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The Truth About Work From Home Programs - Self Employment Online

Updated on January 12, 2015
... taken the first steps from your home office towards arranging an online income? ... ever so anxious to see the first few dollars flowing into your pockets? ... great! ... generating revenue off the Internet certainly is possible!  ... start now!
... taken the first steps from your home office towards arranging an online income? ... ever so anxious to see the first few dollars flowing into your pockets? ... great! ... generating revenue off the Internet certainly is possible! ... start now!

Bought An eBook On How To Make Money On The Internet, Huh?

The work from home fad is one of the most popular trends out of all the stuff that the Internet has to offer its loyal users. It's a fad that lingers on and on and becomes a trend!

The reason is, this kinda thing is indeed lucrative. Further, the prospect of getting to earn off the Internet without having any bosses to answer to, sounds attractive to just about anybody!

Nobody who ever browses the Internet has escaped this exciting prospect of being a candidate to earn millions of dollars online, and also to be able to do so while sleeping.

What more, you could set up something on auto pilot too, and you will be able to start earning within just a few hours of buying a particular program! All you need to do is follow an easy system which involves step by step instructions.

You can create your very own work from home schedule. You get to decide on your working hours too. At last you are your own boss! Congratulations!

However, the thing about these home job programs is that most of them are not really scams, and are not intended that way either. They all show you methods on how to make money on the Internet.

the keyboard connected to a computer which in turn is connected to the Internet ... hey you are online! now start getting rich!
the keyboard connected to a computer which in turn is connected to the Internet ... hey you are online! now start getting rich!

Sure enough they all stress about the conditions under which you should be able to reach your financial goals. Every single one of them has a disclaimer as well. Disclaimers, however, are never ever or rarely ever read by anyone. Pity!

These disclaimers clearly state that the results of performing the tasks recommended by the program concerned, may vary from individual to individual.

Having been attracted by the headers on the splash pages that advertise the program and then by the "killer" text in the content area, you may begin to wonder what your next step should be. Well, your next step should be to read the disclaimer several times.

Doing so, will also give you an insight on what the program is actually capable of teaching you and what talents you possess in order to apply your self in a bid to succeed.

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please do not copy any text or images that appear on this article on earning revenue from the Internet

This Information Product Has A Money Back Guarantee

The other good thing about these work from home programs is that the e-book or information product that you can purchase online is refundable.

Nearly ninety nine per cent of them have a money back guarantee which enables you to get your cash back if you are not totally satisfied with the product. The guarantee period ranges from thirty days to even ninety days.

Basically most work from home programs talk about selling. The fact is, there are only two things that you can sell on the Internet. They are stuff, like tangible and intangible goods, and of course ...... ADVERTISING.

Start Earning On The Internet Reselling Goods And Services

So, when you start to work from home you really begin by trying to sell products and services or you try your hand at selling advertising.

The "STUFF" referred to earlier means goods and services. The goods that you sell may be what you produce yourself or what somebody else produces.

The services that you are selling online could be provided directly by you, or you are just performing the act of introducing someone or some company who provides a service, with a view to collecting a commission every time a service contract is made.

Affiliate marketing simply means being an agent for goods created by others or services provided by others. The goods could be physical stuff or information products. Information products are most convenient to sell on the Internet. They are actually e-books that are down-loadable.

The biggest advantage is, you do not need an office with a staff to assist you. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. Your desktop PC or your laptop is the only physical tool you need.

The first step is to enroll with a company that represents information products. There are no fees to join and no monthly or annual membership fees either. Your membership is of course free and lasts a lifetime and there are no targets or time frames involved. If you succeed in selling, you get your commission.

Advertising Online For An Affiliate Marketing Company

If you fail, you don't get paid. You don't get sacked either! You can try once more or twice more, or any number of times as you think fit. They don't pay you for your efforts, only for the results. So very simple indeed!

When you work from home, you either get paid or you don't. When you do get paid, you are successful. When you don't, you are not. The idea here is to get paid, and continuously too.

What you get from the affiliate marketing company is an URL which incorporates your membership code and the code of the product that you intend selling. Whoever clicks on this URL learns of the product from the splash page which launches on clicking.

Now, if he decides to buy and if he does so, the sale is registered as one made by you. The affiliate marketing company then pays you whatever percentage the creator of the product has agreed beforehand to pay his affiliates.

Some affiliate products could earn for the reseller up to seventy five percent of the sale value of the product. Identifying the affiliate who is responsible for a sale happens electronically and you can be assured that the margin of error is zero.

You need not fear any breach of contract by the producer of the information product or physical product you just sold.

Of course! But, how the hell are you going to sell these products and services on the Internet once you get your special URL for the product or services you have selected to represent online?

Well, by promoting your special URL on the World Wide Web! ...... By advertising online of course! How else?

What? ... By advertising? ... Oh no! ... Is there any other way?

How To Create A Blog

Sell Advertising Space On Your Website Or Free Blog

Now, from selling stuff, you have moved onwards to selling ADVERTISING. This too is so very easy.

The work from home concept revolves around advertising and advertising is the most important aspect of all online activities.

Advertising on the Internet is needed in order to sell affiliate products or to lure viewers into buying services like web hosting, Internet connections and so on.

Quality advertising is in high demand online since all those who sell just about anything online need to make use of online advertising services.

Once you get equipped to sell advertising services on the Internet, you could offer your services to individuals and organisations who have something or the other to sell.

For the purpose of selling advertising, all that you need to do is get a web page of your own, free or paid for.

You could get a free blog and sell advertising advertising space on it. It's as simple as that!

Talking about free blogs, Blogger dot com is a free blogging site which you could harness for your benefit.

online is the best place if you are thinking of a home business
online is the best place if you are thinking of a home business

Blogging And How To Make Money Off Your Blogs

The title that you select for your blog will be an indicator of the topic that you are going to discuss on your blog.

Once your blog is registered, it will be online, and you need to keep it active by periodically adding information.

Within this blog itself there is provision for you to arrange enabling advertising on it. There are certain formalities to follow.

When you complete these formalities you will find advertisements appearing on your blog. These ads that appear will be related to the topic that you discuss on your blog.

The advertising that is discussed here is related to Google AdSense. In order to get cracking on this, you need to apply to Google for an AdSense account.

Once your AdSense account is approved you can enable your free blog or web site to show their advertisements.

The most important thing here is to read and understand fully, and adhere to the rules laid down by the Google AdSense program.

Once your blog is up and running, you need people to view your blog. In other words you need traffic to your blog. The more viewers your blog receives, the greater your earning potential.

It's as simple as that!

An Important Issue About Advertising On The Internet

The most important thing about advertising on the Internet is to make sure that the methods you employ to advertise are ethical and legitimate. This will certainly ensure you a very healthy stay online.

It is true that the need to make people aware of your website or blog is important. However, the methods employed should be of acceptable standards and should not in any way appear to be forceful and should not give the impression that you are intruding in any way.

One more tip I can give you is not to over exaggerate the merits of an affiliate product or services you are advertising. You should make some attempt to draw the viewer's attention to the disclaimer as well.

An understanding of what spam really is will help a great deal. Check out this link

Spam does not necessarily refer to e-mail marketing only. Overcrowding some free advertising sites with the links pointing to your you affiliate products in certain ways that could give you an unfair advantage over others also could fall into the category of spam.

The need to use your sense of judgement also comes into play. Further, it is very important that you read and understand fully the terms and conditions of the advertising agent, free or otherwise, that you select for your online advertising campaigns.

no challenge at all to the stay at home mum
no challenge at all to the stay at home mum
please go ahead and say everything you know about working at home with a computer connected to the Internet and about your involvement and the results you have achieved so far
please go ahead and say everything you know about working at home with a computer connected to the Internet and about your involvement and the results you have achieved so far

An Important Prerequisite For Work At Home Newbies

Of course having a computer with an Internet connection is all you need, to launch an attack on the work from home scene, with the hope of emerging victorious. However, the fact is, the need to be computer literate to a great extent would help a lot. Knowing the basics like copying, pasting, and saving are good enough in most cases, but a little beyond the basics would also be a definite advantage.

At least you need to make sure you get to know some online terms like links, hyper links, opening in a new window, etc. It's true that as you go on you will begin to learn these terms and also learn how to apply them.

So there is no big deal about being completely computer literate like someone who has mastered programming and hardware engineering. In short, the more computer literate you are the sooner you will see results. It's a matter of time as well.

Maintaining your computer like preventing break downs, and taking action against your laptop or PC from getting infected by viruses is also a wise way to go. While involved in these home jobs, you often need to save your work. Conveniently it would be on your hard drive, until you find the time to tabulate and transfer data to an external device.

At this point you need to ensure that the system does not crash. If it does there could be a whole lot of data loss. This means you are back to square one, or square two depending on how much you know from where you left. Protecting your computer from viruses would be a great idea as this is another way to run your computer trouble free.

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the Internet is the best place to advertise all your affiliate products ... that's why affiliate marketing. the king of all online businesses remains king

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Google AdSense - Enable Pay Per Click Advertsing On Your Website

The advertisements that appear on your blog will be clickable URLs preceded by a description of the product represented. Now, these advertisements are placed on your site by Google. You get paid whenever someone clicks on these URLs.

So if you have selected to earn via Google AdSense where you get paid per click, your work from home function simply involves arranging a web site with some credible original content, applying for an AdSense account making reference to that website of yours, and then advertising the URL of that particular website.

The method of this function is, the advertiser pays Google for every view to his advertisement. This is called pay per click.

Every time an ad is clicked on by a viewer, the click gets electronically registered, and the advertiser's account is debited by Google for the sum he has agreed to pay Google for every view to his advertisement. Google then shares this revenue with the webmaster.

But, in order for viewers to click on the advertisements that appear on your blog, viewers must first know that your blog exists. How do you get them to know? ... Can you guess how?

By advertising of course!

Oh GOD! ... Does this needs advertising too?

... concluded


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      quicksand 8 years ago

      @Askjanbrass - Hi Jan, thanks for visiting, and thanks for the comments!

      @alwaysbridesmaid - Hi! Always a bridesmaid? Cool! Thanks for checking out my hub and for the remarks too.

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      alwaysabridesmaid 8 years ago

      Good informative ideas...


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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      informative hub!!

      Thanks for ideas you have shared....

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Theor23, good luck to you in your endeavors. Thanks for your visit. :)

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      theor23 8 years ago

      I like your hub a lot. I do agree there are a lot of scams out there, Im still young and bought into a "work at home program" my results? Excellent, be very careful looking for something that WILL OFFER YOU SOMETHING IN RETURN!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thanks, David. :)

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      David M 8 years ago

      Nice article, i read similar articles a which gave me similar information, but hubpages provides other related topics which helped.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      @Yangtze - Hi Yangtze! The Internet certainly is a great place to earn. However you've got to learn first. Thanks for your comment!


      @Carmin - Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting. I shall check out your hubs too! Cheers!


      @Ralwus - ¡Hola Señor Ralwus! ¿Que tal? It's been a long time, how are you doing? Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting! :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      @lorlie6 - Hi Lorlie, sorry for the slight delay in responding to your question. I hope my answer will clear the doubts you have.

      On HubPages revenue comes from three sources. That is Adsense, Amazon, and Contera. In addition to this you can even add an affiliate link or two, associated with whatever affiliate program you are promoting. There are of course some limitations to posting affiliate links. The articles you write on HubPages should be original and should not have been published before.

      On HubPages the revenue is shared between the author and HubPages on a 60/40 basis.

      HubPages also has an advantage when it comes to being "picked" by search engines.

      Blogs are slightly different as you have almost complete control over what you advertise. As for blogs, your advertising can be varied with no actual limitation on the promotional links that you place on them. The revenue from 100% of the adsense ads is yours. Of course one has to strike a balance here.

      My suggestion is to participate in both. Promoting your pages or blogs is the vital factor here. You will find many hubs on how to promote your HubPages and blogs.

      Quite apart from that, at HP there are people experienced in every possible field and are most willing to help. All you need to do is open a forum page and post your question. You will be surprised at the number of responses your query will generate.

      I hope that answers your questions, and I wish you great success. I am sure you will succeed sooner than you expect to. :)

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Good honest hub. thanks, I try to keep my wife from this junk.

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      carmin 8 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, thanks for writing such an informative article, I wrote something similar in my Hub, working at home is the way to go in this downturn economy specially if we have a computer and internet connection.

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      Yangtze 8 years ago

      there are too much scams out there on the Internet, however indeed there are opportunities you can make money at home, i know some freelancers. But whether or not you can make a living by doing freelance jobs, it really depends on a lot of factors.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Lorlie,

      Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting on it. I apologize if my hub has in any way discouraged you. I was only trying to stress that you need to really work in the very initial stages if you want to succeed in a big way. The fact remains that YOU CAN make money online. I intend writing two more articles on the topic in a day or two which would cover the topic.

      Anyway, I shall come back in a few hours and answer the rest of your questions. Thanks once more for your visit. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Greetings Quicksand~

      Since you seem to be a consistently interactive author, I believe I am going to ask you a question regarding hubs and blogs and such! That is if you don't mind...What, if any, is the difference between a 'blog' and a 'hub'?

      I enjoyed your article about making money online and found it to be highly informative, so to begin, thank you.

      I am a 52 year old woman who lives in the Eastern Sierra, California, and upon reading your words became a bit unsettled. I purchased my very first computer in November of 2008, having no experience whatsoever. I am what I call a 'self-taught' computer user. I am also a writer, and enjoy writing online and am loving all the possibilities the internet has to offer. But I am admittedly drawn to those sites that promise money for next to nothing!

      I feel a bit silly realizing how alluring the idea of earning easy money online really is, even to a supposed 'mature' internet user.

      This is hard to swallow, Quicksand, for people my age are supposed to be immune to dreams of fame and fortune. Ha!

      Thanks for giving me pause~

      even though it feels like hell! :o)

      Laurel H. Rogers

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      @alwaysabridesmaid - The pleasure is mine. Thanks for reading my hub!


      @Erick - Hi Erik, it certainly does take a lot of work and then success also does come only in stages not like an avalanche. That is exactly what I have been trying to highlight in my other hub on the same topic.

      Thanks for you valuable comment. You ARE Smart, Erick! :)

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      Erick Smart 8 years ago

      Many people think that working from home is a easy thing to do. But for many they do not realize just how much work you have to put in to make it profitable enough to live on. Plus many others are not disciplined enough to work without a boss looking over their shoulder expecting them to meet a deadline. Working from home can be done but it takes some effort.

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      alwaysabridesmaid 8 years ago

      Great info..I will use this information.

      Thank you!!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Debbie, glad you liked it. :)

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      Debbie Gee 8 years ago from California

      Hi, Article contains useful info.....

      Thank you.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Lifeguard, I am glad you like this article. Thanks for having read it. Cheers!

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      lifeguard101 8 years ago

      Nice hub. I could use these tactics for my business. Thank you

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thanks for commenting, Veronica. :)

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago

      Very informative and realistic. Thanks for the info.

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      V.C 8 years ago

      Haha, I like the vote.

      I make thousands of dollars by marketing on the internet.

      Nothing is impossible :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi create a page, I am truly flattered by the kind words you have said, and I am glad that you found this hub useful.

      You have indeed taken a wise decision to join HubPages. Here at HubPages you will find articles on dozens and dozens of interesting topics.

      Thanks for visiting my hub and thanks a lot for the encouraging words too. Cheers! :)

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Hi quicksand. I really enjoyed reading your article. You obviously know the topic very well, and you undoubtedly have so much experience. What captivated me too, is that you answered all the questions I have had on internet marketing and utilizing blogs. You see, I have three blogs, or at least three blog accounts, but I have not been very sure how to drive traffic to these blogs.

      Great article..thoroughly researched...very informative. I will be your fan and sit at your feet to learn more. I need it.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Prasetio, thanks for your visit and remarks!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share. it is great idea and original tips from you. I agree with you. we must protect our writing for plagiarism.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thank you Louidam1. :)

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Great article!! Good information

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi BeatsMe, I really appreciate your encouraging words! :)

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      BeatsMe 8 years ago

      I've really enjoyed reading this. You do know a lot about internet writing. Enjoyable topic to read about. :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi jbullet, thank you for your opinion! :)

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      jbullet 8 years ago

      An excellent and realistic view of working from home.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Yes Brian, you've said it! Lots of e-commerce wannabees think it's just a question of installing a computer with a connection to the Internet and then you're on the path to being a millionaire!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Working from home is a real challenge that shouldn't be underestimated.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Time is indeed the vital thing in electronic commerce. It makes you wanna wish that GOD would remove the requirement for human beings to sleep 25% of the time.

      Thanks, Dottie, you have fun too! :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm glad to hear you have no regrets about taking up the hub challenge quicksand and it sure does take a lot of time.

      Time is a crucial factor in these work from home programs. The ones I have experimented with where money was involved I lost out mainly because they ask you if you have so many hours per week to invest and yes I did but it took a whole lot more time just to learn, take action, advertise, etc, etc. than they say it will take especially for a newbie. By that time the guarantee has ended as I felt I was just getting started and wasn't ready to turn back so therefore didn't go after the refund.

      Regarding your comment "BTW you have not yet cast your opinion on this hub!" if you meant my vote in the pole, I was first to do so!

      Take care and have fun writing.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thank you very much, Ultimate Hubber, I am glad you liked my style. Your visit is much appreciated.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Nice article!

      Its good to see a sincere opinion when everyone is talking about making millions online at home. Yes, the money can be made working online from home, but those scams won't earn you a penny.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Dottie!

      CompuSmart is perfectly right, Blogger certainly is a great tool and can be utilized for all your e-commerce activities. He (CompuSmart) is an expert on that as well, as I have stumbled upon many of his hubs that discuss Adsense as well as ClickBank products!

      So you have a great guru standing by in the form of "Arnold!"

      As for the HubChallenge, I have so far been able to publish only five hubs. I do not regret taking up the challenge since I've already got twenty hubs fermenting in notepads. Tweaking them up until they are fit for human eyes is what takes a lot of time. In addition I have taken up a personal challenge to create a different logo for each of the thirty hubs. So I intend devoting a whole day to tweaking some of my essays, and I hope I get to publish at least 20 hubs before the deadline.

      BTW you have not yet cast your opinion on this hub!

      Cheers, and thanks for visiting my hub ... and the best of luck to you with Blogger! :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      So, do you have a blog? I didn't see a link on your profile page??? Like Arnold (LOL, I just saw u on the birthday hub)just sent me an email telling me to get to it,(blogging that is) he will be standing by while I set up an account with blogger and in advoidance I found you! hahahahah. I'm going to report back to Arnold and tell him I'm waiting for your conclusion! If you don't know what any of this means, oh well, sorry!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thanks Nancy, thanks for checking out my article. :)

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Great article on an area one must be very diligent in…Thanks for all the info…