In an era where our success is measured in terms of the number of followers we have, it’s not surprising that people are brainstorming and coming up with new ways of earning money on the internet. More and more people are trying out the new ways and means to monetize their websites. My days of research have shown me that, without having to strain our brain too much, we can actually earn money from our websites. Even though it’s not a whopping amount, there is nothing like earning along with something we love doing. So, here I go, sharing my research with you.
PPC (pay per click) Advertising Networks
We need to sign up with these advertising networks after which we get to embed the HTML codes on our website. The code creates relevant contextual advertisements, automatically generated by the network. We earn from the clicks it receives from visitors. Google AdSense is the most popular option under this category.
List of popular CPC advertising networks:
Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN)
CPM (cost per mille/1000) Advertising Networks
CPM advertising networks more or less work like the PPC networks, except that you get paid on basis of the number of page impressions or page views that the ads displayed on your site generate.
List of popular CPM advertising networks:
Affiliate Marketing (CPA – cost per action, CPL – cost per lead)
Affiliate marketing is a popular means to earn money. Here, you have a merchant who is willing to let others sell its products/ services directly or indirectly, in exchange for incentives.
List of popular affiliate marketplaces and networks:
You can also monetize by hosting widgets on your blog. They mostly work under a PPC scheme, while others behave like text link ads.
List of websites that provide monetization widgets:
RSS Feed Ads
RSS technology is a great way to reach out to more and more people, and now the website designers have even come up with the great idea of monetizing from the distribution channels through RSS.
List of popular RSS feed Ads:
Polls, paid Surveys and quizzes
There are services that will pay you money to run a small survey or poll on your website. You need to sign up, select the right kind of poll and run those on the website. Vizu Answers is a great site for this.
Creating an Email List or Newsletter
There are softwares in the market that help you earn money through email list and newsletter subscriptions. Managing a long list of subscription IDs is a difficult task. However, you can opt for it only if you have a popular website that gets you huge traffic.
List of software to manage email newsletters:
Creating various teaching programs
Creating a workshop with good mentoring services is a great way to attract and engage people in your website. As long as you give good service and are ready to offer something interesting and original, people will sign up for it.
Besides these, we can monetize through pop ups, direct banner selling, selling or renting your web space, innovative job boards, selling e-books and music videos. Selling themes or templates, creating conferences and workshops are also other lucrative ways to capitalise from your website.
Try to be original and promote your website to get more traffic. At the end of the day you need more traffic, more interaction and more involvement.