This turns out to be a bit of a pain in practice. So, BromBone does it for you. It generates, hosts, and updates the html snapshots. When Googlebot visits your site, you proxy the snapshot from BromBone and serve it to Google. Now Google can see the same thing your users see.
I built the blog after I bootstrapped and sold my first tech company. I talk a lot about growing your business/startup, and especially about all the failures I had while building my businesses. It became popular (1.2 million unique visitors last year alone.)
I've now been blogging there for just over 6 years. Today I'm more focused on my startup, so my blog isn't bringing in as much income as it used to (though it's still over $1,000/mo.) My best month was over $24,000 in income.
My ad service provider is going out of business on 12/31, so over the next few weeks I'll pick a different ad software program and/or ad service provider, and I'll then be able to track stats better.
I ended up getting a SealLine shoulder bag which are pretty pricey but excellent.
My goal was to break $1k / mo by the end of this year. Last month I not only broke that goal, but more than doubled my next highest month.
Retailmenot was part of the inspiration for the site - I always found pizza coupons on their site to not be very accurate.
Now it's almost entirely promoted by other people sharing links on twitter, reddit, slickdeals, etc. About a month back it got posted to '/r/YouShouldKnow', and got ~3k 'upvotes'. Didn't notice it was posted until I saw the big spike in traffic when looking at the stats for the day.
More recently I've been testing out reddit ads, but I need to work on my targeting (my ctr has been ~0.7%). Paid advertising is a bit challenging for a site like this since revenue per user is on the low side.
It really started to take off at the beginning of this year when I started to rank well for relevant keywords. This past summer, I switched domains to make it more memorable, and my ranking suffered pretty severely.
My rank in Google search never recovered, but my traffic from other sources / direct traffic has increased quite substantially such that this doesn't matter anymore.
Google analytics showed a decent amount of traffic from users searching for asliceofpizza, abitofpizza, etc, and I talked to some users that indicated they had trouble remembering the domain. Bought the new domain for ~$600 over the summer.
My direct traffic has increased a lot since then, so I'm inclined to say it helped.
I am ranking for terms like 'pizza codes', but I'm assuming that's due to my domain name (and the traffic from this is considerably less than I used to receive). I've pretty much just accepted the loss of organic Google traffic, and the site's doing pretty well without out it.
If anyone has experience with this, and has any ideas, I'd be eternally grateful. I spent a considerable amount of time looking trying to figure out what was wrong with no success.
Unlike Groupon it wouldn't be about big deals but simply more people calling the local indy than the big chain which pumps the coupons out.
So many food websites focus on big cities or daytime office deliveries, but there is a lot of delivery pizza business in the midwest and other more spread out places.
For me, knowing when they stop delivering at night at a glance would help too.
My current ideas are:
1. Use the yelp api to add local pizza stores to the current site - this is probably the easiest way to keep the database up to date. I could then reach out to local pizza stores, and try to get some promotions added. The biggest challenge with this is keeping the promotions for local pizza places up to date as a single person working on this.
One idea is to somehow encourage users to 'adopt' a local store, and keep the promotions up to date for that local store. Still trying to decide if there's a good way to do that.
2. Make the local pizza places a separate site / app and push users to use it for just finding local pizza places, less about finding coupons, and run it next to the current site.
I really appreciate the help.
I've been running it while traveling the world for 3 years non-stop now. Check out my AMA on reddit if you're interested: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1rneli/ive_been_travel...
Certainly not hi-tech but valuable to our membership and increases by at least 10% each year.
We don't run any keyword advertising but in the past year I we started selling advertising space in 12 month plans which has supplemented income.
Facebook has taken a bite out of our daily posting figures but it has made no difference to traffic/income. Facebook can't compete when it comes to delivering old content.
There are several associated niches to ours which don't have a centralised web site, much potential, you do however need a good knowledge of the subject matter and time to build the community.
I got to my current rev with a mix of self service plans and enterprise deals.
It is a shopping cart service developed for developers and web design agencies.
This is the a side project we have with the team @ spektrummedia.com.
We are up and running since last August, we won the site of the day on Awwwards.com back in August and then we have a lot of traffic and we are getting new customers everyday.
Via album sales, Spotify streams, iTunes, etc, all done through TuneCore (https://www.tunecore.com).
It's a project management app for freelancers and small businesses. Hopefully one day soon it will be more than a side project.
Wish I could say that I have had enough time to go through them both...
 - https://blog.mozilla.org/tanvi/2013/04/10/mixed-content-bloc...
Edit: Never mind, I think your censorware might just have a more inventive sexual imagination than I do when it comes to domain names...
(They are now 'no longer accepting new affiliates' though, and the pictures are gone.)
But the main site (http://www.sfweekly.com/) and the blog site (http://blogs.sfweekly.com/) aren't blocked. I'm going to guess my work filter is just screwy.
Plus we are pretty lazy when it comes to that
I'm attempting to get it adopted at my workplace as well. The major point that seems to get the bosses interested is being able to host it ourselves (for free, it's open source) easily in the case that we outgrow the hosted version.
2. Network of content sites monetized with ads
It's a SaaS providing A/B testing for mobile apps that started out as a side project.