So, how do you actually make money from a website? Think of a website or a blog as something similar to a newspaper or television station. Much of what you make will come from different forms of advertising displayed on your website. You can also sell products created by you or by somebody else. Here are a few different avenues to make money from your blog:
Larger enterprises can hire an agency or full-time staff member to run their social media accounts, but small businesses often have to handle their own social media marketing. With so many responsibilities, business owners are often too busy, overwhelmed or undereducated about the importance of a social media presence to spend time developing and implementing a great social media strategy. As a social media consultant, you can help small businesses determine the best tactics, posting schedules and content for their target audience. As their follower count grows, so will your business.
For example, Amazon affiliates can potentially rake in obscene amounts of commission dollars if they work at it. Simply sign up as an affiliate to sell a company’s products using your special referral link, and you can get a commission for each product sold without lifting a finger. Commission ranges from product to product and also goes up in stages according to how many products sales your clicks generate. The top commission tier is 8%. That adds up to some serious amounts of cash each month if you’re promoting products with that high rate of commission ( Home & Garden is one such product area with high commissions).
I’m so happy for you and also for Greg for being able to leave his “day job” and join you in your endeavors. I would never be never be critical of someone’s success and unfortunately, feel there is a real class war raging in this country, promoted by our current presidential administration. I guess you could count me in as one of your nosy readers, because as someone who doesn’t blog, I know very little about income opportunities that are created due to blogging. During New York Fashion Week, last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about fashion bloggers making money by being affiliated with certain fashion labels or stores and receiving income each time a person clicks on their links, which I imagine is just one way you can earn money with this type of blog as well. I don’t mind that in the least. As long as what you write is honest, I am happy to receive the opinion of someone I THINK might be similar to me in values. So Holly and Greg, dismiss the naysayers and don’t worry if you lose a so-called friend here or there. If they choose to no longer associate with you because of this, it is their loss. My best wishes to you both.
What It Is: Companies like Google and Yahoo give you information to search for, and you tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for. Does a search for Lady Antebellum turn up sites about the music group or links to pre-Civil War period information? If you are Latina, for example, you might be asked to search the way a Spanish speaker might perform a search in English.
How to Get It: GoFluent.com is an English training company working with 12 of the world's largest corporations. There are also jobs out there for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, which are more structured. Visit ISUS (iSpeakUSpeak.com), a placement and training company. While a degree in education or ESL is ideal, you are encouraged to apply if you are enthusiastic and articulate.
No matter which way you do it, it’s passive income—money you earn while you sleep because you put these products up for sale on your website and a customer can buy and download them any time of day or night, automatically. All you have to do is check the sales periodically to see what topics or types of products are selling best so you can make more of those.
If you're serious about making money online, start a blog. Blogging is one of the easiest and most sustainable income sources. As long as the blog is setup the right way, in the right niche, with the right content targeted at the right audience, and the offer is complementary to the content, you could make a tremendous amount of passive income from a blog.
Congratulations to you and Greg! How exciting for the both of you! I certainly know from your success and others that you can make a great living on the internet. Most people think it happens overnight, which like everything, does not. It takes time and effort. You and Greg have worked so hard to get this to place and I’m so proud of you both! And while I don’t blame you for not sharing your income reports, it does make it me sad to hear that people were upset by your success. I’m not. I’m happy for you!
Because smartphones are everywhere, the demand for new and creative apps is increasing in popularity more than ever before. Between Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone market, people are using countless apps everyday. And, most of them are selling right and left. Taking the time to develop and sell a smartphone app may be worth your while since it’s a very lucrative way to earn money online. The apps cost almost nothing to actually develop and don’t involve any shipping or storage costs, which works to expand your overall profit margin. Well performing apps can make thousands in ad revenue each month for their creators, making them another great passive income strategy.
Facebook and Twitter are still the top business networks, but businesses often tend to struggle with more visual platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Snapchat. All of these platforms have huge consumer audiences, but many businesses don't realize how big they really are, how effective they can be and how to make them work for their brand. If you have a background in social media marketing and a passion for photography, focusing your consulting business on one specific platform, like Instagram, can be a great way to make money while helping other businesses improve their content and achieve their business goals.
Thanks for this post, it means a lot and is very encouraging! I started a blog for gaming, crafts, and philosophy. It’s been slow going, but seeing this post only helps encourage me in what I’m doing. Sure it’s a lot of unpaid time now, but I’m building content, connections, and quality. I really enjoy writing and designing its content, and I know that if I work hard enough and provide enough value to my readers, I can turn it into my full-time job!
Hey Maria, why not do both? Having a blog to attract traffic, improve your SEO, build trust, and demonstrate your expertise is a perfect companion for a freelancer site. You could offer your services and also make the blog a centerpiece of your web presence. In addition, you are honing your writing skills and can use those for guest posting on other health/fitness for increased exposure.
Affiliate Advertising: As an affiliate marketer, we promote certain products and services that align with the overall mission of our website. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of our links or banners, we earn a commission on those products or services. These products can range from credit cards to online financial advisors. If you can learn how to do it and promote the right products, affiliate advertising can be very lucrative. To find affiliate programs that fit your niche, simply search one of the many affiliate networks available. Some of our most profitable networks include FlexOffers, ShareASale, and MaxBounty. Click on our links below to search for advertisers and join the programs for free (and we’ll get a small commission if you join…see how that works?).
Holly Johnson is a financial expert and award-winning writer whose obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel plays a central role in her work. In addition to serving as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar, Holly writes for well-known publications such as U.S. News and World Report Travel, Personal Capital, Lending Tree, and Frugal Travel Guy. Holly also owns two websites of her own - Club Thrifty and Travel Blue Book - and is the co-author of Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You'll Love. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest @ClubThrifty.
Super offensive that you’re telling people anyone can be a designer. I’m sorry but you do need a college education. Ever seen designers trying to freelance before college and after college? Yeah it’s not mindless “making it pretty”. There’s actual psychology, research, and marketing training involved. Right from color choices to placement of elements so your eye is directed to a specific goal. But design is an oversaturated market and once you hit 35 you’re considered old and it’s a much bigger struggle to stay in it.
Tons of people have turned to eBay.com to make extra cash. Simply search through the “sold” listings to see the kinds of items that have sold recently and for how much. Whether you start off as a smaller seller like this blogger Yolanda, who is using her eBay profits to pay off her student loans – or whether you become a big player who buys shoes en masse and resells them for a profit, if you like selling and shipping stuff, give it a try.
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When one of your customers makes a purchase, you purchase the product from a third-party company (the drop shipper, usually a manufacturer or wholesaler) for a lower price. This process is as simple as forwarding the order from your customer, a process that can actually be completely automated. (Remember you don't have any risk here of buying inventory because the sale has already been made).
If you have a social media account, try out Klout. The company tracks your social media usage, determines how big and what type of audience you draw based on the subject matter of your updates and posts. Using this information, you’re qualified to receive free items, tickets, etc. Check their website often to find ways of earning free stuff by doing what you’re already doing online…boring the rest of us…
What It Is: What better way to feed your travel bug than to work as a remote travel agent or consultant? Whether part- or full-time, spend your working hours dreaming up itineraries, flight plans, hotels, and activities for clients looking to travel far and wide. Then, take advantage of your discounts (hey, perks of the job) and go wherever your heart desires, whenever your heart desires.
Ebay is a bellwether. It's been around since nearly the start of the online boom. But, like any other platform, success can seem fleeting if you don't know what you're doing. Selling items on eBay, professionally that is, can be an art form. Getting people interested in your auctions isn't always easy, especially when there's hefty competition and low demand for what you're selling.
I’ve read a few of your posts now and I am thoroughly enjoying your blog! 🙂 I find it absolutely ridiculous when people target those who share their income reports. It’s like they don’t get how inspiring and encouraging those of us who are trying to become even somewhat successful working on a blog find them! I don’t like that attitude of “because you make more then me, you should be hated and punished!”
18. CraigsList – Some things don’t ship very well. Other things may make you feel uncomfortable to sell to someone across the country. Anytime you’re selling a large item or something you just don’t want to ship, Craigslist is a great place to go. It’s simple to list your item (again, take good pictures!). If you don’t like the idea of putting your phone number out there, the interested individual can send you a message to your inbox without even getting your email address.