Monetizing your site. Sign up for Google AdSense.
The First thing you can do it begin effortlessly making some money on your website is to sign up for Google Adsense.
They will check out your site and give you an account where you can choose your ad size – width and height to fit any space. It provides you with the code to go along with that.
What this code does is put the ad space onto your page and match your content to other people’s paid ads. So if you write about dog collars one day, you will get dog collar ads. If you write about dog training then that is what the ads will reflect. With Google Adsense, you have to have made $100 before they cut you a cheque.
When you are noodling around the internet, you probably have seen lots of sites with these ads down the side, never realizing how easy they are to install and that they are free.
You can put the code in the body of your blog on in a text widget in one of the sidebars. Or right into the code of your html site. It makes no difference.
This begs the question, “What keywords will bring me the highest pay per click money?” Well, Google helps you with that, too. Go the Google Keyword Tool. On the right side of the page, there is a button called “Columns.” Click it and select Estimated CPC. You can even sort the results that way. Know that this tool is for people who intend to pay for those clicks, not for us who are reaping the benefits. Notice also the amount of competition. It might be better to pick a lower cpc with lower competition.
Also, if you click on the magnifying glass next to the keyword term, you can see a geographical breakdown. All this information is just a hint for you, keywords is more like magic, not a science, although if you use common sense, you can make some money. Pet Supplies, for instance will get 3.80 per click. But how many people come to your site and will click Pet Supplies? If you are a popular blogger, perhaps more than you think. If you have a website aimed at local business, perhaps not so much.
Self Publishing. Sell Something.
If you are a good writer, you should gather all your best posts into one document, illustrate it will photographs and make it into a PDF suitable for downloading. Sell it for However much you want to sell it for. Email it to people after they have paid.
Get a Paypal account and a Paypal button. You can even self publish books on demand, you don’t have to order 100, you can order 1 or 5 or 10. You can make it an eBook, for that matter or think about putting together a calendar for this Christmas and start advertising it in September
Become an Affiliate
You can become an affiliate and make even more money from other companies by promoting their products. Just make sure it is a company that sells something that you know about and feel comfortable selling. If your home based business is all about pets and pet treats, you may not want to be an affiliate for one of your competitors, but perhaps for related products such as pet clothes, dog beds, herbal dog remedies
You can become an affiliate of more than one company. Some people say that you should not do AdSense and Affiliate. Others swear by it. Try it out. See what works for you.
And lastly, before you sign up for any of these, be sure to Google for complaints against the company i.e. www.something.com complaints. If there are lots, you might want to consider another company.
Oh, and if you are writing a popular blog, what is wrong with putting a text widget on the side saying, “If you like this site, please donate,” and pop in a Paypal Donate Button. And if only 20 people donate a year, who cares??? Better than nothing at all
So good luck, have fun and good fortune!