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12:50 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,
I have photo hosting site and about 1000 unique visitors/day . But the problem is that I can't make much money from it. I have adsense on it, quite well integrated, but it doesn't help much. My aim is to make about 1$ per 100 visitors. But despite my hard efforts, I can't yet. Can you give me any idea?
The traffic is mainly from various forums.

Some sites have the following ads: dating, wallpapers, smilies, but they don't give enough revenue.

How do you think I can well monetize my site?

Please help


12:55 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Depends what the returns are for a image hosting site. $10 eCPM may be too high a target.


2:03 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It is Absolutely Free image hosting site.
Can you tell me how much is the average eCPM?
Or any idea how to monetize my site?
I'd appreciate any comments :)


6:13 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jtara is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Holy cow! A free photo-hosting site! Not many of those around! (Only a few thousand...)

So, you are shocked that you are not making much money from a web-site with a broad, non-targeted demographic?


Try making the site more targeted. Specialize in a particular audience or a particular type of photo.

One thing that may help - even without changing the demographic - is to include the capability for - and very actively encourage - text descriptions and discussions of the photos.

Adsense (or whatever) doesn't know what's in the photos. If there aren't text descriptions, it can't do much to match ads with the interests of viewers. All they know is that you have photos - of some sort - and thus they can only offer very broad categories of poorly-paying ads.


6:21 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When you say traffic from forums, are the forums just hotlinking an image from you for the forum page?

You may have very many less actually visitors than you think if thats the case.


6:26 pm on Aug 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator lifeinasia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Photo sites traditionally have low monetization rates. Why? Because people come to look at the pretty pictures, not ads.

Unless you add some descriptive text to the pages, AdSense will be pretty much worthless.


10:00 am on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank you all for your comments :), I have got some idea what to do now.

[edited by: Noximus at 10:02 am (utc) on Aug. 9, 2006]


5:00 am on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You could use targetted affiliate programs to offer your customers photo related products .

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