How to make a passive income from your website

Updated: May 2

People often say that there is no excuse for not earning extra money each month online, but the truth is, it's not always as easy as people make it out to be - especially if you haven't got a network of people already doing it around you to show you the way... For those of you who can relate, I've put together this convenient quick guide using my own experience - let's get straight to it!

Here's how to make a passive income from your website:

  1. Affiliate marketing

  2. Display advertising (Google Adsense)

  3. Publish premium articles

  4. Launch a shop of digital products

  5. Create a print-on-demand store

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Passive Income Idea #1: Affiliate Marketing

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing will allow you to receive a commission each time you help to sell someone else's product or service.

How to be the best affiliate marketer

The best affiliate marketers have an engaged audience that trusts them, who they embed relevant tried and tested affiliate links as recommendations into their content.

Affiliate links can be embedded into blog posts, email marketing, Instagram and even Twitter. However, you'll need to make sure you disclose affiliate links in the right way or you might get into legal trouble.

How to become an affiliate marketer

If this sounds like an exciting digital strategy that you want to try out, the first step you'll need to take is to actually join a program! The best affiliate marketing programs that I recommend for beginners are Amazon Associates, Awin and*.

How to display adverts on my website

Passive Income Idea #2: Display Advertising

Millions of advertisers compete for your ad space. That means more money, more relevant ads, and more ad spaces filled. Display advertiser, Google AdSense works by matching advertisements to your site based on your content and visitors. Google can optimize the size of your advertisement automatically fits desktop or mobile, meaning there's more chance they'll be seen and clicked. Click here to see how much you could earn from Google AdSense.

How to make money from your blog

Passive Income Idea #3: Publish premium articles

You may have seen some of the big media outlets publish a variety of free and premium articles, like The Telegraph. This is definitely something that you can do too, by hooking your visitor with some free tips, then linking to a password protected page integrated with a payment gateway where visitors can pay to get the most valuable information. A realistic premium would be no more than £10.

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Passive Income Idea #4: Launch a shop of digital products

eBooks, printables, graphics and templates (click here to browse my Wix website templates) are all examples of digital products.

Profitable print on demand store on Etsy

Passive Income Idea #5: Create a print-on-demand online store

What is print-on-demand?

Print-on-demand is a process where you work with a supplier to customize white-label products (like baseball hats or tote bags) with your own designs to sell them on a per-order basis under your own brand.

Examples of an print-on-demand online store

I have recently launched my very own print-on-demand online store over on Etsy under the name Sixth Skyline. View it live here:

How to start a print-on-demand store

If you're looking to open your own print-on-demand online store, the first step you'll need to take is to select a print provider. The most recommended print provider in the UK is Printful.

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