Making money from your laptop is becoming a popular option for those looking to ditch the office or just have a way to make some side money. And if you have a website or a blog, finding ways to monetize your site can be incredibly appealing.
But how do you know where to start? What options do you have when it comes to making money from your website?
It actually may be easier than you think. Let’s take a look at 10 easy ideas for you to turn your website into a money making avenue for you.
A popular way you can monetize your site is through affiliate marketing. Basically, it’s you promoting products you like that is sold by a third party, and you get a commission.
How it works is you sign up for an affiliate account with companies that offer one, Amazon is a popular choice. You then supply your affiliate link to the products you promote on your site. When someone clicks through, using your link, and buys the product, you get a commission on the sale.
Use Google AdSense
Placing ads on your website or blog is a way to make money, and Google AdSense makes it really simple.
After setting up your AdSense account, Google will add a code to your website which lets it see what kind of content your site is displaying. Once it knows that, Google will display ads from its vast advertising network that appeal to your audience. For example, if you write a blog about travel, your ads could market hotels or airlines.
Then you get paid every time one of your page visitors clicks on an ad.
Make and Sell Your Own Digital Products
Cut out the middle man and sell your own digital products! This way there isn’t someone else taking their cut from the profits, because it will all go to you.
Be prepared to do a lot of work upfront, however. Whether you decide to create e-books, downloadable stationary, web graphics, or whatever your specialty may be, you have to actually create the product first. And make sure it’s good, quality material.
Then after you set up the system in which you market your products and collect payment, you can sit back and start letting the money come in.
Offer Your Services
Are you a graphic designer? Maybe a freelance writer? Whatever your occupation may be, why not turn your site visitors into paying clients?
By adding a “Work with Me” or “Hire Me” page to your site, you can showcase your talents with a portfolio of your previous work and market to potential clients what it is you can do for them.
And make sure to include a way for them to get into contact with you and set up an initial discovery meeting.
Sell Ad Space
Another way to monetize your site is to sell ad space. With this, instead of using Google AdSense, you can sell advertising space on your site directly to businesses in your particular niche.
Usually charged by either a monthly flat rate or a per visitor rate, you get to decide what the banner space is worth and where the ads are placed.
Once you get a good amount of traffic to your site, you can start to use that to your advance and beginning using sponsored posts.
Basically, businesses in your niche looking to reach your kind of audience will pay you to write about their product or service. You can even do a review post of their product. And since their business lines up with the kind of content your site is about, it will appear relevant to your readers.
Much like flipping houses, flipping websites is another way to monetize your site. This is an option for sites who have established a large following and already have avenues of generating revenue on it.
A lot of people don’t want to put in the time and work to set up a money-making site. That’s why your site could be so appealing to them and add up to big bucks for you. The more money the site is already generating, the more money you can sell it for.
Create a Membership Site
Whether you offer fun gaming, like FUN88, or want to offer an ongoing course on to teach another language, you can set up your site to be a membership or “pay to use” website.
No matter what the content of your site may be, you can charge either a monthly fee or a one-time fee to let your paid members gain access to all the content on the paid site.
Just be sure you are offering high-quality content that your website members will want to keep coming back, and renewing their paid membership, for.
If you have a loyal following, you may be able to get them to donate to your site in order to keep it up and going. Because no one wants to lose a website they love coming back to visit.
Sites like PayPal offer “Donate” buttons you can set up and place on your site. Then all that’s left is for your readers to make a donation. The more loyal followers you have, the more money you can make.
Start up an E-Commerce Site
Want to focus on selling products from your site? Then setting up an E-Commerce page is a great way to monetize your site.
Though it takes quite a bit of work to set up, it can be very profitable, especially if you find a niche that hasn’t been overly addressed yet.
Just be sure you’re ready for the work involved in creating your product and shipping them out once the orders start rolling in.
Options to Monetize Your Site Are Plentiful
Now that you know several ways to make money from your site, you can pick one or several of them. By mixing it up, you can generate revenue in more than one way.
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