Why you should create a website to reach financial independence

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There are a lot of ways to reach financial independence and creating a website is one of them.

If you think that building one is complicated, that it takes hours of programming or that you need to be some kind of genius then let me tell you that you’re completely wrong. More and more people are doing it using platforms like WordPress (the one I use), Blogger, Squarespace… These services makes site creation much easier. So why not building one?

Here are 4 reasons why you should create a website.

Make money

If you have a website you can make an extra income every month. If you’re good, you can even quit your job and work full time on it. And if you’re really really good you can even make more money than your own boss. I am thinking about Pat Flynn (his incomes).

So how does this work? Well there are many ways but I am just going to give you 2 examples so you get an idea:

  • The PPC (Pay Per Click): basically every time someone who visits your website clicks on an ads you get paid.
  • The affiliate links: every time you get a sale by promoting a product or service using links on your website, you get a commission.

Get credibility

A website is a way to show that you are pro-active to a recruiter for example.

When you start a website you prove that you are passionate about something, which is really different than writing it on your CV.

See the difference in this example:

I’m really passionate about cooking

“I’m so passionate about cooking that I created a website where I share my recipes that 1,000 people read every week”

Recruiters love candidates who are driven by something, who take action and are proactive. Building a website is a great way to show it.

Build your network

I usually say that building a website is one of the best ways I know to start networking.

When you have a website you can approach people more easily because you have a reason to. Let’s say you work in a certain industry and you want to reach an influencer because you know he could have great advices or he can potentially help you get a job. If you don’t have any website you could send him an email, introduce yourself and ask him some questions. You could get an answer if he’s nice but most of the time influencers don’t pay attention to those kind of email because they are swamped.

If you have a website and you send him an email that’s different. After a small introduction,you can ask him for an interview that you would post on your website. In this case you might get him interested. Why? Because you give him exposure. Influencers love exposure because that’s the occasion for them to pitch their business.

Having a website is also great because with it you can build a community and start to get noticed in your industry.   After building my first website in E-sport I started to get in touch with CEOs and managers who were familiar with my website. If I didn’t have it I would have never known them.

I can’t stress enough the importance of building relations with successful people. This is the best way to be successful too.

Develop a new skill

If you want to be financially independent you need to be skilled. I am pretty sure that you have your own expertise today but don’t stop here. Always look for new skills and new knowledge.

Building a website will bring you new kind of competence that will always be useful in any context.

You work in a company and they want to build a new website? If you know how to do it you can certainly help them and get paid for it! Or you can also give lessons about creating a website and ask money in return…there are so many ways! I think that now you have reasons to start a website!

Simon Cave

 

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21 comments… add one
  • Biron November 27, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Great points! There are about 10 different ways to make money with a website, if not more, so it can definitely lead to income.

    And as a new website owner/blogger myself, I’ve just started realizing how valuable the skills that I’m learning are. I’m also building credibility as a writer, and building a name for myself. This article basically read my mind, because it was just yesterday that I was thinking how glad I am to be doing this.

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  • The Becomer November 28, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Hi Biron,

    Thank you very much for your comment!
    You’re so right about how skills are valuable. I also noticed it. When you learn something interesting and you feel excited about it, it is like you can’t help sharing it with others through your blog.
    I will also write about the other way to make money with a website, because there are a bunch as you said.

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  • FI Pilgrim December 12, 2013, 11:40 am

    This is so true, and I think will only become more true in the next few years. Start developing your web skills now, there are more online visitors than ever and that number will continue to grow!

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    • The Becomer December 13, 2013, 10:33 am

      Thanks for your comment @FIPilgrim! You’re right more and more people are creating website nowadays. And while many industries suffer (because of the crisis), Internet is booming. I really think the future goes in that direction.

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  • Prudence Debtfree January 7, 2014, 12:37 am

    I struggle a bit with the concept of earning money through blogging. I write a blog about our journey out of debt, and I like to feel free to write authentically – not to cater to any business. Do you think that some people compromise their integrity by allowing ads on their sites? I’m not sworn against it – just suspicious.

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  • The Becomer January 7, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Hi @PrudenceDebtfree

    First of all that you very much for your comment I appreciate it.
    I took a look at your website and you seem to want to keep things simple, which is great!

    I think that integrating ads on you site isn’t wrong. I used to think some years ago that every website that displayed ads were tainted and that they focused only on money.

    In the meanwhile I came across fantastic websites, which gave content of great value while displaying ads on their blog. And I thought to myself:

    Mmmh! Interesting! Actually I may be wrong. Maybe you can do both share great content and earn money from the ads. After all that’s just another way to be rewarded for your job!”

    What I am trying to tell you is that it’s not unethical to display ads on your website as long as you produce great content.

    It’s exactly the same for integrity. A blogger should always keep in mind the primary purpose of blogging:

    Bring value to people

    If you do exactly that you integrity will be intact even if you have ads on your website.

    I hope I helped you 😉

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  • Prudence Debtfree January 8, 2014, 4:16 am

    Thanks. I appreciate your response. I actually think you’re right : )

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  • Tom January 31, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I really enjoyed the article. Just because you have been in business like me (17 years) doesn’t mean you shouldn,t put your business on-line. I think it adds to your business credibility and helps others look to you and your site for ideas or to just blog. To me adding social networking like Twitter enhances your site and interacts more with customers and fellow tradesmen. Thanks for the Great Article about Web Sites !

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  • Tom January 31, 2014, 7:13 pm

    Now that I have 2 web sites , I’m surprized when other business owners I know, don’t want to do a Site. Don’t know how I made it 17 years without a website. Check me out at: http://www.afirstchoicelockwf.biz Thanks! Tom

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  • Keith A Sanford February 9, 2014, 6:28 am

    Great post! I’m not exactly sure how I found your site, Simon, but I’m glad I did. I’m coming to online business from the field of financial services and having an online presence is a great way to build streams of passive income. Financial independence is something that most people don’t consider is even possible. Thanks for sharing just how simple it can be! Check me out at http://www.yourextrahustle.com Thanks again! Keith

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  • The Becomer February 9, 2014, 2:40 pm

    @KeithASanford you’re absolutely right! As people don’t think financial independence is possible they don’t even try to do something to reach it. That’s s a pity! Who wouldn’t love to be free of any financial worry and start really living?

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  • Travelling Manc March 8, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Interesting article. I have just set up my website but already I have learnt so much, I have really surprised myself! I haven’t monetised it yet, rather I am getting to grips with SEO, Google Analytics etc and gaining readers before I do. Also, I agree with your comment about time investment, it takes up an incredible amount of time, much more than I expected. It could easily be a full time job if I didn’t have to work full time at my paid job!!! Hopefully that will change! Thanks for the article!

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    • The Becomer March 8, 2014, 1:22 pm

      @travellingmanc I remember when I started I also had to went through the SEO things and analytics. That’s crazy how much you can learn when starting a website! I hope you will be able to work full time on your website. Carry on!

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  • Joe Read April 8, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Online real estate is certainly the way forward! And the best bit is you can do it from anywhere in the world! This is what I’d love to do someday! Great post.

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    • The Becomer April 10, 2014, 9:30 am

      Thanks Joe for your comment, that’s a good point! Flexibility is one of the best advantage of online business!

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  • Adrian May 1, 2014, 4:46 am

    That is a great starting point and very motivating for anyone looking to start an online business. I have consulted myself and helped out several businesses like that and I found 2 things to be key to success: Perseverance and Passion.
    It took us about 4 months to get them from a few visits a day to hundreds of visits (not hits) per day.
    Following some simple guidelines (see this article http://tdlabs.ca/search-engine-optimization-techniques/) you can make your content valuable to businesses and SEO’s alike.
    As for picking the proper keyword for an article, just head on to http://www.google.ca/trends/.

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  • Drew July 1, 2014, 12:16 pm

    I really like how you focus on using your web presence as a direct route to financial independence — and then zero in on the ability to do this efficiently.

    I got to the end of your post and felt like I was missing out on some important specifics. Maybe I’m coming from a different perspective than many of your readers, because while I thought you did a really good job of explaining how the industry works I still don’t have any clue where to start.

    The types of things I’m wondering are, what are the top 3 pay per click Wordpress plugins/widgets that will start automatically start earning me PPC money (or per impression), and what are the top 3 fail-proof affiliate products. Also, are there “native content widgets” that will automatically put sponsored content on my blog per free. In all of these instances what are the per-week pageview tipping points that will, say, allow me to rake in $1, or $10, or $100, or $1,000. Even if it is a little bit it is better than nothing. But nothing is better than wasting a bunch of time for something that will ultimately only bring in a couple cents a year if none of my readers are stupid enough to buy diet pills (or whatever) they know won’t actually help them to become healthy. And yet, I hear ads on podcasts all the time for Squarespace, Audible.com and other outlets — so I know there’s cash floating around.

    Any tips?

    -thanks again

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    • The Becomer July 3, 2014, 11:12 am

      Thank you for your comment Drew. Well first of all I advise you to focus mainly on the Adsense program if you want to earn with PPC. As for the affiliate program, Amazon associate will do the job, you can sign up for free and get some great commissions every month. Now for your question about raking $1, $10…it’s hard to say because it really depends on both the industry you are making business in and the type of monetization you use. For example if you want to make $1,000 with PPC you are going to need a LOT of traffic to your website no matter your industry. What I advise you to do instead is to create your own digital product (if relevant for your industry), because it’s one of the best way to make a great profit without having tons of traffic.

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  • Njabulo August 6, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Hi there. What a great and informative article. As a newbie blogger that teaches himself to manage a blog, the journey is rather exciting-there is something new I learn everyday, which is great. Great post! I blog over at: http://www.onlinecreatives.wordpress.com & http://www.the01storyofusblog.wordpress.com

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  • Chris @ CentsToMe August 6, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Great advice for beginners like me! 🙂

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  • Josh @ MentalMoneyMuscles.com October 5, 2014, 4:15 pm

    This is great advice, I had never heard of the “pay per click” passive income stream. All I can is wow, but how do you get companies to endorse you so that they will allow you to post their services? It seems like you need to build up a solid website/blog before this can happen.

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