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Making a little money from your website isn't all that hard, however making lots of money requires a lot of hard work.

I want to have my own website, effectively doing it for free by hosting ads. What kinds of ads will support paying for my website?

Using a website to make money, even if only to support itself, is not an uncommon desire. That's the original question:

Making money on your website is actually pretty easy.

However making lots of money requires work.

There are many, many programs for website advertising. One of the easiest and now one of the most common is Google's Adsense. Adsense, and its companion program Adwords (for advertisers), are the plain-text ads you see on many websites. The giveaway? The phrase "Ads by Goooooogle" above or below the block of ads.

Adsense is easy to sign up for, and once approved will display ads targeted to the page that the ads are displayed on. Adsense is a PPC or "Pay Per Click" system - meaning that the site displaying ads gets paid when a visitor clicks on one of the ads. The actual amount paid varies based on many factors.

There are other approaches including affiliate programs allowing you to advertise and sell items on your site, making a percentage of each sale. Amazon and eBay both have programs as do many other retailers - the keywords to look for in investigating these sites is an "affiliate" or "associate" program.

One caution: advertising and affiliate programs are all well and good, but there's really a bigger issue that prevents most websites from really making a lot of money: traffic. All the advertising in the world is pointless if no one visits your site and if no one sees the ads or buys the products. Traffic generation is well beyond the scope of this article, but there are lots of resources on the internet that can help.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Kevin Hart
February 24, 2005 10:26 AM

Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.I want to discuss internet marketing via the likes of Google's AdSense and Amazon.

About a month back I thought I'd completely update my creative writers group website. One of it ideas in the back of my mind was that we could possibly earn a few pound sterling by having a link through to Amazon. It would be a way to sell some of the books we, and other writers we know. could sell a few extra books. At the time I didn't even know how it was done and if I could in fact do it. If we made enough to pay our site fees I'd be happy.

One of the best internet letters I've come across yet is 'Tourbus,' ( Over the years I've had some very good advice via this letter, I'd recommend it to anyone. Anyway imagine my surprise when I received their letter dated Feb 10 and the author, Bob Rankin, was going on about this friend of his Joel Comm and how he makes loads of money via AdSense and such programs. So I took a look at what was been said, searched a number of sites, got a general idea of what it was all about, and thought to myself: 'I could do that.'

Having convinced myself I could make some money from this programs I then started to do some more research - to find out 'exactly' what it was that was been written about.

There was a lot of hype out there, (I suppose that's a large part of it at the end of the day,) there was plenty of bits and pieces of information, plenty of pointers to follow, but I couldn't find a primer. A book, or e-book, that would put all the basics into my hand, something to start the novice off. Do any members know of such a publication or websites where I could pick the info up.

It's the primer I'm after, the basics, the introduction to web marketing, once

March 19, 2005 7:47 AM

thanks very much!

Dean Cruddace
February 9, 2006 5:53 PM

I completely agree with the hard work aspect of making money takes hard work.

Without knowledge you will have to overcome a lot of hurdles including partial hits to your own pocket to realise there are only a handful of ways to make it.

I agree Adsense is probably the most common direction we will follow, Ebay, amazon are others.

Some even fall under the impression that clicking for 14 hours a day to receive traffic to your website to get your Google ads or your affiliate banners or links clicked will pay.

This is all well and good if you want to be a zombie in quick time.

Unfortunately if you are thinking "yes, thats what I have been doing for ages" then you are obviously part of those traffic syndication systems that only show other zombies websites and you are on a road to knowhere. STOP!

If you have no idea what I have just said, then you may well be the lucky one that got away.

It took me a while before my Eureka moment and realised that nothing but reaearch into Website Optimisation would suffice.

Thankfully I grasped the concept easily and this usually helps if you have a laterally thinking side to your grey matter, the result being I now rank well for my Website Design Business as well as I also make a little money through advertisers OFFERING ME money to place text links on my Sunderland FC blog.

The lessons I learned took what seemed like an age, but I am thankful for what I have learned so far and I will not stop because I like you need to improve my abilities and knowledge, not to make money (although partially true) but to grasp all that I can about the World Wobbly Web.

I have put a few pages up on my Web Design site about optimisation explained in it`s simplest terms @

You may even find the stuff useful, but if all you want to do is make money on the net then you are surely deluded into thinking that the rest of the planet are the same suckers that give their bank account details to the Secretary of the Ex-President of Guatamala to deposit $10 million dollars because their infrastructure is failing or her neighbours cousins dog has one eye and needs an operation that requires monthly installments.

Get real, wake up and optimise the products/services or information you are offering to the rest of us.

FAO leo.
This was not intended to be a rant, it just turned into one!

If anyone reading this disagrees with what I have just said then I would say: "Me and you,".

No seriously I have just come to grips with the PageRank Algorithm so I will completely understand if you have the formulae for success in making money on the net.

August 25, 2006 3:33 PM

I think that AdSense is much easier to make money with compared to affiliate programs. I even run a website dedicated to helping people get the most out of AdSense!

September 18, 2006 8:43 AM

Don't worry about the hassle of making *your* website make money - get someone to do it for you. JV Members allow to take a sizeable proportion of the money made by pages you submit. They do all the SEO, promotions and hard work getting traffic, finding affiliate products etc. All you do is add words to the pages -

March 17, 2007 1:15 PM

You can make money with your website if you offer something useful to others.Make your site practical.Don't build your website just for the revenue.Let's say you have a good website..but you have no visitors...then your work is equal to 0.You need SEO to get displayed on search engine results,and in this traffic to your website.
If you are a SEO beginner or you don't know what's SEO can read this simple do-it-yourself SEO tutorial :

Conclusion: good website content + good SEO = success.Then, it is up to you to decide the advertising method.

fred bruce
June 23, 2007 7:59 AM

i am yet to complete my website.and i would like to know,if i am the one who would create a space on my website where google adsense will be placed or will google look for a space themselves on my website where the adverts will be placed,another thing is that,after signing up with google ads,will they just provide me with companies that needs to be advertised while i fix a place for them on my website....

July 14, 2007 6:26 AM

i started a free website, who can i ask too advertise on my site and what can i charge

August 15, 2007 1:23 AM

After you finished your website,make it popular and then you can earn money from it.The easiest way to make your website popular is to submit it to web directories (example: )
If you submit your website to a lot of directories and you get a higher PageRank from Google,then you can sell links from your website.Adsense is also a good source of revenue and many others.When it comes to money... be creative ! ;)

World Links Directory
October 9, 2007 10:00 PM

Yes, listing your site in directories can be a good start to get some traffic. Also blogs and forums help! I recommend World Links Directory because it is a SEO Friendly directory:

March 25, 2008 2:57 AM

you have listed several numbers of direct approach here. To tell you the truth, Ive bought several books on profiting from blogging but those books never told me like youve mentioned. Many thanks.

June 19, 2008 3:59 PM

But i think leo that adsense without good content and good visitors no useful from it , i hope you can talk more about seo and making money , because i search for these topics but can't find !
thank you for your article..

June 21, 2008 11:52 AM

I recomment you should add unique and usefull content to your website, monetize it, make at least some basic SEO in the begining, and try to improve it day by day. Making money online is not just a simple one day job. For the SEO I recommend you to take care about on page SEO(metas, keyworts, titles, h1, ect) and fot the off page SEO I recommend you to start submitting to as much directories as you can. Free and paid ( I recommend ), article submission, press release, social networking sites, and why not AdWords.

Hope I gave you some starting points!

Paul Martin
July 2, 2008 9:06 AM

As the others said, directory submission is still important but be careful how you choose your directories. Also paying for links may prove to be worse than getting them free. For this reason I recommend a PR5 free directory

Tom Baker
July 13, 2008 5:23 AM

Hi can someone please tell me how i go about making money on my wesite i am making a web site for my seriously ill daughter to raise funds to take her to the USA to get her seen by a doctor she is under great ormond street in the UK and they dont know what is wrong with her and we are at are wits end seeing her get worse day by day and want to get her seen by the best but that takes money and me and my wife cannont work due to having 4 children who all have special needs so i am trying every avenue to make the money to take her please can anyone help??????????????

September 3, 2008 4:34 AM

can u plz tell me that can i also get paid for the time that the visitor spend on my website

October 2, 2008 10:08 AM

I had a blog with ads but to generate more money with it is the problem. Pls send web directories address to my email because am working on a new webpage so i can submit my blog and the new webpage to free web directories. Thanks for your articles.

October 14, 2008 2:04 PM

Joel Comm really telling everything in that book. but I still find that everything you need to success in Adsense is SEO.

November 2, 2008 3:18 PM

This is a good question
There is this little thing which i am using
Here is the link, try it out, it may work for you

November 7, 2008 3:55 AM

which is best ,affiliate programs or adsense

January 14, 2009 8:30 PM

Maybe you could try pay-per-play it works for me. They pay me to put a 5 second audio advertise (free) on my website.

January 16, 2009 10:50 AM
Turning off comments as this article appears to have become a magnet for very questionable "make money on the internet" schemes.
- Leo

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