How To Build A Website To Make Money In Just Seven Steps
Not everyone wants to build a website to make money but for those of you that do this post will give you all the information you need in 7 easy steps to give you the best chance of building a website that makes money.
Step one: Choose a Niche
The most successful money making websites are niche specific. Niche specific means that you have one subject matter. It doesn’t matter what it is as there is a market out there for everything. However you need to have at least an interest in it as you are going to have to write about it. You do not have to start out as an expert in the niche but you must be willing to learn to become one.
Think about it as if you were choosing something to study in college. You have an interest and want to become a student and then an expert in the subject. If you want more help in deciding on your niche you can read my post on deciding on your niche here.
You could also go to Amazon. Take a look at the range of products they sell and their categories. You might for example be drawn to technology or garden supplies. Then take a look at their subcategories. This may help you to define your niche website and it’s subject matter.
Step Two: Choose A Domain Name
Your domain name should reflect your subject matter as far as possible. There are several places where you can purchase a domain name but I suggest you buy it from where you will have your site hosted. It just makes life easier for you. You could go for a free hosting plan but I suggest you don’t because they are very strict on what you can do and sell on your site.
Take a read of my post on the best hosting sites to help you make a decision. Buying a domain name should cost around $14 a year. Hosting at basic level will be around $4 month but up to around $60 a month. Remember you get what you pay for. My post should help you out on making a decision.
Step Three: Set Up Your Website
Your website should be built on the WordPress system. Obviously there are other options but WordPress gives you the biggest choice of how you want your website to look and act.
Setting it up is very simple. Read my post I want a To Build A Website. This will show you how to do it in 3 easy steps.
Step Four: Write Content
This is the bit where most people come a little unstuck. We all have our own writing style and that’s fine but you should always remember you are writing for your reader and not you. As we are creating a website to make money then the majority of your posts will be Reviews with a sprinkling of information based posts. You can read my post on writing reviews that sell here.
The more you write the better you wilI get at it. I suggest no less than 3 posts a week, minimum.
Here’s some simple rules to abide by:
Short sentences and short paragraphs
Headlines that give structure and a roadmap for your reader
Use appropriate images
Use call to actions throughout your post e.g Buy here, read more here.
Step Five: Find Affiliate programs
Any Niche you have chosen will have many affiliate programs that are appropriate to sell. Some people will only use the Amazon Affiliate program and make a great living out of it. Most companies today will have an affiliate programme as it is one of the cheapest and most effective marketing there is, in the internet purchasing world we live in today.
Most will go through an affiliate marketplace that handles all of their processes. The main ones are Max Bounty, Awin,Clickbank, Shareasale, Rakuten Marketing CJ Affiliates.
My best advice is to join these (its free) and have a good search around for products or services you can review and promote. The next thing I suggest is putting in your niche + affiliate program into Google. You will be surprised at how many you will find. Independently ran programs often pay out more than ones ran through the Affiliate marketplaces.
Step Six: Promote Your Posts On Social Media
Your posts will not get ranked or indexed in the search engines straight away, though that should be your ultimate aim. Organic traffic through search engines is gold. If you want to find out more about SEO (search engine optimisation) read my post on SEO here.