Websites and blogs are relatively easy to create these days. There are many tools which make it so easy that you never have to do any programming at all. In fact, you can create a decent site within an hour or so with all the tools which are available these days. A good website can help you make money if you use the right strategies.
Domain Name and Hosting
In order to create a website, you will need a domain name and a web hosting service to host your website files.
One company that I recommend registering your domain name with is Namesilo. Namesilo has very reasonable prices and they have great customer service. Use coupon code thecheddachase to get a $1.00 off your order.
For hosting I recommend Dreamhost. I’ve been with them for quite some time and I have zero complaints. I’ve never had any downtime and again customer service is great at Dreamhost as well.
Once you have a domain name registered and your hosting, you will have to create your site.
I find that WordPress is the easiest way to create a site with very little technical knowledge. WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to create websites with various themes. Dreamhost gives you the tools to install WordPress very easily through their CPanel interface.
Once you have a site up and running create useful content for your intended audience. You can either write articles yourself or outsource the job. Here are a few sites where you can find people to create content for you:
Fiverr.com (Highly Recommended)
Now that you have your site set up with content the only thing left is to find out a way to monetize it. Here are a few ways to monetize a website that you have created.
Various people are always looking for different ways to advertise their products and services. You can sell ad space on your site in order to capitalize on this. The more traffic you have on your site the higher you can charge since more traffic means that the adverts will potentially be seen by more people.
Another option is to sign up with programs like Google Adsense to show ads on your website and get paid per click, per thousand impressions or by engagement.
If you create products (digital and physical) you can sell them on your site. Digital products such as music you own the rights to, eBooks, photographs, logos and other artistic work, software, and videos can all be easily sold online. Even physical products can be sold as long as you work out the issue of shipping.
The easiest way to set up and e-commerce store is through Shopify. Shopify includes everything you could possibly need to set up an online store. You can add products to your store, accept orders, manage website content and more.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways of monetizing a website. You can join affiliate programs offered by various companies such as Amazon, Google, etc. In affiliate marketing, you enter into a partnership with a company and basically market their goods for them. In return, you will normally get a commission once a product is sold. You’re normally given a URL which you place on your website and when it’s clicked it leads your site visitor to the products which are being marketed. Affiliate marketing has the potential to make you a lot of money if you apply the right strategies.
Here are some Affiliate Marketing Networks worth checking out:
You can create a business directory on your site which is basically a listing of various businesses, normally divided into categories based on some criteria. You can then charge businesses a certain amount to get listed in your directory. This is normally a fixed amount which is collected on a monthly or yearly basis. The more traffic you receive on your site the higher you can charge per listing.
You can create a job board whereby recruiters can pay you to post vacancies. This is a very competitive area though and needs to be handled with caution. Luckily there are various plugins which can help you create a job board easily such as JobPress which can be installed in WordPress.
You can offer a membership program whereby you charge a fee to get certain, exclusive privileges. For example, if you create video content you can offer some videos for free but keep the best for paying members only. In so doing others will be encouraged to register as members.