Do You Serve Your Readers … or Your Advertisers? The Glory of Paid Content Models

When you sell online ads directly to sponsors, increasingly these days they expect to control the editorial their ad appears next to. "My competitors won't be mentioned in any editorial on pages where my ad appears, will they?" is a question that honest-to-god I've heard several times this week alone.  It's gotten so bad that some PR people refuse to pitch stories or provide interview access unless you promise them the story won't be on a…

Audio Content from ‘Real’ Professionals Helps Stock Trading Advice Site Stand Out in Crowded Niche

Tim Bourquin, Co-Founder of TraderInterviews.com, tells Insider how his team turns interviews with "real" traders -- not gurus or theorists - into subscription profits. It's a prime example of how advice from successful peers can make compelling B2B content
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3D Avatar Chat Game Gets Users Engaged, Generates $40 Million Revenue Run Rate

Founded in 2004, it's taken less than 6 years for IMVU, a 3D avatar chat game and virtual world, to become profitable with a $40 million annual revenue run rate (i.e. estimated annual revenue). The 90-employee company gets a large chunk of that revenue by selling virtual currency to 50 million registered users, including subscribers and non-subscribers. This case study outlines how they do it.
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Do Google AdSense Ads Signal “Crap Content” to Your Visitors?

Yesterday afternoon, my friend Scott Thompson, publisher of MyFederalRetirement.com, which I used in our Subscription & Membership Site Benchmark Report as an example of good content supported by Google AdSense ads, received hate mail from a site visitor.   The email read in part, "Your site is a f*** farce filled with useless information that you throw in with the blatant intent to get users to click on a Google adsense link. Do you think we…

Magazine Publishers Say Paid Content & Blog Ads Generate Profit Margins Above 30%

According to stats from a Folio's 2009 e-Media Survey, paid content is the 4th largest electronic media revenue stream for magazines which is not impressive, but the profit margins are. Turns out 50% of respondents said paid content had profit margins of more than 30%. So, it's worth their while pushing the paid content envelope a bit further, wouldn't you say? The only other online revenue source that scored even higher, was blog sponsorships, with 56%…

Online Subscription Game Site World of Warcraft Sponsored by Mountain Dew

Proving you can indeed sell ads to a paid subscription game, Brandweek reports that World of Warcraft has sold an extensive sponsorship to Mountain Dew. Last summer the soft drink experimented with web 2.0 marketing, so if you're trying to sell ads to a 'cutting edge brand' in your niche, try surfing at Facebook brand fan pages. The sponsorship includes a 14-day free trial of the game online. This is a classic type of subscription site…

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