Does Private Advertising helps always?

Well that is a question I asked myself a lot during past 1 year. I see so many blogs using private ads and with most of ad spots filled with something or other. But I could never get my ad spot filled with something useful. Still I kept the ad spots. But then I realized that what I was missing by keeping those unpaid ad spots all along.

In between I tried several methods to show them partially filled such as using affiliate links, sponsoring ad spots in other contests or even rewarding space in contests. In the end it helped with nothing but some hiked Technorati and Incoming links values and nil in terms of monetization.

Now I think that its better to put something paid into empty spots than keeping them filled with unpaid and illusionary ad spots. And thus you are seeing Adsense on my blog back again. Even if it does not pay too much but something is better than nothing.

My Suggestion would be the same. Fill the unused empty space with something that’s useful for you too. Handing free adspots constantly won’t help much. Your residual income will still be zero. Don’t just use private ads just for the sake of it or just because everybody else is doing so.

And if you think you will never be able to get private ads by replacing the spots with Paying Ads like Adsense, you are wrong. Try to get more traffic(not links), and keep working. When Adsense starts paying you well, you will automatically have a proof that your ad spots are working good. This revenue can be a big proof to show to others that you can handle private ads pretty well. You can email potential advertisers and show them your potential and ask for private ads and can always replace Adsense with private ads if the advertiser is convinced.

So, I don’t think bringing back old forms of ads is bad that much. Adsense is still the easiest possible source of residual income online.


  1. While adsense is a very easy way of making a few pennies, as you say it is difficult to make very much. Have you tried directly approaching related sites to see if they’ll pay you directly for advertisements in your slots? That removes the middleman, and though it requires some effort to track down advertisers, it’s typically much more profitable.

  2. I think with the type of blog you have, ads like “Elegant Theme” should work for you. Have you ever get any affiliate money with them??
    You may also like to add few Hosting affiliate banners there. It worked for me once 🙂

  3. @Agent 001, yes Adsense is the easiest for residual income but it is becoming more and more difficult to make money as you have indicated. Empty ad slots can be filled, but with what? What are the alternatives that will produce some residual income?

  4. Superb article Nate! I concord with you, currently I am delivery google ads, and making few dollars a day.. sometimes author.. sometimes less… maybe I should delete them all to..

  5. You’re adsense revenue can be a great proof for companies that putting an ad on your site is a good investment. However this means that until you have that proof you probably won’t find anyone willing to advertise in taken spots. And then you need to spend your own time looking up potential clients. It seems like a lot of work.

  6. About Adsense, the placement of the ads are very important. People are not “seeing” ads placed to the right anymore. If u do Adsense, u usually have to put them on top in the center of the page. On the other hand if u have a niche site, u could surely get some private ads without having 15000+ visitors pr. month. Company’s are used to pay Google a lot pr. keyword, and if u can make it cheaper…

  7. Advertisers come automatically if you have traffic, they don’t even see if you have ad-spots available.

  8. AdSense still relies on keywords. Fretting about keyword density doesn’t suit all webmasters, which is one of the reasons why contextual ads don’t work for everyone.

  9. We found the same thing, we had ads which were just affiliate image links but they only got a few clicks a day and made little to no cash so we replaced them with Adsense. Although I would prefer another alternative instead of pasting the same Adsense code over many sites.

  10. PA is only worth if your blog is high trafficked more than 15000 visits a month or so.

  11. Good luck with the adsense. Im sure it will be easier to sell private ads once your traffic grows a lot more.

    I won’t sell any private ads until my traffic is quite substantial.

  12. Something is better always.
    A click is a click no matter if it is done once on something useful instead of empty space.

  13. Dear Singh, If you want to sell all your banner spots you should go to digitalpoint. I always sell all the spots I have. If you still can’t sell all your spots in digitalpoint go to other forums like wickedfire and v7n, etc.

  14. Private Advertising helps only when you have a High Pr and Good Alexa ranks otherwise Google Adsense is the Best for growing bloggers

  15. Good Tip. I hope adsense will do good for you 🙂

  16. Hi Navjot,

    I had use Adsense, even now I am using some Adsense but not all over the place, since without enough traffic, my revenue its just peanuts.

  17. “Adsense is still the easiest possible source of residual income online.”
    Well not for me. Adsense has not been much profitable (maybe less traffic).

    I agree with you about filling the empty ads spot with something.

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