Why Affiliate Marketing is better than Google Adsense?

This is a response post by Rafay Baloch to Hassam's post on Why you should never blog on Hacking? 

Affiliate-Marketing Vs Google AdsenseAdSense is a very popular and widely known PPC network. It is how Google makes most of its income. AdSense has proven to be one of the highest paying ad networks, therefore a lot of bloggers and webmasters have been attracted by AdSense over the past few years. However the biggest mistake (in my opinion) most of the bloggers and webmasters commit is when they make AdSense as their main source of revenue, leaving themselves at the mercy of Google.

Last month AdSense banned more than 90% of the Pakistani publishers, due to the massive amount of click frauds by Pakistani Bloggers, Only 10% of the bloggers were doing click fraud and as a result of this the rest of 80% suffered badly. I was also the victim of the ban. It was a huge shock to those who has kept AdSense as their major source of income.

The Reason Why I Survived?

Well the answer is simple, I don't rely on AdSense, AdSense just brought 10% of my income, So I was really not worried if there was no adsense at all, However on the other hand the bloggers whose 90% of income was made through adsense lost every thing.

Affiliate Marketing

This post is not solely about the comparison b/w Adsense and Affiliate Marketing, However this post is more targeted towards the importance of affiliate marketing. So What is Affiliate Marketing?
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In simpler words an Affiliate Marketing means Cost per action, You earn an affiliate commission based on the action of the user. For Example: If a user completes a survey, You get a commission (Which b/w is known as Cost per lead, It's a type of affiliate marketing), If a user buys a product, You get a commission (Which is an example of traditional affiliate marketing.


I have been closely analyzing the strategies of famous internet marketers and affiliate marketers such as John chow, ZacJohnson etc,  And most of their money is made by the combination of the two things, EMAIL MARKETING + AFFILIATE MARKETING. Let's take an example of ZacJohnson, He runs a blog zacjohnson, He makes SixFigure income by just Affiliate marketing, As a reason of which he is  widely known as Six Figure Affiliate Blogger.

Six Figure Bloggers Strategy:

Here is the strategy which almost every six figure affiliate bloggers use:
1. Choose A Target Audience.
2. Choose A Targeted Product.
3. Build An Email List with target audience.
4. Start Selling.
My Personal Opinion About Adsense Vs Affiliate Marketing:
"Choosing Adsense over affiliate marketing is just like trading dollars for pennies".

My Advice To Newbie Bloggers:

My advice to newbie bloggers is not restrict your self to only one source of income, Instead you create multiples sources of your income, So if one goes down, the other one is there to backup, In my upcoming guest posts, I will talk more about affiliate marketing and direct Ads, Types Of affiliate Marketing, Some Case Studies, Best affiliate marketing networks etc.
If you have any questions feel free to comment.

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  1. thanks for the information rafay

  2. informative... Nice post rafay

    I am also a victim of banned adsense. Is it possible to get new adsense account.
    I saw adsense ads on your blog incomefigure.com

    Please write a post about best affiliate networks.

  3. I would indeed agree on the points you mentioned pal. Keeping multiple sources of income is far better than keeping the income sources fixed and limited. You never know which one plays well at the end of the day unless you try different Ad campaigns set by you and track their performance.

    What Affiliate product ideas can you give for MBT? How can we increase sales of that product? Now that indeed will help a lot of people to better understand how products can be chosen for a particular niche.

    BTW I would also agree to what hassam said related to Google Adsense on Blogs with hacking as the theme topic. Since Adsense is the biggest Ad network online, therefore absense of such network is surely a Doom to some extent because it is responsible for 90% of earning for many probloggers like shoemoney, labnol and sites like DIGG. But I would still agree that you can earn a lot more with Affiliate marketing if applied correctly.

  4. thanks for your information, it wasnt only the Pakistan bloggers that were hit by the adsense ban ooo, 80 percent of Nigerian Bloggers were also banned and i was one of them, my blog are www.necogce.blogspot.com and www.efiweblog.info

  5. useful info thx.. i really need more info cuz i want to join Affiliate Marketing

  6. hai hasam..munny from malaysia..im a newbie blogger just learn blogging step by step without referring notebook..just having some examples n practical by viewing and surfing other people blogs!!..so, actually i could understand ur xplanation about affliates n adsense..but how do i choose the best affliates??
    previously i had join the US affliates named webmaster.. i pay everything to subscribe these n those..having around 5 health product n tips / services..they give me each of it tools n web to handle it..thre's no need to promote or what ever..they will do n provide everything..i'd join for already 8 mnth..yet NOTHING i got through paypal or what ever!!!
    hey!! sorry to disturb u with these long question yaar!!! but still needs some tips to choose any gud affliates...
    pls help me...

  7. Thanks for sharing good information.

  8. I'm not agree with it. Affiliate marketing is good but it's not better than ad-sense.Actually you can't compare this two policy. It have some similarity but the way of working is too different.

  9. nice post about affiltrate

  10. Awesome information, i have a question, can i apply for ad sense if my blog is 3 months old and all of the contents are my own, please check out my blog- http://technobuzzing.blogspot.com . i am very eager to apply for the ad sense please help.

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