One of the best ways that I can think of to show you how to make money online is to show you a few simple websites that are real, live, and making actual money online. If nothing else I hope that these 4 websites inspire you by showing you that with simple and basic websites you can succeed online.
None of these sites are making thousands online, but the whole point is to setup one of these type of sites or blogs at a time and drive traffic to it until you are making money from it. After it starts making you money then you setup another site. You can keep repeating these steps until you get a sustainable income that you are happy with. So say you have 5 sites averaging $100 per month for you, than that is $500/month. So if you keep building more up each month you could have 10 sites, 20 sites, 50 sites, and 100 sites or more all making you money.
Below the list of four websites I have some resources and tips that you can follow to scale building simple websites into a full time and sustainable income.
Website #1: PlayPiano123.com
This website currently makes around $100/month and has done so for the past 8 months. It is your basic affiliate review site with a few articles reviewing the products and an article about learning to play piano online. This site was promoted with a couple of article submissions to article directories and a press release. Being built on WordPress the site was also optimized well for search engines and the keywords are focused around the product names.
Website #2: InternetLawNewsOnline.com
Another basic affiliate review site here that promotes Website Legal Forms Generator software. This site has brought in pretty consistent side income since it was launched about 2 years ago. This site is run on WordPress.
Website #3: BadRenters.net
This super basic website has made $10 to $15 per month with Google Adsense for the past several years. It was never promoted and only relied on a good targeted keyword rich domain name. It is in a market that is not extremely competitive that doesn’t have a lot of volume, yet it still makes consistent income. Again, you won’t get rich off something like this, but if you have enough sites earning you this each month it adds up.
This site is a very basic HTML site with Google Adsense at the top and bottom.
Website #4: BarnBuddyCheats.com
This website is another simple one monetized with Adsense and it is list building to get people on a list that are interested in playing games on social media. To date this site has generated over 40,000 active email subscribers and in Adsense earnings nets around $90 per month. One thing about this large email list is that they aren’t very responsive to emails. I think a lot of this stems from building a list in a market that targets a game which is mostly played by people who don’t necessarily spend a lot of money. The lesson learned is that you need to know your market spends money before building a list.
As you can see from the pictures below though this site is using the Lightbox Aweber option to put the email sign up offer right in front of the audience. This results in high conversions for this particular niche. The traffic comes from having a good keyword rich domain name and some very minor link building work. You can setup a simple HTML site like this or use the basic WordPress theme. Just find a market and target it.
Simple Way To Scale This Into A Full Time Business
As mentioned previously here are three tips you can follow to make setting up simple websites a full time business for you. There is strength in number. So the more sites you have generating an income for you, the better off you will be.
Tip #1: Find a Product to Promote as an Affiliate
You will want to find a product to promote. This could be a digital product or a physical product like a new HD TV, appliances, makeup, sports apparel, etc. You can find good products to promote by becoming an Amazon.com affiliate, a Clickbank affiliate, by signing up for the Commission Junction affiliate network, or the Share-A-Sale affiliate network.
Don’t over complicate this part of the process. Just find a quality product and see about becoming an affiliate for it. The easiest affiliate programs to get started with are Amazon.com or Clickbank.com. You can also just write a few good articles and drive traffic to a page that has Google Adsense on it as well.
Tip #2: Create Quality Website Content
For your sites you need to be willing to create some decent content focused on the topics you are going after. Don’t stress about having perfect keyword density with your content, just write good content for your readers and the search engines will reward you for it. A few articles will be good to start out with. In the articles and near the end of them make sure to include a call to action for your affiliate link if you are doing that.
If you want to monetize with Google Adsense just create several good articles and drive traffic to it.
Tip #3: Drive Traffic
This part of the process would take several articles to explain, but one of the best first ways to get traffic is to do a press release for your new site. Here is an article I have written on getting press release traffic.
Other traffic generation methods include writing articles and submitting them to article directories (still a viable traffic source for exposure and backlinks), social bookmarking, guest blogging, forums (using your signature line and posting relevant and quality comments), blog commenting (not making garbage comments, but quality ones), creating videos for uploading to YouTube, social media sites out there like Squidoo.com or HubPages.com, etc. You can also spend a little on Google Adwords or MSN AdCenter to drive just a little traffic, but target very specific keywords to keep the costs down and your profits up.
Recommended Resources To Use
Here are 3 recommended resources and services that you can use to scale this up. You will want to get a reliable web hosting company that allows you to have multiple domain names, you will want a domain registrar that is trusted and doesn’t charge exorbitant rates, and you will want to look into a quality WordPress theme that gives you multiple options and unlimited site usage. These really will help you out and note the discounts I am offering you here.
Resource #1: Web Hosting – Save 25%
The recommended web host provider is HostGator which will let you host unlimited websites, has Fantastico for installing WordPress in a few clicks, has website traffic tracking tools integrated, is reliable, and has 24/7 customer support. To get these features you will want to go with the Baby Plan from them.
Use Coupon Code countonus25off for a 25% discount on your first payment when you are checking out! To maximize the discount the best thing you can do is pay for 12 months to 24 months. You can also pay monthly, but your discount would only be for like $2 and some change. If you register for a year or more your discount amounts to over $25 or a true 25% off the first year instead of just the first month.
Resource #2: Domain Names – $7.99 Domain Names
GoDaddy is the most trusted source for domain names. If you use the link below you can get domain names for $7.99 which can be a big savings as .com domains will often vary from $8.19 on up to $11 or more. A few bucks per domain adds up when you are buying several so take advantage of this discount.
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Resource #3: Socrates WordPress Theme
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The best way to make money online is to simply take action. As you can see from these website examples they don’t have to be perfect works of art to be profitable. Also, you can’t expect to get rich off just one of these basic affiliate sites, but you can make a decent income with several of them. So build them, promote them until the are making money, and build another one so your website portfolio keeps growing.
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