How do websites make money?

Right now if you don't already have a blog or a website, maybe you have this question:

How on earth do websites and blogs make money?

I've been asked this so many times...if I just get $1 each time I get asked this question, I'd be swimming in money by now hahahaha.

Maybe you've been searching and checking online many times about making money online too, but first things first, understand that not all websites make money. In fact, there are many websites out there that are non-profitable be it because

  • it's a hobby site
  • the owner doesn't know how to monetize
  • the owner hadn't monetized
  • etc

...or worse, no traffic or visitors. No traffic = zero chances of making money from websites.

Websites Make Money by Selling

The only way you can make money on your website is by selling something on your website. If there is nothing being sold, there is no way revenue can be generated.

  • You can offer advertising space
  • You can offer writing services
  • You can do product reviews
  • You can sell products like books or clothing etc
  • You can sell web hosting or web marketing etc

The bottomline is, you HAVE to sell something to make money.

No websites make money just by being there or existing. The website HAS to engage the site visitors, influence and convert them to take action to buy something or click on a link to go another website to buy something.

Nothing happens until that happens.

How Blogs Make Money

Take a look at this tutorial on how to make money with blogs. I have followed these very steps to build blogs and websites that converts traffic to buyers.

Ways other than Advertising

One of the easiest way a website can make money is with advertising, which is getting someone or a company to pay to run an ad on your website.

The problem with this is that no one is going to pay you money to advertise their products or services unless you are able to show and prove that you have traffic that will justify the advertising that you're planning to charge them.

Introducing Affiliate Marketing

If this is your first time visiting, you may be hearing me talk about affiliate marketing for the first time. I'm thinking that it's possible that it may not be new to you, but for the benefit of doubt:

Affiliate marketing in a simple manner is where companies pay you to help sell their products and services. The products and services you sell do not belong to you, but you sell it on behalf of the company to the target audience that you have.

You only get paid for performance and results ie if you sell something, you get paid an affiliate commission. If you don't sell anything, then you don't get any affiliate commission. Simple.

It is a fantastic way for the product creator to justify marketing costs and an equally fantastic way for you the blogger or affiliate marketer to earn from your website. If you think you have the skills to talk about something in a way to get them to buy it….


This first tool to starting an Affiliate Marketing business is a website – You can get 2 websites FREE right now by becoming a starter member at Wealthy Affiliate.

Get a FREE Website

join the passive income family

Don't drown in the details - get the free fundamentals of passive income and early retirement and make your first $100 online.

Join the passive income family & newsletter below and get a bonus "Boring Blueprint To Passive Income & Early Retirement"

  • Learn how I started with less than $100 in my bank account from 2005-2008
  • ...turned my life and money around and by 2014
  • ...paid up my $390,000 flat in full in less than 5 years
  • ...starting making USD 40+ online per month
  • ...invested in dividend stocks for passive dividend income for recurring cashflow...for life!

You will also get subscriber-only Passive Income Tips, Starting & Growing Online Businesses Updates, Special Offers/Discounts and More - see you on the inside!

Talk soon!


Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

No spam ever - your email is never shared and you can unsubscribe anytime with one click.

Enjoyed this article? Share it with your friends by clicking one of the buttons:

Even better - share your thoughts and comments below:

Back To Top

Search In NigelChua

Current Projects

Nigel Chua

Nalco Group

Therapy Entrepreneurs

Xtend Health Asia

Wisdom Of Seneca

Bee Pollen For Health

#1 Recommended Online Business University And Platform

Solo Build It!

More than 95% of my online businesses and publishing works use the Solo Build It platform, for good reason. Find out here.

GetResponse Email Marketing

Building a relationship with your audience, customers and readers are highly important for any offline and online business, and I recommend GetResponse for their services, great price, ease-of-use.

Try GetResponse today (1st month free)

Bonus: learn how to use an email autoresponder

The Hoth

TheHoth can help to outsource your guest posting, article writing and backlinking marketing activities. Visit them here.

Google Suite

Google Suite (GSuite) is THE recommended Google tools for email, calendar, documents, sheets - for productivity  and communication.

GSuite/GMail one month free trial available here.


Shopify has made it very easy to start an ecommerce business, solving most of the tech and logistical barriers and even has product suppliers with Oberlo!

Try Shopify today

Books I'm Reading

Holy Bible

Tribe Of Mentors

Seneca Letters From A Stoic

Seneca On The Shortness Of Life

See my full book/read list here.

Blogs I'm Following

Tim Ferriss

Pat Flynn

Tony Robbins

Ramit Sethi

Personal Goals

SGD 2,000,000 invested in dividend stocks with average 5% returns per annum by 45

SGD 2,000,000 in cryptocurrency

Owning, affording and living in a landed property in Singapore (or relocated to another country without worry of money) by 40

Publish at least one book by 40 years old

Online businesses serve readers and clients well (ie readers make more money, have happier/freer life etc), and website makes SGD 10,000 per month

Ongoing: spend more quality time with children, wife, family, bible, God.