money making options for this site? (need advice)

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Hi. I have a 2 and a half year old website that allows people to download videos from youtube for free. I'm looking for monetization options. Unfortunately adsense won't work because it's against their policies (lots of copyrighted material is downloaded). Also, I'm banned from adsense.

Here's a screeshot of the traffic:

http://i.imgur.com/ioG1M3x.png

3k pageviews/day, 2 k visitors/day, 1k unique visitors/ day (approx)

All traffic is genuine, no bots. I know coz terabytes of data is downloaded and I pay close to $200 a month for a dedicated server.

I like running this website because I feel it helps the users, there are no captchas or anything. You just put the YT link and it works.

So I would like to make about $400 a month. Do you think that's possible? What do you suggest I should try? What rates would be fair for selling adspace?
I'm new to advertising and looking for advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author ydsimple
    There are many services like adsense, you can try 10 Best Google Adsense Alternatives (2016) to have a look at this post, maybe you will find something useful. Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarke
    Why not try have your site listed on Buy/Sell Ads. They will sell your adspace for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author JCoffey
      Originally Posted by webmarke View Post

      Why not try have your site listed on Buy/Sell Ads. They will sell your adspace for you.
      To add onto this comment, there's a whole list of alternatives to BSA too. Buy Sell Ads is more quality legitimate websites, which means it's a little more difficult to get approved than say, PublicityClerks.

      Perhaps if you're able to find a very relevant offer for your traffic to earn affiliate commissions on, though I wouldn't see it being super successful considering you're audience is pirating music, therefore already a big indication they will not/cannot spend money.

      I recommend an adsense alternative, I can't see anything else working better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tmill
    Sounds like a CPA offer would be the only thing to make any real money with this type of traffic. You could also try content locking to require email or social share before they can download.

    Besides that, some adsense alternatives would work. I've seen fake download link ads that trick people to click thinking its the actual sites download button.
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    • Profile picture of the author Craigcmatthew
      Originally Posted by Tmill View Post

      Sounds like a CPA offer would be the only thing to make any real money with this type of traffic. You could also try content locking to require email or social share before they can download.

      Besides that, some adsense alternatives would work. I've seen fake download link ads that trick people to click thinking its the actual sites download button.
      Thanks for all the advises guys. (I don't know how to multi-quote yet).
      I will look into adsense alternatives. As the website is on the fringes of legality I don't if I will get accepted by reputed ad networks.

      CPA looks interesting but it's something I know nothing about.

      Also, I want to keep the user experience as friendly as possible so I probably won't go down the content locking route or anything else that puts a strain on the user.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zodiax
    Originally Posted by Craigcmatthew View Post

    Hi. I have a 2 and a half year old website that allows people to download videos from youtube for free. I'm looking for monetization options. Unfortunately adsense won't work because it's against their policies (lots of copyrighted material is downloaded). Also, I'm banned from adsense.

    Here's a screeshot of the traffic:

    http://i.imgur.com/ioG1M3x.png

    3k pageviews/day, 2 k visitors/day, 1k unique visitors/ day (approx)

    All traffic is genuine, no bots. I know coz terabytes of data is downloaded and I pay close to $200 a month for a dedicated server.

    I like running this website because I feel it helps the users, there are no captchas or anything. You just put the YT link and it works.

    So I would like to make about $400 a month. Do you think that's possible? What do you suggest I should try? What rates would be fair for selling adspace?
    I'm new to advertising and looking for advice.
    I would sell banner space to third party advertisers.

    You can also ditch the website and sell it on flippa for like 20 grand and pursue a more profitable and legal project.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
    You can try content locking for copyrighted videos. Right now I'm assuming you're allowing people to download all videos for free, but you could content lock some videos, where you require your visitors to to do a survey to unlock the content (video) and you make about $1-2 per unlock.



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    • Profile picture of the author Craigcmatthew
      Originally Posted by nicolasmd2112 View Post

      You can try content locking for copyrighted videos. Right now I'm assuming you're allowing people to download all videos for free, but you could content lock some videos, where you require your visitors to to do a survey to unlock the content (video) and you make about $1-2 per unlock.
      That's probably something I would not do because it just doesn't translate into a good user experience. Also, there are so many alternatives to a YouTube downloader site that I probably won't get any repeat traffic. It's a great way to make money but it's not for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    first of all, be sure to capture the email of your visitors = $$$$$$

    + you can use your new mailing list to sell software/products

    + sell advertising on your site
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