Over the past four or five years Iâ€™ve tried to run websites monetized with advertising. In all of those years my biggest pay day was probably the one day that I made almost $4 from advertising clicks. At the time I was pretty ecstatic about the $4 payday. If I could just double the traffic to the site I could be making $4 everyday and maybe have a couple of $8 or $10 days. That would start to add up and Iâ€™d be able to put the money towards a new computer or something.
That never happened.
After years and years of having various websites my total income from Google Adsense is currently just $55. All those many hours of work over the years I was effectively making just pennies per hour. I donâ€™t want to knock the idea of writing for a passion and you just happen to make money on the side. But the only way I can see to start really making some serious money online is to actually get closer to the actual sales part.
Affiliate Marketing is really a step closer to the business. Rather than just offering some space for a business to advertise youâ€™re actively help make that business some income. Theyâ€™ll reward you for that extra effort.
If you have a website right now consider adding a real product to the site to sell. Hereâ€™s how:
- Open a ClickBank account and find some products that are related to your niche in the marketplace.
- Get the hoplink for anything that might be of interest to your readers.
- Do up some advertisements and display them prominently on your site, like you would with Google Ads.
- Test test test.
Some more advanced things you might consider is to split test different ads or different products. Thatâ€™s possible with something like OpenAds or just do some click counting with my url re-direction code.
Note I realize that this I use Google Ads, but that’s just because I want to hit the payout threshold so I can finally get paid for all those clicks over the years.