This article is a comprehensive review of all the best and top 10 website business ideas for the year 2017 – 2018. A website business idea basically aims to make money through a website. It could be anything from a blog to an e-commerce portal to an hourly charged service sold via a website.
#1 – Start a Blog and Make Money from the Blog
If you are a true beginner looking for some good viable ideas to start an online business, then blogging is one of the best options you have. You can make money from blogging via Advertisements, Affiliate Marketing, Selling Products, and Selling Services.
If you are new to the term ‘blog’, don’t worry. Follow the articles given below to get a good idea.
#2 – Start an E-commerce Website
E-commerce is always a good business idea irrespective of the country you live. The problem here is competition from giants like Amazon. You cannot achieve success by starting a general e-commerce store competing with Amazon. The key to success here is to start an e-commerce store in a focused niche where giants like Amazon do not operate. Given below are a few niche e-commerce websites that operate profitably.
Northern Parrots – is a dedicated niche e-commerce store that’s set up to serve people who are interested in parrots (those who have parrots as pets). They have set up a very organized website with specific products for different breeds of parrots. Take a look to get inspired and come up with creative ideas for a niche e-commerce website.
House of Rave – is another interesting niche e-commerce business serving rave dancers. They serve all products (cloths, lights, accessories etc) related to rave dancing. In fact, this is a niche (rave dance accessories) within a niche (party accessories). Pretty focused, they have been in business for last 12 years.
Read: – We have published a detailed article analyzing the top Niche E-commerce websites out there. Read our article – Top 20+ Niche E-commerce Business Examples – to get different ideas to start your unique online store.
#3 – Start Selling Hourly Services through your Website
This idea is applicable only if you have some skills that can be sold for an hourly rate. The skills could be anything from writing to programming to graphic designing. The idea here is to start a dedicated website to market your skills and services online. People who are interested in hiring you will place orders online via your website.
#4 – Start a Product Reviews website
Before buying a new product, I usually look for reviews of the product in Google. For example, if I am to buy a new microwave oven to my home, I usually begin my shopping curve looking for reviews in Google with some search phrases like “best countertop microwave ovens“. This gives an opportunity for people looking to start a website based business. Start a product reviews website! Instead of starting a ‘general’ product review website like Cnet Reviews, opt for a focused review site like DPReview – which reviews only digital cameras and photography related products. These two sites make money from these product reviews via affiliate marketing.
Note: – This website business idea is appealing to beginners and experts alike.
#5 – Start a Web App
You can make a lot of money or create a good business around a web application. But this kind of app based website business idea calls for very good expertise in programming and internet marketing. I am listing a few examples of simple app based website business idea to get inspired from.
WpThemeDetector – is a simple app based website business which helps in identifying wordpress theme used in a website. You just need to input the URL of a WordPress website and this app will return the theme used on that particular website. Another similar website that revolves around the same model is – WhatWpThemeisThat. These two websites make money from affiliate marketing by referring their visitors to theme marketplaces like ThemeForest.
Website Business Ideas for Beginners
The secret of getting ahead is getting started – Mark Twain
We were all beginners once! I still remember my beginning days where I worked hard to make a few dollars. The sheer joy I experienced when I saw an email from Paypal notifying a payment received is beyond explanation. So get started. I think Blogging and Product Reviews are the right areas for beginners as they both don’t demand very high expertise. Even though knowledge is required in setting up a blog/website, SEO, link building, keyword research etc., much of that knowledge could be acquired on the go while working on the business.
‘Guest Blogging‘ is one of the most effective (and accepted) link building method practiced widely now. Guest blogging works around creating a win-win proposition both for the link acquiring website and for the link donating website/blog. The ‘link acquiring‘ website benefits from the high-value backlink it gets (also from the referral traffic received through the link), and at the same time the ‘link donating‘ website benefits from the high-quality article it receives (a new article for its regular readers, lifelong traffic from search engines etc)
In this article, let’s dig some proven and practical tips to identify potential websites/blogs accepting ‘guest blog posts’. I am choosing ‘interior design’ as a niche for ease of explanation. You can apply these ideas to the niche of your choice.
Suppose I own and manage a blog in the ‘interior design’ niche where I write about interior design trends, styles, reviews interior furniture and decoration products. I have written a 100+ article in the blog and now I am looking to build some links to the blog through guest blogging to improve my overall search engine rankings and traffic. So how do I go about it? My first task is to build a list of potential websites/blogs that accept ‘guest blogs’. Since my blog belongs to the interior design niche, naturally I would like to guest post in blogs in the same/related niche like ‘interior design’ , ‘home improvements’, ‘home designs’ etc. I have two reasons to stick with blogs/website from a relevant niche:
Links from relevant niche has more value in the eyes of Search Engines
Higher chances of getting accepted for a guest blog entry
So here we go, the Tips to identify potential websites that accept guest blogs.
#1 – Scan through Blog Directories based on category
Blog directories like BOTW Blogs are repositories of blogs based on different categories and niches. Identify a category that is very much related to your niche and skim through the blogs listed in that category. Not all of them will be accepting guest posts, but some of them will be more than happy to accept a guest blog. Contact the blog owner with your guest blog idea (if possible through email) and wait for his/her response. For better conversions pitch with 2 or 3 different article ideas (that are not yet published in their blog) so that the blog owner has a choice.
The screenshot below is a list of blogs under the ‘home improvement’ category. On the right sidebar (of the screenshot) you can see many subcategories as well.
There are around 20+ popular blog directories which are worth your time. I just scanned the BOTW Blogs directory (while writing this post) for a niche I am interested in and found 10 potential blogs that accept guest blogs. So get to work now. Here is a list of most popular blog directories.
#2 – Searching with keywords
Searching in Google with the related keyword phrase(s) is another practical and quick way to get a good number of blogs that accept guest posts. Most of the blogs that accept ‘guest posts’ will have pages with title(s) like ‘write for us’ , ‘contribute’ , ‘guest posts’. Google will index these pages in their database and a simple google query “write for us” will list all blogs/websites that have something related to the query. In most cases, these blogs will be accepting guest posts (while some blogs will be looking for paid writers only). The problem with a general “write for us” query is that it will return blogs/website from a wide set of categories which may not suit your niche. To solve this problem always append a keyword phrase that is relevant to your niche. If we resort to our example niche ‘interior design’, run a query like ‘interior design + write for us‘ which has higher chances of returning blogs in the interior design niche that accept guest blog posts.
Note 1:- While writing this post, I tried my hand on the above idea for a niche that I have an interest in. I got 10 high quality blogs that accept guest posts. The good side of this method is that you get access to very high-quality blogs (with good Alexa rankings, good count of backlinks, good domain authority etc) that accept guest blogs.
Note 2:- You can repeat the same tricks with Bing.
#3 – Using Tools – Similarweb, Alexa
You can find lots of websites/blogs (in a particular niche/category) with the help of research tools like Alexa and Similarweb. Let’s say for an example, Housely is a very popular website in the home decor niche. I would like to find sites similar to housely. An idea that comes handy here is to use tools like similarweb. Run a search/query on any of these tools with the URL in your mind and access the results. For example:- a query on smilarweb or alexa would fetch you lots of useful information on websites/blogs in the same niche.
#4 – Backlink Analysis of a Competing Website
Analysing backlinks of a competing website is a great idea to identify blogs that accept guest posts. There are lots of backlink research tools out there like RankSignals which provides you with backlinks to any website. For example if you want to identify the backlinks to a website like housely, just run a query in RankSignals and you are done. You will get an idea of which all sites link to housely. Analyze those links and identify which all of them offer/accept guest blog posts. Pitch them with your rocking idea and there you get your piece of cake.
So these are some practical and proven ideas to find guest blogging opportunities. If you have some other interesting ideas, feel free to comment.
In one of my previous posts, I’ve mentioned about 8 ways to make money with your videos. In this blogpost I am writing about makeing money online selling your videos. Well, you can make money through your videos from YouTube(through ads and other programs). This write up is about creating an independent platform for your videos and selling it to various subsribers.
Uscreen comes up with an idea of creating and selling content(especially videos) online. It’s been used by wide range of business owners, startups and many other internet savys. Uscreen is a monetization platform for over 1,100 live customers. Uscreen allows you to upload Videos, Audio, PDFs, Documents, Text, Live Streams & Webinars. All these contents uploaded can be presented on behalf of the users and they can subscribe to the content you provide.
You can upload your videos to Uscreen via direct upload,google drive, dropbox etc or even sync directly with your Vimeo,YouTube,Wistia accounts . A special feature of uscreen is the live streaming, you can live stream your content through the live streaming player of uscreen.
You can upload your video and build a community where you can interact with other video uploaders (like commenting,messaging etc).
Check some of the real life scenarios where uscreen will be the choice for you.
Are you a personal who want to sell your courses online? Whether it be training videos, motivational speaking videos, English speaking courses, Web development courses or whatever, uscreen is a perfect platform to promote your skills by selling your courses online.
Uscreen allows you to live cast your videos. This will be perfect solution for your webinars.
Internal Video Hosting
Say, if you have a firm or an internal network of people where you need to showcase your videos . For instance , you have a team and you need to train your team using training videos. You can host the videos in your uscreen account and share it with your team.
Uscreen recommends its service mainly in these sectors,
How to make money with Uscreen
You can make money with Uscreen . The biggest attraction of uscreen is the different modes of money making like,
Pay Per View
You can also setup coupons and bundle offers for your users and once a user subscribe to your plan you will make money.
Other highlight features of Uscreen
With Uscreen you can create high converting landing pages with top notch designs. You can also promote these landing pages through various marketing platforms and create sales funnels through it. This can generate good leads to your landing page and help you to attract more subscribers and thereby more money.
Built in Themes
Uscreen theme library has lots of good looking themes which you can use for your video portal. The themes, very much like the WordPress themes , can be set up in minutes and require zero technical knowledge. You can even create a website like Netflix in terms of look and feel using these Uscreen themes. The best advantage of using a theme is its portability, if you think your design is not that effective, you can easily change to another theme without any complications.
Uscreen does have an inbuilt analytics system through which you can analyse your viewer’s behavior. You can track user engagement,popularity, who is watching what parts of the video etc. You can also connect your uscreen account with popular analytical platforms like google analytics and all. This analytics helps you in analyzing the overall performance and user interaction.
Uscreen is heavily optimized for video hosting. Uscreen leverages multiple CDN’s to scale and reach audience world wide. The best thing is that you won’t be charged any additional fees in using the CDN. This makes your video smoothly streamed around viewers residing in different parts of the world.
Pricing and features
Pricing of UScreen starts at $99 per month and ranges up to a luxury plan of $499 per month. For all the plans, you’ll be having unlimited bandwidth and courses. One of the best feature of uscreen is the 99 % up time for the basic plan and 100 % up time for all the other higher plans. It also provide a website hosting & blog for all accounts. For higher plans($299,$499) you can use the uscreen affiliate program where a 3rd party can promote your videos. This can attract more sales to your videos. Well, you need to give a percentage of your sale as commission to your affiliate marketerer. Uscreen also accepts credit cards, Paypal and multiple currencies across the world. Coupons & promotions are eligible for all plans.
Some of the other highlight features offered by Uscreen are,
Upselling- The upselling feature can drastically improve your conversion rate by prompting the users to upgrade the subscription package.
Email Automation – Automated emails to users with respect to various actions
Social media integrations
Offers – You can create awesome offers like free content subscriptions,rentals etc
100% Whitelabel-Uscreen branding wont appear in any part of your website
Multi language support- Uscreen allows your website to be presented in native language of users
Customisable order form
Custom checkout fields – You can add custom fields to your checkout form (This can give you better tracking)
Seo Optimization – The Uscreen is very much seo optimized so that you can leverage the advantage of search engine traffic
So, summing up, Uscreen is a good platform which you can use to create some awesome contents and to sell it online.
‘Fashion Blogging‘ was a big trend in 2016 and it continues to be so in 2017 as well. Fashion bloggers are followed like celebrities nowadays. They write about latest fashion trends, personal styles, dress codes, event and theme based styling and a lot more. Based on what they write and share they get readers on their blog, subscribers for their Youtube channel, thousands of followers on Instagram and other social medias like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. These readers and followers engage with what they write and share on their blogs and social media accounts.
Fashion Bloggers make money through their social media accounts and blog traffic. They promote specific products, brand campaigns, help build brand awareness, promote new product launches and all such activities related to fashion industry through their blog and social channels. Fashion Bloggers get paid for each and every endorsement they sign (be it promoting a product or launching a brand campaign). The amount of money made by each and every blogger differ based on the ‘influence capacity‘ they hold in terms of monthly blog traffic, email subscribers, the number of followers on social channels etc.
Before going deep let’s dig a little to see the Top 3 Fashion Bloggers.
GalMeetsGlam by Julia Engel
Julia Engel started GalMeetsGlam back in 2011 while she was in college studying business. Julia’s story is very much similar to many successful full-time bloggers out there like Darren Rowse and Pat Flynn in the sense that they all started working on their blog (initially) as a hobby finding free time after their day jobs. After working for 2 years on her blog part time, Julia decided to quit her day job and go full time with GalMeetsGlam in 2013. She never looked back since then. Now she has an established full-time business through her blog and its followers (which includes social media followers which she got from the popularity of her blog and its contents). Julia is truly an inspiration for anyone planning to take up blogging as a full-time or part-time business venture. She is your idol if your blogging venture is supposed to be in the fashion industry!
Julia makes money via Affiliate Marketing and Sponsored Posts. If you are curious how it’s done, take a look at her post- Blush Pink Dress – Red Coat. She promotes all those outfits she wears on those photographs through this blog post (be it the Maje dress, the Vince coat or the Mansur Gavriel bag). For another example, take a look at her blog post- A day in Charlotte with Lela Rose -where she promotes another set of products. She has not disclosed her actual income from online business (via her blog, Instagram etc) anywhere. However based on some web sources, she makes above $1Million a Year.
So far we have seen 3 outstanding fashion bloggers and learned a bit about how much money they make. You should be inspired by now to start your own fashion blog, isn’t it? Just by writing this much, I feel charged to move ahead in my online businesses. If you are passionate about the fashion industry, have an eye for good designs and latest trends, have a flair to work hard, then you definitely can make the success with a fashion blog. So let’s begin to learn how to start or create a fashion blog from scratch. I assume you are an absolute beginner with no prior knowledge in starting websites/blogs.
I’ve divided the whole article into 2 sections.
Section 1: How to create a fashion blog
Section 2: How to make money from your fashion blog
How to Create a Fashion blog in 4 steps
Are you amazed at the heading? Well, you read it right. You can create your first blog in just 4 steps. The very first one being finding the right domain name and registering it. The second step is to find a good web hosting solution, buy the hosting account and setup the hosting account. The third step is to choose the right platform for your blog and no other platform is as good as WordPress for a blog. The 4th and final step is nothing but to start blogging or start publishing contents.
Step 1: Register your Domain Name
First of all, you need a domain name for your fashion blog. If you don’t have an idea what a domain name means read all the tutorials given below. A domain name is a name represented by a blog. In the above example of Julia Engel, her blog domain name is Galmeetsglam.com. Domain name of this blog is – DollarFry.com
When it comes to ‘fashion blogging‘, you can opt to choose a generic fashion related name like WhatToWear, Fashionista or a more personally branded domain like GalMeetsGlam or WendysLookBook. The choice should be based on your business ambitions with the blog.
Note: – You can get a Free Domain Name (free of cost) while signing up for a web hosting account with BlueHost. So if you don’t already have a web hosting account (explained in Step 2), we advise you to register the domain name while signing up for the hosting account as you can save around 10USD.
Step 2: Select Your Web Hosting
Once you have finalized your domain name, the next step is to find the right web hosting for your blog. A web hosting account is basically a server space to store your blog’s files and contents. There are 3 different types of web hosting account (as a primary classification) to choose from – 1) Shared web hosting 2) VPS web hosting and 3) Dedicated web hosting. Beginners and first-time bloggers are always good to go with Shared web hosting.
Read: – Our Guide How to Choose between Shared-VPS-Dedicated Servers for WordPress Blog
We are running around 50+ WordPress based blogs and websites on our own. In addition, we have hosted over a 100+ WordPress based websites for our clients (as part of the services offered in our Web Development company). Based on our experience, we have shortlisted the top 3 hosting companies that offer the best Shared Hosting solution for WordPress.
Step 3: Install WordPress
Once you’ve registered with bluehost, you need to go to the Cpanel and then select the one click installer option. After all, you need to select the domain name(the fashion blog domain name which we registered newly), and install WordPress into that domain. You need to set a database as well. If you don’t know, a database is where the data gets stored. WordPress is developed in Php platform and the database is Mysql. All your blog contents will be stored in this database. The content you see in any blog is been pulled from their database. You need to set a username and password for your database and another user name and password for your WordPress back end administration(where you can login and manage the blog posts). Click install, that’s all and you are done!
How to make money from a fashion blog and get paid.
You can make money from your fashion blog . Number of fashion bloggers live full time with the money made from their fashion blog.
So, how do they get paid for fashion blogging? Let’s have a look.
10 ways to make money from your fashion blog
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways in getting paid for your fashion blog. Haven’t heard about affiliate marketing? Its a simple concept of promoting 3rd party products in your blog. Okay, so how’ll you be paid promoting a 3rd party product? You will be having a unique link(url) to the third party product(may be a fashion apparel in our scenario) and if a customer buy a product following this ulink(unique for you) the corresponding affiliate program will pay you.
There will be predefined commissions for the products sold. The payment threshold for most of these affiliate programs are 100$(means you’ll only get paid once you touch 100$).
In the fashion niche, the most popular affiliate programs are
Reward style is the most popular affiliate program used by fashion blogs. It’s affiliate program has been developed exclusively for the fashion bloggers.
The best thing about reward style is the average commission rate of 10%(this vary as per brands) , or in other words, you’ll get 50$ if someone makes a purchase of 500$.
Amazon associates is the affiliate program of amazon. FYI, amazon has the biggest affiliate network in this world. Billions of dollars are paid to the amazon affiliate marketers. You can navigate into the amazon fashion and promote the products mentioned in this category through your blogs.
Amazon not only offers commission to the purchase made, but also to every purchase made by the customer in the next 24 hours. This makes amazon, the most favorite affiliate program for a blogger.
The commission rate for amazon in fashion category is around 6%, but this can improve on accordance with the number of sales .
Have a look at this chart,
If you ship 3131 items a month, the commison rate will be increased to 8.5 percent(for that month).
2. Pay per click program
Pay per click program pays you once a visitor clicks ads in your fashion blog. You don’t need the customer to make a purchase to earn. Lets have a rough look at the shopstyle ppc program for fashion bloggers.
Shopstyle is a fashion shopping search engine that has products of a number of brands incorporated under one platform.
Shopstyle has an make money program Shopstyle Collective through which fashion bloggers can create affiliate links of the mentioned products and promote it through their fashion blog. The best thing about shopstyle is that you’ll get paid per clicks, which means the customer don’t need to make a purchase of the product for you to get paid. On the flip side, you wont get commissions if a customer makes a purchase.
Once you’ve built your brand, you can endorse other brands. As you know, fashion is an industry crowded with tons of brands and these brands are looking to promote their brands through various methods. This is why they are looking to collaborate with fashion bloggers(in other words, fashion influencers).
You can promote products of these brands making a deal with them. Well, the deal can vary as per the collaboration, it can be for a time period, it can be for number of blogposts. Its all up to the blogger and brand.
4. Sponsored Posts
Sponsored post is a good method through which a fashion blogger can make money. There are many fashion brands out there looking to promote their products through blogs. Once you have a set of readers, you can approach these brands(or they’ll come to you if you become that popular) for sponsored posts. There are many online program that’ll give you around $600 for a blog post endorsing a brand. momitforward is one such kind of program.
Some of the popular websites through which you can apply for sponsored post in a fashion blog are,
Choies welcomes fashion bloggers to promote their products. You can get paid and avail special discounts for promoting their products.
Oasap is another good brand that offer cash, freebies and reward points to fashion bloggers. Check their sponsored posts page to read more.
Stylemoi has a bloggers program that allows fashion bloggers to have sponsored products. The only criteria is that the blog should have a minimum of 5000 followers on any major social media network.
Shein sponsored posts program doesn’t says about paying for product promotion but they do give clothing worth $40-$200 a month for fashion bloggers. The major criteria for the approval of your fashion blog is to have 1000 followers for your blog and 5000 followers in any major social media network.
I personally know many fashion bloggers who get paid for fashion photography. Many fashion models or wannabe fashion models(not the bigger ones,but the smaller ones) are looking for a fashion photographer to make a portfolio. If you have that photographic skills, you can offer your service as a fashion photographer. And now a days, many brands are also hiring fashion bloggers to take photographs. Showcase yourself as a fashion photographer throughout your blog and offer your fashion photography as a paid service.
6. Be a fashion model
Being a model is the dream of every fashion enthusiasts. You are building a brand through your fashion blog, if you check this fashion blog of Julia Engel, you can see that she is building a brand of herself.
A fashion blogger often upload photos in the latest fashion wears. Or in other words, he/she is the model of their fashion blog. Once you build a readership, you can offer modelling as a service and you can get hired as model and make money.
A good real life example would be Aimee Song, from songofstyle.com. She do have more than 4 million followers in her instagram account, which means she is a style sensation and is model who has lots of followers. This massive amount of followers can bring in more brand to her modelling and thereby more money.
7. Write an ebook about fashion tips/style guide/fashion blogging etc.
When it comes to 2016-2017, a digital product selling is one of the most profitable online businesses. The biggest advantage of having a digital product is that it is a one time investment business. Once it reaches a break even, all the sales will generate 100 percent profit to the creator.
Ebook is such one digital product through which you can generate tremendous amount of profit. Once you build some traffic to your fashion blog, you can write some ebook about fashion tips,fashion photography or something, or even about starting a fashion blog and sharing your journey. Primarily, analyze what your reader want to hear from you and write an ebook in that niche.
Once you’ve written an ebook, set a descent price(I’d say something in the range of $10-$15) and promote this ebook on behalf of your readers. If you can achieve a conversion rate of 3-5 %,and a traffic of 500 unique visits a day, you can easily touch $6000-$7000 a month in revenue, not at all bad! right?
You can also sell your ebook through amazon ebook store and kindle store.
8. Sell a course through your fashion blog
Course selling is another good income opportunity from your fashion blog. Justagirlandherblog sells an online course(through her blog) for ($200 avg) and make great deal of money online.
9. Starting an eCommerce fashion store
Once you have a set of readers, you can convert this readers into potential customers. Theblondsalad is one perfect example of converting a fashion blog into fashion eCommerce store.
10. Helping others to start a fashion blog
If you are a regular follower of popular fashion bloggers out there, you can see them set a separate page helping other people to start a fashion blog. You can also see affiliate links to hosting and various platforms like Genesis Framework(helps bloggers to easily setup an interactive WordPress blog). Once a reader clicks and signsup these affiliate links, the fashion blogger earns money as commissions.