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Whats the smartest way to monetize a site?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Mr.BL, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Mr.BL

    Mr.BL Registered Member

    Feb 1, 2012
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    I have been working on my own sites and client sites. I have always failed to monetize my own projects. I can get them ranking and all that, but just not actually make a profit out of them. I do have some offline ideas, such as listing sites etc, but if I wanted to make a site and fully rely on online income, how would I monetize a site?

    The things that I know of and have tried:

    • Adsense - tried this with a site, got traffic, made so little money it was funny. Sold this site for pennies.
    • Clickbank - did a site on this too, did not sell a single product. Sold the site for pennies. Now, I'm sure I could actually sell some if I did it smart, such as creating email lists, etc, but that seemed like too much of work in a way too small niche that I did not had that much interest in. Also, the cheques would take 1 month to arrive and 1 month to clean at bank. The wire transfer was very expensive in my country as well.
    • Amazon - I have a review site I created two years ago. It gets traffic daily. Not a single Amazon sale has come from it.
    • CPA - now this is something that I have not tried. What I'm a bit skeptical about is that a CPA offer can close at any moment, what do I do with my site then? I guess I can overcome this by sticking to a niche then? Also, I have heard that my money can get stuck in those CPA networks?
    • What am I missing? What are the real, smart ways to monetize sites?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for excuses and all that, I'm way past that stage. Just looking for some input on smart ways to monetize a site. By smart I meant something for the long run, where I am actually building an asset for myself and can scale it up to something bigger, as well as eliminate any middle mans.

  2. Numbuh362

    Numbuh362 Elite Member

    Aug 22, 2012
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    You said that with adsense you got pennies. Well this can be for 2 reasons #1 not enough traffic, 50-100 uv's every day may seem like a lot to you but not to google. #2 wrong niche, you might have picked out a niche with a whole lot of competition and not enough advertisers.
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  3. Jayar

    Jayar Junior Member

    May 19, 2010
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    every website has it's own way of monetization, you enumerated the 4 more powerfull way of doing it. As numbuh mentioned you may have picked the wrong niche, or not enough traffic.

    My advice is don't change so much, pick a niche, build the website and work on it.. gets pennies? ok now do the double of the work and transform that into dolars, then double the work and start optimazing everything.

    Good luck
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