One of the things I have in place to supplement my income as a massage therapy is creating websites related to massage therapy – like this one. My first site was www.thebodyworker.com (Now defunct) that I used to just put my notes from massage school online. The way it came about was that I a was having health challenges that kept me from working. At the time it was just a hobby to keep me busy when I felt bad. I started it in 1999 or so and didn’t know anything about creating sites. From there I somehow found an ebook called Make Your Site Sell, by Ken Evoy and learned more and more about the possibilities of creating income from a website. Today that ebook has worked itself into a whole online business creating system and website builder – SBI! (Solo Build it! previously Site Build it!).
I used SBI! to create my second big successful website – www.massagetherapycareers.com (which I sold in 2008 for enough to live on for one year
and the owners crashed it into the ground! The completely changed the content and made it into a sales site for massage schools. Smiling all the way to the bank 🙂
What would you do a site on?
What are your hobbies, interests, passions? What do you know alot about? What are you an expert at or what are you an expert at doing?
Massage, some aspect of health, knitting, soccer, stock trading, gardening, dog training, destinations, your local community….. you name it. It can be made into a profitable topic…somehow….someway.
The way it is done is to take these hobbies, passions, interests and expertise and start with brainstorming your topic through a comprehensive process of keyword research. (Using proprietary software included with SBI.) The software gives you an idea of how many searches there are for that word compared to how many sites there are that provide that information. It also takes into consideration possible ways to make money.
Don’t think you have anything worth writing about?
Think again. Don’t let your old fears get in your way.
How do you make money with a website?
In the early days, I made the most of my income from Google Adsense. Putting Google ads on my site. How much? Well it got up to about $2000 a month before 2009 when Google made big changes in their search algorithms. Since then I have started writing ebooks and am not getting back to working on a few sites that will have more Adsense ads and affiliate income mainly through Amazon associates program.
You don’t know anything about creating websites?
You don’t have to. SBI! provides EVERYTHING you need to know about how to use their proprietary software and if you want to use WordPress, they will help you will all that too with a complete action guide for each type of software. (WordPress just released their 5.0 that includes a block by block builder which will have a big learning curve.)
EVERYTHING? Yes Everything.
- How to choose a topic
- How to choose the best domain
- How to set up your home page
- How to create pages so that search engines will find them
- How to use Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram to build traffic
- How to write (anyone can learn!)
- How to make money
- How to create products
- How to sell other people’s products (Affiliate Income)
How long will it take?
It’s a process. It takes as long as it takes. It won’t happen overnight and it isn’t a get rich quick thing.
It is building an online business – one that could supplement your massage income and make you money while you do massage and take you into retirement. (I have so many plans for other websites that I can play with in ‘retirement’, I can hardly wait!