We know, this title sounds like clickbait bullshit, but we’re being honest! Within the past 6 months we’ve successfully used this technique to add between $1,500 and $2,000/mo in easy revenue on two different niche affiliate sites we owned (one has since been sold).
What we did is really one of the oldest money making methods in the book, but most niche site owners either neglect it entirely or assume it just plain won’t work for them. We’re talking about selling direct advertising packages, with a few kickers for the modern era.
If you want to skip to the good stuff, hop down to “Case Study 1” and “Case Study 2”!
What Are These “Direct Ad Packages”?
We’re defining this phrase to mean a bundle of advertising or promotional content that you sell directly to a business – most likely a manufacturer for a product in your niche.
We have included some of the following in our promotional packages –
- One sidebar ad, no direct competitor ads to be displayed on the sidebar.
- A small banner below the navigation menu inviting users to look at a product review hosted on our website.
- A call out on a ranking table to tag their product as “Popular” or “Trending”.
- Being locked in as the “most recommended” product for the duration of the deal*
*This may be considered a moral grey area for some people. Personally, we only attempt deals with businesses that are in the top tier of their industry so we are never being deceptive with our rankings. Doing such would give your site a bad reputation over the long-run, so it’s really not worthwhile.
Also, be sure to read over the FTC guidelines as they say you need to disclose you have received a payment from the company. Usually something like “We have received compensation from Acme Inc in exchange for sharing our honest review with our audience” is sufficient.