It is a good module to go through however if you have the time because it gives you further insight into the tactics and strategies online marketers have used. Sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you should do. It can save you a lot of time down the road so you don’t fall victim to snake oil salesmen peddling yesterday’s junk (and there are many out there).
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. :)
Market your course: The beauty of using a course to make money online is that you can continue to sell it for as long as you’d like. Look for niche communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Reddit that might benefit from your content. Guest post on relevant blogs and sites. Look for anywhere you might be able to get in front of the right people. With just a few hours a month you can continue to generate sales.
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.
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.
This is why I love my local lead generation business, it runs 100% on free traffic, meaning my sites are generating income for me without me ever touching it. Once you got superior backlinking skills and you can get sites to the top of the first page, then it pretty much stays ranked with no fiddling and virtually no expense… It just churns out cash for you everyday.
Creating a jobs board website can be another profitable venture. The ‘jobs’ field can be quite saturated, so it is important to find a niche that is still crying out for a jobs board website. Monetize this type of site by charging businesses to list their jobs on your site. Those searching for jobs could also be charged a fee to access the higher paying job adverts.
What a great idea for an online training course! Not a lot of people think of delivering an online meditation course, but I think there are some creative ways this could be done. When it comes to online payment, your LMS of choice will have ways to help you monetize your course. Payment processing can seem intimidating, but it’s not usually very complicated. As for video conferencing, there are a few options available, and the best one for your needs will depend on your course and how much you are willing to spend. You can use free options, like Skype or Google Hangouts, but if you plan to have a larger group on the call, or if you need more advanced conference controls, you may need to sign up a more powerful platform. I know that Zoom, GoToMeeting, and join.me are all popular options. I recommend you find a way to test them out and choose the one that works best for you.

So from there things went downhill – and eventually the understandable drop in John’s work ethic & lack of enthusiasm for the company resulted in him getting fired from that marketing firm… But it was no big deal to John, as he had been busy hustling away on the side & getting clients of his own… Which is when (and how) his career as a solopreneur started.


Not only that, you will be able to evaluate business ideas much more intelligently once you've gone through this whole process. You will understand the fundamentals of keyword research & analysis, traffic & lead generation, social & affiliate marketing, monetization & conversion testing, and traffic analysis. These skills will help you immensely in ANY business you ever decide to start (online or not, passive or not).

You must document all of the proof you perform in a Google Doc, including when you performed the action. It is imperative that you document this data in the Google Doc immediately after you perform each requirement listed above, because Google will track when you made updates to the document, and this is how we will know that you met the requirements in the time allotted. We want you to have success, therefore we expect you to start implementing what we’ve taught you within 7 days of your purchase. So, you should document all of this and include your name, your purchase email address, and share that document with us at support-at-johncrestani.com within 7 days of your purchase today. You must attempt this for at least 7 days.
At this point, you will need to write down your learning goals and objectives. Learning goals are the general statements that you create and define what your course is all about and what it can do for your students. Whereas, ‘learning objectives’ or ‘learning outcomes’ tend to be more specific and more measurable in terms of what you expect your students to learn and be able to do once they complete the course.
The focus of the presentation should be on the audience and the need you are trying to provide solutions for. Most events allow for some self-promotion in your presentation, but, even if they don’t people will look you up. All you need to have is a good looking website, LinkedIn profile and social media directing them towards the course you are selling.
Really good article with some great tips. Affiliate marketing has the potential to earn lots of money and I'm hoping I can make it happen. I have tried the matched betting and it DEFINITELY works. The one thing I would say is that you need to check that any bets have been accepted by the bookmaker. I have had on occasion bets which look like they have been accepted but don't register in my account. Always go into your account and check outstanding bets or your bet history.
No matter what method you choose to make money online, understand that you might be able to make some money fast, but for the sizable returns, you'll need significant sweat equity. However, a year from now, you'll be happy you started today. Remember, time is far more valuable than money. Focus on creating passive income streams that will free up your time so that you can quit the rat race and focus on the things that matter. 
Creating space for banner ads on your website is another way to generate a revenue from adverts. However, for this type of advertising, you will need to contact businesses directly and ask them if they would like to advertise on your website. The upside is that you can charge a set amount, or even a recurring monthly fee, to business to promote their services on your site. Using a WordPress plugin like AdSanity is an effective way to manage this type of advertising.
I don’t like programs like MOBE and Digital Altitude, the way you have to buy into certain levels just to be able to earn the affiliate commission. And how do they justify the prices when there is more affordable training that can give you the same end result? I was a bit taken back too when I saw that Crestani was promoting it and so prominently in the members area of his training program.

It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how much people love t-shirts. And with the right niche, marketing, and tools, you can create an online t-shirt business that makes you extra money online while you sleep. (Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who've done just that.) Services like TeeSpring make it easier than ever to create a t-shirt drop-shipping business where they handle the sales, printing, and shipping, and you’re only responsible for design and marketing. Or you can even buy into well-established franchise businesses like Rhea Lana that sell fashionable, affordable kids clothing and get the backing of a proven organization to fuel your online sales. For more tips, check out this simple guide to launching and marketing an online clothing store by my friends over at Selz.

If you are a budding photographer and would like to be paid for your craft then you should consider setting up your own photography website. This is a great way to not only promote your services as a photographer but also to sell your images. You can charge visitors a fee to download your images. Or, if you’d rather, turn your site into a paid membership site, with free downloads of all images for paying subscribers.
No doubt John is a good copywriter and salesman, the guy has managed to get so many people into his courses and that has to be down to what he writes and says. I was looking forward to hearing some of his wisdom but unfortunately John once again does not teach in this module. Instead we get a video of an onstage presentation from Ronnie Sandlin who is a student of John’s and apparently much better at copywriting. Ronnie provides some great tips on copywriting in short easy to digest videos and it looks like they were recorded at a paid seminar.
Whenever someone asks me why I built this course, I always share a story about Frank Abagnale - the guy whose story is portrayed in the movie “Catch Me if You Can.” Abagnale was a notorious fraudster and imposter who assumed no fewer than eight identities to hide from the FBI and police. Not only did he “fake” careers as a physician and a lawyer, but he pretended to be an airline pilot and a professor, too!
Creating and selling courses could be more than just an online business you started one or two years ago. In fact, years from now, if you are committed to it and truly believe that you can make a strong impact through teaching your favorite subject, you could be the next Chris Anderson – the curator of TED (Technology, Education, Design) conferences, in the eyes of future generations!
There’s no rule that you have to stick with one course. If there are other courses you can teach related to your initial course, create those. You can then refer your students to these other courses. For example, if you offer a course on how to write a mystery, you can add a course on how to publish a book and/or how to market a book. You can also create new courses in completely different areas.
This is why I love my local lead generation business, it runs 100% on free traffic, meaning my sites are generating income for me without me ever touching it. Once you got superior backlinking skills and you can get sites to the top of the first page, then it pretty much stays ranked with no fiddling and virtually no expense… It just churns out cash for you everyday.

I actually don’t. The whole reason why I leverage these online marketplaces is because they already have traffic and an audience and they’re doing their own paid marketing and SEO to build up their members. That’s why I love this system and think it’s so great for beginners. You will literally make sales just from being in these marketplaces. I don’t care if you have a course about underwater basketweaving, you will eventually make sales just by showing up. It’s that simple. Of course if you wish, you could promote yourself, for example on your Facebook profile, via your blog and Twitter.
Don’t you just hate it when you go to a website and find out something about it is broken or hard to use? As much as it bugs you, it drives the owner of the website you’re looking at up a wall. That bad functionality and brokenness mean less sales and traffic for the site owner. It also means that website testing is a legitimate way to make money online.
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More and more companies and startups especially are embracing remote work—where you use online collaboration and communication tools to do your work from wherever you want. And you don’t have to be a 20-something hotshot designer or coder to reap the benefits of working remotely. Many remote positions are for customer support positions or other customer-facing positions that don’t require specialized skill sets.
TIP #3: If you’re concerned about not being “expert enough” for people to buy from you, do not let this stop you from taking action. If you have some awesome credentials, great, you can use them in places like your profile or biography for these platforms. But if not, that’s fine too, just be honest. But also be creative with it and try and squeeze out as many strengths and accomplishments that you’ve achieved in your life, because your profile is really your opportunity to brag about all the things you’ve done and shine…kind of like the cover letter of a resume. The most important thing is that people want to buy from others they like, trust and that are just real and genuine and know what they’re talking about. And even though you may not consider yourself the tippy top “expert” in your entire niche yet, for the person who knows absolutely nothing about what you’re creating a course around, you’re a little more expert than they are. So, again, don’t let that fear stop you.
Another way to utilize your talent and business skills is to run corporate workshops online. Businesses are always looking for unique ways to help educate their workforce, and if you can package your talents into a day or half-day long session, you can sell that to companies all over the world to make money online. Start by building a portfolio and then reaching out on LinkedIn to influencers at relevant companies to see if they would be interested in you teaching their team.
If you’ve got experience and expertise in a specific area of business, there are hundreds if not thousands of business owners who would love to jump on a phone call and pick your brain. This can be an easy way to make extra money online and to hone your skills to use in your consulting or freelance business. Sites like Clarity.fm let you create a profile where entrepreneurs and business owners can pre-pay to book a phone call with you for a set amount of time. Whether you’re an expert in raising money for startups, building apps, or running a restaurant, you can make extra money selling a few minutes of your time to people in need.
The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
If you’re looking for inspiration, my friend Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of the website Making Sense of Sense has become the expert on all things affiliate marketing. Michelle earns more than $100,000 per month from her blog and the bulk of her income comes from affiliate sales. Michelle has had so much success with affiliate marketing that she even has her own course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
There are quite literally hundreds of clever ways to make money online. From taking online surveys, to renting or selling your old clothes, flipping your iPhone to someone in a different country, and even buying low-cost products locally, just to resell them for a higher price on Amazon. There’s truly no shortage of unique ways to make money online.
John. Now that you have social proof, lots of students, and great ratings, this is the perfect time to bring the course over to your own website and start your own marketing. You can get a lot of visibility on Facebook for $5 or less per day! And you can start to experiment with raising prices a little and keep all the profit instead of splitting it with Udemy. I like Udemy and I think it’s a great place to start and use a strategy like this when you’re first building your list and credibility as an instructor. Time to branch out on your own!
If you have your own eCommerce store, social media is the perfect platform to showcase your products. Demonstrate your products in use and tell your social following why they need to buy your merchandise. Most social media channels allow you to add ‘buy’ buttons your pages, allowing your followers to easily click through to your site and make a purchase.
Balfour estimates that Udemy generates about 50% of her sales through its own built-in audience and promotions ; Udemy now has more than three million students. She’s occasionally been featured on their homepage, which also spurs sales. The other half is the result of marketing to her own list, as well as cross-promotions she’s independently arranged with other Udemy instructors. “People who are already on the [Udemy] platform are the easiest sell,” she says. She’s also marketed successfully by answering questions on Quora, creating YouTube videos, and doing Q&As on Spreecast, a social video platform. “Quora and YouTube are the best revenue generators because that’s where people go for education,” she says.

There are around 25 files of buyers targeting data available for download inside the members area. This is what made the Facebook campaign I ran profitable right away, however it took about $400 in testing to get the first sale. This is not for the faint-hearted as there is some testing budget required. However, I did a lot of mistakes that could be avoided if I followed the training better.
The audiobook industry is booming, yet only 5% of books ever get made into audio format. If you’ve got a background in acting, or if people have said you’ve got a voice made for the radio, you can make extra money recording audio versions of independent and popular books. Sites like ACX connect authors with audiobook performers. So, whether you’re an author looking for more ways to sell your book, or an actor/voice actor looking to make some extra income, you can sell your services online.
Linda Evenson has been a scopist for over 35 years and has been teaching others how to scope since 1999. In her course, you'll learn how to edit transcripts for court reporters. The full price of the course is $2,500, or you can pay in installments of 3, 5, 8, or 12-months. Want to know more about scoping? Linda offers a FREE seven-day intro course that sheds light on the profession, what it pays, and how to get clients.

Now you’ve got many different options to start earning online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!

Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities.
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