Thoughts, ideas, on creating and maintaining websites to generate income?
A very general sort of question here, hoping to start some discussionÖ
Iíve been a web developer for a number of years, the last few years working independently, mostly creating websites for very small businesses and organizations. Iíd like to explore other ways of making money using my web development skills, working independently, out of my home. Ways that donít necessarily involve finding clients and building sites for them, but are more along the lines of creating, hosting, and maintaining sites of my own which in one way or another generate income.
A few specifics: At this point I donít have any particular content of my own to offer the public (Iím not a blogger, etc.). Iím not looking for a ďget rich quickĒ scheme; Iím willing to put in regular hours, and hoping only to eventually make a modest living from whatever project or projects I might start. Iím not interested in getting involved with anything illegal, and Iím also not interested in hosting "adult" sites.
SoÖ Any thoughts? Directions to go in, directions to stay away from? Useful resources? Things that have worked for any of you, or things that have failed?
I suggest you try blogging. You can use wordpress or blogger to start. Just post daily, about web development techniques. See how it goes from there. To monetize, you can use Google Adsense to begin with. Or you can try selling web development books using Amazon affiliate.
As Steve mentions, you can also try building an online store. You can of course, sell Amazon books. As an alternative, you can also try to look into dropshipping. With dropshipping, you have no inventory to take care of. You do make less though, since you are only being paid a comission.