If you are new to the business and stumbled here after watching the nth video from some money-making guru who wanted to make you a millionaire overnight for $49.99, your search for answers is over. Here you will learn the truth about how websites make money for real, and how to monetize your sites with your sweat and hard work. That is right; I said ‘work’ because the first thing you have to learn is that easy Internet money is just a myth. It does not exist. It is possible to generate cash online through blogs, and create Internet-money-earning Web sites, but it is far from being something easy that ‘anyone can do’. It takes time, patience and creativity. Let me first clear up that this is a business for-profit site. I do sell stuff and run Google AdSense here, but you can access hundred percent of the information for free. I will explain to you in detail how I will be making this site profitable in a short while.
You may or may not know that a money-earning Web site is. Of course, it is a Web site that makes money for its owner. The term is used in Internet marketing to refer to a niche Web site, which means a site that covers some particular topic or focuses around a unique product, for example ‘dog training’. Sites like ‘dog training’ that deal with very specific, non mainstream, topics are called micro niche sites. A macro niche site is an on-line-money-making site that deals with a broader range of topics like health, wealth, self-development or sex. This Web site’s main topic are Internet-money-earning Web sites, but is in itself a money-earning site in the overcrowded niche of wealth. There is some confusion between Internet marketers themselves regarding the distinction between micro and macro niches. If you are interested in my own take on the subject, please check out this article.
So how do websites make money? There are many ways to put some dollars, euros, or whatever other currency you prefer in the pocket. ‘Direct sales’ refers to goods which are sold directly to a customer. These can be physical goods or electronic goods. For example, a Web site named ‘Big Bad Toy Store’ sells vintage toys to collectors, and is therefore an example of this type of money-earning Web site. Affiliate marketing is when one sells goods on one’s site on behalf of a third party, and gets paid a commission for every sale made. For example, one can sell Amazon products on one’s own site, in which case, one is acting as an affiliate to Amazon, and they will pay a commission on successful sales. Running advertisements such as Google AdSense is another way to monetize a site and get paid every time someone clicks on the advertisements. Other sites offer a service to their users, typically by connecting them with each other. Examples of this form of monetization are eBay that connects buyers with sellers, or dating sites. Creating on line sites that can make money is a very complicated and frustrating process. It can take several months to start seeing any profits coming in. Setting up the Web site itself is
extremely relatively easy. The difficult bits are the part that comes before the actual creation of the site, i.e. finding good keywords, and what follows afterwards, i.e. marketing and search engine optimization. Of course, if you happen to make it, the prize will be your financial freedom which is well worth the trouble.
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