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Making Money With A Content-Oriented Website

Many websites out there have quite a bit of content, but are untapped as a resource for making money. Countless webmasters have heard the stories about getting rich working from home on their website. Yes, many people have done it. Yes, those who got in early on it did pretty well, but as I tell people fairly often, the ways to make money online are only limited to your imagination. The internet is the most free medium on the planet. Now, a website which directly offers a service or product is a no-brainer. You promote that produce or service and sell it and you make money. However, if your website is a nice library of content, but with no services or products to provide to the visitors, how can you make some money with it? There are ways and here are a few of them:

* Traditional Banner Advertising
* Form a subscription service
* Host contextual ads
* Sell affiliate products
* Sell your own content

Banner advertising is the most prevalent method of generating revenue from content sites. Content sites are valuable to internet advertisers. After all, what gives any content site value is the eyeballs looking at it. Its like an internet highway. In the real world, people will pay to put billboards on the side of well traveled highways. The same occurs online. Well trafficked websites are valuable for advertising. If your content site does not have much traffic yet, then get busy promoting, because the traffic is what gives your site value. Without the traffic, your content is worth very little in the real world.

There are many sources of getting advertising in your website, and the easiest is to join a network. A few networks are Burst, Tribal Fusion, Rydium, FastClick, and Google Adwords. Each network has its own requirements for applicants.

Offering a subscription service is another method of generating revenue. The trick here is to figure out what to offer. The best bet is to survey your public for what they need and want from your website and what they are willing to pay for. If your content is updated routinely, you might be able to charge people a fee for accessing it. You might also offer enhanced services of some kind for subscribers. If you have an online forum, you could possibly offer access to private forums or other enhanced profile capabilities for a small fee. The trick on this is to offer something for free. It is the free content which will bring traffic to your website, so finding the balance is something you will need to work out.

Affiliate programs are something you can get into as well. In this case, you don't have to come up with the product yourself, yet you can bring attention to it and get visitors to purchase them from you. Find affiliate programs in which the products offered are relevant to your site. You want something that your public will be interested in. Amazon.com has a popular affiliate program in which you can offer books for sale on your website for a commission. You can also go to the affiliate networks to search for programs. Some well known such networks are Linkshare, Commission Junction and Regnow.

You can also come up with and offer your own products. This is where some imagination comes into play. One possible idea is to author and sell an e-book. You could sell white papers for your visitors to solve certain problems they may have. There are a number of things you can do, and it depends on the type of site you have. On the internet, though, your best bet is to sell your knowledge and expertise. It is a 100 rofit margin (after your initial investment of time to put it together).

The trick in any of these ideas is to survey your public and find out what they need and want. People love to express their opinions, and you should not be sitting there guessing at what people want and would spend their hard-earned money for. Ask them!

About the author:
David Risley is a web developer and founder of PC Media, Inc. (http://www.pcmedianet.com). Specializes in PHP/MySQL development, consulting and internet business management. He is also the founder of PC Mechanic (http://www.pcmech.com), a large website delivering do-it-yourself computer information to thousands of users every day.

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There are some Guidelines from Google Team for get approval for a website ad-sense ads Please look Below -

1- Good and Quality Content - [should not be copied from other websites and should be unique and grammatically good ]
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3- May be you are running some other ad affiliate programs on your website [ if so then first remove that ads then apply again .
4- content should not be violent and hacking and pornographic

these are some basic needs to get approved ,

Please check these terms , if any where you lack then rectify this issue and then re apply after 2 - 3 months .

Good Luck !!!

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Go to Tools. Hit Options. Hit the Privacy button. Press "Show Cookies" in the middle of the page. Go all the way down to Youtube.com and double click on it. Click on the first one. It will tell you something in the space called "Content".in the description. On the server problem on You Tube, look at what is says. It will say stuff like :

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you look at each cookie description content and find the 2 that match the first and second part of the error.
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Wealthy Affiliate Website- Worth It?

I've been a member of the Wealthy Affiliate Website for a bit and have pretty solid experience with it. You can see a whole list of features at this webpage, but I'll just jump through the various questions you asked in my answer below:

-the features: all the features are pretty useful. Sure, there's some I don't use everyday, but there are some that are absolutely priceless. Specifically, the discussion forum is absolutely amazing! Having access to thousands of successful internet marketers is priceless...honestly priceless. I've learned a ton.

-I've been a member for 6 months, and will likely be a member for the long haul. I learn something new everyday that makes me more than enough money to cover the membership.

-I log in and review the discussion forum over coffee each morning. I just scan around, see what's new, and sometimes come across a new resource or two. It keeps me on my toes and thinking about how to advance my internet marketing experience throughout my day.

-I've made money from the site...probably around 8-10K in profit so far, but it's all been part time. Also, that included my 8 week course that I went through at the wealthy affiliate website, so there was quite a learning curve in there.

By the way, you may want to check out the testimonials section here. I know it's a bit like sales jargon, but the stories are pretty motivating, and (in my experience) accurate.

If you do end up checking it out, best of luck with the Wealthy Affiliate Website

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