Making Money From Home
What I'm Doing to Make My Business Sustainable
There are clearly some unrealized concepts to making money from home. Many people don't understand how I am making any money. Lately I have been getting some questions regarding the Google ads and the other ads on my website.
"Why do you have ads on your website?"
"Don't you own your website anymore?"
"Can you take the ads down?"
Yes I do have a lot of ads on my website, but I can assure you I still own my site. In fact, I was the one who put the ads there.
You see, I have been dedicated to giving out free tutorials for many years (even before having this website).
Making and selling my dolls is where most of my money came from, so slowing that down was a big risk. However, I found an online program called Site Build It that offered up a way to make money from your website without charging your visitors anything for coming.
The concept is, if you create quality content, rank well in the search engines, use Google Adsense and become an affiliate of quality products, that the pure fact that you have a lot of traffic will earn you income.
The more people that view the website, the more people click on the ads. Google Adsense doesn't require the visitor to buy anything- merely click on the ad. For every click made on an ad, I will earn some money from Google. (Please keep in mind that purposely clicking on all the ads to "help me out" can actually be quite damaging, so I ask you to only click on ads you are interested in).
What Are Those Non-Google Ads?
Being an Affiliate is a little more complex. For example, I am an Affiliate of Dick Blick; you will see banners for their products around the site.
If a visitor clicks on one of those banners, then proceeds to make a purchase at Dick Blick, I get a portion of the sale (at Dick Blicks expense, not the visitors- the prices don't change). This is another easy way of making money from home.
Here's where my ethics come in:
I could probably make a lot more money than I do at the moment if I chose to affiliate with higher paying companies. However, I refuse to recommend services that I haven't already used.
I USE Dick Blick,
I USE Amazon,
I USE Site Build it,
I've USED Female Anatomy For Artists.
I find all of these places great for getting value for money and I think they're beneficial to my readers.
Most of these places offer products or services directly relating to creating dolls. So most people stocking up on supplies will often buy from these places anyway- which is why I think they're valuable.
What About Site Build It?
As for Site Build It, I see so many artists venturing into making money from home, building their own websites, trying to get lots of traffic and ultimately trying to become self-sufficient.
Unfortunately, most artists never achieve any of these things.
This is why I recommend Site Build It.
It teaches how to do all of these things in a course and website building program that also has a 30 day trial period. You have 30 days to read and watch the course (the course includes video) use the program, go through their forums etc.
If you decide you don't want to pursue it any further, you can get out of it without any money spent. That's why I have no problems with recommending that people try it.
Within a year, my website has earned back enough money to pay for all its expenses, plus some left over. I get a lot more commissions now than I ever did before. Even when I'm not well and don't work on my website for a while, it continues to grow in traffic and money. My previous website (twinessence.com) was doing terribly, and in over 3 years it struggled to get more than 10 unique visitors a day- sometimes even a week!
In under a year this website got over 350 unique visitors a day, and I had barely started working on it! That's a lot of people looking at my tutorials and my artworks compared to my old website!
I apologize if the ads seem unpleasant, but I really want to keep this website free, and the ads are what pay for my expenses and keeping this business sustainable. However I promise, I will always try and offer my readers with the most valuable ads I can find!
Please note that Google Adsense ads are context based so I cannot choose what gets shown in these ads. I can (and do) however filter out ads I feel are inappropriate. If you have come across an ad that you feel needs attention that I may have missed, please let me know so I can filter it.
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