Monetize your website!

Last Update: May 12, 2016

Monetize your website!


You can increase website traffic all that you want but if there isn't anything on your site that a person can click on to buy then how are you going to make any money?

Lately I have had more than a few Friends private message me saying that they haven't made any money at all and would I look at their site.

After looking at their site I see that there are in most case little or no clickable pictures, links or banners anywhere on their site.

Their content looks good and they say that they are getting traffic but making no money.

The good news is that since they have great content and have increased their website traffic monetizing shouldn't be a problem.

Add a banner, call to action or at least an email opt in and you should be able to start generating some income.


If you have increase your website traffic and have great content but don't monetize then you are absolutely sure to never earn any money.

Monetize your website!


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CelesteG Premium
Is there a lesson on opt ins and CTA buttons?
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JY2018 Premium
Good consultation
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Now that I will have more time to work on my site, I need to get some of these things done!
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camandche Premium
Awesome to hear! Thanks again Tony!
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KatieMac Premium
In the beginning I had forgotten to have calls to action, good reminder thank you Tony
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Fgonzaga Premium
Tony, thanks you. I think the whole idea is to monetize, but the difficulty many face is getting good ranking. At what ranking level should one start pitching products and start monetizing? Regards, Fred
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stn67 Premium
A good navigation around a website certainly makes the reader a better experience, I can best even like simple and quick pages. Let me know what your page is about before I start to scroll
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Roybretton Premium
Good advice Tony, monetising should be the first thing that we are aiming for, along with useful content!
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ebufi Premium
Conversion, how do you convince the visitors to buy ? people like free content, people buy when they need something to solve a problem and they can not get it for free.
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MKearns Premium
Great advice. Thank you Tony.
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ecomtom Premium
Yeah, that is the point of all this, making some income.
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Marcel92 Premium
Very good point, Tony. This type of training should be a reminder to visit our own sites pretending to be a new visitor and see what value is built in for online quality.
Marcel....
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Seahawk8058 Premium
Great point!
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Nazmi524 Premium
Thank you Tony. Just did that.
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Amanda8 Premium
Thanks Tony, I need to get some content on mine as well, only got the basics in place. So will make sure I follow your advice
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Muule Premium
Ha! Thanks, Tony!
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Elisa507 Premium
So true. It's something to pay a lot of attention to when choosing your niche and some people seem to overlook that.
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mjdimarco Premium
Seems like a necessary thing in order to make money with your website, but I know the obvious is often lost on me. Thanks Tony.
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ToveL Premium
Thanks, Tony. A really good advice.
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JewelCarol Premium
So true, Tony, thank you, yes, they are several great ways to monetize our sites, and Veronica's training is great on this :
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SSolomona Premium
Oh thank you for sharing about this! This is great information. I haven't even start building a website! I need to get going on so I can generate $$$$.
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ZachMathews Premium
Monetizing has always been the first thing on my mind and giving users that call to action which leads to $$$$! But I'm probably greedy LOL ;)
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eddieviray Premium
Absolutely, true, Tony. That's the purpose of our websites. To monetize but with useful contents.
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Jim-Bo Premium
according to Jay, Kyle, and others, don't try to stick loads of affiliate links on your site until it starts getting a decent amount of traffic...then stick in your links and banners. apparently google doesn't like a brand new website with loads of links for stuff...makes sense I suppose....

I think on my new site, which is barely 6 weeks old, I have too many links....u think google will punish me? i really don't know!

Jimbo
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ZachMathews Premium
My advice Jim-bo just follow the trainings to the T. Dont add links until Kyle says. Just my 2 cents though, im still no expert ;)
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Jim-Bo Premium
yeah i been through bootcamp a couple times now (level 1 and 2 actually) with 2 websites...
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ZachMathews Premium
how long did it take you to get through those? It took me awhile!
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Jim-Bo Premium
no visual editor for 6 months, took me a lot longer than it should have!
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ZachMathews Premium
Thats ok, it took me WAAAY longer as well. When I was brand new I thought I'd fly through the courses like Jack Flash, LOL.. Not the case, it takes time!
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WAlfano Premium
Good points.
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jkhatri Premium
Hi Tony,

How many pages/posts one should have in a website for rankings in Google.

Is it necessary that all my pages should have low QSR?

Please guide me.

Thanks

Jayesh Khatri
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Rahelw Premium
I think the more posts that contain quality content helps to rank high since it indicates the age of the domain since an older site is trusted more.
I am not sure if it is necessary for all your pages, but in my understanding, it is best if your pages have low QSR since it an indication of your competition.
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jkhatri Premium
Thank you Rahelw,
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NickL88 Premium
Hi Tony - question for you? I've heard that it is harder to get your site rankings up in Google if you immediately start adding affiliate links to a new website. Do you agree with this? If so, at what point should someone start adding in affiliate links?
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AussieJeff Premium
Hi, Nick. As long as your content is good and you're offering a professional stance on the topic, Google shouldn't penalise you for adding Affiliate Links.
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NickL88 Premium
Thank you!
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JSPSIGLUV Premium
Very well said Tony!
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RTejeda Premium
That's true, Tony. Thanks for sharing this valuable info.
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Ultimateless Premium
Drat! More work to do! Thanks....:)
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ValerieJoy Premium
So true Tony.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks for the great tip, Tony!
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Mike-Writes Premium
Words of wisdom, as always. Thanks, Tony.
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thriftymom Premium
that's what our websites all about - to generate money from it. Hope could make it one day after finishing the basics of my websites, I'm sure it will with the help of the community and of the trainings here.
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Typhonie Premium
Well put! I'm trying very hard to provide links to products that target my specific topic discussed. I think it's important to make sure or at least try your best to make the links on your site relevant to your topic. In my eyes, this makes your site more genuine. I think it's annoying if a page has clutter links totally unrelated to what's on it. But, I definitely agree one needs links in order to generate income!
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Timea Premium
I find it more blurry and confusing in the coaching field. Especially as a newbie in business .... People say don't create a prodact ( program) because I can end up with a lot of work and people might not want it! They say that build traffic first, find out what people want then create your programs! But when people come to my site and there is nothing to sell yet, then it's confusing for them...what is this for? And they right. I am confused so they are....
Actually I would love to here more insight from you guys. Would help me so much!
Thank you
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IMc Premium
People arent coming to your site specifically to buy something. If I want to buy something I';ll go to Amazon.

They're coming to your site for good information. Information they wont find elsewhere or information that's better than they'll get on other sites or answers specific questions that they have.

When you make a site you're making it to provide solutions to a problem someone has. Not specifically to sell something.
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Timea Premium
Then where do I sell my coaching programs? How?
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IMc Premium
You sell them on your site. But that will only be possible after you have given people a lot of information for free and they trust you. Give away a sample / free course in order to grow your email list. Get your content on authority sites & Facebook groups in your niche so people start to recognise your name. But at first dont try to sell anything, just get known as someone who knows what they are talking about and who's articles should be read.
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Timea Premium
Oh good! That's what I've been working on. Website, with good and valued content and information to actually solve the problem not just a nice blablabla... Everything is open and free for everybody there. For now, at the beginning. See what happens ...
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DIAB Premium
Thank you for a great post.
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halinphilly Premium
Hey Tony,

My site is monetized, and i think my content is good. So far, I have been getting a lot of wonderful feedback and comments. However, despite having links to some viable and relevant products for my niche, I would have to say results so far are underwhelming.

Nevertheless, from past experience, I have learned that it takes much longer than a few months to generate income. so I'm just going to chalk it up to the fact that it's still too soon to expect it to earn a lot of income just yet.

You're absolutely invited to take a look if you have the time. I just added a couple of new posts, so it's growing slowly but surely. If you go to my profile, you'll see it listed at the top of my website list. Rhymes with "Buff More Maybe Rumors" Though I do not have a banner at the top of my home page, because I want my site to be about the content, there are ad banners in the right side panel and on most other pages placed strategically throughout.

Good post, as usual. Thanks!
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LoreDonna Premium
I will follow your advise when my site is ready..Thank you.
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Kaciesmama Premium
That's the idea lol
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AK16 Premium
Valid point
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Wayne66 Premium
I have been holding off on this because I didn't think my site was ready. However, the time has come and i will be doing that over the next few days. Should there be a limit on the amount of progrnams one joins?
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PMindra Premium
Excellent points Tony. Thanks from a Newbie.

Paul.
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joyweb Premium
Thanks Tony.
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peter65 Premium
Thanks for the enlightenment, God bless you.
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gappleby Premium
I think sometimes we're afraid to ask our web visitors to buy something. We don't want to be "that guy". Well, guess what? We ARE "that guy", and there's absolutely nothing wrong with being "that guy". I heard a well-known marketer say (I forget the name), and I'm paraphrasing here, "The way to get rich is to help as many people as you possibly can, as often as you can. And when they show up...bill 'em!"

The only thing I would change about your excellent post is I'd definitely reverse the order of your suggestions: "Add an email opt-in, a call to action, or at least a banner...". Of course, you still can't be afraid to "bill 'em"!

Good luck to all,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Rahelw Premium
Hi Gordon
I would be happy to see what your logic behind reversing the order is because Tony's order make sense to me like this;
We add the banner first in that we are calling them to action, to click on it. Then, we asked them for their e-mail. Am I thinking wrong?
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gappleby Premium
Hi Rahel,

First, let me be clear that I'm not disagreeing with Tony. His point is that we must monetize our site, and he's right. I'm just advancing the conversation on ways to do that. Tony's a successful marketer well worth listening to. I do. He just made a central point and let the community build on that point.

My 15 years in the business and my working with thousands of solopreneurs tell me that the most important asset - in other words your biggest money-maker - is your list, not your website. So your main goal in driving traffic is building your tribe. Your main goal in building your tribe is income and wealth-building.

Selling to cold traffic is hard. Conversions are low. Once they leave, they are lost. If you're an affiliate, you don't even get an opportunity to upsell. You're building the vendor's list, and thus their business, not your own. Trust me, they will make a lot more money from that customer than you will, even if they pay 100% of the first sale to you, which some do...even more.

You want to build a list. Then you can contact them any time you want, regardless of what Google thinks of your site. You now own the traffic AND the marketing channel (email).

As I said in my original comment, "Of course, you still can't be afraid to "bill 'em"!

Good luck to you,

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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Rahelw Premium
Thank you!
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Bryced19 Premium
I agree with you. Maybe I should get your opinion on my site.
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Chrissies Premium
Many thanks Tony :)
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mergie1 Premium
Good point there.
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holly68 Premium
Thanks Tony!
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AlexEvans Premium
That is a gem of wisdom Tony, so many lost opportunities. Without sounding mercenary websites are about selling or promotions, the cold hard truth. Thank you for the reminder.
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JudeP Premium
Cheers Tony :)
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LMadhla Premium
Hie Tony...It seems I also qualify into the category of the people you are referring to.Can you please visit my website and help me with what I can do to improve......and I am having problems putting in WA links so that I can get referrals.I would be glad to hear from you.Thanks for the encouragement too
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theresroth Premium
Thanks, Tony!
You mean: get my a☆☆☆ moving with the lessons, so I finally get to that part!☺☺☺
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paulgoodwin Premium
Hi Tony - I have a very simple shopping basket and accept PayPal and it all works fine but sales are very slow last month and also this month so I am thinking what to do as well I have 49 to 50 views a day
But no new buyers but I am still smiling !!!
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Juliusrocks Premium
Thanks Tony, for this blog post. I am trying to do this with my website. Also, I need to add more content on it.

Cheers!
Julius
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