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February 26, 2011

Can You Make A Living Online With A Content Website?

If you have the desire to build a website that earns enough revenue to make a living from, then you will no doubt have considered the idea of a content site, where you provide new content such as videos, images, or articles in order to attract website visitors. But it is not always easy to make money using this type of website, and depending on your circumstances it may be easier for you to make a living using a sales page or other type of online business model.

This article will show you why the content site business model is not right for all website owners looking to make money online, and the ways in which you can determine whether this internet business model is right for you.

If you are considering the idea of creating a content website for the purpose of making money, it is important to consider what your budget will be and what your time frame for creating profit will be. The main distinguishing factor between making money with a sales page and making money with a content site is this: You can begin to earn money from direct sales almost immediately and without a huge budget, however it can take months in order to build up the traffic levels on your content site to the point that you are able to earn any serious income. This means it is a long-term business strategy without immediate results, and sometimes you are required to go cash-flow negative for a few months before you begin to see any real money being made from your site.

So in order to determine whether the content site business model is right for you, you should see what your answers are to the following questions: Do you have a budget of over $5000 for your website? Can you wait, or are you willing to wait, for 3-6 months before you begin to see any real money generated from your website? Can you afford to have new content created for your website on a regular basis? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then the content site business model may not be the right choice for you. If you are looking to see immediate results, it may be a better choice for you to use the sales page business model instead, since you can begin to get sales and earn money immediately instead of slowly building up your website traffic levels to the point that significant revenue can be generated.

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you might be able to earn a significant amount of money by creating a content site as long as you can spend the time in the beginning to build up your traffic levels to the point that significant advertising revenue can be generated. An important part in this business strategy is to take the time in the beginning, sometimes months or even years, where you focus only on building up your visitor base (which can include being unprofitable in the beginning) before you focus on how you can take your traffic levels and make money from your visitors or users.

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7 Responses to “Can You Make A Living Online With A Content Website?

    avatar ben david says:

    I agree that it takes a lot of hard work in the beginning to make content website start to work. I’m in the first month of work in my own content website, and of course not high enough on the google search to make money yet. I have to keep moving, and content takes much creativity + writing skills, you might add. Thanks for the post.

    avatar Jerrick says:

    You need time create a good content. But when you create a content, you do need to think that is it possible to waste too much time to create a good content. Is it you need to worry your traffic and seo before with your content. Good Content which always do have a attractive headline, powerful call to action, nice flash and media with article, good story teller,do have good backlink and keyword in the content. It hard but you need to improve it while you can find out your conversion rate also will be better.

    avatar TJ says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and say that you can’t, unless you are determined and have plenty of time and GOOD content. If you do, then success is probable.

    avatar kevin redman says:

    This article is spot on i am into my 7th month of building a content site and its a slow journey. Building up your audiance is the hard part as is getting high rankings in google

    It is possible to make a living out of content based websites and easier than ever. For example having a blog or network of blogs on various topics (simple to roll out WordPress on a hosting packing once you purchase a relevant domain) and then its just the case of writing content, with abit of an SEO strategy… Then you can charge for guest post opportunities as many SEO’s use guest posting as a link building strategy. As long as you have the time and put the effort in you can make it work with very little budget.

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    avatar thomas says:

    I have one site that i have been trying to build up for about 3 months, will try to continue to create better content and follow your advice here, how many site do you think i will need to earn 4,000 $ a month?

    Live in japan and my goal is to make money full time-online.

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