From £0 to £11,000+ Per Month E-Commerce Link Building Case Study

From £0 to £11,000+ Per Month E-Commerce Link Building Case Study

From £0 to £11,000+ Per Month E-Commerce Link Building Case Study

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E-Commerce Link Building Case Study

This case study outlines the exact link building steps we took in order to increase traffic and subsequently take our clients e-commerce site from £0 to over £11,000+ per month in revenue.

The site is in the food niche and the profit margins are high.

You’ve probably read a lot about SEO and link building.

Whitehat, Blackhat, Greyhat, anchor text distribution yada yada.

Much of what you have read has most likely been conflicting, which may have left you a little confused as to the best way to get backlinks to your website.

The truth is there is no one size fits all strategy. Every industry and campaign is different and the way you go about obtaining backlinks should reflect this.

e commerce sales

How Do I Find Out The Best Backlinking Strategy For My Industry?

The simple answer is to find out what your top-ranked competitors are doing.

If you aren’t sure who your main competitors are, it’s probably a good time to find out.

A simple search for your main keywords in Google will provide you with the answer and from there you can start analysing the sites and find out exactly what they are up to.

Let’s take two examples in two very different niches, to confirm the point there really is no one size fits all link building strategy.

Niche Example 1

The games niche is huge, tens of thousands of terms, many  huge search figures.

If we take the game Happy Wheels and do a quick search for some keywords we can see some decent search figures:

Keyword research

If we search “happy wheels unblocked” in Google we can see the search results dominated by Google, Weebly and Wix sub domain sites, which is interesting if you were looking for good niches to do some parasite SEO.

Search results

If we take the first standalone domain we can see US organic search figures at 11.8k (mobile) and 6.7k (desktop) – which is only a conservative monthly estimation of the traffic.

Search figures
search figures mobile

Although not that relevant to this case study, SEMRUSH also provides data on the top organic keywords bringing in the traffic to the site, which is useful information for the keyword research phase:

Keywords

Either way, the data reflects there is money to be made here.

The next step is to put the domain through Majestic or Ahrefs. I use Majestic, it’s just a matter of choice.

The overview reflects happy wheels related keywords would not be easy to rank for with a brand new domain:

Backlink analysis

The anchor text distribution is interesting:

Anchor text

31% for “happy wheels”, which probably contradicts a lot of what you have read and reiterates the point that every industry is different, including the amount of times you should use your main keyword as your anchor text in order to rank highly without getting penalised.

The backlinks to the site also contradict what could be described as “quality” “relevant” and within “Google’s guidelines”.

Spam blog comments from a Muslim related domain?!:

Blog comment spam

Sitewide links from several cloned websites, most likely some kind of PBN:

Sitewide

Analysis tells us blackhat techniques are most definitely working in this niche.

Niche Example 2

Let’s take our second example a food sub-niche and similar to our clients.

“organic food delivery” receives over 6,000 searches per month and will be highly lucrative:

organic food delivery keywords

If we run the site ranking number 1 in the UK for that term through Majestic the overview indicates a very strong domain:

Organic food delivery backlink profile

The anchor text distribution looks a lot different from the happy wheels URL, indicating a far cleaner, more natural link building campaign:

Organic food delivery anchor text

Analysis of the links indicates relationship building, free giveaways and high-end directory submission.

As you can see two very different methods to reaching the top in two very different niches.

If you are going to use any blackhat techniques on a client site, the only rule is they know exactly what you are doing, agree to it, are fully aware of the risks and you have a strategy in place in case things go wrong (which thankfully doesn’t happen often).

SEO Strategy Used That Helped Generate £11,000+ In Monthly Revenue

Organisation Discounts

Offering discounts to organizations is a great way to build links and also to generate some direct sales.

In terms of our client site we were able to obtain several links from highly authoritative sites, including some .edu domains using this method:

Link profile organisation discount

It’s a pretty simple tactic in which you approach organisations which offer their members discounts and pitch your own discount on the products or services you sell.

It’s always best to target organizations whose members will likely be interested in your products.

To find opportunities you could enter the following search strings in Google:

“members discount”
“membership discounts”
“members discount directory”
site: edu “student discounts”

Further opportunities can be found by analyzing the backlink profiles of the organizations already listed on the member’s page.

For example, Warner Leisure Hotels are listed on Sagas membership discount page:

e-commerce-seo

Analysing the backlink profile of their website, provides us with 398,683 backlinks from 1400 referring domains:

Warner leisure hotels backlink profile

If we start working our way down the backlinks it doesn’t take long to find the first organisational discount link:

Organisation discount link

It’s from the English Indoor Bowling Association, an organisation which could be pitched to but also providing another list of companies we can analyse for further opportunities:

Seo data

Free Giveaways In Exchange For A Review

I’ve read recently that Google is clamping down on this technique and that all backlinks provided should be no followed.

The truth is if every single link you work hard to obtain is no followed, you are going to rank for nothing.

Much like many things in life it’s about common sense and doing things in moderation.

Offering something free to influential bloggers in your niche is a great way to get some promotion and build links.

While many companies have money to burn and can afford to send out free stuff worth hundreds of dollars to bloggers I would call anything but influential, I prefer to pick and choose.

Before making a commitment, you should check:

The strength of the domain – using Majestic or ahrefs
Organic search traffic estimation – using SEMRUSH
Social account follower numbers and engagement levels

To find opportunities you could use the following search strings in Google:

ProductName + intitle:review
ProductName + intitle:ratings
ProductName + intitle:comparison
ProductName + intitle:compare
ProductName + intitle:recommnded

Once you have found some good sites that have provided reviews, reverse engineer those websites to uncover further opportunities.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts are much like guest posts, except you pay for the privilege of posting your content on someone else site.

While in an ideal world we would have titled this section “Guest Post” and published our content for free, you will often find this isn’t a viable option for commercial businesses.

While many bloggers in the food niche, were more than happy to accept guest posts from their fellow bloggers, they were a bit more reluctant to allow us to publish our content without receiving some cash first!

Much like the free giveaway tactic, be prepared to do some analysis on the site you are thinking of publishing on.

To find opportunities you could enter the following search strings in Google using either “guest” or “sponsored”:

  • keyword + “guest blog”
  • keyword + “guest blogger”
  • keyword + “guest article”
  • Keyword + “guest post”
  • Keyword + “guest author”
  • Keyword + “write for me”
  • Keyword + “become a contributor”
  • Keyword + “contribute to this site”
  • Keyword + inurl:contributions
  • Keyword + “become a contributor” + inanchor:contact
  • keyword + “contribute to this site + inanchor:contact
  • keyword + “guest blog” + inanchor:contact

We also found good opportunities on Twitter by searching for “keyword + sponsored post”

Recipe sponsored post

Backlinks from Directories

While many of the low quality, spammed directories got targeted by Google a few years ago and were de-indexed, directory link building is an easy and solid way to obtain quality links.

We prefer to submit to industry-specific directories and also pay for the privilege, which normally costs between $20 – $100.

While a paid directory normally indicates it is going to be of a higher quality, we still check the metrics and also look for opportunities that represent a little more than a directory.

In order to find directories to submit your site to, you could enter the following search strings in Google:

  • industry keyword + submit URL
  • industry keyword + submit site
  • industry keyword + directory

Turning Brand Mentions Into Links

Turning non-linked mentions of your business is an easy and effective way to obtain some links.

This link building method worked for us because our client was reasonably well known for the bricks and mortar side of the business.

It’s important to note that if you are a brand new e-commerce company it’s highly unlikely you will be able to find any mentions of your business.

In order to find mentions you could use BuzzSumo or Mention, both tools will provide you with notifications of when your brand is mentioned.

After you receive notification head over to the page, if you have already been provided with a link, your work is done, if there is no link visible then reach out with an email similar to this:

outreach template

Hopefully, you found this guide useful and can use some of the techniques mentioned to build links to your own website.

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5 Mobile SEO Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Mobile Marketing Efforts

5 Mobile SEO Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Mobile Marketing Efforts

5 Mobile SEO Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Mobile Marketing Efforts

SEO remains one of the most popular topics on the internet. Why?

Because webmasters are always fighting to get search traffic – the better your pages are optimized for search engines, the more chances you have to rank your content, and the more traffic you’ll drive to your site.

That’s not all; it equally means that you’ll be making a lot of money (provided your site is optimized for conversions).

It doesn’t matter whether you are in blogging, content marketing, affiliate marketing, social media, or e-commerce, the challenge is the same…

…Every website owner is searching for the right skills required to make their sites perform better in SERPs (search engine result pages).

However, while implementing SEO strategies, one area most people often fail to give adequate attention to is mobile SEO.

In today’s marketing era, mobile marketing is becoming increasingly popular. Any marketer who’s not yet paying attention to mobile traffic is not doing SEO correctly.

 

As more and more people are starting to use mobile devices for every task that used to be only possible on desktop, one thing has become apparent:

  • The mobile web is gradually taking over the internet.

And, I’m not talking about just surfing the net. I’m talking about everything from browsing social networking sites, checking emails, collaborating with teams, and making purchases.

According to statcounter.com, mobile browsers enjoy 53.03% of the total number of people who access the internet, while desktops have 42.19% and tablets have 4.78%.

Furthermore, in an article on the Hallaminternet blog, Jonathan Ellins stated that:

In 2016, we saw an increasing number of people using tablets and mobile devices instead of desktop computers to browse the internet. On average, the combined number of mobile and tablet users finally surpassed the number of desktop users globally and the upwards trend is continuing.

Therefore, it’s important for site owners and internet marketers to pay more attention to the mobile version of their sites so that they will benefit more from these mobile users.

However, just like desktop marketing, mobile marketing requires the right SEO tactics to get you a significant position in SERPs.

Sadly, a lot of marketers still make huge mobile SEO mistakes that end up robbing them of a considerable chunk of internet traffic – thereby leaving a lot of money on the table.

What Are These Mobile SEO Mistakes?

1. You’re Not Using A Responsive Design

What exactly is a responsive web design, and why does it matter?

According to HuffingtonPost:

“A responsive design simply means a website that has been constructed so that all of the content, images and structure of the site remains the same on any device. For example, when a user accesses a site on their desktop, they are getting the full view of the site. But when that same user goes to visit the site from their smartphone or tablet, the site will retract to fit on the smaller screen.”

Responsive Design Example

(Source: Freshparks)

In 2015, Google started taking a website’s mobile presence as one of its ranking factors – this alone can justify why using a responsive design is essential.

Typically, one of the reasons why responsive blogs perform better in search rankings is because they provide a better user-experience over websites that are not mobile-friendly.

Additionally, Google likes the fact that responsive sites use a single URL as opposed to using different URLs for separate versions of a website.

With a responsive site, you no longer have to worry about creating different websites for different devices; your website will run perfectly across all devices.

Apart from all these obvious facts, there are also other vital reasons why you should instantly switch to a responsive design right now.

Responsive sites:

  • Enable you to reach more clients and customers on smaller devices (smartphones and tablets).
  • Decrease labor and costs as you no longer have to run separate websites for various devices.
  • Track and report analytics from one place.
  • Increase customer satisfaction, which will eventually lead to higher sales and conversions.
  • Stay ahead of the competition as over 44 percent of fortune 500 companies not yet mobile ready.

Finally, if your site is not responsive, you will lose out on mobile traffic as a lot of mobile users who try to access your site will quickly hit the back button and leave.

2. Your Mobile Pages Load Slowly

Just as people who access your site on desktop computers hate slow loading pages, so do mobile users.

According to Think With Google:

Slow loading sites frustrate users and negatively impact publishers. While there are several factors that impact revenue, our model projects that publishers whose mobile sites load in 5 seconds earn up to 2x more mobile ad revenue than those whose sites load in 19 seconds.

Mobile Pages Load Slowly

The same study also observed 25% higher ad viewability and 70% longer average sessions for sites that loaded in 5 seconds vs. 19 seconds.

If your site takes too long to load, visitors might leave before they’ve even seen anything.

Apart from annoying visitors, Google also punishes slow loading pages and ranks them very low in SERPs.

In a blog post on the Appticles blog, Alexandra Anghel stated that, “when your mobile website or app is clumsy or slow, 29% of smartphone users will immediately switch to another site or app if it doesn’t satisfy their needs (that is, they can’t find information or it’s too slow).”

Below are the basic things you can do to boost your mobile page speed:

3. You Have Blocked Files

Internet marketers understand how critical search engine indexing is to their website search experience. This is why they always do their best to help the search engines to properly crawl and index their sites, spending time and money in off-page and on-page optimization such as website structure, content, links, meta descriptions, tags, image optimization, etc.

But, while it’s obvious that high-quality website optimization is paramount to success in search, not paying attention enough to the technical aspect of SEO can be disastrous.

If you’re not familiar with terms like robots.txt, XML sitemaps, microformats, and meta robots tags, you might be putting yourself in a lot of trouble.

Let’s focus on one of those terms right now – robots.txt.

Robots.txt is simply a text file whose function is to instruct search engine robots (also known as spider, bots, or crawlers) how to properly crawl and index web pages. Typically, the robots.txt file is placed in the top level directory of your site so that the bots can easily access its instructions.

Unfortunately, in an attempt to optimize a site and rank higher, some site owners make a big SEO blunder by shutting out the Googlebot from indexing their files.

How do they do that? They restrict Google’s access to their CSS, JavaScript, and image files.

And if your robots.txt file disallows the Googlebot from accessing crucial elements of your site, your rankings will definitely drop.

To prevent this potential disaster, always check your robots.txt files to see that no essential elements are disallowed. You can also test your robots.txt files on the Google Search Console to be sure that all is well.

4. You Don’t Have Rich Snippets

Let me ask you a question:

Have you ever noticed that when performing a search on Google, some listings often look more attractive and sexier than others? For example, check out the screenshot below:

Rich Snippets example

See that extra information like the star rating? That’s a rich snippet.

Rich snippets take relevant information from your blog and display them on your website’s listing in the search results, apart from the usual page title, URL, and meta description. This additional information can include star ratings, images, author information, etc.

Rich snippets are often neglected in SEO strategies, and this is because they are more tedious to implement than traditional on-page SEO tactics. But if you can spend a little time practicing how to use them, it will be well worth it in the end.

According to Search Engine Land, adding this extra piece of information to your Google search listings captures the eyes of viewers, and they can increase your click-through rates by 30 percent, even if you’re not occupying the first position.

Google loves websites or blogs that provide rich, accurate, and instant answers to queries. If you want to be the website that provides those instant answers, you should use Schema.org on your site.

Finally, using these kinds of rich snippets increases your CTR because it makes your site more attractive to users, and Google tends to reward these helpful additions.

5. Your Multimedia Content Is Causing Problems

Adding videos and multimedia content to your site is a great way to make your blog posts better and more engaging. However, you need to be sure that your site is able to play this content without any issues.

In a situation where this multimedia slows down your site’s speed or isn’t playable, this could pose a great challenge to your mobile marketing efforts.

Back in the day, all the videos you’ve ever watched on the internet were channeled via a 3rd party plugin such as RealPlayer, QuickTime, or Flash. With these great plugins integrated into the various available web browsers, almost invisibly, the viewer wasn’t concerned about how they were seeing the video.

Nowadays, problems occur when the audience suddenly attempts to view a video on an unsupported platform. This is especially problematic for mobile users who may not be using a supported browser.

One good way to overcome this problem is to follow Google’s advice by using HTML5, especially if you want to display animated content on your website.

With an ever growing number of people viewing video content on mobile devices, ensuring video can be seen on any device and with any browser should be of great concern to every webmaster.

Mobile SEO Mistakes

Because the mobile internet is so ubiquitous, optimizing the mobile version of your website will not only improve traffic, it will also go a long a way in improving your income as well.

Do not wait until you’ve lost your users before implementing changes on your site. People love sites that load fast, have responsive designs, and have obviously been optimized for their specific platform.

And in doing this, Google will reward you.

Implement the tips we have provided in this post, and you will surely notice some level of improvement in your SERPs.

What things do you do to improve your mobile SEO? What tips can you add to this list? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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57 Real Ways to Make Money From Your Website

57 Real Ways to Make Money From Your Website

How To Make Money With A Website: The 53 Best Ways

In the past, I primarily focused on Google Adsense for my own niche sites. However, since I first started building sites, I’ve found that there are tons of Adsense alternatives

In addition, there are lots of ways to make money from your website besides just advertisements.  I’m going to definitely show you how you can get advertisers to pay you money through display ad networks; however, I’ll also share lots of other unique ways to turn your website into a real business (i.e. money).

Make More From Adsense: The best way to maximize your Adsense earnings is to test placements. I use a free tool called Ezoic which does this automatically, Click here to try it out.

When I first start a niche website, I’m not usually going to pick a particular monetization strategy until I pick a niche and keyword.   Sometimes, I’ll think that I would like to build an email list and monetize that list with affiliate marketing offers or my own products.  

However, this is not set in stone, and could change as I pick my niche OR as I test different strategies on the same site.

As you contemplate how you should make money from your new niche site, I will show how many options are out there.  

First, I’m going to list the general ways to monetize (categories like CPA, contextual ads, etc) and then I’ll number off the specific networks or options within each of those general categories.

Below I will share the 53 different ways that you can make money from your website.

Pay Per Click Contextual Ad Networks

Pay per click ad networks literally pay you when someone clicks an ad on your website; whether or not they go and buy anything.  This a great way to start making money online, from your website.  Most of these are extremely easy to add to your website as well.

You just sign up and get approved, then copy and paste a short snippet of code onto your website.

These are networks like Google Adsense that have ads displayed based on the content of your site.  Typically you will get paid per click from these types of contextual networks.  Here are a few (there are likely many many more):

1. Google Adsense

Most good looking websites should have no problem getting an Adsense account. This is a personal favorite of mine for it’s ease of implementation and relatively passive income for someone just getting started. 

Here’s an example of a Google Adsense ad:

2. Media.net

Media.net handles all the ads for Bing, Yahoo, and many other advertisers.  I’ve had a few people claim that they are able to make more money online with Media.net than Google Adsense.  

Here’s an example of what Media.net looks like.

3. Infolinks

4. Vibrant Media

5. GumGum (In-image ads)

6. Chitika

7. Clicksor.com (both eCPM and pay per click).

8. Pulse360

Key Takeaway: Don’t always assume Adsense is your best option. I personally am enjoying using Ezoic display ads.  You can try Ezoic ads right here

In reality, there are many more pay per click networks that you can use.  However, these are some of the top options. 

CPM Advertising Networks

Rather than paying on a per click basis, these ad networks pay on a per view basis (usually a dollar amount based on 1000 pageviews).  Most of these networks require that you have a large visitor base to be approved to their network; therefore most of these won’t work for a smaller niche sites.

Your ability to get into these advertising opportunities typically depends on how many pageviews your website is generating.

So, if you have a website that is getting tons of traffic from Pinterest for example, you can monetize that traffic through some of the below CPM networks.

9. Ezoic Ads

Ezoic ads are display ads that also have an ad testing engine built in.  In other words, Ezoic actively tests the ad placement and size of your ads to ensure that you make the most money possible.  You can check out Ezoic ads right here.

10. Mediavine

Mediavine is also an excellent display ad network if you have at least 30,000 sessions a month.  These ads have great RPMs and have helped several webmasters I know increase the overall earnings of their sites.

11. Conversant Media

12. Tribal Fusion

(500,000 unique visitors per month required).

13. Criteo

14. Adthrive Media

If you have a website getting lots of visitors (over 100,000 pageviews a month), then AdThrive is an excellent option.   I know of several people that were able to dramatically increase the earnings of the website by switching from Google Adsense to AdThrive.

15. Monumetric

Another reputable display ad network for sites that have high traffic levels.

16. ePom.com

17. Adblade.com

18. Advertising.com (part of AOL)

19. Burst Media (25,000 monthly page views)

20. CPX Interactive

21. Technorati Media

22. Repixel

Repixel connects you with advertisers that are looking to serve Facebook Ads to people who have recently visited your website. For example, if you blog about golf, then golf shops, golf apps, golf clubs, etc., would probably pay you really good money for letting them tag your visitors to serve ads to.

The beauty of Repixel is it works in the background so it’s purely incremental revenue to any sort of site monetization tactic you’re already using. You can read more about Repixel here.

There are a TON more CPM ad networks out there, this is just a small sample.  You need to find one that fits your niche or works best for your site.

CPA (Cost Per Action) Networks

These types of ads pay a fixed dollar amount based on an action taken (like an email submit form filled out).  Many of these affiliate marketing networks listed below offer both affiliate commissions (% of the actual purchase price) AND CPA opportunities.  There are also a LOT more ad networks out there than I could possibly ever list in this category – this is just a few.

In general, these are great options if you are generating leads for businesses.  A classic example is if you have people interested in refinancing their home.  You might get paid $50 or more for each name and email address that you are able to refer to potential lenders through some of the below networks.

23. Neverblue Media

24. Clickbooth

25. MaxBounty.com

26. PeerFly.com

27. CPAway.com

28. Adscend Media

29. ShareaSale.com

30. CPAlead.com

About a thousand others…

Affiliate Networks

An affiliate network pays out a fixed amount or a percentage of the sale amount.  As an affiliate marketer, you refer someone through your link and get paid if someone actually buys something. As mentioned, some of these networks bleed together; meaning some of these affiliate networks pay out on CPA offers as well.  

Affiliate marketing is a huge business and it’s a great way to make money online.  

31. Amazon Associates

This can be a good option because you get paid no matter what the person buys on Amazon within 24 hours (not just what you referred them to).  If you happen to building a niche site, then I think this is an ideal option to get started with.

Amazon has millions of products that you could write reviews on.  In addition, so many people are comfortable buying products on Amazon (and may even have a Prime account), that it makes it really easy to refer buyers to Amazon.

32. Commission Junction (CJ.com)

33. Clickbank

34. SkimLinks

(This is actually an in-content ad network, but it pays out based on actual sales made.  So its not a per-click basis, but does display ads automatically based on the content of your site.  Its a pretty cool option actually that I’ve used and like).

35. LinkShare

36. ClixGalore

37. eBay Partner Network

(Actually pays on a per click basis – but the amount you earn goes up or down based on the history of actual sales you’ve generated.  So if lots of people buy through your links, you get more per click.)

38. AvantLink.com

39. Rakuten

40. PepperJamNetwork.com

41. JVzoo.com

42. WarriorPlus.com

Direct Affiliate Programs

Thousands (yes thousands) of companies offer their own affiliate programs that are NOT listed in any network.  These can be harder to find, but often pay very well. 

However, if you are in a certain niche, you will know the types of products that your visitors might be interested in.  As a result, just do a quick Google search to see if those companies offer an affiliate program.  Just type in “company name” + affiliate program, so something similar to find results.

Here are just 2 examples of companies that run their affiliate program in house:

43. HostGator

They have an affiliate  program here.

44. Link Whisper

This is my own software product that makes building internal links for your website much faster and easier.

Independent affiliate programs is probably the biggest category because you can also contact companies directly and ask to start an affiliate program with them or otherwise work out a deal with them directly.

Sell Ad Space Directly

This is a big market as well with lots of options.  You can contact people directly on your own or use an ad manager/network to help.  Here’s just one option:

45. BuySellAds.com

Create Your Own Product

The most profitable way to monetize your site is usually going to be with your own product.  Obviously the kinds of products you can create are only limited by your imagination. Here’s just a few common options:

46. Create a video training course

You can see an example of a video training course that is all about building a website from scratch and making money.  It’s called the Authority Hacker Site System.

47. Create an eBook

 I was able to self publish a book and get it to $100 a day in earnings in a relatively short period of time.

In addition, you can “publish” your book on your own website.  A digital book can really just be a PDF file that you deliver to people once they pay.  I know of several people doing really well publish small books and selling them for $47 or more on their own niche websites.

48. Create a membership area or paid forum

49. Create a piece of software

I have created a couple of different software programs, and I can tell you this can be an excellent way to make money from your website.   I owned and operated Long Tail Pro for 5 years before selling it.  I currently own and operate Link Whisper as well.

50. Create other tools, services, or information.

51. Launch and sell a product on Amazon.

This is a very common way for bloggers to make money. 

In a nutshell, brands will ask bloggers to write an article that reviews their product or that highlights their product in some way.  The brands will pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars per post.

52. Sponsored Posts

This is a great way for brands to get in front of the audiences that are trying to target.  And this a great way to make money blogging. 

However, it’s important that you notify readers somewhere on the article page that it is a sponsored post and that you received compensation for writing it.  In addition, you need to make sure any links are “no followed”, and Google will then be okay with the sponsored post.

Sell Text Links

Obviously this won’t be right for everyone and many consider questionable.  I personally would never sell links on my website, and I strongly advise you against the practice.  Google can and will penalize your website so that it doesn’t appear in the search engines if you are caught participating in buying or selling links.

But there’s a huge marketplace.  Here’s just a few places you can sell links:

53. TextLinkBrokers.com

54. Digital Point Forum

55. Warrior Forum

Donations

When all else fails, you can ask for money :).  Many sites have done this in the past with varying degrees of success.  Wikipedia is probably the most well known site that operates 100% on the donations of users.

56. Ask for donations

Sell Your Site

Even if you never monetize your site, you might be able to sell out for a pretty penny!  If you build the traffic of your site or otherwise have an audience, there is value there.  If the traffic is high enough, you could sell for a lot (think Twitter kind of traffic…).  And of course, people buy brand new sites all the time that have no traffic or audience based on design and niche (but usually for very cheap).

57. Sell Your Site

If you are interested in either buying or selling a website, I recommend that you check out MotionInvest.com for smaller content websites.

Overview and Your Thoughts

To be honest, there are probably several other ways that you can make money with a website, but this is a good start!  And most certainly there are thousands of other ad networks or affiliate programs out there that you can use. 

But for the most part all your options for how to make money from a website are going to fit in these main categories covered: Pay Per Click Networks, CPM Ad Networks, CPA Networks, Affiliate Networks, Direct Affiliate Programs, Selling Ad Space, Creating a Product, Sponsored posts, Sell Text Links, Donations, or selling your site.

Overall, I hope that you’ve found this list helpful as you begin your journey of building, growing, and making income from your website. The amount of money you can make from blog posts or your website in general usually comes down to your own marketing efforts. 

If you can attract a big enough audience or traffic source, then the ability to start earning money is very real.  This truly can be a legitimate work-from-home opportunity.

I would love to hear your thoughts!  Did I miss any major money making networks or methods?  Let’s discuss below.

By Spencer Haws

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