I ran that simple little question, how can I make money online, repeatedly through my conscious and unconscious mind on a daily basis. I am a firm believer that the single greatest thing that we can do for ourselves is to generate more income.
Money equals opportunities and choices. The more that we have, generally, the better our lives will be. Who doesn’t want to not have to worry about the next bill or emergency? Who doesn’t want to take time and travel, visit the family, just enjoy some downtime without monetary worries. I know that I do and I don’t think that I alone.
How can we generate this life changing extra income? How can I create a side hustle? I looked around at my present environment and saw how all-pervasive the internet was in our present lives, and a light turned on in my mind. I thought that I must be able to use the internet for generating an income stream, so I set out to explore the opportunities.
This is what I discovered as a path to increased income, without any significant monetary outlay. It just required a consistent effort on my part. I said: I CAN DO THIS!
Online Income Generators
This basically involves selling physical products on eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, etc. I have tried this approach in the past. I would hit the yard sales in my area, but products that I thought would sell, and then resell them on eBay or Craigslist. It required more time and money than I wanted to invest on a consistent basis. If this is something that interests you, it can be made to generate some income.
I must admit, this appealed to me until I started researching the financial outlay required to bring in products. That, coupled with the fact that I was stuck with the merchandise, if it didn’t sell. The Biggest names in this field are Salehoo and eCommerce.
I did try this approach for a short while. I found it time-consuming for little income. Main benefits are you can do it from virtually any place that you have an internet connection, and it requires very little cash outlay.
Sell Your Own Products
If you are talented in this area, product creation can be very lucrative. The arts and crafts people have an outlet on Etsy. Those creating information products have Clickbank, Amazon. Or JVZoo. Physical products can be marketed on Shopify or FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon).
3 Best Ways to Make Money Online
Granted, these are my choices, but I feel that they offer the best return on your time and the least expensive vehicles for generating an income online today.
Affiliate marketing is best described as a performance based marketing system that rewards affiliates for customers buying through their efforts. Almost all large companies, think Target, Walmart, Macy’s, have affiliate programs. Without doubt, the best know affiliate program belongs to Amazon.
I also like that affiliate marketing is virtually automated, thus eliminating the face-to-face cold calling that most people detest.
The best approach that I have found is to choose a company or product that generates a passion or interest in you. It is far easier to promote a product that you have an interest and some knowledge, but a little research will help in the knowledge department.
Once that has been narrowed down, create a website around the product or topic. I know, this sounds geeky to you; but, Godaddy or many of the other hosting companies will create a website for you, based on your interest, at a minimal cost.
You then go to Amazon, or who ever you have chosen to promote, and sign up for their affiliate program. You will get a link for the program and you will place that on your website, If an individual clicks on that link and buys, you have earned some online income.
I cannot begin to tell your the sheer joy and excitement I felt when I looked at my first check from
. It might have been just $100, but it represented vindication that affiliate marketing was a vehicle for making money online.
I know all this sounds a bit overwhelming, but there are companies that will build you your first websites for free. Please check out Wealthy Affiliate. Here is a link for you to check out Wealthy Affiliate. They will build you two websites for free and provide you with beginner training. They have a paid side, if you wish to go further with them for additional training. If affiliate marketing is your chosen path, Wealthy Affiliates is definitely worth your time to explore.
If you have a passion or specialized knowledge in some area (like micro farming, kite building, etc.) then you can build an online presence or blog around that topic. If you are interested in a certain area, you can believe that many more people also follow that passion. It might take you somewhat longer to turn this into a moneymaking venture, but as you build and audience and become an authority, you can monetize your blog. You are not necessarily selling your readers, but providing them with concepts, ideas, and products that they have an interest in finding. Connect them to the products that you think they might also be interested in finding. This is, also, a way to connect your blog to your affiliate marketing website. This becomes a win-win for you and your readers. You might also consider adding some Google adsense to your blog, just try not to make it too commercial looking.
Once you have your blog and affiliate marketing websites up and running, you might consider a method to sign up your readers to a newsletter or subscription service. This would be especially true if you are offering some type of specialized information. As email list is a great way to present offers to your readers, that you feel might interest them. This does not mean that you bombard them, on a daily basis, with offers, but it gives you a ready list for offers that you know they would appreciate. This takes awhile to grow and gain their trust, but once it is up and running, it is a great vehicle for income generation. What is really great is that affiliate marketing, blogging, and email marketing can all be integrated.
I hope that this provides some food for thought on how to make money online. I have only scratched the surface, a little research will surely give you many more ideas. Please feel free to contact me and I will do everything in my power to help you generate some liberating online income.