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I have a website with my own flash games (currently 3, but I'm working on more). I'm getting about $350 to $500 for direct sponsorship of my games, which is nice.
The website is only about a month old, but my traffic is slowly increasing - at the start of the month, I was getting 200 unique visitors a day, now it's about 600 to 1000. Which isn't a lot yet, but my goal was 2000 a day in 6 months, and if it keeps going like this, I could achieve this goal in another few weeks.
But my advertising is making me nothing. I'm using adbrite and contextclick, but they're not working for me. I can't use Adsense, because I was suspended a while ago with another website (I guess it was partly my fault, even though I feel it isn't justified), and they don't give you a second chance. I can't use Yahoo Publisher Network either, because even though 80% of my traffic is from the USA, I myself live in Europe. I know there aren't any alternatives that make nearly as much as Adsense, but maybe some affiliate programs would work well for me... Any recommendations on programs I should try, and how I could achieve good results?
Any advice is appreciated.
I signed up with amazon associates program, and underneath each game, I now have a list of related ps2-games ("You might also like these games:").
Is this a good idea? Will it bother people because they might be expecting other flash-games on my site, and they end up on amazon?
-- Word your "invitation" so that it's obvious the link leads to amazon rather than another game on your site (amazon likes you to do this, too). Since you do have links leading to other games on your site, make it easy for someone to tell the difference between the two kinds of links.
--Don't stop with related games. Get creative in thinking of other kinds of items your specific audience might be interested in buying. Just one example is that amazon has a number of DVDs available in the "UMD mini for PSP" format, which seems to be a hot thing right now (although I might be behind the times on that). amazon has a mind-staggering number of things available, in categories most people wouldn't even know they carried. Take a look through them with your audience in mind. And, no, I don't work for amazon, but I do go on regular "hunting trips" to find unusual things my site visitors might be interested in - and some of them sell pretty well, too (okay, I'll admit that some of them don't). Definitely works best with a niche-related site, so you can target your audience.
Would a forum be a good idea to make the site a bit more sticky? Would people even want to post on the forum of a site that only has 3 games (more games coming soon)? :)
My other site has twice as much visitors and a lot of forum activity, but that is because that site has always been very community oriented. My games site isn't, it's about the games... So I have my doubts whether I should try it.