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Strong Argument for Ad Sales


A comm0n response to an advertising inquiry I’ve made numerous times for my websites is, “we already do our Internet advertising on Google.” Sure, Google can be a very effective source of leads, but it can also be expensive and might not send the most targeted traffic, depending on the Adwords campaign.

One of the best ways to close an advertising deal on a website or blog is to discuss the direct navigation traffic. It’s important to point out to a potential advertiser that direct navigation traffic can’t be purchased like traditional media buys. Visitors to a particular website that directly navigate, generally do so because they know what they want, and they either know they can get it at a particular website or they assume this. Companies who want to reach out to these visitors need to advertise directly on that website. In my brief experience, I have found this to be a compelling argument, and the same can be made by any domain owner whose domain name receives type-in traffic.

I was thrilled when traffic to grew to over 90% search engine-based. It meant that I was doing something right in terms of SEO, and I was happy that people were visiting because of it. However, an advertiser could easily buy some of   this traffic simply by advertising on Google. However, direct navigation can’t be bought because it completely bypasses Google and Yahoo. IMO, this is a great deal closer.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of 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 Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (4)


    Totally agree Elliot.

    One additional point is that even when using a search engine, a searcher is more likely to click on other than clicking on simply because it is the perceived leader. It’s kind of an automatic brand leader on the SERP pages.

    Another sales point for prospective advertisers.


    April 30th, 2009 at 12:34 pm


    Great point….Our direct navigation is running 15-20%…I never thought it would be that high.

    April 30th, 2009 at 1:13 pm



    web site development is a continual process that never ends.

    As your site reaches the 400 thru 600 page range… The developer at that point can have a stronger though clear selling proposition.

    You can sell just by providing them a breakout of the number of pageviews their respective category gets on a monthly basis.

    Say gets 2,500 daily pageviews… you can easily close the sell by informing that 250 of thise page views relate to their business.. whether its real estate or golf course info.

    April 30th, 2009 at 11:56 pm


    @ Patrick – Once you spend a little time optimizing your website you definitely won’t see 15-20% (and if you do, you aren’t doing a good job of optimization…)

    May 1st, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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