Adsense Mini Niche Sites: Good or Bad Idea?
Google Is Cracking Down On Niche Sites
Creating hundreds of laser focused niche websites can prove to be a very profitable source of passive income online, but it's also turning into a risky business that could result in a huge loss if you're putting all of your eggs in the Adsense basket.
It looks as though Google is beginning to ban more Adsense accounts that house multiple domains for inactive mini-niche sites. People who own hundreds of Adsense niche sites, that include very little content, have a greater chance of getting shut down. Even the niche website expert Spencer Hawes of Niche Pursuits had his account banned recently.
The dreaded ban letter starts with "We’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense account.”
What's worse is that many of the people who had their account banned were unable to collect the remaining balance in their account because the money gets returned to the advertisers. While the account banning is unfortunate, it comes as no surprise and it is the perfect example of how making money online is risky if you are not diversifying.
Is Building Mini-Niche Sites A Bad Idea?
At this point, it would be pretty dumb to create hundreds of one to five page niche sites with little content on them. A niche site doesn't have to be small. It would be much safer to build an authority niche site, with quality content, preferably in a niche where affiliate products are available, instead of only Adsense advertising.
I have a couple niche websites that make money, but after reading about the account banning lately, I won't get involved any further, at least not with the super small niche sites.
Google is also banning more of those one page coupon sites. I'm talking about the ones that don't actually provide coupons, but instead, keyworded articles that trigger relevant Adsense ads to click. No doubt, these types of niche sites make money, but things are changing and those sites probably won't last.
Adsense can be very profitable, but your account can be banned at the drop of a hat, with your $5,000 per month income vanishing in an instant. There are a growing number of advertising networks that are worth checking out if you want to try something outside of Adsense. I only mentioned a couple below, but there are a lot more.
I put Infolinks contextual advertising on my blog and it wasn't too great, but then again, I didn't have it on there very long either. There are people who have had success with it. Infolinks appear as underlined words within the content and mousing over the ad reveals a pop-up ad.
It is very easy to set up and you can adjust how many colored links appear so your article doesn't look like a Christmas tree.
Media.net is considered to be one of the better alternatives to Adsense, especially for people who were recently banned from Adsense and in need of a comparable replacement. The set up is easy and the ad sizes and selections are similar to Adsense, but currently, Media.net ads are only shown in the United States, Canada and the UK.
I have read reviews from people claiming Media.net ads perform pretty well and that the earnings are comparable to Adsense. You must submit each website for approval.
For more ideas on this topic, check out: 5 Ways to Earn Passive Income Online Without Adsense