You may or may not know this but your website is a potential money making magnet! Yes, it's true! There are several dozen ways you can make your website work for you in ways you might not have known about before reading this. I'm going to list a few really simple ways to make money by placing things on your website or by doing different things on your website. This will include processes such as AdSense, CPA programs, Sponsor ads, blogs and more, so pay attention!
CPM Programs- Most likely if you have a blog or website you will be putting CPM banners or CPM links on your site. CPM= Cost Per Thousand. If you put CPM banners or links on your site you will get paid a certain amount of money every time someone views that banner, or rather every 1000 times someone views that banner. Example if a site offers to pay you $1.50 CPM and you have 5000 visits, then you will make $7.50. I know it doesn't seem like a lot but you can have multiple program CPM banners on your sites. And, you can usually have one banner per page per CPM program on your site. So, it gets a little better when you raise the numbers from 5000 to 50,000 = $75. Sometimes you will also get paid if people CLICK on these banners/links too. It depends on the program.
Affiliate Links / Affiliate Programs- Having a blog or website is a good way to incorporate your affiliate programs/links into the content/layout of your website or blog. Example, I am an affiliate for Amazon. My main website is about food and drink. So far, I have made 3 types of sites from Amazon, all of which are for cook books. So, if I'm talking about a Chef I like, say Jamie Oliver, I can then hyperlink the word "Jamie Oliver", so when people click that link they will be directed to the site from Amazon I made about Jamie Oliver which include all his cookbooks. This is also a form of marketing!
Sponsor ads- You can charge people a certain amount of money and put their ads on a certain place on your website, known as "sponsors". It gives them great exposure and you get paid for charging them a certain fee, say per week or per month.
Featured Blogs/Articles- People can be featured on your site, you can write blogs about services or programs they offer. Another relatively close thing to this is a site called BlogVertise. You sign up with an account tell them what category your site is, and then different companies online choose you to write blogs about them. BlogVertise will then disapprove or approve these blogs and you will get paid. That's pretty easy!
Product Blogs- This is similar to that above but instead of writing about the company for a site like BlogVertise or PayPerPost, you write about a certain product from this company. I did one last month for a company that wanted me to write about their unique and luxurious gift baskets. It had to be 4 paragraphs, had to include certain keywords, include 1 link to the product per paragraph. I mean its fun and easy, why wouldn't you do this!?!
AdSense and sites similar- This is the last one! This is another way you can make money online through your website. Sites like AdSense, bidvertiser, and adbrite will allow you to put contextual "ads" on your sites. When people click these ads you will be given a certain amount of money per click. Once you build up enough money on your account they will send you a check, money through Pay Pal or allow you take make an EFT (electronic funds transfer) to your bank.
Like I said at the beginning of the article, these are just a few quick and simple ways to earn money from your website, if you come across more, then do it! You really don't have anything to lose from the above options, you only have money and knowledge to gain! Good luck and have fun with these suggestions, there are no right or wrongs. If you find something that works for you but didn't work for someone else, that's okay. And, if you found something that didn't work for you but worked for someone else that's okay too! It's always about tweaking, fixing, and trial and error! How can anyone expect to make money if they just give up every time it becomes too hard!