The best ways of making money on the Internet from your personal website.

Making Money on the Internet

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Maybe you've heard people say that you can get rich on the Internet. But, if you are serious about making money on the Internet, remember, it's not a get rich overnight business. Internet success takes time, effort and knowledge. There's no easy "get rich quick" method, so you need to spend the time for building income stream from your website.

You can find many kinds of websites that have the aim, directly or indirectly, to make money. Apart from the online retailers who are using their sites to directly make money, you can find many websites with various moneymaking features.

Here's an excellent page describing realistic ways of making money on the Internet from your personal website - Work From Home. No "get rich quick" schemes. Just proven, reliable ways to to build an online business or use a website to expand your offline one.

The basis for building serious income is the high traffic. If your site only gets a few hundred visitors per month, as most of personal websites, you'll unlikely make more than pocket change.


Here are some ways of making money on the Internet from your personal website...

Banners
They were one of the first ways of making money from hobby websites, however they are not so popular now since most surfers don't even look at them. In fact, the click-through rate (the percentage of visitors who actually click on a banner) has steadily dropped, from around 5% 4 years ago to less than 0.5% now.

In the Traffic-Building volume of Make Your Site SELL! 2002 (the free ebook describing all possible ways of making money on the Internet), banners are called #1 "Time and Money Wasters." Save yourself months of poorly spent time. Read this essential manual first.

If you have highly relevant, cleverly designed banners, you can beat the odds. However, you need relatively high traffic to actually make more than pocket change. In fact, most banner advertising companies prefer to only pay for actual sales (even click throughs are no longer attractive, since many people click through because they are paid to, and not because they intend to buy anything).

Freebies
Under this category are things such as free lotto tickets and various games where you can win prizes. Often, these are implemented as pop-ups and are much more annoying than banners.

Affiliate programs
They pay you a percentage of the sales you generate for them, or for each visitor you send. This is one of the best ways of making money on the Internet. You don't have to spend time and energy creating your own product. And some of them pay 50% commission. See Affiliate programs for more information on building income from affiliate programs.

Google AdSense
This is one of the easiest ways of making money on the Internet for small and medium sites by displaying relevant, text-based ads from Google AdWords (Google's own advertising program) and receiving a share of the pay-per-click payment.

Other tools
There are many tools that can help you make some pretty big commissions without your visitors even realizing that you're building income from their visits.

For example, several search engines will pay you a few cents per search made from your website. If a few hundred people use your search box, you'll earn a few dollars a day - not bad for a few minutes of cut & paste a small line of code within the HTML of your Web page.

Selling a Product or Service
This is an obvious way of making money on the Internet. To succeed in it, you have to succeed at three points...

  1. Develop a great product that is of interest to others on the Web.
  2. Write a professional website designed to sell.
  3. Attract targeted customers to the site.

Ken Evoy's Make Your Knowledge Sell! is a very useful ebook for those who want to get a piece of the e-commerce pie but don't know how to come up with a product. Formerly sold for $49.95, MYKS! is now free. It shows you that your knowledge, life experience, specialized interest or hobby can be packaged into an information product ("infoproduct") that other people want and are surfing to find.

An infoproduct offers the best entry point into the world of making money on the Internet for most people. Absolutely everything is in MYKS!... from brainstorming to automating your order-processing. You need absolutely nothing else to succeed at selling what's in your brain.

For additional information on how to start selling online, see Selling on the Internet and Free Merchant Accounts. You'll also find there a list of 3rd party credit card processing companies - processing fees, extra costs and other details.


See also...

Passive Cashflow Secrets
It's a series of videos in which Neil Shearing shows you examples of how he does work once and then is paid for it over and over again. Each movie comes with a PDF transcript and a set of action steps for you to take.

Internet Success Blueprint
It's a complete guide on how to start making money on the Internet, written specifically for beginners.

SiteSell Free Downloads
From within this page, you can download several very helpful ebooks, which are highly recommended to those who start making money on the Internet. There's no charge - you're not even asked for your email address.

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