Whether you have a website or are still dreaming up ideas for a blog, you can also look into affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link. 

If you can find and restore items like furniture and appliances, you can make a substantial amount of money. You can acquire the items on Craigslist, or even at garage sales or estate sales, restore them, and then list them for sale on the site. You may also be able to market certain items on eBay, particularly if they are small, unusual, but high in price. 

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.
In the long run, promoting products and services for a commission is probably the best way to build a sustainable income from creating online content. Instead of just taking a nominal fee for letting someone advertise on your blog, you can take a cut of the profits for yourself. The difference can be huge, especially if you stick with it for several years.
I now want to create a new site on another subject that interests me, and decided to buy the domain from the evil godaddy this time (first site domain purchase and hosting plan is from another company that is so-so). What do you think of godaddy’s hosting services? I keep getting their e-mails with discount offers. Is WordPress really as simple as you make it out to be for someone not really into tech? Am already mildly stressed with so many separate accounts (domain, hosting, e-mails, control panel, phpbb forum login etc…)! 

Hi Sarah. So it’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep because I’m worried about paying my bills. It’s so ironic that I came across this post. I know that I would have plenty to post about with my love for DIY home-improvement and my distressed furniture business, but looking through all of your information it just seems so overwhelming. I feel like if I don’t read through everything I could make a mistake and end up paying money instead of money. I have prayed that God will send me an answer so I can get some sleep! Haha. Any advice? 

Use keywords and phrases in content: Your content should contain key words or phrases that someone would type into Google when searching on a particular subject. Think of what someone would type into google and include this keyword or phrase in your blog post etc. For example, someone might search “how to train a dog to sit”. Your blog post should contain this phrase at the beginning, middle and end of the blog post.
I, like many other people, have had niche sites hit by Google before because of aggressive link building. By minimizing offsite SEO, you are lowering the risk your site will get hit while increasing ROI with easy keywords that your competition is not targeting; a win-win situation. A caveat to what I mentioned above is to do the process manually. Sure, there are tools to help aid in your keyword research phase, but nothing will ever beat human intuition. This is why I spend so much time digging up keywords, because other people are not. If you devote the time, results will come.
Thank you for the clear, concise road-map for building a successful monetized site without relying on spam. Since my retirement from teaching in 2012, I have been freelancing as a writer/photographer and have had some success, but my ambition is to have my own website up and running so that I can write for myself and still earn money. I have not dedicated enough time to writing quality content or marketing my website, but this article has inspired me to dig in and get it moving in the right direction. Again, thanks for an article that was worth reading and may you continue to have great success with your endeavors.
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