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Make Money with Your Own WebSite – Beginner Steps
Earning Money with a Web Site of Your Own
I have received many emails asking me how to make money with your own website and if it is profitable. Yes it is profitable and it is not very hard to do. If you are willing to take the time to learn how to create a web site (unless you can spend the money to have someone else do it for you) then you have a great chance of creating yourself a work at home job that pays!
Many people shy away from creating a web site because of the “technical” aspects of it. Actually, there are programs such as Expression Web and Dreamweaver that will do the entire HTML coding for you. You just drop in your images, content and links. I HIGHLY recommend getting a beginners book on creating a web site to assist you. It will be a valuable resource to you. I know you are eager – but it does take a little time. But wanting to make money with your own website is really the first step and you’ve got that covered and the ambition to get it done.
You don’t have to spend money? The great thing about having your own web site is that you do not have to spend a DIME to get started! I downloaded free trials of web designing software (check out http://www.download.com and type in the keyword “wed design”), tested them out and became familiar with how it worked. I had the first design of MoneyMakingMommy.com up in less then 2 days! When I realized how fun this was, I pursued more knowledge and sharpened my design skills.
I suggest making your web site as professional looking as possible! Go to CoolHomePages.com and get some great ideas on what looks good for web design! If you do have the money….Or if you are just not the creative type, PAY to have it done, in the long run it will PAY for itself and you will be happy you had it professionally done! After all – your goal it to make money with your own website, you want it to be the best it can be from the get-go if you can.
Tip: Easiest way to create a site right now? Try something like Blogger.com
Before you go headlong into building the project here are a few questions to ask yourself:
1. What type of web site am I interested in creating?
2. Will it keep visitors coming back?
3. It is something I will stay interested in for months to come?
The hardest part is figuring out what type of web site to create. I recommend doing something you like or are very interested in. That way you will not become bored with it in the future. Maybe you like crafts, then you would create a web site with projects, how-to’s, links to other crafting sites and you can even sell crafting materials as well. Basically, if you are interested in the topic, I am sure there are others out there looking for the same information! And you can make money with your own website that covers a topic you truly love – it’s only that much easier.
Got it built… ready to go live?
Get it hosted: GoDaddy.com Hosting Plans are reliable and affordable.
Tip:I use Ipswitch WS-FTP to upload pages.
Join affiliate programs closely related to the content on you site! MoneyMakingMommy’s offers mainly job related web sites to find jobs. 90% of those companies pay me a small fee to refer business to them. I am a member of many different affiliate programs and the best one I can recommend is MaxBounty. They showcase hundreds of offers that will make you $$$ in no time! They pay promptly (60 day payout) and cut you 1 check for all the money earned from the different programs you joined. They offer PayPal now for payment – so you can get paid even faster. And if you earn more then $100 a week – they’ll pay you weekly.
(Tip: If you get enough traffic…. you can sign up for Google Adsense – many have very good luck with using this to earn on their sites and blogs.)
Their are also affiliate programs that pay per lead, pay per click and so on. Most banners pay a “per-click” rate that can be anywhere from .01 to .50 per click. Most pay about 3-10 cents per click. In other words if you have 300 people click on that banner that pays ten cents per click you would receive $30.00 for those clicks. My favorite is the “pay-per-lead” programs that will pay you a flat fee for everyone that “signs up” for the specific program. For example, you will be paid $1.00 for every visitor who signs up for the My Points program. So, in one month you had 230 people sign up for the program, which would be $230.00 in your pocket! Do you see the potential? It is really easy and fun once you start.
But what about traffic to my site??
The only way to make money with your web site is to attract traffic. No traffic=NO MONEY. So you will need to learn a few marketing skills. There are dozens of free ways to promote your web site and attract visitors. It will take time and persistence on you part however. I recommend spending an hour a day just promoting your web site. Here are some common and free ways to promote:
1. Web rings-Join related web rings and place the ring on your web site.
2. Banner exchanges-Create a banner and submit it into a banner exchange program.
3. Submit your web site to search engines and free for all pages.
4. Exchange links with other web sites like yours.
5. Join discussion groups and put your web site in your signature.
6. Place free classified ads
7. Make sure you optimize your pages for your carefully chosen keywords. (Use WordTracker for fabulous keyword searching -I use it religiously!)
There are many other ways and a whole truckload of web sites that will show you how to do it! Just type in “web site promotion” or “web site marketing” in any search engine for more tips and tricks.
You can also buy advertising on sites that offer affordable ad space and our geared toward your audience. For instance, ,y site is geared toward moms and working at home – and I offer very affordable ad space.
The potential for making money with a web site is great if you are willing to work at it. It took me about 4 months to really start making decent money. If your web site gets about 500 visitors a day and you have really good banners and programs that interest your visitors you can expect to make about $500+ per month. The more visitors you get the more money you will make. I also suggest starting a newsletter to keep visitors interested and returning to your site. Good luck and have fun!