Many a website or blog are started with the sole purpose of making cash (and if you’re reading this blog I’m sure you know what I’m talking about), I know a lot of new and aspiring webmasters and questions I get asked a lot are:
- How can I make money from my 3 hour old blog?
- Are my ads blended enough?
- My brother and his pet dog have been banned from Adsense how else can I make money?
- How many ads should I put on my page?
- I haven’t got any subscribers yet so how should I monetize my feed?
I’m a pretty helpful guy (maybe a bit selfishly helpful due to my belief in karma) and the answer I almost always give is:
- Ask me again in 6 months
Like many people I’m all on for making money and when I start a new site have a revenue plan in mind but the most important thing at the early stages is building your site for the visitors, a quality site brings happy visitors, happy visitors bookmark, subscribe, tell their friends and most importantly come back.
With the majority of site monetisation methods they are paying you for your visitors, in the early days of a site can you really afford to be losing visitors for a few cents. Let them explore your site for a while and if they find information that interests them they’ll be back in the future and you’ll be able to make more money out of them again and again .
I’ll only start to look into monetising a site now when it’s getting at least 1,000 visitors a day and has been going for 6 or more months. I’ll have a few ads on to fill a bit of space and add color or graphics to the site but their primary function will not be that of revenue generation. The only reason we have any ads here is to fill a bit of space and because Scott and I wanted to see the sort of advertisements that Google would serve up, come back in 6 months and that might change 😉
I would be interested to hear what people think about this and whether you’d come back if Self Made Minds was an ad centric playground.