"Free" hosts don't allow advertising and the "free" host will cancel your account if you try.
Not only that, advertisers will laugh at you if you don't have your own domain name.
Oh, by the way, I've made six figures (you know, hundreds of thousands of dollars) using the methods on this page.
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After you've registered your domain name, check out the options for making money. There are many others, I've just included a select few I've found reliable and trustworthy.
Bookmark this page to use as a reference.
When you sign up for an advertising network (which is almost always free) they will give you HTML code to place on your site.
Once you have the HTML code up, you don't have to do anything else. (Yes, with a successful web site you can make money while you sleep.)
Updating your site once in a while to add new content and promoting your web site to get more visitors will help you earn money a lot faster.
This is my favorite course for those getting started in online businesses. It's completely amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone starting a web business of any kind.
Over the past few years I have received numerous positive comments about my tutorial by people coming from Internet Marketing Center. I wanted to find out a little bit more about these people who kept recommending my site to thousands of people, so I checked out their site.
If you already own an Internet business, or plan to start one, you -need- to get a copy of The Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Online in your hands as soon as possible.
This is the best Internet business course I've ever read--I went to college for this kind of stuff, and this course content blows away any book or professor I've had in class.
I've been running an Internet business for nearly 14 years, and I made changes to my site as I read this course, and earned an extra $200 the first week alone, before I even got to the end of the course!
If you read this course, you'll most likely save hundreds or thousands of dollars by not making common mistakes, and you'll learn proven marketing concepts to increase the number of sales you make every month.
This is one of the easiest courses I've ever read... it explains concepts and ideas simply, without using complicated business terms. If you can understand this tutorial, you can understand this course.
The course has a money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose. I honestly believe they should be using this course as a marketing guide in colleges and universities around the world.
(Note: I have read a previous year's course, not the 2010 edition.)
Here are the four basic ways of making money through ads on the web:
The term cost in the list below, such as cost per click, is to the advertiser, the company paying you. So, when #2 says cost per click it means "costs the advertiser per click" and "pays you per click!" These are terms used in the advertising industry, I didn't create them, I'm just explaining them!
You can combine all four types, or mix and match. That's completely acceptable and it's how most web sites pay their bills (and their owners).
And, of course, an obvious way to make money...
I'm going to be completely honest, I didn't get my own domain name when I started, and moving to one took a lot more time than I had wanted. Save yourself the trouble and order the domain name right away. $5 a month. That's all it costs to get started.
Here are a few companies that I use or have used in the past that have a pretty good record:
I've come across a relatively new company recently that allows you to design and sell t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, and more through their site at no cost to you. You design the images, upload them and customize them until you're satisfied, and then place a link on your site to your personal "store" where they can be purchased online. You don't have to take the orders or ship the products personally, it is all done through this company. (They just send you checks for your sales!) You set the price above the cost, and the difference is pure profit! (E.g. say the mousepad base price is $10.99. If you sell it for $11.99, you'll make $1 per mousepad, at $12.99, you'll make $2 per mousepad, etc...)
I've set up my own store to test out their services. I ordered a t-shirt and a mousepad and I'm fairly pleased. You can check out my store at cafepress.com/davesitecom/ for an example (or if you really want to buy a shirt or mousepad, feel free!).
Bonus: You can even make 15% commission selling designs made by other people, including New Moon, LOST, and American Idol goods!
if you were to purchase from any of these ads, I'd get 15%... if you were a CafePress affiliate, you'd get the 15%!