Need advice on dating web site

by Roger Mayne 14 replies
I have a site / domain (First Date Idea) which would be ideal for the dating industry. I've had the domain for some time, and started with an ebook and sales page on the site. It sold details of over 100 ideas for a first date.

I sold a few copies, but nothing much.

I then turned the site into a blog, added a few posts and got some traffic. I had Adsense on the site, but no income. I have now rebuilt the site using XSitePro, with a few articles on there.

I get good search engine ranking in Google for "first date ideas" (#17 out of over 13million results).

The site got over 1300 visits in August, and has had over 1600 in September so far.

I'm still getting no income from Adsense.

Ok, I admit the site's not pretty at the moment, and that could help, but now I'm wondering whether I should turn the site into a forum.

Ultimately, I want to sell the site and domain, so I don't want to spend money and too much time on this site. Although I do want to show it making some money so it's worth more when I sell it.

Has anyone got any bright ideas how I can quickly 'flip' this site without too much effort?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tuzic
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    hi,

    where is the link to your site please?
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
    It's in my post above, but the link is First Date Ideas - First Date Ideas.

    Many thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    Hi Roger,

    What about making it pretty first?

    I know dating sites are professionally done and really appealing to the customers.

    Personally I dont have much experience with dating sites and I suggest you can give it a nice makeover before marketing it.

    My 2 cents,
    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
    Ok, I've made a few minor changes to the site, and it's coming along. I still have some work to do.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good dating affiliate program? Could be ebooks / reports / matchmaking etc. Anything that could be related. If it's your product, let me know.

    I have a Clickbank account, and have looked through the Marketplace, but nothing really jumped out at me.

    Does anyone have experience wth the Double Your Dating affiliate program?

    Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Goodchild
    my advice?
    turn this into a catch page (i NEVER KNOW THE RIGHT TERMS)
    Send out weekly first date ideas using your list
    and sell affliate stuff alongside the ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
    Ok, I've redesigned the site a little, and have added a Clickbank product. Search engine traffic is increasing, so fingers crossed!

    Also, started creating an aptly names Squidoo lens, which I'll sell with the site when it goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
    Ok, sorry to keep 'bumping' this thread.

    I am getting hops to the Clickbank product, but it's not converting yet.

    Does anyone have a dating / relationship / seduction product that would fit this site that I can either purchase PLR to, or affiliate with?

    Perhaps also a confidence ebook or something similar.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
    I have a dating type affiliate program in my sig.
    I catch people cheating on dating sites.
    But you could run a report on them before a first date and see if they are on a gay site or some fetish site that you would not be interested in dating.

    Just a thought.
    Or you could offer a background report. If you're interested I can custom taylor a background report just for your visitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
      Double your dating sells on my site with very little traffic. Not a ton of money but I make $40 a month from them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
        1st of all - your background is totally Ugly and distracting.

        2nd - Adsense is a pretty lame, IMO, way to monetize
        a website. I know a lot of people don't agree. But since
        you are getting traffic and no income from the adsense
        wouldn't it make sense that your visitors are looking for
        actual information they can use and not an opportunity
        to click on ads?

        3rd- personally I think they probably hate the background
        and that is why they aren't even reading your site,
        nor clicking on your ads.

        4th - your layout is all tiny text and it's dense paragraphs
        with no subheadings or indication why anybody would
        expect the content to be interesting if they took the
        time to read it.

        5th - you don't even Number your 5 tips for dating.



        You know, when you put some love and care into a site
        people notice that and they put some love and care into
        reading what you have to say.
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        • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
          Originally Posted by malibumentor View Post

          1st of all - your background is totally Ugly and distracting.

          2nd - Adsense is a pretty lame, IMO, way to monetize
          a website. I know a lot of people don't agree. But since
          you are getting traffic and no income from the adsense
          wouldn't it make sense that your visitors are looking for
          actual information they can use and not an opportunity
          to click on ads?

          3rd- personally I think they probably hate the background
          and that is why they aren't even reading your site,
          nor clicking on your ads.

          4th - your layout is all tiny text and it's dense paragraphs
          with no subheadings or indication why anybody would
          expect the content to be interesting if they took the
          time to read it.

          5th - you don't even Number your 5 tips for dating.

          You know, when you put some love and care into a site
          people notice that and they put some love and care into
          reading what you have to say.
          Thank you for that hard-hitting advice. That's EXACTLY what I needed! Sometimes I just can't see for looking.

          Off for more designing.

          Thanks again
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      • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
        Originally Posted by deverell View Post

        Double your dating sells on my site with very little traffic. Not a ton of money but I make $40 a month from them.
        MJ, I was looking at DYD, but wanted to hear from someone using it to see how it converts. Do you mind if I see the site that you're promoting it on?
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        • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
          Thank you to everyone else who's offered advice on programs to choose. I will be looking into them to see which one fits best and test out conversion ratios.
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