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Making Money Online Tips and How To

Updated on July 18, 2011

Making Money Online - Scam or Dream Come True?

I have been making money online for about four years. I dabble in a little bit of everything so I don't get bored. How do I earn money on the internet? There are many self employment ideas on the internet. I write for many websites, I design t-shirts and other goodies, and I sell photos, plus a few other miscellaneous projects.

It hasn't made me rich. But using various ways to make money from home have enabled me to find new ways to make extra money. I help with the household budget and stay home. I can travel when I want. I can have a sick day or vacation day whenever I choose. So, I'm pretty satisfied.

When the subject of making money online is brought up, people seem to be in one of two camps. Either they believe that making money online is a complete myth, scam, and impossible to do, or they think that all it takes to make money online is a few minutes of blogging every day or working on a website, and voila, money magically falls from the sky and you become rich overnight.

Of course, with all of the online moneymaking gurus around, I can see how people have come up with both ideas. If you've gotten an email, browsed a website, or watched an infomercial about making money online, all of the moneymaking internet geniuses claim that anyone can do it, it just takes a few hours a week, and you are guaranteed to get filthy rich. The possible reactions would be either it's a bunch of baloney or complete awe.

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The Truth About Making Money Online

The truth is, making money online is somewhere in the middle. Yes, you can make money online, and lots of it. You may even get rich. Yes, pretty much anyone can do it. Does everyone make money online that tries it? No. A lot of people even lose money trying to earn it online. And everyone certainly doesn't get rich making money online.

However, if you are really determined to learn about making money online, you can do it. As a matter of fact, with the right mindset, making money on the web probably has higher odds of success than other business models. It is possible to start making money online with very little cash outlay, or even for free. Making money online doesn't require the right connections or knowing the right people. (Although if you know certain people online, it certainly can help, just like with any business.)

Here is the part about making money online that most people don't want to hear: Making money online requires work, patience, and time. Lots of hard work. Infinite amounts of patience. And the time frame will vary, but it definitely won't be overnight.

And there is quite a big learning curve in the beginning. Well, heck, overall. I'm still learning and still don't know anywhere near as much as I should about making money online.

Steps to Start Making Money Online

In this regard, making money online is no different than any other business. There is no magic formula or shortcut. You have to put in the time and work. Make sure that each and every day you do something to further your internet empire. Even if you work and have other responsibilities, set aside some time, even 30 minutes, to do something for your internet career. Even the busiest person on earth can find 30 spare minutes a day.

Next, don't become a victim of information overload. This is probably the single biggest thing that trips up people trying to make money on the internet. You start reading all of the tons and tons of information available about how to make money online. You see debates about using one online moneymaking method versus another one. This guru says to do this, and the other guru says no, do it this way.

Your brain simply can't focus on one specific thing and you give up before you start. Don't let yourself fall into this easy trap. I still get distracted reading about different ways to make money on the internet. Here's how to avoid it:

First, start with one method of making money online that you can understand well. Then stop reading about any other methods. Concentrate on that one moneymaking method until you learn it backward and forward and start making a profit. Then if you wish, you can learn about new ways to make money online and try them.

Also, don't waste time every day trying to learn more and more about the particular online method you choose. Set a time limit of say 30 minutes a day or a couple of hours on the weekend to read and learn more (about your specific method only). And don't ever let this time cut into the time you've set aside to actually do tasks that will help you accomplish your moneymaking goals.

One Other Reason Many People Fail at Making Money Online

The other reason most people fail at making money online is that they simply don't take action. Like mentioned above, they read and read about ways to make money, but they never actually do anything. Or maybe they actually buy a moneymaking course or ebook. They either don't bother reading it at all, or they read through it, and then shove it in a bookshelf. And that's it. They give up before they start.

In order to start making money online, you have to do things differently than the rest of the crowd. Stop reading and procrastinating and start doing! It doesn't matter if you don't get it perfect at first, or never. Just do it! There are many ways to make extra money on the internet, and one day you may be able to make a full-time living making money online.

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    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      5 years ago from Florida

      You are absolutely right, Gina! I was so scared and now I have more work than I know how to handle. Maybe you can write a time management blog for me, teach me how to take care of all my work! The work is out there; the money is out there, all you have to do is go and get it!

    • Gina145 profile image


      5 years ago from South Africa

      Procrastination is one of my biggest weaknesses. It's much easier to look for more advice on how to make money than it is to use the information I already have. Time I did something about that!

    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Great advice, I'm glad I found your hub!

    • Lukespook profile image

      Lucas Uren 

      8 years ago from Japan

      Nice hub, lots of useful information here.

    • Shona Venter profile image

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Just the advice I needed. Thank you. I've recently started blogging and have signed up with so many different affiliate programs, but wasn't sure what to do from there, so now, I will make a list of them, and work on, and optimise each of them one by one.

      You are definitely right though, about patience and perseverance being the key to earning a decent income online. :-)

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      Connie Ho 

      8 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi, your last point about information overload is very true. We are bombarded with all claims to making money. After all, what is most important is to TAKE ACTION. Start now, make errors and you will learn. Have have perseverance and action. Cheers.

    • elayne001 profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I am looking forward to my first payout. It has been a fun journey, but monetary compensation would be a welcome reward too. Thanks for a practical say-it-like-it-is hub. Aloha!

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      John B Badd 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I know it can be hard. I have only been doing this over a week and it is discouraging to look at my google adware or amazon affiliates and see zeros. I do physical labor 45 hours a week then come home and write for 2 or 3. I am hoping this will work like compounding intrest and pay off down the line. Thanks for the post.

    • pedrog profile image


      8 years ago

      So true, there is so much information out there it is dificult to keep up.

      Better do one thing and do it right.

    • raisingme profile image


      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      As someone who is just getting started in this "on line stuff" I appreciate your viewpoint and am taking your sound advice to heart! Thank You!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent advice...thank you!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I agree with you that better act than as a viewer. As we know we got a lot of information from the internet, but we have act now than only watching and don't get anything. Good for motivation and give us new spirit. thank you very much.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for a good and interesting hub

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      8 years ago

      Excellent hub, I am on with you on this one too. Practice makes perfect and without effort and trying, we won't be able to reach to any results at all. Hub up, I enjoy reading this.

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Good basic reminders. Everything said about making money online begins to repeat. But the funny thing is a person has to read it over and over again before it sinks in. Information overload is so easy to experience so it's a good reminder to put on blinders - but even that takes experience. It all comes down to finding a niche and developing content for that niche.

    • bizcom123 profile image


      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Great tips that we can follow ..thanks you very much

    • LPogue profile image


      8 years ago from Missouri

      Too many people let the amount of information overwhelm them. Then, when they finally quit, they announce to the world that it can't be done. Too bad they don't realize that the only real key to making money online is persistence. Great hub!

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      Herald Daily 

      8 years ago from A Beach Online

      The point that really stuck out for me, was the one about information overload. Wow, can that happen quickly and easily. It really clouds and confuses what you are trying to find out or achieve - in a big way. My brain sort of starts bubbling over and flashing 'Tilt'.

      Really liked reading this, thanks Angela.

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      8 years ago from Egypt

      nice tips :) The most important one is to start doing it as soon as you understand what to do without overloading yourself

      Thnx Angela

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      Rhonda Malomet 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is all very true. Many people equate the Internet with instant gratification. It's more like publishing. You have to allow for the lead time to let things take before anything happens. Many don't have the patience to shepherd the initial stages through.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I am trying so hard and also in various things but one day I will a millionare hahaha Thank you for an excellent hub

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      Bob Ewing 

      8 years ago from New Brunswick

      Useful information anyone thinking about how to earn money online should read.

    • ocbill profile image


      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      there are so many ways to do it that you can't do them all.

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      8 years ago

      Like yer hub and like yer attitude, patience is deff the key !

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great and sound tips, very practical and exactly what it takes. You've done a great service of paying it forward. Thanks and Peace:)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the tips. I know I am on overload pretty much of the time.


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