There are many websites on the internet that make a lot of money. Many different people from all backgrounds make extra money from these websites while working from their home. If you want to know how to make money at home then I hope this article will give you a few ideas about what you can do with a website of your own.
Blog sites are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to make money at home. Your goal for using a blog to make extra money from home is for the blog to become a trusted authority in your niche. There are many blogs online about a huge variety of topics. You’re competing with other blogs for visitor traffic in your niche. As your blog becomes a “trusted” authority site your blog posts will show up in search engine results.
People that are searching for topics related to your niche will find you and visit your site. So you want to create a blog around a particular subject, your niche. You’ll write useful and informative blog posts with extremely valued keywords. The keywords are what people are searching for. You’ll need to learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to create these kinds of blogs and for them to be successful.
Once you’re getting traffic to your blog you have an opportunity to make some money. A certain portion of your traffic will “convert”. This means that they click through the ads and links that you place throughout your site, complete your Call To Action (CTA), buy the product or service you’re offering or sign up for the program your talking about.
But since only a small portion of your traffic will convert, to really be successful you must have a large amount of traffic. That could be at least 10,000 pageviews per day. I think you should expect it to take at least six months, if not a year or more of really hard work to build and maintain that large of an audience. It depends on how much time you can put toward building the site and developing quality content. But you can do it.
Learn How to Build Your Own Website
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Selling Ad Space
Once your blog has a large amount of traffic you may choose to sell space on your site to advertisers. They purchase this space through networks like Google’s AdWords or Taboola. Here’s how that works. An advertiser places their ad into the network and they bid on how much they’re willing to pay to have their ad seen or clicked. As a publisher, you offer ad space to the other side of the ad network. Google’s AdSense is an example of this.
You’re paid commissions when ads are shown on your site (impressions) or when visitors click the ads. The more impressions that you generate and the more clicks the ads on your site get, the more money you make selling ad space. So you’ll need a lot of traffic to make money with this method.
The amount you make can vary widely because there are so many variables. Way too many to cover here. But again it’s all related to how much traffic you get. The more visitors you have on your site the more valuable you are to advertisers.
Depending on what your site is about (your niche) there are many affiliate programs that you can sign up with and many offers you can promote on your site. Many affiliate networks or programs are free to sign up for. Depending on the type of products that you choose to promote, the product sellers give you a percentage of the sales that you make for their products. That’s your commission. Commissions can be percentages of the sale amount or a fixed amount. Commission percentages can vary widely, maybe 5% – 75% of the sale amount. More expensive products tend to offer higher commissions, but they’re also more difficult to sell and have smaller market opportunities.
Some of the most popular and easy to join affiliate networks are Clickbank, CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction), and Rakuten Marketing. These networks have a huge amount of offers. Some are better than others. So you may have to try a few offers before you find a few that convert to sales.
Other affiliate networks like Ads 4 Dough (A4D for short), Peerfly, and Ad Similis have a more rigorous intake process and a more selective network of offers. To join these networks you need to have a plan on how you will use their networks to succeed. These networks make their money based on the volume of your commissions. If you make $500 in commissions they only make about $50. That hardly pays the salaries of the staff time that it takes to get up and running on their network. So they want to have some confidence ahead of time that you have a solid plan for success. Super-Affiliate Malan Darras has a great blog post about how to get approved for these types of affiliate networks. If you want to get into affiliate marketing and get into any of these networks, I suggest you Malan’s blog post, twice.
The Take Away
We live in an exciting time where anyone can build an online business and make extra money from home. There are so many ways and I’ve only introduced you to a few here. But if you are willing to learn, to work hard (and smart), and to be patient and persistent you can succeed at ways to make extra money on the internet. Be sure to comment below. Let me know what you think about these ideas. Are any of them something you think you can do? What other ideas do you have, or what other things have you done? I’d love to get your thoughts.