Earn $125 simply by giving away a free website


This method is insane, and can allow you to setup an online business in under 30 minutes that’s going to earn you well over $125 per day.

You’re probably sat there thinking that’s not possible, but it is & I’m going to show you exactly how in just a couple of steps below.

Here’s the plan.

Okay so firstly let me just tell you that it doesn’t matter if you’re a computer whiz or whether it’s the first time you’ve logged onto the internet. This method is so easy that anybody can do it.

What we’re going to be doing is offering a free website design service, but earning a ton of money… without even designing any websites.

Wait, what?

Before you call the mental asylum, no I’m not crazy. You see the web hosting company HostGator pay out a commission of $125 to their affiliates when you refer somebody new to them. Not only that, but they also have a free website builder from within their control panel – all you need to do is choose a template & add the content.

What we’re going to do is utilise this commission & free website builder, then offer free websites but make sure our customers sign up through our affiliate link. They’ll be getting a free website, we’ll be getting $125 and all you have to do is spend 10 to 20 minutes setting it up for them. Woo!

Step 1.

Firstly you’ll need to buy a domain name. Since we’re going to be offering web design services it’ll need to be something related to that.

As an example if I was going to get one I might get “DesignedByDale.com”.

You can get a cheap domain name from 123-reg.

Step 2.

Now you need to head over to HostGator. Here you’ll need to do 2 things, you’ll need to sign up for a web hosting account but you’ll also need to sign up as an affiliate.

When you get your hosting account just choose the cheapest plan. You’ll need this in order to setup the webpage for the web design services that you’ll soon be offering.

In order to signup as an affiliate you just need to click the link at the top right (it’s the last link at the right on the main blue menu).

Step 3.

Once you’ve got your HostGator account you need firstly setup your own website. This website should be explaining your services & it will need to instruct the user to sign up for hosting with HostGator (via your affiliate link) so that you can start work on setting up their website.

Tell the user to contact you as soon as they’ve signed up for hosting & to provide you with their hosting log in details & details of what content they’d like on their website.

Step 4.

Now that you’ve got everything setup you need to advertise your services. You can use free classified ad websites but I find that the best methods are to hand out business cards/leaflets or to advertise in the local newspaper. You ideally want to target people who don’t know much about web design, that way they’ll be more impressed by the website that you’ve set them up with!

Step 5.

Once you’ve received the email from the customer with all the information simply log in to their account & set up their website based on the information that they provided you with.

Your done!

The customers just got a free website & you’ve just made $125 for 10 to 20 minutes work. Everybody’s happy!

If you do just 1 website every day for a month you could earn $3,875 using this method!

About the Author:
Born & raised in England, Dale is the founder of Living More Working Less & he has been making a living from his laptop ever since leaving his job as an electrician back in 2012. Now he shares what he's learned to help others do the same... [read more]

20 thoughts on “Earn $125 simply by giving away a free website”

  1. Hey Dale,

    Thanks for your awesome post. Is the opportunity for only UK or is it for anyone from any country? I am from India, can I earn like you from this hostgator?

  2. Thanks for your response Dale, have you ever tried this and earned commissions?

    Does the user who is getting a new website has to pay anything?

    I don’t understand why they will pay us for giving a free website.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

    • 1. Yes – I’ve previously been an activate affiliate of Hostgator.
      2. Yes of course – if you read my post you’ll see that they sign up to Hostgator to host their website (at a fee).
      3. Again, you need to read my post properly – when the person signs up for Hosting (at a fee) you earn a commission.

  3. Hey, thanks Dale for your reply.

    I have read your post. I got a clear picture. I have one more question. I have seen hostgator offer different plans for 1 month @$8.6, 3 months @8.6/month.
    My question is, if an user signs up using my affiliate link and chooses plan for 1 month( where he pays only $8.6), will I get $125 paid?

    In simple words, will I get paid for any plan the user choose?

    • I’m not 100% on this one, you’d have to check Hostgator’s affiliate terms – but my guess would be no. However it’s rare that somebody would only take out 1 months worth of hosting – I mean what would be the point in that? Most businesses will want their website to remain online for the life of their business as it’ll draw them extra custom.

  4. Hi!
    Thanks for sharing this great idea!
    However I have a question. Why do you need to make a host account yourself first if you are going to be using the client’s host account to make the webdesign?
    Or was that solely for the purpose of designing your own website for this service and may not be necessary if you intend to advertise/gather clients some other way e.g. facebook or other sites


    • Hi Bunny, you nailed it in the second line of your comment – it’s purely for advertising your service to create some professionalism. You’re right when you say you don’t technically need it, but it’s a place where you can showcase the previous clients you’ve worked with and will ultimately enable you to build a bigger base of clients going forward. People can be a little suspicious of buying direct from Facebook or from an advert in the newspaper – a website helps demonstrate that you’re genuine. I know I’d become very suspicious buying a website from somebody who didn’t have a website themselves, wouldn’t you?

  5. Thanks for sharing, but what script is best to use in a classified ad? Also Im not familiar with building websites for me or any clients…

    • Hi Gilbert, using a “script” isn’t a good idea as it won’t stand out – create something yourself & be unique πŸ™‚ However with that being said if you’re not familiar with building websites then this may not be the best method for you to use. There are plenty of other ways to make money online though, take a look around my blog & you’ll find some more that you could try,

  6. Another way to do this is, instead of using Hostgator’s affiliate program, you can use their Reseller hosting service.
    This way, you can charge your client a monthly hosting fee, instead of receiving a one-off affiliate commission.
    But either way works great.

  7. Hello good afternoon. I have some doubts, can people make their websites and we make money? Do we make the page ourselves? They must pay the domain, hosting? Or is it totally free? Are these payments real? By what means do they pay? How much do they pay? Thank you very much.

    • Hi Milagro – the process is pretty straight forward. Most small businesses don’t have the time (or know-how) to create a website, and they often don’t know that there are many tools out there that make it really easy. You simply offer them help & tell them that you’ll build their website for free… Simply tell them all they need to do is purchase the domain name & web hosting. When they purchase this (via your affiliate link) you’ll earn a commission which can often be well in excess of $50. Then all you do is ask for the account details they were provided with for the web hosting & you setup a web page for their business using the web-hosts website builder which is generally super easy to use.

      To answer your questions – yes the payments are real & with regards to method of payment/how much they pay this obviously varies depending on which web-host you recommend they sign up with… Generally though hosting is just a few bucks per month at most.

      The person you helped setting up the website will be happy (because they got a website built for “free”) & you’ll earn yourself a big commission so you’ll be happy too… It’s a win-win πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Dale, I sell marketing to small businesses, and have been researching beacon proximity marketing, but it’s a complicated minefield out there. Have you any experience of this, can you help? Thanks

    • Hi Bob, I haven’t had personal experience with it – but I’ve came across it before & I have to say it’s not a style of marketing that particularly resonates with me. Plus there’s the fact that for users to receive beacon signals they must have Bluetooth on & opt to receive such notifications. Given that the majority, if not nearly all of beacon messages will be marketing ploys… How wide is the user-base going to be of people opting to receive such things? Our lives are already cluttered with enough unwanted marketing messages as it is. The best thing any small business could do is simply put a focus on leveraging social media & SEO. IMO beacon marketing is a “gimmick” more than anything & the reward for the effort just doesn’t seem to be worth it as far as I’m concerned.


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