I’ve clearly been doing things the wrong way for a long time. Like many of the sites hosted here, I ought to focus on finding ways to make my website pay its own costs so that I can go back to paying for hosting instead of depending on the kindness of others. I had no idea before how to turn page views into money, other than through google ads, but I didn’t want random junk appearing on my pages which might have been unsuitable for the people I write content for. The bulk of my site is educational and aimed at children, and most adverts would be completely irrelevant to them, while the few that might be of interest to them could be highly exploitative. I need to be able to control what they see. Some pages are aimed at older readers though, so there could be options for using ads there, but crucially, there are also some educational toys which all children should be directed to, so I’m not opposed to using adverts in all cases.
A link in a thread here recently took me to a site that gives lots of ideas about generating an income from a website: https://www.webnots.com/site-building/make-money-online/ and there was one particular tip there that I had been completely unaware of: https://www.webnots.com/4-ways-to-sell-more-with-amazon-associates/ - perhaps this is the key to solving my problem. You can write about specific products and link to them, and if someone follows your link and buys that product (or any other product on the same visit), you get a commission on whatever they buy. I need to become more commercial.
There’s a complication though. It takes time to get accepted, and if a page gets too popular before enough people are clicking through to buy, the site will repeatedly be suspended before enough money comes in to pay for hosting, so there’s a pressure on any site hosted here not to get too popular and, as a consequence, not to make money. Still, having too many page views should in the long term be a better problem than not having enough, so that’s a risk worth taking.
But what’s your experience? What actually works? How much money have you managed to make out of how many page views on your most popular pages, and who is your audience? I’m not fishing for models to copy: I just want to know what’s realistic, and particularly for a site aimed at children. Do you typically need a thousand hits or a million of them to generate a dollar? Maybe this is the wrong place to ask though, because most of the sites here are likely just as unsuccessful as mine, but maybe if we bounce ideas off each other and share the little knowledge we have, we might be able to turn some of them around.