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How to turn file sharing/hosting site around to make money?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by omicr0n, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. omicr0n

    omicr0n Newbie

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    So me and some buddies run a file sharing/hosting site which in the beginning was making $5k a month with google AdSense until they decided to ban us because well we're a file sharing/hosting site and they don't allow such sites to be part of there network.

    That was both a curse and a blessing because we had got so comfortable with AdSense and making decent money we didn't really take time to look at other networks. After being banned we found a new network to use and to our surprise we were earning A LOT more with them then AdSense pulling almost $60k a month at one point but that was short lived...

    Slowly the earned income gradually started getting lower and lower each day even though our traffic and everything remained basically the same if not better, the network we were using at the time just says things like well things fluctuate in the ad world and its all about what people are willing to pay for and such; eventually it would dwindle to making roughly $150 a day from almost $3000 a day. We'd then try switching networks multiple times and trying different ad types such as on page ads, on click ads, pop unders, installers, etc..

    After contacting and trying probably 20+ various ad networks over the past 2 years we can't find anyone to make nearly what we were before granted our traffic is lower now and I'm not sure why, everyone just comes back with the same thing that the ad network world is taking a bit hit right now and no one is really making any good money but that it should pick back up or some crap...

    It has come to the point where the sites not even making enough money to sustain itself and have recently not been able to pay for our main file server box so just our front end is up right now... so we were just going to let all it basically die out and milk whatever income we can get from it just paying for the front end box but we're talking its only pulling $30-$50 a day right now.

    So my question is and I'm not sure if this is the right section on this forum for it but does anyone have any advice on what we can do to turn this site around and make some money because it has decent stats and its just going to waste right now; whether that's finding a good ad network to use though we've had contact with pretty much all the big players or converting the site to something else to take advantage of the traffic whether that a wordpress blog we can auto pilot some way or linking to affiliate/porn sites or whatever...

    Stats wise we're talking last month having 2.1 million sessions, 1.4 million unique, 4.4 million pageviews, a user base of 212,000 accounts with 150,000 optin to receive emails with a global alexa rank ~9,500; surely this site can pull more then $30-50 a day... Our biggest downfall would appear to be the location of our traffic the top 4 demographic locations being 25% indonesia, 14% philippines, 13% india, and united states with 4%
     
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  2. rrobny

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    maybe you could look for independent advertisers, find another way of generating revenue outside of ads,or maybe you can collaborate with other sites that need what you have
     
  3. se900se

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    Most of the networks give you earn at the beginning and then you see a decline in profits.
    It looks like you are being throttled by networks and they use your traffic for 'free' (not free, but not pay as good as it was before) after months or two.

    You're a new user here, so you can't send PM's yet, so add my skype, maybe we'll be able to help you.
    Skype ID: TrafficMNGR
     
  4. omicr0n

    omicr0n Newbie

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    Yeah we get messages from ad network managers all the time promising such and such pay and better then the rest, we've heard it all; but when it comes time to it all they either don't deliver cause they only can convert or advertise for some of our traffic or pay will start off decent to get you to switch your current network but then within 2-3 months drops down to nothing and your back looking for another network that starts off paying OK then drops off in 2-3 months ago and its just been a cycle to the point where we've basically exhausted any and all the bigger networks that deal in the file sharing/hosting realm. I just added you on Skype though.
     
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  5. hippo123

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    do a content locking around mobile traffic?
     
  6. Md iftekhar Hossain

    Md iftekhar Hossain Registered Member

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    Sell some ad slots in your site . With a alexa rank of 9500 and uniques of over 1 mil , you can find advertisers easily .
     
  7. se900se

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    this will incredibly harm user experience with the site and will stop them from coming back
    follow this only if you looking kill your business completely
     
  8. omicr0n

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    Content locking those are the ad tools that make you complete a survey or action before getting your content right? Yeah, we never used one of those before because those are usually used on sites that don't actually have the file your looking for just click bate to get you to signup which sounds like could work good but we're actually a legit site or was advertising as a site that doesn't have wait times, no bandwidth limits, no download limits or anything else to get your file, just a few ads to deal with but now that the site is going under, I suppose anythings worth a try. Any recommendations on a content locker provider to use?
     
  9. hippo123

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    I mean since your traffic is high, you can always split test and send 0.0001% of your traffic to a content locker and see how it does. Heard that CPAgrip is good from a fellow BHW member, but I am not endorsing them
     
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    mixing CPA with CPM/CPC is not always a good idea and this is the case where it has higher chance to worsen situation rather than do good, content locker is good for email/social or stand alone pages, it will give a good profit if you have good amount and quality of traffic
     
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