How a Website Makes Money
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:
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:
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.