Monitizing your site
Once your website is up and running and visible in search engines, you can make money from it by displaying ads.
If the ads are relevant to the content of the website, they can actually add value to your website. Any company advertised on this website is carefully examined for relevance and quality before it’s displayed, so, basically, this is a win/win situation: the site makes money and the person who clicks on the ad gets the good or service s/he was looking for.
Your ads can be text ads or images like the ones displayed on this page. The most popular ads are Google Adsand Amazon ads. Google ads are contextual, meaning Google chooses which ads to display, depending on what your page is about. Amazon ads are more flexible. You can let them pick the products, or select one or more yourself.
You will need to have a little skill with HTML or a good editing tool to paste the ads into your page. Basically, you need an HTML editor like CoffeeCup HTML Editor (there’s a free version and a paid one which is still very inexpensive).
How to add affiliate code to your website
After you’ve signed up for your affiliate account, go to the page that provides banner and link code and copy the link code they provide.
In your HTML editor, open the web page you want to add the code to, find the text on your page where you want the ad to appear, ignoring all the gobbledygook, and paste it in.
If you want the code centered on the page, add the following before the code you’re pasting in:
and this after it:
Here is a tutorial on signing up and using Google’s Adsense ads. Here’s a YouTube video giving step by step instructions and Here’s another.This is a good article on adding Amazon’s ads.
Another way to add advertising to your site is to join an affiliate program like Link Colector or shareasale.com. These programs sign up advertisers who supply attractive banners and linking code for you to add to your site. The procedure for adding the code is the same as above. The advantages to going through one of these affiliate managers are that you can pick and choose which advertisers to feature on your site, and the commissions are sometimes quite generous, as they work on payment per sale, rather than “pay per click” like Google.
The thing is, any of these programs will require that your site be informative and have good content. This website makes money because there’s a lot of useful information and it’s frequently updated to ensure that it’s accurate.
In fact, if you become visible in a subject niche, advertisers will start coming to you!