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Hi, I'm looking for an adsense alternative. I've got a forum that's using adsense at the moment. It's earning me a bit of money I use to for pay hosting. Except I've got a tiny problem. I came across a thread on a forum I visit for SEO and administration issues and there was a thread that someone got their adsense suspended without reason, no reply to their emails. I've read the entire TOU/TOS before and know they can terminate at any time, especially if your site shows weird activity. My problem is this, my site members sometimes think clicking these ads help. I mean, I'm not allowed to tell them not to click it or click it, but I can't figure out a way to keep this adsense account. The account is split with 9 other sites I own and I need this. I considered a mass mail send out, but I haven't optimized my hosting panel () to be able to do that, second thing is I don't want my domain to be blackballed. And I don't think anyone ever reads the board emails? :-$
A few weeks ago I spotted some adsense look alike module on some simming community I go on. I was going to contact the admin but good luck there, they never say anything about what they use for "security reasons"...
All I remember is that is was using a red curvy bit at the bottom left or right, and the add changes ^ & whatever the bottom one is.
It looks just like Adsense, except without the really annoying restrictions. My adsense gives me a hefty amount, I just don't want to lose it.
I've disabled adsense for my forum for now and I'm running Kontera, but that doesn't pay much. Even if it pays half that of adsense, I'd like it. Members wouldn't know the difference as far as I'm concerned.
Any help is highly appreciated, thanks!
[edited by: SwitchFX at 9:09 am (utc) on May 4, 2009]
[edited by: martinibuster at 5:42 pm (utc) on May 4, 2009]
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I'd say in-text link programs like Kontera and/or Vibrant Media are your best bet beyond Adsense.
Or if you have the traffic, try direct ad sales and use Google's AdManager to server the ads...
Dang, that sucks. I spent 2 hours looking for this thing this morning to no available. Thanks for the mention of VM, although their ads run the same colored keywords as Kontera... I know they used to use this one keyword agency that I had considered but they were ripping off clients.
I have the traffic to sell ad space, but it just becomes a hassle after a while.
I would try the beta from Microsoft if it was in my beta tester area, alas it is not and I don't really trust MS with their search algorithms.
Edit: Anyone know anything about BurstMedia?
[edited by: SwitchFX at 6:26 pm (utc) on May 4, 2009]
could you elaborate on your comment about using direct ad sales with google's admanager. I have a site pulling in a great amount of traffic (roughly 50K uniques a month). I am currently using adsense and think I have enough traffic to start expanding into something like direct ad sales. Do you mean completely negotiated privately with advertisers? Or is this through some service?