How to Start a Website for Profit

by Maggie McCormick

Whether you're looking for additional income or a full-time on-line business, creating a website that makes money could be the answer for you. If you want to start a website for profit, you'll need to work hard to make it work. Running profitable websites isn't as easy as some advertisements make it out to be. It takes serious dedication, time and commitment. However, if you follow through, you can begin to make extra money from your sites.


Determine your business model. Websites earn money through a variety of business models--selling physical or informational products, receiving advertising revenue or charging readers a fee to read information. All models work, but it's best to choose just one and stick to that model.


Research your niche. In order to make a profit on a website as an individual, it's best to choose a topic that is very specific. For example, for general health issues, you'll find that large authority sites, such as WebMD, dominate the search results. You don't want to compete with a site like this. If you want to create a site about health, you want to choose a specific ailment to focus on.


Purchase a domain name and hosting. Your domain name should be simple and easy to remember. Choosing a name that includes words related to your main topic can help you to rank in the search engines. To start out, a simple web hosting plan with a monthly payment is all you need. This is the company that will store your files so people can view your website on-line.


Design the website. If you don't have designing experience, you can use a WYSIWYG--"what you see is what you get"--editor. This allows you to easily create the layout, change colors and adjust text without having to understand programming languages. To make things even easier, you can use a template, which will set the basic layout for you and you simply have to add text and images.


Upload the website to your server. Use an FTP software to transfer files. Open up the FTP software and drag your files from your desktop to the software program. You'll begin to see the files uploading.


Bring traffic to your website. You won't make money with your website if you don't have any visitors. To get visitors to your site, you can pay for advertising, use search engine optimization or article and video marketing--putting your content on other websites with a link back to your site.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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