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Chapter 4 – Monetising Your Site This is where you have to be both realistic and patient. As you add content, search engines start to take you seriously and you will move up the search engine rankings. However, you probably won’t jump straight in to the number 1 spot! Depending on your chosen subject, this could take a couple of weeks or a couple of months. However, you won’t mind as you are writing about something that you like anyway……right? Now hopefully you will have some space on your site to place some advertising of some sort. If you are using a WordPress site, chances are you can use your sidebar. Identify other sites that are related to your subject and have affiliate programs. You can usually find a link at the bottom of a site that has an affiliate program. For example, with WPParadise there are multiple theme sites that have an affiliate program. So if someone clicks on an advert on my site which contains my affiliate link, then purchases a WordPress theme, I get a percentage of the sale. This is the main way WPParadise makes money and is the way the majority of these sites make money. You could also join an affiliate network such as Commission Junction (http://cj.com). Affiliate networks make it easy to join other programs and keep your commissions all together in place. It is important that you already have your site set up before applying to join an affiliate network. Another popular way to monetise a site is to join Google Adsense (http://www.google.com/adsense). Google provides you with a little code which then places Google Adwords advertising on your site. You get a share of the cost per click. This is a very popular business model. You are dependent on a lot of traffic as you will probably be paid only a few cents per click but it does vary based on your chosen subject. You can also use your site to build a profitable mailing list but we will talk about that in more detail in the next book in the Real World Profit series called ‘Lists’. Remember the Google Adwords vouchers you might have received with your domain name or hosting? Don’t use them yet. Wait until you have read Book 2 ‘Lists.’

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Real World Profit - Website  

A step by step guide to creating a sustainable long term business which you can gradually grow in your spare time. Get the foundations right...

Real World Profit - Website  

A step by step guide to creating a sustainable long term business which you can gradually grow in your spare time. Get the foundations right...

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