What are direct advertisements?
Why direct advertising?
Best of all, you will gain credibility. Having a sponsor is a sign of professionalism. You see, almost any website these days can get approved by advertising networks such as AdSense, even if it's not a quality website. But sponsors only pick sites that are quality. Hence, having a sponsor shows that the site is credible, and has quality content in it.
What does it take?
Secondly, you website needs to have a clearly defined niche. Advertisers are generally looking for a focused and targeted audience. They don't like it when the audience is so varied that you can't tell what exactly are they looking for on your website.
Next, take a look at your site's design. Is it too cluttered and messy? Is the color scheme clashing? Does it look professional? Well, it needs to be for advertisers to become interested. You should have a professional looking design. And a professional look entails a crisp and easy navigation, adequate spacing between elements, consistent color schemes that are not too conflicting with the content, easily decipherable ad blocks and content, and so on. Advertisers look for such things in a website.
Professional look aside, you need to reserve good spots for sponsored ads. Save the most important places like the header for such ads. Design your website accordingly if need be. The advertisers need to know that their ad will be visible in a clear spot on a professional looking website which a lot of people visit daily.
Next, you need to design a professional looking "About Us" page, as well as an "Advertise here page." The about us page should say what you website is about, and who is running it (you). The advertise here page should have details like your Alexa, your PR, your daily traffic, and other such traffic details potential advertisers might be interested in. AdSense of the advertise here page will bring in no advertisers, while the absence of about us page might discourage the advertisers.
How to get advertisers?Once your website meets the above mentioned 'requirements' you're set and ready to go. Finding your first sponsor is hard, since there is no history of sponsorships you can show to the first advertiser. Hence, it might take some hard work and convincing. But once you get it, believe me, it will be totally worth the effort.
First of all, think of some of the keywords related to your website, and Google them. You will find some sponsored links. These are the advertisers who have spend money on Google AdWords for advertising online. Contact them and let them know about your website. Maybe, they are willing to spend some more money on online advertising.
Check your backlinks and comments
Sometimes, the people or companies who link your articles or comment on your posts and leave emails or links might be interested in advertising on your website. Those who give you a backlink, they might be open to discussion for a backlink in return for some money. Same goes for those who comment with emails or links. Evidently, these people are trying to appeal to the audience that your website has. So it'd be a good idea to contact these people and find out whether they are interested. One of them might, and that's all you need.
Look at other sites in your niche
If you are a good blogger, you will know about some of the websites that are in the same niche as yours. Otherwise, you can just Google them. This is one of the best strategies that we have for you. Look at other sites in your niche, and find out what advertisers are advertising there. If they are willing to advertise there, they most probably will be interested in advertising at your site as well, provided that you offer them a good deal.
Advertisers from Advertising networks.
Companies that are advertising on popular advertising networks might also be interested in advertising off those networks, and directly onto websites. Click on the ads that appear on your website and approach those advertisers for direct ads. This method provides good chances of you getting a sponsor.
How to contact sponsors?There are two ways you can get sponsors; either they contact you, or you contact them. As we already discussed, you need to have an "Advertise here" page in place for them to contact you. But for the most part, it's you who has to contact them. To contact them, you need to send a professional letter-type email to them.
This email needs not be too formal. It just should be written properly, with proper grammar and spelling. Also, don't use slang or too informal words. Don't use smileys. To start off, introduce yourself and tell them what the email is about. This should be done in a couple lines at most. This is your intro paragraph.
Create a new paragraph, and in it, explain to them why you decided to contact them, and what they have to gain be accepting your offer. Give details of your traffic, rankings, subscribers, your blog topic, and so on. Include all information you think is necessary.
Next, you need to get to business. Make another paragraph, and talk about advertising options. Tell them what ad spots they will get, and tell them about other advertisers if you have any. Now, also list the price. This is important. Setting the price can make or break an offer. We will talk more about this in the next post. For now, keep in mind to ask for a reasonable price, but don't undersell yourself.
That is all. This should hopefully give out all the information advertisers are looking for. You can send in more details if they ask for any. Remember: Don't make your email too lengthy. Otherwise, they will ignore it. Make it precise and to the point.
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