How a Website Makes Money

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How a website makes money?  This question has been the forefront of my thoughts for two years.  (Actually when I think about this question there is a ‘does’ between ‘How’ and ‘a’, but I need the question to be without ‘does’ – you will see why later.)

It has been two years of reading about websites and how they make money with them.  Two years of writing about websites and how I am not making any money with them.

For two years I have had to read people brag about how rich they are, how rich they can make me for $19.99.  I have been tossed around in all directions – buy this, do that, don’t do this, sometimes do that – an acorn in a mountain stream.   If the last two years online was physical then I would now be wearing an eye patch, a bandage around my head, and a crutch under my armpit.

The problem is that you spend so much time and effort – kick in the balls – and receive nothing in return.  A human hamster wheel.  The faster you run the faster it turns.  The more you work the more work you need to do.  Hamsters do not mind the wheel, they increase their stamina, improve their heart and tire themselves  for a good nights sleep.   I get a dollar a day.

The above is how I feel on most days.  But not today – finally good news.

This Website Answers: How A Website Makes Money

Lets say some poor sucker gets the idea in his head that he will make money with a website.  He goes to his favorite browser, opens Google and types in ‘how a website makes money’.

Here is what he will find:

Google Search Results - How Website makes money

Of course he will click the first two results – most people click on the first few results, but that is not the point.  The point is that I am position 6 and 7 for the phrase.

For some reason Google believes that this website answers the question: ‘how a website makes money.  I checked Google for ‘how a website does not make money’ but surprisingly this website is not in the results – also good news.

I am happy.  Being so high up in the results shows actual, real, unimagined, provable evidence that this website is making progress.

As soon as I saw this I checked how many people type in the phrase per month.
According to Google’s keyword tool around 33,000 people want to know:

How Website makes money monthly searchers

So far only about 5 people have come to my website via this phrase.  But that is because I am in the 6th place.  I need to be in the first place.

If I can get myself in position one for ‘how a website makes money’ then I can expect to receive most of the 33,000 people every month.  That is almost 1000 unique visitors a day.

Having a 1000 visitors a day is  how a website makes money.

All I need to do now is to move up 5 positions in the results.   How hard is that? Who knows.   But obviously the first step is to write a post that specifically answers the question:  how a website makes money.

  1. Jake
    August 26th, 2010 at 05:14 | #1

    Not quite. The first link is a sponsored link. Not sure how many visitors you would give up to the sponsored link even if you were at #1.

  2. August 27th, 2010 at 19:04 | #2

    I typed “How much money website make” in Google and got this. It was at position 12.
    I’m so entertained! I love your complaining, negative, “all my dreams didn’t come true” attitude.
    I love how you don’t use the terms “SEO,” “Internet marketing,” “SEM,” and all the other words that I see surrounded by exclamation marks on bright marketing websites. I’ve had enough posts telling me how much money I can make. I want to know what people are actually making.
    I still believe that it’s possible to make a complete living off of the internet. But I can certainly identify with your attitude.
    Why are ads on the homepage but not on the blog?
    @Jake: The best statistics I know about the paid ads on Google is that only 10% of web users click on them. Almost all of us know that they’re ads, and ignore accordingly.

  3. September 10th, 2010 at 09:17 | #3

    I don’t even get 1000 visitors a day.
    I need to start taking SEO more seriously.

  4. September 10th, 2010 at 18:02 | #4

    You have had this blog for 2 years and didn’t manage to earn more than $700 in the whole period ? Learn and work, man :)

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