So you have a website and you are wondering how you can make some money through that website. After all, you spent money to purchase the domain name and a few other added incidentals, so you would really like to see some money in return.
Questions To Ask Yourself
Before you monetize your website, review your website closely and ask yourself these questions. Be honest with your answers:
- Does your website give a lot of useful information to your reader?
- Does it have a minimum of 10 quality posts in the niche that you are in?
- Is your website easy to read?
- Is the navigation in your website easy for your reader to use?
- Does your posts have relevant back links to other posts on your website?
- Has Google indexed your website?
If the answer is yes to all of these questions, you are one step closer to monetizing your website.
If the answer is no to one or more of these questions, work on your website until you are satisfied with what you see. You can even ask for some opinions from members in an affiliate marketing community. It is always wise to ask questions from those that have traveled before you.
When you are ready to monetize your site, you will need to find products to promote. You will need products that are associated to the niche that you are in. Ideally, these products are products that you have personally tried and have written a quality review post that is on your website.
I cannot stress enough about quality in all your posts. If you write with major spelling and grammatical errors, it will not leave a very good impression with your readers and they will look elsewhere.
A small sample of places where you can find products to promote include:
There are many, many more.
Often big companies have their own affiliate programs to cut down on their marketing costs. It would be worth your while to shop around and see if a company in your niche has an affiliate program. To find out if a company haa an affiliate program, google the companys’ name and the word affiliate. If they do have a program, you should be directed to the page where you will learn the process for signing up.
When you have monetized, the next step is to work on getting traffic to your website. Learn all you can about keyword research and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This way you can start optimizing your website. By doing so, you will be getting a steady stream of unique visitors to your website daily. Do your research diligently on this. I know that it is a lot to learn but that research will pay off in the long run. I belong to a community called Wealthy Affiliate and it is through that community with its classes and forums, that I learned the finer details of SEO.
A heads up here. Getting steady traffic to your website through SEO will take at least 3 months of posting quality content and website tweaking before you will notice the traffic results. At the end of three months you should have a minimum of 30 posts on your website with back links where applicable.
If you haven’t done so yet, connect your website with Google Analytics so you can monitor the traffic to your website.
A Bit Of This And A Bit Of That
Another popular method of getting traffic to your website is through PPC (Pay Per Click) but my opinion on PPC is that it is best to go the SEO route in the beginning. It will save you money.
If you have your own product to sell, you could sell it on your website as long as it is related to your niche. I have an e-book on learning how to quilt that I sold on one of my quilting websites that did very well. That book branded me as an authority in the quilting world.
Your Visitor’s Experience
When you monetize your website, you will need to maintain a balance between monetization and good user experience. This means that you need to keep most of your website space ad free and you should do your best to give your readers the information they are looking for.
Some of your posts may have back links to other pages on your website for clarity on a certain topic and that is okay but you should not have a link to an affiliate site on every post in your website. The more outside (affiliate) links you have on your website, the less page ranking you will get from Google and it will be harder for visitors to find your website when they do a topic search in your niche.
This is what I do to minimize my linking to outside affiliate sites. I will only do my affiliate links on my review pages. I can back link my other pages to the review page if it is relevant but if it is not relevant, then I don’t link.
My main goal is to create a good user experience. Creating a good user experience means not trying to sell to your visitor through every post they read.
I hope you have found this post informative. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me a question in the comment box below and I will get back to you.
Have a great day!