How to Build a Website & Make Money From It

By Ty Arthur

  • Overview

    Nearly every Internet surfer has seen advertisements for "get rich quick" schemes or ways to make millions online, but very few have ever actually made any money. To make money online you will need either a good deal of web programming know-how or good website editing software and the persistence to keep providing content until you finally receive enough visitors to start generating income.
    How to Build a Website & Make Money From It
    • Step 1

      Decide what sort of content you are going to offer to draw visitors to your site. Pick either a small niche that has a dedicated fan base but not many websites, or a popular subject where you can compete with other websites that offer similar content. Choose a subject that you personally enjoy reading about so you will have more drive to update it regularly. Find subject matter that will draw many readers, such as news about celebrities, tips and instructions for homemaking or cooking, reviews of the latest games and movies, or some other subject people will want to access on a regular basis. Put any talents you have to use, and provide content no other location has, by using your own artwork, humorous videos, poetry, fiction or commentary on current events.
    • Step 2

      Sign up for RSS feeds from other websites that update you with information about the subject you are covering so you never run out of new information. Contact people who are part of the industry so you can provide insider information that other sites can't. Check popular websites covering similar material frequently to see what they are doing that draws so many people in.

    • Step 3

      Check the websites of the various web hosting companies that charge a monthly fee and compare their different packages. Choose a monthly pricing plan based on how much storage you want, the amount of monthly traffic you expect to receive, and any other extra features the company may offer. Complete the registration process and choose a domain name for your site.
    • Step 4

      If you know HTML, build your website by uploading any logos or images you want to use to the web host's file manager system. Then access the HTML editor and edit the "Index.HTML" or "Main.HTML" file. Use HTML tags to arrange the various image files and text on your site.
    • Step 5

      If you don't have any HTML knowledge, use a WYSIWYG website editor such as Microsoft Front Page; WYSIWYG, pronounced "wizzeewig," stands for "what you see is what you get." Drag and drop the various elements you want on the website into the editor, arrange them the way you want, and then export the file to your web host.
    • Step 6

      Submit your website to all the search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, so that Internet surfers can find your website when they search for specific terms dealing with the content you provide. Modify the text of your website using search engine optimization techniques to ensure that your site will rank high on search engine results. Repeat specific keywords that get the most searches and rearrange some of your sentences so that they read more like a search request.
    • Step 7

      Place advertisements on your website that pay you a specific amount of money each time a unique visitor clicks on them. Copy the code from the advertiser's website and paste it directly into your site. Or, to make it easier, choose an advertising program such as Google AdSense that will automatically change the advertisements based on the type of content you offer.
    • Step 8

      Sign up for an affiliate sales program, such as the Amazon Affiliate program, that will place ads for specific products related to your content on your site. Each time a visitor clicks on the link and buys a product you will receive a portion of the sale.
    • Step 9

      Create a "premium" section of your website with additional content that can be accessed only by users who pay you a monthly fee through a service such as PayPal. Be sure to offer content that users will be willing to pay for, such as breaking news about a certain subject if you have an insider source or higher-quality products if you offer images or videos.
    • Skill: Moderately Challenging
    • Tip: Be sure to balance your search engine optimization techniques with proper editing so that your website is not difficult to read or obviously set up to get more results.
    • Warning:
    • Don't bother trying to use a free website service; the bandwidth they provide will be insufficient for the amount of traffic you want if you expect to make any decent amount of money from your site.

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