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11:55 am on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am wondering how to finally make some money with my site. I have been working on it since 1996 for 20 hours per week and even had to quit my job for it :-)

The site is called <snip> . It has about 2000 visitors per day, generating about 12000 pageviews, making it a top-5 site for <snip>.

I tried some things like fastclick, amazon etc, but only earned a few dollars so far. As people here were talking about hundreds if not thousands of $ per month, i was wondering:

- am i doing something very wrong
- is my target audience just too young and poor
- is paddling just not a topic to ever make money with...

I registered for google ads now, but I am still very sceptical...

Any help or hints would be much appreciated.


[edited by: Woz at 12:21 pm (utc) on Jan. 27, 2004]
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4:02 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi - and welcome to WebmasterWorld

I think Adsense will pretty much be your best bet.

6:14 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Stickymail me, I have a few ideas for you.
7:26 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)


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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, joempie. Your dilemma isn't all that uncommon - some topics lend themselves to making money, while others take some work.

Adsense is certainly worth a try. You may be able to get an idea of the demand related to your topic by doing some Google searches and checking out the Adwords ads. You can also use Overture to check bid prices there. If nobody is bidding on related keywords, or if the ads seem weakly related, your potential profit is almost certainly lower.

Working CPM deals for banners or other ads might be viable in a very specialized topic. Presumably, there are vendors who would like to expose their products to your target audience.

You might also try some different affiliate links - get creative, and go beyond your special interest and look at demographics, common interests, etc.

To get advertising (or affiliate) ideas, pick up a magazine related to your topic. See who the advertisers are. Those advertisers, and their competitors, are quite probably interested in your visitors.

Good luck, and be sure to let us know what works for you.

8:08 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Become an affiliate for online sportsbooks
8:25 pm on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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thanks to all you guys and girls. since 10 minutes, adsense is active on my site now. looks really good. it even has a couple of advertizers that were already direct advertizing customers of my site :-) VERY targeted it seems..........

many thanks for all your kind replies!