Making money online - Google AdSense, and Affiliate Marketing:
Every blogger, or website creator who works hard on developing a little plot of land out in cyberspace to share their knowledge and experience with the world, will eventually wonder how they can profit from it.
It is a labor of love doing something you enjoy that will help others, but here in the real world we all need to earn an honest living. There is nothing wrong with trying to earn money from all of your hard work, even if your work is spent creating helpful content online.
When it comes to earning money online without any extra expenses coming out of your pocket, the top two methods are Google AdSense, and Affiliate Marketing.
Let's begin with Google AdSense.
As we surf the web seeking websites to both entertain and educate us we will come across all kinds of different sites, and many of these websites have advertisements displayed on them.
These advertisements that we see sometimes relate to the website that we are viewing, and other times relate to our google searches. For instance if you were recently searching for new tires for your car, you will see many ads for tires as you surf the web.
As a website creator you may be asking yourself how you can get these ads on your website to entice and benefit your viewers.
The answer is Google AdSense.
Google Adsense is the biggest and most trusted name in the generation of ad revenue for website creators, and delivers the best results for the advertisers looking to promote their products to new customers.
Google's AdSense is win - win for both parties.
You will have to apply to take part in the Google AdSense program. Google doesn't approve just anybody with a recently created website. You will need multiple pages of helpful content to get approved for Google Adsense.
There are two ways to earn money from Google AdSense, one is from total views, and the other is from people clicking on your ads.
The geographical location of your viewers is important as well. If your website viewers, and those who click on your ads are from America or Europe it will carry more weight and earn you more income than if they are from someplace like India, or the Middle East.
When your viewers click on your ads it will earn you more income than if they just view them. While it may be tempting for you to click on your own ads, there is nothing that will get your account banned faster.
If Google closes your account for violation of their terms of service there is no getting your account back. Make sure that you understand and follow Google's policies. It would be a shame to permanently lose one of your income sources due to a minor misunderstanding.
Do not click on your own ad. Do not ask your friends to click your ads. Do not ask your viewers to click your ads. If you do it will not end well for you.
Affiliate marketing is the second most popular method for earning an income from your tireless work online.
When you take advantage of the opportunity that affiliate marketing presents you, you are merely helping to promote somebody else's products.
These products could be physical products, hotel reservations, car rentals, or even digital products as well. You advertise their products, or services and get paid if it results in a successful transaction.
You simply place a link on your website to send potential customers to their website, and if one of your website viewers clicks on the ad, and makes a purchase, you will receive a small commission for the transaction.
This commission may seem small, but with ample traffic to your website, and enough of your traffic clicking your links and buying the products and services that you recommend, it can turn into a livable income.
The best affiliate program for you to join is of course the one offered by Amazon. Amazon is a trusted name in ecommerce with a global reach.
People can buy anything and everything from Amazon. It doesn't matter what your niche is, Amazon has a product that relates to it.
Create a website that you are passionate about, and add a link to any product in Amazons inventory. Not only will you receive a commission on that item, but any other product as well, even if they don't buy the original item in your link.
That's right any item that someone buys from Amazon within 24 hours after clicking your link results in a commission for you. Not a bad deal my friend huh?
If you drive traffic to your website, and create a compelling reason for your visitors to click your affiliate links, than internet riches can be yours too.
Of course Amazon isn't the only game in town when it comes to Affiliate Marketing.
That is like saying Harley Davidson is not the only motorcycle maker. When it comes to motorcycles there is Harley Davidson, and there is everyone else.
When it comes to affiliate Marketing, there is Amazon, and there is everyone else.
Some of them such as Clickbank, and Commission Junction bring the affiliate programs of many different companies together under one umbrella to give you multiple choices of affiliate opportunities to choose from that will tie in with your website.
You will have to sign up for an account with one of the main Affiliate marketing providers, and then apply for each company in their program individually.
Each company will have their own criteria for acceptance into their affiliate program. Their terms will be clearly spelled out in their offer.
If you meet their criteria and accept their terms go ahead and apply. You can apply for as many different programs as you want.
The money you earn from the different affiliate programs will all be combined together to create a single deposit into your bank account. This is very helpful to assist you in reaching the minimum amount required to get the money you have earned deposited into your account.
If you don't earn the minimum commission required to transfer your earnings into your bank account at the end of the month, your balance will be rolled over into the next month.
Nothing says it works like a deposit being made into your bank account. Google Adsense, and Affiliate Marketing are responsible for many deposits being made into the bank accounts of participants all over the world.
For many passionate and serious website creators these deposits can be quite large. For a small percentage of them these monthly deposits can be stupidly large.
Imagine getting monthly deposits into your bank account from your online endeavors that are greater than your annual earned income. Many serious website creators / bloggers are doing just that.
When it comes to making money online, are you a serious website creator, or is it just a game to you?
Your answer will make all the difference in your earnings.