What really burns me is that I KNOW what would work, but I have idea how to make it happen.
My site is a 'super-niche'. It's console gaming. Most of my visitors are teens and young adults, although I do have an older crowd as well.
I KNOW that I could make money selling video games and accessories that were correctly targeted. It burns me as well that I could even DO the targeting, but I can't find any company that does this sort of thing.
What I really need:
1. To find a company that will provide me with highly targeted ad banners for video games and accessories that I could sort through and choose from.
2. A company that would allow me to make my own ad banners for their game products.
I feel for certain that I could make something like that successful.
Another killer is that I've seen ads running on some gaming sites that are amazing, and perfectly targeted to my audience, but I have NO EARTHLY idea who serves those ads, and haven't had any luck finding out.
I thought that Ebay affiliation might be my answer, but as it is, their ads are generalized and unnactractive, and my question as to whether I could create my own banners was met with, "Well, you can try to run those banner images by our approval department, but it will take two to three weeks for a response." What the heck is that about?!
Sorry about the frustration. It's just amazing to me how hard it is to get people to allow you to sell their stuff.
When I first started out, I sent very nicely written letters to about 10 gaming companies asking for an ad contract. I quoted them a price that is laughably low (I make twice the amount per day with Google that I was asking per MONTH back then), and I only got a response from one company.
Ugh. I better stop. ;)