Having a unique design for your website is very important. The first look of your website should tell the user what will he find here. Avoid using free themes/templates, but also don’t go for paid/premium themes as they are used by multiple websites. For starters, you could hire a designer to get a unique simple theme for $200-250. There’s no need to spend a bomb to get a jaw dropping design for the start.
You need to have good content. By “good content”, I mean easy to understand, free and original. Everything is about information and content on the internet. The whole point of the internet is to find useful, relevant and free information. If you’re content is better than the others in the pool, your website will automatically stand out of the crowd.
3. Basic SEO
You don’t have to be a SEO expert to rank higher in search results nor do you have to hire a SEO expert to do that for you. Just do a bit of basic SEO for your website and you should be good to go.
- optimal and natural usage of keywords
- include meta title tags
- simple navigation through out the site
- provide good link bait article titles
- include sitemap
- proper usage of H1, H2 and H3 tags
- use robots.txt file
- use Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics to gain insight on what works and what’s not
- avoid duplicate content (CMS issue)proper permalink structure
- use canonical tags.
- read the Google SEO Starter Guide (PDF).
Why make enemies when you can make more money by being friends? Your competitors teach you a lot. You can learn from their mistakes and strategies. Win them by making them your mentors, don’t try competing with them while you have just started. Investigate, where is their presence and who is linking to them, etc. They rule your niche right now, learn what they did to achieve what they are right now.
Promote your website where ever you can. While meeting people, posting online, comments etc. Just don’t become a spammer.
- comment on other blogs related to your niche,
- use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other social platform popular at the moment,
- guest post frequently on well established blogs,
- be active on forums,
- pay for ads if you really have to (Adwords).
This will surely get you a good exposure on the internet. If you’ve got the first 4 right, you can’t go wrong.
Of course these 5 tips are not the only one’s to build a successful website. You also need to work on speed (of your website), monetization, building RSS subscribers and readers etc. The above 5 are essential tips to get started. Try, make mistakes, learn is the only way to survive on the internet.“The internet will not give you anything unless you contribute to it” – Sensonize.com The above quote only refers to monetary benefit from the internet. It won’t make you any money useless you help someone else (make money). You can contribute by sharing your knowledge, using social media for recommendations/networking, contibuting content etc. Contribute, to Earn is the basic rule around the internet.
By Mohnish On April 14, 2012 40 Comments
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By Mohnish On September 30, 2011 13 Comments
I have never really talked about this but these are few ways which I have personally used to make money online. First of all, I am extremely sorry for not keeping the blog updated. But from now on, I will try my best to blog as much as possible. Back to this blog post – A few ways to make money online.
Everyone isn’t an expert in making websites or writing blogs. Maybe websites just isn’t your thing, maybe it is. There are many techniques to make money online, maybe you know most of them or you are here just to learn. What I would recommend is to stick to one technique and excel in it. Focus on the thing you are doing and keep improving. For example, if you are a blogger and have Adsense on your blog, try playing around with the colors and placements to see what works the best for you. There might be a point where it gets saturated, it is time to try doing more to it or switching your technique to a better one.
1) Affiliate Marketing
There are many ways which could be used to do this. The easiest one is called ‘RECOMMENDATION’. Recommend products to people who are looking for them, get paid for it. However, this is one of the most difficult ways to make money online. Not just that, is also requires a lot of patience to wait for the payouts.
Advertising could be considered as PPC or private advertisers. You could get private advertisers by contacting them (you can get their info through the websites which are linked on to other blog ads). There is always someone looking to advertise on a quality content blog with decent traffic.
3) Selling stuff online (only bought stuff from eBay, never sold anything)
I am sure many of you’ll must have already heard about eBay. That’s the easiest way to buy or sell your stuff online. You could also start your own e-commerce portal and list your products, but it is recommend to practice on eBay first. This is the toughest way to make money online. An example which I personally ordered off eBay was a scratch remover pen. It removed scratches off your car. The reason I ordered it? It was cheaper than available anywhere. Probably the guy who was selling it bought it in bulk. He sold over 1,000 pieces within just a week at Rs 500 a pop (It’s cheaper now).
You may have the best website design, the most impressive product, but if you will not make money online if you do not have that one special ingredient…traffic! Almost any method you take for making money online there needs to be a human visitor that needs to interact with it. To make a sale or to get a click on your ad you need a real human visitor to do this.
Traffic = Money
If you have human visitors on your website there would be more ways that you could use to make money. Depends on the type of traffic that you get and the reason they visit your website could help you in finding those ways.
If they come looking for information –
So you have information listed about a particular product on your website and you are getting a good amount of hits on it, find an affiliate program or a company who’s willing to tie up with you to sell their product to your audience.
Sell advertising space –
You could sell advertising space on the website. You could use Adsense or get advertisers from the method listed above.
Sell the site –
Don’t know what to do with the website? Sell it. That’s what I did with webhostingoffers.org — amazing content, good traffic, but I didn’t know what to do with it.
Make them sign up –
Offer a newsletter or a RSS subscription on your website. Build a database and maybe you could have an advertiser to blast emails to your subscribers.
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By Mohnish On July 16, 2011 10 Comments
I just noticed the sidebar on Facebook. Don’t know how many of you’ll have got it as yet, but it is one of the worst update Facebook has ever got. The sidebar basically gets all the real time updates and online contacts you message the most in the sidebar. This is useful to contact people whom you message the most on Facebook/contacted recently or check for updates real time. It’s fast, light and very useful for Facebook users (or stalkers?). You can read more about the Facebook side bar here. Apart from all of this, you can’t see who all are online now.
I guess Facebook is trying really hard to compete with Google+ but this is nothing compared to Google+ in the long run. Honestly, EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Let’s not compare both the platforms, because if we do, Google+ wins hands down. Facebook sidebar on the other hand is something which I do not want to see on my Facebook home page. It’s just an addition to my home page which was already clutter, Facebook just added to the mess! Also, let us not forget that Google+ launched recently and has only 10 million users, which is a very small number compared to Facebook’s 750 million. Also, I’m sure Google isn’t looking at numbers in the first month itself. We could expect some big numbers and features rolling out on Google+ by Thanks Giving.
Until the Facebook and G+ war goes on, I shall take some popcorn and sit back to watch the fireworks. Let me know what you think about the Facebook sidebar in the comments.
By Mohnish On July 9, 2011 6 Comments
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