One of the very first things you should do when you decide that you want to make money online from your website is to learn search engine optimization (SEO). You could get your hopes up high, have your website monetized perfectly, and be ready to make money online, but if you don’t have the basic understanding of how to get targeted visitors to your site (drive traffic), it won’t do you any good. Put in the time and energy it will take to learn how to optimize your site and the content on it so that it is of added value to the visitors and will stand the test of time.
You will earn more money from your website sooner, by getting visitors interested and keeping them coming back for more, which in turn will keep things growing. The more targeted visitors (traffic) you have to your site, means more money in you can stick in your pocket.
Once you have the basic understanding of SEO and how to drive targeted traffic, you must then choose the advertisers and advertising avenues that will fit in with your niche as well as with your audience.
It might sound straight forward, but a lot of advertisers try to persuade new website owners or bloggers into offers with high rewards, remember, the money comes when you can get the targeted traffic coming by on a regular basis looking for what ever it is you are offering.
An example of what I mean by keeping your advertising in line with your niche would be if you had a site about golfing, you wouldn’t want to have ads on there about baby strollers. While you may have some of your golfing enthusiasts interested in the baby strollers, the majority won’t be and that’s not why they came to your sit to begin with. Instead you would want ads relevant to golf, such as for golf clubs, golfing apparel and such.
Having irrelevant ads or advertisers will decrease the integrity of your site and possibly you as the site owner or author. Keeping them relevant and you will be more likely to make money online from the ads.
Once you figure out how to get the targeted traffic to your site, you want to have them come back for more. One of the best ways to get someone to return would be to keep updated relevant content on your site. By updating your content often and keeping it relevant to your niche will allow you to gain loyal followers that will keep visiting your site to see what new information you have for them.
You may find that some of the top advertisers only want to advertise on sites that have a high following and are regularly updating its content. Keep this in mind when looking for advertisers; you may have to wait on the ones you want until your site has gained the notoriety that these big advertisers are looking for. Time is one of you biggest allies in struggle for getting targeted traffic, so, be patient and things will naturally grow, if you keep steady and consistent with your site.
Today’s internet provides so many different avenues and opportunities to make money online from your website or blog. The make money online opportunities range anywhere from text ads all the way up to selling physical products. Bellow you will find a list of some of the more common methods used to make money online and monetize websites. Some of them are more successful then others and a lot of the success depends on the means you use to market and promote your site, again, the amount of targeted traffic you drive to your site will result in bigger paydays!
Make Money Online With Affiliate Marketing
One very popular method to make money online would be Affiliate Marketing. This money making method is where you have a merchant that lets other people sell their products and or services and then pays the “affiliate” a commission based on that sale. You might find this method of advertising related to other methods such as CPA offers (Cost Per Action) or CPL (Cost Per Lead).
As an affiliate, you would send the would-be customer to the merchant’s site through a variety of methods, such as affiliated text links, banner ads and or reviews. Once the would-be customer purchases something after the reaching the merchants site through your means of advertising, you will be paid a percentage of the sale, your commission.
You can find Affiliate programs with almost anyone who sells online. Do your research and check out their terms of service though, because they all do not operate their affiliate programs the same.
Below you will find a list of 5 of the more acceptable affiliate networks for you to make money online with:
- Commission Junction
- Link Share
Make Money Online With Text Link Ads
This method’s popularity dropped dramatically after Google threatened to penalize websites that sold text links without the ‘nofollow’ tag. We all know, we don’t want to upset the cart in any way.
Some website owners thumbed up their nose at Google while others pulled their ads and still others simply followed the “suggestion” made by Google and put in the nofollow tags in their text link ads. Be very cautious with this as Google can make a bad day last a very long time when you are trying to get your website ranked.
You can sell text links through your site similar to selling banner ads, or you can use Ad networks or brokers which eliminates a lot of the headache in trying to find reliable links.
Below you will find a list of 5 of the more acceptable Text Link marketplaces and networks for you to make money online with:
- DigitalPoint Link Sales Forum
Make Money Online With PPC (Pay Per Click) Advertising Networks
The amount of money you can make with this method of advertising can vary greatly on several levels, including the website design, placement of the ads and again the amount of targeted traffic you can drive to your site. It can also depend on the niche your site is in. If you are in one niche you may earn only pennies per click and then there are others where you can get $10 + per click. Do your research and pick the right niche and you will have the potential to make a generous amount of money with PPC advertising.
Below you will find a list of 5 of the more popular PPC advertising networks to make money online with:
- Google Adsense
- Yahoo! Publisher Network
Make Money Online With CPM (Cost Per Mille) Advertising Networks
The advertising method of CPM refers to the cost for 1,000 impressions. These networks perform along the same lines as the PPC networks, but instead of getting paid per click you would get paid for the number of views you get where the ad is displayed on your site.
Imagine you are getting roughly 10,000 page views per month to your site and you had an ad there that was earning $1 CPM, you would earn $10 from that ad. This method of advertising works really good for those that have very high page views and compared to the traffic being driven to the site. You get this with relevant content that has added value to for the reader. They will stick around a little longer and visit more of your pages.
Like the PPC you could earn as little as pennies and as much as $10 + CPM for your efforts. Different CPM networks offer different rates and it tends to be the better more popular the CPM network, the higher the rates they offer. The also are able to get bigger and better advertisers.
Below you will find a list of 5 of the more popular CPM advertising networks to make money online with:
- Casale Media
- Burst Media
- Value Click
- Tribal Fusion
Make Money Online With Banner Advertising
One of the most lucrative methods to make money online is Selling your own advertising space on your website. Selling ad space on your website allows you to determine what you get paid, no one else taking their cut off the top. It’s all yours, but, you will have to work for it. This method works well for someone who can drive big traffic and have good page views. Advertisers do not want to advertise on a site where they are not being seen. You must drive that traffic to get the right advertisers that are willing to pay to advertise on your site.
Think about this though, the more traffic you can drive to your site the more you will be able to charge for your ad space and still have them standing in line to pay you for it. Some of the top bloggers I know charge $1000 + per month to advertise on their site and always have a waiting list.
Some of the more popular ad formats that website owners us for their ad space would be the 125×125 boxes, 120×600 skyscrapers and the 300×250 triangle
I hope you realize any of these methods to make money online are not ways for you to get rich quick. If anyone offers you the chance to make a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time, RUN! Like anything else in life worthwhile, you will need to put in the time and put out the effort to get the return you are looking for, you get out of it exactly what you put into it. Just don’t give up! It’s out there, believe me I have been doing this for more 10 years and the last 4, I have been able to make money online full time.
The above list is only a start to what you can do to make money online.