05 September 2006 01:12am
I am James and I am a new user to this forum. What a great site!! I have a very simple question which will highlight a degree of ignorance I am sure. Is there a rule of thumb number of visits to a site required before one can seriously contemplate trying to encourage advertisers to place ads. I am just looking for very vague ideas, but appreciate that there are many variables at play.
Many thanks for your time
Managing Director at Blowfish Digital
05 September 2006 10:07am
There are vairous options available depending on traffic size from affliate routes , to selling all your inventory in bulk to a network which both would be easier in terms of initally generating revenue and allowing you to look at more bespoke options on going as traffic hopefully grows
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CEO at Econsultancy
05 September 2006 10:20am
Glad you like the site. I think the short answer to your question is 'no, there is no rule of thumb' other, perhaps, than 'can you proove you are reaching an audience whom advertisers would be prepared to pay to get in front of?'.
Obviously, it very much depends on your market. B2B tends to be much lower volumes but higher value. It's not about the number of visits, but *who* is visiting and how much they might be worth to any advertiser. Clearly this means you'd need to capture data on your visitors to be able to profile them in this way.
As Farhad points out you don't actually need to do any direct selling yourself. You can add code to your site which will display network inventory for you, or, you could always just add in Google ad, Yahoo! publisher ads etc. That's very easy and might give you an idea on what your audience respond best to. Then you can start to build up your premium, direct, selling.
You might want to have a look at my post "Site adverts - hierarchy of different types, values" - I guess you could start at points 3 or 4.
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