It may be great being a student but it’s far from fantastic being brassic.
Have you ever felt that a wealth of experiences lies at your feet – but you simply don’t have the cash to make even the first step towards them?

If you’ve got that spark, a sprinkling of determination and a passion to succeed, then it’s time to stop dreaming of possible ways to earn money and to start making it happen.

And you probably have all you need to get started straight away at very little cost.

Think what you could do with your own website...

The internet has lowered the barrier for creating money-making schemes. The good news is that this hasn’t dropped the potential returns.

It has never been easier to create a website, reach an audience and monetise your traffic.

Let’s take a look at just some of the things you could do with your own web domain, but first let’s review the cost of entry.

How to make your name with your own domain

Next time you are in the Union bar take a moment to pause and think before you head off to order another.

If you order just one less drink on a night out you can save enough money to buy your own personalised website domain name for the next two years.

Of course, you are going to need to build, maintain and host your site as well, but skipping the odd beer or kebab shop visit now and then will achieve this for you.

It’s that easy and it’s that cheap.

You can be the boss.

You can be in control of your own digital footprint.

It’s time to start making your impression and earning money from your website; when the money starts rolling in you can switch to champagne!

How to make money with your own website

Here’s a little secret: you can make money from a website just by writing about what you love.

You don’t have to open an online shop.

You don’t even have to sell a service.

Many new small business ideas get off the ground every day, started by normal people like you, with an idea and a passion.

It’s also an interesting area of expertise that will impress a potential future employer as it shows commercial acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.

You’ll learn a lot and, who knows, in the future the experience may take you in new directions you never expected.

Here’s how it works.

Five ways to monetise a blog (or any other website)

A blog or a Vlog (a video blog) is perfect for anyone with an interest, passion and creativity. And who doesn’t have at least one of these?

It can pay you handsomely – just check out how Zoe created her own blog on her own domain (Zoella) and now has a highly successful business.

Build your readership and you have a cash cow.

You also have the perfect vehicle to set yourself apart from other students applying for their career-starting jobs – but that’s another story.

First let’s milk the cash cow and we’ll sell it for magic career beans later.

1. Advertising

Pay Per Click advertising displays relevant ads to your content and pays you every time a visitor clicks on it. Google AdSense is the king here, and it can pay royally.

Pay Per Impression advertising pays every thousand times adverts are displayed, regardless of whether they are interacted with. It is BuySellAds that does the business here.

2. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a way of making money by referring visitors to other websites where they may buy items.

So your blogging about jogging has an audience? How about tempting them with ads for running shoes?

Makes sense right, but this time it’s not AdSense we are thinking about. It’s getting a large cut of every sale you create on other people’s site.

You don’t have to do anything but host the ads, but you could, of course, write a few reviews to warm up your readership and heat up the sales you generate.

What sort of slice could you be cutting?

It can be as high as 40%-70% but, if you want an easy way to add affiliate links why not take a look at the Amazon Associates programme. It’s simple to set up, though it does pay at significantly lower rates (less than 10%).

3. Create an eBook

If you already have an audience for your writing why not package it up as an eBook?
You can, of course, sell this from your site but why not also take advantage of the reach of Amazon? List your book for £1.49 – £6.99 and you earn 70% of the sale.

4. Offer paid for premium content

Once you have an audience you can create specialist content that is only accessible to those who pay for it. Maybe you could offer a course or tutorial to help them become experts like you?

5. Create and host webinars

This is similar to offering premium content – but much more engaging!
Services like GoToWebinar allow you to get really personal with your audience, and people always pay more for a personal service.

Three other ways to make money through your website

It’s not all blog, blog, blog. Get creative with your domain and get earning today. Here’s a few more ideas for you.

1. Job boards or directories

If you can provide the right audience people will pay to post jobs on your site. Likewise they will pay flat rates or commission on traffic you send to them for a classified directory page you host.

2. Sell a product

The possibilities are only limited by your entrepreneurial spirit.

• Buy second-hand course textbooks cheap at the end of term and sell them at near cover value to new students
• Sell crafts that you make near Christmas time
• Sell rare vinyl records

3. Provide a service

Again, get creative to get cash!

• Essay proofreading
• Freelance skills – copywriting, design, web development, cleaning, music tuition, DIY, flat-pack furniture assembly
• Babysitting or dog-walking

Need cash? Don’t zzz on the www

Setting up your own website allows you to earn while you learn. You can literally be the king of your own domain and start to live royally.

Start making money today.

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