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Appraising banner ad space

How do you calculate the value?

11:40 pm on Nov 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just wondering; is there a special technique / ruleset towards appraising your banner space? Currently, I 'dump' adsense on the spot for a couple of weeks / months and note the eCPM as a rough measure of my ad space value. Is that an accepted way of doing things? Personally, I feel direct banner sales are still where the money's at for content sites, but with less people clicking banners all the time, I find it hard to be profitable as well as competitive.

12:39 am on Nov 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Adsense * 2 is what I sell direct at. I only sell impressions directly, too many of them out there that can't create proper copy for me to rely on getting clicks.
I only sell it with me hosting the banner (I'm not going to rely on a slow server) and that way I can stop moving gifs and the like that put off my visitors.

I often refuse deals for advertising that are offered to me directly: quite a few are outright scams, or would feel like a scam to any visitor.

As for affiliates: choose them very well and users will click on it. I try to keep those visitors with e for as long as I can.

To combat banner blindness I rotate direct ads, banners for affiliates, and adsense on the same spot in my layouts, it's not great but ok-ish I guess.

5:38 pm on Nov 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I charge a fixed price of 2* what I make from Adsense payable 6 or 12 months in advance.