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How To Make Money with Online Writing

Updated on September 8, 2012

How to Make Money Writing Online, Old School

How do people actually make money online? I know, I don't follow all the rules but I know and so I'm going to tell you today all of the things I learned about business from my Grandfather. Now he tried all of his life to become a millionaire and never succeeded. So why would I tell you about the Millionaire who Never was? Because his son and grandson succeeded. That means that while Papa didn't make his millions as he dreamed, he had the knowledge and passed it on. Now my cousin will tell you that he learned what he knows at a seminar in Texas, but the truth is the seeds had been planted. That seminar just clarified what he had been taught his whole life.

I have been kicking this around in my head. I was afraid to share it because many people will think that old school tactics like these won't work in today's online marketing world. It's about time I tell you then, the basics of marketing and making money.

First you must be trustworthy. Now many internet gurus and writers have been around for so many years that people know their name and respond when they see something new. They've developed trust out of longevity. Even if the products and services don't work for you they have already warned you that "these results are not typical", in their disclaimers. You are welcome to blame yourself because when it comes right down to it, 97% of people who buy a system never implement that system. You just believe it's because you didn't give it enough time or effort and you buy the next more automated product or service!

In order to develop real trust you must be honest. I can honestly tell you that there are millions of people who write online that never make a penny at it. In order to make real money you must develop trust with your audience.

You must be entertaining and informative. Now I know that may not sound old school but picture the Snake Oil salesmen of yesteryear. They had a wagon or truck that came into town. They would stand up and loudly hawk their wares. They would engage their audience with success stories and were accompanied by colorful backdrops and a warning that when the supply was gone it was gone for good. Does any of this sound familiar?

So entertain and inform. Next you must give them something for their time and trouble. Give them something free. Make sure that whatever it is, whether a PDF or a bumper sticker that you have your brand on it. Think again about the historical companies that made it big. Many of them offered something free to get the customer in the store. Some of these antiques are selling on EBay! Even now, car dealerships send out a flyer with a key and a secret number. You go into the dealership to see if you're a winner. This is really old school but it is still being used today. How many times have you signed up for a free newsletter and ended up with tons of junk mail? That is your "free item" and it's branded, it contains a link back to that website, and your information is shared with others. You have given that person what they need to make money, your information so that they could sell it.

There is nothing new under the sun. Even with the advent of internet marketing you are still getting junk mail, it's just not always paper junk mail.

Papa's way to make money

So here was Papa's idea. See a need and fill it. Be willing to give the first item away for free to gain trust and free advertising. (Free Avon samples? Look inside this book on Amazon? Yes it's being used today even on i-tunes. Word of mouth is the best advertising there is. (think like and share buttons).

Create your own product, but be flexible. You start with one product and get it selling then you can come up with another product. Always be willing to reinvest your money to help your company grow. (Think Snapple).

Aim high. Don't be afraid to fail. Scared money never made money. You can't expect people to invest in a company that you are not willing to invest in yourself. If you're all in those who trust you will be able to see the value of your investment and they will want to invest too. And that's where he failed. I love Papa, he dreamed so big, but he invested far too much too soon.

Never quit trying, it's the law of averages, if you keep trying someday you'll win. If you quit you are a failure already.

Papa never stuck with a single market. He was far too flexible. He did vegetable stands to feed his family during the depression. He made the very first name tags to ever be used in department stores. He never patented the idea and soon instead of the beautiful ones he carved out of wood on his jigsaw were replaced with plastic. He was a teacher and he even wanted to be an Evangelist. Boy was he angry when he saw the Televangelists making money from donations on TV. He'd try anything and he'd invest everything, but when he moved on to bigger and better things he looked for a new set of investors.

Today I remember Papa. He had a dream of starting a shampoo company in Jamaica. They would make Chamomile Shampoo from and old family recipe that his parents and grandparents had used. It was his final dream. He was trying in the early 1980's to start a factory in Jamaica because it was far less costly than starting one here in America. The Jamaican economy was bad and he dreamed of creating commerce between their country and the United States. He was 80 years old and had still not made his first million. He came back to the US and was hit by a vehicle when crossing the street.

He had the walk light and had made it to the median when a car careening across traffic to get into the turning lane hit another vehicle and that one pushed a van over the median and hit Papa. He never recovered from the shock. His injuries prevented him from completing his final dream and it broke his heart and his mind.

Papa always said that he was born too soon. Now we see that Chamomile, something old school, something I'd never heard of in 1984, is a common ingredient in shampoo and various types of tea. American companies have seen the value of starting factories in foreign countries and taken it to such a level as to harm our own economy.

Yes, Papa was born far too soon. I suppose that if he had succeeded with his final venture, or if he'd been born later, he'd have been a very wealthy man indeed.

So you see, although you may not be making money on line with your writing, you are not in a group of losers and failures. You are just in a group that hasn't reached your potential.Don't let anything stop you or break you. If you quit too soon you may be missing out on the success you have been looking for and dreaming of.

What I'm Doing Now

I am continuing my online writing but I am not much of a salesman so I don't do the "Affiliate Marketing" bit. I never have although I know how. You choose a product and then promote it, it's not rocket science. As a writer my brain just balks at the idea of selling things to my readers. When I go and search for information I get really frustrated if Google leads me to a page of LINKS! Don't you? It's horrid and I've seen an actual blog that if you scroll over the text every single word or phrase is linked to something! How do people get away with it?

I have a web site and work now for a company that has a dream of raising a billion dollars for charity. In times past I had a "Helping Mothers and Others" capsule at the bottom of my page. I've helped anyone I could. This company found me and it's a dream come true for me. I can finally help others start a business that doesn't depend on writing and SEO. You can check out my links below.

The toolbar download benefits Habitat for Humanity. There is a shopping mall button and a DealZoo button that will save you time and money. The search engine is a Yahoo search and while Yahoo still accepts paid ads, the sites listed below the paid ads are not based on what companies they own but the excellent SEO and high traffic the sites get. To help me raise money for Habitat for Humanity please select Faye's Charity from the drop down menu.

If you know anyone who is interested in Saving Money, Making Money, or Helping Non-Profits please share my links with them.


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    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh how hard it is to catch you my Epigramman. Every time I try on your posts or on FB you're somewhere else! I sent you a message on FB and hope to get to catch you soon. I have some wonderful things to talk to you about.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well I became a millionaire the day I met you Faybe of my favorite bay - and I will dock my boat there forever with you - lol lol - but the epi-man has not made one penny here at the Hub and it's about high time he's gets his lazy pretty little butt into gear and do something about and after reading this informative and enlightening hub article now is the time to start! sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:11am and listening to the late great Dinah Washington

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      Faye Constantino 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Mazzy Bolero! There are keys to success that perhaps you haven't considered. One of them is to figure out what need you seek to fill, your own or the needs of others. Sometimes our needs are common with the needs of the many, other times our needs conflict. Just because what you have to offer today is not what they're looking for that doesn't mean that will always be the case. I wrote an article that seemed never to see the light of day for two years and now it gets read every single day. You don't know what the future will bring. :)

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      Interesting, Faybe Bay. It's important to remember that the factors that made people successful in business pre-Internet still apply. My grandfather was also business-minded but I don't seem to have inherited that gene. However, you never know, maybe it's just been inactive all my life :) Thanks for all your good advice in these hubs.

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      Faye Constantino 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Jake, I really appreciate the boost!

      Drej2522, I'm glad you saw the points. I know it's crazy that my Grandfather, born over 110 years ago now, had the tools and keys to making money on line... Imagine what he would have done with the internet! I'd be sitting pretty! He was an amazing man. he always wanted me to writ a book about his life. I wish I had.

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      drej2522 5 years ago from Augusta, GA

      Some great informative tips on how to become a millionaire.

      It sounds like your father was an amazing man, full of wisdom and ambition.

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      Jake Frost 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Some really good tips here and pointers to be picked up on.

      Well done!

      Voted up and useful!

      ~ Jake

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      Faye Constantino 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey Paradise, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Well...Faysey. I don't know. It's a good dream, anyway. I'm glad you like what you're doing and are content.