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11 best ways to monetize a website in 2020 (with examples)


A candid guide on how to monetize a website in 2020. Understand how to build a profitable website or blog. Spoiler: a lot of hard work!

 

Can you earn a good income from your new website? The answer is a definite “yes.” But it takes a lot of hard work.

At Webflow, we like to be radically candid about everything we do. And website monetization is the type of topic that requires maximum transparency.

As blogging and influencer marketing become professions instead of hobbies, it’s easy to assume that making money on the internet is simple. You can just create a blog, choose one of the frequently recommended monetization strategies, and watch your bank balance go up.

Technically, that’s true.

Around 68% of bloggers make less than $5,000 per year, but most new bloggers will quit before they see those first dollars roll in.

That’s because creating a website is easy. But maintaining it means a lot of unpaid hours before monetization starts to work.

However, if you power through that initial stage, build up your audience, publish new content regularly, find your target audience on social media and bring them onto your email list — and do all of the above month over month — you have a good chance of success.

Website monetization pays off

Blogging has become a serious business.

And like any venture, it can net you some cash. As Financial Samurai, an investment banker turned professional blogger, noted: “Nobody leaves a $750,000 a year job to blog full time unless there wasn’t incredible financial upside as well.”

Michelle Gardner, of Making Sense of Cents, says she consistently earns 6 figures per month blogging about finance and has earned over $5 million since starting her blog.

Woah.

And BuzzFeed generated over $300 million in total revenue in 2018 from a mix of sponsored deals, pay-per-view advertising, and ecommerce sales.

All of those websites took years to build up their readership, credibility, and traffic. And that landed them in the top 1% of earners.

But smaller websites can make a good profit too.

ConvertKit survey found that established, full-time bloggers generated a mean income of $54,108 per year, with average expenses of $15,895 and profits of $38,016.

Yes, the money is there for people who work for it. But a website isn’t a cash machine running on autopilot. To earn a profit, you’ll need to invest the time (and often money) into:

And only then comes the fun money-making part.

How to monetize your website: 11 actionable strategies

This guide won’t teach you how to make loads of moolah in a few clicks, but it can show you how to get tangible ROI from all the work you pour into your website.

Here are 11 proven ways to monetize your website in 2020:

1. Experiment with affiliate marketing

As an affiliate marketer, you earn a commission from every referral you make to another business.

For instance, if you are apart of the Webflow affiliate program, you’ll receive a revenue share from each person who clicks your affiliate link and sets up a paid account.

Book bloggers can earn some extra cash if a reader buys a book through the blog’s affiliate links (often through Amazon). If you buy a jacket recommended by a fashion blogger, they might receive a percentage of that sale too. You get the picture.

Seems simple, right?

But here’s an important caveat: To succeed with affiliate marketing without damaging your integrity and reputation, you need to:

  • Properly disclose any affiliate links or relationships you have (no one likes a sleazy pitch)
  • Recommend products and services your audience cares about
  • Don’t go on a frenzy of promoting anything and everything (without testing the product or at least checking its reviews)

Keeping all of the above in mind, let’s take a look at the different types of quality content you can create to earn a good commission.

Product reviews

As many as 78% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. And loads of us browse reviews before making a purchase. As an affiliate, you can fill in that information gap and publish reviews of the products you’ve tried and liked.

Tom’s Guide specializes in reviewing consumer tech and has earned a strong reputation for detailed, unbiased reviews (that do contain affiliate links).

Tutorials

You can deliver tons of value to your audience, and pitch a product at the same time, by creating a tutorial around it.

This type of affiliate marketing content works best for recommending:

  • Software and online tools
  • Beauty and makeup
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Hobby-related products

WebsiteSetup created a +10,000 word guide explaining all the nuts and bolts of setting up a WordPress website for beginners. Nick Schäferhoff provides a detailed step-by-step walkthrough and recommends a host of free and paid (affiliated) tools along the way. Now imagine doing this, but for Webflow!

how to create a website for beginners

Recommended tools and resources

Create a dedicated page on your website where you list all your favorite tools, apps, books, and anything else you genuinely enjoy. Include affiliate links when relevant and say your readers can support you by purchasing from the affiliate links.

For example, on my website, I list my favorite books (can vouch for every one of them!). Smart Blogger recommends different blogging tools their team swears by.

Or take Jan Losert for example, who became a top Webflow affiliate in 3 months by creating UI kits for Webflow users.

2. Create and sell a product (digital or physical)

Selling a digital product is an excellent monetization method if you’re short on time because it doesn’t require continuous content creation work (like blog posts do). You create the product, then invest time in promoting it to your audience and new readers.

Physical product sales require a bit more attention. But you can delegate inventory management, fulfillment, and shipping to a third-party provider and focus on customer service and marketing above everything else.

Let’s take a closer look at the types of products you can create and sell.

Ebooks and audiobooks

Pack your expertise into an actionable guide and attach a price tag to it. Yes, you’ll need to put in a ton of work beforehand and:

  • Become an expert in something
  • Sit down and type those words
  • Transcribe them to audio (optional)
  • Design a cover
  • Prep a marketing campaign

But once you are done with all those steps, you can sit back and earn some passive income from your books. Mridu Khullar Relph from The International Freelancer packed her decades of journalism and content marketing experience into a series of ebooks, retailing for $4.99 each.

Launch an e-course

Online courses are another way to productize your expertise and earn a recurring income whenever you launch or (relaunch) your course.

Marie Forleo and her signature B-School training program is a prime example of how you can earn 8 figures per year by “creating a life you love and teaching others to do so.”

marie forleo's course

The e-learning market is climbing toward the $325 billion mark, so you won’t be short on students if your e-course is good!

Build and sell an application, plugin, or other software

Use your website as a launchpad for a new software product. Survey your readers to find a problem an app or a plugin could solve. Test a minimum viable product with a small group of beta users. Launch with Webflow to a warmed-up audience.

Sell digital downloadables

If you have some graphic design skills (or resources to hire a designer), put a digital product on sale on your website. Here are some product ideas:

  • Templates, checklists, trackers
  • Blog graphics
  • Stock photo bundles
  • Photoshop presets
  • Illustrations
  • Website themes (including Webflow templates)
  • Premium design elements (icons, fonts, etc.)
  • Video effects or stock footage
  • Audio elements (jingles, brand tunes, etc.)

Sell merch

Add an ecommerce CMS to your website, connect a third-party fulfillment service, and start selling branded merch.

For example, the popular Wait But Why blog has a quirky store featuring tees, toys, posters, and other doohickeys with recurring blog characters like the panic monster.

wait but why merch

The best part? You can sell your own products without the headache of logistics and shipping by connecting your store to an on-demand printing platform. Such services take care of product customizations, fulfillment, and logistics.
Some of the popular options are:

  • Teespring: on-demand apparel printing
  • Spreadshirt: apparel, phone cases, and accessories
  • KITE: over 250 product types supported

This monetization strategy works best for creative, personality-driven blogs in the lifestyle niche.

Related reads: 6 proven ecommerce business models thriving in 2020

3. Start a paid membership website

Set up a private thematic area on your website and pack it with extra value that justifies the price tag. You can use something like MemberStack to easily bring this functionality to your website.

The most popular types of membership sites include:

  • Paid communities featuring private forums, discussion boards, members directory, masterminds, special discounts, and more. Example: Traffic Think Tank
  • Education buffets sell access to a bundle of courses, webinars, podcasts, and other educational resources. Example: Game Arts Academy
  • Mastermind and accountability groups organize group coaching and mastermind sessions with a small-knit group of students. Example: Mark’d Women

Spinoff idea: Paid job board

Got a lot of industry connections and more freelance work than you can handle?

Create a paid job board or referral group to exchange those jobs with others. That’s how Carol Tice, a veteran freelance writer, monetizes her website.

freelance writers den

4. Monetize access to your email list

Do you spend hours meticulously curating your newsletter and creating content for it?

Ask your readers to chip in for the effort. Most will gladly agree because they already know how great your content is.

The Economist (Espresso) has been running a paid newsletter since 2014, and since it’s still up today, we can assume this monetization strategy pays off.

You can use Revue or Substack to set up a paid email newsletter and protect your content from public sharing.

5. Publish sponsored posts and product reviews

Another way to leverage your website audience is to negotiate sponsorship deals with other companies. You can charge for:

  • Publishing a post on a relevant topic with a link to the sponsor website (advertorials)
  • Reviewing one of the sponsor’s products in your article (sponsored reviews)
  • Including their content in your email newsletter (newsletter sponsorship)
  • Any bonus promotion on social media

While sponsored content isn’t a scalable website monetization strategy (unless you want to turn your blog into an advertising board), it can yield you some extra cash.

Alexis from Fitnancials says she charges brands $750–$1,500 per post and an extra $100 for social media promotion.

Important: Always properly disclose any advertising relationships you have and mark all such content as “sponsored.” To avoid SEO penalties, add rel=”sponsored” or rel=”nofollow” attributes to such links per Google recommendations.

6. Gate some of your content

Take a page from news publishers and restrict access to some of your content to premium subscribers. You can place a paywall for some of your longer, deeper, and more researched posts like Mark Manson does.

mark manson's content

Most of his personal essays are free to read. But if you want to enjoy audio versions of all articles and “new perspectives and poop jokes” (in Mark’s words), you can pay $4 per month for access. Again, you can use MemberStack to bring this functionality to your website.

7. Accept donations

There’s no shame in asking your readers to support you (instead of pestering them with ads). Pro gamers, comics writers, artists, and other creative types will often have a cohort of raving fans ready to donate some cash.

Maria Popova, the author of Brain Pickings, is completely honest with her readers and says: “Every week for more than 13 years, I have been pouring tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into Brain Pickings, which remains free (and ad-free) and is made possible by patronage.” On the sidebar, she has 2 separate donation buttons for recurring sponsorship and one-off donations.

accept donations on your website

You can accept donations via an on-site PayPal donation form or through a third-party patronage service like Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee.

8. Monetize your expertise

Use your website as a portfolio to promote your skills and services online. Freelancers with personal websites tend to charge 65% more per hour than folks without one.

So set up that Hire Me page! With the freelance economy growing year over year, you won’t stay long without a gig.

Not sure what services to pitch?

Here are some ideas:

  • Website design and development (you can pick up this skill in Webflow University)
  • App development
  • Graphic design
  • Virtual assistant services
  • Copywriting and content marketing
  • Editing and proofreading
  • SEO and digital marketing
  • Transcriptionist services
  • Recruiting and career services
  • Any other service you can do remotely

Spinoff idea: Advertise in-person services

Can’t fully deliver your service online? You can still use your website to find clients in your area and pitch other in-person services such as:

  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Speaking engagements
  • Face-to-face consulting

For example, Smashing Magazine, one of the most established resources on web design and development, runs regular conferences and workshops around the world.

smashingmag conf

Another spinoff idea: Provide one-on-one coaching sessions

Offer your readers an opportunity to pick your brain and receive proactive mentorship on the thing you are truly best at.

Private coaching is a good alternative to in-person workshops and requires less upfront investment than online courses.

According to Forbes, some of the fastest-growing coaching niches right now are:

  • Women empowerment
  • Employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Chronic illness
  • Sexuality
  • Sales

But if you are an expert in something else, chances are high someone out there will want to pay for your advice and mentorship.

9. Start a premium certification program

If you are an established authority in your industry and have a strong personal or business brand, you can launch a certification program. Think of it as an advanced training program or e-course with homework, exams, and grading.

Copyblogger has its Authority program (soon to be Digital Commerce Academy) for content marketers and writers. Joanna Weibe from Copyhackers runs a Copy School for conversion copywriters.

Both blogs (and the people behind them) have undeniable credibility within their industry, which gives their programs a stamp of approval.

10. Set up a dropshipping store

Inventory management, fulfillment, and shipping are the 3 least exciting aspects of ecommerce. Dropshipping is a fulfillment method that eliminates these.

As a dropshipper, you don’t keep any stock. Your supplier does. And they ensure that everything is packaged with care and shipped to the customer on time while you are working hard to keep those orders coming.

According to Niche Pursuits, as a solo business owner, you can make $1,000 to $5,000 per month if you put in the work. That is:

  • Set up a nice ecommerce storefront
  • Find reliable suppliers
  • Invest in pay-per-click ads to promote your products
  • Provide good customer service
  • Look into other ways of growing your store traffic

If you get tired of running the dropshipping store, you can easily sell it to someone else for 20–30 times your monthly revenue. Speaking of selling …

11. Flip websites

If you’re good at building websites, you can make a good living by selling them for an attractive price to others. Affiliate, membership, ecommerce, and dropshipping sites usually go for the highest price. But you can also flip personal blogs, news sites, or any other “digital estate” that you own.

Your website valuation will depend on several factors:

  • Niche
  • Monetization model
  • Monthly revenue to expenses ratio
  • Amount of traffic
  • SEO metrics
  • Conversion rates
  • Social media follower count

According to Greg Elfrink from Empire Flippers, you can expect to make 20-50 times of your monthly revenue for a well-maintained, growing website.

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4 website monetization strategies to drop in 2020

Between content creation, email marketing, and maintenance, it’s easy to opt for a seemingly simple monetization strategy like display ads over a more complex one (e-course creation).

But if you ever want to earn a full-time income from your website, don’t waste your time on the next 4 strategies.

1. Display ads

With a huge variety of ad networks out there, it’s easy to think that blog ads can make you some good money.

Spoiler: They don’t.

While it’s easy to place some banners on your blog, you won’t earn much from them.

Here’s why:

  • 25% of internet users use ad blocking software, meaning they don’t see your ads.
  • To earn $100,000 with Google AdSense, you need to have approximately 20,000 daily website visitors (plus 25% more to make up for those using ad blockers).
  • Most people have mixed feelings about online ads.

According to Vieo Design, a whopping 91% of people find today’s ads more intrusive than 2–3 years ago. And 79% feel that retargeting ads are getting too obnoxious and creepy.

The bottom line: Ads don’t add value to your blog.

On the contrary, they undermine your brand and alienate some readers. At the same time, the ROI from them is too low for most bloggers to even bother.

2. Selling links

Sponsored posts, when properly disclosed, won’t mess up your search engine rankings. But explicitly stating that you’ll “include a do-follow link to your website for a price” is a surefire way to receive a penalty.

On numerous occasions, the Google Web Spam team has warned bloggers against selling backlinks or participating in any other link schemes.

Google's link schemes

So if someone approaches you with such an offer, pass on it.

3. Infolinks

Infolinks often gets mentioned as one of the popular ways to monetize your blog — in posts from the early 2000s.

Back in the day, this was a popular in-text advertising network that paid cash for displaying mildly relevant ads whenever a user clicked on the link.

Recognize those underlined links from the early internet days? Source: YouTube

Infolinks just doesn’t work today, and it’s not worth monetizing your website with it.

4. RSS feed ads

RSS feed ads are another old-school monetization method that should be retired by now.

There are only a few people who read RSS feeds these days (or maintain one on their blog). Apart from making your website look cluttered, these ads may not make a real impact.

Audience comes first, monetization second

Your website audience is your most valuable asset.

None of the monetization strategies mentioned in this post will work unless you invest the time in growing your readership and establishing your reputation online.

Build an attractive, user-friendly website first. Take the time to figure out your niche, publish several dozen value-packed blog posts, and set up a newsletter. Engage with your early readers by answering their comments, emails, and messages on social media. Build a rapport with your readership and then look into one of the monetization strategies on this list.

Do you need to apply every strategy listed? Nope.

You can earn good money by using just one method. But you can also add more income streams to your mix and see how your audience responds to them.

For example, as a freelancer, you can first use your website to sell your services. Then you can launch a personal coaching offering to diversify your income. Next, you can repackage your coaching services into an online course or invite your coaching clients to a freelance retreat. Somewhere in between, you can create a product (for instance, a contract template) or monetize your newsletter.

Experiment with different approaches. Scale what’s working. Ditch what’s not. That’s how you turn your website into a money-making machine.

Here’s what you can do when feeling uncomfortablein Face mask

We’ve got creative tips to help prevent chafed ears and the best fabric to use to help stay cool.

Make your face mask more comfortable by following these tips.


For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.
Does your face mask feel tight around your ears when you wear it to the store? Do the straps dig into your head or chafe your skin? You’re not the only one. With summer approaching, you may be wondering how you’ll stay comfortable while wearing a mask when the sun is hot and your face is sweating. Fortunately, we have some tips to help keep you comfortable while wearing your covering, especially for longer periods of time.

As businesses reopen around the world, it’s often required that you wear face coverings when you enter businesses and restaurants, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many states now have face mask mandates, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance encouraging people in mass gatherings, like the public protests swelling across the globe, to wear face masks.

Any mask you buy should fit above your nose and below your chin snugly, but not so tightly that it digs into your face. It also needs to be made from a breathable fabric, especially if it’s multiple layers thick.

Whether you’re wearing a homemade face covering or a premade mask, remember you should always wash your hands before putting on the mask and after you remove it. Here’s how to keep comfortable while wearing your mask in public.

Prevent your ears from becoming raw
Ear chafing from wearing masks has become a common complaint due to the elastic rubbing behind your ears. Some people have gotten creative and started making headbands with buttons to attach the elastic loops around.

If wearing a headband isn’t really your style, you can always try the S-ring hook trick. To attach your face mask, take the loops and place them around each U of the hook. Make sure the S-ring is centered on the back of your head when you’re wearing the mask. The hook should help your mask fit better around your face since the loops will be pulled snug.

If you don’t have an S-ring hook lying around your house, you can find mask hooks on Etsy in different shapes, sizes and designs. Or place a piece of folded tissue between the strap and your ear for cushioning.

Only use 100% cotton face masks and coverings

Many people buy 100% cotton sheets for a reason: to stay cool. And that rule doesn’t just apply to sheets — you should also be on the lookout for face masks made from cotton, as well. The cotton material is considered to have better ventilation and will trap less of the moisture that builds up from breathing and sweating. And since your face mask may have multiple layers, you’ll want a material that doesn’t restrict your breathing.

There are also certain materials you’ll want to avoid, like polyester, which can trap moisture through its water-resistant properties.

Make it snug, not tight

While you want your mask to fit snugly around your face to help prevent respiratory droplets from escaping or coming in, you don’t want it to be so tight that it hurts your face. Also, if it’s too tight, that gives you less room to breathe well.

Wear your mask around the house before you leave to make sure you’ll be comfortable wearing it for a long period of time, or long enough to go to the grocery store, for example. Adjust as needed while you’re at home because the last thing you want to do is take off and readjust your mask while in public.

Change your mask if it feels gross

Now that it’s starting to warm up outside, the longevity of your masks throughout the day may be shorter. That’s because the mask can cause your face to sweat, creating moisture inside the mask. Once a mask becomes wet, it’s no longer useful and should be changed immediately. Therefore, we suggest keeping an extra mask with you when you know you’ll be out for a while.

When you get home, you’ll need to properly remove your mask and place it in the laundry to be cleaned and ready to use again.

Be wary of your face products

If you have dry skin, it’s best to put on moisturizer before wearing a mask. This can help prevent skin irritation from where the mask rubs your face. If you have oily skin, you may want to avoid wearing a liquid foundation as that can clog your pores and cause your skin to break out. Not to mention, the foundation can also rub off on your mask, leading to decreased air filtration, making it harder to breathe.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to forgo wearing makeup under your mask altogether and to cleanse your face before and after wearing a mask.

If whatever covering you’re using now still isn’t comfortable and secure, here’s where you can buy a face mask online. Also, here’s where you’re expected to wear a face mask in public and what you need to know about making a homemade face mask.

Why You Should Add WhatsApp On Your Website?

WhatsApp On Your Website

Increasing usage of mobile in recent years has urged the web development world to ensure mobile friendly websites. It can be clearly seen that number of mobiles per family has surpassed the number of computers per family. In fact recently, Google released an update targeting non-mobile friendly. Hence it is utmost priority to stand parallel with all latest mobile friendly technologies.
When it comes to mobile, WhatsApp is the most popular app used worldwide.

 

WhatsApp is the cross platform, mobile messaging app with over 1.3 billion monthly active users worldwide.
So why not leverage the benefits of this largely followed platform.

WhatsApp Stats

In this article, we will discuss how you can get benefit of using WhatsApp on your website. As we know WhatsApp is not limited to text messages, one can share images, videos, documents and audio messages too.
WhatsApp can be a game changer for your business. This feature caught our attention, when I was shopping on LimeRoad mobile app. I wanted to ask my mom about buying a kurta for her. I just clicked the product image and press the WhatsApp button, choose number and the link of kurta was shared to my mom’s number. She quickly opened the link and said yes to buy it for her. Without wasting much time, we concluded whether we want that product or not.
Not only LimeRoad, there are number of eCommerce store started adopting WhatsApp as a sharing tool. Like other social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, this is yet another fastest communication tool.
At Solwin Infotech, we suggest you to reap the benefits of WhatsApp tool in your business. If you have a WordPress website, here is a nice WhatsApp sharing plugin for you.
Still not convinced? Here are some key benefits of integrating WhatsApp on website:
Global Audience Reach:
As mentioned earlier, there are billions of WhatsApp users all over the world. To talk realistic, we cannot create reach each of 1 billion people. We can at least reach a part of billion; let’s say 10% of billion. Try it.

Global Audience Reach

Image source: prnewswire.com
Fast Content Sharing:
Sharing any type of content on WhatsApp is super easy. As you already read how I shared the website link to my mother and she quickly said yes in minutes. Easy sharing features allow people to share it with their friends and families. If you are a business owner and suppose, you are selling furniture online. Add a WhatsApp button below each product. How easy it would be for any visitor to share the item with their friends and family over mobile.
Fast Content Sharing
Real and Loyal Reader Base:
Being a personalized app, whatever you shared on WhatsApp is with the private contacts. Hence, it will reach the right audience and will get the real valuable readers. They will again share further in their groups and broadcasts, thus reaching the loyal and genuine reader base only.
Real and Loyal Reader Base

What it Cost to Build and Design a Website in Nigeria

Before building a website for your business, it is important to know the costs involved. This will ensure you budget adequately for the project. Some business owners think building a website is a one-off thing. You just build it and you go to sleep. However, there are fixed costs and recurrent costs involved in building a business website.
So, here are a few items to add to your budget. However, it is important to note that the cost of building a website depends on the complexity of its implementation. For example, a simple 5-page business website will usually cost much less to build compared to web applications like eCommerce websites, a social network sites, or betting websites.
This means that there is no fixed cost for building a website. The cost of building websites vary widely. One may cost 100,000 Naira ($280) to build while another could cost up to $1 billion.

The purpose of this article is to show you the different cost components so that you will be more informed when talking with a web designer or when researching further in case you decide to do the web design yourself.
Now, here are some of the cost components you need to be aware of:

1. Cost of Web Hosting & Domain Name

A website needs to be hosted on a server connected to the internet. You need to pay a web hosting service to house your website on the web.
You can also buy your own server and run things in-house, however this is very expensive and only recommended when absolutely necessary.

For most people securing the services of a web hosting company is the only way to go as it is more cost effective. Payment is billed monthly but you can also pay every six months or annually.
Cost of good quality web hosting can cost from as little as $10 (3,600 Naira) per month for shared hosting to over $1,000 (360,000 Naira) per month for dedicated server hosting. You will pay a lot more upfront if you choose to host the website yourself.
There are many hosting companies with varying degrees of customer satisfaction. Here are some of the companies that offer Best Web Hosting.
Web hosting is a recurrent cost. Your web designer may incorporate the hosting cost for the first year in the initial cost of designing the website. So, you have to budget for hosting every year.
What you pay for a website depends on the resource requirement of the website like number of expected visitors, CPU usage, RAM requirement, etc. For example, hosting this blog costs around $503 per year (about ₦180,000) including cost of CDN. In case you are interested, here is my host.

Types of Web Hosting

Now I will be breaking down the different hosting types, recommended usage, and price range.

Shared Web Hosting

Cost: $10 to $20 (monthly)
This is the most cost effective hosting plan available. Like the name implies your website shares a server with numerous other websites. If you are planning a small business website or a blog, this is usually where to start.
If you are planning a web application like eCommerce websites, this type of hosting is not advisable. All the best hosting companies offer shared hosting. You can checkout GoDaddy hosting, click here.
Pros: Cost Effective, Easy to Setup,
Cons: Limited Server Resources, Limited access to Server Configuration, Restricted to Pre-implemented technologies, lacks Flexibility

Cloud Hosting

Best Cloud Hosting

Cost: $10 to $1000 or even more (monthly)
Cloud hosting is a modern type of hosting that combines the cost effectiveness of shared hosting with the flexibility and reliability of VPS hosting. This is the recommended route if you are building a website in 2019.
Though like shared hosting multiple websites can run on one server in cloud hosting, though in practice the websites run on multiple servers (server cluster). Each website runs on a virtual server with its own resources allocated to it.
For example, with shared hosting a boost in the traffic of one customer will negatively impact other customers who have their websites installed on the same server.
However, with cloud hosting each customer gets a virtual software server where their websites run with resources like CPU and RAM allocated.
This means that even if a customer uses more than their fair share of server resources, other customers are guaranteed their allocated server resources.
In addition, because cloud hosting runs on multiple servers, there is redundancy leading to more reliability. Here are some providers of the Best Cloud Hosting.
You can Checkout Liquid Web, they are one of the best providers of Cloud hosting.
Pros: Cost Effective, Easy to Setup, Reliable, Fast, Scalable
Cons: Limited Server Resources, Limited access to Server Configuration, Restricted to Pre-implemented technologies

Managed WordPress Hosting

Best WordPress Hosting

Cost: $10 to $400 (monthly)
WordPress is the most popular platform for building websites. So, it makes sense that hosting companies now offer hosting services optimised for WordPress. If your website is to be built with WordPress, a managed WordPress hosting will be great.
WordPress Hosting is not really a unique type of hosting it is simply shared hosting or cloud hosting (and sometimes VPS hosting) optimised to run WordPress very efficiently.

VPS Hosting

Best VPS Hosting

Cost: $30 to $300 (monthly)
VPS Hosting is the forerunner of cloud hosting. The acronym means Virtual Private Server, which is self-explanatory given my description of cloud hosting above.
Where VPS hosting departs from Cloud hosting is that while Cloud hosting is built for simplicity, VPS is built to be highly configurable.
If you are building a website that requires technology that are not pre-implemented on a cloud hosting platform or requires a lot of resources, VPS Hosting is a good choice.
Pros: Reliable, Scalable, Highly Customisable
Cons: Not for newbies, Comes with some restrictions

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated Server Hosting

 

Cost: $79 to $1000 (monthly)
Here you get an actual server to yourself. The cost of hosting depends on the configuration of the server. Dedicated Server Hosting is best if your application requires a lot of resources and configuration, but you do not want to burden yourself with the complexity and cost of owning and managing your own server.
Pros: Reliable, Highly Customisable
Cons: Not for newbies

Self Hosting

Cost: from $1,800 / year (can go as high as millions of dollars)
Here you buy, run, secure, and manage your own server. There is no need to do this except you have some proprietary software or sensitive data you do not want people without the right clearance fiddling with or stealing.
This is why a lot of  government departments and agencies as well as  the world largest corporations run their own servers.

SSL Certificate

An SSL certificate enables encrypt your website making it more secure.
SSL is now becoming a norm for most modern websites since Google has started heavily pushing it with its introduction as a ranking factor in Google’s very popular search engine and by labeling non-SSL sites as Not secure in its Chrome browser.
A number of good web hosting companies now offer free SSL certificate for their hosting plans. Some will offer free SSL certificate for the first year, meaning you will start paying from year 2.
Cost of SSL certificate varies from as low as $10 to up to $300.

Domain Name Registration


Domain Name Registration

While thinking about hosting, you also need to be thinking about buying a domain name. You need to register your domain name with a domain name registration service.
A domain name is a unique address (a.k.a web address) of your website on the internet like www.yourbusinessname.com. It is on this web address that your potential customers can reach your business.
You buy a domain name through a domain name registrar. Domain names are billed yearly. Like in hosting, you can buy your domain name from a local or international domain name registrar. Cost starts at around $10 for new domain names.
If you are a Nigerian based business or could some day open shop in Nigeria, it is a good idea to register a .ng domain name. This starts at 2,500 Naira ($7) for .com.ng and 15,000 Naira ($42) for .ng domain names.
In your budget, you need to add cost of at least one year hosting and one year domain name registration. Then every year you need to budget for renewal of your web hosting plan and domain name registration.
Note that you can pay for web hosting and domain registration for more than a year. You can decide to pay for 2, 5, or even 10 years.
If you are designing your website via a web design service, you may be offered free hosting and domain name registration for the first year as part of the web design package.
You will then have to pay the web designer for subsequent years to maintain your hosting.

2. Cost of Content Creation

Website Template


Before the actual design of the website, you need to think long and hard about why you want to build the website. This will enable you determine what you want to share with the world.
Do not expect the web designer to tell your story for you. You know your business better than anyone else. So, you should be some how involved in the process.
Though, you know your business well, you may need a professional copywriter to help craft a compelling message. Depending on what you need, you could get a copywriter for as little as $5 per hour to over $1000 per hour.
In Nigeria, you could get a copy written for 500 Naira to 50,000 Naira per page, depending on what you want and the level of skills required.
However, sometimes, when building a website (especially business/company websites), the web designer will incorporate the cost of copywriting in the quote.
Content creation also include the media that will be on the website like the logo, images, animations, and videos. You may need to hire professionals to help you out with some these services or you could rely on your web designer to handle them at a cost.
When you get a quote from your web designer, it is a good idea to find out if content creation is included in the cost and if yes which ones.
However, you need to be involved in the process. You need to supply materials needed for the content creation. There may also be a need to interview you to understand your business. This will enable the copywriter to write a more compelling message.
Here are a summary estimate of cost of content creation

  • Copywriting – $5 to $1000 (per page)
  • Logo Design – $5 to $150
  • Marketing Video – $5 to $500
  • Animation Videos – $10 to $5000

3. Cost of the Web Design Work

A Web Designer

If you are using a web designer, you should have to budget for the cost of the web design service. If you do not have a logo already, you also need to budget for a logo design.
This can be done for a fee by the web designer or you can pay a graphic designer to design a logo for your website.
Then you need some initial content on your website. The web designer can do this for you or you can do it yourself, or you can employ a copywriter or/and an SEO consultant to write compelling web copies for your website that will be search engine friendly and draw sales to your business.
An SEO will also ensure that the structure and layout of your website is search engine friendly as well as help you develop strategies that will increase website traffic.
Some plug-ins may also be required to add some unique features you are demanding. So, the more features you want on your business website the steeper the cost of design and development.
Note that a web designer will have in his team or experts network, professionals who can help in all the components of web design enumerated here. So, you can rely on your web designer for these services.
Cost of web design for a standard 5-page website can range from $500 to $5,000. In Nigeria designing a 5-page business website should cost you from 75,000 Naira.
If you decide to design the website on your own, there are various routes you may decide to take.
First, you can build on WordPress and find some WordPress themes to use for your design. Secondly, you can choose to build your website using templates.
Another option is to go with a free website builder, which can enable you build a fully functioning website in minutes with no technical knowledge, though with some limitations.
However, the best website builders are premium ones that you pay monthly or annual fee for.

4. Cost of Website Promotion

Billboard: Promoting your Website

 

This one is ignored by most businesses. Some businesses think that once they design a website, the millions of people on the internet will just start trooping in.
Well, as at September 2018 there were at least 4.46 billion pages in the indexed web according to worldwidewebsize.com. All these pages are seeking the attention of the 4.2 billion people who currently have internet access according to internetworldstats.com.
You need to allocate some budget for website promotion. You can use search marketing to promote your new website on search engines (like Google Adwords).
You can also use social media marketing to promote your website on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. You can pay an SEO and/or SMM consultants to help with these. Offline promotions are not out of place.
You should also allocate money to update your business cards and other printed materials to include your new website. This simply depends on your budget.
You can decide to ignore it completely, but it could be a big mistake. We recommend allocating at least $100 (36,000 Naira) per month to this cost component.
The beauty of online promotions is that you can easily track performance. This will enable you experiment to see what works and what doesn’t.

5. Cost of Website Management & Maintenance

Maintenance

This is another cost component ignored by some businesses. Building a website is not a one-off thing; you need to allocate money for its management and maintenance.
You need to connect your offline business to your website. So, any change in your business like new products, price updates, job vacancies, business expansion, etc should be reflected on your website.
This also means that after the initial web design you still need to update your website when necessary. You can do this yourself, employ someone else to do it for you, or outsource the service to the web designer or a copywriter.
To make it easy to update your website, invest in a web design package that includes a content management system (CMS). This will make updating some aspects of your website like the content easy. In fact with a Content Management System, you can do it yourself.
Going for the cheap web design options is okay if you have a tight budget, but paying the cost for a system that is easily updatable may save you some management cost.
If your website includes a blog, you may even need updates more often. Similarly, you can employ the web designer, a blogger or a copywriter to help out, or you can do it in-house.
A website at some point will need to be redesigned or upgraded. For example, you can start with a static website, but with plans to upgrade to a more versatile website with CMS in some months or years. You may just want to change the layout or structure to reflect your new brand status.

Other ongoing cost you may capture yearly in your website management budget includes SEO (for link building, keyword research, web analytics, and optimisation for search traffic), SMM (for social engagement with customers and potential customers, and advertising your products), Online Advertising (Google Adwords, Classified Ads, Adbrite, Bidvertiser, Facebook), annual web hosting costs, annual domain cost, annual cost for SSL certificates etc.
If the plug-ins or template/theme you are using on your website requires an annual paid license, you should also factor it into your budget.

So, What is the Cost of Building Websites

I am sure you came here looking for a specific price, but the cost of building websites differ widely as each website is unique in its own way. While one may cost $1000 dollars, another may cost $3000.
My recommendation if you are planning to build a website is that you allocate at least $300 for the initial design and $250 per year for annual maintenance. Or if you are in Nigeria, ₦75,000 for initial design work and ₦50,000 annual maintenance cost.
Note that these are the rock bottom prices for the most basic of websites. The actual cost will depend on the type of hosting your website requires and the skill level of the professionals you wish to engage in the project.

These cost components are not meant to scare you. You do not have to spend in all of them. If your business is still small, you can handle some of the tasks yourself. Just don’t ignore them entirely.

What you need to know about Gramfree project

Hello, and welcome to GramFree review and to my website

If you are here, change are you heard about GramFree on social media platforms or on forums. Or maybe you heard about it on Youtube. But you don’t know what is GramFree.

But for security reasons, you decided to do your own research to find out if it’s a legit program to make money online or another BIG scam.

All right.

As for me, I come across GramFree on Facebook. But since the Gram free company doesn’t provide too much information on their site, so I took the risk to join in order to get more information to help you, newcomers, to be well informed about this program.

As you can see, here is my GramFree dashboard

GramFree review: My dashboard

GramFree review summary:

Company name: GramFree

Website: https://gramfree.net

Owner: Unknown

Products/service: any product or service

Cost: free

Legit or scam? – Too early to judge

SOW YOUR SEED TODAY rating: 2/10

Do I recommend this? – NO, I don’t recommend this as an earning program

What is GramFree about?

GramFree is a brand new Crypto Airdrop and a GPT (Get Paid To) website that rewards users based on their activities on the site.

Gram is a cryptocurrency based on a TON (Telegram Open Network) blockchain platform developed by Telegram. This platform is like Ecoin Official (an airdrop). They reward people with coins (Gram) based on some tasks such as referring new users, watching videos and playing games or lottery.

How does GramFree work?

GramFree is a GPT website and a Crypto Airdrop at the same time. That means you get paid for completing some required tasks.

It is free to sign up. Signing up is easy like 1,2,3 and you will get 10 Gram coins as a sign-up bonus. Once you sign up, your task is to refer as many people as you can and complete some tasks such as watching Youtube videos, playing games,… in order to get more coins (Gram).

Ways to make money with GramFree

There are many ways to make money with GramFree:

Referral program

You can make money by referring new users to the GramFree platform. You will get 10 Gram for each referral.

Watch videos

You can make money by watching videos. Each video you watch gives you 0.5 Gram.

Playing games

You can earn by rolling.

Post a promotional video on YouTube

You can create a promotional video on youtube and submit it to their appreciation. If your video matches their requirement and gets approved, you will get 5 Gram.

Here is a free recording tool that will help you create your Youtube video easily.

Click here to get it.

Is GramFree a scam?

I don’t think it is the best time to judge. This is a new brand website that was launched a few days ago as I was writing this review.

However, there are some scam signs you need to take into account when joining this website.
For example, we don’t know who is really behind this site.

Scammers always hide their identity so that they can release other programs and get people in again. So this is a red flag you must know.

Another red flag:

One of the users received a message from them telling him that they noticed suspicious activity on his affiliate link. According to the user, he has not done anything wrong with his affiliate link. He just used it in his blog content like the one you are reading right now.

You can find it on this Beer Money Forum thread.

A user reporting Gramfree as a scam on Beer Money Forum.

And not to stay there, GramFree operates on 2 different domain names such as gramfree.net and gramfree.world.

GramFree payment methods

What I like about GramFree is the fact that they’ve put several payment methods in place for users.
These are the payment methods that are available on the GF platform:

  • Paypal
  • Bank transfer
  • Payoneer
  • American Pay
  • Bitcoin
  • American Express

Is there any proof of payment from GramFree?

If you’ve already registered, you’ve noticed it. There are proofs of payment inside the platform from the users themselves.

Some people claim to have earned more than $1000 with GramFree for free.

But the meaningful question you should ask yourself is the following: Since the platform is free. Where does the money come from? In other words, how do they pay members?

This brings us to another question that is not meaningless: Are all these payment proofs legit or fake? when you know that this site is new.

Before ending this GramFree review, I would like to show you what I like and dislikes about this new brand website.

GramFree pros and cons

👍GramFree review: Pros

✔ Free to use (but keep in mind your time is precious)

✔ Many payments method

✔ Minimum payment threshold is reasonable

👎 GramFree review: Cons

❌ Hidden owner

❌ Earning potentials are limited

❌ There is no information about the company on their website. The FAQ is only accessible once you have registered.

My GramFree FAQ

What is GramFree?

GramFree is a new brand GPT website that rewards users based on their activities on the site.

Is GramFree legit?

It is too early to judge the legitimacy of this website. This is a brand new website but as time goes on, we’re going to update this post.

Is GramFree a BBB acredited company?

No. GramFree is not a BBB acredited company.

My final thoughts…

GramFree is a brand new GPT website and members get paid by completing some easy tasks. This is a case with this website that rewards people by reading emails.

 

From now, you know what is GramFree, how does it work and the best part you are in a good position to make an informed decision to shape your financial future.

Do you have a question about the GramFree platform or about this review, just drop it down on the comment section and I will reply you ASAP.

What experience do you have using this website? Let us know your thought on the comment section.

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