Free Tips:: Making Money On Line:: Part 1
So you want to make some money online...
The draw to internet marketing gets stronger every day, believe me, I know! I first went on line to make money back in 1998, and I wish I knew then what I know now. Since I didn't I came back to Hub Pages to share that knowledge and more; all I've learned since my last article here 2 years ago.
If you're here you came for one of two reasons. The first is obvious, you want to make money on line and don't know how or the second; you are already making money on line and you've got some time to kill and hopefully tips to add. If the latter please feel free to add any bonus tips to my comments section. All input is good input, don't just scoff at how much I still have to learn, SHARE, please.
For those of you in the first category, I'm guessing you've heard that you can make millions with no money, or worse, that you can buy a program that will turn your computer into a cash machine. Maybe you've even bought some of those programs. If you have, and you're still in your 60 day trial period, I suggest you get your money back. Those programs only make you money if you can find enough people who are desperate enough to buy the same package from you. It's horrible but true. The worse of it is, the person you bought the program from isn't the one who developed it. More than likely the person you bought the program from never even bought the program, they just joined as an affiliate. Many of these people are selling a product that they have never even used.
Now that you've heard the truth, please read on so that you might learn from my mistakes. I know you may have just learned a hard truth that gnaws at your gut; you may be one of those who spent a car payment or more on a program expecting a return that I have just told you will not come. My hope is that this article will reach some in time, before they spend their rent or car payment on a program that promises $10,000 a month in just thirty days. If you have bought into one of these programs please feel free to dump your anguish below, in the comments section. You never know how many people you will help by doing so.
Have you bought a program that promised untold riches on line?
Where to Start
If you need to make $10,000 a month you are in the wrong place. I'm not greedy, I just need to make enough to cover my bills. I knew that figure was just a come on, a draw, but I thought since I didn't need that much it would be okay to invest. I was shocked at what I learned from my purchases over the years. The first thing I learned is that 95% of all businesses fail in the first year. Moreover I learned that out of all of the people who join on line marketing programs, whether on line or out in the real world, only 1% to 3% actually succeed. That's a 2% to 4% difference in success rate, so you have to ask yourself why the difference?
The reason is probably obvious to some but to me it made no sense. If I start a store on a busy street corner I can count on the same 25,000 cars to pass me daily. If I advertise I should be able to catch some of that business. If I set up an on line business I have access to billions of people, I should, by the sheer numbers, have a better shot. Especially if I buy advertising.
Well, the reason that somehow eluded me was competition. There are literally billions of websites and pages vying for the same customers, so if you don't have a big name to attach yourself to then you can't succeed in the traffic draw. So, you must set up your store on a busy street corner. It must be much busier than one in the real world. You must think big names and you must build a store that's big enough to be seen over the others on that corner.
Forget what you have been told!
Every internet guru you encounter will tell you that you need a web site and web hosting to make money on line. That's just not the truth. Most of these gurus tell you the same story, then when you start to "buy in" to whatever program they're selling they offer you unlimited hosting for websites that are already built. The offers I've seen have insisted on everything from $47.00 with a $97.00 up sell, too free with $149.00 for the domain name and a year of web hosting. The worst offer I got was $6000.00 (yes that's six thousand dollars) for a course that would take a year to complete. The truth is that nowadays you don't need a web site. You don't need web hosting. You don't need an e-mail list. You don't need to run ads to "generate traffic" so don't buy in.
The keys to making money on line are free, and you have them within you already. You just have to know where to look for them.
Have You Made Money Yet?
Having bought a program to make money on line, have you made enough to quit your day job?
The Keys To Making Money On-Line
- You must have determination.
- You must have tenacity.
- You must be willing to treat this like a job.
- You must be willing to put in long hours for little or no pay.
- You must not give up, no matter what anyone says, on-line or off.
- You must avoid any and all distractions.
- You must never pay for anything.
A lot of people will look at this list and ask, what about SEO? What about traffic, advertising costs money, etc. No it doesn't. You have the Tweet, Like and Pin buttons which are all the advertising you will ever need. SEO is natural. If you use the words from your title in your article then the page will get crawled well enough. Remember though, this is not your normal marketing strategy. This is how to really make money on line. In future articles I will touch on the points listed above. You have homework.
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