How Much Should You Charge For Advertising On Your Blog?

By Yaro Starak
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So you have decided to sell ads directly to sponsors on your website or blog.

Great idea.

I’ve made money using this method since the early 2000s. It started off as a trickle – my first ad sale was direct to a small business for $50 a month for one banner on my card game website. From that point forward I’ve grown my income from direct ad sales to the point that I’ve made as much as $5,000 a month from it, and at least $1,000 a month from direct ad sales for ten years straight.

One of my first sponsors on my Magic card game site.

That makes direct ad sales my most consistent income stream, and by far the longest serving income stream I have had online.

During my website investing heyday, I had several websites in several niches, all making money from ads. More recently this blog has been my main source of sponsorship revenue, though I have made money in niches like miniature motorcycles, rap music, small business, and Magic cards.

Of course let’s not forget virtually every mainstream media website, news site, top blogs, youtube, google search – virtually every website you can think of with a sizable audience uses advertising, it is a proven money maker. As long as you have an audience companies want to reach, you have the potential to make money selling ads.

My Ad Pricing Formula Revealed

For as long as I have been a teacher of how to make money with blogs – over 5 years now – I’ve been asked the question over and over again…

How much should I charge for advertising on my blog?

I actually came up with a very simple formula, one that I tell people when presenting on stage and during coaching calls.

This formula has to be considered only a guide. It does not apply the same way to every niche, but I will explain why in a moment. Here it is –

You can charge X dollars per month, per ad, with X being equal to your daily visitors count divided by ten.

So if you get 500 visitors per day, you can expect to make $50 per banner ad.

There are many conditions that can change this calculation. Here are some of them…

It’s About Targeting, Supply and Demand

At the end of the day, what you charge advertisers is a supply and demand relationship, mixed in with your ability to get exposure to the right advertisers. You can charge as much as you want, as long as you deliver value to the advertiser. They will keep paying you as long as they earn a return, they have a budget and they don’t get more for less somewhere else (if they have budget constraints).

Some niches enjoy companies with massive ad budgets. Cars is one prime example. Car companies spend money advertising to the general consumer. That’s why you will see car ads on YouTube, on a news site, syndicated on content sites in all kinds of different niches – and of course, on car sites too.

General consumables like electronics, computers, movies, books, and food related products and businesses (McDonalds and Coke ads are everywhere!) are other examples of mass-appeal advertisers who don’t care so much about the niche your site is in, they just want a spread across the general population, because the general population is their audience. Other niches will need a much more targeted sponsor.

In your case, you need to look at what type of person reads your site, why they are there and then think about the sponsors who would best service your people.

With my Magic card game website I approached Magic card retailers, both online and offline, to sponsor my site. One in ten of the contacts I made agreed to sponsor my site, and within a few months I had three paying sponsors and my first significant and consistent online income stream.

You Don’t Know Until You Test

One thing I have learned running EJ in particular, is the importance of testing price to find a balance that works.

I do this by looking at how many ads I have sold and then adjusting accordingly. If I haven’t sold many in a month or two, I will lower the price. If the ads sell out quickly, I increase the price. Bear in mind I do this sort of testing because I have enough of a consistent audience coming to EJ, some of whom want to sponsor my site, that I can test. If you don’t have interested parties coming in regularly, you will have to go out there and find sponsors (more on this in a future article).

For example, when I first started offering the very popular 125×125 box banner ads in my right sidebar, I started at a $200 pricing point. At the time I was pretty much applying my formula, as EJ had about 2,000 visitors a day according to Google Analytics.

At that price point after a couple of months I was sold out or almost sold out most of the time. My traffic increased so I increased the price to $250 a month, which worked well, although I do go through peaks and troughs in terms of how many ads sell – anywhere from four to ten of the available ten spots I have. Once I sold out of all ten spots, I increased the cost to $300, however over time some sponsors dropped out and no new ones came back on board, so I dropped it back to $250 (well $249 to be exact), which seems to be the sweet spot.

I also have to factor in that I charge Australian dollars, which at the moment with the Aussie being strong, doesn’t help my ad sales given most of my sponsors are American. If the Aussie dollar drops, it is the other way around.

The great thing about CrankyAds is I can just log in to my WordPress admin panel and change prices any time, which is exactly what I do to test pricing. I recommend you change prices once every month or two – only if you need to of course. If you are happy with how much you are making, then don’t mess with it.

Alternative Pricing

One feature I have used to great benefit over the years, which we just recently made available in CrankyAds, is the ability to offer alternative pricing.

The way I use alternative pricing is to offer discounts for people paying in advance. Pay for six months worth of ads and you get a one month discount. Pay for 12 months and you get two months free.

These are just two examples, you can pretty much do what you like. Obviously the benefit here is to lock sponsors in long term (this is good for you, and also good for your sponsor because if your traffic increases over time, which it will, they still pay the same price and don’t lose their ad spot), you get cash upfront and your sponsor saves money. It’s win-win, especially with the right sponsor.

Start With My Formula

To keep things really simple I recommend you start with my formula –

Your daily unique visitor count, divided by ten, as a base monthly fee per ad.

From there, test. Go out and find sponsors. Make sure your site has an Advertise page and Advertise Here banners running (both things CrankyAds does for you) so people who visit your site are aware of your sponsorship opportunities.

For further intelligence on what price to charge, take a look at sites like yours and see how much they charge for advertising and how much traffic they state they have to justify the price. Make sure you see that they have some paying sponsors before you assume their prices are relevant.

Don’t under price your ads. You might be surprised how much advertisers are willing to spend and if you don’t ask, you won’t know.

One last tip – If you think you can only charge $10 per month per ad, it’s probably best you wait and build up your traffic before you go after direct sponsors. Use affiliate ads in your ad zones for now (CrankyAds can run your affiliate ads for you too).

There’s no greater statement that your site can’t deliver much results to sponsors than charging next to nothing for ads. Do you think your potential sponsor believes you can deliver any result if you charge $10 per month? That’s a great way to demonstrate low perceived value. Raise the price, or wait until you can deliver more results.

Good luck with your ad campaigns, and if you have any questions about pricing, please leave a comment.

Update: Want more help with selling ads on your blog, read this now – How To Sell More Ads On Your Blog and then this – Want To Sell Ads On Your Blog? Introducing CrankyAds.com

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  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic Yaro. I know this is one area I have been researching and trying to get a better understanding for. I have had a couple companies reach out to me to advertise on my blog and I was a bit stuck because I was un prepared for the request to be honest. I’m going to look into the cranky ads because I feel that would be a great way of not worrying about ads and such.

    • Thanks Yaro! For 6 months I have been trying to find an article that explains this for me. Really like the simple formula you use and will be definitely downloading the CrankyAds Plugin!

  • Interesting post that gives a good insight into generating advertising revenue from a website. I hadn’t come across CrankyAdds before but it certainly looks pretty good.

    If someone doesn’t get enough traffic to make decent money using ads then all is not lost. I find I can still make good profits from small sites with low traffic by promoting high commission physical products. The key is to target the right type of keywords that are very focussed to help get good conversions.

    Just goes to show there a plenty of ways to earn from any particular website depending on a number of factors such as design, content, visitors and others that need to be taken into account.

  • Yaro, Thanks for this very simple formula and congratulations on your Web success. We appreciate your not keeping this a big secret and not requiring a Ph.D to figure it out.

    I’m going with it.

  • I have had a reputation for underpricing myself forever. I think I might have found a good set of rates for my PR5 blog about making money online:

    Starting with banner advertising from $10 a month and offering text links for $5 a month. I also offers rates for a month, 6 months and a year, if you take out 6 month or a yearly plan then you get a discount. :)

    I launched the new prices January 1st and received four takers within that month. :)

    • I presume in your case you are not using nofollow so you are selling your pagerank?

      If that is the case then that may be an exception to the $10 rule – if you are selling pagerank linkjuice then traffic isn’t as important as authority. In this case selling text links is likely your only option, and of course you risk a google penalty.

      • Can you explain why putting a text link in a post would risk a Google penalty? Or is it just if you are selling the link?

        Thanks

  • I really liked that last tip about not under-pricing.
    That’s something that’s not often mentioned.
    “You get what you pay for” makes complete sense; if you’re not charging much, then sponsors aren’t going to expect much from you.
    Thanks for the good post.

  • Hi. This is one of the most useful posts I have read about blogging so far. I just started receiving sponsorships, and it was hard to put a price on everything. The sponsors I have were pleasantly surprised at how low my ads were – who knew?

    Thanks for the great info. And yes, I will give CrakyAds a try.

    • Kathy

      I am thinking about starting my own blog. How did you get started and how did you start receiving sponsorships?

  • Great initiative Yaro, we people,designers, get more jobs anyway:-)

  • Lee

    Hi Yaro,

    Does your plugin consider Google’s guidelines and add in a to the links you sell and does adding such a tag to sold links affect the price you can charge?

    • If you go to my advertise page you will note that the text link ads for sale state that all links are “nofollow”, which is how CrankyAds currently applies text link based ads.

      We plan a feature to allow publishers to decide whether to use no follow or do follow and charge accordingly. Logically speaking, you should be able to charge more for do follow since you pass on link juice, however by doing this you risk a Google penalty, something this site received in the past as a result of selling do follow links, which is why I switched to no follow for any paid for text links.

      • Lee

        Thanks for your quick reply Yaro.

        I’ve always been concerned about the risks of Google penalties and so haven’t sold direct advertising before. To be honest, I didn’t think there would be much demand for no follow links but it looks like I may be wrong.

  • Lee

    Oops above comment seems to have left an important part out – I was asking about the effects of adding a rel = nofollow to sold links.

  • Thanks for sharing this…
    I will try this formula to sell ads space in my blog… :)

    p/s: Can I put some of your points in my blog post? I want to translate it to my language…

  • I thought it was a good idea to charge a fixed price for every 2000 unique visitors? That way, if the traffic increases, bloggers earn more and advertisers have a higher exposure. Not sure if fixed cost per month is better than CPM?

    • The thing I don’t like about CPM is that you don’t know exactly how many impressions you will deliver and you usually have to bill after the ad impressions have been delivered, so you have to chase up debts – I hate that.

      Of course CPM is the standard in the industry, especially on larger sites, so it’s something you need to consider as you grow. A flat monthly fee is so much simpler and easier to make passive though.

      • A flat fee paid up front based on LAST month’s stats, whether it’s visitors or CPM, makes sense to me. If your stats go up, then you start increasing your rates. If you have too many “Advertise Here” banners appearing, you may want to lower your rates!

  • Thanks for sharing your pricing guideline. I have just arbitrarily chosen a figure based on traffic to my site and a comparison of what some others charge on their blogs.

  • So happy I found your blog. Selling advertising is a new idea to me. Simpler than selling leads. (Or getting paid pennies for clicks)

  • I found $1.50 per CPM per 125×125 button ad was my general guideline, and pro-rate accordingly to 468×60 (2X) and 300×250 (5X) sized ads.

    • Around the $0.50 to $2 CPM seems to be common numbers I hear floating around, again dependent on all the variables I mentioned in this article.

  • That is a simple formula and it would be fairly easy to implement. Thanks for also sharing the conditions that would make it vary! While I am not so devoted to my blog that I could attract banner advertising as of now, its good to know what basic rule of thumb should be followed :)

  • Thanks for sharing Yaro, sure I’ll translate this article to Arabic and I’ll re-post it into my blog. It’s very important and useful for beginners.

  • Thanks for not only the formula, but the realistic discussion of rates within niches. Far too many bloggers undersell themselves.

    I’m going to try out Cranky Ads on my below the fold stuff, until I can get out of my ad network contract.

  • i think its better idea to use google adsense instead of these banners..

  • CrankyAds is great as my friend just started using it and his comments about them has been really inspiring. Thanks for sharing such useful tips.

  • Hey Yaro,

    My blog gets 4,000+ visitors per day (and a lot more at certain times of the year). Although I get a healthy return from adsense up to now I’d never have thought people would pay ~$400 / mth for an ad slot…

    I think I’ll try my hand and see how it goes – nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. (Will definitely give CrankyAds a shot!)

    Once again, thanks for the inspiration! Will keep you posted.

    Craig.

    (P.S. It would be interesting to know how other people in other niches work out there cost)

    • I think $400 a month for exposure to 4000 daily visitors, roughly 120,000 a month visitors is pretty reasonable.

      Consider a print newsletter is like an oldschool version of a blog. If you sent out your newsletter to 100,000 people you could charge at the very least $400 for an in that newsletter.

    • How did it work out for you Craig?

  • Seems like you beat Pat to the bunch! lol I’ve been waiting on his upcoming post about this, but I’m happy to get your perspective too Yaro, I’m starting to accept direct advertising on my websites and had no idea what I should be charging.

    • Yes Jamie, it was a bit of coincidence. I’ve started a series of articles I wanted to use as a follow-up training email autoresponder series for CrankyAds.com users, and this article is the second in the series.

      Pat just happened to start a similar series at the same time. I’m curious to read what he has to say on the subject of ad pricing.

  • Nice simple formula to arrive at the ad rate. Thanks for that. It’s always best to have a system which is simple and easy for everyone to understand

  • Very useful article for all that want to sell banner ads on their blogs. Thank you, Yaro.

  • Yaro, great article and very helpful. I thought I was close to implementing an ad strategy until Google cut my traffic drastically with the latest algo change. Well Google giveth and taketh away.
    But when my traffic comes back, ad traffic will be one of my main monetization models.
    I heard that the three areas that pay the most are: Relationships, health and money related sites. Do you know if this holds true?

    • Anna, yes, those three niches are the top level “mega” niches that I’ve written about a lot before. They, along with irrational passion niches like sports, gadgets, shoes, other consumable goods, etc are the most valuable niches in terms of money being spent.

      Thus they also have the most competition, but you can drill down into sub-niches of the mega-niches, that’s the key to success with them.

  • Hi! Yaro,

    About the CrankyAds stuff, how about if you don’t have a PayPal account? PayPal isn’t accepted in Nigeria.

    Awaiting your reply. Thanks.

    Chukwuka.

    • At the moment, no sorry Chukwuka, it’s only paypal. We may eventually have other options, but not for a while yet.

  • Thanks for a well detailed great post Yaro. I have just added the plugin. Lets see how it goes!
    Have a good day!

  • I am very new to this and I’m wondering if your Cranky Ads would work on blogspot or only on wordpress?

    • Only wordpress right now since we have a wordpress plugin.

      We do plan to have a generic “insert this code” option for other sites, although I suspect blogspot will not be an option ever because it’s too heavily controlled by Google.

  • No questions, I’ve already installed CrankyAds, it works well, it didn’t break my website, everything goes smoothly and once advertisers will come in everything will go even better. You did a pretty good job Yaro, and every blogger will thank you for that.

    • Glad to hear that Andrea – you’d be amazed how much work our dev team have put in to make things run so smoothly!

  • Just installed Crankyads on my site tonight, easy and simple install! I guess I have to figure out a way to solve the challenges of Danish VAT in the system, as VAT must be added to all European buyers, whereas advertisers from the rest of the world should not be charged. But I’ll try to find a way to deal with that.
    Apart from that, I’ll give CrankyAds a chance on my site for a month or two to see how it works out. :-)

  • Thank you Yaro, useful insight.
    I’m wondering how you relate pageviews and unique visitors.
    In your formula you mention visitors, however, some ad networks consider only pageviews.
    For example, my site almost has 100000 pageviews, so I qualify for the “big league”, as you say. On the other side, the site has 785 daily uniques.
    How do you factor these variables?

    • Wow, that’s quite the ratio between unique visitors and pageviews. You must be running a forum or something like that.

      In your situation the answer still comes down to results for sponsors. CPM might suit your traffic, but if it’s just a case of the same person seeing the same ad as they browse through ten different pages on your site, the unique visitor count is likely a better indicator of what your site can do for sponsors.

      • Thank you for your answer. I don’t run a forum. It is a site with photography tutorials. I write the best content I can, use internal links, related posts and popular posts, with no tricks such as multi page posts and it brings those pageviews. I didn’t know it was that high.
        In my case, would rotating different ads inside the same space a better way to exploit the high number of pageviews?
        I remember having stumbled upon some plugin allowing to do this.

        • If you can customize ads to that specific a target then sure, it can help. Personally I prefer if you have a site-wide sponsor for simplicity sake, but it really depends if that is possible and the best choice for your niche.

  • Rob

    Hi Yaro, do you have any tips for my website http://livelifehappy.com ? Currently, I just use google adsense but would like to explore other avenues of revenue. Thanks

  • Thank you for this information. I have been trying to decide what to charge others to advertise on my site. I did not know where to start.

  • Hi Yaro,

    I have used myself another formula, that consisted in asking for 1 euro each 1000 page views. In fact, this formula resulted to be quite similar to yours (in terms of what I can ask to my sponsors), and I think that is right for the average blogger (2 page views/visit in average).

    I started with 30.000 page views, asking for 30€/mes (almost 40$ USD). It was about 15.000 monthly visitors, so that’s 500 visitors/day. Whenever my website increases traffic, I increase cost. I use to do it each 3 or 4 months (or whenever a new sponsor arrives to the blog). I reached 100€/month, and it’s been very hard to ask for more…and forget it in this times. What I did, was to create a pop-up banner and charge 150€/month for the “premium” slot.

    Some of the sponsors are from the very beginning, so they started paying 30€ and now one of them is the one that pays 150€/month. An no complains!!! I guess it’s worth for them…

    Bye.

  • Yaro, I’m also using the similar kind of formula when selling advertisements on my blog. Advertisements rate vary a bit depending upon the banners placement on my blog

  • Despite de fact that I don’t use WordPress (I gave it a try, but for me Drupal is easier to use…) all I can say: great plugin. I will make a (positive) review on my website.
    And your formula for charge advertising is simple – I will try it.

  • I love your posts …

    Your blog is one of the most useful around and one of the few that I actually read every word.

    The one thing that upsets me is that the formatting means that it is a mess when viewed on my iPad … maybe it is related to the theme your using??

  • You’re my kind of guy, Yaro! That is, you are ‘normal’. I’m so tired of super-charged blokes (always) yelling at me, and telling me to do this, and do that. You click on a video link and it’s as if they’ve suddenly been stabbed with an electrified cattle prod as they burst into steroid-level hype.

    So thank you for bringing a bit of sanity to the internet…and for all your really useful free info, of course. :)
    Carol.

  • Great article Yaro!

    Can I just clarify – when you say $100 per 1000 visits, are you talking unique visitors per day or overall visitors per day?

    • I usually count total visits that day, not specifically unique visits as that can vary depending on what timeframe you do your count for uniques.

  • One area we’re having increasing success with is to target specific articles for on-page advertising. So we take a look at the pages on our sites that have top search positions, look at the monthly traffic for those articles and then go out and directly target advertisers who are bidding on the keywords we rank for, offering them a better rate than they can get from PPC. Also remember to build in an exclusivity premium on these type of deals.

  • Hi Yaro,

    Really interesting post. Saw you at the hive in Brisbane a little while ago now and get your emails. I have set up a web-site – angermanagementlocal.org, which is a mental health directory to find psychologists. We have managed to get up to 10,000 people/ month through SEO. Adsense is paying us a grand total of $15/ month. I’m definitely going to check out cranky ads.

    Thanks

    Mark

  • Tomas Merrill

    Thank you for the formula. I haven’t got to a point where I can use it, but I will keep it in mind when I do.

  • Tim

    The way I have always charged for advertising has been to work out how much I would earn from an ad spot through AdSense (or whichever ad network works best for the site) – let’s say $100/month for this example.

    The ad networks normally take around a 50% cut, so the advertiser is already paying $200/month to advertise in that ad spot – and that is where I start my ad pricing.

    I then increase the price for as long as there are still advertisers taking me up on the rates until I find a plateaux where the demand slows – this is then the highest price the market will bare, and the optimal price for my ad spot.

    I wrote a little guide on the whole process of selling ads directly to advertisers on AdBalance if anyone is interested: http://www.adbalance.com/selling-ads-directly-to-advertisers/

  • This is probably the most substantial answer to my question about pricing that I’ve ever gotten! And I’ve been posing that question for years now.

    Thank you for your formula, I’ll be sure to use it!

  • To make money by this method, you need massive traffic… so think the targeted traffic for any blogs!

  • Thank you for posting this, Yaro. This is something that I have been contemplating and now I have a “how-to” guide. I can’t wait to check out your software!

  • Thanks for writing this useful post about advertising on your blog. I’m new to this and recently, couple ad networks contacted me out of blue and they want to put text links on my posts. They said we pay you $30 a year for a text link. is it worth it? by the way, I’m getting couple hundred unique visitors every day and that’s 90% of my traffics every day.

  • Another great post, Yaro.

    It is rare that I bookmark two pages running(in a row) from the same site.

    Advertising(ad space) and what should be reasonably charged, has been a subject that I have found difficult to get a handle on.

    You make it so easy to get a grip on the whole concept, without overkill.

    Great post.

    Daniel.

  • Hey Yaro,

    Great info bookmarked for later.

    I have just removed all my advertising from my blog. Most banners and box ads were my own products.

    I want to concentrate on the reader and see if I get more subscriptions from an ad free site.

    Do you have an opinion on this? Do you think add free can lead to more readers?

    Dan

    • It’s certainly a strategy worth testing, but obviously you don’t make money from advertising if you don’t offer advertising. It really depends on your goals.

  • Many Thanks, perhaps I will think about doing this when my blog grows.

  • becky

    Hi Yaro – question – with reference to your formula – how much would you then charge per month for 125×125 banner in a highly targeted ‘ezine’/newsletter? I’m thinking of doubling this rate, so for example if you get 500 visitors per day, that’s 100 US dollars per ad square in an ezine for one month (or a period of 4 weeks). Would this be realistic for a specific sports ezine targeting a specific niche+demographic within this sport?

    Plus, if I could clarify that your formula is indeed in US dollars and not Australian dollars…?

    Much thanks and look forward to using CrankyAds very soon!

  • Very useful information. If you have a popular blog in a lucrative niche, I think it’s worth investing in selling your own products. i.e Start an ecommerce site on the side.

    For reference, for the big ad on my website & Youtube videos (250’000 UV per week) that is centered around entertainment I’ve been offered around $20’000 per year.

    Credit to the author. Thanks.

  • Hey Yaro – great stuff. Quick Question, I’m in the process, early stages of building a blog and the demographic is teens 13-18. Definitely would like to monetize it and expect an exceptional visitor count (my 15 y/o will be my Social Networking Mgr) – for the teen demographic, and being a NEW blogger with a great idea/niche, at what point UV-wise should I go out and seek sponsors/advertisors. I’ve read quite a bit of information about blogging lately and yours by far is the absolute best!

    You are appreciated in Houston, Texas!!

    Pamela

  • hi!Yaro
    greate site, with lot of motivational real examples. Selling direct ads on your website is good, but just I think that for a starter adsense is a much better option. Easy to manage although you get less.
    But your formula “Your daily unique visitor count, divided by ten, as a base monthly fee per ad.” I am never gonna forget.
    Tanvon Malik

  • I have set up adsense and used it for a year. I believe this information is vital as I am now begining to sell advertising space on my blog. I am glad that the information you have provided will guide me on the pricing.

    I am impressed by the strategies you are using and I am now changing and following your style.

  • Great article! I use a similar formula to calculate monthly costs for banner ads that I sell direct to advertisers. These ads run in rotation with google ads and affiliate ads, and the advertisers get no additional acknowledgement as “sponsors”. However, I am working on some actual sponsorship packages that would include banner ads, as well as a great deal more exposure and acknowledgement of the sponsor in all areas of my site. For example: a dedicated sponsor area in our discussion forums, acknowledgment in all email newsletters, in any videos we produce, in our social media sites (facebook, g+, twitter, linkedin…), opportunity to sponsor contest and events, etc, etc. Sponsorships would only be offered to non-competing companies as well. So there’s an element of exclusivity, that they don’t get with banner ads.

    I’ve come up with 7 or 8 additional benefits to offer sponsors above and beyond basic banner ads, and I’m trying to figure out what a fair price might be to charge for a package like that. I’m thinking of multiplying the basic ad rate by a factor of 10, but if you have any thoughts or suggestions I’d really appreciate your input.

    Thanks.

  • Great information Yaro! Thanks so much you’ve answered alot of my questions and that formula for pricing is awesome and fair!

    I’ve had my website running for a year now and I’m getting requests for sponsorship so I’ll be applying the formula to my site for sure (see below).

    http://www.trying-to-conceive-a-baby.com

    I just wondered, is the best way for payment through a PayPal account or is there another way to handle payments?

    Thanks again for all your awesome input, I’ve bookmarked this page and will be sharing with my website friends :)

    Kristy

  • Pablo

    Excellent article. Thanks

  • Awesome explanation of all the intricate details Yaro. I was just approached by someone to place a text link ad and I found your post to be super useful. It answered all my doubts. Thanks a lot!

  • Finally an equation! I got so tired of reading articles saying “it depends” and “research comparable sites”. Thank you for actually giving us something concrete. While I know we still have to be flexible and compete with other bloggers, I’m so glad I now have something to start with. Again, thank you!

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  • Michael T

    I have no experience with video ads.
    How much can I expect from a Google video ad versus a standard ad?
    Is Google the best show in town or are their better ad servers with better payments? And also, do they have to watch the whole video?
    Thanks for any help.

    • I don’t know how Google video ads work, so I can’t offer any help with that Michael. I can tell you that if you sell video ads with CrankyAds.com then you should treat the pricing challenge the same way you treat any ad and follow the instructions in this article you just read above.

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  • Thank you so much. I’m pretty niche and have been building readership before venturing out into the ad world. Recently, I’ve been approached by various individuals/companies interested in contextual linking, guest blogging or a sponsored post.
    None of them held any interest until recently, when a company whose product I believe in approached for a contextual link. I think I’ll try to convert that to a sidebar ad. And now I have a formula I can use to give them my “rate card.”
    Unfortunately I use Blogger or I’d jump ont the CrankyAds.com bandwagon. Looks like the only option I have is to use 3rd party html in a widget for Blogger?

  • Hi Yaro, thank you so much for this valuable information. I’ve just started to be approached by advertisers in one of my niches, but none resonated with my purpose until now. So your post has helped me work out a starting point.
    Thank you again!
    Alex

  • Well, I’ve never been to Brisbane but in case you visit Adelaide just let me know and I’ll buy you a drink for sharing this valuable information. Just what I really need now to boost my website. Thanks, mate!

  • My website has 250 pages. When I sell an ad do I need to place it on all 250 pages or just on the ones that are most relevant? I get 13,500 hits a month, so the price would be $45, but if the ad appears on only 2 of those pages, because it is only relevant there, is it still worth as much?

    • I suggest placing the ads on all of your pages. That is what I have always done with my sponsors. It makes sense to give them as much exposure as you can, because they will earn a better result.

  • Very informative article, I really enjoyed reading and learning from it. I have tried a direct advertising before from some Swedish company and I didn’t know what to charge them then. I ended up charging $270.00 usd a month. Now I have an idea using your formula. Right now I have a company requesting to advertise on my website that is how I ended up on this site searching for ideas. Is there a standard letter I should use to reply to them? I am not sure what to say for the first time when I reply to their request. By the way I am getting about 37 to 39 thousand unique visitors a month based on Google Analytics. Would it be a lot if I ask $300.00 a month for 160×600 banner? Any idea will appreciated.

  • Nice article, Yaro…

    This is something I have been wondering about quite a lot lately…

    Though, I have heard many different opinions regarding how much we should charge(or expect ) for ad space, your post would have to be one of the most clearly explained, and easy to digest…

  • Hi, how much should I ask for a article advertisement in my site? I only get about 1.2k pageviews per day and about 600-700 uniques? Any suggestion would be appreciated. Please check my site. Thanks

  • Yaro, thanks very much for the info, I thank God i found you.

  • Thanks, Yaro! I already have two interested sponsors, and my blog has only 42 followers and just under 4,000 visitors since I started it in February of this year. I need to bring in more visitors… I have signed it up on different directories, visit and follow other blogs, etc. I guess it is a matter of time. But I still need to get back to those sponsors. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Walter

    Hi there how do you actually get the ads on the site? If you call a company and they say yes we’ll
    pay for an ad then what happens? Do they give you the info? I there a contract with that company? Would you call them and set it up that way? Also whe you set up your site can you add Cranky Ads there or after your site is done?

    • Walter – Have you played around with CrankyAds before? Install the software and all your questions will be answered.

  • Hi everyone – I’ve been selling banner ads and listings w/in my website for about 3 years now and have managed to generate enough income to do it full time – In addition I’ve shown an increase in both clients and income in each year – I’ve spent much time researching on-line and banner ad pricing and here’s the best advice I can offer – What advertising on your site might be worth and what you can actually get, are often two different numbers – I’m sure my ads are under priced, but I’d rather build a large client base all paying smaller rates – Under-pricing makes selling much easier and my client renewal rate is appx. 80% – So play w/your pricing and don’t be afraid to charge larger companies a bit more

  • Sir, I have read all your posts regarding Direct Ads (including the newsletters) and I am really thankful to you. I have recently approached text link ads.
    I have around 500 daily visits but I only make 2$/per month through adsense. So, should I ask for 10$/pm for a text link ad?
    Another, problem is I have a Blogspot blog and don’t have so much of flexibility regarding layout and plug-ins. So, will CrankyAds work? Or should I go for dfp by Google?

  • Thanks for the information I’ve been wondering what to reply when I get emails regarding this.

  • MWC

    Ok, new to this but I had an offer from an agency to place a tag on my site that would allow them to display ads to people, who accessed my site in the past, but on different sites. Its good money, but it makes me skeptical Can anyone explain what this might be? How does it effect my audience?

  • Thank you very much for this article! It has helped me a lot and I will give CrankyAds a try :)

  • Hello, I would like to help me with some questions please, you can charge pretty sales banners in my blog for free? I think these advertisers are only getting fame with known sites and blog and does not pass the sales because they do not know whether we sell or not, so I think we should be charged for that announcement on our blog even though this blog is free from google, charge for a perildo dels fame instead pay an amount every announcement that stand in our blog when we win by clicking the adsense is better to get more sales and more dicil it then find someone who can help me with this doubt please? thank you

  • Thank you for your information. Now I have a better understanding about what I need to do first in my ads.

  • Excellent article. Thank you so much!

    I was wondering if, given your formula, there is some sort of rotation in the display or the ads, and how to keep that fair for your customers. Thanks again.

  • Vlad

    So you are saying that if i have 1 milion visitors per day i can charge 100 000$? Or how much should you charge for that amount of traffic.

    • If you have one million visitors per day, you can definitely charge some huge rates and should be making at LEAST a million dollars a year from that website.

      I have a friend with a car blog and they charge as much as $150,000 for a banner campaign for one month and they only get about 70,000 visitors per day, so yes, it really is about how many people visit the site and what target market they are in.

  • Hi Yaro, I’m confused by the huge difference between different visitor stats data I get.

    I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong because my Google Analytics stats only show a tiny fraction of my other data collecting software.

    For example for month of Jan:
    Awstats: Unique visitors = 17,375; Visits =38,985; Pages = 148,960
    Jetpack: Unique visitors = 18,850 which is about the same as Awstats
    Analytics: Unique visitors = 3,943; Visits = 4,598; Pages = 6,903

    That means that Analytics only credits me with the following tiny fraction of the other 2 data collection stats:

    Analytics’ Unique visitors: only 22% others
    Analytics’ Visits: only 11% of Awstats
    Analytics’ Pages: only 4.6% of Awstats!

    How can Analytics data be correct when I can see the numbers of visitors’ referring websites (not crawlers) that are recorded against individual articles shown in Awstats and Jetpack?

    My visitors are growing fast, but Google doesn’t acknowledge them! At this rate I’ll never have enough Page Views to be able to sell ads.

    Are everyone’s stats like this? Or is there some glitch in my Analytics setup?

    Hope you can give me some clues about this Yaro, it’s really discouraging.
    Carol.

  • I made a mistake with the above Figures. The Jetpack Unique Visits I quoted are incorrect. But all the Awstats and Analytics data, and the percentages are correct.

    Sorry about that.

  • Thanks for valuable information. I own a website which is city specific and helps people in finding rental properties. I get around 100 visitors per day. How much shall I freeze upon CPM or banner cost

  • Chelwiz

    Hi, what I am looking for is a way of taking ads from companies/small businesses who are not set up with with affiliate deals. Say for instance a local hotel on a site about a particular location. If I set up an individual commission agreement with them how can I track the booking or enquiry that they get from my advertisement? Would CrankyAds work for that or is there some other way to do it.

  • christin

    This is by far some of the best information on the internet regarding advertising and niche websites. I have been looking for something specific like your formula you provided instead of all the vague information on the internet. Thank you so much. This helped a great deal with my project I am currently working on.

  • Gotta love a quality article that has real info, so thanks for that. I’d mention that you can use some of the big ad networks (federated media, etc.) to see what others are charging. See what the big blogs in your are going for (cpm) and compare.

    I think you could probably go quite a bit higher than the daily visitors divided by ten, depending on the niche. Also if you offer exclusive advertising and multiple locations (in post, via email, etc.).

    Yaro – this is one of the best blogs out there. Thanks!

    -B

  • This is a good idea. I am trying to sell $17 ad space. Hope it gets bought.

  • SAM D

    How much should one charge if the advertiser wants to do a guest article on the blog? I currently have about 500 visitor per day and 1000 page view per day.

    • It depends on your niche Sam, but with that kind of traffic I think as a ballpark figure you could charge $100 to $200 for a paid review.

  • Rat

    That sounds like the formula I was looking for. Thanks.

  • Exactly the guidance I am looking for. My website reaches from 150 to 350 visitors a day. Nearly 2000 page views and bounce rate between 15 to 35%. But still I am not able to get any ad. Because I haven’t informed my visitors about advertising with me. I just keep on writing. I’ll instantly make a new page of advertising with us. Hope it works.

  • What should be the size of the banner according to your formula ?

  • Thanks for sharing your formula. Simple, yet effective.

  • […] les différentes méthodes envisageables pour déterminer le prix d’une publicité, Yaro Starak avait révélé la sienne sur son blog Entrepreneurs […]

  • Great blog post…thanks for sharing!! I’m starting to average about 1500 visitors/day with about 2000 page views -enjoying the jump in traffic! I’m also starting to receive inquiries for advertising, which is prompting me to finally figure out this piece. I like your suggestion of keeping it simple and charging a certain amount for banner space. Do you have a sheet/page that lays it out (space, ad position, payment, schedule, etc) for you advertisers? Would love to see some examples for this…

    Mahalo!!

  • Cosfru

    Yaro, first I want to thank you for you post. Still, I want to ask you a question maybe you can illuminate me. I understand the prices for 125×125 banner, but what should be the “right” price for 120×600 px ( side left banner ) , 900×200 px (top menu ) and 300×200 px ( right sidebar ). I have a niche website with a 500 unique vis/day and a rank 3.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Cosfru,

      It’s a tough question to answer without testing and knowing what industry you are in. With 500 visitors per day assuming that is Google Analytics data, I would look at charging anywhere between $50 and $200 per month depending on where you put the banner and what size it is. All you can do is try and see how you go.

      Get yourself ad management software, put up an advertise page and see if you make sales!

      Yaro

  • […] Yaro Starak published his formula for calculating the ad rate, which goes like this: Ad price = Daily Visitors count / 10. So if you have 200 visitors per day, you may charge $20 per banner ad. […]

  • Thanks for the great article! I’m averaging around 200 visitors and 750 page views / day. My question is thus:

    Is this theoretical $20/month I would be charging per individual ad, or per recurring ad on every page? For example, I’ve got a 720×90 Adsense banner at the top of every page. Am I charging $20 total to replace every one of those with an advertiser’s banner, $20 per page?

    Thanks!
    Baron

    • I’d say very roughly you could charge $20 per ad across your entire site. But you might have more than one banner zone and more than one banner in each zone. I think having three zones with up to three banners in each zone is a nice balance (so 9 total ads running across your site at once maximum).

      Bear in mind a top 720×90 banner should sell more than a sidebar 125×125 banner for obvious better exposure it offers.

      Yaro

  • Adzura can help you benchmark what you should be charging for advertising on your blog. There are several bloggers/publishers so this can be useful in determining the right price.

  • Steve

    Thanks Yaro .. Very helpful article and advise as per usual :)

  • Phew!! Thank god you wrote it.

    I am currently getting 12K monthly visits on my tech blog, and I am being approached by some direct advertisement companies to place banners on my blog. All I want to know is how much should I charge for each banner?

    Best regards
    NAyAN

    • Start by asking for $100 per month per banner and see how you go from there.

  • […] Pricing Formula by Yaro Starak: Daily visitors to your site divided by 10 = X number of dollars you can charge for each ad per […]

  • Thanks Yaro. Its an area I have been struggling too on how to find a scientific way of charging which is justifiable and there you are

  • Another fantastic Post, Yaro.

    As per always, you keep your articles easy on the eye, and just as easy to consume, which makes them far more appealing to readers across all levels of experience….

  • George

    Great info! I am about to start a local classified ads website and this kind of stuff just might prove very useful to me (I won’t know for sure until I actually try them I guess).

  • Jessica

    As I start to do research on this, I came across your article and it seems quite an easy formula to apply. However, when I do this with our unique visitors, it results in costs that I don’t see advertisers being willing to pay. Is there some higher volume price structure standard that some larger sites use? And yes, I checked to make sure I was calculating on unique visits. I used Google Analytics to arrive at the amounts I found and I’m still in awe at what our site would charge according to using a divisor of 10 for some months. Now, our site is seasonal in nature as if relates to taxes do our traffic in October varies significantly than in February. For example so far in this month, our unique visits have exceeded 6500; whereas in February this year, our unique visits according to GA were 867,000. Doing the math, I’m thinking our less than 4 yr old start up site may be playing in the wrong ballpark. Or am I seeing something wrong?

    • Can you clarify your numbers Jessica? You presented quite a range – 6,500 one month, then 867,000 another? That is an incredible spread!

      Yaro

      • Jessica

        Yes it is quite an amazing spread. We go from almost no traffic to a flood of users in just a few months. You read it right, those numbers weren’t a typo. :) Because our site is essentially a forum of users discussing tax refunds, our traffic climbs substantially in the first quarter of the year. This is why I am having trouble developing a price structure for ads. Each year our site has nearly tripled the traffic from the prior year — I’m actually quite scared of what tax season will bring us in 2015 (server wise…lol) Our peak month is February with 1.5 million visits, 867K unique visits and 3.6 mil page views according to GA. Yet, our slowest month in the past year only yielded 12K visits of which 9K were unique. The numbers make my head spin as to which direction to head for developing a rate card. Our organic ranking in various Google searches is impressive as well and we fall aside and sometime beat major tax preparers rank. I’m afraid money is being left on the table and unfortunately we have grown to a size where I can’t manage server costs from my back pocket any longer. This is why I am trying to develop a pricing strategy to sell ad space. We have applied to BuySellAds a few times, but for reason unknown, haven’t been approved because they never divulge why. Sorry for my lengthy comments, but yours was the first article I read that at least gave a clear formula to test/starting point to start considering pricing as most that I read simply discuss general approaches. Any thoughts you have are greatly appreciated!

        • You might get a better outcome by attracting as many of those people on to an email list and then using the list all year round a monetization platform. That way you have stable traffic with a set email list you can mail to whenever you like. That gives you options like selling products directly, promoting affiliate products and sponsored email newsletters.

          Yaro

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