Creating websites is fun, and it can be profitable too.
Let’s see how you can create at least one easy 5-minute website this week.
Start by choosing your free webpage creation tool. (Of course, if you already have a site, just create your new site there. No need to hive it off onto its own site until it starts making money.)
You know I’m a Weebly fan, however there are many free webpage creation tools; choose one which appeals to you.
Please don’t get caught up in “which tool?” agonies. Only the content counts.
Now, your topic… You can create a site about anything, of course.
Here are some ideas.
1. Big News in _______ (Your Town)
A couple of my writing students are doing well with local sites. The big benefit of creating such a site is that you have an instant audience. You’re not going global, you’re writing about what matters to you, and to your neighbors.
If I had the time to create a local site, there are several local issues I’d be tackling. They’re important. Unfortunately I’m spread too thin already.
Before you create your site, think about what you want the site to do:
* Are you creating the site as a writing sample, to attract clients from your local area? Or…
* Will you monetize the site by selling advertising to local businesses?
Create a website which focuses on local issues is a great way to get visibility.
What are your neighbors talking about? Is the topic site-worthy?
2. Daily ______ (whatever) Deals
There are endless “daily deal” sites on just about anything you can imagine, from ebooks to beauty products and furniture. Creating a “deals” site is a good way to get your feet wet in commerce journalism.
Tip: focus on getting your own deals. That is, approach businesses, and ask them whether you could help them to do a promotion. If they’re interested, they can help you to promote your website. It’s a fast way to get traffic.
Of course, make sure that you have an affiliate or other agreement, so that you make a little money on the people who buy through your site.
3. Your New Writing Service Offering
This is a no-brainer. If you’re offering a new writing service, create a webpage for it. If you own other sites, link from those sites, to your new site.
If you set up your new website on a service like Tumblr, which has brilliant social media tools, you’ll get attention from a new audience.
4. Sell Something That’s in the News
Amazon’s Kindle always seems to be in the news. So do weight loss products.
Sign up for Amazon’s Associates program, and you’ll make a small commission from everything you sell on your website.
Tip: you need a lot of traffic to make money solely from Amazon. Therefore, look at eBay, ClickBank, and other affiliate networks for products you can promote.
4. Create a Fan Page
You can create fan pages on Facebook, however, I encourage to create your pages outside that particular walled garden. I’m not anti-Facebook. However walled gardens like My Space and AOL were hugely popular in their time too. They were there, then suddenly they weren’t.
So create your fan pages on your own websites.
I hope these five ideas have sparked your inspiration. Have fun… and make money.
You’ll learn more in my new website guide: “5 Minutes To Fast Websites (Cash From Webpages)”.