Yesterday I finished putting ads across many of my sites for a new advertiser I signed up. He wanted to buy a few text links on Movie-Vault, but had inquired on purchasing for a “longer period of time”.
I had responded by directing him to the advertising page, as I had assumed that he didn’t read it, since we offer up to 12-months of ad time. He responded by saying he already visited that page, and wanted to puchase for two years!
Wow.. in all the hundreds of various advertisers I’ve worked with over the past few years, I never had an advertiser ask for two years! I’ve signed up scores of people who purchase for 1 year, but never two.
Anyhow, I immediately saw this as yet another opportunity, and a couple days later, his ads are now spread across 7 of my sites, including: Movie-Vault.com, PokerForums.org, CookingForums.net, MovieForums.org, MMAForums.net, PublisherForums.com, and TylerCruz.com.
The total? $4700. I obviously gave him extra discounts for such a purchase. His ads are pretty unobtrusive on most of my sites, as they are just textlinks, but he understands his goal is purely for SEO reasons. Anyhow, the transaction was definitely fair for both parties and we’re both happy. While two years is a very long time, you may be surprised how fast it can go. When I have to renew a contract with a past advertiser who purchased for 1 year, it always surprises me how fast the year went.
Also, the ads are spread across 7 sites, many of them which could use more advertising, such as my smaller forums mentioned above. Which of course, probably wouldn’t have been purchased if I didn’t have a bigger site to first lure in a potential advertiser. That’s one advantage to owning a little network of sites right there; advertising you may have normally not received.
Yes, I know $4,700 isn’t a lot of money, but it also shows how, while PokerForums is definitely my flagship, that it’s also not 100% of my revenue. If you take things such as this $4,700 and add it with other side things such as my Halflife.org sale at $2,250, you’re already at $7,000. Bits and pieces such as this add up, and allow me a bit of breathing room to put into new or existing projects.
Okay, enough rambling…
I took a little bit of a break yesterday, driving down to the tip of the island with my girlfriend for a couple hours to go to a Korean restaurant. Unfortunately the only korean restaurants on the island are in that one city, and I had a craving…
Oh, and I’ll try to give an update on my affiliate marketing adventures tomorrow. Apparantly AZoogleAds messed up which is partly why my conversion rate is so low. I’ll be getting compensated on Monday 😉