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How to Make Money with a Movie Website

Making Money with a Movie Website, proper website monetization, is not as easy as it sounds. Many think sticking a couple of ads on their site does the trick. That is not the case. I made that mistake in the beginning. Competition is high. Internet money making is hard but the powers that be have streamlined the process…somewhat.

It all comes down to what you are advertising, is it appropriate for the audience of your website? If the answer is no, you should take down those ads immediately. They are wasting valuable space and your click/conversion rate will be very small if you get any at all. The type of ads you show should be focused on the type of website you have. Since we are talking about movie websites, duh, your ads should be movie-centric and movie related.

Lucky there are many methods to make money with a movie website.

The No-Brainer Way

There are two easy methods of making money that over 90% of movie websites use that take almost no thought at all: Google AdSense and Yahoo Publishers Network. You place their code in your site, which come in various ad sizes and the ads generate themselves using the keywords and the tags from your posts. Placing ads on your website (300×250, 486×60, 160×800, etc.) doesn’t get much easier than that.

Putting Thought into It

Choosing which ads to display, signing up for affiliate program is tedious but is necessary. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a Tax ID Number (EIN) with the IRS first. Some affiliate programs ask you for your social security number or tax number. Giving them a tax number is far smarter than giving out your social security number. There isn’t much someone can do with that identity theft-wise.

Always keep in mind: What would I click if I were visiting a movie website, what would I click? You know that people that visit a movie website rent movies (NetFlix, Blockbuster), buy movies (Amazon, HKFlix), movie tickets (Fandango), movie posters (AllPosters) and movie equipment (Amazon) so these are a few of the things, the mind set, you should have. These are the things you should be advertising on your movie website. When advertising opportunities come your way, even if it is selling a text link (a good money maker if you have the page views and leverage it properly) on your website, your best bet are movie-centric opportunities. Also, if there is a special or a sale doing on (Amazon does this all the time), advertise that to visitors. They might reward you by clicking through your link and making a purchase.

Think Outside of the Box

Do you or an affiliate have a movie-related e-Product to sell. Try selling or linking to that project on your movie website. E-Products or E-Goods (Electronic Goods), like “How to” Guides, are a great information sources and could be a great source of revenue. Just remember, movie-centric e-Products.

Miscellaneous Opportunities

Once you have the website traffic and the twitter followers, many other advertising options open up to you. Four of those opportunities include Sponsored Tweets, Blogads, IndieClick, and GorillaNation.

Ad Placement

Above the fold, above the fold, above the fold. Placing your ads above the fold of your website will generally garner them higher clicks. These words have been drilled into my head and you should bore them into your own. Since your posts are the most heavily viewed feature on your website, advertising within your posts is key to making money. Integrate them and cloak them as cleverly as possible. If you are using Google or Yahoo text ads, match the color and font to the color and font that you use in your posts.

Make an Advertise Page

Selling ad space on your website is also a way of making money. This is a much harder method that a new movie website can’t use because it requires page rank and good traffic to the home page. Whether you have the traffic or not, be prudent and make an Advertise page (an example). You never know who will come upon and browse our website. If they are a potential advertiser, let them know that they can advertise on your website, what the terms are, payment methods, how to contact you, and your monthly traffic levels (page views and unique page views).  They can find out this information easily through Alexa and Quantcast anyway so be prudent and just tell them. Being up front with your traffic levels shows that you have nothing to hide and on the contrary, have something to be proud of that should be lauded to the world.

These were just a few of ways you can make money with a movie website. For the Full List, click Here.

About the author

Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started ProMovieBlogger to educate others on what he had learned through trial and error. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook (http://film-book.com), he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He also created and runs Trending Awards.com.

  • yash

    i want to creat a movie website to make money but .i d ont know how to start please help thanks

  • Chad

    Sounds great, but Google AdSense seems to frown on sites that include trailers, movie stills, or even poster art. I attempted to sign up having nothing more than a movie poster or DVD cover at the top of each review (not counting my 100% original graphics and images) and was turned down for including copyrighted material. I’ve been looking for a way around this, but so far my options seem to be to find another source of advertising or post no official movie images of any kind. Is there a better option? I’m also concerned about this when it comes to making a youtube video version of the review.

    • This wasn’t the case when I signed up in 2008. Next time, bring your site online, sign up for Adsense, get approved then start posting content.

      Look on this page for other advertisers: http://promovieblogger.com/money/

      • Kevin

        Rollo, does your website have original written content on it? Curious because they are telling me that it goes against their policies and wouldn’t allow that. Now I don’t know how well they keep up with websites. The site I am thinking of buying just contains youtube videos but no original written content, did you need to write any content or did you just stick adsense on your site?

        Thanks so much.

        • “Curious because they are telling me that it goes against their policies and wouldn’t allow that.”

          Which site are you referring to? ProMovieBlogger?

          Writing original content would be your best bet.

  • Hi there Rollo,

    i checked a few of your posts and i found a lot of useful information. So thanks a lot for the articles.
    i was wondering if you can give me some pointers with my own Movie blogs.
    i have been trying to make some income from my Movie Review site – http://www.coolreviewsrule.com/ since 2012. i used all kinds of affiliate networks and ad banners, unfortunately nothing really works. i have been using Amazons affiliate network for a while now but it doesn’t really generate any money (a very small amount of clicks on the ads and even smaller conversions). After reading one of you posts i added an Allposters banner to give it a try. The site is not ranked high in the search engines and some say that the quality of the reviews is not great (but this is the best i can do, English is not my 1st language).
    The 2nd site is Movie / TV news site – http://www.megdalor.com/ the problem is that its not in English, i had a very bad experience with the local affiliate programs (and they were not really effective anyway) and wondering whether continue with the Amazon ads that currently appear on the site.
    if you decide to help me out i don’t expect you to have any advice with the 2 site but any advice you have for me to improve the conversions on the first site will be welcome.

    Thanks

  • Anna Baliura

    Great post, Rollo. Choosing a passion, hobby, or interest are required to start your blog and making money online. I just wanted to recommend you to include Affiliate marketing. It strategies involve continuing to think creatively about where your demographic is most likely to be so that you can have your advertisement present there as well. Good post. Affiliate marketing is very common today. That is a good way to earn. I’ve also found here how to make money from a website http://www.magenet.com/earn-money-website/ What do you think about this article?

  • creative studio

    Awesome post. I am looking for the potential ways of monetizing my movie website http://www.movieyoushouldwatch.com/. This will be a good start.

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