Top 11 biggest website sales(acquisitions) in the history of internet

This list is about the top 10 highly paid website acquisitions. This list covers how some of the biggest website giants started their journey,their growth and how they were acquired by biggies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc.

After the dot com boom in mid 1990’s, the web industry gained superficial strength and started to generate millions and billions of revenue. After all, big companies like Google,Microsoft,Yahoo,AOL etc started acquiring successful websites and web oriented business. Billions of dollars were spent in acquiring these web oriented firms. Most of these websites were started by a small group of 2 or 3 guys, later became grand success through funding and popularity. Google itself has acquired more than 177 companies(web oriented and non web oriented) . Lets have a look at the top 10 website acquisitions happened in the history of web industry.


1. LinkedIn

The biggest website acquisiton of the history happened 2 days ago, by Microsoft. Its now officially announced that linkedin was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 Billion. This happens to be the biggest website acquisition of all time, Microsoft  has a bad history with larges acquisitions. Their acquisitions like aquantive and navisions were the biggest flops of the decade.

Acquired By : Microsoft
Sale Price : $26.2 Billion
Acquired Date : June 2016

2.  aQuantive

Acquired By : Microsoft
Sale Price : $6.33 Billion
Acquired Date : 13-Aug-2007

aQuantive was a digital marketing service and technology company found in 1997 and based in Seattle. At the time of acquisition aQuantive was the 3rd largest advertising company in the world. aQuantive was the parent company of three digital marketing companies – Atlas Solutions,Avenue A/Razorfish and DRIVE Performance Solutions.

Microsoft acquired aQuantive 1 month after Google acquired doubleclick(Microsoft lost out bidding doubleclick) to set their kingdom in advertising. After the acquisition, aQuantive was running in loss for years and by the beginning of 2012 , the losses reached nearly 2 Billion. This happened mainly because of Microsoft’s inability to compete with the Google Search. Bing(Microsoft’s search engine) still have to go a very long distance to reach anywhere near the Google search traffic volume.



Acquired By : Yahoo
Sale Price : $5.7 Billion
Acquired Date : 1-April-1999

Broadcast was an internet radio company found in 1995 by Christopher Jaeb. The initial name was, it did broadcast colleges sports events over the internet. Later on they broadcasted the NBA and NFL. After all they started broadcasting presidential conventions rather than sports events only. During 1999, broadcast was the biggest online streaming portal for audio and video.

On 1-April-1999, Yahoo acquired broadcast for a huge price of $5.7 Billion. After the acquisition Yahoo renamed it to Yahoo Broadcasting services. After some years Yahoo split the services of broadcast under different names. Later on yahoo stopped some of these services and brought down the radio under Yahoo! Music Radio. Now its all under yahoo,

4.  Geocities


Acquired By : Yahoo
Sale Price : $3.6 Billion
Acquired Date : 28-May-1999

Geocities was found by David Bohnett and John Rezner in 1994. Geocities got the common men and youth into the web design industry. Geocities gave the platform for everyone to have their own websites. It was because of Geocities that many people learned HTML/PHP. Before Geocities, owning a website was something strange to common men.

Yahoo acquired Geocities in 1999, at that time Geocities was the 3rd most popular website in the world and had 38 million user built pages. No wonder Yahoo acquired Geocities for such a high price. Remember that yahoo paid these much money 16 years back! Even after the acquisition, Geocities was running in a loss of million dollars per year so that Yahoo decided to start a premium package for Geocities. Yahoo also cut down the bandwidth and storage of the free users. This also was not sufficient to make Geocities in profit. After 10 years in 2009 , Yahoo officially announced the shut down of Geocities .Currenlty yahoo only have premium web hosting services Yahoo webhosting.

5. DoubleClick



Acquired By : Google
Sale Price : $3.1 Billion
Acquired Date : 13-April-2007

Doubleclick was one of those initial applications built for online advertisement networks. In 1999 (Year in which Yahoo bought Geocities), it belonged to the top 10 high traffic websites. In 1999, Double click acquired Abacus, a data collection agency for 1.7 billion. This created lots of controversies, people feared that Doubleclick, being an advertisement platform might use the private data(like email,telephone number,address etc) for business purposes which would be a great indulgence to privacy. Google acquired Doubleclick in April 13 2007 paying $3.1 billion in cash.

6. YouTube


Acquired By : Google
Sale Price : $1.65 Billion
Acquired Date : 9-Oct-2006

YouTube is a video streaming website started by three former employees from Paypal in february 2005. Youtube allows you to host and upload videos for free. While the tsunami struck in India during 2004, Jawed Karim, one of the founders of YouTube realized that there aren’t much sources in the internet to see videos online. This thought finally ended up in the foundation of YouTube. They were able to raise a funding of $11.5 Million from sequoia capital(One of the early investors in Google) by the end of 2005. According to alexa YouTube is now the 3rd most popular website in the world.

In October 2006, Google acquired YouTube for a price of $1.65 Billion . After the acquisition, YouTube did grow into another level. Now a days users make millions with YouTube through their partner programs. The YouTube partner program was launched in 2007 in the Google adsense platform. Youtube takes 45 % of the revenue and gives 55 % to the uploader. Now millions of members are part of the YouTube partner program.

7. Paypal


Acquired By : eBay
Sale Price : $1.5 Billion
Acquired Date : 8-July-2002

Paypal is an online money transfer portal started in June 1998. Paypal was initially established as Confinity, a company which developed security software services. Later on Confinity merged with, an online banking company founded by Elon Musk. This collaboration led to the foundation of Paypal . Paypal went public in 2002 and raised over $61 million.
After the ipo, Paypal was acquired by eBay for a price of $1.5 billion. During that time Paypal was used widely for eBay auctions. 2/3rd of the Paypal transactions were from eBay. There were some more reasons that Paypal agreed with the eBay deal; like chances for future legal problems as Paypal was widely used for gambling/poker sites. Another biggest reason was eBay’s decline. As eBay sales were the major revenue makers for Paypal, Paypal couldn’t bear the risk as eBay was declining(Lots of other eCommerce websites were gaining strength). In 2007, after 5 years of acquisition, Paypal tied up with master card which made customers able to use Paypal even in websites that does not support Paypal.

8. Zappos



Acquired By : Amazon
Sale Price : $1.2 Billion
Acquired Date : Nov-2009 is an online clothing/shoe website based in Las Vegas. Zappos was launched in 1999 by Nick Swinmurn. He got the inspiration to start Zappos when he didn’t find a pair of brown air walks in his nearby shopping mall. After launching Zappos, Swinmurn got Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin to invest $2 M in Zappos through their investment firm Venture Frogs. The initial domain name was, later modified to By 2004, Zappos was able to do touch $184-185 M annual sales. After all, it improved drastically, by 2007 it reached around $840+ Million and more than 1 billion the very next year!

Amazon acquired Zappos in November 2009 for $1.2 billion allowing the firm to work independently . Amazon bought Zappos on the basis of a cash and stock trade deal. Zappos share holders received 10 million amazon shares(worth nearly $880 M) as well as cash. In fact amazon was interested in making the deal in cash ,but the Zappos team insisted on shares. After the acquisition, in 2010 , Zappos suffered a loss of $1.6 M as they accidentally priced all the products to $49.95(including highly expensive products) for a small time period.



Acquired By : eBay
Sale Price : $1.2 Billion
Acquired Date : 6-Oct-2008

Billmelater(now Paypal Credit) found in 2000, is an online service which allows you to buy now and pay later. It issues instant credits to e-commerce buyers. You need to provide your date of birth and social security number in order to use the credit. Billmelater pays the amount and will send you the bill.Thousands of online stores accepts the Paypal Credit , you can buy products from these sites using your Paypal account and with your Paypal credit. Billmelater was acquired by eBay (who owns Paypal) in 2008 and renamed it to Paypal Credit. The acquisition price was $1.2 Billion. Lots of talks were there after the acquisition, many experts commented that the acquisition was overly priced as the business model of Billmelater was very risky.

10. MapQuest


Acquired By : AOL
Sale Price : $1.1 Billion
Acquired Date : 22-Dec-1999

Mapquest is a web mapping service launched in 1996. MapQuest, very much like present Google maps generated routes and maps for users over the internet in the domain

In 2000, mapquest was acquired by AOL(America online) for $1.1 Billion. Mapquest stands as the second largest acquisition by AOL(first is Netscape for $4.2 B). At that time mapquest was making millions of dollars in profit, which motivated AOL to spent such a huge amount at that time(15 years back). Mapquest was the number one mapping website in the world from 1999-2009 which was replaced by Google maps. After the decline in traffic, mapquest did a major redesign to their website(made it much more simpler) like Google maps in 2010.

11. Tumblr


Acquired By : Yahoo
Sale Price : $1.1 Billion
Acquired Date : 17-May-2013

Tumblr , a micro blogging and social network found by David Karp in February 2007 (time during which the blogging boom started). 2 Weeks afters its launch, Tumblr was able to attract nearly 75 K users! Currently Tumblr hosts over 227 million blogs.

Tumblr was completely acquired by Yahoo on Jun 20, 2013 for $1.1 Billion in a 1 month of acquisition process. David Karp remained as the CEO till June 20, 2013. Many of the users who were unhappy with the acquisition signed petitions against it. The key reason for this objection was the downfall of Yahoo, Yahoo was stopping many of their services or others were overtaking them. This made the Tumblr users panic. Marissa Mayer, the yahoo CEO assured the users that Tumblr will be working completely as a Yahoo independent platform also Yahoo wont be using its brand name for Tumblr.

Read Top 10 Ecommerce websites in the world

Cheapest ways to start a website DIY – 4 steps


To create a good looking website (DIY) with the minimum possible budget.

In this blog post I am going to explain how you can create a good looking website with the minimum possible budget. What would be the minimum cost to create a website if you approach a web design company? For sure, nothing less than 250 $. Here in this blog post, I am going to show you how you can create a good looking website for just 10 $ (minimalist features) and up to 95$(with all required features and top quality design).So what all are the Cheapest ways to start a website ? How can you make the worlds cheapest good looking website? Lets have a look at the 4 steps in creating the website at low cost.

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Step #1 – Register a Domain name – Total Cost-10 $

First of all you need  a domain name for your website. You need a unique available domain name for it (like, etc) . Here lets assume that you are going to start a burger website , you need to register a domain name for the website from a public domain registrar.

Step 1.1 – Check whether the domain name is available

First of all you need to check whether the domain you need is available. Make sure the domain is catchy and suits your purpose. Check ,
How to select a Good domain name
Best domain name suggestion tools
Here for our burger website I looked for a domain name , Oh yea! its available .


step 1.2 Register the available domain name

Now we’ve fixed the domain and made up our mind to register it. You need to continue the purchase and register the domain. The average registration cost for a domain for 1 year is 10$ (you may get it for a price lesser than 10$  depending on the offers provided by Godaddy).

Step #2 – Get a web hosting – Total Cost ( 0$-40$ per Year)

We need a space to host your website . Internet is a connection of computers. You need to buy some hosting space (to store your website data(files,images etc)) or being more specific, some space inside some computer hard drive. So what all are the cheapest ways to host your website? Here I list three methods through which you can cheaply(or freely) get a hosting space.

2.1 Method 1 – Godaddy Hosting

Godaddy provides a hosting platform ,so that the customers can get it all under one platform (The domain,hosting,email). This is one of the most hottest and easiest ways to start a website as godaddy provides Domain name+Hosting+Email+Website builder all in one platform, all you need tp do is to pay additional money for  each and every sections. And the good news is that godaddy have really cheap web hosting plans . As cheap as 20 $ per year (you will be getting a website builder too,through which you can build up your website.)

Have a look at their cheapest plans



The first package(Website builder+Hosting) should cost you approximately around 20 $ per year. What does this 20$ package mean? This package (website builder+hosting) package doesn’t give you access to the back end( file manager,database access etc).  It means you cannot create a website as you wish. They will have a predefined theme and a website builder through which you can build a website (keep in mind that their website builder has very limited features) . This is ideal if you only need the simplest website, like you only need two or three static pages or a website to notify some event. You cannot hire a designer and modify the website in your own manner. I’ll explain it little more vividly with a real world example, consider your hosting as a restaurant. In this case, your hosting is a vegetarian restaurant, and you need a chicken tikka from the restaurant.Being a vegetarian restaurant you wont get a chicken tikka from it.

The second plan gives you cpanel access with 1 mysql database which means you’ll get access to the back end engine of the website.  You can change the design and programmatic side of the website. You can hire a designer/web developer and do whatever in the website (the domain is all yours, you have no limitations). Say you want to create a website like facebook, yes it is possible as you have access to all the files,database etc. Coming to real world, this hosting would be a common restaurant where you can order a chicken tikka or a vegetable sandwich or whatever.

2.2 Method 2- Bluehost

Another great option in budget hosting is using bluehost. When it comes to efficiency and speed Godaddy hosting isn’t that fantastic as you think. Bluehost even though their cheapest plan is little bit costlier than Godaddy’s,it is a much efficient hosting provider with great support and reputation. I’d say you should go for bluehost if you are really looking for a serious and long term web business. The minimal plan with bluehost starts with $3.49 per month ,through which you get complete backend features like cpanel, filemanager, Mysql database etc.

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2.2 Method 3 – Get Hosting at Zero Cost
Not ready to spend any money for hosting? Try some of the free web hostings, it will never give the result or data security your are expecting but there are a lot of free web hosting with limited services.

Have a look at some of the free web hostings

Another option to cut down the hosting charges is using some others shared/dedicated hosting. If one of your friend does use a hosting (shared or whatever) and if it has the capabilities to host multiple domains , ask him whether you can host your domain on his hosting. When I started my website experiments(10 years before), I was not ready to spend money on hosting. One of my good friend was using a dreamhost shared hosting at that time, and when I asked him whether he can host my domain on his server, he was more than happy to do that. Well, that’s how I hosted my first website free of cost.
It wont do any harm for the hosting owner if your website is a normal website with ordinary amount of traffic and of moderate size. Normally multiple users uses shared hosting, like even if you buy a shared server, many other people would be using the same server to host their domain. So ideally using your friends shared hosting should not harm you or him in both sense.

Step #3 -Design & setting up the website – Total Cost-0$-50$

So what does it comes to your mind when you hear the term web designing? A web designing company or individual right? What would be the minimal cost you need to give to a website designing company or team to design and setup a website for you ? I work in the web industry for 9 years and I know the rates. A minimum of 250$ will be charged for the design/programming section alone. What if I say you can cut the cost down from 0$ – 50$ ? Yes! it is possible ! All you need to do is go over some of the basic tutorials. 3-4 hours of work around can make you handle it all alone. Well, don’t be misled, I am not saying you can learn designing/programming, but using platforms like WordPress and Installing its predefined themes.

step 3 .1 – Install WordPress – Free (0 $)

What is WordPress ?

You might already  be familiar with WordPress. FYI, 1 out of every websites you see is running in WordPress. WordPress is an opensource platform that can add lots of functionality to your website. WordPress is web software you can use to create wonderful websites or blogs. You can create pages and posts in WordPress . There are a lots of free plugins available for WordPress which can take your website to another level. WordPress has its image upload facility(media upload), so that you can easily upload images to your website and bring it up in the front end.Likewise, if you need a contact form in your website, you can install the contact form 7 plugin in your WordPress website and place the contact form anywhere inside the website.

How to install WordPress in your website?

The theoretical way of installing WordPress is to download its core library files from the WordPress library , upload it in your server and configure the database. But luckily, many of the web hostings offer 1 click install,through which you can install your WordPress in 5 minutes with 4 or 5 clicks. Have a look at this detailed tutorial in installing WordPress in bluehost with one click install in 5 minutes. The one click install mechanism is almost same irrespective of the hosting(dreamhost,godaddy). Follow the same tutorial to use the One click WordPress install.

step 3.2 – Install a WordPress theme (0$-50$)


Your next task is to select a WordPress theme. What is a WordPress theme? Keeping it simple,it is a portable design or code written in PHP with respect to the WordPress standards. All you need to do is to install the specific  WordPress theme in your WordPress engine. If you are not sure, have a look at some of these WordPress themes. The best part of using WP themes is that, they are the best themes available in the industry. You can see lots of themes in each niche. For instance, we are saying about a burger website here. You can find lots of food WordPress themes or even burger themes in WordPress which would suit perfect for your website.

Well,  many says that using themes for a website spoils its uniqueness. But trust me, the new generation WordPress themes are highly customizable so that no two websites using the same WordPress theme look identical. Moreover, the chances that your competitor using the very same are slim to zero.
Read – How to install a WordPress theme in your WordPress

Next question? How much does it cost for a WordPress theme ? Well, it depends, lets say an average about 40-50$.

Dont want to spend money for WordPress themes ? Don’t Worry, you got lots of good looking free WordPress themes. There are lots of free WordPress themes in different niches with great quality. You can download it them for free,install and customize them.


Thats how the Worlds Cheapest good looking has been made! I’ve summarized the expenses into a table, have a look

Process Minimum Budget Minimum Expense Maximum Budget Maximum Expense
Step 1 : Registering a domain You cannot cut down the domain registration expense 10 $ The very same expense 10$
Step 2 : Buying a host and hosting the domain Use a free hosting or ask some one to host your domain in his shared/dedicated server 0 $ Buy a cheap hosting 40 $ / Year
Step 3 : Designing the website Install WordPress an use a free WordPress theme 0 $ Install WordPress and buy a Premium WordPress theme 45 $
Totals 10 $ 95 $

Its all your choice depending on your budget. Let me know if you need any help, I’m happy to help 🙂

Six best ways to make 5000 $ per month from your blog

We’ve written many articles here in dollarfry about making money online. Is it possible to make 5000 a month through blogging?. My answer will be a big YES. Have a look at the top 10 money making bloggers around the world(who makes even hundred thousand dollars a month!) In this article I am going to show you how to make money from your blog.

There are many ways to make money from your blog, but how to make 5000 a month ? Here I am listing the 6 best available methods out of them and the possible and practical strategies to make a 5000$ income per month. Let us make money from your blog 🙂

Before reading, if you don’t know anything about starting your own blog , read this article about Starting your own blog under 70$

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Type #1: Using Contextual ads (Google Adsense).

Google Adsense is the most popular and easy money making method from blogging. I am using adsense for 9 years and have generated pretty good income from it. The most crucial factor with Google Adsense is that you need to have great deal of traffic to your website. Google pays money for ad clicks and no 50 unique visits per day will bring you a considerable income.

The traffic and revenue are very much niche dependent also. One of my celebrity blogs has around 7000 unique visits and around 19K page views per day, but it just generates around 7-8 $ per day. I had a health blog some years back which was generating the very same 7-8 $ through just 500 unique visits. The revenue earned through google adsense depends on cpc(cost per click). My celebrity blog has a cpc of 0.02 $ per click ,while my health blog had 1$ cpc. CPC is the amount you receive while a visitor clicks on your advertisement.
Some of the high paying niches are

  • Finance
  • Loans
  • Health

How Google adsense work?

Advertisers advertise using Google adwords. Say,you need to advertise your new Face cream with Google adwords. You need to pick the keywords related to your product, for instance, Fairness Cream,Beauty Products etc. Your ad will be displayed in different websites related to the keywords mentioned. Google Robots crawl a website and if it does have the keywords mentioned(Beauty Products,Fairness Cream etc) the specific ads will be displayed. Google adsense pays you for visitors and their clicks . More clicks on the ad mean more money you earn.

Real life example

Dale Patridge
Dale Patridge

Lets have a look at Dale Patridges income report for May 2014. Dale Patridge writes positive living tips through his blog. He helps his readers to get a positive outlook to things happening around.He does have 20K + unique visits per day which generate an adsense revenue of 7000 $ per month.

dale income

Income Generated through adsense : $7036

Dale Patridge’s monthly earnings for October 2014 : $31,271.12

How can you earn 5000 $ per month through Google Adsense?

You might be wondering how much traffic you need in order to touch our magical figure of 5K $ per month as revenue. Revenue through google adsense is recurring and traffic dependent. The more traffic you have the more money you make. Well, tweaks and ad optimizations on your can improve your earnings for sure but ultimately the biggest factor would be the traffic to your website.

How much traffic you need to achieve 5000$/mo through Google Adsense?

Let us have a look at some terms associated with Google Adsense.

CPC – The Cost Per Click (CPC) is the amount you earn each time a user clicks on your ad. CPC is very much advertiser-dependent. The advertiser can set the amount for a click.

CTR -The Page Click Through Rate (CTR) is the number of ad clicks divided by the number of page impressions or page views you receive.

RPM – Page Revenue Per Thousand Impressions (RPM) is calculated by dividing your estimated earnings by the number of page views you received, then multiplying by 1000.

To earn 5000 $, you need to earn $166 per day. Assume a CPM of 1 $ , you need 166 clicks per day to achieve this figure. Lets set the CTR as 1 % (on an average scale) and the pages per visit for your website as 1.5/visit. Now let us calculate the unique visitors needed to earn 5000 $ per month(with respect to the average data assumed).

We need 16600 page views to earn 166$ or nearly 11000 unique visits per day to achieve a monthly income of 5000$.

Well the CPC is very much niche dependant. If your niche is of movie celebrities you are less likely to get 1$ per click. On the flip side if you are selecting a finance/health niche you might get much more than 1$ per click.


Type #2: Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Marketing is another great way to monetize your blog. Lots of people do generate big revenue as affiliate income.

What is affiliate marketing?

The concept of affiliate marketing is very much similar to a real life salesperson who gets the commission for selling products. One of most profitable affiliate marketing is in the hosting business. BlueHost is the best example, bluehost gives 65$ to the affiliate for each referral signup. Patt Flynn makes more than 35000 $ per month through bluehost affiliates. Most of his revenue comes from his youtube video tutorial in creating a bluehost account and through his blog SmartPassiveIncome.

So what’s the connection with your blog and affiliate marketing? A single word answer would be “TRAFFIC“. Bring some targeted traffic to your blog and sell some products(digital or real). Another great example of making revenue being an affiliate(selling digital products) is Themeforest. Themeforest is loaded with lots of themes and they will give you the commission for selling a theme via your referral link.

How does affiliate marketing work?

First of all, you need to sign up to and affiliate support program like amazon affiliates.

That is one of my affiliate links in amazon. You might have noticed the “tag=dollarfry-20” in my affiliate link. This is how amazon tracks my affiliate links. That’s how amazon identify that I brought the customer to amazon so that they can give me the commission of the purchase. Usually, amazon gives a 5-6 percentage as commissions. It may rise up to 10 percent depending on the product and your sales.

Real Life Example

Patt Flynn
Patt Flynn


Patt Flynn is one of the biggest internet affiliates. He shares his monthly income reports with his readers. The income Patt makes through his blog is INCREDIBLE! His last months earning was nearly 98K$ ! 60 percent of this income comes from different affiliate programs . Check it out.

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Patt Flynn’s monthly earnings for November 2014 : $79,098.95

How much revenue can you make through your blog as an affiliate?

It depends on your traffic and audience quality. Unlike google adsense ,you don’t need heavy traffic to generate decent revenue. Say you have 100 unique visits per day and just 2 percent (2 visitors) buys your affiliate products. In the case of amazon you could easily get 12 $ per day or 360$ per month for 100 unique visits. Which is literally impossible with google adsense.

How can you make 5000 $ a month through affiliates

If you are selling products which give you a commission of 10$ per sale , you need to sell 16 products per day to earn 160$ per day (to achieve our 5000 $ benchmark). If you have 1600 unique visits per day to your blog , 1 percent of the readers/customer conversion is enough for you to touch this figure.

Some of the most popular affiliate programs.

Popular Affiliate #1: Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is one of the most popular affiliate program used worldwide. The best thing about amazon is its vast range of products which could fit the niche of your blog. Commission rate offered is 5-6 percent average which may rise up to 10 percent. The major difference from clickbank(check below) is that people trust amazon products very much. Even though the commission offered is less compared to clickbank,the probability for a sale to happen is much higher than that of a product in clickbank.

Popular Affiliate #2: ClickBank

Clickbank is one of the most loved affiliate programs because of its high commission rates(sometimes upto 75%) . A majority of the products are digital products(I’ve mentioned below) like ebooks ,online products etc. The commission rates can always be high for this kind of products(digital) as there are no other expenses to meet. Once an ebook is written , the effort is already done, and each sale corresponds to 100 percent profit . Moreover, transportation cost for a digital product is zero. Have a look at some of the highest commission offered products in health category in clickbank.


Lots of accusations have been there on clickbank about the products being scam. Anyway, lots of people are making good revenue with clickbank.

Popular Affiliate #3:Commission Junction

This is popularly known as CJ Affiliates. Very much like clickbank, CJ affiliates does have products from several niches. You can pick a niche suiting your blog, sell products on your blog and earn. You’ll get a higher affiliate commission for products using Commission Junction than directly from the product site.

How can you start your own Blog and Make Money

Are you interested in starting and making money with your blog? Believe me, its super easy. Lets have a look at the 3 steps in setting up your first blog.

So what are the major 3 steps in starting your own blog?

  1. Registering a domain (
  2. Signing up for a hosting
  3. Installing WordPress

Interested in starting a new blog? Believe me, you need ZERO technical skills. Most of these million dollar bloggers I’ve mentioned does have zero or very less technical background. I am recommending you to use bluehost(the most affordable hosting in 2016), click the below banner link to get a discount for your signup.

Through this bluehost signup you’ll be getting,

  1. A free domain(.com)
  2. Unlimited hosting space
  3. 1 Click WordPress install(Yes, you can setup your first WordPress blog in 5 minutes with bluehost)

Setting up a blog in Bluehost is so easy ,you can even do it by yourself in 5 minutes using the one click blog install.

3 Steps in setting up your first blog through Bluehost

Lets have a loot at the major 3 steps in setting up your first blog with bluehost.

Step 1 : Select the Plan

Bluehost does have 3 major plans(basic,plus and prime). To set up your first blog, I’d recommend you to take the basic plan. Initially, your blogs wont be having that much traffic so that the basic plan will be the perfect one to start with. Later on, once you build some traffic(visitors) to your blog, you can updgrade to bigger plans(this can save you some good money). The basic plan is $3.95 while plus and premium plans are $5.95 per month.

Recommended: Basic Plan


Step 2 : Signup for a domain name



Enter the domain name for your blog. I’ve entered domain name is available, means- no one has registered it) and I can register the domain name.

Should I choose a .com or country specific domain name(eg:

The answer is very simple. If you are looking for global world wide visitors, register a .com domain. If you are looking for country-specific visitors(eg: for Britain, for Australia) you can go for a country specific domain name.

Step 3 : Submit your payment information

The 3rd step is to submit your payment information. Fill in your card and address details.

Its highly recommended to untick the following additional options suggested by bluehost

  • Domain Privacy Protection – Only select this if you want privacy for your domain,. Means you dont want to disclose the identity of the domain owner
  • Site Backup Pro – Your blog wont be having tons of contents intially. So that, it wont be hard for you take backup initially. You can easily take your blogs backup using the Backup WordPress plugin. You can always select this option later(if you need this)
  • Search Engine Jumpstart – This is not necessary, you always have the yoast seo plugin to make your blog seo friendly
  • Site security lock – Not needed intitally, you can use this later once your blog gets established. This can save you some money

I am saying this because I dont use any of these additional features for my blogs and everything is super cool for me.

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NB: If any of you have troubles setting up your blog, feel free to contact me. I can fix any issues faced in setting up your first blog. I’ll be responding in 2 hours and won’t charge a single penny for this service. I love my valuable readers 🙂

Type #3: Selling your own product.

Sell some products through your blog. For instance, if you have makeup/beauty tips blog, you can always sell beauty products online. Once you have the trust of your readers, they’ll be willing to buy your products.This is my personal favorite way to monetize a blog as the profit percentage you get will be much high compared to the previously mentioned ways.

Why is products (Real or Digital) selling the best way to monetize your website ?

I’ll explain this with the challenges and hurdles you need to face in using Google Adsense and Affiliate marketing . You need to build good traffic to your blog to generate decent revenue from your blog.
How much traffic should you need to drive to your blog in order to generate a good income?

Well , even if you only have 50 unique visits per day,you can generate revenue from your blog through adsense, but negligibly small. Being a person using adsense for 9 years , I would say,

You need to have a minimum of 2000 unique visits per day in order to generate 1000 USD per month(in any high paying niche)

This is the real hurdle you need to face. And if you are a webmaster you know how difficult it is to generate 2000 unique visits a day.

For an average webmaster it should take a minimum of 1 year to reach 2000 unique visits per day (stable traffic,depending on content )

And the saddest part is 1000$ per month is never gonna make you a full time living. How much money you gonna need to overtake your full-time job? 5000$-6000$?

You might need 12000 unique visits per day in order to make 5000 a month.(6 x 2000 unique visits per day)
Some of the disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing.

The biggest disadvantages in affiliate marketing are the low commission rates offered by big affiliates.Let us have a look at the commission rates offered by some of the world famous affiliates.


The commision rate of amazon affiliate might pull you back . Well, it’s never that bad (an average of 6-7 percent , up to 10 percent). But it’s little hard when it comes to practical figures. You should sell products worth 600 $ per day in order to earn the 1000$ benchmark per month which is not that easy.

Themeforest offers 30% of the first purchase of the user while elegant themes, being very generous offers 50 percent of each sold theme via affiliate. If you are able to sell themes worth 100 $ per day (from eleganthemes) you can easily make 1500$ per month which is awesome!

How to make 5000 a month selling your own products through your website.

1. Selling Real World Goods.

2 years back I developed a website for a client in joomla. He was selling Protein rich food (chocolate,candies) for body builders. The traffic to the website was low (say around 100 unique visits per day) . But it had a total sale of around 300 $ every day. His profit percent was more than 60 percent which would make 180 $ revenue each day or 5400 $ per month. When it comes to e-commerce Steve Chou from MyWifeQuitHerJob can be your best teacher. Check some of his articles and guidelines to start and e-commerce website. He makes more than 10K -15K $ per month selling wedding linens.

2. Selling digital goods.

The benefits with digital goods are that it does have 100 percent profit. Yes, you may need to invest time and money initially for launching digital goods, but after all, you doesn’t need to spend any money on the product. Build your blog, generate some traffic and sell your digital goods. Neil Patel from Kissmetrics has proved this strategy successfully. Kissmetrics is a web analytical tool which gives you detailed data of people browsing your website.It provides something which google analytics doesn’t give. Neil drives a big deal of traffic to the product through his kissmetrics blog. He and his team has written lots of web analytics articles in kissmetrics blog and did build a great deal of traffic . These visitors get converted into customers. The lowest package is $179/mo and highest is $599 /mo. With this great deal of traffic ,kissmetrics comes out as one of the most profitable digital products in the web industry.

What are most popular digital goods sold over internet.

Let us check some of the digital products that are in great demand all over the internet.

  • Ebooks
  • Web Applications/Software
  • Website Themes
  • Songs
  • Graphics/Design/Fonts
  • Online Games
  • Photography
  • Articles
  • Tutorials

1. Ebooks.

Say, you did start a cookery blog and was able to drive a good amount of traffic and readers to your website. You can launch one cookery ebook and can sell it on your website. Say you have 200 unique visits per day and you are selling an ebook for 20$ , 3 percent conversion would generate 120$ per day or 3600$ profit per month.

Have a look at our detailed guide to Making Money Via ebook.

2. Tools/Themes

This is intended for technical persons. If you can make a good useful Tool/App/Plugin, readers will definitely be purchasing it if they find it useful. Have a look at some popular people making money through WordPress plugins.

Real World Example

John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas

John Lee Dumas of entrepreneur on fire is the best example of taking online product sales to great success level. His last months earning through product sales was $234,396 !

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Dumas’s monthly earnings for November 2014 : $307,504.50

You might also be interested in reading – 21 amazing blogging ideas for 2016-2017 to make money online.

Type #4: Selling Blog posts, Links, Banner.

This is the most easiest way of making money through your blog. You can sell text links,banners,blog posts etc to other websites (they receive traffic and seo juice through this procedure). Placing a text link should literally take 1 minute. The biggest challenge for you is driving traffic to your website. No one advertise in your blog if it doesn’t have descent traffic. After the Penguin and Panda updates webmasters are very much vigilant in buying links , it may do harm than good if links are bought from low quality websites.

The price for a link/banner offered in your blog depends on many factors. The two most important ones are,

1. Traffic to your blog.

People want traffic. If your website has solid traffic to route some traffic to another website ,people would definitely advertise in your blog. The price varies, but I’ve sold one text link for 1000 $ for 3 months from my blog which was receiving around 6000 unique visits per day.

2. Page Rank of your Blog.

Well, nowadays pagerank is a common term . Everyone know about pagerank, it’s a metric used to analyze the priority of a website. Websites with high pagerank (from 0 to 10) are said to be the ones with great quality. Well by great quality I mean Quality Content,Solid Backlink Profiles,Age,Authenticity,trust etc. Pagerank values up to 4 are normal , and above 4 are exceptional. The amount you can charge for a link can rise with respect to your page rank. If your blog has high page rank, the traffic doesn’t matter much. Say if it does have a pagerank of 6 , it doesn’t matter if it only has 50 unique visits per day, people will advertise on your blog.

Read – How to start your own blog ?

Type #5: Selling Services through your blog

You can sell your services through your blog. Build some audience and offer your service expertise to the readers(customers). Neil Patel utilizes this strategy very brilliantly. He writes traffic building tips through his blog quicksprout. He’ve already established his brand in website marketing/analytic/traffic building. All his readers trust him and know he is a guy they can completely rely on. This results in conversions for him. Neil offers website reviewing and consultation for a price and his readers can use his limited service. Neil , being a busy person works only for clients whom he thinks are worthy. Neil has placed testimonials from Techcrunch and other biggies for whom he has worked. He has driven a great deal of traffic for these guys. He has placed a popup in QuickSprout offering his consultations for a price.
Likewise, if you own a programming blog say WordPress tips and tricks blog, you can always offer your WordPress customization services. Your regular readers know very much about you and your ability. Your regular readers should have the trust in you. You can convert this opportunity into money.

Niel Patel
Niel Patel

Harsh Agarwal from ShoutMeLoud offers his consultation services. He is a blog consultant and gives tips and consultations in building a blog and driving traffic to it. He teaches you everything from starting a blog and taking it to the next level. His consultation charges are 249$ per hour. Apart from blog consultation,he also offers WordPress Seo services through which he optimizes your WordPress blog making it search engine friendly.
How can you build trust to your blog and earn 5000 $ per month providing services ?

When it comes to services, it’s all about building your brand and trust. Build an email list from the beginning,collect emails as much as you can. There are lots of ways to collect emails, here in dollarfry we’ve used the SumoMe email popups which will be shown once the reader gets into the blog. The major question is why should the reader give you his email? If you can make that smart impression,the reader might not hesitate to give you his email. There are lots of smart ways to collect emails of the readers, like

  • Providing a free ebook on signup – This is a commonly followed strategy. Write an attractive e-book and email it to the readers for free. Well you can collect the email address of the reader notifying them about this
  • Newsletter signup box – Provide free email updates from your blog that the user need to provide his email
  • Offer Free service – If you have a WordPress tips blog, put a popup or sidebar widget like “Signup for my free WordPress services(only 5 slots left)” so that the readers who are looking for such kind of services may sign up for your service.

Check out the popup form which Neil Patel uses in quicksprout to collect email from his readers,



Provide trustworthy client testimonials

As I said its all about trust, no one signup for your services unless you are trustworthy. Providing Client testimonials gives a trusty feeling for the readers.
Get more user engagement in your blog
Getting more user engagement can build the trust of you and your blog. Rather than writing small articles with 300-400 words, write big detailed articles worthy to receive heaps of comments. Reply to your commentators, clear their queries and try to build a relation with them that they might come back and comment again(in some other post).This strategy can build trust and relation with your readers.

Write unique tutorials and articles in the niche you are offering services

This is really important. If you are offering WordPress Customization services, write unique articles about WordPress tips and tweaks. If the reader finds some value to your article he might think like “Hey, this guy is a kick ass WordPress Developer probably I should take some of his services”.

Type #6: Selling your blog.

You can sell your blog through flippa,sitepoint,websitebroker etc. Some of the biggest blog sales deals in the history of internet are,

Ugo – Sold for $100 Million
Fotolog – Sold for $90 Million
TechCrunch – Sold for $30 Million

I recently got an offer of 600$ for one of my niche affiliate website. I literally have spent nothing more than 2 hours in total in the blog. Iet was really a good deal considering the fact the I haven’t spent much time for the blog and the overall expense to set up the blog was just below 50$. Anyhow, I haven’t sold the blog as I have many other plans with it.

There are a number of aspects which decides the price of your blog, have a look at some of the major factors.

  • Write high-quality articles on your website– High quality original content is always an asset to your blog. This will be considered with high priority when you are selling your blog.
  • Traffic of the website– The number of visitors per day is another key factor affecting the sale of your website. The more the traffic to your blog, the more you can set the buy now price of the blog
  • Revenue your blog is bringing in – How much money does your blog make now? This is another major factor which decides the price of your blog
  • Backlinks obtained and age of domain – If your blog has solid backlink profile, your blog will be of high value. Even if it doesn’t have much traffic, a high backlink profile always make it prone to have more traffic in future (which increase the market price of your blog)

Have a look at how tung tran sold his blog for 6000$ in 6 months . Tung Tran made a total profit of 12000 $ in 6 months through his websites.

How can you sell your blog?

People love high-quality content and there will always be buyers for it. But the ideal question is which is the ideal place to sell your blog? I would recommend Fippa and Empire Flippers. Let’s have a short look at both of them.

Platforms to sell your blog

Flippa is a website marketplace. You can list your website along with the statistics there and buyers who are interested in buying your blog can bid. The issue is that flippa will just act as a portal, you need to take care of all the other things yourself.Empire Flippers are website brokers, they’ll take care of every other things. You don’t need to worry about the payment fraud and other complications, just provide the details of your blog with along with genuine google analytics and income reports and they’ll handle the rest. EmpireFlippers do have a brokerage fees ,they’ll take a percent of your blog’s price as commission. But this is no big deal as you can probably sell your blog at a better price than in flippa through Empire Flippers. You can also sell your domain name online if it is credible and is of great value.

This is a bonus method apart from the 6 methods mentioned above , which is new make money blog method – Lead Generation

How you can generate leads and make money from your blog ?

Lead generation is a new method to convert your visitors into money. Lots of business happens through websites and you can leverage this opportunity to make money from your blog.

You can generate leads from multiple niche blogs. Tour/ Travel blog is one good niche where you can generate a good deal of leads. Say, if you can bring readers to your blog regarding some tour/travel spots, you can convert this potential customer to leads. A good percentage of the visitors will be travelers who might visit the tourist spot sooner. If you can collect the email address of these readers, you can always sell these leads to tour operating companies. Thinking in the wider sense, you can make much more money if you arrange the tour for these travelers.

Another good niche where this lead generation model can work is in the real estate niche. For instance, if you have a real estate blog listing all the properties in Chicago(A Chicago real estate blog) you can always write articles like “Best Villas in Chicago” , “How to rent a house in Chicago” etc.These blog posts can bring in potential visitors(leads) who are interested in properties in Chicago and you can always convert these leads into money. You can organize a property deals with these readers(once you gets their contact details ) and make money as commission.


You can make 5000 a month by following any of these methods.You can also try all these 6 methods in once. You can also club all the six methods together to make a great amount of money, lots of professionals bloggers do so. All the methods take its own time, I don’t want to you to be misled by the astonishing figures I showed you , it takes time! If you are looking for some quick money you’d better choose some other ways. Making money through blogging is very much possible but it takes time and patience.

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