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How To Make Money Online

Updated on October 20, 2010

Making money online is something many of us dream of, but only some of us take the initiative to actually go forth and make our dreams a reality. I'm here to tell you about some of ways even an internet marketing newbie can start making money online without going through the trouble of actually starting a business, finding vendors, coding a website, and dealing with all the little things that come with running a business.

We'll start with what I consider the simplest way to make money online. Millions of people already do this but not all of them realize they could be making money with it. Can you guess what it is? Yep, it's blogging. If you have absolutely no computer skills then places like Blogger (run by Google) offers free blogs. All you do is enter your information to sign up and away you go! Most of these type of blogs will have "monetize" tabs somewhere on them in which you can sign up for Google Adsense and place ads on your blog. When your readers click on the ads, you make money! How much easier could that be? If you're looking for more customization from your blog and you know your way around a computer, you should try purchasing a domain and hosting then use something like WordPress for your blog. This will allow you to run your blog and give you the ability to fine tune it more so than websites like Blogger. You can add Adsense ads to WordPress as well. I recommend building at least a small following for your blog before you place ads on it though. You don't want your readers to think you're just out for money do you?

A similar method to the blogging idea is to create a MFA (made for Adsense) website. These types of websites are generally just informational pages with Adsense ads included to monetize them. Some people have taken more of a manipulative twist on this and made their text so difficult to read that visitors were more likely to click on the ads in an attempt to get something out of the website besides a bunch of jibberish. People have also used a lot of bright colors all over their pages to achieve a similar effect. Your best bet is to avoid baiting your visitors into clicking on the ads. Google doesn't like it when you try to cheat the system and if you're new to internet marketing, you'll quickly find out Google is almost a deity in our world.

The next way is affiliate marketing (and CPA offers). To keep the explanation simple, you're trying to get people to to buy products from another company/person and you earn commissions off of the sales. Amazon and Clickbank are two very popular websites for affiliate marketers. Amazon has an astounding selection of products and Clickbank offers pretty good commissions. I recommend you have your own domain to do this. Some free blogging and free website sites don't appreciate you trying to sell products from their domains. You might get away with it, but be aware that your blog/website could be shut down at any time. Having your own domain and hosting would mean that you can't be shut down for selling products on your website. WordPress is a great platform for affiliate marketing.

Mailing lists are a pretty popular way to make money as well. Sites like Aweber allow you to create and manage lists of people to send mass emails to. Within these emails you can promote affiliate offers of CPA offers. The people on your mailing lists have to subscribe to them so you know the people you're emailing are more likely to be interested in what you have to offer than if you just spammed your like all over the internet.

Of course there are many other ways to make money online, but these are a few of the easiest way to start making your dream a reality. Remember, there's no money in this business unless you're taking action!


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      Cobrafan 7 years ago from Nowhere

      Charles I can't agree more about the ebay part. I sold an item on there for $250 once and they took $10 out at the end of the sales for some fees. A few months later I got a final bill of another $30 for the auction and another auction that didn't sell. There's no way they deserved $40 for a $250 sale and an unsold item.

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      Charles 7 years ago

      Thanks for the article! I tried blogging for a while, but it was not my thing. But selling things online was definitely the way to make money. Just avoid using ebay with all its hidden fees. I opted for Main Street Fair, an online auctions and free classified ads site that offers some of the lowest listing fees online. Find a site that works for you and go for it!