- Revenue Per 1,000 Pageviews (RPM)
- Customer Service
- Ad Designs
UPDATE: I'm currently not using Media.net ads on my niche sites because I changed up my ad network configuration (see what I'm doing here).
I’ve been monetizing my niche sites with display ads for several years.
Table of Contents
- Is Media.net a viable alternative to Adsense?
- Media.net Benefits
- Media.net Wish List
- Tip to Make More with Media.net Ads
- My current ad networks:
To say I’ve researched the subject is an understatement. I’ve purchased many courses and read countless blogs and forum threads on the subject all in an effort to improve my display ad revenue.
My efforts have paid off. I generate over $100,000 per month in display ad revenue (profiting $40,000 to $45,000 per month).
There’s quite a bit of information about Adsense, but not so much about Media.net ads. Sure, there are loads of bloggers trying to cash in on the “alternatives to Adsense” topic and include Media.net as an option… but very few people have demonstrated that Media.net actually makes them serious money.
I’m writing this to show you that Media.net (10% bonus revenue for first 3 months with this link) can generate a great deal of revenue for a website.
The following is a screenshot of my Media.net revenue (screenshot taken November 19, 2014):
UPDATE – April 22, 2015
My Media.net revenue continues to grow and is becoming a more and more important revenue stream for niche sites. Here’s an updated earning screenshot:
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As you can see, Media.net ads can generate some decent revenue. I’m on par to hit five figures this month (November 2014) from Media.net revenue alone. At this pace, I’ll hit 6 figures in 2015.
And get this, I place all my Media.net ads in the lower portion of my site reserving the top ad spots for Adsense. If I couldn’t use Adsense, I’m sure Media.net would earn far more by being placed toward the top of my niche blog.
My 3 Most Valuable Tips for Getting to $400+ Per Day with Media.net Ads:
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Is Media.net a viable alternative to Adsense?
No, it isn’t. By this I mean that I would NOT earn as much with Media.net as I do Adsense if I placed Media.net ads in the premium ad spots on my niche sites.
Just so you know, I use Media.net in addition to Adsense. Yes, I use both on every page. And yes, I use the maximum number of ad units on each page resulting in 6 ad units per page (3 Adsense and 3 Media.net). However, my niche blog articles are looooooong, incorporating a great deal of media and text.
That said, if you are no longer eligible to use Adsense, Media.net has proven to be the second largest display ad revenue source on my niche blogs, so it’s definitely worth using. I’ve placed many ads from many networks on my niche blogs and Media.net consistently outperforms all of them except Adsense.
To be fair to Media.net, I’ve never actually tested swapping my Adsense ads with Media.net ads. I know I should test, but I really don’t want to take a hit for even one day on my Adsense revenue.
1. Dedicated customer service representative
With your account you get a customer service rep with whom you can email. They respond within 24 hours (often much faster). They will also make suggestions to improve performance.
2. Ads comply with SSL certificate
In August 2014 I installed an SSL certificate on one of my niche blogs (to see if I would get more organic search traffic from Google who announced SSL certificates are now a positive ranking factor). The biggest problem with SSL certificates is that many advertising networks’ ads are not SSL compliant. I had to drop 3 advertisers. Fortunately, Media.net ads are SSL compliant. However, you do have to get your rep to provide you the ad code.
3. High converting ad design options
The ad units look like navigation menus. This is brilliant because it results in a very high CTR. That said, it’s a 2-click revenue system, which means you only earn revenue on the landing page to which the ad sends visitors once the second link is clicked.
Nevertheless, when it’s all set up right and properly optimized, you can still earn great revenue despite the 2-click process.
4. Large ad options
I love the 600×250 and 300×600 ad units. They perform well.
5. You’re permitted to place Media.net ads in sticky or fixed sidebar zones
This is a HUGE benefit. You cannot place Adsense ads in a floating/fixed/sticky sidebar zone, but you can place Media.net ads in these zones. One of my niche sites generates more than $4,000 per month with one Media.net ad units in the sticky zone – read more here.
6. View live ad impression count
This feature doesn’t help you earn, but it’s kind of cool. When you log into your Media.net dashboard, there’s a live impressions real-time counter. You can actually see the number of impressions increase while in the dashboard.
Media.net Wish List
1. Real-time revenue reporting
You have to wait until the following day to find out how much revenue you generated the day before. I don’t like this. I like seeing how I’m doing throughout the day… especially when testing new ads.
2. Better revenue metrics and data
The degree of detail in the reporting is pretty weak. For example, you can’t track revenue on a URL-basis like you can with Adsense. I love being able to see how much I’m making from individual URLs, but unfortunately I have to speculate with Media.net. Overall ,their reporting features aren’t nearly as detailed as Adsense.
3. Many ads are a 2-click revenue model
I’ve alluded to this above. For many of the ad formats, you don’t get paid until the second ad is clicked. Obviously it would be better to get paid from the first click.
I didn’t get to $400+ per day with Media.net overnight
Similar to a lot of Adsense testing, I’ve done quite a bit of testing with Media.net in order to get my revenue to five figures per month. My customer rep helped quite a bit.
Actually it’s kind of funny, because it’s my customer rep who went ahead one day with a different design and placed it on my site. Anyway, I saw the different design and became alarmed. BUT, I decided to let it ride for a day to see what happened.
As it turned out, the Media.net customer rep knew their stuff. Their ad design dramatically increased my revenue. Needless to say I’m using that design to this day.
What’s involved when optimizing revenue with Media.net ads?
You need to test a number of variables such as:
- Ad style (Media.net offers multiple templates to choose from for each size).
- Ad sizes
- Ad placement
- Ad design (refers to font and colors).
With all of those variables, you can spend months testing. That’s what I did with a lot of help and suggestions from my rep.
Tip to Make More with Media.net Ads
It took me a while to figure this out.
Most of the Media.net ad designs appear like website navigation menus. This is great because with proper placement, the click through rate is very high. The downside is you don’t generate revenue on the first click. You only generate revenue on the second click. When the menu-style ad is clicked, it takes the visitor to a landing page containing a long list of links. Those links are ads. When one of those links are clicked, you get paid.
One way to dramatically increase the number of second clicks (so you get paid) is to ask your rep to create the landing page so it appears like your site. They did this for me very quickly. The page shows my logo and uses my site’s colors. This way it appears as my site, which dramatically increased conversion and revenue.
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My current ad networks:
Monumetric: This is my highest earning ad network. They provide middle of the content sticky units and a sidebar sticky unit as well as video ads and regular non-stick ads. They use header bidding. All-in-all, I’m very happy with my ad revenue results with this ad network.
AdSense: Yes, I still put a couple of AdSense units on my pages such as link ads, in-article units and the Matched Content units.