How To Make Money From A Website

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The last thing I mentioned in my previous post was how to make money from a website. For a teenager, this may seem quite daunting, because it implies that you have to learn programming languages, code, really techy stuff and so on. But the trick is to look at it as a money making exercise, rather than a programming exercise. You are reading this to make money online right? And not to build high tech, flashy websites, right? Well, in this post, I’m going to telling you the ways that you can learn how to make money from a website.

I hinted before about advertising before, and that is where you can earn a significant amount of money from a website. Not all networks will pay you to advertise for them, so you’ll have to find the ones that do. The most obvious network (or company) that does pay for advertising is … Google!

You may have noticed an “Advertising Programmes” link or something similar like this on the home page of Google.

Click on that and you’ll be presented with a page giving you 2 options. One of them is “earn revenue from your website”. Click on the button and follow through until you’ve made your Google Adsense account.

What is Google Adsense?

Google Adsense is a free way for website publishers (or owners) to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads to their visitors. You get paid whenever somebody who is genuinely interested in a Google ad clicks on that ad. Similar to Youtube, you can’t click on the ads yourself or even encourage your website visitors, or friends or family, to click on these ads. If you do, then through some god-like intervention, Google will find out that you’ve been generating fraudulent clicks or invalid click activity and your Adsense account will be banned forever! You can try to appeal, but it’s very unlikely you’ll ever get it back.

There are other things you have to look out too, so I suggest you fully read their Adsense program policies and ask in the Google forums if you’re unsure with anything.

Just one thing about Adsense, when you’re starting to create an account and it says you have to be at least 18, use the same tip I said before about getting one of your parents to open an account for you on behalf of their details.

In my opinion, the 2nd best publishing platform like Adsense is Chitika. It displays ads in a similar fashion to Adsense, but apparently on their website, they say that their “ads are non-contextual and do not look like Adsense units”. Another difference between these ads is that Chitika also includes an images right next to their text ads, whereas for Google, it’s either a picture ad or a text ad (or a even a video ad), but never a mix.

In any case, I wouldn’t want to put Adsense ads right next to Chitika ads, in the fear that it might incur the wrath of the Big G. The biggest advantage of Chitika over Adsense is that the payment threshold is a lot lower, so you can get paid earlier and more often than Adsense (in case you didn’t know, payment threshold for Adsense is $100 whereas for Chitika it is $50 for a check or $10 for Paypal). Chitika is also owned by Yahoo, so it isn’t a bad alternative to Adsense, considering how many visitors Yahoo gets.

Those are 2 main publishing ad networks I recommend you join. Most of the other ones don’t generate enough traffic (a technical term for visitors) for you to earn money from, unless you’re in the right niche.

The other way of making money from a website is by in-text advertising. You might have seen on specific words on some sites that are double underlined, like this:

(btw, I do not own IBC)

Whenever you hover your mouse over these words, an ad will pop up. And whenever someone clicks on that ad, the publisher or website owner gets paid a percentage of the advertiser’s bid on that keyword, similarly to Google Adsense, Chitika and the Youtube Partner program. Alternatively, visitors could click on those double underlined links directly and the publisher would still get paid. The most famous in-text advertising network that I know of is called Kontera.

Some of you might think it is a little intrusive and slightly off putting to see double underlined links all over the place, but it is still a good way to monetize your site(s). Another well known in-text advertising network is Infolinks.

Although Adsense and the other in-text publishing methods earn you money when someone directly interacts with the ad, it’s not guaranteed you’ll earn anything. You also can’t encourage clicking on the ads either. So some of you who might be thinking that it’s quite a risk to start trying to earn money online, then you’re absolutely right. Any business venture involves some kind of risk, but if you’re brave and perseverant enough, then you’ll earn big rewards over time.

However, if you want a “guaranteed” way to earn money from a website, then I suggest you look at Sponsored Reviews. This is a site where advertisers are willing to pay you money for writing a blog post and putting it on your site. This is great for 2 reasons: your site is getting unique and original content for your visitors AND you are getting paid to do so. Another similar well known site is Pay Per Post.

So these are some ways on how to make money from a website. I personally recommend you to start off with contextual advertising, like Adsense, since it is very easy to set up and if you’re writing something about your passionate about, then the content will be well read by your visitors and the search engines and this will mean that your website will go up in the search engine rankings, get more traffic and thus, you will earn more money. Adsense is great, in that you DON’T have to sell anything to earn money from, unlike affiliate marketing or making your own product and selling it online. If you’re not too keen about taking a risk and want a guaranteed way of making money from a website, then go to Sponsored Reviews or Pay Per Post and get your site up and running.

In the end, it all comes down to how hard you work, how smart you are at going about it and trudging along, even in the face of failure. See you in the next post!
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