1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

an advertiser on my site is wanting to pay me less due to low traffic to his site

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by lexis, May 8, 2015.

  1. lexis

    lexis Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Messages:
    448
    Likes Received:
    103
    so this guy i've been doing business with since 2013 e-mailed me today telling me that traffic from my site to his has dropped by 67% compared with the same period last year so he wants to pay me $50 per month instead of $100 per month

    he was the one that contacted me to initiate the offer back in 2013, he would pay me $100 per month to advertise a banner on my site

    should i believe this? also... he is not paying me to bring his site traffic, he is paying me to put a banner up that links to his site... if people click it they click it if they don't they don't, i don't see why i should get less because people aren't clicking his banner since my own sites traffic hasn't dropped

    we agreed on a fixed $100 per month rate and that is that

    any advice on what i should tell him? i was actually wanting to tell him to increase the price to $150 instead of $100
     
  2. dkwholesales

    dkwholesales Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2013
    Messages:
    320
    Likes Received:
    119
    Gender:
    Male
    If you are receiving more traffic to your website and are not under any obligation, then you could propose the price increase.

    If your buyer is already wanting to pay $50.00 instead of $100.00, I am not sure they would react positively to you saying $150.00.

    I personally would tell the buyer that I am more than willing to try a few new banners for them, but $50.00 a month is out the question and not propose the price increase to $150.
     
  3. GiorgioB

    GiorgioB Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,287
    Likes Received:
    1,317
    Occupation:
    Making money
    Location:
    Touching the Sky
    $100/month is already pretty cheap for a banner if you're getting OK traffic. if the price agreed is 100, its 100. it depends how badly you want to keep this customer, but if it was me, i would tell him its 100$ and we never talked about reducing the price if traffic dropped. I think he will struggle to find a (decent) website offering a banner for 100$ per month, and if your website is quality you should be able to find another buyer who agrees to your price.
     
  4. SamLewis

    SamLewis Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2012
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    108
    If you didn't agree to carry on at $100 for a set time then he is free to withdraw when ever he feels.

    If your traffic hasn't dropped has your website changed? Layout? Content? More adverts etc. E.g are you users still as engaged but there is more to click so they are clicking elsewhere rather than his ad? If not then maybe people just aren't interested in his ad anymore.

    If the ad is served on your site you should be tracking if people are clicking or not. How are you going to know if he is telling the truth?

    If there is nothing on your site which could be disencouraging users to click the ad then tell the guy that you have had a rise in traffic and his advert isn't incentivising enough and ask him to send more to try.
     
  5. lexis

    lexis Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Messages:
    448
    Likes Received:
    103
    when he first contacted me asking about advertising slot, i told him a slot is open for a top page left-hand column 250 x 250 banner, $30 USD/weekly

    he then said "Will you accept $100 per month, in which case I will agree to 6 months initially ($100 payment to be made at the end of each calendar month)


    nothing about traffic stats was mentioned, now all of the sudden he wants to talk about traffic stats 2 years later and wants a price reduction
     
  6. Commoner

    Commoner Power Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2013
    Messages:
    748
    Likes Received:
    160
    Occupation:
    Analyst
    Location:
    SG
    Home Page:
    You need to show him proof on the ads serving well else he has the rights to terminate or counter-offer.

    Have a diplomatic negotiation on pricing or move on, cheers
     
  7. SamLewis

    SamLewis Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2012
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    108
    now all of the sudden 2 years later?
     
  8. Trepanated

    Trepanated Supreme Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,395
    Likes Received:
    5,384
    It's entirely up to him. Unless you have a contract he can stop advertising whenever he wants.

    Likewise, he is free to try to renegotiate the price whenever he wants.

    Your options are:

    1. Refuse his offer and either convince him to stay at the original price or lose his custom
    2. Negotiate with him and come up with a mutually acceptable new price.
    3. Accept his offer