4 Ways To Monetize Your Website (part 2 of 4)

The Second Way To Monetize Your Site

(Here’s a Link to the first way, in case you missed it)

Whether you are building a large and informative site on a monster niche with thousands of pages of content or you’ve simply decided to build a small personal blog to entertain family, friends, and anyone who finds your life interesting, using this next technique to monetize your site can really be easy and profitable.

Google’s Adsense Program

google capOne the internet’s biggest “money making machine” is Google with their Google Adsense program. Not only is Google one of the most profitable companies on the internet, they are also VERY generous and help others to become profitable as well. Their business model allows internet website owners to earn a revenue and get good relevant ads on their sites. They don’t charge the website owners to get involved in this great program and they have a lot of tutorials and helpful information available. If you start to show that you are doing well in the program, you even get to meet with people FROM Google if you can get to a location that they hold meetings at. When meeting with someone from Google, they’ll even give you some one on one attention with someone from the adsense team as well as tell you about the best and greatest techniques they know work best.

Getting Started With Google Adsense

If you think you’d like to use Google’s Adsense Program to earn a little extra revenue on your site, the process is relatively simple. Here are my recommended steps to understanding how it works:

  1. First go to the Adsense website page at http://adsense.google.com
    Make sure you understand the basics of the program so you get a broad idea of what kinds of websites “might” not be acceptable to do this program.
  2. DO NOT sign up for an Adsense account yet. Not until you have built up a site that has enough content built right to get approved by Google. It is a good idea to go to the Adsense Beginner’s Guide Page and then to the Adsense Program Policy page. These pages are not very long and should be read THOROUGHLY so you don’t accidentally do something that will get your account terminated.
  3. If you do not have a site built yet, start formulating ideas for a site that will attract followers based on the unique content you have. Content that helps to solve problems in niches are great sites to build, as long as you have knowledge about the subject matter and can get enough content up to keep visitors educated or entertained.
  4. Build the site out and start to blog for at least 21 days before you even consider attempting to advertise on the site. (Disclaimer: I do not know specifically what Google is looking for before they approve a site to be allowed to advertise with Adsense. I do know that many people who have gotten rejected by the Adsense program had sites weak in content and sites that have a good amount of quality content seem to be more likely to get approved)
  5. Be sure to have things like a privacy policy on your site.

There are a lot of resources on the internet on how to use Google Adsense to make a little extra income on your site. My local Barnes and Nobles also had a handful of books on their shelves that go into a lot of strategy and gave detailed information on building sites for adsense income generation.

Website Monetization – Selling What’s In Your Head

Your Knowledge Could Be a Goldmine

using a laptop to make moneyOn of the easiest things to sell on the internet is information. Millions of people everyday search the internet for information for various reasons. Perhaps its to solve a problem, be entertained, or to just further their knowledge. It’s a great place to market knowledge you have that someone can use to help them.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • “Is there anything I am good at that I can teach (or have taught) others to do?”
  • “Is there something that people come specifically to get my opinion on?”
  • “If I had to write a book, what I choose to write about?”
  • “What hobbies do I love?”
  • “What are my gifts?”
  • “What do I like learning about?”

The Secret To Making Money On The Internet Is Simply “Sharing Knowledge”

If you can build a website that you can share the knowledge you have in your head with others, you CAN make money on the internet. First, you need to learn how to get traffic to your site, so you will now have to learn about marketing first and the basics of how the internet really works and what SEO is all about.

What is SEO?

SEO stand for “Search Engine Optimization”. This means you need to learn how to optimize your site to make it highly visible to search engines like Google. Why is that important? SEO is what will bring you most of your free traffic flow to your website. The more people that come and visit your site, the more opportunities you will have to draw some income. Here are the different ways you can monetize your website.

Ways To Monetize Your Site

  1. Business Ads (selling space on your website) – One of the easiest ways to monetize your site is to put ads on it. Simply contact the people or companies who sell things in your niche and ask them  if they would like to advertise on your website.
  2. Google Ads (called Adsense) – This is a way to draw leads to site that are advertising with Google and the ads by Google will appear on  your site if you let it.
  3. Selling a Product – You can also create a place to sell merchandise
  4. Affilliate Programs – Have you heard of a company called Amazon? Right now they are on of the top as one of the best/biggest websites on the internet. Add a link on your site to amazon.com. This will allow you to be paid a commission everytime someone buys something from Amazon. This program is definitely one of the best due to the fact that they have a huge inventory.

The list can go on for more ways to make income on the internet. In the coming days, we’ll try to break them down a little more and give some examples. Check back tomorrow!