Earn cash from your website

I am developing this website with simple aim – help other people like me create their own website (be it a simple blog, a company website or an online store, doesn’t matter) and at the same time get more hands-on experience that will be useful for some other, future online projects. Now, I do not know what motivated you to consider the idea of creating your website in the first place. For me, it can be awesome for many reasons. This is what comes to my mind when I ask myself …

“Hey, why would you need a website? ”

  1. A side project that is yours and yours only, where You are the boss 🙂 For those of us used to working in hierarchical structures of corporations, having another part time activity where we are truly in charge can be quite satisfying – even if there is no financial profit in it.
  2. Self – development. Now, I am not a big fan (to put it mildly) of all the ‘work giving you self-development opportunities, challenges and satisfaction so be grateful and don’t mention money’ corporate stuff. But having built this website, even knowing that it is absolutely nothing to brag about, honestly gave me a satisfaction. From being a complete ignorant to being able to setup a website that actually works, I see it as a small, but still – an accomplishment 😉
  3. Share your interests with others. Many of us have a hobby that we like to talk about with friends, colleagues at work, people with same interests. Simple reason, we all enjoy discussing topics that we are excited about. Now imagine that you with your website you can do that with people basically all around the world, exchange opinions, get and give advice, whatever you like – this is a fantastic platform for meeting fellow enthusiasts.
  4. Earn (real) money. Now, I do not intend to downplay the reasons above, but truth be told, getting some profits from website is perhaps the strongest motivation for many people (including myself). How to monetize is a hot topic right now and I bet it is not going to change anytime soon. Lot of us are thinking about financial freedom, passive income, escaping 9-7 and so on, I am sure you know it perfectly. I have read a lot (a lot) about this topic – books, blogs, Youtube, forums – as the idea to earn additional money online really gives me a kick. Wouldn’t you like, say, extra 5000 USD per month, spending 2 hours weekly? I bet you do. And such a profit is in fact not at all impressive in online activities. Take some time and it’s really not hard to find examples of ordinary guys (not tech geeks mastering coding) building websites which actually made them rich.

So let’s stick to motivation #4 …

Earning money from your website

First I propose you to check just a couple examples to get a glimpse what can be achieved : 

Also here a very exhaustive and interesting success story :

https://nichesiteproject.com/success-stories/project-go-white-hat/

I notice a common thread in the passive income success stories – it requires a solid effort to get the business started, but later much less attention is needed to sustain it running. So it’s like an investment of your time, which after a while brings profits kind of all by itself. And worth underlining is the fact that you really don’t need special skills to achieve similar success – obviously we are reading about smart people who make cool money online, but let’s be honest – you don’t need a PhD in nuclear physics or have business skills of Elon Musk to do that. So if you ask yourself “Do I have what it takes?”, honestly – yes, you do, no questions about it.

Below I list just a few, easiest to start online business ideas. They all have low entry requirements: just a minimal cash to invest and no expert tech skills needed. Really, only point blocking you from trying to build your online business in these domains would be a lack of will 😊

Few ideas

  1. Get advertising revenue from your blog or YouTube channel Key here is an attractive content. Doesn’t matter what your topic is – how to change high beam bulbs in BMW E90? reviews of latest flight simulation games? funny cat videos? – all are perfect options. Literally every subject will work as long as it is a quality and interesting content and has potential to draw audience. If your YouTube videos or blog posts draw a big audience, you may be able to make decent money from advertising with Google AdSense. Here businesses pay to advertise around your content. How much you can earn depends simply on how good you are at producing interesting content / videos that will draw traffic.
  2. Make money from your blog or YT channel as an affiliate Just as for advertising, key requirement here is to have a blog or channel that gets decent traffic – meaning attractive content. Once you have it, you can make money by joining an affiliate network. Affiliates (that’s you) get paid when someone clicks through from the website to the partner site and buys something there. There are bloggers and youtubers making a lot of money this way. We got to be aware that it can take quite a while to build an audience, also creating regular content is vital, but this monetizing strategy has a big potential for profits. Once you have an online presence that draws a healthy number of visitors each month you need to apply for and be approved by an affiliate marketing network (examples: CJ Affiliate, ShareASale, FlexOffers or Amazon Associates  — add links) NOTE: Both advertising and affiliate marketing are ways of earning cash that are based on content attracting a steady stream of visitors. What if you are not into blogging or video publishing? There are some other options for online business worth considering.
  3. Sell your wares on Etsy In case you enjoy working on home-made artisan goods (think woodworks, jewelry, paintings, pottery, decorations, knitting and so on) you can sell your goods on Etsy. [link] It is the most popular site for artisans selling their goods. It may appear to be a limited, niche business, but in reality it’s the opposite. Etsy has Etsy over 80 million active buyers and grossed over $10 billion in merchandise sales in 2020. So while it might take quite a while for customers to find you, the demand is definitely big enough to welcome your merchandise as well.
  4. Sell your photographs Photography is a popular hobby and many people enjoy taking interesting and high quality photos of whatever they are into … exotic voyages, sport events, cars, animals, people, nature, you name it. Now why not turn your photographs into cash? It’s actually very easy, via dedicated sites like Fine Art America, which lets you upload your images for sale. Other marketplaces for photographers include SmugMug, 500px and PhotoShelter. Just like with home-made merchandise, prospective buyers need to find you — and like your work – but the demand is unlimited.
  5. Earn commission from Amazon Associates This is a very popular way to earn cash online. The idea is very simple – you direct your website visitors to a product (any product) sold on Amazon via a special link and if they purchase it you earn a commission. Of course just showing a number of products on your blog and hoping that your visitors will click on the link and proceed to check-out. It doesn’t work this way, as it offers no advantage over browsing the products directly on Amazon. Instead, what you need is a high quality, useful and engaging content built around the category of products your readers are interested in. Example: you wish to earn commission on sleeping mattresses that reduce back pain. Publish a post with good tips to sleep better at night, and one of them would be to get a good mattress. Other classic content strategies include buyer guides with product details, “Best of” listing multiple products, “Best under $50”, product feature comparisons etc. Key point is really the quality of content. Copy-paste of product reviews found on other pages are pathetic and simply won’t work. On the other hand, if you make effort and come up with info actually helping your visitors to make an informed purchase, a success is only a question of time.
  6. Sell your website There is also an option to monetize your website by simply selling it to someone else. If you manage to build a loyal audience (consistent traffic) but at some moment in time decide that you’d rather concentrate on something else, then you can put some cash in your pocket on the exit. Perhaps you are aware of it, or maybe not, but there is a booming market for websites / online businesses sales. You can take a glimpse at one such marketplace: https://flippa.com/  You will be amazed. Just a glimpse of possible results :

I would also strongly recommend you consult the following links to get fantastic free resources on the monetization topic: nichehacks.com onlinemediamasters.com

Just a little idea to share at the end. If you are worried about lack of free time to pursue your own online business, I just want to tell you that it was my #1 doubt before starting this website. I work full time at corporation, later spend as much time as possible with my children (family is my top priority, always have put it before career) on top of that do sports regularly, meet my parents and friends, heck also watch Netflix pretty much every evening ; ) I scratched my head thinking no way am I going to handle any more workload without sacrifice, and yet I found a solution that worked for me. You are free to laugh at it (I expect you will 😊 ), but I call this approach …

The Power of Half an Hour

Simply put, I have made a decision – and respected it !! – to spend 30 min, 4 to 5 days per week (weekends excluded, I am not Iron Man) on my project, creating this and others websites. 30 min is perfect for me, enough to complete one or two chunks of work and not too long to make me feel tired in the evening – no sacrifice at all. The truth is, if I wouldn’t spend this time in the evening on my projects, 99.99% chance is that I would watch Netflix a bit longer 😊 It does not impact my time for family at all, I do not take away this time from valuable things. The key here is to be consistent and disciplined, no excuses for skipping the task. Then the math is simple: 30 min / day x 5 days = 2.5 h per week. 11 h per month. 130 h per year. It may sound like not much, but it’s not like we are trying to build another Facebook or Google right? Count 3 hours for a decent post blog. 130 h / 3 gives you over 40 posts – so you have a comprehensive website that will draw potentially thousands of visitors. In just 1 year, without any compromises for your lifestyle.

Give it a try !

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