If you are wondering how you can make money using different websites, then you have come to the right place. I would let you in on my secret to making money. Sounds too good to be true? Not at all. Making money online may be a “trade secret” that must not be shared for others, but not for me. In fact, I find that creating online businesses and wealth is a passion of mine – something that has brought me success and fulfilment. I would like to share this success with you.
One ingredient to my success might be my talent for making the most of opportunities that come my way. Whenever I see a thing, a problem, or a phenomenon, my mind immediately works over time in trying to find value in it. I think of solutions or opportunities that might be implicit in something. Because of this talent, I have been called a Creative Creator. I have to admit that this nickname does have some bearing on my personality.
Thus, my passion for creating businesses online does not only stem from the desire to make money. Instead, it is really about trying to find something conventional and tweak it so that it will create value for everyone and in turn, generate revenue as well.
Now, let me tell you about my Internet Marketing journey. I started off by creating WordPress websites for people who need them. The idea of creating a full-blown, up and running website from virtually nothing excited me. In addition, learning that these WordPress websites eventually become profitable gives me an enormous sense of fulfilment that no money can buy. I simply thrive and have fun in this work – it makes me jump out of bed every morning, eager to start the day. It is a wonderful bonus, of course, that good money comes in from this work too.
It was the year 2006 when I first tried out website building. Back then, I could not understand how people can make money in the internet. Truth be told, it is still pretty hard for me to explain what I do when people ask. In this article, I shall try to explain as clearly as I can.
It may seem hard to believe, but I started out with zero investment. Now, I am earning exclusively because of the profitable websites I created in WordPress. I do not need to write for websites or work in Elance. However, I will leave you to speculate as to how much money I earn since I can easily be misleading you by making figures up.
To start my online website building expedition, I bought this cheap hosting package from a site called Hostgator. For only $4.95 a month, I was able to host an unlimited number of websites. This made sure that my online businesses can continue expanding. As of now, I already have a couple of hosting plans but it all started with this hosting package. I am still amused whenever I think of what could have happened had I decided against buying that package because I thought it was too expensive at that time.
Getting Started: Build Websites, Make Money
I believe it was about five or six years ago when I started building websites – I am not sure of the exact date. I started with a website that made different information available for those who access it. At this point, I was not yet aware that you can actually monetize these websites. As time passed, however, I realized that you can actually make money from websites. I tried out different forms of monetizing my websites and was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked! From then on, I tried to build more profitable websites like the first one.
Then again, it is not all rainbows and butterflies – some seem to grow and develop into largely profitable sites that need to be constantly maintained while others simply seem to fade into nothingness and need to be dropped. Today, I still spend time trying to create websites in addition to the profitable ones – but I only make an effort to grow them when I see indications that they can be profitable, otherwise, I just drop them.
My major business expansion did not really take place until I learned about making websites using WordPress. I started to learn about this process through tedious means: by interacting on forums and doing my own internet research. I started becoming an expert in WordPress website building and today, I can build my own profitable WordPress site with practically a few strokes and clicks!
Now that I have introduced WordPress sites to you, I will tell you more about some sites where you can earn:
I started with Google AdSense to make money. This is for the following reasons: first, it was well-known to everyone including me. In fact, at this particular point in time, I did not know any other sites that can help people make money online. Second, it paid well – enough for me to work from home while still able to cover for my daily living expenses.
At first, I thought that you simply have to put AdSense into your website and wait for the money to pour in. I realized eventually that there are a lot of technicalities involved if you want to make sure that you earn a lot; you can customize your sites and create gimmicks to increase your AdSense click-through rate.
To use AdSense, you have to be familiar on the concept of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You also have to incorporate the ad code from AdSense into your own web html. AdSense is a very defined way of giving incentives – it paid you based on what keyword served as the “door” through which a person accessed your website. If the keyword is coveted by advertisers, then you get paid higher. You can find out what keywords are valuable by going to AdWords and finding out the cost of bidding for certain keywords.
Though AdSense provides good money, I have tweaked my way of earning. What I now do is try to figure out what keywords get most hits and put related products (sometimes my own) as links.
Amazon is one of my recent discoveries. For someone like me, who already owns established and profitable websites, I can simply put in new links like that of Amazon’s to my successful sites. I also create specialized websites or niche websites that are focused on selling these Amazon products.
I did not stop there. I discovererd this autoblogging plugin and placed it in my sites that are linked to Amazon and they drive in a lot of attention. I am now consistently earning from Amazon as well! Having tried this method, I can conclude that Amazon niche sites are a good way to make money online as well.
Affiliate Programs: Clickbank
For affiliate programs, I first tried out Clickbank way back 2006 and I have been using it ever since. To achieve success with this, I first studied what Clickbank products had the highest sales. Once I found out what these products were, I would start to build websites that match these products.
My very first successful attempt in this website was a $10.48 from an affiliate sale. You can just imagine how happy I was when I saw the money deposited to my Clickbank account! Despite the small amount, I felt successful especially when I consider how not many people actually make money online even if they try it out.
For many of the Clickbank products that I sell on my established websites, I try to create and test new ways of marketing and selling the products. At this point, I was not afraid of making riskier moves since I already had a continuously stream of income from my WordPress sites.
My initial earnings from Clickbank came in the form of checks which had to be encashed. As I began to earn more and regularly, I was eventually allowed to have earnings directly deposited to my bank account.
Ebay: My Sales Training Ground
Before I became interested in creating websites and selling affiliate products, I was first selling my clothes and other things in Ebay way back in the year 2000. My beloved partner tells me – and I agree – that my skills in selling stuff was initially developed from my Ebay selling experience. In fact, I had the chance to transact on a personal level with some customers I got to know from Ebay. This in turn enhanced my real life sales talent.
Individual Affiliates to Explore
I have a lot of affiliate websites and programs in my journey to make money online. I find TheraBreath one of the websites that offer the best value and offers that can really earn you a lot of customers and money! Websites that are about healthcare should definitely start carrying this product.
In my experience, I find HostGator as the second best affiliate in terms of value and offer. If you want to expand your websites and network, you should definitely explore this option.
Sell Your WordPress Websites!
I sell my WordPress sites to different people with different needs. About 99% of my clients come from the US but I also have clients from all over the world.
I sold websites before I explored other means to earn online. I remember buying one website online, doing some “reverse engineering” to find out how it was constructed, and learned how to build my own site from here.
The rest was history. I sold my first WordPress site for a wonderful $327 – and just for a few hours of work! Now, I earn about $397 to $1000 for each website I sell. In fact, I can earn as much as five figures in a month, not bad for a job I enjoy so much.
For my web flipping business, I just did research on how to create a WordPress website, started buying and creating my own, and listed it for sale online. Today, it is my source of sustainable income.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try!
As with any other new endeavour, do not be afraid to try new things when it comes to making money online. Experiment with different ways to make profitable online businesses, sell websites and sell products! You need to invest nothing but your time and effort. This would surely bring you the success it brought me!
Final Thoughts on Online Profitability
Since I was aware of my talent in selling, I always expected to create wealth online. What surprised me, though, was when I found out that it can actually replace my daytime job. In fact, I don’t even consider it work since I enjoy it so much! How many people can say the same for themselves?
When I started making money online, I experimented with Clickbank before trying out other types of monetization. From here, I learned that to be successful online, you needed to first establish a website, generate a lot of web hits and from here, sell your products.
I applied this knowledge to both AdSense and Amazon to generate revenue. However, I also benefitted a lot on the side through individual affiliates like those discussed above, and through sharesale, linkshare or commission junction.
Soon, my earnings came from pretty much anywhere. In fact, there are some instances when money came from a site that I had stopped maintaining two years ago. It is amazing how you can create value by just using the internet.
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I was excited when I made my first few dollars through Clickbank. What about you? How do you plan to make money online? Go to Programs to find out more!