Top 10 Ways To Not Get Rich Online

 

Googling "get rich online" will return 17.7 million sites. I can save you a lot of surfing and give you the bottom line on all these sites, yes, all 17.7 million of them bar none. They don't work. Why? Because they all offer some or all of these Top 10 Ways in some permutation or another, and these are the ways that guarantee anything other than online riches. Take a deep breath and let those neurons start firing for a moment: Do you really think that if Mr. X had found the way to make $100,000 a day online while he quaffed Dom Perignon on the deck of his Chris Craft off Key West he would offer to tell you exactly how he did it in exchange for your $19.95? Of course there are testimonials! They're verifiable too!

"Hal Licino is a deity incarnate. Not only did he teach me the secrets of how to make millions while I slept, but also showed me his secret braciole recipe, and was kind enough to impregnate my previously barren wife!" - Richard Visage, dick_face@idiotsrus.com

Are you up to betting a plugged nickel that when you email "Dick" at his address it's really Hal replying? Hey! You're catching on!

So since you're already so receptive to finding out the truth behind the get rich online by Tuesday schemes, here are the Top 10 Ways to make sure you never get rich online:

Cheat - Google "cheat google" and you'll get over 20,000 sites which will show you the ultimate way to get to be the number one listing in whatever keyword you desire, and all you have to do is send $49.95 for their e-book. Congratulations. You're a fool who is now fifty bucks lighter. The e-books and other guaranteed instructions on how to cheat search engines only cheat you. The only 100% guaranteed way to ensure that you will be number one in any given keyword is to buy Google. Their current market cap is $153 billion, so I hope you've been saving your lunch money.

Count On Your AdSense Earnings - I started blogging on HubPages well over a year ago. In that time, I've published 234 articles, many of which virtually taken up residence on the Hot and Best Hub pages, and one of which got a quarter million page views! My total Google AdSense earnings to date have yet to exceed $500! How could that be? Everyone knows that page views equal cash! I have news for all the Online Einsteins. When you publish a popular article and it gets a flood of attention from Slashdotters, Diggers, etc. those people don't click on your ads! Surprise! Sure you get the page views, but the click through is miniscule and it actually drops down your CPM! Did you really expect some professional jaded know-it-all Slashdotter to arrive at your site and squeal in delight "Wow, look! I can buy an IMac for only $999!" and click on your little ad? Duh!

Spin Content - Article spinners are great! Plug in 500 words of some ripped off blather about "avoiding foreclosure," "repair your credit," "how to bed women," or "natural alternatives to Viagra" and soon you'll have ten thousand "unique" articles that will pass Copyscape and will attract the search engine bots to your site like bears to honey. Unfortunately these articles will be incomprehensible to the average bear, and will also guarantee your site a clickthrough of zero.

Blog - Unless you have some secret unobtaininum formula to rapidly achieve the popularity of a Perez Hilton, Arianna Huffington, Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble or Seth Godin, you will wear your fingers to the bone and still not be able to make the rent. It's not that your words aren't any good (although they very well may be) but now that everybody and his kid sister has a blog, imagine a single grain of sand making itself unique enough to distinguish itself from its fellow grains on Waikiki Beach and you'll start to understand the odds that are against you buying that new Lamborghini with your blog money.

E-books - Imagine that! You can publish a book, make it available to millions of people around the world, and all without cutting down one lousy little tree or dealing with Ingram, Amazon and the rest of the Book Publishing Mafia! Great idea! Except for the fact that 1) you'll sell three if you're lucky, and 2) you're certain that one of the first three to buy your book will upload it to rapidshare and then thousands of people will enjoy your words, but you certainly won't get paid for it. My international print bestselling book is one of the top downloads from rapidshare, so I can certainly tell you all about it.

Porn - There are so many millions of extremely well-financed porn sites on the Wild Wicked Web that unless you can come up with some totally innovative sexual act that hasn't already been explored in every intimate detail (good luck), then the only person gaining a Master's in Bation from your site will be you.

Play Poker - I have one thing in common with Daniel Negreanu: we both have the same hometown. When it comes to any other mortal making any real money playing poker, especially online, don't make plans to buy that Lear Jet quite yet.

Engage In Affiliate/MLM Marketing - Wow! You can make a 50% commission on every sale! Did you ever stop to think that 50% of nothing is nothing, and that the only people stupid enough to want to buy whatever junk you're hawking don't have the money to buy it?

Online Trading - All you need is to have some well placed moles in the boardrooms of a few Fortune 500 corporations who don't fear the SEC nor their Draconian policies against insider trading and who are willing to share this information with you, rather than just use it themselves, and you are set! You'll be making money hand over fist! And if you can pull it off, you might even get to stay in Martha Stewart's old cell!

Produce Junk Content - Everyone knows that most internet surfers are pimple-gobbed illiterate wankers anyway, so why bother putting pearls before swine? Stick in some Crysis screenshots and plenty of buxom topless chicks amidst some nonsense about Halo 3, Rock Band and Bioshock cheats and watch your ISP's servers blow up from all the traffic. Not exactly. The only only only way to get traffic reliably and over the long run is to publish content that is well-researched and supported, exquisitely crafted, literate, comprehensive, and totally unique.

 

 

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ohohdon 8 years ago from Yakima

Dang! And I though I would be the next internet millionaire. I guess I better not quit my day job quite yet. How else will I have enough money to go buy my lottery tickets?


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

This won't mean much to readers as the comment is now gone, so this is a private message: You're becoming abusive, jcorkern. Let's see if you can type faster than I can delete.


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xrated 8 years ago

Well Done.


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks, xrated!


SJHubber 8 years ago from Kansas

Hal, I'm sorry for your hard times making money online. It must have been a bank-busting ordeal.

But for what it's worth, I personally know people who make a small fortune at two of the different techniques your are bashing above. eBooks, & (especailly) AdSense, where upwards of $1,000 a day is totally possible if you are dedicated to it full time.

All it takes is creativity, dedication, and not giving up. It's easy to say that it can't be done. Much harder to do it, but still possible.


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

The agreement I have with Hubpages compensates me comfortably and I'm very happy to continue Hubbing here. I completely agree with you that significant profits can be made by a minority of internet marketers using some finely honed methods. However, I hope you see my point that the majority of people using these tactics, either through lack of experience, knowledge or perseverance, end up making next to nothing. For every internet millionaire cruising by in the back of the Maybach 62, there are many thousands slogging away at dishwasher income, if that.


SJHubber 8 years ago from Kansas

Yeah, we agree totally there... Quite a shame.

I guess we are all raised to fit a certian niche in this world... If you are the son of a dishwasher it's not easy to become a millionaire, all your training is against it.

It's only training though... What a world. We could all be trained to be Donald Trump if we wanted it badly enough.

Interesting Hub, Good luck to you.

-SJ


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Yes, training is key. If someone is trained to be a neurosurgeon, then they can expect to make millions, but that's not exactly everyone's cuppa tea. My own lifetime earnings are well north of $8 million (not adjusted for inflation) so I've had the house in the Hollywood Hills with the private chauffeur, etc. etc. etc. Yeah, it's better than scraping dirt to feed your kids, but it's nowhere near what it's cut out to be. I had to supervise 63 people in my publishing company and it was like having 63+1 ulcers every day. I walked away and never looked back. I now live in a borderline remote area where bald eagles swoop past my window on a crystal indigo lake and laugh at all the people who drive two days just to vacation here, when I live here year round.

As for Trump... Nah... I could never live with that combover. :)


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khadilkarprakash 8 years ago from India

I wanted to make lot of money for what purpose?

To drink, to meet girls with higher costs, to gamble, to repay the loans which I had taken to do all sinful acts. I was not only obscessed with money but I had fallen to the level that I want money by hook or crook . Some how I will become rich then I can fulfill my desires.

This only lead me to search online money websites including Google Cash. They dont make me fool. I am fool. I have no knowledge about php servers. I could never upload the Rs. 1299 worth content nor I could read the e-commerce website they had sold to me offline also. Ultimately It is me who was greedy that thought that I will earn Rs 40.000 per month without doing anything. Thank you very much for making billions of fools like me, aware about Google Cash etc.


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Judy Cullins 8 years ago from La Mesa, CA

Hal,

A brilliant article and I do market online like you with articles. I did try at others' urging and lost with an an article blasting company and lost with buying keywords, and while I took some millionaire guru seminars, they didn't hook me with their $3000-$4000 packages I wouldn't even read, If it aint easy and simple, I just won't do it. That's why I love article marketing-for 8 years it's done well by me. And it's a no cost deal. I only pay an assistant to submit them. The return is at least 10 fold, but I think much more.

Thanks again, and I even got some laughs,

Judy Cullins, http://www.bookcoaching.com

J


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privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

I am giving you a standing ovation right now!

Best thing with the most truth to it I have read probably in a couple months.

GREAT JOB!!!!!!

Melanie


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Janneke 8 years ago from Netherlands

Hi Hal,

No offense here and do agree or feel the same about most of the things you name, but I do make money with blogs, ebooks and affiliate marketing...not thousands of dollars yet since I've just started out, but it is increasing. My boyfriend does a better job at the same things I just mentioned, but he's doing it a little longer :-)

Anyway, that's just my/our experience so far. And I must admit that we were both pretty sceptical in the beginning, but ever since my boyfriend really started doing this, after not being able to do any regular work anymore, we did become less skeptical all the way up to 'believers'.

So for us it does work and it only gets better.

Still, thanks for the information though...and the good laugh :-)


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Janneke 8 years ago from Netherlands

@Melanie:

Hi Melanie, just a quick question...

First of all, I really love some of your hubs so again, no offense ;-)

Now, you seem to agree with Hal, but you have a hub or two where you mention making money with Adsense and affiliate marketing which I don not understand completely...

Or am I missing something here?

Just curious.


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

This hub is certainly an eye opener and very amusing!

;)


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koncling 8 years ago from Nice Winding Room

ooooh....I don't know what i have to do know...?


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

This article is 95% correct.  The 5% is this:

There actually *are* people who make money at some of that stuff.  But they are knowledgeable, they work their arses off, and (here is a key one) they have a large network of acquaintences a few of whom have influence.  (That's the one I struggle most with, being  both female and from a rural area.)  They didn't make millions overnight either.  Many of them were at it for a year or two before they saw any green.  

The myth is that somehow you can exploit the vastness of the internet to make millions by magic and instantly.  The reality is basically, if you are a loser, you are going to lose at that game just like you lose at everything else.  But as in any other game, if you work hard, KNOW stuff, and KNOW people, and perservere you can succeed.   


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

khadil: Rs. 40K a month is $1,000 or so, and yes, it is possible if you really work at it. Everything is relative and in the US, that would barely be cleaning-up-the-tables-at-McDs money but in other countries it can be well worth while working at it for 40-50-60 hours a week to make $250. When I speak about Getting Rich, I'm talking the absurd amounts being tossed around by the snake oil salesmen who are trying to get you to buy their How To Make A Million Dollars By The Weekend E-book.

Judy Cullins: A $4000 seminar on how to make people millionaires? Hey, I can tell you the formula to make anyone a millionaire right now. Give $4000 seminars on how to make people millionaires! I was once in the seminar business... maybe that might be a really good idea... nah... I actually have a conscience and I couldn't go through with it... :)

privateye2500: Thank you, thank you, you are too kind. I do appreciate the nice words! :)

Janneke: As I explained to khadil, I am in no way stating that no one can ever make any money doing these ten things. In the case of people who live in countries which have a very different cost of living than North America, Europe, etc. they can be rich. I have cousins in South America who work out in the fields all day for $20. Show them how they can make $1000 a month sitting at home and they'll kiss your feet for the rest of your life. However, I would call "being rich" in North America today, as having an income of at least $500,000 per year. That has been done with these ten ways, but only by an absolutely microscopic number of people which is statistically insignificant. They like to make you think that it's easy and anyone can do it, but the bottom line is always: If it's so easy, why aren't you out there doing it instead of trying to rip me for $50 to buy your "plan"?

compu-smart: Glad to open your eyes. Now if you want to know the number one top secret Hal way to make millions, just send $50 to... er... nah... that damn conscience again! :)

hot dorkage: As I've stated here, yes, you can succeed if you have reasonable expectations. Paying the rent and having enough money for pizza and beer on the weekend is a reasonable expectation and I am most certainly not stating that it is impossible if you work at it full time. Buying that new Gulfstream by the end of the month, however, is impossible. It cannot be done. Not now, not ever.


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eugie17 8 years ago from online (everywhere)

Internet Marketing is like life every body has his game and mask, and every bad thing can be used to create business i.e. a product, its only a matter of time and unforced effort and you will find your self in this industry (if its for you in the first place)


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Janneke 8 years ago from Netherlands

Ok, I hear you :-)

I also didn't consider the statstics you mention as I wasn't talking about getting/being rich actually which in my opinion has got nothing to with money... ;-) (I also know what it's like to have no money at all)

Anyway, something else...

I just noticed my hub got flagged :-( but it's not the only hub talking about that 'plan' I was reviewing? Did any of you guys flag me?

Again, just curious...

One more thing. I am not trying to rip you of for $50, I'm just giving a review of a program I purchased myself and showing what tools you get and that it works (for me and I am no rocket scientist). That's all and as soon as it gets aproved (if at all) you can see my proof :-)

As for the part that they make it look easy and anyone can do it (although some really go over the top). It's the same as with any commercial you see on tv... "This brand new formula with amazing 'super whitening crystals' makes your laundry/teeth/or whatever whiter than white...or even cleaner than clean".

You see... It's the same. You just have to look through the sales page, do some research (read reviews) or whatever it takes to make sure you know what you buy, before just buying. Or else just ask your money back within 90 days which you can do 99.9% of the time, compared to the other (consumer) products you buy in the stores.

Just my 2 cents...


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Janneke, I swear on my gramma's grave that I was using "you" completely hypothetically, and I have not to date clicked on your name link to see what "plan" you are or are not promoting. I had no idea that you were writing about any kind of "plan," so it was a very strange synchronicity. I also have not flagged any of your Hubs as I have not ever read any. So if you are promoting a "plan" for $50, then all I can say is that I must be psychic... or psychotic... or something like that! :)


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

OK, I have now followed your link to the UK surfer dude's plan. I think it's a complete coincidence that you're pushing this as honestly, I had no idea. Just call me ESP Hal... for Extra Smelly Perspiration! :)


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Janneke 8 years ago from Netherlands

Haha...my bad :-P

And what a coincidence indeed! Funny though as I wasn't quit sure if you were referring to me or if you meant it hypothetically, but since my hub got flagged (not anymore, thank G...erm...Hub) I was a bit grumpy and automaticly thought wrong... Again, my bad :-P

Anyway, thanks for the kind and funny explanation you...PESP Hal (Psychiotic Extra Smelly Perspiration ;-)

One more thing I wanted to say regarding your 'online succes' and the "Everyone knows that page views equal cash!" part.

I think if you took some (more?) SEO lessons I'm sure you would definitely make more out of (your hubs) it. The reason I think that is because you keyword optimization is pretty poor (sorry) or atleast just not optimized on the hubs I've read. (TIP: ad more tags, atleast 15 or so)

Now again, I'm no rocket scientist, but from what I've learned from my boyfriend (and he had lessons from real SEO experts I might say), you should always check/Google the "keywords" your targeting at and see if there are Adwords campaigns on the right side. By doing so, you will be sure that there are companies actually promoting something related to your keywords and that you''re targeting a profitible niche.

And that will result in high(er) Google rankings and much more clicks from real targeted visitors/traffic...and thát equals cash ;-)


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Ah, you should read one of my Hubs from last year:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Keywords_Must_Die

I consider keywords right up there in the Satanic pantheon with Microsoft Vista, Star Wars The Phantom Menace, and The Church Of Scientology. I only enter three tags as that's the minimum I need to get to the next Hub screen. I have at least 40 Hubs in the top 20 results of various Google keywords and I have about as much interest in writing my Hubs in an SEO format as I have in cleaning latrines. SEO keywording is just fine for those who want to use it. As for me, I'm an ol skool writer and I rely on what I write and how I write it to draw readers to my Hubs. I'm pretty sure that I could get more readers by SEOing my Hubs, but I won't compromise my writing standards to do that: It would be cheating the readers I have now.


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privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

Dear Janneke - we should NOT be having this conversatiopn on Hal's hub; it should be on mine or yours.  And yes, You are totally missing the point if you are reffering to what I wrote to you!!

Oh and PS - If your hub got flagged I am quite certain because it is what they call *overly promotional* and it IS. It's all about YOU and YOUR affiliate statis and what THEY tell you to say to people.

Every hub you write will get flagged if you write them in that manner.

Best regards, Melanie

(sorry Hal)

Janneke  says:19 hours ago

 

@Melanie:

Hi Melanie, just a quick question...

First of all, I really love some of your hubs so again, no offense ;-)

Now, you seem to agree with Hal, but you have a hub or two where you mention making money with Adsense and affiliate marketing which I don not understand completely...

Or am I missing something here?

Just curious.


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Janneke 8 years ago from Netherlands

Hi Melanie,

Nope... I was referring to what you said to Hal about this hub :-) But you're right, we shouldn't be having this conversation on Hall's hub (also, sorry Hal), so I'm on your hub now with my explanation :-)

Kind regards, Janneke.


dafla 8 years ago

You know, some of the methods you bash ARE making people money, but they're working 50-60 hours a week at it, make it their regular job, and are very driven and organized. They don't hang out here bashing the methods others use, they're actually out doing it.

Sorry internet marketing hasn't worked for you, but this article sounds like sour grapes to me.


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Nicki B 8 years ago from Orange County, Ca

This is absolutely hillarious and very well done. Thank you for giving me a good laugh and a great link to pass on to those little teeny-bopper 3rd cousins spamming me with affiliate links on facebook.


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Guru-C 8 years ago

Hal, you're a rock star.  I've yet to reach $90 from Google Adsense.  I can remember the day it hit me that this would not be the way I'd make a living.  It was liberating and now I just do it for fun.  I'm going to keep reading your hubs because if anyone will make the breakthrough, I'm convinced it's you.  Rock on!


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

privateye2500 and Janneke, no prob at all.

dafla, please read up a few posts where I stated: Rs. 40K a month is $1,000 or so, and yes, it is possible if you really work at it. Everything is relative and in the US, that would barely be cleaning-up-the-tables-at-McDs money but in other countries it can be well worth while working at it for 40-50-60 hours a week to make $250. When I speak about Getting Rich, I'm talking the absurd amounts being tossed around by the snake oil salesmen who are trying to get you to buy their How To Make A Million Dollars By The Weekend E-book. I am in no way stating that no one can ever make any money doing these ten things. In the case of people who live in countries which have a very different cost of living than North America, Europe, etc. they can be rich. I have cousins in South America who work out in the fields all day for $20. Show them how they can make $1000 a month sitting at home and they'll kiss your feet for the rest of your life. However, I would call "being rich" in North America today, as having an income of at least $500,000 per year. That has been done with these ten ways, but only by an absolutely microscopic number of people which is statistically insignificant. They like to make you think that it's easy and anyone can do it, but the bottom line is always: If it's so easy, why aren't you out there doing it instead of trying to rip me for $50 to buy your "plan"?

Nicki B, it seems like everyone is jumping on the Get Rich Online bandwagon, even little teeny-bopper 3rd cousins! :)

Guru-C, well, if I was a rock star, I'd really rather be Daughtry, but unfortunately I'm more like Ozzy. :( Actually, I think I've already made the breakthrough. I live in Rocky Mountain Paradise, I work in my underwear, I love to write what I write, I choose to write what I want and turn down the offers to write crap just for money, I eat every day (and lots of it), and I'm perfectly happy with my life and how I live it. Would I want millions of dollars? Sure, why not? But am I losing any sleep over the fact that I don't have a Maybach 62 waiting outside driven a buxom pneumatic lady chauffeur wearing a uniform that shows ample cleavage... Nah. :)


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epifanny 8 years ago from AU

great tips.. however i think sex does sell.. esp if your an amateur .. you would easily outsell any untouchable plastic barbie sex site.. a well researched put together erotic promotion works.. the secret is you have to be a real .. :)


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Hmm... you've definitely got my interest! :)


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

Thanks for the hub, it gave me some great laughs.. plus the comments are great too!


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Very good and veryclever, amuzing, amazing and witty. No one will ever get quick rich, it all boils down to that law of natural Karma, what and how much you put into any endevour, is propertionate to the output you need, when you need it.

May the force be with you.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Sensible article. Why does everyone chase a fortune though from writing on the internet? We enjoy writingour hubs and producing our website with the hope that our work will entertain & encourage others, not just for cash. Not quitting the day job yet! Of course we hope to make a bit of money from doing so but it's a great hobby, which instead of costing you money to pursue can bring in a little bit too. & the skills you learn are transferrable to other things plus you get to chat on-line to some really interesting people from all over the world. Just enjoy & see what flows!


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AndyBaker 8 years ago from UK

Thanks for the article - certainly got me thinking !!


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jonesj64 8 years ago from Michigan

Hilarious! Nice for a bit of reality on here for a change :)


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Don Simkovich 8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I spent $ 49.00 on an ebook over a year ago from a well-known Internet marketing guy whose initials are J.C. . . . I then started reviewing the info Google has in its forums, etc and much of the information is available for free. Then, I've come across other free resources that have plenty of solid information.

I also think you have to combine online with off-line such as business networking, etc.


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hans56 8 years ago from Amsterdam/Chicago

Nice Hub, don't really agree and have different experiences, but I guess this hub is not leaving you empty pocketed.. If it does..well.... theoretical I think.

Well done.

Hans


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

If my previous experience is anything to go by, this Hub has likely made me less than a dollar in AdSense earnings so far. And I got a rush of hits on this one from stumbleupon! :)


Attractive One 7 years ago

I agree - unique content is key to attracting quality traffic. Even so, going after a hungry market and using the right, expensive keywords (for adsense) is even more important...that is if you want to see better results.


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Mezo 7 years ago from Egypt

you really have a point here...it's all about good content

but about affiliate programs, isn't it real?


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Hey Hal, loved the hub. Funny, and to the point. Much appreciated. But playing poker on line is good for stimulating brain cell growth. Not so good for the pocket book for most of us though, although after a year of paying to play, I'm now mostly breaking even. Still it's a hobby, an entertainment, not a way to make a living. All good. THanks!


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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Good hub, hal. I've found that adsense works better if you use the Adwords tool to pick better payiing keywords. Thanks for a good read.


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poetmel 7 years ago from Florida

I read your hub and have to say it was very funny. Everything you said may have some truth to it, but I would challenge you to come up with ten ways to make money, instead of ten ways you will not make any money. Keep in mind the power of our minds, whatever you give attention to becomes reality. Again, I am not saying there is no truth to what you saying, the only thing i want is to challenge you to find the positive and because of that you possibly could make for than $ 500 in adsense money in a year.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks guys. To poetmel, I'm making about $200 a month off Adsense, and although I'm glad to get it, I think it's pretty ridiculous that it's based on almost 1,100 Hubs. In my career I've had lots of ways to make money. For about a decade I was a group publisher in a major periodical corporation and lived in the Hollywood Hills in a huge cliffside villa with my private elevator to take me to my chauffeured limo which would whisk me in decadence to my corner skyscraper office on Sunset Blvd. Yeah, money. I made lots of that, thank you very much. :)

The essence of this Hub is that under every rock there is some scam artist who is trying to sucker you out of $20, $50, $100 or sometimes much more in order to learn their SECRETS OF MAKING MONEY ONLINE. And those are 99.999999999999999999999999999999% of the time TOTAL SCAMS.


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babelc 7 years ago

Good one, Hal!! Add this one to your list...I just wrote a hub on how not to make money with online surveys. LOL!! This is probably the NO 1 scam on the internet. Making money online is possible...I mean you made $200 from adsense every month, right. But it takes an insane amount of work...work that most people would not even bother doing. They want easy money, they do online surveys and they send their money down the drain...and while some affiliate programs are genuine, most are MLM, in which I wrote another hub with the title "MLM caution". The business is to lure people into doing online business. How impressive!! Which reminds me of a stupid facebook ad..."Josh made $1000 per day by posting google links. Click here to know how" Heck! We are posting google links here and sometimes we dont even make a cent..


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! But... are you kidding me about the making $1000 a day posting links? Josh personally told me he was making even more! Maybe he was just JOSHing! :)


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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

Hal, you just smashed all of my dreams! I could've sworn that it would be easy as pie to make a living online. I take spammers literally, and when they say "you can make $1000 a day posting links," I take it seriously.

In all seriousness, it's incredibly tough to make a living online. You really need to sell something yourself, not just affiliate products (as in a service or products on hand that you can sell to someone.. though *some* affilates do okay).


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

See, you and me both believed Josh. That dirty little liar. I'm gonna catch up to him in a dark alley and introduce him to my Cousin Vito and his violin case. :)


Louidam1 7 years ago

Great hub and very true. I make money online but not becoming rich off of it. I only do this to have extra income for expenses.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! The extra income certainly helps, but I don't think anyone gets to make a million dollars in their first week! :)


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smileyshell 7 years ago from Western Australia

What cracks me up is that all the "ads" attached to this article are "how to get rich online" plleeasseeee


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Dude, like I have any say in the crap ads that appear in connection to Hubs... :)


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat & Tricia are now able to stop worrying about how to make money on-line! We have received an email on the inbox that we give on our website telling us that someone has left us over a million dollars in their will. The truly amazing thing is that it appears from the email that this vast sum has been left to Looklovely.net. Somebody must really love our website!

All we have to do is send out bank details and the money will be ours!!!

No more SEO optimisation for us or anything else that might be difficult.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Wow, congratulations on your windfall! Now you can relax, retire, and enjoy your money! Over a cool million, huh? Well, you do have a wonderful website so when I croak, I think I'll leave you all my worldly goods... that should be enough to buy each of you a Cappuccino if you don't go anywhere expensive! :)

So... can I have your bank details too? :)


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makemoneyinternet 6 years ago from worldwide web

Hal, You are dead wrong about adsense. I average about $1 per every hundred visits to my site. It is easy to build sites that get 500-6oo visits a day. Do the math. If your site is about a subject that advertsiers pay heavy for, like weight loss you can make about $1.00 per every 75 visits. The reason you're not making that money on hubpages is probably because you're only getting a fraction of the take.

As far as affiliate marketing goes I get a check from Clickbank every two weeks, all of it profit from the websites I built for basically nothing and the page one Google placements I have from doing exactly what a lot of these so called "gurus" do.

Now do all this happen overnight? No way! Took me a good six months to start really making money that rivaled my job income and a lot of hours a week to get there. But don't say you can't get rich online because there are people doing it every day. I have the checks to prove it.

I took the effort that you put into Hubpages and applied that to real websites of your own along with some SEO you could do it to. You've already got the material you just need to change venues.

I know this Hub is to poke fun but seriously dude, you're missing out on a goldmine!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Dude, I'm currently running a test of well over 100 Hubs all exquisitely tuned to the highest level of SEO. It's too early to announce my findings, but I think you'll find them of interest when I do! :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I am so depressed after reading this again. Perhaps it's finally time to complete that Burger King application.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Dude, I'm currently running a test of well over 100 Hubs all exquisitely tuned to the highest level of SEO. It's too early to announce my findings, but I think you'll find them of interest when I do! :)"

Which 100 hubs? How are they doing?


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Hey, I'm Italian, so I can proudly say "It takes two hands to handle a W(h)opper!" :) I did 100 merchandise Hubs on some very carefully researched keywords. Most of them are under my Products group although that section has grown quite a bit lately. The earliest dates in that category are the critical ones. I've been tracking them through URL channels and they are most definitely outperforming my average garden variety Hub. However, I'm still collecting data and will post when I have it all compiled! :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

I *really* hate to ask this but...

how do I see your groups?

I can see my groups but I don't know how to see another hubber's groups.

(winces)


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

good hub


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

nicomp: There's a reason for that. I don't think you can. I just tried and no luck. Therefore... nice weather huh? Especially on the east coast! Oh and I heard a good one today: There is one surefire way to make money on Google. Get a time machine and go back 20 years to lend Sergey Brin $1000. :)

stars439: Thanks!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Thank heavens I read this hub before I ACTUALLY hired the builder to begin plans on my 50,000 sq.ft. estate. I'll be lucky to be able to afford a garbage can with a porch on it. :)


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

I hope you don't have expensive tastes in garbage cans. :)


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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Hal someone posted your name on the forum as the guy with the most hubs.So that's what drew me here. Thanks for your honesty in explaining how internet savvy visitors are unlikely to click and buy. This a great hub to remind all of us about the importance of writing good content and getting to our targetted audience. Voted up


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! Actually I think that there's a handful of Hubbers who have more than me but all they do is post pic Hubs of "Hot Desi Bollywood Girls With Bellybuttons Showing" so I don't think they count. :)


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Garrett Mickley 6 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

I don't know who would think that article spinning would make you money, but it definitely helps if you're submitting backlinks to blog networks.

If someone's spun articles are incomprehensible it's because either A) they don't care, or B) they have no common sense. It's pretty easy.

Paragraph 1 talks about Topic 1. Always

Paragraph 2 talks about Topic 2. Always.

Etc.

It's not hard, and it's provided tremendous results time and time again for my websites (I rarely build backlinks to my Hubs, Hubpages is more of a fun-free time-hobby).

Also, I've made a decent amount of money Affiliate marketing. Anyone w/ writing skills, good SEO knowledge, and a Wordpress website can make money affiliate marketing. Of course, you have to know what you're selling. I've seen some affiliate programs for terribly stupid products, but then I've seen others that showed potential. It's all about the niche, and then your ability to market that niche.

I definitely agree with everything else you said, though. Adsense has only made me a thousand dollars over the last year and maybe only $50 has come from Hubpages =P


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Well, on strictly writing ethics I'm 100% against spinning, but I'm glad it's working out for you! :)


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Garrett Mickley 6 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

Haha, well if we're talking writing ethics here, I fully agree!


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

Yes, writing ethics basis only. Spinning is a valid way to keep those google bots happy and I guess I'm just a dinosaur for crying over the old days when writing was supposed to appeal to real live people. :)


kapil 5 years ago

Can anyone tell me any other good publisher network like google AdSense

Thanks


mackbucks 4 years ago

People! Watch who you take advice from. Don't believe everything you read. Their are three different kinds of people the average joe runs into but has no clue if the source is being honest. They take advice from, 1. People that tried and quit (not failed, they quit! Period), 2.People that have never actually tried to do it 3.If your lucky you will run into the person that has done it. Take the advice from people that not only did it, but IS also successful at it.They will point you in the right direction. Don't listen to peoples negative "enlightenment" it will rob you of your motivation before you even start. Do your own diligence (homework) on how to do this. Heck, you could be listening to your future COMPETITION that has a leg up on you by telling you that it's "too hard" or "not worth it". Marketers are clever. Just a thought. However, People that quit, deep down inside, don't want you to succeed because they didn't. They are full of resentment. Remember my friends, every little thing and I mean every little thing is important when you own or start any type of business. No task should be left to chance or taken for granted. Planning a year in advance is also key. Some people miss these very important tasks among others. This could be some of the reasons for quitting, they surly won't tell you that! They don't no why they quit! I think we all would agree that we don't have to be rich but it would be nice to have 50, 60, or even 100 thousand dollars resting in the bank. With affiliate marketing, blog networks, MLM, press releases, SEO.YOU CAN achieve this. You have to be serious, coupled with prayer and DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK and research from respected sources and stay at it. cheers McCal Haynes Milwaukee, WI United states mccal33@gmail.com


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