If you are an experienced web designer, you could make your own home based job out of your knowledge and experience by creating websites for others.
Or, if you already own a Web site, there are many ways to generate income from it, and I want to share with you a few things that work well for me.
The first and most obvious thing I do is sell ad space on my site. If your site gets enough traffic, you can earn a great income by selling advertising space alone.
Of course, the trick is to KEEP your traffic high, and you can only do that by providing something that a LOT of people want. Most likely, no two people will give you the same answer if you ask them what that "something" is!
Perhaps you are constantly asked to help others with their website designs or asked "how-to" do something. You can share your website design knowledge with others via your own website.
Some ideas that might be quite useful to your visitors are web design rules, tips, tools, resources, product reviews, message boards where you could answer questions to help people having problems and issues with their sites or design problems, etc.
You could also use affiliate programs to generate a revenue from your site. You can find an affiliate program for just about any topic you can think of.
Most of the merchants I have partnered with are through Commission Junction, simply because they have been dependable and on-time with payments. They have literally hundreds of merchants to choose from, so it is very easy to find a product or service to promote that is relevant to your website's theme and content -- this is VERY important! Any affiliate program you join should be consistent with the general theme and content of your web site.
Good content at your site also serves another purpose; it keeps your visitors coming back. If you provide information that people are looking for, that in turn creates traffic and the traffic creates the income.
These are just a few of the general categories that Commission Junction offers:
|Clothing & Apparel
Books & Magazines
Videos & Music
Business Products & Services
Career & Employment Services
Computer & Electronics
Education, College, Professional
Financial Services, Credit, Loans
Games, Toys, Gifts
|Health & Beauty
Home & Garden
Commercial & Personal Insurance
Recreation & Leisure
Sports & Fitness
Web Services, ISP
There are literally hundreds of well-known merchants in these categories, which allows you to really find products and services that will be relevant and compliment your website's content. To begin, simply register for a free account, choose the products, services, or companies that are relevant to your website's theme, or might be useful to your visitors, and you can then
sell advertising space and generate income from your website.
It goes without saying that creating and selling your own product/service is more profitable than reselling someone else's (and sharing the profits). That's why I love selling e-books. Some are mine, and some I've purchased full resell rights to, and I keep every dime I earn from them. This is another very profitable area of my business, and I highly recommend it to anyone.