Why Make Money Online?
If you’re reading this, then the phrase “How to make money online” or something similar is one that you have likely entered into a search engine.
Computers have been an intrinsic part of our lives for many years now. Most people use them or have access to them, and are widely used for many things.
The internet is also something that has become, not just a way of life for many people, but an indispensable tool that, as each year passes by, becomes more and more integrated with so many aspects of our lives and, in many ways, something that many of us depend on enormously.
Recently we’ve seen a considerable increase in the use of mobile devices. It seems that, to some degree or other, almost everyone makes use of a mobile device such as a mobile phone, tablet or smartwatch.
When you have something that is so widely used, so heavily integrated into our lives and so accessible. Naturally, it raises the question of monetization.
The question of how to make money online is one that intrigues many people.
Well, because, with so many people using the internet in one form or another and with it being such an open, accessible and, mostly, secure platform to use, it makes it an incredibly even playing field.
Just a while back, if you wanted a shot at building a reliable, sustainable business. You would have to have a unique idea that was marketable, or you would have to invest a substantial amount of money in learning the necessary skills and getting a business up and running.
These days, almost anyone can set up an online business or, at the very least, make money online in some form.
Exposing the Myth
It’s important to note and grasp the truth that even these days with starting an online business, you will still have to put in the time and you will always have to learn the appropriate skills. However, compared with a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business, the overheads can be almost non-existent and, in most cases, you will have a head-start in that the foundations of your business will be based on something that you are already extremely familiar with and likely using daily.
This familiarity is what makes making money online such a beautiful idea for many people. However, along with this, comes a danger, one that has been exploited by people for many years and is still the case today:
With computers and the internet being more accessible than ever before and so heavily integrated into our lives, it’s easy to have the impression that, just as with so many other things online these days, making money is push-button simple. It’s this view that is exploited by many so-called ‘gurus’ online.
Now, Here is something that many won’t tell you and don’t want me to say to you.
Because it ultimately undermines their laziness and dishonesty.
Let me emphasize this in one, simple sentence:
Magic button for overnight success without work does not exist!
Of course, there can be freak occasions when someone, for lack of better words, gets lucky. However, generally, you cannot expect to get rich overnight by doing nothing other than merely pushing a button.
Let that sink in for a moment.
I’ll repeat it — Magic button for overnight success without work does not exist.
However, this doesn’t stop people wishing for it. After all, we would all like that, right? Moreover, it’s that desire that the more unscrupulous people online know all too well. They will stop at almost nothing to line their pockets at your expense.
What I want for you is for you to appreciate and achieve is this:
1) Making unreal promises, exploiting people and being dishonest is NOT how you run a business, online or otherwise. Do not fall into that trap!
2) These traps have been all over the internet for many years. This kind of dishonesty has portrayed the idea of making money online a bad rap. In some ways, it’s become a phrase that’s tainted with skepticism.
I get that. However, here’s the essential truth:
Naysayers will go so far as to say that making money online is not possible and that anyone claiming it is a scammer and anyone who claims that they are doing so is either doing it through scamming others or is simply lying.
People who come out with such nonsense are coming from a terrible place and might even feel that they are doing some public service by saying such things. However, they are wrong, plain and simple.
Not only is making money online possible, but it’s also something that is being done by many people daily. The internet is simply a vehicle that facilitates this, just like anything else.
Let me try to help you to put this into the correct perspective. Think of these following well-known brands:
Amazon. eBay. Netflix. Facebook. Google. Udemy. Aweber. GoDaddy.
I could go on and on listing further examples, but hopefully, you get the point. All the brands that I listed above are online-based and most of them offer exclusively online products and services.
Is anyone going to suggest that they are scammers, are lying or are, in some way or other, unqualified to make claims of having an online business that is making money? Believe it or not, some people make such silly claims, but it isn’t worth even giving those people any attention.
The bottom line is that many business and individuals are making money online legitimately, consistently and doing so exceptionally well.
Two Powerful Words for Success
Bearing in mind all that we considered previously, there is a trap that so many people are still falling for. Again, this is something that is known to the unscrupulous, and they are continually exploiting people to lure them into this trap.
What is the trap? It’s the idea that you can get rich by buying into and getting involved with some ‘system.’
Now, let’s get something straight here. There’s nothing wrong at all with having a system in your business. A system that works can make the difference between success and failure.
However, the problem is when people look to some ambiguous ‘system’ to do all the work for them. They expect to buy into something, and then, somehow, the ‘system’ magically churns out money. Please don’t be fooled.
These kind of ‘systems’ are usually pipe-dreams and are even sometimes based on illegal practices.
Again, there is nothing wrong with buying into something that employs a legal, working, proven system to generate sales and make money. However, for this to work, there is another essential truth. It’s so apparent that you might not have even considered it before:
Sell something! That’s it.
Think about it, for a business to make money, it has to have:
1) Something for sale.
2) A market.
With those two things, the only thing remaining is to make sales.
I appreciate that this is simplifying things tremendously and there are many other factors involved but, at the base level, that’s all that’s required to sell something and make a sale. Moreover, once you grasp that, it can help you to have a whole new outlook towards making money online.
So, what does this mean for you?
It means that you have to have a product(s) or service(s) for sale and a market that wants to buy what you have to offer.
Forget about wasting your time looking for push-button systems. Anything that promises riches without work should ring alarm bells loudly for you.
Online businesses are no different from other kinds of business in the most basic manner that you need to have something for sale and sell it.
This self-evident truth is one that gets obscured by the view that just because something is on the internet, it can somehow make you a millionaire overnight on autopilot without you doing any work.
YES, you CAN make money online very quickly, and you can start, run and build a business online considerably faster and easier than traditional, offline companies.
The truth of the matter is that those two words must be at the foundation of everything you do.
What Can You Sell? It could be the subject all on its own. However, I will attempt to give you a few options to consider.
eBay –If you can source a supply of things that people need/want and sell them at a profit, then eBay is an excellent place to start. It will require more’ hands-on’ work, as you’ll have to handle and ship goods. However, selling on eBay involves a straightforward learning curve and might not need you to do anything else other than source an in-demand product, list it, sell it and ship it.
Amazon — Amazon is an extremely versatile platform. As with eBay, you can source products and then sell them directly using the platform. If you are someone who has valuable, actionable and in-demand information, you are even able to publish your books and videos through Amazon. Additionally, you can sell digital content, such as mobile apps and e-books.
Fiverr — If you’re someone who has a skill or skills that you can sell as a service, then Fiverr is a great place to start making some money by selling those services.
Create your downloadable digital products — This is not going to be for everyone who is just getting started. However, it can be one of the best ways to establish yourself, make a name for yourself and be known as an authority in your chosen niche. What would be needed to get started with this?
First of all, you need to choose a profitable niche. Preferably this would also need to be something in which you have an interest, as well as some experience. If you don’t have the experience, all is not lost, and we’ll cover why that is in a few moments.
You could create e-books, videos, MP3s, courses, membership sites, graphics — basically, whatever there is a market for, and you can supply, you can sell.
Now, what if you’re just getting started and, although you might have an interest in your chosen niche, you don’t have any experience? Then you could use something that is known as PLR, or “Private Label Rights” content.
What this means is, you obtain the PLR license to some particular content, which then gives you the right (always check the license agreement for specific details) to edit, rebrand and claim authorship of the product as your own.
If you go down the PLR route, then I would recommend first going through the content to learn from and apply, so that you then do indeed have the experience in that chosen subject. If you’re unable to do that from the PLR content that you have, then that’s a likely a good indicator that it isn’t of sufficiently high quality and you should probably ditch it. You should always be able to learn from good PLR content.
There are many legit products online that you can partner up with. You’ll need to pick a quality product from a trusted vendor, get approval to promote the product and then promote it. Ways of doing this would be to your email list (if you have one), on social media channels, via videos on places like YouTube, or your website.
To go down this route, you would likely want your website, which would require you to purchase a domain name and hosting. To have a mailing list then you would need to have some mailing service (often referred to as an autoresponder), which would then require you to follow up with the leads on your mailing list.
Some great places to source products as an affiliate are JVZoo, Warrior Plus, and Clickbank.
Many of the services that you may already use might have their affiliate programs, so it’s worth checking that out. Think of things like your domain name registrar, your hosting company or your autoresponder. These are services that are evergreen; in other words, people will always want them. So if you can get your leads to purchase via your affiliate links, you will get commissions. However, it requires you to be ‘commission aware,’ so be careful not to overlook any services that you might currently be using, but not yet an affiliate for.
On your website you could have your pages where you showcase your content, you could have a blog, and you could have your lead-capture pages where you would give away a valuable gift in exchange for the person’s email address. Once the person is on your mailing list, you can then give them further value and build your relationship with them, as well as promotions for products and services for which you are an affiliate
What if I Don’t Have Anything to Sell?
It’s here where many people get stuck. Even if you’re good at building websites, you have no problem with the technical things and can handle the hands-on stuff without a problem, deciding on what you to sell, could be something that cripples you.
The “how” comes down to marketing, which is a whole other subject and depends on what you’re selling, the strategy you’re using, your circumstances, your positioning and so on. Learn as you go. The main thing is to get started.
What about the “where”? Again, this will largely depend on the points mentioned regarding the “how.” You might need your website, or you might not. You might need to invest in some form of paid advertising, or you might not. You might sell on a third-party website, or you might not.
“Where” will depend on “what” and your circumstances. For example, if you’re selling your stuff, then you will likely either need your website or a third-party marketplace of some kind. Whereas, if you’re selling offers as an affiliate, then you wouldn’t sell those on something like Fiverr, for example.
If you’re not yet in the position whereby you have your products or services to sell, then the likelihood is that you will be looking at the affiliate marketing model.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get started with making money on the internet, as you don’t need your products, you only need to do the minimal technical stuff, and it’s a straightforward mode of entry.
The problem with affiliate marketing
In short, it isn’t what it once was! You’ll struggle to generate a consistent and sizeable income.
Now, this isn’t meant to discourage you or put you off. I believe that it’s best to be open and honest about these things. There’s too much ‘smoke and mirrors’ online. Too many people would rather skate around these critical issues and not tell you the truth outright.
There is another solution! That you might find interesting. If you’re someone who is looking to get started online. Has no experience or products of their own. Is prepared to learn and to put in the required effort to make stuff happens. Then this is something that, I believe, could prove to be hugely beneficial for you.
It’s a free book that has been written by my friend and mentor, Dean Holland. It’s called the “Affiliate Marketers Playbook.”
In this book, you will learn why the affiliate marketing model no longer works as it used to. And what you can do about it.
As I mentioned, affiliate marketing still works, and it’s still a great way to get started online. So, if you’re looking for something that can give you a more stable, consistent income. Then click the link below for your copy of the “Affiliate Marketers Playbook.”
I hope that you have enjoyed the information presented to you here and that you have found it useful.
The key to having any success is to TAKE ACTION!
The necessary action in making money online hinges on those two, most important words I mentioned earlier.
Do you remember what they are?
So, in summary:
1) Choose a niche
2) Identify a hungry market (this and point 1 are closely linked)
3) Establish what it is that you are going to sell
4) Decide on where you are going to sell it
5) Sell it!
There are many more components to a fully-functioning business machine! However, we don’t have the time to go over in this article.
But, if you’ve enjoyed your reading and would like to learn more about how to get started online. I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment below, reach out on via our website or even share this article on Facebook.
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To your success!