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Oct 4, 2011

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

by Freddie Harrison

If you’re spending a lot of time creating and promoting your site, you should get something in return. Here’s our guide making money from your website in iWeb.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your websiteiWeb Tutorial: Monetise your websiteThere are ways to attempt to earn some money from your website, even if you yourself have nothing to sell. Become an affiliate and advertise other people’s goods and services. Should someone click on one of these banner ads and purchase a product, you’ll get a cut of the profits. The more your readers do this, the more you stand to gain.

iWeb already has a built-in system for this, via Google’s AdSense program. But just because Google has a prime position in iWeb’s widgets doesn’t mean you can’t advertise other products, like Amazon, iTunes or any other company you’d care to represent on your website.

We’ll show you how to can make the most of iWeb’s AdSense widget to turn your webpages into potentially lucrative sources of income. We’ll also touch on how to add other advertising options to your pages.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 1: Show Media
Open one of your pages in iWeb. If the media sidebar isn’t displayed on the right of the interface, reveal it by going to Window>Show Media.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 2: Drag a widget
Drag the Google AdSense widget from the sidebar onto your selected page. It doesn’t matter where you drop it in now, as you can reposition it later.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 3: Account setup
A drop-down sheet appears. You can use it to create your Google AdSense account. If you already have one, click on I Already Have An Account.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 4: Email submission
Otherwise, enter your email address and click Submit. Check your inbox for a Google email. Complete registration by clicking the link within.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 5: Confirmation
That link will take you to a page where you can add more information to your account (although this isn’t necessary to carry on with the tutorial).

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 6: Pop-ups
You can now customise the design of your forthcoming ads to match your site, by using the two pop-up menus in the floating window.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 7: Page layout
You can add as many AdSense widgets as you’d like. You could, for instance, add a banner ad at the top and a few others down the side.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 8: Publish to view
None of the ads will show up while in iWeb. The only way you can see the results is by publishing your pages online. Click Publish, bottom-left, to do this.

iWeb Tutorial: Monetise your website

Step 9: Visit site
Once your site is ready to be seen, a drop-down menu will appear. You can click on Visit Site Now to be taken straight to it.

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    • sumarumi

      Don’t get me wrong, I love iWeb and wish is was carrying on, but why are you bothering with a tutorial when Apple has already pulled the plug on it?

    • Freddie Harrison

      Hi sumarumi,

      Thanks for your comment. Apple might have pulled the plug on iWeb in the sense that they’re not updating or producing it as an application anymore, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that people will instantly stop using it. iWeb is a great tool, and whilst people may not be able to use MobileMe to host their website, they will be able to host them elsewhere. We’ll gradually be phasing out iWeb tutorials but for the time being they will still appear on the website and we try and vary our tutorials as much as possible between different iLife and iWork applications, so even if you don’t use iWeb anymore yourself, we’re sure there’ll be something more relevant for you in the next few days.


    • Melissa

      Thanks for this post! I’m buiding my new site with iWeb since it’s so simple to use and was looking into how to monetize it.

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