Up until now, we’ve been talking an awful lot about how you should construct a site, how you should optimize it, and how you should fill it up to the brim with content. However, what we’ve been leaving out is really the most important part of the whole endeavor: How to make money using your site! Yes, we’ve given you all of the builder’s notes intended to help you create one of the Internet’s best resources on your topic of choice. But when it gets down to the bone, if you’re not able to make money of all the effort you’ve put into this thing, it’s simply not worth doing.

Thankfully, though, it really isn’t too hard to make a lot of money off your new Internet property. Don’t believe us? Somehow we didn’t think you would! As such, we’ve created this entire guide that’d dedicated to nothing but helping you make the most green out of your digital domain. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling (we strongly suggest you have a look at all the other articles we’ve posted on the topic of creating and optimizing your own website) then head on down below the break! We’ll be dishing out all of the nitty gritty details, starting with the most basic method of money making online there is:

1. Sell Something Others Will Buy

Yes, it really doesn’t get any simpler than this. You see the vast majority of folks who make money online do so by selling a product or service that others actually want to purchase. This isn’t residual income, mind you, but a business all in its own right. This means you’ll need to have a stock (or if it’s a service, a method of delivering that service to your customers) as well as a portal through which your business can be sold. We’ve mentioned a lot of ways in which you can set this up, most notably through an eCommerce bent content management system like Volition. However, that’s just the start of this gravy train! You’ll need to do a few more things to ensure that your site is actually successful. Here’s the rundown:

First, you’re going to want to ensure that your cart procedure is as streamlined as possible. A messy shopping cart will only deter your users from actually buying anything from you. Next, you’ll also want to guarantee that you provide adequate support for the products that you sell. If your services or items are defective, ensure that your customers have a quick and reliable way to get an hold on you. Once all of that is done, you’re finished! Just sit back and enjoy the orders as they come down the pipe.

2. Freelance Something

On the subject of making money by selling services, becoming a freelancer is perhaps one of the stablest and best ways to make a continued living off nothing but your own website. There are a lot of options that you can go with; Become a freelance writer, graphic designer, coder, programmer, developer, artist, etc. It doesn’t matter what you’re freelancing, so long as you actually are. There are a lot of things you’ll need to do to ensure that you get the traffic you desire, however. For starters:

Promote the heck out of your new freelancing business! Send letters to local businesses, use that search engine optimization stuff we talked about earlier, and make sure the services you’re selling are up to snuff! If you’re only giving out crap work, you can expect crap returns in exchange. And remember that you’re ultimately running a business underneath all of this. That means you can learn a lot from traditional marketing and branding strategies. Do a quick Google search for these to figure out how they can help.

3. Use the Advertisement Route

Lastly, one of the most prevalent ways to make money off a website is to do so through advert revenue. You know all those little advertisements you see peppered at the borders of the websites that you visit? Yeah, those are earning some serious dough for the owner of the page. You can do exactly the same, though, now that you’re the proud owner of a website of your very own. How do you do so? It’s simple, really.

Sign up for an advertisement service like Google AdWords. Then, create content that others will actually want to read. This means making a quality blog, information site, or whatever else you might have in mind. No matter what you decide on, though, it’s going to have to be good if you’re going to draw in the number and amount of clients that you need. Advert revenues are small at first, and will take time to grow to day-job proportions.