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).
The amount of time I spend on making this website and answering emails is so extensive in fact, that I don't spend as much time sculpting dolls as I probably should be.
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, making money from home.
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 visitors you have, the more money you will ultimately make with Google.
Here's where my ethics come in:
I only Affiliate with programs I have PERSONALLY USED and am HAPPY with.
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 eBay,
I USE Amazon,
I USE Site Build it,
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.
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 the first year this website got over 350 unique visitors a day, and I had barely started working on it yet! 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.
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.
This technique of making money from home is called being an "Infoprenuer". It's a system perfect for people who love to share free information. So if you are inclined much the same way, give it a go, it's a lot of fun!
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