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How to Make money from a News site

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by knopper, May 25, 2010.

  1. knopper

    knopper Regular Member Premium Member

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    I have a website with Alexa rank of 17k worldwide. It's related to News. My main revenue is from Adsense and Infolinks.

    How can i make money with affiliates using this website? Any Suggestions :)
     
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    ADHD-Dude Power Member

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    how much are you making from ads3ns?
     
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    For what it's worth, my experience has been that news sites, while easy to get running and draw traffic to, are very hard to monetize with affiliate products or even CPA offers simply because of the mindset of your visitors.

    Think about it, people don't visit news sites to be sold anything, so they aren't receptive to the offerings. They're strictly in information gathering mode.

    AdSense and similar CPC or CPM advertising (sold directly by you to advertisers) can work okay, adsense does okay because of how good Google is at matching ads to the content, and CPM advertising does because you can get crazy easy traffic and impression numbers with a news site, but that's about the best you can do in my opinion.

    The one exception I've found is when you can tie a current news story into an affiliate product naturally, so that it doesn't look like a sales promotion in any way.

    An example might be if there were a big to-doo about "Acme ABC Grills" blowing up in people's yards, and some expert in the story mentions that "Puff-N-Stuff's XYZ Grills" are a safer option for people...then you could link the safer grill name to the product page on Amazon with an affiliate link and you may grab some sales that way.

    Also, entertainment stories that mention actors or artists can usually be linked to Amazon product pages with good results as well.

    But even still, these Amazon sales are pennies here and there and won't be as good for you overall as just getting more adsense clicks usually is.

    My suggestion with a news site is just focus on tweaking your adsense placements to infinity until you find the maximum setup of the highest CTR, or focus on selling CPM advertising on your pages directly to advertisers.
     
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  4. knopper

    knopper Regular Member Premium Member

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    Thanks for your Suggestions. Currently i have only one ad placement in blog post, I'll try to add more links in it :)