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Struggling Developer/Designer Needs Advice

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by picos, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. picos

    picos Newbie

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    Hello, I just found and signed up to this forum the other day and I have been reading quite a lot of articles here... I'm quite jealous of those who seem to be making crazy money.

    I'm a struggling Developer/Designer from Edinburgh in Scotland and have recently lost my job so I have been putting a lot of my time in to a gaming community I run (small time but keeps me busy). I really need to start making money before I lose my house etc and thought that there must be a way to get me through the coming months until I can get myself back on track.

    My search on how to make some money brought me here so here's my first post!

    Anyway, I'm not naive and know it will take time and effort to make something and since I have the time and a dedicated server, I thought I should try and do something about it.

    I just signed up to The Link Juicer to see if this will help bring some needed traffic to my gaming community, It's recently been redesigned by me and I have started to put some game previews and reviews on there and more will come. I have tried several ad companies but none seem to bring in any clicks from my members, mainly because the ads are not targeted to my members. I was using google ads but some idiot clicked them that many times that Google banned my account and has never answered my emails to have this ban lifted... this happened nearly 2 years ago but they won't give me the courtesy of a reply. So I have tried 1 or 2 other ads companies and it's just not happening for me.

    Anyway, my work is of a decent standard and I know how to design and code a website in no time but it's obviously takes more than that.

    So now you have read my sob story I need some expert help and advice on what I can actually do to make about $50-$100/£30-£60 a day so I don't end up with no roof above my head. Jobs are non existent with the recession and people are not paying for web design let a lone giving a small time, independent designer a look.

    Any realistic advice, pointers or ideas would be really helpful.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. lonny41

    lonny41 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why don't you sign up to copeac or another affiliate company and put their offers on your site. You'll get paid commissions.
     
  3. jakeumms

    jakeumms Regular Member

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    Just out of curiosity, how many unique views does your site get a day? How many new visitors do you get a day?
     
  4. picos

    picos Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm just reading the Copeac site just now...

    According to Webalizer I have anything from 300 to 3,000 visits; 10,000 - 100,000 hits for June so far.

    There is just over 1400 members signed up to my forum.

    Thanks.
     
  5. jakeumms

    jakeumms Regular Member

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    I would personally have them subscribe to a newsletter, and than push products/ your own lps with iframed email submits.
     
  6. picos

    picos Newbie

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    I'm not entirely sure what products I can push on the user base since they are all signed up to a gaming community. I had hoped that adverts would appear that were relevant to video game products and hardware but not a single ad appeared, only weight loss and make money from google appeared. I can see the weight loss being relevant if people are gaming for hours on end lol.

    Anyway, I don't have to only use the gaming community. I have a dedicated server that I use to perfect and learn my development etc so I could start a new site up I guess but for something more niche.

    I know there are ways to make some money, it's just figuring out how to do it.
     
  7. jakeumms

    jakeumms Regular Member

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    Make your own offer. Aka (Giving away 10 free xbox's to forum users, enter you email below to be entered in the drawing. Then iframe an email submit (make sure to fake the referrer) )

    overall though, your site is too small.
    i you need cash fast, ewhore and post to youtube

    otherwise learn seo, and build some sites

    the only get rich shit i can think of is ewhoring, but nothings easy
    you got to learn the ropes.
     
  8. Grandslam

    Grandslam Senior Member

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    Out of curiousity, what do you consider as "making crazy money"?

    If you really need cash quick, try rewriting some articles for AC - its not huge money but it will pay the bills and it beats a 9 to 5.

    Could you give some examples of sites you've built/designed? I'm looking for a site designer for one of my upcoming projects.
     
  9. c0ntenth|ef

    c0ntenth|ef Power Member

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    i would try gaming affiliates or if adsense banned you then use adbrite or chequita adbrites pay is very low but its better then nothing
     
  10. picos

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    @jakeumms Thanks for the ideas, I will read up more on SEO. The xbox idea is nice but as you said, my site is a bit small for that.

    @Grandslam I PM you some links to my work. Crazy money to me is more than $200 a day, I have never made that much so that is crazy money to me haha!

    @c0ntenth|ef I do have an adbrite account but their ads are terrible and totally non related to my site so no one ever clicks them. I have just signed up to adtoll so I will see how that goes... Been with them a couple days and had no interests from people wanting to buy ad space.

    Appreciate the ideas and comments. I will check back tomorrow to see what new posts appear.

    Thanks.