How to Make Money from your Website

These money-making services are optional, so please read on if you wish to learn how to make money from your website.

If you have a talent for making money and a creative mind for business, here are four things you can do for FREE, to generate an online income on the internet. You can start a business, work from home, do it in your spare time, or do it anywhere, provided you can get on the internet. You can get started today!

To do this stuff, you're going to need a website.

How to Generate Income from your Website

To keep things simple, we have highlighted 4 options:

  1. Payment Buttons.
  2. PayPal Shopping Cart.
  3. Pay-per-click Advertising.
  4. Affiliate Advertising. let's explore these options in more detail:

Payment Buttons

Sell something! Perhaps we're stating the obvious, but only a very small percentage of the world's websites are built to deliver e-commerce services. In other words, most internet sites are not created for the purpose of collecting customer payments via debit cards or debit cards.

Remember, we're talking about people making money payments to you, through secure credit card and/or debit card transactions, and we are not involved in the payment transfer. In fact, when you use our website service, we have absolutely no knowledge of your e-commerce sales.

Here at, we're independent, so the good news is that you can use any card payment service provider, including:

  • PayPal
  • Google Checkout
  • WorldPay
  • Nochex
  • Roman Cart
  • HSBC
  • Etc

    Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

    In summary, this is an opportunity for you to take online payments for products and services sold directly through your business or sports website.

    You will discover there are certain advantages and disadvantages associated with each provider. But there is a common thread running through each service provider; and that is that they all take slice of the action. In other words, they all take a small percentage of the money you make online. In terms of percentages, there is very little to choose between each solution provider. As you compare, you will find that the cost difference in charges/fees is not that significant, however, the range of e-commerce features offered by each provider is significant, and that is probably going to be a key factor when you choose a payment page solution for your site. already contains a wealth of information about each company, so click and search around to discover more about the pros and cons with each solution.

    PayPal Shopping Cart

    The key difference between a shopping cart (shopping basket/trolley) and a regular payment button is that shopping cart will allow the shopper to change the quantity of items (prior to purchase) and also buy multiple items in a single shopping session. Whereas a regular payment button is good for a single purchase of a single item.

    It's FREE to set up and integrate with your website, so that makes it particularly attractive for new businesses, who wish to minimise their start-up costs. PayPal offers a fully-featured shopping cart (shopping basket) solution. As a business owner, you will be interested to know that you can apply your own design and creative branding to the payment buttons and the payment page itself. So, you can make it all blend in with your logo design and corporate colours.

    If you are a charity organisation or a revenue-generating business, PayPal will allow you to create an e-business solution to take subscriptions, donations, and single or recurring payments. The choice is yours.

    This e-commerce payment service is available in the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Singapore. In fact, with more than 100 million accounts in 190 countries and regions around the world, PayPal offers a fast, affordable and convenient online payment service for businesses of all sizes.

    Are you ready to get started and make money online from your own customers? Sign-up and open your own PayPal account. During the registration process at PayPal, you will need to sign-up for a Business Account or Premier Account (not a Personal Account).

    If you use, you will be pleased to know we can provide you with a step-by-step guide for adding PayPal to your new website.

    Pay-per-click Advertising

    As the name suggests, this form of advertising can mean you get paid (per click) when visitors to your site click adverts and subsequently leave your web page and visit the advertiser's website.

    As you can imagine, the individual click payments can be quite low, therefore the revenue is accumulated over a period of time and normally paid out automatically on a monthly basis, via direct bank transfer into your bank account. There is normally a minimum which must be accrued in your account, before the money is paid.

    Here is a listing of some of the main service providers:

  • Google AdSense
  • AdBrite
  • Bidvertiser
  • Chitika
  • Clicksor
  • eClickZ

    The advertising served up on your web pages should related to what your visitors are looking for on your site. In other words, it's context sensitive.

    For example, if your website is about 'property', then you can be pretty sure that the presentation of advertising on your site should also be about property. Likewise, if your site is about recruitment, then expect to see adverts displayed about jobs, employment and careers.

    In fact, it's even better than that. Pay-per-click advertising service providers automatically look at the content of each and every web page on your website. So, this means that the content of the advertising should align with the information on each web page in your site.

    Affiliate Advertising

    This is a very different proposition, but it is still based on online web advertising. We are talking about affiliate advertising.

    The key difference here is that we are primarily talking about commission-based sales advertising. Although, some advertisers pay you for clicks, leads, page impressions and (the provision of) unique visitors.

    But rest assured, your big money is to be found with straight sales commission.

    What is affiliate advertising?

    What is an affiliate advertising programme? An affiliate programme is a banner advertising service which links and transfers website visitors from your website to your advertiser's site. It can therefore increase sales through your site and boost your traffic and search engine performance by pulling in search engine users looking for your chosen advertiser's website.

    Commission is paid by the affiliate advertising site for each referred sale. And what's more, it's completely FREE to Join!

    How does it work?
    Imagine the following scenario:

    Company A = Advertiser (this would be you and your website)
    Company B = Merchant

  • Company A participates in an Affiliate Advertising Programme
  • Company B participates in an Affiliate Merchant Programme
  • Company A has a website
  • Company A places an affiliate banner advert on their website on behalf of Company B
  • Customer visits Company A’s website
  • Customer clicks on affiliate banner advert
  • Customer is redirected to Company B’s website
  • During the redirection, an affiliate cookie is placed on customer’s computer (customer is not aware or informed of this)
  • Customer makes a purchase on Company B’s website
  • The cookie records the sale and Company A is paid a commission on the sale

    Many organisations operate affiliate programmes for advertisers and merchants, but one of the best-known schemes in the UK is operated by TradeDoubler.

    Also check out the Advertising Marketing Opportunity offered by Affiliate Future.

    Lots of high-profile businesses and retailers participate in affiliate programmes through TradeDoubler, including:

  • American Express
  • AOL
  • Apple
  • Avon
  • Boots
  • British Gas
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Currys
  • Debenhams
  • Dell
  • Dixons
  • Domino's Pizza
  • easyCruise (from easyGroup: easyJet)
  • easyMoney (also from easyGroup:
  • Eurostar
  • Halifax
  • Hertz
  • HP
  • Hilton
  • iTunes
  • John Lewis
  • Lycos
  • Natwest
  • PC World
  • Sainsbury's
  • Skype
  • Tesco
  • TalkTalk
  • Toshiba
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Yahoo
  • ...and many others

    Getting it Wrong
    Perhaps the most important point here is to choose advertisers which are a good fit with your business website. For example, if your website is for holiday home rental, then we believe there is no point in displaying adverts about broadband, banking, sports, computing, clothing, or whatever.

    Getting it Right
    If your website is about renting a holiday home, then we suggest you display adverts which add value to your site, such as advertising for flights, car rental, travel insurance, etc.

    How to Add Payment Buttons & Advertising to your Web Pages

    Firstly, we recommend you log into your website toolkit using Google Chrome.

    Here are the detailed steps for adding payment button code or advertising banner code to your web page:

    1. If you are editing a 'Page' or a 'Gallery' item, just click the small 'HTML' button (on the right-hand side).
    2. Now 'Paste' your code into the window.
    3. Click 'Update' and 'Save' (at the bottom).
    4. Now you should preview your website to see the results.

    Important: please note that some code (e.g. PayPal payment buttons) will only look correct on screen and operate properly when you preview your website (i.e. look at your actual web page; and not look at the pasted in code through the website toolkit in 'Pages').

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