Clearing out the clutter (#1) is one part of making the site easy for visitors to use. Another part is making it easy for them to do what they want to do. If they want to follow you on Twitter, is your Twitter info on every page or do they have to hunt for it? If they want to email you, is your contact page easily found? If they want to buy, are the purchase instructions and processes easy to follow? This all sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many websites aren’t very good at making it easy for readers to do what they came to do.
This may not be what you have in mind if you're starting a small, cottage-industry website, and the idea of making millions selling your site to a big Internet player may be little more realistic than planning an NBA career. Bear in mind, however, that Yahoo! started as a web guide. What Laurel Touby started in the late 90s as, in her words, "a humble little directory on someone else's website" grew into MediaBistro.com, a freelance writer-focused networking site that she sold for $23 million in 2007.
If you have an eye for design and some experience of creating websites, then you could offer your services as a freelance web designer. You will need to create your own stylish website, and have a few other projects that you can show potential clients to demonstrate your skills. You will also need to initially spend time emailing businesses to promote your services and find work.
A site called User Testing will actually pay you a fee to evaluate websites. It typically pays you $10 for each video that you review – which typically takes about 20 minutes. If the work is there, and you are particularly good at it, you could earn up to $30 per hour. That’s a pretty solid pay rate for a work-at-home job. You wouldn’t have to work a whole lot of hours to generate a decent part-time monthly income.
Affiliate marketing is the underdog in this list. While networks like CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) still exist, affiliate marketing for the modern web works best when you connect directly with affiliates you feel are relevant to your website. Have a blog about iOS apps or books? Try the iTunes Affiliate Program. Sell design resources? Try promoting other makers on Creative Market. I’m a digital nomad that lives in a different country every month (and sometimes blogs about it), so the apartments that I live in and recommend via the Airbnb Referral Program can sometimes earn me a lot of Airbnb credits!
And as for advertising on behalf of others, via any of the multiple previously discussed methods. Always ask yourself “Would I buy this service/product that I am recommending if I have the same requirements as my readers?”. It’s far easier to convince someone else to purchase something if you are convinced about the quality of product you are recommending.
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.
Overall, I hope that you've found this list helpful as you begin your journey of building, growing, and making income from your website. The amount of money you can make from blog posts or your website in general usually comes down to your own marketing efforts. If you can attract a big enough audience or traffic source, then the ability to start earning money is very real. This truly can be a legitimate work-from-home opportunity.
Using a food delivery service can’t necessarily earn you money, but it can help you save you money if you constantly find yourself throwing out half the food you buy. Food delivery services send a box of food every week with new, sometimes unique vegetables, meat, fruit, and so on. If you don’t have time to shop and want simple meal-prep that leads to a good meal, a food subscription service may be perfect for you.