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Find A Google Alternative
Do you hold a grudge against Google? Did you get banned from Adsense? Or are you just looking to expand your spectrum of online resources?
Whatever the case may be, know that there are a plethora of options that compare, and occasionally excel, what Google has offered you thus far. While I find some of Google's resources invaluable, primarily Adsense and Analytics, they are by no means the be-all and end-all of related online services.
I will begin by looking at the most commonly sought after questions, such as finding a functional Google Adsense alternative, and then move on to address specific services such as the news and Google Earth.
Google Adsense Alternative
Adsense is notorious for being both lucrative (relative to other PPC advertising solutions) and quite tricky to sign-up with. Being banned from Adsense seems to be a relatively common occurrence as well, especially amongst Internet marketers who may use gray and blackhat methods to support their sales.
Now, I'm not going to lie to you, Adsense seems to payout a little better than it's alternatives. But if you've just witnessed you're account being closed, and want to temporarily replace it with something similar rather than letting your income stop, then you have a few solid options. Here is a list of the best solutions.
Bidvertiser Sign Up
Bidvertiser - Looks and feels similar to Adsense, and features the following benefits.
- Low Minimum monthly payment threshold ($10)
- Payment through Paypal
- Advertisers compete in a bid system to display ads
- Allows ad customization and blocking
- Detailed reports
- Bidvertiser promises that will you see your clicks make more money over time (claim)
The only problem with Bidvertiser is that you are realistically going to make a little less money, at least from my experience. But along with AdBrite, in my experience, they held up pretty well.
AdBrite - Adbrite offers a full range of Ads to choose from, supporting everything from text ads to full page ads. Along with Bidvertiser, I have some lucky making a little profit, but definitely less than Adsense. AdBrite offers:
- Ad Customization and ad approval.
- Geographic targeting
- Demographic targeting
- Keywords and channels
- Can work with alongside other contextual advertising solutions such as Kontera.
Other Google Adsense Alternatives
- Kontera - A popular inline contextual advertising solution. I prefer not to use them because they clutter up content somewhat. Can work well alongside other forms of advertising such as AdBrite if your website is terribly content centric.
- Chikita - Works similarly to Kontera, although I find it works a little more efficiently. Initially you won't see to many ads appearing on your content, but when they do they will tend to be sufficiently specific and targeted.
- Infolinks - Yet another PPC in-text advertising solution.
Google Earth Alternatives
Open Street Map (pictured to the right) is a fantastic Google Earth alternative that provides free geographical data and street maps. Open Street map also allow you to edit the entire world's map, similar to a wiki environment, and break free of legal and technical limitation.
Another fine choice is NASA's World Wind application which allows you to interactively fly around the world's atmosphere and view 3d environments. Take a look a the picture below to see what this software is capable of!
Here is a list of other fine alternatives.
- Bing Maps
- Flash Earth
The search engine market remains lop-sided, with Google dominating across the board. However recent statistics reveal that both Yahoo and Bing seem to enjoy some measure of success playing catch-up. Moreover, there have been accusations leved at Google accusing them of having copied Bing's background system.
Beyond the three market behemoths you are sure to know already, standing firm at around 2.5% market share lies Ask, one of the longest lived search engines on the Internet. One of the greatest advantages of Ask is its ability to help searchers narrow their searches effectively, making it perfect for broad to specific queries.
Another bloomer is Dogpile which is a search engine hybrid powered by metasearch technology that returns results from all the major search engines, and filters only what it considers to be the best of them. It seems to work fairly well, and I time has made Dogpile my search engine of choice (outside of my own marketing endeavours).
Unfortunately, this section concludes this article. I hope you enjoyed the read and hope that you found something you can incorporate to your own advantages!
Thank you very much for reading!