The complete Google Adsense Alternatives for Bitcoin Faucets I decided to group the ad networks I’ve found profitable into 2 groups – Bitcoin ad networks and non Bitcoin ad networks. The main differences are that Bitcoin ad networks pay you in Bitcoins and they all accept faucet traffic.
Bitcoin ad networks for Bitcoin faucets
Coinad – The leading Bitcoin ad network
Pros: Highest paying Bitcoin network, fill rate of ads is good
Cons: Can be accepted only by invite (directed at high traffic faucets only), limited stats
Profitability: Gets you around 0.0001+BTC CPM, at today’s exchange rate this equals to $0.07 which is nice. Also Coinad calculates your revenue and pays you in Bitcoin so you’re not affected by the exchange rate.
Overall: If you have a Bitcoin faucet you have to apply to Coinad. I don’t think there’s any way to keep a faucet profitable without it. If you’re just starting out and don’t have enough traffic, you’ll need to operate for a few months at a loss until you’re big enough. Another option would be to run Adsense on your faucet, knowing you will get banned eventually, but at least cutting your losses.
My rating: 80%
Cointraffic – A highly profitable Bitcoin ad network
Pros: Pretty profitable, awesome support
Cons: Limited statistics, payment is in Euros (affected by BTC exchange rate), limited stats
Profitability: At the moment I cannot say exactly how profitable Cointraffic is. The reason is because they recently started to integrate pop-up banners that are highly profitable. However, these pop-ups are still in Beta. They claim to pay €0.05 cpm for a slide banner and €0.5 CPM for the pop ups.
Overall: For now I’m still testing Cointraffic out, but they seem to be a very legitimate Bitcoin ad network. I especially like the fact that their support is quick to answer and addresses every issue I have. Unlike other ad networks they only allow one banner per site (and one pop up). Their biggest downside is that they calculate revenue in Fiat even though they pay out in BTC. That’s why if the BTC price goes up you get less Bitcoins sent your way. Finally, they are a relatively new ad network which is always a risk.
My rating: 90%
Mellow Ads – Nice addition, but wouldn’t build my hopes on it
Pros: OK fill rate of ads, allows up to 5 ads to be placed on the site, veteran in the market
Cons: A lot of downtime, low payouts, pays per unique click / view, limited stats
Profitability: I assume that MellowAds’ low profitability is related to the fact that MellowAds pays only for unique views / clicks and most of a faucet users are returning users. So even if you put more ads on the site it wouldn’t bring in that much more in revenue. For now I’m seeing around $0.05 CPM from Mellow ads but it varies a lot.
Overall: In all honesty I don’t like MellowAds that much. It’s too much hassle for too little of a profit. The ads have a lot of downtime which also slows down your site. Even though I know the founder personally and he’s a great guy, I think more can be done to improve this ad network. I’m guessing that once I manage to stabilize the faucets revenue stream I will remove MellowAds from the faucet completely.
My rating: 73%
Non Bitcoin Ad networks that work with Bitcoin faucets
Propeller Ads – My personal favorite pop up network (for now…)
Pros: High CPM, good support
Cons: Annoying pop ups, no way to control pop up frequency, limited stats, no Paypal withdrawal option
Profitability: I’ve been using Propeller ads for almost two weeks and have been seeing an average CPM of $0.16. This is pretty good, however keep in mind that on every click after a site refresh an annoying pop up comes up.
Overall: I wish I didn’t have to stoop to pop ups on the site but for now this seems like to only way to get Milli to be even close to breaking even. PropellerAds seem to be a legit ad network with decent CPM. I’m still debating whether it’s better than PopAds or not.
My rating: 88%
PopAds – High revenue pop up ads
Pros: The highest CPMs around, pop-up configuration
Cons: Slow support, low level advertisers
Profitability: PopAds is by far the most profitable ad network available out there. CPMs can reach up to $0.7 which is pretty crazy. If you only care about profit, use PopAds.
Overall: Even though PopAds is insanely profitable I’m not using them at the moment. The reason is because their advertisers are of the lowest level (i.e. porn, multiple pop ups, etc.). You have an option to disable specific advertisers and also put a delay between pop ups but for me that option didn’t work. I contacted their support but they haven’t figured it out. So for now they are out of Milli. I may be trying them again in the future.
My rating: 90%