If you’re looking for alternatives to Google Adsense, you’re not the only one. Luckily there are a couple of different services out there. Some of them are shady, some of them are extremely invasive of your users experience. I’ve tried out Infolinks, read more of my experience below!
I’m not convinced Ads are the answer. Actually everybody running ads nowadays is late to the party. Subscription models are becoming more popular. Flattr is still around, some people make an extra dime using Patreon. For me, these aren’t much of an option, because I get a lot of hits through search engines and I don’t have a large and dedicated crowd of followers.
That’s exactly the reason why I’m trying to at least cover some of my domain and server costs through running ads on selective blog posts that receive a fair amount of traffic.
Infolinks is not a bad alternative to Adsense, because it gives you a fair amount of customisability, currently it’s too early to say if it pays better per view or per click.
Overall the impression of the site is a bit old fashioned, but the functionality works, even though some of the fields don’t accept Danish special characters like ø, which is in the city I LIVE IN!
The first thing I think everybody HAS to do is to disable the most invasive ad options like the in text ads, which basically ruin readability:
In my opinion in text ad links are not ever useful and when they’re described as effective, it’s probably because somebody mistook it for a link willingly set by the author.
To very specifically set the ad position for an in article ad with Infolinks, you need to also include the following HTML tag where it’s supposed to show:
<input type="hidden" name="IL_IN_ARTICLE">
I like that, because it gives me fine grained control over where I would allow an ad to appear, unlike with the Adsense for WordPress plugin that continuously disobeyed the rules of where to show them on mobile.
I kept an eye on the results for a few days and decided it was time to ditch Infolinks again. The revenue piles up even slower than with Google Adsense and the default options are just extremely intrusive and should only be used on sites that really, really don’t care about their users.