Sorry for not writing for so long! I was busy with getting my mommy blog sorted out because it was just so slow. I am so chuffed because I got Abid from SeoClerks to sort it out and it is rocking again!
Ok so let’s talk about how to make money online. You have probably been chasing all the ads you find online looking for a way to make money online, right? And you have probably been burned a number of times or you are disheartened trying to find something because everything looks like a scam?
Damn straight it is probably a scam. I have been working on this website since June 2015 and when I started I reviewed a number of different opportunities that I came across and I am so tired of it. I am so tired of seeing the same bullshit with a new name.
These stupid sales videos with people showing their flashy cars, claiming they have made millions, fast, easy and on autopilot (and you can too) are starting to make me feel sick. The internet is riddled with these scams and rubbish opportunities.
I was offered a job on Webfluential last week to write a review on my mommy blog website. I would have been paid $300 to write a post, create a Youtube video and share it on my social networks. That is $300 I could have made easy in one morning.
It sounds great to make money online like that right?
No not really. It was for a multi level marketing opportunity and they were asking me to tell all my mommy fans that they can make money easily and travel the world with their kids… like thousands of other mothers have done.
The problem is two fold here, the first issue being that multi level marketing just sucks.
I’ll say it straight here. I think it is dishonest because most people don’t make money, most people end up losing and being disheartened. Yes some people make some money but the majority lose, just like happens in a pyramid scheme.
So I would have to go against what I believe in and put my fans at risk of losing money.
The second issue is that I have been very vocal about how I feel about MLM on this website, so how can I go onto one of my other websites and rave about this shitty opportunity? What would that do to my reputation? How would anyone be able to trust me?
And this to me is the big part of what I see wrong with what is happening online today. People are just saying whatever they can to get a sale and this to me is wrong.
Some people just don’t care that what they are promoting is an awful opportunity, they know full well but they don’t care as long as they can make a few bucks. And then there are others that do care but don’t investigate the opportunity properly, they believe what they are fed by others and spread these awful things online.
So really now can it be done? Making money online I mean?
How to Make Money Online
Of course you can make money online, there are loads of people doing it.
I am making money online, but I am not making millions sorry and I don’t make money easy, overnight without doing a thing.
The truth is that I graft my ass off and if you want to make money online you will have to do the same thing. And no I don’t take screenshots of my bank accounts or hire flashy cars to make trashy videos.
The problem is that this is not what people want to hear. They want to hear that they can get rich easily without doing any work.
If that is you then my website is not the place for you, this is a no bullshit space.
My website will show you how to make a full time income online, what steps to take to get there and teach you how to market your website online.
So how do you make money online then? It is quite simple really you just decide what type of online business you want and then you create your website, create content, market it properly and monetize it.
It may sound simple but it is a little more complicated than that.
Decide What Type Of Online Business You Want
The first thing you need to do is decide what type of online business you want.
Do you want to set up an online store and sell physical products? Do you want to create a blog where you share about things you are passionate about?
Just keep in mind that whatever type of business you set up you will be able to monetize it in a number of different ways. As long as you have traffic to your website you can make money.
The way that I make money is blogging and affiliate marketing. I don’t have any physical products, all I do is research and write.
I share what I know, or about my experiences and I absolutely love it.
What you need to look out for with all these “opportunities” is that most of them are limiting you to what they offer. What you need to do to make money online is to have full control over everything that you do, something that you love.
Don’t be limited or controlled by anyone else. Don’t let them tell you how to market their products.
You choose your niche. You choose your business type. You choose the products you promote. You choose the way you market your business.
This is important.
So what do YOU want to do?
Create Your Money Making Website
There are loads of places that offer free websites and there are lots of ways to go about it.
With a free website you will obviously be limited in various ways depending on where you build your website. I can’t tell you what the limitations are, you will need to check this with the website builder.
I have two top recommendations here.
The first one is to build your website through Wealthy Affiliate – you can read my full Wealthy Affiliate review here for why I recommend this if you are a complete beginner. Wealthy Affiliate simply offers the best online marketing training and support you can get.
Of course if you know how to set up your own website then go for it. I prefer building my websites at Wealthy Affiliate because it is just so easy. I have three websites set up there, including this one.
I have one website that is not with Wealthy Affiliate simply because I had that one built for me before I joined them.
Create Content for your Website
So once you have your website set up you will need to add content to it, loads of content. This is a big job and it takes time. Not only to add the content but to learn how to do it properly.
It takes time to learn how create great quality content. Learning new skills and implementing them takes time and hard work.
This is something you need to do.
The more content you create the more traffic you will get to your website, the more money you can make.
I have written quite a lot about creating content already so check out these posts and have a look around my website for more information:
- How to do keyword research for content marketing
- How to create effective content for your website
- Tools and resources for online marketing
The big thing in my opinion is to be true to yourself and really be passionate about the things that you share on your website. This will catch the interest of your readers and they will begin to trust you and follow you. They will be loyal. This is what you need in order to make money onlinel.
Market your website
Creating content is a biggie when it comes to making money online. Now you need to know how to market your website and your content.
So there are different aspects of marketing and they are all parts of the puzzles so I suggest you implement all of these:
- Content Marketing and On-Page SEO – how to write content that ranks
- Off page SEO such as building backlinks – I personally make use of SEO services for this
- Social Media Marketing
- Email Marketing
- Video Marketing
Oh and apparently the biggest trend for 2017 will be video marketing!
So get yourself in there and get started. I will be sharing some information on Youtube marketing and social media marketing for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instragram and Google Plus soon.
In the meantime check out this post about Mass Planner, oh my gosh that got my social networks pumping and just took almost all the work away.
Monetizing your Website Content
Yes only now do we come to the fun part! There are loads of different ways to monetize your website when you have some traffic.
- Sign up for Adsense or another type of ad revenue program
- Monetize your Youtube channel and earn from your Youtube videos
- Offer paid banner advertising places on your website
- Sell physical products
- Sell services
- Sell paid advertising on your website such as social media marketing services, events advertising or business/ product reviews
- Run competitions and get paid for all the sms entries (Yes I do this on my Mommy Blog with Baby Competitions)
- Affiliate marketing
- Create digital products and sell them such as eBooks or training courses
There are plenty more ways to monetize your website, just get creative and have fun!
The whole point of this post is to please stop chasing the next best thing, only choose something that gives you full control over your own business and your choices.
Go with something that will show you how to make money in the way you want to, a place that shows you all the different ways that you can. A place that broadens your mind and leaves all your options open.