There are hundreds if not thousand lists which provide “ways to make money using your website”.
I felt to create one for myself which I could refer to whenever I want and it also comes in handy for you whenever you wish to get some great ideas to make money online.
I have been in blogging world recently but I have been exploring it quite a bit from lot of angles and one of them is how people make money using their websites.
After all to make money from your website, you will need targeted traffic. Methods that you utilize in getting targeted traffic will bring you more money so if you need some help in getting more traffic, grab my FREE book.
One could suggest you to blend Adsense ads within your content – that is a technique or a way to make money from a website. Well that is what we all think but actually it isn’t!
Allow me to clarify.
It is just a way to make more money by improving the click-through rate or CTR. The real monetization aspect behind the scenes is a PPC network.
It is important for you to understand this as my this post is divided in to direct and indirect ways. Each of them is provided with links and examples to make it simple.
Let’s first divulge into the direct methods.
1. PPC Advertising Networks
Google Adsense is obviously the most preferred choice in this category but it is not the only one. You need to signup for network and then paste the code on to your blog. Once the impressions starts coming from your website, the network will serve the contextual ads (either text or image) relevant to the content and niche of your website. You earn certain amount for every click.
The profitability depends on the traffic levels, type of traffic, impressions generated, click-through rate and obviously, the cost per click.
The click-through rate depends on the design and placement of an advertisement within your website.
The CTR depends on the design of your website.
Ads placed above the fold (on the top part of your website) or blended with content (within your posts) always gets higher CTRs or higher clicks compared to the ads placed on sidebars.
If you are in one of the finance, mortgage or loans, health, education kind of niche, you tend to make more money because the cost per click is higher comparatively. Tech related blogs receive smaller CPC (cost per click) and hence less returns.
The source of your traffic (targeted or non-targeted) can also affect the CTR. Organic or search engine traffic perform well because they were looking for something and arrived at your website so when they click on the ads, you get higher CTR rate.
As I told you that there are other networks besides Google Adsense, it is noteworthy to mention them here.
Google Adsense – https://www.google.com/adsense
Microsoft Ad Center – http://adcenter.microsoft.com
Adknowledge – http://www.adknowledge.com
Adblade – http://www.adblade.com
Clicksor – http://www.clicksor.com
Advertising – https://www.advertising.com
Advertise – http://www.advertise.com
Ad Click Media – http://www.adclickmedia.com
Bidvertiser – http://www.bidvertiser.com
Find It Quick – http://www.finditquick.info
Admanage – http://www.admanage.com
Findology – http://www.findology.com
Ad Marketplace – http://www.admarketplace.com
Ezanga – http://www.ezanga.com
Outbrain – http://www.outbrain.com
So now you do not have to worry if your website is not accepted for Google Adsense program as you have choice and many.
2. CPM Advertising Networks
CPM = Cost per 1000 impressions
CPM networks works almost similar to PPC networks as mentioned above. The difference is only that you get paid as per the number of impressions or page views that the ads is displayed on your website.
For example, if your blog generates 100,000 impressions or page views monthly and you have put an advertising banner with just $1 CPM rate, then you will earn $100 monthly.
Hey, am I right that you are now calculating! Go to your Analytics and see how many page views did you generate last month and think of utilizing it with CPM to pay some bills.
I won’t mind if you could tweet this now.
So back to the game.
CPM networks are different and their rates vary depending upon the position of an advertisement. The CPM rate is high if the network is better. Network means the CPM company.
Here also, if you put an advertisement just below the navigation menu, you’ll generate tons of impressions coz people will obviously use the menu to navigate through your website so why not use it to your advantage!
Also you should ensure that the format or the size of banner is bigger enough to get impressions or guys like me will take the cursor out of the website and come back from the top to navigate. 🙂 just kidding.
So you might wonder, how much can we earn per 1000 impressions. Isn’t?
As I said it depends on the network you choose but something in the range of $0.10 to 10 per 1000 impressions. This kind of CPM advertising will work best if you have good traffic or high page views per visitors.
Well, currently Laplacef have 7 page views per visitor (pages per visit) which is not bad for a blog that is just 7 weeks old.
Now the list of CPM networks:
Burst Media – http://www.burstmedia.com
Casale Media – http://www.casalemedia.com
Conersant Media – http://www.conversantmedia.com
Exponential – http://exponential.com
3. Direct Banner Advertising
Direct banner advertising means you sell your space to advertisers.
One of the most lucrative monetization method in the online industry. You determine your own rate and advertisers pay you directly in your paypal account.
The popular banner format on the web are:
728 x 90 leaderboard
120 x 600 skyscraper
300 x 250 rectangle
125 x 125 button
The only problem is that you must have huge traffic to get such advertisers to pay you the amount you want. You also need to spend time or create a page specifically for advertisers on your website where they can understand the banners you accept and its corresponding monthly price structure.
Open Ads Server – http://openx.com
OIO Publisher Ad Platform – http://www.oiopublisher.com
OIO WordPress Plugin Demo – http://demo.oiopublisher.com/?s=1
You can use the above platforms to display and manage all the ads that you want to run on your blog.
If you want this to be handled by a third-party then you can use the website called BuySellAds.
4. Text Link Ads
This is now a less popular method. Credit goes to Google because they started penalizing those websites who were selling text links without the no-follow tag.
A text link ad is text on a blog or website that is hyperlinked to a specific page on another site. The blog or website that publishes that link (called the publisher) gets paid by an advertiser who is trying to drive traffic to the linked page. Publishers can get paid based on the number of clicks on the text link ad (called pay-per-click) or they could get paid a flat fee for publishing the link.
Text Link Marketplaces:
Kontera – http://www.kontera.com
50onred – http://www.50onred.com
Infolinks – http://www.infolinks.com
Vibrant Media – http://www.vibrantmedia.com
Linkworth – http://www.linkworth.com
Intext – http://www.intext.com
Affinity – http://www.affinity.com
5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is quite popular because most newbies earn their first dollar using this method.
It is the easy method if we see from one perspective. Put a banner on a website, drive traffic and earn money from commissions.
Well it could sound easy, but it isn’t unless you are ready to invest some money to get traffic to your website, initially.
With this system, you find a merchant who is willing to share their income when you help them make a sale. At times this is also called CPA (cost per action) or CPL (cost per lead) too.
The merchant provides banners, text links, blog reviews or solo ad swipes as a tool for affiliates to make use of to display or use it on their websites.
List of popular affiliate marketplaces and networks:
Clickbank – http://www.clickbank.com
Linkshare – http://www.linkshare.com
Commission Junction – http://www.cj.com
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com
Shareasale – https://www.shareasale.com
Affiliate Future – http://www.affiliatefuture.co.uk
Ad Mobix – http://admobix.com
Peerfly – https://peerfly.com
Zanox – http://www.zanox.com
Trade Doubler – http://www.tradedoubler.com
Avangate – http://www.avangate.com
Affiliate Window – http://www.affiliatewindow.com
Link Connector – http://www.linkconnector.com
Affiliate Wire – http://www.affiliate-wire.com
Avantlink – http://www.avantlink.com
Again you have multiple choices. Some merchants require them to approve you for promoting their product while some networks and merchants do allow pre-approved promotions.
6. Sponsored Reviews
Sponsored reviews are the reviews that you write on your blog for certain products or services and you get paid doing just that.
PayPerPost initially pioneered this method and then other websites like Sponsored Reviews and ReviewMe followed it by refining the process and expanding the paid blogging model.
When you join one of those models, you will get the opportunity to write a sponsored post on various topics and you get paid for it. But frankly speaking its not that easy as it sound.
When you write a post, the post can easily be rejected ultimately leaving you with no money on hand and all the hard work gone haywire. Moreover the post will still remain with the website and could publish it without your knowledge after one year, so it is kind of a risky business.
List of sponsored reviews and paid blogging networks:
PayPerPost – https://payperpost.com
Sponsored Reviews – https://www.sponsoredreviews.com
ReviewMe – https://www.reviewme.com
BlogVertise – http://www.blogsvertise.com
7. RSS Feed Ads
Some people wonder when they see this topic because not many people know about this provision or implement it actually on their website.
With the growing users of RSS feed, webmasters are now turning to monetize their content feed.
Feedburner, which is obviously the leading RSS Feed aggregator has its own publisher network and you can signup to start displaying the CPM based adverts on your feed’s footer.
Bidvertiser has also introduced the similar option but with the PPC method instead of CPM.
Some blog owners are already selling banner space on their RSS feed and in their newsletters.
Feedburner – http://www.feedburner.com
BidVertiser – http://www.bidvertiser.com
Pheedo – http://site.pheedo.com
8. Sponsors for Single Columns or Events
If you are doing podcasting or audio series or interviews method then you could get some sponsors.
This method alone could make you tons of money but first you should have on-hand experience of podcasting or interviews and you should already have multiple related posts.
Advertisers get highly specific and targeted traffic from your blog who are specifically interested in audio or interview kind of products or services.
There are several websites which already put this in to practice and one of them is Mashable
Premium content means the content that is only available for your subscribers.
There are many blogs which employ this practice. They give part of their content for free and then charge for the access to premium content and one such example is Copyblogger
Moz is another good example. They have highly popular blog that provides you with great advice but hide the best content for their paid subscribers.
You can notice their charges on their main website which gives several privileges including but not limited to guides, tools and other exclusive material.
10. Private Forums
We all know that Internet is highly populated with free forums but there is always a possibility of creating your own private forum where members pay a single or recurring fee to join your community.
This can be only achieved if you already have huge traffic to your blog posts.
SEO Blackhat asks for $100 a month from their members and they have thousands of subscribers. Obviously they need to provide great value for them to charge such an amount monthly.
If you also want to create your own forum then you should use the forum softwares which are listed below:
vBulletin – http://www.vbulletin.com
Simple Machines Forum – http://www.simplemachines.org
phpBB – https://www.phpbb.com
Vanilla – http://vanillaforums.org
11. Job Boards
Most popular blogs nowadays leverage on job boards to generate PASSIVE extra income.
Problogger, Guy Kawasaki, ReadWriteWeb and many others leverage job boards to make extra income.
Obviously you need highly successful blog and that too focused on specific niche and should have decent traffic.
The advantage of this method is that it is passive. Once you have the structure in place, the job listings will come naturally, and you can charge anywhere from $10 up to $100 for each.
The popular job board softwares:
JobThread – http://www.jobthread.com
Web Scribe Job Board – http://www.webscribble.com/products/webjobs/
SimplyHired Job-o-matic – http://www.simplyhired.com/a/publishers/overview
Jobbex – http://www.jobbex.com
12. Selling or Renting Internal Pages
You make a page on your website and then sell it or give it on rent.
Hey, yes this is for real. Check this page for yourself and believe it with your own eyes.
If your inner page has huge traffic or have high page rank then there are people who can buy that page so that they can put their own ads on the page or do whatever they want with the page that is bought or rented.
13. Sponsor Posts
Visit this site Techmeme.
You will notice that there is a highlighted Sponsor Posts section on the home page. This is another great way to make money. If your blog has great traffic then you’ll definitely get more money.
Techmeme charges $7000 to $17000 per post per month depending on the position. Don’t believe me then go to this page.
They also have ‘Who’s Hiring’ and “Upcoming Tech Events” Listings
If your blog solve a problem of your visitors then there is no harm in putting the ‘Donate’ button or link which could be an efficient way to earn money.
Motivational, Productivity and personal development kind of blog perform well with donation based system.
Personal development and productivity blogs, for instance, tend to perform well with donation based systems (one good example being Steve Pavlina).
A small variation of this method appeared sometime ago with the BuyHim a Beer plugin. This WordPress plugin enables you to insert a customized message at the bottom of each article, asking the readers to chip in for a beer or coffee. At the time of writing this, the plugin supports till version 3.5.2 and we are in 3.9.1 so can’t justify that it will work with latest version of WordPress.
15 Pop-ups and Pop-unders
Most annoying kind of advertising but it does work in some niches like Gaming.
If you are trying to grow and generate loyal visitors then please stay away with this option.
If you wish to go for it then find below the networks that allow Popups, Popunders and Pop-In Layer Ads.
Exponential – http://exponential.com
Paypopup – http://paypopup.com
Adversal – https://www.adversal.com
16. Audio Ads
One of the easiest and lucrative method which is still hidden from many bloggers viewpoint.
It is at times also called Pay Per Play (PPP) introduced by Net Audio Ads
The concept is pretty simple: play a small audio advertising (usually 5 seconds or 15 words) every time a visitor enters into your website.
The user should not be able to stop it, creating a 100% conversion rate based on unique visitors.
17. Selling the Website
This should be your last source of generating income.
When you have a blog, you have multiple options to make money from it but if you still wanna sell your website then you should because this potentially generate huge sum of money in a very short period of time.
If you plan to sell your blog or website in future then build your blog or populate and try to get traffic to it then it could be an easy sell.
Keep in mind that they most used parameter to determine the value of a website is the monthly revenue that it generates, multiplied by a certain number (the multiplier can be anything from 5 to 30, depending on the expectations of the seller, on the quality of the site, on the niche and other factors).
We have discussed enough of direct methods and now let’s discuss some indirect methods to generate revenue from your blog.
18. Selling an Ebook
Perhaps one of the oldest money making strategies on the web, using a website to promote a related ebook is a very efficient way to generate revenue.
You could structure the website to sell your own eBooks only or one ebook related to the blog post.
19. Selling a Hardcover Book
This also has worked well for master-blasters of the blogging niche.
When you become popular within your niche through your blog, selling a hard-cover hardcover book will become a baby’s job when your blog attains an authority status.
While most of these people were already renowned authors before they created their website, one could also follow the other way around.
Lorelle VanFossen did exactly that with her Blogging Tips book. First she built her authority on the subject via her blog, and afterwards she published the book.
20. Selling Templates or WordPress Themes
You also must be using WordPress by the time you are reading this, obviously because it is one of the best CMS out there today.
That means there are tons of people who needs their themes too. If you are a coder then there can’t be any more easier way to earn from your expertise.
21. Offering Consulting and Related Services
This can be possible with your blog too.
Depending upon your niche and your service industry, you could make tons of money by offering consulting services.
Your blog posts, articles and information will certify your expertise and will make it easier for you to gain exposure and customers.
Chris Garrett of chrisg.com used a similar strategy. First he created a highly influential blog on the blogging and new media niche, and afterwards he started offering consulting services to clients with related problems and needs.
22. Creating an Email List or Newsletter
‘Money is in the list’ – we have heard this almost a million times now.
Every blogger today have subscription boxes and popup boxes to get new visitors to subscribe to their blog’s feed.
Building a list of subscribers and creating relationship with them takes you on a very high level of authority in your life and your monetary terms too.
Creating a list is difficult task but never impossible. If you have a popular blog then leverage it to increase the subscriber’s list.
Yaro generates five to six figures in revenues each month from his email newsletters, proving that this method works.
To create your own subscribers list, you will need one of the following autoresponders.
Mailchimp – http://mailchimp.com
Getresponse – http://www.getresponse.com
Aweber – http://www.aweber.com
Feedburner – http://www.feedburner.com
23. Mentoring programs
When you have huge list of subscribers, it becomes also an easy task to mentor them as they are following your blog for a purpose.
You can create a package and make something that you can sell for a passive income where you can charge monthly.
People are willing to pay someone to teach them on something that they desire. For example, if you are making 4 figures a month then you can start your own mentoring program teaching the same things that you utilized to generate four figure income.
24. Creating a conference around the website
When your website becomes popular in your niche then you should create a conference around it.
Depending on the volume of your traffic and list, the event could attract thousands of people and you could make tons of money by charging people to attend the conference and also from sponsors.
There are multiple websites who does conferencing nowadays. One of them is Search Engine Land who created a series of conferences that visit several cities on the United States and on other countries as well.
The conferences are called Search Marketing Expo, and the tickets and passes cost thousands of dollars. You could see their upcoming conferences too on the same page.
I hope this list will help you to create a drive to get more traffic and ultimately explore more options to generate revenue from your blogs.
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