Now that you have your website online, how can you make money from it? We’ll show you the best ways to start monetizing your website today.
It’s not uncommon for busy bloggers to quit their day job after a few months. I did it!
In this guide, I’ll show you some of the best ways to monetize your website and give you lots of handy tips and resources to get you started from day one.
But don’t hunt them all at once! I highly recommend you pick one or two from this list that suits you and your site and focus on those first.
Let’s start (in no particular order) with my 20 ways to monetize a website!
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How to make money with a website
Here are the best ways to monetize your website:
1. Use Skimlink
Skimlinks is similar to Awin (and other affiliate networks) in that it allows you to earn commissions on purchases made through links on your site.
The main difference is that not only can you create individual affiliate links at will, but Skimlinks can also be installed on your site to automatically monetize your content.
If you link to a retailer that is part of the Skimlinks network in your content, Skimlinks will automatically convert the link into an affiliate link!
You get paid when a visitor makes a purchase through your link. Commissions vary between 2% and 10%.
2. use advertising with text links
Offer simple text links to an advertiser’s website (content advertising) and charge a fixed fee per month (e.g. £20). Alternatively, you can also bill per click.
There are many marketplaces like Backlinks and LinksPanel where you can post your offer.
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3. Sell digital products
eBooks, artwork, graphics, templates, and podcasts are examples of digital products that can help you generate ongoing passive income through your website.
You could be charging around £2.99 for a 5,000-word eBook: that doesn’t sound like much, but it will soon add up to 20 eBook sales per month.
4. Affiliate Marketing
As an affiliate, you promote a product or service to your website visitors and earn a commission when a purchase is made through your link.
Join the Awin network and get access to thousands of affiliate programs, including big brands like TripAdvisor, Etsy, and Nike.
Then simply include an affiliate link (provided by Awin) when mentioning selected partner products on your website.
Check out our complete guide on how to make money with affiliate marketing.
5. Publish sponsored posts
Sponsored posts, sometimes referred to as advertorials, are ads in the form of an article that usually includes a link to the advertiser’s website.
An advertiser can send you the article, but if you can write the content for them, you’ll be rewarded for doing so, as you can also charge for your time.
Depending on your site’s popularity, you can earn anywhere from £35 to £200+ for a sponsored post.
Join blogger network groups on Facebook and share your website because that’s where advertisers search.
Note: Advertising regulations state that if you are paid by a third party to publish an article on your site, you must always write somewhere on the “Sponsored Post” page.
6. Sell to email subscribers
The biggest regret we hear from bloggers is that they didn’t set up a mailing list sooner.
So sign up for an account with AWeber from day one to capture and engage with your audience after they leave the site.
You can then email them about products they might be interested in (affiliate promotion) and receive various commissions if they sign up or make a purchase.
7. Add ad banners
With Google Adsense or Media.net, you can easily set up network ads by copying and pasting the code on your website to create ads that are relevant to a visitor’s current web search.
Taboola is another increasingly popular service among bloggers looking to monetize their content. It works by displaying relevant articles (rather than banners) from advertisers in its network.
These networks pay you each time a visitor clicks on an ad (cost per click, or CPC) or per 1,000 impressions (cost per impression, or CPM).
You can also sell banner ads directly to companies with a relevant product/service. This option can be a lot more profitable because not only do you set the prices yourself, but the advertiser (hopefully) knows your audience is the one they’re trying to target!
8. check the products
This is especially true if you have a niche audience, e.g. B. young parents or enthusiastic gamers.
But even if your readers don’t come from a specific pool, you can jump on the bandwagon of product testers. As long as you are willing to write a product review after trying the product, companies are more than happy to send you some freebies and maybe even pay you!
9. Inclusion of a business directory
Create a business directory page where businesses pay a fixed fee to list their business.
They can charge a monthly or yearly fee and charge anywhere from £20 to £500 (and up) per year depending on the amount of traffic your site is getting.
For example, let’s say you have a website where you rate sound systems. Assuming sites like Amazon are already quite popular, you could charge independent retailers (both offline and online) to be featured on a page listing places that sell high-end speakers.
10. Create an online course
Create an online course as an add-on to your website. This is another type of premium paid content where visitors pay to access additional information.
The course can be automatically delivered via AWeber to those who have paid and signed up with their email address, or you can add it to Udemy to reach a wider audience.
Take a look at our guide to free online courses if you’re looking for inspiration, or just think of what might interest your readers. For example, if your website is about crafts, you could offer a crochet class.
11. Ask for donations
Add a simple PayPal donate button to your site and ask visitors to donate a few pounds (the equivalent of a coffee to you) if they enjoy your content. You could also link to your Buy Me A Coffee page if you have one.
Some of the largest websites in the world are partially or entirely funded by donations, including Wikipedia, which you and I love so much.
If you don’t ask, you get nothing.
12. Become a consultant
If you’re an expert in a field, why not share your knowledge for an hourly rate?
Advertise on your website and offer your expertise through paid webinars and podcasts or even Skype calls where visitors pay upfront to benefit from your knowledge.
Whichever channel you choose, if visitors come to your website for explanations and opinions from your experts, you should definitely consider charging for a tailored consultation.
13. Sell your website
If you have a website that is already monetized and has good traffic, you have an advantage.
Like any other asset, your website can be sold, and when the time is right, sites like Flippa can help you find a buyer.
Expect to earn 2-3x your site’s annual profit if you decide to sell it.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s designed to inspire you to take concrete action and get your site up and running, knowing there’s a HUGE opportunity to make money across the board.
If you haven’t set up your website yet, you should do so now. We have a step-by-step guide on how to create a website with Bluehost and WordPress.
You don’t have to be a techie to create your own website .
14. Create video content on YouTube
Creating video content for your website not only helps you entertain your visitors but can also make you money.
One way to monetize video content is to upload it to YouTube and set up Google Adsense (Google has a handy guide). And while you’re at it, check out our guide to making money on YouTube.
After creating your video content, you can embed your YouTube videos on your blog. If your video goes viral, you can earn hundreds of ad dollars.
15. Sell physical products
Use your website as a base to sell your physical products as well. For example, you can create designs for t-shirts or mugs at Zazzle, maybe even branded with your website, if you think people would buy them.
You can also make handmade products and sell them on eBay or other sites like Etsy.
But no matter where you sell, make sure you link to the marketplace from your website: this will give you an immediate advantage over other sellers on the platform.
16. Publish premium articles
If you can create incredibly useful content, you can make money from it.
Suppose you have a gaming website and you can share some little-known strategies in an article. You can lure the visitor by giving them some tips and then linking to a password protected page (this is an option in WordPress) where the most valuable information can be found.
The reader receives the password to unlock the premium content after paying a fee via PayPal. Upload whatever you want, but £2-10 is a realistic price for a quality item.
You may have seen that some of the major media outlets like The Telegraph and The Times have been using this strategy in recent years, so it has a merit.
17. Adding a Members Forum
Free WordPress plugins like bbPress allow you to add a members-only forum to your website. You can then charge a regular subscription or a one-time fee for access.
Basically, the amount you can earn depends on how much value you can create for forum members. If you manage to turn your forum members into a real community that connects and shares tips, you’re a winner.
18. Create your affiliate program
After you have your website products, such as Once you’ve created a course or eBook, you can set up your affiliate program and recruit affiliates to help you distribute the products.
This can lead to more product sales and more visitors to your website. It’s a win-win, and there are plenty of free WordPress plugins to get you started.
We work with many brands here at Save the Student, and while some tend to use networks like Awin to do their affiliate marketing, many others (including Amazon, in particular) do it themselves. In other words, either way can function.
19. Create a Hire Me page.
When you create a website, you will develop some new skills that you can also use to make money.
Create a “Hire Me” page on your website and start by offering freelance writing and blogging services. If you also played a bigger role in setting up the details of your website, why not promote your services as a developer as well?
In addition to your own website, you can also offer these services through Upwork. A freelance writer can earn quite well, around £20-50 an hour.
And Upwork isn’t the only freelance site out there. Check out our freelancer guide for more tips, including the best websites to promote your services.
20. Create an Amazon shop page
The beauty of Amazon is that you can find pretty much anything you could want there. So whatever the theme of your website, there’s a good chance Amazon is selling relevant products.
You can easily set up a separate Amazon store page on your website, and if people see you as an authority in your field, they will listen to your advice on products that are relevant to them to try.
Join Amazon’s affiliate program and earn between 1% and 10% commission on product sales when one of your readers buys something through your link.