8 Ways to Make Money From Your Website or Blog
There are over 1 billion websites on the internet and the vast majority of them never make their creator a dime. Obviously, some people just want a website to display their creativity or rant about politics once in awhile. However, if you’re interested in making serious money (the kind of money that gives you the freedom to finally quit that job you hate), having the right website or blog can be a great way to do it, provided you know what you’re doing. You’re not going to make a fortune overnight, but after a couple of months you can build a steady income. Let’s read on to see what steps you can take to make some money from your blog or website and look at the website building tools that can help you make it happen.
1) Google AdSense & Selling Ads with Web.com
If you’ve got writing skills and are looking to make money online then create a blog. There are thousands of blogs out there - and some of them are making thousands of dollars every month from Google AdSense and selling advertisement space.
Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows you to insert ads into your website that are selected based on the content of your site and the browsing history of readers. The program makes money either on a per click or per impression basis.
One of the attractions of Google AdSense is that it's a way to generate ad revenue for small websites that typically don’t have the manpower, connections, or traffic to sell ad space directly to advertisers. Instead they can start making money every time a user clicks on one of the ads on their site, which are chosen directly to appeal to readers of content like that on the site.
With AdSense you can also generate revenue through video content on your site, and by displaying ads related to search terms on your site.
How to get started
Setting up Google AdSense is quite easy and only requires inserting a small amount of HTML into the site. You need to first make sure that you’re using a platform that is compatible with Google AdSense.
Web.com is a good choice as you can easily implement the AdSense App. In a matter of minutes you can have Google’s ads on your site and start making money from clicks. You can customize each section of the site and when it comes to making the site SEO friendly, Web.com has it all.
Developing the site is the easy part - counting the money you’ll make will be the hard part.
2) Create a Store and Sell Things Online Using BigCommerce
If you’re good at making bracelets or know how to produce beautiful gift cards then why not sell them online? Ecommerce is a multi-billion dollar opportunity, and best of all the market is a long way from being saturated. As well as selling items on eBay, Craigslist and community sites, you can create your own website and sell your products online.
The good thing about having your own website is that you don’t have to split the income with anyone else. For example, if you put your products up on Amazon, the retail giant will take around 15% of your sales. Another reason to have an online shop, as opposed to a brick and mortar store, is the fact that you can reach a global audience. Thanks to the internet, you can sell a product to someone that is living half away across the world.
The main challenge is defining your ‘competitive advantage’ and creating a Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Then, you need to come up with a business model to meet your needs. You might find that it’s more profitable to sell information than physical products. For example if you’re a marketing whiz, why not sell a series of eBooks?
How to get started
If your main goal is to create an online store then BigCommerce is the best solution currently on the market. Its features include full payment processors, customer tracking, order management tools, tracking codes, reports and the ability to quickly and easily add products. You can even target active buyers by showing up in the most prominent area of their search results in your site.
Creating a store on BigCommerce is super simple. In a matter of minutes you can have your site up and running. The process is really easy to understand and if you have any questions, you can always hit them up on the 24/7 customer support.
All you have to worry about is choosing which product you are going to sell. The rest is easy.
3) Website Flipping
If you know a thing or two about computers and have the time and patience to develop something from scratch, then website flipping is the perfect way to make money online.
Website flipping is a lot like flipping houses - you purchase low, then invest in improving your holding and sell it for a profit.
With website flipping this entails creating a website, building up a following and increasing traffic and ad revenue to where you can then sell the site for a profit. Even for a site just bringing in around $400/month in ad traffic, the sales price could be $4,000-8000. Not bad for something you created on your own with a small fee to a site builder like Wix or Weebly.
That’s on the personal website and, website flipping is also a money-maker for big companies, who buy sites, improve their traffic and value, and then sell the sites for a profit. This requires the ability to find websites that aren’t performing to their full capability, and knowing that you can take practical steps to increase their value.
In order to increase traffic you’ll want to look at keywords to improve SEO, and install some sort of analytics program like Google analytics which will show which areas of the website are doing better traffic-wise, and where you can improve. You should also work on developing engaging, interesting content that will keep people coming back. If you’ve set up an online store, then the success of that store can make it far more lucrative when it's time to flip.
In addition, you should remove things on the site that don’t work, or that cause sluggish load times, poor graphics and badly formatted ads and text and other traits that may keep the site from taking off.
Many people make a full-time meal ticket out of domain flipping. This is the act of predicting high demand domain names ahead of time, and then purchasing them to sell at a later date. Picture all the detail who had purchased domain names a few years ago with “Trump” or “Trump” and “President” in the URL. This takes some predictive foresight and a little bit of the gambler’s spirit, but it can pay off if done right.
How to get started
What you need is a straightforward, easy-to-use web builder like Wix. With an easy to use drag and drop editor, beautiful, professional templates, great mobile compatibility and affordable pricing, it’s one of the best options for designing a site that you can flip down the road. You can also enable an Ecommerce site with Wix, if needed.
4) Affiliate Marketing with Weebly
If you’ve got a knack for marketing and want to unleash your inner Don Draper, affiliate marketing could be right up your alley. You’ve probably heard all manner of complicated explanations but in reality, affiliate marketing is simply the process of selling someone else’s products/services and receiving a commission for doing so.
So you just find a product you like and would honestly recommend. Then you endorse the product and advertise to your site’s visitors and subscribers. If you get your marketing just right, people will click on the product and purchase it.
It is arguably the quickest and easiest method of making money online, but only when you’ve done the hard yards. Commission could go as high as 70% depending on who you’re dealing with. The tough part is finding the right market, building an audience and maintaining a good relationship with your readers to ensure they trust what you say.
How to get started
If you want to become an affiliate marketing superstar, Weebly is one of the best places to start. It makes the process of developing a website a breeze thanks to its simple drag and drop interface. There are a number of themes depending on how you want to display your information and it’s one of the few website builders that offers the tools to build an affiliate marketing site on its free account.
5) Sponsored Content
Who says you have to be a prolific writer to fill your website with quality material? Why not get others to do the hard work for you with sponsored content?
It’s a real ‘double whammy’ as you get extra expert content on your website and the writer pays you for the privilege. Advertisers can use your website to display their expertise on a given topic. You can even do a sponsored giveaway with the advertiser if you want.
Simply create your own niche site and approach the requisite companies asking them to sponsor it with content. Only accept content that your target audience will value or else your site will become nothing more than a dumping ground for garbage.
How to get started
If you want to make money from sponsored content, SiteBuilder is as good a web builder as any for this purpose as its drag-and-drop interface makes adding, editing and updating articles as easy as putting on your socks in the morning.
I was able to set up a simple yet effective website on SiteBuilder, despite being a novice at web building. It allows you to create responsive or mobile websites and the website personalization tools are a godsend. Also, with over 1,000 available templates, there’s no reason you can’t find a theme that works for you.
One way to make money blogging is to ask for it. Especially if your blog is all about a good cause, or you’re trying to build a new business from scratch. To make the most of this opportunity, use a professional crowdfunding app like Shopify ’s Crowd Visibility add on. This app allows you to track donations and lets customers see how much of their purchase is going to support a good cause, creating an interactive experience that increases engagement and sales.
It’s really quite simple to get the app working for you. Just install it on Spotify, select the products you want to donate proceeds from, and then add the widget onto your website. You can then track donations by date and amount, and fix your settings so that donation amounts are fixed for each sale.
Crowdfunding works best when you have something great to offer in return, whether it’s shares in your new venture, or something exclusive.
7) eBook Sales
Build yourself a rapt audience, and they will keep looking for more ways to engage with you. Due to the rise in self-publishing, lots of bloggers are making the most of producing eBooks about the topics they are passionate about.
If you decide to write an eBook, first take some time to research your topic and your target audience, in order to gauge interest and get a better understanding of what your potential readers are looking for.
Once you have your topic, think of a title that really grabs readers and makes them want to see more, while also keeping it personal and unique for you as a writer.
Make sure that your book has a clean, professional appearance, with photos and simple colors and fonts. Also make sure to proofread it rigorously before sending it out.
Save your work onto a PDF, and when it's time to promote your book - which is where your site comes in. Use your site’s blog to write about the book and/or subjects that will bring visitors to your site, where you can redirect them to your book. You can consider giving the book away for free as an easy, can’t-miss promotion, but that’s up to you.
How to produce an eBook
You can also advertise your book in advance of release on the blog itself, especially if you use an easy blog creator like the Weebly DIY site builder.
Sitebuilders like Weebly and Wix are especially easy to use for novices looking to design their own websites, which can host your blog on a beautifully constructed, professional template. With Weebly, a simple drag-and-drop site editor means you don’t need to know how to code, and you can painlessly create a blog that matches the vibe, mission, and style of your writing.
Weebly also offers Ecommerce packages, so if you’d like to sell your eBook directly off your site you can do so with one that has a fully- integrated shopping cart and secure checkout.
You can also consider pairing your website with an email marketing service which can increase your engagement with readers, helping you promote your book even further.
8) Freemium Services
Excellent content with consistency helps build a loyal user base. Simply put, write well and write often and your visitors will come back for more. The freemium model means you give something away for free, in the hopes that your paid services will be used as well. One great example is blogging about business and offering private consulting sessions.
Another is blogging beautiful photos of your travel and lifestyle, and including your details for people to contact you as a photographer for events. With GoDaddy you can share your photos, files and web pages exclusively with family and friends, or to the whole world.
Bottom Line - Give Value
There are tons of ways to make money online but the crucial thing is to ensure visitors receive something of value. It will be hard at first, as you’ll be forced to work hard to get things moving. Once you’ve established yourself, however, your workload will decrease while your income inevitably increases. While I’m not saying you’ll be counting your cash on a beach in Barbados in 5 years, the added income should give you a welcome lifestyle upgrade.