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How do I get companies to advertise on my website?

I have an auto-related website, with 50,000 visitors per month. I tried Google Adsense, but the revenue is so low. How do I get medium to large companies to advertise with me directly? I have spent hours on the phone going around in circles.
Pattie Simone answered July 21, 2008
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221539
What are you selling on your auto-related website? Was it professionally designed  and copywritten? Do you have any professional marketing materials made up that support your visitor traffic numbers?

More important, you need to quantify for the medium to large brands that your visitors are BUYING, because while 50,000 is an impressive number of hits, it means dink if you have no conversion metrics.

As far as selling it to them--if you have something of value to offer them, I found that polite persistence works over time. That might mean providing additional data and creating enticing offers that make sense (I don't know what you're charging them; determine whether your ad pricing is appropriate for that amount of traffic.) Create some intro specials for three to six months that include monthly e-mail blasts from you about the specials.

Last but not least--ask your contacts what they need to close a deal with you. It may be the feedback you need to tweak or fine-tune what you are doing, so you can achieve the ad revenue you are seeking. For more strategic marketing tips, visit Write-Communications

Wishing you success,
Pattie Simone

As president of Pomona, N.Y.-based marketing-advantage and founder of WomenCentric, Pattie Simone empowers ambitious women, companies and entrepreneurs worldwide, sharing smart new media, client engagement, entrepreneurial and communications expertise as a techpreneur, consultant, speaker and video blogger.