Legitimate Ways To Make Money
There certainly is no shortage of ways to profit from the internet. Virtual ventures are a dime a dozen, and the internet is not just known for the speed of information, but also for the speed at which it can fill (or empty) your wallet.
I review tons of products here on One More Cup of Coffee, and though lots of them can help you turn a few dollars here or there, very rarely do I find one that I consider a way to make money long term. In fact, if you invest in any of these types of products, most like you'll end up jumping from one product to the next, looking for the “secret” of why everyone else is making money but you.
Here are some completely honest, legitimate ways to make money online that could actually provide you with income for many years in the future.
4 Basic Make Money Concepts
I have done many reviews over the years, and have linked each technique to a top rated product for that method of making money online.
- Amazon Product Reviews (need a website)
- Contextual Ads like Google Adsense (need a website)
- Writing Communities like Hubpages, Xomba, Etc (no website needed)
- Arbitrage: Buy stuff on one site, sell it on another for a profit (no website needed)
UPDATE: +1 more! Drop Shipping: Order in bulk from suppliers, sell on sites like Amazon or Ebay
3 More Techniques
Now I'd like to take a look at three more, including the one that allowed me to quit my job and become a full time internet marketer. I won't go into a lot of detail into all of them because some of them I haven't done personally, and to have success in ANY of them, you need to get proper training. These are NOT get rich quick schemes.
5. Local Marketing
Local marketing is essentially internet marketing for local businesses. Getting started in ‘Local' is a bit more difficult in my opinion because you'll be fighting two battles.
One, is that there is definitely a learning curve to all this marketing stuff, and Local Marketing has its own set of language that you need to learn. Plus, the pressure will be on when you're providing a service to a REAL business, but not quite yet confident in your own skills. It's going to take a bit of self confidence to convince people that YOU can help THEIR business.
Still, this is one of the most rewarding and exciting ventures of the online business world because you'll be helping people in your community. It's also super easy to rank well for terms because the competition for local keywords is ridiculously low.
The best thing about local marketing is that once you get one client and have a success, it's pretty easy to get new ones. In fact, most local marketers complain about having too much work because local businesses are so desperate to get ranked on the internet. They need you, and if you can provide them with this service, you can get paid very well for it.
Unrelated to internet marketing, you could essentially freelance any particular skill you have.
Think you have none?
You can probably do research, write an article, make a spreadsheet, or even do voice overs in your native language. You don't have to be a professional to make money at this.
First, you'll need to join a freelancing website. Here are three that I use frequently.
Browse around and see if you notice any requests that you can do. Decide on a skill set you want to include in your profile, and make a couple bids for projects. Being a “virtual assistant” doesn't pay well, especially in the beginning, but if you can snag a few cheap jobs to build your portfolio you can learn as you grow. Being a native English speaker and doing simple things like finishing projects on time, answering emails quickly, and being professional will put you in the top 10% of bidders.
Bid at developing country wages and deliver Western country service, and you'll have a chance at most projects. You can bump up prices for your services later.
If you're just starting out, that's OK. If you are afraid you can't deliver the value that people expect, simply say that in your bid. Here's a good example of what you can do.
“Hi, my name is X and I think I could do a great job on your project. I've just started freelancing, and want to make sure I'm able to deliver awesome value to my clients. I've purposefully made a low bid on this project so that you can keep a small budget, and I can gain the experience need to get a good portfolio here, as well as practice my skills in X area”
….or something like that.
Another fantastic option other than being a VA is freelance writing. If you have any writing skills at all, even basic high school essay writing skills, you have a competitive chance in the article writing marketplace.
7. Affiliate Niche Websites (How I Quit My Job)
Building small websites on specific topics then growing them to “authority sites” is my version of internet success.
You'll need to choose a topic you're interested in, but be sure to get something that you can write about…a lot. For example
- computer gaming headsets
- herb gardens
- DIY home remedies
- paleo diet
- educational iPad games
- ….and so many more!
But choosing the topic is just your first hurdle. You also need to buy a domain name, set up your website, and figure out what you want to write about. When all that is said and done, you still have to make some sales in order to be profitable. This is what I do, and it's what I teach when I help people get their first affiliate website set up.
I'm no genius. But I did have some really good mentors and a great set of a training to follow. There's no reason you can't do the same. Learn to do what I do by signing up for your free affiliate marketing course.
Let's Wrap Things Up
These 7 legitimate ways to make money online can actually make put money into your wallet. These are not just ‘theoretical', or ‘ideas' that might work. These are real business strategies. I hope I made everything clear, especially how I earn my own income. I've been doing this consistently for about 5 years now, so don't hesitate to ask me any questions before you get started.
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