People are often guarded about how they make money online with WordPress websites and how much they actually make, however I see things in a very different way. Creating wealth has always been a hobby of mine and every time I look at something I see the value in it and immediately start thinking about what I can do with it. My nephew always says to me “it’s all about the money”, but it’s not about that, it’s about the challenge. It is really about achieving something.
When I started building WordPress websites there was a new excitement in my veins. Building WordPress websites from scratch and making them successful is like an addiction. The fact that building WordPress websites makes money does not excite me as much as all the other things that it brings to my life. I actually really enjoy this work and I am just lucky it pays well.
When I first started out I was curious as to how people could make money online? It is all a bit unbelievable at first and even to this day when I tell people what I do they do not really understand. Now I am actually going to tell you how I make money with WordPress websites.
Unfortunately I do not believe that I need to tell you how much money I am making because I could simply lie about that. The thing is, I do make money from my websites that I have created. I do not write for people or work on Elance, I make every cent from blogging and I started with nothing!
Well I started out by buying the cheapest hosting package from Hostgator which allowed me to have one domain. Later I upgraded to unlimited hosting and my business grew! Now I have a few hosting plans but I still laugh when I think about how I nearly didn’t take the step to buy web hosting. Imagine if I had thought that $4.95 a month was too much to spend?
How I Make Money online with WordPress Websites
I cannot even remember when I started to build websites, but I think it was about six or seven years ago. I started out with one website that provided information for free. I did not even know that you could make money from WordPress websites at that stage. Later on I started to monetize my websites in different ways. The further I got into building websites, the more I liked it. I started to build more websites.
Most of those websites were a waste of time and some have died as others flourished and needed more attention. I still make a few websites every now and then, but only invest major time in them if I see some potential signs. If I do not get the sign, I let them die. No I do not sell websites for a living, I simply build money making websites.
Google Adsense was really the first way that I started to make money online with. I really had no idea that anything else existed and I thought that AdSense was great anyway. I created a full-time income from Google AdSense, enough to work from home, and live completely off my websites. In the beginning I thought that Google AdSense was easy and you just slapped it on your website and made money. I now realize that it is quite technical if you want to get the most money out of your ads. There are so many tweaks and customizations you can do to earn more money and increase your Adsense click through rate.
Obviously with Adsense SEO techniques play a big part as the keywords determine which add will show on your page. After that, Adsense ad code is simply pasted into your html code of your website. But I did increase my Adsense earnings by 500% believe it or not?
Adsense is a very precise method of making money as it all depends on what keywords your visitor came into your site with. If advertisers target that keyword then you get paid better. A sneaky way to find out what the real going rate is for advertisers is to setup a campaign in Adwords and see how much particular keywords cost to bid on.
I do make over $5,000.00 a month from Adsense but instead of increasing my earnings, I have turned to other methods of money making. That means that I might start out with Adsense, but when I work out what is actually selling on a particular page I will replace the Adsense with either affiliate products or sometimes my own product. I wrote an article about making money from your blog even after it is sold. This is my true path.
I have just started with learning to make money online using Amazon. It is very easy for me to try something and see if it works and has potential as I have fully established websites that I can sell on. This is what I did with the Amazon links. I added them into already established websites, although not too many because I did not have much time. The screen shot below shows my first Amazon check and it was not too hard to make that money, so now I believe that Amazon it is a great way to make money online. Especially now that I have a new plug-in for WordPress, EasyAzon.
I have placed Amazon links on Tech related websites so the content does relate to a physical product. Amazon does not work so well on a website like this.
I did not start to make money online with Clickbank until I decided to make a WordPress website about making WordPress websites. Many of the products that I wanted to sell on this website were from Clickbank and as I already have an income from Adsesne, I had ample time to experiment with ways to make money online using Clickbank. As you can see I have a picture of my latest check for $940.00. This is not my first check that I have received from click bank, but it is the first one that I have taken a photo of. LOL
I had to raise my payment threshold on Clickbank because I was getting charged about $30 to deposit the cheque because it is US dollars. I also have to wait 30 days for it to be cleared so you shouldn’t count on all your payments coming in quick. Also the exchange rate can rip into you or make you a profit!
I do make money with eBay but it is not because I am trying, it is because of old links that I placed a few years ago. I still get a regular monthly payment directly to my bank account, however I do not like eBay compare it to other affiliates. Even Adsense pays me more than 16 cents a click! By the way I have got $40 for one click from Adsense. That is the best I have had and my eyes nearly popped out of my head! I have also had $20, $15, and so on. I really do not know how they could possibly afford to do that, but that’s just what happens sometimes.
By far my best individual affiliate is Elegant Themes as it is really hard to resist their offer as it provides such absolute value! If you have a website in the blogging niche, then you should definitely start selling this product. (First buy it through my link though and tell them Mitz sent you) This is one of those affiliates that will help you make money from your blog even after it is sold.
The next best individual affiliate would be Aweber, as again this service is very hard to resist. If you are serious about building a list you will eventually need this service.
Make money online selling Ebooks
Yes I sell Ebooks. I have been selling Ebooks longer than I have been making money using Adsense. A long time ago I created an e-book and I sold it for $5.95. I actually sold about 10 a week and I thought that this was amazing! All I did was go and set up a buy now button, not that I knew how back in those days, and people started pressing on it and buying. That was how simple it was. Now I have a few more E books that I sell, and every day I get e-mails from PayPal stating that I have funds.
I definitely recommend that everyone should write an e-book. It might take you a couple of days, or it might take you a week, but in the end the job is done. You can sell that e-book over and over and over again, that’s what’s great about it!
These Ebooks are sold on my websites, however I still give away free reports as well. I do have a few listed in Clickbank but the sales on my websites outweigh that by far!
I cannot help myself, I love to experiment with everything. I have tried so many methods, plugins, affiliate programs, software, and more. I have listed my website resources for my future reference and yours. In the last year or so I have landed on the ground with my tools I use to create guaranteed website success. They are in no way magic and will not exempt you from hard work, but they might save a bit of time. I have even tried article spinning software. (shock horror!). Here is a WordPress website case study that I am using for an example on how to make money online.
Selling Text links
Yes I have sold a link or two, but I do not do it very often so I wouldn’t bother contacting me. Of course selling links can be easy money for me but I hate the emails going back and forth to organize it. The problem is that people want in content links and certain pages and no longer want a link on your home page or sidebar. I would rather accept a well written guest post and give them 2 “dofollow” links than sell one link for $100. The whole process annoys me severely!
What Website Can I Build to Make Money?
Good question. I have built a few different WordPress websites that use various business models. For example I have built product websites, affiliate websites, information websites, and so on. You can make money from all of these but it does depend on the amount of effort you can put in.
Conclusion to how I make money online
I always knew that I would make money online, but I did not realize that it would be a full-time income, and that I would enjoy it so much. It does not feel like work when you are actually dying to get out of bed and get on with it. What kind of job is that?
After concentrating on making money using Adsense and first succeeding before moving onto other monetization methods, I now realize that the process for all is the same. To start a business and make money from clickbank, you would still need to build a website of some sort and build up some traffic. This is what I did with both AdSense and Clickbank. Of course there are always other affiliates on the side, like commission junction, and other individual affiliates. After a while money just comes from all sorts of places. I get cheques coming every now and then from lonely links that I placed two years ago. That is the amazing thing about this whole process. Everything you do on the Internet could work towards making you money.
If you are interested in how much work it takes to make this money online please see my daily blogging routine.
How did you make you first dollar online? My first earnings came from Adsense. I thought it was great! See part 2 of how I make money online.
What do you think about how I make money online with WordPress websites?