Getting started with ads on my website
January 18, 2012 2:40 AM Subscribe
I'd like to earn money from my website, probably by putting ads on it, but I have no idea how to start...
posted by robintw to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I have a website which contains a long list of categorised links to freely available GIS datasets (basically computer-readable geographic data, of all sorts of things).
I'm starting to get pretty good traffic - around 500 hits a day - (yes I know that's not much in the grand scheme of things, but for the market area that I'm reaching I'm fairly impressed.
I'm interested in starting to make a bit of money from the site, but I'm not entirely sure how. I guess advertising would be the best way to do that - but I know nothing about advertising on the internet.
The primary purpose of the site is to give information, and I don't want the ads to clutter up the site too much - so huge banner ads etc are definitely out. Are there easy ways to add smaller, less-obtrusive ads to a site?
Also, how does payment for ads on websites usually work? I've heard of pay-per-click models, where you get paid a certain amount every time someone clicks on a link, but are there also pay-per-view models? If so, those might be a better way of doing it, as the ads won't have to be so obtrusive.
As you've probably guessed from the tone of my question, I don't know a huge amount about this, so any pointers would be great