5 Alternative Types of Websites You Can Monetize If You Don’t Operate a Blog

Alternative Types of Websites You Can Monetize

Do you know that, there are 5 Alternative Types of Websites You Can Monetize if You Don’t Operate a Blog?


The exact number of websites on the internet changes by the second, but we know it is well in excess of a billion. Even with all of the websites available, it may appear that there aren’t many different types of websites to choose from when considering running a website. There is a lot of emphasis in the digital publishing world on lifestyle or blog-type websites, but your options for monetizing a website don’t stop there! But

Many ad partners on the web have strict website type requirements that prevent alternative types of websites from monetizing. And ad networks work with any website as long as it adheres to Google’s core policy requirements. With that in mind, here are five types of websites you can monetize if blogging isn’t your thing.

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5 Alternative Types of Websites You Can Monetize if You Don’t Operate a Blog

1. A Database:

A Database Website

First, let us define what we mean by a database website. Many questions would be better answered by a short, simple piece of data rather than an entire article or how-to piece. Websites that include databases include those that store historical weather data or those that allow you to search for a phone number or address.

Because there is so much discussion about creating original content, which we associate with “blogging,” people do not always consider using a database to monetize a website. However, for a variety of reasons, a database could be an excellent niche to pursue.

Consider Brian May, one of Ezoic VIP publishers. Brian May lives in Georgia and runs the website www.npinumberlookup.org. His website, npinumberlookup.org, serves as a database for NPI numbers, which are used to identify various healthcare providers.

He purchased the site and identify areas where it was underperforming in order to “flip” it and make it more successful.

May revealed some of the key reasons for his success and how he was able to successfully monetize his database website in his interview:

  1. For starters, it is consistent. May recognized that NPI numbers were evergreen and would be something people would need to search for a long time. This implies that traffic will be consistent as well.
  2. Second, it requires little upkeep. Instead of creating new content and checking for updates on a regular basis, you should simply ensure that your website is operational and up to date. In terms of “passive income,” this is pretty passive because once the site is up and running, you don’t have to do much to keep gaining traffic.

2. Free Online Tool Sites

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Free online tools as the name implies are actually a service or a script, you provide online in order to help your audience in one way or the other. Example of Free Online Tool Sites:

  • Ubersuggest.
  • Bitly
  • Siteworthtraffic

Ubersuggest is a free SEO tool that comes up with new keyword ideas.

Ubersuggest was originally created as a tool to Scrape Google Suggest phrases, but it was recently acquired by entrepreneur Neil Patel, who has greatly expanded the feature set.

Bitly: is a link management software that allows you to maximize the impact of your links by shortening, sharing, managing, and analyzing them. Every year, our millions of users, ranging from individuals to small enterprises to Fortune 500 firms, establish billions of links.

SiteWorthTraffic: is a free tool that estimates a website’s worth, daily page views, daily visitors, and daily revenue. Calculate the value of a website quickly. If you go to SiteWorthTraffic, you’ll notice a display advertisement from AdSense, which is another example of a free online application that doesn’t require you to provide any content.

3. A Review Website

In a recent Twitter poll, 18% of respondents said that coming up with content ideas is the most difficult aspect of creating content.

To keep a review website going, you usually have to pick a niche and then produce a lot of content within that niche. The struggle of finding content is lessened in this model because you know the relative type of content you’ll be working with.

To define a “review site,” we mean a website that selects a specific type of product or niche and creates various variations of reviews on that product.

For example, our publisher James Thomas, owner of Allthewallets.com, regularly posts wallet reviews and news. James, who is based in the United Kingdom, has created the largest “authority site, eCommerce store, and forum dedicated to my niche.” This is one of the advantages of running a review site; if it is specific, as James’ site is, you have the potential to be the leading authority on that topic.

Thomas’ website includes everything from detailed wallet reviews to information on specific brands, as well as a quiz to help match audience members to their ideal wallet.


The main reasons we like review sites as potential monetization opportunities are:

  1. You have nearly limitless content to iterate on within your niche, making it easier to generate ideas and create content.
  2. You have a better chance of ranking and becoming a top authority in your specific niche than in another.

4. A “Wiki” About a Certain Topic:

“Wiki” websites based on a specific topic, similar to review websites, allow publishers to build enormous authority and generate a plethora of content ideas.

When we’ve written about How Important is SEO to the Success of a Website in Today’s Digital Marketing, we’ve used a similar strategy. A “wiki” about a specific topic follows a similar strategy. The idea here is to collect all relevant information about a specific topic and establish yourself as the go-to site for that topic.

Dan Richardson, Ezoic our Level 4 Publisher, runs Pigeonpedia.com. He identified a gap in the internet’s content about pigeons in particular and then structured his content around everything pigeon.

  1. You have plenty of content to write about. The more in-depth you can go, the better, as it saves you from having to come up with a slew of content ideas.
  2. A wiki site, like a reviews site, can help you establish yourself as an authority on the subject. In terms of SEO, you could be the go-to person for all questions about a specific breed of pigeon, for example.

5. A Q&A Website

A Q&A website is a catch-all term for any website that performs a simple calculation or answers a simple question. A calculator website, for example, is an example of a Q&A site, as is a website that answers a simple query such as “words that begin with A.”

These websites are extremely evergreen and, like database sites, require very little maintenance once they are up and running.

The difficulty with these types of websites is identifying a profitable niche. However, there are numerous websites where you can buy and sell websites (FL) – these could be a good starting point for finding a “Q&A” style site.

The advantages are as follows:

  1. Low maintenance – These websites run themselves and don’t require new content ideas.
  2. Consistent traffic – These, like databases, will drive consistent traffic to the question or query you’re looking to answer.

Bringing it all together

  • A Database Website
  • Free Online Tool Sites
  • A Review Website
  • A “Wiki” Website
  • A Q&A Website

Our goal in presenting these alternative types of websites that you can monetize is to demonstrate that, even if a blog does not sound like something you could manage, you still have options in the world of digital publishing. Often, the discussion revolves around lifestyle content, and we want publishers or aspiring Bloggers to understand that there are many more options available.

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