When I tell people I make money online they tend to assume that I'm running some sort of Ponzi scheme. But I've never been a good enough liar to pull that off, so instead I blog. While I make pocket change compared to the biggest names out there, there are plenty of other people who have completely replaced their full-time jobs in favor of making a living online (and we're talking six-figure revenues).  
Hi Dara, that’s a great question. I started with 2 affiliates sites at the same time, this one and another in the leadership niche each promoting different training courses I thought were worthwhile. I worked solidly for a year before I reached the $1,000 per month mark and then a couple of hours a day (admittedly with a few gaps) and reached $6,000 after 3 years.
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.

Now next, you’ll want to pick a WordPress theme from somewhere like ThemeForest, Elegant Themes or OptimizePress. This is the barebones design of your site, which you can then customize with your own branding, copy, and images. That being said, you don’t want to cheap out. It costs less than $100 to buy a theme that will make your website look professional (and you can upgrade to a completely custom design once you get the business going).
On many of these platforms you do have the opportunity for students to leave reviews. We all know the power of reviews due to sites like Amazon. Reviews are extremely powerful and provide social proof that helps in driving more sales and profits. But to get good reviews don’t overthink things. Number one, focus on creating the highest quality and valuable content that you can on your topic. Then next you can prompt students at various points throughout the course to take action and leave a positive review or rating if they have enjoyed the content inside, to help encourage others to enroll. You can also incentivize them in some way in exchange for a review, like sending them a content upgrade or free report, video or interview. That’s really all I’ve ever done. Keep it simple.
Another big lesson I’ve learned is to go deep when you’re trying to reach an audience or develop a platform. One way to build a really profitable course is a strategy I’ve developed called “the 4-deep technique.” This technique asks you to niche down at least four levels until you’re really at the source of someone’s problem. Start with the pain then come up with a solution. If you want to create a successful product, it needs to be a pain reliever or something that solves someone’s problem in a way nothing else can.
For example, in the past 2 weeks, I’ve received emails for TubeLoom, Paid Surveys, Kindle Mastery and in the members area he’s pushing MOBE. If you’re paying your money to learn affiliate marketing these can all be very distracting. You don’t need paid surveys and as much as writing kindle books can be a great side gig, if you’re learning affiliate marketing then you don’t need the distraction. Why Tubeloom if Internet Jetset has YouTube training? See my point?

Another big lesson I’ve learned is to go deep when you’re trying to reach an audience or develop a platform. One way to build a really profitable course is a strategy I’ve developed called “the 4-deep technique.” This technique asks you to niche down at least four levels until you’re really at the source of someone’s problem. Start with the pain then come up with a solution. If you want to create a successful product, it needs to be a pain reliever or something that solves someone’s problem in a way nothing else can.
The second mistake worth mentioning is that my email list includes a lot of people who followed me when I wrote more about budgeting, so the match wasn’t 100% aligned. I’ve asked people to unsubscribe who aren’t into the new “design your dream life” theme of my blog, but many still remain. This is totally fine from a content perspective, but it just means that selling to this list is harder.
So, where are we supposed to turn to make money the legitimate way online? This isn't just about generating passive income; this is also about finding ways and means to create an active income through the conveniences afforded to us by the internet that will not only help us with our debt obligations, but also empower us to save, invest and get really rich in the future.
Merch by Amazon is another service offered by Amazon that will enable you to make money online without any initial outlay. To get started you need to create an account with Merch by Amazon. Then simply design some T-shirt logos or slogans, and upload them to your Merch account. You will need to choose a T-shirt type, color, and price, and Amazon will create product pages for each T-shirt. When someone makes a purchase, Amazon takes care of production and shipping. And you are paid a royalty for your design.
Normally you’ll be asked to test a few websites by visiting them and to document and record your reactions and thoughts as you go through it. It’s really easy to get set up making extra money online by testing websites. All you need to do is sign up to the following services: UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Userfeel, TestingTime (UK only), or Side Income Jobs.
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.
Creating an online course can be a substantial time investment. “In my opinion, it takes about the same amount of time as writing a book,” says Balfour. “Of course, if you’ve already written a book and are doing a course about it, it takes a fraction of that time. If somebody is coming in with their own content, such as blogs and workshops they’ve already created, they can probably sit down in one weekend and create a 2-3 hour course.” But if you’re still nailing down your material, budget your time accordingly.
If you’re a fitness buff and have the right combination of charisma and business sense, working as a part-time online personal trainer can be both physically and financially rewarding. Once you build up a reputation and client base for yourself, it could easily turn into a full-time endeavor for you. Check out this interview with several fitness blog owners who are making a living online, from MonetizePros. As well, I'd recommend checking out this resource if you want to take this business idea seriously and get started with a business plan for your personal fitness trainer business today.
White labeling products involve purchasing pre-made products from a supplier and then adding your own labeling and branding. Products could range from candles to gym equipment or even tea, but all will come without labels, allowing you to create your own new range of merchandise. Most suppliers will advertise the fact they offer white labeled goods on their websites, so pick your niche and then find the right supplier and product for you. Once labeled, products can be sold via sites like eBay and Amazon, or from your own eCommerce store (discussed in a moment).

Simon, I’ve got to tell you it’s so nice to hear you emphasize the fact that it takes effort to be successful as well as it does not happen overnight. Too many marketers and scammers promise overnight riches and we all no that’s not realistic. Your success ges to prove that anyone can build a successful online business. Best of success with your future endeavors. Keep living the dream!
– Project Payday is one of those sites that has testimonials of people who have earned thousands of dollars by getting paid to get trial offers. I’m not saying you’ll earn thousands, but it is legit and you can earn some extra cash. They assume that by paying you to do a free trial, you’ll either like the product and purchase it, or forget to cancel the trial and get charged for it. If you can keep track and cancel before you get charged (if you don’t want the product), then this is a great site for making some money.
Another strategy to make money online is to become a social marketing manager. Being present on social media is key for any business that wants to attract new customers, promote their products and grow their following. However, constantly posting, liking and commenting on the numerous social media channels is extremely time-consuming. More and more businesses are recruiting social media managers to run and organize all their social media. And to save money, social media employees are often employed as online freelancers.
Caitlin Pyle has been earning a full-time income proofreading transcripts for court reporters since 2012. Today she teaches other aspiring proofreaders how to do the same. The full cost of her course is $897 — but it can be broken down into payment “chunks” of $197 (modules 1 – 2), $400 (modules 3 – 5), and $300 (modules 6 – 9). To figure out if proofreading is the right career path for you — sign up for Caitlin's FREE seven-day intro course.
Creating your own food blog, will not only be fun but done well it should also be profitable. Link your site to affiliate cooking products, sell your food photos, create and sell your own physical cookbook, or launch a cooking app. Equally, you could turn your cooking blog into a membership site. You would then share all your content, including recipes, how to videos, food photographs, and much more, with only your paid up members.
Launch jacking today is extremely saturated with people who are either reviewing a product that hasn’t even come out yet (in other words, they’re just repeating the sales copy), or from insiders who get early access to the product. The problem with being an ‘insider’, is that the privilege is only given to those who hype the product. If you become known for giving unbiased reviews (saying anything that could hurt sales), product creators will stop giving you early access to their products. So to remain in the circle, you have to sacrifice honesty… or at the very least walk a fine line.

Starting a podcast, like making a YouTube channel or blog, comes down to telling interesting stories and building an engaged audience. I’m probably sounding like a broken record by now, but you need a niche that you’re interested in and there’s already a demand for. Come up with a list of topics you’d like to talk about and then search iTunes charts, Google Trends and other podcast research sites like cast.market to see what’s currently out there and popular.


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.
Another big lesson I’ve learned is to go deep when you’re trying to reach an audience or develop a platform. One way to build a really profitable course is a strategy I’ve developed called “the 4-deep technique.” This technique asks you to niche down at least four levels until you’re really at the source of someone’s problem. Start with the pain then come up with a solution. If you want to create a successful product, it needs to be a pain reliever or something that solves someone’s problem in a way nothing else can.

While some might think that starting a blog is an arduous effort, when you understand the precise steps you need to take, it becomes far easier. It all starts in the decision of choosing a profitable niche and picking the right domain name. From there, you need to build your offers. You can easily sell things like mini-email courses, trainings and ebooks.
Build your audience on a course community: If you’re just getting started building an audience for yourself and want to leverage communities already actively looking for content you can choose to host and sell your online course on a site like Skillshare or Udemy. These are easy, cost-effective ways to build an audience and test your niche to see if there’s demand for it.

Note: This is a very simplistic method of doing competition analysis (there is much more that can be analyzed). So why are we doing it this way instead of in a more in-depth method? Mainly because we are doing a “blanket” approach, where we will put out lots of websites with lots of posts, and then let our traffic results guide the rest of the action plan (through what Google Adsense and Google Analytics tells us about our traffic).
According to Forbes, the 2015 online course market was going to be over $100 billion. The growth of this industry continues to trend upwards, and it is still the perfect time to get started with teaching online courses. With new learners from around the world starting to purchase online courses, the market will continue to rapidly grow in 2016. Currently, Udemy, one of the most popular online course marketplaces, has over 9 million students from 190 countries. The top 5 instructors have earned a combined $13,410,792 a of July, 2015.
I am guessing using the Facebook boost feature would help bring in the first couple of likes and have the potential make a post go viral but that’s not free traffic and not taught in this module. John says in this module that he’s going to share the “information that’s going to help you get to the next level, that’s going to help you become a super affiliate” which I find hard to believe after digesting what he taught in JetSet but maybe that’s something he wants you to learn in Super Affiliate System.
Focus on the surveys and offers at the top of the list. Here’s a tip not many people know. CashCrate has a special algorithm that automatically selects the best surveys and offers and places them at the top of the list. There are several factors that go into determining which are the “best”, including payout, approval rate, and a variety of other factors. But all you need to know is that these surveys and offers are great, so you can do them in confidence!
“I dreamed of creating a community that empowered people and gave them the tools to achieve their dreams. At the time, I felt unfulfilled and unhappy with my job and life, so TNC rapidly became my after-work obsession...I am crazy about helping others find that same “something” in their lives. Whether it be sharing all of my lessons learned so you can grow the biz of your dreams or reminding you why you’re ready, even when you think you’re not, I hope TNC unlocks something BIG deep inside you.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Most of the software and apps you use on a regular basis are made by massive companies or established development studios. Well, yes. But many successful apps, particularly those in the Apple and Google stores, are created and marketed by individuals and small businesses. In fact, independent developers made $20 billion in the App Store in 2016 alone.
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.

I don’t doubt his Paid Traffic knowledge but I do doubt his SEO knowledge. If you want to make a full time income from SEO you need to set up your own tests to see how the algorithm works and commit 100% to it. Google makes changes to their algorithm daily and the people making serious money with SEO don’t give away the secrets to the Algorithm for free.
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.

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When creating a membership site, always offer different plans and pricing tiers to appeal to your different categories of audience. Access to specific types of content is then dependent on the plan selected by a member. Membership fees can be a one-off payment or a repeat subscription. And you can even sell products on your membership site to boost your income.
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.
Become an Amazon Associate and then use Keyword planner to find an in-demand niche: With more than a million different products to choose from and up to 10% commission the sales you drive, Amazon’s affiliate program is a great place to get started. Browse their available products and see what connects with you. Or take it a step further and use Google’s Keyword Planner to quickly check how many people are searching for a specific term. With affiliate marketing, the more relevant traffic you can pull in, the more you’ll make off your site.
Whether you have a website or are still dreaming up ideas for a blog, you can also look into affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you partner with brands and businesses within the content of your website. If you mention a product or service, you link to that produce or service using a unique affiliate code you received when you signed up for that particular affiliate program. From there, you’ll make money any time someone buys a product or service through your link.
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.
It’s funny – most businesses take 3 to 5 years to even see the first penny in profit, but when people want to make money online, they want it to come immediately. As I mentioned before, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few who are able to make money online fast, but for most people, you’ll need to try things out and fail a bunch of times before you find success. When it comes to affiliate marketing specifically, I usually tell people it will take 6 to 12 months of solid work before they can expect to see much of anything in return.
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