33 Ways To Monetize your Website

Ways to monetize a site

Updated 3rd of January, 2015 by Robert Mening.

Making money from your website one day isn’t a myth.

In fact, turning a part-time, hobby blog into an income generating asset is fairly common with a bit of luck and some hard work.

At the very least, you should be able to make enough to cover your basic expenses for a domain and hosting. You might even be able to replace your income (and then some).

Keep in mind that the strategies listed below range from easy and passive, to ones that require a TON of on-going work (so make sure you pick something that suits your site and lifestyle preferences).

There are 33 total tips in this guide, but let’s start with the ten most popular (and predictable) site monetization tips.

10 most popular ways to monetize your website

Making money from your website isn’t easy. But these ten tips are probably your best bet.

1) Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular (not to mention quickest) ways to make money from your website or blog.

Here’s how it works:

Start by finding a product you like and would recommend. Then on your website, you endorse the product and promote it to your website visitors and email subscribers. If the product or service resonates with these people, they’ll click on your affiliate link, purchasing the product (while you get a split of the sale price).

The commission might be anywhere from 30% of the product or service price, up to as high as 70%. So for example, if the split is 50% and you promote an e-book that costs $100, you’ll get $50 for simply referring the buyer. Pretty sweet deal, huh?!

Where can I find products to promote?

  • Commission junction – offers reliable products with on-time payments.
  • ShareASale – mostly clothes, accessories, and other offline goods.
  • Clickbank – high percentage payouts, but there’s a lack of GOOD products to promote.

 

2) Pay Per Click Advertising

AdWords are the advertisements that show up on the top of Google search result pages.

AdSense is the reverse, allowing publishers (which includes bloggers and other website owners like yourself) to tap into Google’s immense advertising network so that other advertisers can run ads on their website.

The best part about this system is how simple everything is.

Once you sign up, Google will place a simple code on your website that will identify the content of your site and start displaying relevant advertisements. For example, if your site is about pets (dogs & cats), Google AdSense will start showing your visitors ads for cat food, dog training and more.

You get paid each time someone clicks on the ad. (Yes, it’s really that easy!)

Your cut might be anywhere from $0.50 to $5 per click. However, when your site has enough traffic, you can make hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) each month.

How to apply for for Google Adsense?

  • Apply for AdSense – Before applying, make sure you keep up with their latest Terms Of Service, though. Google has very strict rules, so it’s hard to get (and stay) approved.

 

3) Selling Ad Space

Incorporating Google’s AdSense on your website is just one way to make money from online advertisements.

Another is to simply sell your own ad space directly to companies looking to sponsor different blogs. For example, you can come up with a price for each space, like: advertising_on_website“Sidebar banner ads will cost $xxx per month”.

You can get paid depending on how many visitors you get. Typically this is quoted as a dollar amount per one thousand impressions (or CPM). So for example, you might see it as: $5 CPM. If the website gets 100,000 visits a month, that ad price translates into $500 bucks.

The good thing about this approach is that if your site gets a ton of traffic from different sources, your simple banner ad pricing can go up to as high as $5000 per month! However, the obvious downside is that if your site doesn’t get a lot of traffic, you can’t expect to earn as much either.

The other common method when selling ad space directly from your website is a simple direct price. Here you simply name a price (based on what you think it’s worth, relative to what the competition might be charging), and get paid upfront at the beginning of each month. This pricing is also generally a simple flat fee, not tied to a Cost Per Click like AdSense.

Where can I let others know that my website is selling ad space?

 

4) Sell your own digital product (ebook for example)

You have the potential to make the most money on a per sale basis when you can sell your own directly.

That’s because there’s no middle-man or person in between you and the buyer that’s taking a ‘cut’ from the money earned.

This approach seems fairly straightforward because you can simply sell these products directly through your website and get paid immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple in reality.

Creating good products that are well made and polished require a ton of time and additional resources (like design, content, etc.). So there’s a lot of ‘hidden costs’ in both time spent or contractors to collaborate with. Selling your own products on your site also bring up problematic issues like payment gateways (how are you going to collect payment?), shipping (how are you going to mail or distribute the products?) and taxes (oh man, don’t get me started).

And if that doesn’t sound like enough work already, you’ll also need a well designed, persuasive landing page to make sure your product has a strong conversion rate.

Additional resources:

How to sell products on your website.

How to set up a PayPal “Buy Now” button on WordPress

 

5) Donation / Becoming a sponsor

Don’t have a ton of monthly visits, but you do have a strong, engaged community? Simply ask your readers to donate!

Accepting one-off donations isn’t a fast road to wealth, however, it can help you cover expenses in the short-term if people like what you have to say and want to support your journey.

For example, PayPal offers little donation buttons that only take about ten minutes to add to your website, offering you a quick way to recoup what you might be spending on hosting, new product creation, research, and all of the other costs to maintain a healthy, active blog.

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For example, web.archive.org makes a lot of money from donations (most likely due to their millions of visitors per month).

How to set up donation buttons?

 

6) Accept sponsored posts & articles

One of the common threads to making more money from your website means getting those visit and pageviews numbers UP.

Once you’ve done the hard work of building steady traffic to your site with an engaged community, there are a few different ways to monetize your hard work.

For example, many companies go out of their way to look for blogs that will feature their sponsored content. ‘Native advertising‘ like this works well because it still lines up with your site’s primary content, so it comes across relevant and transparent.

You can also review the products from a company in an ‘advertorial’ that’s part content, part advertisement. For example, if your website is all about the latest iOS games for iPhones and iPads, the creator of one of those ads would LOVE to have you review and feature their app to your fans.

When done right, this can create a win/win scenario. However done poorly, with irrelevant or inauthentic site content, and it can erode all of the reader’s goodwill you’ve worked so hard to create in the first place.

For further reading:

 

7) Generate ‘leads’ for other companies

Businesses thrive off new leads coming in their door to inquire about their products or services.

It’s no surprise then that they’re always on the lookout, searching for creative ways to find new sources of leads to help them grow.

For example:

Let’s say you have a website about teaching math skills. Your reader’s information (like their email address or phone number) would be of great value to different online schools who’re looking to sell their courses to eager, proactive students.

Basically, you’re connecting the dots; playing the matchmaker by introducing two parties who can benefit one another. While it’s similar to how affiliate marketing works, in this case it doesn’t actually matter if your reader ends up purchasing their product or not. They’re just looking for an introduction at this point.

Where can I find such offers?

 

8) Build an ‘Email List’

Spend any amount of time reading blog growth tips, and you’re sure to come across people saying “the money’s in the list“.

They’re referring to your email list, which comprises your most loyal readers. The objective is to convert as many strangers who visit your site for the first time into passionate followers who want to stay up-to-date on your latest work or content.

Admittedly this is a long term strategy (and you definitely won’t get rich overnight). But it’s one of the best, long-term methods to profitably growing your blog into a full-fledged, money making enterprise.

Never lose sight of the importance in creating relationships with your followers, however. Offering great information or free help is a perfect way to start. Spamming people with unsolicited offers is one of the fastest ways to abuse reader’s trust and sabotage your long-term goals.

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How exactly does it work?

9) Set up an online store

Websites don’t have to be just content. They can be centered around tools or products in an online store.

Be forewarned, though:

There are literally hundreds of thousands of eCommerce websites or online stores. Make sure that yours is filling a unique niche, with a detailed strategy and the latest marketing techniques to stand out from the crowd.

How do I create a successful online store/shop?

 

10) Sell your site to someone else

Believe it or not, there’s almost always a market out there for your website.

That means if you’ve built up a following  (or possibly even sold a few products or included advertising on your site), you might be able to sell it to someone else and make a quick buck.

To be honest, I typically don’t suggest people plan on flipping their website or blog. (I’m a bigger fan of creating something for the long term.)

But you can’t deny how lucrative it can be. For example, if your website is making $500 per/month through selling ad space, you might be able to sell the site for $5,000 – $10,000 (which is about 12x – 22x monthly income).sellwebsite

Another interesting option is to sell ready-made sites, These are MUCH cheaper, but there’s still some money to be made.

Where can I sell my site?

We’ve counted down some of the most popular ways to earn money from your website.

However, we’re only just scratching the surface.

Below are another 23 ways to make money with your website.

(Keep in mind that some of them are slightly connected with the ones above yet they are little ‘out of the box’.)

 

Another 23 ways to monetize your website

 

11) Sell text-link ads – There’s still a demand for text-links ads (believe it or not). But please keep in mind that these violate Google’s Terms of Service (which means you run the risk of getting penalized).

12) Set up “infolinks” – Infolinks are a great alternative to AdSense advertisements, that are very easy to setup. However, the downside is that they aren’t high converting, and the payouts (on a per click basis) are also quite small.

13) Use monetization widgets – These are also very similar to Google Adsense, so they’re worth trying out as an alternative.

14) Set up RSS feed ads. – Exactly what they sound like. Ad space for sale in-line with content from an RSS feed.

15) Give away premium content for extra $$$ – If you are producing mind-blowing, awesome content that visitors can’t get enough of… you can always try asking them to pay for some of it! (Crazy concept, huh?!) I’m personally fine with paying for premium content. However, don’t ask people to pay right away. Instead, stay focused on growing an audience and visitors first.

16) Start a private forum or coaching class(es) – Most of us have unique skills that others can benefit from. Setting up a simple forum or classes is an easy way to (a) help others and (b) generate recurring income at the same time.

17) Create a job board – Setting up a job board on your website is another simple, easy way to collect additional money when people accepting different job offers from various companies or individuals.

18) Offer consulting – Offering consulting gigs and providing services can help you bring in decent sums of money while other forms of ‘passive’ revenue take a little time to build up. You can offer these services via email, forum and or even Skype.

19) Add “hire me” page on your website – Your new website or blog is also a perfect place to feature your freelancing services. Showcasing samples or evidence of past work will help greatly increase your chances of getting hired.

20) Sell or rent internal pages – These aren’t very common, however, you might be surprised at what people would be willing to rent or spend money on!

21) Display pop-ups advertisements – Pop-ups can be extremely annoying. However, they’re also another easy way to make some quick money.

22) Use content lockers – ‘Content locking’ is similar to hiding or protecting pieces of content until a visitor takes some action to redeem it. For example, maybe you want them to pay a small amount, or perhaps click on an advertisement.

23) Display audio ads – These are relatively new and are becoming increasingly more common. Personally, I haven’t tried it. But I have read some articles and it definitely looks promising.

24) Sell an e-book – This one is a no-brainer. Many people sell e-books through their site. Some examples: If you have a website about recipes and cooking, you can easily create and sell your own recipe book. The same applies in almost every single other niche.

25) Create a conference around your website – Lots of work, but a huge potential payoff as well.

26) Set up a teaching program – Kinda like a cross between selling your own content and offering consulting or services.

27) Host paid webinars – Similar to the last tip, which is largely a mix of consulting through content.

28) Create a membership site – Yet another tier on the ‘info-business’ model that has the added benefit of bringing in recurring revenue.

29) Offer coupons (with affiliate links) – People are eagerly looking for discount & promo codes for everything from clothes to travel vacations. If you can (find and) offer a valid one, you can also get a cut of the revenue too.

30) Host polls on your website – Hard to believe, but easy to do!

31) Offer writing gigs – You can easily make $20 – $30 per 500-word articles writing for other companies or individuals. There’s also a huge potential for fluent speakers of different languages, as many companies want their websites translated by those who speak the native language.

32) Create a paid directory/business page – You charge people for listing or submissions to the page.

33) Just copy what others are doing – My personal favourite! 😉

P.S: If you know any other ways to monetize websites, let me know. I’ll add it to the list and credit you by putting your name under it.

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96 Responses to “33 Ways To Monetize your Website”

  1. I’m currently using Adsense to monetize my website. I’m getting around $200 per month from clicks. Do you think I should try affiliate marketing or BuySellAds to grow the revenue? I created my website around May 2013.

    • I think you are doing pretty well. You should definitely try affiliate links on your website. BuySellAds is also an option, but it requires a bit more traffic than regular websites receive.

      Some sites do better with Adsense while some other make a lot more with affiliate marketing.

      By the way, are you also building a list/gathering emails?

    • Hi Amanda,

      Yes, you can monetize WordPress. It doesn’t matter which platform you are using.
      Robert

      • Hi Robert/Amanda…

        I should chime in here and clarify robert’s point on wordpress. If you are hosted on wordpress.com, you cannot use ad sense. If you have separate hosting and are running wordpress yourself, then yes.. you can monetize it.
        Good luck!

    • Yes you heard it right. You cannot monetize free WordPress blogs that you create using wordpress.com. This is because on these free WordPress blogs, you cannot add any JavaScript or third party code. Only sites with a Domain that have been setup using WordPress.org can allow adding such code and thus only these latter type of sites can be used to advertise and make money.

    • they must have meant wordpress.com not wordpress the CMS software that you install on your own hosting server.That would allow total freedom.

  2. Hi Amanda, just curious but how much traffic does your website get on a monthly basis?

  3. This is an interesting collection of ways to make money with your website. A good way is to perhaps focus on one or two methods first before scaling it up.

    • Yep, it’s wise to start off with 1 or 2 methods and then change/replace if needed 🙂

  4. Thanks for listing all the possible ways to make money online. I like google Adsense so far, but I’ll try others as well. Thanks for the tips.

  5. I have just built a new site and looking at ways to monitize it, the information you have provided on this page is very useful. I’m sure I will be getting back you soon on this platform to inform you how much I will be making after implementing your suggestions. Thank you once again.

  6. Also you can use in-image ads on your website. It is a form of contextual advertising where your images are matched with related advertisements. It means that an ad is displayed within an image. It creates additional revenue and easy to set up. For example take a look at imonomy.com products page
    Olga

  7. Hi Robert,
    great guide on how to monetize our websites!

    Selling banners and writing sponsored posts really work for me
    (and freelance writing services).

    Also, I think affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative ways to generate a passive income online.
    However, not every blogger are able to get good money out of it.

    Using the right tools, producing great content, solving your audience needs and problems, choosing relevant products or services to promote are some tips to reach success with affiliate marketing.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I like all the info. that was mentioned. Recently, i just got approved from Adsense having ads to my site. I just want to know, what is your strategy to have more visitors that will also click the ads?

  9. Hi Robert, your article is just spot on! Can’t think of any other ways of monetization (unless spamming can be included, lol). I think for a start before building your own website, one should already have a goal in mind of the general purpose of the site. For an instance, our website is made to promote our web design company; but in exchange, we should also offer valuable content to our audience not only pressuring them to acquire our services or click on profitable ads. Client service before anything else 🙂

  10. What if you’re using AdSense and Commission Junction and still not making much money? I get quite a bit of traffic, but can’t seem to make money off of it, even though my ads are pretty targeted towards my readers.

    • Esther,

      You can combine Adsense with Commission Junction, but you main goal should be building trust in your visitors eyes. Otherwise they just don’t click on your ads/affiliate links and you won’t generate much income. Put more effort in your content and I’m more than sure you’ll see an improvement in your earnings.

      Cheers,
      Robert

  11. Great article !
    I created a site a few months ago and for monetization I am currently using AdSense … but am looking at other options.
    For affiliate marketing I have looked at Commission Junction. Also, what do you think about Amazon Associates?
    Thank you,
    Bob

    • Bob,

      I’ve tried Amazon associate/partner program and it’s pretty good. The only downside is that you’ll earn roughly 4% from the products price, but if you are targeting high-end products; such as laptops, cameras – the 4% can add up pretty big amount of money 🙂

      Robert

  12. Guest blogging can also be one of the best techniques to monetize the blog or website apart from these techniques.

  13. Thanks for the info, what would you recommend to use for building an ad website ?

      • How do you feel about Wix or Weebly? Every time I have tried WordPress it seems impossible to put together and I’m hoping the much easier to use websites like the ones I mentioned also have some tread.

        • If you want to build something great & flexible go with WordPress. Wix & Weebly are pretty limited when it comes to design and they look somewhat “boring” 🙂 But that’s just my thought.

      • I run a website that concerns itself with aircraft maintenance, and do “How to” videos geared toward what aircraft owners/pilots can do to their aircraft. How would you recommend I get several large parts suppliers to pay commissions on their parts sold on my site?

        • Hi Eric,

          This is interesting niche to be in. Here’s what I would do:
          1) Check if ebay sells those kinds of large parts. If so, you could sign up to their partner program and earn 5% from the sales you make.
          2) Get in touch with aircraft parts suppliers and see if they are interested in new clients/buyers. If they are, simply ask for a commission fee.

          Hope this helps
          Rob

  14. Hello Robert,

    Thank you for the useful information. I am using Google adsense in my site, but I couldn’t earn anything from them even after optimizing it. I only receives approx 50 page-views per day. Could you refer me some tips that would help me.

    • Praveen,

      50 page views per day isn’t much, but you could try affiliate marketing to see if it over-performs Adsense.

  15. I appreciate all the good info in your article. I am looking for a good rule of thumb for charging for banner and link ads. My website is the world’s most popular in the field of speech/language pathology, with 6.1 million hits worldwide. The most popular message board on the site has attracted 650 unique visitors from 8 countries, and has 3,000 page views in 5 days. I am sure I can find businesses in the field to advertise, but don’t know how to figure charge and terms. Can you advise or point me to resources that can help? I feel like I am wasting opportunity every day and want to start earning some money through this site, while keeping it free for visitors to use. Thank you.

      • Hi Robert

        I’m currently rebuilding my website after it was hacked and restroyed by spammers.

        I’m planning to offer banner ads and am drafting a media pack and rate card at the moment.

        Would you mind sending me a similar message to the one you sent Pat (above)?

        Thanks

        Jamie

  16. Hello Robert,

    I just went through your post on ways of monetizing the website. You have just posted some of the best methods of monetization and I was exactly looking for such methods to monetize my blog because getting approval from Google Adsense is not easy nowadays.

    Thanks for the great post.

    Sabrez Alam

  17. Hi,

    I own a number of sites. 4 of them alone generate about 4 mill pageviews a month between them. But I can’t seem to find any decent ad networks, and make less than $500 a month for all of those beautiful pageviews. Any pointers you can give me?

    • Hey Rich,

      Shoot me an email to robert(at)websitesetup(dot).org
      I’ll give you some pointers.
      Robert

    • Rich,

      4 million pageviews per month is huge 🙂 Congratulations for that.
      Have you tried Adsense or affiliate marketing – they both could work well.

      Best,
      Robert

      • Hi! New to this. (sorry for the ‘late’ comment).
        What about pay per view ad? I know they make less but if this guy has 4 mil views that could be an easy way to make some cash?
        Thanks for the article!

    • Try Project Wonderful. If they’ll accept you, their advertisers bid for space on your site based on traffic and views, not clicks. I found they work well as a partner to Adsense.

  18. Right on read, Robert. I am pretty well versed on the majority of methods you provide or touch on… however, the one I want to learn the most about “Content Locking” goes to an inactive link. My independent search isn’t doing much better. Is there something on the serious downside to this monetization method? Can you lead me to something that provides; pros, cons, and/or the how-tos of Content Locking?

    Your information is very interesting. I will be back.

  19. Robert,

    Pat had a great question regarding trying to determine how much to charge for banner ads on her site. Is there any information that you can share on the topic?

  20. I am absolutely thrilled that I found you today! I am a 50 something female that didn’t inherit the techy gene. What I have read so far today makes sense where as many of the others haven’t or they want you to pay for their service. I don’t have a problem with doing that, however the level I am at and circumstances I am not able to do that and have been trying to figure it out on my own without much success. Looking forward to getting to know you!
    Marilyn Foster

  21. Thanks for the post. Very informative for a newbie like me. I was wondering in order to apply as an affiliate for Amazon (or any affiliate for that matter) do they require a certain amount of traffic from you? Should I wait to apply as an affiliate until I build up more traffic or is it OK to go ahead and apply in order to start right away? Thanks!

    • Hi Wayne,

      From my experience, it’s pretty easy to get accepted to the Amazon affiliate program. But it’s a bit smarter to sign up once your site has some traffic and content on it.

  22. What are some options for what would be considered adult content? Not porn but may have nudity from a submission post to site? Possibly some profanity?

    • Hi Troy,

      Google Adsense doesn’t allow you to show any nude images. So if your blog/website has nude pictures, you won’t be accepted to their advertising network.

    • Sure, why not. It doesn’t matter whether your domain ends with .org, .com or .net.

      • Thank you for your reply Robert. I have one more question. Does google prioritize (rank) .org websites in comparison to .com and other extensions?

        • Hi Vivek,

          If you are aiming for visitors all over the world, the domain extension doesn’t matter. (.com isn’t more prioritised than .org or .net). They are all equal to each other.

  23. Recently, I have started getting about 3-4000 hits a week. I am a musician/singer and I’m interested in making money on some sort of advertising revenue. I’m branching out into doing weddings, and more parties, and have recently become a notary so I can perform the wedding as well. Any ideas?

    • You can always offer different services on your site. I can’t guarantee they’ll be converting well into clients, but it’s a one way to do it. Just add a “services” or “hire me” link at the top of your menu.

    • You can, but I suggest you to keep your site not too fuzzy with different ads. Your site trust factor goes down…

  24. Can you also do a pay per click link? Such as, set up a web directory on your site, to where you can place a logo or simply just the website of said subject for directory itself and get paid anytime someone clicks on it? For example, you have a sports directory website and include a link with a logo to MLB. Would you be able to get paid anytime someone clicks on this link? Thank you for your feedback, nice website you have here.

    • You could set up a paid directory. If it’s legitimate and gets some traffic then businesses are okay by paying some money for their listing. I’m not so sure about the click = $ thing, but you could test that out and let me know how it goes 🙂
      Robert

  25. Why not sell a website or design a few just for this purpose to sell. Interesting concept. I’m currently using adsense. Good information, easy to read and understand! Thanks!

    • If you know how to build websites with WordPress then why not? Just make sure you built something that your clients would be proud of 😉

  26. Great post Robert, thank you for all the information. I just recently started my blog and I am looking to drive more traffic as I am building my content. Do you have any advice or recommendations on how to improve my blog?

  27. Hi Robert just starting, and no I’m not as smart as a fifth grader!
    Will let you know how following the directions on your site turns out. All in…going to start with an art blog, and then make a webpage to sell art products does that sound like a sensible plan?

  28. Hi Robert. Thanks for sharing these useful website monetization tips. I followed your tutorial on building websites using wordpress, and I’m thinking of building one. But I live in LIBERIA, a country that doesn’t have credit card system and is not supported by paypal. How I’m I gonna get paid for my ads. I’m a kind of worried.

  29. Hi Robert,
    This is a great article. I like it very much. You have explained everything very clearly. Very helpful, indeed. Thanks !

  30. Each weekly blog post averages anywhere between 2,000-4,000 reads. I’m interested in applying for Google Adsense, but not the savvy when it comes to getting the code on my website. Is it easy enough to do myself?

  31. Great article, I currently have a blog and website that I monetize with Adsense. However, I would really like to increase my revenue so I’m looking for ways to do so that will not violate Google’s TOS. Can you please offer me some insight? The money I make from Adsense used to be 1,000-1300 now it has decreased significantly 600-700 if I’m lucky. I really need help because I am not in a great place with my business, well I’m not where I want to be and doubt, and frustration are almost about to defeat me when I have come so far. Can you email me or reply here with suggestions. Thank you in advance and for your insight. I honestly need it because I do NOT want to throw in the towel.

  32. Hi Robert,
    We have just created a new website and looking for ways to create some revenue. Would like to link up with a suitable supplier to sell items online to our members, can you suggest what commissions we should be able to negotiate from sales of this kind?

    • Very hard to say. Depends on the price of the items you’re going to sell. But I’d say anywhere from 5% to 30% is good 🙂

  33. Thank you for taking time clarifying gray areas I had in mind in creating a website and for the many valuable tips in my journey to embark in tapping this avenue as a possible source of passive income.

    Kudos to you Robert..

  34. Hi Robert,
    I really appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into this list; thanks for the time it took.
    A couple of things; 1.for monetization, I know you can make money legally with other people’s rss feed content on your site; my question is if you create an rss feed for a site that doesn’t have one using something like page2rss.com, can you legally monetize that on your site? Does the content owner have to be in charge of the feed like a normal rss? Most likely I’m guessing.
    2.What are your thoughts on mopub for ad revenue vs google adsense?

    And to Rick above, 4million page views is nothing to sneeze at, congrats on that.

  35. Amazing and professional article. Thank you so much. Two quick questions for you.

    Affiliate Marketing : Imagine this scenario. A user clicks on a affiliate link, they love the product but only purchase it a week later. Do I still get credit for the sale?

    Selling Ad Space : I’ve received interest from an advertiser who likes my site and wants to sell their product on my website. How do I got about deciding how much to charge them? If I earn about 1500$ a month via adsense, I was thinking of asking for 2000$ a month for all the ad spaces on the site. Does that make sense? Any tips?

    Thanks

    • Hi Adrian,

      Affiliate Marketing: Depends on the cookie duration. Some affiliate programs offer 30, some 60 days of cookies. I’d say that you’ll still get credited for the sale unless the buyer users some other affiliate link after he have used yours.

      Ad Space: This makes perfectly sense 🙂

  36. Hi Robert. Thanks for the article!
    I hope you can help me figure out what to do. I have a youtube channel with excel tutorial, it’s doing pretty good however, I’m getting lots and lots of questions and e-mails asking for help with different excel problems.

    I also have a website with some basic information and files to download and use with the youtube videos.
    I don’t want to monetize that website, but I’d like to ask for a donation whenever I solve an excel problem through e-mail. I thought about using a donation button from paypal and pasting it to my e-mails however I read that you can only use that button if you’re a nonprofit, and that’s not my case.

    I also don’t want to use a buy now button cause I don’t want to set a price for my help, I just want people to decide if they want to donate and how much they want to donate.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Manuel,

      Yep, you’d need to be nonprofit organization to take donations, but if the amounts aren’t big – let’s say less than $200 monthly then I think you can connect it with your personal PayPal account. You can be creative 🙂 You don’t need to use “Buy Now”.

      Use this instead: “If you liked my content, buy me a beer for $5” – in that way it would look like a donation and not buying something. Hope this helps!

  37. Great read and thanks for publishing! My wife is in the process of starting a website and will need to monetize her site. This will give her a nice jump point to get started!

  38. In reference to suggestion (7) of 10 most popular ways to monetize your website, How do I create a link on a website to lead a person to a university and/or college and receive pay in return? Thank you.

    • Hi Nathan,

      Search for “College affiliate programs” or “University affiliate programs”. Additionally, you could get in touch with the university directly and then ask them if they have an affiliate program. Hope that helps.

    • Amazon pays roughly 2-4% of each sale. If you’re selling high-end items, I’m sure there some money to be made 🙂

  39. Wow. Thank you for all the time you have taken to provide answers to the many comments here. I have read every one!
    I now have a general question that I hope you can address. My husband recently started a travel story/advice website in his first language, Spanish. He hopes to attract Google AdSense to it, but he understands that it will take time. I have just registered my own English site with SiteGround to offer the same content in English, but I don’t yet have an actual framework/theme for it. I’m not too concerned about that, as I can see that many themes would be suitable. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the details and mechanics of getting this going, however. I don’t want to stumble now if I can do it right, even if it takes a bit longer. My husband’s brother-in-law started his own site a few years ago in Italy and began to make a very lot of money. He then increased his efforts to several more sites, which made him even more money, but then the profits started to fall. My husband and I suspect that he actually decreased his own traffic with the new sites. We would like to have one quality site in 2 languages, which hopefully make money later; but we aren’t greedy and I feel strongly about creating decent content. (If you look at his current site, you will see that the articles are very long. We now realize they have to be shorter going forward!) If you have any advice for us, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance!

  40. Number 33 is cute 🙂

    Good article thanks for a needed overview.

    Now, for the rest of your blog..

    🙂

  41. You can also monetize your traffic with surveys. Our company specializes in this field, and we can implement our iFrame on any site / game / app where users are keen to earn a reward. For example; premium content – pay to read OR complete a survey, or in game items; pay with PayPal OR complete a survey to earn coins.

    Surveys don’t necessarily convert as highly as other offers, but they have the advantage of being nearly endless in supply. You won’t make millions, but couple of dollars for sure 🙂

  42. This is a good list. I want to ask about number 31 which is about writing.

    For 500 words many people are offering 1 or 2 dollars. Expecting up to 30$ per 500 words is not true. Who pays 30$ for 500 words?

    • It’s ALL about quality.
      I’ve paid $100 for 500 words – I know people who have paid even more. That’s not a biggie for me if the quality is good. It’s not always about money, it’s about quality 🙂

  43. Some really awesome ways to create money online! For me, freelancing and paid consulting services have worked really well but you have given plenty of solid ideas to grow my business to the next level. I’m definitely going to try creating more products to sell to my clients and grow my business.