The very premise of this entire blog is making money online or “internet marketing” as some would call it. I am going to cover more than just internet marketing, but I want to make sure that I provide the proper seeds for those who are here for it. As I move forward there will be more in depth posts on each of these with basic blue prints on getting started.
Read this list with the correct mindset: you will have to learn, constantly adapt, and work hard to build a sustaining online business of any type. My suggestion is picking two or three from the list and get familiar with them. My first big tip to anyone wanting to start making money online is to diversify your knowledge and revenue streams. The point is that over time as you build your internet empire, make sure to earn from more than just one method. That way if something happens during a month and you lose one revenue stream, you don’t lose 100% of your income. With that, let’s get to the list, which is in no particular order.
You’ve heard of it, you may even have friends with blogs. You’re actually reading a blog right now. You can write about pretty much anything and once you start getting people to visit your blog you can begin monetizing it. From ads to selling things, there are many ways to make money from one. The big key to blogging is creating unique content and regularly. Also, pick subjects you are interested in as you’ll get burned out very quickly on subjects and niches that you are just trying to monetize.
Selling things on eBay is about as easy as it gets when it comes to making money online. Buy something for a cheap as you can, then turn around and flip it for a profit. Buy low, sell high. The key is finding a consistent source of goods to sell. There are tools that can help automate a lot of the process as well.
Domains are the real estate of the internet world. For example, GrindNotMind.com is the domain for this website. People buying and selling domains can be compared to people who flip houses. Others buy domains and “park” them and put ads and other things on their parked domain page to hopefully capture random traffic that may stroll through. This was a big thing when keyword rich domains still had a lot of SEO (search engine optimization) weight, but Google has recently changed the way they do things and these domains don’t show up as well as they used to in the search results.
4. Affiliate Programs
The essence of many people’s online businesses are affiliate programs. There are two sides to the affiliate marketing coin; you promote and sell other people’s products and get paid a commission when sell them, or you have a product that you can list for other people to promote and sell for you and you pay out a commission when they do. Lots of big companies as well as individuals have products and services you can tap into. Best Buy, Apple, and even Hooked on Phonics have affiliate programs you can join. You sign up, you promote their stuff, and you get paid when someone you send them buys something. We’ll have a much bigger write up on affiliate programs very soon.
Do you know HTML? Are you great at writing professional grade articles? For coders, writers, graphic designers and more, there are plenty of websites to post your skills or bid on paying projects.
6. Amazon Associates
OK, so Amazon Associates is really just an affiliate program, but because of the size of Amazon and the number of different things they sell, we wanted to give this one it’s own line. Sign up, promote products on Amazon, and earn commissions from the things people buy.
7. Pay Per Call
There are companies out there that will pay you for every single phone call you send their way. Sign up for a quality Pay Per Call management company, we’ll have a list for you soon, read over the description of the advertising campaign to find out the specific dos and don’ts for it and start sending callers.
8. Google Adsense
Own a website already? Put some Google Ads on it for free. Google will crawl your site and serve ads that are associated with the content on it. Make sure that your content is clear for Google to read and choose from a variety of ad sizes and custom looks to help the ads match your website’s look. The best part, when someone clicks on an ad on your website, you get paid.
9. eCommerce Website
Another no brainer is an ecommerce website. Set up an online store, find things to sell, and promote it. Yes, it is a little more complicated than that, but that’s the heart of it. We’ll go more in depth with online stores in a future article.
10. Smartphone/ Tablet Apps
Ok, so apps for smartphones and tablets are not necessarily an “online marketing” method, but if this were a family tree, this would only be a branch away. Apps are a great way to build passive income without a lot of cash leaving your pocket to get started. We have a great guest poster that is going to give you more insight into the app world soon.