Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review of Monetizing Programs

A great percentage of individual users who have websites are not yet making money with their website. In this article, I will reveal to you how to monetize your website and start making cool money from it.

Many people these days are looking for ways to "make money on the Internet". These are not people looking to take their bricks-and-mortar business online to expand, or sell things they have manufactured, but instead people who are looking to create revenue from having a website.

Having a website is one of the most important things that is required for one to start making money online. Most people own a website today just for the purpose of making money. If your website has a highly valuable content and you still do not make money with it, it is high time you wake up and start making money with it. Below are some basic ways through which you can monetize your website.

What Not To Do
One thing you should never do is try to mix and match your advertising platforms on a niche blog. If you wonder why that is, here is the reason.

If you mix and match you will drive away customers and possible sales by confusing your readers. They see a Google Ad and think wow, this is what I need, then they turn around and see an affiliate ad and suddenly they are confused as to where to go. In the end they take your site for what it’s worth and click away without having spent any money.

What To Do..
1- You've built your site and it rocks- the people who visit leave you great feedback and send you e-mails about how helpful it is. You are adding to your content regularly and keeping it updated and interesting- now you need to turn up the volume on the traffic.

2- Find any forums or other venues that are complimentary to your topic and join them-- often you are allowed a signature link in your posts that will help people find your resource. Consider starting your own forum if none exist.

3-Google Adsense: With Google Adsense, you website has a great potential of pulling in a lot of cash for you. Google Adsense is a program that is powered by Google. If you have a website, you can sign up for this program and start receiving adverts on your website. You will make a small amount of money each time a visitor to your website click on these adverts.

4- Fair Ads Network

an alternative to AdSense
FAN introduces the first ad network of its kind. You can earn an income regardless of whether you sign up as a publisher or an advertiser. In fact, you can register as both! They didn't stop there though, you can even transfer your funds back and forth as you please! They give you total control of everything.

5- Affiliate Programs: You can also make money with your website when you join affiliate programs. Affiliate marketing is a very nice way to make money with your website. Affiliate marketing involves marketing other people’s product. Each time somebody makes a purchase through a link from your website, a certain percentage of money will be paid to you.
Many companies only offer their affiliate program through their site so don't overlook those programs you glanced at while looking for link partners. Knowledge goods (reports and e-books) are a great product to sell when they relate to your topic. Authors often have an affiliate program available to resellers. Make sure you DO want to recommend the product before offering it for sale.

6- Build a Directory
This is not a short-term quick-money strategy. But a directory can make long term revenue for you!

The problem with most industry directories is that they start out asking for payment, before they are a proven resource. Build your directory first with free listings, possibly requiring a link back in exchange. Once the content and the search engine rankings are there, THEN it's time to charge for listings.

Once you've proven to companies that your directory sends them business (with your free listings) they'll be happy to pay to remain in the directory- it's a no-brainer.

7- Shopping Ads
Basically, it's like AdSense but for actual products rather than just ads.
You can specify the exact keywords that you want to search for.
All ads are geo-targeted
Affiliate returns are higher than with a regular affiliate accounts
You can use ShoppingAds at the same time as Google AdSense
They pay you at the very beginning of the next month - no more waiting

Affiliate sites that do nothing but spam the search engines in an effort to gain traffic are having a harder and harder time succeeding as the engines try and deliver the best sites, not duplicates. The time spent trying to stay one step ahead of filters and algorithm changes is better spent building a resource that will grow and continue to produce revenue over time.