How to Make Money With a Free Website

Is it really possible to make money with a free website?

Of course it is! If you already have a computer and Internet, you can get a free website that can make you money. Although there does not need to be any money spent, some time and effort will certainly be required. These are my recommended steps on how to make money with a free website:

  1. Get a free Blogger blog (those sites that have their URL ending in .blogspot.com) so a Blogger blog of your own might have an address that looks something like youruniquehomebusinessname.blogspot.com (replace youruniquehomebusinessname with your very own unique home business name!)
  2. Spend a day or two going through the dashboard of your Blogger blog, to get used to how to use Blogger. You can also use Google or another Search Engine to look for articles on how to use Blogger.
  3. Once you have a fair idea of how to use Blogger, start adding some content!
  4. Describe what it is you do from home or in your spare time to earn income or extra income, and provide contact details. If you’re not yet doing anything from home, write a few articles about a particular topic that you already know a bit about (so that you don’t have to spend hours and hours doing research on the topic.) The topics you write articles about should be related to your Blogger blog’s name, and should include words or phrases related to that main topic. Try and make each article at least 300 words long, preferably as long as 700 or more words
  5. Once you have about 10 articles on your site, apply for a Google Adsense publisher account
  6. Once your Google Adsense publisher account application is approved, add Adsense adverts to your site.
  7. Continue working on your site as often as you can. It is very important to often work on your site if you wish to try making money from your site, or, once you are making money from your site, to try to increase those earnings.

Questions and Answers

Q)

How do the Adsense ads make me money?

A)

You earn small amounts when people click the ads to visit those sites that the ads link to.

Q)

Can I click the ads myself, or ask my friends to click them?

A)

No! You do not want to have your Adsense publisher account shut down. When joining Adsense, and before using Adsense on your site, be sure to also carefully go through their terms and conditions and program policies.

Q)

I don’t want to use Adsense on my free Blogger site. How else can my free site make me money?

A)

The more traffic (visitors) your site gets, the more people will see the information you have supplied about your services or products - your conversions may increase (more people may contact you to buy or order a product or service.) Also, you may be using affiliate program ads on your site if not Adsense. More people will see those ads. You may also be linking to other online places where you are earning some extra income, like HubPages. Linking to those sites from your own site may help increase traffic to your pages on those sites, and, in turn, increase your income from those sites.

Q)

How do I get a lot of traffic to my Blogger site?

A)

Through working on and off your site.

Q)

What does working on and off my site mean?

A)

It can be quite involved working on and off your site, but a good start would be to frequently write and add many good quality and unique articles, and leave links on lots of other sites that lead back to your site.

Q)

What is the main disadvantage of publishing articles on your own site rather than on a writing site like HubPages?

A)

It may take you a long time to build up some followers and traffic with your own site, while writing sites like HubPages have ready-and-waiting communities of writers already. With a little bit of participation and activity on your part, being a member of an online writing site may help you get traffic to your articles on that writing site more quickly. It can also be lonely and depressing publishing articles on your own site if you are not also working really hard at increasing traffic to your site. It's quite unusual to be lonely on an online writing site (unless you don't involve yourself in the community of writers on an online writing site.)

Q)

What are the main advantages of trying to make money with your own site?

A)

You don’t have to share your ad revenue with anybody else, you can place your ads wherever you like, and you don’t have to follow any rules other than the rules of any ad program whose ads you are displaying on your site.

Q)

Is it a good idea to join and be active on a writing site as well as get my own blog?

A)

It’s not a bad idea at all. You can link the two places to each other, possibly increasing traffic to both, and possibly increasing your earnings too.

Q)

How much money can I make from a free website like Blogger? How long will it take?

A)

It’s up to you. Do you understand that big earnings won’t come overnight? How much time do you have to spend working on your free site? How hard are you prepared to work? The more time and effort you put in, the more you’ll get out.

Comments 23 comments

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Hypersapien 4 years ago

Interesting hub. I may have to give this a try.


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francinejones 4 years ago from Indianapolis Indiana

Thank you for the engaging information. I will consider your advice and I will try blogspot.com. Great calling!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Hypersapien - thanks, and good luck if you do!


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ francineones - glad you found the info engaging, and good luck with trying out blogspot.com


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks for sharing this hub. We surely need more ways of making money.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Patkay - thanks for popping in and commenting. I hope my hub is helpful for people who need to earn extra income or who can't even find a job. As long as they have a computer and Internet, it's possible to make money online, and with a free website.


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Khal Blogo 4 years ago from A gas station on the yellow brick road

One of the best hubs on this subject i ever read, congrats.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

AAh, thank you, Khal!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, Teresa, for sharing all that you have learned about writing on the internet. I'm taking note.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Sandra - thanks, I'm pleased that my hub was of use to you.


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taw2012 4 years ago from India

Nice hub. Informative.


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molometer 4 years ago

Some interesting ideas on how to make money on a free website. Well done.


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molometer 4 years ago

I like your ZA website too.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ taw2012 - thanks for popping in and I'm glad you found this hub informative


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@molometer - thanks, glad you liked this hub and my own website too :)


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jasmith1 4 years ago from UK

I swapped from a paid website to blogger this year and have been pleased with it and started making some money, which is great. I just need to work on increasing traffic now!


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amithak50 4 years ago from India

Making money with free website is really very hard as we hardly get advertisers but you can earn via Google Adsense ..Thanks for sharing these tips with us


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damajoyi 4 years ago

Great insight, this is what i am teaching a friend that wants to make money with website.


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MikeNV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

People spend a lot of time chasing after "Free" and it ends up costing them a lot of money in the long run. In order to make real money online you MUST own your own sites and properties. If you put all you time and effort into building something for someone else it can disappear over night. Web hosting is very cheap and so is registration. The combination of the two is as little as $50 a year.

Blogger is fine, I don't disagree with your premise as a place to dabble. But if you start being successful on blogger you'll want to control you own destiny and it's tough and time consuming to move all the content and even tougher to move your audience and traffic.

So it really comes down to what you want out of your efforts. If you really want to make money you'll need a business plan and then execute your plan.

Blogger is a great place to develop some content to test and to use to point to your other content as you grown.

Remember what happened to HubPages last April 2011. They took a huge hit after a simple change at Google. They could disappear tomorrow and all your work would be gone. So write offline then save your work so you can use it elsewhere when/if needed.

I'm not seeing a lot of blogger content ranking lately, but Hubpages does rank. I believe that people would be better off focusing on Hub Pages because you have more control and you have more options to make money other than just Adsense built right in.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ MikeNV - thanks for the long and interesting comment - this hub about how to make money with a free site was indeed aimed just at that, and for those who would like to try, so I didn't go into other free methods of making money like with HubPages or with a free WordPress.org theme (where you only pay for your hosting and domain.)

I myself use a combination of 4 - html brochure sites I manage myself, my own WordPress sites (free theme from WordPress.org or a WordPress theme my boyfriend designs for me) but that have a domain registered and have hosting, Blogger, and HubPages.

I agree that people (beginners especially) should focus on HubPages - but should they want to try making money with a free site, Blogger is a good option, and is what this hub was about.

Thanks for your point about needing and then executing a business plan - I certainly agree!

Regards not seeing a lot of blogger content ranking lately, I suppose it also depends on what you're searching for - I have quite a few page 1 search results for some of the content on my Blogger sites, and I do still fairly often see other Blogger blogs getting page one search results for the type of things I search for on Google.


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qmfaisal 4 years ago from Dhaka

Blogger used to be a great website in the past but certainly it is now well past it's prime. Even Google itself doesn't give priority to blogger sites in it's SERP. I think the best way would be to get a domain name and hosting account for your site (costs around $50 per year) and develop your site on wordpress. Wordpress is perhaps the most wonderful thing in the web these days. It's free and backed by a great community. The initial setup might require some degree of technical knowledge, but once you get this done, you will feel just like home.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ qmfaisal - thanks for your comment and advice. I do have WordPress (self-hosted with domains registered) sites too, and have also written hubs about those sort of sites. This hub is aimed at people who don't want to, for whatever reasons, pay for domain and hosting. It's about how to make money with a totally free site, no hosting or domain costs. Regards search results, Google is still putting some Blogger blogs up there on page 1 of search results. If you're using words in your Blogger blog that people with self-hosted domains are not targetting in their domain names, a totally free Blogger site can still get a good natural search result. I've seen this happening in longtail keyword Blogger blog names (where search volume is perhaps not too high, and therefore less competitive, but does at least still does have some search volume) and also with some of my own Blogger blogs.) I much prefer using WordPress, as you suggest, and I do use WordPress, but this hub wasn't about using WordPress. I don't agree with you that WordPress is PERHAPS the most wonderful thing on the web these days - it's the best thing on the web these days! :)


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Appsthatpayyou - thanks for the two comments on this hub - I do hope that many find my tips and advice useful.

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