After Christmas season spending, everyone needs some fast cash income. Whether you’re looking to make a buck fast, or seeking more sustainable long-term income, online options for making money are available. Most online money making gurus make it sound like there’s some big hairy secret to this process, but nothing could really be further from the truth. Anyone with a computer and a half ounce of good sense can make money online.
What is required to make money online is a little bit of planning, some strategic information, and marketing. Marketing is always the key to making money.
After a weekend with the kids, there’s always an in-law story to tell. They’re funny, creative, and real go-getters. (They were smart! Hey, they married one of my kids, so I have great in-laws.)
But, this one took the cake!
He said, “I put up one of those Go-Fund-Me thingies, left it up for four months and it never made any money. They don’t work.”
I said, “Did you tell anyone you created it?”
He said, “No. Did I have to?”
I said, “Only if you wanted anyone to invest in your Go-Fund-Me.”
Before we even get into methods to make money online, let’s talk about marketing. Because yes, marketing is required. If you build it and tell no-one about it, nobody will know you built it. Even if they can see it from the highway, they won’t know about it if you don’t tell them, because nobody is going to get off the highway to see your “surprise” if they don’t know they’re supposed to get off the highway.
So, here’s the deal…
To Make Money Online follow these steps:
- Find out what people need.
- Provide the product.
- Guide people to your product (or service).
- Entice them to seek more information.
- Get their email and their name.
- Tell them to get your product.
- Rinse and repeat.
That’s really all there is to making money online.
Here are 7 Strategic Ways to Make Money Online
With key ingredients, you can make almost anything a reality. You don’t have to grind the beans to brew coffee, you only have to boil them. Of course it’s easier if they’re ground, but your mindset will overcome ANY difficulty you may encounter. So, before we start listing platforms (and I have a whole slew of them to offer you) I recommend you face this with a can do attitude and the determination to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal – make money online.
“No amount of great mechanics can outperform a poor mindset”
1 – Use Other People’s Platforms
This works even if you have your own website. You can still use other people’s platforms to augment or increase your opportunities for profit. When you open up your options to include platforms that already are profitable, you maximize your own efforts. Consider adding just one of these to your marketing efforts, and see where it goes!
Offer gigs on Fiverr. Your talents and skills are valuable when you use them to create a following on sites like Fiverr, UpWork, CafePress, or Zazzle. You create an ad to market what you provide, and sell to those who need what you offer. I recently purchased two book covers for clients from Fiverr, increased the value of the cover with personalized graphics, added the appropriate title changes, name changes, and it was ready to go in half the time I might normally have spent, and some poor schmuck got $5 for his effort, and the ability to use my testimonial to draw more traffic.
Trick is, he had created a basic cover he could reproduce in a variety of color variations, and let’s buyers add their own titles, author, and graphic to the design. I’ll work with him again, because he sent me a link to his design platform, and I really like the fact that he had everything set up for me to produce an incredibly amazing cover.
Market stuff on Craigslist. Your cast offs are valuable. Eliminate clutter, remove the storage fees, and clear out your junk room, while selling your castoffs on Craigslist, or Flippa, or Deal Flow Brokerage. You get cash for your junk, and someone else gets a treasure. You win.
2 – E-Commerce Rocks the Universe
Just this morning, a client tried to tell me there were already so many e-commerce channels that adding another one would just confuse the market. He just isn’t willing to add to the confusion. Even though, he sells the best coffee blend this side of Kona. His Americano Holiday Blend will rock your world, and as of this moment, the only way you can get it is if I have him blend me up a bag and sell it to you. But, that’s his choice. I have a different opinion, because I see new product lines hit the market successfully – every single day.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you can order up your marketing basics and send out a commerce site using Shopify, or WooCommerce. Create your seller space on Amazon.com, or add your product stash to a drop shipper’s affiliate seller’s list and make money by shipping for other sellers. Your business idea doesn’t have to reside in the spare room forever. Find the market, create the product, and sell your concept to an investor who wants to produce? There’s always a way to hit the market running!
3 – Affiliate with Successful Product Drop-Shippers
If you could only make money online selling other people’s products… If only… What about affiliate marketing. You don’t have to have the product made, you don’t even have to ship it. You create a website, upload links to the affiliate products in your specific niche, and sell them.
Most marketers do this via blogging. Share your stories, sell their products!
Clickbank, Commission Junction, Share-a-link, and many others offer a selection of valuable and profitable products you can market through a wide selection of drop-shippers. All you have to do is build the traffic and grow an audience.
Or you can select a specific company, and find the Affiliate Link option on their websites. While most affiliate with a drop-shipper, some still have their own Affiliate Links on the site, and sign on affiliates every day to market what they sell.
The win is two-fold, you have high value products to sell, and they get more profit from increased sales. You can’t beat those odds, and all it takes is a little marketing on your part! Get paid to share products you would buy yourself!
A whopping 85% of all products can be purchased through affiliate marketers, and those lovely middle-men turn a heck of a profit, and make money online. You can be one of them.
4 – Become a Product Reviewer
Activate that opinion that gets you into so much trouble through a blog that promotes, talks about, and reviews products. You know the value of the dollar, and you’ve already got an opinion about just about everything on the market, so share it. Sign up as an affiliate and market the products you love. Discussing products is a fun way to build an audience surrounding a product line, and marketing is all about the audience.
Your blog is your platform to discuss, market, and make money online, when you review products in your affiliate lines. If you love it, blog about it and post a link. If you hate it, blog about it and post a link. Someone else may love what you hate!
According to Entrepreneur this list of go-to revenue producing ideas works for many professional bloggers, and I can attest to the success of all of these:
- Selling merchandise with the blog’s brand, logo and content (books, hats, mugs, etc.)
- Selling other products or services directly from a blog
- Soliciting donations from readers
- Participating in affiliate programs that offer high commission pay-per-click or pay-per-sale opportunities
- Showcasing advertising from other companies within your blog. This can include banner ads, display ads, video ads, or text ads.
- Offering premium content on your blog using a subscription or paid membership model
My favorite money maker of all time is Buy me Coffee!
5 – Sell Information Products Online
Using a broad selection of ideas, platforms, and concept marketing programs, you can sell your information products online and make some serious cash, or a little extra spending money.
- Ryan Biddulph writes books about blogging from his platform Blogging in Paradise and makes money selling his books via LIVE on Facebook.
- John Chow rocks the world with his Make Money Online blog – and has for more than 10 years – selling ideas, concepts, info products, and value to people who want to make money online.
- Jeff Herring showcases his info-products by way of content marketing in thousands of articles strategically placed all over the internet.
- Sean Mize created a coaching program that has infiltrated the internet by way of trainees who believe “Anyone Can Be a Coach” — Info Business University
- Kevin Cullis stops traffic with Startups on Main Street and asks How Would Jesus Do Business? His stellar book HWJDB has its own website and features blog posts that give away the answer, stop by and read more…
If you have an idea that other people can use to increase their monthly income, or create a powerful financial dynamic with what you offer, the service you provide can bring high-dollar sustenance for your family too. Build your business based on info products.
Make Money Online Marketing Info Products
This may feel like a throwback to Affiliate Marketing, but it really isn’t. Almost every info-marketer pays affiliates to market their info-products, and there are entire platforms created for this purpose. If you work currently with a specific info-product, and would like to sell their “stuff” ask if they offer an affiliate program, or look on their website. Most encourage others to sell their content.
6 – Graphic Artists & Photographers Required
One of my best paid business associates is a graphic artist who has figured out how to match the tone of the art or graphics to the blogger. In the throws of blogging, you know you need a graphic to catch reader attention, but you may not know what will be the perfect graphic until you’re done.
My graphics designer has learned to read between the lines and often supplies a season of options without ever being asked to do so.
She generally sends me a list of graphics to choose from about once a month. The end result is an inspired selection of content, created for the purpose of using those graphics.
Seriously, the girl rocks the inspiration factor, and comes up with some incredibly well done elements that fit my style to a T.
Getting her a website is my next goal. Seriously, the girl needs more than just an email! I love her stuff.
Free images offer a great opportunity if you want to create graphics, or if you’re a photographer and wish to supply images to a designer, make the connection. Offer photo images at reasonable prices, and you may have income to support your picture-taking-habit!
7 – All those Bloggers Need Posts
In a Free market economy, you have the ability to sell your services a whatever price you see fit. The market will prove your value and capitalism wins. I know blog writers who charge as much as $2K per article, and more who charge $200 per article. And there’s a VAST market for those incredible second rate article spinners who charge an over-priced $2 for their work.
So here’s where I give you a huge tip about blogging.
If you’re in need of recommendations, or experience in blogging for other people, I recommend you Guest Blog for a list of people in your general niche. Find a list of people, then offer to send them guest blog posts relevant to their website. Once you’ve posted about a hundred or so blog posts in a variety of niches relevant to your blog, and added your link and “resource box” to those blog posts, you’ll have some pretty hefty backlinks to your website.
With the experience, and the backlinks, you’re well on your way to charging a good price for your blog posts. You might want to start out at $25 per blog – for 250 words or so, and increase your price to meet your value. Once you’re at value, to increase your price, get better. Keep getting better, improving your writing skills, and expanding your topic until you’re a professional and can charge whatever makes you happy.
Paid Bloggers don’t always get to use their own names on blog posts. Be sure you know how copyright law works in your area and use contracts of some sort to be sure you get paid for your services.
Now about that concept of making money online?
You can do this. Find the niche you most want to pursue, and reach out to connect with others in your niche.
If you need more guidance, or a coach to get started as you make money online, call me!
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