There are many ways of monetizing, i.e. making money from your website. This
article will discuss various aspects of monetizing your website. It is meant to
be a guide and therefore there will be aspects that aren't covered, however it
should give you a good starting point.
Listed below are some of the methods available to monetize your site:
This is probably by far the most popular method of making money from a
website. Contextual advertising refers to when advertisements, which are
relevant to your page content is automatically shown to your visitors. Two
of the most popular contextual advertising networks are "Google AdSense" and
the "Yahoo! Publisher Network".
The great thing about these types of advertisements is the fact that
website. Relevant ads will then be shown on your site.
As with all advertising the performance of contextual ads vary substantially
depending on how you place the advertisements. The better they perform the more
revenue you will generate, so make sure you work hard on optimizing the ads. You
should read the "Google AdSense
Optimization" section of our site to learn more about this procedure.
This refers to "Cost Per 1,000 Impressions" and means that a set rate is paid
per 1,000 times the ad is shown. It is especially useful when monetizing sites
that have a high amount of page views, but no much interactivity between the
site and user. Examples of sites where CPM ads may be better than contextual ads
(CPC ads) are:
- Arcade sites
- Rate my photo sites
There are thousands upon thousands of online merchants who offer affiliate
programs and reward their affiliates with commissions. When searching for
affiliates make sure that you read through the terms and conditions to check
what the minimum payout is, how it is paid, how long they track the visitor
When selling affiliate products it is always a good idea to try and provide
as much information about it to the visitor. If possible try and write an
extensive description and review on the product. You could also try and get
testimonials to place on your webpage.
Remember, no one likes parting with money. Try and provide as much helpful
information as possible so that they feel that the product is worth it.
Another option is to sell links on your website. This could be done on a
periodic or permanent basis. There are various factors that webmasters will
be considering when buying links on websites:
- The website's Page Rank
- Traffic your website receives
- Number of outbound links - i.e. links to other websites
- Website topic
- Sitewide or single link
- Age of domain
- Quality of backlinks to your site
There are several different ways you can go about selling the links on your
- Email - You could provide an email address where other webmasters
can contact you to discuss buying links on your site.
- Webmaster Forums - Most webmaster forums these days have a section
where webmaster can sell links.
- Third-Party Sites - There are sites such as "Text-Link-Ads" that
allow you to register as a publisher and list your site. They will put your
link details on their site and then advertisers can buy the link from them.
They handle all the payments and link activation etc... for you but in return
they require a 50-50 split of the revenue.
Another method of monetizing your site involves selling banner ads on your
site. This usually involves the advertiser making an upfront payment for a set
number of impressions on your site. There are several scripts available to assist
this which can be found easily by searching on Google.
If you have an opt in mailing list and send out newsletters periodically, you
could sell some advertising space on your newsletters. This could involve anything
from a simple text ad, or a full blown banner ad.
Another option would be to rate and review a product and place an affiliate link
within the article to try and generate sales.
A Final Word
As you can see there are many ways in which you can monetize your website. The
methods mentioned above are by no means the only ways possible, but hopefully this
article has given you an useful insight into how to make money from your website.
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