Make Money With Your Website The Honest Way: Six Steps to Success

Published: 14th May 2006
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You browse the web looking for real advice on how to make money with a website but you always run into these websites that sound great yet deliver nothing. They pitch you a big hype and then you get to the bottom of the page to find out you can learn it all by buying their "Fantastic Amazing e-book that tells you all the secrets of how to get rich on the internet". Here is the real scoop - Real advice on how to do it the honest way from an average guy who is doing it. (No e-book for sale here)

I have been making websites and selling products from and other affiliate programs for several years now. I have made all the mistakes and I have made some money. Here is some honest advice and the steps you need to take to make your site a revenue generating site. You probably won't get rich but you can make some nice income. As with anything else this process is defined by how much work you want to put into your website. I have outlined here the things you need to do and the things you need to think about in order to make a successful small business on the internet with just spending the money for a hosting service. In truth you don't even really need a hosting service. You can do it with just a blog that can be had for free.

If you truly want to make some money with a website then you have to read this complete tutorial. One of the key factors in whether or not you will succeed is whether or not you have the drive to work at it. There is a lot of useful information here -use it!

Overview of the concept - How to do it

The whole concept behind this process is that you have to offer people browsing to your site something of value. There is no point in you making a website with a bunch of links to the amazon website. Why should people go to your site when they can go directly to the Amazon site? You have to make a website that has lots of information about a subject -information that people will want to read. Along with this information you can sell them books and other products from Amazon and other affiliate programs. These programs cost you nothing yet pay you 4% of the selling price or more.

Step 1: Choose a subject that you are passionate about, or at least really enjoy

This is a critical first step in the process. You have to choose a subject that you really like. This ensures that you will keep at your new website. You will have the drive to keep learning about the subject and you will pass this information on to your readers. I guarantee you that if you are passionate about your subject there are plenty of other people out there that are passionate about it too. And they will devour any information about the subject that you put on your website. You will gain the reputation as an expert. They will listen to what you have to say and they will buy items through your website.

Step 2: Fill your site with interesting information about your subject

This is critical. You have to have lots of good content on your site. This is the reason they are coming and the reason why they will check back regularly. Update your site regularly with new information. Every day would be best but once a week would be sufficient. Here are some ideas for content:

-Write articles about your subject

-Write critiques of books, movies or products

-Research good information on the web and offer links to your visitors

-Give how-to tutorials - This one is a real draw -People want to know how to do things. It's one of the biggest reasons why people use the search engines.

-Get feedback from your visitors so you can understand what they are looking for

-Offer them lots of free stuff, wallpaper, pics, essays, links, booklets, ebooks and more

Step 3: Monetize your site

Sign up for several of the free affiliate programs including google adsense, amazon, allposters, video universe and Barnes & Noble and place targeted advertisements on your site. It is very important that you place very targeted ads on your site. People are coming to your site for very specific information about your subject. Do not spam them with unwanted advertisements. Let me give you an example. Let's say you have a tutorial that shows someone how to build a diorama. They came to your site and visitied your tutorial so they could learn how to build a diorama right? They will appreciate you offering them several books that show how to build a diorama or materials and tools for diorama building. You are giving your visitor exactly what he is looking for.

Step 4: Market your site

This step is critical and it is a step that many people don't take. You have to get your website in the public eye. Once your site is up and running you should spend half your time creating new content for your site and half your time marketing your site. Don't be bashful about this. You have created a site that is about a subject you are passionate with a lot of great content. It doesn't matter if the site doesn't look state of the art. If it has great content people will appreciate it. Here are some tips on how to market your site:

-Register with search engines

-Write articles about your subject and submit them to article directories

-Write a blog about your subject

-Visit forums that focus on your subject and write posts. Thiis gives you expert status with the forum members

-Exchange links with other websites that have the same or similar subject

Step 5: Understand the Search Engines and Keywords

This step is very important. People use search engines in very particular ways. They input search terms and the search engine looks for websites that match these search terms. You have to research the search terms that apply to your subject and make sure that your webpages accurately reflect these keywords. This process of optimizing your website is called "Search Engine Optimization"

Step 6: Continue the process of filling your website with interesting and informative content.

This is a never ending process. Your site will never be complete and it will never be too large.

Final Notes

Never focus on how to make money with your website. That's the backward approach. Always focus on what you can offer your web visitor. If you have nothing to offer them why should they visit you? Always think about what they want and what they would find interesting. The money will generate from this.

Your website is about something that you are passionate about. Be patient with it. This process is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time for the search engines and people to find your website and the great information you have there. It could take weeks before you get your first hits and it could take months before you start to see significant traffic. Just keep at it! Early on in this tutorial I advised that you had to have patience and you had to be persistent so I said you should read this whole article. You have done that! Congratulations! Have the confidence to know that you have what it takes to make a successful money earning website.

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