“Monetizing” a site, blog, forum, or doing the same on Facebook or other so-called “social media” is actually a crappy thing to do. It generates tons of money for those platforms – and only a little for you, and only IF you’re very persistent and successful at it. But the worse thing about it is you’re having to “push” crap on people and virtually EVERYBODY is doing it, which means you also have a lot of competition. You wind up being yet another corporate-controlled slave shoving crap people’s way, hoping you can make a few pennies off the sale, or the advertisements. Mass marketing like this actually sucks and says a great deal about our culture.
The interesting thing about sites like Bubblews is that anyone can join and publish short articles that earn small bits of money based on the number of views, comments, and other activity they receive. I’m a living witness that I’ve made $25 thus far from the site – albeit very slowly – and Michael Cimicata has apparently made at least $42.45 from the site as well.
These pay-per-click ads appear on your blog. Every time somebody clicks on an ad (which is supposed to be about a subject related to your niche), you make a few cents or more. Small amounts each time, but it adds up. This is extremely hands-off. You just need to get a code from Google, place it on your website - and the ads will automatically appear on your blog. Google will only show ads that are relevant to your blog so it's a good experience for your visitors and maximizes the number of clicks you get, meaning more income.
If you have a flair for sales copy you could try your hand at selling products for affiliates. While many people take the seedy route of selling diet pills and penis enlargement products, if you want to keep your conscience clear you’ll find that Amazon runs a very successful affiliate program that allows you to make money advertising any of the products for sale on their site. eBay also have a pretty good affiliate setup, with their top affiliates earning $1.3 Million a month, WOW!
Many small businesses don't have room in their budgets to hire a full-time IT employee, so when their systems go on the fritz, they'll usually call a computer-savvy friend or family member. If you are tech savvy and have experience working on computers and networks, you can eliminate their need to call in a favor by offering immediate remote technical assistance.
Before I talk about some of the methods for making money online, I wanted to address the role of pain versus pleasure. Every decision that we make in life is weighed on a pain-versus-pleasure scale. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, plain and simple. However, this is also what holds us back from succeeding in any endeavor.
However, if you're looking for realistic ways you can start earning money online now, then it really truly does boil down to seven paths you can take towards profit. Some will provide you with immediate results, helping you to address your basic monthly necessities such as rent, utilities and groceries, while others have the potential to transform your life by revolutionizing your finances in the long term.
PPC and CPM Advertising: These types of ads are the quickest and easiest way to monetize your blog. PPC means “pay-per-click,” so you get paid each time somebody clicks your ad. CPM means “cost-per-thousand impressions,” so you get paid a small amount each time the ad is shown. Some advertising networks, like Google Adsense, use both PPC and CPM ads. So, each time an ad gets shown to a visitor, you make a very small amount of money. If someone clicks on the ad, you make a little bit more. For websites who generate a lot of traffic, these types of ads can be lucrative. However, too many of them can make your website look spammy, so use caution.
Once a site or blog is created and optimized for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes, the search engine marketing (SEM) begins. The potential for earning income in this area is literally through the roof if you know what you’re doing. An expert in SEO management is responsible for successfully marketing a website and can choose to promote it in a variety of ways.
If managing a blog seems a bit overwhelming but you still desire to indulge your writing passion, you can write for other sites or blogs like PayPerPost, Textbroker, or Helium. Also, writing an interesting e-book may also be an option for you as well. E-books do not have any printing or shipping fees, which makes them a viable investment. If you’re someone who possesses strong language skills, you could potentially become an expert copy editor that webmasters will gladly pay to read and edit articles and also correct any overlooked grammatical errors concerning web copy.
Elance offers a wide array of technical, data entry, accounting, and other freelance and temp gigs. If you’re just looking for something short and sweet, log in, input and showcase your marketable skills, and begin searching through their job database, using any parameters you desire. Once you submit a bid, you’ll receive an acceptance or denial – you may get a few rejections, but don’t sweat it. Negotiate the terms of your bid, and get to work. You have money to make.
Virtually every small business needs help running their day-to-day administrative tasks, but they may not particularly want to pay a full-time in-house employee to do it. Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks that a traditional assistant or secretary would normally do, including making travel arrangements, paying bills, or managing expense reimbursements.
In my opinion, freelance writing is the best and fastest way to start earning money online. If that sounds like fun, I’ve got the perfect place to get started. It’s called Earn More Writing, and I think it’s the best freelance writing course available. I created the course myself, and it is designed to teach you the exact strategies I’ve used to build a six-figure freelance writing career. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional, this course will find (and keep) the jobs you want, get paid what you’re worth, and provide actionable tips to send your income through the stratosphere.
Don’t worry, the process of building a website has been simplified so much with the Internet that it only takes 30 seconds to have your website up and running. It’s obviously going to be empty until you add content to it, but if you typed the website address into your browser you would arrive at a real, live website that is all yours to do whatever you want with.
You shouldn’t notice any difference and the link will never negatively impact the product. Plus the editorial line (the things we write) is NEVER impacted by these links. We aim to look at all available products. If it isn't possible to get an affiliate link for the top deal, it is still included in exactly the same way, just with a non-paying link. For more details, read How This Site Is Financed.
SponsoredTweets.com is an online platform that allows you to make money on Twitter by charging sponsors for communicating their advertising messages to your followers. You set the amount you want to get paid for every tweet you make, choose a category and select keywords you want to work with. You then wait for advertisers to contact you and take you up on your offer, paying you the amount you specified for each tweet that you make.
Hey Nate, thanks for posting all of this information. I have been looking for a way to start my own online business and one day quit my 9-5 job. You have given some great advice and I think I’m about ready to start my online adventure. Quick question though, I’ve had a hard time coming up with a niche. Does Wealthy Affiliate offer any guidance for those of us that might be temporarily nicheless? Thanks!
How to Get It: Sylvan Learning (Tutoring.SylvanLearning.com), Tutor.com, TutorVista.com and Tutorzilla (Tutorzilla.com) all offer a good cross section of the kinds of remote-based tutoring jobs out there, and they all have great reputations with students and teachers. Since you will be working with children, you can expect a background check before you are hired.
Be professional. When you submit a résumé, don’t type it in ALL CAPS and please don’t avoid the caps lock like the plague. Know how to use it without looking incompetent. Write in complete sentences with proper grammar. Of course, there will be exceptions, but even with the exceptions, you must keep it professional. You’re building their view of you.