Bitcoin Ad Networks Reviewed and Compared
Last updated: 4/9/19
In this article, I will review the top 7 Bitcoin ad networks available today. We do not work directly with all of these ad networks, we only have personal experiences with Coinzilla, Cointraffic and Coinad.
Thanks to the popularity of cryptocurrency, there are now dedicated Bitcoin ad networks that allow you to display Bitcoin-related ads on your site and earn additional Bitcoin income. Ad networks may differ in several parameters: which websites they allow on their network, their payout model, support score and more.
Here are the top ad networks around and what I will review in this post:
Much like Google AdSense, Bitcoin advertising networks provide ads on your website. In return you’ll receive a payout in Bitcoin, which you can usually withdraw within a week. From an advertiser perspective ad networks supply a wide range of cryptocurrency websites where they can display their ads.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Bitcoin advertising networks to consider for your website:
Pros: referral program, payments are reliable and rarely delayed, high-quality advertisers
Cons: Strict website requirements
Coinzilla is a prominent Bitcoin advertising network, which was launched in 2016. It offers both CPM and CPC advertising in the form of standard banners, floating banners, and pop-under ads. Interestingly, adverts can be funded not only with Bitcoin but also with Ethereum. One feature you may find useful is the referral program, which can help you earn 10% of the deposits and withdrawals of referred users.
Payments on CoinZilla are processed daily, with up to 72 hours on weekends and a minimum withdrawal amount of 50€.
Coinzilla’s publisher requirements are on the strict side, with quite a lot of users having their websites rejected. In particular, Coinzilla only accepts websites with good engagement and interaction rate.
As for the customer support, Coinzilla have high online availability and responses are typically helpful. More than that, there’s the flexibility of submitting a support ticket via the website or contacting Coinzilla via Skype.
Pros: Platform is quick and easy to use , Support is good, Careful about the advertisers they choose
Cons: You may have to wait awhile for your website to be reviewed
CoinTraffic has been around since 2014 and refers to itself as a crypto advertising network. It offers CPM campaigns and has a wide range of advertising format options, including static banners and pop-under ads. The platform is easy to use, which makes checking daily payments and withdrawing commissions particularly easy. There’s a minimum withdrawal of €10, and requests for payouts are usually processed within 24 hours.
One advantage of CoinTraffic is that they’re selective about the number of advertising partners they have. This means that they’re careful to avoid ICO scams, instead simply concentrating on high-quality traffic with reputable advertisers and publishers.
Support offered by CoinTraffic is typically very good, with quick response times, though it can sometimes take weeks for your website to be approved or rejected.
Pros: Good support, great UI, quality traffic thanks to advanced algorithm
Cons: Only crypto related websites are allowed
Founded in 2014, Bitmedia is a London-based Bitcoin ad network. Bitmedia’s platform was built from scratch, involving many experts from the big-data & the high-load technologies. The goal in mind was to develop a top notch advertising platform as well as to promote the Bitcoin community.
The company provides both CPC & CPM campaigns, with payments initially being made for every click (CPC) or 1,000 impressions (CPM). The minimum amount for withdrawal is 0.001 BTC. Officially, Bitmedia only allows Bitcoin and cryptocurrency related websites on its publishers. However, they do write that if your non-crypto website provides good and lively traffic, they may make an exception, if it suits them.
Bitmedia puts a heavy emphasis on quality. The company prides itself for developing a smart algorithm that shows ads to relevant users only, as well as conducting deep learning of the user’s behavior, to better improve the algorithm. Moreover, their UI is very friendly and intuitive and their support is fast and helpful.
Pros: Focus on high quality, weekly payment, potential to earn more than with most Bitcoin ad networks
Cons: Invite-only with strict entry requirements
CoinAd differs from most Bitcoin advertising networks in the sense that new publishers are accepted on an invite-only basis. What’s more, they have strict requirements, such as only accepting websites with Alexa ranks of under 100,000 and at least 100,000 daily page impressions.
As such, this Bitcoin ad network is only for more established sites. The goal behind this is to offer greater quality for advertisers who are able to choose which websites they want to advertise on, where to place their banners, and how many impressions they want.
There are numerous advantages for publishers who are lucky enough to be invited. If you have a trusted, high-traffic website, you can earn well in comparison to most other Bitcoin advertising networks. Payments are made on a weekly basis and can be sent directly to a Bitcoin wallet or even a PayPal account. The minimum withdrawal limit is 0.005BTC
Overall, this is a very reliable Bitcoin ad network and well worth considering if you’re invited.
Pros: Offers anonymity, payments are always prompt and punctual, good record of customer support
Cons: For advertisers – Ads can appear on low quality websites
One of the oldest Bitcoin advertising networks, A-ADS (Anonymous Ads) is still a very popular choice. Much like Bitcoin itself, the A-ADS advertising platform promotes anonymity: no personal information or verification is required. While there is a sign-up page, you can choose to sign in with a Bitcoin address without registering for an account.
A-ADS is known to offer prompt and punctual payments. Users are given the choice of withdrawing to an A-ADS account or directly to a Bitcoin address. You’re unlikely to encounter many problems, and if support is needed, A-ADS is usually very helpful.
A-Ads provides a tagging tool to distinguish between advertisers. Every ad in the network gets a tag (Risky Investments, Shady, etc). Publishers use manual pre-moderation to ban the unwanted tags. The minimal withdrawal threshold for A-Ads is 0.001 BTC.
Pros: Payments are made in real time
Cons: Relatively small, not many ad formats, Customer support can be a little slow
Part of the BitRush network, AdBit works using a pay-per-day system. It’s similar to Google AdSense in that advertisers will bid against each other for a share in the ad space on your website. The higher the bid, the more of a share a particular advertiser has and the more you can potentially earn. The only ad format option is a banner, though this can consist of text, an image, or interactive media, depending on the particular ad.
One of the best things about AdBit is that payments are made to your account in real time with every view or click an ad receives. As with many Bitcoin advertising networks, there’s a minimum withdrawal of 0.001 BTC.
One area in which AdBit could improve is its support, which can be on the slow side. However, this is a reliable option that has the potential to offer decent returns.
Pros: Charges fairly low fees, which may mean higher payouts
Cons: Your website must be in a top 100,000 Alexa ranking, support is unreliable
Launched in 2015, Mellow Ads offers CPM and CPC campaigns, with advertisers able to buy a specific number of unique views or clicks respectively. There’s a choice of banner and pop-under ads, and daily revenue is provided based on the number of views, clicks, or pops provided to the network.
Mellow Ads charges a fairly low fee of 10% for network campaigns, which means higher potential earnings than many other Bitcoin advertising networks.
However, Mellow Ads may not be for everyone since there are a number of mandatory requirements for having your website approved. This includes having a top 100,000 Alexa rank.
In general, it’s a very fast and reliable Bitcoin advertising network, though it doesn’t have the most reliable customer support, with many users claiming not to have received replies. The minimum amount to claim your payout is 0.001BTC
Pros: Rich media platform, good customer support, good revenue share
Cons: Relatively new
A relatively new Ad network, Zurich-based Adconity was founded in 2017. Adconity provides CPC, CPM and CPA campaigns. They also have interesting partners on their list, such as GoDaddy, to name one.
Adconity puts a lot of emphasis on it’s user friendly approach, as stated by their moto “user friendly cryptocurrency, ICO and blockchain rich media advertising platform with competitive pricing”. The company prides itself on its high quality traffic and a wide variety of ad types offered, from text, image and native ads to POPs (under, up & new tab) and more.
Their approval time usually take up to 24 hours, with some exceptions. As for their customer support, judging from reviews their representatives are quick and helpful. Adconity’s minimum amount to claim your payout is $50.
Please note users have had complains about withdrawals and account blocking ad ADconity, please check this Bitcoin Talk thread for further information.
Bitcoin Ad networks specialize in promoting Bitcoin & Crypto related ads on relevant websites. It’s a great way to make Bitcoin with your website. There are multiple networks to choose from, with some being easier to join and others being more profitable or offer better support.
My advice would be to experiment with 2-3 ad networks at a time and compare results. One thing to keep in mind is that if you do use an ad network you might be missing out on advertisers that want to buy ad spots directly from you (and are willing to pay more). So make sure you’re not “cannibalizing” your own business model.
Are you using a Bitcoin advertising network we haven’t mentioned? Have you had any experience with the ones we have? Let us know in the comments below!
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