How do I make money on my website or blog?
Users who are running their own website may be interested in making money on the website to help with the cost of running the website and to help pay for the time spent creating the website. Often individuals can generate money on their website using referral programs, associate programs, and Internet advertising.
Advertising and associate programs
The amount of money generated from the website and what programs will accept you is dependent on the amount of content you have on your page as well as the amount of traffic you receive. Below is a short listing of some of the different programs on the Internet that will help generate money on your website.
Amazon associates - The Amazon's associate program enables any user to setup links to any Amazon goods and any purchases made from those goods or any other goods a user may make while browsing Amazon's page after clicking the link from your web page you will generate a small percentage of income.
Google AdSense - A fast growing advertising network, Google allows users to setup advertisement banners on their page and have the ads generated off the content of the page. Any ads that are clicked (CPC) generate revenue. Google AdSense is the advertising network Computer Hope goes through.
Fastclick - Another popular and widely used advertising network for publishers.
There are many more services that allow users to make additional revenue from their website that are not listed on this page. If you have a favorite site, or a site you often purchase products through check for any "associates" program. Often big sites have associate programs and allow you to make money for referring people to your favorite spots on the Internet.
Sell goods or services
If you plan on creating a website that is going to sell goods or a service that you will charge for you will either need to setup a method of accepting payment or a web store to list your available goods.
Micropayments are another way to make money on the Internet. The idea behind micropayments is that if someone has enjoyed or found your content on your site or blog useful they will send you a small amount of money. With the potential of thousands of people sending you small amounts of money you can generate a large revenue from your content.
Flattr - A great service that allows anyone to send a small amount of money to any website with a Flattr button. The service works by you depositing how much ever you want into a Flattr account and then at the end of the month your deposit is split among every webpage you clicked the Flattr button on.
If you have a web page or service that provides something that cannot be found anywhere else or is unique you may also want to consider creating a place where your visitors can donate money to you. Below is a short listing of easy ways of setting up your own donation system.
Amazon honor system - A popular and widely used service because of the amount of people who already use the Amazon site for purchasing goods. The Amazon honor system allows for anyone to setup a method of accepting donations on their web page.
ChipIn - An easy and intuitive way to collect money for a website using the PayPal service. The service provides a widget that shows a companies overall progress to collecting money and does not charge any fee for the widget.
PayPal - Another very popular method of accepting donations, PayPal is a widely used service and an easy way to accept donations from your visitors.