Mass confusion surrounds this elusive topic of “how the heck do you make money online?”. Defining how to do this is not as simple as it sounds because there are SO MANY different ways you can earn money online, just like the offline world.
Asking that question really is no different than asking “how do I make money?” because of the many different paths. So, if you lend me a few minutes of your time I am going to explain exactly what the process is and what the foundation of success online starts with. Sound good?
So first off, the foundation…
Step 1: The Foundation of Online Success – A Website
Plain and simple, you need a WEBSITE of your own if you want to be successful online. People try to hack together a business without a website and they end up failing. You cannot spam the heck out of Facebook and expect results, you NEED A WEBSITE.
A website is equivalent to the foundation for a building. In order for a carpenter to successful build a house or an architect to build a skyscraper, it requires a solid foundation. An online business is no different and your foundation is going to be your website.
Carson and I (my business partner at WealthyAffiliate.com) have always said, “no mud huts”. By this we mean, don’t build anything that is a mud hut (low quality or without a foundation) because it can easily collapse. You want to build a solid foundation and this requires a website…and this will allow you to build those virtual sky scrapers.
I teach folks how to build skyscrapers. I am not a fan of building something that can potentially wash away in the rain, definitely not a long term business model. Set the foundation from the get go to build something substantial and you will be VERY SUCCESSFUL online.
Step 2: Building Your Virtual House- The Content
OK, you have your website, now what. Well that is the next step in the process is to create content. Content is going to be the premise of a good deal of your traffic (through SEO), your ability to build relationships with your visitors (which leads to revenue), and the creation of your brand (which will lead to a long term business).
Content can be a variety of things, from text, to comments/dialogue within your content, to video and audio. Search engines like websites that are content rich and so do PEOPLE.
Build quality content and the buyers will come.
Step 3: Putting Your Foundation on a Busy Street – The Traffic
You have your foundation for success, now you need “eyes” on your site, also known as website traffic. But how do get this sort of traffic? There are many ways in which you can do this, content being the first and foremost focus.
- Writing Content
- Creating Videos
- Getting Rankings in Google (which comes from content)
- Paid Traffic
- Ad Buys
These are all things that can be learned within Wealthy Affiliate, the top place to get an education in online business anywhere. So if you don’t understand what some of these things mean, they can most definitely be learned. I have been working full time on the Internet for 10 years now and I would be more than happy to help you out with any of your questions, simply query me within WA (requires you to create a free account).
Step 4: Opening Up Shop – The Money Part
This is where it gets really fun. There are 100’s of ways you can make money from a site that has traffic. Here are just a few of the ways that I have personally made money.
- Selling Advertising (to other website owners)
- Selling Affiliate Products
- Selling Amazon Products
- Selling Products that You Own
- Selling the Actual Website
- Google Adsense (putting ads on your site)
This is not the extent of all the way I have made money, but it is 6 of the possibilities. Once you have your very own website (easy to create these days), content, and some traffic…the sky is literally the limit. Whether you are looking to earn a “part time” income or you want to earn a substantial living online, this is up to you.
DO NOT Try This Alone!!
This information of “knowing” how a making money online works will only take you so far, so the absolute first thing I would suggest is that you DO NOT go at it alone. Don’t try to find your way through the wild west. There are too many scams out there, too many “vulture” gurus, and too many people giving out misinformation. That is why I want to invite you to MY hangout, the place where I help folks every day, for free. No catches, no credit card, just fill out a form and you are IN!
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So, now that you understand how to process of making money online works, why don’t you join me. 🙂
And if you ever need a hand with anything or are confused about the process of “earning” online, let me know. My name is Kyle, just shoot me a message below and I will be more than happy to help you out.