OK, you want to build yourself a free website but more importantly, you also want to create a website for free and start earning money from it. Well, you’ve come to the right place here at themakemoneyonlinething.com.
In this complete step-by-step guide, I’m going to show you how you can easily create a website for free and have it uploaded and online as soon as NOW (even if you’re a completely newbie to the web). It’s possible to build a website with this tool in as little as 30 seconds.
And I’ll also tell you how you can start earning money from it as well, with full details on how you can scale the website and it’s earnings to any level you want after that.
So grab a cup of tea for yourself, make yourself comfortable in your favourite armchair and turn off the TV and any other distractions, because here’s what I’m going to tell you:
- How to create a free website
- How to get your own domain name
- How you can begin earning money from your domain and website
- How you can get access to the best training, tools & support
How To Create Your Free Website
Not too long ago, creating a website used to be a pretty difficult exercise, reserved for IT geeks, but now, thanks to free website builder tools like SiteRubix, it’s really easy and even a novice can do it.
With just a few clicks, you’ll have a state of the art, industry standard WordPress website live and ready for earning money from. It’s really easy!
To get started, the first thing you’ll need to do is open the SiteRubix website builder.
(you might need to create an account to get started with the SiteRubix builder, but don’t worry it’s free to do so if you’re prompted to create one, do that first then come back here).
Once you have access to the website builder, you’ll be guided to picking what type of website you’d like to build, as shown in the picture below:
You can either choose to build either
a) a free domain for your new website
b) use a domain you already own or
c) registering a completely new domain.
Now, if you want a 100% free website, then you’d need to choose the free domain option.
This will result in a domain that looks something like “your-website.siterubix.com“.
The only real problem with that is that whilst subdomains are OK (the free website above is what is called a ‘subdomain’) for “test” type websites, they’re not really ideal if you’re serious about your website and want to start making serious money from it.
Instead of going 100% free, a better option would be to register a paid domain (it’s only about $15) which will give you a domain that looks something like
“your-website.com” (like this one at themakemoneyonlinething.com)
(notice there is no “siterubix” in this domain name – this is your own domain).
As I said, registering a new domain for yourself will cost you about $15 a year, but if you have the $15 to spare then it’s money well spent as it makes your website much more authentic and looks more professional.
It will also make your life a lot easier when it comes to making money.
Whatever option you choose, the next thing you’ll have to do is come up with a name for your website.
So, as an example, let’s say I decided I wanted to create a website related to being a Vegan and decided to choose the free domain option, I might call my website “Vegan Steven” like this:
And it’s important to note that even though you can change the actual title of the website as often as you like, you can’t actually do that with the domain name. The name that you choose for your domain can’t be changed, so think carefully about the domain name before you buy it.
Once you’ve figured out the name for your website (and established whether it’s available – the site builder will tell you) it’s time for the next step, and this step is the real fun step because it’s time to choose how you want your website to look.
The most important thing to know is that there’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to what theme you choose for your new website – it’s simply a case of personal preference.
And as shown below you’ll have a LOT of choices:
So browse through all the themes (there are up to 12,000 available), pick one you like (I usually use GeneratePress as default) and then once you’re ready, hit the “Build my website” button that appears.
Congratulations – You’ve Created Your New Website!
After clicking the “Build my website” button you’ll have officially created your very own website, for free.
That really wasn’t hard at all, was it? You’ll the see the site is created very quickly.
From there you’ll be provided with the login details so that you can make edits as an administrator & if you type the domain name into your browser, you’ll see how it’ll look to visitors.
You’re officially a webmaster!
Feel free to go brag to your family & friends, then come back here for the next section when you’re ready to learn the basics of customising your website & “making it your own”.
How To Customize Your Website
The free website you just created is what’s known as a WordPress website, and WordPress websites are highly customisable. WordPress websites make up about 30% of all the websites on the web, so it’s extremely popular.
WordPress websites are very configurable and you can make them look like a blog or a static website, the choice is yours.
And because WordPress websites are so popular, there’s plenty of freely available training you can access online which will help you to get your website looking exactly how you want it.
To help you out, I’ve included a list of pieces of training that cover the things you’ll most likely want to do right away below:
- Setting Up Your Website
- Creating Content on Your Website
- Adding Custom Menus To Your Website
- Changing Themes (because you might change your mind)
But one thing I will stress is that you shouldn’t get too caught up on trying to get your website to look perfect because how it looks isn’t really incredibly important in the great scheme of things.
It doesn’t need to look that great to make money. Some of the most successful websites on the Planet actually look very ordinary. Looks can be deceptive, so don’t judge a book by it’s cover. It just needs to be simple to navigate and easy to use.
That brings us to the next section, which is the one you’ve most likely been looking forward to the most ….
How To Actually Earn Money From Your Website
There are 2 primary ways that people earn money from their websites, which are as follows:
And you’ll probably find that a combination of both works best for you (though ultimately it’ll be affiliate marketing that provides you with the highest income).
You might also consider selling your own products too, but that can get a bit complicated as it requires integrating payment processing and order handling into your website.
I’m all about doing things the easy way, and as far as I’m concerned, affiliate marketing is by far the easiest way for a newbie to start.
To start making money from your website, the first thing you need is visitors. You need to generate some traffic to your website, because if people aren’t visiting your website then it won’t matter what you do, you won’t be able to make any money from it at all.
Visitors and traffic are a minimum requirement in order to see profits from your website.
So how do you get traffic?
Well, there are a number of ways – but in my humble opinion, the easiest way to get visitors to your website is through something called search engine optimisation (SEO).
This basically involves leveraging the top search engines like Google, Yahoo Bing to get unlimited visitors sent to your website, at absolutely no cost whatsoever. Google is responsible for about 80% of all searches made on the web, so concentrate on the.
You see, whenever you create content on your website, the search engines likes Google automatically discover it and index it as an option for people to click on when they search for something related to it.
So going back to the Vegan website example from above, if I built a Vegan website & wrote an article outlining what I believed to be the best Vegan snacks, Google would detect it and list it within their results whenever somebody searched for something related to “vegan snacks”.
Here’s a real-life example:
And once your page is listed in the search results, you’ll begin getting visitors to your website which then gives you the opportunity to make some money from it by selling affiliate products.
The best way is to create a review of the item you are promoting. Google likes reviews and will rank them highly. They are also a great way of incorporating affiliate links in a very natural way.
For example, most online companies (even companies like Amazon) have things called affiliate programs through which you can promote their products for money.
Here’s a screenshot of Amazon’s affiliate program, called Amazon Associates
If you promote a product and link to it on the Amazon site and somebody buys it through your link, you get paid a commission.
That’s a pretty cool thing, isn’t it?
And that’s exactly what the creator of that “vegan snacks” page shown in the example above is doing.
Take a look:
As you can see from the image above, next to each of the vegan snacks listed on the amazon page it’s possible to add an affiliate link which takes the visitor to the product page on Amazon.
This means that if the website visitor clicks any of those links and buys something, the creator of that website gets paid an affiliate commission, all from the one-time effort of initially creating the page.
And those commissions could continue to keep coming in every day for many years to come, without any extra effort from the website owner. For as long as the creator keeps the page active, he (or she) has the opportunity to keep making money from the links. That can be YOU.
And that’s why SEO (search engine optimisation), combined with display advertising and/or affiliate marketing is my favourite way to earn money online – because it can ultimately provide you with a completely passive income.
And who doesn’t love passive income?
Display advertising works in a similar to affiliate marketing, too, only that instead of getting paid commissions on any sales you make, you get paid either each time an advertisement is viewed or clicked and the visitor views the product. Commissions are small, but if you get a lot of traffic it can be very lucrative. When used together they can be very powerful.
Commissions from sales tend to pay a LOT more than views or clicks, though, as you can likely imagine (so that’s why affiliate marketing tends to work out more lucrative).
But as I mentioned a little further up this article, there is absolutely nothing preventing you from running both things in parallel with each other on your website, as many people choose to do. This is the concept of ‘multiple streams of income’ which should always be followed if possible. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
And it’s a pretty powerful method, to say the least, and it’s not uncommon for some affiliate marketers to find themselves earning as much as 5-figures (or more) per month from these streams. It depends very much on the niche, but the training I outlined at the top of the article will help you choose the right niche for you.
There’s literally no cap on the amount you can earn. The sky really is the limit if you are willing to put the work in. The harder you work and the more pages and posts you create on your website, the more money you stand to make, meaning that you can scale it to literally any level that you want. It’s all about knuckling down and creating the content.
How Can YOU Get Started With All This?
Wealthy Affiliate fully explains the process of how to build a business in affiliate marketing in more detail and explains in depth how you can find lucrative affiliate programs and products to promote on your website. It helps you select a profitable niche and the best principles and techniques to follow. This will drastically increase your chances of seeing success from your affiliate marketing efforts.
So if you want to put all of this into action and actually begin earning money from your website then I’d highly recommend you check out Wealthy Affiliate.
You can also find out more about Wealthy Affiliate by interacting with the chatbot at the bottom left of this website.
But whatever you decide to do, I hope that you’ve found this article helpful and hopefully it’s shown you that it really is perfectly possible to create a website for free and start to earn money from it.
If you happen to have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section below I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.