Ultimately the best way to make money from websites is to make great
websites that people want to visit.
Easy ways to make money online
I don't wish to sound too cynical, but many online "how to make money
using the internet" experts are telling the truth - they are making
lots of money, but only by selling lots of well written copy to people
who want to make an easy buck. They never just sell the book; they run
an affiliate scheme and get you to sell the book for them. I have yet
to find a good book on this topic in a bookstore.
Just like someone who sells horse racing tips, or a psychic who
predicts lottery numbers, you have to ask yourself why they aren't
doing it themselves.
These are the ways to make money online, but don't expect them to be
1. Come up with a brand new idea.
2. Have something that people want to buy.
3. Have a web site that people want to visit, and make money from
advertising or affiliate links.
You mention that you have websites. If they are wonderful websites,
then there are legal ways to make money from them, as I describe
below. If they aren't that amazing, then to make money from them you
would need to trick people into visiting them, by either tricking
search engines (which results in getting your site banned pretty
quickly) or sending out bulk spam email (which is illegal).
The original way to make money from your website was to place a banner
ad at the top of each page. It has since been proven that text ads get
a higher click-through rate. In my experience, if a banner ad is
relevant to the content of your web site, and the ad very clearly
offers something that your visitors might like, then click-through
rates can be almost as good as text ads.
Here are some companies that pay you in exchange for placing ads on
AdWords are text ads which relate to the content of your web pages,
dynamically generated by Google. You earn money when users click on
AdWords ads displayed on your site.
Sites must be in English, live and have current traffic of at least
5,000 page views per month.
Earn a 65% monthly payout on all advertising revenue your website
Receive 55% of the revenue generated by banner ads.
Targeted banner advertising insures that you only display banners
specifically relating to the subject of your web site.
Very similar to Google AdSense.
More here... http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Promotion/Advertising,_Banners,_and_Exchanges/?il=1
You make an agreement with a company to place banner or text ads on
your site. If someone click on the links, you either get a few cents
for the click-through, or a commission if they end up purchasing
Usually you need to earn a certain amount, like $25, before they will
send you a check. Good programs will provide reports on the number of
times the ads are displayed, and the rate of click-throughs.
Many companies run their own affiliate schemes, but it is easiest to
use a third party:
Best feature: your earnings from different merchants are pool
If any part of my answer is unclear, or if you need more details on
any of the above, just ask for a clarification and I'll get back to
Clarification of Answer by
13 Nov 2003 15:43 PST
Unfortunately it is very difficult to join the affiliate sites unless
you live in Europe or USA/Canada. I am based in Australia, and many of
the programs won't accept me.
I tried to set up a dummy account with Commission Junction, LinkShare,
BeFree and some of the smaller programs. I entered real website URLs,
appropriate traffic figures, and everything else that should enable me
to join. The only difference was that I put a Nigerian address. In
each case my application was rejected, withot specifying why.
The rejection email typically went like this:
"We regret to inform you that your application for a publisher account
in the XXXX network has been denied due to ineligibility for
All I can suggest is browsing African and Asian websites and look for
affiliate links, and try to sign up with the same companies.
There will be some individual schemes out there that will let anyone
join, but I was unable to find a directory of such schemes.
Regarding your second question, occasionally affiliate programs let
you use your earnings to purchase their own products - but I have
never seen one which gives you a PayPal type account for spending
where you want.