Website Monetization Strategies for Publishers

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August 11, 2021 | by Kean Graham
Website Monetization

Consumption of online content around the globe has doubled over the years, opening a lot of content monetization opportunities and possibilities for digital publishers to improve their businesses. However, in order to do so, these publishers need to develop a solid website monetization strategy.

What is Website Monetization?

Website monetization refers to the process of generating revenue or profit through a website, converting content into actual earnings.

For publishers to start making profit, first of all, they need  to generate or have traffic. Website monetization is dependent on traffic. Publishers simply cannot make money if their website doesn’t have traffic.

Second, they must know and understand their target audience. This will help them create content their audience finds interesting.  It will be much easier to monetize your website if you have a clearly defined audience.

Finally, they need a well-thought-out monetization plan. They can start developing a website monetization strategy if they have a clear understanding of their audience and a significant amount of traffic.

Deciding how to monetize a website might be difficult. Publishers are ready to benefit from their website, but they are unsure which strategy will work best.

Here are several website monetization strategies for publishers to help them make more money from their website content:

Sponsored Content

Publishers work with a company to create or publish promotional materials inside their website content. This is typically in the form of a review, blog post, or feature.

Native advertising

Native advertising blends in with the surrounding content, creating a more intuitive and engaging experience for the users. It is used by publishers to monetize their websites with personalized ad content that does not interfere with the user experience.

Video advertising

Video ads are an ideal monetization method for publishers, who primarily monetize their websites through advertising. Incorporating video will be especially beneficial for their website if they have high engagement and time-on-site due to your content.

Display advertising

Monetizing your website with display ad units requires providing ad space in specific areas of your website. The typical spaces provided by most publishers are at the top, side, or bottom of the web page.

Most publishers who provide content to their users use this method, and it is still the digital advertising method that attracts the most investment. The advantages are that there is a seemingly limitless supply of options, that publishers can fit multiple units on most pages, and that they come in a variety of different sizes.

Affiliate advertising

Affiliate marketing entails being compensated for each referral you make to the products and services of another company. When you include affiliate links on your website, you will earn a commission for each person who clicks on your affiliate link.

The link can take the user to a product page or an offer where they can purchase a product. When it comes to monetizing through affiliate advertising, it is critical that you do not simply choose the affiliate program with the highest commission.

You want to make sure that the products and services you promote are consistent with your brand and that they resonate with and appeal to your target audience.

Programmatic Advertising

The automated process of buying and selling your advertising space as inventory for advertisers is known as programmatic advertising. This is ideal for websites that receive a high volume of traffic each month.

The benefit for publishers is that, because programmatic handles everything, it is a low-maintenance source of revenue compared to direct sales of display ads. You will gain the most if you are diligent in optimizing for the best results and cutting off partners who consistently fail to deliver.

Paid Membership

A membership website provides content to subscribers who pay a fee. The most obvious way to monetize your website traffic is to simply charge your visitors for the content you provide.


This is one of the most popular methods of monetizing a website. Simply put, you partner with an advertising network that displays relevant ads on your website and banner and receives payment every time a viewer clicks on them. Publishers are paid a rate per click by ad networks, which is known as the Click-Through-Rate.

Search monetization

Including a search box on your website can provide an additional revenue stream. Every time a viewer uses your search page, they are served relevant ads based on their search terms. When you use a monetized search box, you earn a commission each time someone searches.

Paid Subscriptions

Subscription models entail charging your visitors a monthly or yearly fee for access to membership sites and exclusive, high-quality content. Subscription is ideal for website publishers who can justify charging recurring fees for unique content. The benefit of subscription models is that they provide a consistent source of revenue each month, as well as the potential for higher growth.


The best part about monetizing an email list is the amount of experimentation you can do in testing out different website monetization strategies, allowing you to monetize the list as you see fit and finding the best one for you and your audience.

One way to monetize your email list is to create a weekly newsletter full of interesting, relevant content created by your team, then include an opportunity for advertisements in the form of banner ads or sponsored content from a relevant brand at the bottom.


E-commerce allows you to make more money by selling your own products. This product could be e-books, webinars, online courses, or anything else of value to your target audience. E-commerce is ideal for publishers who have complementary products to offer.


Your monetization options are determined by the type of content you provide, your audience, and the amount of money you have available to invest in it. Some strategies may or may not be appropriate for your website. It’s important  that you figure out which will work best for you. Experiment with various strategies. Scale back on what’s working and get rid of what isn’t working.

If you have programmatic advertising as one of your monetization strategies and want to take your ad revenue to the next level, MonetizeMore can help you. We are a Google Certified Publishing Partner, and we have helped thousands of publishers realize their ad revenue. Subscribe today!

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