What is the easiest & fastest way to get a bit of cash from the Web?

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I am looking for the best way to get a web-based income. I have checked a number of websites, but it is still not clear to me how to make money from a website.

Please tell me the fastest way to make money and explain exactly what I need to do.

I am prepared to work hard, because it seems like everyone is getting money from their websites these days.

Making money online is not generally easy or fast

To be honest, I don't think that this is the right question to be asking. A better question would be, what do I have or know that other people want, or want to know?

When it comes to making money online, the general rule of thumb is that the amount of Web traffic you have is proportional to the amount of revenue that can be generated.

Of course, how much money you make per unit of Web traffic depends on the niche market, the demographics of the audience, and many other factors.

For example, having ten visitors a day might be very lucrative, if they are all interested buyers of corporate aircraft. Conversely, having ten thousand visitors a day may not earn much money at all, if they are after celebrity gossip.

In general, for an online startup that doesn't have much capital to invest in product development, manufacturing, marketing, and so on, the best way to start is:

  1. Identify a niche (something you are knowledgeable and passionate about)
  2. Create a professional blog or website
  3. Generate plenty of high quality content (to drive lots of valuable organic search traffic)
  4. Convert that traffic into revenue (via advertising, product sales, or offering related services)

Our How to start a small business resource page offers plenty of great advice for home or small business online startups.

Creating content that is of sufficient quality to compete with the large online media companies and big brand publishers is not easy. It takes plenty of practice, skill and experience - which is why I say that making money online is not generally fast or easy.

The alternative, is to come up with something really useful that no-one else is doing or offering, build it, and market for all you're worth. If you can capture a significant portion of the market share before others catch on, then you might be able to exit for a decent amount, or go on to build the business.

Ideas for new products and services online can be difficult to market because people have a short attention span. Explaining complex offerings via a website does not make for an easy sell.

As someone who has started several businesses (one of which has just been taken on board by some large clients), I can advise that a new service or product offering most likely needs face to face sale time with some influential early adopters, before it will fly by itself online.

Good luck!