How Do People Make Money With Websites?
That’s a question I hear all the time. Mostly by people who really don’t wanna start a website in the first place. Hell, I asked that question a hundred times before I got my first site.
Websites are the heart of any serious online presence. If you want any chance of being an internet entrepreneur, you’re gonna need one.
Sure, there are ways to make money without them, but for actual income, websites are the way to go.
Unfortunately, lots of people don’t see how valuable a website can be. At first glance, it’s hard to see the many ways people can monetize them, especially when you’re reluctant to start one in the first place.
But if there’s any good reason to start anything, it’s money. Specifically, earning money. So here are some of the best, and most prolific, ways that people use to make money off their websites.
Ads (PPC, CPA, etc)
Starting off with an obvious one here. Even the most green beginner to websites and online business in general knows about ads.
The cool thing about ads is that they’re passive income. You just set ’em and forget ’em.
Ads can come in different sizes, forms, creed, ethnicity, and gender. The most well known forms are PPC and CPA ads.
PPC (Pay Per Click)
PPC ads, true to their name, earn you money when they get clicked on. Most ads online are PPC. If you look to your right, you can see a Google Adsense ad that I use.
You could click on it and see how it works…
Ignoring my shameless plug, the amount paid per click varies a ton. It all depends on how much traffic your site gets, what niche you’re in, and how competitive that niche is.
Google Adsense is the most famous PPC ad program, but it’s by no means the only one. It’s not even the best one. There’s dozens of great competitors.
CPA (Cost Per Action)
CPA isn’t as mainstream as PPC is, which is a shame, because I love it. As the name implies, CPA ads pay you whenever an action is taken.
These actions could be submitting an email form, filling a survey, purchasing something, download an eBook, and lots of other options.
CPA payments are usually fixed based on the type of action needed. A survey, for instance, takes some effort, while an email form is instant. Surveys would pay more in this case.
My preferred CPA program is shareasale.com, but there are a bunch of choices.
What I like about CPA is that you don’t have to sell something to make money, but you still get commissions. Speaking of commissions…
This is my favorite monetization method, by far. I even have a category for it. Look up there, in the menu.
Anyway, affiliate marketing is when you promote products using special affiliate links. When someone clicks on your link and buys the product you’re promoting, you get a percentage of the product’s price.
Affiliate marketing is a hugely profitable income stream. It’s free to join an affiliate program, and the link is yours forever. There’s also a huge variety of items to promote. Actually, basically everything is promote…able.
Nearly every big company has an affiliate program. Amazon in particular lets you promote nearly anything with its Associates program.
Like the ads, AM takes a long time to profit from if your website is new. Once you get steady traffic, affiliate marketing should be first on your priority list.
Create a Product
This takes a while, but the time investment pays off immensely. The product in question could be anything.
eBooks are especially popular nowadays, what with Amazon Publishing and all that. It’s incredibly easy to publish a book, once you finish it. After that, it’s totally passive income. eBooks are a great way to gain authority in your niche, too.
There’s lots of other things you could do. You could make a training course, or a physical product. You could even write software, like an app or a plugin. It’s all worth it!
Sell Your Website Altogether
Fed up with your site? Tired of sinking time into it? Ready to move on to something else?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you should consider selling your website. It’s kind of a drastic measure, but it is possible and can be highly rewarding.
Website selling is done on places like flippa.com, which is the most prominent market. They make it really easy to sell your site, or even buy one instead. You can even sell domain names.
Obviously, this is the fastest way to make money. Even if you don’t use ads, or sell/promote anything, or monetize your site in any way, it’s still worth something.
You don’t even have to have a lot of content! People buy empty sites all the time. The problem is, they’re dirt cheap. So again, it’s best to build up a website.
This is Just the Beginning!
These are just some of the most profitable and well-known ways people make money with their websites. Make no mistake, I barely scratched the surface.
After starting a website, you’ll be able to make use of all of these (hopefully not the last one), and earn some money. Well, not right away. Traffic is what makes probably all online income streams tick, and it takes time to get it.
If you can be patient enough to grow a site to the point where ads and affiliate links are commonly clicked, you’ll be very successful. Trust me, it’s easier said than done.
Do you have a website? If not, what are you waiting for? If so… um, good! Hopefully it’s monetized! Have any questions? Leave a comment below!
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