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Successful dead end!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by 7sinzz, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. 7sinzz

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    Myself and my partners have developed a fairly complex Wordpress member website with a lot of functionality. It exists to distribute a free file type (we'll say they're similar to PDF's for the sake of simplicity) within a very specific niche. We have tens of thousands of these free files which we allow members to upload to the site (basically writing our site content for us), via an upload form. The files are then made instantly accessible for other members to download. Our main diving platform is a VERY active Facebook group of 20,000 members.

    I have installed SNAP, which auto posts to our twitter account (with niche-relevant hashtags), and the Facebook group whenever a new file is uploaded. Just 2 weeks after launching, our daily visits are around 1000 with 1200 members signed up and we're on page 1 of google for all niche related keywords.

    Site functions include: Forum, niche related convention planner, member profiles, member stores (where they sell their own niche related things at 5% commission)... etc...
    We're mainly monetised using google Adsense (3 ads per page), but we're currently only making about £3 a day via ads + the occasional commission from sales.

    The main concept is to use our already firmly established reputation of "worlds largest library of this niche" (thanks to Facebook), to coax members to the site to upload the files files, which will in turn coax other members to visit the site to download the files, then entice the members to stay on the site with our niche related forum and niche-member profiles, then monetise the traffic with ads and sales, but thats surprisingly easier said than done. I feel like I'm just playing the waiting game, but I want to push it harder.

    I'm looking for a way to make this grow quicker, but I feel like I'm stuck at a dead end. I'd obviously rather not divulge the specific niche, but would be happy to give any other info if anybody could help me choose which direction to go. Ideally I'm interested in white hat suggestions because we want to retain our reputation. How else can we monopolise on this site which has been two years in planning, and 6 months building...