If you want to learn how to make money building websites?
You came to the right place.
One of the fastest ways to make money online is by offering some type of service.
In this post, we’ll talk about how to make money building websites.
This doesn’t mean you need to spend years studying HTML or graphic design.
You don’t need to be a programmer, either.
Though those skills are valuable, they’re not entirely necessary.
Sure, custom-built websites are still popular, you can find clients who are willing to pay top-dollar for those sites.
But there’s a much cheaper alternative to make custom websites with WordPress.
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If you learn how to build websites with WordPress, that’s all you need to start making fast cash online.
Then it’s only a matter of finding clients.
WordPress is probably the easiest website building platform to use.
You might think, “If WordPress is so easy, why would someone hire me to do set it up? Why not do it themselves?”.
Believe it or not, most people don’t have time to figure out how these platforms work, even if they are simple to use.
They would much rather pay someone to set up their site!
So in this article we’ll talk about how to make money building websites using WordPress.
With this skills set, you’ll have a service you can offer to anyone.
Creating Custom Websites with NO Traffic
This is one of the easiest services to offer new clients:
Basically, we create a simple website for their needs with a few core pages (About, Contact, etc) and install a theme and some plugins.
We’re talking pressing buttons, adding a bit of content, and throwing in some relevant photos.
Obviously we can’t charge that much for these sites, but we can still make some decent income.
The idea is to provide your client with the platform they need, and show them how to publish articles to bring in traffic and ultimately make money.
Getting traffic to the site is their job now.
In other words, we create the foundation for them.
Contrary to what you might think, this service is in high-demand.
Here’s an idea:
One client you can aim for is the new freelancer; offer to create a site they can use to advertise their services, display testimonials, and show samples of previous work.
Using a basic WordPress theme and a simple plugin like Thrive Architect, you can build a custom site with some impressive landing pages that will knock your client’s socks off.
You’ll be surprised the amount of freelancers who need these types of websites!
That is one client example, there are many small niches of people who need simple websites, it’s only a matter of finding them.
You could play around making these kind of sites for friends and family members.
Build Websites Up, Then, Sell them Off for Profit!
This method takes more time, but you can make a lot more cash.
The idea is to build a website in a particular niche, until its bringing on consistent cash, then sell it for a premium.
This is a business model a lot of online marketers use to fund their other projects.
But to be successful, a more advanced level of marketing is required.
You’ll need to understand…
- How to target keyword based posts,
- Write quality content,
- Optimize the website for search engine results
- And much more.
It’s more of a long-term business plan that I personally like to use.
Regardless of the model you choose, finding clients is going to be your main challenge.
With every service, finding clients is the most difficult part.
P.S. Check out this article where we compare work from home jobs with building an online business.
Its easy to come up with a list of services to offer, but finding someone to hire you is another story all together.
How to Make Money Building Websites? Find Clients!
There are so many books and resources dedicated to this topic, so it’s hard to summarize in a short article.
Nevertheless, one of the best ways to find clients is through good old cold email pitches.
Blast out emails and messages!
Dedicate an hour or two out of each day to send pitches to anyone who might be interested.
I recommend creating a website for your services, and include a link to it in your pitches.
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One place you can start sending messages is on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter has an abundance of clients waiting for you.
Just type in the niche you want to target in the search bar, and visit all the accounts that contain the keyword.
Then, direct message them, or visit their website, and contact them through their website.
Send your pitch, and move to the next account.
Do this enough times and the replies will start to come in.
Taking the freelance website example from earlier, we could join Facebook groups and message members asking if they have a website already, and if not, would they like one?
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to market our services, and find clients for our website building service.
Think outside the box.
But – most importantly – don’t forget to keep sending those pitches!
And don’t be afraid to receive some rejections!
Improve Your Website Building Service:
To keep your customers satisfied, there are several ways you can improve your website building services.
For example, instead of only offering website design, consider adding other services like content writing or search engine optimization.
Below is a company that does this:
Click the photo below to read our post on the benefits of buying read-made niche websites.
You could even go as far as creating a membership-based subscription plan for content or other services.
Here are some additional service ideas you can consider:
- Content Writing
- Search Engine Optimization
- Keyword Research
- Custom Images
- Social Media Management
- Website Support
- Virtual Assistance
Its also a good idea to buy multiple licenses on popular WordPress themes so you can impress your clients.
Even offer services to improve outdated websites you find online.
There’s really no limit to what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it.
Marketing agencies are popping up every single day and there’s no reason you can’t create your own.
Of course, it will take awhile before you have enough clients to reach your goals.
But even if you only find one client, during the time it took to find that client you learned a lot and tried new things.
In short, more experience under your belt.
Do it enough times, and soon you’ll know all the inside secrets to finding high-paying clients.
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Boiling it Down: Making Profitable Websites
How to make money building websites is one of the easier services to offer online, but the hard part is finding clients.
I personally believe you need to have some sales skills and the ability to initiate sales calls to be successful with this type of business.
Nevertheless, if you dedicate some time out of every day to look for clients, it won’t be long until you have a system in place.
Traffic is another story, there are a lot of strategies you can use:
What do I use?
Currently, I like to drive targeted traffic via Google and social sites to bring warm leads to my sites.
It’s another great method and I break down the process here in our Free Targeted Traffic eBook.
Whether you choose to create fast foundation websites or complete websites, as long as you work on it and stick to your goals, it won’t be long until you see success.
But if you don’t know how to build a website or send traffic to a website, its best to join an online training course to learn everything that you need.
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Got ideas on how to make money building websites of your own?
We’d love to hear them in the comments section below.
Barbara Konie says
Really great post with tons of great resources. I just signed up for you free internet marketing training and I’m loving it.
Happy to help Barbara. Cheers
Fam Famoz says
Great post, much appreciated. There are so many poor resources to making money online. Thanks for your help.
Happy to help, cheers.
Great post Todd! Hopefully this will encourage people to try building their own websites just to see how easy it is with WordPress. Once they’ve got the hang of that, they will see there is no reason why they shouldn’t offer this service to other people.
A great way to earn money online! You don’t need too much time or training before you will be capable of providing basic sites. It’s true many freelancers could use this service but also local businesses.
Building completed websites will take a lot longer and you will need additional training to acquire all the skills required but can be very rewarding.
Another great money making idea Todd!
Thanks Peter, great feedback an so true, everyone with a business can benefit from an online presence.
Good to hear from you and get your thoughts, much appreciated.
I really like these ideas. I think out of all of them, I’d prefer building a website up to earn revenue and then selling it. It is a great option for those who are not interested in seeking out clients.
I used to do freelance web work many years ago. I tried my best to keep everything simple but many clients would ask for more options and I would do my best to provide what they needed to keep them happy. Even with charging extra, it often became a frustrating process.
Looking back, it was all a great learning experience. I think there are tons of people in all types of industries that need simple WordPress websites. Creating them is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to establish a side business for themselves.
Thanks Eartha, that’s great feedback and nice of you to share your experience.
Before I came to Wealthy Affiliate, I had imagine what it would be like to have my own website. At that time, I thought I have to be an expert at coding or a software engineer. Once I started at the Wealthy Affiliate training center, I discovered WordPress and how simple creating a website can be and I’m enjoying the training there. Great and informative article.
Hey Will, that’s great feedback on our post and Wealthy Affiliate.
They sure do simplify the online business building process. I love their Site Rubix builder, it’s easily the best one on the market.
Awesome article. I have just started using WordPress to create my own website so it is great to see other possible ways to generate income with WordPress and the skills I learn making my own website.
Can you suggest any specific training to learn more about WordPress and what I can do with it?
Just google whatever you like regarding WordPress and you’ll get connected to their user forums and tutorials.
I also use Wealthy Affiliate and many times I find it more efficient to ask their community.
I get more in-depth results from practical experience.
Hope this source helps,
Very informative piece i definitely learned a lot from this and will be looking forward to learning more from this site.
Question: i know you talked about it in this article but do you have another article that talks about getting traffic to your websites and maintaining it? any feedback would be greatly appreciated 🙂
We created our Free Targeted Traffic eBook that is like a guide you can use for every post you write.
All white hat seo tricks so not only do we use these methods to rank fast, but also for long term ranking.
One extra thing you can do for older posts that aren’t ranking as high as you like is to re-look at them. Make sure the content is good and easy to read, then you can send it out to all your social sites, get some updated comments on it and re-submit it to Google Webmaster Tools.
Do this for a couple weeks and watch the post climb up the rankings. I find once I get on the first page of Google, especially position #1, it’s easier to maintain that position.
Rod Singleton says
Very Informative Todd! I feel if anyone is new to marketing… and skips this… will have made a big mistake! Learning how to position your content in front of the right eye-balls is essential no matter what niche you’re in. If you want the most targeted traffic, Google, YouTube and social media is definitely the way to go.
Great job my man. Love it.
Thanks Rod, much appreciated feedback. This is the key to online success. Targeted traffic converts, if you need a guide to do this, check out our Free Targeted Traffic eBook.
It’s the same guide we’ve been using to rank content fast for each and every post we publish.
Lately, I’m getting posts to rank in the top 1 or 2 pages of Google minutes after I do my post publishing steps (all outlined in the book).
Thank you for another great article on Learn to Grow Wealth Online.
I really like your article because it shows the best and easiest way in my opinion to make money online nowadays.
Once you know how to build WordPress sites and make money with them online, it’s only up to you how you scale your online business and how much time you put into it.
Great points Sandy and thanks for your feedback on our posts.. We strive to provide helpful quality content on every post we create.
If you can spend a few months learning the basics with wordpress, you can certainly learn an invaluable skill to the online world.
Building client sites, local websites, whatever, it’s just a matter of learning and applying that knowledge to your business.
I was always intimidated by the thought of building a website. Thinking that it was only reserved for technical folks. I was pleasantly surprised by your article.
You have motivated me to start thinking of building websites for folks as a good source of alternative income. Though I don’t know much, it can be a good skill to utilize once it is properly learned.
Some beautiful ideas here really got me all excited.
Thanks for this
Go for it Roopesh. If you’ve got the desire and can take the time to learn a skill set like building websites, you can create a very nice business for yourself.
I enjoy building websites that make money, but now prefer to do the editing, some design and focus more on the structure.
I then outsource different aspects and this can really free up your time and allow you to make more money.
Thanks for your feedback
Really interesting article on building websites and how it can lead to a full time business!
I was actually wondering, for the pre-made websites that have traffic already, that usually requires an organisation or some sorts as there are so many niches to cover and one or a few people can not possibly cover them and grow by themselves. Am I correct on that?
Also, can you make a more elaborate post on getting and finding clients? Still a bit confused on that.
Hey Fernglow, thanks for your feedback.
You can get more clients by offering an opt-in on your site. I have a real estate site that brings in traffic mostly by PPC, then in order for them to see the homes, they have to opt-in to my site.
I then can turn these into clients by directly making contact or sell the leads to real estate agents.
On this site, I give away our Free Targeted Traffic eBook.
With pre-made niche sites, you better makes sure whomever is making them understands white hat SEO.
Mostly meaning that they build out targeted posts based on your niche. You might think that may be a challenge, but I think you’d be surprised.
The actual task of creating content and targeting keywords isn’t that hard if you have decent writing skills.
It’s like a book report. We all did these back in school, right?
Same thing, you investigate a subject and create a helpful post. So actually, I think it’s a pretty smart move if you’ve got the cash to buy a pre-made niche website.
This can really cut down on the time for the site to become profitable.
The best company from these type of sites that I know is Human Proof Designs.
Check out our review and let me know if you have any other questions. And we should put a post like that together. I’ll put it on the to do list.
Garth Wright says
This is one of the proper methods to making money online that are rarely recommended anymore because people believe that it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to start up websites.
The reality is you can just use recommended software like siterubix to build a website in under 30 seconds for FREE.
This guide shows how you could then take those free websites and begin to push out a profit from them which is almost earning you 100% profit!
Thank you, Todd. This article Is really helpful to me. Your ideas are really good to hear. I was in a search of an online business which will give a continuing income. I was ready to put effort. But no other sites helped me. Wealthy Affiliate helped me and I feel safer here. It is helping me to develop myself. Feeling Happy:)
That’s great to hear yoguRJ, WA is a great place to get started online. Keep following your intincts and you’ll do great.
Oh, try to catch a weekly webinar if you can. These always help improve my online business.
Amir Setoudegan says
Firstly, I liked your ideas about how to make money building websites. I own a website, and I already built a website for one of my friends after he accidentally saw my website.
I guess he was impressed.
Secondly, I didn’t know about the potential of Twitter for driving traffic. Do you have any posts about social marketing? I’m interested in learning more about them.
Check out this post..
I like the idea of selling a site for a premium once you have built it up. Then you just keep repeating, I like that.
And your right, anyone can build a site, but it’s the specific traffic and customers that make it great.
I like the idea of making some passive income, what fun to make this kind of money and live a great life. I can’t wait.
You bet Brian, learning internet marketing and website building skills is a great and valuable skill to have.
If you have any questions or issues with ranking targeted traffic to increase sales conversions, get our Free eBook on Targeting Niche Traffic.
This is basically the guide that I still use to this date to rank content quickly.
What most newbies dont understand is that, it doesnt take much work to set up a wordpress website. It doesnt take more than a few clicks.
You just need a trusted web hosting company like siterubix and you are good to go.
I remember paying an unnecessary amount to someone to build a website for me.. I regret it till this day but i learnt from it. I have learnt a lot online over the years.
Thank you for a great article, cant wait for the next.
I know Jimmy, I did the same thing for $1,000 for a site I could have put in less than 1 week with Wealthy Affiliate’s help.
Live and learn, now my site makes me 1,000’s of dollars per month so can’t complain too much.
I think with 1 month of WA’s training, you can easily sell a service to build websites for that kind of money.
If you need content packages, check out Human Proof Designs, they’ve got some good deals and they content is keyword researched and targeted for your niche. All White Hat SEO.
Jeannie Brickley says
Can you really make money just setting up a website? It is easy to set them up. The hard part is filling them with content and getting traffic.
I might be able to just set them up; but I’m not that good at keyword research and social media.
I think I have a lot more to learn before I could do this successfully. I like your recommendation for Wealthy Affiliate.
No better place to learn than WA. Unlimited information for assimilation.
You certainly can make money from just setting up sites, but you have to find that niche client that wants that service.
Keyword research isn’t really that hard once you sink your mind into a niche idea.
You then just need to find what people who like that niche are searching. And all that can be easily done.
I’ve created a Free eBook to learn how to target traffic. I’d recommend you check it out. It’s kind of guide book for what to do for keyword research, keyword placement, and other white hat seo tricks to get quick rankings in Google.
Now if you have that skill, you can create an entire business based on creating websites for clients.
Or you can create your own income producing websites. This is what I prefer to do, but there’s a good amount of money in both.
Jack Taylor says
Thank you for a very informative article on the different ways you can make money with websites. You pointed out a lot of things I never considered, like building up a website in a niche and selling it? What’s the average price on an established website going for these Days? I know they vary but I just wanted to get an idea before going in this direction.
This is something I’m looking into. There’s sites that you can sell on like Flippa, but I don’t have a set formula yet.
I think for you, you should check out Wealthy Affiliate’s recent Niche Case Study 4 Week Webinar.
It breaks down the process to target a specific product as the niche. It’s easier to rank, bring in traffic and sales.
Check it out.
As for your question. Here’s one thought I’ve had. What if you had real estate rental that made 2K/month. How about 7K/month.
How much would that real estate be worth, what would be your time involvement for an asset like that?
Maybe not much with a property manager if you own it free and clear.
2K.. Maybe that’s like 500,000.00 value in real estate. So maybe 7K/mo is like 1.75 Mil.
It depends on a number of factors and I’m hunting down this question and will hopefully address this subject soon.
I love making passive income from my sites, I’d highly encourage you to take it like a college education.
You’re right, website creation is one of the easiest and most lucrative ways to generate revenue online.
I had never built a website until 4 months ago, and now I got two completely functional websites up and running. WordPress is awesome and very easy for beginners.
From that point traffic is really the key to make things work and build a relevant audience that ultimately converts!
Thanks for the tips. Very helpful article! 😉
Thanks for your feedback and absolutely, most people don’t want to learn new skills like building websites and so you can do well if you create a service to help others with this task.
Here’s a really good source for you regarding traffic.
The key is simple, keywords, low competition, quality content, white hat seo.
I’ve got a guide book basically and give it away for free, it’s a 5 or 10 minute read, but you can reference it every time you post.
It’s the same steps I take to rank fast. Here it is.. Targeted Traffic eBook