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How would you monetize Chrome extension with 6MM pageviews/month, increasing 20% weekly?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by sprintpp, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. sprintpp

    sprintpp Newbie

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    Hello dear money makers :)

    I have some great Chrome extensions, but I don't know yet how to make money with them (like, real money). Traffic is going great, users feedback is great, but I find it very difficult to monetize. Can you help me with some advises?

    Here are some more data:

    Now I have ~77k sessions/day, from 30k unique users. If you look on Google Webstore, the weekly users numbers are way more larger ~90k weekly users, but I tend to look on real data. :)
    Traffic is increasing by ~20% per week. Here are some GA data.

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    The country selection is nice: US is ~25%, a lot of Hispanics and increasing.

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    Users are mostly young people, slightly more females
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    In terms of rights, my users granted me access to do whatever I want on their browser :)

    What sources of monetization I've looked so far:
    • Affiliates
      • (amazon banned me several times, I was making like 5k/week :) - it is not allowed to send traffic from Chrome apps/other software to Amazon directly
      • other affiliates, from sex to drugs, from travel to whatever (I've got very very few conversions - maybe I was not doing it properly:))
    • Advertising
      • inserting advertising on empty spaces on sites users visited (NOT until now, I am afraid of infecting people and/or getting banned by Google)
      • inserting advertising on extension - I did a very light version, in order not to alienate the users... The conversion rates were very low (as expected)
      • redirecting people to my controlled websites, as new tabs (where I can put Google Adsense - this is in plan)
    • Direct sales, based on the demographic profile (not until now)
    • Selling personal data (not until now - I have no idea who would buy them)
    • Freemium (not tried so far)
    • Donations (in 3 months I got 15 usd via Paypal:) )

    I worked a lot on these extensions and I am very happy of the results. But I am very unhappy when I count the money each month (~1k euro). If I would go on the dark side, I would make like 1-2 euro/user/month, but I still hope that I'll find some "whiter" solution :)

    Any feedback/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. sprintpp

    sprintpp Newbie

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    Quick update. Yesterday I've got 97k sessions.

    Meanwhile I've decided NOT to inject any advertising in pages (now Google runs automatic checks at new uploads/updates that definitely will make the extension banned.

    Also, loading in background a website that has Adsense is not an option either, as I discovered in their TOS that is forbidden to do this:)

    Most probably I'll try to sell something to these people directly.
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  3. zcool78

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    Would you be open to tracking user behaviors on social networks to monetize the app ? No sending of personal information, or things that would violate ToS, just anonymized data about ads they see. Could easily help you make $500/1k more per month or more based on volumes
     
  4. milaca

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    with your userbase you should be doing around 50k $ a month.
     
  5. magicbuckster

    magicbuckster Newbie

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    Hey man, I definitely know what you need!
    Actually I can help you monetize amazon & ebay & other TOP retailers and shops without risk of ban from their side. Also I'd like to recommend you monetization network, called Monetizus. I monetize my extensions with them over the year very successful.
     
  6. sprintpp

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    Update. Now I am making ~2k eur/month. I have 16MM pageviews/month, 14minutes average visit, 50% US traffic, still increasing.

    I've sent some traffic to a site with Google Adsense and the eCPM was 6 eur. Kind of annoying thinking of the potential missed out there :)

    I will definitely not use ads injection, no kinky js added in the body. Now I am changing the structure, to be able to monetize them in a different way. Still trying not to go to the dark side :)
     
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  7. sprintpp

    sprintpp Newbie

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    yes, I am willing to test this.

     
  8. magicbuckster

    magicbuckster Newbie

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    Not bad results without js injection! Congrats!
    but js monetizations are so different, are you sure that you've tried all? I believe at least one js monetization solution could meet your rules (not to go to the dark side) and bring you some extra money.
    if you're interested ping me please, will be glad to help you.
     
  9. Nut-Nights

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    why dont you sell this traffic to ad network ? or may be send traffic through cloaking to ebay and amazon ?
     
  10. magicbuckster

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    I believe he just don't want to disturb his users with annoying ads.

    As for ebay and amazon, their traffic quality teams are quite good, and they will recognize any cloacking once you reach some significant turnover.
     
  11. Breaki

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    That is true, running kinky JS in many cases will bring you to a ban, but in this case you would still have 2 options, getting max with the users left. And with your audience it can easily be $500 a day.The second option would be - going to back to the marker with the same extension. Also if you do JS injections in the right way, the chances of ban will decrease. I represent the network specializing in monetization of Chrome, Opera and FF extensions, so in case you would have any questions just ping me (s) yevgen.kapinus. I believe there are numerous options for cooperation for us, starting from advices and finishing with buying your extension, if it might be an option for you.

    And one free advice - if you already have extension with good audience, start building a network of them, spreading the extensions through different G account, this is something you will never regret in the futurre. Good luck!
     
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  12. uristjack

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    I was going to say use filters to replace ads with your own on websites, but...

    Selling anonymized data could be fantastic. Just sell data. Or, could you use it yourself?
    Would there be any way to do, say, CPA offers or something? What would be BEST would be to
    actually work with another company as a partner, rather than an affiliate. Sell it to them!
     
  13. sprintpp

    sprintpp Newbie

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    Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it.
     
  14. FiftyShadesOfHat

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    Sorry for hijacking but it's at least somewhat related (mods feel free to delete if inappropriate):

    Anyone interested in buying my two extensions with a combined 75-80k users, shoot me a PM.
     
  15. Fear2403

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    do you try viglink.com ?they automatic add link in to your content and you earn every time use buy somthing.
     
  16. Kronos79

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    Hi. Sprintpp, you can sell to your visitors a games or cd-keys for popular games for online gaming.
     
  17. Ice_sCream

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    What ad network do you recommend for this?
     
  18. Kronos79

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    Hi. For example
    _http://www.kinguin.net