You see a lot of threads on OT on how many Oters are making a lot (or little) of cash just by having a website and throwing ads on there. You want a piece of the pie too right? Well, the good news is, you can. The bad news is that you started late and you will need to work harder for this to work. Making money online via ads on your site is not easy, and can be downright daunting. Yes, you can start a blog and throw some adsense on it and just hope people will click on ads. Unforturnately it doesn't work like that. Here are some tips on how to get started making money online. Pick a niche Basically, what do you want your site to be about? What are your interests. Do you want to blog about video games, movies, politics? Or do you want to host images for others, or even setup a proxy? Pick something and run a google search. For example, say you pick a niche on plasma tv's. Googling 'plasma tv' gives you over 20.4 million results. That means this niche is over saturated. Your keywords on google will rank too low to get noticed. Generally try and shoot for a niche that brings in a less than 1million results. Googling 'sexy gerbils' brings in about 144 thousand results. That might be a good niche. But you probably arent retarded. So, find something that has less than a million hits, and get your keyword up to the top! Get a name. After you pick your niche, regestering a domain name is your next step. Regestering a domain is easy, getting a great domain is tougher. Find a name that relates to your niche. A lot of good domain names are taking, so be patient and get one that suits you. Get hosted. Find a webhost. Find a paid host. Free hosting companies are great for that odd school project, or your online archive of photos. But it's not so great for a site that's trying to generate some income. Also, the webhosting industry is an industry where the saying 'you get what you paid for' strongly applies. Start writing/coding/designing. This section is pretty much self explanatory. Start creating your content. If you are starting a blog, start writing articles. Post, and post often. Just make sure you stick to your niche. Straying away from your niche is one of the worst things you can do in blogging. A great blogging platform is wordpress. This is really simple to install and use. Your webhost might have CPanel which might enable you to install wordpress with one click. If you are starting another type of website, design it and code it. If you dont know how to code, there are many templates available on the web for you to modify and change to your liking. Monetize your site. If you have an image host, proxy, or similar type of site, you can start adding advertising right away. Sites that offer a service usually get visitors that are expecting ads. A service needs to be paid for somehow right? Now, if you have a site that contains actual reading content, wait on the ads for a few weeks, even months. Build up a readership first. New comers don't want to see ads plastered everywhere. Build some trust with your readers by offering them some great content, and an ad free environment for a while. Market your site. Add your site to forum, and email signatures. If you have the money for it, buy some advertising on Adwords for cheap. The best way to get some visitors is to submit your content to bookmarking sites. There is a huge debate about blogspam vs self submitted content. Blogspam is someone copying someone elses work and posting it on their site and then submitting their site to digg, reddit, del.icio.us, etc. Thats blogspam. Self submitted articles are fine, as long as what you have to say is interesting, and was created by you. Writers dont wait to get published, they publish their work. Worst thing you can do is spam your website. Spamming your website might give you a short burst in traffic, but it hurts you in the long run. Thats basically it in a nutshell. Stick with it, even if you dont see much traffic. With enough content/marketing, you can get some great income from your website. Strong points: Don't spam your website. Stick with it, even when you get discouraged. Earning might be low for the first year, yes thats right.. year, but stick with it, keep writing, keep promoting and eventually chances are good your site will earn you some good income. Maybe even covering your living expenses and then some. If you notice any errors or have something to ad, post here and ill append/change as needed. Update - Resrouces: forums.digitalpoint.com - Great webmaster resource. www.webhostingtalk.com - Find and contact webhosts and find great deals on webhosting. www.iwebtool.com/tools/ - Amazing tools to measure you pagerank/traffic for your site. www.statcounter.com - Track your site's visitors www.dnscoop.com - Find out how much your site is worth. www.domaintools.com - Who owns that domain you wanted? www.wordpress.org - Amazing blogging platform. www.hotscripts.com - Find all kinds of scripts for your site. Free or paid. wickedfire.com - Great traffic and marketing resource http://analytics.google.com/ Changelog: 8/3/07 - added resource list.