Adsense Alternative: Infolinks

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 ΓΈ, 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.

Integration

<script type="text/javascript">
var infolinks_pid = 2975842;
var infolinks_wsid = 0;
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="//resources.infolinks.com/js/infolinks_main.js"></script>

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.

Conclusion

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.

1 thought on “Adsense Alternative: Infolinks”

  1. Actually, I have tried all of them as Google Alternatives. But The truth is that no one competes with Adsense at all. For smaller blogs I would like to share my own experience about:

    1. Amazon Display ads: one of LOW CPM ad network.
    2. Bidvertisor and Clicksor: serve low-quality ads, so your site may be flagged as malicious.
    3. Viglink, Skimlinks, Infolinks, Chitika: Low rates. Infolinks makes blogs look too busy when they use the iframe and infold ads.
    4. RevenueHits is a SPAM ad networks. You can check it’s reputation on the internet.
    5. Adversal, Adsoptimal, Media[.]net are still BEST high paying Google Adsense alternatives for our blog. They have better designs, which provides better result next to AdSense.

    From my own blog monetizing experience, I would like to say, don’t limit yourself to any one AD NETWORK. Try other ad networks and see which one work the best with your micro-niche blog. Since you are trying the micro-niche blog, try monetizing with affiliate products. I would recommend to you & for others to try more network, and figure out which one is working best for their blog type.

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