Website directories are an excellent way to make money online. It does not take much if any start up capital and, if you can attract quality content, you will attract advertisers who will pay for their ads to be on your pages. You can find plans that are less than $100 for Web hosting, a domain name, and a website. If you do not know how build your own website (or don’t want to), you will have to pay a designer to do this for you. Sometimes you can get a deal on Web design if you agree to let your designer have free advertising space on your new site.
Be sure that your website is optimized so that search engines can find it easily. People will be more willing to contribute or advertise on a site that looks good and is easy to navigate, so design and SEO are important. Once you have your website built and coded, you’re ready to start attracting contributors and advertisers.
To make money, you need to concentrate on two types of listings: advertisers and paid submissions. Advertisers pay for their ads to appear on your pages and are attracted by quality listings. Try to get listings that have high page rank as this will attract more advertisers and naturally give your article directory high page rank itself.
Featured listings appear before regular listings in categories and are usually in bold and highlighted. You can charge a higher fee for featured listings than you can for a regular listing that appears in a list in a category. The other type of listing is a reciprocal listing. This type of listing can be free or you can charge a fee. The person who has a reciprocal listing has a backlink to your site on his site, as well as a listing in your directory.
There are also different types of ads that you can have on an article directory. Sponsor ads are paid for directly to you to be placed on your site. Affiliate ads are not paid for, but you exchange links with other website owners and get advertised on their site when you let them advertise on your site. Ads that you are paid for when visitors click on them are called contextual ads. Examples of contextual ads are Google AdSense, BidVertiser, and AdBrite. Build a quality site, attract high quality contributors, and you will attract advertisers and start to make money online.