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How to Make Money Online for Free

Updated on September 10, 2019
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Finn Mauritzen organizes worker-owned cooperatives by converting existing businesses to employee ownership and helping to start new ones.

Can you really earn money online?

There are three aspects of the Internet that makes it the perfect vehicle to generate income.

1. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2. Its reach is worldwide.

3. It is accessible to everyone with a computer and an Internet connection.

Large retailers like Walmart, Best-Buy and many others have discovered and embraced those facts in a big way. Most of us know that they have web stores in addition to their traditional stores. Others, like Amazon, have completely eliminated the brick and mortar store relying entirely on the web. Even warehouses are going away as web orders are shipped directly from the manufacturer to the consumer.

Could we regular people somehow get into the action? The answer is yes. Is there a learning curve? Yes, there is, but the threshold to getting in is far lower than most people realize. Does it cost a lot of money? No, at the entry level most of the things you will need are free. What you will need is time, a lot of time.

The goal here is to help you get started without spending any money. Your only investment will be your time learning the trade. Later on, once you have a grasp of how it works, it may make sense to make monetary investments to do things faster or better.

What this is not about

We are not going to talk much about the various business models and strategies you can use to make money on the Internet. To do that, follow the link below. Here we are mostly focused on the technical aspects.

Write Articles

If you have been around the Internet even for a little bit, you have no doubt heard it said that content is king.

Just about every web page you visit has some sort of advertising on it. For many, this is their primary source of income. The bait they use to get people to visit their web sites is content. Content that answers people's questions or solves their problems is likely to show up in search results along with the advertising surrounding that content.

An important aspect of making money is to match the advertising with the content so that it becomes an integrated part of the content. Do this well and people will click on the ads and buy the things they advertise.

A really easy way to get started with that is to write articles for article repositories.


Most article repositories, indeed most other partners you will encounter, have some sort of minimum pay-out threshold you will need to pass to actually get paid. At the beginning, it may be a bit of a struggle to get past that threshold, so limit the programs you sign up for, but do investigate a few to determine what works best for you.


The next step I want you to take is to sign up for Google Adsense. The beauty of this program is that Google automatically figures out what advertising to display on your pages. All you have to do is write great content.

Your Own Blog or Website

One of the prerequisites for getting a Google Adsense account is that you must have your own website. Do not worry. This is much easier than you think. There are several options, but for the beginner, I recommend Blogger.

With your own website, you get far more freedom to do what you want. What makes Blogger, Wordpress and similar web publishing tools so great is templates. Templates are basically pre-made great looking web pages. All you have to do is fill in the content.

Again, do experiment with which platform is best for you, but as a Google product, Blogger integrates really well with Adsense.

Blogger Tutorial

Affiliate Marketing

The next thing I want you to get involved in is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing allows you to sell products without making them, buying them or even storing them.

Again you have several options, but for the beginner, I recommend starting with Amazon. The great thing about Amazon is that they have just about every conceivable product under the sun. No matter what you're writing about, Amazon has a related product for your readers to buy.

Money Making Strategy

Once you have a basic online presence, it is time to think about how to maximize the return. It begins with forgetting about your own interests and preferences. Learn to figure out what people want, then go give it to them. Then you will make money.

Business Plan

1. Find customers

2. Find something to sell to them

How to Find Customers

Information and product seekers

Some people use the Internet for entertainment. It is no coincidence that the focus of the MSN home page is entertainment, sports, money and life style.

Some people use the Internet for research. They might be looking for information about medieval Italian architecture. Others use it to find things to buy. If they are looking for number 12 white Nike sneakers, you should be interested in them. You're more likely to be able to make money from people who are already looking for specific products.

It is not impossible to sell to information or entertainment seekers. It is just much harder. First, the information you have to offer would have to be so good that it keeps them on your page long enough to become interested in the products advertised alongside the information. Go for the buyers directly. It is much easier.

Get to Know Your Customers With Free Research Tools - to make money online

You want to find people who are ready to buy something. How do you figure out what they're looking for?

Well, Google's long history as the leading search engine provider has provided them with a virtual goldmine of information about what people have been searching for for the past decade or so.

What I Do Not Want You To Do

Do not sign up for taking surveys online, ad clicking, tutoring or providing a service like dog walking or selling your own art work online, especially not if you have to pay to get started. At the very least consider them temporary. Yes, they may begin to produce income quicker, but they all require you to be personally involved. Once the involvement stops, the pay stops. I want you to stick with programs that continue to pay even when you stop working. This is especially important if you are young and have a lifetime ahead of you to build a passive income stream.

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      3 years ago from Viet Nam

      Internet marketing is not overly complicated but it is also not a process in which anyone can excel without making attempts to learn more about the subject. Business owners who do not know a great deal about Internet marketing but who wish to implement Internet marketing into their overall marketing strategy should carefully study the basic principles of Internet marketing before launching their online marketing campaign. Fortunately for these business owners there are a variety of options for learning about Internet marketing. These options may include online research, reading published books and studying successful Internet marketing campaigns.

      Researching Internet marketing online is one method which can be used for learning more about this topic. This type of research can be very informative and can provide the business owner with a great deal of advice and other information. However, it can also provide the business owner with a great deal of misinformation. When researching any subject online it is very important to note that not all of the information available online is accurate. This may be due to a variety of factors including content which is written by those who do not have a great deal of knowledge about the subject matter as well as content which was written years ago and is outdated. This can be frustrating but fortunately business owners can still learn from the Internet. This just means they should be more cautious about accepting information as being accurate and may wish to verify the information they obtain before implementing an Internet marketing strategy.

      Published books are another valuable resource for learning more about Internet marketing. There are a variety of books available which focus on this subject and provide a wealth of useful information. When selecting a book for use as research material it is important to seek out a book which received independent reviews which were positive. It is also important to seek out books which were published recently. This is important because the Internet marketing industry is evolving continuously and a book that was published only a few years ago may be outdated and may lack information on some of the new developments in the industry. The appeal of using published books to learn about Internet marketing is you can keep the books on hand for easy reference when you launch your Internet marketing campaign.

      Finally business owners can learn a great deal about Internet marketing simply by studying successful Internet marketing campaigns. Try the Internet marketing blog at for some great starter tipe. If your business offers products and services in a particular niche consider entering relevant terms in popular search engines and studying the websites of some of the highest ranking businesses. This can provide you with a great deal of insight into what these business owners are doing which may be contributing to their success. Examining everything from their website design to their search engine optimization strategies and even the content on their website can help you to determine why they are more successful than you. You should also consider how they are marketing their website which may include banner ads, affiliate marketing programs or other types of advertising. Armed with this information you can take the opportunity to implement changes to your own website and marketing strategy which may help you to gain a greater degree of success. Care should be taken to not copy anything directly from your competitors but to rather try to emulate their degree of success in your own way.


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