If you haven’t already read the first and second parts of this tutorial, make sure you do before getting to this part. After picking a domain, creating a website, adding original content and building backlinks, it’s time to start monetizing your website and track your site’s traffic. How are we going to that? Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything in this tutorial.
Keep in mind that blogging can be a very profitable medium, if done right. There are very many people who don’t need a job thanks to blogging.
How to Make Money
There are many ways to make money from your blog and I’ll be presenting sever effective methods.
1. Advertising Networks
Ad Networks are companies that connect Advertisers to websites that are willing to display advertising in exchange of money. As you have a blog and want to make money, you are going to register as a publisher. I will be making full reviews for every Ad Network I recommend, and also I will make a top 10 best Ad Networks. For those who do not know, CPC stands for Cost Per Click, which means you are only getting payed for visitors who click on ads, CPM means Cost Per Mile, which means you make money for every 1000 visitors you have. Here are some Ad Networks I’d recommend:
- Google Adsense(CPC) - as you may know, Google Adsene is probably the best paying Ad Network there is. The only disadvantage I see in it, are their strict policies which could be sometimes pretty hard respect, or your website might not get approved at all. Still, a good quality blog with organic visitors and unique content will most likely get accepted, without having any difficulties. If you cannot get accepted with your website, there are other good substitutes, but if you want to make money, I’d definitely put Adsense on top of my choices.
- Bidvertiser (CPC/CPM) - probably on of the best Adsense substitute. If you cannot get accepted by GA (Google Adsense), then bidvertiser is probably your best choice. They accept pretty much any site, as long as it doesn’t contain porn. You will get instantly accepted, they accept any country traffic, social media traffic, payments can be made from as low as 10$ and what I really like about them and GA doesn’t have it’s that payments can be made via Paypal. Also, you can have adds from GA and Bidvertiser on the same website, they “get along” very well. What I don’t like about Bidvertiser is their reports. They’re not live reports and they are using Click Points which it’s pretty hard to understand their value.
- Chitika (CPC/CPM)- in my opinion, a great Ad Network, good to make money alongside with Google Adsense or with a different Ad Network. Their drawback is that they only accept traffic from USA and Canada. They will easily accept your website and they have fully customizable adds. I really recommend using Chitika, especially because you can make money from other Ad Networks too.
- Klixfeed (CPC/CPM) - probably the best Ad Network for people who want their money fast. They make payments via Paypal and starting from as low as 2$. Payments are made in less than 48 hours from your request. They also offer the possibilty of using Popups, Popunders and other types of ads. They’re using a live report system, they accept traffic from social media and from any country. I really enjoyed using Klixfeed, I definitely recommend using them especially if you need your money fast.
- Adf.ly (CPM) - in my opinion, Adf.ly is the best CPM Ad Network. They have high payout rates, payments are made using Paypal and starting from 10$. You don’t even need a website to make money with Adf.ly, you can shorten any link and then start posting that shortened link on forums, social media, or anywhere else where you can get high traffic. The downside of Adf.ly is that visitors have to wait 5 seconds before they can see the content of the website, which can become pretty annoying.
2. Content Lockers
I didn’t really make money with Content Lockers, but I can tell you what they are used for. If you have a page that contains something very important and useful to the visitors, you can put up a content locker on them. In order for the visitors to gain acces, they will have to complete a survey and you’ll be paid for that. This method works great if you’re having a website that provides “premium” content for free, like cracks and other things. Here’s a list of some CPA (Cost per Action) websites I’ve used before and recommend:
3. Selling Banner Space
If your website has many visitors, you can sell banner space on your website, but you have to find Advertisers by yourself.
4. Affiliate Marketing
You can make money by selling products and getting a percentage for each sale. If you are interested, you could try:
5. Pay per Download Networks
If your blog contains hard to get, valuable, useful files, you can upload them on a Pay per Download network. Basically, you upload your files to their servers and they’ll provide you a download link. Users will only be able to download the files through your link after they will complete a survey or something similar. For every user downloading the files, you will be paid, depending on the chosen survey as well as visitor’s location. Keep in mind that most PPD networks do not allow non-legit content, if you’ve promised the users to give them a working Keygen (as an example), then the files should be a working keygen. If you are interested in using PPD networks, here are 2 great ones I do recommend:
You are now ready to make money from your website. All you need to do now is tracking your traffic.
Tracking your Website’s Traffic
If you want to track your visitors, I’d recommend using Google Analytics. It’s a free tool, it allows you to track your visitors location, sources, keywords that brought them to your site, and many more. What I mostly enjoy about Google Analytics is Live Overview, you can find anytime how many visitors do you have on your site, where are they from, where did they come from, etc. Since I recommended WordPress as CMS, I will recommend a useful plugin to quickly integrate Google Analytics in your website, and that is “Google Analyticor”. If you do not want to use a plugin, you can easily put the given code in the <head> section of your website.
That being said, we have concluded this 3 Part Tutorial on Starting a Website. I hope you enjoyed this guide. Succes!