Which platform is best for monetization?

Bastty

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Do you use any platform to monetize your website? If so, what platform and how well has it worked for you?
 
Do you generate much revenue using Adsense?
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Zero poin two dollar per day on average.
I wouldn’t really bother using Adsense so early on unless you are getting good traffic. It slows the website down and gives a bad user experience. I would hold off using it until you get enough page views a month. Keep track on Google Analytics and keep doing everything you can to draw traffic.
 
I wouldn’t really bother using Adsense so early on unless you are getting good traffic. It slows the website down and gives a bad user experience. I would hold off using it until you get enough page views a month. Keep track on Google Analytics and keep doing everything you can to draw traffic.
Alright then, I'll hold off on installing Adsense on my low traffic site. Thanks for your advice.
 
When I started my forum I did it because I was passionate about my topic, I did not want to make money.
I had enough cash to run it for a year to see how it went.

I then thought to my self Gee if I could get Toyota to sponsor an add in my motoring caterory or Ego to sponsor an add in my Gardening category then I could earn some cash to supplement my pension.

But the fourm had some good luck and went crazy, so my basic hosting plan got blown out of the ater.
So as it was so hard to approach advertisers, and as I did not really want to bother my members with adverts, I decided to go the donation way.

So I have a small Donation link on my home page, and each month I am lucky eneough to get just enough donations to pay my monthly hosting bill

(Its a shame that I could not get double the amount of donations so I could get a bit of cash to spend, to keep my g/f happy as she says I spend far too much time on my fourm)
But I dont like to beg my members for more donations, as I don't think its very professional

For other Forum owners I just wish there were other options then Adsense
I tried the Banner ad companies a few years ago, but it did not work out.
 
When I started my forum I did it because I was passionate about my topic, I did not want to make money.
I had enough cash to run it for a year to see how it went.
I started the same way...as a hobby. Worked great for a few years....donated hosting space, minimal time requirements. Now the site has been fulltime for over 10 years and my hosting costs push $30k/yr.

Consulted with Google in my VERY early days and still have an AdExchange account. I still remember one Google meeting (2006 maybe), I was asked "what are your future monetization goals with Ad Manager?"....my response: "Have Google make as little as possible" :) As I explained, and as she already knew, Google serves remnants....the goal is to serve a higher paying ad from another provider. At that time, it was an ugly passback system with frequency caps and other tricks that kinda worked....and I was working with over a dozen networks (many of whom don't even exist anymore). Then I dove into prebid and working that system. Got "fairly" good at it, but it was hours of work every day. And it changed every few months as the system matured, so it was a constant relearning.

Now, the "guest" users see a managed ad setup and "registered" users see my own tightly control GAM-managed ad layout.

Fortunately, my passion for the general forum topic (4wd/offroad) hasn't changed in 30+ years.

I do agree with allowing your content to mature prior to adding any advertising. You need that free-flow of users and participation to launch. It's hard to know when to start the ads tho, but one bit of advice: The "ad load" for registered users should be FAR less than that of guests. I'd start with a max 970x250 responsive navbar ad for all users, then include one in the "quickreply" and just below the first or 2nd post for guests. That minimizes the intrusion for those who are creating your content.
 
I have multiple sources of income for my leading outdoor brand.

1. I earn from AdSense (on websites and YouTube). The amount I earn pays for all my website stuff (even the forums and other stuff unrelated to the outdoor brand).
2. I earn from Patreon from those who wish to support me.
3. I sell digital products (guides and itinerary plans)
4. I sell guided hiking services, too.
5. I freelance write for the outdoors. I charge a starting price of $100 for one article. I do quite a bit of those a month.

I'm looking into selling ads on my website and newsletter (and getting away from AdSense)
 
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