Suppose I create a static website (just contains some information to read), and assume 1000 visits daily. The website does not contain any advertisements.

Can it be a source of (even small) income?

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    Where do you think the income would come from? Mar 24 '19 at 11:53
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    If you have a website that is open for anyone to read and has no advertisements, how do you think it would generate income for you? Where would the money come from? Mar 24 '19 at 12:15
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    @hanugm Not only that, but Internet service providers will also charge you money to keep your site connected to the Internet so that people can visit it.
    – void_ptr
    Mar 24 '19 at 16:41
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    @hanugm They charge because bandwidth (and infrastructure) costs money. Not because they're running a charity for website makers.
    – ceejayoz
    Mar 25 '19 at 2:38
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    Not only in India, I think a static website without any advertisements and no collection from visitors cannot be a source of income in the world! But yes it can be a source of expense Apr 21 '19 at 7:06

In order for any activity to generate income, you need to be able to point to where the money is coming from.

Websites owners generally generate income three ways:

  • They might charge users to use the site (paywall).
  • They might have advertisements, in which case sponsors pay the site owner to put the advertisements on the site.
  • They might sell a product to users from their website.

If you aren’t doing one of these things, your site won’t generate any income. Websites don’t create money.

The money that you pay for internet access does not go to the content creators/website owners. You are paying for internet access, not content. It is like paying for transportation to a store. You might pay a train fare to get yourself to a store, but once you are at the store you must pay again to actually receive something from the store. The store owner doesn’t get any of the money you paid on the train.

  • I saw the title of this question, and immediately figured it was from a new member that did not understand what is on topic. Then I saw that a high rep member already answered it and has up votes. I think we have very different ideas about what is on topic. I also have no interest in alienating The member with the second highest rep here. So I will ignore this question. Mar 24 '19 at 14:19
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    You missed "Javascript cryptocurrency miner" as option 4. /s Mar 24 '19 at 18:01
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    Excellent analogy: "The store owner doesn’t get any of the money you paid on the train."
    – nanoman
    Mar 24 '19 at 19:33
  • @AaronD.Marasco I suppose that would be an example of a website actually creating money. :) Mar 24 '19 at 20:12

As far I know, there are three ways to earn money from the website you are talking about (static, content based):

  1. Allow advertisements on your blog
  2. Make your services/contents paid/licensed
  3. Donation

If you want to avoid advertisements on your web site, you still have two other ways to earn money.

Second way (paid/license) does not look most suitable to you as you are asking this question here. The better way is the third one. If visitors (if any) like your contents, you may ask (request) for donation.

  • I'd respectfully caution you on the word 'donation', as it implies something that is not true. Namely that such money is not taxable. It is, in all jurisdictions, as far as I know. Mar 24 '19 at 19:40
  • The OP is not asking how to earn income from a website? Apr 21 '19 at 7:08

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