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Free Tips:: Making Money On Line:: Part 1

Updated on January 30, 2013

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.

Buyers Beware

Have you bought a program that promised untold riches on line?

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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?

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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.

If you are not a Hub Pages member then please sign up! Once you do you will have access to all of the learning modules and the money making opportunities that are available here. When you write your first hub feel free to post a link in my comments. If you are a Hub Pages member then go write a hub!

For more Great Info on Selecting Your Niche

Luckily Spalione commented and left us a link for her hub on Selecting your Niche

An additional selection from Amazon on Selecting Your Niche suggested by Hub Pages excellent tool


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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I do think it is about finding niche--very well written hub!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks James, that means an awful lot to me. I did the series because it's common sense that people can use, but don't. I've had mixed reviews. Some think it's useless, but that's only if it isn't used.

      This is a very high compliment coming from a writer of your stature, thank you!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this needful Hub. What you wrote makes perfect sense. Well done!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      True, dahoglund, it takes work. Unfortunately there are a lot of programs out there that claim if you spend money then it will be easy. People are finding that when they do spend the money it still involves more work than they were lead to believe. That's why I wrote this series, to give people the tools they need before they decide to spend money on something that may not even allow them to recoup that investment. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It would seem that making money on-line is not much different than making money in general.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      So sorry you didn't like it janesix but as it is the first of a series I guess you didn't bother to check out the rest. That's okay though, I have been away for almost two years and as you can imagine I truly appreciate the warm welcome I received on coming back. I hope your time at Hub Pages is a s well received.

    • janesix profile image


      6 years ago

      wow. no actual useful information. How expected.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      You are quite welcome!

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      So good to see you again Breakfastpop, I've been away too long. Thank you for visiting and giving me the boost!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      It's a pleasure to read something that is so truthful. There are more scams out there than real opportunities. Voted up and useful.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, great to see you here! Thanks for helping to promote my hub, I have popped in to check yours out as well. I'll definitely be reading and sharing yours too.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hello Spalione and welcome to Hub Pages! I checked out your hub and find it's quite useful as well! I love your tips for searching long tail keywords. I think linking our hubs together would be a great idea, with your permission, of course.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rema, so nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words. I'm grateful for the share, I've been away for two years so I can use all the help I can get in promotion!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. Thanks for the information tips. Passing this on.

    • spalione profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Faybe -

      Great Hub. I am also doing a series of how to make money online with no investment. I have fallen victim to the 'guru' products many times and finally got fed up with wasting my money. I'll be following your hub to learn more - thanks and check out my hub too.

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      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Faybe Bay,

      A very interesting hub here. As you said there are not many people telling you how to make money without paying money.

      I too have a point to make like rb11 did here. Blogger, Wordpress, Weebly etc. are great free sites but you cannot think of making a lot of money because I find that ranking for your articles on these free platforms is difficult when compared to HubPages and Squidoo.

      HubPages being a powerful domain, our hubs are able to rank well on Google (provided the content is good of course). Indexing of hubs is very quick and is done within a few hours of publishing.

      Moreover I think that HP Ad program is paying us more than Adsense. At least I don't make more than a few cents through Adsense on HP. So free websites like HP may be beneficial to make some money to start with and as you mentioned the money that we make this way can be further invested in a domain and hosting to further our progress.

      Anyway this is a good beginning of a great hub series from you. Look forward to your other hubs with more tips for making money online. Thanks for the knowledge. Sharing it across the hub community. Cheers, Rema.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      jainismus, Thank you for your well wishes, I appreciate the feedback. I figured there are plenty of people out there telling how riches can be made if you have a large sum of money to invest, but not so many telling how to do so for free. I recently received my first check from Hub Pages after being absent for two years. That was a wake up call for me. I had to wonder how much bigger that check would have been if I had written every day like I originally intended.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      rb11, Thank you for your comment and valuable input. I understand your points about owning your own web site, an issue I will address in a later part of the series. I was making a case against "Ready Built Turnkey web sites" which are all over the internet. One guy is actually selling 10 websites, complete with all the links, for $1997.oo! I don't want people getting suckered in to buying this stuff. You can get Free web sites along with Free hosting. Once you get your "feet wet" with some of those, you can go on to pay for a domain name and hosting, but that is down the road for my audience. I understand the problems that everyone has had with Google and the various changes that came down the pike, but for what I am working on building here, those issues will not really apply. Whether it's $5.00 per month or $9.95 per month, many people starting out on line do not have money to spare. They come here looking for income, with that new income they can invest some into building a website with web hosting. This is about building a foundation, without a foundation any new website is a worthless piece of internet real estate.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Well written, useful Hub. Voted up and share with followers.

    • rb11 profile image


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Faybe, I agree with some of what you say, but I just want to point out something about your own hosting and website. It's true - you don't need to have your own website and hosting to make money online, but with wordpress being free and hosting around $5.00 a's worth considering getting in on it - Why?

      There are two big reasons - one is control. When using someone elses platform you are always at the mercy of the owner. We all know the problems hubpages has had with the Google updates and this has affected many hubbers incomes. There are other revenue sharing sites (which I can't recall at the moment) that have had the same problem, or they just closed up shop - this just isn't the best business model for long term online income.

      The second reason is - what if you wanted to sell your website in the future? You can't do this if you don't have your own site. Even if I had a hub that was valuable, I couldn't sell it. I've had a few sites I lost interest in and I was able to flip them and make a few bucks, this isn't possible using free platforms.

      I just wanted to put in my 2 cents because I started out with Blogger and places like that before I realized all the limitations. Places like hubpages and ezinearticles are great places to get started, get your feet wet, but for the reasons stated above I believe long term you need control.



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