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    8 ways to monetize your website

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    The Internet is a great way to make money. In order to do this though, it is necessary to know how to monetize a website. There are all sorts of different ways to do this, but knowing the ins and outs of this process is helpful. That is why understanding the eight different ways to monetize a website can point a potential business or website designer into the right direction.

    1. Banner Ads on the Website

    This is one of the easiest ways to monetize a website. Ads placed on a website can help generate some money, depending on the kind of ad you use. Google Adspace is the most often used way of integrating banner ads onto the website. Basically, the site owner receives a certain amount of money every time someone clicks on an advertisement. With other ad services, a website user receives a set amount of money for the number of people who view the ad and do not click it.

    2. Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is a way to bring in money by advertising different products or services. For example, someone can make a how-to video on how to build a garden fence. They can then provide links to the tools they used to build the fence. When someone clicks on the link and purchases the tool, the website owner receives money for this purchase. There are all sorts of different affiliate services out there. Amazon has this, as does TicketMaster, and dozens of other services. It all depends on what a website coves.

    3. Selling Ad Space

    While the pay per click options and pay per view features are available through the banner option, it is also possible to sell ad space on a website. This is generally done for more popular websites where a flat fee is given. One company might pay $1,000 to have their ad placed at the top of the website or in a certain location.

    4. Sell Products

    A website is able to either sell digital products or physical products. Digital products are the easiest to perform as it does not require any sort of shipping. With the digital option, someone pays to purchase a music track or an image. The physical products require someone to mail out the product, but either way, having a web store on the site is a great feature to integrate into the site. If you want to sell something on your website pay more attention on finding the best domain name as a part of your branding strategy.

    5. Donate Button

    For not profit options (for profit websites can use this as well, although they might find it harder to generate income), it is possible to bring in money through donate button feature. This button allows people to send any amount they want to the Website owner. It usually connects to a PayPal account, but there are different ways to do this and generate some income. You can easily create yours here.

    6. Email List

    When people sign up for information from a website, they provide their email account. After enough emails counts have been obtained, it is possible to sell the email list to a third party, who then sells the list to companies interested in purchasing the information.

    7. Premium Website

    For many website builders, they create a website that features advertisements and one that does not. It is possible to charge someone a monthly fee to access the website without ads. While the amount charged is usually just a few dollars a month, if the website has enough of a following, it is possible for someone to generate a few thousand dollars a month, just by incorporating the service, and it does not alienate visitors to the website as they can still connect to the site, only with ads.

    8. Charge to Access

    For other websites, it is possible to charge to simply access the material inside. The website might provide videos and other special content people do not access without the monthly fee. For some, this can become rather lucrative.

    Happy Leap Dave Williams! Follow Us, Like Us, and Our New Blogger, Too.

    by  • February 29, 2012 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Happy Leap Dave Williams! (edit: or is it Leap Day Willam?) Did you trade children’s tears for candy? Have you been poked in the eye or have had your hair yanked because you’re not dressed in blue and yellow like a Best Buy employee?

    No? Then how about you try new things and take chances, without the fear of failure or consequence by, such as…

    Following us on Twitter! @lovenotdebt

    Liking our Facebook Page!

    We’re doing new things with this blog, too.  Remember that call for paid bloggers? Well, this is what came out of it:

    Tomorrow, the first post by our new blogger, Abby Dalton, will be up. She’s from the Boston area all sorts of awesome and has a unique living situation and has a mission to convince the world-at-large that Millennials aren’t inept. However, that mission may be difficult since I will single-handedly undo any goodwill by posting my own money failures. Sorry, Abby.

    Hiring a Blogger and Looking Towards the Future

    by  • February 13, 2012 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Inquire within

    BYO nunchucks

    image: Aranami 

    We’re looking for a blogger to contribute to our site. More information and application here. Summary: $300, 12 posts, 2 months. We’ll start from there and see how it goes.

    Why are we hiring? Because for a while this website has been pretty much a one man show. That man is me. Her has gracefully bowed out for the time being, and that’s okay. Her efforts are more focused towards her career and raising our kid. Maybe she’ll return in the future. I’m glad to have shared this experience with her.

    However, this site has been my primary pet project for the last six years. This site has had some very awesome moments (mentions in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and many many more media outlets) and some not so great moments (see degrading comments all over this blog). I was thinking about posting all of the guest post requests (and my gosh there are a lot of them and they are TERRIBLE) and converting this into a spammy spam blog and stick advertisements all over the place. Lucky you, the only part I’m following through with is putting up ads on the blog. Whee.

    I want to keep this blog alive. There’s a lot of financial stuff that I want to talk about. I believe that this blog still has a unique voice in the realm of personal finance blogs. I hope you believe it, too.

    Apply to be a blogger for Make Love, Not Debt. Help this blog keep its voice. Thanks.

    We Write For Other Blogs, Too

    by  • December 23, 2008 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    We really like credit unions (hey, they give us pie) but because of travel it is more economical for us to bank with a national chain. It was to our surprise that during the summer of 2007 we were approached by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to be authors on a blog they were starting. We never made an annoucement about it because we were unsure of how it would all play out.

    Well, fast forward 18 months to today, and we couldn’t be happier with our relationship with them. The blog we write for, MoneyMix, is syndicated among the CUNA member’s websites (the link goes to the blog that is hosted on a credit union’s website in Indiana). The blog is aimed towards 18 to 30 year old individuals who are starting out their adult financial lives or who want to get a better grip on their finances.

    The topics we write about are varied: investing, insurance, housing, driving, borrowing, earning, and spending. We have written over 100 posts (hey, that’s 20% of the posts here) for that blog on these topics. Each week another post is submitted to them and published according to their schedule.

    Of course we don’t do this for free. However, in the grand scheme of things, the money we make from doing this isn’t all that much. But when looking at it from an hourly wage perspective, we make out like a bandit. It’s not just about the money though – we both enjoy writing about finances and welcome the opportunities that this gig may present to us.

    In the upcoming months we’ll highlight our posts from the MoneyMix blog. We hope you enjoy.

    Site Maintenance; Comments Closed For A Few Days; Mini-Roundup

    by  • December 14, 2007 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    photo: granth

    Make Love, Not Debt will be moving to a new, improved host over the weekend. Comments will be closed until everything is working over at the new host.

    In the meantime, read these posts:

    English Major posts a beautiful narrative of a night out. Definitely some of the best writing the PF blogosphere has seen.

    Jim and JD square off about whether or not to use home equity (link to Jim’s) to pay down unsecured debt (link to JD’s). We’re thinking of doing this to pay off student loans. Don’t worry, we’ll write a post about this so that you can berate us comment on it.

    Boston Gal treats herself to solar panels.

    Trent lays out his goals for 2008. We’re going to have to get on that.

    We usually don’t do these round-up type posts, but we’re rethinking that for next year.

    Site Maintenance, New Features

    by  • December 10, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I’ve been doing some work on the site this weekend, so if you’ve been poking around the site today and you’ve noticed weird things going on, that may be the reason why. If you’re navigating around the site and you notice anything weird going on, please let us know.

    While many of the changes were administrative (such as upgrading to Movable Type 3.33 and updating all of the plug-ins I use for this site), I’ve done some things to (hopefully) make your experience here a little more enjoyable. Here’s a rundown:

    Live comment preview – Next to the comment input textbox you’ll see an area where you can preview your comment on the fly. I like that much better than clicking through to a preview. Instructions on how to do this was found on Learning Movable Type.

    Threaded (kind of) comments – Now you can reply to individual comments. The Simply Threaded plug-in allows for threaded comments in the style of the Vox blogging service. Next to the commenters’ names and permalink to comment, there is a “Reply to this comment” link that you can click on to reply to individual comments. While the output isn’t threaded in the traditional way, it makes following discussions a lot easier.

    Better, faster search – I’ve used the plug-in Fast Search for better, faster searches. Your search term will be highlighted so that you don’t have to wonder where in the post your search query is. I’ve also added some navigational tweaks to make searching go more smoothly. I’m trying to wrap my head around this plug-in, so I’ll be continually updating search as I figure it out.

    I have some other things coming up in the pipeline, so if you have any requests, please let me know. If your request isn’t too outside of my technical knowledge, then I’ll consider it.

    Sell Out, Destroy Your Credibility, And Make Money At The Same Time!

    by  • July 2, 2006 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    While it seems especially prevalent (and quite ridiculous for some) in the personal finance blog community, advertising on blogs is fairly commonplace in the blogosphere. We all like to make a few bucks here or there by pursuing a hobby. Google ads, text-link ads, affiliate banners, and the ever popular referral link are some of the most common methods bloggers use to monetize their message.

    Due to ad blindness, software that blocks ads, and general dislike towards advertising in general, advertisers are looking for innovative ways to get their messages into the hands of the people who will buy their products.

    Fortunately for advertisers, but unfortunately for the internet as a whole, PayPerPost offers a service that will clog up Google’s index with even more spam: they will pay bloggers to drum up some buzz about a specific company.

    Bloggers are supposed to be grass-roots and largely un-tempted by money in order to bring the frontline news to the masses. The minute an author is paid by a company to pimp its product is the minute I deem him a sell-out, a corporate drone, a puppet. If a few bucks can persuade an author to write a good review, what else will that person say for some extra cash?

    We have ads on our site, because, well, WE’RE BROKE. But for the record, the content at Make Love, Not Debt will NEVER be influenced by the advertising on this site. We’d rather call it quits than let that ever happen.

    (via CNET)

    Do You Slackers Actually Work At Your Job?

    by  • April 18, 2006 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    Since I’ve been on my couch recuperating from my surgery, I’ve been watching vapid daytime television and have been reading the never ending barrage of new blog posts. During the average workday, there are about a bazillion posts that are added a day to pfblogs.org. In addition to those people posting, there are even more who are commenting on said posts. Obviously, your place of employment is not one that actively restricts your internet usage, but it may be monitoring your online activity without you knowing.

    We try to only post when we’re at home because we do not want our employers to find out what we’re doing. We don’t directly reveal our income so technically we wouldn’t get fired for breaching non-disclosure agreements, but we still don’t need our IT departments to know everything that we’re up to.

    I do believe that employees are entitled to some breaks at work, and what is done on that time should be within work standards. It is when I see blogs with multiple posts during the day in which I think that there is some abuse of the system going on. No matter how much your job sucks, it is unethical and immoral to be getting paid to waste time.

    Please humor me, bloggers, personal finance or otherwise. Here are a few questions for you to ponder:

    • How many of you are posting at work?
    • How many of you are commenting at work?
    • Would you mind if your coworkers knew about your blog?
    • If you were an employer, how would you feel if you found out an employee was surfing the internet 3+ hours a day for non-work related purposes?

    Please feel free to comment anonymously if you feel you’ll get in trouble, slackers.

    Now with tagging!

    by  • January 30, 2006 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Categories are so 2002.

    Welcome to Web 2.0. What is Web 2.0? I have no idea, but it seems to be one of the most used tech buzzwords around these days. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it. In summary, I’d say it’s the interactive web that is showcased wonderfully in web applications such as gmail, Google Maps, del.icio.us, Flickr, and Technorati.

    One of the biggest ideas to come out of Web 2.0 is the idea of tagging – using short (usually one word) descriptors to “label” anything that can be found on the web. Multiple tags can be used to describe a single element. Personally, I like tagging better than categories because it makes organization much easier and tags let the user more accurately define what the element is. So we’ve gotten rid of categories and are now tagging entries.

    A trendy thing that web developers and bloggers use to track tag usage are “tag clouds.” You can see this blog’s tag cloud in the sidebar to the left under the header “Tags.” The font-size of the tag is directly proportional to how much the tag is used, and serves as a quick visual indicator of what’s hot right now in this blog.

    One feature that I’m working on right now are “tag intersections,” or showing the posts that have multiple tags associated with them, such as “debt+net worth”. I hope to have this worked out soon.

    Tagging isn’t just for me though! If you have a del.icio.us account, you can help create the tagged web also. I’ve added a new link for each entry at the bottom of the post – “post to del.icio.us” – it lets you, the reader, decide what tags a post may be deserving of.

    The reason for all of this? To make the Make Love, Not Debt experience as smooth as possible. In addition to tag intersections, I’m also going to incorporate search. My goal is for you, the reader, not to click more than twice to find the article that you’re looking for.

    All of this tagging stuff could not have been done without the Tags.App plugin for Moveable Type. It rocks!