In part 1 of this post we looked at the first 2 steps of how to make your own website for free. I also introduced you to the most powerful and advanced website creation platform called siterubix which is available via the Wealthy Affiliate platform, which will teach you step by step how to make your own website free.
In part 2 of this post we are going to delve into the last 2 steps of how to make your own website free.
Step 3: Attract Visitors To Your Website
Once you’ve built your site you’ll then need to add targeted content within your website that is focused on helping your audience to solve a specific problem. At this step of making your own website you’ll need to learn about search engine optimization or SEO for short.
Search engine optimization is the process of improving the online visibility of your website or page/s in the free or organic search results of search engines such as Google and Bing.
As seen on the picture below the websites that are highlighted in yellow have managed to effectively improve their SEO for the search phrase “fitness exercises for women over 40” as they are ranking no1 and no2 on the 1st page of the search results. This simply means that these websites are generating free targeted traffic which should translate into revenue.
When you decide to install your wordpress site I would encourage you to install a plugin called All In One SEO. This plugin makes your website code search engine friendly for the likes of Google and Bing as it makes it easier for them to index and rank your website.
If you’d like to learn the step by step process of how to install this plugin and set it up correctly on your website I recommend signing up for a free Wealthy Affiliate account in order to access the SiteRubix website creation platform. Premium members get access to SEO experts and hours of SEO video training.
The most important thing to remember about SEO is that search engines like Bing, Google and Yahoo are only after one thing and that is the most relevant content.
So if you can make your website in a way that is SEO friendly and then create quality, relevant and engaging content, your chances of making your own website that actually makes money will improve greatly.
You do not need to be a writer to create quality, relevant and engaging content that will allow you to make money with your website.
You simply need to communicate with your niche, or the group of people that you have selected, in the same way you would communicate with a close friend or family member. Hopefully this puts your mind at ease regarding writing content.
You need to ensure that you place an emphasis on helping your niche and showing them what to do and how to do it rather than just telling. This will enable you to build trust with your niche which will lead to a long term and profitable business online.
Step 4: Earn Revenue
This is the last and most exciting step of making your own website. Once you have content on your website and people who are actually visiting your site (traffic) then you can generate revenue.
There are numerous ways in which you can monetize your website but in this article I will focus on 5 of the most popular ways.
Affiliate programs are probably the easiest way to monetize your website especially when you’re starting out. There are millions of affiliate products that are available in just about every conceivable niche.
You can find affiliate programs by typing the niche followed by the word affiliate in the search bar of a search engine, such as “sciatica + affiliate”. As you can see on the screen shot below there are a number of affiliate offers that I could promote on my website in that niche.
There are many other platforms where you may find thousands of affiliate offers to promote. These include:
- Warrior Forum
- Commission Junction
- Share A Sale
- CJ Affiliate
There are many others but these are the most popular, reliable and trusted platforms and I’ve used some of them myself and they work great.
Google Adsense is Googles own advertising platform that allows website owners to generate revenue by displaying ads on their sites. Below are some examples of what typical adsense banner ads look like.
To be able to utilize Google Adsense you need to get approval from Google. For that you will need a website that is hosted on your own domain and not a sub domain.
Your website needs to contain at least some content that is relevant to your audience as google will review your site before they approve your adsense account. Usually they require your site to have at least 10 post before they will consider it for approval.
Once you are approved you can now get the code to place on your site to display the ads. Each time a visitor clicks on your ads you get paid for it.
The payout is dependent on the level of competition and demand in the niche and particular keyword and the amount varies between $0.10 to $20 per click.
Another excellent way and to monetize your website that has a very high profit potential is by capturing your visitor’s email addresses in order to build an email list.
This will allow you to have an automated way of communicating with your audience on a scheduled basis in order to build trust by providing valuable and relevant information, products, solutions and/or services.
To build a list and automate the process you will need an autoresponder program. Personally I use trafficwave.net due to its simplicity, affordability, excellent features especially for affiliate marketers and the compensation plan which is the cherry on top.
Amazon Associates Program
Amazon associates is amazon.com’s own affiliate program that allows you to earn revenue by directing your website visitors to products sold on amazon. When they make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale price.
You can earn from 4% of the sale price and higher depending on the number of products that are purchased through your referral links.
Creating Your Own Products
The last method to monetize your website that I’d like to discuss is creating and promoting your own products. If you are still new to online marketing I would suggest that you start with promoting affiliate offers until you are competent at getting regular visitors (traffic) to your site and are converting that traffic into revenue.
Creating your own products should be part of your mid to long term plan in the process of building your online business as this method can bring the highest return on investment (ROI), because you’ll get to keep all the earnings of your product sales instead of sharing with a product owner.
Now I’ve given you at least 5 ways that you can use to monetize your site. If you want more detailed step by step guidance on how to apply these methods successfully I suggest you have a look at my review of Weathy Affiliate. I’ll be waiting for you on the inside ready to guide you.
Has this article provided you with effective guidance on how to make your own website for free?
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