I have a website that will be up in a week or so. If i could generate 50,000 views per month with my website or more, could i make some decent money?
Basically, like the title says, does more views = more money?
The website is car related, entertainment.
Is it as simple as putting up banners and charging advertisers a fee per month?
Thanks a lot
"Is it as simple as putting up banners and charging advertisers a fee per month?"
If it were that simple, I'd be semi-retired by now.
My site gets a ton of traffic. But it's in the wrong niche. There are sites that get much less traffic than mine, but generate more in advertising dollars.
Do some searching on this forum. You'll learn a lot.
More page views doesn't mean you'll make a lot of money. 50,000 page views could mean anywhere from about $30 a month to $10,000 a month or more... it all depends on the market, site design, banner placement, traffic "quality" among many other variables.
It's also not at all simple to find independent advertisers willing to advertise on a site of unproven value.
Rollo wrote: "50,000 page views could mean anywhere from about $30 a month to $10,000 a month"
Those figures are probably a little bit optimistic.
For many web sites (probably MOST web sites), the average earnings are less than $1 CPM (CPM = cost per 1,000 pageviews), so the $30 estimate (which represents $0.60 CPM) is not unreasonable. I think the high-end estimate of $10,000 (or $200 CPM) is not reasonable.
However, many web sites earn MUCH LESS than that, often far below $0.10 cents CPM, and sometimes less than $0.01 CPM. This means that you might earn less than $1 (or even zero) from 50,000 pageviews.
The most I've ever earned from web advertising (on a single low-traffic, highly-targeted page during the dot-com peak in 1999) was about $100 CPM, which would work out to $5,000 from 50,000 pageviews.
I have over a $200 eCPM for a site from time to time... problem is of course it doesn't get much traffic so it earns very little. Yes, that's probably beyond the outter limit for someone with 50,000.
Less than $0.01 eCPM? I've never seen it. I think the only way to get that low is to have 0 - no clicks. Not likely with a site with 50,000 page views.
[edited by: Rollo at 9:01 pm (utc) on July 28, 2007]
$200 CPM is doable but its got to be focused on selling stuff and not I've got a website, now let me try to monetize it by putting up some banners or text links.