Placing Ads in highly targeted email


I run a mail service for a particular community of users. This email system goes far beyond an occasional email to a basic mailing list - it is the fabric that holds the community together. I would like to place ads in these email messages to monetize the system so that it can continue to exist. Google Adsense does not appear to allow such use of their ads (in email). What other reasonable alternatives are there out there?

Marketing Advertising Email Ads

asked Oct 19 '11 at 03:38
6 points
Top digital marketing agency for SEO, content marketing, and PR: Demand Roll
  • Why do this @wes ? You could break the very glue that holds everything together... have you considered other ways of monetization? – Sunil 12 years ago

3 Answers


Don't sell your list short by letting an automated system feed ads to it. Be vigilant to only recommend products or services that will help your readers. They have given you their trust. For your and their best interest, protect it.

Your best bet is to get direct advertisers. Since you know so much about your audience and you can show that you have a high readership, this should be fairly easy to do.

If you don't want to go the route of direct (strongly recommend you do), you can offer affiliate products. You should be able to find some within your market's interest that are good.

answered Oct 22 '11 at 02:33
179 points


check out chitika, adbrite, they are generally much more flexible than adsense. note that most ads are context-sensitive, so putting them in emails would generally not be optimal

answered Oct 19 '11 at 04:00
Sherif Buzz
462 points
  • Thank you , I will check out chitka and adbrite. In this particular case the demographics are very clear of who the ads will reach: parents with school-age children, including the kid's grade, interests, location (city/zip), and an attractive socio-economic profile. The user's typically receive - and reads! - multiple emails per day. – Wes 12 years ago
  • I think this info is key to your question, perhaps edit and put in q.? – Ryan 12 years ago


Not sure its a good idea (you would have to A/B test) but you could make your newsletter a teaser and the full content in a web page that can have adwords on.

answered Oct 22 '11 at 03:27
1,365 points

Your Answer

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • • Bullets
  • 1. Numbers
  • Quote
Not the answer you're looking for? Ask your own question or browse other questions in these topics:

Marketing Advertising Email Ads