How to make money with your own website
Have you ever thought about having your own website? Maybe even a website that makes you money online? Well, a lot of people are doing it nowadays, whether they use free webs pace or a free blog or buy their own domain and hosting account. The fact is, whichever way you go, there are ways to monetize the site to get some income from it.
You don’t have to make a website geared directly at making money online either. I mean, that doesn’t have to be the topic of the website. You can make your site about any topic you choose, whether it is your passion, your hobby, or anything totally unrelated to making money online or working at home.
For anyone wanting to have a long term, permanent “web presence” online, having your own website on your own domain name is the best way to go, but this will require a little money invested to pay for the yearly domain registration and hosting. It’s not as expensive as you might think, though. You can get a basic registration and hosting package for around $100 per year or less. For those of you web savvy enough to design and upload your own site, this would be your only cost. If you have no web skills and no desire to learn how to do it, you would have the additional expense of hiring someone to design, upload and maintain your site.
While having your own domain name and website gives you the most freedom and complete control over your content, the costs and technical requirements are sometimes more than the average person wants to invest, so luckily, there are “no cost” alternatives.
One of my favorites is Studio. I have my own work at home website but I also use Studio to make single page websites or “lenses” as they refer to them about my hobbies and interests. It’s very easy to do using their very simple design wizard that walks you through the process step by step and lets anyone with absolutely no web design knowledge build a web page in minutes. The best thing though is that Studio is designed specifically to help you make money with it. They help you monetize the page with ready made modules to sell products through Amazon or eBay and they pay you a share of the websites ad revenue from AdSense every month depending on the traffic to it. You can build as many pages as you like about as many different subjects as you like. It’s an excellent way and extremely easy for the average person to establish themselves on the web and is absolutely free.
Ways to make money with your website:
1. AdSense – Probably the most common way to monetize a site is to place ads on it through a program such as Google AdSense. When someone clicks on an ad, you get paid a small fee. If you use Studio, they will automatically place the Google ads on your page and share a portion of the ad revenue with you. If you have your own domain, you will need to sign up for the program at Google AdSense, get the HTML code and place it on your page and you will get the entire click fee credited to your AdSense account.
2. Direct ads – If you have your own domain and a fair amount of traffic to it, it’s possible to sell direct ads on your site. In other words, market an advertising spot on your site directly to advertisers for a fee that you set. The advertiser provides you with their banner or text ad and you display it on your site for an agreed upon amount of time for a set fee. This is another advantage of having your own domain name and website.
3. Affiliate commissions – You can place links into your web page using text links or banner ads for product sales from companies you affiliate with. For example, there’s a product directly related to your content offered on Amazon.com, you display the product on your page that links to the Amazon sales page and if someone clicks that link and buys the product, you get a commission. Again, if you use Studio like I do, you get a portion of the commission, if you have your own site, you get the entire commission. You can sign up to affiliate with many different companies and pretty much unlimited products at places like Click Bank, Commission Junction, and others.
4. Affiliate programs – There are many programs on the internet designed to make money online through direct marketing or multi level marketing, selling their products and building a referral network. If you are involved with any of these programs, you can link to them from your website to build your network and increase sales.
5. Sell your own product – If you have your own product, no matter what it is, the best way to sell it is with your own website, marketing it directly to the consumer. You set the price and therefore the profit and while you can sell it through the affiliate sales sites, you will have to share the profit with them. If you sell it from your own site, you keep all the profit.
6. Post Sponsored Content – If your site is popular, you can earn money by submitting articles or articles. For example, a brand or business can pay you to post articles recommending their products or services.
7. Subscription or Premium Membership – Smaller websites and blogs are experimenting with Premium Membership. Loyal readers can pay to support their favorite pages.
8.Drop Shipping – This method involves allowing customers to buy products that they don’t actually have in stock. You will then purchase the product from a third party and ship it directly to the customer.
9. Promote Your Business – Although a website is not a cash cow, having a good site can help you grow your brand or business quickly and easily.
10. Advertising – Selling advertising space is a common way to make money online, and although it has given way to more creative ways for websites to monetize, it is still a common revenue tactic.
You don’t need millions of page views per month to make a decent amount of money this way – if your business website attracts a small but highly targeted audience, you can sell advertising space to companies that want to reach those people. .
For example, if you write a blog about maintaining Japanese-made motorcycles and you have a loyal audience, you can sell ad space to a company that sells parts for those bikes.
Real-world example: Newspaper websites typically rely heavily on selling advertising space. If you visit USA Today’s website, you’ll see a mix of static and video ads that represent a wide demographic of viewers, from medicine to fantasy sports.
11. Pay Per Click (PPC) – Pay per click has gained popularity in recent years mainly thanks to other search engines, not Google. PPC allows advertisers to reach a more targeted audience by placing their ads in search engines for specific keywords.
Google’s AdSense program allows websites to run ads placed by search engines on their websites and generate revenue. Google provides a code that you can place on your website that identifies what content you have and starts running targeted ads.
Real world example: You don’t have to look far to find a website that runs Google AdSense Ads. Generally, you will find blogs that talk about consumer products.
12. Premium Content – If your website has a fan base that wants more content, charge some. Keep the free content flowing, but save the best stuff for a premium subscription.
This allows the website to avoid the clutter of sponsored posts and ads that make the site seem worth subscribing to. Use a content management system to maintain separate streams of free and premium content.
Real-world example: Patron is a platform that allows artists and content creators to sell premium subscriptions. For example, a popular podcast might offer two shows per week – one free and one for premium subscribers only.
Those are just a few ways to make money with your website. Of course, how much you make with these methods will depend directly on how much traffic you can get to your site. After all, just because you build it, it doesn’t mean they will come. How do you get traffic to your site? Well, that’s a whole other article…
A successful website can definitely make money in one of these ways. However, not all of these monetization methods are the best option for every business.
You need to find a monetization method that suits your business goals and personality. It’s important to make sure this doesn’t conflict – for example, it’s not a good idea to sell products on a site covered in ads that lead to other sites.