How to Start a Web Site to Make Money

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Many people want to make money on the Internet. There are several ways to do this. All require some level of work and perseverance, so don't believe people who tell you they became rich overnight by starting a website.

Things You'll Need

  • Web design software or online web authoring program
  • Web hosting service

Determine Your Strategy

  • Decide what kind of an online business you would like to have. You must have a firm idea about this before you begin.

  • Answer the following questions: Are you more comfortable selling other people's products? Do you have a product or service you would like to sell? Do you have a blog already? What are your passions? Are you an expert on something?

  • Read the descriptions below and use your answers to determine what kind of money-making website you should create.

Money-Making Website I: The Affiliate Site

  • Create an affiliate website. This kind of money-making website is for people who would like to spend a lot of time and effort selling other people's stuff. The potential rewards are there, if you can find a good product to advertise and a good agreement.

  • Find a product to advertise through an "affiliate network" such as Clickbooth.

  • Enter into an agreement to promote the product on your website, and then you would receive a fixed amount of money for each sale or each "acquisition."

  • Create lots of content that will keep visitors interested and keep them reading your website. A bad affiliate site is filled with nothing but links and makes the potential customer want to run away as quickly as possible.

Money-Making Website II: Selling Your Own Stuff

  • Make money using a website to sell your products and services online. You can also develop an "information product" or ebook to sell people.

  • Build up a mailing list by harvesting e-mail opt-ins from your site, promote your site via social media and email newsletters, and then periodically send out offers to your list.

  • You will need to keep working on your site constantly and always add fresh, new content to your site in order to keep the search engines coming back.

Money-Making Website III: Be An Advertiser

  • Start a blog or other informational website. This works well if you already have a blog.

  • Have other companies place ads on your website.

  • Sign up as a Google advertiser, and you receive a few cents each time somebody clicks on one of their ads on your blog. Google is just one of many companies that places ads in and around blogs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, the key to all of these approaches is fresh, good-quality content, updated as often as you can. Communicate well with your audience and you'll be rewarded!
  • People who want to have an affiliate site should beware of blindly following the latest trends. For example, Google has cracked down on "fake blogs." Deceptive advertising that tells customers they will be getting "a free product" when they are really going to be billed later is always a bad idea.

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