How to make money with a website
After reading my guide on how to get on the first page of Google, you have optimized your website and in a few months, you have seen improvements in the positioning of your pages on the famous search engine. As a result, visits to your blog have also started to grow to the point that, now, you would like to take advantage of the situation to earn some money. However, having no experience with it, you would like to know the main services that allow you to monetize a blog and link them to your site. That’s the way it is, right? Then let me tell you that you have come to the right place at the right time!
With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to make money with a website by listing all the solutions at your disposal. First, I will tell you about banner ads, showing you the detailed procedure to sign up on Google AdSense (one of the most popular and convenient online advertising systems) and create your first ads, after which I will also tell you how to monetize with affiliations, focusing mainly on the Amazon program, which allows you to receive commissions on products sold through your links. How do you say? Are you looking forward to learning more and learning more about the topic? So let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s take action immediately.
Courage: make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. Follow the directions I am about to give you carefully, choose the monetization solution that you think is best for your website and I am sure that, with a little patience and continuing to create quality content, you will be able to get your first earnings. All that remains for me is to wish you good reading and good luck with everything!
Make money with a website with banner ads
The first solution that I would like to recommend to you to make money with a website is to rely on banner ads. Keep in mind, however, that the latter allows you to monetize if your website has a decent following: if your blog is just born or, for the moment, does not have a good base of daily visits, before inserting advertising banners and think about the income, I suggest you continue to work on the content and improve your site.
The best service to start earning is Google AdSense, the Google advertising circuit. The latter does not require minimum requirements in terms of views and allows anyone to create advertising banners, place them on their website and start monetizing easily.
To create your account on Google AdSense, connected to the main page of the service and, if you haven’t already done so, click on the Sign in button to log in with your Google account. Then choose the account with which to register, enter the password in the appropriate field and click on the Login button.
Now, click on Register now, enter the required data in the URL of your site and Email address fields, put the checkmark next to one of the options available between Yes, I want to receive the personalized guide and performance suggestions and No, I do not I would like to receive personalized guidance and performance tips to indicate whether or not to receive emails from Google AdSense and click the Save and Continue button.
In the new page opened, select your country of residence (e.g. United States of America) using the drop-down menu in the Select the country or area box, put the checkmark next to the option Yes, I have read and accept the agreement and click the Create Account button. Then press the Start button and, in the Payments address screen, enter the required data in the Account type (Private or Company), Name, Address, Postal code, City and Province fields and press the Send button.
Verify, therefore, your identity by entering your phone number in the appropriate field and choosing one of the verification options between Text message (SMS) and Voice call. Made your choice, click on the item Generate verification code, enter the verification code received in the appropriate field and click on the Send button to verify your identity and complete the registration.
Now you need to link your website to the newly created AdSense account. To do this, click on the Copy code button on the Link your site to AdSense page, enter the code generated on your website, put the checkmark next to the option I have pasted the code on my site and click on the Finish button. It will be useful to know that it may take a few days for the connection to be successful.
Once you have completed the creation of your account and the connection with your website, you are ready to create your first advertising banners. Then select the item Ads in the left sidebar, click on the Ad units option and press the New ad unit button. In the new screen displayed, click on the Select item relating to the select Text and display ads box, enter the name to be attributed to the advertising banner in the Name field and set its display by clicking on the item Recommended option. My advice is to leave Recommended option to create banners that automatically adapt to any type of screen.
Once you have finished customizing the advertising banner, click the Save and get code button, copy the code shown in the Ad Code field and paste it on the pages of the site where you want the banner to be displayed.
While there are no limitations in the creation of banners, you should know that it is not recommended to fill your website with advertisements. In addition, the latter must be in a prominent position for them to generate a profit: it makes no sense to place an ad at the bottom of your site.
If you are wondering how payments work, Google pays on the 21st of each month if your balance is $ 100 or more. In the Homepage section of your account, you can view your earnings in the Estimated revenue boxes (with daily earnings, of the previous day, of the last week and of the current month) and Balance with the amount to be paid. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to make money with AdSense.
Another solution you can turn to if you want to monetize your site through banner ads is The Moneytizer.
Thanks to its algorithm based on Header Bidding technology, The Moneytizer competes with SSPs in real-time on IAB formats, in order to offer the best CPM to the publisher. This means that all the biggest advertisers are competing, in order to get the best possible revenue from advertising every day. Furthermore, thanks to Smart Refresh technology, visible advertisements are refreshed in order to maximize the revenue of each advertisement.
Another important thing to point out is that the advertising provided by The Moneytizer is of high quality (without pop-ups or downloads) and is multi-format. Thanks to its more than 50 partners, in fact, the company is able to offer its publishers (i.e. users who own websites) many digital advertising formats: classic displays, such as the Super high banner, the Rectangle or the Skyscraper. ; high-impact formats, such as Footers or Skins; video advertisements and mobile-optimized advertisements.
The advertising tags provided free of charge by The Moneytizer are easily implemented on each site and are also compatible with all ad servers: in this way, it is possible to easily work with multiple advertising solutions without complicated configurations (the service is without exclusivity). Furthermore, on WordPress sites, there is the possibility to integrate The Moneytizer advertisements using a dedicated plugin, doing all the work in just two clicks.
Interesting, right? So, if you want to start earning with The Moneytizer, connect to the official website of the service and click on the Register button. Therefore, fill out the form that is proposed to you with all the required data (Surname, Name, Telephone number, Currency, Email, Password, Address, City, ZIP Code, and State), specify if you are a person or a company, solve the captcha located below (by checking the appropriate boxes and following the instructions on the screen) and press the Confirm registration button to continue.
On the next screen, click on the Add a new site button; indicate, using the appropriate fields displayed on the screen, the URL of the website, the country of the site, the category of the site and the number of unique visitors per month, and click on the Add a site button. Now follow the instructions on the screen and send your request for approval.
Once you have received confirmation from The Moneytizer, you will be able to access all your information and statistics in a single, convenient personal area. To learn more and learn more about how The Moneytizer works, consult the FAQ section of the official website of the service.
Other advertising circuits
If you are wondering if other advertising circuits exist, the answer is yes. Among the ones you can consider are BidVertiser, Criteo, Ligatus and Juice ADV, but many of these require minimum requirements to be activated.
Alternatively, if you use WordPress, you can rely on the WordAds circuit. The latter does not require any requirement other than the installation of the free Jetpack and AdControl plugins that allow you to insert advertising banners with ease. After downloading and installing the plugins in question and completing the registration, click on the Settings and AdControl items in the sidebar of the WordPress administration panel, then place the checkmark next to the Every visitor option to activate the view of banners and automatically insert a banner at the bottom of each article.
In addition, by selecting the Enable header ad option, you can automatically insert a banner at the top of your website and you can choose whether to show this banner also on mobile devices (Enable mobile header ad). Furthermore, you can add one or more advertising banners in the sidebar of your website by clicking on the Appearance and Widget items and dragging the AdControl Widget box to the section of your interest.
You must know that with WordAds it is not possible to monitor the progress of individual banners. In addition, earnings are only visible monthly and payments are made upon reaching $ 100.
Direct sale of advertising space
If your website is performing well in terms of views or has a good reputation in a particular niche, you can opt for direct selling of advertising space as well. By doing so, the interested parties will be able to contact you and make arrangements privately, without any intermediary.
To try to sell your advertising space, I suggest you create a page dedicated to advertising in which to insert any quotes, basic information and your contact details. To give greater prominence to this option, you can also place ads in the positions you intend to dedicate to advertising which, when clicked, refer to the page dedicated to advertising information.
Make money with a website with affiliations
Affiliations are another great way to make money with your website. If you’ve never heard of them, affiliate programs allow you to insert banners and advertising links that refer to products and services for sale on specialized sites: every sale coming from your webspace is “rewarded” with a commission that varies depending on the product sold.
Among the most used affiliate programs there is certainly that of Amazon. In fact, on the famous online shopping site, it is possible to find thousands of products and, consequently, suitable to be offered on any type of website.
To create your account as an Amazon affiliate, connected to the main page of the service, press the button Sign up now for free and, in the new open page, enter the access data to your Amazon account in the E-mail address or mobile number fields and Password. If, on the other hand, you have never registered on the famous online shopping site.
After logging in with your account, answer the question Who should we send payments to? Who is the primary contact for this account? For purposes of US tax law, do you declare that you are a US citizen? choosing one of the available options and presses the Next button.
In the new open page, enter the URL of your site in the Enter your website field and click on the Add and Next buttons, then enter the required data in the Profile and Traffic and monetization sections, verify your identity by entering the code shown on the video in the appropriate field, put the checkmark next to the Accept Terms and Conditions option relating to the Operating Agreement of the Affiliate Program and press the Complete your registration button.
Now, click on the item Create product links in the top menu and choose one of the available options: Product link to create a link to a specific product on sale on Amazon; Banner to choose one of the ready-to-use banners provided by Amazon or Link to any page on Amazon.com to create a link to a specific page of the Amazon site (eg a product category). Once you have made your choice and created the banner or link of your interest, copy the HTML code shown on the video and insert it on the page or section of your website where you want to display the products.
You can monitor your earnings at any time by clicking on the Home item in the top menu. In the Summary box for this month you can see the number of clicks that your website visitors have made on the Amazon banners, the number of items ordered the number of items shipped and the total earnings of the last 30 days. By clicking, instead, on the View full report item, you can see more specific data, such as individual items purchased through your website. To learn more, you can take a look at my guide on how to make money with affiliate marketing.
It will be useful to know that if your blog is made with WordPress, you can use Amazon Associates Link Builder, the official Amazon plugin that allows you to insert links to products directly from your website, choosing from numerous graphic templates.
If, on the other hand, you are wondering if there are other affiliate programs, the answer is affirmative: among those that I would recommend and that you can consider are the programs of Apple, Skyscanner and eBay.
Other solutions to make money with a website
Do you want to make the most of your website and, in addition to banner ads and affiliate programs, would you like to know other ways to make money with a website? In this case, here is a further list of those that you can take into consideration.
- Selling products online: dedicating a section of your website to sell products or services can be another viable solution to monetize. If so, my guides on how to start an ecommerce and how to sell on Facebook may be useful to you.
- Sponsored Articles: Unlike direct selling advertising space, writing sponsored articles allows you to both create valuable content for your website and monetize it at the same time. For example, if your blog is about music, you might be approached by a singer willing to pay you to write a review of his new album.
- Create courses and events: if your website has allowed you to obtain an important reputation in a particular topic, you can think of both creating an area dedicated to training with access reserved for subscribers or creating real classroom courses for a fee.