Ads can be a huge source of income for bloggers, but sometimes it can feel like you have to be in the hundreds of thousands of pageviews to make any sort of decent income with them.
Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be true! While it is easier when your pageviews are higher, because you can have ad networks manage your ad stacks for you, you can also make your own miniature ad stacks (or waterfall ads) to get the most out of your ad spaces.
If you have over 100,000 pageviews a month we recommend Adthrive to manage your ads. If you have over 30,000 we recommend mediavine.
In the video below I will show you exactly how to create an ad stack using amazon CPM and google adsense. Even though I’m using these two popular sites as an example, you can do the same thing with most ad companies, in a similar way. I’ve also used Sovrn, and I know many others that allow this as well.
The benefit to creating an ad stack instead of just using adsense, or another such ad company, is that it allows you to really increase your earnings. Instead of just getting whatever that particular ad agency is able to serve up that day, be it low or high, you get the best of all the ad companies you’ve stacked.
For example, if you are using just google adsense, some days they might have a stellar ad for you, one that’s giving you a really high RPM (rate per 1,000 views).
But, the next day, they might only have low paying RPM ads to display. Sadness!
Instead of just relying on the ebb and flow of that particular ad company, you combine efforts and get the best of both.
In the video I put Amazon CPM on top my stack and then adsense at the bottom. I did this because Amazon CPM typically has a higher RPM/CPM (adsense and amazon can’t agree on which term to use), so I want to give them the chance to give me a higher paying ad.
I also always keep google adsense on the bottom because they have a 100% fill rate.
That means they always have an ad to show, even if it’s low paying, many other ad companies can’t do that, so adsense on the bottom of the stack ensure I’ll always be earning from my ads.
I hope this shows you that building your own ad stack is not as intimidating as it seems, and you can totally do it!
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