If you’re looking for ways to increase the revenue from your website, then you’ve likely seen Mediavine recommended as a great way to do that. But Mediavine isn’t the answer for everyone.
In fact, Mediavine recently changed their requirements so that sites now need 50,000 monthly sessions instead of 25,000.
So, if you can’t meet those requirements, or if your site was rejected by Mediavine (been there!), then it’s time to look for alternative display ad options. Since I’ve had to do exactly this, let’s look at the options and I’ll share what I’ve done with my sites.
**And as always, I’m an affiliate marketer and this post contains some affiliate links, meaning I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Why People Love Mediavine
Currently I have one site in Mediavine and it’s easy to see why people are always raving about in Facebook groups and forums. You really do get high RPMs with them.
In fact, my Mediavine site was on AdSense before getting into Mediavine and it earned just under $40 the last month it was on AdSense. And it’s first month on Mediavine was over $500.
That’s why people love Mediavine.
Best Mediavine Alternatives For Low Traffic Sites
With Mediavine now requiring 50,000 monthly sessions to qualify, that means lots of site owners are going to need something better than AdSense to turn to for higher display ad income. So, here’s some options for you to consider.
But for me, they are the best alternative until I can get my sites into Mediavine.
To give you an idea of the increase in ad revenue when moving from AdSense to Ezoic, this is what it looked like for me – just over $100 for the last month with AdSense and over $500 from the first full month with Ezoic.
So, even though I don’t love Ezoic, I do love that kind of income increase.
- Traffic: 10,000 monthly
- Site is Google AdSense approved
Personally, I have never used Monumetric but I’ve seen a lot of bloggers and site owners singing their praise. Though they do have a referral program, so it’s hard to know if people are being truthful or just trying to earn referral monies.
Like Ezoic, you only need 10,000 monthly traffic to qualify with Monumetric.
One thing that turns me off of Monumetric is that you have to pay a $99 setup fee if your traffic is under 80,000 monthly. That being said, if you’re currently on AdSense then you’ll likely recoup this cost with the higher ad revenue from Monumetric.
- Traffic: 10,000 monthly
Last year I bought a site that running Media.net ads and making around $100 a month from them (earnings were only slightly more when I changed it to AdSense). If you’ve never heard of Media.net, then you might be surprised that they are Yahoo & Bing ads – so they’re an AdSense alternative.
But what’s interesting (and different) about Media.net is that they seem to pay based on impressions, not clicks.
While they don’t have any traffic requirements listed on their page other than “a reasonable volume of visitors,” I did some digging and found several bloggers who got approved with traffic of around 6,000 monthly.
- Traffic: at least 6,000 monthly
- English language content
- Most traffic from US, UK, Canada
Best Mediavine Alternatives For High Traffic Sites
If you’ve got a site that’s outgrown the requirements of the companies listed above, then you have a few more options that are available to you. I typically sell my sites before these reach these sorts of traffic levels, so I have zero experience with these companies.
This is probably the most well known of the high traffic ad platforms. And from what I’ve seen online, they seem to often be able to give people higher RPMs than Mediavine.
But, of course, that’s not always the case.
If you’re already in Mediavine, then you may be tempted to move over to give AdThrive a try once you reach 100,000 monthly visitors. I can’t tell you if that’s a good idea for your site, but I can tell you that you’ll have to re-apply to Mediavine if you want to switch back – and your loyalty bonus resets when you leave Mediavine.
- Traffic: 100,000 monthly
- Most traffic from USA
If you’ve been building sites for as long as I have, then you’re likely already familiar with Taboola…but probably thought there’s no way you’d ever meet their requirements.
Not that long ago I started seeing people in Facebook groups and forums talking about how Taboola lowered their traffic requirements for new sites.
From what I can find, it seems that you now need traffic of 500,000 monthly to qualify. Unfortunately, Taboola doesn’t list the traffic requirements on their site, so I cannot 100% confirm this number.
So, if you’re over 100,000 monthly but under 500,000, you still may want to try applying and see what they say. You just might get approved.
- Traffic: 500,000 monthly (???)
The alternatives above by no way exhaust the options available to you. They’re just the ones that I’m most familiar with.
That being said, I did a bit of research to see what else is out there that might be available. And I’d found the following:
- AdMaven (they seem to accept anyone with no traffic minimums)
- Conversant (traffic minimum seems to be 3,000 monthly)
- Adsterra (traffic minimum seems to be 50,000 for display ads)
- Outbrain (no traffic minimum stated)
And there’s probably even more options out there that I didn’t find.
One thing to keep in mind as you look for a Mediavine alternative is that the more popular display ad companies are popular for a reason – they pay well and on-time. Good luck out there!
Hey, I’m Shawna. I make a living working from my laptop in places like London, Sydney, Dubai, Rome, Oslo, Bangkok, Las Vegas, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. I share how I do some of that on this website.