How to Make Money with eCards

by Jessica Broadmoor

Making money with eCards is not as easy as it used to be. The reason is because, in general, people don't want to pay for eCards, they want to send them for free. However, if you are willing to put in the work and you have a basic understanding of how to create a website, you can still make money with eCards.

Register a domain name and obtain hosting for your site. If you have an existing site that you want to promote eCards on, then skip this step.

Decide what kind of content you are going to put on your site. Do you only want it to be about eCards, or do you want to be more broad, such as eCards and gift suggestions, or eCards and fun trivia?

Create your website content. Depending on your technical knowledge and how quickly you write, this could take anywhere from one day to several months. If you have an existing site, it may only take you a few hours to add a new section.

Apply to eCard affiliate programs. Just about every major eCard site has an affiliate program (see Resources).

Wait for approval. Some affiliate programs must approve your application before you can begin promoting. Others will let you have access to their links and tools instantly.

Read the terms to see when and how you will be paid. Some programs only pay for paid eCard subscriptions. Some only pay if you have made a certain amount each month. Others don't pay for eCards at all; they pay each time you send someone to their website and that person subscribes to their newsletter. Read the details so that you know what to promote and how you will get paid.

Add the links, banners and other tools to your website in a strategic manner. Do not just make a website full of links and banners; this will not be profitable. You must incorporate the links into your content and give people something valuable.

Start promoting your website. If you just let it sit, no one will know about it.

Tip

  • check Have a newsletter subscription box on your website. Work on building this list so that you can send subscribers offers about related items that might interest them. Use affiliate links to promote these items.

Warning

  • close It takes time to build up websites traffic. Do not expect instant sales.

About the Author

Jessica Broadmoor has more than eight years of experience creating content for print and online publications, as well as content for the corporate sector. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.