By creating a website that gives detailed information centered around one particular theme or topic, you could generate many streams of revenue from just that one website. All it takes is a good eye for design, knowledge of website design software and how to create your website, and creativity. Read on for some ideas to help you get going!
Choose a topic that you are very interested in, or one of your favorite hobbies. Spend quality time researching information, and organize your information into user-friendly sections, all centered around your topic. The more relevant information you can provide to the user, the better your website will be, and this is your goal!
You certainly want to provide as many useful points, services, resources, links, and tips as possible that may help your visitor in any way gain more knowledge about the topic you have chosen.
You can promote products and services that are related to your website's topic by joining affiliate programs such as Commission Junction. These programs work like basically selling advertising space, because you will place a link or banner to that product or service that you are promoting.
The difference, though, is that if your visitor decides that they like the product, and make a purchase, you will earn a commission of the sale, usually a percentage of the total sale. It may not sound like a percentage would put much money in your pocket, but the best month I've had at Commission Junction was $1,125.00! That's really good motivation!
The better the information on your website pertaining to your topic, the more traffic you are likely to generate, and the better you promote the products, the more people are likely to click on those links leading to the product and hopefully will find them useful enough to purchase.
The really nice thing about joining an affiliate program like CJ is that you don't have to do anything but work on your website creating fresh and useful content. The merchant whose product or service your have chosen to promote is responsible for delivering directly to the customer, and you have no input at all. You don't have to deal with customers, shipping and delivery, returns, etc...all you have to do is concentrate on building the best website that you can, and provide solid resources and information to your visitors.
There are literally hundreds of well-known merchants in these categories, which allows you to pick and choose.
You can also create enough high-quality informational material on your chosen topic that other webmasters who have websites with themes related to yours will want to link to your website, which provides you with another source of traffic in addition to higher search engine rankings.
Another benefit of having other websites linking to yours is that when advertisers see your increasing traffic, they will want to purchase advertising space on your website.
If you have your own products or services to sell, you can not only sell them through your website, but also consider placing your items up for sale on eBay and other online auctions. You can create a seller ID on eBay that reflects your business name, which will help people remember and distinguish you from other sellers.
What better targeted market could anyone ever ask for than eBay spending millions of advertising dollars, then separating products into categories, so that people who are wanting to purchase the exact product you are selling will come directly to you? The only thing you have to concentrate on is making buyers want to purchase your product! Learn about how to sell on eBay.
You can really run with this idea, creating your entire home based business around your website, and create multiple streams of income, something I strongly recommend and practice myself.
What should your topic be? Take a look around the Internet. Do a few searches on things that interest you, or choose a hobby that you currently are pretty knowledgeable about. There are literally hundreds of topics you could choose, but I have just spent about 10 minutes coming up with this short list of possible topics for your website.
Obviously this is not a comprehensive list, but might help motivate you in the right direction!
Pets or Animals Themed Website
Fan Club Website
Health, Health Conditions, Medicines, Treatments
Diet & Fitness
Gardening & Landscaping
Health & Beauty