As our world becomes more web and technology based, people are increasingly turning to the internet to make money.
Many even leave their traditional jobs and learn to make a living through their own websites and blogs, giving them more freedom and control of their lives and hours.
Pretty awesome, right?
How To Make The Most Out Of Your Website
Learning how to make money from your site isn’t difficult. There are many different methods to use depending on what kind of website you run, the target audience, as well as how you run it.
Not sure where to start?
We’re here to offer a helping hand and send you in the right direction. Check out our tips on how to get started, and you’ll be watching the money come through in no time…
1. Utilize Banners & Advertisements
Perhaps the easiest and most common way to earn using your website is to put ads on there. You’ve probably heard of Google Adsense, which is a top tool for affiliate advertising.
Basically, all you have to do is sign up, copy and paste the special codes they provide onto your web page. Doing this will create adverts on your site, and not just random ones, but ads that target the interests of your visitors.
This means that your visitors are more likely to click on them, and for every click, Google pays you money.
Once your website is getting large volumes of traffic, you can sell advertising space directly to brands within your own niche. Doing so will likely be much more profitable than a service like Google Adsense.
3. Directly Sell Ad Space On Your Website
This is a little trickier than other ways of earning money through ads, but it’s definitely worth a shot, especially if you get high traffic. The best way to do this is to directly contact potential advertisers, and always target those who have something to do with the content on your site, not just any old company.
Those that are relevant and will genuinely benefit from being featured. Sites like BuySellAds.com are good place to start with this.
3. Write Product Reviews
If your website gets good traffic, you have power.
What you publish matters and can have an influence on the market. That means companies will want you to talk about their products on your site, and not only will they send you relevant products for free in order to get a name-check, many are also happy to pay for you to write a full blown review.
It’s best to review products you actually know and love, as people can tell when their being sold as opposed to learning about something you find truly awesome.
4. Make YouTube Videos
Now, this one really depends on what kind of website you run.
There are several different ways you can make YouTube videos, so get creative, and think of how you could create fun or informative content that would be of interest to your visitors. You can monetize your content by becoming a YouTube Partner.
If your video becomes popular after posting on your site, you could generate big money in ad revenue.
5. Sell It
Yeah, this sounds pretty far-fetched for most. But it’s really not a bad idea.
OK, so you may have spent years building up your website and getting a good following and consistent numbers, but now you know how to do it, you can always create another one. If you get high numbers of traffic, your website could be worth a ton, but you’ll want to think about whether you can make more in the long run through other methods.
Check out its value and consider selling on Flippa.com
6. Set Up A Business Directory
One of the easiest ways to make money from your website is to set up a business directory page.
Make it good, useful and informative, and you will be inundated with businesses who want to be featured in order to gain publicity. If they don’t get in touch with you, get in touch with relevant businesses and try to sell them a spot, always offering a good deal they simply can’t refuse.
Think about charging monthly and annually. It’s in your interest for them to sign up for a year, so make your prices super reasonable. After all, it’s all profit.
7. Host (Prerecorded) Webinars
Webinars have quickly become standard for top level marketers, thank to the concept of, “yes marketing.” Consumers love webinars because it makes them feel in control and as if the marketing materials will truly help them in their business or personal life.
These are going to continue to grow in popularity and are typically used to promote a single, high ticket item or service. A single webinar can build you a 7-figure business if done correctly.
This is a great tutorial on creating your first webinar.
8. Sell Sponsored Content
Many websites make money by accepting sponsored blog posts or articles, and it really is one of the easiest ways to monetize your site. You should be careful not to accept too many though, or publish sponsored posts too frequently, as this can come off spammy.
When this is done right, it’s great for both the company paying you to publish their content and for you, too. It’s a win win situation.
When it’s done wrong, though, you both essentially lose out. Only accept content from companies that are extremely relevant to your website, and publish posts that fit with the general vibe you offer so as not to throw people off. Subtlety is key.
9. Ask For Donations
This is something that will only really work if you have a very engaged, regular audience. If you do, it is definitely worth a shot.
People enjoy your content and your website without paying a penny, and to help you keep going, many are happy to donate a little bit of money. Paypal has donation buttons available that you can copy and paste onto your website.
Put the button in a corner, and it’s always there just in case. There’s never any harm in asking, and any donations will help you to improve your site and make it more valuable in the long run.
10. Offer Premium Content
If people are eager to read what you’re publishing and you’ve gained a reputation as an authority figure within your niche, you may be able to create premium content and have people pay to read certain articles, or create some kind of members only subsection.
You could always publish free content and advertise your premium content on the same page, directing people to the premium page if they want to read more. Keep your content well priced, and a lot of people will consider signing up for it.
11. Email & Content Affiliate Promotion
To make more money from affiliate marketing, you’ll need to be savvy and start a mailing list as soon as you possibly can. This means collecting basic contact data from your visitors and having a way to get in touch with them even after they stop coming back.
With affiliate marketing, you sell products or services to those on your newsletter or those reading your website by recommending them things that match their interests. Then, if they end up buying, you get a cut in commission.
Try some of the more popular and trusted affiliate networks like:
12. Sell & Dropship Physcial Products
If you’ve been following our website and content for a while now, you’ll know that we got our feet wet with Dropshipping a couple months back and have since scaled the business to $1,000+ in daily sales.
With dropshipping you don’t actually have any products in a warehouse or in your garage. You simply find vendors from third-party websites like AliBaba and purchase products directly on behalf of your own customers.
13. Get Creative!
Make the most of your traffic and get creative.
Consider creating some basic merch for your website, like budget shirts, mousepads, mugs and so on, and sell it on sites like Zazzle or your own eCommerce store.
If you’re really talented, think about taking advantage of your position and the voice you’ve established by creating products to sell on Etsy as well since they already have established traffic,then advertise those products on your site, free. Additionally, you can consider becoming an advertiser on sites like Google Adsense rather than a publisher.
That’ll do it for this one.
If you have any questions or would like to add to this list, comment below!
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