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


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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Affiliate Marketing Without a Website: How Can You Do It?

Affiliate Marketing Without a Website: How Can You Do It?

Affiliate marketing has been one of the most popular ways for even non-tech savvy individuals to make money online for many years now. Nothing has changed in this respect.

There are many ways for affiliates to make money. While most use a website or multiple websites to help them earn revenue, this isn’t actually necessary. There are ways to succeed at online affiliate marketing without a website.

There’s no denying that having a website comes with many advantages. Especially when it comes to affiliate marketing. That being said, if you’re looking for ways to expand your outreach or need to get started right away, then there are other options.

While it’s almost always best to eventually move to using a site in addition to these various strategies, if you really need to get started without your own website then read on for everything you need to know!

Understanding Affiliate Marketing Strategy

There’s plenty of work that goes into building a successful affiliate sales funnel long before the first sale ever takes place.

Understanding how affiliate marketing works and the strategies and mindsets you need to succeed is crucial. Learn the crucial foundational information inside and out, and you’ll thrive. Try shortcuts to skip all that, you’re likely to fall flat on your face.

Understanding good marketing strategy is all the more important without a website. A good website can overcome some flaws. If you’re diving into affiliate marketing without a website, then your understanding of good marketing needs to be that much more on point. At least if you want the best chance of success.

Three Pillars of Affiliate Marketing

Three stone pillars

There are many different tricks, tips, and strategies to pick up along the way. Don’t ignore these, they all have value. Especially if they help you improve your bottom line. After all, you didn’t get interested in learning how to promote products as an affiliate to not make any sales.

The three main things you need to focus on for affiliate marketing are: traffic, trust, and conversion rates.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone with experience, it never hurts to come back to those three points. Without them, you are going to struggle.


This is a no-brainer.

Traffic is life when it comes to affiliate marketing. If you have zero visitors, you can’t make a sale. Pretty simple.

Getting traffic, driving traffic, getting the right kind of traffic – that takes skill and work.

To some extent affiliate marketing is a numbers game. You get enough traffic and at some point you’ll make a sale even if you’re mediocre at online marketing. If you’re average skill or better as an affiliate marketer, you can make some decent money. Depending on the amount of views, of course.

This is one of the major reasons that many affiliates choose to go with a website. This gives them an online space they can control and drive traffic to.

This opens up other strategies. Quora doesn’t accept affiliate links, but they can be a massive traffic driver. That makes Quora a resource for affiliate marketing if you can drive traffic from there to your website.

Understanding the importance of traffic will help you stay the course when you are working to get those affiliate qualifying sales without driving traffic to a static website.

Groups of YouTube videos that get massive amounts of traffic can be used to make affiliate conversions. As can any place where you’re allowed to put a link to earn money via affiliate sales.

How much traffic can you get to the links? How much of that traffic will be quality traffic? These are important questions because they play a huge part in whether you succeed or fail no matter what your specific affiliate strategies are.

Building Trust

Nobody clicks on spammy links anymore, because no one trusts spammers. Spam emails, messages, and links have been problems for two decades now. But if your best friend sends you a link you’ll click it if you actually are sure it’s from them. You’re likely to click on an Amazon link to a fishing rod if a professional angler recommends it. Why? Trust.

Building trust can be difficult in the most ideal of situations, which is why you should think of trust as a synonym to “providing value.” Whether it’s by being a participating member of forums known for delivering incredible posts, creating outstanding YouTube videos that get massive amounts of traffic, or creating incredible Pins on Pinterest that get thousands of people paying attention, value is the name of the game.

If you bring value to whatever you’re doing, you will earn trust. Only links from trusted sources get clicked. Skipping this step is a good way to end up with a lot of work with nothing to show for it.

Quite possibly with a few bans along the way for spamming.

Make sure you don’t fall into that trap. If you want to make money promoting products of any kind you must build trust and avoid getting labeled as a spammer.

Conversion Rates

Traffic and trust together are the basis for a good conversion rate. The conversion rate is simply what percentage of clicks buy. This can vary based on niche, traffic source, cost of the item, online rankings, and a variety of other factors.

This is important to track on everything because it can give you a wealth of information that teaches you how to be more effective.

Does forum traffic convert better than social media?

Do Amazon products convert twice as well as links from smaller more independent sources? Do YouTube videos get less clicks but a much higher conversion rate?

This information can help to paint a picture of what is working well and what is just causing you to waste time.

The key is to look at how the data focuses on the big picture. This tells you what programs, items, and methods work best. At that point when you have your winners you can then make small changes or alterations to see what makes a difference. Sometimes really small changes can move a conversion rate from 6% to 8%, or a similar amount.

Keep in mind that the rates vary. Generally, websites have some of the higher conversion rates because it is easier to build the right funnel for converting sales. You have control over every part of your site, how it’s set up, and how you can link.

Still, even when using forums, online classified ads, marketing to an email list, YouTube videos, or other resources for affiliate marketing, you want to keep track of numbers.

Learn what you can do to get the most out of each link. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your online traffic. Conversion rates can tell you a lot.

If one affiliate marketer is getting 1% sales and another 12%, you probably don’t need any more information to know which one has their dream life versus which one is struggling.

Importance of Choosing a Good Niche

This is a big one to make money with your online content. If you’re trying to sell a $5,000 item without a website, you had better have a great strategy and some serious sales chops. That is a hard sale to make in the best of times.

Every niche also has language that people in the niche will understand. Hunters know how fellow hunters talk. Anglers know how other fishermen will talk.

When someone is trying to sell you something in an area you know, hearing that familiar jargon creates trust. Not hearing any of it creates distance and suspicion. It is also very easy to tell the difference between someone writing passionately about a topic and someone writing like a robot.

Choose niches that you know well, that you are passionate about, or that you’re willing to learn about. This makes it easier for you to add value. Adding value and building authority will make it much more likely that you can convert visitors into sales.

YouTube Affiliate Marketing

YouTube Marketer

There are a lot of people making good money as affiliates on YouTube.

Who needs a website when you can harness the traffic of the world’s second largest search engine?

Whether a popular YouTuber or a niche blogger, you have a chance to get some serious sales. After all, the search engines love to put video content from YouTube towards the top of any search results.

The way the majority of internet marketers on YouTube get these sales is by putting affiliate links in the description, and then pointing out those links in the video.

Asking for support can be a great way to have viewers who were interested in buying something you were talking about buy from your affiliate link. They get what they want, you get a cut. Everybody wins!

YouTube affiliate marketing is an excellent way to take advantage of a heavy traffic platform and to use the trust and following you’ve gained from producing great video content to also push some affiliate sales.

You must be able to create good video content. Whether those videos promote products related to your affiliate program, or you make money by driving traffic to a sales page, YouTube can be a powerful tool for making money without a website.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is big with online marketers because even after two decades it still is often one of the most effective options out there. Getting someone’s email address isn’t as easy as it used to be. If you want a real email that someone is actually going to be responsive to, you need to build trust.

Take care of that email list. Don’t spam them. Cultivate even more trust and when you do promote an affiliate product chances are you will get a strong response.

The potential is at least there.

Getting that email list can be done through a variety of means.

Regardless of how you go about doing it you need to make sure that you protect that list. Don’t spam them. Don’t take them for granted. Providing emails with extremely high value is crucial to keeping them engaged.

This can be challenging, but it will reward you in the short and long-term if you pull it off.

Social Media

Social media offers a wide array of opportunities, and not just for name recognition and branding. There are certain social media platforms that are actually very friendly to affiliate marketing. The key here is to pay attention to the rules that each individual site has in place.

On some social media websites affiliate marketing is completely banned.

Quora is a prime example of this.

Pinterest banned affiliate links in 2015 but reversed that decision in fall of 2019.  So, you can do Pinterest affiliate marketing.

TikTok doesn’t forbid it, per se, but as of this writing there is nowhere to post a link which means by default you’re going to be hard pressed to use it for direct affiliate marketing.

On the other hand, Facebook allows you to promote affiliate links with a few exceptions.

Those mostly revolve around how affiliate ads can be displayed (no direct message spamming or spamming on other people’s Facebook pages), and there are certain ad networks that are allowed on Facebook while others are banned.

LinkedIn is a social media platform that absolutely allows affiliate marketing. The ability to create content on LinkedIn blogs for everyone with a personal account gives you that many more ways to get discovered by friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike.

Show your expertise, write something interesting, and maybe you’ll get some clicks on those affiliate links once you’ve provided enough value.

The re-opening of Pinterest to affiliate links gives even more opportunities for affiliate marketing without a website.

Almost all social media can be used for indirect affiliate marketing by driving traffic to another location where you can set up for affiliate marketing and then profit from there.

Understanding what is allowed on each platform, and what isn’t, is crucial so you know where you should put your attention on social media versus what places simply don’t meet your specific needs.

Online Forums

Online forums have some potential for getting major affiliate marketing sales without your own website. However, this comes with a huge caveat!

While there are plenty of opportunities here, you need to do it the right way. Online forums are notorious for attracting spammers. Any serious forum with good traffic and a solid community is going to be quick to ban anyone who seems even the remote bit spammy.

So how do you get affiliate sales on an online forum if they all look at links suspiciously?

By only sharing links in forums where you have been a contributing member long enough to be recognized as part of the community. There is no fly by night strategy for online forums where you just go and start dropping links.

That is spamming.

No one is going to buy from those links and you will likely not only get your account banned, but your IP address, as well.

This can work as a strategy. You need to be careful not to spam and do it the right way. Even then, this isn’t nearly as effective as it was years ago. This only works when you’re part of a community. If you’re looking for a quick link placement and cash out, this isn’t the strategy to try it with.

Does PPC Affiliate Marketing Still Work?

When Google AdWords came out there was a small group of people who realized the potential and made some serious money. Gary Vaynerchuk actually talks about this quite a bit in his books and videos. One of his main regrets was not going all in digitally during those 2000-2001 golden years where words like wine only cost a nickel a click.

PPC arbitration has existed in some form for years.

It’s not a surprise to know it’s still around in very limited form.

That being said, this isn’t nearly as common as it once was. The key with this strategy is finding low cost advertising, and a high percentage converting product. Between the two you need a conversion percentage high enough that the affiliate commission you make is higher than the amount you spend.

For example: Suppose you are an affiliate for a program that pays $50 a sale. A click costs you fifty cents.

That means you need to make one sale per 100 clicks to break even. If you find an advertisement that sells two programs every 100 clicks, that means you’re spending $50 in advertising to make $100 in commission.

That would be a great PPC affiliate deal. This is a form of arbitrage, though it was much more common over a decade ago.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the numbers don’t work out. At least not at low levels. The cost of advertising tends to be too high and commissions too low to make it work out. That’s what many people find out with PPC affiliate marketing.

There are some who make it work. Charles Ngo is one of the best examples out there of someone who still swears that this strategy can work. He’s very open about saying it requires a lot of hands-on experience, and the ability to lose a few thousand dollars while learning.

Charles is also of the opinion that it takes a large working budget to find successful campaigns and get this strategy to truly work at a full profitable rate.

Finding Additional Affiliate Opportunities

The internet is a constantly changing ecosystem and because of that there are always old opportunities fading away as new ones come into existence. People paying close attention know that Pinterest banned affiliate ads in 2015.

However, this incredibly popular picture-based social media website reversed that policy in fall of 2019. If you didn’t pay attention, that would be a big opportunity lost.

Another opportunity is with Medium.com affiliate marketing. An incredibly large website reaching many tens of millions of visitors a month, sometimes reaching over 100 million views in a month.

They allow open enrollment of writers and they also allow affiliate links in your content. For pure writers this is a great opportunity to create a place where they build authority and can possibly get an affiliate sale.

Those are just some of the many affiliate opportunities out there. There are always going to be new opportunities popping up. Just as there will be times when previous opportunities may close or go away. Anyone who used to write for eHow back around 2010 understands that.

If you’re going to attempt to make some serious income as an affiliate without a website, then you better be really good at spotting those opportunities. In that case you will need to cash in on every bit of potential opportunity if you want any chance of making money while affiliate marketing without a website.

Why You Should Still Consider Building a Website

Sales Chart on Laptop

Websites are not necessarily a must in order to build a good affiliate income. There are still very good reasons that you should consider building one anyway. One is control. Since you have your own online property (the website) you can set it up anyway you want. You can create articles that work as squeeze pages. Or you can create incredible long-form content and pepper those articles with links.

Mix and match a variety of different types of links to see what works best? Not a problem – you have control! You can easily test every single detail to boost the conversion rate. Websites allow you to collect email addresses, create authority more easily, and provide incredible amounts of value.

If you are capable of making a lot of affiliate sales without a website, chances are you would do even better with one. Having a website also allows for organic traffic. That means work you do months or years ago still has the ability to attract new viewers and that can lead to more sales.

This doesn’t even go into the fact that affiliate websites often sell for 30x to 40x their monthly earnings. That means if you build a website that makes even an incredibly modest $1,000 a month you can sell it for $30,000 to $40,000. There’s a reason they’re called web “properties.”

You can’t get that from an assortment of random links across the internet. That’s also a big payout. Imagine if the site made $2,000 a month or $3,000. Suddenly that one payout can be life-changing money.

Considering how cheap Bluehost hosting is, and how cheap domain names are, there really is no financial excuse for not creating your own website. Especially with programs like Income School’s Project 24, which can save you years of trial and error and bring you up to speed on what people are doing to earn money with affiliate websites right now.

If you still have doubts, just look at this report on Spencer’s Niche Site Project 4. This shows clearly how quickly a new affiliate site can go from idea to major monthly earner.

When you look at having control over your website, the steady monthly income, and the ability to sell a successful website for a large one-time payment, it’s pretty clear that the long-term goal should always be building a website. While success can be seen on at least the short-term without a site, it’s not the best strategy.

There’s a reason most successful affiliate marketers go this route. Creating quality affiliate marketing websites full of great content is an excellent way to get the positive attention of search engines. If you end up in the top search results for a lot of keywords then you are going to sell plenty of products with your excellent content.


There’s no question that the majority of major affiliates use the website model. Whether that’s a “true” affiliate site loaded with links to affiliate programs or a site that acts as a base for collecting a large email list to market to, there are many advantages to having a strong website. That being said, this article shows that’s not the only strategy out there.

While it makes more sense to build a website because of the number of opportunities this opens up, this article shows you do have other options. Even if you start without a website using these affiliate strategies, it’s hard to argue with moving to a website model for your long-term future. That being said, if you don’t have a site and want to start to promote affiliate links you do have options to start.

By Shane Dayton

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How Much Money Does a Website Make that Gets 10,000 Visitors a Day?

How Much Money Does a Website Make that Gets 10,000 Visitors a Day?

So, let me paint a picture for you.  Two days ago I had just finished a 6 mile run, and I decided to grab myself some chocolate milk…you know for recovery.

As I sit down, I think to myself, “This is a perfect time to check my Google Analytics stats on my phone – you know like any internet geek would do”.

I pull out my cracked android phone and start pulling up my sites, NichePursuits.com – meh, it’s not great today…Own The Yard.com looking pretty good today!

Then the next site I pull up (a Mom Blog I own…yes, a Mom Blog), makes me nearly spit out my chocolate milk!  That can’t be right, the traffic is skyrocketing!

In fact, as I take a look, I realize at this rate it just might crack 10,000 visitors for the day…woohoo!  Sure enough, by the end of the day, my MomBlog cracks 10,000 visitors!

And then the next day, it cracks 11,000 visitors.  And today, it’s looking like it will do about the same.

Today, I wanted to share 2 things.  First, I’ll share how my site has been getting all of this traffic, just in case you are curious.

But secondly, I’m going to share exactly how much money a site that is getting 10,000 visitors a day makes.

Oh, and be sure to stick around until the end because I have a major caveat.  So, what do you say, should we dive into it?

Let’s see exactly how much money a site makes that is getting 10,000 visitors a day!

How Much Money Does a Website Make that Gets 10,000 Visitors a Day?

The first thing that I’m going to do is pull up the Google Analytics for my mom blog, which still makes me chuckle a little bit that I own a mom blog, but I do and it makes me some money. I’m going to share the traffic stats, where it’s coming from.  

On Tuesday, March 17th of 2020, it got 10,392 sessions for the day. And then just yesterday, which is March 18th, there were 11,466 sessions for the day. 

This is a big spike because normally the site is getting about six to seven thousand visitors a day. Now I could go over the entire history, I will just say that traffic had not always been at six to seven thousand visitors a day, it used to be higher. And then through some trends, Pinterest updates, it’s gone both up and down.

It’s nice to see it going back up to where I would like it. 

Let’s see where the traffic is coming from. When I pull up the acquisition sources in Google Analytics, I can see that about 60% is coming from social media sources, 21% is coming from organic search which we’ve worked really hard on, and about 15% says is direct visitors, and about 5% is referral traffic.

The huge bulk of the traffic is coming from social media sources. When I click on that, I can tell you that most of that, 98%, is Pinterest. This is a site that has always done really well on Pinterest. I guarantee you that when I pull this up, that the huge spike is due to Pinterest. Normally, it was getting three to almost four thousand visitors a day from Pinterest, and the last couple of days, it’s been six to almost seven thousand visitors coming from Pinterest. 

Diving even further, I can see which page and which pins are doing really well on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I wish it was across the board, just all my pins were getting more traffic, but for the most part, it is one page that has had this huge spike. It’s a crafting pin. It looks like a lot of people are becoming interested in doing this particular craft and it’s just taken off. A ton of visitors are coming to that page, and then the rest of the site is continuing on about where it was, but I’ll take the spike in traffic. Let’s dive into the earnings now and see how much money this type of traffic makes. 

How the Site Earns Money

This site earns money in two primary ways. First, display ads, and that is primarily through Ezoic. We run Ezoic ads on the site. It’s similar to Google AdSense if you’re familiar, just display ads there. And then the other way is Amazon Associates. We do also collect emails since we have an email list. We make some money there but the bulk for sure is those two sources, Amazon Associates and Ezoic ads, so I’m going to share those. 

Ezoic for March 17th, the first day that it broke 10,000 visitors, was $150. That’s actually not much more than it earned the day before, I think there’s a little bit of a delay. The amount that it made on March 18th was $174, which I think is more accurate for the first day that it broke 10,000 visitors if that makes sense, so about $170, $174 in Ezoic earnings.

That is an earnings per 1000 visitors of one day was $15.91 cents, the other day was $16.92 cents. I can jot those down. I’m going to get the average earnings per visitor here just to give you an idea so you can calculate how much your own site might be making. 

I’ve got my Amazon Associates account pulled up for the mom blog. If I look at the 17th, it made $138.89 cents. And then the next day, it actually earned less, just $76.93 cents. A lot of that is timing with shipping and what goes out. It actually may make more money tomorrow, but that gives us an average.

If we were to average that out, $138 and $76, that’s going to be a little probably close to $110. If we say it made between those two days $110, and then on Ezoic, it did $160, so that’s $270 roughly is what it made. Not bad. About $270 is what my site made getting 10,000 visitors a day. If I was to get 10,000 visitors for the entire month over 30 days, that’d be just a little over $8,000. 

Like I said, the site does earn a little bit of money from other sources, but this would be the bulk of it for sure. If the site can do $8,000, that would be great. I’d be very happy. It’d be a very good investment for me. I’ve, of course, have writers and somebody working Pinterest so I don’t actually put a lot of time into the site myself anymore. It’s nice to be able to see that I can get potentially $8,000 a month for this site if it were to stay up at this level of 10,000 visitors a day. 

As promised, at the beginning, I have one huge caveat and that caveat is that all sites don’t earn equally. Perhaps fortunately for you if you’re listening, this site that I have actually earns a lot less per visitor than most sites. The reason for that is because most of the traffic is coming from Pinterest. They bounce very quickly. It’s difficult to monetize that traffic. Really the only way to monetize this huge spike in traffic for me is through display ads for the most part. People are not sticking around and shopping on Amazon, very few of them are, which is why I didn’t really see much of a spike in my Amazon earnings but I did see a spike in the display ad revenue. 

If I were to take $270 that it made in the day and divide that by 10,000, I can get an earnings per visitor, so $27ish what it would make per 1000 visitors. Let’s keep that number, $27 per 1000 visitors because if I multiply that by 10, that’s going to be $270 which is what I made for 10,000 visitors, so about $27 per 1000 visitors. 

How Do the Earnings Compare?

How does that compare to other sites? Well, let’s look at Own The Yard real quick. For Own The Yard, it also primarily gets money through the two same sources, through Ezoic ads and Amazon Associates. I’m going to just average out over the last seven days. Over the last seven days, the site has made $295.43 cents through Ezoic ads. If I look at Amazon Associates, it has made $466 and 80 cents. So let’s just put $467, and let’s figure out how many visitors that’s got from Google Analytics and then we’ll do that calculation. 

It’s had just over 13,000 sessions over the last seven days, 13,096 visitors. You can see that it’s making way more per visitor. If I do that math, $295 from display ads, $467 from Amazon, that’s $762. If I do that math, $762, I get just over five cents, which if I multiply that by a thousand, $58.18 cents. You can see that it is more than double per visitor what I make on my mom blog. Own The Yard makes about $58 per 1000 visitors, whereas the mom blog makes about $27 per 1000 visitors. 

Again, a lot of that has to do with traffic sources. Most of the traffic coming in Own The Yard is through Google Search. People are searching. They’re looking for products, they’re going to the buying guides, and they’re more likely to buy. It’s not just coming from Pinterest. 

I can also say that some sites earn even more than that, nichepursuits.com. I won’t go through all the calculations, but I will just say on a per visitor basis, it makes even more than Own The Yard. That gives you a framework where to look at your site. I think the mom blog is a little bit on the low side, but you now know how much money a site getting 10,000 visitors a day could make. Hopefully, that gives you a little bit of motivation. It gives you a little bit of knowledge to know what is reality, what you should look to, and what you could expect if your site started getting 10,000 visitors a day. 

By Spencer Haws

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