Some people write online just for the joy of writing and sharing their experiences and feelings with others. You want a business. That's perfectly OK, too. Making money from my websites was one of my primary goals — and it feels good to watch that income come in.
To make money from your site you need to begin by writing solid content and generating traffic. Once you have traffic flowing to your site there are a number of ways you can make money.
Take a look at the options highlighted here. Consider giving all of them a try. To survive online, you need to diversify. Don't count on just one stream of income. Multiple income sources will keep you making money even if one of your sources is cut off.
Affiliate marketing is a popular way for beginning publishers and bloggers to start bringing money into the bank. You can get started with affiliate programs quickly, and they can be very lucrative if you pick the right program and promote it well.
Adsense and Other Advertising
Many publishers join Google's Adsense program, which provides an easy way to sell ad space on your website. It's a great way to get your feet wet with earning an income online and can help you build up a solid stream to your bank account.
You can also join and use other advertising networks such as Chikita. You need to apply and be accepted to most of these.
Selling your own ad space is another option. Once your site or blog is well-established and generating strong traffic numbers, you may be approached by advertisers wishing to arrange advertising with you!
Creating Your Own Products
You don't have to make your own products to succeed online, but it's something you should definitely look into. Take a look at what kinds of products are selling in your niche. Chances are you can write or create your own ebook, audio or video course, or even coaching/consulting to compete with others in your niche.
Remember, competition in your niche is a good thing — it means your niche makes money. You can have a piece of that, too.
An email list is a vital part of business. Once somebody leaves your website, they are gone. But if you have their name on your list, you can send an email right to their inbox. If you treat your email list well you can feel sure that they will stay receptive to getting more from you.
This gives you an opportunity to share more information with them, creating fans who enjoy a relationship with you (and hopefully spread the word). You can also send offers to your email list from time to time, generating additional revenue for you.