If you want to make money online, things become a whole lot easier when you get yourself a website and start monetizing your website. It makes it easier to showcase your talents.
It makes it easier to show off any products that you have. It just looks more professional.
Nowadays, creating a website doesn’t require that much effort either. In fact, with the number of tools out there, you probably don’t need to have any experience when it comes to coding or design.
You can put together a quality website in mere hours doing nothing more than dragging and dropping elements into the position that you want.
Let us tell you how you start to make money from your website. Step by step.
Start Generating Ideas To Monetizing Your Website
Before you even so much as start playing about with a website builder you need to have an idea about what you want. Try to think of the answers to these questions:
- What you are planning on selling.
- Who you plan on selling it to
- How you are going to get traffic to your website
Now, a few of these things will have ‘multiple answers’. Jot down as many ideas as you can.
In an ideal world, you will try to ensure that your target market is as narrow as possible (not small), because this will make it far easier for you to target your traffic generation methods.
It will also give you a bit of an idea about how you should be pricing your goods or services.
One of the other reasons why you need to know your target market is so that you can think about the design.
If you want to make money, then you need to get your branding right which is a key factor in monetizing your website. For example; if you are looking to sell children’s clothing, then the design will probably bit quite ‘upbeat’.
Maybe a dash of color here and there. If you are planning to sell legal services, then the look would need to be a bit more professional.
The Building Blocks of Your Website
You can’t build a website until you have two components:
- The domain name
- Web hosting
You can think of the domain name as the ‘address’ of your website (e.g. www.google.com is a domain name) and the hosting is the actual house.
This is where all of your files are stored. While it can be tempting to go down the route of free hosting, there are a lot of restrictions in place.
Most of them will not even allow you to monetize your site.
Getting your website set-up
We are going to assume that you do not have any programming or design knowledge. So, you will want to build your site using WordPress.
Your web host should be able to provide you with instructions on how to install this on your domain.
Once you have WordPress installed, you can dive into the administration panel and have a look at some of the features.
There are plenty of templates that you can install in a click or two. Don’t forget to check out the recommended Plugins.
No matter what route you go down, you will need to have some content on your website. You will need to have it flowing in regularly too.
Most websites will post content a couple of times per week, but if you can do it daily it will be better.
The idea of the content is to boost your authority online and get more traffic to your website.
Starting to make money with your website
Now, it is time to make money from your website. If you have a product or service to sell, then you have pretty much already decided what you want on there.
If you have nothing to sell, but want to share your knowledge, then you may want to look at some of these techniques to monetizing your website:
- Affiliate marketing: recommended products or services and collect a commission on sales that you make.
- Sell advertising space
- Have a paid membership on your site. Lock some quality content. Maybe a course behind that paywall.
- Collect leads and sell them onto businesses
- Start email marketing
Many sites will utilize a combination of these methods. Once traffic to your site starts to roll in, then you may also want to consider the idea of building your own digital products to sell.
Just make sure that you produce quality content and get regular traffic, and it should be fairly easy to start making money online.
With more people being connected to the internet than ever before, it is a great time to start up a website and then monetizing your website.
The number of websites out there is growing by the day, but if you can produce quality content and carve yourself out a decent niche, you can make money.
It won’t be a quick process, but if you do put in the effort, the money is there.