Heading - Stage 4: Making money with your Website

Now that you have your Website that is optimised to receive as many visitors as possible, it contains all the bling to help keep their attention and encourage them to return again and again, now find out how you can use your site and the Internet to make money.

When people want to use to Internet to make money, the first method they tend to turn to are the rich quick schemes.  Beware, many of these are scams that end up costing you more money than you make.  Do not expect to become a millionaire over night; it just doesn’t happen that way.  Earning money online takes time, effort and patience.  But hey, working from the comfort of your own home, no commuting, no deadlines and no stroppy boss: can’t be bad!

Sub heading - Technique 1: Affiliate Programs

My advice to anybody who wants to use an information-based Website to make money is -- choose a subject that you are passionate about.If you use a topic that is close to your heart, not only will your head be full of interesting information that you can utilize, but you will also find that you are more motivated in keeping your site content full and up-to-date.Do not think that when your site is making you lots of money it will make you happy in your work and motivated.It doesn't work that way.You need to be motivated and happy in your work to make the money!

To quote a phrase that is used frequently regarding profitable Websites - 'Content is king!" The more interesting content you have on your site, the more visitors you are likely to have.The more visitors you have, the more money you are likely to make.That is the plain simple truth! You will probably find that to make serious money, you will find yourself working long hours and even weekends - at least to start off with.So, the need to have fun while you are building your visitor base -- is vital!Also, spend as much time as you can spare, researching.Look for new information on your chosen subject that you can add to your site.Do not adopt the attitude that what you know is all you need to know.Also, investigate ways in which other people have made money through their Websites.The Web is full of success stories where people are only too willing to share their money making secrets.

Entrepreneurialism is about turning information into cash without having to interact with a single customer! The following explains some of the methods used today to make money without having to actually sell anything:

Sub heading - Technique 1: Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs are schemes that allow companies to advertise products or services on your Website via provided links.In exchange for displaying these links, you receive commission payments if the referral leads to a sale. Some Websites make enough money through affiliate programs to generate a considerable income. The key is to refer products that relate in some way to the theme of your site.However, finding affiliates that are relevant to your Website can be time consuming.In addition, there is no guarantee that visitors who click on these links will make a purchase.

Google Ads, Amazon and Bravenet are among the top programs currently available.

Google AdSense has become a popular method of placing advertising on a Website because the ads are less intrusive than most banners and their content is often relevant to the content of your Website. What's more you are paid EVERY time someone clicks on the link, whether they bought anything or not. This program has made many regular Website owners a lot of money and made a lot of non-technical people into Web entrepreneurs.

Once you have registered FREE with Google AdSense, it is just a matter of acquiring the ads suitable for your site, using their user-friend ad search tool. To find out more about Google Adsense, click here.

Google AdWords has become one of the most lucrative ways of making money on the Web. I am not talking about advertising your goods or services through Google, but displaying a link to refer visitors to your site to the Google AdWords program.  Google AdWords is a "Paid-to-refer" program (PTR). There are two types of PTR program, quantity and quality. I will not go in to Quantity PTR, only to say beware. Google AdWords is a Quality PTR program. When an advertiser who signed up for Google AdWords through your referral spends £2.50 (in addition to the £2.50 sign-up fee) within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with £2.50. When that same advertiser spends £50.00 within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with an additional £20.00. If, in any 180-day period, you refer 20 advertisers who each spend more than £50.00 within 90 days of their respective sign-ups, you will be awarded a £300.00 bonus.

Please noteThe purpose of these monetary values is to give you a idea as to what can be earned through referring people to Google AdWords. They have been converted from Dollars ($) and are approximate. They are also subject to change.

Amazon over time has expanded to sell music, electronics, household goods, and now even groceries! With the addition of Amazon Marketplace for third party stores, if Amazon doesn't sell what you want, the Marketplace sellers probably will. No matter what your web page content is about, you can find something on amazon that relates to it.

By joining the Amazon Associates Program and displaying an Amazon link, you can earn up to 10 percent in referral fees. To find out more about this program, go to the 'Join Associates' page on the Amazon Website.

Bravenet allows you to earn extra spending money by referring your Website visitors to Bravenet's hosting service. You will get $50 - $100 (25 - 50) per account refereed. For more information, visit the Bravenet Website.

TipDo not excessively ads so that they over-power the page. Make sure they are relative and strategically placed.

Sub heading - Technique 2: Membership Sites

Membership Websites are site where people pay to access information you publish in a password protected area on your site.

Membership Site Advisor will help you offer exclusive articles, information, or even a service (like software, games, ebooks, music etc.). People are willing to pay for online content. In fact, the "Online Publishers Association" revealed that pay-for content is emerging as a hot revenue model. Get paid to turn your hobby, specialised knowledge, or profession into a membership web site. For more information click here.

TipSpend time to plan your ideas picking the one that has the most potential to succeed.

Sub heading - Step 4: Sell Sell Sell!

Sell your unwanted items. Forget the days of standing in the rain at a boot sale with people looking through your unwanted items, now whether you're a bix-box retailer or just an average Joe (or Jane) cleaning out your garage you can make money.

eBay is worldwide and nearly anything you list on eBay will sell if you're flexible enough about the price. eBay's global reach can even move unusual items that aren't in demand in your own neighborhood, turning paperweights into cash. For more information go to www.ebay.com. If you are creative, you could turn your hobby into a business on e-bay.

If you are selling items on your Website you will need to have a checkout system that can process credit cards, this may seem complicated but it's relatively simply to add.

PayPal internet accounts are crucial for e-commerce. Reach a network of over 50 million accounts in 45 countries, and receive payments in five currencies. Bank charges can be incurred with cheques of different currencies, this charge does not happen with Pay Pal as the money is transferred directly into your Pay Pal account. Accept payments cost-effectively, with no setup or monthly fees, and low transaction fees. Get paid securely, backed by an industry-leading fraud prevention system and effective risk management models. For more information click here.

Google Checkout is a new way to process sales. It works with Google AdWords to make it easy for shoppers to find you and buy from you. Google Checkout's streamlined checkout process helps lower trolley abandonment and persuade shoppers to buy. Google Checkout is a fast, secure and convenient way to shop online. For more information click here.

Your Website is Search Engine Optimisation, fully optimised with all the necessary bling, now find out how you can monitor its performance and acquire new visitors by reading Web Design Guide STAGE 5: Marketing your Website.

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