8 Ways to Make Money with Your Website

1. Selling Your Own Products & Services

If you want to sell your products online, you need a shopping cart. Forget about having printable order forms or asking people to email you to place an order, because in most cases they won’t.

If you make it too difficult to buy your products, your visitors will go elsewhere. You have several options:

  1. Get your web developer to create a custom shopping cart for you, although this can be quite costly
  2. Use existing shopping cart software such as Shopify or if you have a WordPress website, install WooCommerce Plugin
  3. Set up a free Paypal shopping cart – all you need to do is sign up for Paypal Business or Merchant account.

2. Selling Your Products via Amazon Store or eBay

You can create your own website using WordPress and include all your information about your business, frequently asked questions, etc, but then link your website to an Amazon or eBay store.

The reason I suggest this is because all the technical aspects are taken care of by Amazon or eBay. Both companies make it super simple to set up – they tell you where to upload images, where to add product descriptions, pricing, shipping etc

This is a great solution for a lot of small businesses who are testing out their products, as they don’t have to invest a lot of money into a full ecommerce website initially.  The other advantage is that Amazon and eBay will drive traffic to your store.

Although you can just have an eBay or Amazon store, I recommend creating your own website with your own domain name as you have control over that.

Keep in mind if people complain about your products, Amazon or eBay can temporarily or permanently cancel your account.  It can take a long time to reinstate so your business could be down for a while.  Whereas if you have your own website, you simply need to only rebuild the shopping cart component.

You may even consider setting up an affiliate/partner program, which will allow others to sell your products.

The great thing about this is that you only have to pay them when they sell your products. There are some excellent websites, which allow you to easily set up an affiliate program. For more information visit the following (or simply search on “affiliate programs”

3. Selling other people’s products via Affiliate Programs

Another way to earn money through your website is via affiliate programs. An affiliate (also known as associate, partner or referral) program is simply any type of revenue sharing program where a website owner receives a portion of income for generating leads, traffic, or sales through a graphic or text link to a merchant website.

Merchants specify how much affiliates will be paid and under what payment terms, how sales will be tracked and when/how payments will be made. The great thing is that it doesn’t cost you anything to join and you earn commission simply by referring people to the merchant’s website.

You don’t need to ship any products or handle any payments. Again, all you do is place special code on your website and the rest is done automatically. There are hundreds of different affiliate programs, so you can find products that complement your products/services.

Learn more about Affiliate marketing

4. Advertising on your website

If you have an established website with a decent amount of traffic you could approach businesses who have similar target audiences as you and offer them space on your website to place banners or ads.

This can be time consuming and if your business is currently not getting much traffic it may be difficult to find advertising partners.

5. Google Adsense

The simplest way to add advertising to your website is through Google AdSense. The way it works is this – Google AdSense places relevant ads on your website – they match advertisements to your site’s content, and you earn money whenever your visitors click on them.

They even offer you different options of advertising: AdSense for Content – the robot crawls the content of your pages and delivers ads (you can choose both text or image ads) that are relevant to your audience and your site content-ads so well-matched, in fact, that your readers will actually find them useful.

AdSense for Search – this allows you to provide Google web and site search to your visitors, and earn money by displaying Google ads on the search results pages.

Setting up AdSense on your website is very simple – all you do is sign up for a free account and you will be provided with a simple code that you (or your website designer) can add to your website. You can choose different styles, shapes, colours and sizes of ads.

This is a very popular way to monetize website amongst bloggers, travel websites and recipe sites as they have a lot of content and hence a lot of pages where to include ads.

6. Online Consulting / Training

This is particularly suitable for service providers such as coaches and consultants, who can provide training/consulting via Zoom or Skype.  Training can be provided one on one or one to many.

You can easily integrate booking calendars such as Calendly or Bookly, which allow your visitors to book a training session with you.  Some tools, such as vCita even allow you to accept payments at the time of booking the training.

7. Online Courses

One of the best ways to earn money is to offer online courses.  Although the initial set up can be time consuming, once it’s done you can generally sell your courses worldwide.

Here are some ideas of courses to teach:

  • Investing
  • Design
  • Reiki
  • Painting
  • Cooking
  • Chess
  • Massage
  • Financial Planning
  • Small Business Management
  • Marketing

You can either set up the course on your website using a tool such as LearnDash for WordPress or you can link your website to a course portal such as Udemy, Skillshare or LinkedIn Learning.

Digital products such as online courses are generally inexpensive to set up and hence suitable for many start ups with limited funds

8. Membership

A great way to earn regular income from your website is to set up a membership site.  Customers pay a monthly subscription fee in return for premium unique and valuable content such as:

  • Live Webinars and Calls
  • Forums
  • Downloads
  • Special Deals and Offers
  • Tools and Apps
  • Mini courses
  • Cheat-sheets
  • Workbooks
  • Action Plans
  • Interviews
  • Specific Tutorials

You can create different membership levels. Each membership level can have different pricing plans, perks, and access.

If you have a WordPress website, there are many plugins available that will allow you to turn your website into a membership portal.  These include

  • MemberPress
  • MemberMouse
  • Memberium
  • aMemberPro
  • s2Member

If you don’t have a WordPress website, you can set up a membership portal using one of the following tools:

  • Wild Apricot
  • YourMembership
  • Membergate
  • Ontraport

There are many ways you can earn extra income from your website and many online revenue strategies aren’t that complicated. Keep in mind, just like any other business, your online income will take time to grow and you will need to invest time, energy and possibly some money to get it off the ground.

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