by Debra from glade-park.com
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:41 am
I started my website in 2006 as a labor of love based on the small ranching community where my family homesteaded and I grew up. It is not a town. There is a general store and no restaurants and hotels. There are a lot of public lands with recreational opportunities like fishing, hunting and mountain biking. After all these years I have not been able to monetize if enough for it to pay for itself, but frankly have not tried much. However, because of the content I have added, it now does always get over 200 visitors a day, 4800 - 2000 a month, and is at the top of the Google search, above it's Wikipedia listing, and all the yellow page type sites, etc that used to put my site on the 2nd or 3rd page.
I am reaching retirement, and would really like to get it to at least pay for itself, or even make some money. Since it has become more of a bedroom community for the nearest town, with only a couple of family ranches left, there really are some hefty real estate deals that take place - and that seems like the best prospect for monetization. What is the best way to go about it? I do know of a few real estate agents who live on Glade Park, but the listings are with the real estate agencies in the neighboring town of Grand Junction. I need to upgrade to B2 so it is possible to present the real estate better. I have no idea how to charge for ads. Has anyone figured out a good way to monetize a local real estate market?
Easy money is like a shadow. The harder you chase it, the faster it moves.