Will people really buy ads on my website, blog or forum? The answer is absolutely yes, IF you have enough people visiting your website, reading your blog or joining and participating in your forum. It’s all about the traffic and the demographics. How many visitors do you have and who are they and where did you find them are all questions an advertiser will have for you before purchasing an ad on your site.
There are advertisers who might purchase an ad in the beginning if they believe in your idea enough, you are a good enough salesperson or they are family and friends. But other than those, you will have to work at building your site for awhile before you sell even the first ad. it boils down to this. Do you want this to work bad enough to put the time in to build it.
A lot of people are searching for the quick buck. A way to make money without doing any work. That’s the reason there are a lot of online scams that tell people what they want to hear. Work at Home! No experience necessary! In just a couple of hours per week you can be making thousands of dollars per month! They are all claims you should avoid.
Building a real online business, like a website, forum or blog that sells advertising, takes a lot of hard work to get it off the ground. Once it is well established and bringing in ad revenue, you’ll still keep working hard to keep it fresh and grow it larger. So now that you know the truth about starting an online business from home, ask again; How bad do I really want this?
If you still want it, then here are some tips.
Starting a Website that Sells Advertising from Home
A static website is probably the hardest way to start an online business that depends on advertising revenue. Since the pages don’t change or don’t change often, then there is nothing to entice people to keep coming back. If you constantly add new pages and new content, then you can get people to visit as often as you update the content. You can add articles on interesting topics, add PDF or Documents for free download, Free eBooks, Press Releases, Pictures, Videos and more.
Starting a Forum that Sells Advertising from Home
Forums were one of the earliest versions of social networking and they still do well today. BBC chat rooms were probably the first social networking. We just didn’t call it that back then. You join a community, you share information. That’s social networking. It’s what we did in chat rooms and forums way before the term “social networking” became popular online.
That being said, creating a good online community takes time and effort and you have to have a passion for it. You need to be responsive to what your members want, responsive to their questions and you need to make them feel like they’re part of a community, not just get them to sign up.
Starting a Blog that Sells Advertising from Home
Writing a blog is the easiest of the three ways to build a website that sells advertising of the three I mentioned in this post. But first, you have to like to write, because you’re about to do a lot of writing. The more you write, the more you have to share with others on social networks. That means sharing a lot of information to get a lot of visitors.
Pick a topic you are passionate about, not one you believe will attract the most visitors. People can tell if you are really passionate about what you write or not. So don’t just write about something because it’s popular. If you can be yourself and write about something you really like, you will attract a niche audience with similar likes and dislikes. That is how you build a loyal readership. Loyalty and trust are more important than how many visitors you have.
If you offer people something interesting or something that has value to them, they will keep returning to your website, blog or forum and they will share your link with others, bringing in new visitors. You also need to be very active in social networking to make people aware of your presence and what you have to offer. But your traffic will grow exponentially if you provide your visitors with value and keep it fresh.
You will soon have enough visitors to reach out to advertisers to make an offer of ad space for sale, provided you also keep up with the statistics. You need to know how many people visit your website daily, where they came from, FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, etc., What their age group is and anything else you can find out about the people who visit your website. There are a lot of analytics programs out there that will help you gather this information and you can add surveys and polls to find out more.
if you have questions or need help with setting up your new website, blog or forum that sells advertising from home, contact us using this form and we’ll be happy to help you.