared to Adsense ( I week test )
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  28. Great Post.

    This is one of the Confused Query among Bloggers that Which is best adsense alternative.
    Will give a try to media net.
    :)
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  29. Sometimes I feel miss with adsense but sometimes also I feel hurt when remembered my site was banned. I dont know about media.net before reading your post. Thanks..I have to move on media.net

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  30. Media.net is a user. They will just use your site for tset run. And they will act like Adsense also, eventually will deactivate your account without clear explanations.
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  31. Media.net asked to have decent amount of traffic in order to get approved for that particular website.

    May I know what is considered as a decent amount of traffic? Do you know?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I think it’s fairly subjective by them. I’ve had sites with almost no traffic get approved, and others declined. It seems like it depends on who (at media.net) is reviewing the application.

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  32. I have searched Adsense alternatives and found this site. Yeah, I know that Adsense is monster in this field and no one can break google rules. But Google Adsense can banned you account without any massage. This month google Adsense block my account and I have lost $80 USD.

    So now I’m moving other sites. Media.net is great option for me. But I need you helps. Can you provide me some information?

    1. Can media.net provides images ads?
    2. Cam media.net supports https version?
    3. Can media.net open ads in new tab?

    Thanks in advance

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Rahol, and I’ll try my best to answer your questions:

    1) I don’t believe media.net currently serves images ads.
    2) I’m not sure about HTTPS.
    3) I’m not sure what you mean about opening ads in new tabs…all of media.net’s ads are similar to AdSense, where the ads are embedded on a webpage (in the content, sidebar, header, or footer). As far as when someone clicks an ad, I’m not sure if the target URL opens in a new tab/page or not, or if this is something you can modify.

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  33. Today I My Media.net account is approved and got a CALL ON MY CELL FROM THEM
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  34. My website is doing good with media.net. Just take a look. The CPC is not far away from adsense. This is the best alternative for those people who got banned from adsense program.
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  35. I have several sites and Google Adsense banned me with one email. Now trying Adbrite but it doesn’t pay anywhere as good as Adsense did, so going to try Media.net and Infolinks they seem to be the best I can find.

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  36. Thanks for the info, I’m looking also for best Google alternatives….

    Thanks for this info…
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  37. hey please tell me the minimum and highest cpc of this site…..email me at arora.himanshu96@gmail.com

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m not sure what the min and max CPCs are…I imagine in varies widely by advertiser and by niche.

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  38. please tell me has media.net approves indian or not.????

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to this. You will have to contact them.

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  39. thanks for this review moving on without adsense
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  40. I just got approved for media.net and i have fixed their ad code on my blog, trying them out to see what their cpc is like, and if its better, i will stick with it. Thanks for the review.
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  41. I’ve tried media.net in 2 days, I think media.net is the top 3 Adsense alternative. Hope that ArchiedeLara’s comment is wrong, and they will act not like Adsense , deactivate our account without clear explanations.
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  42. Hey, I’m considering using my tumblr as a official website. Has anyone done the same and got accepted by media.net

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  43. This ad network by media.net is little bit good but its provides very less CPM/RPM which is really bad as compared to what Google Adsense provides.

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  44. Hello! I, too, got the unwarranted AdSense boot … just as we were going to get our first check. I believe it is because I am still building the site and adding 1-2 pages per day, and all of the traffic I generated in doing so sent out a red flag to Google.
    I have been using Media.net for the past 4 days and have found their payout to be SIGNIFICANTLY less than AdSense – pennies/day when we were averaging around $10/day with AdSense. We’ve had almost 100 “impressions” but earned less than $0.20. I do give Media.net kudos for terrific support but don’t know that the real estate on my pages is worth the pennies per day we’re “leasing” it for.

    Do you know if the earnings per click have the potential to grow? Or am I just in a low-paying market?
    Thank you!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    $0.20 for 100 impressions isn’t terrible actually, but it does depend on the niche. AdSense will probably always pay the best, but without it, we’re forced to find the next best alternative. Right now that appears to be Media.net, even though it isn’t great. I do think the earnings have the potential to grow as Media.net itself grows and gains more advertisers.

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  45. Well articulated review! It’s no surprise Media.net is the only alternative to Adsense. Microsoft and Yahoo have been trying to grasp a bigger slice of the online advertising market for a while but Google kept shaking them off. They say two heads are better than one, and that seems to be the case here.

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  46. Very good review indeed. Media.net is not too strict. I got my blog approved which is merely 6 days old(But I have 35 posts in it!).

    Also one doubt, Does Media.net Pays same as compared to Adsense or Chitika?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I would say Media.net is a bit better than Chitika, but not nearly as good as Adsense as far as EPC goes.

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  47. Great article Eric ! I signed up for Media.net sometime ago, and to my surprise I got approved for a website that I had created just a week ago !

    Anyway, I have also applied for Adsense, so I believe I should not add the Media.net code until Adsense approves me.

    Also, can you please take a look at my website Techjunction.in and tell me if I should improve anything, ur help will surely be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Harcharan
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    Eric G. Reply:

    The site looks pretty good so far! Just keep adding high quality content.

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  48. Nice article thanks Eric

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  49. My experience with Media.net was really bad. The CPM was below the threshold, compared to Adsense and other networks. I just removed it and returned to Adsense.
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  50. I’ve been testing Media.net for couple of weeks. I’m not totally happy with its performance. Earning is almost half compared to AdSense. But still it is a decent ad network.
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  51. Hi admin
    Your article help me to go to media.net but tell me is there any issue of invalid clicks like in adsense ?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    They do care about invalid clicks, but I haven’t heard of people being banned for that reason as frequently as it seems to happen with AdSense.

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  52. Hey. Thanks for sharing this post, I’m planning to apply for media net, if my adsense application isn’t approve.
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    Julian Reply:

    If your Adsense program is not approved, I’d recommend you to go out and try to find your own advertisers who trust in your content and products. Also, you can consider affiliate programs network like ShareASale. I won’t recommend Media.net at all, and I personally don’t trust CJ.
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  53. Hi Eric,
    I don’t hear Media.net before.
    Thank for your review.
    I wonder if it is hard or easy for website approved ?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    They are a little bit more strict than Google in that they need to manually approve each website that you intend to include ads on. I haven’t had too much trouble getting mine approved, however.

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  54. Eric, great article!

    I found that once AdSense starting changing things internally our revenue share has been dropping and continues to drop each month. To date we can’t figure out why things are dropping like they are.

    Then comes along Media.net with a personal invention. The Publisher Development who contacted me has been emailing me for about a week now with info about the program. But for some reason when she says she’s going to call she never does.

    So on one hand I have Adsense that’s declining and Media.net that invites you but can’t keep a phone appointment.

    Not sure what to think!

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  55. what is the minimum threshold in Media.net ??

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I believe to get a payout, you need $100.

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  56. Anyone else seeing a big spike in their Media.net income. In the last two weeks of June we noticed pay impressions showing 60% less from before, but earnings climbing much higher. June 3rd broke all past highs over $300 for one day. Niche is finance all USA/Canada traffic.

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    Dave Reply:

    I too run a financial website. Not huge traffic. But, earnings are going up.

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  57. I have been using media.net. the only bad thing about them is that they don’t provide you with a detail information of clicks.
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  58. I just started giving media.net a try about a week ago and I’m seeing mixed results. Started off great, slowed down drastically after that. It hasn’t been too long so I’ll stick with it for another week or so before deciding whether or not to stay with them.
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  59. I like that they approve manually so I don’t run the risk of them screwing me out out of $140.00 like Google did when they booted me from AdSense.

    I don’t like that I have absolutely no control over how the ads display regardless of the many options they offer you when setting up your ad. No matter what I change it to it absolutely mimics my main navigation and I don’t like that. I tried setting it to moderate mimicry but it’s still doing a full on impersonation of my main navigation.

    It is amazing to have a person who is there and willing to help you, the polar opposite of Google.

    I haven’t been on them long, my first week was pretty good but my revenue has dropped since then. I’ll give it some time because I don’t know of any better alternatives.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Kim. My experiences have been positive too. And at the time I wrote this review, I hadn’t yet received a payout, but since then, I have. So I can confirm that (at least for now) I haven’t been screwed out of any payments.

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  60. Hi Eric,

    I know this is an older post but I just wanted to take a omen to share my experience. I started using Media.net 2/3 years ago when they actually contacted me and offered me an account for one of my sites that was doing very well in the SERPS at the time.

    I started using it and within days I could see it was doing almost as good as my Danes blocks. I am glad I started using it. Although I still use Adsense, Media.net is one f my main money makers n a few of my sites.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience, Saeed. Glad to hear it’s been a positive one.

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  61. I can’t seem to get an answer from Media.net, but was wondering how I would go about getting the text to wrap around their large text rectangle?

    I don’t really like it diving the text.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sorry Ray, I’m not sure. I would keep trying to talk to Media.net if you can.

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  62. Most people simply will be rejected by Media.net. By invite only
    Process is the biggest obstacle for most site owners. Bloggers
    Don’t have a chance here.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    While you may need your site set up and looking good before you apply, I don’t think you can say bloggers don’t have a chance there. I’ve had several of my blogs approved.

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  63. I took down my media ads because there were too many one cent days when other days are 80 cents to over a dollar.

    Also, no response from anyone there about helping me present better ads.

    No customer service at all. Went back to adsense for now.

    May try Media again as they owe me $11 that I will never see if I don’t earn $100.

    I can see now why they set the payment so high.

    People just give up and forfeit the money to Media.net.
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  64. Medianet requires website with visitors from US, Canada and UK. My visitors are all from the Philippines. Will I get approved with this? I wanna try medianet to compare it with adsense. I hope im gonna get approved soon.

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  65. Yes, I also noticed that Media.net sometimes is too strict approving web sites. When my site got declined, I had no idea why it happened. After reading your article I came to the conclusion that the problem is the niche.
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  66. Thanks Dear Admin
    You give me another alternative for making making otherwise I was waiting my Adsense account approval so long.
    Thanks for such a informative post..

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  67. Nice Post. I got & I’m now using media.net ad on my website universitiesinsandiego.com

    They are paying me good

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  68. Thanks for the great review my blog is 4 months old but it receive around 25 to 30k pageviews per months so can I apply for yahoo ads or do I have to wait
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  69. This information is very helpful so thank you for writing it.

    I purchased my site from a guy who was already running Media.net ads. He told me that that they beat AdSense hands down, at least on this site.

    My problem is that I applied for my own account 6/10/14 and then again in July and haven’t heard the first thing. I have emailed several times and tried to call but no one ever answers and they don’t call back when I leave a message.

    Can anyone help me at least get in touch with someone there? I know you said they have good support but I am not seeing it in my end.

    Thanks guys!

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    Tim Seidler Reply:

    Hey Cindy,

    I’ve sold websites to people without accounts before and it was as simple as requesting the switch from the account representative. I’d ask the seller to do that for you.

    The thing about putting you in touch with someone is that each domain is individually approved through their vetting process so they’ll need to remove approval from his/her account and move it over to yours. Without having a 3-way conversation you might not get anywhere.

    Hope that helps,
    Tim
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  70. I’ve a very nice website having a lot of data nut still i don’t have any adsence account approved… :(

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