Get Paid To Help People Online!

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There are lots of ways to help others. There are just as many ways to do this though the internet. I’m a pretty selfish person, so I’m going to skip all the hippie-dippie stuff, and get right to the most profitable thing I can think of – selling information.

There are two main strategies that would fall under the category of helping others with information. I’m going to cover both below. One of them I don’t have much experience in, the other I do full time, so have lots of advice on how to get started.

Strategy 1: Write and Sell an Ebook

This is much, much easier that you probably think. In fact, there’s not much more involved than typing out the document and filling in the gaps with a few Google searches. For example, once you type out your informational guide, all you need to do is get it into the proper format, send it to the proper channels, then market it online.

But wait. Before you start asking where to send it and how to market it, we need to decide what you are going to write about.

This could be very challenging, or you might already know which direction you want to go. Take a look at this diagram and see where your idea fits.

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Fail Scenario #1 You might have the best guacamole dip in town, but people love eating it, not making it? Plus, there are thousands of free recipes online. No one is going to pay for your ‘secret’ recipe.

Fail Scenario #2 How to use iPad” tutorials are super profitable. But you don’t own an iPad or even a tablet. Also, this topic doesn’t interest you.

Fail Scenario #3 You have lots of experience riding motorcycles. You could probably teach a course at the local college and make some money off of that skill. But no one is going to buy a written guide called “how to ride a motorcycle”. It’s just not practical.

But think positively. Do you know a lot about growing cacti? Yes! Will people buy a read a guide on how to have happy, healthy indoor/outdoor cacti? Yes! Do you think someone would pay $10 or $20 for a really well written, useful guide that answers all their questions? Yes!

You may think that writing a short guide on how to grow cacti isn’t really helping people, but it is – don’t sell yourself short. There are plenty of green thumbs out there that are looking for real, valuable knowledge online. But there’s also a lot of misinformation, scammers, and low quality sites, and other barriers between them and the knowledge they want.

By providing a high quality, highly informative, legitimate guide to whatever it is you do, you are helping others expand their interests, grow their minds, better themselves, and gain more life experience.

Don’t think of yourself as a salesman, think of yourself as a teacher.

And teachers get paid.

Unfortunately, this is a subject I don’t’ know that much about because I haven’t actually done this myself. I just know lots of folks that have successfully made money by selling books through Amazon, Clickbank, or through their own website.

Strategy 2: Information Marketing

For the sake of this post, I’ve chosen to call it information marketing, but you can also call it internet marketing, online marketing, affiliate marketing, or maybe even just making money from a blog.

Whatever you call it, the concept is simply that you make a website about something you are interested in. When other people are interested in the same thing, they find your blog by searching in Google. You are affiliated with companies that have products related to the topics you write about, and when a visitor buys something from one of those companies through a link on your website, you make a commission.

Some folks opt to go with just straight advertising, but honestly,there’s not a lot of money for the average blogger to be made in advertising. Why make pennies per click when you can make dollars per sale?

This is how I make money. It’s called affiliate marketing.

I create something called a niche website“which is a website based on a specific topic. This more narrow scope this topic is, the better.

  • Outdoor gear is too broad.
  • Outdoor gear for women is getting better.
  • Outdoor gear for women in winter climates is a great idea for a niche.

If you are a woman that lives in a harsh climate and has extensive experience with things like ice-climbing gear, rainy weather water proof stuff, and whatever else goes along in that niche…blam. There’s an awesome website idea for you.

If that doesn’t describe you, sorry. Time to start thinking!

Once you have an idea for a website, you write, and write, and write. Sometimes you write just to provide information to your readers. Sometimes you write to advertise a specific product. Sometimes you write to answer a frequently asked question, and provide a solution to a problem your audience is having. If that solution involved BUYING something to fix it, your reader just turned into a customer.

Here’s an example post topic:

What are the best crampons for glacier travel?

Someone new to ice sports is naturally going to ask that question, and they might ask Google instead of the guy at the hiking shop. Because you have a post on it, explain clearly the points and merits of various types of crampons for glacier travel, and link to some recommended products, a percentage of people that land on your site will make purchases based on your recommendations.

Wow, you made a sale!

Once you get hundreds, or even thousands of visitors to your site every day, you can make full time living from this website.

It’s what I do!

Maybe it’s just that I love my job too much, but I really do feel like what I do is making the internet a better place. I try my best to provide the highest quality information to the readers of my blogs. As a result, people get better information, faster, and are able to make more informed buying choices.

Now there’s a lot to learn with regards to how to build a website, how to find a good niche, how to find good keywords, topics, and products, and bunch of other things. I’m not going to discuss it here, but I will point you in the direction of the training center where I got started.

Have a good idea for a website? See if it’s available and start building it for free!

Not sure if it’s a good idea? Leave a comment and I’ll let you know how to improve it.


What's up ladies and dudes! Great to finally meet you, and I hope you enjoy this post. My name is Nathaniell and I'm the owner of One More Cup of Coffee. I started my first online business in 2010 promoting computer software and now I help newbies start their own businesses. Sign up for my #1 recommended training course and learn how to start your business for FREE!


  1. Bill says

    More good stuff, Nathaniell. And Tony’s right–teaching and providing value with your content is what separates you from most of the others. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts, and when I’m done…BLAM…I’m a more knowledgeable guy. :-)

  2. Tony Ridgeway says

    I wish more people would take the stand of providing value and teaching with their content. By becoming a teacher rather than a salesperson you can engage your audience and truly help others. That alone will speak volumes about not only your character, but also your intentions.

    On another note, I personally enjoy creating content in niches that I already have a strong knowledge base of, but can learn more in because it allows me to help others while continuing to learn new skills and ideas.

    Thank you for the very useful post!

    • Nathaniell says

      Learning and teaching at the same time is a great way to learn about stuff you are interested in. You don’t have to be an expert to start off, but as long as you can commit to learning and sharing what you learn, people will follow. Sometimes, this can even be a better strategy because you get comments from peers that want to collaborate, not just newbies asking you questions all the time!

  3. Scott says

    Great post, Nathaniell. I think the hardest part of affiliate marketing is narrowing your idea to a smaller niche. And even that shouldn’t be to difficult, as long as you don’t over think it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nathaniell says

      When starting out, the idea of “niche” can seem a bit foreign, but once you get the hang of it, you will start to see niches everywhere. I kind of feel like Neo in the Matrix :)

  4. Ryan McCracken says

    A really great article. I love the great examples that tell you about what you shouldn’t invest your time writing about because they aren’t practical. I plan on doing an ebook at some point and I think you have some great ideas about how to help people make buying decisions. If you are an informed writer about the subject you are writing about more people are likely to trust your recommendations.

    Thanks Nathaniel. Some more great information to digest and leverage on my website.

    • Nathaniell says

      Wait, you mean you don’t want to buy my guacamole dip recipe? Choosing a profitable niche versus a passionate one is always a hard decision to make. Sometimes they coincide, sometimes you have to ‘force it’ a bit and become interested in something you normally would be luke-warm about.

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