Wednesday, 25 May 2011

How On Earth Do You Make Money Online?

Unhappy with the daily grind and the constant struggle to make ends meet, more and more people are turning to the internet for an extra source of income. If you're new this whole experience, then I can promise you that it's going to get worse before it get better.

Everywhere you turn there are online "guru's" trying to sell you their products, their software, their keys to turn a small investment into a money sucking commission stealing best investment of your life. And they're right.

It is money sucking. Your money.

I'm not like those guru's. For one, I haven't forgotten what it's like to try and fail to make a dollar online. Here today, I am going to explain, simply, some of the most common ways that people make money online. Not all of them are lucrative. But at least they are honest, and at least they are sure fire, tried and tested methods. 

Online Paid Surveys
For some reason, a lot of people overlook this one. I can understand why but it's a no brainer. It's not a big earner, but it is an earner.You take ten minutes of your day. You fill out a survey. You get paid for your time. 

The one issue with many of these surveyors, they don't all pay you with cash. In some cases you are rewarded with points then once you have enough - like fifty million of them - you can trade them in for money.

Be sure to take your time reading the fine print and make sure you sign up to a company that pays real money.

Article Marketing
This is one method that can bring in hundreds each and everyday and has multiple benefits. What is it? There are dozens of article directories (or content websites) that allow you to write articles for them. Basically, you are given a single webpage that you can use to advertise or write about anything you like. Here's the trick.

Write about something that  is useful. Write useful, honest information that answers somebody's question. This could be "How to train your dog to stop barking" (been done to death by the way).

All of these content sites have different rules about adding links but all of them have the same concept - they trade you useful information in place of a link to your website, your blog or your Clickbank product. Put simply, answer the question and explain one way to teach your dog to stop barking and then offer the reader another alternative "That's one way...if you want to know more about training your dog then click here" 

Get it?
Great. There's lot more to it than that, but that is the concept. HubPages is a great place to start because they have a great support network - you can  ask question, get involved in the forum or call on the wisdom of the other experienced Hubbers. HubPages also let you earn money by advertising for  Google AdSense, Ebay and Amazon on your pages - a lot of people make good money and they have a decent page renk with Google too. Interested? If the link doesn't work, copy and paste it into your browser


Affiliate Marketing
How to sell "stuff" when you have no stuff to sell. Affiliate marketing can best be explained as online Avon. 

You sign up with a company like Clickbank, you choose a product that you think people will use and you take it to the people. You can do this through article marketing, through email campaign's or through advertising on your website or blog. 

Clever marketers, will build up a mailing list and draw in loyal customers that you can sell to again and again. There is a fine art to this though. It involves once again, providing your subscribers will useful information as well as a link to your product or they will soon find the opt-out button and you'll never see them again.

ClickBank have pretty relaxed conditions for affiliates - you don't need tax numbers, websites or your own business to join so it's a good place to start. Of course you want to reinvest any money you make into tax numbers, websites and your own business if you want to go big.

Build A Website
Almost 95% of new websites fail after just two years and many of those who survive aren't all that profitable. I'm a little skeptical about encouraging you to go after this option. Ultimately, at the end of the day, you will need a website to make the big bucks online but it's all to easy to  over-invest it a website that just won't make it. 

I have a different method. I suggest using a content site like HubPages or Squidoo and build single webpages about your topic. Build one, build ten of them if you like. If you see that it is a popular topic, that people are clicking through and actually buying (because reading and buying are two different things) what you're advertising then you can expand and build a campaign and a website based on that successful page.

Legit Online Jobs
This little gem is just the answer you are looking for. You could get started right now and be making money very soon with a tiny start up cost. Legit Online Jobs is a certified database of companied that are looking people like you to do their work for them. This may be data entries, it may be surveys, it may be advertising. There are literally thousands of businesses offering dozens of different jobs, proof-reading, translating...you name it, you'll find it here.

As far as I know, this is the only database of legitimate online work. There is a one time startup fee of around $50 then that's it - you have immediate and lifetime access to thousands of jobs. Can't sing more praises and I don't know why nobody thought of this sooner.

Legit Online Jobs has been the number one work from home site for the last five years and has heaps of online support (as in 24/7 support).

So these are just a few ways that you can get yourself up and off the ground. Ultimately, you want to own your own websites and blogs. Once you have these you can monetize them and start earning even more. It all starts snowballing from there. The hardest pert, is staying motivated and not giving up...

Sooo...

You feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions. I'm a busy gal but I do my best to follow all of my websites/pages and blogs. Good luck everyone.

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