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Why I HATE Adsense (And REFUSE To Use It On My Website)

Why I HATE Adsense (And REFUSE To Use It On My Website)

– Hey everyone it’s Neil Patel here for another Q&A Thursday video. I’m here with Adam
LaDolce from Viewership. – Hello everyone. – And this week’s question is … – This one is from Albert
Santiago de la cruz, and this question is very pointed to Neil, what do you think of AdSense? – I hate AdSense. I hate AdSense. – We call him the AdSense
hater, that’s his nickname. – I hate AdSense, I hate
YouTube ads, no offense YouTube, no offense Google because
you’re making good money from it and other people are
as well, good for them. I hate Facebook ads because you can now monetize your videos on Facebook. I hate any form of banner ads. And the reason I hate
ads is for one thing, well technically I don’t
hate ads, I like buying ads. – Yeah. – I just hate putting
ads on my own website. And here’s why I hate
putting ads on my website. Number one, if I put
AdSense on my website, I’m getting a fraction of the money. Google the middleman is
keeping the other portion and there’s nothing wrong with that. They’re in business to make
money too and they do it, but you as a publisher you’re
not keeping the majority of the money, or you may or
who knows what the split is. But I don’t think
everything is crystal clear on how much you get to keep. Number two, if someone
continually advertises on your website, that means
they’re making more money than whatever they’re paying you. And they’re just not paying you money, they’re paying Google money and they’re paying Google more money than whatever you’re getting. Which means they’re making more money than whatever they’re spending. So if they’re making more money, that means you would make more money if you just sold a product or
service like they are doing. To give you a good idea, Adam puts AdSense on your
YouTube videos right? – I do. – He has over a million
views, that’s a lot. How much revenue do you generate
from those ads per month? – About $2,000, $2500. – $2,000 to $2500 a month. That’s not bad, that’s
a good amount of money. But with your YouTube channel
when you first started off and you started selling
info products and Ebooks from that same traffic, before you even had your own website, how much revenue were you
generating when you did that? – Yeah like 10X that,
easily, when I first started. – So he was generating
$20,000 a month roughly. That’s so much more than
putting AdSense on your sites. You get what I mean right? – Yeah. I’m not trying to say that
you shouldn’t use AdSense because I hate Google. I love Google, it’s my
favorite search engine. I’m just saying you would
make more money if you created your own products or services
and then you were the one who were doing the advertising. You don’t wanna be the person at the bottom of the totem pole. You wanna be the person
who’s buying the ads. You don’t wanna be the
person who’s serving ads. – Yeah. – Right? Technically if you’re Google
and you’re serving ads you’d be at the top of the totem pole but you don’t wanna be
the person placing ads on your website, you wanna be the person who are buying the ads because that’s where the money is. – I also just one last thing
on why I personally hate AdSense or at least relying
on that as your sole source of income is that your
entire livelihood in life is all dependent on this other company. Basically Google is your boss. Like Google can fire you
and they can shut you down, they can demonetize you,
especially on YouTube and then suddenly your business, let’s say I have known YouTubers who make $50, $60,000 a month from
AdSense, you get demonetized, you’re out. That’s it. – There goes your income. And if you wanna do ads, you
can use AdSense, but consider AdSense, consider direct ad sales, consider signing up for
other media partners or ad partners, do direct
sales, whatever it is. And by doing that, you won’t
be as reliant on AdSense and then you’ll have income
coming from multiple places. So if something wrong happened at least you’d still be making money. – For sure. Yup. Sponsored videos that’s also a good way, sponsored blog posts what do you think? – I don’t like sponsored blog posts but you could do that as well. – Yeah. – You have to make sure you
leave a disclaimer saying, “This was sponsored,” whether
it’s a video or a blog post, it’s just the ethical thing to do. I think in some countries it’s required but in general you should
do it because it’s ethical. – Interesting. Cool. – So that’s it for this
week’s Q&A Thursday video, if you want a question
answered on next week’s video, leave a comment below. Either way I’ll answer it,
thank you for watching, please subscribe, comment, share, like. I appreciate it, thank you very much.

100 thoughts on “Why I HATE Adsense (And REFUSE To Use It On My Website)

  1. i have One Question Neil !
    What is main Source Of yours Earning ??
    I dont SEE any Ad on Your Website & if is it possible to make money From Blog And Youtube without Putting someone Ad?

  2. I don't know how to sell physical products on my website like medicine etc as i don't know the exact mechanism like how to get stock in bulk so that it can give me a profit margin beside expenses !!! Thanks

  3. just after using 10 days of adsense, i shifted to affiliate marketing…i saw no point in doing adsense when you can make more money thru affiliate marketing.

  4. Nice. Can you answer my Question? Which is the best event blog? I mean there is a lot of traffic on event so can a shared hosting handle this traffic

  5. I make a few thousand a month from Adsense, don’t hate the player, hate the game 😂 seriously though I also get your point.

  6. Learnt something today, we should not depend on one ads network, rather multiple is good, incase you get fired on one. Thanks Niel

  7. Hey, Neil Sir…

    I just want to ask you…If You don't like adsense…Ads so…How do you generate…Revenue through your Blogs…?

    Is it…By Selling your Own Products or Anything else…???

    Pls reply as 200k Subscribes Don't Know About This… I am also…very curious to..Know..

    Cheers, Raj Vishwakarma.

  8. Hate them (ads in general) too, but use them anyway lol… Google adsense does pay you peanuts. I waited After my site reached about 25k Visitors a month, then I started to use mediavine, which is great… When it gets over 100,000 visits, I'll consider adthrive, what do you think about those? …. But I'd rather do that than use Adsense… I still feel funny about "Serving" Ads though, so I totally get what you're saying.. I reduced the amount of ads that shows a couple of weeks ago. Neil, would you ever link to a resource if you see they are serving ads? Even if the content is valuable?

  9. Hey Neil, what do you think the best practice to increase income from a blog? Focusing on 1 blog or create another blog?

  10. Thanks for educating about Adsense and your digital marketing tips they are really helpful to learn and understand DM. My question is What is the best tool of making video ads?

  11. Hi @Neil
    Thank you again for such a wonderful information.
    Please can you make video. How to promote brand new E-commerce website?

  12. Hello Sir,
    I Am A Student And Study In 9th Class And I Just Want To Make Money,
    So Will Please Help Me By Answering A Question That How To Promote CPA Offers In Others Countries In Free

  13. What is the best place to sign up users with a landing page that integrates well with hellobar and subscribers. Also why doesnt subscribers have a Twitter account? I saw or read one of your post it says tweet me and let's go viral or something like that.

  14. I hate Adsense too! I would better go for partnership. Adsense is not good for building a good brand, especially in digital marketing niche.

  15. Hating Adsense is not helpful. Why throw away easy money? The key is to diversify so you do not become dependent on Adsense or anyone else. Also, why begrudge Google their cut, Neil? They paid for the ad infrastructure and get people to buy ads, and that has tremendous value.

  16. Hey, Neil i know you've said something in the past about the longer people stay on your site the better your rankings will be well i just want there to be more questions and more answers. Thanks Neil

  17. hey Neil, the thing about adsense is it is user specific. suppose I am in the web design field, I am shown an ad of hostgator then. in this case, adsense is kind of good. And if I am using only adsense, how can I study, who is showing ads on my website?? as it is different for everyone?.

  18. That thing I learned recently. Thanks for confirming. I usually say, adsense is my last option. But now I will say, leave adsense

  19. What tactic of SEO would you perform when a certain keyword you want to rank for has competition with very low/poor content but very strong backlinks and domain authority?

    Especially when the website you are using has low domain authority + weak backlink profile

  20. Hey Neil! Thanks for the information. I would like to know if we are selling our digital products specifically Ebooks, how can we protect or protest against copy or distribution of paid ebooks.

    How and where to file a complaint or claim regarding such activity.


  21. Sponsored post – most of the players don't want to show their post as a sponsored post or labelled as sponsored and in that case, if you labelled – you lose money. Whats your point of view on this

  22. Neil sir please talk about content writing tools or duplicate content checker tools which can help us to write a content fast

  23. Hey Neil this is my first comment on your YouTube videos. I follow you when you have 40k subscriber. Thanks for the amazing videos😋

  24. Hi Neil how are you doing, There is so much to learn from your videos, well am an Indian just starting amazon affiliate site. I need your inputs to build AA site which niche is good for USA, is this really profitable now a days. I will appreciate if you could put it in next Q&A.

  25. Hi Neil,
    I don't see Amazon & Flipkart (Indian) E-commerce big shots providing services in regional languages.

    Is it a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to make regional language based e-commerce services?

    P.S: Also tell about SEO for regional languages.

    Thank you.

  26. Hey Sir
    My website niche is fashion and fitness and i am using adsense for. Last three months.. But i am not satisfied with those ads. Can you suggest me some other ideas or service i can start on my website which should be problem solving as well. As making money too.
    Waiting for your response!!

  27. Thanks neil, i got question, what is the best replacement of ads? I mean if get rid of ads, what is the alternative source of income? Sorry for my bad english

  28. @Neil Patel – I've made over $400K on Adsense. Some sites are just not made for product/service sales, and adsense is great.
    That said, on my product site I don't use adsense … but then again I sell AdSense WP plugin 🙂

  29. I want to know about SEO in my country. I am in Sri Lanka. People mostly use English for searching and all. Nut they want to read in sinhala. So how can I do SEO. My content is in Sinhala language. But people mostly search things in English

  30. Hey Neil,
    3D Audio…Hmm.😂
    Good…This technology is good to make your thoughts affect the listeners.

    You should continue this.
    I love this. 😍

  31. I love your material Neil.
    Adsense generates extra income but definitely shouldn't be the main source. I would still keep it. It doesn't hurt.

  32. When launching a new product what would be your number one way to drive traffic to that new product if you don't already have an audience

  33. YouTube makes money when you let ads run in your videos. So is it right that when you have ads in your video, you get ranked higher than when you don't.

    Sry for my english 😄

  34. I don't hate you because you reply anyone of their comments, would like to say that you are a best youtuber than all.

  35. I wouldn't want Adsense on my website either. If anything, I'll just add it to my YouTube or Facebook account. I want people to see my content not ads. I wholeheartedly agree with you.

  36. Sorry for asking neil but out of 1000 people how many people would buy ebook from your site ? Does it really worth it for them and how much price do you set on your ebook ?

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