The answer is yes! Although if you have plans to earn and have little to no cash to start, expect it to take time to grow and learn. The key is patience. As they say steady wins the race!
So where would you start? Do you own a website? If not, there are plenty of great free hosting programs out there. When you look into what host will work for you, you will want to first consider longevity. The last thing you want is to spend X amount of hours building a site and fine tuning it, then your host does a disappearing act. Now remember, you can always start out with a free host and trade up as your site begins to bring in revenue.
Now you have a website. What do you do to make money from it?
There are two free ways to earn money. Yes you heard me right, they are free to join it only takes the amount of effort you give to earn money.
One is by joining an affiliate program. By becoming an affiliate the sites you choose to affiliate with will pay you to post banners and ads on your site. If you get them leads, clicks, or sales you stand a chance to earn. Keep in mind that the affiliates you choose should be within the same concept of your site theme and content. Sites about dogs will want to associate with other dog sites. Seeing as the people visiting your site are interested in dogs, this will increase the chances of your guests clicking your affiliate link or links. There are several ways to incorporate these links on your site. You can add text links into the actual content of your website, or post banners on your website. Ultimately, it will take some trial and error to get it right and find what works for you.
The second way to earn some revenue is adding designed ad space on your website where people can pay you so they can advertise on your site. Google AdSense is a great example of this, but there are also programs that will let you customize your ad space to your liking and allow you to control how much this ad space will cost for interested parties.
Now most people think that you have to offer a service or product to make money. But what defines what a service or product is? Luckily, on the web a service or product could be as simple as fresh, useful, and unique content. It is really that simple. If you build a site full of quality info, that alone could be a potent online money making product. That content would be capable of bringing in traffic to your site, and if you are able to seamlessly blend your affiliate links into your content, you could stand a good chance of seeing a fair amount of revenue.
For most, content alone will not bring in enough traffic to fuel high revenue. This is where you start to get into ways to get traffic to your site. There are several routes you can go or even use in any combination of different ways.
One way is surf for traffic sites, that offer you credits to get your site seen in return for viewing other members sites. Promoting these sites can usually get you extra credits for getting others to join and even more from the surfing habits of those they get to join.
Another way is through opt in list of using auto responders. This is a way to bring back guests that may have already visited your site. What you do is offer something free (remember could be advice or tips) in exchange for their name and email. Once they sign up for your advice through the auto responder they will receive time sensitive emails that can help lure them back to your site. Or tell them about one of your great affiliates sites, where you stand to make money from them making a purchase. Auto responders are great on a splash page if you are using the above traffic exchange sites, where members may have 10 to 20 seconds to view your site and they may not want to read through a whole page of your website.
Safe lists are also a way to get free traffic. There are FFA sites that you can join for free that allow you to send emails out to thousands of times millions, and in return you agree to except emails from other users of the program.
These are some of the basics to building a revenue earning website with little to no money. Just remember, it all takes time, patience, and lots of trial and error to get it right. Plus any early earnings from your website can be put towards trading up the quality of your site and it's features.