The cool thing about blogging is that there are so many ways to make money online. You have so many niches you can tap all offering a special way to make money through programs. You can set up advertising programs, affiliate programs or even guest posting programs which drive traffic to your website. Once the traffic arrives on your website, it converts into high paying customers when they sign up for a program or offer. It’s absolutely amazing what I’ve seen online and how much money some people have made by following their passion. But, for you to get started does require research and patience because you need to know what to do. You can’t just start a website and expect to drive enormous traffic to it because you need a game plan. The good news is you shouldn’t have any problem with the entire progress because there are loads of videos and tutorials available online. With that said,
I have put together this quick tutorial on how to start a coupon website online. These types of websites are popular because everyone is searching for deals online and they also offer affiliate programs so you earn commission whenever someone uses a coupon. Let’s get started and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below the content.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have everything you need. This means to ensure you have all the data and information on your competition. I personally believe, you can learn a lot from your competition because they provide useful information into what you should be doing and avoiding. For example, you don’t want to make the same mistakes as your competition because this will cost you both time and money…right? With that said, here are a few things you can do to make sure you’ve gathered all the details before getting started.
Google – this is one of the best ways to find information on what’s trending and what’s not. You obviously what to create a site based around what’s trending because this will help you build a drive traffic to your website quickly. All you need to do when getting started is do a quick search and scroll to the bottom of the search results. Google will display the most popular searches towards the bottom.
Google Trends – another awesome free tool to find out what new keywords are growing in searches. For example, once you type in your target keyword, Google will give you a breakdown of other relevant keywords you can use which are growing in popularity. This will help you ensure you get a jump on your competition and choose the right keywords before your competition does.
An awesome way to find what people are looking for with very little work. Your competition has done all the work for you so take the time to learn from them by understanding the mistakes and positives they’ve done. They have been around longer so this means you should take the time to learn how to build a website the right way so you avoid wasting both time and money.
Find Affiliate Networks
After you’ve done your research, take some time to find coupon affiliate networks which will pay you each time someone uses it. This helps because instead of you having to go to each coupon website trying to negotiate your own rate, you can depend on others to do the job for you. Also, it cuts out a lot of work you need to do finding stores which are offering coupons because this can be very lengthy. Imagine having to collect thousands of coupons each week and posting them on your website? This will take a lot of time and cost you a lot of man power.
Doing a quick search in Google will help you find the right partners and find all the affiliate programs you need. Trust me when I say from experience that there are a lot of them available and are very easy to find at the same time. Head over to Google and start your search right now.
Domain and Hosting
When starting your website, it’s important you have chosen the right domain name and hosting. When choosing a domain research what others have done especially your competition. You can learn a lot from them and maybe choose a domain close to theirs. They have done all the research for you so take your time to pull out all the valuable lessons you can. With that said, it’s important to choose a domain which represents the purpose of your website and tells others what your site is all about. For example, you want others to know what your website is about when they look at the domain name. You also want them to remember the name just in case they want to come back to the website later. Next,
With the domain, you will want to choose the right hosting plan. This will allow you to install WordPress very easily under your name and develop your website. I have been using GoDaddy for several years because they provide mw with everything I need to get my website up and running. For example, when I am purchasing a domain, I can install WordPress with the click of a mouse and configure it quickly. WordPress is available in the backend of GoDaddy for free and makes creating a website very simple through the backend interface. In the next section, I’ll be talking to you about designing the right kind of website to appeal to your audience. You want to create a website which represents your niche and will build a brand at the same time.
You will be centering your colors around your logo. For example, your logo should represent your brand and will also dictate the color of your website. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when designing your site.
Font – make sure you choose a font which is easy to read and on the eyes. You won’t be able to create any type of engagement unless people are able to read your content. Choose a compatible font with your browser.
Colors – make sure all your colors match on your website and they are easy on the readers eyes. The brighter the colors, the harder time they’ll have reading your content and this will lower engagement. Visit the websites of your competition and see what they have done. Learn from them so you can implement it into your website.
Layout – your layout has to be inviting because this will keep readers on your blog longer. For example, you need to be careful where you place your side bar and how many banners you add. Having a banner in the wrong place can be distracting and push people away from staying on your website. The less people are on your website, the higher the bounce rate which again will lower your rankings and hurt your bottom line. A lower bounce rate will ensure you rank higher within the SERP’s which is amazing when driving traffic to your website.
I recommend you visit the blogs of your competition because you can learn a lot about design. They have been around longer so have tried so many things which you can apply into your business model.
This is one of the most important things when operating your coupon website. Without marketing, you won’t be able to make money. But, the good news is you do have many marketing channels available to you to help you drive traffic. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Google AdWords – this method is very expensive however the quality of traffic is amazing. You will need to bid for keywords and depending on the niche your involved in the cost can go very high. I suggest you start with a free coupon for new accounts and test out how the pricing is and what kind of traffic you can generate.
Banner Ads – There are so many niche websites which you can purchase advertising space from. I recommend you search and check out a few because they can help drive a lot of traffic to your website. Find sites which are close enough to your niche and with a lot of traffic too. Test out different websites to find those which offer you the most ROI.
Organic Keywords – One of the best ways to drive free traffic to your website without paying a dime. This is getting traffic through keywords you have delegated. You just need to make sure when writing content and adding pages that you optimize them with specific keywords. When setting up your website spend more time researching keywords so you can add them to your pages before going live. This will help with your SEO and ranking them later.