Once you’ve had children, many parents find themselves caught in the trap of needing to work but wanting to stay home with their kids. Creating your own parenting blog can not only be a way to make some money, it can also help you connect with other parents and make sense of those crazy sleepless early parenting years (it does get easier don’t worry!)
For over three years, I struggled with websites that broke down, lacked SEO and were not attracting traffic, all with website developers who were difficult to reach or understand. When I asked potential clients how they found me, I kept hoping that just once they would say “through your website”, but that never happened – until I met Charles. Charles has gone above and beyond anything I ever expected from a website...
To do that, you have to harbor a few fundamental guiding principles in your mind. Today, if you're at all serious about generating a full-time income (and more) from your online activities, then you need to focus on passive income as opposed to active income. Sure, the active income will help you survive. That's the scarcity mentality at play. But it's the passive income ideas that will help you thrive.
Of course you can find people that will sell you a fully “custom” WordPress website, or even SquareSpace & Wix website for under $2,000 but that is usually where you have to beware. With WordPress there is no way they are doing anything “custom” for under $2,000, most likely they are installing plugins and a theme, and then customizing those settings pages to make it work for you. This is where you typically see 15+ WordPress plugins installed, some of which do next to nothing.
Gazelle. If you have an old cellphone or an Apple device, you can sell it here. The website will give you a cash offer for your device. If you agree, you'll be sent packaging materials. Gazelle pays the shipping costs, and you wait for a check in the mail, a gift card to be sent or cash transferred to your PayPal account. You may not make a fortune, but it's better than letting an unused device collect dust on a shelf – and far better for the environment to sell it than toss it in a landfill.
25. Products – You can create your own product, such as an ebook or computer software. You would then use your blog as a promotion tool to get people to buy your product. As long as you create a legitimate product with a whole lot of value, you should be able to get some buyers, but like everything else with a blog, you’ll need the traffic to get the sells.
Find work. When you first start out, you may have to accept work writing about a topic you don’t find all that interesting. You must keep an open mind and be willing to accept work that may not be in your desired field. However, as you continue to write, you not only learn about more topics, but you also build your reputation. With time, you can be choosier about assignments you want to accept.
However, there are few ways how you can monetize links. First is by doing affiliate marketing but in that case only small number of any of visitors will convert because they have to actually buy something from that site for you to get commission. Or there are Infolinks and other similar services that offers in-context advertising. The problem is that they almost nothing for clicks.
Test websites. Remote usability testing means getting paid to navigate a website for the first time and giving feedback to the website owner. Most tests take approximately 15 minutes, and you can get paid up to $10 for each test. A test involves performing a scenario on the client’s website and recording yourself doing it. For example, you might be asked to go through the process of selecting and purchasing an item on a retailer’s website.
Etsy: While Etsy's popularity has declined recently, it's still a great resource for selling handmade items online. No need for complex ecommerce sites or merchant accounts or any sort of automation. The company takes a commission of every sale and charges a small listing fee per item. But many still use Etsy as their primary source of income. The best part is that you can also sell digital products on here such as poster designs.
The key to maximizing the results from your website lies in quantifying those results. There is something very powerful about knowing exactly what results you’re getting. For starters, you’re in a position to make smarter decisions because you can rely on real numbers, not guesses and hunches when it comes to figuring out if something is working or not, or if it makes sense to try something new. Data driven decisions are better decisions. It all starts with calculating and keeping track of what your website has done for you. For maximum effectiveness, this is something that must be done on a regular basis.
Starting a podcast, like making a YouTube channel or blog, comes down to telling interesting stories and building an engaged audience. I’m probably sounding like a broken record by now, but you need a niche that you’re interested in and there’s already a demand for. Come up with a list of topics you’d like to talk about and then search iTunes charts, Google Trends and other podcast research sites like cast.market to see what’s currently out there and popular.
Create a killer course experience: With your course validated and in the works, you need to figure out how people will take it. Most course creators choose to host their courses from their own websites. This way, they get all the value of bringing customers back to their site on a regular basis. I host my own courses from a subdomain on my own site so I can easily add more. The course experience is incredibly important as well. And after trying most of the solutions, I highly recommend Teachable—an online platform designed specifically for courses.
Sell plasma. After passing an initial screening, you can usually sell your plasma for anywhere from $25 to $50 per donation. To qualify, you’ll have to stand in a long line or show up early, be willing to fill out a very personal questionnaire, and endure a painful needle prick or two. Still, selling plasma is a great way to raise money fast – if you can stand the hassle.
I have a question regarding accepting ads on your site/blog. I have a blog that is monetized through affiliate links. I’m over 20k monthly unique visitors, so I’m interested in accepting advertisement banners, but I’m a bit conflicted. If the ads do their job, and attract clicks away from my site, how will that affect the income from my current links? Is it worth it to place advertising on a blog that is already generating affiliate income?
If you're serious about making money online, start a blog. Blogging is one of the easiest and most sustainable income sources. As long as the blog is setup the right way, in the right niche, with the right content targeted at the right audience, and the offer is complementary to the content, you could make a tremendous amount of passive income from a blog.
According to Business Insider, 644 million active websites crowded the Internet as of March 2012. As the Go-Gulf.com website notes, 70 new domains, each hosting a single or many different websites, are registered every 60 seconds. Not every newly created website launches to make money for its proprietor or owner, of course, but many of them actually do just that. How much money the average website owner makes from such sites depends on many factors, however.
Amazon offers a service called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), which can be extremely useful for arbitrage sellers, or others selling their own products. If you opt for FBA, Amazon will store, pick, pack and deliver your products. That means you can scale your arbitrage business quickly as you don’t have to store products in your own home or waste time with postage.
These types of ads pay a fixed dollar amount based on an action taken (like an email submit form filled out). Many of these ad networks listed below offer both affiliate commissions (% of the actual purchase price) AND CPA opportunities. There are also a LOT more ad networks out there than I could possibly ever list in this category – this is just a few.
Holly told me she started writing content in 2011. At the time, she still worked a full-time job but created content online part-time to supplement her income. Over time, she was able to double and triple her rates until she could quit her full-time job to write. These days, she makes bank as a freelance writer and teaches others to do the same via her online course, Earn More Writing.