Make Money By Starting Your Own Website


Do you want to make some extra money? Have you considered starting a website or blog?

Whether you need to make extra money due to the recession or you just have a great idea you want to capitalise on, you can begin making money today by starting your own website or blog. It’s really not that difficult and you don’t have to be a professional web designer to get started. As long as you have a good idea or some useful knowledge to share, you could be making money from your website in no time at all!

So how do you get started building a website and how can you make money from it? I hope the following tips help you on your way.

Secure Your Domain Name

So you’ve got an idea for a website and might even have thought of a great domain name (a domain name is your .com or web address), now you need to secure it before someone else does! Domain names cost less money to buy than you might think, starting from just a few pounds or dollars. If you want to secure your brand name then it’s worth paying that bit more to secure the different versions of a domain (.com,,.net etc), just so that no one else can steal your brand in future! You can check if your chosen domain is available and secure it at 1&1 Internet*.

Find A Good Company To Host Your Website

When I first started Money Bulldog I had no experience with websites at all. I thought it was just a case of buying a domain name and away you go. There is however another thing you need to be able to start your own website or blog, and that is a company to host it. Think of web hosting as renting a plot of land to put a caravan on, you own the caravan but you need somewhere to keep it, right?

Which company you choose to host your website is vital because there’s a big difference in quality between the different web hosting companies out there. The last thing you need is for your fantastic new website to be crashing all the time! If for some reason things do go wrong, you’ll also want to have some good background support staff available to help you work out what’s gone wrong and why. The reason I link to 1&1* in this article is because they are an established and trusted web hosting company and this is important when you set up your first website. Not only this, but they also made the whole process of building my website a very simple one when I first started out.

Do you Need a Knowledge of Web Design?

Some knowledge of web design is obviously going to help but you don’t really ‘need’ it to get started as you will pick up most of what you need to know along the way. If you really don’t have any knowledge of web design it might be best to start your website using a click and build application. These programs do all the hard work for you by giving you a choice of website templates to work from, allowing you to get on with creating the content for your website and importantly, making money!

Which leads me to my next point, how can you make money from your website? Here I’ll quickly fill you in on some of the best ways to make money from your website but if you want to learn more, then I’d recommend reading the book The Laptop Millionaire*.


The first and most obvious way to make money from your website is through advertising.

As you’ve been reading this article you’ve probably noticed the advertisements around this page, if not take a look. I’ve not had to ring around any companies to place these adverts on my website, they are a result of something called affiliate marketing and display advertising. With affiliate marketing you can make money from your website by displaying adverts on your website or blog, and getting money if people either click on them or purchase products as a result of clicking on them. To get started, you’ll need to sign up to an affiliate or display advertising network. The affiliate companies I currently use are Google Adsense, Skimlinks*Affiliate window*, Trade Doubler, Amazon* and and Impact Radius. Other affiliate companies do exist and are worth considering but as yet I’ve not had to use any others.

Another thing some people are taking advantage of is advertising through social networks once they have built up a solid enough online following.

Selling Products

Many people out there make good money running their own E-commerce website. Do you have a homemade product you want to take to the masses or do you want to sell quality products made by another company? Starting a business can be tough during a recession! Running your business via an online website can give you access to a huge market of potential buyers that you would never get to meet in a high street location. You’ll also keep your overheads low, allowing you to compete on price with the big name brands.

Accepting Donations

Many websites that offer helpful information make money by accepting donations. If you have a PayPal account you can set up your account to accept donations from your readers. I’m not sure how much money people make from this as I’ve not done it myself, but it may be worth giving this a try.

Selling Your Own Books Or ebooks

If you have the ability to write good content for a website, you might also have the ability to write a popular book or ebook. You can publicise and sell these on your website to make some extra money. I recently wrote an ebook* and it has generated a reasonable amount of income so far.

There are other ways to make money from a website, many of which will be specific to your niche and will only present themselves once your website is established.

Many great ideas go to waste because people don’t act on them! It doesn’t cost much to get a website or blog up and running and with a good idea and a bit of persistence, you could reap some great rewards.

15 Responses to Make Money By Starting Your Own Website

  1. Tackling Our Debt says:

    Excellent list of tips!

    I’ve never heard of Affiliate Window. Are you making good money with them?

    • I’ve only just started with affiliate window but they have a great selection of international programs to choose from, I’ll keep you updated about the earnings! Do you have any recommendations?

      • Tackling Our Debt says:

        I used to use commission junction but these days the merchants that they are connected with are not approving sites as easily as they use to. For example, approved my request to advertise their stuff but INGDIRECT declined my application.

  2. Edward Antrobus says:

    “Find A Good Company To Host Your Website”

    This is a lot more important than most people realize at first. When I first got started, I was on a free host until they went down for 2 weeks. I got my data and switched. I went with a very low-cost host that worked well until they got in a fight with their datacenter and got shut down and all the data was deleted. I had to rebuild my sites from Google caches. But I still didn’t learn my lesson and went with another host that allowed my sites to get hacked… twice. After 3 fails, I just switched to HostGator.

    • I’ll second that. I foolishly started with a hosting package straight from the firm I bought my domain from. I had so many page crashes in the first month it wasn’t funny. Did a bit of research, switched to a proper host and haven’t looked back.

  3. You need to be consistent in online writing stuff, you need to create value or people wont pay/donate for your website. Its possible but not easy.

  4. AverageJoe says:

    “I thought it was just a case of buying a domain name and away you go.”

    So did I, my friend. I can’t believe my learning curve since that moment…and I still know absolutely nothing! 😉

  5. Great tips! I haven’t yet secured a domain name; working on a free platform has been working for me and I don’t understand the reason for changing, but I now recognize that I wouldn’t want someone to steal my brand!

  6. Does Affiliate Window have credit card clients? I used to use Flex Offers, but they seem to have lost a lot of the products I was interested in promoting.

  7. I’ve been lucky so far. Based on relatively brief and inadequate research, I chose TSO as my host, and they have provided faultless service so far. It will be interesting to see if this holds up when (if?) traffic increases. If I have any problems, I might give 1&1 a try. It’s good to see a recommendation.

    The tips on monetization are interesting. It’s not something that I’ve had an opportunity to think about much yet. It would be great to find out any learning points that you pick up from your experience of paid advertising and Affiliate Marketing in future blog posts!

  8. Bettylee Harrison says:

    Good advice. Thank you.

  9. Paul says:

    I too am a man who loves to help others save money. I just started my site and am on the precipice of deciding to add ads. How long do you think one should wait before doing this? I do not mind building my audience before creating a Google Ads account…but is this silly of me? I post tactics to save money, and mostly promote on social media. Thanks!

    • Adam Buller says:

      Not silly at all Paul. Everybody wants/deserves to see rewards for their efforts but it’s much better to build a loyal audience first. If anything it shows that you’re not only in it for the money.

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