In one of my earlier blog postings I talked about how I converted WatchMovies.com from a parked domain to a site with some content on it, so it would start getting search engine traffic. But, at that time, it was still a simple site, and I did not really host any of my own content or offer anything that interesting.
I recently changed WatchMovies.com to be a “real site” where I now host over 500 movies that you can watch for free online, have hundreds of user submitted movie reviews, and automatically update the site with the latest movie trailers. I know it will take a long time for the search engines to pick up these changes, but I at least thought all of this would cause the 5000+ daily visitors who already come to the site to look at more pages and stay on the site longer.
So far, none of that has happened. I am making the same amount of money as when I had the domain parked, and the same as when I instead just had a simple 1 page site with some text and Google AdSense ads on it. I don’t have any way of knowing for sure, but my guess is that most of my visitors are looking to watch the current movies that are in theaters or on DVD, and not old movies. Almost all the sites that offer current movies are illegal, but that does not stop people from using them. So, no matter how good I make my site, I can’t compete with all of the illegal offerings (mostly from outside the USA).
I know I could run different ads and add affiliate program links, but the ads are not the problem. Adsense pays great, I just need more traffic. So, my next step is to keep adding new features to WatchMovies.com in the hope that better content will attract more traffic. I am working on a system to automatically add movie reviews from Twitter users, and also a system that will automatically add transcripts to all the movies (the text from the transcripts should help for SEO purposes).