3 Ways To Make Money from Your Blog

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How to Make Money with Your Blog

This is part 4 in my How to Create a Simple Website series. In this post we are looking at 3 different ways that you can make money with your blog.

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 How You Can Make Money with Your Blog

You can choose to make a little or a lot of money with your blog. It all depends on whether this is a hobby or if you want to make this your full-time money maker. Here are 3 simple options that you could use. You can use one, two or all three of them to help you make money online.

#1 – Make Money with Adsense

Google Adsense is the little adverts that you see when you go to Google’s search engine. These tend to be the first two adverts that are in the top 10 listing or they are the little ads that are on the right side of the search engine results.

You can become an Adsense affiliate and publish these ads on your own site. You can choose the block size you would like and you can choose whether the ads are text based or image based. Then Google works out what your blog is about and generates ads that are similar in topic. When someone clicks on those ads, you make a commission.

This is the easiest way to make money because you do not have to do anything. The downsides are that if you do not have a strong topic or theme for your blog, Google will not be able to determine what type of ads to generate so you could end up with things that are not relevant or charity ads, where you do not make any money.

The other downer is that it can take quite a long time to make any money so if you don’t get many visitors, you could be waiting months until you reach pay-day. :(

I started out with Google Adsense but wasn’t making that much so decided to remove it from my blog.

#2 – Make Money with Amazon

When you become an Amazon affiliate you can grab links and add them to your blog. You can choose exactly which products you would like to promote.

You can use text links or image links. Each time someone uses one of your links and clicks through to Amazon, you earn a commission on any products that they purchase. You do not even have to be promoting that product. The cookie lasts for 24 hours.

It can be fun to look at your stats and see the type of products people purchase. I have had a lot of people buy cat-food and dog-food, yet I have no animal related sites.

Unfortunately there are some states in America where you can not sign up to Amazon’s affiliate programme but there are other alternatives. Sign up to ShareAsale.com and you can make commissions through many of the online stores this website represents.

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#3 – Make Money Selling Your Products & Services

The best way to use your website is if you can sell your own products and services. You can get 100% of the profits. You can promote your skills to others and share your knowledge. The good thing is that you are not dependent on a third party for your earnings.

This is something that I want to do more of. I have one site where I am selling ready-to-use articles (The PLR Boutique), I have a website where I have just started selling a blog set-up course (How to Create a Simple Website), and I hope to add more reports and info-products to the mix.

Whether you are looking to earn a little extra money on the side or create a full-time living from your online activities, setting up your own blog is a great way to do either or both.

Would You Like to Set Up Your Own Website?

How to Create a Simple Website Tutorial1I have put together an easy to follow tutorial so that you can get a website up and running in less than a day.

It is called How to Create a Simple Website

Among other things, this step by step tutorial will show you

  • How to choose a domain name
  • How to buy a domain name
  • How to get a hosting account
  • How to set up your website on WordPress
  • And lots more

This tutorial includes 12 short videos that show you exactly what you need to do and by the end, you will have published your very first blog post.

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Have Your Say: Do you use any of these methods to make money with your blog? What has been the most successful for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below.

How to Create a Simple Website – Tips on How to Name Your New Website

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What Should You Call Your New Website?

This post forms part of the How to Create a Simple Website series. Here we will be looking at the different ways that you can choose the name for your brand new blog.

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3 Ways To Name Your Website

Now that you have made the decision to start your own website, you need to figure out what you want to call it. Here are 3 simple ways that can help you make the right choice.

#1 – Use Your Own Name

The easiest and straightforward solution is to use your own name for your website. You can use your whole name or shorten it by using just your first name or last name. When you use your own name you can determine the topics that you want to write about because you will be developing your own brand.

I purchased my the domain name for this site a while ago but I used it as a hub to connect my other blogs. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to put myself out there so I hid behind different websites. It is only this year that I have finally decided to write everything under my own name and I think it was the best decision I made. :)

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#2 – Choose Something Relevant to Your Topic

If you know that you are going to be writing about a specific topic or theme, you could pick a website name that is relevant. Choose a name so that people will know exactly what the subject matter is before they even have to click through.

If you know that you are going to be blogging about cooking or baking, use words that have something to do this topic. If you are writing about families and bringing up children, you might want to choose a name with the word family, kids or children in the domain name.

This helps define your niche area and is a very good idea for a long-term focussed blog.

#3 – Choose Something Completely Made Up

You can think of anything that comes to mind and use that as your website name. This could be a word you make up, it could be a phrase that you like the sound of or you could think of something that you just think is fun.

My previous blog was called My Daily Cuppa – why? I am a British tea drinker and I liked the sound of it. I moved on because I wanted to use my own name but I still have that domain and will be using it for something else in the future. Not sure what – that is something for the To Do List :)

Would You Like to Set Up Your Own Website?

How to Create a Simple Website Tutorial1I have put together an easy to follow tutorial so that you can get a website up and running in less than a day.

It is called How to Create a Simple Website

Among other things, this step by step tutorial will show you

  • How to choose a domain name
  • How to buy a domain name
  • How to get a hosting account
  • How to set up your website on WordPress
  • And lots more

This tutorial includes 12 short videos that show you exactly what you need to do and by the end, you will have published your very first blog post.

Click Here for The Sales Page

Have Your Say: How did you choose the name of your blog? Did you find it easy or hard to do? Are you happy with your choice? I would love for you to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below.

How to Create a Simple Website – 3 Reasons You Should Pay for Your Own Website

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Free or Paid Site

What is Your Online Business Worth?

In the second part of my How to Create a Simple Website series, I look at the reasons why you should pay to own your site. This means moving on from the free sites and investing in your own domain name.

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Free Sites Are Great – Paid is Better

The first time you think about starting a blog, the quickest and easiest option is to pick one of the many free sites that are available. You can pick out a lovely name, and it doesn’t take much to get started. Best of all- it is free.

Once you get more of an understanding of how websites work, you should really think about moving onto your very own domain. This means that you have to pay for the domain name and hosting but when you pay you get so many benefits.

Why You Should Own Your Own Site

Here are three simple reasons why you should own your own site.

#1 – You Have Complete Control

If you are paying for your own domain and you are paying for hosting, your site is not in danger of being closed down. You are the owner. When you use the free sites, you could wake up one morning, try to log in and find that your account has been closed and deleted. All that work that you did could be gone in a flash. All those followers you gathered will not be able to find you.

If you are making money with your site, it is a very good idea to take a little of that money and invest in your own website name and hosting so that you are in complete control and no-one can decide that you have broken some obscure rule and shut you down without warning :(

There have been plenty of people who have lost their sites this way. Don’t be one of them.

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If it is, buy it now and get to work building up your empire based on something you own.

#2 – You Can Advertise on Your Blog

When you are paying for your own little bit of internet space, you can choose what you want to advertise on your site. Many of the free options have restrictions on what you can make money with. Some do not allow Google Adsense ads, some do not allow Clickbank info-products and some do not allow Amazon affiliate links.

If you own your own site, you can use these methods and more, without the fear of breaking any rules.

I started out with a free WordPress site until I realised I couldn’t use Adsense. Then I moved to Blogger Blog. Now I have moved on and pay for my own sites and use Amazon affiliate links to make money.

#3 – You Can Choose How Your Site Looks & Feels

The free websites have lots of wonderful themes that you can use. You can find something that will suit you for now. If you decide that you want to customise your site, you might have some difficulties. Some of the free sites do not allow you to upload your own designs and website themes so you are stuck with the options they have.

This might be OK but if you are looking to build your brand, you might want to choose your own colours, your own images etc.

At the moment I am using a free WordPress theme here and I hope to customise it in some way – this will happen when I decide on the colour palette that I really like.

Would You Like to Set Up Your Own Website?

How to Create a Simple Website Tutorial1I have put together an easy to follow tutorial so that you can get a website up and running in less than a day.

It is called How to Create a Simple Website

Among other things, this step by step tutorial will show you

  • How to choose a domain name
  • How to buy a domain name
  • How to get a hosting account
  • How to set up your website on WordPress
  • And lots more

This tutorial includes 12 short videos that show you exactly what you need to do and by the end, you will have published your very first blog post.

Click Here for The Sales Page

Have Your Say: Which free site did you start out with? How long did it take you to decide to buy your own domain name? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

How to Create a Simple Website – 3 Reasons To Start Your Own Blog

How To Create aSimple Website

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Own

Website

In this series of How to Create a Simple Website, I will be sharing tips on how to get started with your very own online home. Some people call it a website, a blog, a hub or a site. These days the terms are interchangeable and mean almost the same thing.

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3 Reasons To Start Your Own Website

If you already have a website, do you remember what it was like getting it all set up in the first place? Back in the day it used to be really difficult to do. The only people who could were highly skilled techies who understood HTML and coding.

These days almost anyone can set up a website and it doesn’t take that long either. If you are considering setting up your own website but are not sure what to do with it, here are 3 popular reasons why people choose to set up a website.

#1 – To Make Money Online

If you have a website or a blog, there are several ways that you can use it to make money. You can write about a particular topic, add links to Amazon products and when people click through, you earn a commission on any sales made.

You could choose to write about information products. Again, you would be adding links so that people click through and you make a commission.

Other ways to make money online with your website is to add different types of advertising programmes to your site. These include Google Adsense, Chitika and Infolinks. All could earn you money over time and you need a website to use these services.

#2 – To Promote Your Services or Products

If you offer a particular service, a website is a great way to promote yourself. You can show your expertise by providing examples of your work. If you are a freelance writer, you can show your writing style by publishing posts on the topics that you are an expert in.

If you are a graphic designer, you can provide examples of your work too.

If you are selling tangible products, you could create an online shop. People could make purchases through your site and you could ship off their orders when you receive payment. This is a great way to extend your reach so that more people can discover what you have to offer.

#3 – To Share Your Hobbies & Interests

There are some fantastic blogs where people share their hobbies and interests. I have seen sites where people are writing about their knitting and sewing. They offer little tutorials so that others can try out their ideas. It is also possible to then offer your end creation for sale.

Hobbies and interests can be as niche as you like. Now that websites can be viewed all over the world, it is definitely possible to find others who share your interests, how ever rare or unique they may be.

Would You Like to Set Up Your Own Website?

How to Create a Simple Website Tutorial1I have put together an easy to follow tutorial so that you can get a website up and running in less than a day.

It is called How to Create a Simple Website . Click on the link to see the sales page.

Among other things, this step by step tutorial will show you

  • How to choose a domain name
  • How to buy a domain name
  • How to get a hosting account
  • How to set up your website on WordPress
  • And lots more

This tutorial includes 12 short videos that show you exactly what you need to do and by the end, you will have published your very first blog post.

Click Here for The Sales Page

This is my very first info-product. The steps included in this product are the steps I use whenever I put together a new website.

I hope that it will be of use to people who are looking for easy to follow instructions so that they can get that first website on the net. :)

Have Your Say: When did you set up your first website and what was your reason for doing so? Do you still have that first website? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.