I had no idea about building a web site when I started but its not doing too bad. I was talking to a friend that does SEO work and he made me an offer that I'm not sure of.
He said that if I placed the companies Google ads on my page they would pay me a monthly payment, a flat pay amount every month no matter what they got from the Google ads. They would get me advertisers and pay me 20% of the income. The advertisers I have already I would have to give them half of the monies that come in, which isn't much yet. If I decided at any time to stop doing business with them then, if my site was making them good money, they might just make a site similar to mine. They would not have any of my passwords, they would not change my site except for a few little things, I will continue using my own server and the owner ship is all mine.
I have had my site for about 4 years. I get a decent amount of traffic but do not make much moneys. I live off the money my site makes and its usually just enough to survive the month while getting a few tourists here and there.
What I want to know is this a normal practice for a company and what if anything could they do to hurt my page if I did what they ask? I really need more income and this may be the way to do it but I hate to give up my total control over my site when I wrote and made it all and it is getting more and more visitors all the time.
hope this makes sense.
Oh, my site is The Complete Guide to Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Tourist Information, Restaurants, Night Life, Hotels, History, Monuments, Maps, Music, Businesses, Folklore, Calendar, Language and So Much More..