When we pose the question how to make money from websites, we tend to think of websites as a marketing channel where we market our wares, show off our successes, sell affiliate products or just write about our interests and monetize with ad placements.
We can certainly make money from websites in those ways but we keep forgetting there is another way! When we have learned how to establish websites and maybe even learned how to optimize them for some search engine traffic, we have learned a skill that is very much in demand by local business owners.
Thee must be millions of small businesses that would love to have a website showcasing their service and even more who want to be at the top of google results pages for the relevant keywords in their area. Why not sell your skills to them? Getting good search engine listings for local area searches is actually pretty easy. You could setup simple websites and get these businesses good local search results. How much do you think a business will pay for this?
A variation on this idea is to go ahead and build a website yourself focusing on a single industry in your area. Lets say you build a site which lists well for “indian restaurants suburb/city” or “suburb/city indian restaurants”. With that already in place you could then sell listings on it to the relevant restaurants!
So the point of this post is to draw attention to the fact there are several ways to make money from websites!
Indirect Sales – getting visitors to call or visit
Adsense or similar contextual advertising
Paid ad placements
Website building for others
Just leave a comment below if you have any questions on taking these ideas further.