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AdSense, Lead Generation, and Affiliate Marketing are the Three Best Ways To Make Money Online

Updated on July 30, 2014

Three ways to start making money online without fees

Since HubPages attracts so many people that are trying to figure out how to make money online, I thought I'd put together the basics. This is only intended to be a starting point for each of the ideas. To actually make them work, it will require more learning and individual experimentation. 

WikiPedia is the ultimate collection of evergreen content
WikiPedia is the ultimate collection of evergreen content is the king of commercial evergreen content and a great place to find ideas for things to write about is the king of commercial evergreen content and a great place to find ideas for things to write about
If you can make content like what's on and WikiPedia, then you can earn income from the content with AdSense.
If you can make content like what's on and WikiPedia, then you can earn income from the content with AdSense.

Sharing Information and AdSense

The Product

The product is written articles that get traffic from search engines. In order to be successful, the content you produce should be on evergreen topics that people search for on Google or other major search engines. The key to success here is high quality information. Like making anything that is great, it takes a lot of work to create a high quality piece of content that is worthy of ranking high in google for competitive search terms.

How You Make Money

You make money from AdSense. AdSense places ads that match the content of your writing. Advertisers like placing ads through AdSense since they are so highly targeted. Users will click on the ads if they are interested in them. The amount of money you can make depends on the topic. Commercial topics tend to pay more and within commercial topics, categories like finance are among the top earning. I suggest worrying less about the category and focus on areas that you can create the best piece of content on in the world.


When you are just starting out with articles and AdSense it takes time to gain traffic. Then, it's usually between .5% and 4% of people that will click on ads. So, earnings can be very small at the beginning. Secondly, you never know how much traffic a piece of content will get. Rarely do we see someone make a hit with their first hub. Instead, they will make a few hubs that get zero traffic and then they will make one that does well. After they have one good producing hub, they are able to see the pattern and create more, but this takes time. I say it usually takes 30 Hubs before they get a reasonable amount of traffic if they have created high quality content and focused on niche search phrases. This upfront time investment can be daunting when you don't see results. Getting through this dark period is the major challenge.

Why I like it

I don't just like this model, I love it. I love it so much I helped create HubPages. Here's why. First, there are no fees when starting. It just takes time. And if you like learning it's a double bonus, because you will learn a lot about how the internet works. My second favorite part is once you figure out how to create content that gets traffic and monetizes well that each piece of content you create is like putting money in the bank. Every month it will earn money and as long as the information is current, it will continue to produce. Third, I love that you don't have to deal with inventory (no products to order and ship, no returns, no bad debt) and you have total flexibility when you work. Want to work in a cafe, great. Want to work from home fine. It's up to you. Lastly, you don't have to sell your friends, or push a product that you don't believe in. You can write about things you love. Things you are passionate about. And. Things that help people. It's up to you to be successful. If you create quality content over time, you will earn money. is an example of a lead generation company with good offers. is an example of a lead generation company with good offers.
Commission Junction is a site ( where you can become an affiliate and earn commissions by selling and generating leads for numerous products.
Commission Junction is a site ( where you can become an affiliate and earn commissions by selling and generating leads for numerous products.

Afflliate Marketing and Lead Generation

The Product

The product can be a website, an email newsletter, or even a blog that promotes a product for a commission or collects information to generate a lead. Examples could be promoting a clickbank offer, selling an item on eBay (to earn a commission), or hosting a loan capture form. 

How You Make Money

You make money based on an action. For example, if you use an affiliate link to promote an eBay product and someone purchases the product, then you will earn a commission. The commission is dependent upon how much money the item sold costs. It's pretty common for more expensive items to pay higher commissions. Lead generation is similar, accept in this case the action is getting someone to submit their personal information. For example, you can become a Leadpoint affiliate and get people to submit their information to refinance their house. Every-time someone fills out the form (with accurate information) you earn a commission for the lead. Mortgage leads can be well over $100 per lead, so it can be quite lucrative if you can generate the leads. 


Affiliate marketing and lead generation is very hard work. Most of the attractive categories like new car leads, and mortgages are filled with very experienced marketers that makes it hard to compete with them. The trick is to acquire the traffic at a rate that costs less than the commissions earned. Since you only get paid for an action, as apposed to AdSense (paid per click) it can take much more traffic to earn anything. Although, it's likely that the lump affiliate commission is worth several AdSense clicks. The other challenge is that many affiliate offers prey on other people. It's hard for me to get too excited about someone pushing an eBook that is garbage or tricking someone to fill out a form. 

Why I like it

When done tastefully, affiliate and lead generation can be an excellent way to monetize traffic at premium rates.  This happens when good quality traffic is matched to an offer or to a lead form.  When everything is on the up and up, the person making the purchase or filling out the form is satisfied and the publisher can make a nice commission for brokering the deal. 

Craigslist is the best classified ad site on the internet.  And.  It's absolutely free to post items for sale.
Craigslist is the best classified ad site on the internet. And. It's absolutely free to post items for sale.
EBay is the world's largest auction site.  For a fee, sellers can list items and sell them to the millions of monthly visitors.
EBay is the world's largest auction site. For a fee, sellers can list items and sell them to the millions of monthly visitors.

Ecommerce: Selling Goods Online

The Product

This can be anything you can sell and deliver. The big difference here is that you have to deliver the good. There are types of products that I think are better for selling online. First, if you can resell high margin products that are small and easy to ship like expensive watches, jewelry or fashion items. Second is something you make. This could be holiday candy, knitted hats, or a product that you figure out how to manufacture.  The key is to sell products with significant margins and a market available that can move them. 

How You Make Money

You make money when a product is sold. The amount of money you make is dependent upon many variables that are common to running a store, but hopefully the listing fees are less than a store's rent.


Retailing is challenging. It can be extremely difficult to become a wholesaleor of brandname products online. If you do get the product, then you have to pay for the inventory. When you take on inventory, you take on risk if you can actually sell the products. Some manufacturers will give you credit, but you still have to sell the products. Then. You have to deal with returns, customers and in many cases stiff competition on price. Internet shoppers love to find the lowest price. But, the lowest price can eat away all the profits for a small seller.

Why I like it

I believe that there is huge opportunity for small retailers online and it's perhaps the easiest way to make money online. You can simply go into your house. Find five items that are worth over $25 and list them for free on Craigslist. I bet that you will sell at least one of those items in a few days. When you sell things, Craigslist is a great way to be part of a marketplace for free. There is no other marketplace in the world that has high quaility buyers and costs nothing to put up your goods for sale. Craigslist is great for many types of items, but not all. However, eBay, Amazon and having your own online store fill the gaps, although they cost more to list. For people that can get access to high margin products, or make their own goods with great margins, then selling online could be just the ticket for you.

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    • jimmythejock profile image

      James Paterson 8 years ago from Scotland

      Nice information Paul Thanks for this.....jimmy

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice hub Paul I find although I get most of my money with Adsense its actually the hardest to do well with. In the hubpage format I generally only get a 2-3% click thru: the articles are just to well written! On my own sites I can get up to 10% but its a completely different format. The other issue I have will Adsense here is that I am almost certain that I am smartpriced because of the low click thru rate so at some stage Iwill have to pull my ID off hubpages to unprice it. I think affiliates: especially the ones that pay recurring fees are the way to go - but they are a lot harder work!

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      Carlosweb 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the information.

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      great hub, really informative. i really liked it that you put the challenges and your likes as well. it gives me another viewpoint. though i have to admit that i'm not good at any hehe thanks for sharing.

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      Nicholas Chase 8 years ago


      Thank you for the excellent information. The web can be a daunting challenge for the new marketer. Your enthusiam and positive approach are encouraging me to go for it!


      Nicholas Chase

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      The adsense way of earning money is the easiest, as writing articles I am slowly trying to get used to writing something useful that will last in the evergreen sense, but there are lots of things to do such as editing and marketing, so a lot of planning has to be done often for our time to be managed effectively.

      nice hub!

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      LouiseKnittel 8 years ago from Ohio

      Very nice Hub. Thanks somuch for all the great information!

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      Jeff M 8 years ago from Newington NH

      Very informative hub! Thank you!

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      Lin on Love 8 years ago

      Would you please comment on Amazon specifically?

      Thanks. Great hub.

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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Amazon is a high quality affiliate partner that we fill good about having authors on HubPages promote because they are reputable and generally treat customers well.

      From an affiliate propspective, Amazon tends to pay at the lower end and it can take sending a significant number of clicks to Amazon to earn any income since you only earn if someone buys something. For example, if 1% of people buy something that click on your affiliate offer to amazon, you need to send 100 people to amazon to make one sale. For many people, they'll never send 100 people to amazon. However, with pay per click ads, a small publisher may send 50 clicks earning 10 cents a click. They'll earn $5, but may or may not lead to any sales. When we back out the affiliate commissions to the number of clicks, we typically see Amazon paying about 5 - 10 cents per click. This is less than eBay and Google AdSense on average.

      So the short of it is, Amazon is a high quality partner, but other high quality partners tend to pay more to publishers.

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      nancydodds1 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul, you had done nice work. Its very interesting and nice. I impresses about your hub. Really its wonderful.

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      There is a lot to learn and it does take a lot of energy and time but one of the keys to success here is to keep writing and keep learning. I have been watching my progress for one year and can see things building. Great info if it is followed. Thanks. C.S.

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      TravelMonkey 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have always been sceptical about making money online, especially with the super competitive market. Hopefully i can set up a nice little money maker in the next couple of years.

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      rcbonay 8 years ago


        It’s nice to have a responsible, honest resource such as yourself available to provide this valuable information for free.  In my rush to achieve instant online success I’ve spent not too much but more than should have for info I could've gotten for free.   I’ve become much more realistic in terms of my expectations since reading your hubpages.  Keep keeping it real!

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      WikiWeblog 8 years ago

      It's been around month and a half since I began my blog, and I was wondering what's the average traffic to a blog is usually after a month or two, or even 6 if they do take their time and try out different marketing techniques.

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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Blog traffic is usually a function of how much you post. Sort of like a self fullfilling prophecy. More posts, more often equals more traffic. As long as you work to make quality posts, then traffic will grow.

      Technorati posts statistics from time to time on how often bloggers post

      The top bloggers post over 300 times per month. I think if you want to be super successful on HupPages, three great quality Hubs a week over 1 year and you'll be doing very well.

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      admaster 8 years ago

      excellent hub, keep up the good work

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      Vinu 8 years ago

      AdSense is the better bet because its less risky.

      Even if the amount per click is small you go on a safe side.Once a click is received its money . But in affiliate programs you get paid only when the user buys anything.Its got risks > If you send users who doesn't perform needed action , then no money.

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      Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

      This is useful,thanks.

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      iBuild™ Branding 8 years ago from Durham, NC

      Options such as drop-shipping can make retailing online a lot easier. There's no inventory to purchase or store, and you're not responsible for filliang/shipping the orders. Drop-shipping should definitely be something you look into if you're interested in selling name brand products online!

      Of the 3 options you mentioned, I would not encourage beginners to put much time or effort into Adsense. The program itself has a lot of flaws, and as you mentioned you need a fairly large & steady amount of traffic to build substantial revenue. Even with the traffic, the types & placements of ads play a big role in how well you're able to monetize your content. As a viewer/reader, I personally hate seeing ads all over the place. They can be very distracting and often irrelevant.

      Great hub, and a great starting point for newbies to the world of earning online. Remember to do your research and you can't go wrong!

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      pcdriverupdate 8 years ago from VA

      good hub, thanks! :)

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      compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

      I have made a lot of money from AdSense and i have been going down the affiliate marketing road for a almost a year now and although i dont earn as much as AdSense as regular, its still nice to get a 3 figure bonus here n there when people do hand over there credit card details!:)

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      Velveth 8 years ago

      Thanks I will try this out.

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      Dona Rosa 8 years ago from Tennessee

      Skip the Adsense, go for the other 2 - -A-OK :)

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      A clear summary, and a good reminder that it can take time and effort before any income appears! So far, we do best with AdSense and have seen next to nothing from Amazon.

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      agnesgriffins 8 years ago from Philippines

      WoW! This is great article, very informative. Thanks Paul.

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      sceptic 8 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      iBuildbranding: I agree with you about the dropshipping the key though for beginners getting into it, is not to order before you have been paid by your customer.

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      rachaelc 8 years ago from Austin

      Thanks for the Hub! I am new to hubpages and appreciate the encouragement.

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      Steve McCormick 8 years ago from San Angelo, Texas

      Very good hub.

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      Lela Bryan 8 years ago from Alameda, CA


      Nice hub! Where would I go to get people to sign up as my affiliate? I teach people how to stop smoking and I am willing to pay $100 for each smoker that goes through my class. 



      I can teach anyhere in the world because it is on a teleconference.


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      find john 8 years ago from Siloam Springs AR.

      This is great stuff!

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      aussiejon 8 years ago

      Great Hub Paul, if you get it right Affiliate Marketing is definitely the way to go, your Adsense click will give you 30 -> 60 cents if your lucky and I would guess most Adsense sites (especially beginners sites) would be lucky to generate a dollar a day. But just one affiliate sale and you could earn $30 -> $500 if you promote the right product, not to mention recurring sales on some items and building a list.

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      cregan 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for sharing. Good stuff!

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      Pramod Suraparaju 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This is very good info. Keep up your good work. Also if anyone is interested check out my first hub

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      mike 8 years ago

      Thanks man this is really good information to know!I didn't know about 2 of these methods, i'll be sure to try out some of these ways to make money online.

      thanks again.

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      Inspire Wisdom 8 years ago from Appalachian Mountains

      You put a lot of time and effort into this Hub. I really feel it is very informative and that there are a lot of people out there that are searching for this type of information. No wonder you get such High Hub Scores ...... LOL

      Way to go, Laurie (Inspire Wisdom)

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      bladeguy 8 years ago

      Nice hub and a good intro to the topic. The one that always gets me is this one...

      "Want to make money online? Teach others how to make money online and charge them to learn!"

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      iynestein 8 years ago from Florida

      Great hub. I have one comment about what you said:

      "The top bloggers post over 300 times per month. I think if you want to be super successful on HupPages, three great quality Hubs a week over 1 year and you'll be doing very well."

      While I can see people writing a 'hub' three times a week, writing a 'great quality hub' three times a week seems a little daunting. Maybe I suffer from analysis paralysis? :)

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      parthavi 8 years ago

      I commend this hub for its simplicity and straight forward presentation. The information is more valuable than what you get from expensive ebooks by the internet gurus. Great job. Congrats and Thanks.

      Read this review before you launch an online business

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      surefire 8 years ago

      Good info. Most have voted for adsense for making money online because this is the easiest way to earn but other ways though they require more effort and preparation in the first place can be more attractive in the long run.

      Good hub. Do keep on giving more such info.

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      Jyle Dupuis 8 years ago from Henrico, Virginia

      Thanks for that information. I liked AdSense but now find that Amazon is a great affiliate program. Just make an a-store, write blog reviews with links to the store and presto!

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      best of the web 8 years ago from US

      :) Thank you for the add :)

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      thejimster 8 years ago

      If somebody wants to make money woth Adsense, I recommend you don't rely on just one site. Make as many sites as you can, for different niches. If you have 100 sites that produce $10/day each......

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      Leisa St Ledger 8 years ago from Australia

      Really, really good hub Paul. Very informative and helps out a lot.

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      roborebel 8 years ago

      I'm going to try a little bit of all three, plus running a service business. Since it's all online, everything I learn in one area applies to all the other ones. Thanks for the info!

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      Small Biz Reviews 8 years ago

      There are so, so many ways to make money online. Of course, they mainly fall into the three categories outlined in this hub (which is excellent, by the way).

      For example, in the realm of affiliate marketing, there are literally thousands and thousands of different programs you can promote, in just about any niche you can think of.

      There is a boatload of money to be made online. It is incredibly hard, though - Don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

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      thehub 8 years ago

      with ecommerce you can make the most money but is the hardest way

      affiliate sales - you can make good money but you will have to put a little work at the begining

      google ads are the easiest way but your earnings are the lowest

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      Rudra 8 years ago

      Adsense is a passive way of making money unlike selling where there are billions of peope doing the same thing.

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      emilclemons6757 8 years ago from FLORIDA

      Hi Paul, thanks for the definition of Evergreen and you are correct, if you are going to make money with Adsense, your article needs to be found on Google or any other major search engines, with people searching for your keywords. The big money is made on the search engines with exposure to billions searching on these engines.

      However, money can be made on social networks and bookmarks, if people are really interested in you, your topic, products or evergreen-rich content.

      E. Clemons

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      guidebaba 8 years ago from India

      Nice Job.

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      sheenarobins 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Paul!

      You've been very helpful for someone like me who's here for two weeks and just starting to understand on how things work and how I get paid. It's my first time to write on line. Thank you. and God bless...

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      mariane14 8 years ago from USA

      thats was awesome! great advice

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      josephdiego 8 years ago from Eastern Long Island , New York

      There are so many ways to make money online. However you have to focus on learning the business first. Then the money will come. Do not go for the overnight or you can be earning $20,000 a month n just 30 days.. Don't do it. You can learn so many thing for free. Then you can start making investments with what you have learned..

      Peace, Love, Health Happiness and Massive Success... JosephDiego

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      hardikinn 8 years ago

      Nice hub. Adsense is my Favorite one.

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      S.M. Tanvir Farhad 8 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Good hub. But i think adsense is the best to make money online.

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      naughty by nature 8 years ago from Pasadena, California

      wow...nice POV...actually you've made a really informative tips there. I could use it to boost up my blog and earn as well... thank you for sharing a particle of your thoughts here...

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      nicolap 8 years ago from Dorset, UK

      This is a good, quick guide for the absolute beginner in online marketing. As to the best way to make money online... I'll let you know when I've made some!

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      Litetime 8 years ago

      I really appreciate your comments it was very useful and it help me to get a grasp on things. I still haven't figured out how to add weblinks to my site and I haven't figured out how set up my blogs. I will learn soon im pretty sure once again thanks.

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      Roy Sencio 8 years ago

      Wow, this is really fantastic information... I especially like the way you explain things in a way that it can easily be understood and followed by newbies.

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      Seo Web Design services 8 years ago

      Very good hub, full of great info.

      Thanks Paul

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      Starscream14 8 years ago

      Great hub, Paul. I think Adsense is the easiest way to make money

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      casashirts 8 years ago

      CafePress is THE online place to become your very own entrepreneur quickly and easily. All you need is a computer, Internet connection, and a graphics program, and you are on your way to making major money!

      I have earning lots

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      snotb4ll 8 years ago from PA

      very nice hub. Great content and information. Keep up the good work.


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      washingtonson 8 years ago from Walhalla

      I have made money (slowly) for many years with AdSense but was shocked at how fast I made money with an independent Seafood Affilliate program. One effortless sale equals Many days of AdSense in come!

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      Chris Baker 8 years ago

      Learned something new. Thanks!

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      multimastery 8 years ago

      Yes Paul you're right, there definitely are some shady affiliate programs around and affiliates must be careful of their affiliation with them. Afterall, the affiliate marketer is the one on the front line pushing the product with their credibility at stake. Choose wisely!

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      betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Very Informative Hub you got there Paul! I never thought of this before. Very Helpful. Thanks!

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      gojira 8 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Nice hub Paul

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      ElectricianDave 8 years ago from California

      Wow - This is a great hub of info. Lots of options.


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      internet marketr 8 years ago

      Great article and detailed..I thing all methods are great and effective and real, I voted for E-commerce because i still have to try E-commerce.

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      washingtonson 8 years ago from Walhalla

      I put a link to this Hub on my Blog, Washington Son

      Thank You for the great Hub!

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      Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Wow, a lot of great information. Good job! Thank you.

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      Ro 8 years ago

      I am in the middle of writing an article on affiliate programs to explain to the general public what it is. I work for a company that builds websites for clients who want to make money online. The websites we build have guaranteed affiliate approval. I think it is very important to mention, again, that you can't really sit back and expect the money to come to you. You need traffic. I think many sites advertise make $x pr month on the internet. What they neglect to emphasize is it takes a considerable amount of marketing effort to generate that traffic. Even though my company takes care of website creation and maintenance, the client needs to know how to market the site to make money.

      Maybe your next post should be on Internet Marketing :)

      Great post!

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      xujordan 8 years ago

      Nice information

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      Don Simkovich 8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      So how did you put up a poll? Great idea.

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      Deymos 8 years ago

      thanks for the information, i've been trying to make some money too, it's not going too well, anyway if anybody is interested in learning Spanish please visit my hubs, if i get more people to read them i'l post more lessons

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      Teri 8 years ago

      Great overview of 3 ways to build an online business and make some money doing it! Thanks.

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      broteem 8 years ago from KHARAGOUR



      THANK YOU.

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      Katherine_Huether 8 years ago

      This is a nicely assembled hub - gives people a great overview. I make money online through a variety of methods: writing, adsense and other pay per click programs, and affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is the most lucrative, however.

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      josephdiego 8 years ago from Eastern Long Island , New York

      Put together great, My focus is learning first then the money will come...

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      josephdiego 8 years ago from Eastern Long Island , New York

      I didn't see this(Comments are not for promoting your hubs or other sites) Sorry never again!

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      tess t 8 years ago

      FANTASTIC Hub! I agree, making money with adsense is a great way to add some extra income to whatever other method you use to make money on the internet. I personally make money with adsense and affiliate marketing. But I do agree, I can't with a clearn conscious promote affiliate products that I feel are garbage. Pick your affiliate products carefully!

      Thanks for the great information.

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      chermarie 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great Hub! I am learning about affiliate marketing through these sites. I've written a few articles and really love the 'web of connections' through these social media sites. I have read so many great articles lately that have been helpful and quite inspiring. Lots of ideas of things to write about.

      Thank you for this very informative and well written article!

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      billnad 8 years ago

      I do do some adsense but have backed off over the last couple of years to look more at affiliate marketing. I still make at least as much as I did a couple of years ago with my adsense because I have increased pageviews so very much.

      Affiliate marketing to me is the best way in which to make money as you do not have to build up any stock and being in the middle of the transaction means that you are the salesperson not the store, not the shipper, and not the pr company. Your sole job is to put the product in front of potential customers

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      Bruce Elkin 8 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      I found this hub very useful, and encouraging. I've got 25 hubs up now, and earned about 1.60 in October. So I guess I'm that dark phase you talked about -- the flat part of the learning curve, where results are not proportionate to effort. But you encourage me that, with continued effort, I'll make across the flat part of the curve to the steep part, where results come disproptionately to effort. I'm looking forward to it. Again, thanks!

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      diggersstory 8 years ago from #1 Tourist Trap O Town USA

      Great info. Thanks!

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      razvan_razvan 8 years ago from romania

      Very nice hub :) thanks for the information.

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      wizdomheard 8 years ago from Florida

      very informative. Thanks for the information.

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      annemac 8 years ago from Castle Rock, Colorado

      My first post to a hub page and it appears I really picked a good one. Hope I can do as well on my endeavors.

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      Ben Glovere 8 years ago from Michigan

      "WOW THANK'S For The Information I see you love helping people finding there way to work I hope I do good To Here. Great Hub!

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      Shaun Lindbergh 8 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Good hub! I'd like to add that the only reservation I have with most affiliate marketing systems is the short-term nature of the referral. That's one reason why I would suggest having a network marketing component in your online business strategy. That way you can capitalse on good marketing with long-term customer service relationships.

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      scottish samurai 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hello, Paul. Yes, like everyone else here, I agree that your post is excellent because it combines facts with personal experience. I am an absolute novice and am not trying to find the Holy Grail for making money. I am using Hubbers as a means to write interesting articles on a variety of topics, either for my own pleasure or to answer the questions of other hubbers. However, it makes sense to try and incorporate an affiliate marketing string to this particular bow. Thank you for your wise words, Paul.

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      prasannasutrave 8 years ago from mumbai( india )

      Very nice hub.The information shared is so useful and valuable,if someone use it.there is no chance of failure.I am also using AdSense to make money online,and happy to say,I am making some decent money from AdSense.Thank you ones again for such a beautiful hub.

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      clairecov 8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Helps t have a down to earth overview of what can lead to income on the web. there are so many possibilities it is mind boggling.Thanks

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      stevetaylor 8 years ago

      This hub is an excellent resource. Thanks for all the great tips.

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      Jamie Havican 8 years ago from Englewood Florida

      Are you making money this way,I find it hard to make money anyway but e commerce.I have been searching everywhere for months,and still have not found a real paying job.If you have any tips,let me know.Thank you

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      Jamster2759 8 years ago

      Lets see how do we make money online? Well you can do anything, but just do it well. We all need to add value to the web. Then the people will come.

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      mulatto 8 years ago from Indiana

      On the TEAM also. Great direction. I've been in the game a while as well, and I have seen good results from hubpages already. I'm glad to have a format for people who really love doing this. Thanks

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks for the great hub. You did not mention writing and selling quality ebooks. I now have 5 friends doing more than $16k a month doing just that.

      The all used paid adverising, and some of my friends paid out more than they earned for quite a while.(11 months in one case.

      To succeed the rules are the same as any other process. Quality contents that are useful, and lots of free information for your list to feel they are getting better than good value for money

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      msbev9 8 years ago from chicago, IL

      Very Informative--Thanks!

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Great info Paul. Thank you.

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      yxhuang 8 years ago

      Nice resources. Thanks for sharing.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I am new to this stuff within the last 2 months.  I am glad to hear that people can actually make money at this.  My stuff is going really slow. I purchased some adwords to help drive traffic, but it is really slow.  Any help is appreciative, like your site.  Thank you


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      Bellemerchant 8 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the relevant information. I hope to learn more from you.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      As a person new to writing hubs and learning about e-commerce, I found your hub very interesting and informative. Thanks! Will look forward to more of your hubs.

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      MoralsEthics1960 8 years ago from Florida

      Great info, how do you find the time? l

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      foodstorage 8 years ago from Utah

      I make TONS more with Amazon than with adsense on my blog currently. They don't pay a huge percentage for commission but people always buy other stuff while they are there and it works out to be a lot of money. I try not to have TOO many adsense things and I don't put them in really prominent places, so that might be why I haven't made too much. Usually about $10 a month.

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Hi There Paul - looks like you have written an "evergreen" yourself !  Thanks for this information - I more general in my writing so it looks as if I need to be more specific to earn.... cheers

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      ForReal511 8 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, FL

      awesome post! thanks so much for sharing!

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      pcdriverupdate 8 years ago from VA

      lots of great info. thanks Paul!

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      HelpingGuy 8 years ago

      Hi Paul,

      Nice info. I'll try to follow.

      Btw, which is your most preferred method out of above three?

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      realworkfromhomebusinessman 8 years ago

      Graet page! You have some useful information here! I also feel adsense is a good way to make money, you just have to get the traffic!

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      talford 8 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks Paul.


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      shanel 8 years ago from Seattle

      Really good information. I have a question Paul... With all this strategies, how much traffic become real sales?

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      Amber90 8 years ago

      This is a good hub that covers a lot great points. Although these methods are currently working for people, I am interested to know what is next. Where/what will be the next means of growing revenue on the internet? I think we have seen affiliate marketing, ecommerce and others mature to a point that there will be a new means of doing business - I would be interested to read another hub that covers your thoughts on what's next. great post

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      donreed 8 years ago from Iowa

      Very informative hub. Good information and nicely written. I think in the future, that internet marketing will be the backup to your physical business. It will be the proponent to reach a wider spectrum of people to sell to. Some of the older "quick cash" systems through internet marketing in my opinion are dying out.

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      Joseph Demasi 8 years ago from California

      Great Hub. The key to all this and any business whether it is offline or online is marketing and driving people to your site. That is the most elusive art form there is online. Visitors will not magically appear to your site- you need to market, market and market!

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      t19 8 years ago

      Good job! Keep it up

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      born to be free 8 years ago

      Excellent work Paul. Really, for me, I find that the affiliate programs work best. It's work, but it pays fairly well. My average right now is about $375.00 per month for each program. I keep up on the latest buzz and change programs almost as often as I eat. The biggest problem most people have is either using cookie cutter sites or they just don't put any work at all into their sites. Thanks for all the information you provide in your Hubs Paul.

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      Jerry Hoss 8 years ago

      Good information; thank you!

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      cowgirljess 8 years ago from Nor Cal

      Great read. I have tried marketing, selling, ebay, affiliates, adsense, point and click and so on, but never really made any money no matter how much effort I put in. I will keep you tips in mind for my next venture. Thankyou and have a great New Years

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      tylermj23 8 years ago from Roanoke, VA

      I like this hub a lot! It explains very well all about Google's Adsense program, which I am very interested in. Lately, I have been very intrigued with making money online, and I have achieved succes off of I'm new to hubpages.

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      Imaculate Johnson 8 years ago

      Great hub ! Thanks for sharing :)

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      karhubpages 8 years ago from India

      Thank You. Your really show your determination here.

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      esocial 8 years ago from California

      Ecommerce, affiliate marketing, Adsense, that order :)

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      Erick Smart 8 years ago

      The important thing everyone needs to remember is that you can make money online but you will doubtfully become a rich. The most you can expect is a little extra pocket money or maybe enough to pay basic bills. There are too many out there competing for the cash to really make it what some hype it to be.

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      JoeM 8 years ago

      I think that people really can make good money online if they know what to do and target niches that aren't really, really saturated. If you provide some quality service you can make a killing on adsense, ecommerce (which I think is just another type of affiliate marketing), and affiliate marketing - you just have to be able to see what a niche is missing and be able to provide it to internet searchers. If you can do that you can make a lot of money online.

      It is all about work and reward. The more you work (and the better you work), the better the reward.

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      sweetoneangel 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Great information, I learned alot from it. Now I don't feel so discouraged since I am very new here. Big thanks.

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      Sweet Voice 8 years ago

      Adsense is ok. But do you know that anybody can distroy your adsense approval. it is as much sensitive.

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      ServiceGuide 8 years ago from Sheffield, England

      Really useful and informative information. Many thanks, it's helped to unravel some of the jargon for me.

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Paul,

      You need to check out this link as the guy has not only copied word for word at least two toher people's Hubs including one of my own, but he has also copied this one and published it as being his. The link is:

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What can I say with so many before me, perhaps that I am a cynic, maybe I should hub about that.

      But with your stats you must do all right so I bow to that. Well done

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      fatuisred 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for the information, that you have post..... I'm new to Hub but not to online business... I'm not a person who like to write,.... I'm go to see what will come of it.... thank!

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      Bill H Carson 8 years ago

      Thank you! Very good solid basic information. Great to see people like you online helping other people! Keep up the good work.

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      nadim313 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur

      thanx for the info Paul, this is a great info for me. Im starting to start my own website soon, have been study how to make money online for years already

      thanx again

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      Dona Rosa 8 years ago from Tennessee

      Ecommerce sites are good, then affiliate marketng then adsense combos

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      ftclick 8 years ago

      great information..some things I didn't think of.

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      Lola Stoney 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very informative – By including the challenges, people who are new to these ideas will know what to expect in advance. Well done, Paul!

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      cappvirgo 8 years ago

      Nice article, but I have never understood adsense. For some it works and for some it just does not work, through you do every thing according to proven methods

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      m0sesx 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      This was actually helpful... I love you.

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      roastedpinebark 8 years ago from Iowa

      Theres a bunch of good stuff in this site, thanks for the very helpful and informative information!

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      elitesystem 8 years ago from VA, USA

      great stuff! thanks

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      Lara Cawthra 8 years ago from Camberley, Surrey

      Great article. Outlines things really well

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      Freelancerwriter 8 years ago from India

      Nice information. But adsense says that your website or link should be atleast 6 months old. Is this is true. I have to wait so long to start earning.Please reply.

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      soccymartin 8 years ago from New York

      Really good information

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      dpearl 8 years ago from US East Coast

      I believe there is a step by step procedure on how to make multiple levels of money on the internet, but to this day, I have not found one resource that is comprehensive and yet simple enough to follow step by step. Anyone have any suggestions ... or ... comments?

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      knev1510rose 8 years ago from Mckenzie

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information

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      efeglo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      I see there is love here, that made u to share this great information. please do create your website and share more of this topic as i have heared much about selling products online or PLR but don't know how to get started. Thanks very much.

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      Jawad 8 years ago

      Really nice information. and probably I am going to start wrok on lead generation way of earning money.

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      Jax Appleby 8 years ago from NW AR

      Wow! My head is spinning. I'm new here, I just set up my first hub yesterday, and can hardly believe all the ways there are to make money.

      I think I'm really going to like this site. Thanks for the great info.


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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      @freelancewriter - you can signup for an adsense account through HubPages. Usually, new people are quickly accepted. Then, adsense will be placed automatically on your hubs, but you can also post adsense ads on other sites you have. No need to wait.

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      Affiliate Review 8 years ago

      Great, Great Hub. You are telling the right thing at the right time. Because crisis arround the world many people like me have no job. I started googleing round 2006 and it was dificult to understand how to earn money without money because there was little information about "How To Have a Life Online". So I google it many times until a friend of mine told me: Focus, Action, Money. Yes, it seems very easy but it´s not. You think when working from home every hour is happy hour to do nothing. The most important thing I learned: try and fail. When you start to fail it´s a sine! Yes you did something "action". No problem to fail, it´s human. The time when you will win is after you fail a lot of times.

      So, try and fail but do it. Do not wait for the magic. The magic is you.

      Start your Business Today!

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      Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great information on some basic things to remember when writing here at HubPages- and reminding us to keep looking out for topics that can endure, and that continue to build up traffic as time goes on.


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      Spin Ready Articles 8 years ago

      Nicely done, Paul. Thanks to the internet, people that just love to write and rant can now make money with that. But of course it takes much more than just knowing how to write. Thankfully learning the ropes that will put it all together isn't so difficult. One doesn't have to go to college to learn how to make money online. Thanks for sharing this.

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      seemabhatia10 8 years ago

      but i think adsense is a sure n trusted way to earn if seriously take it as business

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      SurfAddict 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the information. I didn't notice that lowermybill is good.

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      scotty smith 8 years ago from Worldwide

      Thanks for the great information Paul, as you said, there are many great ways to make good money online. The main keys to making an income online are passion, focus, mindset and motivation...if you have these qualities, coupled up with a few good strategies, you will be a winner.

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      Kubrat 8 years ago

      Excellent article. Hubs like this can really be a free replacement for much of advice and how-to product being sold on the Internet that are not worth the money.

      Great calssification of the online businesses!

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      Shaun Lindbergh 8 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I have just started experimenting with video as I think this is a very effective way to share information about your own products and affiliate products. Personally I favour a combination of affiliate and ecommerce.

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      rajkrishna 8 years ago from Chennai

      very nice and good info. all the best keep posting, such a quality hub.

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      Arava7 8 years ago from Sunny Southern Cal

      I'm new at this- thanks for the great info!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Great information and thanks for the heads up on so many points..

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      VietSEOGuy 8 years ago

      Really nice post and good sharing. Thank you!

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Some really interesting info here. I've been tossing around an idea in my head for several months now - combining Craig'sList with SMC. I'm good at writing ads that get results and I've sold quite a few things locally via Craig's List. I'm just not sure if SMC has the kind of products that would sell, and it's near impossible to get a look at their inventory without first joining.

      I've heard (from a hubber who seems to have experienced it first-hand) to "Run, not walk, away from SMC!" But, I still wonder: Was it just that individual's experience? Would I be able to do better? Maybe he didn't try what I'm thinking of trying... you know?

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      bocanq 8 years ago from Gaborone Botswana

      great hub , very cool and informative....helo ppl um a new cumer so plz assist.

      thank you'

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      MarikaGnize 8 years ago

      Great Article Paul! The information you shared was well put together, we can sense your experience : )

      Looking forward for more!


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      brianmoody 8 years ago

      Very nice hub my friend!

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      webjunkie 8 years ago from Moberly Mo

      Good information here

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      tushar09 8 years ago

      hey good info but i cant search my hubpages in search tab y so it is????

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      kenderso 8 years ago from Phoenix

      I have started several sites that have content on them with the hope that I can attract enough traffic over time. Sounds like it takes time. Thanks for the information

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      Wendy 8 years ago

      Hi, interesting ideas on how to make money, there are so many different ways to make money, the trouble is finding what works for you.

      Keep writing!

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      andrewpeterson 8 years ago from Watford

      Great information, thanks for sharing

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      FormerlyFormal 8 years ago from CT

      Fantastic article! There's a lot of great advice in this!

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      Lela Davidson 8 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

      Thanks for the overview. I like your point that if you enjoy learning new things, that makes content creation all the better choice.

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      Rick Answer Analyst Review 8 years ago

      The other problem with developing a lot of content on hubpages is you do not own it. If Hubpages changes and starts letting more spam on or gets slapped by Google for some reason you do not have control of your work.


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      Sexy Health 8 years ago from Portland, OR

      Great points - thanks for the info.

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      Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      @Rick - You do own the content on HubPages and have control over it.

      Some other sites have had trouble getting banned by Google, but not us. We take spam very seriously and it is clearly in the best interest of everyone to keep the quality of content on HubPages up.

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      Fayme Zelena Harper 8 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I can't imagine people doing 300 blog posts per month. I've been doing about 100 a month and I thought that was a lot. I think it would be easier for me to write 3 hubs a week than 300 blog posts. And even though I blog daily, I still make about 90% more with my Hubs than with my Blogs on Google Adsense. You didn't mention Kontera in your article, but from the day I added Kontera, I've fairly consistantly made $1.00 a day with it, and it took me years to get to that point with Adsense.

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      Matts88 8 years ago from Canada

      great hub thanks for the advice, I am a new member and I am having a great time posting about fitness. It would be nice to make a little cash on the side tho thanks!

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      sexy lingerie 8 years ago

      Advertisers like placing ads through AdSense since they are so highly targeted. Users will click on the ads if they are interested in them. The amount of money you can make depends on the topic. Commercial topics tend to pay more and within commercial topics, categories like finance are among the top earning. I suggest worrying less about the category and focus on areas that you can create the best piece of content on in the world.

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      cooldude123 8 years ago from India

      excellent hub....helped me a lot

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      reagu 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub. The best thing about making money online is that you don't have to write on topics that you don't want to.

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      englsis 8 years ago from alabama

      The reason why most people don't make anything online is because they are trying to make their own blog and their own website. In today's world, you have to learn how to share and to give. You can't expect to make thousands of dollars off just one article. It's all about you working with your family and friends on one particular website or blog. To make good money, you have to have your friends and family submit at least one article a day to you daily and tell them that you will give them some cash once you start to make cash. It's about trust and loyalty to one another. There are to many websites out there today trying to be run by a one man show and that doesn't get you anywhere anymore. You have to think big. Big websites do well online becuase they have loads of quality content and loads of readers. That's what you need to succeed online.

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      Robert Frost 8 years ago

      Excellent advice. You are a very good teacher. Is there somewhere that one can access more of your online teaching?

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      mkhovu 8 years ago

      Brilliant work. Thank you for all the information.

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      MyFreeOne 8 years ago from United States

      Nice! Thanks!

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      gracy.bonsu 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for that information. I liked AdSense but now find that Amazon is a great affiliate program. Just make an a-store, write blog reviews with links to the store and presto!

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      alifahru 8 years ago from Purwokerto

      Google adsense is really works program to earn money online. I have try it and earn money from it. The key is keyword and how to get traffic for it on search engine.

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      SEO Resources 8 years ago

      great list

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      orionsky60403 8 years ago

      I have not invested in adsense or adwords yet. Is it better to have organic links or should I just jump in and go for adwords?

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      chelskie918 8 years ago

      For an online business or any online ventures to work, you must have a detailed plan and a clear vision in your mind. You just don't chase everything coming out that looks like it'll make you money. When you have a clear vision of what you want your business to become, you will be more focused to your business that makes success possible.

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      Glenn 8 years ago

      Lots of great info...thanks, was very informative

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      danjutsu 8 years ago from UK

      great article. very helpful and informative.

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      The Bibliophile 8 years ago

      This is really a terrific article! If only I had had this succinct but comprehensive overview available four years ago when I first started my autodidactic quest to learn all I could learn about online marketing and legitimate ways to make money online, I would have saved so very much time and wasted effort!

      The only addition I would make is that when a person wishes to sell actual physical products online, if s/he is selling on eBay, yes, one must endure all of the sweat of packaging the products, carting them to the post office (or having them sent via a service like DHL or FedEx), and sending them. Additionally, s/he must also bear the cost of both shipping and purchasing (and sometimes storing) the inventory. However, if one wishes to avoid all of that physical work, there is a much easier alternative, and often it is even a more lucrative one.

      Subcribing to a dropshipping service allows a person to sell physical products (as opposed to downloadable information products on eBay, ClickBank, and the like) without all of that hassle. If you are interested in this option, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU NOTE THE WARNING AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! If the seller uses a dropshipper, all s/he must do is to be the brokering agent between the buyer and the dropshipper; thus, the seller simply sends the buyer to the dropshipper, usually via a link on a Web site (although there are some other clever methods to accomplish this task), and the dropshipper bears the burden of packaging and sending the products in addition to paying for (and, occasionally, manufacturing) the products. The seller then can concentrate on the business of simply selling--convincing the buyer to purchase the product(s). Furthermore, the seller can start doing business with almost no start-up money because the vast majority of the costs of doing business are absorbed by the dropshipper. Yes, it is usually best if the seller has his/her own Web site, but today the costs of purchasing a site, having one built, using a service to build one (extremely easily such that a person with NO technical skills can easily follow the directions of such a service to build the site), or building one from scratch (if the seller has this skill) are terrifically cheap as is hosting a Web site and the few small costs of owning a site. Having just joined this site immediately before writing this response, I have no idea what the site rules are regarding issues such as "naming names" of products and the like, so I will not provide names of actual products here, but I will be happy to do so later if it is allowed on this site or privately if that is possible and acceptable.

      WITH REGARD TO THE ABOVE WARNING: The majority of dropshipping services are terrible scams that exist solely to rip people off in a really big way and that have developed the most incredibly devious ways to do so! Please be exceptionally careful when choosing a dropshipping service with which to do business. Read a fair amount of reliable information only about how to choose a dropshipper. That said, there are several extremely reliable, honest dropshippers that have been in business for quite some time. I myself can name at least half a dozen, but, again, I don't know if that is acceptable on this site. I would be happy to list these if there is a way that is acceptable on this site, but I do not yet know how to go about this. If you would like such information, please reply as to how I may give you such information.

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      SevDiggity 8 years ago from Hartville, Ohio

      Thanks for the info, Paul! I just joined hubpages 4 days ago, and I think I am off to a great start, and it is encouraging to read articles such as yours that put things into perspective as to what will produce the best results. Thanks again!

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      Abhishek87 8 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot man.... really helps out for us beginners.... Great hub.

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      Concerned 8 years ago

      Paul Edmondson,

      I think it's wonderful that so many people are earning extra income on this site, if they can, considering our economy but....

      Do you think it's fair that a Hubber can post their opinions as fact and confuse their readers? When people get on their computers to search something important, and are led to these HubPages, they are not always aware that they have reached a site written by people voicing their "opinions" to earn money. Unless the reader looks into it as I have or the Hubber is honest on all their pages by stating that their info is "opinion" not fact, a person will never know. How come Hubbers are not monitored for this? It's scary because the motive behind creating HubPages is to earn money, therefore, making it very easy for the Hubber to say what they want to generate the traffic they need to make their pages successful.

      To prove my point, go on over to one of your top Hub Authors' pages, Susan Peters. She has chosen a very hot topic to earn money; "Pet Food Recall" and hundreds of other pages concerning pet food. You will read numerous posts from people telling her she is confusing them with her contradictory ratings. When people ask her what her credentials are she completely ignores them. What upsets me the most is that these poor innocent pet owners who have either lost their pets due to the poisoning or have sick pets on medication for life are hanging on to Susan Peters every word. People are desperately searching for a safe pet food even after the initial recall. They think she is a veterinarian or pet food nutritionist but, she is neither, Susan Peters is a pet groomer. Would you take advice from your hairdresser on brain surgery? Please look at her readers postings to understand my anger. I have also read her court case on line, trying to sue a pet food company, and even the judge in that case states that Susan Peters lacks credibility due to the inconsistencies in her written complaints. I wish that judge would read her HubPages! It's amazing what some people do for money.

      Well, you will most likely tell me that it is impossible to monitor Hubbers because there are too many or that it is not your job or whatever reason you can think of. All I want to say is it's completely unfair to be led to a site when searching for real, genuine information only to be fooled by a Hub Author's opinions (in my case, a pet nutritionist wanna-be). Susan Peters topic is a very serious subject that involves the sickness and death of our beloved pets. No one on this site should be allowed to pretend they're someone they're not in order to make money, we all know that's fraud... and with no monitoring and no need to prove credentials on any topic a hubber is writing about, this site has the potential of becoming the biggest train wreck on the internet. Trust me when I say I am not the only person who is irate over this and I'm sure more angry people will be speaking up, too.

      In all sincerity, Mr. Edmondson, you helped create this site, so please do something about monitoring your Hub Authors. I believe by having an automatic disclaimer embedded onto every single hub page that is created, stating something like: "Please be aware that the topic on this page consists of the views and opinions of the Hub Author and not that of a professional unless otherwise noted". At least readers wouldn't have to go through what I went through.... searching Susan Peters advice for three days until a red flag went up causing me to research this site and who Peters really is. Save us this aggravation, please! And with all the technology out there, please don't tell me it's impossible to put a disclaimer on newly created or existing hug pages because I won't believe you.

      I wish the best to all the new Hubbers out there and I only hope everyone stays honest.

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      Concerned 8 years ago


      I'm well aware that you and Susan Peters have blocked my posts from your pages. I've been using other websites to warn people that Susan Peters of HubPages is not a qualified pet nutritionist or veterinarian but, a pet groomer. Putting your vested interest in HubPages aside, can you blame me? You don't seem to realize or care how important this is for people seeking real advice on safe pet foods. Are you a pet owner? If not, do you know someone personally, that you care about, who loves their pets? I understand posts like mine can have a bad effect on a Hubber, maybe even effect you because you created HubPages but, I'm not out to harm anyone. My only concern is for the people who are putting their trust in Susan Peters while, for two long years, she continues to confuse them. It's more important to me to warn people that she's not qualified on this topic than to worry about Susan Peters' HubPage status. If someone close to you, a friend or family member, was a geniune pet lover seeking information on safe pet foods voiced their concern to you about Susan Peters, would you ignore them? I know I'm just a complete stranger to you so it's easy to ignore my concerns and block me from posting to the public. That's fine but, in the mean time, could you please contact Susan Peters about this so she can start admitting to her readers she's not qualified in evaluating pet food ingredients and that her ratings are only her opinions? How about asking her to stick to a topic she has experience with, like pet grooming? That is, if she really is a pet groomer. Can you not understand my frustrations at all or is your bottom line money, money, money?

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      RobertHassey 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I agree that driving enough traffic to one's site in order to get a good conversion rate as an affiliate can be tough work. As you said, "I say it usually takes 30 Hubs before they get a reasonable amount of traffic if they have created high quality content and focused on niche search phrases. This upfront time investment can be daunting when you don't see results."

      I was thinking maybe that the time spent finding keyphrases, writing articles using them, and putting up hubpages, could be trimmed down by sending variations of those articles to article directories instead? What is you view on which tends to lead to more traffic over time: article marketing or setting up multiple pages focused on keyphrases?

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      moneymakersguide 8 years ago

      Very well written and detailed, thank you!

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      Jim Bauer 8 years ago

      I agree traffic generation is the most difficult task. Quality of content, therefore, must be at the forefront. Quality of content is going to dictate rather directly how many people come to your site repeatedly, let alone, take an interest enough in any ad on your site or page to click-thru. Most people are smart enough to determine whether content is being provided solely for the purpose of obtaining a click-thru.

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      delzky 8 years ago

      Thanks paul for writing this hub. As a newbie I don't know how I can generate traffic. YOu said it takes 30 hubs to start generating traffic. I have a long way to go. I like your enthusiasm about hubpages. It encourages me to stick to posting more hubs.

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      zenmagic 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Really great and informative Hub. I can pick some really great tips here that i can surely apply to make money online. Thanks a lot for sharing

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      bdizzle99 8 years ago from Bethesda, MD

      Yes, this is great info for beginners. I'd point out that finding small niches and 'owning' them is a very smart way to attack the 'making money online' bug. You can use all of the monetization methods you've mentioned targeted at very narrow, carefully researched nitches, and be successful pretty quickly.

      I'd also say its important to start small. Set a small goal, and don't expect much early. It takes time to make money online, and if you see a little progress towards a goal, you are much more likely to keep at it. If you set a big goal right away, you may not make progress towards it for months, which is definitely discouraging.

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      Maa 8 years ago

      Having traffic is definitely the key to making money online.

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      Free Online Exams 8 years ago

      3 ways for earn money :


      Time , mind , relax ....

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      Covert Hypnosis 1 8 years ago

      Thanks, interesting info! my favourite one is affiliate marketing.

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      ontheway 8 years ago

      Different Ways To Make Money Online

      it Was very well written, I support you, welcome to my hub

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      AlexK2009 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      This made more sense after I wrote hub number two.

      Well worth reading

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      Alain 8 years ago

      Very Informative. Thanks very much

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      Ding.A.Ling123 8 years ago

      Great Hub! Please read my hub on making money online.

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      marmmoo 8 years ago from MEQUON, WI.

      Thanks Paul, Your information was excellent, I can see, that you really care about your chosen hub topics.

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      chouchou 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Wonderful stuff

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      Kegnum 8 years ago from US

      Wow, very impressive. Thanks for the info.

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      online4income 8 years ago from Online, in search of income

      Simple words pointing to great resources.

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      kea 8 years ago

      Great hub. I like the links to your other hubs too!

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      caderade2 8 years ago

      Great post. There is a way for everyone. I like the affiliate route because I don't want to actually be in charge of shipping products but I enjoy the internet marketing aspect.

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      MoneyCreators 8 years ago

      wow! This Hub is full of content! Great work!!!!!!!!

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      tfirdaus354 8 years ago

      I totally agree with you about monetizing content (I love it). it's no need shipping and inventory but I do have an ecommerce website.

      Great Hub thanks

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      Csanad 8 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Very informative hub!. I would also add freelancing (like site design, proofreading, etc).

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      aflippin 8 years ago

      how much is it going to cost me to get started?

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      So far I have dabbled in all three not seriously and made no money at all. In fact freelancing as a writer has earned me money and I do like being a pen for hire! But I would love to be able to build a passive income stream online.

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      adjunct 8 years ago from The Big Easy

      I think you articulated the issues surrounding making money online quite well! I quite agree that earning money with Adsense takes a great deal of patience. In addition, the more one writes, the greater the chances of moving up in the search engine rankings. So, patience and writing go together in this business.



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      anthonyronnie 8 years ago from

      love the post!

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      supreme32 8 years ago

      Hey Paul,

      Very nice content.Cool Hub.In my opinion the affiliate marketing is the safest easiest route to abundance.

      thanks for sharing

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      Edward 8 years ago

      Excellent post Paul! I've seen so many newbies coming online wanting to earn some extra cash but always end up falling for the free scams and not wanting to invest the time and cash needed to start earning. This article cuts right to the chase. Choose your method and focus on it.

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      V.C 8 years ago

      Use both Adsense and Affiliate to get a great income :)

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      bangawking000 8 years ago from Manini Homesite, Cabanatuan city, Nueva ecija, Luzon, Philippines

      wow! so many comments. seems that you've help many people

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      consultjtr 8 years ago

      Very helpful litle crossection of how to make money online. And I appreciate all you how-to hubbers that explain in the simplest possible terms! :-)

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      dtopmark 8 years ago

      Great hub. I like how to exxpnaded on each opportunity.

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Have started with one program. Will try to do the rest. Great info!

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      jimcassa 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Paul this is a nicely put together Hub article, thank you for writing it,

      sincerely, Jim.

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      anant surya 8 years ago from India

      nice...thanks for the info!!!!

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      quickvideooptinx 8 years ago from Quick Video Optin Nirvana

      I really enjoyed your material. Thanks!

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      iamjericho 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good information man!

      I'm just getting into some of this stuff and caught some new stuff in there.


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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Thank You for all the helpful info. simple and clear. I can understand. Very nice writing. I am grateful to you. I love to write, the tech skills I could do without, but some are imparitive to grow.

      I love Hub Pages. I wrote a hub dedicated to Hub Pages and the wonderful people that put this site together. Hubs has blessed millions I am sure. I would be honored if you would read my, 'Hub Pages is a God Send' hub. Many left wonderful comments as well. You may enjoy hearing how much you are appreciated. A comment to let me know you stopped by would be awesome.

      May God continue to Bless You for helping others. This is what life is about. We Bless, we get Blessed. We Give joy, we receive joy.

      Hugs to you.

      Cheriooo...4 2 Day

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      Mofizur R. 7 years ago

      Great article. I also earn money through Ad sense,Amazon,Affiliate Marketing etc.

      I've got to say, this was a good hub. Well planned, conversationally written, and best of all, full of all sorts of good information. I'm new here and have written only three hubs at this point, but looking forward to writing more. Is there generally a problem posting things that I've written here and putting them elsewhere on some of these other sites?

      Thank you again for the great information! Hope ya have a great day!

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      BookFlame 7 years ago

      You did a lot of work on this subject and presented it very well in your hub. No wonder you're successful!

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      scheng1 7 years ago

      Agree that affiliate marketing is extremely hard. I have no success so far.

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      Chris Crow 7 years ago

      This is a great article for any beginner who wants to learn about making money online.

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      tripleolphin 7 years ago

      great! and thanks.

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      thaninja 7 years ago from America

      The poll is pretty telling - tells me many hubbers have no ideas about how to MMO.

      There is a lot to learn, but its all doable.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Great advice for this aspiring Hubber! I am learning here for sure! I was surprised when I clicked the poll that ecommerce cam out the worst. How weird is that! I had planned on possibly setting up a related ecommerce site, now I am wondering am I mad? Thanks for opening my eyes! : )

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      Robertbloggert 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for your tips and encouragement I for one am going through the problem of finding good keywords and topics that draw traffic any help in this area?

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      thanks for this advice paul.

      Consider this both bookmarked and stumbled upon. I'll be rereading this to learn more.

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      Info Help 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is some great information that you have posted in this hub! Thank you so much! I am familiar with Google Adsense but not much else.

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      theJimmy 7 years ago from Howell, Mi

      Thanks for the informative hub. I just joined a couple weeks ago and was wondering my my first few hubs weren't getting many views even though they were well written. Good to know it happens to the best.

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      scottys thoughts 7 years ago

      Thank you for the great information!!

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      tafadzwa zhande 7 years ago

      i give good work remarks to yourideas

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      yy9599 7 years ago

      Is very useful to me,

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      John Dove 7 years ago

      Great overview article on how to make money. Can you point us to a step-by-step article on how to use AdSense to best advantage?

      May 2010 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for you and for all of us Hubbers!

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      locklevels 7 years ago

      Another great article. I'm very impressed and I feel... ah.. Smarter!

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      satyam12 7 years ago from india

      first of all ipersonally thank u for making hubpages, it is a great site for the begineers to write articles and to understand how blogging works uare doing all the work for the hubbers, but one thing iwant to know that, as iam a starter in hubpages , ijoined around 4 months ago on hubpages and ihave made around 200 hubs, and my score is around 75 can i make money because i have dont have a website of my own, is it necessary to have a website or there are other ways to join google adnense program, and one more question , do photohubs earn equal amount of money as the written articles or not because iam making photohubs as well as wring articles on relevant topics u can see that, my email adress is and iam from india, plz reply and email me tosort out this confusion

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      Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA


      Photo hubs can gain quite a bit of traffic, but they tend to earn much less than pages about products or other commercial topics. If earnings are what you are after, Id concentrate on a niche but commercial topic.

      I understand that Google in India has it's own policies on approving adsense accounts. That's a better question for Google.

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      hubranger 7 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      Just got my first hubs going and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the tips and advice in this one - I'm looking forward to doing more now :)

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      seryhu 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm hunting for useful information and this one is a good place to get quality info. Thanks.

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      Jasnav 7 years ago

      Great hub, with the topic beautifully covered. Coming from one of the founders of hubpages, the advice certainly has its basis in facts.

      Especially liked the breakdown into challenges and advantages.

      Long term is the way to go especially when it comes to choosing the subject of articles, though personally I have yet to make too much headway on that front. Till then, freelancing continues to be my top earner!

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      Applecandy 7 years ago

      Thankyou for the well constructed and detailed information you provided, great hub! Keep up the good work!

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      FB Siphon 7 years ago

      Great to hear. It will help me a lot to build my list.

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      Tips Of Money 7 years ago

      nice hubs and very helpful tips

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      mdstorz 6 years ago

      I am very very new to all this and love writing.I am at the learning center.Finding all this information at my finger tips is wonderful.Very informative. Can't wait to get started.

      Thanks for all the advice.


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      jomedia 6 years ago

      informative hub! Thank you!

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      writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

      Paul, i am one of the people who really wants to earn money online. I think it is really nice if you will stay at home then earn extra money using your own computer. Your three ways is helpful to me. Thanks!

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      Annette R. Smith 6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      I'm coming from the Learning Center, too, and appreciate your helpful advice. Thank you!

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      greg from food processor reviews 6 years ago

      Very informative article thanks. I'm looking to pursue Adsense this year. It's not something I've really looked into before, but I've heard a lot about it and I guess it's always a good thing to diversify your online business.

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      sell tickets online  6 years ago

      It is an excellent hub. I love your work.

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      Nikmaya J 6 years ago

      I thinks I prefer to choose affiliate marketing, because it truly give money for me. I am an adsense publisher before, but I don't know why my account was disabled. I try to get informations from forum, but the answers is not filled my problem.

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      cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

      Your hubs are really evergreen. Thanks for the pieces of advice here and there on Google Adsense and other affiliate programmes. Godwin.

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      centennial67 6 years ago from home

      Great Hub...Alot of different avenues to pursuit with internet marketing! Thanks

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      seanorjohn 6 years ago

      The temptation is to write about the latest fad but you are right to point people to the evergreen topics.

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      Babbling Diva 6 years ago from U.S.A

      Great Hub. Very informative. Thanks

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      mohin28 6 years ago from London

      An amazing Hub with very good detailed information that is helpful. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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      fabulouslyfit 5 years ago

      Awesome Hub Paul, I am new on here and have a lot to learn! Thank you for the terrific information and starting hubpages, it gives everyone a chance to express themselves and make some extra cash!

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      ShaamCA 5 years ago from India

      Very interesting hub Paul!! as you said adsense provide me some decent income, just now started earning through affiliate marketing...

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      caseymel 3 years ago from Indiana

      Great information!

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