Before you can make money with your website you will need content that will attract and keep visitors coming back to your website. Adding frequent new content is the best way to have visitors coming back to your site on a repeated basis. You can add contain by writing articles, blog posts, post videos and much more. The most important thing to remember with content is you want to provide value to the readers so they will continue to visit your site.


That’s a great idea, Chad, and I’ve been considering some form of that (creating a little giveaway eBook for a list specifically targeted at those who land on this page). I do like the idea of an e-mail course, as it might be easier to create in a short period of time. It’s going on my to-do list for this week, so hopefully I do it sooner than later…
Once you’ve had children, many parents find themselves caught in the trap of needing to work but wanting to stay home with their kids. Creating your own parenting blog can not only be a way to make some money, it can also help you connect with other parents and make sense of those crazy sleepless early parenting years (it does get easier don’t worry!)

It won’t be easy. I have made around 10 niche sites and have failed in 8 of them. The success ratio is again 80 – 20. You will never know which niche sites will bring you revenue until you give it a try. My experience tells me that small niche sites which have affiliate products and paid services around them convert the best. Google Adsense also works good for small niche sites but since Adsense depends heavily on traffic and pageviews, you will have to keep updating the site to get fresh traffic. Affiliate sales depends on reputation, authority and other things so if you can build a niche site and sell Affiliate products, it should work out well compared to a niche site which earns money only through Google Adsense and other contextual ads.
I do surveys with Pinecone, and yes they do have points now for the surveys, but you can still use the points for cash. Each survey gives 300 points and 300 points is equal to $3.00 if you use the cash option. The cash option is under the “featured” part of the rewards page. I never had to change anything and when request the cash from points, it’s still sent to my paypal which is how I had it set up before, even though it goes through confirming your address. I haven’t looked much through other rewards offered, but from what I’ve seen they look pretty decent.

The most expensive niche groups paying for the most costly keywords are industries with very high lifetime customer value; the most costly AdWords keywords exist in industries where the customer pay-off is considerably high. Ultimately, the amount of money insurance companies get from an individual signing up for insurance with them makes high cost per click rates worth the investment, even at $54 a click.


If your are interested in earning a passive income online, creating a niche website is a good avenue to pursue. A niche website is a site that focuses on one specific topic or subject that provides value in the form of information, education or entertainment. An example of a niche website would be a website that focuses solely on how to train your dog, or a website that provides meditation courses and tips. Information and value is given to the visitors of the site on a consistent basis.


How much will you make? I think my best month with Google AdSense was almost $5,000 over the last ten years. That amazing month blew my mind since it was actually near the beginning of my blogging journey. When you go from making zero to $5,000 in a month, that will rock your world. For me, it also got me even more excited because I knew there were other ways to monetize.
Often, what happens is that we run into unscrupulous Internet Marketers (IMs) who have less-than altruistic intentions of extracting money from you rather than helping you to make it. However, this isn't something new. People have been falling for networking marketing, pyramid schemes, and affiliate marketing scams since before the start of the net.

I’ve been in the ‘real world’ of marketing for 20-years. It’s only over the last 18-months that I have become a huge student of everything internet marketing related, as part of my quest to become a Virtual CEO – leaving me to not only live the life I want to, but continue to grow my brick ‘n mortar business, as well create and launch a huge amount of online business entities as well.


My top tip is: Pick a niche topic that you are interested in and passionate about. When building out and growing a niche site, you spend a great deal of time researching keywords, creating content, and watching for trends. If you aren’t passionate about the topic, your interest in spending time with the site tapers off pretty quick, as does your income. However, the opposite is also true. When you’re very interested and passionate about the topic, you love spending time working on the site, and it grows, as does your revenue.

Sean, your presentation is very comprehensive, especially for those who are looking to make extra income on the web. Your step-by-step tutorial is actually good as a “product development” stage of the overall business development, suitable for (aspiring) entrepreneurs looking to build a serious business online. If the niche site works we can grow it up for selling our own products or services. 

Creating space for banner ads on your website is another way to generate a revenue from adverts. However for this type of advertising you will need to contact businesses directly and ask them if they would like to advertise on your website. The upside is that you can charge a set amount, or even a recurring monthly fee, to business to promote their services on your site. Using a WordPress plugin like AdSanity is an effective way to manage this type of advertising.
If you’re just starting out wanting to learn the ins and outs, right now there is a pretty damn good internship that a group of SEO’s are putting on. I started about a year ago and without much success until I went through one of the internships. They cover niche website building start to finish so I highly recommend it. Just give me an email if you are interested. [email protected]
 If you want to find some contract work, I recommend you check out some of the popular freelance portals. The most popular one tends to be Upwork. You can easily find design, writing, and coding contracts on there. At first, you will have to work for less to prove your reputation and skill set, but as you improve, you’ll land better, higher paying contracts.
My next self-funded business hit $160,000 in revenue in its first year alone. After that first taste of self-made success, I’ve gone on to sign consulting contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars with startups like LinkedIn and Google, launch profitable online courses, and build a following of hundreds of thousands for this blog and my podcast series.
Create a killer course experience: With your course validated and in the works, you need to figure out how people will take it. Most course creators choose to host their courses from their own websites. This way, they get all the value of bringing customers back to their site on a regular basis. I host my own courses from a subdomain on my own site so I can easily add more. The course experience is incredibly important as well. And after trying most of the solutions, I highly recommend Teachable—an online platform designed specifically for courses.
Without a doubt, adding the words reviews to your key word can also be a great method of making money. However, me personally I normally avoid targeting keywords which rely solely on the review part. This is because so many other marketers target the ‘product review’ keyword. Competition is something I don’t like when it comes to making my money online. The less people I have to compete with in the search engines the better, so while I might add the word reviews in my content and sometimes in the titles. I generally don’t even go after review type keywords.
The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
WebMD uses a variety of moneymaking strategies and is an example of an authority website, which is the go-to place for information on a given topic. In a similar vein, The Simple Dollar is an online resource and budding authority website on personal finance topics. We value our readers and try to provide you with valuable content to keep you coming back. But your focus shouldn’t be on making millions or becoming an authority website. Your goal should be delivering value, solving a meaningful problem, and making that first dollar online.

Keep control of your business. Never put your business in the hands of another company. Many people rely solely on companies such as Google to drive traffic to their site. That is never a good idea. Even if your website ranks highly today, there is no guarantee it will remain there forever. Google updates its search algorithm regularly, and your website’s rankings could be wiped out overnight. Even if you believe you’ve been doing everything right, you can never be certain that Google will see things the same way. Do not be in the position of losing everything if your rankings are suddenly wiped out. Diversifying your traffic sources and keeping your business in your own hands eliminates this risk. Keep control of your business, or you risk jeopardizing all of the hard work you’ve put into it.
Megan, I’d encourage you to get my new book, as I wrote it with the specific intention of exactly what to do to get traffic and make money on a blog. It is divided up into chapters by the amount of traffic you have now, so it’s very easy to follow along, like a road map with step-by-step instructions to get you there! You can find, How to Turn Your Blog Into a Six-Figure Money Making Machine, on Amazon here.
Another site worth checking out is BookScouter, which will check the selling price on 55 different vendors. The list will include the offer price, how they pay (Paypal, check, etc.) as well as whether they pay for shipping and under what terms. If you have a lot of books to sell, they can search up to 3000 ISBNs in a single request if you upgrade to BookScouter Pro. There is also historical prices too in case you want to review trends.
Thanks for writing. Some great specifics in here (always love those). I had a question about your keyword numbers. You said the term “Nikon D700 Review” gets 27,100 searches per month, but when I checked that on Google’s keyword tool, it was much lower. The phrase “Nikon D700 Review” only got 3,600 global searches and other combinations didn’t seem to get close to the 27,100 figure you mentioned either (screen shot here – http://gyazo.com/0b4e5cfc18c2d650549e5fb9391004e5). Thanks in advance for clarifying – just wanted to be sure I was looking correctly.
What isn't clear in the sales pitch is this: Once you've kept the CD-ROM for more than a few days, you start getting charged -- sometimes hundreds of dollars, just to have it in your possession. A lot of consumers who have fallen for this have reported difficulty in stopping the charges, and in returning the CD. It's a trap that's easy to fall into but hard to dig out of.
Just curious, how much time would you say it would take the average person who has a decent understanding of how to do much of what you covered to get through all of these steps? Just a rough estimate. And how long, again, on average, after doing all of this would it take before that person starts seeing $500/month in a medium competitive niche – one that you would consider being pretty ideal?
Every time I surf internet, I come across thousands, not even thousands maybe millions of blogs targeting the keyword “make money online”. And why not ? It’s such a profitable keyword, its a gold mine basically. There has got to be every possible reason that you are targeting this gold nugget keyword “make money online”. Be it Adsense, Affiliates, CPAs, ebooks, clickbank products and what not – you just name it and have it !
Here’s the deal… If your chosen niche keyword has a certain amount of competition, more than you would usually be happy with, but you are super passionate about the niche you’re thinking of getting involved in, go for it! In my mind passion will always overcome plain old competition. It’s the passion behind Zappos that’s made them the driving force behind shoe sales online – even though there are a ton of people selling shoes online.
It can be very profitable, though I would recommend narrowing down your focus. Choose a type of online money making that you want to specialize in. Whether that is email marketing, seo, blogging, or something else altogether, pick something that you know or that you want to learn and make yourself an expert in that particular field.Being more specific makes you more capable of targeting certain people and it also makes you more valuable to those people.
Last but not least, you can also earn money online by building an online community, although the monetization strategies you can pursue will vary a lot depending on your goals. You can build a community with a blog, for example. You can also build an online forum and charge people for membership. You could even build up a Facebook group and use your influence there to sell and promote products.
Attorneys preparing for trial often create a mock jury to get feedback from individuals similar to those who may eventually sit on a jury. Since it can be costly to do in this in person in the community where the trial, cheaper online jurors are the logical alternative. They might listen to audio and view video presentations, or read the material and answer questions.
Has anyone ever told you you have a voice for radio? Are you great at creating original characters with just your voice? There are tons of people looking to pay for quality voice overs for their corporate videos, animation series, or educational videos. Check out Fiverr and UpWork or create a profile on a specialized site like Voices.com or The Voice Realm to get started making money online doing voice overs.
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