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.
Getting a high PageRank from Google seems to be the holy grail among webmasters. Here’s a introduction to Google Pagerank.
Rankwhere is a website that lets you determine where your site ranks in the different search engines. It also has a page that lets you find the Google Pagerank for any particular site.
To use it, you just type in a couple of keywords into one box, your site’s address into another and click go. Rankwhere checks with Google, MSN, All The Web, Yahoo and others, and finds out where your site came up in the search for that term.
This is useful if you are trying to find out what keywords the search engines are associating with your site. It can also tell you how successful you have been in working the proper terms into your site.
Once you’ve submited your sites to the search engines and have chased down a few links, there are a few other things that you can do to promote your site:
First, add your website’s name to your email’s tagline. Most email programs allow you to automatically add a line or two of text at the bottom of every email. This way, every time you send an email, people will see your website’s name and address.
Next, begin haunting newsgroups and forums related to your topic. Get involved in the conversations. Add your website’s address to the bottom of every message you post. If someone asks a question, and you have written something on that subject, refer them to the article on your site.
Even sneakier: when someone asks a question about something you know the answer to, add a quick post on your site, and THEN refer them to that page.
This next happens a lot to me, although I don’t use it much. Go to a highly ranked website that takes reader comments—another weblog—and leave a comment on an appropriate post or two. Add your website’s address to the bottom of your comments. People reading the article on the more popular site will then see your comment, and your url.
Webmaster World is an online forum for professional webmasters. If you’re serious abotu making cash on the net, you’ll need to start visiting and reading that site (along with this one, of course, where I’ll bring you the latest advice in plain language).
There are several forums in Webmaster World that are dedicated to things such as Google Adsense, search engine marketing and the like. After following the topics for several weeks, you will begin to learn how to extract the practical advice from the absurd.
A couple of caveats about Webmaster World:
First, the webmasters there are, by and large, professionals. Running websites is their livelihood. Much of what they do is not practical for the part timer.
Second, they are paranoid. They won’t tell you what topics their websites are on, won’t give you a url to look at as an example, and call every product a “widget.”
They’re paranoid because they are largely a mercenary bunch. They work hard to find out which advertisers are paying the most money and then generate a quickie site for that topic. Some of them have custom software that helps them to generate thousands of pages in a matter of days.
You won’t have that problem, though. Your goal is to build a website about a topic you love that will grow steadily, and generate a respectable part time income.
The other thing that Webmaster World is good for is to keep you inspired. There are a lot of success stories there. I learned to set realistic goals by reading that site. First, my goal was $2 a day, then $5, then $10, then $20. It is possible, and you will read about others who have done it.
It’s easy to make cash on the internet. As a reader of this site, however, you know that links are an important part. You can add your success story to this page by sending an email to the editor. I’ll post your site link and success story in exchange for a link on your own site.