Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
In my first attempt to start a website, I chose a poor hosting service—one with overloaded capacity and faulty software. As a result, my site was VERY slow—sometimes taking as much as 18 Seconds! to load during peak hours.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that, because during peak hours, I was working my day job, not monitoring my site. But then a friend tipped me off.
You really should check the load speed of your site at different times of the day, and on different days of the week. And check it on a regular basis. If your host is speedy today, adding a few more clients may slow his servers down.
One website that I found that was useful for testing speeds—and for comparing speeds with other sites—is I-Web Tool’s speed test.
I ran the speed test on my own site, and compared it to a couple of my competitors. I’m happy to report that mine is faster!
(Its a competitive guy thing).
How does your site fare after the latest Google Dance—the periodic updating of backlinks that Google does. You can check your current status at the various Google datacenters by using a tool at a site called Mypagerank dot net.
A few years ago, speculation in site names was rampant, with people buying thousands of names in hopes of selling one for big bucks.
Unfortunately, like many speculative businesses—from the Dutch Tulip Bulb mania of the 1630s to land speculation in the wild west—the while thing crashed. I know one guy who lost more than $10,000 speculating in domain names (more to the point, I know a guy who is still waiting to cash in on the $10,000 in domain names he bought some years ago).
But it seems as though there’s still some life left in the business. The domain name “blogster.com” recently was purchased for $100,000.
I thik that there’s still money to be made in domain names, but you have to be way ahead of the curve of any demand. No doubt, all of the names associated with the word “blog” are long gone.
The other way is to get lucky. I happened upon a nice combination of words last year, which I then subsequently sold to a startup firm for a tidy sum of money.
Your standing in the Search Engines depends upon how many backlinks you have—that is, how many other sites link to you.
After writing content, getting those backlinks is probably the most important thing you can do.
But where do you start?
The backlink builder tool at WEBCONFS is massively useful for just this task. You type in a keyword, and it scours the web for places where you can add your link. You can then go through them and add you own site.
Favicon is a term that you might not be familiar with. Favicons are the little square icons that show up next to the URL in the address bar. They’re not necessary, but they sure do make your site look a little more professional.
But how do you make them?
The best way that I’ve found is to go to a site called HTML-Kit. They have a page that will generate favicons from any image that you upload. It allows you to preview the icon and then download it.
Once you’ve downloaded the icon, you can simply use your FTP program to upload it to your site’s main directory. That should be sufficient to get it to show up as an icon.
You also can use the instructions there to put code in your headers to force the use of favicons.
You can convert your pictures to favicons right here.
Or you can go to their site.