The ability to build your own website has never been easier and the fact that you can make money with a website is even more of a reason to get started.
Most people who want to make money in the online space don’t always want to invest up front, so building a website for free really appeals to the majority of people out there.
If you are one of those who really wants to break into the market and make money with your own website, then continue reading to see how you can do it for FREE.
*One note before we begin, if you truly want to create a long term income for yourself, you will need to invest time, energy and even some money. That’s just the reality of business. But getting your feet wet with a free website is possible and if you decide in the future to take your business to the next level, it is extremely easy to convert to a paid website.
Pick a Niche – Decide What Your Website Will Be About
The first step to building your own website that will make money is to figure out what you want your website to be about, aka “a niche”. A niche is basically the subject of your website or the market you will be targeting.
Truth be told, a lot of people struggle with this at first. But there are several things you can ask yourself to help you determine what your niche will be.
- What do you know a lot about? (What do you enjoy learning about?)
- What need or want can you offer to others on your website?
- What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? (ie – your hobby or passion)
I find that the best niche to build your website around is one that you will enjoy working on. Nobody likes to spend time writing about something they can’t stand to do in real life. But if it’s a genuine passion of yours, you can easily pump out content because you enjoy sharing your knowledge with other about the subject.
There are literally thousands of niches that you can choose from. And you can even narrow those niches down a bit more and get a hyper specific niche that can be extremely profitable. Below are a few random niches…
- Dog Training
- Health & Fitness (I recommend narrowing this one down)
- Fashion Trends
- Photography & Equipment
- Anxiety Help
- RV Accessories
- Mystery Novels
- Survival & Defense
- Sports Training Tips
- Fitness Coaching
- Food & Wine
Most of the niches listed above are fairly broad, but it’s a starting point.
Maybe you are into food and wine, but you really want to focus more on homemade wine making. You could build a website that offers “how to articles” as well as promoting wine making equipment.
Or maybe you are into RVing… you could easily narrow that niche down to only Airstreams and promote vintage Airstream products or ways to renovate/repair them. You get the idea.
Once you have a niche nailed down, you have a direction for your website and the next step is to choose a name and secure a Domain.
Choose a Domain Name – Check Availability with Site Domains
A domain name is essentially the beginning of your brand online. The name should reflect what the website is about it is advisable that it be easy to remember/recall.
This is the point where you will decide if you want a free website or a traditional dot com site (paid). Personally, I suggest that you go with the paid if you are serious about making money and working towards a full time income.
Keep in mind that a “paid website” does not mean expensive. I’ll explain how to get a quality premium website for an extremely great price in just a few minutes.
For a free website, I use SiteRubix. It has a ton of features including some great themes to choose from. SiteRubix is powered by Wealthy Affiliate, which includes a Community, Training, Tools and Support. So in reality, it’s more than just a website.
It’s easy to use and all you have to do is type in a domain name and see if it’s available. For instance, “BobsDogTraining”…. as you see in the image above, it’s available. Simply click “Build my Free Website” and www.bobsdogtraining.siterubix.com belongs to you… for FREE!
With Site Domains, most domain names are only about $13 per year. That’s a great deal. I personally combine my domains with a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership in order to get the most bang for my buck. For only $49/month, I can host up to 50 websites, get free SSL certificates for my websites (something Google is now suggesting), and much more.
Choose a Theme – Simple and Clean Works Best
When you are ready to build your site, you will need to choose a theme. WordPress has some of the best themes available and the majority of them are free.
You may be tempted to get a theme with all the bells and whistles, but that’s not at all necessary and can sometimes be a distraction to your visitors.
Choose a relatively simple theme with clean lines that is easy to navigate and to read. Have you ever been to a website where there is just too much going on and trying to read the content was almost impossible? It’s annoying and you probably ended up leaving the site. You don’t want your visitors to do that, so keep it simple.
Within the SiteRubix platform, you will be able to try out a few themes to see what you like best. Once you find one, just click choose and within seconds your website is built and ready to be customized by you.
Create Content – Consistent Content is Key
Now you have a website, what next? Time to start writing! The way that most websites make money is through blogging. Website owners write content (articles) that pertain to their niche and in doing so, drive traffic (visitors) to their site.
The key to driving tons of traffic is writing consistently. The more content you create, the more visitors you attract.
Pumping out 12-15 blog posts a month is a great place to start. I usually aim for over 1000 words as well.
Writing content is fairly easy if you know what you are doing. Finding the right keywords and utilizing SEO optimization strategies within your writing will boost your rankings enormously.
Start Making Money – Partner with Affiliate Programs in Your Niche
Once on the website, the traffic can be monetized by different ways…
- the use of ads
- promoting products
- ecommerce stores
By far the most common and easiest way to monetize your website is through the use of Affiliate Marketing. This is simply a way to earn commissions for products you recommend by placing an affiliate link on your website. The visitor clicks on the link that is unique to you and you earn a percentage of the sale if they purchase.
The beauty of this is that you don’t have any inventory, overhead, or shipping costs. You are simply the middleman that directs the potential customer to the product being sold.
With the internet market growing every single day, finding affiliate programs or products to promote is easy. There are millions of products that you can promote.
Did you know that even Walmart has an affiliate program? Think of all the products you can promote from Walmart alone.
There are even Affiliate Networks that allow you to connect and partner with many different companies all at once.
A Few of the Main Affiliate Networks:
Conclusion & My Personal Suggestion
Making money online with your very own website is a great way to supplement your income or even generate a full time income. I’ve laid out the basics here within this article, but I always suggest people get the most hands on training they can in order to be successful.
Education is so important when it comes to the ever-changing internet market, and having real expert support at your disposal is priceless.
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