I want to have my own website, effectively doing it for free by
hosting ads. What kinds of ads will support paying for my
Using a website to make money, even if only to support itself, is not an
uncommon desire. That’s the original question:
Making money on your website is actually pretty easy.
However making lots of money requires work.
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There are many, many programs for website advertising. One of the easiest
and now one of the most common is Google’s Adsense. Adsense, and its companion
program Adwords (for advertisers), are the plain-text ads you see on many websites. The giveaway? The phrase “Ads by Goooooogle” above or below the block
Adsense is easy to sign up for, and once approved will display ads targeted
to the page that the ads are displayed on. Adsense is a PPC or “Pay Per Click”
system – meaning that the site displaying ads gets paid when a visitor clicks
on one of the ads. The actual amount paid varies based on many factors.
There are other approaches including affiliate programs allowing you to
advertise and sell items on your site, making a percentage of each sale. Amazon
and eBay both have programs as do many other retailers – the keywords to look
for in investigating these sites is an “affiliate” or “associate” program.
One caution: advertising and affiliate programs are all well and good, but
there’s really a bigger issue that prevents most websites from really making a
lot of money: traffic. All the advertising in the world is pointless if no one
visits your site and if no one sees the ads or buys the products. Traffic
generation is well beyond the scope of this article, but there are lots of
resources on the internet that can help.