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The Practicality of Ad-Supported Web Services

 
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I'm thinking about making a website with a useful free service that pretty much operates itself. Hopefully it will turn out to be somewhat addictive, but of course there's no way to tell.
Bascially I want to know if banner ads will be able to at the very least pay the hosting bills (how many hits do you need to make, say, $10?), and where I can find a company that will pay me to show banner ads.
Clearly a lot of people have profited from offering free services on the internet, but just have many must have ended up with a lot of time down the drain. Any thoughts?
 
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Banner ads are worthless. Most small sites are getting 50 cents per 1,000 ad displays. The days of $10 CPM is long gone.
 
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