Best Non-Google Way to Monetize Site (stats inside)

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Hello Warriors,

I have a blog, www.mtgostrat.com, that I and 3 other guys started in feb. We have about 7-10 new articles a week and we use all the SEO plug-ins we can for wordpress. We can't use google adsense because I got a ban for clicks (even though I wasn't running ads).

Last month June 1-30 are stats were as followed and we have been seeing a 27% increase of visitors month over month (average)

Visits 19,883
Unique Visitors 11,070
Pageviews 42,582
Pages / Visit 2.14
Avg. Visit Duration 00:02:44
Bounce Rate 51.97%
% New Visits 50.04%

First off how do you think we are doing?

Secondly, where should I go looking for a way to monetize the site?

Thanks for all the help!
-Will
#inside #monetize #nongoogle #site #stats
  • Profile picture of the author nest28
    What in the heezy is that site about? Curious to know how you go that traffic I am, more you must tell me.
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    Find some type of CPA/affiliate related to gaming mmorpgs or something close to it.
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    • Profile picture of the author nest28
      Originally Posted by GGpaul View Post

      Find some type of CPA/affiliate related to gaming mmorpgs or something close to it.
      What type games are those?
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  • Profile picture of the author wilhouse
    its a trading card game. its fairly popular having close to a million players world wide. we focus on the online side since I believe that a large portion of the players will be switching over to the online client soon. articles apply to both the online and paper version of the game so we're covered there.

    I got most of the traffic and user base from a few different sources

    Reddit.com
    2x Twitter Accounts (560 combined followers, they are both fairly new)
    4x MTG Forums
    Twitch TV streaming account
    Youtube Channel (404 subscribers)
    and word of mouth through the online client

    Google accounted for 56% of visits last month, follow by direct, youtube, reddit, and random sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author nest28
      Originally Posted by wilhouse View Post

      its a trading card game. its fairly popular having close to a million players world wide. we focus on the online side since I believe that a large portion of the players will be switching over to the online client soon. articles apply to both the online and paper version of the game so we're covered there.

      I got most of the traffic and user base from a few different sources

      Reddit.com
      2x Twitter Accounts (560 combined followers, they are both fairly new)
      4x MTG Forums
      Twitch TV streaming account
      Youtube Channel (404 subscribers)
      and word of mouth through the online client

      Google accounted for 56% of visits last month, follow by direct, youtube, reddit, and random sites.
      Oh now I understand, my son loves Yu-Gi-Oh (the heart of the cards) and all that lol. My hats off to you sir, getting that type of traffic in that amount of time is not easy. I wish I had a answer to your question, I would say Gamefly, but those type of games are much different than the ones you have on your site, that crowd may be totally different than the Xbox/Ps crowds.

      Adsense really would have been perfect but as Paul said search around for some CPA offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilhouse
    oh nice, good idea with the gamefly. I read a case study that wizards of the coast (makers of magic) said that 85% of the base players are heavily into console and computer based video games.

    how would I go about having gamefly advertise with us?
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    • Profile picture of the author nest28
      Originally Posted by wilhouse View Post

      oh nice, good idea with the gamefly. I read a case study that wizards of the coast (makers of magic) said that 85% of the base players are heavily into console and computer based video games.

      how would I go about having gamefly advertise with us?
      Here's link to there affiliate page http://www.gamefly.com/about-us/affiliate-program/ ,but someone said they stopped their affiliate program I'm not sure though. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    You have the traffic that most offline comic book stores want. I'm sure most comic book stores sell The Gathering cards.

    Get on Google Maps & search the US for comic book, that's a lot of possibilities.

    Sell advertising space...


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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
    Originally Posted by wilhouse View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I have a blog, www.mtgostrat.com, that I and 3 other guys started in feb. We have about 7-10 new articles a week and we use all the SEO plug-ins we can for wordpress. We can't use google adsense because I got a ban for clicks (even though I wasn't running ads).

    Last month June 1-30 are stats were as followed and we have been seeing a 27% increase of visitors month over month (average)

    Visits 19,883
    Unique Visitors 11,070
    Pageviews 42,582
    Pages / Visit 2.14
    Avg. Visit Duration 00:02:44
    Bounce Rate 51.97%
    % New Visits 50.04%

    First off how do you think we are doing?

    Secondly, where should I go looking for a way to monetize the site?

    Thanks for all the help!
    -Will
    What a great example of finding your personal niche and monetizing it. That's some super stats fellas. Great work.

    My first site was built on weebly, and got 5k UV a day as it was based on a popular MMOG with over 300k active players. I had it loaded with free guides and cheats.

    Good luck, and keep doing whatever it is your doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilhouse
    thanks everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author SpanishSeo
    let me buy some banner ads from you site

    send a PM
    for banner
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  • Profile picture of the author wilhouse
    so for CPA what site/ programs do you recommend I look into?
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  • Profile picture of the author Icematikx
    If it were me, I would take advantage of what you're building, a community.

    I would scrap the web design, and start fresh. Incorporate forums into the actual domain name, and get your fans running the site for you. Once you build a forum, you build a community, which builds a business. Make the forums the focal point of your site - advertise it across the whole site.

    From there, rather than focusing on monetizing the blog, monetize the forums. Use Skimlinks, sell advertiser space on the forums, create a "premium" membership.. etcetc
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    • Profile picture of the author SpanishSeo
      awesome idea !!
      trying find a main keyword on title for the forum
      but yea u right mtgostrat.com/forums is better one
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  • Profile picture of the author wilhouse
    for forums does having them as forums.mtgostrat.com hurt seo or should they be mtgostrat.com/forums
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  • Profile picture of the author youappidotcom
    That is probably a tough site to monetize! I hate to drop a shameless plug after minimal participation in this forum, but our app recommendation program would be perfect for you!!

    With our publisher program, you get paid for recommending related apps to your visitors. We have lots of different gaming apps that complement your website perfectly. When one of your readers installs an app on their device, you will receive a commission. Very similar to how an affiliate program works.

    You should totally check it out at youAPPi.com
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    • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
      I would create a forum and once you have the community up an running (an art in itself) you should offer monthly premium memberships or one off membership fees. Make sure you give them someting valuable in return.

      I would also suggest promoting amazon products. Like card packs or rare cards etc on the main site
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