Getting Extra Income
Even if you haven't any specific item to sell, a web site can still bring you a bit of extra income. There are various programmes which either give you income by 'pay per click' or commission through affiliate advertising.
A web site can only be successful if there's enough people looking at it and this is the main point. You are better off starting a web site about a pretty niche subject. Type ';football' into a search engine and the amount of sites is enormous and the chances of you being high up the rankings are very slim unless you pay for it - you are about avoiding costs at all costs if you see what I mean !
So, find your niche subject and think of a suitable domain name ie www.toytrainsuk.com. The next step is to combine that with getting a company to host the site.
It may be a static subject site where it's solely information and requires a very small amount of up-dating. So you're sitting back in the sofa thinking of the money that's coming in through your turned off PC upstairs.
By putting a stat counter on all your web pages you'll see where the hits are coming from, what people typed into the search engine to find you, which pages are popular and not. By studying this over a time, baring in mind seasons etc., you'll build up a picture of which subjects within the site you want to increase and decrease in size.
Building the actual site itself is made quite easy with various software programmes, some of which are ree. Most of these 'build a site' programmes are a bit similar to working with Microsofts Publisher where you type and insert pictures where you want increasing / decreasing size etc.
There are also free 'site submission' programmes which will put your site onto search engines for you.
At worst, you'll probably just break even on your £25 per year outlay - at best, you could become a millionaire. You could have a 200 page web site and get 95% of your income from just two of those pages.
Find the right subject and get heard of. If it's a local site, get the local paper to do an article on it, they're always after the 'local do gooder' bit, put stickers in your car window, get other relevant sites to exchange links. The more links on other sites to yours, the higher up the rankings you will go.
Be aware though, advertisers don't like 'cheating', so choose any reciptical link carefuly and never put yourself down to a site submission 'to over3,000 search engines' etc. You'll get mountains of spam and it won't really help your quest. Just go for the big boys.
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Always try and write your own content. This will be seen by Search Engines as unique and you will get higher rankings on the likes of Google etc
You can have a great website and have valid aspirations to make a lot of money, but without Visitors to the Site, it doesn't mean a lot.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is always the key.
Read and learn about it - then you'll make money!
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