A handful of content will be the main way you’ll make money from your website.
They’re the money-making pages.
You see this all the time whether it’s products under “best sellers”. Or, a blog sending visitors to their “start here” page. This is where the magic happens. It’s the page housing the reviews, tutorials, and/or resources people want to mirror your success or guidance.
We’ve got something special for you.
Below, you’ll find X types of content that’ll monetize your website.
These are the money-making content anyone can make and adapt to their niche.
Up to the challenge? Let’s begin…
Make Money From Your Website with In-Depth Reviews
In-depth reviews are the best ways to make money with your niche website because:
- Search engines love them because they are extremely helpful
- They are (obviously) in-depth so it gives all the appropriate information
- You have multiple moments to use a call-to-action
- It encourages you to expand on the media formats which help with conversions
The reviews I’m talking about aren’t just the typical 500-750 word reviews you’d find on many sites.
Sometimes, depending on the product/service, that’s fine.
These are the type of reviews where even after a few years you could take a look through it and know that it’s (still) a great product.
Generally, these are the type of reviews that go above and beyond, feature many rich interactivity elements, and tell a story. Look at the difference between a product you review you may find on a site like TheVerge.com versus your typical tech-blog; they are extremely in-depth versus quick write-ups.
The biggest elements of these reviews generally include the following:
- 2-3,000+ word examination
- Video (or other media formats)
- Plenty of pictures
- Quotes and other elements that add to trust
- Do I trust a 500-word review that just does an overview which most of the information I can find on the product page?
- Do I trust the review where I can see a hands-on preview, deep inspect of the item/service and a large summary which targets whether it’s right for you (or not)?
These reviews, obviously, take a lot of time but they are entirely worth it.
The best way to go about doing these type of reviews is to become a customer of the product/service so that you learn not just about the topic but the business/brand behind it.
In order to make money off your niche sites, you really only need to do these to the most popular/frequently-used products (which generally show up on your resources pages as mentioned in the previous post).
Since you are so accustomed to these products/services you should have no trouble speaking your mind about them and talk about its intricacies.
In short: Start off by working on creating reviews about products/services you already readily use within your niche, take your sweet time so that you are able to put a great amount of effort into the depth/media, and then fill it with multiple call-to-actions to capture those interested at any moment.
Why In-Depth Reviews Make Money
Reviews aren’t only there to present a product or service.
The review is the experience.
When people invest their time in reading through your reviews they will feel as if they already have part ownership.
The person projects the image of them using the product/service and all the rewards that come with it. When you can create that mental image, drive home on the value, and lead out with a strong call-to-action you leave the person with a trustful choice in making the purchase and a glow once it is processed.
Reviews can be short but they really do gain an advantage when they are in-depth. People are going to skim through and pick the points that matter to them but others need the full picture. By covering all aspects of the topic you cover all those questions and concerns that may block a person from completing the sale.
Try to write one new in-depth review each week (or at the very least each month) so that you may always have something solid to present to your audience (and link into your resource pages).
Make Money From Your Website with Resources Roundups
A resource page is one in which you list the normal, readily used resources.
Doing so attracts attention to these (affiliated) resources.
Visitors see your success.
It provides quick insight into what you’re using to be where you’re at. For many, the list becomes a blueprint for replicating the success.
Here is an example you may have seen before listed on a resource page:
- Web Hosting
- Domain Names
- Site Builders
- Content Creation
This would be what you would find on those sites that frequently talk about building websites (obviously).
Because they are an all in one, curated selection a person could go through the list and select one of each, purchase/subscribe, and reach an overall goal.
You should have a goal with these resource pages.
- Helping someone start, fast
- Keeping the community informed
- Verifying your selection
- Personal records
Those that choose to invest will have everything needed to start in that niche. You aren’t giving them a run around because these are the actual ones you can wholeheartedly recommend.
To truly begin earning additional income from your work you will want to up-sell.
The starter versions of the offers will earn but the real money is if they invest in the premium packages.
Let’s say, for example, you were to promote website hosting. You could earn a small commission if they were to sign up to one of the many hosting providers for just a few months but if you plant that seed that they should do at least a year or more you earn a higher commission up-front.
Here’s a similar example used to up-sell:
It’s a matter of getting it known by displaying it like you would a promotion:
- Bottom of the post
- Email/forum signature
- Sharing it on social media
It’s one of those pages when someone lands on the site they could:
- Check through your top posts
- Read through a great amount of content
- Jump to the page
They have said “yes” to the ideas you have covered through your work.
- Look at what you use to make it a successful project
- List these items and why you use them (bonus if you link to a review)
- Include additional/premium options
Why Resource Pages Make Money
The resource page becomes a hybrid page with recommendations and reviews.
When you show results for your work people get interested in the tools and resources.
Collecting them in one location increases the chance of multiple conversions.
People may want to buy “the package” and skip the hassle of hunting own the alternatives.
Overall, it’s one of the easiest money pages to put together.
If you don’t have one then consider creating on this afternoon.
Make a new page on your site categorizing all the tools, services, and products that allow your business to generate a revenue.
You’ll have people interested and look into buying those items.
Make Money From Your Website with Translations
Though English is among the most widely spoken languages in the World it still means you are failing to reach an even greater, potential audience.
This applies to any language that may be your native tongue but for the sake of this post, I’m going with English.
By translating your work into other languages (Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and more) you now reach a global market that may actually be untouched. Your skills in Affiliate Marketing could lead you to becoming a major player in a foreign market by offering your work in the native language.
You don’t need to learn a new language to begin putting this into effect as there are plenty of different options for translations:
- Plugins that automatically translate base on location or give options for various languages
- Hire a native speaker to go through your work and translate
- Crowdsource the work from within your community to provide it to their country
What I would recommend is to start off by examining your analytics and sort your visitors by country.
This will give you a good idea of which languages would be most popular to explore.
Take a look at the other most widely used languages and add that to your list, too.
Once you have that information I would recommend the following:
- Start off by translating your most popular posts via native speaker you hire
- Go ahead and utilize a translation plugin to cover a wide selection of languages
- Get active on popular social media sites that are very specific to a country to share
Since the work is done either automatically or handed over for a reasonable price to a freelance translator you aren’t investing a great deal of time and resources which makes for an easy win.
In short: We are all connected through the Web and it would be a shame to limit your work to just speakers of your language. Consider the options to translate your work into other widely used languages in an attempt to reach new audiences and increase your chances of selling an affiliate offer.
Why Translations Make Money
It’s far too easy to get stuck in this mindset that you’re targeting your home country.
Yes, it is easier to target your country because you understand its culture, language, trends, and the like.
But in the end: It’s playing it safe because you’re not pushing the (literal) boundaries.
The market is prime for experienced, knowledgeable individuals to reach a new demographic and location. Often times you may not find competitors in a foreign marketplace. This opens the doors to opportunity so that your work becomes the leader in the industry.
With that major hurdle of translation out of the way, you should have no problem presenting your business to prime, untapped markets around the world.
Make Money From Your Website with Printables
How would you like to make money with printables?
The freebies bloggers like to design and share with their community.
These are powerful marketing gimmicks used to engage the community and develop backlinks through channels like Pinterest and Facebook.
Most of those creating printables aren’t using them to their fullest.
There are a few types of printouts you could do:
- Full ebooks
- Activity sheets
Why do we like them?
For starters, they’re an easy way to consume information without feeling overloaded.
Printables gives us the info without the fluff.
We can print, work through the parts, then discard them without fiddling with finding a browser bookmark or feeling distracted from all our other online activities.
Secondly, some people prefer to work through things with a physical copy.
Here’s what else:
- They’re like infographics which help build backlinks from roundups
- They’re great for getting feedback (ways to improve, what they’d include, ETC)
- They’re often aligned with promoting products/services
In fact, most content you’ve published can turn into printables. All that’s needed is editing and repackaging.
This is the idea behind content assets. It gives you extra brand weight and authority because you’re going above and beyond what others fail to do.
How Printables are Created (Detailed)
Each printout should have:
- Your logo
- Website address
- Optional: Internal blog links
These two won’t offer the craziest amount of traffic but it will keep your brand front-and-center as it’s shared. Some will Google your name or URL. Others may choose to include the link and/or brand when plugging the asset.
Make the URL a hyperlink in the document, though. This way people can click the link if they’re viewing it as a PDF in their browser. They’ll also have the chance to click through hyperlinks to blog posts if you’re doing this as a PDF.
Create the document in a word processor (or whatever program you prefer)
Clean the formatting
Save it in a common format such as PDF or JPEG
Upload the file to your server or to an external file sharing service
Link to the piece within the accompanying post
Check it out: http://bit.ly/MakeMoneyWithPrintables
Pretty simple, right?
You could also use an embed code generator to offer a code snippet box for people to easily share the piece.
Else, tools like Embedly can create cards to embed and share, too.
Why Printables Make Money
Look at this…
Mommy bloggers know what’s up.
Design blogs, too.
Their community gobbles it up.
- Huge shares on Pinterest
- Tons of downloads
- Lots of discussions
… all pointing back to the site where people are funneled to their email list and affiliate offers.
It’s as simple as that.
Printouts give someone a physical item they can mount on their wall or stick to the side of their computer.
They can print and add it to their physical filings or have it next to them as they work through the topic.
Understand that we all have different learning styles.
Providing physical copies will create an easier way to absorb the message by many.
The biggest benefit is how easy they are to produce. There’s no, real downside to making them outside of an hour it may take to convert existing pieces into a printable.
Angle it right (hinting at product/services) and you’ll turn these backlink building assets into great website money makers.
Make Money From Your Website with Checklists
Checklists are a wonderful, easy way to drive traffic to your website while leveraging social shares to build brand awareness. This exposure leads to sales.
A checklist is easy-to-consume — it’s why people love them.
We recently published the post “The Website Traffic Checklist“.
Our intention was to help readers build traffic by acting on each item and checking the boxes as they go. This post was well received by the community.
Here’s the thing:
The content looks simple but it gave us various content assets and touchpoints. This includes the checklist image, post, and snippets used for individual social shares.
Imagine the opportunities you could bring to your efforts by adding checklists to your routine.
Here’s how to go about doing it…
When you present yourself as an expert (and list those resources/steps in a checklist) you are cutting through explaining everything.
This saves you a ton of time creating tons of content covering related topics.
Condensing info into a checklist lays out exactly what you want people to do.
You are giving them immediate, actionable items that include referrals to affiliated products.
Checklists work because:
- They are easy to make
- Offer them as downloads
- Include them as part of a newsletter
- Share and embed them as infographics
- Use as upsells with existing offers
If a checklist offered a way to dive head first — really getting into it right away — would you find it helpful?
People want an easier way to be successful versus spending hundreds of hours learning a new topic.
This touches on the core of marketing: it delivers an offer providing a solution to a problem.
People want a way to start quickly without wasting time and resources.
Show them a product that’ll quickly get them to their goal and they’ll likely invest.
It’s done like this:
- Cut out the jargon
- Don’t go overboard (keep it to a few, main items)
- Back each with some kind of resource or tip
These checklists work well with any type of content or topic.
Why (and How) Checklists Make Money
They want a way to do it without having to learn what it all means.
Once people are on a roll they may hit a tough point…
… this is your opportunity to offer an affiliate product.
They will either:
- Quit because of frustration (a good sign to clarify the item)
- Push on by learning more about how to do the item (good opportunity to point to a blog post)
- Buy the product to quickly overcome the setback
Try converting and repurposing content into one of these checklists — by doing:
- Find the popular posts and create a checklist
- Summarize and curate the content down to steps that are less than a sentence long
- Publish the checklist to add value to each of the posts
- Use it as alternative marketing methods
Give people the shortcuts, make sure to include the affiliate promotions, and gain from the condensation of knowledge into what would be a “cheat sheet”.
Checklists are about pure action.
You likely cover a broad scope of what needs to be done when creating content.
By the time someone finishes the piece, they may not be ready to make that first step.
- Take little effort to produce because they remove the fluff
- Gives you a visual content asset to share across social platforms
- Are easy to update if you keep the image file
- Provide an immense value to your community.
They’re perfect for promoting affiliate products.
The main thing to remember:
Produce valuable results for those that follow through.
Else, it becomes another affiliate pitch that gets tossed to the side.
You want them to see that it can be done by following through.
If there is friction then the checklist hasn’t done its job. Keep it in-depth but simple and you will see those commissions (and traffic) come rolling in.
Can You Really Make Money From Your Website? Yes!
Perhaps back in the 90’s, it was a far-fetched idea of making money with a website. But, times have changed.
The money flowing through the Web is astronomical – people are accustomed to spending – and they’re looking for tools, resources, and reviews of attractive offers.
This isn’t rocket science.
It’s crafting pages for your audience – it’s delivering so much value visitors can’t help but pull out their cards and buy the offers you present.
So, try your hand at crafting these website money makers.
See what you can create.