how do i make money with my website

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hi mates, i have a website which users can download free software. what are the methods i can use to generate income and how do i implement the methods?
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  • Profile picture of the author MrFume
    There are a number of ways - you could implement Google Adsense if you have a lot of traffic this can add up. You could have affiliate offers like a Clickbank product banner - you can of course build a list of subscribers using an autoresponder web form and make it a condition that visitors leave their email before they can download your software- then you can form a relationship with these subscribers and introduce offers. You could make the site a membership site and get folks to sign up for free, have new software available monthly- once again send them news/affiliate offers. Lots of ways...
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    • Profile picture of the author GrapeJam
      Originally Posted by MrFume View Post

      There are a number of ways - you could implement Google Adsense if you have a lot of traffic this can add up. You could have affiliate offers like a Clickbank product banner - you can of course build a list of subscribers using an autoresponder web form and make it a condition that visitors leave their email before they can download your software- then you can form a relationship with these subscribers and introduce offers. You could make the site a membership site and get folks to sign up for free, have new software available monthly- once again send them news/affiliate offers. Lots of ways...
      Great to see a fellow Tasmanian on the forums

      MrFume is absolutely right - if you're monthly hitcount is quite low at the moment, you'll probably find that Clickbank product banners are going to be the most lucrative for now. A lot of vendors will offer commissions in the ranges of 65-80% of the sale, so for every $100 you sell that's $65-80 into your pocket
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  • Profile picture of the author aidenmia
    If you have good traffic, you can add your site to the google adsense. it is a good earning way now a days. you are also use the affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ihate9to5
    Affiliate offers,CPA offers and PPD (Pay Per Download)
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  • Profile picture of the author BizOnTheWeb
    You need to figure out what other things your audience likes. Find similar, but non-competing topics. Then look for affiliate programs or advertisers for those things. You may have to experiment for awhile. But if you track your results from something as simple as affiliate programs, you will begin to discover exactly what it is in which your audience is interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ariah
    Providing you own the rights to that free software, or if its open source, the main thing to think about here is your audiences need and utility and that can easily be observed by the type of software they are actually interested in and downloading.

    Id go straight to freelancer and have some coder create a quality piece of software that beats what they are getting for free then sell it to them. Think special features the free software doesnt have that you KNOW they will want.

    But really you need to carefully think about what they are downloading and why they use it to properly identify their needs. or you could blow some cash for nothing.

    FAst track to cash idea.
    Bundle the free software into an installer with some "annoyware" or cr*pware as I refer to it, that pays.

    Sourceforge do this now since new ownership and the biggest download on sourceforge is filezilla from firefox and they do this, sad but true.

    But I guess even open source people need to pay bills.

    You can use an installer easily found online.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnZ
      There are a lot of unknowns to your question. Do you have a lot of free software that can be freely downloaded with a direct link or are you requiring some kind of a signup? What type of software are you offering? Do you have any existing traffic?

      I would think that if software is what you want to start to build your business around then it would be highly beneficial to at least start building a list with it and finding ways to build a relationship with your subscribers and market other things to them they would be interested in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marco Moeschter
    Put a opt-in form on it and give away a software which is a lot better than the other ones they can download for free. Start building your list build a relationship and trust. After you developed the relationship with your subscribers you could promote to them higher priced software as a affiliate.

    This way you can make money even something happens to your site plus you can market to them more than just ones. This can be a real and lucrative way to market if done right and it will bring you way more then adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndreaBlom
    Ask for a name and e-mail for that free download and start building you list. At the same time, find a good affiliate program or two that is relevant to your visitors, something that they are interested in and is in line with your ebook (or whatever you offer on your site). Once you get a good e-mail subscription list, you can contact these people with other offers. People are more likely to buy something from someone they have already purchased (or downloaded) from.
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  • Profile picture of the author mubashir
    You can use Google AdSense to monetize your website.
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  • THe above references and tips are super helpful. My best piece of advice now is to do this:

    Simply try to monetize them at every level you can.

    You can make other people pay $50+ per month just to have their banner on your site.

    You can try Google Adsense.

    You can try selling Clickbank products

    You can try doing a bit of CPA marketing if you want
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  • Profile picture of the author thechasetoriches
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    Don't think anybody mentioned this...Once you do have lots of traffic, try selling banner ad space on buysellads.com depending on your traffic, you can vary with pricing.
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  • Profile picture of the author verion
    In software niches Google Adsense is paying very well for CPC if you have quality traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author w13
    You can monetize through google adsense, affiliate/clickbank and don't forget to build a list. list is a great resources/assets for you to growth your business in the next stage
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    • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
      Originally Posted by w13 View Post

      You can monetize through google adsense, affiliate/clickbank and don't forget to build a list. list is a great resources/assets for you to growth your business in the next stage
      I'm wondering if this is a download site for legal software or for random software found elsewhere.

      Adsense is very picky about sites that offer software/downloads as much of what is found on the internet and available for download is stolen from other sites.

      If you have a site that features your own downloads and software, such as something you wrote or coded yourself, then maybe you would be safe with Adsense. Otherwise, I would just go with private banner and link advertising and host the ads directly on the download pages as that's where more people will be seeing the ads.

      There are numerous places you can sell your ad space online.

      As for what you mentioned about Clickbank, I don't really think this type of site would be right for that as Clickbank is more about email marketing not advertising to random one off visitors to a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author waqas409
    If you have a good traffic on your website then you should must apply for Google adsense to grow your income. By downloading the software your rating must be good on that basis you can earn huge income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Naets
    You can try google adsense - you get paid per click. You will need a lot of traffic to make a decent amount of money.

    OR you can build a list and promote affiliate offers or even create your own product and promote it to your list
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  • Profile picture of the author NeedBucksNow
    Good post. I would also have to say Amazon as I didn't see it on here yet & they are 1 of the biggest retailers out there. It's kind of crazy that you could come up with almost any topic & be able to sell that way though
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  • Profile picture of the author molsted
    Hi there,

    Like one of the other posters pointed out there is a lot of unknowns to your question but you could force people to register their name and / or e-mail to download the software which will build your list.


    On the backend you can promote relevant Pay Per Lead or CPA offers and make some easy instant bucks.


    Best
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  • Profile picture of the author salmanqureshi
    if u have traffic then try google adsense
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  • Profile picture of the author Carter Boatright
    For a software site google adsense would be a good start. Some software companies might have affiliate links you can use to earn commission.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mathiesen
    How much traffic do you get average per day? If you have lots of traffic then google adsense is a perfect option for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave37
    Originally Posted by raven411 View Post

    hi mates, i have a website which users can download free software. what are the methods i can use to generate income and how do i implement the methods?
    If the website receive a good amount of traffic, you can display Adsense ads on it.

    Alternately, you could sell ad space on your website through BuySellAds.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Afiqfikri Daud
    Originally Posted by raven411 View Post

    hi mates, i have a website which users can download free software. what are the methods i can use to generate income and how do i implement the methods?
    What do you mean by "free software"?
    - Is it freeware licensed by developer
    - or crack/keygen/patch that related websites?

    My recommendations:

    1. Adsense (as long as your website does comply with their term) - don't use this if you're running crack/keygen related websites

    2. CPA - you can apply for peerfly

    3. Clickbank


    Hope this helps, let me know what you think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anish Khandelwal
    Google Adsense is always good way to generate income if you have traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author SK123
    As previously said, you need to add an Opt In page for anyone that wants to download the free software. Now, identify a relevant product (software or ebook, etc) and sign up as an affiliate. Next, introduce this product as an OTO (One Time Offer) just before you finally lead them to the download link.
    This can give you some money as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Whiz
    It's all about getting traffic to your website, then the money will come. A good way to get traffic to your website is writing articles, on the particular niche you are in. One of the best websites to submit your articles to, is ezinearticles.com. You get a lot of traffic each time a article is submitted.
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  • Profile picture of the author KumaNinja
    CPA PPD and a funnel page for a email subscription.
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  • adsense
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    list building/email marketing
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  • First of all you should get huge traffic for your webpages.
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  • Profile picture of the author ardge26
    You can use clickbank there's plenty to choose from. There's also a clickbank training platform for new marketers and also existing marketers to grow there knowledge the program was created by clickbank to help all affiliates to make sales i joined about two months ago and i must say it's pretty cool iv'e written a review about it feel free to have a read: Is ClickBank Legit? Is ClickBank Scam? ClickBank University Review hope this helps and provides everyone with all the information tools etc in which will help you to achieve your goals and succeed..
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    • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
      Originally Posted by ardge26 View Post

      You can use clickbank there's plenty to choose from. There's also a clickbank training platform for new marketers and also existing marketers to grow there knowledge the program was created by clickbank to help all affiliates to make sales i joined about two months ago and i must say it's pretty cool iv'e written a review about it feel free to have a read: Is ClickBank Legit? Is ClickBank Scam? ClickBank University Review hope this helps and provides everyone with all the information tools etc in which will help you to achieve your goals and succeed..
      No one is going to purchase a Clickbank product based off a banner that is hosted on a download page. Typically, Clickbank products sell best by personal recommendation, such as something you would make via an email to your list.
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  • Profile picture of the author infear_takao87
    Adsense is a good long term income.. but watch out of their TOS. If your website is about legal software then it's a great chance to put Adsense into your website. If not.. you are better use CPA and PPD to make a profit from your website..

    Another long term income for your website is "List Building".....
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Sell the domain probably. Do more reading on internet marketing, and possibly go into a different niche and business model. Some niches and what you sell can make you very profitable quickly. What's your long term business strategy? What's your USP?
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    You can add different affiliate offers.

    You can add CPA offers (cost per action)

    You can add adsense ads.

    You can also add a form to capture leads so that you can follow up with them about all sorts of affiliate offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Karp
    A couple methods for ya:

    1) You could offer your best software as paid software

    2) You could promote other people's software and get affiliate income. I would check out Smart Passive Income to learn how to do this correctly.

    3) You could develop your own software, or have someone else develop it for you, and sell it.

    4) You could install a paid membership area, where people can download the best software on your site. You could also start a forum for members, where they discuss how to take full advantage of the software they're using. This will help you keep members longer and increase the odds of them spreading the word.

    5) You could offer support services for the software people download. If you know how to use it well, have people call you when they need assistance. Then charge an hourly fee.

    Hope this helps you out. If you need anything clarified, feel free to let me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author allenmartin
    Hi,

    i would stick with a Content Locker (CPALead has a good one) or you could implement google adsense into your site....

    Have a nice day
    Allen
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    • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
      Originally Posted by allenmartin View Post

      Hi,

      i would stick with a Content Locker (CPALead has a good one) or you could implement google adsense into your site....

      Have a nice day
      Allen
      Content lockers are a viable option for this type of site. Though again, likely the software is not legal. So telling a person how to monetize an illegal download software site is sketchy at best.

      Another option though if someone is going this route is one of those file downloading sites where your visitor takes a survey or performs some type of action to access the file. There are many such sites available online, you have to Google to find them.
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      • Profile picture of the author allenmartin
        Originally Posted by seoboyz01 View Post

        Content lockers are a viable option for this type of site. Though again, likely the software is not legal. So telling a person how to monetize an illegal download software site is sketchy at best.

        Another option though if someone is going this route is one of those file downloading sites where your visitor takes a survey or performs some type of action to access the file. There are many such sites available online, you have to Google to find them.

        sorry...i've meant this one here...

        https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-locker-content/
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    You already got a ton of 'ideas' on how to monetize your site so I won't bother adding any more.

    But just make sure that you constantly have lots and lots of eyeballs on your content all the time or it won't matter how much potential you have for making money,

    because without lots of 'targeted' traffic, your efforts will be fruitless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ammy Singh
    Affiliate marketing and Google Adwords are the best ways to make money from your own website. Both ways have been known to generate a good amount of money, if you are dedicated. But, if you have your own product. You should give that a shot as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsloan101
    I would try clickbank banners unless you are getting a lot of traffic, then maybe adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author justahope
    Join some CPA networks which allow incentive offers, and ask users to complete your cpa before you provide them the free gifts
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  • Profile picture of the author ardge26
    Using Google Adsense, on your blog only gives your competition the advantage. Yeah you could be selling an affiliate product on your site say from amazon the price is £50 and then ebay are using adsense to promote there offers and says has the same product for £30, and your visitor clicks that ad. Then you have potentially lost that sale for maybe the sake of 0.05p. Not only that they leave your site when the ad is clicked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Reynolds
    Lay out a plan for consistent content blogging and article writing, establish a good niche related report to exchange for an optin, use cpa and email marketing.
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