11 Ways to Monetize a Website

Designing, maintaining, and managing a website takes up your time, effort and resources. Even if you're not updating the website on a regular basis, you do need to pay for hosting. And it's only fair that your website makes money for you in order to break even! And then isn't it the ultimate plan to make money while you're asleep? 

There are a lot of ways for your to monetize your website but we have picked the most convenient and practical solutions that you can actually follow and get started today! These are a great way to generate passive revenue and let your website work for you!

1. Display Ads

Displaying ads on your website is a great way to generate that extra revenue. While it may not generate a very high income, but if you collaborate with like-minded, trusted companies, it can definitely be a good option for you. But where do I find advertizers for my website? This is a question that we get asked often, and here are some ad platforms that you can check out and list your website as publication that accepts advertiser. 

If your website is functional, responsive and has a steady inflow of daily visitors then you won't find it difficult to get new advertiser. As the advertising companies are constantly looking to get in front of their ideal audience. 

A second option to display ads on your website is with Google ads. You need a Google account to setup Adsense on your website, phone number, mailing address and a with just a little code entered in your website, you can start earning money with Google ads.

Get detailed information on Google Ads here.

2. Affiliate Marketing

As a web designer you can use your website to become an affiliate for tools and services that are relevant to the web design industry. These are products that you can promote to your friends, colleagues and clients and when a cell is made you will receive a commission. There are many reputable affiliate programs for web designers that you can join.

In a previous post, we have discussed 83+ affiliate programs for web designers where we have also discussed how you can best promote your web design affiliate links to generate revenue from these programs.

3. Digital Products

Why sell products as an affiliate and earn only a commission when you can more than double your income by selling your own products? Think about it, if you are earning commission by selling a plugin for another company, how would you like to create the plugin on your own and keep all the earnings with you?

Digital products such as WordPress plugins, ebooks, courses, UX/UI frameworks are always in demand and creating such products that add value to your audience is a great way to earn that extra cash. In fact, this option can be a potential business idea to make some serious money!

4. Add a "Hire Me" Page

Finding clients as a freelance web designer is always a lot of work, but you can save yourself countless hours of job hunting if you have a "Hire Me" page right on your website. The clients can reach out to you, get in touch with you and send you their requirements which you can study and start working. If you also put up a portfolio page along with testimonials from previous work, your chances of getting hired increases drastically.  

5. Sponsored Content

Every company is trying to get in front of their niche audience, and while there are a lot of available options like Facebook ads, Google ads, etc they can sometimes become too expensive. Thus, sponsored posts are a great way for these companies to reach their target audience with the added advantage of not being limited by a few lines. 

You can collaborate with companies within your niche and publish sponsored posts on your website, a simple, straightforward method to earn money through your website. What's even better? The companies send the write up to you so you don't really have to spend that extra time in creating a new post. 

6. Accept Donations

Okay, so now you're thinking that who is going to send donations to a blog website or a commercial website? But, if your audience genuinely feel that your content has continuely added value to their life and their work, then least they can do is buy you coffee 🙂 And trust us, a lot of your visitors might feel that way! It's more like supporting your work than donation really.

There are lot of other bigger options like GoFundME, Patreon that can be used depending upon the scale of audience that you have. 

7. Flip Websites

If you ever feel like your website has served its purpose for you, or if you see it generating steady income, you can earn more from it by selling the website completely. Yes! You can list your website on platforms such as Flippa which is a marketplace to buy and sell websites. Just earn money by creating successful websites and earning money by selling them off!

Final Word

While making money from your website can feel like a lucrative option because you can earn money just by sitting at home, we advise you not to overdo it. A website that's just about selling, selling and only selling loses grip with its audience, the more you focus on creating useful content and value-addition, the more your website's credibility will go higher. 

Have you earned money from your website? Let us know in the comments below!

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