And if you are, are you making as much as you can from it?
The truth is that the majority of people who own a website or blog aren’t making as much money as they could be and their income could actually be so much as doubled by just making a few small changes.
For that reason I’ve decided to put this post together to share with you five different methods that you can use to squeeze as money as possible from your website or blog without having to work any harder.
Some of the methods you may have already heard of others you probably haven’t but regardless, in no particular order here they are…
#1 Sell advertising space.
One of the most popular ways people choose to make money from their website is to sell advertising space. It’s easy, it’s quick & it can make you a fair bit of money too. You can go down the route of selling ad space privately, but usually people choose to join networks such as the likes of:
- Google Adsense (probably the number 1 choice)
If you join a network then they’ll take a small cut of your earnings but at the same time they’ll probably be able to find you more advertisers than you would if you were to sell the space privately. Basically a network just cuts out a whole load of hassle & makes things much easier – usually you just need to copy a piece of code into your site & they handle the rest.
Most of the networks above offer banner ad style units, but sites like Infolinks actually provide something called “in-text links”. You’ve probably seen these about already, they basically look like a normal hyperlink but as soon as you hover over them they produce a little popup advertising something related to the text you’ve hovered over. Here’s an example:
In-text links are a pretty cool way to take your monetization that one step further without being too intrusive on your users. Generally most networks will let you run Infolinks in-text ads alongside their banners but it’s worthwhile noting that some won’t. I’d therefore always recommend checking the networks terms of service before you try running multiple networks together on your website.
#2 Content lock your pages.
If you’re providing valuable content for free on your website then you might want to consider what’s known as ‘content locking’ it. Basically this means that the visitors of your site will still be able to gain access to it for free, but in order to do so they’ll need to complete an action such as filling in a short survey or downloading a file.
Here’s an example of what a content locked page looks like:
You’ll get paid for every person that completes the action & the payouts can be quite high too. I’ve seen some in the region of $15 to $20 but generally they usually average around $2 to $7, depending on the company & factors such as where the visitor was located.
CPALead is in my opinion the best website to use for locking your content, plus they offer a whole load of other innovative monetization widgets too.
#3 Sell products/services as an affiliate.
As an affiliate you can sell third party products or services & receive a commission each time you do so. How much you earn will totally depend on what it is you’re selling but there’s a whole load of affiliates generating full time incomes all across the world. Whilst getting yourself to that level might not be “easy”, it’s certainly possible if you’re willing to put in the time & effort.
Some of the most popular affiliate programs/networks include the likes of:
- Amazon Associates
- Commission Junction
The process of making sales as an affiliate is really straight forward. You’ll basically be given a special unique link and any sales made through that link will be tracked to you meaning you’ll earn a commission for each one of them. Different companies operate different commissions structures but that’s roughly how it works.
Most companies nowadays run affiliate programs, but they don’t necessarily all run them through networks – some have their own “in-house” programs instead. If you want to promote a particular product/service but can’t find the company on any of the main networks then a quick Google search of that company followed by the words “affiliate program” should bring it up (if they have one that is).
#4 Get paid for people clicking your links.
If you link to other websites from your own website then you could be making money each time somebody clicks them. There’s a few different ways you can do it, but one of the most popular ones is to use a network like AdFly.
AdFly basically ‘shorten’ the URL of the page you want to link to, but they also display a little advert before the user is then redirected to the link. It’s a little bit of a nuisance, but each time somebody clicks the link & views the advert you’ll get paid… and since they were leaving your site anyway, what does it really matter?
Whilst the likes of AdFly probably won’t generate you life changing amounts of income, it all adds up & to be honest it’s pretty much money for nothing.
Another method you can use to generate a bit of income from your external links to use sites like Viglinks. Viglinks automatically turns your external links into affiliate links (where possible) and pays you a commission each time a sale is made. Obviously they take a little chunk, but hey once again it’s easy money from visitors who we’re leaving your website to go elsewhere.
#5 Get paid for people leaving your website.
It’s pretty annoying because it means a lot of money is getting left on the table… If only there was some way you could make money from those visitors too…
Well there is.
Using “exit traffic tools” you can actually generate an income from the people that leave your website. Pretty cool huh?
Basically as they’re about to leave they’re presented with a popup which takes them to an offer & you then get paid for each visitor that completes the offer. Sure, displaying a popup is probably going to p*** off some of your visitors but since they were leaving anyway – who cares?
There’s a few different companies that offer such tools but once again CPALead is going to be my recommendation. In my opinion they seem to work with the most advertisers & provide the best platform, but just to name a few others you could try:
Those sites both offer exit traffic tools, alongside a few other methods of monetization.
Whichever methods you choose, you NEED to be building an email list…
When I first started out online I wasn’t building an email list and it was a big mistake. I left unbelievable amounts of money on the table – money I’ll never be able to get back… I guess we learn from our mistakes, but I don’t want you to make the same one.
If somebody visits your website then you have the opportunity to sell to them, but once they’re gone they’re most likely gone forever.
However if you collect their email address then you have the opportunity to sell to them again
Catch my drift?
So if you own or website or you’re trying to make money online & you’re not building an email list, you really need to start as soon as you can.
Just to put it into perspective, an email list is said to be worth around $1 per subscriber per month. Obviously that varies based on certain factors such as the relationship you have with your subscribers & what the product is you’re offering, but as a general rule of thumb I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty impressive.
Hopefully you can make use of a few of those methods above & squeeze some extra money out of your website, in fact I’d love it if you could share your results in the comments below. Let me know what it is you did & how much extra it’s allowed you to make… And remember, if you’re not already – get building your email list!