A question I’m often asked is “How do I make money from my website?”.
The easiest way is through passive income sources. These are things that you install once on a site and they earn money for you forever after. It may not be a lot of money, but it is free money…
The best known passive income source is Google Adsense. However, there may be reasons why you don’t want to or can’t use Adsense. So what other alternatives are available?
[New] MaxBounty – a Cost Per Action (CPA) network that’s pretty easy to get into (many CPA networks have stringent criteria you have to meet before they’ll allow you in). It provides offers over a wide variety of categories. You need to apply to some offers to get accepted.
[New] Peerfly – another easy-to-get-into Cost Per Action (CPA) network. It provides offers over a wide variety of categories. You need to apply to some offers to get accepted. It’s easy to search by country to see what offers are available in your area or where the audience for your website resides.
Chitika – A viable alternative to Adsense for product-based websites (e.g. review sites). Like Adsense, it provides contextual ads based on the content of your webpage. you get paid per ad click. Like Adsense, you paste a code snippet into your pages where you want ads to appear.
Infolinks – An alternative ad network to Google Adsense. It provides a number of ways to monetize a site. Infolinks pays per ad click. Their payouts are on the low side compared to Adsense. Links are double-underlined or dotted-underlined to distinguish them from regular links on your pages. To enable Infolinks on a page, you need to paste a code snippet onto that page. A WordPress plugin like Header & Footer allows to you to paste once and have the code appear on all posts and pages, making script management much easier.
Backlinks.com – What this does is hyperlink words and phrases in your content. Links use the normal single underline. However, it’s different from Infolinks in that you get paid whenever a link is placed on a page, whether the link is clicked or not. NOTE: If you use WordPress, you have to disable any caching plugin (like W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, etc) for the service to work.
– Add text links to blogs via a plugin. Can be added to PHP-only static websites by installing some PHP code though it’s not as simple as a cut-and-paste job. Places text links on your site for advertisers. You have the option of accepting or rejecting ads for display or can opt to have them be accepted automatically. Low traffic sites are likely to be rejected. Payouts depend on the pagerank of the site and range from about $5 up to over $100 per ad/link. Since you can have up to 8 links on a site, that could add up to a nice monthly income!
OIO Publisher – Can be added to blogs via a plugin. Can be added to PHP-only static websites by installing some PHP code though it’s not as simple as a cut-and-paste job. Similar to Text Link Ads but allows image/banner ads to be placed on your sites as well. You define zones on your site where ads can appear and can set ad sizes, how many ads will appear in an ad slot, etc. You’re also responsible for setting ad prices so if you set your rates too high, people won’t advertise on your site. Text Link Ads don’t like it if you use OIO Publisher on a site as well and they’ll remove your site from their marketplace until you remove OIO Publisher.
All the above income sources are free apart from OIO Publisher which costs $47 (but you can save $10 with this coupon code: FALL16-WEBBIZKB). Many can be used in combination on one site; e.g. Adsense, Infolinks and Matomy could all be used on one site.
I’ll update this post as I come across other passive income sources.
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