We have been asked several times by blog visitors for an article on how to make your own website to make money online.
Ok, so before I teach you how to build a website, lets first talk about how to make money by building a website.
First, think about the internet. There are over 100,000,000 websites online right now! That is a lot of websites!!
But only about 200,000 of these 100,000,000 websites makes their owners enough money to live on (at least $100 per day). $100 per day in income is $36,000 per year, which a normal human can live on (though frugally). On Alexa.com you can see the 500 most popular websites in the United States, just about all of those websites make at least $1,000 dollars per day. On Technorati you can see the 100 most popular blogs in the world, some of them valued in the millions. Analyze the top 100 Clickbank products, which each have hundred of Affiliate website owners sending them traffic and making them sales, and decide for yourself why they do so well. Look at them carefully, and you will see how much time, detail and thought has been put into them. Think about the problems that they solve, all websites that make money solve problems that people have. Also, look at their domain names, they are all catchy and cool.
Think about the 5 websites that you visit the most. The five websites that you would really miss is you could suddenly never use them again. Websites that you use EVERY DAY. What makes you like those websites? What makes them so cool? Why do you love them so much? Think hard. What makes those websites so cool?!
The reason you love your favorite websites so much is because they help you solve problems that you have, teach you how to solve problems that you have, connect you with other people so that they can help you solve more problems that you have (Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter help you solve your problem of Loneliness ;P ), or entertain you in some way(like Youtube.com or DeviantArt.com). The best websites in the world all have owners that pour a lot of time, energy, thought, love, passion, expertise, and soul into them. That is why they make money. Realize that, and then start a website about something you love that thousands of people could fall in love with, and pour a lot of your time, love, and energy into it to make the world a better place. That is how you will make money by starting a website.
How to make money with your website
Listen carefully. Now matter how you monetize your website (you own products, affiliate programs, advertisements) you will not make any money unless you get lots of VISITORS to come to your website. In most cases you usually need at least 1,000 visitors per day to make $100 per day, though it varies greatly on what kind of website you have.
There are two ways to monetize your websites, Advertisements (like Adsense or Clickbank Affiliate Products), or selling your own products that you create which can be physical or digital (information or software).
If you monetize your website with Advertisements, you’ll make about $10 per 1,000 visitors, so you would need 10,000 visitors per day to make $100 per day monetizing your website though Advertisements. That is a lot of visitors per day, and very hard to get. Very few websites get 10,000 visitors per day.
If you sell a product (physical product, digital product, membership site access, ebook, video course access, private forum access, or anything else you can think of to sell) and make $20 in profit each sale and make one sale per 200 visitors, you would need only 1,000 visitors per day to make $100 per day. 1,000 visitors per day is doable.
4 best ways to get 1,000 visitors to come to your website every day
The way you get 1,000 visitors per day is though a mix of Search Engine Traffic, Affiliate Traffic, Paid Traffic, and Email List Traffic. Lets look at each one.
1. You can get a lot of traffic from Search Engines.
You do it by starting a website with a cool domain name where you add at least one new blog post or article to your site every day. Search engines love to rank free content high because that is what their searchers (customers) want, free information and free stuff. So if you add a new unique high quality article or blog post to your website each day, you will likely get a lot of search traffic. That is how many of the most popular websites in the world get their traffic. Look at sites like CopyBlogger and Mashable, they add new high quality pages to their sites every day and get tons of traffic because of it, with each new page ranking in search engines for more keywords.
You can hire people to write for you for just $5 per 400 word article if you are too lazy to write your own content, or just want to expand your website faster. I’m telling you that if you add one high quality, unique blog post or article that is at least 400 words to your site every day, you will enjoy more search traffic and your website will grow in value. Every 3 months, your website will grow by 100 pages, each page ranking for more keywords. Try it and see what happens, do it for 100 days straight, 20 minutes per day (you can write 400 words in 20 minutes, try it).
If you cannot think of things to write about on your topic, go to Youtube.com or DeviantArt.com and search for a video or piece of art about your topic, and then embed it in a post and write about how much you like it. Or write about how to do something within your topic of interest. Or write about news from your niche or make a video about it. If you are funny, make a funny video every day about something you like and post it to youtube and embed it on your site, there are many very successful people that do that and get thousands of video views.
2. You can get a lot of traffic from Affiliates.
Start a information product website, or product website. Then offer a high paying affiliate program though a site like Clickbank.com. You can see examples of sites with high paying affiliate programs in the clickbank marketplace. You want to pay out 75% of the amount of each sale you make, so you can attract as many website owner and email list affiliates as possible. Then you should contact websites owners in your niche and ask them if they could promote your product website on their website through your affiliate program, or pay them to advertise your product though banner ads, reviews, or posts. Also ask them to do a blast to their email list for your product. But remember, they will only promote your product if it is very high quality, pays a lot per sale, and is related to their niche.
3. You can Buy a lot of traffic.
You can get a lot of traffic by buying it directly from other websites in your niche that get traffic, or from big Pay Per Click networks like Adwords, Facebook, Bing, Ebay, Amazon, or Adfly.
But if you want to buy traffic, you have to make sure that you are going to make more money than you spend on the traffic. You do this by having a very targeted landing page where people can only buy your product, or only opt-in to your email list. Do not put links to other places on your landing pages, or you will leak that very expensive traffic and your conversion rate will fall below profitability. If you optimize your site well enough and have a high enough converting product or free offer, it is possible to buy traffic every day and make profits from it. If you monetize your site with Advertisements only and not your own product, it will be very hard to buy traffic profitably, so start a website on a topic that you can eventually create a product for so that you can buy traffic and get affiliate traffic.
4. You can get reoccurring traffic though an Email List
As you get traffic from the above mentioned methods, your email list will grow. You can have an opt-in in your sidebar, you can sign them up when they buy your product, or you can give away a free ebook or video though a dedicated opt-in page. As your email list grows, send them cool free information, new videos you like on youtube related to your niche, new videos you make, new blog posts and articles you write, and occasionally an offer for a high quality product.
So, to summarize.
1. All successful websites either teach people how to do something, entertain them in some way through pictures, videos, and text, or sell a product that solves a problem that a lot of people have.
2. All successful websites have a mix of traffic from search engines, affiliates, paid traffic, and email list traffic.
3. All successful websites have a good, catchy, easy-to-remember url domain name.
4. All successful websites are updated and added to frequently, usually daily.
5. All successful websites target an audience that are all interested in one particular thing.
Here are the steps to setting up a website with WordPress, the best website builder there is.
And remember, WordPress isn’t just for building blogs. You can build any kind of website you can imagine with it.
Step 1 – Order Web Hosting And A Domain Name
You need Web Hosting and a Domain Name if you want to have your own website. Its just a fact, you need those two things if you want to start your own website and do it right so that you will be in control of your content and destiny.
I will setup your website for you for free if you get Website Hosting and a Domain Name through Host Gator for $9.96 per month using this link. I will also make you a logo, help you add the first five articles to your site, optimize your site for search engines, setup your website to backup automatically each week, install any theme you want, and install any plugins you want.
HostGator is the host of millions of websites. They offer excellent customer support and have every feature you can imagine. The hosting plan you want is called “Shared Hosting” Baby Plan. Don’t let anyone talk you into getting your own Dedicated Server, you don’t need it, my websites get thousands of visits per day and shared hosting works even better than a Dedicated Server.
Once you create your hosting account and domain name, just send me your account details here and I will get everything setup for you. I have setup hundreds of websites so you will have a nice website when I am finished. You can change your account password once everything is done for security purposes.
If your domain is registered with another company, you will need to set its Name Servers to point to your hosting account in your domain name control panel. You will receive your Name Servers in your confirmation email, for example ns1.hostgator.com and ns2.hostgator.com. If you need help doing this, contact me.
Step 2 – Wait for the HostGator Account Creation Email And Login To The Control Panel
Click on the link to your control panel in the email. This will bring up the cPanel login screen. Enter the username and password that HostGator emailed you and it will log you into your control panel.
Step 3 – Using Fantastico To Install WordPress
Once you are logged in to your Control Panel, scroll down to Fantastico Delux and click the icon.
Now click “WordPress” and then “New Installation”.
Fill in the information like the image below, then click “Install WordPress”.
It will then tell you it is going to create a database. Click ok, and you will see this.
Enter your email at the bottom of that page and have your login details sent to yourself.
Your website is now online!
Then go to www.your-website.com/wp-admin/ and login with the details it gave you (the details you sent to yourself on the 3rd step of the Fantastico Installation).
Now go to “Settings” and make your “Site Title” the main keyword you want to target. Also, add www. to your site address as it makes it easier for search engines to index your site when you include the www.
Now choose your theme and add plugins. The first plugin you should install is WordPress Database Backup. Set it to email your database to you daily.
The theme I use for all of my sites is Thesis Theme. I learned how to configure the Thesis Theme, go check that site out it is a great resource for people that build websites.