How to Make Money by Building Websites

By MicaR | Webmaster Talks | 24 Nov 2023

There is a lot of money to be made by creating websites. If you have website designing and development skills, you can make money from a website through various methods, such as:

  • Make money through ads on your website
  • Make money by selling products and services from your website
  • Make money by promoting businesses, products, and services

If you do not have the desire to run websites, you can still make money through various methods, for example,

  • Make money by building websites for clients
  • Make money by selling websites
  • Make money by troubleshooting websites or redesigning websites

In this article, I will cover the following topics

  • Skills Required to Build Websites
  • How to Make Money by Building Blogs?
  • How to Make Money by Building Forums?
  • How to Make Money by Building Online Stores?
  • How to Make Money by Multi-Author Blog?
  • How to Make Money by Building a News Website?
  • How to Make Money by Building Websites for Clients?
  • How to Make Money by Selling Websites

Skills Required to Build Websites

You can make active income, passive income as well, or semi-passive income from your websites. However, in order to use this method to make money, you need the following skills

  • Web designing and development
  • Content management skills
  • SEO skills
  • Marketing skills

If you want to build a website from scratch, you need programming skills. However, you can build websites through content management skills even if you do not have programming skills. In order to build websites by using content management systems, you need skills with these content management systems. You will have to build skills in using WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SMF, MyBB, etc.

SEO and digital marketing skills are a must if you intend to make money from your website or sell your website.

How to Make Money by Building Blogs?

Blogging is one of the most profitable methods to make money online. In order to run a blog, you need to create a website (blog), publish articles, monetize sites with network ads and affiliate ads, do SEO and digital marketing, and start making money. Blogs are simple to create, you don’t even need programming skills. You can use wordpress to create blogs. If you have never used wordpress, you can learn how to create a wordpress site by watching 10 10-minute video on YouTube.

A step-by-step guide to creating a blog and making money from your blog

  • Register a domain and buy a hosting package.
  • Go to cpanel (url and login details will be given by your host) and install wordpress on your server.
  • Log into your website’s dashboard and start publishing articles.
  • Start using adsnese, amazon ads, clickbank ads, etc. on your site.
  • Optimize your site for search engines, promote your posts on social media, and build a substantial amount of traffic
  • Start making money.

How to Make Money by Building Forums?

You can make a lot of money by creating and running forums. Forums are online communities where users post content, build traffic, and make money. While on blogs, you will have to create your own content, on forums, your members will create content. You can either use paid forum software or open-source forum script depending on the resources available. Forum software are ready-made website template that only needs to be installed and customized to create online communities.

  • Through your cpanel dashboard, install the forum software of your choice
  • Customize your forum by creating categories, boards, and forums.
  • Publish important pages such as terms of use, guidelines, about, contact us, etc.
  • Also create a few topics for discussion
  • Promote your forum on other forums and webmaster communities
  • Build a member base by promoting your forums
  • Monetize your site with ads.
  • Start making money.

The key to making money is you need a lot of members who create a lot of content regularly and you receive regular traffic

How to Make Money by Building Online Stores?

If you want to make money online, you should definitely build an online business. Most of your online activities, freelancing, for example, will make you limited money, however, only by starting a business, you will make a substantial amount of money. In order to build an online business, you need an online store. You can build online stores in many ways, generally speaking, there are two ways to create an online store

  • Hosted Online Store
  • Self-hosted Online Store

Hosted Online stores can be created from e-commerce solutions like Shopify, Bigcommerce, Wix, etc. You just need a domain (some ecommerce platforms offer a free domain) and connect your domain with ecommerce platform. Your store will be ready in 20-30 minutes.

Self-hosted ecommerce solutions like Woocommerce, Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop, Magento, etc. require you to have a domain and hosting and install the ecommerce solutions on your server.

Once your store is set up, you will have to create a product listing. Depending on your preference, resources, and ability, you can run an inventory-based store, as well as a dropshipping store.

You need to do SEO and Digital Marketing to drive traffic and generate sales.

How to Make Money by Building a Multi-Author Blog

Interestingly, blogging does not have to be your solo activity. you can create a multi-author blog, which not only eases your work but also allows you to make money quickly.

There are two ways to create a multi-author blog, one, join with like-minded people and start a multi-author blog (work on revenue sharing model so everyone has a fair share), or open to paid blogging (offer payment to the writers). No matter what method you choose, it is actually easier to make money from a multi-author blog compared to a solo-author blog.

Step-by-step guide to create a multi-author blog and start making money

  • Create a blog and allow user registration
  • Give article publishing permission to the registered writers
  • Invite writers to write on your blogs. You can find these writers on social media sites, online communities, etc.
  • You can also encourage writers to publish by offering cash or work on revenue sharing modality.
  • Since your blog will have multiple writers, traffic will easily come and you can start making money.

How to Make Money By Building a News Website

If you check any keyword tool, you will find that most of the trending keywords are related to current events. People are always searching for current events. There is a demand for up-to-date information and news. However, on the internet, fake news and information spread quickly and people consume wrong information. Creating and running a news website is very profitable because...

  • News website gets tons of traffic: Search engines push websites that offer the latest information. People also search for news and information.
  • You make money from ads: You can run ads and make money, and you can sell affiliate products. You even can get a lot of sponsorship because of your massive traffic
  • You can sell subscriptions: For people who want an ad-free experience, you can offer subscriptions and make money from subscribers.

Creating a news website is free, you can use open-source content management systems like Joomla, Drupa, or even WordPress. You only need a domain and hosting. If you want to create a professional-looking website, you might have to spend some money on themes and plugins.

You don’t even have to create content, you can use RSS feed to import content from other news websites. You can offer original content, but you will have to hire news writers.

How to Make Money By Building Websites for Clients?

While making money by running websites requires a lot of hard work, it is comparatively easy to make money by building websites for clients. Here’s how you can do it.

  • First and foremost, build your web designing and development skills. If you plan to use content management systems to create websites, build your skills and expertise on popular content management systems.
  • Join freelancing platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, People Per Hour, Freelancer, etc. Create your strong profile and start creating your web designing gigs or applying for web designing jobs.
  • Once you are hired to work on websites, you make money.
  • If you are just starting out, it might be really difficult to sell your first service, however, once you gain some reputation, you start making money.

How to Make Money by Selling Websites?

If you have web designing skills, selling a website is another way to make money. There are numerous website marketplaces where you can sell your website. You can sell any kind of website on these website marketplaces, be it an established website (that earns revenue) or a new website (that does not have traffic), be it a blog or an online store.

If you have built websites and if you want to sell websites, you can check platforms like Flippa, Empire Flippers, Motion Invest, etc.

(Some parts of the article were published on Triendri and Forum Coin)

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