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Charging others to advertise on your site?

     
10:22 am on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

Just trying to formulate the best way forward with this and would welcome any ideas.

I have an information site which regularly receives about 500 visitors a week and I'm often receiving emails from visitors asking for details of good restaurants or bars.

I currently don't make any money from the site as it all started off as a hobby a few years ago, but due to these emails for recommendations, it's making me think that there may be a way somehow of earning money from the site.

Has anyone else found it to be successful for charging restaurants and bars for them to be advertised on your website?

Any help appreciated.

Dexie.

12:52 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We do charge companies to advertise, though, you need to have a certain traffic volume on your end to make the work on the advertiser end worth it. That is, if you're incredibly small, even if your chargining dirt cheap rates, the amount of time it takes them to make the creative, work with you, work with your billing might make it a cost ineffective purchase for them.
2:26 pm on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many thanks for that Robin.

Not sure which way to go on it, so any ideas appreciated.

I would probably do all of the creative parts for them, with the images and text that they would email me.

Also, wondering if there's any mileage in letting members of the public somehow enter their own choices of establishments and perhaps an option for them and others to vote on them.

I dunno - just keen to hear as many ideas as possible.

Dexie.