Working from home with the internet has become a huge deal in recent years due to the accessibility of online revenue streams. Anyone can start a blog or website at almost no cost, and anyone can monetize it using adverts or affiliate links. This means that anyone, regardless of their education or skill with computers, can turn an idea into a money-making venture with ease.
However, it’s not a get rich quick scheme that some rather questionable online advertisements would have you believe. You won’t be making thousands a week without a large amount of effort and work, and you won’t even make a single penny until at least a couple of days into your new project. It’s important to understand that it takes a lot of time until your blog or website will make money, so here are some tips to help you along the way.
Invest in a Virtual Private Server
While a beginner might not understand the implications of what a virtual private server can offer, it’s an important consideration to make if you’re serious about turning your online content into a profitable business. There are many vps hosting services, but the main idea is that it allows for more stability and reliability when it comes to web hosting.
Shared web hosting is the current popular method of selling web space, but it essentially means hundreds or even thousands of people are placed on the same hardware. Since you’re sharing space and speed with others, your service could be interrupted and the quality won’t be as good as a virtual private server.
It also offers you far more control once you’re capable of running a website and understand all of the technical jargon. You get complete access to your website, which means you can install and uninstall whatever services and additional applications you want. This could be spellchecking software, eCommerce services or even security measures to protect your website.
Understand How Ad Revenue Works
You don’t get paid very much for ad revenue, that’s just the reality of it. A couple thousand impressions (views) will get you maybe a dollar—and that’s a good rate. The real money comes when your viewers click on those adverts and buy an item. You get a small commission for the sale and that’ll be worth more than several thousand views.
Because of this, it’s common for people to load up their websites with hundreds of different adverts—but that’s a quick way to kill your blog before it’s even off the ground. Don’t be one of those website or blog owners that slaps annoying pop-ups and adverts all over their website because your viewers will hate it and they won’t ever come back to your website. What’s worse is that if Google thinks your website is shady, they’ll remove it from their search engine and no one will be able to find it.
Consider using more transparent methods of getting money such as affiliate links and sponsors. Some companies such as Amazon will give you affiliate links and every time someone clicks it and buys something (or uses your referral code) you’ll get a small commission just like the adverts.