5 Ways To Make Money Online

Making Money Online

If you are looking for ways to bring in some extra money, (and who isn’t these days?) then you need to take a look at these 5 methods for making money online. Bear with me for just a few minutes because these money making methods are pretty simple to implement, they do not even require any money, you don’t have to have a list, a website, or even any experience to do this.

Get Rich Quick?

Now, it’s important to keep in mind, these are not get rich quick methods because, let’s face it, there’s no such thing. But the methods I am going to reveal to you are methods that hundreds of others have used to make money online. If you put in the effort, then very soon you’ll be making the money too.

eBay…

The first method is something that I am sure you have heard of, eBay has been around for years and it is still the biggest online auction site out there. Thousands of people are making their living selling on eBay and you can too. Take the time to learn all you can about selling on eBay. There are some great courses out there that can show you what you need to know. You can start by selling some of your own household items that you don’t use anymore. Then you can branch out by buying items at garage sales or auctions for re-sale on eBay. Some sellers even run consignments shops where they sell other peoples’ items and take a commission of every sale. eBay will be around for a long time and it is a good place to quickly and easily start making money online.

Affiliate Marketing – Think 30 Day Challenge

The next method is through affiliate marketing. This is basically the method taught in the Thirty Day Challenge. All you need to do is find some great products online that have a good affiliate program and start promoting these products. You will get a percentage of every sale you make. Now this sounds simple in theory but it does take a bit of work. You need to find a niche that people are willing to spend money in and then you need to find a good product to satisfy the needs of that market. Then you set up a website or blog that promotes your chosen affiliate products and send traffic to the site to make sales. The Thirty Day Challenge shows you exactly how this can be done. Affiliate marketing can make you a very good living if you do it right.

Provide A Service

Another way to generate online income is to provide a service to others, particularly other internet marketers. If you are good at web design or writing then you can do freelance work for others and get paid right away. You can even become a virtual assistant and do work for someone else’s business from the comfort of your own home. These types of services are in high demand and you can easily get started in these areas.

Freelance…

A spin on doing freelance writing work is to sign up for sites like Associated Content and Text Broker. These sites will pay you for articles that you write for them. You won’t make a huge amount of money doing this but it can be enough to pay a few bills and can quickly be done in a pinch.

Product Creation

And finally, here’s a method that will take some time, but can payoff for you in a big way. Instead of marketing other people’s wares as an affiliate, you can create you own product and have affiliates working for you. The most profitable way to do this is to find a high-demand niche, solve a problem and then recruit affiliates to do your promoting for you. Think about how much money you can make if you were to have a hundred affiliates promoting your products. The beauty of this is that you do the work to create the product once, and affiliates keep selling it for you over and over again.

If you want to get started building a business online or are ever in need of cash, try one or all of these methods. You may find that you will never have to worry about money again and you’ll have built a profitable online business.

Earlier, I was reading this post from Seth Godin:

Three Things You Need If You Want More Customers

In it, he breaks down in broad but simple terms the three things you need if you want more customers:

1. A group of possible customers you can identify and reach.
2. A group with a problem they want to solve using your solution.
3. A group with the desire and ability to spend money to solve that problem.

As thirty day challengers, the first thing we hear about in Ed Dale’s “Symphony of Four Parts” is the market research, and this ties into it beautifully.

We learn about identifying our market, refining our keywords/phrases with Market Samurai and narrowing things down to our “phrase that pays.” We look at the numbers and work within those numeric parameters to make sure our “phrase that pays” is viable.

Then, we build a blog or site around it and see if we can get ranked fairly quickly and get traffic.

Once we have the traffic, we can test to see if they will “convert” – or buy whatever we’re offering.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t – and when it doesn’t work – I have to ask myself…why?

Sometimes, it’s easy to lose site of the customer…I like doing the research, looking at numbers – working within established parameters.  It’s all very logical, comfortable – numbers are so easy to define…  But I’ve come up with a couple of duds over the last six months.  And I think it’s because I get too into the science of it and forget all about the fact that I’m trying to turn a searcher into a satisfied customer.

Maybe I can get ranked…I can even get traffic – but in the case of my duds, I could have saved myself a lot of time had I simply filtered my “phrase that pays” through the three items above.

In both cases for me, I was able to satisfy number 1 – Market Samurai is AWESOME for that.

For numbers two and three, I think it just takes asking yourself those questions about your phrase, like this:

If my phrase is “how to report credit” AND the niche I’m trying to market to is “small businesses with in-house credit accounts who need to report their accounts to the credit bureaus, but don’t know how” – I just ask myself if my solution will help them – and if they have the desire and ability to spend money to solve the problem identified or implied by that phrase…

As it turns out – it will – and they do.

Now, If I was marketing on a local level only – I may not be able to get enough customers to support that business.  But because of the way we can leverage the internet, we can target and reach a large group of potential businesses who need to solve that problem.

And that spells success!

So – in YOUR efforts to build YOUR internet business, just remember to keep your customers in mind.  As you do your research and identify keywords/phrases with potential – filter them through the list of three things above.  You’ll likely save yourself some money, time and a lot of effort…

Hug your kids – as of the 14th of this month, I’ve got a NEW one to hug!

Not more than a few minutes ago, I sent a tweet about not having set up Flock properly on my Mac.  I’ve been running a virtual PC side-by-side on my Mac with a program called Parallels – it’s like having two computers in one.  Well, I’m trying to use the PC less and less – and migrate all of my activities to the Mac side of things.

I realized I haven’t been using Flock on my Mac much and needed to set it up “thirty day challenge” style.

While I was at it, I thought I’d share a few other add-ons that I love…here they are:

Scribe Fire – a blog editor that integrates with your browser.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1730

Session Manager – saves and restores the state of all windows in your browser

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2324

ColorZilla – Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Palette Viewer and other colorful goodies

http://www.colorzilla.com/firefox/

CoolPreviews – Allows you to preview the target site before you actually click the link.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2207

Feedly – a different way to view your RSS Reader feeds

http://feedly.com/

FireFTP – an FTP client for your browser

http://fireftp.mozdev.org/

Rank Checker – allows you to check your Search Engine Rank for multiple pages, multiple keywords/phrases across multiple search engines…

http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/

I hope you end up liking these add-ons as much as I do – and more importantly, I hope you find that they boost your productivity 🙂

I read this post earlier: http://blogmaverick.com/2009/02/03/my-idea-to-help-the-economy-and-the-credit-crunch/trackback/ – it’s about Marc Cuban’s idea for economic stimulus. Go read it and come back – it’s great…

Go ahead…

I’ll still be here…

Did you read it?

Okay, now – Marc Cuban’s concept is simple. Encourage people to save – and encourage banks to lend. That will stimulate the economy. Awesome…

But I think there’s a fundamental problem.

What about the people who have little or no money left to save?
What about the people who’ve lost jobs or taken pay cuts?

And what do you do with the $900 billion stimulus package congress is working on right now?

Here’s a thought: Instead of using ALL of that money to completely bail out failing corporations and banks – bail out the American taxpayers who are hurting.

How?

Take the last three years tax returns (gross income) from households that make less than say – $150,000 annually. (This number could be based on tax brackets or even regionally based depending on average-per-capita incomes.) But for this post, let’s keep it simple.

Average those gross income numbers and divide by three – give that amount to each household as money they can deposit into a savings account at a bank of their choice.

(Banks can compete for your deposits with interest incentives – and for one to three years, interest on these accounts could be tax free, just a thought…)

Back to the “how” part…

By way of example, take these three made-up gross income figures:

2006 – $77,000
2007 – $68,000
2008 – $56,000
————–
Average – $67,000

Divide by 3 = $22,333

Take that amount $22,333, which should be about 4 months worth of income – and give it to this made-up hurting American household so they can deposit it into savings.

This approach would help the American citizens who need it most, put money back into the banking system and with 4 months of income in savings – it should stimulate consumer confidence and spending.

To KEEP the money in banking system, put some stipulations on the money. For instance, put a percentage into a certificate of deposit or some other instrument that slows down access.

That would allow people who are in a bind to catch up if they need to and still have something left in savings.

What should the cut-offs be?
What should the percentages and averages be?
What should the stipulations be?
Would things have to be figured out on a per household basis?
(Well, taxes are – so maybe this could be too?)

As to the rest, I don’t know – I’m not an economist, I’m not an accountant.

I’m just tired of seeing big failing corporations and banks get handed billions of taxpayer dollars only to overpay execs, give out billions in bonuses and plan lavish parties for the people who helped get us here in the first place.

Your thoughts?

I know that I may not survive the night after this…

Seriously, posting this could very well get me killed in my sleep…

But I feel like I would be holding out on you if I held onto this knowledge – if I didn’t share it with you right now.

You see, I’ve been busy – working, testing, perfecting…

Night after night, taking notes – working out ideas…

Nothing seemed to be working – one dead-end test after another.

Some nights I start to think I’m on to something – a breakthrough is imminent…

But further testing reveals I’m off – something’s not quite right.

Try as I might, I end up feeling like a BIG FAT FAILURE.

In desperation, I finally talk the whole thing over with my wife…

She listens intently – sympathizing with failed attempt after failed attempt.

As I finish my rant, I finally do what NO MAN ever does as soon as he should – I ask her to help me, give me some insight, a hint…

She leans forward and asks me if I can keep a secret…

I lie – and tell her “yes, of course dear.”  And of all people – SHE reveals the secret sauce to me.

Now, at my own peril – I’ll share the secret with you.

Please don’t tell her I told you – I know she wants me to keep it a secret – but this is just so good, I can’t keep it to myself…

Ready…

Can you handle knowing the secret sauce?

Seriously, if you don’t think you can handle it – you should stop reading now!

Honest.

Stop.

Don’t go any further unless you’re REALLY, REALLY ready to know the secret sauce…

Ready?

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

The Secret Sauce

The Secret Sauce

She adds a little bit of this into about half of her cooking – and it makes all the difference in the world – that smokey, chipotle flavor was just what I was missing in my cooking.  Conveniently, she had it tucked away in a different cupboard so I wouldn’t use it up.

I know, I know – you probably thought I was going to give up a DIFFERENT secret sauce.  Well, two things.

ONE – You should know this – the secret to success in anything is: SELF-DISCIPLINE.  Ask any successful person – self-discipline will be on their list of character traits.

Along with that, I’d say success comes from characteristics like: focus, perseverance, hard work and integrity.

So be disciplined about what you’re doing.

Focus on one thing at a time.  Ask yourself, “What is the one thing I should be doing right now?”  For me, sometimes that’s research, write content, build back-links, make relevant comments, etc.  Just pick one thing, one aspect and do it – finish it before you move on to the next thing.

Persevere – if you try and you fail…try again.  To steal from one of the most brilliant speeches ever – “Never give up, Never give up, Never, ever give up!”

Work hard – if you’re going to spend time doing it – give it your all, 100%.

At the end of the day – do it well and do it with integrity.

Sidenote: I think the success of the thirty day challenge embodies this quote from Zig Ziglar – “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

Now you might say using the term “Secret Sauce” as a headline might be misleading – maybe – but you did learn something and hopefully you were entertained too.

TWO – If you’re a thirty day challenger, veteran or newbie – once you’ve gone through the initial 30 day challenge, the next logical step is to take it to the next level and join the thirty day challenge plus.

www.thirtydaychallengeplus.com – (not an affiliate link…)

There’s new material included each month – however the materials are taken down at the end of each month.  So if you want to take your own awesomeness to the next level, join as soon as you can.

And if you like this post, (or just want to “sauce-roll” one of your friends…feel free to spread some love…

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