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    Hi Nick,
    Thank you for your informative article. I intend to create a website that teaches languages, from which I hope to monetize. Can I use both Google AdSence and Sell Ad Space at the same time for the site? Or can I just use one of them?

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      Hey Spencer, you can theoretically use both techniques at once since you can determine where on your site Google AdSense may display ads and then place the other ads manually. However, you need to make sure that this doesn’t violate the terms and conditions of AdSense and that your other advertisers like to be displayed next to other random ads.

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    Hello, my name is Deborah and I own deborahdevaultweddings.com. I am a Wedding Officiant/Event Planner as well as a DIY Wedding Blogger. I do not have a big following yet, by any means, but am working on building that as we speak. My biggest traffic booster has been through Pinterest , since adding my wedding blogs, and is now at 41k monthly viewers. My question is how do I turn those monthly viewers into website viewers and what is my best plan of attack with regards to monetization? Also, I am not on a self-hosted site and really don’t want to go to WordPress but will if necessary. Any advice??

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      Hey Deborah, I’m not an expert on Pinterest but there are many guides out there that help you get traffic from the platform, so I would start by reading them and applying their advice.

      I had a look at your website and I think there is a lot of good stuff there but it could also use some improvement. I would avoid using a one-page template and instead divide the information into several pages. I also think you could use a more professional template. Your blog content is also decent but could be presented better.

      Overall, moving over to a self-hosted website and buying a professional theme would make a big difference. You don’t have to get any expensive hosting for the beginning and you already have a domain, so that doesn’t come at extra cost. WordPress is free and you can get a great template for $40.

      As for monetization strategies, I would think ebooks, affiliate marketing for relevant products, maybe some consulting. Besides event planning and officiating of course.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to follow up with more questions.

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    Hi Nick,
    I am a French Bulldog Breeder with really great puppy whelping skills learned over 11 years of home delivering puppies as well as being hands on, reviving puppies after c-section deliveries. I have been working with the same Veterinarian’s Team and basically they have been mentoring me I am in the process of making a website to offer consultation and step by step instruction beginning with pre-labor care of the Dam (mother) all the way through delivery and beyond. I want to do the consultations and assistance by phone and/or chat that is available on the site . My biggest issue is how to charge . Whether it should be per case or for hourly sessions. I will also be blogging and offering affiliate Whelping products as well as other dog related products I am wondering if writing e-books for sale would be a good idea. Do you have any other ideas that might be helpful?

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      Hi Colleen, honestly it sounds like you have it all figured out already. Your plan sounds pretty solid and like you can start executing.

      As for your question marks, my advice is to just try it out. Charge some cases per hour, some with a lump sum and you will quickly figure out which makes the most sense for you.

      Same for the e-books. Start blogging, see if there is an interest in the topics you publish and which are most popular and make decisions from there. There are plenty of bloggers who have created their first e-book by combining their most popular blog post and selling them with supplemental material as a PDF.

      Good luck and let me know if you have additional questions.

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    Hello.

    This a very informative article and I intend to use your tips to grow my blog soon. I created a blog last month and have post a couple of articles till now, but I intent to increase my frequency as much as I can. My question is, how do I build a foundation to earn money at this stage? I understand it’s not possible to earn money so early, but I wanna get started on affiliate marketing and I was also wondering if there are easier ways for a new blog to generate a small revenue. I do not intend to use ads much as I wanna keep my blog looking clean.

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      Hey Rishabh, all of this really depends on the topic of your blog. You can apply the monetization tactics in this post to all sorts of industries and businesses, however, some will be more suited than others. The easiest way to start earning money is to offer a service like consulting for which you get paid hourly. Only you know if this applies to your situation.

      Aside from that, in the beginning, your focus should be on growing traffic. Nothing you can offer will earn you money if nobody visits your website to see and purchase it. We have an article on that topic if you haven’t seen it yet: /increase-website-traffic/.

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    Surveys? Google opinions reward and pollfish are great in monetization through making vistitors complete short surveys. It also pays very well!

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      Mwesigwa Geoffrey

      Hello, how do I get involved in the google surveys? I would like to take part and earn some money, thanks.

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        Google Rewards are not really preferable though. As the payout is quite minimum per survey and you’ll end up making not more than couple of bucks.

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    I have a website and forum that has been online continuously since 2004. I have over 14,000 registered members, 170,000 plus page views pm, 50k unique visitors, 900 subscriber mailing list and am regularly on the first page of Google. I have tried all sorts of things to monetize the site but so far nothing has worked. Got banned from Adsense without any reason or explanation and yet I had done nothing different to the past 7 years I had been signed up so now cannot use that. Have tried Media.net but that brought in nothing. Plus a load of other affiliate networks, all with the same results.

    Signed up to Peerfly following the link on your site but after submitting photo id and going through the whole sign up I then get an email saying they are not accepting new affiliates at the moment! But happy to promote their paid forum subscription service.

    Also registered with BuySellads and Maxbounty but still waiting on their response.

    I am at a loss as to how to make money from the site. Surely there is something to be made from this traffic?

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      I am part of a forum that offers premium memberships. They are quite cheap and I am currently not sure about what benefits are included, however, they pay for the operating costs of the forum apparently.
      Aside from that, can you maybe bundle the collected knowledge of your forum on different topics into an ebook or something and then sell it? I don’t know what topic you forum is on but it could be a beginner guide aimed at new members or something. Just from the top of my head.

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    Hi Nick,
    I have a website about life science. I am aiming to build an educational website that provides detailed notes about a topic on different subjects in life science. Any idea how to get an income from the website, any suggestions?

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      Hey Husna, thanks for your comment! From the top of my head, I would see if there are any books on your topics that you could review and create affiliate links to (for example, via Amazon). You could also think about if there is anything you could consult on or provide services for in exchange for payment. Finally, maybe you could get some advertisement agreements with museums or other institutions in your field? These are the first things I would think of.
      Hope it helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

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        Hello Husna. You can also start an online course on related topics by yourself and with other teachers. This will take some money to invest, but then the returns are good.

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    I pay a text based browser game that is in desperate need of recurring revenue (rather than one time donations) in order to maintain updates and maintenance. I don’t think they need to generate a large revenue just steady. The owner of the game is insistent that he does not want it to be pay-to-win and does not want to bog down the site with advertising, which he fears, may drive away dedicated players. The game is business oriented and has been around for over a decade. I know that this is a long shot but I am looking for out of the box ideas. Many dedicated players are offering a one time sizeable donation but the consensus is that this would not necessarily help long-term, which is what we are looking for. The game in question uses strategy to build and manage a virtual company to compete in three month competitions to see who can generate the highest company value by the end of the round. Any suggestions?

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      Hey Emily, that’s very nice of you that you are trying to help someone else with their business. Here are a few things that came to my mind:

      1. Introduce low-cost memberships for playing the game for recurring income
      2. Alternatively, offer premium memberships where people get something extra that normal players don’t (doesn’t have to be anything that changes the gameplay, maybe content?)
      3. Open up a Patreon account where people can become sponsors
      4. Put targeted advertisement on the site, meaning not something like Google AdSense but find a product that gels well with the audience and negotiate a banner placement with the maker
      5. Maybe it would be possible to open up a pay-to-post job board or something on the site?
      6. Look for companies who would sponsor the competitions, including prizes

      Hope this helps. I’ll come back if I can think of more but this is what came to me from the top of my head.

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      Hey Elyas, that’s very hard to say without seeing your website. Generally, monetization is all about asking yourself “how can I provide enough value to my audience so that they would be willing to pay me”. If you can answer that question to yourself, you are well on your way. After that, it’s about figuring out the exact method to monetize your traffic.

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    On number 31, How do I offer writing gigs from my website and how do potential clients get to know about them.

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      The best way is to actively reach out to websites. Create blog post ideas that you think would be useful for them and pitch those to them. Build a portfolio with author profiles linking back to your site so that others can find you. This way, you might get inquiries for your services over time.

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