Making money on the internet is not by far a new idea and many people have been doing it in many different ways. But you can take advantage of their experience. It is not at all an easy task to accomplish, but then nothing ever worthwhile is. If you have a website or blog it is time you start turning your traffic into revenue that will come in handy to pay your monthly household bills, and maybe even turning working on your websites into a full time job.
While there are numerous ways to make money from your website, there are different methods that are better for different websites. From text ads to affiliate programs, choosing the right program is the first step to turning your website into a cash generating source of income.
Here Are 5 Methods You Can Use To Earn Money From Your Website...
Probably the easiest type of website to monetize are those that provide information about a certain topic or interest. You don’t need your users to buy anything or sign up for anything, they just simply need to be on your website. The ideal type of ad for an informational website is probably the contextual ad, although depending on your site and your traffic you should shop around for the various providers and pick the one that best suites your site. This is the most popular contextual advertiser, and probably would be the best place to start. Sign up for an adsense account and in a day or so you should be approved. Follow the simple steps to get the code for your website, and then just insert it. Now you've got paying ads displaying on your website.
Adsense is very easy to set up, maximizing its potential is another matter entirely. There is no easy answer to this, and the best advice would be is to experiment with different ad placements and sizes. What works for one page may not work for another. The most effective way to use adsense is to implement it into your page content so it looks like part of the web page and not just an ad. With google’s code generating, you will be able to customize how your ad looks, which helps when integrating.
Adsense will also automatically search your site and display ads that are relevant to your sites subject matter. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing, as you run the risk of displaying competitors websites on your pages, which you probably don’t want. There is a solution to this, in that you can add filters to your adsense account, so google will not display ads for a certain URL`s that you specify.
Adsense is a great way to start monetizing your website or blog, and it may be the only tool you need. It is very easy to set up and start running, and there is very little upkeep and maintenance required. However, it is most effective when used on sites with a lot of text, so if your website is not informational in nature adsense is probably not your best option.
Yahoo Publisher Network
Yahoo Publisher Network is Yahoo’s answer to adsense, you can apply for an invitation and begin running Yahoo Publisher Network ads on your site if you are accepted. Following the same methods you used with adsense when using YPN, and compare the plans that generate the most money for you. Note that you CANNOT run adsense and Yahoo Publisher Network ads on the same webpage.
If your website has information about a certain product or service, it might be wise it to join an affiliate program for that type of product. When you sign up as an affiliate, you are basically generating customers for a certain company. So if you happen to have a site that has software reviews, it would be a good idea to sign up as an affiliate to a software store and then send users who wish to buy the software to a site where they can purchase the product, and you get a percentage of the purchase price.
Amazon and ShareASale are two popular affiliate programs. Most good affiliate programs will let you customize the look and feel of how you send visitors to their site, so in essence the only thing they do would be process and ship the order.
While affiliate marketing can be difficult to get up and running with an affiliate related site, it can be very rewarding. The best way to generate revenue is to make it as easy as possible for the user to purchase whatever product you are advertising. Set up your affiliate links so they can click on a single link and be taken to the companies purchase page and you stand a much better chance of making a the sale.
Not all websites are dedicated to bringing the visitor information. Many sites bring the visitor a service, such as image hosting. In this situation contextual ads like adsense and Yahoo Publisher Network aren’t ideal, since there isn’t a lot of information to determine what ads to display. In this situation, its better to use a non-contextual advertiser so you can control what type of ads are displayed.