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5 Tips to Get Direct Advertising Deals


In my opinion, people who develop websites that aren’t selling products or offering a special service should strive to bring on advertisers directly in lieu of pay per click advertising or Adsense. Forget about ad networks, cut out the middle man, and you will greatly increase your revenues.

The first step is arguably the most difficult – building a website with unique content that ranks well in search engines and has consistent, growing traffic. I believe that once this has been accomplished, getting advertisers to directly place banners or links on your website is where you will make the most revenue. If your site is bringing targeted traffic, there are advertisers who would like the attention of this traffic.

Here are 5 tips to getting direct advertising deals:

1) Do a Google search for 10-15 keyword phrases related to your website and identify the companies that are paying for advertising on the top and side of Google. Don’t just use the most obvious searches. Search for complimentary services as well, since those advertisers might be interested in advertising on your site as well. For my blog, I would search for keywords such as hosting, web development…etc. Visit those advertisers’ websites, and on the About Us or Management page, find the person responsible for Marketing/Advertising and call him to let him know about your website and rates.

2) Scout out your competitors’ websites to see who is advertising directly on those sites, and see how your site stacks up on public analytics websites such as Alexa and Compete. Compare your PageRank and search engine positioning with theirs. Find out what they charge, and based on the ranking comparison, price your advertisements accordingly. Create a pitch sheet with these stats, your website’s traffic, and email the Marketing/Advertising Manager for those companies and tell them about your website and competitive rates.

3) Learn about the leaders for the industry in which your website is located. See if they operate affiliate programs, and if so, sign up for those programs and add their banners prominently on your website. Depending on the performance of those banners, set your direct advertising rates accordingly to make sure you aren’t losing money by going direct. Reach out to some of the smaller companies who compete with the affiliate companies on your site, to let them know you’d prefer to go direct with them and will take down their competitors’ banners.

4) If your website is in an industry in which you do business, speak with your Account Representative or someone at the company that works with you, and let them know you are looking to bring on advertisers on your related website. Either offer them special deals in exchange for customer incentives or do some sort of product trade if they aren’t able/willing to pay for advertising. Eventually competitors will follow suit if your website has targeted traffic.

5) Probably the easiest way is to add an easy to see “Advertise” link, allowing site visitors to easily contact you about advertising opportunities. Make sure you have a form to get enough information about who is inquiring, and make sure you contact them ASAP – preferably by phone. Tell the potential advertiser your goals for the site as well as the analytics, and share your passion for whatever the website is about.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (6)


    Great post elliot. I’ve been working on a large site for the last 3 months which is just about to launch, so these tips are very handy. Thanks

    August 25th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Dan Bell


    Thanks for the tips. This info is very valuable and will come in handy in securing advertisers.

    How do you manage competing advertisers? Or exclusivity?

    As always you’re a wealth of information. Much appreciated!


    August 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm


    Direct display ad sales are the most lucrative advertising for your sites.

    I’ve developed an easy to use system to generate prospecting lists synched to your domain’s niche locally.

    Feel free to contact me also if you have a top domain as we’ve already got corporate advertisers looking for more good domains to run their display ads on.


    August 25th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Arun Vijayan

    Very informative post Elliot,

    For point 1, you can use the Google Adwords tool to find competitive keywords with their search volumes.

    Point 5) This is one method I was thinking about off late. I think this is going to work well in the long run because you are removing the middle man and profits can go strong. But would like to see somemore comments in this subject.

    August 26th, 2009 at 5:06 am


    good tips, thanks.

    I was just wandering, how do you handle the payments/terms for direct advertising ? do you use any kind of software ?

    June 23rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm


      @ Developer

      Right now all done by me, but on all sites, I have under 25 advertisers. It’s one reason I try to do long term deals.

      June 23rd, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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