1. Sell advertising space on your web site. You could sell banner or classified ads, or text ads. If you want to make more money, sell sponsor ads that get top placement or the best exposure. Of course you need to have enough traffic coming to your site first, so that people have an incentive to want to gain exposure to your visitors. Granted, banner ads aren't as popular as they used to be, but some sites still like the idea of getting linked from popular sites, since it not only gets them traffic, but also increases their search engine ranking. You might not make a lot from displaying small text or banner ads, but it can easily pay for your hosting fees, and enough more to invest in some software scripts that will make your site that much better.
2. Even better than selling banner ads, sign up with Google AdSense and let them place their ads on your pages. When someone clicks on a page, you earn money.
3. If you have enough web space, you could rent other people web pages. You could also give them away for free and make money by including your Google AdSense ads on their web pages.
4. Charge people a fee to access part of your web site. People will pay you money for your web site content if it's valuable to them. The content can be ebooks, reports, software, etc. If you find a niche market, you can spend some time researching your topic and put all sorts of articles and resources to that niche on your site. Then those who have a similar interest might be likely to want to take advantage of all the time you've already spent by coming straight to the site (yours) that has all the answers for them already. If you have enough articles on your topic, you might want to get a site search engine (there are free scripts available) to make it easier for your visitors to find the information they want.
5. Sell your own products or services. They should be related to your target audience. You want to be able to take credit cards (at least with PayPal if not otherwise) on your site and deliver your product to them as fast as possible.
6. Make money selling other people's products and services through affiliate programs.They'll give you a link to all track your sales.You could be paid per sale, click or sign-up. If you haven't heard of affiliate programs, you're in for a treat, many thousands of people are making a full time income (some a huge full time income) just by driving traffic from their web site to merchant sites, never touching or shipping a product, and letting their merchant do all the work and make the entire investment in inventory.
A good way to start with affiliate programs is to sign up with ClickBank. There are well over 10,000 different eBooks that you are then automatically an affiliate for. It's likely that there are some that tie in with the theme of your site. Write up some reviews and recommendations and send traffic to the ClickBank merchant, and if the eBook sells, you get commissions. Another benefit is that if you make a page for each of your eBook reviews, you will eventually start drawing traffic from search engines because your pages might get ranked well for the keywords used to describe the eBook you're reviewing. Make sure you link your review pages back to the home page of your site so you can take advantage of that traffic.
7. Publish an e-zine from your web site. Ask your visitors to subscribe to the e-zine right from your web site through a sign up box. You might want to find something to entice them to give you their email address, like a free report, eCourse, or eBook. Once you have enough subscribers to your e-zine, you could sell classified or sponsor advertising inside your e-zine, or you could periodically review and recommend products that you're an affiliate for to your subscribers.
These are just some thought-starters for you. There are over a billion web sites on the Internet, there are obviously more than seven ways to earn money with them. Come up with your own unique method of cashing in from all those surfers out there, and one day you'll be writing your own advice articles.
Copyright © Dennis Becker, 2004.
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