If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? My friend, Mark Jackson did just that, making extra money online with his travel consulting side business. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, and then move on and create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals. Eventually you could spin this into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make their dream trip a reality.
If you are a professional photographer or have a real flair for photography, then selling your images on other sites could be an idea. This could be done alongside your own photography site, as it is a good way to help get your work viewed by a wider audience. There are numerous stock image websites to contribute to, but choosing a popular high-end site like Shutterstock should ensure your photographs make you some money.
If I have a blog that is getting 100,000 page views a month that means that I’m probably getting at least 50,000 people to the site (most blogs will do between 1.2 to 1.4 pages per session). That means I have to try and get some small percentage of those people to buy something from me if I really want to do well. If I can’t get them to buy something then (in some cases) I have ads running on the site that will make me money anyways.
If you’re serious about making money selling things online, it’s pretty much impossible to not recommend Shopify. The platform gives you everything you need to get your online store up and running in less than a day including a custom domain, beautiful templates (so you don’t need design skills), secure payment options, and they can even take care of marketing and shipping for you. Whether you’re promoting your own products, designs, or curating other products for people in your niche, Shopify is the best option for powering your online store.
People are turning to audio and visuals when it comes to technical subjects. However, you should consider doing an ebook first and turning it into an audiobook through a resource like Audible's ACX platform. You can hire a producer either through a royalty share program, so you don't have to shell out upfront cash, or you can do a pay-per-hour hire as well.
Note: Google is constantly making updates to the Google Keyword Planner, and sometimes won't display all the information you need to do proper keyword analysis. In the case that you can't get the information you need from the Google Keyword Planner, some other popular tools that provide the same information are Long Tail Pro and Secockpit. You can also do a Google search for "keyword research tool" and you'll find several other tools that provide that same information. Then just pick whatever tool you prefer and proceed as usual. :)
Want a more reasonable example? How about ME! I began my very first affiliate marketing website, Drive-Safely.net, in January of 2011. By November of 2011, I quit my full time job as an OTR truck driver to focus on my online business full-time. Here we are in the middle of 2015 and I’m having my best year ever. Not only was I able to make money online fast, but it has been sustainable.
28. Subscription – If you think of something valuable (newsletter, online magazine, etc.) that you can consistently offer on a certain basis (weekly, monthly, etc.), you may want to offer a subscription service. This could be a fee charged each time your product is sent out or on a monthly basis. Either way, this has to be something that your customers can only get by subscribing to your website.
This course helps to pinpoint down the steps you need to take to get your online courses ready for sale. Starting from the very basics, it explains how you can set up your target audience, identify your unique selling point and come up with good content. Also, in terms of publishing your own course, you will learn how you can pre-launch and then launch your online course, taking into account important factors such as pricing, student analytics, and online business performance.
Then once you’ve got your domain name and hosting sorted out, it’s time to pick a CMS, or Content Management System, that will let you update pages, build your blog and integrate with all the other services you need. It’s hard to go wrong with WordPress—the CMS powering close to a quarter of the internet. Keep in mind that eventually as you start growing traffic to your blog, you'll be wise to invest in a managed WordPress hosting plan from a company with great service like Kinsta, where all of the settings are custom-tailored and optimized to work particularly well with WordPress-powered websites.
The point of today’s exercise is simply for you to get your feet wet and to get a website online that you can play and experiment with. Don’t worry too much about what this first website is going to be about; just get something online. After you complete this first project and feel comfortable with the process of putting together a professional looking website, then you can start developing your passive income website portfolio.
If you have an eye for design and some experience of creating websites, then you could offer your services as a freelance web designer. You will need to create your own stylish website and have a few other projects that you can show potential clients to demonstrate your skills. You will also need to initially spend time emailing businesses to promote your services and find work.
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E-books represent about 20 percent of all book sales in the U.S. The good news is you don’t have to be a publisher with deep pockets to get in on the action. As a solo internet entrepreneur, you can sell ebooks directly from your own website. You can sell your own works or sell a public domain work. Simply upload it to your website (or seller account on Amazon) and start publicizing it on your social media platforms, on your email list, your blog, website, etc.
1) It takes time and patience. When building out your website it’s going to take 6 months before you see real Google rankings and a breakthrough in traffic and sales. For the vast majority, they’re not willing to wait this long. You’ll feel like you’re working for free at first but be stubborn enough to stick it through this initial period and you’re building an income-producing asset that you’ll reap the rewards from for years to come.
Offering specific online SEO services is also another online freelancer role that businesses are crying out for. If you know how to improve a website’s SEO by doing keyword research, creating content that can rank in search engines, adding metadata/schema to posts and pages, and building backlinks to a domain, to name a few tasks, then this could be a great line of work for you.
When it comes to Wealthy Affiliate, it is 1000 times better than what John Crestani offers. I really did learn everything I know about building websites from them and yes, I highly recommend joining but be real with yourself and understand that there is no free ride. Meaning, you will have to put forth the proper amount of effort but if you do then you can be successful with an online business. I have my own SEO agency and run several successful websites but I will say, it took a lot of effort so if you are serious then Wealthy Affiliate is the best option for you.
Next, you need to set up and build your YouTube channel. Your YouTube channel is your homebase for all your content. If you already have a Google account for Gmail or Google Drive, then you can use that to log-in to YouTube and start setting up your channel. Pick a username that works for you and is memorable (if you’re using an existing Google account you’ll have to edit your username in Google+).
Keep in mind though, you don’t need a website to do sponsored content since you can also get paid if you have a lot of social media followers. My wife has a pretty big Instagram following, and she gets all kinds of sponsorships. Not only does she get paid in cash, but we get a lot of free stuff, too. We’ve received free rugs, free lights, and free carpet cleaners. She only promotes things she loves though, so this strategy works really well for her.
You can also market your ebook on your own website or blog, particularly if the site gets good traffic. Still another method is affiliate marketing. You can offer to pay sites related to your ebook a percentage of the sale price – say, anywhere between 20% and 50% – for them to post an ad or linked article for your book on their site. This could enable you to market your ebook on multiple platforms for greater market exposure.
derek, thank you! I have already created a language course and now i need to put the videos and pdfs up online and sell it….can you give us some direction about what platforms to use to host the course? Should i use a course builder by someone else? custom create a website? and for paid courses, how do you keep multiple people from downloading or viewing what one person paid for (sharing)? I appreciate your guidance.
Moving on from that though he then covers an example of one of his own videos and goes over how to optimize the video for search traffic. One of his first videos only had about 190 views at the time he recorded the course but looking at all of them now, they are all getting close to 1 thousand views which actually does show he knows something about YouTube Marketing.
Etsy: While Etsy's popularity has declined recently, it's still a great resource for selling handmade items online. No need for complex ecommerce sites or merchant accounts or any sort of automation. The company takes a commission of every sale and charges a small listing fee per item. But many still use Etsy as their primary source of income. The best part is that you can also sell digital products on here such as poster designs.
For the premium course. you can charge your customers more and consider using payment plans (installments) where you can either pay once or pay for up to six months or yearly. You can go premium when you offer exclusive content or more extended course offering more features or an advantaged course e.g. towards winning a certification in the medical field, etc.
Running and charging for webinars can be a great way to build a following in your niche, demonstrate that you are an expert in your field, and make a profit. Hosting a webinar can be hard work. They need to first be promoted, provide original and valuable information, and include interactive elements so your audience can ask questions and engage with your topic. However, once you have built up a large blog following, each webinar can be extremely profitable.
If you don’t know what to make your first website about, a fun first project could be building a website for your new side business: freelancing websites for others. After all, once you’re done with the first four lessons, you’ll be qualified to build fairly basic, but professional looking websites. Then you can start charging people $500 per website to make yourself some extra money! When I first learned how to make a website with WordPress, I used to post my services on Craigslist daily, and I would get at least two to three gigs per month. You can simply make your website YourName.com or YourNameWebsiteCreationServices.com. If you decide to go this route, here is some freelancing advice to help you get started. :)
Research individual companies in your desired niche: If possible, it’s always better to become an affiliate directly with a company (if they have an internal affiliate program), as no one else will be dipping into your commission rate. This is the preferred route for most of the prominent affiliate marketers, including Pat Flynn. Unfortunately, it’s also the most work, as you’ll have to do the research yourself to see who offers programs (they’re usually listed in the website footer).
I interviewed Michelle on The Work at Home Woman years ago. Since that time her blogging business has skyrocketed to the tune of $100K a month! How does she do it? The majority of Michelle's blogging income is earned through affiliate marketing, and now she's sharing her affiliate marketing secrets in her new training course. I had the chance to look over this course, and it's an awesome foundation for beginners. The course includes six modules with over 30 lessons, plus worksheets, bonuses and a private Facebook Group which is very active. The cost is $197 or two payments of $99. Michelle offers a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee on her course.
Producing quality content is important for all types of marketing and especially SEO because it can help your online courses rank higher in google searches. SEO, as the process of making changes on your website to improve marketing efforts, is responsible for increasing your website’s traffic in terms of quantity and quality through free/organic search results on search engines.
Verdict: Its a good course that is definitely legitimate and you can make money if you follow the strategies being taught by Crestani. However, if you’re not careful, you can end up spending a lot of money or get distracted by other offers available to you as a student that in my opinion aren’t necessary for your success. I’d rate this at about 70/100.
You could, in theory, just not write a review for those products that are no good… but you’ll be spending countless hours to test several products just to find one that’s good. But for launch jacking to work, you need to test and review products quickly (to beat your competitors to it) and frequently (up to several a week) because not all of them will rank well in Google or on Bing. You might do 10 reviews and only 3 make it to the front page of the search engine results (if any at all).
Creating and selling courses on your blog can be a successful way to make money online. The course itself should be relevant to your blog, and based on a topic that will benefit your audience. Although it may take time to create the course in the first instance, once completed, you can then repeatedly make money from the course each time you sell it.
If you can find and restore items like furniture and appliances, you can make a substantial amount of money. You can acquire the items on Craigslist, or even at garage sales or estate sales, restore them, and then list them for sale on the site. You may also be able to market certain items on eBay, particularly if they are small, unusual, but high in price.
Don't sacrifice morals for a quick buck — At the outset, you'll want to do all sorts of things to make money online, but don't sacrifice your morals for a quick buck. Not only will you put people off, but you'll lose Google's trust. You also shouldn't concern yourself with things like Adsense or other ads on a blog before you have around 100,000 visitors per day. Yes, per day.
Amazon: With Amazon, you can even have them fulfil your orders. The digital retailer also says there are more than two million sellers on their website, representing 40 percent of all sales. Another benefit of using Amazon (as well as these other third-party sites) is that people already trust them and are more likely to buy off of them then from your own independant website if you had one.
Just be sure to put a lot of care into your product listings. Everything from the titles you use, to how effective the description is at convincing potential buyers your product is better than the rest, and even taking care to shoot high quality product photos can have a dramatic impact on your sales. I recommend using photo editing tools like Fotor, which gives you the ability to edit your images, create captivating graphic designs and more.