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Once you’ve got your own Bluehost website online (click here for our guide), there’s an endless stream of opportunities to start making money.
It’s not uncommon for committed bloggers to give up their day jobs after a couple of months. I did!
In this guide, I’ll be sharing some of the best ways for you to monetize your website, with plenty of practical tips and resources to get started from day one.
But don’t chase them all at once! I strongly suggest picking one or two from this list that resonates with you and your website – and really focusing on them first.
Let’s get started (in no particular order) with my 20 ways you can monetize a website!
10 ways to make money from your website
1. Affiliate Marketing
Being an affiliate means you promote a product or service to your website’s visitors in return for earning a commission if a purchase occurs through your link.
It is the game-changer idea in your pocket. Neither your products nor your selling platform. You just have to affiliate with people about what you are selling. There are so many websites that offer referrals. Amazon is one of them where you can get extra income by affiliating the products on your website or Application. If you want to learn more about Affiliate marketing you can simply check on YouTube. There are a lot of others like TripAdvisor, Etsy, Nike, Godaddy, Hostinger, etc.
Then simply include an affiliate link when mentioning products from your chosen partners on your website. See our full guide on getting started and making money with affiliate marketing.
2. Use Skimlinks
Skimlinks is fairly similar to Awin (and other affiliate networks), in that it allows you to earn commission on purchases made through links on your site.
The key difference is that, as well as allowing you to create individual affiliate links as and when you’d like, Skimlinks can also be installed on your website to automatically monetize your content.
If you link to a merchant in your content that’s part of the Skimlinks network, Skimlinks will automatically convert the link into an affiliate link!
You’ll get paid if a visitor makes a purchase via your link, and commissions vary from 2% – 10%.
3. Banner Ads
Taboola is another increasingly popular service for bloggers monetizing their content. It works by displaying relevant articles (rather than banners) from advertisers on their network.
These networks will pay you every time a visitor clicks on an advert (cost per click, or CPC), or per 1,000 impressions (cost per impression, or CPM).
You can also sell banner ads directly to companies with relevant products/services. This option can be much more profitable as, not only will you set the rates yourself, but the advertiser will (hopefully) know that your audience is one that they’d like to target!
4. Text Link Advertising
Offer basic text links to an advertiser’s website (in-content advertising) and charge a fixed rate per month (e.g. £20). Alternatively, you could charge per click.
5. Sell to Your Audience
The biggest regret we hear from bloggers is not starting an email list sooner.
So get an account with AWeber from day one to capture your audience and communicate with them after they’ve left the site.
You can then email them with recommended products that they might be interested in (affiliate promotion), and earn various commissions if they sign up or buy something.
6. Publish Sponsored Products
Sponsored posts, sometimes known as advertorials, are adverts in the form of an article, usually containing the advertiser’s website link.
An advertiser may send you the article, but if you can write the content for them, you’ll be quids up as you can charge for your time too.
You can earn £35 to £200+ for a sponsored post, depending on your website’s popularity.
Join blogger network groups on Facebook and share your website, as that’s where the advertisers are looking.
Note: Advertising regulations state if you’re paid to publish an article on your site by a third party, you must always write “Sponsored Post” on the page somewhere.
7. Review Products
This one is especially applicable if you’ve got a niche readership, like new parents or keen gamers.
But even if your readers aren’t from a specific pool, you can still get on the product-testing gravy train. As long as you’re happy to write a review of the product after trying it out, companies will be more than happy to send some freebies your way – and possibly even pay you!
Sign up with Toluna as soon as possible to receive the latest opportunities.
8. Sell Digital Products
eBooks, printables, graphics, templates, and podcasts are all examples of digital products that can help you earn an ongoing passive income from your site.
You could charge around £2.99 for a 5,000-word eBook – it doesn’t sound like much, but 20 eBook sales per month will soon add up.
Check out the Envato Marketplace for inspiration and ideas.
9. Sell Physical Products
Use your website as a base to sell your own physical products too. For example, you can create designs for t-shirts or mugs with Zazzle – perhaps even with your site’s branding on it, if you think people would buy it.
But wherever you’re selling, just make sure you link to the marketplace from your site – straight off the bat, that’ll give you an advantage over the other sellers on the platform.
10. Include a Business Directory
Set up a business directory page, where companies pay you a set fee to have their business listed.
You could charge a monthly or annual listing fee and charge anything between £20 – £500 (and beyond) per year, depending on your site’s traffic levels.
For example, say you had a website reviewing sound systems. Assuming that sites like Amazon are probably already pretty popular, you could charge independent retailers (both offline and online) to feature on a page listing places that sell top-of-the-range speakers.