I think by now, in the year 2008, just about everyone wishes they could work from home. Even though most people would just jump right into this, a lot of them simply don't know what type of business they could offer. This is what I'm here for! All these "options" listed below are really incredibly ways to make money with your website or blog. All of these ways are completely free, and really shouldn't ever cost you anything. Now, you won't make your millions doing this, but you could just as well make enough money to live and then some, and right now with the way the economy is, this is great news for you!
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!
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.
If you work all the options above, I mean really work at it, you just might be able to start working from home full-time like millions of other people across the world! If your scared of risk, that's fine. I think everyone has thought about the risks of quitting their day job and working from home. If you want, you could just do this part-time for right now just to see if you would be successful at it. Its pretty easy to tell if you're going to be successful or not, regarding these things. If you see that you're going to be successful and would at least like a foundation, you could use the above options together, and then get started with something else. Here's a little tip, don't stick with just one thing, always have a backup where cash is coming in, you never know what things may happen. Better to be safe than sorry!