How long does it take for a site to start making money?

This is arguably one of the most asked questions when people who have no experience in making money online and internet marketing are pondering whether to throw themselves into the pond and get wet or to distance themselves from the internet wealth folly.

I have tried googling this question, hoping to find at least one appropriate answer or perhaps some logical arguments. However, it seems that no one online (and offline) has a good answer to this particular question. You can of course, try Yahoo! Answers, Ask Jeeves and some other similar sites to see what invaluable views we have in there. It will be interesting to read about various people’s opinions and I shall be grateful if you could share what you find about this topic with us by commenting on this post.

What is my personal opinion regarding this issue?

First of all, I do not have an extensive experience when it comes to making money online and internet marketing. However I have placed myself pretty near the center of the battlefield and through my observations and a little experiment on my own, I believe I have the ability to make some money online (and I have) and I am entitled to voicing out my opinions regarding this matter. You are free to judge whether what I say is accurate, doubtful or unclear by commenting on this post :)

OK, I do not want to generalized all sites. How soon a site can begin making money depends on many factors such as the age of domain, the Page Rank of the domain, whether the domain is banned, penalized or indexed by search engines, the targeted niche and keywords of the site, the content of the site, marketing of the site and how is the site presented – whether in the form of a blog, a website or a community board.

With all the factors above in mind, I personally think that a site can begin making money from as early as 3 months. There are sites which make money right from the first month itself, no doubt but 3 months is sort of a benchmark, which webmasters can use to gauge their performances. If one of your sites start making money earlier than the age of 3 months, then you are obviously doing things right and are well on your way to making money online. If however, your site do not generate any income after 3 months, you should probably consider seriously whether to continue running the site or perhaps there is a need to change the direction (and marketing strategy) of the site and hire an expert consultant.

The are many reasons why I think a new site will mature within 3 months and be ready to generate income. Firstly, the domain would have been indexed by search engines. It will be enjoying organic traffic from search engines and other sources depending on your methods of site promotion. For sites of some niche, 3 months will be sufficient for them to be released from Google’s sandbox (nobody can be sure whether this is just a myth!) and most quality sites would have been given appropriate Page Rank, Alexa rank, etc. Within the first 3 month, the content and frequency of content addition should have been established and webmasters have sufficient time to tweak their sites, gain members, subscribers and followers. Advertisers are also prone to advertise on a mature site with good rankings and considerable number of visitors.

Well, there goes my reasons for clinging to the magical number 3. If there is someone who tries to sell you the idea that you can make loads of money almost instantly, you should definitely beware of him. Although making money online as fast as possible is important, do remember to be prudent, you don’t want to be scammed.

Do you agree with me that sites will start to make money when its age is around 3 months or so? Why?

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8 Responses to “How long does it take for a site to start making money?”

  1. Daniel Rosca says:

    Yes I agree you. The website will start making money after some months, minimum 2-3 months, but it is not a rule, if the traffic is poor it can take more than n5-6 months until you can win money with it.

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  2. indocontest says:

    I agree with you too. Personally i make money online after 5 months. :)

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  3. BobbyT says:

    Nice, maybe we should have a poll, to see at what age people’s sites start making money.

    Wish you two will have great luck MMO :)

  4. It all depends on how much work can be done in 3 months. I thought you could have made a few assumptions like if it’s full time or part time business, the experience level etc. It’s difficult to answer this question without them, just my 2 cents. But it’s an interesting question and probably could generate some interest.

    Peter Lee

  5. a good way to promote a site is via Social media like Facebook and Friendster.,”`

  6. Brianna Lee says:

    site promotion can be done in many ways including promoting it on facebook and twitter:,;

  7. site promotion takes a very long time not unless you have a hefty budget on adwords `*”

  8. 120mm fan : says:

    site promotion is the most tiring job of all, you will be doing lots of stuff to promote new products and services by advertisi’*.

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