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Should I advertise online?

Episode 1384

Steve from Woodland Hills, CA
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Steve has a new advertising budget to expand clientele, focusing on 30-50 year olds in Southern California. The budget includes SEO, pay per click and other advertising. Leo says that SEO or search engine optimization, is largely snake oil. It can help him, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Leo would advise separating that out of his advertising budget. As for advertising on Bing, he should check the market share. That may not be a good place to put it.

How can I sell ads on a website?

Monday from California

Episode 985

Monday is starting a new wedding website and wants to have advertising, but has no clue what to charge. Leo says not to do it herself. She should start with Google AdSense. They'll take 45% of the ad revenue, but they do all the work, too. Once the site gets serious traffic, then she can go out and start selling ads herself. She shouldn't quit her day job yet though, it won't be a lot of money. Cost per click is far more lucrative than impressions. It's easiest to sell a monthly flat rate, especially with a new site.