I have a website over 10 years old with over 300 pp of good organic content (all written by me), and have never advertised before. It's been up as an educational site, but I would now like to monetize it.
It gets 200,000 PV, 150,000 visitors, and 130,00 UVs a year. Traffic has doubled in the past year, and I'm in the process of editing/adding articles, and anticipate more growth over the next year. My problem is this: After waiting for months to get in, AdPlanner finally added my site to their network. I had eagerly anticipated this, and expected to get some offers immediately. I started out asking $4.00, then $3.00, and dropped down to $1.00 today to see what happens.
So far, nothing. Zip. Not even from sleazy spammy sites.
Then I decided to try affiliate marketing. I tried about 6 advertisers and made $58.00 total in a month.
What the heck is going on? Why am I not getting offers from advertisers? What can I do to attract merchants with quality products? I'm a health care professional, and want to maintain the integrity of my site as much as possible. I don't want to advertise products that I don't believe in, but there are tons of merchants who sell quality baby or parenting products. I just don't know how to find them.
BTW, I should mention that I know next to nothing about computers. I know 5 year olds that know more than I do. The only reason I've been able to get this far is that I have a friend who's an internet marketing developer/programmer who's been helping me out (that's why the traffic has doubled over the past year), but he doesn't know anything about the advertising side. He also works FT, and did this as a favor to me, but doesn't have time to devote to generating advertising revenue.
So...I have a well established and respected site, good traffic, good rankings, good content - and no money coming in. I don't have money to buy expensive software or pay someone for a package deal - design a site, find content, increase rankings, etc.
I just need someone to help me monetize this site somehow. My situation is unique, as far as I can tell. I haven't seen any other sites that have been up this long, and have this kind of content and this amount of traffic, and have never advertised beore.
Can anyone advise? I'm pretty desperate at this point.